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I'm also a mobile user of a Mach1.
What I do is Park the mount at Park 4, then power down. Next,
loosen the clutches carefully, move to park 3, remove scope, remove CW's
and bar, and pack the mount.
When you setup again, you can set the mount to Park 4 with a bubble level
following the process at YOUR FIRST OBSERVING SESSION & For Portable
Mounts / Polar Aligning in the Daytime – Northern Hemisphere (page 20
of the 4.19.3 Keypad manual).
At 04:10 PM 5/19/2017, you wrote:
I just bought a Mach1 (haven't set it up yet, but I've been reading and
reading about it).
One of the things that confuses me, is that I've read (but perhaps not
understood well) that if you are mobile, you should end your session by
sending the scope to park position 4 (and presumably powering
The problem is that park position 4 would not be feasible for me to
transport the mount in (Park 3 is better)--not to mention being awkward
to dismount scope and counterweights from. So I would need to loosen the
clutches after it's powered off, move to a position where I can put the
mount in its case. But then, before I power it up, I would have to move
it back to position 4, presumably. As this would be done manually (how
else) it's unlikely to be accurate. How do I recover from that?
Also, it's possible (due to my being used to inferior mounts and often
tired at end of evening) that I would forget and just power off the scope
in a random position. Normally I would now loosen clutches carefully,
move to park 3, remove scope, remove CW's and bar, and pack the mount.
But how do I tell the software that I've done something abominable, and
to please forgive me?