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Re: UPS delivery - be VERY careful

Bill Gardner <gardner.w@...>
 

Joe,

Been there, done that, have the t-shirt. Years ago when I took delivery of a mount that was shipped in 3 boxes, box 3 arrived first. I paid all the charges and was told by the driver, that the others were probably just on another truck. That was beginning of my saga and my exerpiences with UPS. It took 2 months for the other boxes to arrive. At several points, UPS tried to claim that boxes 1 and 2 never even existed even though they were logged in their system. They eventually found them sitting in Detroit, waiting for box 3 to arrive, so that they could clear all 3 through customs similaneously (at least that was their explanation). When the other two boxes did finally arrive, it took another week for them to admit that they had been paid, even after producing the cancelled cheque.

On another occasion, when damage was done to something, they tried to force me to pay all the taxes, duty and brokerage charges on the value of the repairs. Again, another week (after waiting 3 months for repairs to be done) of dealing with supervisors to make them realize that this charge, should have been part of their initial assessment. There was no way I was going to be out of pocket for their screw up.

Bill

Joseph Zeglinski wrote:

Hi,
Well the UPS screw up saga continues!
That OPT shipment from California to Canada, I described below - and thought was finally out of courier hell - well UPS sent me a bill for all the duty, and government taxes, and of course UPS C.O.D. service charges, for that shipment, now well over a month ago.
Luckily, I remembered that I paid all that by credit card, to the driver at the door. When I phoned, UPS acknowledged that the charge was reported on one system, and not on another. UPS computers don't talk to each other.
If I had simply assumed UPS was in some small way, competent, and I paid the bill, I would be out another $85.
Surely, FEDEX can't be nearly as terrible.
Once again ... beware of using UPS, if at all possible.
Joe
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Zeglinski" <J.Zeglinski@rogers.com>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 4:16 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: UPS delivery - be VERY careful

Maybe it's time to demand the shipping charges be returned, for UPS gross negligence.

Actually, now that I think of it, when I complained to them that it took "over a week" for my other 3 day shipment to arrive, a couple of weeks ago, the UPS agent told me that UPS has an "unadvertised policy" of REFUNDING shipping charges - but ... ONLY if a customer complains, and ONLY returns the refund, to the SENDER.
Then you have to hassle them to get your money back, or the sender will keep it, as a bonus.

It's not much, but maybe it at least it gets logged in somebody's career advancement profile at UPS.

Maybe UPS needs to hire Tom Hanks away from FEDEX :-)
Joe
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Re: UPS delivery - be VERY careful

Kent Kirkley
 

In a message dated 4/30/07 9:17:46 PM, J.Zeglinski@rogers.com writes:


Good quote - I think Julius Caesar was purported to have said in the Latin
writings from the  Peloponnesus Wars:
- "Veni, Vidi, Vici, Toga Habam"
or in direct English translation:
- "Been there, Seen it, Done that , got the T-Shirt"
... so we didn't invent that phrase     :-)
What??

Right person, wrong war, wrong century.......

I came, I saw, I conquered :))))

Kent


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See what's free at
http://www.aol.com.


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Re: UPS delivery - be VERY careful

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi,

Well the UPS screw up saga continues!

That OPT shipment from California to Canada, I described below - and
thought was finally out of courier hell - well UPS sent me a bill for all the
duty, and government taxes, and of course UPS C.O.D. service charges, for that
shipment, now well over a month ago.

Luckily, I remembered that I paid all that by credit card, to the driver
at the door. When I phoned, UPS acknowledged that the charge was reported on
one system, and not on another. UPS computers don't talk to each other.

If I had simply assumed UPS was in some small way, competent, and I paid the
bill, I would be out another $85.

Surely, FEDEX can't be nearly as terrible.
Once again ... beware of using UPS, if at all possible.

Joe

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Zeglinski" <J.Zeglinski@rogers.com>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 4:16 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: UPS delivery - be VERY careful


Maybe it's time to demand the shipping charges be returned, for UPS gross
negligence.

Actually, now that I think of it, when I complained to them that it took
"over a week" for my other 3 day shipment to arrive, a couple of weeks ago,
the UPS agent told me that UPS has an "unadvertised policy" of REFUNDING
shipping charges - but ... ONLY if a customer complains, and ONLY returns
the refund, to the SENDER.
Then you have to hassle them to get your money back, or the sender will keep
it, as a bonus.

It's not much, but maybe it at least it gets logged in somebody's career
advancement profile at UPS.

Maybe UPS needs to hire Tom Hanks away from FEDEX :-)
Joe


AP Difficulties-RESOLUTION!

jjbadal2003
 

After accepting the futility of self-help, I gave AP tech support a
call. 'Mechano-sleuths' Christine and Wally predicted binding of a
gear in the RA motor 'box'. This was diagnosed by comparing the
tension differance in RA to the Dec gear box.In my case great effort
was required to move the small gear that engages the plate sized gear
in the RA housing. Slight loosening of both SS cap head bolts that
attach the black RA gear box to the RA housing did the trick. Wally
explained that these problems develop, not from customer abuse to
mount (from travel,dropping, etc.), but just plain and simple "Majic".
Thanks AP. Joe


PEMPro with SBIG STV

Dick Locke
 

Hello all,

I'm testing my 900GTO mount out (pier arriving soon!) and started
looking at PEMPro. I have several questions, but the most important is:
Will PEMPro work with my SBIG STV autoguider/camera?

According the the AP website, PEMPro 1.7 requires CCDSoft V5, Maxim DL
V4, or AstroArt V3. Which of these is known to work with the STV and
PEMPro 1.7? I'd also be interested in recommendations as I have "none
of the above."

The main thing I want to accomplish would be to use PEMPro to record
and average corrections across many worm cycles, and then program the
mount to compensate for the average PE error.

I realize I can use the STV to feed corrections to the mount, but
without the averaging capabilities. (How much difference does that make?)


Thanks!

-Dick Locke


Re: What hemisphere am I in again?

Howard Hedlund
 

Hi Mike,



1. Your database has probably corrupted. That is why M51 was
reported as being below the horizon. The database corrupts when the
volatile memory loses power. This can happen when the keypad is bumped
too hard or more commonly, when the battery dies. Details are in the
tech support section of our website:
http://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/keypad/keypadbat.htm
http://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/keypad_update/dataload2
01/dataload201.htm



2. LOC:E means that your keypad is set to "external" meaning that
the system thinks it is being operated by an outside computer. There
are three ways this can occur. First is a bug in v. 4.07. See the
following link:
http://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/keypad_update/bugs407on
.pdf Scroll down to the 4.07 bugs and read through it for
instructions.
Second, you may have the keypad set incorrectly. From the main menu, go
to 2=Setup, then 3=Keypad Options. In keypad options, the "1" key
will toggle you through the three auto-connect settings: NO, YES and
EXT. If you are permanently set up, it should be on YES. If you set
up anew for each observing session, it should be on NO. It should only
be on EXT if you are controlling the mount from an external computer
using a program like PulseGuide, The Sky, or Starry Night.
The third way that your keypad can be set to EXT is if you use the "Get
Time/Loc FrMnt" command: 2=setup; 1=Site Location Data; 3=Get Time/Loc
FrMnt. DO NOT use this command unless you are externally connected to
a computer and wish to synchronize the time and location data between
the computer and keypad. It will automatically change the keypad to
EXT mode since it assumes that a computer is operating the mount. To
check the mount's time, always use the 4=Time/LST command from the main
menu. This will also tell you your location setting. To check your
location parameters, go through setup as if you were adding or changing
location data. Exit by pressing menu if you are making no changes.
Exit by pressing GOTO if you make any changes.



Finally, consider upgrading from 4.07 to 4.12. Jot down your keypad
and/or mount serial number(s) and contact Astro-Physics if you don't
have the password.

http://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/keypad_update/keypadver
sions.htm



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

________________________________

From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Mike Chapa
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 12:37 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] What hemisphere am I in again?



Howdy,

I haven't been doing much in the hobby the last year, but tried to
enjoy some views of the moon through my TEC160FL tonight. After
polar aligning, I looked at the moon for a while and then wondered
what some objects in Ursa Major might look like with a bright moon.
However, when I asked it to go to M51, etc., it said they were below
the horizon. I checked the date and time and location and they all
seemed fine. One of the pages said I couldn't change anything there
because I was in LOC:E--what does that mean?

I confess not to being an expert on the AP900GTO--I've always found
the handpaddle a bit non-intuitive and I'm often too lazy to read the
manual. But, I don't think it has ever done this before and it
always tracks like a dream. I'm running 4.07 I think. Can anyone
offer some advice how to fix this problem? I realigned 3 times and
turned the power off/on several times with realigning and nothing
changed. I tried polar align feature and 2 star align--same result.
Of note, the mount always returned spot-on to the alignment stars, it
just wouldn't slew to M# objects, etc. Thank you.

Mike Chapa
www.chapaccd.com


Re: New Mach1GTO question

observe_m13
 

Hi Howard,

How far away is the horizon? Just an approximation. Marj mentioned
that it was "real soon now" in mid January. I loaded up the Beta at
that point and have had no problems. I know that there are supposed to
be a new routine or two added but when will it Beta stage again?

Rick.

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Howard" <howard@...> wrote:

Hi Robert,



Set your keypad to either 900 or 1200. The servo system is the same for
all three mounts, the 900GTO, 1200GTO and Mach1GTO. The next firmware
version will include a setting for the Mach1GTO to keep people from
worrying, but its parameters will be the same as those of the bigger
mounts. Since a new firmware version is on the horizon, we didn't want
to create a new iteration of 4.12 just to add the Mach1 to the choice
list.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

________________________________

From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of dogonenuts1
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2007 1:15 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] New Mach1GTO question



I just received my new Mach1GTO(after a 6 year wait) three days ago and
because of work,
soccer and Little League games am just now starting to get it set up.
I'll first have to say that
the workmanship is really incredible. It is truely like a cross between
a handcrafted Swiss
watch and an Abrams M1 tank. It is solid yet exquisite. Cudos to you
Roland.

Anyway, my first question is: under the setup menu, then the park/mount
opiton submenu,
should there be an option for the Mach1 mount? I only see the old
400,600,900,1200
options. What should I key in? Does it even matter?

Thanks,

Robert Ham





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Re: New Mach1GTO question

Howard Hedlund
 

Hi Robert,



Set your keypad to either 900 or 1200. The servo system is the same for
all three mounts, the 900GTO, 1200GTO and Mach1GTO. The next firmware
version will include a setting for the Mach1GTO to keep people from
worrying, but its parameters will be the same as those of the bigger
mounts. Since a new firmware version is on the horizon, we didn't want
to create a new iteration of 4.12 just to add the Mach1 to the choice
list.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

________________________________

From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of dogonenuts1
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2007 1:15 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] New Mach1GTO question



I just received my new Mach1GTO(after a 6 year wait) three days ago and
because of work,
soccer and Little League games am just now starting to get it set up.
I'll first have to say that
the workmanship is really incredible. It is truely like a cross between
a handcrafted Swiss
watch and an Abrams M1 tank. It is solid yet exquisite. Cudos to you
Roland.

Anyway, my first question is: under the setup menu, then the park/mount
opiton submenu,
should there be an option for the Mach1 mount? I only see the old
400,600,900,1200
options. What should I key in? Does it even matter?

Thanks,

Robert Ham


Re: AP900 difficulties

Bob Holzer <b.holzer@...>
 

Hi Rick:

I have everything moved forward as much as possible. I have my Casady saddle offset mounted to the front. The FSQ is all the way forward in the rings and the dovetail is all the way forward, probably sitting in less than half of the rear clamp. Also, my guide scope is as forward as can be. I have my dew controller mounted on the front of the scope too, but it's very light. I'm still a couple pounds tail heavy, but within ok limits I think.

Bob


.

----- Original Message -----
From: Rick K
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 2:06 AM
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: AP900 difficulties


Hi Bob,

Just wondering how you manage to balance the FSQ with that massive
Proline hanging off the back of it? Are you running counterweights on
your mounting plates on the objective side? I am still waiting on
adapters but I am having some good head scratching sessions with my
155EDF and additional weight to simulate the Proline plus filter
wheel. I cannot slide the OTA forward anywhere close to a balance
point due to the additional weight of the field flattener plus the
camera and filter wheel. I am going to have to add weight to the
objective end. I hope to be able to use it with my Traveler as well
but that could be really interesting. Anyway, how are you managing
this with the FSQ?

Rick.

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Bob Holzer" <b.holzer@...> wrote:
>
> Hi Joe:
>
> I have exactly the same problem on my AP900, same vintage, same
light well balanced load of FSQ/miniborg/FLI Proline. I diagnosed it
over the phone with AP, by swapping cables etc, to be a bad motor and
sent it back for repair. They looked at it, found nothing wrong except
a slight burnt electrical smell from the motor, didn't replace the
motor because they are "expensive", charged me a bunch a money and
returned it to me. I still have the same problem and haven't heard
from them in a week. Please let me know if you hear from them with a
solution.
>
> Bob
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: jjbadal2003
> To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 10:57 PM
> Subject: [ap-gto] AP900 difficulties
>
>
> Haven't used the AP900 in a while. In spite of moon, (naturally) very
> clear night. Traveler with STV/miniborg/STL11000. AP900 most recent
> vintage. I believe very well balanced. Since I have an AP1200 also, I
> traded out most of the cables, in attempt to isolate problem. AP900
> Works fine for first 2-3 minutes, then red light on mount turns
yellow
> and stops. Also slews in DEC just fine,also in RA W-E OK, but E-W
> makes a straining noise. Any thoughts appreciated. Joe
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


Re: AP900 difficulties

jjbadal2003
 

To Joe Z.- I used 2 differant power supplies, including the
new 'large'AP supply. Total weight of Traveler/ camera/stuff- about 35
lbs.- so not past mount capacity.Balance is accomplished by having
scope far forward by bolting a 7 inch AP bar to the front end of a
Losmandy DUP, then rings attach to the 7 inch bar. I will switch out
to the AP1200 for tonight. Will try and further investigate over next
few days as time allows. Greetings Bob H.. Sorry about your mount
troubles. Joe B.


Re: AP900 difficulties

observe_m13
 

Hi Bob,

Just wondering how you manage to balance the FSQ with that massive
Proline hanging off the back of it? Are you running counterweights on
your mounting plates on the objective side? I am still waiting on
adapters but I am having some good head scratching sessions with my
155EDF and additional weight to simulate the Proline plus filter
wheel. I cannot slide the OTA forward anywhere close to a balance
point due to the additional weight of the field flattener plus the
camera and filter wheel. I am going to have to add weight to the
objective end. I hope to be able to use it with my Traveler as well
but that could be really interesting. Anyway, how are you managing
this with the FSQ?

Rick.


--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Bob Holzer" <b.holzer@...> wrote:

Hi Joe:

I have exactly the same problem on my AP900, same vintage, same
light well balanced load of FSQ/miniborg/FLI Proline. I diagnosed it
over the phone with AP, by swapping cables etc, to be a bad motor and
sent it back for repair. They looked at it, found nothing wrong except
a slight burnt electrical smell from the motor, didn't replace the
motor because they are "expensive", charged me a bunch a money and
returned it to me. I still have the same problem and haven't heard
from them in a week. Please let me know if you hear from them with a
solution.

Bob


----- Original Message -----
From: jjbadal2003
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 10:57 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] AP900 difficulties


Haven't used the AP900 in a while. In spite of moon, (naturally) very
clear night. Traveler with STV/miniborg/STL11000. AP900 most recent
vintage. I believe very well balanced. Since I have an AP1200 also, I
traded out most of the cables, in attempt to isolate problem. AP900
Works fine for first 2-3 minutes, then red light on mount turns
yellow
and stops. Also slews in DEC just fine,also in RA W-E OK, but E-W
makes a straining noise. Any thoughts appreciated. Joe





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Re: Need bolts from US

N. Foldager
 

Thank you so much to Eric, Konstantin, and Stuart!

Best regards,

Niels

If you can't find these screws from a local or EU supplier, you can order
them through McMaster-Carr at <http://www.mcmaster.com>. Their part number
is 92185A544 for a socket head cap screw, 1/4"-20, 1.25" long in Type 316
stainless steel. The hex key size for the screw is 3/16". When you navigate
to their site, type in the part number in the "Find Products" box on the
left side.

A package of 10 cap screws is priced at US$5.98.

Hope this helps,

Eric Baumgartner
Redding, CT USA


On 04/29/07 10:27 AM, "N. Foldager" <nf@dadlnet.dk> wrote:


Hi,

I am preparing a special adapter plate to go on the declination head
of my 900GTO (on the surface where you use to place a saddle plate.)

We use the metric system in Denmark and I have not been able to find
the bolts in the US system needed to fasten this adapter.

Would someone in US be so kind as to help me purchase some? I will
of course pay all costs involved. Or maybe you know where I can
order them online for international delivery?
(How about Astro-Physics? :-)

I'm talking about this type of bolts:

http://www.nf.suite.dk/bolt.jpg

In Denmark, we call them "Unbrako bolts". Are they "called socket
head bolts" in US?

The diameter of the thread should be 6.2 mm = 1/4"
and it should go in here (read arrow):

http://www.nf.suite.dk/declination_head.jpg

The length of the thread should be between 1.25" and 1.5"

Right now, I need 6 bolts, however, I gladly receive, say, 20 or
more.

The quality should be the highest of stainless steel (in Danish
terms "quality 12.9")


I very much appreciate it if someone can help.


Best regards,

Niels Foldager



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Re: AP900 difficulties

Bob Holzer <b.holzer@...>
 

Hi Joe:

I have exactly the same problem on my AP900, same vintage, same light well balanced load of FSQ/miniborg/FLI Proline. I diagnosed it over the phone with AP, by swapping cables etc, to be a bad motor and sent it back for repair. They looked at it, found nothing wrong except a slight burnt electrical smell from the motor, didn't replace the motor because they are "expensive", charged me a bunch a money and returned it to me. I still have the same problem and haven't heard from them in a week. Please let me know if you hear from them with a solution.

Bob

----- Original Message -----
From: jjbadal2003
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 10:57 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] AP900 difficulties


Haven't used the AP900 in a while. In spite of moon, (naturally) very
clear night. Traveler with STV/miniborg/STL11000. AP900 most recent
vintage. I believe very well balanced. Since I have an AP1200 also, I
traded out most of the cables, in attempt to isolate problem. AP900
Works fine for first 2-3 minutes, then red light on mount turns yellow
and stops. Also slews in DEC just fine,also in RA W-E OK, but E-W
makes a straining noise. Any thoughts appreciated. Joe


Re: AP900 difficulties

Joe Zeglinski
 

I think there was a note in the AP900 manual about the LED colour changing
to indicate a power stall.
What load is the mount carrying - maybe you are over it's capacity?

Joe

----- Original Message -----
From: "jjbadal2003" <jbadal21169@aol.com>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 10:57 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] AP900 difficulties


Haven't used the AP900 in a while. In spite of moon, (naturally) very
clear night. Traveler with STV/miniborg/STL11000. AP900 most recent
vintage. I believe very well balanced. Since I have an AP1200 also, I
traded out most of the cables, in attempt to isolate problem. AP900
Works fine for first 2-3 minutes, then red light on mount turns yellow
and stops. Also slews in DEC just fine,also in RA W-E OK, but E-W
makes a straining noise. Any thoughts appreciated. Joe



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AP900 difficulties

jjbadal2003
 

Haven't used the AP900 in a while. In spite of moon, (naturally) very
clear night. Traveler with STV/miniborg/STL11000. AP900 most recent
vintage. I believe very well balanced. Since I have an AP1200 also, I
traded out most of the cables, in attempt to isolate problem. AP900
Works fine for first 2-3 minutes, then red light on mount turns yellow
and stops. Also slews in DEC just fine,also in RA W-E OK, but E-W
makes a straining noise. Any thoughts appreciated. Joe


Re: Need bolts from US

Eric Baumgartner
 

Niels:

If you can't find these screws from a local or EU supplier, you can order
them through McMaster-Carr at <http://www.mcmaster.com>. Their part number
is 92185A544 for a socket head cap screw, 1/4"-20, 1.25" long in Type 316
stainless steel. The hex key size for the screw is 3/16". When you navigate
to their site, type in the part number in the "Find Products" box on the
left side.

A package of 10 cap screws is priced at US$5.98.

Hope this helps,

Eric Baumgartner
Redding, CT USA

On 04/29/07 10:27 AM, "N. Foldager" <nf@dadlnet.dk> wrote:


Hi,

I am preparing a special adapter plate to go on the declination head
of my 900GTO (on the surface where you use to place a saddle plate.)

We use the metric system in Denmark and I have not been able to find
the bolts in the US system needed to fasten this adapter.

Would someone in US be so kind as to help me purchase some? I will
of course pay all costs involved. Or maybe you know where I can
order them online for international delivery?
(How about Astro-Physics? :-)

I'm talking about this type of bolts:

http://www.nf.suite.dk/bolt.jpg

In Denmark, we call them "Unbrako bolts". Are they "called socket
head bolts" in US?

The diameter of the thread should be 6.2 mm = 1/4"
and it should go in here (read arrow):

http://www.nf.suite.dk/declination_head.jpg

The length of the thread should be between 1.25" and 1.5"

Right now, I need 6 bolts, however, I gladly receive, say, 20 or
more.

The quality should be the highest of stainless steel (in Danish
terms "quality 12.9")


I very much appreciate it if someone can help.


Best regards,

Niels Foldager



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Re: What hemisphere am I in again?

dan kowall
 

It's in the manual, Mike.
LOC:E means you are using external information in the mount to
establish location and time rather than the presets in the keypads.
Read the section "First Time with a Keypad" to get you going.

dan kowall
photonhunter.com

________

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Chapa" <mjchapa@...> wrote:

Howdy,

I haven't been doing much in the hobby the last year, but tried to
enjoy some views of the moon through my TEC160FL tonight. After
polar aligning, I looked at the moon for a while and then wondered
what some objects in Ursa Major might look like with a bright moon.
However, when I asked it to go to M51, etc., it said they were below
the horizon. I checked the date and time and location and they all
seemed fine. One of the pages said I couldn't change anything there
because I was in LOC:E--what does that mean?

I confess not to being an expert on the AP900GTO--I've always found
the handpaddle a bit non-intuitive and I'm often too lazy to read the
manual. But, I don't think it has ever done this before and it
always tracks like a dream. I'm running 4.07 I think. Can anyone
offer some advice how to fix this problem? I realigned 3 times and
turned the power off/on several times with realigning and nothing
changed. I tried polar align feature and 2 star align--same result.
Of note, the mount always returned spot-on to the alignment stars, it
just wouldn't slew to M# objects, etc. Thank you.

Mike Chapa
www.chapaccd.com


Re: Need bolts from US

Poschinger Konstantin v. <KPoschinger@...>
 

Hello,

<ou can find these screws by Mr. Neumann Jr.: http://
www.gerd.neumann.net/

Konstantin


Konstantin v. Poschinger
Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
http://www.astro22605.de

Am 29.04.2007 um 16:27 schrieb N. Foldager:


Hi,

I am preparing a special adapter plate to go on the declination head
of my 900GTO (on the surface where you use to place a saddle plate.)

We use the metric system in Denmark and I have not been able to find
the bolts in the US system needed to fasten this adapter.

Would someone in US be so kind as to help me purchase some? I will
of course pay all costs involved. Or maybe you know where I can
order them online for international delivery?
(How about Astro-Physics? :-)

I'm talking about this type of bolts:

http://www.nf.suite.dk/bolt.jpg

In Denmark, we call them "Unbrako bolts". Are they "called socket
head bolts" in US?

The diameter of the thread should be 6.2 mm = 1/4"
and it should go in here (read arrow):

http://www.nf.suite.dk/declination_head.jpg

The length of the thread should be between 1.25" and 1.5"

Right now, I need 6 bolts, however, I gladly receive, say, 20 or
more.

The quality should be the highest of stainless steel (in Danish
terms "quality 12.9")

I very much appreciate it if someone can help.

Best regards,

Niels Foldager



Need bolts from US

N. Foldager
 

Hi,

I am preparing a special adapter plate to go on the declination head
of my 900GTO (on the surface where you use to place a saddle plate.)

We use the metric system in Denmark and I have not been able to find
the bolts in the US system needed to fasten this adapter.

Would someone in US be so kind as to help me purchase some? I will
of course pay all costs involved. Or maybe you know where I can
order them online for international delivery?
(How about Astro-Physics? :-)

I'm talking about this type of bolts:

http://www.nf.suite.dk/bolt.jpg

In Denmark, we call them "Unbrako bolts". Are they "called socket
head bolts" in US?

The diameter of the thread should be 6.2 mm = 1/4"
and it should go in here (read arrow):

http://www.nf.suite.dk/declination_head.jpg

The length of the thread should be between 1.25" and 1.5"

Right now, I need 6 bolts, however, I gladly receive, say, 20 or
more.

The quality should be the highest of stainless steel (in Danish
terms "quality 12.9")


I very much appreciate it if someone can help.


Best regards,

Niels Foldager


Re: What hemisphere am I in again?

Edd Weninger
 

I recently had the same problem. The battery in the hand control
needed to be replaced. I sent it back to A-P and also had the
firmware updated at the same time.

Clear skies,

Edd Weninger
Overgaard AZ


--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Joseph Zeglinski" <J.Zeglinski@...>
wrote:

Hi Mike,

There is a Horizon setting feature, which you can change. It's
for
defining the level of the "tree line" in your area, so you don't
waste time
chasing objects below that local horizon. Any chance the target is
below that
setting? Perhaps it is set for a non-zero default.

Joe


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Chapa" <mjchapa@...>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 1:37 AM
Subject: [ap-gto] What hemisphere am I in again?


Howdy,

I haven't been doing much in the hobby the last year, but tried to
enjoy some views of the moon through my TEC160FL tonight. After
polar aligning, I looked at the moon for a while and then wondered
what some objects in Ursa Major might look like with a bright
moon.
However, when I asked it to go to M51, etc., it said they were
below
the horizon. I checked the date and time and location and they
all
seemed fine. One of the pages said I couldn't change anything
there
because I was in LOC:E--what does that mean?

I confess not to being an expert on the AP900GTO--I've always
found
the handpaddle a bit non-intuitive and I'm often too lazy to read
the
manual. But, I don't think it has ever done this before and it
always tracks like a dream. I'm running 4.07 I think. Can anyone
offer some advice how to fix this problem? I realigned 3 times
and
turned the power off/on several times with realigning and nothing
changed. I tried polar align feature and 2 star align--same
result.
Of note, the mount always returned spot-on to the alignment
stars, it
just wouldn't slew to M# objects, etc. Thank you.

Mike Chapa
www.chapaccd.com



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