Re: How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?
Ray, sorry about my not being clear.
What I meant to say is that after I managed to kill the tracking by rapidly going to the “Toggle Tracking” button, it would eventually toggle itself back on, for some reason, EVERY time I clicked the GOTO button, beside my saved AZ/ALT coordinates, in the GoTo/ReCal tab. That happened, even while the mount was NOT tracking at the time. I wasn’t aware that all GOTO’s automatically re-activate tracking.
That is not to say that I don’t appreciate such a shortcut. I almost never operate the mount in “non-astronomical mode”, so triggering tracking lest I should forget to activate it myself, is a nice thing. I will just have to remember your earlier posted instructions on disabling this feature, on those rare circumstances when I need the mount to act like a theodolite.
In between my turning off the tracking, I was using the MOVE SCOPE section’s direction keys - rather than attaching my Hand Pad - to adjust my camera pointing at my chosen “land target”. Then, when I wanted to move it back to its original target starting point AZ/ALT coordinates, the GOTO beside the AZ/ALT box, made the CP4 jump back into Sidereal tracking mode.
Trying to get the mount to stand still for that session, became a cat & mouse game between that GOTO and the TOGGLE TRACKING button.
Yes, I do need to update my APCC PRO software, as well as the CP4 on my AP-1200.
I noticed an APCC box saying I needed to Update my “Firmware”. Thinking it wasn’t urgent, I was putting that off a bit, until the new firmware and manual, which everybody had been talking about, had finally been officially released.
I wasn’t certain whether that major Firmware update was for everybody’s CP4 & CP5, or was just meant for the CP5 and the Mach-2 mount.
I’ll get on that task this week.
From: Ray Gralak
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?
> similar to the (sometimes undesirable) automatic Tracking hassle on APCC start up,
APCC gives you full control of the tracking behavior on startup. I just posted three options to choose from.
> However, if I adjusted the target, and needed to go back to the saved RA/AZ coordinates,
> that GOTO button
If I understand what you are saying, then using any of the mount's move buttons will turn tracking on. That's because to stop a move command when you release a button, the mount must send a "Q" command, which enables tracking. That is the way the firmware works and is not something specific to APCC.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Joe Zeglinski
> Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:11 PM
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> Subject: [ap-gto] How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?
> similar to the (sometimes undesirable) automatic Tracking hassle on APCC start up, I dislike the fact that ANY
> GOTO command automatically turns Sidereal Tracking back on.
> Recently, I was doing some camera check out, focussing on a distant condo construction crane. Once, after
> clicking the TOGGLE Tracking button (off) I got the target in my scope sites, painstakingly using the direction slew
> buttons. However, if I adjusted the target, and needed to go back to the saved RA/AZ coordinates, that GOTO button
> in that tab, suddenly turned Sidereal Tracking back on. It was a constant battle to do a “saved” ALT/AZ GOTO, and
> quickly toggle the Tracking, before the mount drifted away from my set target.
> Uncomplimentary words were said to APCC !!!
> Am I missing something? Is there a setting to keep the tracking off? I tried to set the tracking to NONE, but the next
> GOTO still flipped it back on again.
> There are other times where I would like Tracking not to interfere – one time I was trying to construct an APCC
> Horizon Limits plot. There may be other circumstances, where I want total manual control of the mount, via the APCC
> rather than a Hand Pad.
> How do I kill all APCC Tracking, until I specifically re-enable that feature?
> Joe Z.