Re: AP 1200 won't unpark via APCC

Steve Reilly

Just in case you didn't know one of the problems early on was that I couldn't unpark as Bob indicted. That was the reason I chimed in. That and that Dan also uses ACP.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Ray Gralak
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2020 6:56 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP 1200 won't unpark via APCC


I’m in the same boat and have, for now, edited my startup script to not start APCC.
The ACP issues you are having have nothing to do with APCC.

APCC cannot cause the exceptions in ACP that you sent me via private email.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center):
Author of PEMPro V3: Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver:

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf
Of Steve Reilly
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2020 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP 1200 won't unpark via APCC


I’m in the same boat and have, for now, edited my startup script to
not start APCC. I also had issues with ACP which Bob and I have worked
on. I think Tim Long addressed an issue as well with ACP. Not sure
where the issue lies but I think it may be a common event in both. One
of Bob’s problems was with security levels when sending ACO email
notifications. I also had a lockup when changing filters on a run.
When it went to switch from blue to luminous it crashed instead of
taking the pointing exposure, or was waiting but regardless I could only abort by means of the Task Manager which puts Scheduler in simulator mode when it restarts. Something is amiss but I haven’t been able to do much testing with the weather, clouds and rain, and it appears that Monday may be my next chance if forecast holds.

This is basically saying I have no idea what this issue is but I know
of at least 3 others having it. With APCC not running I can operate, at least unpark and run.


From: <> On Behalf Of Dan
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2020 5:53 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] AP 1200 won't unpark via APCC

I've been enjoying good results using my older AP1200 (ser. # 1200410)
for a year or so now. I upgraded last year to a CP4. I generally use
ACP for automation and am using APCC and the V2 driver. The problem
reared up starting last week while using ACP as I began to have
trouble with plate-solving errors. The scope/mount wasn't pointing anywhere near where it should have been. First thing I did was to simplify and take out all of the complications so all of my recent troubleshooting has been manual, no ACP.

I think I'm up to date with both APCC (Ver. and AP V2 ASCOM 5.30.09.

The problem shows up on startup. I power up the mount and then open
and connect APCC & AP V2 without problem. But when I click the Unpark
button the scope using APCC the APCC screen does not show the scope
as Unparked. The Park button remains grayed out and the Unpark button
remains active - but no matter how many times I click on the Unpark
nothing changes. The weird thing is the scope is indeed tracking, it
is visibly moving at a tracking speed. Also, the bar across the bottom
shows the scope is tracking at sidereal and the yellow tracking/parked/stopped info display in the Telescope Position section shows as Tracking. However, I can't get the scope to move using the APCC buttons in the Move Scope section. I've pasted a screen shot of APCC and V2 at that point.

One other piece of information is that the keypad continues to
function. I'm able to Unpark and Park as well as do Goto's to objects
in the the keypad catalog. I did find I can use V2 to send the scope to all Park locations (but not using APCC) however the scope does not actually Park as it then continues to track out of the Park location.

I know I'm forgetting some details, I was up all night working on this. I am certainly open to any all suggestions.
Thanks in advance,

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