Re: AP Keypad, sell it or not?

W Hilmo

I was out in the field using my AP1100 this past weekend.

I was imaging and had initialized the mount with the ASCOM driver. On the particular computer I was using, I didn’t have any planetarium software installed. My plan was to use the keypad for ad-hoc pointing tasks. When it came time that I wanted to point it, the keypad was unplugged (because the keypad was set to auto initialize and I wanted the computer to do it). It turned out that it was easier to just connect my phone to the CP4 and connect SkySafari. That gave me a graphical planetarium with the ability to point the mount.

I believe that it’s fully possible to live without the keypad if you have a smartphone with SkySafari or Luminos (but full disclosure: I am not planning on selling my keypad, so that that for what it’s worth).


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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP Keypad, sell it or not?

You can control your mount just like your keypad with a smartphone and SkySafari or Luminos.

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On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 2:55 PM, 'Mike Shade' [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

Also, if you own a reflecting scope that needs collimation adjustments or checks, keypad is very useful. Plus if for some odd reason, your computer dies, you can still use the mount to some extent.

Keep the keypad, like a spare tire you will likely never need it but if you do, you will be pissed if you don't have one...

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Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:07 AM
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Subject: [ap-gto] AP Keypad, sell it or not?

Hello Dear Community,

I hope somebody here can help me to decide in how to proceed with the following:

I purchased a AP Mach1 CP4 at the beginning of 2016 which has worked flawless so far. At that time I also purchased the GTO Keypad however, I just used it once during the initial setup of the mount. Since then, I've used a computer to control the mount via AP ASCOM V2 driver.

In this case, I am thinking in selling the keypad to fund other astronomical equipment. However, before doing this, may I ask to the community: Is there a case where I would need the keypad in the future?

I am fully mobile (so far) and just interested in astrophotography and as I said, I always use a computer to control the mount.

Thanks and clear skies,


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