Re: ODD Tracking message at APCC Horizon Limit

Roland Christen

In fact, switching to HA display, the mount is definitely still tracking, until I click to Toggle Tracking off.
The present Hand controller software does not communicate with the mount or any other software to know what any of the settings are that you have sent from the other software. He Hand Controller ONLY knows what its own internal settings are and will send them to the mount if it is used to initialize the mount or if you toggle thru the settings. Always the Hand controller is totally silent and sends nothing and receives nothing from the mount (this will be changed in the next HC software upgrade). This is the way the HC has always worked and I have explained this many times on this user group.

In the future we will make the HC an active program so that it updates itself as to settings inside the mount when those settings are changed by an outside program. Until then, DO NOT use the HC to try and determine what settings are in the mount (if you are sending instruction via a separate computer program). It simply does not know. It is a 1 way street always sending instructions from the HC to the mount, not vice versa.


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Joseph Zeglinski' J.Zeglinski@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Wed, Jul 5, 2017 4:38 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] ODD Tracking message at APCC Horizon Limit

    Just wondering why – with the fully updated current V2 driver and APCC PRO on my AP-1200 & CP4, , its  status bar still shows ... UNPARKED (AP) and  “TRACKING = SIDEREAL” even though the Horizon button is lit in Yellow, its contents proclaiming ...  “Limit Reached (Action: Zero Tracking)”.
    No astronomy apps besides APCC, were running during today’s re-test.
    Same thing if I change to the ...  ACTION: PARK MOUNT ... option on Limit reached. The Limits tab info concurs with the tripped  condition, since obviously the scope position in the globe meatball, is definitely inside my mapped horizon profile. This was just slewing the mount away from Park-2, but to a spot still inside the limits field.
    Shouldn’t the status bar toggle to also be in line with the Horizon Limit condition?
In fact, switching to HA display, the mount is definitely still tracking, until I click to Toggle Tracking off. Looks like the  options in LIMITS, don’t actually affect the mount tracking or parking.
    Then again ... Perhaps this was intentional, and it only works when a Limit is reached with motion from the Safe zone ... outside the Limits field. That may have to do with not getting jailed at a Park position with no escape except by momentarily de-activating Limits.
Do the Limits trigger only when coming in from the Safe Zone? Didn’t work that way either, when I discovered this oddity last night, during a normal PEMPRO (PA) run.
    I think this could potentially cause a  mount collision, if we setup an imaging script, and go off to bed, assuming APCC will safe the mount, eventually,  when Limits are hit. Hopefully I am wrong.
Concerned ....
Joe Z.

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