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Re: V1 chip upgrade questions

 

The difference is only a tweak to the encoder correction that we are still evaluating. It only affects mounts with absolute encoders.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 4:20 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] V1 chip upgrade questions

 

 

What is the difference between the V Chip and the V1?

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 3:28 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] V1 chip upgrade questions

 

 

Is the V1 chip available to the GP?  Hoping soon for us encoder users. I heard there some guiding fixes. 

 

Dave Goodyear

 


On Mar 29, 2015, at 2:46 PM, 'Mike Shade' mshade@q.com [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Received the new V1 chip and have a few questions:  I understand fully how to physically get the chip installed I have a few questions regarding initializing it.

 

Since I use a computer to drive the system…the directions offer to “make sure that the options to send all of the time, date…to the mount”…does this mean in the ASCOM driver I click “re-synch mount to PC time” and then on the next “page” click “send longitude and latitude to mount”…or is there another option(s) that I am missing?

 

Do I need to have the hand pad plugged in while I do this or just power the mount up and use the software to initialize?  I know I will have to synch on a star to update pointing and that PEM will be shot and need to be retrained.

 

Finally, with the Q version I had previously, Tpoint would lose accuracy over time and not point well, primarily in RA…since the new chip is supposed to allow positional accuracy virtually indefinitely, will Tpoint now work like it is supposed to?  

 

Thanks…

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography

mshadephotography.com

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.
Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping toward the west.  Can it be half
a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low down in the
southwest Antares blinks a sad farewell to fall...
Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

"I like the dark, it's cheap" Ebenezer Scrooge

 

 

 


Re: V1 chip upgrade questions

 

Hi Dave,

 

We are still evaluating the tweak that we made to the encoder correction in the V1 chip before issuing an upgrade to all encoder mounts.

 

 

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 3:28 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] V1 chip upgrade questions

 

 

Is the V1 chip available to the GP?  Hoping soon for us encoder users. I heard there some guiding fixes. 

 

Dave Goodyear

 


On Mar 29, 2015, at 2:46 PM, 'Mike Shade' mshade@q.com [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Received the new V1 chip and have a few questions:  I understand fully how to physically get the chip installed I have a few questions regarding initializing it.

 

Since I use a computer to drive the system…the directions offer to “make sure that the options to send all of the time, date…to the mount”…does this mean in the ASCOM driver I click “re-synch mount to PC time” and then on the next “page” click “send longitude and latitude to mount”…or is there another option(s) that I am missing?

 

Do I need to have the hand pad plugged in while I do this or just power the mount up and use the software to initialize?  I know I will have to synch on a star to update pointing and that PEM will be shot and need to be retrained.

 

Finally, with the Q version I had previously, Tpoint would lose accuracy over time and not point well, primarily in RA…since the new chip is supposed to allow positional accuracy virtually indefinitely, will Tpoint now work like it is supposed to?  

 

Thanks…

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography

mshadephotography.com

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.
Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping toward the west.  Can it be half
a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low down in the
southwest Antares blinks a sad farewell to fall...
Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

"I like the dark, it's cheap" Ebenezer Scrooge

 

 

 


Re: Mount query in J2000 or JNow?

topboxman
 

Hi Howard,

Thanks for your time in responding.

I fully understand what you are saying. I forwarded your message to SGP's developer and asked for their advice. I hope their new upgrade is not going to cause problems.

Thanks,
Peter


---In ap-gto@..., <howard@...> wrote :

The mount does not use epochs.   It has no clue regarding which epoch is being used and cannot respond to an epoch query.   No epoch conversions are done by the mount.   It accepts whatever coordinates are fed to it, and spits those same coordinates back out.   The GTOCP3 is simply a servo control.   It does not have a concept of the sky, but does basic calculations to go from point A to point B.   The GTOCP3 depends on the controlling software to send the correct coordinates.   This is to avoid double precession calculations.  

 

· The keypad takes the catalog coordinates in its database (J2000) and precesses them to JNow before sending them to the mount.   Therefore, GoTos done from the keypad are precessed to JNow.

· Most other software programs can be set to either send the catalog J2000 coordinates or to send precessed JNow coordinates.

· The most critical thing is that you aren’t mixing up the epochs.  

 

Mag. 7 Skies!

 

Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone: 815-282-1513

www.astro-physics.com

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From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 5:38 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Mount query in J2000 or JNow?

 

 

Hello,

If a software like Sequence Generator Pro (SGP), Maxim, The SkyX, etc. queries the mount for Epoch, what will GTOCP3 or A-P V2 ASCOM driver respond: J2000 or JNow?

I am currently using SGP along with latest A-P V2 ASCOM driver and SGP just made an upgrade and said the following:

"All coordinates in SGP are assumed to be J2000. This is always true for:

  • Framing and Mosaic Wizard
  • Elbrus
  • Astrometry.net (when using Nova)

You should set Pinpoint to J2000 and if you're manually inputting coordinates into SGP those need to be J2000 as well. Also if you're using ANSVR that should also be set to output J2000.

 

We may change this behavior later on. But we believe in incremental development (no need to spend weeks developing something if that's not the right solution). So we put this out as an initial fix and may adjust later depending on feedback.

 

SGP will read the epoch from the mount and translate the coordinates into that epoch. So if the mount is J2000 it will stay J2000. If it is JNow they will be converted."


Thanks,
Peter

 


Re: Mount query in J2000 or JNow?

Howard Hedlund
 

The mount does not use epochs.   It has no clue regarding which epoch is being used and cannot respond to an epoch query.   No epoch conversions are done by the mount.   It accepts whatever coordinates are fed to it, and spits those same coordinates back out.   The GTOCP3 is simply a servo control.   It does not have a concept of the sky, but does basic calculations to go from point A to point B.   The GTOCP3 depends on the controlling software to send the correct coordinates.   This is to avoid double precession calculations.  

 

·         The keypad takes the catalog coordinates in its database (J2000) and precesses them to JNow before sending them to the mount.   Therefore, GoTos done from the keypad are precessed to JNow.

·         Most other software programs can be set to either send the catalog J2000 coordinates or to send precessed JNow coordinates.

·         The most critical thing is that you aren’t mixing up the epochs.  

 

Mag. 7 Skies!

 

Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone: 815-282-1513

www.astro-physics.com

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From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 5:38 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Mount query in J2000 or JNow?

 

 

Hello,

If a software like Sequence Generator Pro (SGP), Maxim, The SkyX, etc. queries the mount for Epoch, what will GTOCP3 or A-P V2 ASCOM driver respond: J2000 or JNow?

I am currently using SGP along with latest A-P V2 ASCOM driver and SGP just made an upgrade and said the following:

"All coordinates in SGP are assumed to be J2000. This is always true for:

  • Framing and Mosaic Wizard
  • Elbrus
  • Astrometry.net (when using Nova)

You should set Pinpoint to J2000 and if you're manually inputting coordinates into SGP those need to be J2000 as well. Also if you're using ANSVR that should also be set to output J2000.

 

We may change this behavior later on. But we believe in incremental development (no need to spend weeks developing something if that's not the right solution). So we put this out as an initial fix and may adjust later depending on feedback.

 

SGP will read the epoch from the mount and translate the coordinates into that epoch. So if the mount is J2000 it will stay J2000. If it is JNow they will be converted."


Thanks,
Peter

 


Re: V1 chip upgrade questions

swiencek
 

What is the difference between the V Chip and the V1?

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 3:28 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] V1 chip upgrade questions

 

 

Is the V1 chip available to the GP?  Hoping soon for us encoder users. I heard there some guiding fixes. 

 

Dave Goodyear

 


On Mar 29, 2015, at 2:46 PM, 'Mike Shade' mshade@q.com [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Received the new V1 chip and have a few questions:  I understand fully how to physically get the chip installed I have a few questions regarding initializing it.

 

Since I use a computer to drive the system…the directions offer to “make sure that the options to send all of the time, date…to the mount”…does this mean in the ASCOM driver I click “re-synch mount to PC time” and then on the next “page” click “send longitude and latitude to mount”…or is there another option(s) that I am missing?

 

Do I need to have the hand pad plugged in while I do this or just power the mount up and use the software to initialize?  I know I will have to synch on a star to update pointing and that PEM will be shot and need to be retrained.

 

Finally, with the Q version I had previously, Tpoint would lose accuracy over time and not point well, primarily in RA…since the new chip is supposed to allow positional accuracy virtually indefinitely, will Tpoint now work like it is supposed to?  

 

Thanks…

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography

mshadephotography.com

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.
Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping toward the west.  Can it be half
a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low down in the
southwest Antares blinks a sad farewell to fall...
Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

"I like the dark, it's cheap" Ebenezer Scrooge

 

 

 


Re: V1 chip upgrade questions

Dave Goodyear <dave@...>
 

Is the V1 chip available to the GP?  Hoping soon for us encoder users. I heard there some guiding fixes. 


Dave Goodyear


On Mar 29, 2015, at 2:46 PM, 'Mike Shade' mshade@q.com [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Received the new V1 chip and have a few questions:  I understand fully how to physically get the chip installed I have a few questions regarding initializing it.

 

Since I use a computer to drive the system…the directions offer to “make sure that the options to send all of the time, date…to the mount”…does this mean in the ASCOM driver I click “re-synch mount to PC time” and then on the next “page” click “send longitude and latitude to mount”…or is there another option(s) that I am missing?

 

Do I need to have the hand pad plugged in while I do this or just power the mount up and use the software to initialize?  I know I will have to synch on a star to update pointing and that PEM will be shot and need to be retrained.

 

Finally, with the Q version I had previously, Tpoint would lose accuracy over time and not point well, primarily in RA…since the new chip is supposed to allow positional accuracy virtually indefinitely, will Tpoint now work like it is supposed to?  

 

Thanks…

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography

mshadephotography.com

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.
Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping toward the west.  Can it be half
a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low down in the
southwest Antares blinks a sad farewell to fall...
Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

"I like the dark, it's cheap" Ebenezer Scrooge

 

 

 


Re: AP900GTO not tracking in sideral

Roland Christen
 

Your post is a bit confusing.
 
1. How are you setting the rates? With keypad or with a program on your computer?
 
2. Normally the Dec motor does not turn unless you push the N-S buttons. How is the Dec motor turning by itself?
 
3. In Stop, the RA motor will not turn at any rate unless you press the E-W button
 
4. You may have accidentally placed a bogus PE curve into the PE Memory and are playing it back. Turn off the PEM function, see if that restores your sidereal rate.
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: avastro@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Wed, Apr 8, 2015 12:41 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] AP900GTO not tracking in sideral



Hello I need some help.
I'm the happy owner of an AP900GTO GPOCP3 upgraded Chip version V, installed in my observatory.
Everything was working flawlessly, when the sideral tracking stopped working. I followed the troubleshotting manual recommendations, checked the clutches, then open the motors cover plate.
The DEC motor shaft is turning in all the selected rates,but the RA motor shaft is not turning in sideral nor in solar, but it's turning in Lunar and in Stop. High slew rate work fine.
I'm a bit lost and have no idea where to look.
Any help will be appreciate.
Antoine




Re: AP900GTO not tracking in sideral

avastro@...
 

My problem was a user mistake.
anyway it's now solved.
Best
Antoine


Mount query in J2000 or JNow?

topboxman
 

Hello,

If a software like Sequence Generator Pro (SGP), Maxim, The SkyX, etc. queries the mount for Epoch, what will GTOCP3 or A-P V2 ASCOM driver respond: J2000 or JNow?

I am currently using SGP along with latest A-P V2 ASCOM driver and SGP just made an upgrade and said the following:

"All coordinates in SGP are assumed to be J2000. This is always true for:

  • Framing and Mosaic Wizard
  • Elbrus
  • Astrometry.net (when using Nova)

You should set Pinpoint to J2000 and if you're manually inputting coordinates into SGP those need to be J2000 as well. Also if you're using ANSVR that should also be set to output J2000.


We may change this behavior later on. But we believe in incremental development (no need to spend weeks developing something if that's not the right solution). So we put this out as an initial fix and may adjust later depending on feedback.


SGP will read the epoch from the mount and translate the coordinates into that epoch. So if the mount is J2000 it will stay J2000. If it is JNow they will be converted."


Thanks,
Peter



How to determine which applications are running with elevated permissions (i.e. "running as administrator")

Ray Gralak
 

Here is a link that shows you how to determine what applications are running "as administrator":

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/319748-process-see-if-running-administrator-elevated.html

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/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


Re: Odd APCC 3D Virtual View Problem

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Joe,

Maybe I missed where you said you tried this, but did you try clicking the menu Sync->Re-Sync 3D View?

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/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, April 07, 2015 10:58 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Odd APCC 3D Virtual View Problem



Hi,

Just found this bug, while practicing on a recent APCC-Pro install: (ver. 1.02) using ASCOM-V2 driver (
5.06.04), on my AP-900 CP3 (V-Beta chip - May 16, 2014) – I fortunately have it indoors for testing right now. I
wanted to get some practice on using the APCC, as well as to find any operational inconsistencies. My CP3 Beta
V-chip firmware was next to being the final version, so maybe it explains the following situation.

-------
After running tests for most of the day, I discovered that if you issue any standard Park command (e.g. Park-2),
the AZ and ALT were each just one arc-second short of being correct. For example, the CP3 reports (AZ =
89:59:59 and ALT = -00:00:01) . I didn’t think that it mattered, since it didn’t, back when I was running just using
the ASCOM driver.

However, if you shutdown the APCC session, and reply with OK, just when the CP3 is at these coordinates –
only one arc-second shy of being “precisely orthogonal” - the Virtual Display saves the OTA position in Park-2 as
being UNDER the mount, at the north side. I read that the APCC would not allow going to a negative ALT angle,
but it does, when the CP3’s low angular precision, reports it that way. Doesn’t take much drift in the encoders to
get into this situation. Perhaps the Park angles need to be rounded up to zero and 90 degree multiples.

Then later - when you restart APCC, the OTA is shown starting from UNDER the mount, and stays there even
as sidereal tracking has moved the scope into positive angles, away from Park-2. The 3D View doesn’t correct
itself, since you started from an odd position, and it could be a valid orientation, if the scope fits. The display just
continues tracking from there.

Likewise, in this situation, issuing a Park-3, the OTA goes North, but reverses the OTA, pointing down at the
ground and cutting right through the pier ! It is very difficult to correct this anomaly. However, all the coordinate
displays in all boxes of APCC, and those in ASCOM panel agree and are correct. The mount slews parks
normally – it’s just that you can’t believe the 3D display with that kind of startup condition.

Perhaps the standard Park Positions should be rounded to positive angles after a park, so the 3D display would
save the “intended” correct scope position. Luckily, while the 3D View shows a collision, the actual mount & scope
is not really crashing – but it is a false indication for a remotely operated telescope. It is just a result of a “program
shutdown” conditional anomaly.

I found a work-around for this problem. After issuing a Park-2, I immediately unparked the mount again, and let
the mount “drift” for a few minutes, into a slightly positive ALT-AZ angles, before shutting down the APCC app
itself – with the mount still tracking. This then at least saved the “coordinates” with the scope at approximately the
correct Park-2 position, and resumes from it, at the next APCC launch. Of course, the mount is not really parked at
Park-2 (or any of the other three orthogonal Alt-Az coordinates), but close enough. So, when you resume the next
APCC session, “from Last Parked position”, the 3D View startup now looks correct.

Otherwise, using APCC is a pure joy to use, even though the 3D display is a bit scary right now, requiring an
awkward shutdown procedure – if you use the standard Park positions.

Joe Z.


Re: How to clear out a previous APCC install (registry) because you really screwed up :(

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Tom,

Before you go down that rabbit hole of trying to "fix" a problem in your registry I think you should ensure that all your ASCOM client applications and APCC are consistently set to run "as administrator", or better, set to NOT run as administrator. If you need help doing this let me know by posting back here or give Howard a call at AP.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/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, April 07, 2015 9:27 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] How to clear out a previous APCC install (registry) because you really screwed up :(



OK then, I know something is corrupted. I will do some sleuthing and get back to you. First thing I am going to do
is clean out the registry and reinstall after I uninstall. I have been here too many times before and some value got
inadvertently stuck in the registry.

I love a good challenge but this is really getting old. Aloha Tom
All this lovely hardware and software and I am still doing a sneaker net. yuck


AP900GTO not tracking in sideral

avastro@...
 

Hello I need some help.

I'm the happy owner of an AP900GTO GPOCP3 upgraded Chip version V, installed in my observatory.

Everything was working flawlessly, when the sideral tracking stopped working. I followed the troubleshotting manual recommendations, checked the clutches, then open the motors cover plate.

The DEC motor shaft is turning in all the selected rates,but the RA motor shaft is not turning in sideral nor in solar, but it's turning in Lunar and in Stop. High slew rate work fine.

I'm a bit lost and have no idea where to look.

Any help will be appreciate.

Antoine

http://www.astrosurf.com/avastro/



Odd APCC 3D Virtual View Problem

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi,
 
    Just found this bug, while practicing on a recent APCC-Pro install: (ver. 1.02) using  ASCOM-V2 driver ( 5.06.04), on my AP-900 CP3 (V-Beta chip - May 16, 2014) –  I fortunately have it indoors for testing right now. I wanted to get some practice on using the APCC, as well as to find any operational inconsistencies. My CP3  Beta V-chip firmware was next to being the  final version, so maybe it explains the following situation.
   
-------
    After running tests for most of the day, I discovered that if you issue any standard Park command (e.g. Park-2), the AZ and ALT were each  just one arc-second short of being correct. For example, the CP3 reports (AZ = 89:59:59 and ALT = -00:00:01) . I didn’t think that it mattered, since it didn’t,  back when I was running just using the ASCOM driver.
 
    However, if you shutdown the  APCC session, and reply with OK, just when the CP3 is  at these coordinates – only  one arc-second shy of being “precisely orthogonal” - the Virtual Display saves the OTA position in Park-2 as being UNDER the mount,  at the north side. I read that the APCC would not allow going to a negative ALT angle, but it does, when the CP3’s low angular precision,  reports it that way. Doesn’t take much drift in the encoders to get into this situation. Perhaps the Park angles need to be rounded up to zero and  90 degree multiples.
 
    Then later - when you restart APCC, the OTA is shown starting from UNDER the mount,  and stays there even as sidereal tracking has moved the scope into positive angles,  away from Park-2. The 3D View doesn’t correct itself, since you started from an odd position, and it could be a valid orientation, if the scope fits.  The display just continues tracking from there.
 
    Likewise, in this situation, issuing a Park-3, the OTA goes North, but reverses the OTA,  pointing down at the ground and cutting right through the pier ! It is very difficult to correct this anomaly. However, all the coordinate displays in all boxes of APCC, and those in ASCOM panel agree and are correct. The mount slews  parks normally – it’s just that you can’t believe the 3D display with that kind of startup condition.
 
    Perhaps the standard Park Positions should be rounded to positive angles after a park, so the 3D display would save the “intended” correct scope position. Luckily, while the 3D View  shows a collision, the actual mount & scope is not really crashing – but it is a false indication for a remotely operated telescope.  It is just a result of a  “program shutdown” conditional anomaly.
 
    I found a work-around for this problem. After issuing a Park-2, I immediately unparked the mount again, and let the mount “drift” for a few minutes, into a slightly positive ALT-AZ angles, before shutting down the APCC app itself – with the mount still tracking. This then at least saved the “coordinates” with the scope at approximately the correct Park-2 position, and resumes from it,  at the next APCC launch. Of course, the mount is not really parked at Park-2 (or any of the other three orthogonal Alt-Az coordinates), but close enough. So, when you resume the next APCC session, “from Last Parked position”, the 3D View startup now looks correct.
 
    Otherwise, using APCC is a pure joy to use, even though the 3D display is a bit scary right now, requiring an awkward shutdown procedure – if you use the standard Park positions.
 
Joe Z.


Re: How to clear out a previous APCC install (registry) because you really screwed up :(

Tom Ellis
 

OK then,  I know something is corrupted.  I will do some sleuthing and get back to you.  First thing I am going to do is clean out the registry and reinstall after I uninstall.  I have been here too many times before and some value got inadvertently stuck in the registry.

I love a good challenge but this is really getting old.  Aloha Tom
All this lovely hardware and software and I am still doing a sneaker net.  yuck


Re: How to clear out a previous APCC install (registry) because you really screwed up :(

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Tom,

Honestly I don’t see how anything in the registry would be at fault. Both the driver and apcc use settings files and not the registry. To me this sounds like you have a mixture of apps running as administrator and some not. Running the installers as administrator does not matter nor hurt anything.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/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, April 07, 2015 12:17 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] How to clear out a previous APCC install (registry) because you really screwed up :(



Well, Howard AP assisted me in figuring out that the VP was a hub and not an individual port for software package
connect. (had to use taskmaster to get the apps to quit and probably cause the corruption there). Even though I can
see the USB/RS232 port on COM1 ping/ponging information an app connection FM4, SkyX, MaxDL6, PinPoint,
PemPro2, AP 1200. if they do connect will not exchange info as required. However if I make SkyX use the Bisque
driver works fine on a separate VP. I have installed and reinstalled the V2 latest and older driver but to no avail. FM4
will absolutely hang and not shut down because it want the driver to complete the app shutdown.



Equipment, Dell XPS15 9530 core I 7, 512GB SSD, 3200x1800 Nvidia video, ANKER USB 3.0 7 PORT HUB
(USB2 HUB WOULD NOT HANDLE THE LOAD). Win8.1 (latest updates).



Most apps were installed with “run as administrator” (didn’t read your “readme” close enough and now I cannot
reinstall without it) .



The hole is deep and there is about 128g of software and 128g of files on the SSD. I have a good idea of how to
clear the registry, (had issues with other programs that have VP, Flex 5000K, VSPE, DDutil, Comcat,
HamRadioDelux just to mention a few of the amateur radio apps that make VP. I just wanted to see if you had any
hidden hooks in the registry. When VSPE goes crook it really goes crook.



Aloha and telegraphers 73

Tom


Re: How to clear out a previous APCC install (registry) because you really screwed up :(

Tom Ellis
 

Well, Howard AP assisted me in figuring out that the VP was a hub and not an individual port for software package connect. (had to use taskmaster to get the apps to quit and probably cause the corruption there).   Even though I can see the USB/RS232 port on COM1 ping/ponging information an app connection FM4, SkyX, MaxDL6, PinPoint, PemPro2, AP 1200.  if they do connect will not exchange info as required.  However if I make SkyX use the Bisque driver works fine on a separate VP.  I have installed and reinstalled the V2 latest and older driver but to no avail.  FM4 will absolutely hang and not shut down because it want the driver to complete the app shutdown. 

 

Equipment, Dell XPS15 9530 core I 7, 512GB SSD, 3200x1800 Nvidia video,  ANKER USB 3.0 7 PORT HUB (USB2 HUB WOULD NOT HANDLE THE LOAD).  Win8.1 (latest updates). 

 

Most apps were installed with “run as administrator” (didn’t read your “readme” close enough and now I cannot reinstall without it) .

 

The hole is deep and there is about 128g of software and 128g of files on the SSD.  I have a good idea of how to clear the registry,  (had issues with other programs that have VP,  Flex 5000K, VSPE, DDutil, Comcat, HamRadioDelux just to mention a few of the amateur radio  apps that make VP.  I just wanted to see if you had any hidden hooks in the registry.  When VSPE goes crook it really goes crook.

 

Aloha and telegraphers 73

Tom


Re: APCC-Pinpoint

Ray Gralak
 

and for some reason i cannot make it run.
Ok, but that's not much to go on. Are you seeing an error message? If so, what does it say?

Also, do you have the full version of PinPoint installed?

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/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, April 07, 2015 4:14 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC-Pinpoint



Thanks for replying , basically i am in The process of testing and getting use with The software, and in this
process i wanted to test The PinPoint, my question was more on actually using a plate solving mapping , and for
some reason i cannot make it run.

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On 6 Apr 2015, at 21:26, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@gralak.com [ap-gto] <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:





Carlos,

I'm not sure if this answers your question but you need to supply your own FITS file for testing.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-
physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/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: Sunday, April 05, 2015 12:50 PM
> To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC-Pinpoint
>
>
>
> Hi, I being trying to use the Plate Solve, when to APPM under 'Pointing Model' , then Pinpoint setting, I
have already
> loaded GCS1.1(uncorretced) catalog into my system (computer), the catalog path can be seen in PP
setting , but
> when i do a 'test' run it does taken me to the 'C' drive where GSC & Tables are but cannot find any FITS
files. I have
> done a GSC installer and the catalog is there!!
>
>
>
>
> Any help to how i can load the catalog APPM will be appreciated.
>
>
>
>
> Carlos
>
>




Re: APCC-Pinpoint

Charles Duarte <carlos49gib@...>
 

Thanks for replying , basically i am in The process of testing and getting use with The software, and in this process i wanted to test The PinPoint, my question was more on actually using a plate solving mapping , and for some reason i cannot make it run.


On 6 Apr 2015, at 21:26, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Carlos,

I'm not sure if this answers your question but you need to supply your own FITS file for testing.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/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@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
> Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2015 12:50 PM
> To: ap-gto@...
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC-Pinpoint
>
>
>
> Hi, I being trying to use the Plate Solve, when to APPM under 'Pointing Model' , then Pinpoint setting, I have already
> loaded GCS1.1(uncorretced) catalog into my system (computer), the catalog path can be seen in PP setting , but
> when i do a 'test' run it does taken me to the 'C' drive where GSC & Tables are but cannot find any FITS files. I have
> done a GSC installer and the catalog is there!!
>
>
>
>
> Any help to how i can load the catalog APPM will be appreciated.
>
>
>
>
> Carlos
>
>


Re: How to clear out a previous APCC install (registry) because you really screwed up :(

Ray Gralak
 

Tom,

I don't have a list of all the registry items. Most of them are Microsoft/installer-related, so I'm not sure I could easily find the entire list for you.

What symptoms are you encountering?

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/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: Monday, April 06, 2015 12:08 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] How to clear out a previous APCC install (registry) because you really screwed up :(



Hi Ray, Being an old MicroSoft guy I sometimes get cocky. I have manged to corrupt quite a few files that presently
relegate APCC useless. (installed, reinstalled, uninstalled) and based on the old "microsoft guy issue" pretty much
take the blame for being a "know it all" and screwing the pooch.




Would you please be kind enough to send me the entries the I must clear in the registry to get the machine back to
virgin. If you would rather do this off line it is tom@k4xv.org




Bowing deeply to acknowledge my transgression.




I really want to get this fantastic piece of software humming.

Land line numbers upon request.




Aloha and a telegraphers 73

Tom