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69549Re: Definition of a Robotic Mount

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  • photobookie
    Jul 5, 2011
      So this make it sound like the A/P mounts are even more robotic than the Paramount since no Park or Home feature is required if the power goes out and then resumed. Is this correct?

      --- In ccd-newastro@yahoogroups.com, Mike Dodd <mike@...> wrote:
      > Rex wrote:
      > > I think the only difference that matters in this context is that
      > > robotic systems can self recover and home themselves after a power
      > > loss with only software commands, many mounts require someone to
      > > allign the mount to a known position after power is lost.
      > Well, the AP1200 automatically remembers where it was pointing just
      > before power is removed. All you need to do to resume is turn on the
      > power. No park is required, nor is a realignment or a "home" procedure.
      > As long as the scope hasn't been manually moved during the power-off
      > period, you just power-up and issue your first GOTO of the evening. This
      > is true no matter how power is shut off -- with the switch or due to a
      > power failure.
      > I've done this dozens of times with my AP1200.
      > Does this qualify the AP1200 as a "robotic" mount?
      > --
      > Mike
      > Mike Dodd
      > http://astronomy.mdodd.com
      > Louisa County, Virginia USA N37.58.23 W77.56.24
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