Re: Newbie needs APPM software advice #APCC

I have TSX as part of a Paramount MyT, and am waiting on an AP1100 and wondering about the same thing, but I would strongly suggest that TSX is like swatting a fly with a sledge hammer.   The plate solving in TSX works very nice and fast, and tPoint and polar alignment are some of the best parts of it.  But it’s like 5% of it.  The rest of TSX is loved by some, but to me it’s very old software, which has not been well integrated and updated.  It’s like engineering software from the 1990’s, not well designed GUI software from the 2020’s.   For me I have reached a peace agreement with it and can make it work well, but my first couple months it would crash time after time, give bad results because I didn’t re-enter the same data 5 times I only did it 4 times (you won’t believe how often you have to re-enter image scale, rather than just entering your focal length and ratio in your imaging profile – which you also enter).


So from my personal experience I’m going to try anything else that’s available before I would re-purchase MyT for the AP1100.


I’m a fan of NINA, though Voyager is very similar in some ways.  I’m hopeful ASTAP will be supported by the time I get mine, but my fallback plan is just to buy Pinpoint.





From: [] On Behalf Of Brian Valente via
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newbie needs APPM software advice #APCC


HI Jil


i have excellent results with Pinpoint. we do unguided imaging at 0.63" so APPM is vital for what we do


yes it costs a bit and it's not free like ASTAP, but given your requirements i think that is a good option for you


ASTAP will be added to APPM in the future (from what I know), so consider that upgrade path as well





On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 12:20 PM Jil Tardiff <jtardiff@...> wrote:

Hi all,

New and very excited owner of a 1100GTO (no encoders) and getting ready to start.

Unfortunately (?) with this big step up in mount I decided it was time to migrate from ASIAIR and so I'm in the process of changing my entire setup including moving to a NUC with Win 10 and, importantly still struggling with what imaging suite to land on (NINA vs Voyager at present, leaning towards Voyager, but not set in stone).  So lots of things in flux, but I'm trying to not change too many variables at once.

Basic question is this: I really want to use APPM though I'm a bit concerned re: the learning curve.  Regardless, my issue is that I do not own the requisite plate solver.  So that's another purchase and I am just hung up on which way to go.  I would appreciate some input from users.  

The options from my perspective are:

1. Pinpoint
2. SkyX

I know I could go with SGP, but I am definitely not going to use it for my imaging / sequencing software. So it seems rather cumbersome to use it alongside either NINA or Voyager.  If this is not a big deal or an unnecessarily cumbersome approach , please let me know and I will re-consider.

Obviously I would prefer to keep the costs down but that is not the primary driver here.

And please, I know this discussion can devolve into the lack of support for other options like ASTAP.  I'd appreciate not having that issue raised at this point, I'd really just like to get started. 

Any and all advice appreciated!








Brian Valente

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