Re: Mach2 power consumption #Mach2GTO

Christopher Erickson

Steppers always require more power/amps than servos.

Amps times volts equals watts.

Watts of electricity consumed converts 1:1 to watts of heat generated.

A typical AC-DC power supply is about 80-95% efficient, depending on design. That means another 5-20% of power consumption and heat generation.

Make sure your observatory and/or imaging setup is configured to minimize any impact these various heat sources will have on your local seeing.

Thermodynamics 101.

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738

On Mon, May 25, 2020, 10:03 AM Jerome Allison <jallison@...> wrote:
I'm wondering what other Mach2 users are experiencing with power usage with their mounts.  

Using a Powerwerx watt meter, I'm seeing about 1.05 amps at 13.8V while tracking, as much as 5.15 amps while slewing.  I'm powering with a Pyramid PS-15KX supply, and it gets hot.  (Still indoors due to lousy weather).

These motors are drawing a lot of juice!  Is that to be expected?


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