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Re: LFP 12v battery for GTO Mach1

Eric M
 

This link has more details: http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/mounting_acc/power

It appears anything between 11.5 and 18 volts DC should work, that 14.6v looks to be just the charger anyway.


Re: LFP 12v battery for GTO Mach1

MLG
 

Isn't the 14.6V number just for the charger not the battery itself?

Regards,
Chip Gentry
Austin, TX Earth


LFP 12v battery for GTO Mach1

andrew.jones6@...
 

I am looking to pickup a battery to power a GTO Mach1 mount.  I would prefer something a little lighter than the lead acid batteries. I am thinking of trying on of these http://www.bioennopower.com/collections/12v-series-lifepo4-batteries/products/12v-15ah-lfp-battery-blue-w-pvc-packMy only concern is the Output Voltage: 14.6VDC is going to be too hot for the mount? The only thing the AP site says is that he mount requires a Nominal 12 volt DC supply at minimum of 5 amps continuous. I know for Ham Radios 12v actually means 13.8, but I am not sure if 14.6 is going to be too much. Anyone have any experience with these LFP Batteries?


Thanks.

Andrew





Re: Planning for CP4 upgrade

Roland Christen
 

The encoders are integrated into the CP4. No extra cables required.
The pointing model is in your laptop and is independent of the CP3, CP4.
Don't worry about PE, it is not an issue with an encoder mount.
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Hawley rob@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 11:06 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Planning for CP4 upgrade



I am interested in the CP4 upgrade once it is available.  Here are some questions on some issues I have thought of.

1. The CP3 is currently loaded with the factory PEM.  Since this is a property of the mount and not the CP3 I assume the old PEM would work.  But since I have an 1100AE I am wondering if this is even an issue at all.  The answer to question 50324

Why would you bother to create a PEM curve? The encoders take care of PE. No need to do anything.
 
Rolando

leads me to believe that it is not an issue.


2. Similarly I am about to rebuild the pointing model using APCC Pro.  I assume since the pointing model is controlled by APCC switching out the CP3 should not change it. Correct?

3. Will I still need a separate serial port to control the absolute encoders or will that now be integrated into APCC?

Rob Hawley
www.robhawley.net






Planning for CP4 upgrade

Rob Hawley
 

I am interested in the CP4 upgrade once it is available.  Here are some questions on some issues I have thought of.

1. The CP3 is currently loaded with the factory PEM.  Since this is a property of the mount and not the CP3 I assume the old PEM would work.  But since I have an 1100AE I am wondering if this is even an issue at all.  The answer to question 50324

Why would you bother to create a PEM curve? The encoders take care of PE. No need to do anything.
 
Rolando

leads me to believe that it is not an issue.


2. Similarly I am about to rebuild the pointing model using APCC Pro.  I assume since the pointing model is controlled by APCC switching out the CP3 should not change it. Correct?

3. Will I still need a separate serial port to control the absolute encoders or will that now be integrated into APCC?

Rob Hawley
www.robhawley.net




Re: Tracking speed too fastT

Roland Christen
 

Start from basic mount with nothing plugged in. Remove also the guide cable from the guider port. Using only the keypad, set the tracking to sidereal. Now check the tracking speed.
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: carlos49gib@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Sat, Jan 30, 2016 1:11 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Tracking speed too fastT



Hi, I been using the  1100GTO mount tracking well in combination with theskyx for whole year, all of a sudden i target an object with theskyx and released that the tracking speed is too fast , the object moves away too fast to be able to guide a star. 

Any idea of why this is happening, and any solutions??

Thks 

Charles



Re: ASCOM Driver v5.07.02 download link

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the inconvenience. I have just restored the original driver (and PDF) links so you can again get them from here:

http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.07.02.exe

http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.08.04.exe

-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: Saturday, January 30, 2016 7:48 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] ASCOM Driver v5.07.02 download link



Hi Wade,

I'm running an experiment. There are what looks like multiple Chinese IP addresses
trying to download the driver (and some other files) multiple times simultaneously. It
might be a denial of service attack but I'm not sure yet so I've changed the links to
here temporarily. You can download the drivers from here:

http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.07.02_.exe

http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.08.04_.exe

-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: Saturday, January 30, 2016 7:41 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] ASCOM Driver v5.07.02 download link



Ray (Gralak) or anyone who may know....anybody having problems getting the
download link to work this morning for AP ASCOM driver v5.07.02?

Here's the link:
http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.07.02.exe

Beta link not working either:
http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.08.04.exe

Just a temporary website glitch or have the drivers been pulled down for
maintenance?

Thanks,
Wade Van Arsdale
AP 1200 GTOCP3
Little Rock, AR., USA




New file uploaded to ap-gto

ap-gto@...
 

Hello,


This email message is a notification to let you know that
a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the ap-gto
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Description : Testing a Telescope Mount’s Shake & Level
with a Home Made, very long, ultra precise Home Made "Bubble Level"




You can access this file at the URL:
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Re: AP160/Mach 1?

Mike Shade
 

Thanks....that was sort of funny...looks like the old classic scopes of the
60s and 70s...12.5" Newtonian on a mount made for an 8" scope....



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 towards the west. Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east? Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights



International Dark Sky Association: <http://www.darksky.org/>
www.darksky.org



From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 5:08 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP160/Mach 1?





Mike

Well, for visual I had no issues with a 175.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edy1Esj8xzM

tony

On 1/30/2016 12:13 PM, 'Mike Shade' mshade@q.com [ap-gto] wrote:



So sort of curious how well an AP 160 does on a Mach 1...I know not an
"ideal" situation but workable? I think the OTA is 27#, the mount's
capacity is 45#...looking at the portability factor primarily. I know a 130
f/6.3 works easy enough but not the bigger scope...



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 towards the west. Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east? Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights



International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org
<http://www.darksky.org/>


Re: AP 1100 and 1600 extra tools.

BigE Astro
 

Joe,


That is really cool.


Thanks for the post.


Re: AP mount 1100GTO-tacking is moving too fast to object

Stuart
 

Best guess is that your guider cable is not the right one. The connector at one end being reversed from what is needed will cause this effect. 

The direction of rapid movement will be a helpful clue. If in Dec then the cable for sure. 

Stuart


On Sunday, 31 January 2016, carlos49gib@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

I have a AP1100GTO,  that's always connected to the TheSkyX for the past 12 months and working fine, all of a sudden the tracking has become very fast. I have the following setup with theskyx:


Mount: telescope drive, with Ascot telescope choose- Astrophysics GTOV2,  when I click 'ok' it opens to the Ascom setup with correct com6.


The cables connecting the hub are all working fine, so that's not a problem. Concerning the camera (which was the only thing that I changed from last week) a QSI632, it setup in the Theskyx was the field of view indicated, and given that I have it under 'telescope drive' connected to the AP GTO V2 it is communicating well.


In mount AP V2 ascom driver (5.07.02) is like always, i have not touch setting, the slew rate is at 600x, in the mount HC I have it connected as 'EXT' to my Laptop, given its a permanent mount and all setting are as always. 


In maxim DL under observatory telescope setting is connected to AP GTO V2, and respond correctly , i can take images well, after obtaining the target object through the TheSkyX, but the tacking rate is too high as it move too fast away from the target.


I believe its a communication error between AP mount with the TheSkyX, but unfortunately I cannot find the issue. Any help will be appreciated.


Thanks

 





AP mount 1100GTO-tacking is moving too fast to object

carlos49gib@...
 

I have a AP1100GTO,  that's always connected to the TheSkyX for the past 12 months and working fine, all of a sudden the tracking has become very fast. I have the following setup with theskyx:


Mount: telescope drive, with Ascot telescope choose- Astrophysics GTOV2,  when I click 'ok' it opens to the Ascom setup with correct com6.


The cables connecting the hub are all working fine, so that's not a problem. Concerning the camera (which was the only thing that I changed from last week) a QSI632, it setup in the Theskyx was the field of view indicated, and given that I have it under 'telescope drive' connected to the AP GTO V2 it is communicating well.


In mount AP V2 ascom driver (5.07.02) is like always, i have not touch setting, the slew rate is at 600x, in the mount HC I have it connected as 'EXT' to my Laptop, given its a permanent mount and all setting are as always. 


In maxim DL under observatory telescope setting is connected to AP GTO V2, and respond correctly , i can take images well, after obtaining the target object through the TheSkyX, but the tacking rate is too high as it move too fast away from the target.


I believe its a communication error between AP mount with the TheSkyX, but unfortunately I cannot find the issue. Any help will be appreciated.


Thanks

 



RE : Re: Laptop programs for the Mach 1....

Antoine PAVLIN
 

So was mine.

I believe our friends at AP would not even think of delivering a less than perfect equipment.

I tested the polar alignment with PemProV2 after aligning my Mach1 with the RAPAS. The correction numbers were extremely low, well below 1’ on each axis. Too low that I was confident to do better by adjusting the RAPAS.

So I did nothing at all, and as ultimate test put my 700mm APM scope at the meridian, were polar alignment errors would be most visible, and took a 10 minutes unguided exposure.

The result convinced me that the polar axis alignement is very, very close as I cannot see any sign of field rotation.

Clear skies

Antoine

De : cgsathome@... [ap-gto]
Envoyé le :dimanche 31 janvier 2016 02:10
À : ap-gto@...
Objet :[ap-gto] Re: Laptop programs for the Mach 1....

 
Mine was well aligned out of the box.  

Best regards,
Craig Smith


---In ap-gto@..., <beckemd@...> wrote :
Awaiting my first ap mount.  I've the rapas coming as well. Does the rapas have to be "aligned" with the mount or is it good to go from the factory?  I plan to use the rapas
And then use the alignmaster software to finish. What other programs are a must have for someone new to The AP family.  My prior xp is with orion atlas and eqmod.


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Re: Laptop programs for the Mach 1....

Suresh Mohan
 

Forget align master or any program if using RAPAS . Place Polaris in RAPAS , use pempro to polar align accurately . Now fine tune your RAPAS ( only if needed just once ). Next time onwards use only RAPAS


On Jan 31, 2016, at 12:00 AM, beckemd beckemd@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Awaiting my first ap mount.  I've the rapas coming as well. Does the rapas have to be "aligned" with the mount or is it good to go from the factory?  I plan to use the rapas
And then use the alignmaster software to finish. What other programs are a must have for someone new to The AP family.  My prior xp is with orion atlas and eqmod.


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Re: AP 1100 and 1600 extra tools.

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi Sam,
 
    In the interests of expediency, I will send you the JPEG and initial 2014 post, by personal email.
 
I started a longish thread on this in the RCOSGROUP, and also copied to AP-UG  group, on my earlier thread dated 18/07/2014,
SUBJECT:
OT: Testing a Telescope Mount Shake & Level with a Home Made very long, ultra precise "Bubble Level"
 
I will probably post it to this group Files, when I get some free time. Meanwhile there were several discussions on that AP-UG thread about my concern with the stability of such a massive scope on an AP-900 at the time, sitting on a Losmandy HD Tripod.
Hope you would be interested on how I used this DIY Bubble Level. May give you some ideas.
 
Joe Z.


Re: AP 1100 and 1600 extra tools.

Sam Miller
 

Joseph, I'd like to see a picture of this pippette level. If not too much trouble. Sounds like a very good idea.


On Jan 30, 2016, at 18:17, 'Joseph Zeglinski' J.Zeglinski@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

For a “Micrometer accurate” Bubble level, I filled a one-inch diameter, about 12 inch long laboratory pipette, with water (or liquor for winter use, if you like), and stopper both ends . It is the perfect long length water level, with perfectly flat (glass or in my case, plastic tube) sides, already graduated with printed “precise” millimeter (or actually milliliter) markings along its full length. I fill it with enough fluid to leave an air bubble size of my choice.

I found it handy when I wondered if my AP-1200 shifted “at all”, during a meridian flip with a 90 lb scope on it. The precision of the air bubble drift path of about 12 inches, was way superior, to the $300 machinist bubble I first purchased (and returned) at a pro machinists supply store.

So if you want to so much as sense a distant earth quake in progress, get yourself an inexpensive pipette. I paid one dollar at a surplus store. In my application, there is no more precise bubble level anywhere.

Hope the DIY Bubble Level photo got through.
Joe Z.

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Re: AP 1100 and 1600 extra tools.

Joe Zeglinski
 

For a “Micrometer accurate” Bubble level, I filled a one-inch diameter, about 12 inch long laboratory pipette, with water (or liquor for winter use, if you like), and stopper both ends . It is the perfect long length water level, with perfectly flat (glass or in my case, plastic tube) sides, already graduated with printed “precise” millimeter (or actually milliliter) markings along its full length. I fill it with enough fluid to leave an air bubble size of my choice.

I found it handy when I wondered if my AP-1200 shifted “at all”, during a meridian flip with a 90 lb scope on it. The precision of the air bubble drift path of about 12 inches, was way superior, to the $300 machinist bubble I first purchased (and returned) at a pro machinists supply store.

So if you want to so much as sense a distant earth quake in progress, get yourself an inexpensive pipette. I paid one dollar at a surplus store. In my application, there is no more precise bubble level anywhere.

Hope the DIY Bubble Level photo got through.
Joe Z.

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Re: Laptop programs for the Mach 1....

Craig Smith
 

Mine was well aligned out of the box.  

Best regards,
Craig Smith


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

Awaiting my first ap mount.  I've the rapas coming as well. Does the rapas have to be "aligned" with the mount or is it good to go from the factory?  I plan to use the rapas
And then use the alignmaster software to finish. What other programs are a must have for someone new to The AP family.  My prior xp is with orion atlas and eqmod.


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


Re: AP160/Mach 1?

Harley Davidson
 

Mike

Well, for visual I had no issues with a 175.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edy1Esj8xzM

tony

On 1/30/2016 12:13 PM, 'Mike Shade' mshade@q.com [ap-gto] wrote:

So sort of curious how well an AP 160 does on a Mach 1...I know not an "ideal" situation but workable? I think the OTA is 27#, the mount's capacity is 45#...looking at the portability factor primarily. I know a 130 f/6.3 works easy enough but not the bigger scope...

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 towards the west. Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east? Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org



Re: AP 1100 and 1600 extra tools.

Harley Davidson
 

I too use the Bondhus 3710. I also ground the ball end off one for the times I did not want to use the ball. Bondhus are very good quality. I have actually twisted them [using a cheater bar] and never broke it!

The levels I currently use are:
STARRETT 134   http://www.starrett.com/metrology/product-detail/134
6 in. Billet Torpedo Level   http://www.homedepot.com/p/Empire-6-in-Billet-Torpedo-Level-841-6/205846325

Both levels are of excellent quality. What digital angle device do you use?

tony

On 1/29/2016 11:59 AM, bigeastro@... [ap-gto] wrote:

 

I just wanted to pass this along.  I saw this in another post and thought it deserved a little more support.  In setting up my AP 1600, I found the following tool extremely convenient.  I use it to untighten and tighten things up just about everywhere on the mount where it is needed.  AP supplies a good set of Allen wrenches, but for this common size bolt, the boltdriver really works better.  You may want to get the smaller shank version but this one works really well for me.  


Bondhus 3710 Extra Long 3/16" Ball End Screwdriver with ProGuard Finish (New).


It is about $8 on Amazon. 


I also used the level for daytime alignment and it works great.  Finally I see that the digital angle measurement device is good as a poor mans rotator.


Are there any other useful tools people have around the base of the mount?


Thanks