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APCC error: Recal failed because is too far > 5 degree

Carmine Iaffaldano
 

I am having a strange series of plate solving errors: while FM4 sends the mount near to zenith in Aquirestars routine the mount fails the object and i have a pinpoint failing error of plate solving; after this error APCC shows the error in object when all sky plate solving finds the lost scope; it seems that the error happens when the mount moves in DEC also because i have the park position 4 wrong only in DEC position (the AR is perfect).

Can you tell me if i can remove the Recal limit or suggest to me a explanation of the problem? I specify that the problem is random , at the moment i dont find a rule of when it happens if not that it happens prevalently in west side of meridian after pier flip.

Thanks.


Carmine


Re: Confused about SKY CHARTS program and APCC Tracking

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Joe,

This may likely be a bug in Sky Charts, or (either APCC or the ASCOM Driver), is not sending it the PARK
and Tracking (Stopped) status.
Actually, ASCOM drivers don't send events like park or tracking state changes to applications. A client application needs to polls the driver.

That said, I think this is almost certainly a bug in Sky Charts.

-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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Hi,
This is sort of off-topic, but something there is something odd about what I see happening in Cartes du
Ciel (SKY CHARTS) when APCC has already PARKED the mount. Sky Charts shows that the mount is still
“Tracking” (its icon is still green) - after CCDSOFT had completed its color imaging, and I also had already
ABORTED its RGH guiding activity - even though APCC itself, correctly shows Tracking = 0. I also tried
using Sky Charts “Abort Slew” but it made no difference on its incorrect tracking status. Don’t know what the
heck it thinks it is tracking – certainly not the mount.

The only thing still running was Sky Charts, and APCC. As I recall, last time I saw this, I purposely
disconnected the mount in Sky Charts, and shut down APCC – yet Sky Charts was still showing Tracking
active.
This may likely be a bug in Sky Charts, or (either APCC or the ASCOM Driver), is not sending it the PARK
and Tracking (Stopped) status.

Anybody else notice this? Sky Charts (rev. 3.11 SVN-3261 ... from 2016).
Not a problem, just an inconsistency. Does this also happen with other software like SKY-X, ACP, or
MAXIMDL, when APCC has parked the mount ?

Just wondering - Thanks,
Joe





Re: Confused about SKY CHARTS program and APCC Tracking

Joe Zeglinski
 

Thanks Bryan,
 
    I will have to investigate why my own copy of CdC is still showing tracking enabled,  when everything else is shut down. The mount is surely,  not actually tracking.
 
Joe


Re: Confused about SKY CHARTS program and APCC Tracking

Worsel
 

Joe

Not sure why you see this.

My order of shutdown is to disconnect everything using the APCC Virtual Port, close those apps, then close APCC.  I think this is mentioned in the manual that APCC should be the LAST app closed, but I am not sure.

Always works.  CdC shows tracking off once I disconnect.

Bryan


Confused about SKY CHARTS program and APCC Tracking

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi,
    This is sort of off-topic, but something there is something odd about what I see happening in Cartes du Ciel (SKY CHARTS) when APCC has already PARKED the mount. Sky Charts shows that the mount is still “Tracking” (its icon is still green)  - after CCDSOFT had completed its color imaging, and I also had already ABORTED its RGH guiding activity - even though APCC itself, correctly shows Tracking = 0. I also tried using Sky Charts “Abort Slew” but it made no difference on its incorrect tracking status. Don’t know what the heck it thinks it is tracking – certainly not the mount.
 
    The only thing still running was Sky Charts, and APCC.  As I recall, last time I saw this, I purposely disconnected the mount in Sky Charts, and shut down APCC – yet Sky Charts  was still showing Tracking active.
This may likely be a bug in Sky Charts, or  (either APCC or the ASCOM Driver), is not sending it the PARK and Tracking (Stopped) status.
 
    Anybody else notice this?   Sky Charts (rev. 3.11 SVN-3261 ... from 2016).
Not a problem, just an inconsistency. Does this also happen with other software like SKY-X, ACP, or MAXIMDL, when APCC has parked the mount ?
 
Just wondering - Thanks,
Joe
 
   
 


Re: pelican cases for mach1GOT - size and foan?

dang.astro
 

Here is a non-pelican option that I did:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/geui6si87h7mawr/AACCS5_SBj2wUzjPMqOSaGrqa?dl=0

It's an HPRC 2760W case with MyCaseBuilder foam. Comes with pick and pluck if you want

Best
Dan


Re: pelican cases for mach1GOT - size and foan?

Andrew Jones
 

I purchased the Pelican Storm iM2875 Case With the Pick-n-Pluck foam after seeing a picture on line of someone who used something similar. I have to remove the saddle plate and rotate the RA axis so that the deck axis is pointing down (similar to how it comes out of the packaging from AP). It fits just fine and still leaves room to store the 16 inch saddle plate in a separate slot. 

Hope this helps.

Andrew J


Re: pelican cases for mach1GOT - size and foan?

Fritz K
 

Mach 1 Case:

I looked at a lot of cases. I found the Porta Brace 2650 to be the best and smallest fit to the Mach 1. I lined it with my own foam (camping sleeping pads and the like).

Indy Caseman aka fritz k


Re: pelican cases for mach1GOT - size and foan?

Stelios
 

That (Air 1615) would be a very long case, but perhaps not wide enough unless you take care with placement.

I put the Mach1 head in a Pelican Storm IM-2700 which is only 10lbs and 22x17x8. I use through-the-mount cabling and pack the cables with the mount. To make the mount fit, I swing the head so it points down (loosen RA knobs, rotate 180 degrees, re-tighten). Total weight is about 42 lbs with everything. 

I carry the counterweights and counterweight bar separately, and use yet another case for the GTOCP4. The multiple cases make carrying things around easier, and one doesn't need to worry about foam density issues.

I could've fit the mount better in a Pelican Storm IM-2720, but the case has double the weight, a factor for me.


Re: Any astrophotography specialist in NY area? [Mach1GTO / Stellarvue 80mm]

steven ho
 

90 miles to the north under dark skies 😉 near the border of Pennsylvania.


steve hoffman



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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Any astrophotography specialist in NY area? [Mach1GTO / Stellarvue 80mm]
 
 

Hi Steve!

Andre will be in NYC - Brooklin. Where are you?
best


Re: Any astrophotography specialist in NY area? [Mach1GTO / Stellarvue 80mm]

Camila Pastorelli
 

Hi Steve!
Andre will be in NYC - Brooklin. Where are you?
best


Re: Any astrophotography specialist in NY area? [Mach1GTO / Stellarvue 80mm]

steven ho
 

Where exactly in NY, do you mean New York City or somewhere in New York State?


steve hoffman



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Subject: [ap-gto] Any astrophotography specialist in NY area? [Mach1GTO / Stellarvue 80mm]
 
 

Hi guys!


My name is Camila and I work at a Brazilian NGO of photography called ImageMagica founded by the photographer André François. Since 1995, we develop social projects in schools and hospitals using photography as a tool of transformation. Besides that, we also produce photo documentaries around the world that discuss important issues like access to health, quality of life, education, among others. We have partnerships from UN (United Nations), WHO (World Health Organization), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), among other organizations.

 

Andre is a photographer for over 30 years and has done several projects with photography here in Brazil and worldwide. We travel a lot to get those projects done. If you have sometime, take a look at his website: https://www. andrefrancois.com.br/home-1

 

We are starting a new project with astrophotography and people in the world. The idea is - apart of a nice portrait - to photograph (in mono) the deep sky above this person. This kind of photography is something completely new to us


Andre will be in New York next week and he would need some help to set up the equipment we've bought: Mach1GTO and a telescope Stellarvue 80mm, among other accessories. Do you know anyone available for a couple of hours between Sep, 21st-23rd. 


It would really help us a lot! :)


Many thanks,


Best


Camila


Any astrophotography specialist in NY area? [Mach1GTO / Stellarvue 80mm]

Camila Pastorelli
 

Hi guys!


My name is Camila and I work at a Brazilian NGO of photography called ImageMagica founded by the photographer André François. Since 1995, we develop social projects in schools and hospitals using photography as a tool of transformation. Besides that, we also produce photo documentaries around the world that discuss important issues like access to health, quality of life, education, among others. We have partnerships from UN (United Nations), WHO (World Health Organization), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), among other organizations.

 

Andre is a photographer for over 30 years and has done several projects with photography here in Brazil and worldwide. We travel a lot to get those projects done. If you have sometime, take a look at his website: https://www. andrefrancois.com.br/home-1

 

We are starting a new project with astrophotography and people in the world. The idea is - apart of a nice portrait - to photograph (in mono) the deep sky above this person. This kind of photography is something completely new to us


Andre will be in New York next week and he would need some help to set up the equipment we've bought: Mach1GTO and a telescope Stellarvue 80mm, among other accessories. Do you know anyone available for a couple of hours between Sep, 21st-23rd. 


It would really help us a lot! :)


Many thanks,


Best


Camila


Re: powertank/battery to travel - mach1GTO

Mark Striebeck
 

Do you also want to power other equipment (filter wheel, focuser, guider...) from this battery? Or is it just the mount?

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 7:58 AM, chris1011@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Although Lithium batteries are light weight and powerful, they have some disadvantages. Most are not allowed on airplanes. They all require special chargers that are very expensive. A small sealed lead-acid battery for powering wheelchairs is really ideal and can be charged with inexpensive chargers which are available almost anywhere. The 18 amp hour Duracell measures 3" x 6" x7", weighs 12.5 lb and could even be used as a counterweight.

If this is too large, they make smaller ones of around 9 - 10 amp hours capacity which will run a mount for 18 - 20 hours.

Rolando




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Camila,

You probably could, but thats really expensive for an 8.8Ah battery.  Look at Bioenno instead.  These have been great for me.  For under $200 you can get a 20Ah LiFePo battery that will last 2000 charge/discharge cycles, and it will literally put out about 90% or more of its rated capacity.   https://www.bioennopower.com/collections/12v-series-lifepo4-batteries/products/12v-20ah-lfp-battery-pvc-blf-1220a

Plus these already are wired with a Powerpole connection that can be hooked directly to AP’s new Powerpole power cables.  This would probably easily last a couple nights out powering a Mach1.
Traveling by plane…100 watt/hour batteries are the limit I believe, and only in carry on luggage.  Probably not a good idea to try and travel by plane with these.

David


On Sep 11, 2017, at 3:42 PM, camilapastorelli@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:


 Hi guys,
We are going to buy a Mach1GTO and we would like to get help with some topics:
. Do you think this Goal Zero battery SHERPA 100 POWER PACK handles the mach1cto for a night of work? http://www.goalzero.com/p/207/sherpa-100-power-pack If not, which suggestions do you have?

. Do you know if we could travel by airplane with batteries? (the technical support from Astro-physics said that could be a problem) 
Thanks,
Camila






Re: powertank/battery to travel - mach1GTO

Roland Christen
 

Although Lithium batteries are light weight and powerful, they have some disadvantages. Most are not allowed on airplanes. They all require special chargers that are very expensive. A small sealed lead-acid battery for powering wheelchairs is really ideal and can be charged with inexpensive chargers which are available almost anywhere. The 18 amp hour Duracell measures 3" x 6" x7", weighs 12.5 lb and could even be used as a counterweight.

If this is too large, they make smaller ones of around 9 - 10 amp hours capacity which will run a mount for 18 - 20 hours.

Rolando



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Camila,

You probably could, but thats really expensive for an 8.8Ah battery.  Look at Bioenno instead.  These have been great for me.  For under $200 you can get a 20Ah LiFePo battery that will last 2000 charge/discharge cycles, and it will literally put out about 90% or more of its rated capacity.   https://www.bioennopower.com/collections/12v-series-lifepo4-batteries/products/12v-20ah-lfp-battery-pvc-blf-1220a

Plus these already are wired with a Powerpole connection that can be hooked directly to AP’s new Powerpole power cables.  This would probably easily last a couple nights out powering a Mach1.
Traveling by plane…100 watt/hour batteries are the limit I believe, and only in carry on luggage.  Probably not a good idea to try and travel by plane with these.

David


On Sep 11, 2017, at 3:42 PM, camilapastorelli@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:


 Hi guys,
We are going to buy a Mach1GTO and we would like to get help with some topics:
. Do you think this Goal Zero battery SHERPA 100 POWER PACK handles the mach1cto for a night of work? http://www.goalzero.com/p/207/sherpa-100-power-pack If not, which suggestions do you have?

. Do you know if we could travel by airplane with batteries? (the technical support from Astro-physics said that could be a problem) 
Thanks,
Camila





Re: powertank/battery to travel - mach1GTO

Roland Christen
 

For the eclipse I purchased an 18 amp hour wheelchair battery, Duracell Ultra with ring terminals. The power cord of the Mach1 will tie directly to it with a screw and nut. This battery will keep your Mach1 running for 3 - 4 days of normal night time tracking. A simple battery tender will keep it charged. If you need more capacity, they make them in 30 amp hour and larger. The 18 amp hour battery is small and fairly light weight and is designed for deep cycle charge/discharge. You can get them at Batteries Plus or any large box stores.

Rolando



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Subject: [ap-gto] powertank/battery to travel - mach1GTO



 Hi guys,
We are going to buy a Mach1GTO and we would like to get help with some topics:
. Do you think this Goal Zero battery SHERPA 100 POWER PACK handles the mach1cto for a night of work? http://www.goalzero.com/p/207/sherpa-100-power-pack If not, which suggestions do you have?
. Do you know if we could travel by airplane with batteries? (the technical support from Astro-physics said that could be a problem)
Thanks,
Camila



Re: powertank/battery to travel - mach1GTO

David
 

Camila,

You probably could, but thats really expensive for an 8.8Ah battery.  Look at Bioenno instead.  These have been great for me.  For under $200 you can get a 20Ah LiFePo battery that will last 2000 charge/discharge cycles, and it will literally put out about 90% or more of its rated capacity.   https://www.bioennopower.com/collections/12v-series-lifepo4-batteries/products/12v-20ah-lfp-battery-pvc-blf-1220a

Plus these already are wired with a Powerpole connection that can be hooked directly to AP’s new Powerpole power cables.  This would probably easily last a couple nights out powering a Mach1.
Traveling by plane…100 watt/hour batteries are the limit I believe, and only in carry on luggage.  Probably not a good idea to try and travel by plane with these.

David


On Sep 11, 2017, at 3:42 PM, camilapastorelli@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:


 Hi guys,

We are going to buy a Mach1GTO and we would like to get help with some topics:

. Do you think this Goal Zero battery SHERPA 100 POWER PACK handles the mach1cto for a night of work? http://www.goalzero.com/p/207/sherpa-100-power-pack If not, which suggestions do you have?


. Do you know if we could travel by airplane with batteries? (the technical support from Astro-physics said that could be a problem) 

Thanks,

Camila




Re: pelican cases for mach1GOT - size and foan?

Yasushi Fukunaga
 

I use a NANUK 945 with cubed foam for a Mach1 mount and a NANUK 925 with padded dividers for a CP3, a shaft, a RAPAS, power/communication cables, and other accessories. I chose the brand as it was cheaper and lighter than Pelican, and they do the job.

If you have not bought a Pelican, NANUK could be an option.

Yasushi Fukunaga


Re: pelican cases for mach1GOT - size and foan?

Michael Turner
 

Camila,

I use a Pelican 1610 with custom fit solid foam covering the lower 1/3 of the case. Yes, it is a big case, but my older Pelican 1600 was about 1 1/2 inches too short in depth.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/axczx4i5s7z8i97/AAAAjcNLgrT9Pl3X0YWjk_mta?dl=0

I keep the CP3, Power and Motor cables, RAPAS, CPADT and the Keypad in the case when traveling.

Kaizen™ Foam Sets


Michael




At 12:41 PM 9/11/2017, you wrote:
 

Hi guys,

We are going to buy a Mach1GTO and we would like to get help with some topics:

. Do you think it will fit at a Pelican Air 1615 case (Interior size: L x W x D)  29.59" x 15.50" x 9.38")? What configuration should we choose to make it fit in?

. Do you think the internal open foan handle the mount or should we get a closed foan? How to get it?

thanks!


Camila


Which Peli case for 900 gto

Aleksandar Topalov
 

Hi guys! I recently bought a 900 gto and was thinking of getting one of the peli cases. Which one would be big enough for the RA axis?