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Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

Suresh Mohan
 

Ray ,
      I'm looking forward to it 
Suresh


On 19-Feb-2017, at 11:51 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Hi Dr. Suresh,

Sorry, I missed this post yesterday:

> Since I'm an avid phd2 user , could I try your version ?

Sure!! I will need to remove some debug code and make an installer. I'll try to get to that today but if I don't please give me a couple days. I'll contact you via private email.

-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, February 18, 2017 10:29 AM
> To: ap-gto@...
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question
>
>
>
> Hi Ray ,
> Since I'm an avid phd2 user , could I try your version ?
> Suresh
>
>
>
> On 18-Feb-2017, at 9:40 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-gto]
> <ap-gto@...> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > Just wish it had the most robust guiding too😜
>
> Maybe that will be the case in the near future. :-)))
>
> -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, February 18, 2017 8:04 AM
> > To: ap-gto@...
> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question
> >
> >
> >
> > Just wish it had the most robust guiding too😜
> >
> > Dean
> >
> >
> >
> > > On Feb 18, 2017, at 10:18 AM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)'
> groups3@... [ap-
> > gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi Dr. Suresh,
> > >
> > >> My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now ,
> changed
> > >> port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl -
> worked.
> > >> Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now
> phd2 works
> > >> with lodestar
> > >
> > > That's not very surprising. I think MaximDL, despite its issues, probably
> has the
> > most extensive and robust camera control in the industry for Windows PCs.
> > >
> > > -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, February 18, 2017 6:32 AM
> > >> To: ap-gto@...
> > >> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> Ray ,
> > >>
> > >> My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now ,
> changed
> > >> port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl -
> worked.
> > >> Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now
> phd2 works
> > >> with lodestar
> > >> Suresh
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> On 18-Feb-2017, at 7:18 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)'
> groups3@... [ap-
> > gto]
> > >> <ap-gto@...> wrote:
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
>


Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Dr. Suresh,

Sorry, I missed this post yesterday:

Since I'm an avid phd2 user , could I try your version ?
Sure!! I will need to remove some debug code and make an installer. I'll try to get to that today but if I don't please give me a couple days. I'll contact you via private email.

-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: Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:29 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question



Hi Ray ,
Since I'm an avid phd2 user , could I try your version ?
Suresh

Sent from my iPhone

On 18-Feb-2017, at 9:40 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@gralak.com [ap-gto]
<ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:





> Just wish it had the most robust guiding too😜

Maybe that will be the case in the near future. :-)))

-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: Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:04 AM
> To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question
>
>
>
> Just wish it had the most robust guiding too😜
>
> Dean
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 18, 2017, at 10:18 AM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)'
groups3@gralak.com [ap-
> gto] <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Dr. Suresh,
> >
> >> My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now ,
changed
> >> port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl -
worked.
> >> Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now
phd2 works
> >> with lodestar
> >
> > That's not very surprising. I think MaximDL, despite its issues, probably
has the
> most extensive and robust camera control in the industry for Windows PCs.
> >
> > -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: Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:32 AM
> >> To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
> >> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Ray ,
> >>
> >> My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now ,
changed
> >> port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl -
worked.
> >> Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now
phd2 works
> >> with lodestar
> >> Suresh
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPhone
> >>
> >> On 18-Feb-2017, at 7:18 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)'
groups3@gralak.com [ap-
> gto]
> >> <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
>
>
>




Re: ASCOM Driver and Bluetooth

Ray Gralak
 

Hi William,

That's great! I hope you can enjoy the use of your Bluetooth adapter now.

BTW, for anyone else with a Bluetooth device, I tested the IOGear Bluetooth adapter with APCC and it also worked fine.

-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: Saturday, February 18, 2017 2:42 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] ASCOM Driver and Bluetooth



Hello Ray,

Yes, it does as you say for me also. I did not close and reopen the setup when
testing the "Use ASCOM serial Object"check box was checked. Now my bluetooth
adapter works when "Use ASCOM serial Object" is checked. Does not work when
unchecked.

Sincerely,
William


Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

 

The Mach1 manual has been revised and posted to the Technical Support section of the website.

http://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/mach1gto/Mach1GTO_GTOCP4.pdf

 

The 1100GTO and 1600GTO manuals have also been updated, however they have not been converted to a PDF and uploaded yet. We expect Howard to do that early next week.

 

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: Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:30 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

 

 

Yes, we goofed, and heads will roll ;^))
Unfortunately the person in charge of this instruction copied a lot of the words directly from our older mount which did not have the new spring gearbox. Howard has re-written the instructions, we will post them on our website and will add an addendum into our manual.

Rolando with egg on face :^((

 

-----Original Message-----
From: immgr@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...>
To: ap-gto <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 8:26 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question



Rolando,

 

I have been an engineer for 30+ years and I try to read the instructions carefully.  Above, you say,
"I hope the instructions don't say that you are setting the mesh when you are adjusting that lever. If so, then somebody made a mistook and we will fix that pronto ;^) "



Well, they don't say that.  But, in bold, the whole section is prefaced with the phrase - 

"To check for a loose gear mesh:"

Then it is followed by instructions on how to adjust the lever assembly.  So I just assumed the two w ere related.  But now you have set me straight.



On another note, I never realized until now how well-designed and effective the MACH1GTO worm/spring mechanism was until now.  When I was debating about whether to purchase the mount, this information would have helped me come to a conclusion to buy the scope much quicker.  You have the information available on your web page, with phrases like "Automatic setting for worm mesh requires no adjustments over long time periods", but I never really understood what it meant until now.  It is one of those features that you can't fully appreciate until you have worked with it.  Anyway, even more reason now that I am glad that I purchased the mount!



Gary

  

 

 


Re: ASCOM Driver and Bluetooth

wsrison
 

Hello Ray,

Yes, it does as you say for me also.  I did not close and reopen the setup when testing the "Use ASCOM serial Object"check box was checked.  Now my bluetooth adapter works when "Use ASCOM serial Object" is checked.  Does not work when unchecked.

Sincerely,
William


Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

Suresh Mohan
 

Hi Ray ,
    Since I'm an avid phd2 user , could I try your version ?
Suresh 


On 18-Feb-2017, at 9:40 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

> Just wish it had the most robust guiding too😜

Maybe that will be the case in the near future. :-)))

-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, February 18, 2017 8:04 AM
> To: ap-gto@...
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question
>
>
>
> Just wish it had the most robust guiding too😜
>
> Dean
>
>
>
> > On Feb 18, 2017, at 10:18 AM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-
> gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Dr. Suresh,
> >
> >> My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now , changed
> >> port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl - worked.
> >> Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now phd2 works
> >> with lodestar
> >
> > That's not very surprising. I think MaximDL, despite its issues, probably has the
> most extensive and robust camera control in the industry for Windows PCs.
> >
> > -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, February 18, 2017 6:32 AM
> >> To: ap-gto@...
> >> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Ray ,
> >>
> >> My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now , changed
> >> port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl - worked.
> >> Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now phd2 works
> >> with lodestar
> >> Suresh
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On 18-Feb-2017, at 7:18 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-
> gto]
> >> <ap-gto@...> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
>
>
>


Re: RAPAS screw

Suresh Mohan
 

Friends I found it in the transportation box !!
Thanks
Suresh

On 18-Feb-2017, at 9:04 PM, Suresh Mohan Neelmegh <drsureshmohan@gmail.com> wrote:

Guys you might there are three larger and smaller bolts on the back of the polar scope for making a adjustment , I just discovered that one of the larger bolt is missing , does anyone the size of that bolt ?
Suresh

Sent from my iPhone


Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

Ray Gralak
 

Just wish it had the most robust guiding too😜
Maybe that will be the case in the near future. :-)))

-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: Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:04 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question



Just wish it had the most robust guiding too😜

Dean

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 18, 2017, at 10:18 AM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@gralak.com [ap-
gto] <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Hi Dr. Suresh,

My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now , changed
port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl - worked.
Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now phd2 works
with lodestar
That's not very surprising. I think MaximDL, despite its issues, probably has the
most extensive and robust camera control in the industry for Windows PCs.

-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: Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:32 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question



Ray ,

My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now , changed
port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl - worked.
Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now phd2 works
with lodestar
Suresh

Sent from my iPhone

On 18-Feb-2017, at 7:18 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@gralak.com [ap-
gto]
<ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:





Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

Dean S
 

Just wish it had the most robust guiding too😜

Dean

On Feb 18, 2017, at 10:18 AM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@gralak.com [ap-gto] <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Hi Dr. Suresh,

My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now , changed
port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl - worked.
Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now phd2 works
with lodestar
That's not very surprising. I think MaximDL, despite its issues, probably has the most extensive and robust camera control in the industry for Windows PCs.

-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: Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:32 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question



Ray ,

My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now , changed
port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl - worked.
Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now phd2 works
with lodestar
Suresh

Sent from my iPhone

On 18-Feb-2017, at 7:18 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@gralak.com [ap-gto]
<ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



RAPAS screw

Suresh Mohan
 

Guys you might there are three larger and smaller bolts on the back of the polar scope for making a adjustment , I just discovered that one of the larger bolt is missing , does anyone the size of that bolt ?
Suresh


Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Dr. Suresh,

My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now , changed
port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl - worked.
Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now phd2 works
with lodestar
That's not very surprising. I think MaximDL, despite its issues, probably has the most extensive and robust camera control in the industry for Windows PCs.

-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: Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:32 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question



Ray ,

My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now , changed
port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl - worked.
Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now phd2 works
with lodestar
Suresh

Sent from my iPhone

On 18-Feb-2017, at 7:18 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@gralak.com [ap-gto]
<ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:





Hi Gary,

> that I had with my Atlas mount. I have seen some unusual behavior a few
times but,
> like I said further up this chain, I can't rule out that I might have had a bad
calibration.
> I am a bit of a stickler on trying to fully understand unusual behavior before
waving a
> red flag, and in fairness I cannot say that I have confirmed any unusual
behavior with
> PHD2 to date.

OK, let me know if you see anything as I think I have discovered a few bugs in
the PHD2 code. Unfortunately the PHD2 developers have been difficult to work with
so I have corrected the bugs in a private version. I think my version should improve
autoguiding performance but I need to test under clear skies (which have been hard to
come by this year in Silicon Valley!).

> Thanks for all of your work to support your products. In particular, I have
been very
> impressed with APCC's Meridian Tracking Limits ability. I very rarely have to
do a
> meridian flip in the middl e of my imaging sessions any more, which has
saved me a
> lot of time.

Thanks for the feedback!

-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: Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:51 PM
> To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question
>
>
>
> Ray,
>
> I appreciate your inquiry into my experience using MACH1GTO with PHD2. I
have
> only had the mount for 2 months so I only have about 30 hours of experience
with that
> combination. Generally I have seen good, consistent performance. I usually
am able
> to achieve anywhere from 0.5 to 0.7 RMS arc-secs, which is better than the
0.7-1.0
> that I had with my Atlas mount. I have seen some unusual behavior a few
times but,
> like I said further up this chain, I can't rule out that I might have had a bad
calibration.
> I am a bit of a stickler on trying to fully understand unusual behavior before
waving a
> red flag, and in fairness I cannot say that I have confirmed any unusual
behavior with
> PHD2 to date.
>
> Thanks for all of your work to support your products. In particular, I have
been very
> impressed with APCC's Meridian Tracking Limits ability. I very rarely have to
do a
> meridian flip in the middl e of my imaging sessions any more, which has
saved me a
> lot of time.
>
> Clear skies,
> Gary
>
>




Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

Suresh Mohan
 

Ray ,

      My connection to lodestar disconnects in Phd 2 , I had it 10 times now , changed port , re started pc , nothing worked . Connected pempro via maxim dl - worked. Connected via Phd 1 - worked . Shut down pc for 5 minutes and now phd2 works with lodestar 
Suresh 


On 18-Feb-2017, at 7:18 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Hi Gary,

> that I had with my Atlas mount. I have seen some unusual behavior a few times but,
> like I said further up this chain, I can't rule out that I might have had a bad calibration.
> I am a bit of a stickler on trying to fully understand unusual behavior before waving a
> red flag, and in fairness I cannot say that I have confirmed any unusual behavior with
> PHD2 to date.

OK, let me know if you see anything as I think I have discovered a few bugs in the PHD2 code. Unfortunately the PHD2 developers have been difficult to work with so I have corrected the bugs in a private version. I think my version should improve autoguiding performance but I need to test under clear skies (which have been hard to come by this year in Silicon Valley!).

> Thanks for all of your work to support your products. In particular, I have been very
> impressed with APCC's Meridian Tracking Limits ability. I very rarely have to do a
> meridian flip in the middl e of my imaging sessions any more, which has saved me a
> lot of time.

Thanks for the feedback!

-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: Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:51 PM
> To: ap-gto@...
> Subject: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question
>
>
>
> Ray,
>
> I appreciate your inquiry into my experience using MACH1GTO with PHD2. I have
> only had the mount for 2 months so I only have about 30 hours of experience with that
> combination. Generally I have seen good, consistent performance. I usually am able
> to achieve anywhere from 0.5 to 0.7 RMS arc-secs, which is better than the 0.7-1.0
> that I had with my Atlas mount. I have seen some unusual behavior a few times but,
> like I said further up this chain, I can't rule out that I might have had a bad calibration.
> I am a bit of a stickler on trying to fully understand unusual behavior before waving a
> red flag, and in fairness I cannot say that I have confirmed any unusual behavior with
> PHD2 to date.
>
> Thanks for all of your work to support your products. In particular, I have been very
> impressed with APCC's Meridian Tracking Limits ability. I very rarely have to do a
> meridian flip in the middl e of my imaging sessions any more, which has saved me a
> lot of time.
>
> Clear skies,
> Gary
>
>


Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Gary,

that I had with my Atlas mount. I have seen some unusual behavior a few times but,
like I said further up this chain, I can't rule out that I might have had a bad calibration.
I am a bit of a stickler on trying to fully understand unusual behavior before waving a
red flag, and in fairness I cannot say that I have confirmed any unusual behavior with
PHD2 to date.
OK, let me know if you see anything as I think I have discovered a few bugs in the PHD2 code. Unfortunately the PHD2 developers have been difficult to work with so I have corrected the bugs in a private version. I think my version should improve autoguiding performance but I need to test under clear skies (which have been hard to come by this year in Silicon Valley!).

Thanks for all of your work to support your products. In particular, I have been very
impressed with APCC's Meridian Tracking Limits ability. I very rarely have to do a
meridian flip in the middl e of my imaging sessions any more, which has saved me a
lot of time.
Thanks for the feedback!

-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: Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:51 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question



Ray,

I appreciate your inquiry into my experience using MACH1GTO with PHD2. I have
only had the mount for 2 months so I only have about 30 hours of experience with that
combination. Generally I have seen good, consistent performance. I usually am able
to achieve anywhere from 0.5 to 0.7 RMS arc-secs, which is better than the 0.7-1.0
that I had with my Atlas mount. I have seen some unusual behavior a few times but,
like I said further up this chain, I can't rule out that I might have had a bad calibration.
I am a bit of a stickler on trying to fully understand unusual behavior before waving a
red flag, and in fairness I cannot say that I have confirmed any unusual behavior with
PHD2 to date.

Thanks for all of your work to support your products. In particular, I have been very
impressed with APCC's Meridian Tracking Limits ability. I very rarely have to do a
meridian flip in the middl e of my imaging sessions any more, which has saved me a
lot of time.

Clear skies,
Gary


Re: Need conterweight shaft advice

Woody Schlom <woody@...>
 

Donghun,
 
I have the larger diameter CW shaft on my Mach1 and like it very much.  It's shorter in length but much thicker in diameter -- and it takes the "standard" AP counter-weights instead of the smaller Mach1 weights. 
 
The standard AP weights come in many more weights and versions.  I have two 10 lb. weights, one 18 lb. weight, and one 5 lb. weight.  I prefer using the single 18 lb. weight except that it's so much heavier and harder to lug around and store.  So when I setup at home in my back yard, I usually use the 18 lb. plus one 10 lb. plus one 5 lb.  But when I'm in the field, I leave the 18 lb. at home and use two 10 lb. plus the 5 lb.  Because my field configuration is lighter, I have to slide the CWs further down the shaft to balance everything.
 
Note -- the standard short and thick CW shaft does NOT fit inside the Mach1 for transport.  However that's fine with me as the stripped down Mach1 is near my carrying weight limit anyway.  Add a heavy CW shaft and I might have trouble lifting it.
 
Woody
 

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Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 10:18 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Need conterweight shaft advice

 

Hi guys


I'm currently using three 9lb counterweights and they are currently haning closes to the end of the 1.125" shaft on my Mach1GTO.

To reduce moemtum arm, I'm thinkg of adding another counterweight.

I'm wondering if I should switch to M1053-A 1.875" shaft instead or just add another counterweight to the default 1.125" shaft.


Thank you very much.

Donghun




Re: EXT startup only works via Serial Port?

Rick Thurmond
 

Thanks Roland,
I like the solution of setting Autoconnect=YES.  The mount is now in a real observatory on a pier, so there is no need to leave it at NO like I used to.  Then I can transparently run it with the keypad or TheSky.

Rick

On Feb 17, 2017, at 10:01 48AM, chris1011@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

Howard will answer in more detail about your particular setup, which I am assuming is a Mac computer. As such you are not using the ASCOM driver, so you are limited by what the SkyX can do via the Ethernet connection (note, there is no limitation on the AP equipment). 

If the SkyX cannot properly initialize the mount via the Ethernet connection due to some limitation of that program, then I would recommend that you simply leave the keypad connected and set it to Autoconnect = YES. This way the keypad sends startup info to the mount and allows your external planetarium program to control the operation of the mount. You can then go anywhere with the SkyX and park it with that program at the end of the night. Next time you power up, the keypad will automatically resume the mount from that last parked position and you are good to go again with your Ethernet connection.

Rolando




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Sent: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 10:00 am
Subject: [ap-gto] EXT startup only works via Serial Port?

I am able to control my Mach1GTO with CP4 by serial port, USB, or Ethernet if it has been started up/initialized by the keypad (Autoconnect=NO). I use TheSkyX on a Mac

But if I try to do the startup by USB or Ethernet it doesn’t work. It will not connect unless I override the EXT and startup with the keypad. TheSkyX can start up the mount via serial port.

Is that the way it is supposed to behave? I’d really rather run the mount entirely through Ethernet.

Rick



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Need conterweight shaft advice

Donghun
 

Hi guys


I'm currently using three 9lb counterweights and they are currently haning closes to the end of the 1.125" shaft on my Mach1GTO.

To reduce moemtum arm, I'm thinkg of adding another counterweight.

I'm wondering if I should switch to M1053-A 1.875" shaft instead or just add another counterweight to the default 1.125" shaft.


Thank you very much.

Donghun




Re: EXT startup only works via Serial Port?

Howard Hedlund
 

Hi Rick,

 

I will bring my MacBook Pro from home in to work tomorrow (I’ll try to remember!) and see what I can figure out.  There are no such restrictions on the GTOCP4 side, but TSX may be treating things differently.  I am assuming that you have installed the FTDI Mac drivers from their website??  With that accomplished, the USB connection is really just a serial port.  It should be no different from using a Keyspan USB to serial adapter.

 

Can you open the GTOCP4’s internal web page from your Mac?

 

I have verified that TSX’s Ethernet connection works on my Win7 – 64 system here at work.  It initialized the mount properly.  The initial connection and startup took a little while, so be patient.

 

Be sure you have the correct IP address for the GTOCP4, and be sure you are set to use Port 23 in TSX.

 

Our servo engineer is also a Mac user at home.  He most assuredly designed the GTOCP4 to work on a Mac!!

 

Mag. 7 Skies!

 

Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

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www.astro-physics.com

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From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 3:59 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] EXT startup only works via Serial Port?

 

 

I am able to control my Mach1GTO with CP4 by serial port, USB, or Ethernet if it has been started up/initialized by the keypad (Autoconnect=NO). I use TheSkyX on a Mac

But if I try to do the startup by USB or Ethernet it doesn’t work. It will not connect unless I override the EXT and startup with the keypad. TheSkyX can start up the mount via serial port.

Is that the way it is supposed to behave? I’d really rather run the mount entirely through Ethernet.

Rick


Re: EXT startup only works via Serial Port?

Roland Christen
 

Howard will answer in more detail about your particular setup, which I am assuming is a Mac computer. As such you are not using the ASCOM driver, so you are limited by what the SkyX can do via the Ethernet connection (note, there is no limitation on the AP equipment).

If the SkyX cannot properly initialize the mount via the Ethernet connection due to some limitation of that program, then I would recommend that you simply leave the keypad connected and set it to Autoconnect = YES. This way the keypad sends startup info to the mount and allows your external planetarium program to control the operation of the mount. You can then go anywhere with the SkyX and park it with that program at the end of the night. Next time you power up, the keypad will automatically resume the mount from that last parked position and you are good to go again with your Ethernet connection.

Rolando



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Sent: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 10:00 am
Subject: [ap-gto] EXT startup only works via Serial Port?

I am able to control my Mach1GTO with CP4 by serial port, USB, or Ethernet if it has been started up/initialized by the keypad (Autoconnect=NO). I use TheSkyX on a Mac

But if I try to do the startup by USB or Ethernet it doesn’t work. It will not connect unless I override the EXT and startup with the keypad. TheSkyX can start up the mount via serial port.

Is that the way it is supposed to behave? I’d really rather run the mount entirely through Ethernet.

Rick



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EXT startup only works via Serial Port?

Rick Thurmond
 

I am able to control my Mach1GTO with CP4 by serial port, USB, or Ethernet if it has been started up/initialized by the keypad (Autoconnect=NO). I use TheSkyX on a Mac

But if I try to do the startup by USB or Ethernet it doesn’t work. It will not connect unless I override the EXT and startup with the keypad. TheSkyX can start up the mount via serial port.

Is that the way it is supposed to behave? I’d really rather run the mount entirely through Ethernet.

Rick


Re: MACH1GTO Gear Mesh Question

gary imm
 

Ray,

I appreciate your inquiry into my experience using MACH1GTO with PHD2.  I have only had the mount for 2 months so I only have about 30 hours of experience with that combination.  Generally I have seen good, consistent performance.  I usually am able to achieve anywhere from 0.5 to 0.7 RMS arc-secs, which is better than the 0.7-1.0 that I had with my Atlas mount.  I have seen some unusual behavior a few times but, like I said further up this chain, I can't rule out that I might have had a bad calibration.  I am a bit of a stickler on trying to fully understand unusual behavior before waving a red flag, and in fairness I cannot say that I have confirmed any unusual behavior with PHD2 to date.

Thanks for all of your work to support your products.  In particular, I have been very impressed with APCC's Meridian Tracking Limits ability.  I very rarely have to do a meridian flip in the middle of my imaging sessions any more, which has saved me a lot of time.

Clear skies,
Gary