Re: Software Update to V5.XXX for Existing Keypads

Kenneth Tan

Oleds are not very durable. They fade fairly quickly with frequent use

On Thu, 8 Jul 2021 at 13:10, Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@...> wrote:
Thanks Chris,
    Definitely will give that a try. I considered devising something like  a “periscope or oscilloscope viewing eye shield”, to peer right at the display. A cloth hood over my head, like a box-camera photographer of the 1900’s,  doesn’t work  well, still unreadable.
    Do I recall correctly that some years ago, you mentioned an easy replacement of the display module with a “plug compatible” OLED module?
If so, did the change work out better, in daylight than the existing display, and are there any further details?
Very much appreciated.
Joe Z.
From: Christopher Erickson
Sent: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 11:15 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Software Update to V5.XXX for Existing Keypads
The red lens can be removed from the hand controller, which makes the display readable in daylight. It can then be placed over the display, under the rubber protective boot.

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
On Wed, Jul 7, 2021, 7:16 PM Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@...> wrote:
    I would add ...  besides software, will there be a Kit, or at least instructions,  to Upgrade (or retro-fit)  that terribly dim Keypad display module with a more readable  OLED one, so we can actually see more than just a blank screen, even on a cloudy day?
    AP may not have considered some people doing solar observations,  and a need to control the mount by hand, but I find it easier to check out or service my AP mounts,  using that rugged AP Keypad.
    Also hope some future new Keypad has an “innovative”  external,  slide-in battery access coin-slot rather than dismantling the delicate Keypad fibre optic  internals etc.
    But, I am certainly looking forward to the expected software features.
From: M Hambrick
Sent: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 9:49 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] Software Update to V5.XXX for Existing Keypads
Is there any estimate on when the new V5.XXX keypad software and membranes will be available to the other mounts that use the GTOCP4 or GTOCP5 ?


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