great ! please, could you post some photos. And i have a question : why choose the cem120 rather an eq8 for example ?
I've got a CEM120EC2. I've had a play around with it inside the house, but I'm not quite setup in the dome to go for real.
As far as I could tell, I didn't have issues with INDI/EKOS.
All seems to work so far with INDI + EKOS. Slew, Park, power-cycle then UnPark, slew again. All works great. Only thing left to test is the 'sync' after a plate solve and meridian flip behaviour.
One tiny thing is that I have to set a custom park position in the CEM120 handset and INDI to the same ALT-AZ location (roughly) Otherwise what was happening when I park from INDI is that it first went to the INDI custom park position, then went to the handset's park position which was a totally different location.
Cristian, I'm creating a shared album of photos here photos.app.goo.gl/cVpJG3dgdWRyE5QA9
Also some photos of the de-forked CPC1100.
I'm bringing the mount to the observatory on Friday/Saturday. Will add more photos then.
The main reason for a CEM120 over an EQ8 was that its newer really. Newer design. I've also seen some good impressions from people on forums of the CEM120
I'll also keep it in mind when I get to play with it all again.
Moved it to the observatory yesterday. There's my dad doing some cable work below...
The through the mount cabling and internal usb hub works perfectly. I've 3 devices plugged into the saddle and 1 usb cable coming from the mount to the PC
Also it provides 2x12v power outlets on the saddle for camera & filter-wheel. This is really useful. Its coming from the main power going to the mount base. Although this won't allow powering just the CCD but thats no big deal.
No clear sky yet for polar alignment and first light. Will update again
Also, I should be getting the last of the dome work done tomorrow so I'll be in for real testing during the next week or so.
ASI1600MM-Pro Cooled and filter wheel with an 8" TS Ritchey-Chrétien on a SkyWatcher EQ6-R
dokeeffe wrote: I had some clear(ish) skies on Friday night and polar aligned using EKOS. I got it to within 20 arc seconds of the pole... The Ekos polar align is a bit quirky though. For some reason it couldn't slew the mount between images so I had to manually slew which is fine. Also you need to have polaris in the frame which can be initially tricky with 35" field of view. Also a bit dangerous, at one stage the mount was going to crash into itself but I unlocked the RA worm just in time. So take care when polar aligning. The polar adjustment on the CEM120 is very smooth.
The PAA tool uses motion control buttons to go East/West. Do these work fine if you trigger them in the INDI control panel? Any slew speed properties?
In the end I just manually moved the mount in RA by disengaging the worm and moving approx 30deg as per the PAA instructions. It worked great. The only difficulty was the first attempt. The polar error was about 1 degree and my FOV is only something like 35" so it was hard to see exactly how far to move. But doing it in 3 passes it worked perfect. Its a really useful tool.