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Re: Connecting Mach1GTO to the computer

John A. Sillasen
 

Try the Pulse Guide manual from the CD that came with he manual and mount.
you will need two straight through serial cables. Each with its own USB to serial device. The ones sold by Staples work fine. Although Staples won't stock the straight through cables A-P will.

John Sillasen

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Dong Hun" <malonee72@...> wrote:

Hi guys.

I received the mount few days ago and it has been raining here so I haven't been able to go out with the mount. I'm playing around with the mount inside and I'm getting used to the mount.

Eventually I will need to connect the mount to my laptop for my imaging session but I don't see much detailed instruction about that in the manuals. Is there any online instruction or manual for that?

Could you point me to any online instruction or manual for connecting a AP mount with a PC?

Thank you.
Dong Hun


Re: Connecting Mach1GTO to the computer

Donghun
 

I just ordered a USB to serial cable and a serial cable.
The previous owner somehow didn't send me the serial cable.

In the mean time, I like to try the mount controlling with the keypad but autoguiding with PHD guiding. Then can I just connect the auto guider to the GTOCT3? It that the only thing to do before start guiding?

Thank you very much.
Donghun

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Dong Hun" <malonee72@...> wrote:

Hi guys.

I received the mount few days ago and it has been raining here so I haven't been able to go out with the mount. I'm playing around with the mount inside and I'm getting used to the mount.

Eventually I will need to connect the mount to my laptop for my imaging session but I don't see much detailed instruction about that in the manuals. Is there any online instruction or manual for that?

Could you point me to any online instruction or manual for connecting a AP mount with a PC?

Thank you.
Dong Hun


Re: Connecting Mach1GTO to the computer

Donghun
 

Thank you Larry for the link to the new version of the manual.
I will look through the manual.

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Larry Phillips" <llp41astro@...> wrote:

Check out this AP manaul - http://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/servo/gtocp3manual-2011-0718.pdf

See page 8 and the paragraph titled RS-232 ports

Larry

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Dong Hun" <malonee72@> wrote:

Hi guys.

I received the mount few days ago and it has been raining here so I haven't been able to go out with the mount. I'm playing around with the mount inside and I'm getting used to the mount.

Eventually I will need to connect the mount to my laptop for my imaging session but I don't see much detailed instruction about that in the manuals. Is there any online instruction or manual for that?

Could you point me to any online instruction or manual for connecting a AP mount with a PC?

Thank you.
Dong Hun


Re: Connecting Mach1GTO to the computer

Donghun
 

Thank you Steve.
I will look through the documents in Ray's website.

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Steve Reilly" <sreilly@...> wrote:

Go to Ray's site here http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/ and download the
latest ASCOM driver. Complete setup instructions are on this site. You will
need the ASCOM software that is available at http://www.ascom-standards.org/
This is for the Windows based systems, not sure what to do for Mac. You also
have TheSky that has a native AP driver for their software. Starry Night
uses the ASCOM driver.



Hope this helps,



Steve





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Dong Hun
Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2012 12:28 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Connecting Mach1GTO to the computer





Hi guys.

I received the mount few days ago and it has been raining here so I haven't
been able to go out with the mount. I'm playing around with the mount inside
and I'm getting used to the mount.

Eventually I will need to connect the mount to my laptop for my imaging
session but I don't see much detailed instruction about that in the manuals.
Is there any online instruction or manual for that?

Could you point me to any online instruction or manual for connecting a AP
mount with a PC?

Thank you.
Dong Hun





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Re: Connecting Mach1GTO to the computer

Larry Phillips
 

Check out this AP manaul - http://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/servo/gtocp3manual-2011-0718.pdf

See page 8 and the paragraph titled RS-232 ports

Larry

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Dong Hun" <malonee72@...> wrote:

Hi guys.

I received the mount few days ago and it has been raining here so I haven't been able to go out with the mount. I'm playing around with the mount inside and I'm getting used to the mount.

Eventually I will need to connect the mount to my laptop for my imaging session but I don't see much detailed instruction about that in the manuals. Is there any online instruction or manual for that?

Could you point me to any online instruction or manual for connecting a AP mount with a PC?

Thank you.
Dong Hun


Re: Connecting Mach1GTO to the computer

Steve Reilly <sreilly@...>
 

Go to Ray's site here http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/ and download the
latest ASCOM driver. Complete setup instructions are on this site. You will
need the ASCOM software that is available at http://www.ascom-standards.org/
This is for the Windows based systems, not sure what to do for Mac. You also
have TheSky that has a native AP driver for their software. Starry Night
uses the ASCOM driver.



Hope this helps,



Steve





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Dong Hun
Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2012 12:28 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Connecting Mach1GTO to the computer





Hi guys.

I received the mount few days ago and it has been raining here so I haven't
been able to go out with the mount. I'm playing around with the mount inside
and I'm getting used to the mount.

Eventually I will need to connect the mount to my laptop for my imaging
session but I don't see much detailed instruction about that in the manuals.
Is there any online instruction or manual for that?

Could you point me to any online instruction or manual for connecting a AP
mount with a PC?

Thank you.
Dong Hun


Connecting Mach1GTO to the computer

Donghun
 

Hi guys.

I received the mount few days ago and it has been raining here so I haven't been able to go out with the mount. I'm playing around with the mount inside and I'm getting used to the mount.

Eventually I will need to connect the mount to my laptop for my imaging session but I don't see much detailed instruction about that in the manuals. Is there any online instruction or manual for that?

Could you point me to any online instruction or manual for connecting a AP mount with a PC?

Thank you.
Dong Hun


Re: Right Angle Polar Alignment Scope (was Re: AP1600 Update)

 

Hi Joe,

We'll provide additional functional description when the information is ready. At this time, we are concentrating on the 1600 with the absolute encoders.


Clear Skies!

Marj Christen
Vice President
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Road
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com
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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Joe Zeglinski
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 5:08 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Right Angle Polar Alignment Scope (was Re: AP1600 Update)



Whoops ... does that mean that the alignment grid is actually part of the "special eyepiece", rather than a reticle somewhere further down, independent of the EP? If so, then putting a video EP in the holder won't be of any use, without a polar reticle. Unless, somebody can device a rotatable video overlay of the Losmandy-like reticle for the laptop screen. That would be handy.
Also, from what you say, the implication is that putting back the EP is tolerance critical - can there be a "marker line" painted on its edge, to line up with the holder?

Can you post at least a "preliminary" functional description document for the new Polar Scope, so we don't have to fish for questions? Surely, this wouldn't do the competition (if there were any), any good at this late stage near release.

Thanks,
Joe

From: chris1011@aol.com<mailto:chris1011%40aol.com>
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 12:36 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Right Angle Polar Alignment Scope (was Re: AP1600 Update)

In a message dated 6/22/2012 11:23:32 AM Central Daylight Time,
J.Zeglinski@rogers.com<mailto:J.Zeglinski%40rogers.com> writes:

Will the new Polar Scope have a standard 1.25" eyepiece holder".
Yes, the eyepiece is removeable. However, you will have to put the eyepiece
back in to the original alignment position so that the meridian line is
aligned with the mount's polar axis.

Rolando



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Re: Right Angle Polar Alignment Scope (was Re: AP1600 Update)

Joe Zeglinski
 

Whoops ... does that mean that the alignment grid is actually part of the “special eyepiece”, rather than a reticle somewhere further down, independent of the EP? If so, then putting a video EP in the holder won’t be of any use, without a polar reticle. Unless, somebody can device a rotatable video overlay of the Losmandy-like reticle for the laptop screen. That would be handy.
Also, from what you say, the implication is that putting back the EP is tolerance critical – can there be a “marker line” painted on its edge, to line up with the holder?

Can you post at least a “preliminary” functional description document for the new Polar Scope, so we don’t have to fish for questions? Surely, this wouldn’t do the competition (if there were any), any good at this late stage near release.

Thanks,
Joe

From: chris1011@aol.com
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 12:36 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Right Angle Polar Alignment Scope (was Re: AP1600 Update)

In a message dated 6/22/2012 11:23:32 AM Central Daylight Time,
J.Zeglinski@rogers.com writes:


Will the new Polar Scope have a standard 1.25” eyepiece holder”.
Yes, the eyepiece is removeable. However, you will have to put the eyepiece
back in to the original alignment position so that the meridian line is
aligned with the mount's polar axis.

Rolando

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Re: The worm gear and wheel re-meshing question

Donghun
 

Thank you Roland.

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

In a message dated 6/22/2012 2:14:41 AM Central Daylight Time,
malonee72@... writes:


I fully assembled the mount at home today and I found out that the DEC
motor was not moving at all.
I was panic a bit but I found that the re-meshing section in the manual
and I followed the procedure and the DEC axis started moving. What a relief!

However I'm not sure my adjustment has been correct. In the manual, it
says tighten the bolt until the bolt makes the full contact. But I'm not sure
what it means by 'full contact'. I tightened the bolt with the long end of
a small Allen wrench until I cannot tighten it further more with normal
force. Is the amount of tightening really critical?
You did it correctly.

Rolando

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Wifi Scope (Sky Safari Pro to ASCOM Interface)

jwrenonv
 

I found this item on the Southern Skies forum. It is a free application, donations accepted. It runs on a PC and links to the ASCOM interface. It allows Sky Safari Pro on iPad, iPhone, Android or Macintosh to control an ASCOM connected mount.

http://www.mainsequencesoftware.com/WFS.html

I use a laptop running PhD and Nebulosity to control my SBIG camera and send guide commands via ASCOM to my AP900GTO. My laptop screen is full of the Nebulosity and PhD windows so I plan on using my iPad to select targets, invoke GOTOs and do RECALs with a dedicated screen for the Sky Safari Pro planetarium program.

If the clouds get out of the way I will give it a test drive this weekend.

Jeff


Re: Right Angle Polar Alignment Scope (was Re: AP1600 Update)

Roland Christen
 

In a message dated 6/22/2012 11:23:32 AM Central Daylight Time,
J.Zeglinski@rogers.com writes:


Will the new Polar Scope have a standard 1.25” eyepiece holder”.
Yes, the eyepiece is removeable. However, you will have to put the eyepiece
back in to the original alignment position so that the meridian line is
aligned with the mount's polar axis.

Rolando


Re: Right Angle Polar Alignment Scope (was Re: AP1600 Update)

Joe Zeglinski
 

Marj,

Will the new Polar Scope have a standard 1.25” eyepiece holder”.

It would be nice to be able to insert a video cam, or a Celestron/Meade “video eyepiece”, and do the alignment via an intensified image of the dim polar alignment stars, from a laptop screen display.

Thanks,
Joe

From: Marj
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 5:08 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Right Angle Polar Alignment Scope (was Re: AP1600 Update)

We have added the Right Angle Polar Alignment Scope to our drop down list on the notification page:
http://www.astro-physics.com/webdata/notify.htm


This will give us an idea of the number of people who are interested so that we can plan accordingly. Thank you for your interest.

Clear Skies!

Marj Christen
Vice President
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Road
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com
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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of divenuts
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:58 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: AP1600 Update



Hi Marj,
If I can change gears for a moment. Any idea when I can buy the new polar
scope for my AP 1200? If I need to get on a waiting list , I would like to
do so.
Thank you,
Chuck Callaghan/divenuts

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From: "Marj" <marj@astro-physics.com<mailto:marj%40astro-physics.com>>
To: <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>>
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 8:59 PM
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: AP1600 Update

Coming along. We're making some final tweeks, finishing up the
documentation and preparing a support website for the documentation, FAQs,
etc. It always takes much longer to complete a big project than we
anticipate.


Clear Skies!

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



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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>] On Behalf Of
Wayne H
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 1:17 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: AP1600 Update



And APCC? :-)
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

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Subject: [ap-gto] Re: AP1600 Update

Roland,

Any updates on the PAS including use on existing mounts?
Thanks
--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com><mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
chris1011@... wrote:

In a message dated 6/20/2012 6:59:25 AM Central Daylight Time,
greg@... writes:


Any news on the production of the AP1600 or when they might be
delivered?

Just wondering.

Thanks,
The parts are in machining now. If everything goes well, it will be late
summer for first deliveries.

Rolando

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Re: The worm gear and wheel re-meshing question

Roland Christen
 

In a message dated 6/22/2012 2:14:41 AM Central Daylight Time,
malonee72@hotmail.com writes:


I fully assembled the mount at home today and I found out that the DEC
motor was not moving at all.
I was panic a bit but I found that the re-meshing section in the manual
and I followed the procedure and the DEC axis started moving. What a relief!

However I'm not sure my adjustment has been correct. In the manual, it
says tighten the bolt until the bolt makes the full contact. But I'm not sure
what it means by 'full contact'. I tightened the bolt with the long end of
a small Allen wrench until I cannot tighten it further more with normal
force. Is the amount of tightening really critical?
You did it correctly.

Rolando


Re: Newbie Alignment Questions

Robert Ray
 

Thanks, Ray. That information certainly helps. In about a week, I will be at my observatory and will attempt to finally align the mount with PEMPro's help.

Robert

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

Hi Robert,

Thanks, Ray. I do not see the SBIG ST8300C camera listed in the Help files. Is it not supported? If it is not
supported, will I be able to get full use of PEMPro (for alignment as well as PEC) with a video camera like the
Imaging Source DMK41 (monochrome) or DBK21 (color) or the Mallincam Xtreme? Those are my other options.
PEMPro can work with any camera supported by MaximDL, CCDSoft, or AstroArt. So if you have one of them (and I think
CCDSoft is included with all SBIG cameras) then PEMPro supports it.

PEMPro also natively supports the Imaging Source cameras (and any other webcam with a DirectDraw or WDM driver).

-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


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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of RobertR
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 7:12 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Newbie Alignment Questions



Thanks, Ray. I do not see the SBIG ST8300C camera listed in the Help files. Is it not supported? If it is not
supported, will I be able to get full use of PEMPro (for alignment as well as PEC) with a video camera like the
Imaging Source DMK41 (monochrome) or DBK21 (color) or the Mallincam Xtreme? Those are my other options.

Robert

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> , "Ray Gralak" <groups1@> wrote:

Hi Robert,

Do I need to operate the mount through the computer to use PEMPro for polar alignment?
Yes, you would need to use a computer and also a supported CCD camera.

-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


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<mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf Of RobertR
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:23 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Newbie Alignment Questions



Thanks, Sean. One question - I have only operated the mount through the keypad so far. Do I need to operate
the
mount through the computer to use PEMPro for polar alignment?

Robert

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>
, Sean Curry <sxcurry@> wrote:

Hi Robert,

I've used Pempro to align my permanently mounted AP900, and found it very
straightforward to use. In fact, I've polar aligned several times, most
recently just to tweak things a bit after several years of use - that only
took me about 30 minutes.

I would suggest looking at the Help file ahead of time - there's a good
overview of the process.

Sean

On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 6:40 AM, RobertR <rray6@> wrote:

**


Hello,
I bought a 1200GTO last year and have since installed it permanently in my
observatory in New Mexico (I live in the Houston, TX area). I have a great
view of the sky except that my roll-off roof blocks Polaris so I can't do
traditional polar alignment. I don't get up to New Mexico near as often as
I would like so I have put off doing an extensive permanent alignment. I am
now going to have a glorious 2 weeks there and want to put the alignment
issue behind me once and for all. I want to get my procedures down before I
go out there. I have a couple of questions.

1. I know that drift alignment (in one form or another) is the way to go.
Before I got this mount, I was a dob user and have had very little
experience with equatorials. I have attempted to do drift aligning but have
gotten mixed results (decent GOTOs but not-so-good tracking over 2 or 3
minutes - I think it is partially because I have gotten my methodology from
several sources and have gotten confused about which adjusters I use during
the procedure (alt-azi vs. clutch adjusters vs. keypad). I have avoided the
GTO Quick Star Drift Method because I do not have an adjustable finder
scope for the orthogonality issues. Should I still try that method without
a finder or is there another one that relates to the AP mounts that I could
use?
2. My other question concerns the use of PEMPro for the alignment
procedure. Would I be better off trying to use this instead of traditional
drift aligning? I admit I have not even opened the program yet.

Thanks,
Robert









Re: Newbie Alignment Questions

Ray Gralak <groups1@...>
 

Hi Robert,

Thanks, Ray. I do not see the SBIG ST8300C camera listed in the Help files. Is it not supported? If it is not
supported, will I be able to get full use of PEMPro (for alignment as well as PEC) with a video camera like the
Imaging Source DMK41 (monochrome) or DBK21 (color) or the Mallincam Xtreme? Those are my other options.
PEMPro can work with any camera supported by MaximDL, CCDSoft, or AstroArt. So if you have one of them (and I think
CCDSoft is included with all SBIG cameras) then PEMPro supports it.

PEMPro also natively supports the Imaging Source cameras (and any other webcam with a DirectDraw or WDM driver).

-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


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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of RobertR
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 7:12 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Newbie Alignment Questions



Thanks, Ray. I do not see the SBIG ST8300C camera listed in the Help files. Is it not supported? If it is not
supported, will I be able to get full use of PEMPro (for alignment as well as PEC) with a video camera like the
Imaging Source DMK41 (monochrome) or DBK21 (color) or the Mallincam Xtreme? Those are my other options.

Robert

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> , "Ray Gralak" <groups1@...> wrote:

Hi Robert,

Do I need to operate the mount through the computer to use PEMPro for polar alignment?
Yes, you would need to use a computer and also a supported CCD camera.

-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


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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
<mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf Of RobertR
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:23 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Newbie Alignment Questions



Thanks, Sean. One question - I have only operated the mount through the keypad so far. Do I need to operate
the
mount through the computer to use PEMPro for polar alignment?

Robert

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>
, Sean Curry <sxcurry@> wrote:

Hi Robert,

I've used Pempro to align my permanently mounted AP900, and found it very
straightforward to use. In fact, I've polar aligned several times, most
recently just to tweak things a bit after several years of use - that only
took me about 30 minutes.

I would suggest looking at the Help file ahead of time - there's a good
overview of the process.

Sean

On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 6:40 AM, RobertR <rray6@> wrote:

**


Hello,
I bought a 1200GTO last year and have since installed it permanently in my
observatory in New Mexico (I live in the Houston, TX area). I have a great
view of the sky except that my roll-off roof blocks Polaris so I can't do
traditional polar alignment. I don't get up to New Mexico near as often as
I would like so I have put off doing an extensive permanent alignment. I am
now going to have a glorious 2 weeks there and want to put the alignment
issue behind me once and for all. I want to get my procedures down before I
go out there. I have a couple of questions.

1. I know that drift alignment (in one form or another) is the way to go.
Before I got this mount, I was a dob user and have had very little
experience with equatorials. I have attempted to do drift aligning but have
gotten mixed results (decent GOTOs but not-so-good tracking over 2 or 3
minutes - I think it is partially because I have gotten my methodology from
several sources and have gotten confused about which adjusters I use during
the procedure (alt-azi vs. clutch adjusters vs. keypad). I have avoided the
GTO Quick Star Drift Method because I do not have an adjustable finder
scope for the orthogonality issues. Should I still try that method without
a finder or is there another one that relates to the AP mounts that I could
use?
2. My other question concerns the use of PEMPro for the alignment
procedure. Would I be better off trying to use this instead of traditional
drift aligning? I admit I have not even opened the program yet.

Thanks,
Robert









Re: Newbie Alignment Questions

Robert Ray
 

Thanks, Ray. I do not see the SBIG ST8300C camera listed in the Help files. Is it not supported? If it is not supported, will I be able to get full use of PEMPro (for alignment as well as PEC) with a video camera like the Imaging Source DMK41 (monochrome) or DBK21 (color) or the Mallincam Xtreme? Those are my other options.

Robert

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

Hi Robert,

Do I need to operate the mount through the computer to use PEMPro for polar alignment?
Yes, you would need to use a computer and also a supported CCD camera.

-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 RobertR
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:23 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Newbie Alignment Questions



Thanks, Sean. One question - I have only operated the mount through the keypad so far. Do I need to operate the
mount through the computer to use PEMPro for polar alignment?

Robert

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> , Sean Curry <sxcurry@> wrote:

Hi Robert,

I've used Pempro to align my permanently mounted AP900, and found it very
straightforward to use. In fact, I've polar aligned several times, most
recently just to tweak things a bit after several years of use - that only
took me about 30 minutes.

I would suggest looking at the Help file ahead of time - there's a good
overview of the process.

Sean

On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 6:40 AM, RobertR <rray6@> wrote:

**


Hello,
I bought a 1200GTO last year and have since installed it permanently in my
observatory in New Mexico (I live in the Houston, TX area). I have a great
view of the sky except that my roll-off roof blocks Polaris so I can't do
traditional polar alignment. I don't get up to New Mexico near as often as
I would like so I have put off doing an extensive permanent alignment. I am
now going to have a glorious 2 weeks there and want to put the alignment
issue behind me once and for all. I want to get my procedures down before I
go out there. I have a couple of questions.

1. I know that drift alignment (in one form or another) is the way to go.
Before I got this mount, I was a dob user and have had very little
experience with equatorials. I have attempted to do drift aligning but have
gotten mixed results (decent GOTOs but not-so-good tracking over 2 or 3
minutes - I think it is partially because I have gotten my methodology from
several sources and have gotten confused about which adjusters I use during
the procedure (alt-azi vs. clutch adjusters vs. keypad). I have avoided the
GTO Quick Star Drift Method because I do not have an adjustable finder
scope for the orthogonality issues. Should I still try that method without
a finder or is there another one that relates to the AP mounts that I could
use?
2. My other question concerns the use of PEMPro for the alignment
procedure. Would I be better off trying to use this instead of traditional
drift aligning? I admit I have not even opened the program yet.

Thanks,
Robert







The worm gear and wheel re-meshing question

Donghun
 

Hi guys.

I'm new to this group.
I just bought a used Mach1GTO and received the mount yesterday.
The mount is beautiful!

I fully assembled the mount at home today and I found out that the DEC motor was not moving at all.
I was panic a bit but I found that the re-meshing section in the manual and I followed the procedure and the DEC axis started moving. What a relief!

However I'm not sure my adjustment has been correct. In the manual, it says tighten the bolt until the bolt makes the full contact. But I'm not sure what it means by 'full contact'. I tightened the bolt with the long end of a small Allen wrench until I cannot tighten it further more with normal force. Is the amount of tightening really critical?

Thank you very much.
Donghun


Re: Newbie Alignment Questions

Ray Gralak <groups1@...>
 

Hi Robert,

Do I need to operate the mount through the computer to use PEMPro for polar alignment?
Yes, you would need to use a computer and also a supported CCD camera.

-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 RobertR
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:23 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Newbie Alignment Questions



Thanks, Sean. One question - I have only operated the mount through the keypad so far. Do I need to operate the
mount through the computer to use PEMPro for polar alignment?

Robert

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> , Sean Curry <sxcurry@...> wrote:

Hi Robert,

I've used Pempro to align my permanently mounted AP900, and found it very
straightforward to use. In fact, I've polar aligned several times, most
recently just to tweak things a bit after several years of use - that only
took me about 30 minutes.

I would suggest looking at the Help file ahead of time - there's a good
overview of the process.

Sean

On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 6:40 AM, RobertR <rray6@...> wrote:

**


Hello,
I bought a 1200GTO last year and have since installed it permanently in my
observatory in New Mexico (I live in the Houston, TX area). I have a great
view of the sky except that my roll-off roof blocks Polaris so I can't do
traditional polar alignment. I don't get up to New Mexico near as often as
I would like so I have put off doing an extensive permanent alignment. I am
now going to have a glorious 2 weeks there and want to put the alignment
issue behind me once and for all. I want to get my procedures down before I
go out there. I have a couple of questions.

1. I know that drift alignment (in one form or another) is the way to go.
Before I got this mount, I was a dob user and have had very little
experience with equatorials. I have attempted to do drift aligning but have
gotten mixed results (decent GOTOs but not-so-good tracking over 2 or 3
minutes - I think it is partially because I have gotten my methodology from
several sources and have gotten confused about which adjusters I use during
the procedure (alt-azi vs. clutch adjusters vs. keypad). I have avoided the
GTO Quick Star Drift Method because I do not have an adjustable finder
scope for the orthogonality issues. Should I still try that method without
a finder or is there another one that relates to the AP mounts that I could
use?
2. My other question concerns the use of PEMPro for the alignment
procedure. Would I be better off trying to use this instead of traditional
drift aligning? I admit I have not even opened the program yet.

Thanks,
Robert







Re: Newbie Alignment Questions

Robert Ray
 

Thanks, Sean. One question - I have only operated the mount through the keypad so far. Do I need to operate the mount through the computer to use PEMPro for polar alignment?

Robert

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, Sean Curry <sxcurry@...> wrote:

Hi Robert,

I've used Pempro to align my permanently mounted AP900, and found it very
straightforward to use. In fact, I've polar aligned several times, most
recently just to tweak things a bit after several years of use - that only
took me about 30 minutes.

I would suggest looking at the Help file ahead of time - there's a good
overview of the process.

Sean

On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 6:40 AM, RobertR <rray6@...> wrote:

**


Hello,
I bought a 1200GTO last year and have since installed it permanently in my
observatory in New Mexico (I live in the Houston, TX area). I have a great
view of the sky except that my roll-off roof blocks Polaris so I can't do
traditional polar alignment. I don't get up to New Mexico near as often as
I would like so I have put off doing an extensive permanent alignment. I am
now going to have a glorious 2 weeks there and want to put the alignment
issue behind me once and for all. I want to get my procedures down before I
go out there. I have a couple of questions.

1. I know that drift alignment (in one form or another) is the way to go.
Before I got this mount, I was a dob user and have had very little
experience with equatorials. I have attempted to do drift aligning but have
gotten mixed results (decent GOTOs but not-so-good tracking over 2 or 3
minutes – I think it is partially because I have gotten my methodology from
several sources and have gotten confused about which adjusters I use during
the procedure (alt-azi vs. clutch adjusters vs. keypad). I have avoided the
GTO Quick Star Drift Method because I do not have an adjustable finder
scope for the orthogonality issues. Should I still try that method without
a finder or is there another one that relates to the AP mounts that I could
use?
2. My other question concerns the use of PEMPro for the alignment
procedure. Would I be better off trying to use this instead of traditional
drift aligning? I admit I have not even opened the program yet.

Thanks,
Robert



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