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Re: More Troubles Tonight with APPM

Roland Christen
 


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).
Basically what happened in your mount was that you had gone around multiple times and had reached an internal limit. The CP4 then stopped going any further and turned on the yellow light to indicate that a limit had been reached. You could slew the other direction out of the limit, but could not slew any more in the same direction. This limit is set so that your internal cord does not wrap around too many times.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: AstroEric@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Sat, Dec 9, 2017 10:48 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: More Troubles Tonight with APPM

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

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Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Suresh Mohan
 

Hello how did you go to the first star ? I hope you did not slew to it ; did you manually grasp the scope , centred in your eyepiece , locked the clutches and then sync ?
Suresh 


On 11-Dec-2017, at 10:18 PM, Suresh Mohan Neelmegh <drsureshmohan@...> wrote:

Hello how did you go to the first star ? I hope you did not slew to it ; did you manually grasp the scope , centred in your eyepiece , locked the clutches and then sync ?
Suresh 


On 11-Dec-2017, at 4:03 PM, 'Christopher Erickson' christopher.k.erickson@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

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

Suresh Mohan
 

Hello how did you go to the first star ? I hope you did not slew to it ; did you manually grasp the scope , centred in your eyepiece , locked the clutches and then sync ?
Suresh 


On 11-Dec-2017, at 4:03 PM, 'Christopher Erickson' christopher.k.erickson@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

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
 

Thank you again Christopher.


On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 3:07 AM, 'Christopher Erickson' christopher.k.erickson@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Better to set the hand controller startup Auto-Connect mode to YES instead of NO or EXT.  Then simply do a GOTO to a known star and then a 9=Re-Calibrate, which will be a function you will see when you press the [RA/DEC/REV] button.  In fact if the mount has not been disturbed since it was last used then the 9=Re-Calibrate probably won't be needed.
 
AP mounts don't need star alignment every time they are turned on.  They remember where they last were when power was cut.
 
 
-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
 


From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 7:01 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

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).



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Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Bruce Donzanti
 

Christopher

That is correct.  Thank you very much! This is excellent.

Bruce

On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 2:33 AM, 'Christopher Erickson' christopher.k.erickson@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

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: AP1200 CP3 power supply

Christopher Erickson
 

There has been quite a lot of discussion on power supplies on this list in the past several months.  Lots of good information in the message archives.
 
Buying your power supplies directly from AP will always be the safest decision.  If your mount is damaged by one of their power supplies you can bet that AP will go above and beyond to make everything right.  You bought an AP mount.  This isn't the time to start pinching pennies.
 
It sounds like your web switch has 120/240VAC outlets on it and your AP mount wants ~13.7VDC.  Every possible solution is going to have a box or brick in the middle of the cord to make the voltage conversion.  Possibly I am misunderstanding your question.
 
I hope this helps.
 
 
-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
 



From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:06 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] AP1200 CP3 power supply

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



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Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

Christopher Erickson
 

Better to set the hand controller startup Auto-Connect mode to YES instead of NO or EXT.  Then simply do a GOTO to a known star and then a 9=Re-Calibrate, which will be a function you will see when you press the [RA/DEC/REV] button.  In fact if the mount has not been disturbed since it was last used then the 9=Re-Calibrate probably won't be needed.
 
AP mounts don't need star alignment every time they are turned on.  They remember where they last were when power was cut.
 
 
-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
 



From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 7:01 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: GOTO issue with Mach1GTO

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).



Virus-free. www.avg.com


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.


Virus-free. www.avg.com


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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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:40 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
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

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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

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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.