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Any update on power consumption?
On Tue, Aug 25, 2020, at 15:54, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering wrote:
On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 02:09 PM, Robert Hoskin wrote:
What do you think?
I just talked with Alex and he has measured the current to be around 700 mA when tracking and slewing. He has the original firmware that had the motor current set to 600 mA for both tracking and slewing.
To be clear, the motor current to each motor with the latest firmware is restricted to 600 mA each tracking, and 900 mA while slewing, BUT the signal to the stepper motors are 50% duty cycle square waves, not straight DC current. The resulting effective current to each motor is 300 mA tracking and 450 mA while slewing with about 100 mA for the circuitry. This means it should be around 700 mA while tracking and 1000 mA when slewing. Again this is with the latest firmware.
I just talked to Wes, he is going to do a measurement on his EXOS 2 PMC-Eight mount, and we will share his results.
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