Re: Questio regarding CP-4


Stuart
 

Marj, I too would love to see an external solution that allows the AP900GTO and AP1200GTO owners to benefit from the entirety of the CP4 and APCC. 

Stuart

On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 9:12 AM, Don Anderson jockey_ca@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Marj
Would it be possible to retrofit-equip home/limit switch capability on 900/1200 mounts upgraded with the CP-4 utilizing possibly some type of magnetic reed or optical switch affixed to the RA & Dec axis?
Don

On Mar 2, 2016, at 3:42 AM, Marj marj@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

The limit/home switch inputs for the GTOCP4 will be available initially for 3600 mounts with this option. They will need a new cable.

 

We plan to make this option available for 1100 and 1600 mounts later this year. We will provide information at that time.

 

We do not have hardware home and limit switches for the Mach1. However, we do have a new upcoming software home/limits feature in APCC that we plan to release soon that can be used with all AP mounts that can use APCC. We have been so busy preparing for the GTOCP4 that we have not quite finished the documentation, but is will be coming soon.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

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Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 5:28 AM
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Subject: [ap-gto] Questio regarding CP-4

 

 

Hi Roland et al @ AP

I have a question regarding CP-4 - it has home switch inputs. How it is intended to operate? Will I have an AP driver / ASCOM accessible "home now" command which would slew the mount to the known ALT-AZ coordinates, than use time and site info to calculate correct RA/DEC and get the CP-4 drive synced back to the sky? Will the mount be auto-homed after power up? Will the home coordinates be set by the user or by factory only?

Second question - how will the limit/home switches be implemented? Will there be retrofit kits offered to exisiting mounts? When and at what price?

I have just teared down Mach-1 from my balcony observatory and now I am considering moving it to a remote site. And the decision is to keep my Mach-1 or sell it and get Software Bisque mount with hardware homing capability.

BTW AP1100 is still my workhouse in my back garden RoR obs.

CS

Pawel Lancucki




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