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David Baumgartner <cygnett@...>
 

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Re: Mach1GTO Waiting Time

 

Dear Robert,
We are currently notifying people who signed up in early July 2003. It is difficult to determine how long it will be before we catch up to April 2006. Although there are a large number of people on the list, not everyone will order when their name comes up. We are finishing up the parts for the current production run now and will begin the next production run shortly with delivery expected later this year. To be honest, I don't think that we will get to your name this year, but maybe next year........
Thanks for your interest.


Marj Christen
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Road
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com
Please include this e-mail with your response.

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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Robert Schlingensiepen
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 4:41 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach1GTO Waiting Time



Hi all,

I'm on the Mach1GTO notification list since April 2006. Is there a
kind soul out there that has been notified for the current run and
could tell me when he/she was put on the list?

Thanks

Robert


New member - advice on switching from G11 to AP900

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hello everyone,

As a new member, I am looking forward to scanning through more of
the posts in this forum, but in the short term, my decision time is
very short.

I recently acquired a used Losmandy G-11, and am on the learning,
but suddenly, well beyond my best expectations, an opportunity for an
AP900 GTO has come up, and wanted the advice from those of you who
have made the leap from a Losmandy G-11 Gemini to the Astro Physics
AP900 GTO. I suppose it might be like moving from perhaps the
Cadillac of computerized mounts - to the Rolles Royce. But before I
fully commit to a significant new expenditure, I would really be
oblidged to hear your own opinions, on the differences from using
your old G-11 and now your AP900.

For example:
One difference between the two that concerns me somewhat, is
switching the mount from the house, to a pier in the yard. With the G-
11, I can simply loosen 3 large aluminum pier knobs, and transfer the
entire mount to a field tripod - and back later. I wouldn't have to
redo any polar alignment, if I didn't readjust the polar elevation or
azimuth knobs. This saves a lot of time by skipping the COLD start,
and just doing a quick and simple WARM start.

However, looking at the "equivalent" AP900 take down items, it
doesn't seem quite as simple, just transfering from one pier
adapter "plate" to another. If I remove the RA assembly by detaching
the fork bolts (from the pier adapter), I no longer preserve the
polar
azimuth adjustment. The other alternative is to remove the 6 screws
from the pier adapter "plate" itself, and then remove the (entire) RA
assembly, fork, and pier adapter, as a unit - this would be
equivalent
to packing up the G-11 from it's tripod. The problem is that there
are
SIX of these smaller, black coloured, side-screws to handle in the
dark, which is just inviting Murphy to a star party!
The G-11 installation is so much easier - all you have to do is drop
the RA assembly into just 3 tripod slots, and give a quick turn
before tightening the 3 knobs - instead of searching for 6 screw
holes on the side, in the dark. Of course, I am talking about a
specific situation here rather than a permanent installation or a
full startup in the field.

You see my concern ... and that's just a handling issue, but what
about
the hopefully, MUCH improved performance of the AP900 over the pretty
good G-11? I would value your experienced opinions on that.

I still have some extensive reading of the AP900 manual to do, but
perhaps you could get me going.

Many thanks for any guidance, and reassurance.

Joe


Re: Mach1GTO Waiting Time

MrGrytt
 

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Hank Sielski" <hsielski@...> wrote:

Hi Tobert,

I was notified for the Mach 1 just this month (had to decline,
unfortunately). I think I got on the notification list for the
AP400 in early November 2003, at the same time I signed up for the
Traveler...

Regards,

Hank
I was notified on 2/19/2007 after getting on the list for a 400
on 10/12/2001.
Looks like they've covered quite a lot of ground if they're
almost into 2004 already.

Harvey


Re: Mach1GTO Waiting Time

Hank Sielski
 

Hi Tobert,

I was notified for the Mach 1 just this month (had to decline,
unfortunately). I think I got on the notification list for the AP400 in
early November 2003, at the same time I signed up for the Traveler...

My main rationalization for turning it down now was that I got a new AP900
GTO a year ago (March 2006). That was after I got on the notification list
in November 2004, coincident with signing up for a 155 EDF. The good news
for me here is that after getting the 900, I was able to convince my wife to
allow me to buy a 155 off astromart to go with the new mount!

Maybe I should have started looking for a Traveler sooner to justify the
Mach 1! Oh well...


Seriously, I think that the overall ramp up of mount production is reducing
the wait to 2 or 2.5 years or less, so hopefully you'll hear something in a
year or so...

Regards,

Hank

On 3/27/07, Jay E. Potts <jpotts@americanfocus.com> wrote:

Hello Robert,

I was notified last month for the option to purchase a Mach1GTO.
I got on the list, for what was the AP600, on February 28th, 2002.

Clear, Dark Skies,
~ Jay E. Potts
http://www.whirlpoolgalaxy.com <http://www.whirlpoolgalaxy.com/>
(Astrophotography)
http://www.americanfocus.com <http://www.americanfocus.com/> (Landscapes &
Wildlife)

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Schlingensiepen
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 2:41 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach1GTO Waiting Time

Hi all,

I'm on the Mach1GTO notification list since April 2006. Is there a
kind soul out there that has been notified for the current run and
could tell me when he/she was put on the list?

Thanks

Robert

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Re: Mach1GTO Waiting Time

Jay E. Potts
 

Hello Robert,

I was notified last month for the option to purchase a Mach1GTO.
I got on the list, for what was the AP600, on February 28th, 2002.

Clear, Dark Skies,
~ Jay E. Potts
http://www.whirlpoolgalaxy.com <http://www.whirlpoolgalaxy.com/> (Astrophotography)
http://www.americanfocus.com <http://www.americanfocus.com/> (Landscapes & Wildlife)



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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Robert
Schlingensiepen
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 2:41 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach1GTO Waiting Time



Hi all,

I'm on the Mach1GTO notification list since April 2006. Is there a
kind soul out there that has been notified for the current run and
could tell me when he/she was put on the list?

Thanks

Robert


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Re: Extreme Horsehead

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

INTENSE! Nice shot!!!
Stuart
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From: chris1011@aol.com
Date: 2007/03/27 Tue PM 02:00:03 EDT
To: ap-ug@yahoogroups.com
CC: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Extreme Horsehead

It's up at: http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsefullExtreme.html

Rolando


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Mach1GTO Waiting Time

Robert Schlingensiepen <schling@...>
 

Hi all,

I'm on the Mach1GTO notification list since April 2006. Is there a
kind soul out there that has been notified for the current run and
could tell me when he/she was put on the list?

Thanks

Robert


Extreme Horsehead

Roland Christen
 

It's up at: http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsefullExtreme.html

Rolando


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Mach1GTO fits 600E Storage Case?

Elenillor
 

AP GTOI have an AP storage case for my old 600E. Does anyone know if the Mach1GTO with a Dove08 fits?


Re: Setting the mount to automatically stop at a certain time?

marcolorenzi70
 

Hi Jeff, just google it and you will find some examples. I find this one particularly nice:
http://www.sailgb.com/p/12v_digital_timer/
If you go to conrad.com and search for "12V timer" you get the same product sold for less than 30 Euro. Otherwise Omron and Crouzet should provide some nice solutions too.
Clear Skies
Marco Lorenzi



----- Messaggio originale -----
Da: Jeff <jlc@sbcglobal.net>
A: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Inviato: Martedì 27 marzo 2007, 5:50:59
Oggetto: RE: [ap-gto] Re: Setting the mount to automatically stop at a certain time?

What a good idea. Is there one out there that runs on 12V?

(This could be usable the next time I'm out in the field and fall asleep
imaging... This of course assumes the weather gets good enough to even do
some imaging.)

_____

From: ap-gto@yahoogroups. com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of
krmason2
Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2007 11:43 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups. com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Setting the mount to automatically stop at a certain
time?

Jeff,

How about using a timer on your mounts power supply? That way it wont
be troubled due to the computer hanging up. I always think, keep it
simple....

Ken

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups. <mailto:ap-gto% 40yahoogroups. com> com,
"flyrcairplanes" <jeffabbyben@ ...>
wrote:

Thanks Ray,
I seem to be occupying alot of your time lately between this group
and PEMPRO. By the way I took my new AP mount from a PE of 7 PTP
down to 1. Great program.

Jeff

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups. <mailto:ap-gto% 40yahoogroups. com> com, "Ray
Gralak" <rgr@> wrote:

Is it possible to set the AP900 to continue tracking until a
certain
hour of the morning without additional software. I have an
observatory
in my backyard and would like to lock on to an object and
then have the
mount stop at a certain hour of the morning so the scope
doesn't
collide with the mount.
PulseGuide can do this but it will require access to one of the
serial ports.
So, if you plan to use ASCOM (or TheSky) AT THE SAME TIME you
will
have to use
both serial ports on the mount. You could always use TheSky to
locate and slew
to your target, get autoguiding running, disconnect from TheSky,
connect with
PulseGuide, then setup the stop time.

As a precaution when doing this you should always loosen the RA
clutches to the
point that if there is a slow motion collision no damage will
occur. This
shouldn't happen but there might be some unforeseen condition
(e.g.
user
miscalculation of stop time, Windows update forcing a reboot,
etc.)

-Ray Gralak
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Re: Setting the mount to automatically stop at a certain time?

Jeff <jlc@...>
 

What a good idea. Is there one out there that runs on 12V?

(This could be usable the next time I'm out in the field and fall asleep
imaging... This of course assumes the weather gets good enough to even do
some imaging.)


_____

From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
krmason2
Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2007 11:43 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Setting the mount to automatically stop at a certain
time?



Jeff,

How about using a timer on your mounts power supply? That way it wont
be troubled due to the computer hanging up. I always think, keep it
simple....

Ken

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups. <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> com,
"flyrcairplanes" <jeffabbyben@...>
wrote:

Thanks Ray,
I seem to be occupying alot of your time lately between this group
and PEMPRO. By the way I took my new AP mount from a PE of 7 PTP
down to 1. Great program.

Jeff

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups. <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> com, "Ray
Gralak" <rgr@> wrote:

Is it possible to set the AP900 to continue tracking until a
certain
hour of the morning without additional software. I have an
observatory
in my backyard and would like to lock on to an object and
then have the
mount stop at a certain hour of the morning so the scope
doesn't
collide with the mount.
PulseGuide can do this but it will require access to one of the
serial ports.
So, if you plan to use ASCOM (or TheSky) AT THE SAME TIME you
will
have to use
both serial ports on the mount. You could always use TheSky to
locate and slew
to your target, get autoguiding running, disconnect from TheSky,
connect with
PulseGuide, then setup the stop time.

As a precaution when doing this you should always loosen the RA
clutches to the
point that if there is a slow motion collision no damage will
occur. This
shouldn't happen but there might be some unforeseen condition
(e.g.
user
miscalculation of stop time, Windows update forcing a reboot,
etc.)

-Ray Gralak




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Re: Setting the mount to automatically stop at a certain time?

flyrcairplanes
 

That's a interesting idea. I will give it a try.

Thanks
Jeff

Jeff--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "krmason2" <kc6teu@...> wrote:

Jeff,

How about using a timer on your mounts power supply? That way it
wont
be troubled due to the computer hanging up. I always think, keep it
simple....

Ken



--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "flyrcairplanes" <jeffabbyben@>
wrote:

Thanks Ray,
I seem to be occupying alot of your time lately between this
group
and PEMPRO. By the way I took my new AP mount from a PE of 7 PTP
down to 1. Great program.

Jeff

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Ray Gralak" <rgr@> wrote:

Is it possible to set the AP900 to continue tracking until a
certain
hour of the morning without additional software. I have an
observatory
in my backyard and would like to lock on to an object and
then have the
mount stop at a certain hour of the morning so the scope
doesn't
collide with the mount.
PulseGuide can do this but it will require access to one of the
serial ports.
So, if you plan to use ASCOM (or TheSky) AT THE SAME TIME you
will
have to use
both serial ports on the mount. You could always use TheSky to
locate and slew
to your target, get autoguiding running, disconnect from
TheSky,
connect with
PulseGuide, then setup the stop time.

As a precaution when doing this you should always loosen the RA
clutches to the
point that if there is a slow motion collision no damage will
occur. This
shouldn't happen but there might be some unforeseen condition
(e.g.
user
miscalculation of stop time, Windows update forcing a reboot,
etc.)

-Ray Gralak


Re: Setting the mount to automatically stop at a certain time?

Ken Mason
 

Jeff,

How about using a timer on your mounts power supply? That way it wont
be troubled due to the computer hanging up. I always think, keep it
simple....

Ken



--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "flyrcairplanes" <jeffabbyben@...>
wrote:

Thanks Ray,
I seem to be occupying alot of your time lately between this group
and PEMPRO. By the way I took my new AP mount from a PE of 7 PTP
down to 1. Great program.

Jeff

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Ray Gralak" <rgr@> wrote:

Is it possible to set the AP900 to continue tracking until a
certain
hour of the morning without additional software. I have an
observatory
in my backyard and would like to lock on to an object and
then have the
mount stop at a certain hour of the morning so the scope
doesn't
collide with the mount.
PulseGuide can do this but it will require access to one of the
serial ports.
So, if you plan to use ASCOM (or TheSky) AT THE SAME TIME you
will
have to use
both serial ports on the mount. You could always use TheSky to
locate and slew
to your target, get autoguiding running, disconnect from TheSky,
connect with
PulseGuide, then setup the stop time.

As a precaution when doing this you should always loosen the RA
clutches to the
point that if there is a slow motion collision no damage will
occur. This
shouldn't happen but there might be some unforeseen condition
(e.g.
user
miscalculation of stop time, Windows update forcing a reboot,
etc.)

-Ray Gralak


Re: Setting the mount to automatically stop at a certain time?

flyrcairplanes
 

Thanks Ray,
I seem to be occupying alot of your time lately between this group
and PEMPRO. By the way I took my new AP mount from a PE of 7 PTP
down to 1. Great program.

Jeff

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Ray Gralak" <rgr@...> wrote:

Is it possible to set the AP900 to continue tracking until a
certain
hour of the morning without additional software. I have an
observatory
in my backyard and would like to lock on to an object and
then have the
mount stop at a certain hour of the morning so the scope doesn't
collide with the mount.
PulseGuide can do this but it will require access to one of the
serial ports.
So, if you plan to use ASCOM (or TheSky) AT THE SAME TIME you will
have to use
both serial ports on the mount. You could always use TheSky to
locate and slew
to your target, get autoguiding running, disconnect from TheSky,
connect with
PulseGuide, then setup the stop time.

As a precaution when doing this you should always loosen the RA
clutches to the
point that if there is a slow motion collision no damage will
occur. This
shouldn't happen but there might be some unforeseen condition (e.g.
user
miscalculation of stop time, Windows update forcing a reboot, etc.)

-Ray Gralak


Re: Setting the mount to automatically stop at a certain time?

Ray Gralak <rgr@...>
 

Is it possible to set the AP900 to continue tracking until a certain
hour of the morning without additional software. I have an
observatory
in my backyard and would like to lock on to an object and
then have the
mount stop at a certain hour of the morning so the scope doesn't
collide with the mount.
PulseGuide can do this but it will require access to one of the serial ports.
So, if you plan to use ASCOM (or TheSky) AT THE SAME TIME you will have to use
both serial ports on the mount. You could always use TheSky to locate and slew
to your target, get autoguiding running, disconnect from TheSky, connect with
PulseGuide, then setup the stop time.

As a precaution when doing this you should always loosen the RA clutches to the
point that if there is a slow motion collision no damage will occur. This
shouldn't happen but there might be some unforeseen condition (e.g. user
miscalculation of stop time, Windows update forcing a reboot, etc.)

-Ray Gralak


Setting the mount to automatically stop at a certain time?

flyrcairplanes
 

Is it possible to set the AP900 to continue tracking until a certain
hour of the morning without additional software. I have an observatory
in my backyard and would like to lock on to an object and then have the
mount stop at a certain hour of the morning so the scope doesn't
collide with the mount.

Thanks
Jeff


Re: Final Horsehead image of this season

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Beautiful shot Roland! Deeper than the last one for sure.

Stuart

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From: chris1011@aol.com
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Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 1:12 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] Final Horsehead image of this season


Hi All,

I have finished with the Horse. It is slipping quickly away into the sunset.
It is posted now on Robert Provin's web site:

Hi res version: http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsefull.html

Low res version: http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsehead.html

Compare the detail of the hi res version to the superb image taken at Kitt
Peak with the NOAO 0.9 meter telescope:
http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/images/d4/horseheadx.jpg

Rolando

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Re: Final Horsehead image of this season

Ray Gralak <rgr@...>
 

Hi Roland,

Apologies if this comes through twice. I replied earlier but haven't seen it
come through yet.

Roland, I think you did a great job on this image. The "curtain effect" above
and along IC434 is very distinct and that is a hallmark of a good H-Alpha image
of this area!

-Ray

I have finished with the Horse. It is slipping quickly away
into the sunset.
It is posted now on Robert Provin's web site:

Hi res version:
http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsefull.html
<http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsefull.html>

Low res version:
http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsehead.html
<http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsehead.html>

Compare the detail of the hi res version to the superb image
taken at Kitt
Peak with the NOAO 0.9 meter telescope:
http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/images/d4/horseheadx.jpg
<http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/images/d4/horseheadx.jpg>

Rolando


Re: Final Horsehead image of this season

Ray Gralak <rgr@...>
 

Hi Roland,

I think you did a great job on this image. The "curtain effect" above and along
IC434 is very distinct and that is a hallmark of a good H-Alpha image of this
area!

-Ray

I have finished with the Horse. It is slipping quickly away
into the sunset.
It is posted now on Robert Provin's web site:

Hi res version:
http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsefull.html
<http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsefull.html>

Low res version:
http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsehead.html
<http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roland/horsehead.html>

Compare the detail of the hi res version to the superb image
taken at Kitt
Peak with the NOAO 0.9 meter telescope:
http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/images/d4/horseheadx.jpg
<http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/images/d4/horseheadx.jpg>

Rolando

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