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Re: Duplicate Messages

roy <roystarman@...>
 

Yes they are having some problems but remember they are not charging anyone
to contribute to this site. I do not know if the sponsors pay anything but I
sure don't. So I think a little patience and understanding maybe in order.



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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
derekalanwong
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:09 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Duplicate Messages



Hi everyone:

Yahoo is going crazy and making multiple messages out of every post.
They are aware of it, and are trying to tell us that it will be good
in the long run (Yeah right). Another wonderful thing that Yahoo did
with their update axed the Search function; thanks to Al Degutis at
Skyinsight we have restored it.

Thanks,

Derek


Re: New member - advice on switching from G11 to AP900

roy <roystarman@...>
 

You can remove the AP900 mount form the pier by loosening 4 knobs. The pier
can remain and adapter plate can remain. The adapter plate doesn't have any
drilled through holes so they won't let stuff get down inside. I think you
should go to the AP site and download the manual for more details. You also
do not to have to full disassemble the mount for transport. I leave the Dec
housing attached and simply take off the counter weight and shaft. You may
loose your azimuth adjustment when doing this taking the mount off since you
have to loosen one of the screws. You can minimize that though by a marker
or some thing similar to mark the one screw and only loosen the other. When
you put the mount back together, use the mark to make sure you first screw
has not moved and then snug up the second to the azimuth adjustment block.
This should get you to back within a minute of where you took it apart. In
comparison to the G-11 it is indeed a Mercedes vs. a Chevrolet. An AP 900
in good running order will track within +/- 5 arc seconds and have a very
smooth periodic error. The bearing surface of the mount is larger and is
much less susceptible to a slight misbalance. With a TAK FSQ 106N My
periodic error is guided out and I rarely turn on PEC, but when I do it the
mount runs about 1.2 rms. I probably can't do better than that with the FSQ
as the scope for doing the polar alignment.. You will discover that you
polar alignment will be much better as the adjustments are easier and more
accurate than the G-11. I think the G-11 Semi-pier tripod is a great design
but the throat is too small for a 900 which is designed to use a 8 inch
pier. Perhaps you know someone who can make an adapter?



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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
astrojaz
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 11:37 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] New member - advice on switching from G11 to AP900



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


Duplicate Messages

derekalanwong <dawong@...>
 

Hi everyone:

Yahoo is going crazy and making multiple messages out of every post.
They are aware of it, and are trying to tell us that it will be good
in the long run (Yeah right). Another wonderful thing that Yahoo did
with their update axed the Search function; thanks to Al Degutis at
Skyinsight we have restored it.

Thanks,

Derek


Re: Mach1GTO Waiting Time

davidjmcdonald
 

I understand that the full quote is:

"Patience is a virtue
Have it if you can
Always in a woman
Never in a man"


:-)


Dave

-----Original Message-----
From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Robert Schlingensiepen
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 9:59 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: Mach1GTO Waiting Time


Hi Hank, Jay and Harvey,

Thanks for your replies. Well, somebody said that "patience is a virtue."


Robert

-----Original Message-----
From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
mrgrytt
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:04 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Mach1GTO Waiting Time

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups. <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> 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



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Re: Mach1GTO Waiting Time

Robert Schlingensiepen <schling@...>
 

Hi Hank, Jay and Harvey,

Thanks for your replies. Well, somebody said that "patience is a
virtue."


Robert

-----Original Message-----
From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of mrgrytt
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:04 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Mach1GTO Waiting Time

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups. <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> 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


Test

David Baumgartner <cygnett@...>
 

This is a test....


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.

-----Original Message-----
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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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> [mailto:
ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>] On Behalf Of Robert
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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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.)

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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