OK, I upgraded EQMOD to the latest version: “Physical” breaks my dome software. Went back to “Pointing”, and that breaks the dome software, too. The dome ends up in a different position with Pointing vs. Physical, but neither position is in front of the scope. Re-installed EQMOD 1.24g, and the dome works again.
Having the dome properly synchronized is non-negotiable. There is only one driver for the dome hardware I have. It is junk, but I am stuck with it until I can rip out the hardware and replace it. So the bottom line is no automatic meridian flips for me.
Things I might try if I feel masochistic enough:
- re-inserting POTH between the latest EQMOD and the dome driver: might work, might not;
- removing EQMOD altogether when using SGP and use a different scope driver (Celestron??);
2a. I’d still need EQMOD for gotos when doing visual observing;
2b. I suppose I could go back to using the HEQ5 Pro handset instead of EQMOD for visual gotos, but then I’d have to slew the dome by hand, too.
The basic issue is an ASCOM one: the change in the interpretation of Side-of-Pier. The ASCOM folks messed up the original definition, and then they messed up the transition. It will likely be a few years before everyone’s software catches up.
Thanks for all your help.