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Re: Meade 16" f10 on 1100GTO?

Jeff B
 

Honestly, I'd say that OTA is pushing it a bit.  It's about 3' long and it's center of mass sits out there quite a bit from the saddle due to its diameter.  I'm sure it can "handle" it, but how well ?, a good question.  It might be a tad bouncy both to touch and the wind but, like Bryan said, don't overhang the CW's even if it means adding another one and I'd suggest slowing the slew rates down to 600x.

Jeff

On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
One suggestion: Don't scrimp on counterweights and put them all high up on the shaft, i.e. close to the mount.

Bryan


Re: Meade 16" f10 on 1100GTO?

Worsel
 

One suggestion: Don't scrimp on counterweights and put them all high up on the shaft, i.e. close to the mount.

Bryan


Meade 16" f10 on 1100GTO?

Eric Claeys
 

Will my 1100GTO with encoders handle a Meade 16" f10 scope (67 pounds but unknown length)?

Anything special I need to do for such a large scope?

Eric


Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Jeffc
 

I have been using the AP Polar Align for years and it works great.
A few years ago I downloaded Polar Scope Align (PSA) (free version) for the skywatcher star adventure pro (for a hawaii trip).
I did not realize PSA also handles the RAPAS, but there it was in settings!

I just downloaded the "pro" version.. imo well worth the $3. 
Best of all (I think) PSA Pro has a "daytime polar alignment" where it uses the smartphone accelerometer / gps / compass for rough alignment Az and Alt.
It is probably not very precise, but I suspect better than what I've been getting with a compass and level !
I'm looking forward to using it for the summer public programs for finding the planets before sunset....  I polar align during the daytime and use resume-from-park to be able to do a goto to Jupiter and/or Saturn.
PSA Pro looks like it will make the task much much simpler (and probably more foolproof).

-jeff


On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 11:01 AM Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:
Kent
I still have it on my older Ipad and it still works.

Don Anderson


On Saturday, January 16, 2021, 11:58:47 a.m. MST, Kent Kirkley via groups.io <kgkirkley=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:


I assume if we have Astro Physics PolarAlign AP 2.7 we can continue to use it?
Kent Kirkley



-----Original Message-----
From: Marj Christen <marj@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Jan 16, 2021 12:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Hello Don, Dale and all,

George Varros has retired and was no longer able to continue upgrading the app. We are now recommending Polar Scope Align by Dimitrios Kechagias available in the App store. There are free and Pro versions.
https://apps.apple.com/app/polar-scope-align/id970157965

Links to the various apps for Windows, Android and Apple can be found in the product section for the RAPAS.
https://www.astro-physics.com/rapas



Clear Skies,

Marj Christen
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dale Ghent
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:00 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

The A-P polar alignment app was made and maintained by George Varros, whose personal site (http://gvarros.com) also appears to be offline. Google and DuckDuckGo still point to it in relevant web search results, so it must be only recently that it went offline. I hope he's ok.


> On Jan 16, 2021, at 00:03, Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:
>
> I got an notification on my Iphone that the AP polar alignment app has been pulled from the App store. Does anyone know what's happening with this?
> Don
>












Re: [ap-ug] Mach2 shipments with low temp encoders

crandrist@...
 

Excellent. Thank you!

All the best,

Chad Andrist


Re: APCC Standard v 1.8.8.14

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Hi Ray, 

    Good news! It works on APCC std!

cytan

On Saturday, January 16, 2021, 01:29:43 PM CST, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:


For those of you with APCC Standard and "Check for updates" is not working, please try this version:


If you still get a "blank" update version, please post your APCC log file here, or email it to me directly (groups3 at gralak dot com).

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver







APCC Standard v 1.8.8.14

Ray Gralak
 

For those of you with APCC Standard and "Check for updates" is not working, please try this version:

http://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Standard_Setup_1.8.8.14.exe

If you still get a "blank" update version, please post your APCC log file here, or email it to me directly (groups3 at gralak dot com).

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver


Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Don Anderson
 

Kent
I still have it on my older Ipad and it still works.

Don Anderson


On Saturday, January 16, 2021, 11:58:47 a.m. MST, Kent Kirkley via groups.io <kgkirkley@...> wrote:


I assume if we have Astro Physics PolarAlign AP 2.7 we can continue to use it?
Kent Kirkley



-----Original Message-----
From: Marj Christen <marj@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Jan 16, 2021 12:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Hello Don, Dale and all,

George Varros has retired and was no longer able to continue upgrading the app. We are now recommending Polar Scope Align by Dimitrios Kechagias available in the App store. There are free and Pro versions.
https://apps.apple.com/app/polar-scope-align/id970157965

Links to the various apps for Windows, Android and Apple can be found in the product section for the RAPAS.
https://www.astro-physics.com/rapas



Clear Skies,

Marj Christen
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dale Ghent
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:00 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

The A-P polar alignment app was made and maintained by George Varros, whose personal site (http://gvarros.com) also appears to be offline. Google and DuckDuckGo still point to it in relevant web search results, so it must be only recently that it went offline. I hope he's ok.


> On Jan 16, 2021, at 00:03, Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:
>
> I got an notification on my Iphone that the AP polar alignment app has been pulled from the App store. Does anyone know what's happening with this?
> Don
>












Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Kent Kirkley
 

I assume if we have Astro Physics PolarAlign AP 2.7 we can continue to use it?
Kent Kirkley



-----Original Message-----
From: Marj Christen <marj@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Jan 16, 2021 12:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Hello Don, Dale and all,

George Varros has retired and was no longer able to continue upgrading the app. We are now recommending Polar Scope Align by Dimitrios Kechagias available in the App store. There are free and Pro versions.
https://apps.apple.com/app/polar-scope-align/id970157965

Links to the various apps for Windows, Android and Apple can be found in the product section for the RAPAS.
https://www.astro-physics.com/rapas



Clear Skies,

Marj Christen
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dale Ghent
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:00 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

The A-P polar alignment app was made and maintained by George Varros, whose personal site (http://gvarros.com) also appears to be offline. Google and DuckDuckGo still point to it in relevant web search results, so it must be only recently that it went offline. I hope he's ok.


> On Jan 16, 2021, at 00:03, Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:
>
> I got an notification on my Iphone that the AP polar alignment app has been pulled from the App store. Does anyone know what's happening with this?
> Don
>












Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Don Anderson
 

Thanks Marj. I did see that one when I did the search in the App store. Will have a look.

Don Anderson


On Saturday, January 16, 2021, 11:39:43 a.m. MST, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:


Hello Don, Dale and all,

George Varros has retired and was no longer able to continue upgrading the app. We are now recommending Polar Scope Align by Dimitrios Kechagias available in the App store. There are free and Pro versions.
https://apps.apple.com/app/polar-scope-align/id970157965

Links to the various apps for Windows, Android and Apple can be found in the product section for the RAPAS.
https://www.astro-physics.com/rapas



Clear Skies,

Marj Christen
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dale Ghent
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:00 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

The A-P polar alignment app was made and maintained by George Varros, whose personal site (http://gvarros.com) also appears to be offline. Google and DuckDuckGo still point to it in relevant web search results, so it must be only recently that it went offline. I hope he's ok.


> On Jan 16, 2021, at 00:03, Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:
>
> I got an notification on my Iphone that the AP polar alignment app has been pulled from the App store. Does anyone know what's happening with this?
> Don
>












Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Don Anderson
 

Thanks Derek. I will check it out.

Don Anderson


On Saturday, January 16, 2021, 10:19:28 a.m. MST, Derek K. via groups.io <kirthgersenwall@...> wrote:


If you’re evaluating alternatives I can recommend the PS Align Pro app for iOS (link below). 

It simulates several Polar scope reticles, including PASILL and RAPAS, compensates for refraction and nutation (can’t vouch for these specific aspects from personal experience, but I’ve found it to be quite accurate overall for my Mach1) and incorporates numerous handy calculators (similar to those found at astronomy.tools). 

Derek

PS: I’m not affiliated with the app author








On Friday, January 15, 2021, 21:03, Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca@...> wrote:

I got an notification on my Iphone that the AP polar alignment app has been pulled from the App store. Does anyone know what's happening with this?
Don


Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Greg Salyer
 

I have Polar Scope Align and it is excellent.

Greg

On Jan 16, 2021, at 1:39 PM, Marj Christen <marj@astro-physics.com> wrote:

Hello Don, Dale and all,

George Varros has retired and was no longer able to continue upgrading the app. We are now recommending Polar Scope Align by Dimitrios Kechagias available in the App store. There are free and Pro versions.
https://apps.apple.com/app/polar-scope-align/id970157965

Links to the various apps for Windows, Android and Apple can be found in the product section for the RAPAS.
https://www.astro-physics.com/rapas



Clear Skies,

Marj Christen
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dale Ghent
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:00 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

The A-P polar alignment app was made and maintained by George Varros, whose personal site (http://gvarros.com) also appears to be offline. Google and DuckDuckGo still point to it in relevant web search results, so it must be only recently that it went offline. I hope he's ok.


On Jan 16, 2021, at 00:03, Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:

I got an notification on my Iphone that the AP polar alignment app has been pulled from the App store. Does anyone know what's happening with this?
Don










Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

 

Hello Don, Dale and all,

George Varros has retired and was no longer able to continue upgrading the app. We are now recommending Polar Scope Align by Dimitrios Kechagias available in the App store. There are free and Pro versions.
https://apps.apple.com/app/polar-scope-align/id970157965

Links to the various apps for Windows, Android and Apple can be found in the product section for the RAPAS.
https://www.astro-physics.com/rapas



Clear Skies,

Marj Christen
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dale Ghent
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:00 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

The A-P polar alignment app was made and maintained by George Varros, whose personal site (http://gvarros.com) also appears to be offline. Google and DuckDuckGo still point to it in relevant web search results, so it must be only recently that it went offline. I hope he's ok.


On Jan 16, 2021, at 00:03, Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:

I got an notification on my Iphone that the AP polar alignment app has been pulled from the App store. Does anyone know what's happening with this?
Don


Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Derek K.
 

If you’re evaluating alternatives I can recommend the PS Align Pro app for iOS (link below). 

It simulates several Polar scope reticles, including PASILL and RAPAS, compensates for refraction and nutation (can’t vouch for these specific aspects from personal experience, but I’ve found it to be quite accurate overall for my Mach1) and incorporates numerous handy calculators (similar to those found at astronomy.tools). 

Derek

PS: I’m not affiliated with the app author

On Friday, January 15, 2021, 21:03, Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca@...> wrote:

I got an notification on my Iphone that the AP polar alignment app has been pulled from the App store. Does anyone know what's happening with this?
Don


Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Dale Ghent
 

The A-P polar alignment app was made and maintained by George Varros, whose personal site (http://gvarros.com) also appears to be offline. Google and DuckDuckGo still point to it in relevant web search results, so it must be only recently that it went offline. I hope he's ok.

On Jan 16, 2021, at 00:03, Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:

I got an notification on my Iphone that the AP polar alignment app has been pulled from the App store. Does anyone know what's happening with this?
Don


Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Don Anderson
 

Yes. I'm in the Apple world.

Don Anderson


On Friday, January 15, 2021, 11:25:31 p.m. MST, Peter Nagy <topboxman@...> wrote:


It appears "Polar Finder" for Android is still there. This is the correct Android app for RAPAS for A-P mounts.

Are you using Apple?

Peter


Re: RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Peter Nagy
 

It appears "Polar Finder" for Android is still there. This is the correct Android app for RAPAS for A-P mounts.

Are you using Apple?

Peter


RAPAS Polar Alignment App No Longer Available in Apple App Store

Don Anderson
 

I got an notification on my Iphone that the AP polar alignment app has been pulled from the App store. Does anyone know what's happening with this?
Don


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

Allen Ruckle
 

 I was happy to see the iOS version of Sky Safari has been updated to include commands for my A-P Mach2.  I did not have time to try it out on Thursday night Jan 14 but I read everything I could find about the commands added to Sky Safari 6.8.  I like the way Sky Safari immediately places the location indicator at the NCP position  on connection.   I exercised the mount slewing 8 or 10 objects, (Stars & Planets). I searched the menus for the park commands or functions but did not find them.  I tried out the new tilt to move feature and at first it appears to not working.  I soon discovered I was not tilting the phone far enough to activate the move action.  It appears to also do dual axis moves.  because I did not see any way to park the mount I tried to see of I could search on "North Celestial Pole",  no joy.  When I chose to end the session by selecting "Disconnect", a menu came up with the new park options shown above.      

Good Job Sky Safari!

however . . . . . . . . . I have one question.    How do I synchronize Sky Safari to a star after an initial goto from the park position, without causing the Mach2 mount to loose its calibration.   In my first use of Sky Safari when I first received my Mach2, I did a slew to Altair using SkySafari, after that the mount had acted as if it had a re-cal with Altair instead of the NCP, and I needed to email Roland who helped me re establish the telescope to the "Home Location". ( Thank You Roland ).

aruckle


Re: APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

Jerry
 

Update worked for me.  I had one computer where the update check worked and another where it didn't.

The one where it didn't now shows latest and current versions - first time ever.

Thanks!

Jerry

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