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Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Christopher Erickson
 

I assume you are upgrading from another mount?
 
I wrote the following post on Cloudy Nights to help people a bit who are migrating from Celestron (or Meade) mounts to Astro-Physics.  It covers some of the important differences that might trip up people who are familiar with the other GOTO systems.  Not sure if it will help you or not.  I hope it does.
 
 
 
-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
 



From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 7:52 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Tired my new Mach1GTO for the first time last night.  Mount was leveled E/W and balanced per instructions.  I used the RASPA right out of the box to do PA following initial rough polar alignment.  I then did a SYNC to a bright star in the east and I thought I had the scope aligned on the west side as they say instruct in the KeyPad manual.  When I started to slew, I was able to see objects on my computer screen using a CCD camera in the east and southeast but nothing in the FoV west and north.  I also did drifting testing and the star low in the east did start to drift after 5 minutes.  So, I am thinking I have 2 problems: 1) I did not SYNC correctly for the GOTOS and/or 2) the RASPA needs to be aligned following drift alignment due to the slight drifting occurring.    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Bruce Donzanti
 

No, Have Polaris in my sights.

Frankly, I am really lost now.  I am balanced and leveled and coordinates and date and time are all entered as location 1.  I did a rough polar align followed by the RAPAS.  Assuming the RAPAS is accurate, what do you do next?  The keypad gives you the choices: 1)Star Sync 2) Polar Alignment 3) Resume last position 4)new setup.  I thought was Star Sync based on the manual.  



On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 4:31 PM, marfig1970@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Is it possible that you performed polar alignment on the wrong star?

I live in the southern hemisphere and Sigma Octantis is difficult to identify, especially in an area of high light pollution. When I first received my Mach1 it took a little while to make the polar alignment and I was using the wrong star, so my GOTOs were quite wrong and the tracking horrible.

But once I identified Sigma Octantis correctly and performed the polar alignment (and later Sync), it was like magic, the GOTOs were accurate and the tracking perfect.

And if you use SGP and Plate Solving is more "magic", incredibly accurate. SGP and Mach1 seem to be made for each other.

(By the way, I wasn't using RAPAS, I already had a PoleMaster and I used this one).



AP1200 CP3 power supply

Dhaval
 

Hello all,
I am in the process of buying a used 2006 AP1200 and have a question about which power supply to use?

First some basics -
1) The mount will be used in a remote observatory at around 4500ft. While the observatory is in West Texas, it does get cold in the winter months - will repeatedly go below 32F.
2) The power supply will be purely for the mount. I will have a dew zapper, but I don't intend to use the power supply that I wil have for the mount to be used with anything else.
3) The power supply will be hooked to a web switch, which in turn will be hooked to an UPS.

Anything else the group wants to know, please ask - I am not sure what all information y'all will need.

I have seen AP sell the 25 amp continuous variable voltage PS, however that looks expensive to me. There is a similar version of that, one made by Jetstream JTPS28M and that is almost half the price. I may buy that - is that any good? Do people use that? I realize that does me very little good in a remote setting in terms of being able to set the voltage, but I might set it at a consistent 14v. I believe the mount will draw about 5amps and should be good enough for that.

Separately, I would ideally like an AC power supply - I am not a big fan of cigarette lighters being plugged in to power supply boxes - I would much rather that I just have a 3-pin plug and attach one end to the web switch and the other end to the mount. What are my options there - other than building one myself?

Thanks,
Dhaval



Re: APCC Virtual port problems after upgrade

R Edelson
 

Hi Ray,

Thank you very much! I appreciate the response! I'm usually connecting after coming from the park 3 position

Richard


Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Marcelo Figueroa
 

Is it possible that you performed polar alignment on the wrong star?

I live in the southern hemisphere and Sigma Octantis is difficult to identify, especially in an area of high light pollution. When I first received my Mach1 it took a little while to make the polar alignment and I was using the wrong star, so my GOTOs were quite wrong and the tracking horrible.

But once I identified Sigma Octantis correctly and performed the polar alignment (and later Sync), it was like magic, the GOTOs were accurate and the tracking perfect.

And if you use SGP and Plate Solving is more "magic", incredibly accurate. SGP and Mach1 seem to be made for each other.

(By the way, I wasn't using RAPAS, I already had a PoleMaster and I used this one).


Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Bruce Donzanti
 

OK- thank you very much

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 1:51 PM, Dean Schwartzenberg dean@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

The RAPAS needs to initially be adjusted after you do a good drift alignment the first time.  Then you recal on a star.  









On Dec 10, 2017, at 4:17 PM, Bruce Donzanti donza2735@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

I did- as I stated in my post.

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 1:04 PM, 'Woody Schlom' woody@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

1)      My RAPAS came with specific initial alignment instructions.  I think you need to read the stuff that came with the RAPAS and do the initial alignment.  Once you do that, the RAPAS will be aligned for not just your mount, but other AP mounts as well.  You can move it back and forth between AP mounts and it’ll still be aligned.

2)      I believe “SYNC” is the wrong command for what you’re trying to do with an AP mount.  I think RECAL is what you want.  Nomenclature and terms are often different for AP mounts.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this same mistake because SYNC is the correct term for other brands of mounts and software.

3)      You really do need to read the excellent manuals that came with your new Mach1.

 

Woody

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:52 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

 

 

Tired my new Mach1GTO for the first time last night.  Mount was leveled E/W and balanced per instructions.  I used the RASPA right out of the box to do PA following initial rough polar alignment.  I then did a SYNC to a bright star in the east and I thought I had the scope aligned on the west side as they say instruct in the KeyPad manual.  When I started to slew, I was able to see objects on my computer screen using a CCD camera in the east and southeast but nothing in the FoV west and north.  I also did drifting testing and the star low in the east did start to drift after 5 minutes.  So, I am thinking I have 2 problems: 1) I did not SYNC correctly for the GOTOS and/or 2) the RASPA needs to be aligned following drift alignment due to the slight drifting occurring.    Any suggestions would be appreciated.




Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Dean S
 

The RAPAS needs to initially be adjusted after you do a good drift alignment the first time.  Then you recal on a star.  








On Dec 10, 2017, at 4:17 PM, Bruce Donzanti donza2735@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

I did- as I stated in my post.

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 1:04 PM, 'Woody Schlom' woody@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

1)      My RAPAS came with specific initial alignment instructions.  I think you need to read the stuff that came with the RAPAS and do the initial alignment.  Once you do that, the RAPAS will be aligned for not just your mount, but other AP mounts as well.  You can move it back and forth between AP mounts and it’ll still be aligned.

2)      I believe “SYNC” is the wrong command for what you’re trying to do with an AP mount.  I think RECAL is what you want.  Nomenclature and terms are often different for AP mounts.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this same mistake because SYNC is the correct term for other brands of mounts and software.

3)      You really do need to read the excellent manuals that came with your new Mach1.

 

Woody

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:52 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

 

 

Tired my new Mach1GTO for the first time last night.  Mount was leveled E/W and balanced per instructions.  I used the RASPA right out of the box to do PA following initial rough polar alignment.  I then did a SYNC to a bright star in the east and I thought I had the scope aligned on the west side as they say instruct in the KeyPad manual.  When I started to slew, I was able to see objects on my computer screen using a CCD camera in the east and southeast but nothing in the FoV west and north.  I also did drifting testing and the star low in the east did start to drift after 5 minutes.  So, I am thinking I have 2 problems: 1) I did not SYNC correctly for the GOTOS and/or 2) the RASPA needs to be aligned following drift alignment due to the slight drifting occurring.    Any suggestions would be appreciated.



Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Bruce Donzanti
 

I did- as I stated in my post.

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 1:04 PM, 'Woody Schlom' woody@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

1)      My RAPAS came with specific initial alignment instructions.  I think you need to read the stuff that came with the RAPAS and do the initial alignment.  Once you do that, the RAPAS will be aligned for not just your mount, but other AP mounts as well.  You can move it back and forth between AP mounts and it’ll still be aligned.

2)      I believe “SYNC” is the wrong command for what you’re trying to do with an AP mount.  I think RECAL is what you want.  Nomenclature and terms are often different for AP mounts.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this same mistake because SYNC is the correct term for other brands of mounts and software.

3)      You really do need to read the excellent manuals that came with your new Mach1.

 

Woody

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:52 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

 

 

Tired my new Mach1GTO for the first time last night.  Mount was leveled E/W and balanced per instructions.  I used the RASPA right out of the box to do PA following initial rough polar alignment.  I then did a SYNC to a bright star in the east and I thought I had the scope aligned on the west side as they say instruct in the KeyPad manual.  When I started to slew, I was able to see objects on my computer screen using a CCD camera in the east and southeast but nothing in the FoV west and north.  I also did drifting testing and the star low in the east did start to drift after 5 minutes.  So, I am thinking I have 2 problems: 1) I did not SYNC correctly for the GOTOS and/or 2) the RASPA needs to be aligned following drift alignment due to the slight drifting occurring.    Any suggestions would be appreciated.



Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Woody Schlom <woody@...>
 

1)      My RAPAS came with specific initial alignment instructions.  I think you need to read the stuff that came with the RAPAS and do the initial alignment.  Once you do that, the RAPAS will be aligned for not just your mount, but other AP mounts as well.  You can move it back and forth between AP mounts and it’ll still be aligned.

2)      I believe “SYNC” is the wrong command for what you’re trying to do with an AP mount.  I think RECAL is what you want.  Nomenclature and terms are often different for AP mounts.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this same mistake because SYNC is the correct term for other brands of mounts and software.

3)      You really do need to read the excellent manuals that came with your new Mach1.

 

Woody

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:52 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

 

 

Tired my new Mach1GTO for the first time last night.  Mount was leveled E/W and balanced per instructions.  I used the RASPA right out of the box to do PA following initial rough polar alignment.  I then did a SYNC to a bright star in the east and I thought I had the scope aligned on the west side as they say instruct in the KeyPad manual.  When I started to slew, I was able to see objects on my computer screen using a CCD camera in the east and southeast but nothing in the FoV west and north.  I also did drifting testing and the star low in the east did start to drift after 5 minutes.  So, I am thinking I have 2 problems: 1) I did not SYNC correctly for the GOTOS and/or 2) the RASPA needs to be aligned following drift alignment due to the slight drifting occurring.    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Re: APCC Virtual port problems after upgrade

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Richard,

I think the problem is that TheSky6/X expect 2-digit zero-padded values in responses and it is possible for APCC to respond without a leading zero in some cases.

For example, if an application sends a command to get declination (":GD#") and the mount is at exactly 8 degrees declination, the response TheSky expects is (without quotes):

"08*00:00#"

But, APCC will send (without quotes):

"8*00:00#"

I'm not sure if this is technically a bug in APCC, but it will be fixed in the next APCC build.

-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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Subject: [ap-gto] Re: APCC Virtual port problems after upgrade



I reproduced this on second PC. The virtual serial ports work with pulse guide but not with the sky. The sky x
can only connect via the ascom interface so neither the sky 6 or the sky x can connect via a serial port

Richard

-----------

I just upgraded my drivers from 5.09.09 to 5.10.02 and APCC from 1.5.0.20 to 1.6.0.4 and can no longer
connect TheSky6 via a virtual port. It does not say the port does not exist or is in use by another app, it just
says the port or mount is not responding properly.

The mount itself is working fine. I've never had a problem with previous versions, has anyone run into this?

Richard




Bug in VCP4-P01-10 Firmware

Kerry Williams
 

Thanks, Stephane.

Yes. it appears there is a bug in the latest firmware release (VCP4-P01-10). We'll have to ask Howard to get us a new release fixing this issue. 

--- Kerry 


Re: APCC Virtual port problems after upgrade

R Edelson
 

I reproduced this on second PC. The virtual serial ports work with pulse guide but not with the sky. The sky x can only connect via the ascom interface so neither the sky 6 or the sky x can connect via a serial port

Richard

-----------

I just upgraded my drivers from 5.09.09 to 5.10.02 and APCC from 1.5.0.20 to 1.6.0.4 and can no longer connect TheSky6 via a virtual port. It does not say the port does not exist or is in use by another app, it just says the port or mount is not responding properly.

The mount itself is working fine. I've never had a problem with previous versions, has anyone run into this?

Richard


GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Bruce Donzanti
 

Tired my new Mach1GTO for the first time last night.  Mount was leveled E/W and balanced per instructions.  I used the RASPA right out of the box to do PA following initial rough polar alignment.  I then did a SYNC to a bright star in the east and I thought I had the scope aligned on the west side as they say instruct in the KeyPad manual.  When I started to slew, I was able to see objects on my computer screen using a CCD camera in the east and southeast but nothing in the FoV west and north.  I also did drifting testing and the star low in the east did start to drift after 5 minutes.  So, I am thinking I have 2 problems: 1) I did not SYNC correctly for the GOTOS and/or 2) the RASPA needs to be aligned following drift alignment due to the slight drifting occurring.    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Re: More Troubles Tonight with APPM

Stephane Charbonnel
 

Hello,

A few days ago, I have updated the firmware of my CP4 from 01 to 10.
Temperature was about 30-degrees F. So, I observed exactly the same problems as Kerry described. I have effectively noticed the yellow color of the LED of CP4. The problem was observed during an APPM session and when mount slew with counterweight from up to down. I have tried it a lot of time and after resignation, I stopped (thanks Kerry !).
Two days after, even with heigher temperature (50F), same problem.So I do a simply thing : I turned off "horizon" and "meridian" and asked APPM not to use meridian or horizon; OK, I know some plate could not be recognize but APPM processus has gone completely ...
This is only my two cents and this is not with my history you could debug firmware but I can just confirm that Kerry wrote and think it really exists a bug in the firmware. Unfortunately, my (spoken) english is too bad in order to help Howard ... 

Cordialement
Stephane



2017-12-09 6:05 GMT+01:00 imkerryw@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...>:

 

Hi Ray,


I did more investigating tonight and had the same problems as before with APPM.

I started out the session with TheSky, MaxIM, and FocusMax connected through the APV2 driver. I did some manual slews without any issues. I then started up APPM and after six slews, at 12/8/2017 7:56:30 PM I got errors and the mount stopped slewing (see log). After about five minutes, APPM commanded another slew and another error was generated. After that the mount parked itself at the last slew point again somehow. 

See the images at: 



The ambient temperature was about 30-degrees F during this time. I checked the PC temperatures and the lowest temp internally was one of the SSDs at 50-degrees F - see the image at:


 Here is a link to the log file:


I then disconnected TheSky, MaxIm and Fmax from the driver and unparked the mount using APCC and reparked it to position 4, then unparked it again using APCC. I started APPM up again and connected the driver and camera. Now APPM was the only thing connected to the driver. I started the mapping run again and after about 12 slews the same behavior occurred and the mount parked itself once again. I stopped APPM and disconnected the mount and camera and APPC auto exited.

I then restarted APCC and connected TheSky to the driver. I did about 20 slews using TheSky to simulate the slews that APPM was doing automatically. I also used the virtual keypad on the APV2 driver and even connected up PHD2 and guided on a star for about 20 minutes. During this time there were no COM errors or any other issues.

 I did a APPM run back in May of this year plotting about 90 points and didn't have any of these issues. 

Thanks,
Kerry




Re: More Troubles Tonight with APPM

Kerry Williams
 

Hi Eric,

Thanks for the info. On my 1200 I have the CP4 with VCP4-P01-10 installed. I run the setup remotely, so I couldn't see the LED to see if it turned yellow. Likewise, a look at APCC logs showed no indication of the mysterious parking.

I sent Howard a private email asking for his assistance with this. 

--- Kerry


Re: More Troubles Tonight with APPM

Eric Claeys
 

Kerry,
Do you have a CP4, and if so, what firmware? When I upgraded mine to the newest version 10 on my 1100 and Mach 1 the mounts would often stop and park themselves (without a park command being sent) and the light on the CP4 would turn yellow and I could only slew one way (east or west).
I would also get the MS# Com errors on both USB and ethernet. This was due to a bug in the firmware that only a couple of us saw. Once I was given updated firmware all those problems went away.
What made it difficult to debug was that APCC would not give any indication there was a problem or that the light turned yellow. Howard and I had to enter debug commands in the terminal window and look at the responses to determine the state.

Eric


Re: Connection to 1100 dropped

Worsel
 

After several nights of imaging with the 1100 set on UDP, rather than TCP, I have not had a single drop.

Thanks, Ray!

Bryan


---In ap-gto@..., <bryancashion@...> wrote :

Thanks, Ray!

I will make the change and post here.

Bryan


---In ap-gto@..., <groups3@...> wrote :

Hi Bryan,

The log file doesn't provide any information why the "connection" started to time out. I put "connection" in quotes because when APCC doesn't establish a single long lasting TCP connection, but a new TCP connection every request to the mount.

So, this could have been a hardware error or a resource issue in your computer's TCP stack. You might try connecting via UDP instead as it does not need to create a new connection every command request.

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



Re: Trouble with APPM

Ron Kramer
 

my laptop cover a couple days ago.






On Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 8:56 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@gralak.com
[ap-gto] <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



Kerry,

You gave me a time frame of where to look in the logs and the only thing
relevant is that somehow the mount was parked by something other than APCC
and that caused the problem with APPM. So, it doesn't appear to be a
software error. At least not an APCC/APPM/AP driver software error.

If you don't know what else you were running at that time that could have
caused this then you probably will need to work with A-P to find the reason
why the mount parked.

-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 Ray,

I dug through the log file and found some interesting things, including
the COM port read errors. I started APPM
runs a couple of different times and it looks like there are some unsafe
slews logged. I have the horizon and
meridian limits set with the actions when these limits are set to "warn
only".

Here is a Dropbox link to the excerpt:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/o2paut18oizx2uz/ExcerptFromAPCCLog.txt?dl=0

Thanks,
Kerry




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Re: AP1200 / SkyX Move Buttons Issue

Tom Ellis
 

This has happened to me in the past on separate occasions each time it was because I had not properly balanced the mount with its very heavy load 100#+ .  AP1200  Look for horses not zebras :-)  Tom on Kauai 


Re: More Troubles Tonight with APPM

Ron Kramer
 

Sorry if this is totally stupid, I've not used APPM yet and new to APCC - but I notice similar results when I have horizon and other limits on?  I suspect APPM would override these? but I don't know.
If my scope slews into an area I have limits turned on for - it will park or stop tracking (depending on what I have set).  Likely to obvious... but thought I'd throw a reminder out there.
Just sounds like a APCC configuration issue since the port works fine with Skyx

On Sat, Dec 9, 2017 at 12:11 AM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Kerry,

As I said earlier, I don't think this is an APCC/APPM issue. I can't explain the mount parking but so far it doesn't appear that APCC issued a park operation. If you can't find a hardware issue with your setup then it might be worthwhile to give Howard a call. Maybe he has seen an issue similar to this in another setup.

-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: Friday, December 8, 2017 9:05 PM
> To: ap-gto@...
> Subject: [ap-gto] More Troubles Tonight with APPM
>
>
>
> Hi Ray,
>
>
> I did more investigating tonight and had the same problems as before with APPM.
>
> I started out the session with TheSky, MaxIM, and FocusMax connected through the APV2 driver. I did some
> manual slews without any issues. I then started up APPM and after six slews, at 12/8/2017 7:56:30 PM I got
> errors and the mount stopped slewing (see log). After about five minutes, APPM commanded another slew and
> another error was generated. After that the mount parked itself at the last slew point again somehow.
>
>
> See the images at:
>
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/ta0y5gpccwc3mgo/commerrs.jpg?dl=0
>
>
> &nbs p; https://www.dropbox.com/s/c5u238p81axjdtf/APPM.jpg?dl=0
>
>
> The ambient temperature was about 30-degrees F during this time. I checked the PC temperatures and the
> lowest temp internally was one of the SSDs at 50-degrees F - see the image at:
>
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/p168nl21m5lv017/PCTemps.jpg?dl=0
>
> Here is a link to the log file:
>
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/ayvn2mtfk04hsr8/ApccZip-Kerry_Williams-2017-12-08-200753.zip?dl=0
>
>
> I then disconnected TheSky, MaxIm and Fmax from the driver and unparked the mount using APCC and
> reparked it to position 4, then unparked it again using APCC. I started APPM up again and connected the driver
> and camera. Now APPM was the only thing connected to the driver. I started the mapping run again and after
> about 12 slews the same behavior occurred and the mount parked itself once again. I stopped APPM and
> disconnected the mount and camera and APPC auto exited.
>
>
> I then restarted APCC and connected TheSky to the driver. I did about 20 slews using TheSky to simulate the
> slews that APPM was doing automatically. I also used the virtual keypad on the APV2 driver and even
> connected up PHD2 and guided on a star for about 20 minutes. During this time there were no COM errors or
> any other issues.
>
>
> I did a APPM run back in May of this year plotting about 90 points and didn't have any of these issues.
>
>
> Thanks,
> Kerry
>
>
>
>
>