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  1. Hello, Where can i get the beta-version ? I want to test this version as well... best regards Erik
  2. Hello all, I use the ASA DDM85 mount with CCD-commander, The Sky 6, MaximDL, ASCOM an autoslew. I have a problem that when closing of a observationsession. In CCD comander i select in the setup, the software The Sky 6.0 as mount controllling . In The Sky i set the controlling via the Ascom astroptik driver. I use this method because I can use an automatic calculation of the real coordinates of comets, this can be done there CCD-commander uses the database of comets of the Sky 6.0. As I have done an observedsession and I close the programs, then the PC is completely blocked.(what i clos fi
  3. Hi Ian, What you write lookas familiar to me... I had the same experience when i turn the DEC-axis by hand, the resistnace was not equal and somtimes it blocked when i move the axis by hand left/right, several times... When the telescope was on the mount, I had no problems with it. What the current through the motor was, I have no experience with it, I've not analyzed. Later, when observing, I noticed that the results were not good sometimes. tracking was not alway good , about 70% of the images were OK. Sometimes it was so sudden that the mount left his pointing, just went away and then
  4. Hi Joaquin, I have my mount back since 2 days, they told me that the bearing of the DEC was the problem and is changed. I must install my moun this weekend, but i see now a problem with the GALV connectors. On the DEC axis is this now a 6-pin connector. Before it was a 4-PIN connector. On the RA axis is this still a 4-pin connector. trange, don't now how to connect my camera, because i use this connector for power of my CCD-camera. I'll try to make some measures to see how the pins now are configured. I don't know why this is changed... but it is a mystery how these connectors GALV on RA
  5. Hi Jay, Thanks for your reply! i checked the log files and i see increasing current, then i see a sort of repositioning of the mount, the current is dropped for a while and then it is increasing again until about 5 AMPS. On 3 dec. i get answer from ASA support and recommended me to send the mount to ASA, what i did on 3 dec. Now i'm waiting until the mount is back. Possible problem is the bearing, but we wait and see... cheers Erik
  6. still no answer or reaction from ASA-support... The mount was checked few days ago from ASA Support. Dietmar Weinzinger
  7. Hi Jay, Hmmmm..., Sounds not so good... I'll check first the logfiltes and then contact ASA-support. Thanks for the tip !! Erik
  8. I notice a strange behavior of the DDM85. When I do an imaging run during the night, I see almost every night that some images failed in tracking. I couldn’t reproduce that phenomenon , by putting the telescope on the same position and see what happens. I thought there is some problem with balance or so. Nothing happens, just perfect tracking, until I yesterday morning during a imaging run, I was just near the telescope while the imaging run was busy for a while, suddenly, I see the DEC axis was leaving his position for few seconds for a couple of degrees then came back to the correct positi
  9. I did a test again. What i see now is that parking via Autoslew is working fine except the mount parks not low enough. Maybe some settings in autoslew. limits are set to -8°, park position is about -2°. What is notice is that the RA is limited , maybe has another setting a influence as well ? Next: when i give a park command via CCD_Commander. The mount parks on totaly other location, the telescope (and mount) are going to about 45° in direction South. I don't understand, the park position in autoslew is correct and whe ik give the park command (like defined in park position 1) the mount slew
  10. Parking mount isn’t working correctly. I Use the mount/telescope/camera with MaximDL /The Sky 6 /pinpoint-full/POTH-ascom and CCDcommander to automate the observatory. I want to use CCDCommander for imaging. There is a action for parking the mount. My park postion is below the horizon because the use of a roll-off observatory. When I give the command in CCDC for ‘parking mount’, nothing happened. When I do a ‘similated park’ (Alt/Az coordinates must be given), the mount goes first with counterweightshaft to East, while it must go to West and telescope goes to horizon in DEC.. Problem is
  11. limit question. Is it possible in Autoslew to set 2 different limits ? I ask this because my park position is below the horizon (I have a roll-off observatory). I must set the limits very low, otherwise the mount can’t reach the park-position due the setting of the limits. SO I set now my limits to -6°. This is a risk for me. The limits I want to use when the mount is in run for imaging should be about 25° (otherwise, otherwise, it is possible to hit the walls, ). If not, there may be an additional limit set added in the software to solve this problem. thanks in advance
  12. Hi all, Thanks for the many replies end extra info about this matter. I got received an e-mail from ASA-support regarding the max. current trough the connecotrs/internal wiring.. This completed aal the information i wnat to know about this subject. " The galv wires can stand up to 7A continues current. Most cameras do not need so much current (a standard FLI camera needs about 4,5A with maximum cooling active) The data wires should not be used for currents of much more than 1A. (as the name says – it should be used for Data connection) The FAN connector is normally only used for
  13. Hi Robert, Thanks for the info. I found my connectors from manufacturer 'Binder'. I mean with (hard to find' that this connector wasn't available in the electronic-part shops in my area, they are only available when they order this specially for me. you can off course find anything via internet . So i ordered this connectors via internet and i got the different connectors now. Like you mention , the connectors are not the problem but the internal wiring are the limiting factor in terms of power and I want to be correct. I hope ASA read this forum also otherwise I will send another e-mai
  14. Hello Bernard Thanks for your reply. I'm still interested in the allowed maximum current that can flow through the internal Cabling. My camera has a power current of max.6 AMPS and is splitted over 3 pins of the 6-pins connector. I suppose to reduce the voltage drop across the power-cable of the camera. BTW: The connectors are from Binder-connector (M16 series) and are hard to find and not cheap. So you can do a google-search, so you can see where you can buy them in your area. Or like you mention, from ASA-astrosysteme. best regards, Erik
  15. Hello, I was wondering if there is a internal electrical wiring diagram of the ASA DDM85 mount availabe, particularly of the connectors that are available for customer use like GALV, FAN, DATA... Just to see if i can use these wirings/connectors for my own telescope/camera. I was wondering if i can go trough these wirings for my SBIG STL6303E camera (power supply). Are there other users with the same question or tried this out ? Is there a special cable available for this application ? My telescope has also 3 fan's (12VDC), maybe i can let them work with the same connector 'FAN' and th
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