Question - Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro and SynScan, what to do if SynScan locks

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Question - Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro and SynScan, what to do if SynScan locks

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I was out tonight working out some kinks with the SynScan Hand set. I was manually slewing to some area and started sidereal tracking and everything was working fine. My main problem with the unit from the previous session was that it thought everything was below horizon. I had my time zone offset off, it was set to 6 instead of -6. So I wanted to try Go To functions When I tried to Go To and it just said slewing and did nothing. I couldn't escape out or do anything, I wasn't even sure if it was tracking anythi8ng or not though my finder scope did indicate that things were moving off target. I eventually unplugged the unit from the mount while leaving power on the mount then plugged it back in. I told it not to perform a Polar alignment. The hardware version is 04.39.12. I broke every down and set back up in the office, skeeters were crazy tonight, and SynScan Go To slewing worked just fine.

So my questions is this, has anyone ever had that happen if so, how do you recover from it correctly?
Backyard Bortle scale 7 32.40874, -93.66932
Mounts : Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro,
Scopes : Sky Watcher ED80 APO Doublet w/ED80 Reducer Corrector 0.85x
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Re: Question - Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro and SynScan, what to do if SynScan locks

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Bump, had no one ever had the SynScan controller lock up?
Backyard Bortle scale 7 32.40874, -93.66932
Mounts : Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro,
Scopes : Sky Watcher ED80 APO Doublet w/ED80 Reducer Corrector 0.85x
Guide Scope : Orion 60mm Multi-Use Guide Scope w/12.5mm illuminated reticle
Finder Scopes : Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot, Sky Watcher 8x50mm Viewfinder
Eyepieces : Plossl 1.25" 25mm LE, 1.25" 5mm LE, Hyperion Modular 1.25/2.0" EP Set - 5mm, 8mm, 10mm, 13mm, 17mm, 21mm, 24mm
Cameras : Canon T3i, 18-55mm F3.5 to 5.6, 28-135mm F/3.5 to 5.6, Nifty Fifty F/1.8, ZWO ASI120MM Mini, Samsung Note 20 Ultra, 7mm, F/1.8
Filters: ZWO EFW Mini, 5 position filter wheel, Optalong L Pro Canon EOS C
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Sorry Chris, I don't use SW. Some general advice, with goto, everything needs to be close to spot on - location coordinates, time zones and settings. You also need to make sure you have correctly ID'd the calibration stars for the two point model. If any one thing is off, the default is sometimes to do nothing rather than run the scope towards the ground or into the tripod.

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Never had one lock up on me, Than again I stopped using them when I started using EQMod and now I'm using GSS for mount control
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Re: Question - Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro and SynScan, what to do if SynScan locks

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As a general thought, any time you change your time zone in the hand controller it should require a power off power on reset with a complete new goto alignment.

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Re: Question - Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro and SynScan, what to do if SynScan locks

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I had issues last night with my EQ6 pro.
It was acting crazy.
Kept wanting to crash into the tripod and would not align.

I discovered I was trying to run it in AZ mode...forgot to make the selection at the beginning.😊
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Re: Question - Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro and SynScan, what to do if SynScan locks

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I stopped using the hand controller and switched to synscan pro on the mini PC. The software acted goofy once or twice but after reboot the PC, the mount remembered everything. Never did figure out what I was doing to make the hand controller lock up...
Backyard Bortle scale 7 32.40874, -93.66932
Mounts : Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro,
Scopes : Sky Watcher ED80 APO Doublet w/ED80 Reducer Corrector 0.85x
Guide Scope : Orion 60mm Multi-Use Guide Scope w/12.5mm illuminated reticle
Finder Scopes : Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot, Sky Watcher 8x50mm Viewfinder
Eyepieces : Plossl 1.25" 25mm LE, 1.25" 5mm LE, Hyperion Modular 1.25/2.0" EP Set - 5mm, 8mm, 10mm, 13mm, 17mm, 21mm, 24mm
Cameras : Canon T3i, 18-55mm F3.5 to 5.6, 28-135mm F/3.5 to 5.6, Nifty Fifty F/1.8, ZWO ASI120MM Mini, Samsung Note 20 Ultra, 7mm, F/1.8
Filters: ZWO EFW Mini, 5 position filter wheel, Optalong L Pro Canon EOS C
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