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GPS takes over 5 mins to start up

Scope is permanently mounted in an observatory but the GPS takes over 5 mins to find satellites. Can anything be done about this - such as turning off the GPS?

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No that's about normal---

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Initializing the GPS receiver
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Note: GPS initialization requires data from at least three satellites. If GPS data is not
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Note: It can take up to 20 minutes to initialize the integrated GPS receiver for the first
time.
Note: Each time you turn on the device, GPS receiver initialization begins. When GPS
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