I just went out to observe the occultation of Venus by the Moon and discovered that the mount on my CPC1100 has died again. It was working fine when I last used it on July 18. I put into Hibernate mode at the end of that session.
Today when I turned it on, I got this message on the hand controller:
I pressed UNDO, and started a Solar System Align on the Sun. The GPS
was working OK. I got the warning about the Sun, pressed Enter to rid
of it, and then pressed the direction pad. This got me nothing except a
I repeated this with the controller from my NexStar 6, with exactly the
same results, so the problem is in the mount. Not the same as last
time, because I never saw any error messages before.
We've had a couple of thunderstorms, but no close strikes, and the scope
is now on a surge protected power bar.
I've found this file, which has some helpful information:
I dread having to update the firmware. The last time I did this, it
wiped out all 99 of my User Objects, my entire library of variable
stars. I had to re-enter them manually, something I would rather not do
again, if I can help it.
Earlier today I set up the Celestron CGEM mount on the concrete pad on the east side of the house: maybe this put a curse on the CPC!