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Re: AP GTO 1100 and softwares

Carmine Iaffaldano
 

yes APCC has not yet been released.  It is possible that a 30-day free trial version can be included soon with more information about purchasing; at least I hope.



Re: Extension for Tripod

George
 

Eric,

 

The key is the ADATRI…the extension, like the mount, drop right in.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 10:33 AM
To: Astro-Physics GTO users group
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

 

 

Hi, George:

 

Does the EAGLE6E8 also work with the old wood AWT000 tripod, fitted with an ADATRI? I am guessing that, if used in this manner, the base of the Mach1GTO would plop into the open top of the pier extension, correct?

 

Kind regards,

 

Eric Baumgartner

Redding, CT USA

 

 

 

From: Astro-Physics GTO users group <ap-gto@...>
Reply-To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <ap-gto@...>
Date: < /span> Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM
To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <ap-gto@...>
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

 

Ross,

We have the 8” Eagle Pier Extension (EAGLE6E8) which will work well with the Berlebach tripod.   See:

http://www.astro-physics.com/products/accessories/mounting_acc/eagle6.htm#extension

Regards,

 George

 George Whitney

 

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 9:44 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

 

 

I have a Mach 1 with the Berlebach tripod. I'd like to put an extension on top of the tripod to help clear my cables from snagging and the scopes from hitting the tripod. Does AP manufacture such an extension and/or is that advisable or am I playing with fire with regards to balance?
Rgrds-Ross

 


Re: Extension for Tripod

George
 

Ross,

 

It comes with a set of wing knobs.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 10:17 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

 

 

Great. Do I need an extra set of knobs as well?

Rgrds-Ross

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 8:12 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

 

 

Ross,

 

We have the 8” Eagle Pier Extension (EAGLE6E8) which will work well with the Berlebach tripod.   See:

http://www.astro-physics.com/products/accessories/mounting_acc/eagle6.htm#extension

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 9:44 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

 

 

I have a Mach 1 with the Berlebach tripod. I'd like to put an extension on top of the tripod to help clear my cables from snagging and the scopes from hitting the tripod. Does AP manufacture such an extension and/or is that advisable or am I playing with fire with regards to balance?
Rgrds-Ross

 


Re: Attaching AP1100 to Pier?

Wayne Hixson
 

Oh also removing the Dec plate and the RAPAS! I'm sure I'll do both those too. 


Re: Extension for Tripod

Eric Baumgartner
 

Hi, George:

Does the EAGLE6E8 also work with the old wood AWT000 tripod, fitted with an ADATRI? I am guessing that, if used in this manner, the base of the Mach1GTO would plop into the open top of the pier extension, correct?

Kind regards,

Eric Baumgartner
Redding, CT USA



From: Astro-Physics GTO users group <ap-gto@...>
Reply-To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <ap-gto@...>
Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM
To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <ap-gto@...>
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

Ross,

We have the 8” Eagle Pier Extension (EAGLE6E8) which will work well with the Berlebach tripod.   See:

http://www.astro-physics.com/products/accessories/mounting_acc/eagle6.htm#extension

Regards,

 George

 George Whitney


Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 9:44 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

 

 

I have a Mach 1 with the Berlebach tripod. I'd like to put an extension on top of the tripod to help clear my cables from snagging and the scopes from hitting the tripod. Does AP manufacture such an extension and/or is that advisable or am I playing with fire with regards to balance?
Rgrds-Ross

 


Re: Attaching AP1100 to Pier?

Wayne Hixson
 

Paul, also the tip on taking the Dec top plate off for carrying and taking the RAPAS off after alignment are excellent too. Thanks again,


Re: Extension for Tripod

Ross Salinger <rgsalinger@...>
 

Great. Do I need an extra set of knobs as well?

Rgrds-Ross

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 8:12 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

 

 

Ross,

 

We have the 8” Eagle Pier Extension (EAGLE6E8) which will work well with the Berlebach tripod.   See:

http://www.astro-physics.com/products/accessories/mounting_acc/eagle6.htm#extension

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 9:44 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

 

 

I have a Mach 1 with the Berlebach tripod. I'd like to put an extension on top of the tripod to help clear my cables from snagging and the scopes from hitting the tripod. Does AP manufacture such an extension and/or is that advisable or am I playing with fire with regards to balance?
Rgrds-Ross

 


Re: Extension for Tripod

George
 

Ross,

 

We have the 8” Eagle Pier Extension (EAGLE6E8) which will work well with the Berlebach tripod.   See:

http://www.astro-physics.com/products/accessories/mounting_acc/eagle6.htm#extension

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 9:44 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Extension for Tripod

 

 

I have a Mach 1 with the Berlebach tripod. I'd like to put an extension on top of the tripod to help clear my cables from snagging and the scopes from hitting the tripod. Does AP manufacture such an extension and/or is that advisable or am I playing with fire with regards to balance?
Rgrds-Ross

 


Re: Attaching AP1100 to Pier?

Wayne Hixson
 

Great info Peter. I can tell right away that the AP knobs probably wouldn't have enough clearance. I may give those thumbscrews a try though. Thanks for the photo - it's worth a thousand words. Any tips or tricks you've learned with the 1100 so far? Other than the Allen wrench observation?

Paul, hang in there. I originally ordered my pier in February and was given a May 1 ECD. Now looking at last week in June. I keep telling myself, "It will be all the sweeter for the wait!" :-) it's really hard though just looking at this bad boy and not even being able to do dry runs with it!

Wayne


Re: Attaching AP1100 to Pier?

topboxman
 

Congrats on receiving the mount. I also have this mount and ATS pier as well. I use the following thumbscrew:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#91744a581/=s9g2u2

 

Also see my image at:


http://tinyurl.com/AP1100-Thumbscrew


I used them for a while and then reverted back to A-P supplied bolts because I always need to use Allen Head wrench for other parts of the scope like three knobs of A-P 16" saddle, clutch knobs, etc. What's cool about A-P mounts is that same size Allen Head wrench is used for most parts of the mount.


I always disconnect the top plate/saddle so that's the whole mount is a little lighter to carry from my house to backyard. I love through the mount wiring. Be careful if RAPAS is always connected to the mount because one night RAPAS caught one of the USB cable while slewing and I didn't see it. This USB cable was for Superstar autoguider and the only damage was it bent the connecter of USB cable that was connected to Superstar autoguider. I just replaced the USB cable and there was no damage to Superstar and all is well. From now on once the mount is polar aligned, I remove RAPAS for the rest of the night. My scope is a refractor and there are long cables from the top of mount (under the 16" saddle) and the cables can easily hang low and touch RAPAS. Look closely at second picture of my web site under "Current Equipment".


Have fun with your new toy.

Peter


Extension for Tripod

rgsalinger@...
 

I have a Mach 1 with the Berlebach tripod. I'd like to put an extension on top of the tripod to help clear my cables from snagging and the scopes from hitting the tripod. Does AP manufacture such an extension and/or is that advisable or am I playing with fire with regards to balance?
Rgrds-Ross



Re: Attaching AP1100 to Pier?

Paul Lavoie
 

Wish I could help you, but I'm still out about 3 months on my ATS pier...


On Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM, wayneh9026@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Just got my 1100 - what a beautiful piece of engineering and manufacturing! So many little improvements over the Mach1. Just the fact that you can take the Dec top plate off and on with 2 knobs, versus having to first remove the Dovetail bar and then the top plate with 10 bolts will make thru-the-mount wiring so much easier. As well as the little wire router device to keep the RAPAS view clear. And I think I'll be able to manage the weight ok assembled, at least a couple more years. 


Still waiting on my ATS pier and was wondering about attaching to it. According to the instructions, there are 6 bolts used. I was wondering if you can replace these with the machined knobs AP sells, or would that cause to many problems with possible snag points? Any other AP1100 owners using these?


Thanks.


Wayne



Attaching AP1100 to Pier?

Wayne Hixson
 

Just got my 1100 - what a beautiful piece of engineering and manufacturing! So many little improvements over the Mach1. Just the fact that you can take the Dec top plate off and on with 2 knobs, versus having to first remove the Dovetail bar and then the top plate with 10 bolts will make thru-the-mount wiring so much easier. As well as the little wire router device to keep the RAPAS view clear. And I think I'll be able to manage the weight ok assembled, at least a couple more years. 


Still waiting on my ATS pier and was wondering about attaching to it. According to the instructions, there are 6 bolts used. I was wondering if you can replace these with the machined knobs AP sells, or would that cause to many problems with possible snag points? Any other AP1100 owners using these?


Thanks.


Wayne


Re: Outfitting a Mach 1 GTO

rgsalinger <rgsalinger@...>
 

Oh boy looks like a project!
Thanks
Ross




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-------- Original message --------
From: "Dave Goodyear dave@... [ap-gto]"
Date:06/02/2014 9:12 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Outfitting a Mach 1 GTO

 

Yes you can buy a rug runner the same way you buy an OTA as long as you are at the correct store front.

http://www.powerwerx.com

or

http://www.westmountainradio.com

Rig Runners are used in the Radio Industry as well as Ham Radio Operators and Emergency Equipment.

The larger “andersone powerpole” connectors you may be familiar with if you have ever been around large batteries and their recharge cable.

The power supplies are low noise and ripple free.

Dave Goodyear

KB2 Networks Inc.

214 Main St. #318

El Segundo, CA 90245

310-933-2436

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From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 8:41 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Outfitting a Mach 1 GTO

What I mean is that I can’t go into a store and say “One Rig Runner” please the way I can buy an OTA or a crayford focuser, correct?

There are probably plans for this somewhere on the internet – can you provide a link?

Rgrds-Ross

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 8:40 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Outfitting a Mach 1 GTO

Not sure what you mean..

Those are all commercial parts purchased directly from the manufacture.. You have to link everything together yourself of course!

:p

Dave Goodyear

KB2 Networks Inc.

214 Main St. #318

El Segundo, CA 90245

310-933-2436

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From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 8:37 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Outfitting a Mach 1 GTO

From what I could see, this is not a commercial product but rather something built out of parts yourself.

Sorry if that’s obvious!

Rgrds-Ross

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 8:36 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Outfitting a Mach 1 GTO

Lol.. true.. but when rigrunners are brought up, I just have to jump in..

Ap1600

Dave Goodyear

KB2 Networks Inc.

214 Main St. #318

El Segundo, CA 90245

310-933-2436

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From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 8:11 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Outfitting a Mach 1 GTO

Dave,

Thanks for the information. A very serious installation indeed. I suspect that there is not a humble little Mach 1 GTO hiding under all of those electronic components!

Regards,

Brad

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Re: Refractor advice desired

Alan Pryor
 

I also have a TAK 130 that is outfitted for photography at 46 pounds.  It (Mach1) gives excellent guiding for photography.  I also put an 11" Celestron Edge HD on it for photography with good results.

Mach1 should do it.

Alan


On Jun 3, 2014, at 12:08 PM, "Mark Striebeck mark.striebeck@... [ap-gto]" <ap-gto@...> wrote:

Just as a data point. I am using a Mach1 mount with a Takahashi TOA-130. With everything on it (camera, guider, filter wheel, reducer...) it is going up to the 20 kg limit for the Mach1 mount. But I don't see any guiding issues (when comparing to my much shorter and lighter Celestron 8" EDGE scope).

     MarkS

On Tue Jun 03 2014 at 10:04:01 AM, Derek Wong genedude@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Hi Ron:

I suspect you will get more answers if you go to Cloudy Nights on the refractors forum.  See here for an example:


I am sure that the Mach1 will do a great job on any 5" medium f-ratio refractor.

Derek





On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM, ronk@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hope that this is not too off-topic but I am considering the addition of a triplet refractor in the neighborhood of 130 mm to mount on my Mach1. The intended uses are planetary viewing/imaging, wider field (than my C--11 HD) imaging as well as visually splitting doubles. Any advice is appreciated. (I'm sorry Rolando but your fine refractors are outside of my budget)


regards,


Ron K



Re: Converting from Windows XP to 8.1: Issue with AP Jog Utility

Gene Mroz
 

Thanks, Ray.  Your suggestion to install ClassicShell was spot on.  My AP1200 is now merrily Jogging along under control by AP V2 ASCOM Driver/Windows 8.1/VMware Fusion/MacMini.  I think I might just be able to loosen the death grip on my XP machine.

Thanks again,

Gene


Re: AP ASCOM driver runtime error

Donghun
 

Ray,

I will post the log files when I get home.

I use Windows 7 and Mach1GTO.
I'm not sure about the control box.
Do you mean the chip revision?

Thank you.
Donghun


Re: Outfitting a Mach 1 GTO

John Thompson <jbtgolfer@...>
 

Hi Eric......
 
I have very interested in converting my setup to a RigRunner setup. Would you be kind enough to send me a list of the necessary components, perhaps a diagram of the connections/routing and some pictures. It's a lot to ask but without them I will probably get lost.
 
John Thompson
Scottsdale Arizona

From: "eric@... [ap-gto]" To: ap-gto@...
Sent: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 6:23 AM
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Outfitting a Mach 1 GTO

 
The RigRunner setup shown in my link(http://www.astrobin.com/95156/) was built from parts ordered on the Internet. I was helped by a friend who had developed his own setup and knew what to purchase. Besides the RigRunner and the power source, the key parts are the flexible cables to carry 12V power and the powerpole connectors. Other than that there is the black wrap you see coming down from the RigRunner to the power supply and containing the usb cable that goes to the usb extension cable and to the computer. You will need a tool to make the power pole connections.

All the components set on a base plate covered with a large velcro sheet. The plate is secured to the top d-plate on the scope. All the control components attach to the base plate with velcro. So you can move the entire assemble from one scope to another, changing only those conponents needed. So for example, on the AP 130 GT, I use another type of auto focus, so that controller is switched out.

We kept the power source for the Mach 1. But that could just as easily been eliminated and power taken from the RigRunner to the mount. I just like to start up the mount separably.

If you are interested, I could ask my friend if he is willing to put together a list of components you would need to build your own system. I could also send you detailed pictures of my setup. Let me know.

Eric



Re: AP ASCOM driver runtime error

Ray Gralak \(Groups\) <groups2@...>
 

There is a AP Log Zipper utility that is installed with the driver (it's mentioned in the help file).

Also, which operating system, control box, and mount you are using?

-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]
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:46 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] AP ASCOM driver runtime error



Hi Ray,

Where can I find the log?

Thank you.
Donghun


Re: Converting from Windows XP to 8.1: Issue with AP Jog Utility

Ray Gralak \(Groups\) <groups2@...>
 

Try installing the (free) Classic Shell Start button replacement for Windows 8.x so that you can have easier access to the installed icons, one of which is for the AP Jog utility:

http://www.classicshell.net/

-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]
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 8:34 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Converting from Windows XP to 8.1: Issue with AP Jog Utility



Fellow AP GTO Users:




I am continuing on my quest to convert from Windows XP to Windows 8 (as a Virtual Machine in VMware Fusion
on a Mac Mini). The latest glitch happened when I attempted to locate, open and run the AP Jog Utility.




Hovering the mouse cursor over the AP Driver System Tray Icon fails to bring up the Mount Status Window.
Moreover, a right click (which is mapped as a Ctrl-Click on the MacMini keyboard) fails to bring up the extended
menu of operations that should allow access to the Jog Utility among other operations. (But Ctrl-Click seems to
result in appropriate Right Click responses from other apps.) Executing a Crtrl-J operation (which should also open
up the Jog Utility) also had no effect.




I don't know whether this problem lies within AP V2 ASCOM Driver (Version 5.05.31), Windows 8.1 or perhaps
within the VMWare Virtual Mac hine implementation of Windows 8.1. Anyway, any help or advice would be
appreciated.




Alternatively, I seem to recall that it was once possible to download a stand-alone version of AP Jog Utility. Does
anyone know where I can find that?




Thanks,




Gene