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Re: ISS over Mississippi 20160321

Sam Miller
 

Awesome, do you ever try to scan their ham radio downlink as well? 
How do you input the iss location, is it a TLE? 

Nice work!!

Sam 


On Mar 23, 2016, at 16:23, chris1011@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Super cool!
 
Rolando
 
 
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To: ap-gto <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Wed, Mar 23, 2016 5:49 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] ISS over Mississippi 20160321



Captured another daylight ISS pass March 21, 2016

I purchased my 900GTO (Feb. 2011) to capture night-time ISS passes with Satellite Tracker third party software.

Tracking through zenith without a meridian flip was the feature I needed.

I did not realize the 900GTO has other features that allow me to track and capture the ISS in daylight.

Wow, super cool mount.  Many many Thanks to Roland and staff.


My ISS web-page created with notepad

I pronounce the site   ''Jimmy J. U. James.com''

Most recent entries are at top

The International Space Station

My ISS passes on YouTube

jimmyjujames

Jimmy Andrews
33.6N, 88.6W


Re: ISS over Mississippi 20160321

Roland Christen
 

Super cool!
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: jimmy_an@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Wed, Mar 23, 2016 5:49 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] ISS over Mississippi 20160321



Captured another daylight ISS pass March 21, 2016

I purchased my 900GTO (Feb. 2011) to capture night-time ISS passes with Satellite Tracker third party software.

Tracking through zenith without a meridian flip was the feature I needed.

I did not realize the 900GTO has other features that allow me to track and capture the ISS in daylight.

Wow, super cool mount.  Many many Thanks to Roland and staff.


My ISS web-page created with notepad

I pronounce the site   ''Jimmy J. U. James.com''

Most recent entries are at top

The International Space Station

My ISS passes on YouTube

jimmyjujames

Jimmy Andrews
33.6N, 88.6W


AP 1200 GTOCP3 and Pulseguide

 

First post here. I've recently acquired a 2006 AP1200 CP3 and am currently familiarizing myself with its operation. Some of the documentation I've read discusses the Pulseguide stand-alone software requiring an additional serial connection to the mount. Is this stand-alone software still used or has it been built into the latest AP driver? Reason for asking, I'm currently using SkyX and see in the Ascom / autoguider settings "pulseguide" as a selection for guiding. If the software is still in use, what are the advantages to using it vs. not?


Thanks,

Dan


ISS over Mississippi 20160321

jimmyjujames
 

Captured another daylight ISS pass March 21, 2016

I purchased my 900GTO (Feb. 2011) to capture night-time ISS passes with Satellite Tracker third party software.

Tracking through zenith without a meridian flip was the feature I needed.

I did not realize the 900GTO has other features that allow me to track and capture the ISS in daylight.

Wow, super cool mount.  Many many Thanks to Roland and staff.


My ISS web-page created with notepad

I pronounce the site   ''Jimmy J. U. James.com''

Most recent entries are at top

The International Space Station

My ISS passes on YouTube

jimmyjujames

Jimmy Andrews
33.6N, 88.6W


Re: Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Joseph,

You can find some basic video tutorials of the AP V2 driver here:

http://www.gralak.com/apdriver

For APCC here:

http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc

I haven't produced any video tutorials for PEMPro V2 but simple instructions can be found here:

http://www.siriusimaging.com/Help/PEMProV2/index.html?workflow.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

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From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 9:45 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?



I started taking graduate courses online at night in 2012. Then my first child was
born during finals week of my last semester 2 years ago. Since then family time
has been higher priority than astro time.

There have been probably thousands of messages on APv2, ASCOM, APCC,
PEMPRO, and things are just way over my head in reading about half of the daily
digest emails over this time and skimming the rest. The bug reports, and nitty-gritty
details are great for people that are already knowledgable, but I just need to know
where to get started.

So aside from telling me to go RTFM(s), is there anything out there like a tutorial
(pictures/screenshots would be nice or even a youtube demo) of, 1. "here's what
you need to get started and basic AP mount control", 2. "ok now that you've
mastered the basics here's some more advanced things to try", etc. Otherwise it's
going to be like drinking from a fire hydrant. Which of "TFM" s do I "R" first?

If anyone's seen the great drift tutorial simulator/explainer,
http://astrophotographyonabudget.blogspot.com/p/drift-alignment.html if someone
has something analogous for AP/APCC/ASCOM/PEMPRO/etc that would be a big
help to the "beginners" out there.






The dome automation is its own can of worms but I'm dealing with that separately.

Thanks!






Re: Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?

Robert Chozick <rchozick@...>
 

I think the reason you're confused is that you have to understand how simple the AP mounts are to use. In fact they are so simple to use that I over thought it and had trouble changing from a Celestron mount to an AP. Just thumb through the manual for a few minutes and everything will be clear. The manuals are written very well and concise. 

Robert 


On Mar 23, 2016, at 1:05 PM, chris1011@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

There's not much to AP software. Basically the only software provided by AP is the keypad, and it is quite self-explanatory. In fact, you can set it so that when you turn on power it comes up ready to be used without any input from you at all. There is nothing else you really need to do to control your scope and do basic GoTos to objects in the sky.
 
The software you probably want to have explained would be the external packages like ASCOM or APCC that allow more control over various things that you may wish to do. Each of these programs are separate entities to the AP mount and are not necessary to make the mount function. They are enhancements that do particular things, or make things more convenient for you.
 
Rolando
 
 
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To: ap-gto <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Wed, Mar 23, 2016 12:40 pm
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?



Thanks, but I didn't ask for drift alignment tutorial, I asked for an AP software tutorial.

I know there are multiple options for analyzing polar alignment, PEMPRO included.


Re: Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?

Roland Christen
 

There's not much to AP software. Basically the only software provided by AP is the keypad, and it is quite self-explanatory. In fact, you can set it so that when you turn on power it comes up ready to be used without any input from you at all. There is nothing else you really need to do to control your scope and do basic GoTos to objects in the sky.
 
The software you probably want to have explained would be the external packages like ASCOM or APCC that allow more control over various things that you may wish to do. Each of these programs are separate entities to the AP mount and are not necessary to make the mount function. They are enhancements that do particular things, or make things more convenient for you.
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: joseph.gillman@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Wed, Mar 23, 2016 12:40 pm
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?



Thanks, but I didn't ask for drift alignment tutorial, I asked for an AP software tutorial.

I know there are multiple options for analyzing polar alignment, PEMPRO included.


Re: Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?

Joseph Gillman
 

Thanks, but I didn't ask for drift alignment tutorial, I asked for an AP software tutorial.

I know there are multiple options for analyzing polar alignment, PEMPRO included.


Re: Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?

Eric M
 

I feel like I keep things pretty simple. I'm primarily an imager and don't use many of the features of the mount. Here is a list of everything I do with my mount, I use it nearly exclusively for imaging. On the software side of things, get the ASCOM platform, the AP ASCOM Drivers, and PHD2 (all are free).

Turn it on
Polar align with the polar scope (rotate and adjust mount until polaris and secondary star are in the right positions)
Manually slew to a known star with arrows on keypad, center it, then press the right arrow key to "sync" the star. 
Focus the camera with a bahtinov mask
Fire up PHD2 and do a calibration, then I use its built in drift alignment tool which is stupid easy to use.
Adjust, watch the graph, adjust, watch the graph, adjust, watch the graph... couple arc seconds? good enough for me, mount does the rest
Punch in a target into the keypad to slew to, frame up my image (rotate camera)
Calibrate PHD2 again since I adjusted the mount and camera
Press go on the camera, wait for photons to arrive
Park the mount, power it off, and procrastinate on processing the data for a few months

Really all I am doing with the mount is the initial polar alignment, sync with a star, drift align routine, slew to my target, and turn on guiding. So, those are the areas I'd start with in the manual, but there really isn't much to it. I do use SGP to plate solve and center my images so they are dead if I plan to shoot a target multiple nights. I go out every hour or so to rotate my dome and make sure nothing crashes into the pier, I'll track way past the meridian if the target allows me to.

I'm also in the process of automating my dome (it's got motors, but they are manually controlled with a switch). Just added an Arduino microcontroller and some high voltage relays a few days ago, now I can control the dome from the house which is nice (put a webcam on top of the scope so I can see where the dome slit is).

Eric


Re: Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?

beckemd <beckemd@...>
 

Honestly, get Phd2,  their drift alignment tool is quick, reproducible and above all...easy  to use.



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From: "joseph.gillman@... [ap-gto]" <ap-gto@...>
Date: 03/23/2016 11:44 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?

 

I started taking graduate courses online at night in 2012. Then my first child was born during finals week of my last semester 2 years ago. Since then family time has been higher priority than astro time.

There have been probably thousands of messages on APv2, ASCOM, APCC, PEMPRO, and things are just way over my head in reading about half of the daily digest emails over this time and skimming the rest. The bug reports, and nitty-gritty details are great for people that are already knowledgable, but I just need to know where to get started.

So aside from telling me to go RTFM(s), is there anything out there like a tutorial (pictures/screenshots would be nice or even a youtube demo) of, 1. "here's what you need to get started and basic AP mount control", 2. "ok now that you've mastered the basics here's some more advanced things to try", etc. Otherwise it's going to be like drinking from a fire hydrant. Which of "TFM"s do I "R" first?

If anyone's seen the great drift tutorial simulator/explainer, http://astrophotographyonabudget.blogspot.com/p/drift-alignment.html if someone has something analogous for AP/APCC/ASCOM/PEMPRO/etc that would be a big help to the "beginners" out there.

 


The dome automation is its own can of worms but I'm dealing with that separately.

Thanks!



Re: Parking via ASCOM

Scott Hammonds
 

Thanks for the feedback from all who replied.

Last night I experimented using the ASCOM interface to park the mount through CCDAP5. There is a test button for parking, simply labeled Park. I pressed the button with the scope pointing up after taking some dusk flats and it parked at Park 3, which was what I had selected in the ASCOM window. I started an unattended run with CCDAP and it unmarked perfectly and then parked the scope back in Park 3 when finished with the test run. I also had a memory error during a run later and it parked the scope perfectly again in Park 3. My final test run was on M101 late last evening and when I awoke this morning the run had completed with the scope in Park 3. 

It will still allow me to specify a park position in TSX, but CCDAP does not use that position, but rather the default options that come with the AP mount as selected in ASCOM.

Craig, I have not yet integrated APCC into the mix, but plan to use the trial version soon. 

Scott

Scott Hammonds
www.creatorsview.com

“I write a little and cross out a lot. Sometimes I am pleased with it, sometimes not.” Chopin

From: <ap-gto@...> on behalf of "Craig craig@... [ap-gto]" <ap-gto@...>
Reply-To: <ap-gto@...>
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 9:22 PM
To: <ap-gto@...>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Parking via ASCOM

 

I had a similar question using CCDAutoPilot v5, TSX, AP V2, and APCC Pro with my AP900 mount, which I operate remotely with no hand controller connected. What I learned is that TSX has set and clear park commands, and when commanded to park will send the mount to where ever it was when the last set was issued to TSX. What works for me in setting the desired park position is the following:


1. Make sure APCC (if applicable) and the ASCOM v2 driver are set to park to the desired position and to “resume from last park”. 
2. Connect TSX to the mount via the ASCOM V2 driver.
3. From the TSX telescope tab, clear the park position.
4. Using the ASCOM V2 driver or APCC, park the mount to the desired position (I use Park 4).
5. From the TSX telescope tab, set the park position.
6. Test by commanding the mount to park and un-park from TSX.


If you use APCC Pro, it can get a little more interesting. If a pointing model is built after the TSX park position is set, you might get a meridian flip when you try to park in TSX. That’s what happened to me. The solution is just to clear and set the park position again in TSX after building a pointing model in APCC Pro.

-Craig


On Mar 22, 2016, at 12:26 PM, Stuart Heggie stuart.j.heggie@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:


Scott, I am keen to know the result of your test. I thought that the ASCOM driver was mediating between TSX and the CPx controller. So to me it didn't matter if CCD-C (or CCDAP) was involved. It seems counter-intuitive that it should matter. My test was only with TSX.

Stuart

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 12:05 PM, Scott Hammonds shammonds@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

That’s a big negative Stuart. :) At least in my experience. I plan to do a test tonight when the sun sets…

Here is what is happening to me. I can designate a park position in TSX and if I park using TSX, it goes to that position, but when connected to CCDAP and it sends commands, it using the ASCOM park position (at least that’s what I think, due to the fact it parks in the current position, which is what was set in the ASCOM tab). 

We shall see what happens tonight, or perhaps I will run a daytime test. 

Scott Hammonds
www.creatorsview.com

“I write a little and cross out a lot. Sometimes I am pleased with it, sometimes not.” Chopin

From: <ap-gto@...> on behalf of "Stuart Heggie stuart.j.heggie@... [ap-gto]" <ap-gto@...>
Reply-To: <ap-gto@...>
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 11:52 AM
To: "ap-gto@..." <ap-gto@...>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Parking via ASCOM

 

Scott / Joel, I'm not doubting you Joel but I happened to perform this very experiment two days ago. I have a AP900GTO CP2 running under ASCOM with the current driver. TSX is the control software. In the ASCOM driver I have "Park to current position" yet when I issued a park command in TSX, it went to where I had set the Park position in TSX months ago. So, my vote is that whatever program one uses (CCDAP, CCD-C, etc) it will send the mount to the park position that TSX has stored.

Stuart

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 10:42 AM, Joel Short buckeyestargazer@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

I don't use CCDAP but if you are connecting via the AP Ascom driver then you need to configure the park position in Ascom.  So yes, if you set the park position to park 3 in the "Telescope Setup" (Ascom) settings it should park to park 3.  I don't know CCDAP but I believe most client applications that use Ascom simply issue a park command and let the Ascom driver tell the mount where to park. 
joel 

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 9:36 AM, Scott Hammonds shammonds@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

This question is really for those of you who are using your AP mount and the ASCOM interface to park the scope via CCDAP5. 

I'm using an AP1200GTO mount, CCDAP5, The Sky X. When I connect everything I have ASCOM/TheSkyX selected for Telescope. Under CCDAP5 Options I have checked Park Telescope. When my run has been completed it parks the telescope in its current position despite having preset a park position in TSX. So, I'm thinking it is using the ASCOM setup to issue the park command to the mount, correct? (In my case, the dropdown box has "current position" for the park position.) If this is the case, then I need to change the setting under the Default Park/Unpark positions in the ASCOM tab, correct? 

My question then, If I select Park 3 in the ASCOM tab as the default park position, when CCDAP5 issues the command will it use the Park 3 position of the AP1200GTO mount? I’ve posted this same question on the CCDAP forum, but also thought someone here might have an answer for me. 

Thanks,
Scott

Scott Hammonds
www.creatorsview.com

"I know one thing, that I know nothing." Socrates 








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Demo, or "AP GTO for dummies"?

Joseph Gillman
 

I started taking graduate courses online at night in 2012. Then my first child was born during finals week of my last semester 2 years ago. Since then family time has been higher priority than astro time.

There have been probably thousands of messages on APv2, ASCOM, APCC, PEMPRO, and things are just way over my head in reading about half of the daily digest emails over this time and skimming the rest. The bug reports, and nitty-gritty details are great for people that are already knowledgable, but I just need to know where to get started.

So aside from telling me to go RTFM(s), is there anything out there like a tutorial (pictures/screenshots would be nice or even a youtube demo) of, 1. "here's what you need to get started and basic AP mount control", 2. "ok now that you've mastered the basics here's some more advanced things to try", etc. Otherwise it's going to be like drinking from a fire hydrant. Which of "TFM"s do I "R" first?

If anyone's seen the great drift tutorial simulator/explainer, http://astrophotographyonabudget.blogspot.com/p/drift-alignment.html if someone has something analogous for AP/APCC/ASCOM/PEMPRO/etc that would be a big help to the "beginners" out there.

 


The dome automation is its own can of worms but I'm dealing with that separately.

Thanks!



Re: Parking via ASCOM

Craig Anderson
 

I had a similar question using CCDAutoPilot v5, TSX, AP V2, and APCC Pro with my AP900 mount, which I operate remotely with no hand controller connected. What I learned is that TSX has set and clear park commands, and when commanded to park will send the mount to where ever it was when the last set was issued to TSX. What works for me in setting the desired park position is the following:

1. Make sure APCC (if applicable) and the ASCOM v2 driver are set to park to the desired position and to “resume from last park”. 
2. Connect TSX to the mount via the ASCOM V2 driver.
3. From the TSX telescope tab, clear the park position.
4. Using the ASCOM V2 driver or APCC, park the mount to the desired position (I use Park 4).
5. From the TSX telescope tab, set the park position.
6. Test by commanding the mount to park and un-park from TSX.


If you use APCC Pro, it can get a little more interesting. If a pointing model is built after the TSX park position is set, you might get a meridian flip when you try to park in TSX. That’s what happened to me. The solution is just to clear and set the park position again in TSX after building a pointing model in APCC Pro.

-Craig


On Mar 22, 2016, at 12:26 PM, Stuart Heggie stuart.j.heggie@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:


Scott, I am keen to know the result of your test. I thought that the ASCOM driver was mediating between TSX and the CPx controller. So to me it didn't matter if CCD-C (or CCDAP) was involved. It seems counter-intuitive that it should matter. My test was only with TSX.

Stuart

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 12:05 PM, Scott Hammonds shammonds@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

That’s a big negative Stuart. :) At least in my experience. I plan to do a test tonight when the sun sets…

Here is what is happening to me. I can designate a park position in TSX and if I park using TSX, it goes to that position, but when connected to CCDAP and it sends commands, it using the ASCOM park position (at least that’s what I think, due to the fact it parks in the current position, which is what was set in the ASCOM tab). 

We shall see what happens tonight, or perhaps I will run a daytime test. 

Scott Hammonds
www.creatorsview.com

“I write a little and cross out a lot. Sometimes I am pleased with it, sometimes not.” Chopin

From: <ap-gto@...> on behalf of "Stuart Heggie stuart.j.heggie@... [ap-gto]" <ap-gto@...>
Reply-To: <ap-gto@...>
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 11:52 AM
To: "ap-gto@..." <ap-gto@...>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Parking via ASCOM

 

Scott / Joel, I'm not doubting you Joel but I happened to perform this very experiment two days ago. I have a AP900GTO CP2 running under ASCOM with the current driver. TSX is the control software. In the ASCOM driver I have "Park to current position" yet when I issued a park command in TSX, it went to where I had set the Park position in TSX months ago. So, my vote is that whatever program one uses (CCDAP, CCD-C, etc) it will send the mount to the park position that TSX has stored.

Stuart

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 10:42 AM, Joel Short buckeyestargazer@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

I don't use CCDAP but if you are connecting via the AP Ascom driver then you need to configure the park position in Ascom.  So yes, if you set the park position to park 3 in the "Telescope Setup" (Ascom) settings it should park to park 3.  I don't know CCDAP but I believe most client applications that use Ascom simply issue a park command and let the Ascom driver tell the mount where to park. 
joel 

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 9:36 AM, Scott Hammonds shammonds@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

This question is really for those of you who are using your AP mount and the ASCOM interface to park the scope via CCDAP5. 

I'm using an AP1200GTO mount, CCDAP5, The Sky X. When I connect everything I have ASCOM/TheSkyX selected for Telescope. Under CCDAP5 Options I have checked Park Telescope. When my run has been completed it parks the telescope in its current position despite having preset a park position in TSX. So, I'm thinking it is using the ASCOM setup to issue the park command to the mount, correct? (In my case, the dropdown box has "current position" for the park position.) If this is the case, then I need to change the setting under the Default Park/Unpark positions in the ASCOM tab, correct? 

My question then, If I select Park 3 in the ASCOM tab as the default park position, when CCDAP5 issues the command will it use the Park 3 position of the AP1200GTO mount? I’ve posted this same question on the CCDAP forum, but also thought someone here might have an answer for me. 

Thanks,
Scott

Scott Hammonds
www.creatorsview.com

"I know one thing, that I know nothing." Socrates 








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Re: Near Miss Polar Aligning in the Daytime

Roland Christen
 

You did not tell us anything that would allow us to help determine the cause. It is unclear where the mount was last parked and how you started it up.
 
For instance, did you start the mount with power off, keypad set to Autostart NO and then did a resume from Park1?
 
Rolando
 
 

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To: ap-gto
Sent: Tue, Mar 22, 2016 6:55 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Near Miss Polar Aligning in the Daytime



Hello all!
My GEM was produced by Parallax and incorporates an AP GOTO system with ver. 4.12 keypad.  This is permanently located in a home observatory.  Each spring I go through a procedure to check the alignment of my scope by using the daytime version of the Polar Alignment routine.  Usually this works the first time.  However when I tried this today,  I had to halt slewing to prevent a near miss at crashing my scope into the pier.  Here's what happened. With the clutches loosened, I put the scope in Park position 1, leveled the counter weight shaft and tightened the RA clutch.  When I pressed "2", which would normally bring me to Park 2, the RA motor rotated counter-clockwise (counterweights swinging up and West, scope swinging down) and I had to abort before the scope crashed into the pier.  I powered down and repeated the entire procedure again but got the same result.  I had expected the RA motor to drive the axis clockwise towards Park position 2.   This has never happened before so I really would appreciate suggestions as to the cause. 

Thanks, Frank




Near Miss Polar Aligning in the Daytime

trtags
 

Hello all!

My GEM was produced by Parallax and incorporates an AP GOTO system with ver. 4.12 keypad.  This is permanently located in a home observatory.  Each spring I go through a procedure to check the alignment of my scope by using the daytime version of the Polar Alignment routine.  Usually this works the first time.  However when I tried this today,  I had to halt slewing to prevent a near miss at crashing my scope into the pier.  Here's what happened. With the clutches loosened, I put the scope in Park position 1, leveled the counter weight shaft and tightened the RA clutch.  When I pressed "2", which would normally bring me to Park 2, the RA motor rotated counter-clockwise (counterweights swinging up and West, scope swinging down) and I had to abort before the scope crashed into the pier.  I powered down and repeated the entire procedure again but got the same result.  I had expected the RA motor to drive the axis clockwise towards Park position 2.   This has never happened before so I really would appreciate suggestions as to the cause. 


Thanks, Frank



Re: Daylight Savings change to Keypad

sgrb2@...
 

George,

Maybe I'm missing something but here's what works for me:

If you are in Autoconnect = Yes and want to change
from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time:

1.  Center any object
2.  Advance the time 1 hour, set Summer = 1, then press GOTO
3.  Select the same object again and SYNCH

Cheers,
Jan M. Hollis


Daylight Savings change to Keypad

George
 

Dear Group,

 

I have made a correction to the Keypad Manual regarding the Daylight Savings change (how did the mistake get overlooked for so many years?  ).  It is as follows:

 

Very Important – Daylight Savings Change:  When the clocks change in the fall and spring, you must change BOTH the current local time and the daylight savings setting in order to keep the Keypad’s time consistent and correct.  First, set the mount to “AutoConnect: NO”.  Next, change your time and daylight savings data; then park to Park 1, 2, 3, or 4 and power off the mount.  Wait 10–15 seconds and then power on; choose your current location and press GoTo; then select “4=New Setup” (DO NOT "ResumeLastPosition").   In the following screen press the number of the position at which you parked.   In the Main Menu press “4=TIME/LST”.  Make sure that both your local time and GMT values are correct.  If they are, you have done everything correctly.  If they are not, you have made an error somewhere.”

Sorry for the delay!  Please note that I will soon add an updated Keypad Manual v4.19.2 to the Technical Support page of our website.  You may wish to look for it next week.  It will replace the previous manuals and incorporate the addendums.  Enjoy!

 

Clear and Steady Skies,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Technical Support and Communications

Astro-Physics, Inc.

11250 Forest Hills Road

Machesney Park, IL  61115

Phone:  815-282-1513

Fax:  815-282-9847

http://www.astro-physics.com

Email:  george@...

 


Daylight Savings change to Keypad

George
 

Dear Group,

 

I have made a correction to the Keypad Manual regarding the Daylight Savings change (how did the mistake get overlooked for so many years?  ).  It is as follows:

 

Very Important – Daylight Savings Change:  When the clocks change in the fall and spring, you must change BOTH the current local time and the daylight savings setting in order to keep the Keypad’s time consistent and correct.  First, set the mount to “AutoConnect: NO”.  Next, change your time and daylight savings data; then park to Park 1, 2, 3, or 4 and power off the mount.  Wait 10–15 seconds and then power on; choose your current location and press GoTo; then select “4=New Setup” (DO NOT "ResumeLastPosition").   In the following screen press the number of the position at which you parked.   In the Main Menu press “4=TIME/LST”.  Make sure that both your local time and GMT values are correct.  If they are, you have done everything correctly.  If they are not, you have made an error somewhere.”

Sorry for the delay!  Please note that I will soon add an updated Keypad Manual v4.19.2 to the Technical Support page of our website.  You may wish to look for it next week.  It will replace the previous manuals and incorporate the addendums.  Enjoy!

 

Clear and Steady Skies,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Technical Support and Communications

Astro-Physics, Inc.

11250 Forest Hills Road

Machesney Park, IL  61115

Phone:  815-282-1513

Fax:  815-282-9847

http://www.astro-physics.com

Email:  george@...

 


Re: Parking via ASCOM

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Scott, I am keen to know the result of your test. I thought that the ASCOM driver was mediating between TSX and the CPx controller. So to me it didn't matter if CCD-C (or CCDAP) was involved. It seems counter-intuitive that it should matter. My test was only with TSX.

Stuart

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 12:05 PM, Scott Hammonds shammonds@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

That’s a big negative Stuart. :) At least in my experience. I plan to do a test tonight when the sun sets…

Here is what is happening to me. I can designate a park position in TSX and if I park using TSX, it goes to that position, but when connected to CCDAP and it sends commands, it using the ASCOM park position (at least that’s what I think, due to the fact it parks in the current position, which is what was set in the ASCOM tab). 

We shall see what happens tonight, or perhaps I will run a daytime test. 

Scott Hammonds
www.creatorsview.com

“I write a little and cross out a lot. Sometimes I am pleased with it, sometimes not.” Chopin

From: <ap-gto@...> on behalf of "Stuart Heggie stuart.j.heggie@... [ap-gto]" <ap-gto@...>
Reply-To: <ap-gto@...>
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 11:52 AM
To: "ap-gto@..." <ap-gto@...>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Parking via ASCOM

 

Scott / Joel, I'm not doubting you Joel but I happened to perform this very experiment two days ago. I have a AP900GTO CP2 running under ASCOM with the current driver. TSX is the control software. In the ASCOM driver I have "Park to current position" yet when I issued a park command in TSX, it went to where I had set the Park position in TSX months ago. So, my vote is that whatever program one uses (CCDAP, CCD-C, etc) it will send the mount to the park position that TSX has stored.

Stuart

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 10:42 AM, Joel Short buckeyestargazer@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

I don't use CCDAP but if you are connecting via the AP Ascom driver then you need to configure the park position in Ascom.  So yes, if you set the park position to park 3 in the "Telescope Setup" (Ascom) settings it should park to park 3.  I don't know CCDAP but I believe most client applications that use Ascom simply issue a park command and let the Ascom driver tell the mount where to park. 
joel 

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 9:36 AM, Scott Hammonds shammonds@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

This question is really for those of you who are using your AP mount and the ASCOM interface to park the scope via CCDAP5. 

I'm using an AP1200GTO mount, CCDAP5, The Sky X. When I connect everything I have ASCOM/TheSkyX selected for Telescope. Under CCDAP5 Options I have checked Park Telescope. When my run has been completed it parks the telescope in its current position despite having preset a park position in TSX. So, I'm thinking it is using the ASCOM setup to issue the park command to the mount, correct? (In my case, the dropdown box has "current position" for the park position.) If this is the case, then I need to change the setting under the Default Park/Unpark positions in the ASCOM tab, correct? 

My question then, If I select Park 3 in the ASCOM tab as the default park position, when CCDAP5 issues the command will it use the Park 3 position of the AP1200GTO mount? I’ve posted this same question on the CCDAP forum, but also thought someone here might have an answer for me. 

Thanks,
Scott

Scott Hammonds
www.creatorsview.com

"I know one thing, that I know nothing." Socrates 






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Re: Parking via ASCOM

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Well, if you check the logs on this list, I'm wrong more than I'm right so let's wait to hear from Ray. LOL!

Stuart

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 11:57 AM, Joel Short buckeyestargazer@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Go ahead and doubt me Stuart.  I don't claim to have the final answer especially since I don't use TSX.  No doubt Ray will clear this up.  All I know is that the software I use relies on the Ascom driver for the park position, and I thought that most (if not all) client applications that used the Ascom connection did the same.  

joel