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Re: Connectivity Problems

Felix Luciano
 

Wade,

Here is what I got from Howard at A-P,

"Hi Felix,

My guess is that your USB to serial adapter is not assigned to COM1, but more likely COM2, 3 or 4. With the Keyspan connected to the computer, go into Control Panel, and then into the System tab. Click the Hardware tab and then the Device Manager Button. Find "Ports (COM & LPT)" in the list and click the + sign to see what ports are assigned. It should list the Keyspan along with its assigned COM number. Use that COM port number in The Sky X. Don't worry about which port on the GTOCP3 you are using. It is the computer's assigned COM port number that is important.

I'm not sure what your error might be with the "set location date & time" in The Sky X, but I would not reset this after initializing from the keypad. Initialize from one or the other, but not from both. If you have given the time and location to the servo from the keypad, you will gain absolutely nothing by resending that information from the computer, and you risk messing up the mount's orientation if you do so.

Mag. 7 skies!

Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513"

Hope that helps...

Felix Luciano

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "wade.richards53" <wade.richards53@...> wrote:

I am trying to get my AP 900 GoTo mount to respond to Sky 6 (Serious Astronomer)software. I have run the communications test recommended by AP (i.e.Test procedure used to upgrade the database and I get the message "mount found"). This successful test I assume ensures that the computer is talking to the mount. This test is run without Sky 6 runing.I start Sky 6 runing and check the com port to be sure the software is using the same com port as the mount.I then go to establish link and I get the message "The Astro-physics device is not responding.Please check your com port and power connection".
Sky 6 does not have an Initialize telescope option (i.e. it is greyed out)so I do not know if this is important but the AP 900 manual includes this initialization step (page 64). Any help with this problem will be much appricated.


Re: Connectivity Problems

Don Anderson
 

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "wade.richards53" <wade.richards53@...> wrote:

I am trying to get my AP 900 GoTo mount to respond to Sky 6 (Serious Astronomer)software. I have run the communications test recommended by AP (i.e.Test procedure used to upgrade the database and I get the message "mount found"). This successful test I assume ensures that the computer is talking to the mount. This test is run without Sky 6 runing.I start Sky 6 runing and check the com port to be sure the software is using the same com port as the mount.I then go to establish link and I get the message "The Astro-physics device is not responding.Please check your com port and power connection".
Sky 6 does not have an Initialize telescope option (i.e. it is greyed out)so I do not know if this is important but the AP 900 manual includes this initialization step (page 64). Any help with this problem will be much appricated.
Wade
Sounds like it could be an incorrect com port selection in The Sky. Check your com port setting by going into the telescope set up menu(telescope/setup/settings. You will have to try different com ports till you find one that works. The baud rate should stay at 9600.
Hope this helps
Don


consistent direction slewing?

mogulskier_groups
 

My ap1200 GOTOCP3 is exhibiting a behavior when slewing that I haven't seen before. The behavior is the same whether I use the keypad, Maxim, ACP, StarryNight, etc.

When I move either to the West or North, the mount slews about 8-10 arcmins to the west, then back to the new location. It's doing this west/east consistent slew even when I try to move north.
When I move East or South, it just moves.

I don't recall seeing this behavior before. Is this the correct behavior? If not, how do I disable it?

What I haven't tried is disconnecting all software from the mount and then just using the keypad. That is a test I'll have to try before heading to the hills tonight in preparation for the LCROSS Impact Party we're hosting.

Dave


Connectivity Problems

wade.richards53 <wade.richards53@...>
 

I am trying to get my AP 900 GoTo mount to respond to Sky 6 (Serious Astronomer)software. I have run the communications test recommended by AP (i.e.Test procedure used to upgrade the database and I get the message "mount found"). This successful test I assume ensures that the computer is talking to the mount. This test is run without Sky 6 runing.I start Sky 6 runing and check the com port to be sure the software is using the same com port as the mount.I then go to establish link and I get the message "The Astro-physics device is not responding.Please check your com port and power connection".
Sky 6 does not have an Initialize telescope option (i.e. it is greyed out)so I do not know if this is important but the AP 900 manual includes this initialization step (page 64). Any help with this problem will be much appricated.


Re: 900GTO RA rear cap

Eric Baumgartner
 

Hi, Howard:

I'll take two: one for the 900GTO, and one for the 1200GTO.

Eric Baumgartner
Redding, CT USA

On 10/8/09 11:37 AM, "Howard Hedlund" <howard@astro-physics.com> wrote:

Hi Danny and group,



The threads are 3.590" x 24 tpi. If you have something machined, I
would certainly take the existing cap to the machinist for him to
measure and inspect. I have posted a picture package of some shots
that Frank Barnes sent me of his very excellent cover in the Files
section. It has the regrettably unoriginal name of
Picture-Package.jpg, because I forgot to rename it first.
Unfortunately, I don't believe the guy who actually machined the cover
is still in business, but for that rather interesting story, you'll have
to talk to Frank, maybe at AIC!

This cover would have a rather limited latitude range, especially with
older mounts that do not have the taller polar forks. Those of you at
higher latitudes would be out of luck. (No, I don't have a precise
latitude range!) We have thought about making them, or something
similar, but couldn't quite get them to the top of the priority list.
This might be a good chance to see what kind of demand there actually
is.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

________________________________

From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of dannysperry
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 7:45 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] 900GTO RA rear cap





Hi Rolando or anyone who can help... I'm hoping to get the exact
diameter and thread specs on the RA rear cap for a 900GTO. I want to get
a custom one made that will allow me to permanently keep the polar scope
in place while covering/protecting the RA bearings... So, essentially
the same cover as the stock one but a little deeper and with a hole in
the middle to allow the polar scope to stick through.

Thx,
Danny


Re: 900GTO RA rear cap

Christopher Vedeler <chris@...>
 

Me too!

Chris Vedeler

Joseph Zeglinski wrote:


Hi Howard,

Put my name on the "PAS Cover" notification list.

Joe
( LAT: 43.5 N)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Howard" <howard@astro-physics.com <mailto:howard%40astro-physics.com>>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>>
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 11:37 AM
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] 900GTO RA rear cap

Hi Danny and group,



The threads are 3.590" x 24 tpi. If you have something machined, I
would certainly take the existing cap to the machinist for him to
measure and inspect. I have posted a picture package of some shots
that Frank Barnes sent me of his very excellent cover in the Files
section. It has the regrettably unoriginal name of
Picture-Package.jpg, because I forgot to rename it first.
Unfortunately, I don't believe the guy who actually machined the cover
is still in business, but for that rather interesting story, you'll have
to talk to Frank, maybe at AIC!

This cover would have a rather limited latitude range, especially with
older mounts that do not have the taller polar forks. Those of you at
higher latitudes would be out of luck. (No, I don't have a precise
latitude range!) We have thought about making them, or something
similar, but couldn't quite get them to the top of the priority list.
This might be a good chance to see what kind of demand there actually
is.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

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[mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>] On Behalf
Of dannysperry
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 7:45 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [ap-gto] 900GTO RA rear cap





Hi Rolando or anyone who can help... I'm hoping to get the exact
diameter and thread specs on the RA rear cap for a 900GTO. I want to get
a custom one made that will allow me to permanently keep the polar scope
in place while covering/protecting the RA bearings... So, essentially
the same cover as the stock one but a little deeper and with a hole in
the middle to allow the polar scope to stick through.

Thx,
Danny








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Re: consistent direction slewing?

Roland Christen
 

In a message dated 10/8/2009 3:18:06 PM Central Daylight Time,
mogulskier_groups@yahoo.com writes:


My ap1200 GOTOCP3 is exhibiting a behavior when slewing that I haven't
seen before. The behavior is the same whether I use the keypad, Maxim, ACP,
StarryNight, etc.

When I move either to the West or North, the mount slews about 8-10
arcmins to the west, then back to the new location. It's doing this west/east
consistent slew even when I try to move north.
When I move East or South, it just moves.
I am not sure what you are trying to say in the above, but I will take a
guess. You probably have a 3rd party software that sent a huge RA backlash
command to the mount from your laptop. If you are going to use 3rd party
software to initialize your mount then you must remove the backlash command from
your software, set it to zero.

Rolando


Re: 900GTO RA rear cap

Wiggins, Rick
 

Hi Roland,
Then, thread the hole and screw on a plastic or metal pipe with a cap on it to encompass the head of the polar scope!
Thanks, Rick

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, chris1011@... wrote:

In a message dated 10/7/2009 7:45:24 PM Central Daylight Time,
danny@... writes:


Hi Rolando or anyone who can help... I'm hoping to get the exact diameter
and thread specs on the RA rear cap for a 900GTO.
Just buy an extra cap and have a machinist machine a hole in it to allow
your polar scope to go thru the hole.

Rolando


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Re: Looking for 1 nut donation from a US fellow amateur

Dominique Dierick
 

Good suggestion!

Dodi

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

Hi Howard & Dodi,

Some time ago, I thought about this need to lock down the Az Adjuster,
and wonder if it might be worthwhile for AP to drill & tap the top of each
side, and insert a nylon plug (break pad), followed by a short threaded
screw with finger knob. Another advantage is that the "brake tension" is
adjustable. That way, one could prevent unintended adjustment on either
side - or it could be removed, if not required.
This would be easy to add, since the top surface of the adjuster housing is
flat, and thus easy to precisely centre the drill. In fact, anyone could do
this for himself on their existing units.

It could be a cleaner solution than needing to use a bolt wrench on the
"fine thread" 5/16-24 nut & washer, let alone hunting for one, especially
since threads at this size are much more commonly "course thread".

Joe

----- Original Message -----
From: "Howard" <howard@...>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 1:39 PM
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: Looking for 1 nut donation from a US fellow
amateur


Hi Dodi,



I had to go to several hardware stores to find the right nut, but a
5/16-24 fine thread stainless steel nut and a 5/16 stainless flat washer
are on their way to you. Because of the radius curve on the inside of
the Azimuth Adjuster housing, you will probably need to cut away part of
the washer along one side so that it fits flush against the housing.
Be sure to file the cut portion of the washer smooth so that you don't
scratch the anodizing of the housing.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513


Re: Looking for 1 nut donation from a US fellow amateur

Dominique Dierick
 

Hi Howard,

Thanks for that! I did receive a zero dollar bill from AP today,
but not yet received nut and washer. Was it sent airmail or
surface?

Thanks a bunch

Dodi

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

Hi Dodi,



I had to go to several hardware stores to find the right nut, but a
5/16-24 fine thread stainless steel nut and a 5/16 stainless flat washer
are on their way to you. Because of the radius curve on the inside of
the Azimuth Adjuster housing, you will probably need to cut away part of
the washer along one side so that it fits flush against the housing.
Be sure to file the cut portion of the washer smooth so that you don't
scratch the anodizing of the housing.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

________________________________

From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of digidodi
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 12:28 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Looking for 1 nut donation from a US fellow
amateur





Well, I think they forgot. Asked months ago...

Still looking.

Dodi

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

Hi Dodi,
Email or call AP and I'm sure they can help you. Contact information
is on
their website.
Chuck/divenuts

----- Original Message -----
From: "digidodi" <ddierick@>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> >
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 7:28 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] Looking for 1 nut donation from a US fellow amateur


Well, donation is not entirely true, of course I can paypal for it
;)

I am looking for 1 nut that fits the thread of the most recent AP
azimut
adjuster bolt. Since I have to set up each time my AP900 mount on
the
balcony, and don't want to waste time doing polar aligment (polaris
not
being visible for me), I developed a simple method to put it correct
each
time. I unlock only one of the azimut adjusters and lift the mount
from
the pier and plate (these stay permanently outside).

For some time I use paper tape with marks on the graduated knobs to
put
make sure I put it back at the same spot. However, these azimut
adjusters
run so freely, so I have had the occasion where both were moved
lifting
the mount out of or into its case. And then guessing starts :). I
already
blocked one completely with paper tape so the bolt cannot move, but
obviously, that is not a real nice solution.

Putting a nut on one to lock it into place is a far cleaner
solution.
Since these things are not metric, no way to find one in Belgium,
nor do I
know which thread is used on that bolt.

To make a long story short: I am looking for someone with a caliper
to
measure the thread, and ship me the correct nut to block one of the
adjusters.

Any takers?

Cheers

Dodi



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Re: 900GTO RA rear cap

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi Howard,

Put my name on the "PAS Cover" notification list.

Joe
( LAT: 43.5 N)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Howard" <howard@astro-physics.com>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 11:37 AM
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] 900GTO RA rear cap


Hi Danny and group,
The threads are 3.590" x 24 tpi. If you have something machined, I
would certainly take the existing cap to the machinist for him to
measure and inspect. I have posted a picture package of some shots
that Frank Barnes sent me of his very excellent cover in the Files
section. It has the regrettably unoriginal name of
Picture-Package.jpg, because I forgot to rename it first.
Unfortunately, I don't believe the guy who actually machined the cover
is still in business, but for that rather interesting story, you'll have
to talk to Frank, maybe at AIC!
This cover would have a rather limited latitude range, especially with
older mounts that do not have the taller polar forks. Those of you at
higher latitudes would be out of luck. (No, I don't have a precise
latitude range!) We have thought about making them, or something
similar, but couldn't quite get them to the top of the priority list.
This might be a good chance to see what kind of demand there actually
is.
Mag. 7 skies!
Howard Hedlund
Astro-Physics, Inc.
815-282-1513
________________________________
From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of dannysperry
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 7:45 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] 900GTO RA rear cap
Hi Rolando or anyone who can help... I'm hoping to get the exact
diameter and thread specs on the RA rear cap for a 900GTO. I want to get
a custom one made that will allow me to permanently keep the polar scope
in place while covering/protecting the RA bearings... So, essentially
the same cover as the stock one but a little deeper and with a hole in
the middle to allow the polar scope to stick through.
Thx,
Danny
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Re: 900GTO RA rear cap

Howard Hedlund
 

Hi Danny and group,



The threads are 3.590" x 24 tpi. If you have something machined, I
would certainly take the existing cap to the machinist for him to
measure and inspect. I have posted a picture package of some shots
that Frank Barnes sent me of his very excellent cover in the Files
section. It has the regrettably unoriginal name of
Picture-Package.jpg, because I forgot to rename it first.
Unfortunately, I don't believe the guy who actually machined the cover
is still in business, but for that rather interesting story, you'll have
to talk to Frank, maybe at AIC!

This cover would have a rather limited latitude range, especially with
older mounts that do not have the taller polar forks. Those of you at
higher latitudes would be out of luck. (No, I don't have a precise
latitude range!) We have thought about making them, or something
similar, but couldn't quite get them to the top of the priority list.
This might be a good chance to see what kind of demand there actually
is.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

________________________________

From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of dannysperry
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 7:45 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] 900GTO RA rear cap





Hi Rolando or anyone who can help... I'm hoping to get the exact
diameter and thread specs on the RA rear cap for a 900GTO. I want to get
a custom one made that will allow me to permanently keep the polar scope
in place while covering/protecting the RA bearings... So, essentially
the same cover as the stock one but a little deeper and with a hole in
the middle to allow the polar scope to stick through.

Thx,
Danny


New file uploaded to ap-gto

ap-gto@...
 

Hello,

This email message is a notification to let you know that
a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the ap-gto
group.

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Uploaded by : howard4ap <howard@astro-physics.com>
Description : Polar Scope Cover for 900GTO by Frank Barnes

You can access this file at the URL:
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To learn more about file sharing for your group, please visit:
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Regards,

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Re: 900GTO RA rear cap

Kent Kirkley
 

Concerning AP mount Polar Alignment Scope Caps-About five yeas ago someone
in the 'astro community' was offering exactly what is being discussed.

They were very nicely machined and anodized....and somewhat pricey...like $
175.00.

One showed up on Astromart in the last six months.

Kent Kirkley


White House Star Party

Roland Christen
 

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/10/07/on_the_south_lawn_white_house.html?hpid=artslot

By Joel Achenbach:
President Obama, having spent much of the day pondering Afghanistan,
spent a few seconds Wednesday night looking through a telescope at a
double-star system roughly one quadrillion miles away.
The South Lawn of the White House was littered with some 20 telescopes
and what might be called portable planetariums -- inflated tents with
images of the universe projected on the ceiling. This was the Obama
"star party," a night for astronomy with 150 Washington-area students.
It was 400 years ago, the president told the students, that Galileo
built his first telescope and began probing the universe.
"Galileo changed the world when he pointed his telescope to the sky.
Now it's your turn," Obama said. "Don't let anyone tell ya that there
isn't more to discover."
Also on hand: two 15-year-old amateur astronomers, who discovered,
respectively, a new supernova and a rare type of ultra-dense star
known as a pulsar. Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin. Former astronauts Sally
Ride and Mae Jemison, and current astronaut John Grunsfeld, the Hubble
telescope repairman. The night was blessed by clear skies, though the
light pollution of the city ensured that the South Lawn would not have
the same kind of "seeing" as a remote mountaintop.
Among those providing the instruments was Doug Hudgins, a NASA
planetary scientist who built a homemade telescope (a Dobsonian
reflector with a 24-inch mirror, for those who keep track of such
things). It's an impressive contraption, a bit larger than your
average battlefield cannon. He usually keeps it in his garage,
dismantled, but Wednesday it sat on the White House grounds.
"The Wild Duck Cluster is up," Hudgins said as reporters toured the
telescopes in the afternoon. "It's an open cluster of stars in the
Milky Way in the constellation of Scutum, I believe. It's beautiful."
At that moment, with the sun still out, he had his telescope aimed at
an American flag atop a building a couple of blocks away. Through the
eyepiece, the flag's stars loomed so large you could almost see the
sunspots.
The event was dreamed up as an effort to promote science literacy.
Museums and planetariums across the country were scheduled to take
part remotely.
"Middle school is right when we start to lose kids in science and
technology," said Ride, the first American woman in space. This
program, she said, was designed to "remind them that science is really
cool."
Jemison said that when she was growing up, she assumed she'd be
working in space by this point -- and not just in low Earth orbit. "I
always assumed that I'd be working on Mars or the moons of Jupiter,"
she said.
The star-gazing came amid tremendous uncertainty and anxiety in the
American space program. NASA's strategy of human space exploration is

now very much up in the air. Later this month, a review panel
appointed by the White House and led by retired aerospace executive
Norm Augustine will deliver a detailed report on the options for human
space flight.
The gist of the Augustine committee's executive summary, released last
month, is that there's not nearly enough money in present and future
budgets to carry out a robust exploration program that would include a
return of astronauts anytime in the near future. NASA had set 2020 as
a target date for astronauts returning to the moon, but the panel
dismissed that as implausible and suggested that it would take an
additional $3 billion a year to carry out the mission as originally
envisioned by the space agency.
On Friday morning, NASA will crash a spacecraft and a rocket booster
into a shadowy crater at the moon's south pole in an attempt to see if
frozen water lurks there beneath the lunar surface. Such water would
be highly useful to a lunar base should astronauts return to the moon.
But it's not clear if the moon is still a destination for NASA in the
near term, and the president's science adviser, John Holdren, did not
clear up the issue as he toured the telescopes on the South Lawn.
Asked by a reporter what he would say if a middle school student asked
him if America is returning to the moon, Holdren said simply, "We will
certainly go back to the moon at some point."
And would the administration be willing to put another $3 billion into
human exploration?
"We'll be looking at that," he said.


Re: 900GTO RA rear cap

Roland Christen
 

In a message dated 10/7/2009 7:45:24 PM Central Daylight Time,
danny@californiastars.net writes:


Hi Rolando or anyone who can help... I'm hoping to get the exact diameter
and thread specs on the RA rear cap for a 900GTO.
Just buy an extra cap and have a machinist machine a hole in it to allow
your polar scope to go thru the hole.

Rolando


Re: 900GTO RA rear cap

Joe Zeglinski
 

Danny,

Short term McGuiver solution - pint sized (flat end conic) yogurt tub, with two elastic ears (bungee elastic bands), looped over the AP-900 elevation tightening knobs. Actually, the white tub and black bands, even fit the Astro Physics colour scheme quite nicely, while they protect both the threads and the PAS. :-)

Cheers,
Joe

----- Original Message -----
From: "dannysperry" <danny@californiastars.net>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 2:36 AM
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: 900GTO RA rear cap


Hi Joe,

I don't know that they do need that much protection. It's more of an aesthetic thing for me because I'm shallow and vain like that. :)

Since my setup is completely mobile, any little steps I can get rid of (like threading and unthreading the polar scope) are appreciated. Getting something to cover everything is another idea, too.

Best,
Danny
http://www.californiastars.net/


Re: 900GTO RA rear cap

dannysperry
 

Hi Joe,

I don't know that they do need that much protection. It's more of an aesthetic thing for me because I'm shallow and vain like that. :)

Since my setup is completely mobile, any little steps I can get rid of (like threading and unthreading the polar scope) are appreciated. Getting something to cover everything is another idea, too.

Best,
Danny
http://www.californiastars.net/

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

Danny,

I don't understand the concern, and perhaps I should - if the RA
bearings need THAT much protection, then why leave the polar scope exposed
to such hardship?
Otherwise, Roland may have a market for a "screw on Fez", to replace the cap
with something deeper that protects both the bearings and the PAS.

Joe

----- Original Message -----
From: "dannysperry" <danny@...>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 8:45 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] 900GTO RA rear cap


Hi Rolando or anyone who can help... I'm hoping to get the exact diameter
and thread specs on the RA rear cap for a 900GTO. I want to get a custom
one made that will allow me to permanently keep the polar scope in place
while covering/protecting the RA bearings... So, essentially the same
cover as the stock one but a little deeper and with a hole in the middle
to allow the polar scope to stick through.

Thx,
Danny


Re: AP1200 and POTH

Ray Gralak \(Yahoo Groups\) <yahoo@...>
 

Hi Mahesh,

You wrote:
Hi Ray, Will your new AP GOTO
Just to be clear the driver is an official AP software component (not mine
personally).

Hi Ray, Will your new AP GOTO driver software compatible with
ASCOM version 5 will have early binding capacity so that it
Yes, the driver has built-in early and late binding.

-Ray


Re: AP1200 and POTH

deepsky2002ca
 

Hi Ray, Will your new AP GOTO driver software compatible with ASCOM version 5 will have early binding capacity so that it can connect to the AP1200 mount directly and then one can choose software of choice such as Metaguide version 5, or SKY6, or StarryNIght proplus 6, Maxim DL 5, etc. for their individual use without using POTH route? I am anxiously waiting the release of your driver program for use with AP1200 mount. thanks. Mahesh Yadav

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Ray Gralak &#92;(Yahoo Groups&#92;)" <yahoo@...> wrote:

Hi Luca,

You wrote:
I intend to connect both TheSky and MaxIm DL 5 to the scope
using the POTH as a hub. Since POTH offers the possibilty to
pulse guide the mount instead of using guider relays, I would
like to know if this is correct so that I can dispense of the
guider cable!!!!!
Yes.

Also, the upcoming new AP ASCOM driver is a telescope hub so you will be
able to eliminate POTH from the "chain".

-Ray