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Re: New polar scope

Bill Bradford
 

It is looks very similar to what I had with my Takahashi mount. There is a little utility that you run that tells you where to place Polaris.

Bill

On 4/29/2012 9:47 AM, Robert Chozick wrote:
http://astropolis.pl/index.php?app=core&module=attach§ion=attach&att\;
ach_rel_module=post&attach_id=76995


Re: New Mach 1

John A. Sillasen
 

Thanks everyone. I was given instructions today by George on how to daytime align the mount using the Park 1 and level the counter weight shaft then Park 2 and level the scope.

So simple it was worth a DOH! Afterwards, Howie gave me a personal demo of how to use the ASCOM AP program. Already feel lucky.

I have encouraged the right angle polar scope build for the Mach 1 and feel good that it will come to fruition. Stay tuned.

John
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4GLTE smartphone


Re: AP1200 wrong park position

Kent Kirkley
 

Check your time settings....in the hand controller
and/or your planetarium program.


The mount is probably off by 15 degrees which is one hour...
has the time been adjusted for Daylight Savings Time?


Kent Kirkley

-----Original Message-----
From: Randy <rzugnoni@yahoo.com>
To: ap-gto <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sun, Apr 29, 2012 10:16 am
Subject: [ap-gto] AP1200 wrong park position


Hi All,

I am having a problem with my AP1200 returning to the correct Park 3 position. I
have tried resetting the Park positions by leveling the scope at Park 1 then
going through the procedures to set that position. It goes to the correct Park 3
position after doing that.

However, after a 3-4 hour imaging run the mount doesn't return to the correct
Park 3 position. It is off by about 5 to 10 degrees.

I was hoping that someone could give me some suggestions as to what to look for.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Randy



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This year's colorful theme was the AP Big Dipper Malt Shoppe!

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Re: AP1200 wrong park position

parijat_singh
 

Do you connect the computer to sync the mount and the keypad to park?
In that case the difference in times between the computer could cause this.
The only time I have seen something like this happen in my case is when I forgot to turn off meridian delay before parking.

Parijat

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Randy" <rzugnoni@...> wrote:

Hi All,

I am having a problem with my AP1200 returning to the correct Park 3 position. I have tried resetting the Park positions by leveling the scope at Park 1 then going through the procedures to set that position. It goes to the correct Park 3 position after doing that.

However, after a 3-4 hour imaging run the mount doesn't return to the correct Park 3 position. It is off by about 5 to 10 degrees.

I was hoping that someone could give me some suggestions as to what to look for.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Randy


AP1200 wrong park position

Randy <rzugnoni@...>
 

Hi All,

I am having a problem with my AP1200 returning to the correct Park 3 position. I have tried resetting the Park positions by leveling the scope at Park 1 then going through the procedures to set that position. It goes to the correct Park 3 position after doing that.

However, after a 3-4 hour imaging run the mount doesn't return to the correct Park 3 position. It is off by about 5 to 10 degrees.

I was hoping that someone could give me some suggestions as to what to look for.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Randy


Re: New polar scope

Robert Chozick
 

This looks like the finder in the iOptron. I am guessing something in the keypad or APCC software tells you where you line up Polaris on the "clock time" of the reticle circle and also which part of the line for that "time."

Robert

On Apr 28, 2012, at 10:15 PM, topboxman2000 wrote:

Hi Parijat,

I am not sure if you saw this but I found this from a blogger who took
an image through the new polar scope at NEAF:

http://astropolis.pl/index.php?app=core&module=attach§ion=attach&att\;
ach_rel_module=post&attach_id=76995

I am not sure if this is official but I do not quite understand why this
is more accurate than conventional polar scope. Also, it does not look
like it would work for Southern Hemisphere. I look forward to official
description and operating manual for the new polar scope from A-P web
site.

Peter

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "photonphisher" <parijat_singh@...>
wrote:

Will this new polar scope come factory calibrated ready to install or
will need to be adjusted by user?

Parijat


--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, Christopher Go chris@ wrote:

HI Mauro,

the new polar scope will be made to fit the old 900 and 1200. A new
back plate will be made available for this.

Regards,
Chris

At 04:29 AM 4/28/2012, you wrote:
Hello group,

a simple question for Roland: does the new polar scope fit also
older
900 GTO mounts? I have one s/n 900146, with upgraded control panel
2.

And what about APCC?

Clear skies.

Mauro



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Re: New polar scope

topboxman
 

Hi Parijat,

I am not sure if you saw this but I found this from a blogger who took
an image through the new polar scope at NEAF:

http://astropolis.pl/index.php?app=core&module=attach§ion=attach&att\;
ach_rel_module=post&attach_id=76995

I am not sure if this is official but I do not quite understand why this
is more accurate than conventional polar scope. Also, it does not look
like it would work for Southern Hemisphere. I look forward to official
description and operating manual for the new polar scope from A-P web
site.

Peter

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "photonphisher" <parijat_singh@...>
wrote:

Will this new polar scope come factory calibrated ready to install or
will need to be adjusted by user?

Parijat


--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, Christopher Go chris@ wrote:

HI Mauro,

the new polar scope will be made to fit the old 900 and 1200. A new
back plate will be made available for this.

Regards,
Chris

At 04:29 AM 4/28/2012, you wrote:
Hello group,

a simple question for Roland: does the new polar scope fit also
older
900 GTO mounts? I have one s/n 900146, with upgraded control panel
2.

And what about APCC?

Clear skies.

Mauro



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Re: APCC?

Ron Frisk
 

Well shoot Ray, I had shown such admirable self-control up until just now! No worries, I'm patiently standing by. Cheers, Ron

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Ray Gralak" <groups1@...> wrote:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ap-gto/message/36174

Please wait until next week to ask further questions. I'm trying to finish up fixing last minute bug reports from beta
testers and the documentation.


Re: APCC?

Ray Gralak <groups1@...>
 

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ap-gto/message/36174

Please wait until next week to ask further questions. I'm trying to finish up fixing last minute bug reports from beta
testers and the documentation.

Thanks!

-Ray Gralak
Author of Astro-Physics Command Center (APCC)
Author of PEMPro: http://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: http://www.gralak.com/apdriver
Author of PulseGuide: http://www.pulseguide.com
Author of Sigma: http://www.gralak.com/sigma

-----Original Message-----
From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of raf_1948
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2012 3:27 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC?



Any of you "NEAFers" hear anything regarding the status of APCC?

CS,

Ron




APCC?

Ron Frisk
 

Any of you "NEAFers" hear anything regarding the status of APCC?

CS,

Ron


Re: New polar scope

parijat_singh
 

Will this new polar scope come factory calibrated ready to install or will need to be adjusted by user?

Parijat

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, Christopher Go <chris@...> wrote:

HI Mauro,

the new polar scope will be made to fit the old 900 and 1200. A new
back plate will be made available for this.

Regards,
Chris

At 04:29 AM 4/28/2012, you wrote:
Hello group,

a simple question for Roland: does the new polar scope fit also older
900 GTO mounts? I have one s/n 900146, with upgraded control panel 2.

And what about APCC?

Clear skies.

Mauro



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Re: New Mach 1 & Eagle ordered today.

dannysperry
 

You will wonder why you spent so much time with those other mounts. You'll enjoy it immensely! Congrats!

Best,
Danny

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "JAS" <JASillasen@...> wrote:

First post and new to this group. After spending time with George Whitney at NEAIC and building a shopping list together. I called Daleen and placed my order. ETA to ship is next week. Nice!! I have also gone through the Celestron mounts over the years from the CI700 days to the Nexstar series. I've had a CG5, CGEM & CGEM-DX before making this order. I have used a 1200 series before as a volunteer at Mauna Kea. George and I talked through th choices of the 900 and the Mach 1. Final weight equipment analysis was done with Vic Maris' help as my refractors are all StellarVue. A combination of APO's for imaging and visual use and ED scopes for guiding. Heaviest use will be with a C11 and AT6RC.

It will be fun to bring an Astro Physics mount to a public star party with a 152mm achromat on it. Picture it now, a scope that cost around $800 and a mount around $8000. Around there anyhow. Now they will truly get my meaning when I say your mount should be much better than your scope to enjoy them both. 10 times better in the case of the public star party scope, right?

John Sillasen


Re: Will an AP900 go upgrade like AP1600 but smaller size?

dannysperry
 

I would expect it to be an update similar to the 1200-to-1600 update... Increased weight capacity (maybe 80-90 lbs.), maybe slightly heavier/larger overall, repositioned and self-tensioning RA and DEC motors, through-the-mount cabling, etc. This will help draw a more solid line between the Mach1 and the current 900.

An expensive encoder option may be a hard sell on a 900-ish size mount but, if it's an option, I'm sure there are people out there who can put it to good use.

Or, maybe the Mach1GTO gets a bit beefier and the 900 goes away entirely (I hope not, but ya never know).

-dp

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Steve Altstadt" <steve@...> wrote:

Perhaps it will evolve into an AP1000 with a bit more capacity and optional
encoders like the 1600 has turned into. The gap between the 900 and 1600 is
pretty big now.



From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
CurtisC
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 11:57 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Will an AP900 go upgrade like AP1600 but smaller size?





Just my personal guess: We'll see a successor to the 900 within a couple of
years. A-P is constantly working on evolutionary changes in their mount
offerings.

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

Hello,

The AP1600 is very exciting mount that replace an AP1200GTO. I like it
very much but I don't have an observatory. I can't bring them to anywhere
for imaging. It is too much weight and too much load capacity for portable
use.

I think an AP900GTO is much more reasonable for portable imaging platform.
I'm very like cable through the mount as I used in my Mach1> it is very work
for imaging.

I would like AP do it like AP1600GTO but for AP900GTO too.

Best Regards,
Pornchai POP




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Re: Will an AP900 go upgrade like AP1600 but smaller size?

pgwsteve
 

Perhaps it will evolve into an AP1000 with a bit more capacity and optional
encoders like the 1600 has turned into. The gap between the 900 and 1600 is
pretty big now.



From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
CurtisC
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 11:57 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Will an AP900 go upgrade like AP1600 but smaller size?





Just my personal guess: We'll see a successor to the 900 within a couple of
years. A-P is constantly working on evolutionary changes in their mount
offerings.

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

Hello,

The AP1600 is very exciting mount that replace an AP1200GTO. I like it
very much but I don't have an observatory. I can't bring them to anywhere
for imaging. It is too much weight and too much load capacity for portable
use.

I think an AP900GTO is much more reasonable for portable imaging platform.
I'm very like cable through the mount as I used in my Mach1> it is very work
for imaging.

I would like AP do it like AP1600GTO but for AP900GTO too.

Best Regards,
Pornchai POP


Re: New Mach 1 & Eagle ordered today.

Christopher Erickson
 

Yes, no need to ship batteries, power cords, AP counterweights and such. I
have all of that here. I also have an 80, 100 and 120mm APO's sitting
around that you could use. But sorry, my name hasn't yet come up on the
waiting lists so no AP refractors for you to play with.

My "logistical problems" coming to NEAF this year boil down to the fact that
I have a friend that used to live near NEAF but now he has a new squeeze and
has moved to the other side of the Hudson River. That means no more free
local transportation and a free place to stay!

Christopher Erickson
Consulting Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com

-----Original Message-----
From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
JAS
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:48 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: New Mach 1 & Eagle ordered today.

Why thank you, Chris. I've never brought anything larger than an Astrotrac
before. I may just have to give this some serious consideration. Although,
I won't be shipping a deep cycle battery.... A-P's, George Whitney's advice.
He says not even a Powertank. Dew heaters draw too much current and can
stop a mount. I'd slew. Not to worry, I've used multiple power sources
before this.

Next time, let me know you've got logistical problems. You should be here.

John


--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Christopher Erickson"
<christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:

Congratulations John!

Are you going to bring them with you to the Big Island this year?

If so then you can optionally ship them to me via UPS before your arrival
to
save on hassle and expense of hauling them through airports.

Christopher Erickson
Consulting Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com



-----Original Message-----
From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
JAS
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 10:44 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] New Mach 1 & Eagle ordered today.

First post and new to this group. After spending time with George Whitney
at NEAIC and building a shopping list together. I called Daleen and placed
my order. ETA to ship is next week. Nice!! I have also gone through the
Celestron mounts over the years from the CI700 days to the Nexstar series.
I've had a CG5, CGEM & CGEM-DX before making this order. I have used a
1200
series before as a volunteer at Mauna Kea. George and I talked through th
choices of the 900 and the Mach 1. Final weight equipment analysis was
done
with Vic Maris' help as my refractors are all StellarVue. A combination
of
APO's for imaging and visual use and ED scopes for guiding. Heaviest use
will be with a C11 and AT6RC.

It will be fun to bring an Astro Physics mount to a public star party with
a
152mm achromat on it. Picture it now, a scope that cost around $800 and a
mount around $8000. Around there anyhow. Now they will truly get my
meaning when I say your mount should be much better than your scope to
enjoy
them both. 10 times better in the case of the public star party scope,
right?

John Sillasen




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Re: New Mach 1 & Eagle ordered today.

John A. Sillasen
 

Why thank you, Chris. I've never brought anything larger than an Astrotrac before. I may just have to give this some serious consideration. Although, I won't be shipping a deep cycle battery.... A-P's, George Whitney's advice. He says not even a Powertank. Dew heaters draw too much current and can stop a mount. I'd slew. Not to worry, I've used multiple power sources before this.

Next time, let me know you've got logistical problems. You should be here.

John

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Christopher Erickson" <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:

Congratulations John!

Are you going to bring them with you to the Big Island this year?

If so then you can optionally ship them to me via UPS before your arrival to
save on hassle and expense of hauling them through airports.

Christopher Erickson
Consulting Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com



-----Original Message-----
From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
JAS
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 10:44 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] New Mach 1 & Eagle ordered today.

First post and new to this group. After spending time with George Whitney
at NEAIC and building a shopping list together. I called Daleen and placed
my order. ETA to ship is next week. Nice!! I have also gone through the
Celestron mounts over the years from the CI700 days to the Nexstar series.
I've had a CG5, CGEM & CGEM-DX before making this order. I have used a 1200
series before as a volunteer at Mauna Kea. George and I talked through th
choices of the 900 and the Mach 1. Final weight equipment analysis was done
with Vic Maris' help as my refractors are all StellarVue. A combination of
APO's for imaging and visual use and ED scopes for guiding. Heaviest use
will be with a C11 and AT6RC.

It will be fun to bring an Astro Physics mount to a public star party with a
152mm achromat on it. Picture it now, a scope that cost around $800 and a
mount around $8000. Around there anyhow. Now they will truly get my
meaning when I say your mount should be much better than your scope to enjoy
them both. 10 times better in the case of the public star party scope,
right?

John Sillasen




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Re: New polar scope

Christopher Go
 

HI Mauro,

the new polar scope will be made to fit the old 900 and 1200. A new back plate will be made available for this.

Regards,
Chris

At 04:29 AM 4/28/2012, you wrote:
Hello group,

a simple question for Roland: does the new polar scope fit also older
900 GTO mounts? I have one s/n 900146, with upgraded control panel 2.

And what about APCC?

Clear skies.

Mauro



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New polar scope

Mauro Narduzzi
 

Hello group,

a simple question for Roland: does the new polar scope fit also older 900 GTO mounts? I have one s/n 900146, with upgraded control panel 2.

And what about APCC?

Clear skies.

Mauro


Re: New Mach 1 & Eagle ordered today.

Christopher Erickson
 

Congratulations John!

Are you going to bring them with you to the Big Island this year?

If so then you can optionally ship them to me via UPS before your arrival to
save on hassle and expense of hauling them through airports.

Christopher Erickson
Consulting Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com

-----Original Message-----
From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
JAS
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 10:44 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] New Mach 1 & Eagle ordered today.

First post and new to this group. After spending time with George Whitney
at NEAIC and building a shopping list together. I called Daleen and placed
my order. ETA to ship is next week. Nice!! I have also gone through the
Celestron mounts over the years from the CI700 days to the Nexstar series.
I've had a CG5, CGEM & CGEM-DX before making this order. I have used a 1200
series before as a volunteer at Mauna Kea. George and I talked through th
choices of the 900 and the Mach 1. Final weight equipment analysis was done
with Vic Maris' help as my refractors are all StellarVue. A combination of
APO's for imaging and visual use and ED scopes for guiding. Heaviest use
will be with a C11 and AT6RC.

It will be fun to bring an Astro Physics mount to a public star party with a
152mm achromat on it. Picture it now, a scope that cost around $800 and a
mount around $8000. Around there anyhow. Now they will truly get my
meaning when I say your mount should be much better than your scope to enjoy
them both. 10 times better in the case of the public star party scope,
right?

John Sillasen




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