Hello everyone, my sincerest apologies if this has been answered here but I can’t find it so here goes.
I was trying to image a couple galaxies that were somewhat (but not a lot) East of the Meridian. I had found them manually using the RA/Dec coordinates and they were IN my camera frame but not anywhere near center.
Since I had the exact coordinates typed into my target and I had just done a plate solve I figured I could say “center object” and it would nudge the mount and take the appropriate plate solves and get this nice and tight.
But NOOOOOOOOOOOO, it decides that it has to twist around 359.9 degrees, wrapping up the cables around the mount and putting me into a situation where I was going to need to do a meridian flip for real in about an hour instead of being all set and ready to go for 3-4 hours like I had it.
As far as I can tell I had the “automatic meridian flip” checkbox unchecked when I went back and looked at the status of the sequence afterwards.
I was using my SkyWatcherEQ6R-Pro mount for this running under EQ-MOD via ASCOM.
I need some ideas as to why SGP would decide to do this when all it had to do was nudge the scope a couple arcminutes.
I also need to know how to prevent this from happening again with absolute certainty.
This year I’m putting up an observatory in a rural location with the idea that at some point it could be remotely operated and this kind of unplanned stuff just CANNOT happen. There’s too much other stuff to learn and manage like dome rotation sync and all that to be worried about mount freakouts like this.