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Re: Happiness is...

Jeffrey D. Gortatowsky <mrrockets@...>
 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Hyndman" <pghyndman@yahoo.com>
To: <ap-gto@egroups.com>
IRS!!! REFUND!!! Yikes, that'll be the day when I give 'em 1 cent more
than
I absolutely, positively have to ahead of time (my Scottish ancestors
would
be spinning in their graves at the mere though of it)!
I'm with you Paul! I owe. Big time. No penalty, but I owe. But that money
was in the market the last 12 months and has bought my 400GTO. I think I
will name my mount 'Cisco'. Whatd'ya think? Has nice ring to it... <grin>

BTW: Just to keep this slightly on topic, Marj, if you see this, that 130EDT
focuser with the old pinion block is on it's way. Do think I can have it
back by RTMC at the end of May? Please!! :)

Clear skies,
Jeff "whose observing session was hazed out tonight" G


600E GTO - Brief Comments

paul_schroeder@...
 

Hi all -

Well, I've had my 600 for a few weeks now, and I've actually had a few nights
that were clear! My initial comments relative to the mount will surely echo
what others have said.

In short, it is terrific -- extremely solid and stable. I'm mainly using my
Traveler on it, and as you might expect this combination is incredibly stable.
I've also put my C8 on it, with similar results. While I shouldn't be
surprised, the difference between this mount and my Great Polaris is really
quite dramatic, particularly in terms of stability. Of course, at roughly 5x
the price, the differences should be quite dramatic!

Also, while it is much bigger than the Great Polaris, I've found that setup time
isn't that much longer -- maybe 10 minutes instead of 5 minutes to get the mount
set and roughly polar aligned.

Pointing accuracy so far has been pretty good, with most (but not all) items
showing up in the field of view of a 9mm Nagler. I should note that both times
I've used the mount I used the one star + Polaris method, but only had time to
do one or two alignment passes. I would guess with further practice and greater
precision on my part that pointing accuracy will continue to improve.

I still need to tweak my C8 to make it orthogonal, but that will have to wait
until I have more time. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the mount, and am
looking forward to having more time with it. Just need these clouds to go away!
Hopefully before too long I can get the Traveler out and try a few experiments
with unguided photography.

Best regards,

Paul Schroeder


Re: Happiness is...

Chuck Hancock
 

Paul,
Great!
I have two questions, and forgive me if it has been answered here
already.
Does A-P call or notify you some time prior to shipment? Also, what was
your order date, and original estimated time of arrival?

Thanks, and clear skies to you!

...getting my new AP 400 GTO mount! It's now off the UPS truck, out
of the boxes and ready to "go" ;-)
Paul
--
Best regards,
Chuck Hancock

c d h 5 9 at b e l l s o u t h d o t n e t


Re: AP Polar Alignment Scope

ericj <ericj@...>
 

Sounds great Marj thanks.
 
Clear Skies,
 
Eric Jamison

-----Original Message-----
From: Marj <astrophy@...>
To: ap-gto@... <ap-gto@...>
Date: Friday, April 07, 2000 5:01 PM
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] AP Polar Alignment Scope

Terry and all,
We are finalizing arrangements for a new polar scope which I hope to have by the summer. We will send notice to all people who have purchased GTO mounts and anyone else who is interested. Will also post on the web site.
Marjorie Christen
Astro-Physics
-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Johnson [mailto:tjohnson@...]
Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2000 7:29 PM
To: ap-gto@...;
Subject: [ap-gto] AP Polar Alignment Scope

Hi there, I am looking for a new or use AP Polar Alignment Scope.
 
Please respond to tjohnson@...
 
Thanks...Terry Johnson





AP GTO Mount Photo's

ericj <ericj@...>
 

Hi All:

If anyone is interested I have posted some photo's on my web page of the AP
400, 600, and 1200 mounts that Roland and Marj brought to AstroFest last
September. Go to my web page at:

http://www.metro2000.net/~ericj/

and click on the link for Telescopes. Scroll down past the home-made Dob
mount photo's.

Sorry for the cross posting with the ap-ug.

Clear Skies,

Eric Jamison


Re: Happiness is...

Paul Hyndman <pghyndman@...>
 

There's still a lot of fun to be had before IRS sends me my refund and I can
go computer shopping.

IRS!!! REFUND!!! Yikes, that'll be the day when I give 'em 1 cent more than
I absolutely, positively have to ahead of time (my Scottish ancestors would
be spinning in their graves at the mere though of it)!

Oh... BTW, enjoy the mount!

Paul


Re: AP Polar Alignment Scope

 

Terry and all,
We are finalizing arrangements for a new polar scope which I hope to have by the summer. We will send notice to all people who have purchased GTO mounts and anyone else who is interested. Will also post on the web site.
Marjorie Christen
Astro-Physics

-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Johnson [mailto:tjohnson@...]
Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2000 7:29 PM
To: ap-gto@...;
Subject: [ap-gto] AP Polar Alignment Scope

Hi there, I am looking for a new or use AP Polar Alignment Scope.
 
Please respond to tjohnson@...
 
Thanks...Terry Johnson



Re: Happiness is...

jim runsdorf
 

On Fri, 7 Apr 2000, Jeffrey D. Gortatowsky wrote:

---- Original Message -----
From: "James Runsdorf" <jrunsdor@barnard.edu>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Happiness is...

Paul:
I know exactly what you mean: my 400 arrived a couple of days ago.
I put my deposit down in January. I was told then May-June time frame. I
hope to get it before RTMC so Derek can come by and show me all the tricks
and tips. (Or anyone else who is coming to RTMC is welcome as well!)
I had a quick turn around time: I put down my deposit at the end
of January and was told to expect delivery some time in March. The mount
was indeed shipped at the end of March and arrived Tuesday of this week.

My current laptop, like yours, has too puny a brain to deal with DSV.
Mine is a Dell 266mhz PII with 64meg. That should be enough, yes?
Yes, I think so. I have a geriatric IBM Thinkpad that was state
of the art in 1992 but now probably belongs in the Smithsonian. :-)

Clear skies,
Jeff



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Re: Happiness is...

Jeffrey D. Gortatowsky <mrrockets@...>
 

---- Original Message -----
From: "James Runsdorf" <jrunsdor@barnard.edu>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Happiness is...

Paul:
I know exactly what you mean: my 400 arrived a couple of days ago.
I put my deposit down in January. I was told then May-June time frame. I
hope to get it before RTMC so Derek can come by and show me all the tricks
and tips. (Or anyone else who is coming to RTMC is welcome as well!)

My current laptop, like yours, has too puny a brain to deal with DSV.
Mine is a Dell 266mhz PII with 64meg. That should be enough, yes?
Clear skies,
Jeff


Re: Happiness is...

jim runsdorf
 

Paul:

I know exactly what you mean: my 400 arrived a couple of days ago.
I've just been fooling around with it indoors, but I hope to take it on
its first real test spin very soon. This is my first equatorial mount, so
it's taken a little getting used to, but I've been surprised at how
intuitive it is...thus far. My current laptop, like yours, has too puny a
brain to deal with DSV. That's OK, though. There's still a lot of fun to
be had before IRS sends me my refund and I can go computer shopping. I
look forward to future discussions of how these little beauties are doing
in the field.

Clear skies,

Jim

On Fri, 7 Apr 2000, Paul Wilson wrote:

...getting my new AP 400 GTO mount! It's now off the UPS truck, out
of the boxes and ready to "go" ;-)

DSV will have to wait for the acquisition of a more powerful laptop,
but I expect to give the mount a pretty good workout with the hand
controller, assuming that the clear skies I see now hold out until
dark.

I've read in this group about the forthcoming updates to DSV and the
controller software. I'm sure the improvements to DSV will be
obvious, but what kind of changes are in store for the controller?
Bug fixes, enhancements, or both?

Oh well, back to that controller manual... :-)

Paul


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Happiness is...

Paul Wilson <plw@...>
 

...getting my new AP 400 GTO mount! It's now off the UPS truck, out
of the boxes and ready to "go" ;-)

DSV will have to wait for the acquisition of a more powerful laptop,
but I expect to give the mount a pretty good workout with the hand
controller, assuming that the clear skies I see now hold out until
dark.

I've read in this group about the forthcoming updates to DSV and the
controller software. I'm sure the improvements to DSV will be
obvious, but what kind of changes are in store for the controller?
Bug fixes, enhancements, or both?

Oh well, back to that controller manual... :-)

Paul


Re: AP Polar Alignment Scope

Derek Wong <dawong@...>
 

Paul Hyndman wrote:

Are they available now?
I don't think so. The last time I talked to AP they were apparently not
being made anymore. I also confirmed this with Company 7 a few weeks
ago.

Even with the GOTO mounts, I find the polar scope useful. There is a
rumor that it is possible to fit a Losmandy polar scope to an AP GTO
mount with a custom made adaptor. Otherwise, you are stuck with
Astromart--be fast, as they go quickly.

Derek


Re: AP Polar Alignment Scope

Rich N. <rnapo@...>
 

You should be able to find a new one at
http://www.astro-physics.com/ .

Rich

Are they available now?

Last I had heard they weren't, and no ETA was available. I paid a
premium for a (ahem!) "nearly new" one from a private party just a
short while ago. I dislike abetting the "pumping up" of the prices on
this merchandise and (being Scottish) it kills me to pay over list,
but sometimes one has to bite the bullet!

Paul

I don't know. I suggest you call AP, 815-282-1513.

Rich


Re: AP Polar Alignment Scope

Paul Hyndman <pghyndman@...>
 

You should be able to find a new one at
http://www.astro-physics.com/ .

Rich

Are they available now?

Last I had heard they weren't, and no ETA was available. I paid a
premium for a (ahem!) "nearly new" one from a private party just a
short while ago. I dislike abetting the "pumping up" of the prices on
this merchandise and (being Scottish) it kills me to pay over list,
but sometimes one has to bite the bullet!

Paul


Re: AP Polar Alignment Scope

Rich N. <rnapo@...>
 

Hi there, I am looking for a new or use AP Polar Alignment Scope.

Please respond to tjohnson@cyberhighway.net

Thanks...Terry Johnson


You should be able to find a new one at http://www.astro-physics.com/ .

Rich


AP Polar Alignment Scope

Terry Johnson <tjohnson@...>
 

Hi there, I am looking for a new or use AP Polar Alignment Scope.
 
Please respond to tjohnson@...
 
Thanks...Terry Johnson


Re: DigitalSky Voice and AP600E

Charles Sinsofsky <strfire@...>
 

Hello Chris, and others who may of seen such a problem,

Here is what I would like you to do:

This problem is due to a run-time file problem and can happen with some
implmentations of DSV.

ok 1st, what release / version was your original cd/rom ??? when you
first bring up DSV what release number is in the 'main info window upper
left corner in green on the screen...2.xx.xx

1) using the control panel in windows use add/remove to remove DSV
(digitalsky voice ) from your computer. If the system assks to remove
'shared components' say YES to this.

2) after windows completly removes DSV
delete the following directories with windows explorer please:

c:&#92;program files&#92;astro-physics <-- delete from astro-physics and down

c:&#92;program files&#92;common files&#92;microsoft shared&#92;speechengines
<-- delete from speechengines and down

c:&#92;windows&#92;speech <-- delete from speech and down

3) remember only the directories above, do not delete program files, only
the botton directories and down from the point i indicated.

4) now re-install your cd/rom of DSV at this point. simply go through the
entire reintall. if your release version of before 2.02.18 ..then vist
please the web site and obtain the latest and greatest release frorm the
transporter room the current release if 2.02.18 obtained by downloading
setup16.exe from the transporter room, your enterance to the transporter
room is obtained with a password found on the inside cover of your users
manual.

5) install the setup16.exe if you do not have 2.02.18 yet.

6) re-start DSV now and re-enter your location etc... make sure you used
originally the mike wizard to ensure the proper input volumes for DSV.

by the way what type of computer?? ..i know you are on windows 98...but
what is the brand of pc..laptop or desktop?? and what is the sound card make
please?

Thanx...please let me know how it goes...i am here to help in any way I
can

Charles Sinsofsky
www.digitalskyvoice.com
author: DigitalSky Voice
email: strfire@attglobal.net

----- Original Message -----
From: Chris Spratt <cspratt@islandnet.com>
To: <ap-gto@egroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2000 9:30 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] DigitalSky Voice and AP600E


This is a repeat post as the other one from last night never appeared.

I've had problems DigitalSky Voice with and without the cheap
microphone I use? The program quits after one or two inputs from mike
or mouse. I use a laptop from IBM 1412i Thinkpad with 64k ram,
soundcard, 366 Celeron chip, all on Com 1 with 6'cable. No problem
at all linking to the 600E GOTO mount and the first one or two moves
(voice or mouse) do work but very slowly. After that no response
although I can quit the program okay. Running Win98.

Ideas anyone (the computer very expensive is new last summer!!!)

Chris. Spratt


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DigitalSky Voice and AP600E

Chris Spratt
 

This is a repeat post as the other one from last night never appeared.

I've had problems DigitalSky Voice with and without the cheap
microphone I use? The program quits after one or two inputs from mike
or mouse. I use a laptop from IBM 1412i Thinkpad with 64k ram,
soundcard, 366 Celeron chip, all on Com 1 with 6'cable. No problem
at all linking to the 600E GOTO mount and the first one or two moves
(voice or mouse) do work but very slowly. After that no response
although I can quit the program okay. Running Win98.

Ideas anyone (the computer very expensive is new last summer!!!)

Chris. Spratt


Re: Pier Construction

Tim Khan
 

--- Mark Jenkins <markj@pcsincnet.com> wrote:

The sonotube/concrete only solution has me worried
about cracks in the
concrete where the bolts protrude. Are these fears
unfounded?

Just a note on sonotube/concrete:

Concrete cracking around the bolts are due to, a
couple of items. First cracking is ussually due to too
much water in the mixture (shrinkage during curing),
use between .25 to .35 water to cement ratio.
Secondly, be sure that you use horiz. reinforcing like
#3 ties at 8" and where the anchor bolts are use #3
ties at 4" to increase the confinment.


--- Mark Jenkins <markj@pcsincnet.com> wrote:

I posted this to alt.binaries.pictures.astro but
have yet to get a response.

Looking for any and all advice for constructing my
permanent pier.

Is a solid concrete pier better than a steel tube
set in concrete?

Initial thoughts are:

Dig a 4' x 4' hole 7' deep.

Pour 1' thick of reinforced concrete with 4 "J"
bolts set in the concrete.

Fabricate a steel pier that is constructed using a
8" - 10" mild steel tube
5/16" to 1/2" wall thickness with a 3/4" x 2'
square plate on the bottom.
Paint with industrial grade epoxy both inside an
out. Use the bolts at the
bottom of the now 6' deep hole to secure and level
the pier to the footer.
Fill the hole with reinforced concrete and let cure
for about a week. Fill
the steel tube with concrete and let cure. Weld a
3/4" steel plate on top to
be used to fine adjust the level of the Meade
SuperWedge or AP 400GTO that's
due in July, or future AP mounts like a 600 or 900.

Or...

would it be better just to pour concrete in a
sonotube with bolts at the
top?

Looking for a proven design and willing to go to
extremes to assure complete
stability.

The sonotube/concrete only solution has me worried
about cracks in the
concrete where the bolts protrude. Are these fears
unfounded?

Thanks.

--
Mark Jenkins
markj@pcsincnet.com
http://www.pcsincnet.com/astronomy/



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Re: Pier Construction

John J. Kasianowicz <surpher@...>
 

Hi Mark,

I don't know the specific answers to your questions, but you might want to
contact John McCubbin (mccubbin@usit.net). His Halfmoon Observatory
(http://www.usit.com/mccubbin/astronomy.html) looks great and has some nice
design ideas. John is very helpful.

His metal pier/concrete deadman design has several neat features. First,
different hollow metal tube piers can be interchanged easily (with some
grunting). Second, it looks really massive (Le Seur's AstroPiers suggests
using much less concrete, which is probably unwise for an observatory,
particularly if you ever want to do imaging). I'd tend to err on the side of
using too much concrete placed too deeply. Third, the base of the tube that
mates with the ring (that bolts to the metal atop the concrete deadman) is
reinforced w/metal ribs (gussets?).

If you go this route, and if you use a wood floor instead of a concrete
slab, John's design makes it easy to remove the pier and cover the deadman
with wood flooring (you have to make sure that the bolts coming out of the
deadman are below the level of the bottom of the wood floor). If your
observatory is designed with flexibility in mind, it can be used as a garden
tool storage shed or a kid's playhouse by whoever buys your house (i.e. the
structure will ADD to the value of your home).

I'm in the next to final design stage for my own backyard observatory. I'd
love to toss some ideas around, if you like.


Best,
John Kasianowicz

Looking for any and all advice for constructing my permanent pier.