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Re: ADM saddle for Mach1GTO

Jinyoung Heo
 

Thanks all!



Since ADM also offers dual saddle for Mach1GTO, I thought just buying adapter to connect the saddle plates and mount's head was enough. My OTA is AT65EDQ and EdgeHD 8, all has ADM Losmandy dovetail to be attached onto the saddle. I likely play with them more for next a couple of years. 

BTW, does anyone have experience Rayox saddle? While I was seeking for saddle info for Mach1GTO, it was also caught in my radar. Looked nice but could not get many review about it. 

Thanks again,
Jinyoung


On Sunday, September 3, 2017 2:52 PM, "Michael Fulbright mike.fulbright@... [ap-gto]" wrote:


 
If you can find the old Robin Casady saddles and tandem bars (no longer made sadly) on the used market I would recommend getting some as they are a step above anything else I've tried.

Michael Fulbright

On 9/3/2017 5:03 PM, 'Woody Schlom' woody@... [ap-gto] wrote:
 
Jinyoung,
 
The Losmandy dual scope saddle works fine on my Mach1.  I see no reason why the ADM wouldn’t work.
 
But that said, I replaced the standard short AP two-clamp dovetail on my Mach1 for AP’s much longer and solid three clamp one.  I don’t think I’d trust any dual scope saddle on the short AP dovetail.
 
Woody
 
From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2017 10:19 PM
To: ap-gto@...
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




Re: GTOCP4 WiFi Driving Me Crazy!

Dale Ghent
 

On Sep 4, 2017, at 2:21 AM, Bill Long bill@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:



Hey Wayne,

I have seen this issue and it only occurred when the WiFi password used $#@%^@^%#@$ style characters. Change the WiFi password to something silly to test (like WayneIsTheBestImager) and see if you can connect.
If this is truly a bug, I have to wonder what other aspects of the CP4 firmware has issues. Really there should be no "special" characters when it comes to passwords. The concept shouldn't even exist. Have you reported this to AP as a bug?

Semi-off topic rant:

It's all too often these days that hardware vendors jump to putting full-featured embedded OSes on their hardware and have no clue how to maintain the OS itself, and/or the application stack that runs their stuff on it. In the worst examples, we have IP cameras that have a plethora of open services and a badly-coded app stack running on them which then become soldiers in someone's DDoS zombie army. "But it's behind a home NAT/firewall!" is not an excuse for shirking on this responsibility, but hardware vendors tend to still think they're /just/ hardware vendors and continue to not seriously take the fact that they have what is really a full-fledged, network-attached computer inside their product, opting to instead hope that the customer makes up for this security inattentiveness by employing surrogate, external (and often insufficient) methods.

I love Astro-Physics, and fully appreciate the blood sweat and tears Roland, Marge, and the rest of the team have put into the company over many successful years. But A-P isn't in the business of maintaining an embedded OS and managing the complexities of one in this day and age because do it right takes at least a small team of knowledgable people. As far as I'm concerned, the embedded OS inside the CP4 and other black-box products like it amounts to lunch counter mystery meat from a security POV, and I wouldn't want it to be compromised or to act as a vector into the rest of my network. Rather than complaining, I would love to help A-P on this in the interest of helping to make their CP4 OS a robust and trustworthy citizen of the network, but things seem frustratingly opaque regarding this.

/dale


Re: GTOCP4 WiFi Driving Me Crazy!

Bill Long
 

Hey Wayne,


I have seen this issue and it only occurred when the WiFi password used $#@%^@^%#@$ style characters. Change the WiFi password to something silly to test (like WayneIsTheBestImager) and see if you can connect. 




From: ap-gto@... on behalf of wayneh9026@... [ap-gto]
Sent: Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:47 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] GTOCP4 WiFi Driving Me Crazy!
 
 

I have 2 CP4 control boxes and APCC Pro. Using the connectivity utility I can see the network connection information, and make changes in the web page, but I CANNOT GET WIFI TO WORK RELIABLY IF AT ALL!!


First, in Access Point mode, the wifi access point IDs almost never show up on my iPhone or iPad available networks. Sometimes they do, but I don't know why. Second, when trying to tie into my local WiFi network, the utility sees the network but almost always I get a "Join Fail!! Check your password!" I know darn well the password is correct, and no matter how many times I enter it, the Join Fail message mocks me. These problems are on both GTOCP4s.


I really want to use this built-in capability, but I'm about ready to give up and find the Sky Safari dongle again.

Has anyone seen these issues and found solutions?

WiFi-less in Seattle



GTOCP4 WiFi Driving Me Crazy!

Wayne Hixson
 

I have 2 CP4 control boxes and APCC Pro. Using the connectivity utility I can see the network connection information, and make changes in the web page, but I CANNOT GET WIFI TO WORK RELIABLY IF AT ALL!!


First, in Access Point mode, the wifi access point IDs almost never show up on my iPhone or iPad available networks. Sometimes they do, but I don't know why. Second, when trying to tie into my local WiFi network, the utility sees the network but almost always I get a "Join Fail!! Check your password!" I know darn well the password is correct, and no matter how many times I enter it, the Join Fail message mocks me. These problems are on both GTOCP4s.


I really want to use this built-in capability, but I'm about ready to give up and find the Sky Safari dongle again.

Has anyone seen these issues and found solutions?

WiFi-less in Seattle



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

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

Will do,

 

Thanks

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, September 03, 2017 7:22 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: AP 1100GTO Can't Calibrate in PHD2 All of a Sudden?

 

 

Hi Tony.  If you'll post your guide log on our PHD2 support forum, we can probably help you figure out what's going on.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/open-phd-guiding

Cheers,
Bruce


Re: Not Able to Understand Meridian Delay between APCC and Sequence Generator Pro

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Ben,

I think that SGP only supports pushing the Meridian flip point later, which is a negative value in APCC/Driver. You would have to ask the SGPro folks why the displayed value in SGPro shows as it does.

-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: Sunday, September 3, 2017 7:50 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Not Able to Understand Meridian Delay between APCC and Sequence Generator Pro



Greetings!

I am confused about how to set the Meridian Delay in APCC in tandem with Sequence Generator Pro. I see
in the latest version of APCC on the Meridian tab that there is a "Send Limit to SGPro" checkbox. I have
turned this on and then made changes to the Meridian Delay. The results seem to be doing the opposite of
what I expect. I'd appreciate clarification on how to set the Meridian Delay from APCC to be recognized and
used by SGP.

Here's an example of what I am seeing:

At present my scope is pointed at Deneb, which is E of the meridian. There is no Meridian Delay (0) in
APCC. SGP reports that it will do a meridian flip in 3 hr 15 min when Deneb reaches the Meridian. When I
set the APCC Meridian Delay to +1.00 hr, I expect the meridian flip to occur an hour earlier. Indeed the
yellow line in the Telescope Position diagram in APCC shows it is shifted 1 hr E, and any slews I mak e
between that line and the meridian will be CW up as desired. However, I note that SGP now reports the time
until flip is an hour later at 4 hr 15 min. This seems backwards to me. Do I have this right?

I just attempted to set the delay to one hour later (now shifted W), and SGP still adds an hour to the flip,
whether I set the Meridian to + or -1 hr.

Thanks for your help with this.

Best Regards,
Ben








Not Able to Understand Meridian Delay between APCC and Sequence Generator Pro

binkersnot@...
 

Greetings!

I am confused about how to set the Meridian Delay in APCC in tandem with Sequence Generator Pro.  I see in the latest version of APCC on the Meridian tab that there is a "Send Limit to SGPro" checkbox.  I have turned this on and then made changes to the Meridian Delay.  The results seem to be doing the opposite of what I expect.  I'd appreciate clarification on how to set the Meridian Delay from APCC to be recognized and used by SGP.

Here's an example of what I am seeing:

At present my scope is pointed at Deneb, which is E of the meridian.  There is no Meridian Delay (0) in APCC.  SGP reports that it will do a meridian flip in 3 hr 15 min when Deneb reaches the Meridian.  When I set the APCC Meridian Delay to +1.00 hr, I expect the meridian flip to occur an hour earlier.  Indeed the yellow line in the Telescope Position diagram in APCC shows it is shifted 1 hr E, and any slews I make between that line and the meridian will be CW up as desired.  However, I note that SGP now reports the time until flip is an hour later at 4 hr 15 min.  This seems backwards to me.  Do I have this right?

I just attempted to set the delay to one hour later (now shifted W), and SGP still adds an hour to the flip, whether I set the Meridian to + or -1 hr.

Thanks for your help with this.

Best Regards,
Ben




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

bw
 

Hi Tony.  If you'll post your guide log on our PHD2 support forum, we can probably help you figure out what's going on.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/open-phd-guiding

Cheers,
Bruce


Re: old driver

Ray Gralak
 

I don't know how to come back to the old diver ?
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ap-gto/conversations/topics/56324

It looks like you are in France, so have you tried swapping the "." and "," in Windows Regional settings to see if that fixes the problem?

-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: Sunday, September 3, 2017 2:45 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] old driver



Hello all




I explain you my problem.

I have an AP 1200 GTO wich worked very well in my home with the AP V2 5.09.12, since I am in remote at
the eye :http://entreencinasyestrellas.es/

My Driver was changed(no by myself) for the new driver V2 5. 10.00 and it does not run correctly.

Before I used the Ascom Telescope Driver for the Sky X and then I choosed Astrphysics driver.

I don't know how to come back to the old diver ?

I am lost can you help me?

Best regards





Re: ADM saddle for Mach1GTO

Michael Fulbright <mike.fulbright@...>
 

If you can find the old Robin Casady saddles and tandem bars (no longer made sadly) on the used market I would recommend getting some as they are a step above anything else I've tried.

Michael Fulbright

On 9/3/2017 5:03 PM, 'Woody Schlom' woody@... [ap-gto] wrote:
 

Jinyoung,

 

The Losmandy dual scope saddle works fine on my Mach1.  I see no reason why the ADM wouldn’t work.

 

But that said, I replaced the standard short AP two-clamp dovetail on my Mach1 for AP’s much longer and solid three clamp one.  I don’t think I’d trust any dual scope saddle on the short AP dovetail.

 

Woody

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2017 10:19 PM
To: ap-gto@...
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



old driver

CAMMILLERI JEAN OLIVIER
 

Hello all


I explain you my problem.

I have an AP 1200 GTO wich worked very well in my home with the AP V2 5.09.12, since I am in remote at the eye :http://entreencinasyestrellas.es/

My Driver was changed(no by myself) for the new driver V2 5.10.00 and it does not run correctly.

Before I used the Ascom Telescope Driver for the Sky X and then I choosed Astrphysics driver.

I don't know how to come back to the old diver ?

I am lost can you help me?

Best regards 



Re: ADM saddle for Mach1GTO

Woody Schlom <woody@...>
 

Jinyoung,

 

The Losmandy dual scope saddle works fine on my Mach1.  I see no reason why the ADM wouldn’t work.

 

But that said, I replaced the standard short AP two-clamp dovetail on my Mach1 for AP’s much longer and solid three clamp one.  I don’t think I’d trust any dual scope saddle on the short AP dovetail.

 

Woody

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2017 10:19 PM
To: ap-gto@...
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


Re: Problem with regional settings

Claude Roth
 

Hi Ray,

Thank you for your answer.
That is what I will do while waiting the update, hoping I will not have issues with other software (french for ex.)
Anyway, next days, the sky will be cloudy and the moon waxing gibbous or full 
Best regards,

Claude
  


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

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

Hi Alan,

 

Unfortunately I just did that as I recently put all my cables through the mount and made sure all was tightened as I put things back together.

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, September 03, 2017 8:48 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] AP 1100GTO Can't Calibrate in PHD2 All of a Sudden?

 

 

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

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: dvuolhhr6nx4a532a3phnju3zs6lzvlgxdl2wzaf@... [ap-gto]
Sent: Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:38 AM
To: ap-gto@...
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?


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

-----Original Message-----
From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, September 3, 2017 8:46 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Problem with regional settings



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
 



From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Saturday, September 2, 2017 7:19 PM
To: ap-gto@...
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

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: dvuolhhr6nx4a532a3phnju3zs6lzvlgxdl2wzaf@... [ap-gto]
Sent: Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:38 AM
To: ap-gto@...
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?









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


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

See image capture 

https://photonsdenuit.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/snip_20170903173424.png



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