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    Default Help a newb out... CEM25P alignment problems



    Hello

    Having issues with my new CEM25P. I have the mount leveled, zero position established, date/time/location/GPS all updated, pointed and aligned to Polaris. However, when I take the next step to do a One star alignment, the mount drives COMPLETELY off target. Its not even close. For example, last night I tried using Vega which was nearly directly overhead, however, the mount was pointing downward BELOW the horizon.

    I am pretty sure that the mount is pretty well aligned to the CNP, the position in the polar scope followed nicely along the expected location reported by the hand controller over a period of 5 or 6 hours.

    I feel this is likely a setup issue with the hand controller, I just can't for the life of me figure out what it is...

    Thanks in advance
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    Default Re: Help a newb out... CEM25P alignment problems

    It might be best to do a two star alignment and then go to a planet like Saturn. If it still fails then system may be faulty or not in perfect snyc.
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    Default Re: Help a newb out... CEM25P alignment problems

    Did you perhaps get a North/South entry reversed somewhere in the setup?
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    Default Re: Help a newb out... CEM25P alignment problems

    Most of these problems are an incorrect time and/or time zone. Time and again, people have thought they have the correct time and zone input to only find they are incorrect. Do not take for granted the GPS is putting these things in correctly. Double check your time zone and that your local time is not getting confused with universal time.
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    Default Re: Help a newb out... CEM25P alignment problems

    i have entered the timezone correction as -480min for pacific zone, and enabled Y to DST, and "N" for northern hemisphere. The GPS coordinates look correct also to me...

    The time that is displayed on the controller is the correct local time. Should it read my local time, or UTC? I assumed local...

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    Default Re: Help a newb out... CEM25P alignment problems

    If you have your time zone entered correctly then you should enter your local time and the mount will correct for universal time. I suggest you do a factory reset in the hand control and then manually input all you data and skip the GPS to see if that improves anything. There is likely a place for entering location by either closest city or zip code after you input your state. I've not seen a time zone correction in minutes. What I am familiar with according to your location would read -8 Pacific.

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    Default Re: Help a newb out... CEM25P alignment problems

    there isn't a factory reset that I find in the menus, or in the manual. I did just remove the battery from the controller which zapped out the date/time. But that all repopulated when the GPS sync'd again. I double checked the manual and it states to enter the timezone offset in minutes, specifically -480 for the pacific time zone.

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    Default Re: Help a newb out... CEM25P alignment problems

    Quote Originally Posted by agiantfan View Post
    there isn't a factory reset that I find in the menus, or in the manual. I did just remove the battery from the controller which zapped out the date/time. But that all repopulated when the GPS sync'd again. I double checked the manual and it states to enter the timezone offset in minutes, specifically -480 for the pacific time zone.
    I do not have that specific mount, but it apparently is totally different from any I have experienced as everyone I have seen has a factory reset which once done is like starting from the beginning. Nor have I ever seen a time zone setting in minutes. This is a total new one to me. I have only one GPS mount and I can disregard the GPS input and input my own information if I choose. Sorry I can't be of any help.

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