well, yes, as you may have noticed the last 10 days or so we had repeatedly issues with the mount. Basically, the DEC axis is at some point going nuts, and it looks like the internal encoder rotated somehow. So, once the axis gets to a value above 360 degrees (which, well, should not be possible) it thinks that it needs to turn back and starts spinning the axis in a (trust me) spectacular rotation. We got to about one rotation per second (!!). Long story short, we were lucky that the OTA itself is unharmed, but we do need to send in the mount for deeper checks.
But these take time. Dismantling the system, packing, shipping and fixing, and all the other way round, will take at least 6 weeks or so. What shall we do? I didn't want to keep the system for months in a unusable state with unknown times.
Luckily, we did have an order of a Planewave L-500 mount - the one planned for the upcoming dome in Namibia. Although it was scheduled to be mounted in april 2022, the mount is available and will be shipped tomorrow (monday) to my place in Italy, where I will add some needed tools and send it down to Namibia.
So, we will put the iDK 20 on the Planewave mount in a few weeks from now. The downtime should be minimal, as we will basically move the optical train over to the new mount, and only aterwards dismantle the ASA 😀