This is really not SGP’s fault but I though there might be a ‘work around’ available.
Last night while ‘practicing’ on M45 at some point a merdian flip was called for. Since the next frame was longer than the time to a flip the timer popped up.
I went ahead and clicked the ‘flip now’ button and the scope slewed over, that’s when everything went bad.
Evidently I have like a mile and a half of backlash and the plate solve was failing. After glancing at the plate solve image it was obvious why. Star trails in the order of 6 or so arc minutes. Not only that I could see the stars moving in the PHD screen while looping. Almost as if sidereal tracking had been turned off.
I could see PHD sending pulse after pulse but the dec axis was way out like 7" or so and it wasent coming back. This required manual intervention to get back on track.
The only thing I can think of is since before the flip the weights were on the east side of the pier and balanced slightly east heavy. When it flipped it was taking a long time for the gears to mesh and work out that backlash.
What I was wondering is there any way to set a delay of a few minutes after a flip is done to let the backlash work out before attempting to solve and center?