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In a message dated 8/20/2007 10:31:16 AM Central Daylight Time,
Call Howard here at AP (815-282-1513) and he will go through the keypad
settings with you and make sure that you have proper data in your keypad. From your
desription it is impossible for me to know what happened to your keypad or
how it might have been set wrong.
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I had 20+ cub scouts (plus their parents)at my observatory Friday
night, for a presentation on astronomy and then viewing of the moon,
Jupiter, and some deep-sky objects. It was a big hit, and the scouts
all got their astronomy badges.
One downside: at one point of the evening, when there was a long
line waiting to look through the scopes (I had an 8" Vixen VC200L and
an NP-101 mounted in tandem on my AP-900GTO), I left the observatory
for a few minutes for a break. I figured the scoutmaster would be
able to shepherd them to the scope for a view and keep the line
going, and they knew the rules about not touching anything but
focusers. However, one of the kids apparently turned off the power
supply to the mount, then turned it back on...and the scoutmaster
did "something" with the hand controller after it came back on. When
I got back I turned it off, let it sit for 30 seconds, then back on --
figured I'd just do a 1-star alignment and we'd be back to normal.
Problem is, the start-up on the hand controller is now different.
Instead of 1-star alignment and 2-star alignment options (plus resume
from park), it only has "star sync" and resume from park options.
Also, if I choose star sync and choose a star in the east (with scope
on the west side of the mount), the mount now thinks everything is
below the horizon (things like M8, which are plenty high). What
My manual is somewhere in boxes that I can't find, seeing as I
haven't had a need for it in over 3 years...so I could use some help!
The AP-900GTO is permanently mounted in my observatory, and hasn't
moved in over a year, with the same startup routine going every
time. I seem to recall something about holding down hand controller
keys on power-up that lets me change the options, but can't remember
what it is...? Help? :)
--- In ap-gto@..., chris1011@... wrote:
Call Howard here at AP (815-282-1513) and he will go through thekeypad
settings with you and make sure that you have proper data in yourkeypad. From your
desription it is impossible for me to know what happened to yourkeypad or
how it might have been set wrong.
Thanks Roland, I'll call.
Because I wasn't there when it happened, I don't have any way of
knowing how it was set, either :(
Thought I'd better report on-list that everything is now up and
running and working great.
Howard spent a good 30 minutes on the phone with me, working out the
issues. To make sure everything was taken care of, he prodded me to
update to the 4.12 keypad software as well (being firmly in the "if it
ain't broke don't fix it" camp, I had never upgraded from 3.20).
After a keypad battery replacement (4.75 years), database reload, and
the 4.12 update my ap900 is again humming like the fine machine it
is. In fact, I swear the servo motors seem to run even quieter with
the 4.12 software :)
Thanks Roland and Howard -- how many other companies spend so much
time troubleshooting and supporting a nearly 5-year old product that
the owner hasn't updated? A rare thing, and much appreciated.
p.s. for anyone else who might need one, Fry's has a plentiful supply
(at least my two local ones) of Renata CR1632 batteries for the "old-
style" AP keypads...:)