I have had a couple of issues on my last two nights out … My scope hasn’t parked and has continued tracking in RA. It has worked perfectly well before… the only difference between the good and bad is that one the two bad nights SGP has gone into recovery mode due to cloud.
Tonight I have done some testing… Please bear with me.
- Slewed to a target - Pressed park in SGP - Perfect
- Ran a sequence - Parked perfectly at the end
- Ran a sequence with a time limit - Parked perfectly
- Ran a sequence and went into recovery mode by covering the scope… Did physically park the scope and reported it as parked in StarGo, but SGP hung with the parking scope message.
I left everything running totally unattended as it was when I was asleep… when it came to the end of the recovery the scope parked according to the Avalon StarGo software. I checked in the observatory and the scope was indeed in the park position. But SGP wasn’t reporting it as parked.
SGP was on the other hand reporting in the bottom left as ‘scope parking’ … Nothing was clickable and despite leaving this for 10 minutes nothing changed. In the end I had to kill SGP in Task manager.
The worry was that the RA axis was still tracking and now I can see why everything has crashed into a wall for two nights.
Can anyone shed any light on this? I do believe that it is something in Recovery mode as otherwise it would have happened each of the previous 3 parking times … The problem only appears to happen when the system is in recovery mode. If it was an ASCOM issue for example then the parking problem would happen in every scenario… but it’s not… only in Recovery.
I have posted the SGP log https://www.dropbox.com/s/bibtxlqqps4xpdb/sg_logfile_20160105183044.txt?dl=0