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Tom

After changing the Absolute Hour Angle to 2, I have saved the settings to the mount. Your question's a good one; I noticed last night that when I save the settings to the mount (with AHA at 2), and then immediately read the settings from the mount, the AHA is right back at zero--or maybe they're not getting to the mount at all. 

I'll try and power cycle the mount and post a screen shot of the sky chart. It's probably evident from this string I'm not a computer whiz.

 

 

Bradford Mead
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Please try:

  1. If necessary, install the latest daily build of TheSkyX Pro for Windows.
  2. See Restoring the Paramount to Default Settings in the Troubleshooting section (page 24) of the Paramount GEM MKS 5000 Replacement Instructions (note: while this document is specifically written for the MKS 5000 replacement, the procedure to restore default Paramount settings from TheSkyX Pro also applies to the Paramount ME/MKS 4000.)
  3. Home the mount.

What is the HA and Dec reported by TheSkyX now?

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I'll give those steps a try Daniel. Thanks!

The HA and Dec reported by TheSkyX (the settings in the TCS) are 0 for both. If there's a different report, I'm not sure where to find it.

 

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Colin,

This seemed like a good idea to me too. And I did try to do this first. The software indicates the sync correction is too large. (I'm not in the observatory now, so I cannot remember the exact language, but that was the gist of the error message).

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Brad Mead:
The HA and Dec reported by TheSkyX (the settings in the TCS) are 0 for both. If there's a different report, I'm not sure where to find it.

  1. Restoring the MKS 4000 to default settings must configure the HA = 2.0 and Dec = 0.0.  If it does not, something's wrong, and we need to figure out why the default home position is wrong.  The mount cannot operate normally otherwise.
  2. After successfully homing the mount, the telescope cross hairs on the Sky Chart must be at HA = 2.0, Dec = 0.0.  See Homing on pages 21-25 in the Paramount User Guide Revision 2.7 for details about the home position on the Sky Chart.

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Daniel,

I'll double check when it's dark, but I think your fix has worked. The Absolute Hour Angle has reset (and stayed) at 2. And without looking through the telescope it seems to have accurately slewed to the sun. Thanks to you and everyone who weighed in for the great customer and community support.

 

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Hello Brad,

I just ran into the same problem with my Paramount ME, MKS3000 firmware version 1.1.45

Somehow my Hour angle got messed up and then I fixed it by restoring default mount settings. Its all working now :-) 

-Tony Blakesley

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I ran into this recently as well with an ME. I probably solved it incorrectly by Syncing a star.

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