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Re: Problem with regional settings

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Claude,

I think this may be happening because of recent changes to allow extra precision to some of the commands. The AP Driver uses the ASCOM libraries to create RA/Dec strings for some of the commands sent to the mount, so as a workaround for now you could define "." as decimal in Windows regional settings.

So, I've added a bug report for this issue and I expect a fix will be available in AP V2 v5.10.01, when it becomes available.

Best regards,

-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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Hello




Since Ascom driver version 5.09.09 I have issues because of the regional settings - decimal settings.

I have a french Windows 10 version, with the default decimal setting set to comma, the position and time
information in the driver window are not correct or sometimes empty, I have also a lot of communications
errors. The telescope crosshair in the planetarium software is also not functional.

Bets regards

Claude

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Re: ADM saddle for Mach1GTO

Christopher Erickson
 

I have an ADM Losmandy-size, dual-saddle that I sometimes use on my 1100.  Works fine.  I put a C14 and AP 130 APO on the 1100 together.
 
With the adjustable bits it is rather heavy and I am not sure that it would be as useful on a Mach1, which would limit the size of OTA's you could put on it.
 
FWIW, a Mach1 and dual-saddle could carry a heck of a lot more than the AVX.
 
Is yours the Vixen-size or the Losmandy-size?
 
 
-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
 



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Subject: [ap-gto] ADM saddle for Mach1GTO

Hi, I'm almost about pulling trigger to new mach1gto. Question is how ADM dual saddle for the mount is. Does anyone use it? May I ask pros and cons?  I already have ADM dual saddle for my AVX and not sure that I could reuse it with just  buying proper adapter. 


Thanks,

Jinyoung


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Re: AP 1100GTO Can't Calibrate in PHD2 All of a Sudden?

Alan Pryor
 

If all else fails check the tightness of all of your screwed connections. Your bolting to your telescope; the bolting of the saddle to the mount; the bolting of the sections of your declination and RA axis.

Check the stability of your optics too. No mirror flop. No looseness of secondary. Tightness of all camera components.

I only mention this because I had a situation where the continual hot/cold (day/night) caused some of my bolting to loosen. I had guiding problems. Once I went through a check of all my bolting the problem was resolved.

That may not be your issue, but it does not hurt to check.

Alan

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Subject: [ap-gto] AP 1100GTO Can't Calibrate in PHD2 All of a Sudden?




I am wondering if I may have an issue with my AP 1100 GTO mount.
I’ve had it for a little over a year now and it has worked without issue. I am using it for astrophotography with a C11 Edge @ 2800mm with an Ultrastar guide come on a COAG. PHD2 is my guiding software and normally my guiding has me around .3/.4 RMS in both RA and Dec. I have noticed lately that the numbers were getting a bit higher but just assumed it was atmospheric conditions. Although I had also noted that of late my stars have been a bit out of round even on short 30 sec subs.
Last night I was getting around .7 Ra and .5 Dec with a Total RMS near 1.0 arc/sec. I decided I would run a new calibration just to try and tighten things up. Unfortunately I could not get a successful calibration. PHD2 would be complaining about RA and Dec guiding rates differing by too much.
I started a post on Cloudy Nights (https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/590415-help-with-phd2-guiding-cant-calibrate/#entry8082854) before posting this issue here.
I haven’t changed anything in my routine and the only thing I did different was to run a calibration last night. I also made sure my PA was accurate, and it is, as you can see in the pics at Cloudy Nights.
It was suggested that I may need to remesh the gears? Any other thoughts on what may be causing this?









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Problem with regional settings

Claude Roth
 

Hello


Since Ascom driver version 5.09.09 I have issues because of the regional settings - decimal settings.

I have a french Windows 10 version, with the default decimal setting set to comma, the position and time information in the driver window are not correct or sometimes empty, I have also a lot of communications errors. The telescope crosshair in the planetarium software is also not functional. 

Bets regards

Claude

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AP 1100GTO Can't Calibrate in PHD2 All of a Sudden?

dvuolhhr6nx4a532a3phnju3zs6lzvlgxdl2wzaf@...
 

I am wondering if I may have an issue with my AP 1100 GTO mount.

I’ve had it for a little over a year now and it has worked without issue. I am using it for astrophotography with a C11 Edge @ 2800mm with an Ultrastar guide come on a COAG. PHD2 is my guiding software and normally my guiding has me around .3/.4 RMS in both RA and Dec. I have noticed lately that the numbers were getting a bit higher but just assumed it was atmospheric conditions. Although I had also noted that of late my stars have been a bit out of round even on short 30 sec subs.

Last night I was getting around .7 Ra and .5 Dec with a Total RMS near 1.0 arc/sec. I decided I would run a new calibration just to try and tighten things up. Unfortunately I could not get a successful calibration. PHD2 would be complaining about RA and Dec guiding rates differing by too much.

I started a post on Cloudy Nights (https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/590415-help-with-phd2-guiding-cant-calibrate/#entry8082854) before posting this issue here.

I haven’t changed anything in my routine and the only thing I did different was to run a calibration last night. I also made sure my PA was accurate, and it is, as you can see in the pics at Cloudy Nights.

It was suggested that I may need to remesh the gears? Any other thoughts on what may be causing this?




ADM saddle for Mach1GTO

Jinyoung Heo
 

Hi, I'm almost about pulling trigger to new mach1gto. Question is how ADM dual saddle for the mount is. Does anyone use it? May I ask pros and cons?  I already have ADM dual saddle for my AVX and not sure that I could reuse it with just  buying proper adapter. 


Thanks,

Jinyoung


Re: [ap-ug] Re: Eclipse Combined image

 

Philip,

 

There is only one Mr. Eclipse. We were set up quite near Fred at Casper College. He had to deal with the same, less-than-ideal conditions and drama that we did. It will be interesting to see what he pulls out of his images. We just saw a photo taken by a nearby friend of the entire sky during totality. The sun was surrounded by clouds with a bit of break in just the right spot.

 

Fred had quite an extensive series of cameras (17, I believe) capturing a wide variety of phenomenon. He began his setup at 3:30am to assure that he was ready in time.

 

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

 

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This is quite fabulous - may I please propose an immediate promotion for you to Mr Eclipse MkII, with equal status to the legendary Fred Espenak!
Philip
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>Thank you. I'm still amazed we got that much corona with the hazy atmosphere and smoke from the forest fires further west.
>
>I just finished adding my film images to this and we have an even larger field that includes a couple stars and just a slight bit more of the streamers. Film was Kodak 6x7 cm Ektar 100.
>
>https://www.astromart.com/common/image_popup.asp?image=/images/forums/835000-835999/835704.jpg&caption=
>
>Rolando
>
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>Subject: [ap-ug] Re: Eclipse Combined image
>
>
>
>That is an amazing image. I really like that the sun peaks out directly opposite a solar prominence. Sci Fi films couldn't do that nearly as well. The Corona isn't too shabby either. One of the nicer framed portrayals of the 2017 North American Eclipse, I've seen to date.
>
>John A. Sillasen
>
>
>
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Re: [ap-ug] Re: Eclipse Combined image

Philip Perkins <ppml5@...>
 

This is quite fabulous - may I please propose an immediate promotion for you to Mr Eclipse MkII, with equal status to the legendary Fred Espenak!
Philip
---

Thank you. I'm still amazed we got that much corona with the hazy atmosphere and smoke from the forest fires further west.

I just finished adding my film images to this and we have an even larger field that includes a couple stars and just a slight bit more of the streamers. Film was Kodak 6x7 cm Ektar 100.

https://www.astromart.com/common/image_popup.asp?image=/images/forums/835000-835999/835704.jpg&caption=

Rolando


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Sent: Fri, Sep 1, 2017 8:45 pm
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That is an amazing image. I really like that the sun peaks out directly opposite a solar prominence. Sci Fi films couldn't do that nearly as well. The Corona isn't too shabby either. One of the nicer framed portrayals of the 2017 North American Eclipse, I've seen to date.

John A. Sillasen




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Re: [ap-ug] Re: Eclipse Combined image

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Really amazing result Rolando!

Stuart


On Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 11:43 PM chris1011@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Thank you. I'm still amazed we got that much corona with the hazy atmosphere and smoke from the forest fires further west.

I just finished adding my film images to this and we have an even larger field that includes a couple stars and just a slight bit more of the streamers. Film was Kodak 6x7 cm Ektar 100.

https://www.astromart.com/common/image_popup.asp?image=/images/forums/835000-835999/835704.jpg&caption=

Rolando



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Subject: [ap-ug] Re: Eclipse Combined image



That is an amazing image.  I really like that the sun peaks out directly opposite a solar prominence.  Sci Fi films couldn't do that nearly as well.  The Corona isn't too shabby either.  One of the nicer framed portrayals of the 2017 North American Eclipse, I've seen to date.

John A. Sillasen



Re: [ap-ug] Re: Eclipse Combined image

Roland Christen
 

Thank you. I'm still amazed we got that much corona with the hazy atmosphere and smoke from the forest fires further west.

I just finished adding my film images to this and we have an even larger field that includes a couple stars and just a slight bit more of the streamers. Film was Kodak 6x7 cm Ektar 100.

https://www.astromart.com/common/image_popup.asp?image=/images/forums/835000-835999/835704.jpg&caption=

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: 'John A. Sillasen' JASillasen@... [ap-ug]
To: ap-ug
Sent: Fri, Sep 1, 2017 8:45 pm
Subject: [ap-ug] Re: Eclipse Combined image



That is an amazing image.  I really like that the sun peaks out directly opposite a solar prominence.  Sci Fi films couldn't do that nearly as well.  The Corona isn't too shabby either.  One of the nicer framed portrayals of the 2017 North American Eclipse, I've seen to date.

John A. Sillasen



Re: Any one using AT10RCT with Mach1GTO?

Chris Patrick
 

I have a 10"TPO truss tube with an Orion guide scope/ camera and a Canon T5 mounted on a Mach 1. Mount doesn't even know it's there. Mount slews and tracks perfectly, even without the guide scope being turned on. Astronomics and TPO are identical as best as I can tell. They are an awesome combination!


Re: Any one using AT10RCT with Mach1GTO?

Antoine PAVLIN
 

I use my Mach1GTO fitted with a C11 (non Edge model) for visual and astrophotography with the added weight of the Optec TCF-S focuser and STT8300 camera.

 

I didn’t feel that the mount has any issue slewing and tracking objects with such equipment.

 

Clear skies

 

Antoine

 

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Objet : Re: [ap-gto] Any one using AT10RCT with Mach1GTO?

 

 

I am at the same situation.

Own a mach1 for 3 years (absolutely love it) and image with SVQ100. Looking for longer FL image setup too. 

 -Kai


On Sep 1, 2017, at 09:12, diego_gomezp@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Hello All,

 

According to Astronomics website, the weights and length (with focuser) of an AT 10" Truss RC are 36lb and 30" approximately so if a Mach 1 GTO can handle this OTA (stated above) then I would assume that it would handle even better an Edge HD 11 OTA (weight 28lb and length 24"), wouldn't it?

 

I am asking because I own a Mach 1 GTO (purchased directly from AP early this year) which I currently use with a SW Esprit 100ED refractor for wide field imaging. However, I am interested in getting a Celestron Edge HD 11 with the purely purpose of imaging small object such as galaxies and planetary nebulas at F/7 and F/10.

 

Comments/experiences?

 

Thanks,

Diego

Calgary-Canada

 


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Re: Any one using AT10RCT with Mach1GTO?

Stelios
 

I know Samara has a C11 Edge on her Mach1, perhaps she will comment?

From what I've heard, it should not be a problem at all, if you are using an OAG for guiding, and it would be best if you are pier-mounted.


Re: Any one using AT10RCT with Mach1GTO?

Kai Yang
 

I am at the same situation.
Own a mach1 for 3 years (absolutely love it) and image with SVQ100. Looking for longer FL image setup too. 

 -Kai

On Sep 1, 2017, at 09:12, diego_gomezp@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Hello All,

According to Astronomics website, the weights and length (with focuser) of an AT 10" Truss RC are 36lb and 30" approximately so if a Mach 1 GTO can handle this OTA (stated above) then I would assume that it would handle even better an Edge HD 11 OTA (weight 28lb and length 24"), wouldn't it?

I am asking because I own a Mach 1 GTO (purchased directly from AP early this year) which I currently use with a SW Esprit 100ED refractor for wide field imaging. However, I am interested in getting a Celestron Edge HD 11 with the purely purpose of imaging small object such as galaxies and planetary nebulas at F/7 and F/10.

Comments/experiences?

Thanks,
Diego
Calgary-Canada


Re: Any one using AT10RCT with Mach1GTO?

Diego Gomez
 

Hello All,

According to Astronomics website, the weights and length (with focuser) of an AT 10" Truss RC are 36lb and 30" approximately so if a Mach 1 GTO can handle this OTA (stated above) then I would assume that it would handle even better an Edge HD 11 OTA (weight 28lb and length 24"), wouldn't it?

I am asking because I own a Mach 1 GTO (purchased directly from AP early this year) which I currently use with a SW Esprit 100ED refractor for wide field imaging. However, I am interested in getting a Celestron Edge HD 11 with the purely purpose of imaging small object such as galaxies and planetary nebulas at F/7 and F/10.

Comments/experiences?

Thanks,
Diego
Calgary-Canada


Re: Keep AP900GTO outside

Roland Christen
 

It doesn't have to be ultra-precise for your starting position. You can eyeball the position and then send the mount to the first object via GoTo. It should be somewhere in the finder. Then just center the object with the buttons and do a Recal.

If you want to be more precise, then send the mount to one of the known park positions, turn off power. Mark the two axes with a piece of masking tape - slit the tape with your fingernail or suitable sharp blade. Then you can loosen the clutches, turn the axes to the unloading position, remove the scope and cover the mount. Next time you put the scope back on, manually move the axes back to where the tape ends line up and you are in business. Turn on power, send the mount to an object via GoTo, center it via the buttons and press Rcal.

Rolando



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To: ap-gto
Sent: Fri, Sep 1, 2017 2:33 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Keep AP900GTO outside



Thanks Rolando.

The mount must be in a precise start position i presume ?

Maybe i can do following at the end of a session :
- Slew to a park position and mark the position on the circles.
- Free the clutches and move by hand the scope to the table, remove everything from the mount...
- Move by hand back to the marked park position and block the clutch again.

And then i can restart as you told me and do a Rcal. (?)

>Forget syncs on stars or doing new polar alignment, not necessary with polar aligned mount, which you have.
>
>3/  With keypad on Autoconnect = YES, simply press Objects, then enter a star or other sky object and let the >mount slew to it. Center the object in your camera/eyepiece and press Rcal. You are done. You can now go >to any other object, it's that simple.

>Rolando




Re: Any one using AT10RCT with Mach1GTO?

Roland Christen
 

Rule of thumb for good stability from way back was that the gearwheel should be the size of your refractor objective (Mach1 gearwheel is ~ 150mm diameter). For Cassegrain type mirror systems you can use 2x the diameter of the gearwheel (so about 10" - 11" apertures).

The mount can handle a lot of weight, the bearings are huge, but it's the moment arm that limits the useful size of the scope as far as wigglyness goes. Longer scopes need to be lighter, shorter scopes can be heavier. Also, the pier/tripod has a huge effect on how stable the system will be. For astrophotography keep them short as possible.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Dale Ghent daleg@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 9:02 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Any one using AT10RCT with Mach1GTO?


Which spawns a follow-up wondering - how do you know when you have /too much/ weight? Intuition born from experience?

/dale

> On Aug 31, 2017, at 4:21 PM, chris1011@... [ap-gto] gto@...> wrote:
>
>
>
> The mighty Mach1 will handle that little scope with ease, it will hardly know it's on there.
> We don't rate our mounts the same as most other manufacturers. There will be zero chance for anything to be damaged with such a light load. Tracking and guiding are not really affected by scope weight since the loads are balanced with counterweights. Even small unbalance has no effect on performance.
>
> Rolando
>
>
>
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> Hello,
>
> Thinking about getting a 10" truss rc and putting it on a mach1. The total weight will be at or just a hair under the stated capacity of the mach1. I suspect it will probably be doable without damage to the mount but what about guiding / tracking performance? Is there any on
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Re: Keep AP900GTO outside

georges.reif@...
 

Thanks Rolando.

The mount must be in a precise start position i presume ?

Maybe i can do following at the end of a session :
- Slew to a park position and mark the position on the circles.
- Free the clutches and move by hand the scope to the table, remove everything from the mount...
- Move by hand back to the marked park position and block the clutch again.

And then i can restart as you told me and do a Rcal. (?)

>Forget syncs on stars or doing new polar alignment, not necessary with polar aligned mount, which you have.
>
>3/  With keypad on Autoconnect = YES, simply press Objects, then enter a star or other sky object and let the >mount slew to it. Center the object in your camera/eyepiece and press Rcal. You are done. You can now go >to any other object, it's that simple.

>Rolando


Re: Any one using AT10RCT with Mach1GTO?

Dale Ghent
 

Which spawns a follow-up wondering - how do you know when you have /too much/ weight? Intuition born from experience?

/dale

On Aug 31, 2017, at 4:21 PM, chris1011@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:



The mighty Mach1 will handle that little scope with ease, it will hardly know it's on there.
We don't rate our mounts the same as most other manufacturers. There will be zero chance for anything to be damaged with such a light load. Tracking and guiding are not really affected by scope weight since the loads are balanced with counterweights. Even small unbalance has no effect on performance.

Rolando



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To: ap-gto <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 3:06 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Any one using AT10RCT with Mach1GTO?

Hello,

Thinking about getting a 10" truss rc and putting it on a mach1. The total weight will be at or just a hair under the stated capacity of the mach1. I suspect it will probably be doable without damage to the mount but what about guiding / tracking performance? Is there any on

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[ap-ug] Eclipse Combined image

Roland Christen
 


Hi,

Astromart now allows full size images to be posted. Here is the full size (JPEG) eclipse corona image (George and Marj combined). It may look smaller on your screen, but you can copy and paste it into Photoshop and see it at any size you like.

https://www.astromart.com/common/image_popup.asp?image=/images/forums/835000-835999/835681.jpg&caption=

If this works for you, I'll post some more.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Howlett keith.howlett@... [ap-ug] ug@...>
To: ap-ug ug@...>
Sent: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 2:34 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-ug] Eclipse Combined image



I'm interested in the full resolution versions, please post them on the website. 😎

Thanks,

Keith


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Date: 31/08/2017 19:49 (GMT+00:00)
To: ap-gto@..., ap-ug@...
Subject: [ap-ug] Eclipse Combined image

 
Hi All,

George, our tech support person, was set up about 60 miles east of us and took images with his 130GTX scope of the outer corona. I combined his image with Marj's inner corona detail to get an overall eclipse image. This image is close to what we all saw thru our 90mm Stowaway scopes and the 70mm binoculars. The image is approximately 1/3 size due to limitations of the Astromart forum, so cannot show full resolution details. Maybe will post it on our website later if anyone is interested.

https://www.astromart.com/common/image_popup.asp?image=/images/forums/835000-835999/835671.jpg&caption=

I also put together a few more of Marj's pictures in a sequence showing how clouds interfered with the first diamond ring shot, but then moved away just enough to get us a clear view of totality. That cloud was worrisome enough to elicit a few choice words from persons that will remain unnamed ;^))
That first shot is actually kinda dramatic, with rainbows of color due to the cloud.

https://www.astromart.com/common/image_popup.asp?image=/images/forums/835000-835999/835653.jpg&caption=

Rolando