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APCC Pro: The module 'siUtils2.dll' failed to load.

Jinyoung Heo
 

Hi,


When I click "Start Plate Solve" button on APPM's "Test Solve Images from directory" window, it ends with error message in subject. I set up SGPro as camera and plate solver. Is there any known solution for this error? 


Note 1: My APCC Pro's version is 1.6.0.3 and is fresh installed on new Windows 10 computer. 

Note 2: Image Link Test in "Plate Solve Setting" works fine though.

Note 3: I search the dll file on entire disk but it didn't exist.


Thanks,

Jinyoung


Motors Stall after track into pier

Wayne Hixson
 

Somehow my AP1100 continued to track after I thought it parked. :-(( I loosened it manually but the motors are still in a stall state N-S moves about 15 degrees back and forth and E-W just clicks. I've powered off and on several times. Any ideas??


Wayne


Re: CP3 & CP4 - Last command persistence

Roland Christen
 

Neither the CP servo nor the handpad or other software sends commands to move after power cycling.

I suspect that you lost connection to the RA motor encoder. That would explain the runaway even after cycling power. Probably a Y cable break or bad connection.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: 'Joseph Zeglinski' J.Zeglinski@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Wed, Apr 25, 2018 12:28 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] CP3 & CP4 - Last command persistence



Hi,
    Odd thing which unfortunately, sometimes happens – during a mount “runaway emergency”.
As it heads for the pier, in my panic I have been forced  to pull out the power cord powering the mount and  everything on the scope,  because even the APCC Emergency Stop button only works momentarily – it doesn’t seem to (always) do a full reset.
When I plug back in, with the PC still running during that crucial time, the mount resumes its last motion – perhaps a left over Pier Flip or Park slewing command,  to  “who-knows-where”.
 
    After plugging the mount back in, I have EVEN logged out of the Win-10 account during that brief shutdown,  just in case there is some unknown remnant TSR program still running in the background,  but even on the second and subsequent plugin attempts, the CPx refused to take the hint and simply quit repeating its last uncontrolled slew.
 
    That was a recent case when I closed SGP-PRO, nothing else seemed to be running ... except for an unexpected 200-degree mount slew in RA,  all the way back to the east, heading under the pier. Luckily ... and thank heavens (i.e. Ray) for the APCC  “3D View”,  when all went haywire, where I initially spotted the runaway and dashed to the scope.
 
    I’m still reviewing the APCC logs to explain what had happened during that confusing event, preparing myself to better handle the next such reoccurrence.
 
*** Question:
    If all apps & APCC driver have been TERMINATED, does the CP servo control still somehow “remember the errant command” ...  it received, (possibly stored internally),  from some application using the ASCOM-V2 driver?
If so, what is a safer way to reset and initialize the CPx controller back to the BASIC start-up state, and cease its trying to complete its destined train wreck?
 
    I suspect it is a CP hardware or firmware issue, rather than the APCC app.
Thanks,
Joe
 
 



CP3 & CP4 - Last command persistence

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi,
    Odd thing which unfortunately, sometimes happens – during a mount “runaway emergency”.
As it heads for the pier, in my panic I have been forced  to pull out the power cord powering the mount and  everything on the scope,  because even the APCC Emergency Stop button only works momentarily – it doesn’t seem to (always) do a full reset.
When I plug back in, with the PC still running during that crucial time, the mount resumes its last motion – perhaps a left over Pier Flip or Park slewing command,  to  “who-knows-where”.
 
    After plugging the mount back in, I have EVEN logged out of the Win-10 account during that brief shutdown,  just in case there is some unknown remnant TSR program still running in the background,  but even on the second and subsequent plugin attempts, the CPx refused to take the hint and simply quit repeating its last uncontrolled slew.
 
    That was a recent case when I closed SGP-PRO, nothing else seemed to be running ... except for an unexpected 200-degree mount slew in RA,  all the way back to the east, heading under the pier. Luckily ... and thank heavens (i.e. Ray) for the APCC  “3D View”,  when all went haywire, where I initially spotted the runaway and dashed to the scope.
 
    I’m still reviewing the APCC logs to explain what had happened during that confusing event, preparing myself to better handle the next such reoccurrence.
 
*** Question:
    If all apps & APCC driver have been TERMINATED, does the CP servo control still somehow “remember the errant command” ...  it received, (possibly stored internally),  from some application using the ASCOM-V2 driver?
If so, what is a safer way to reset and initialize the CPx controller back to the BASIC start-up state, and cease its trying to complete its destined train wreck?
 
    I suspect it is a CP hardware or firmware issue, rather than the APCC app.
Thanks,
Joe
 
 


Re: Skyfi control of AP1200

George
 

Linton,

 

At this time SkySafari 6 on the iPhone is able to initialize the mount from a Park 4 position.   It may be expanded in the future.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 1:17 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Skyfi control of AP1200

 

 

Hi, I was wondering if any user of a 1200 mount with the CP3 control box has used a skyfi unit and sky safari to control the mount. My particular question is can this system be used to start the mount from its parked position without the keypad input for location and 'resume from park'.

Basically is it possible to get basic control without the keypad connected?

 

Many thanks,

 

Linton Guise


Re: Small Jump or Hop in image during tracking on Mach 1 GTO

Roland Christen
 

Mirror flop, cable drag, camera adapter possibly loose. If it's occurring in RA intermittently it is usually cable drag.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: donzantib@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Tue, Apr 24, 2018 9:05 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Small Jump or Hop in image during tracking on Mach 1 GTO



I've been noticing lately a slight hop or jump in an image when tracking and it happens usually after the 6th to 7th, 30 sec exposure (note: these are unguided, short exposures).  This varies depending on the region of the sky being viewed as some I can go up to 10x30s with no issue.  It never did this in the previous months of my new Mach 1GTO on my C11" SCT.  Balance is good and no noticeable cable hang ups.  Could this possibly be due to my PA no longer being accurate?  If not, other possible reasons?  I would think PE or backlash would not be an issue on a new mount.  I do not use the scope mirror locks so possibly mirror flop can be a contributing factor as well- just guessing.



order placed for the AP 400 got.

doctp12@...
 

I recently decided to spend more time with this great hobby and making the jump from casual observation to a great buying a AP 400 mount.

Very expensive and worth every dollar.

Just wondering if anyone would have considered  another  go to mount, less expensive with similar accuracy.

Anyone who initially had a different brand, then went to the AP 400 because of significant increase in quality and regretted buying the first mount.

I do plan on starting imaging.

I have already placed my order for the Ap 4oo.


Re: Tracking too fast with GTO 1600 Mount

Roland Christen
 

Stars will move fully across my CCD image in approximately 10 or 15 seconds.
You most likely have an autoguider connection sending a bogus command to the autoguider input to the mount. Some autoguider cameras will send a 2x move signal to the mount when they are powered off. Pull the autoguider cable out of the RJ connector and check the speed again.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: joepetrick9@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Tue, Apr 24, 2018 1:01 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Tracking too fast with GTO 1600 Mount



All of a sudden the tracking on my GTO 1600 Mount is going too fast. It appears that the right ascension speed is too fast.  I could not figure it out so I reset the keypad thinking that would help but it did not. The speed set on the keypad shows on number 8 that it is sidereal so why it would not track at the right speed I do not know. Stars will move fully across my CCD image in approximately 10 or 15 seconds. If I set the number 8 on the keypad to stop then the stars appear to move the opposite direction and off the image in 10 or 15 seconds. I cannot figure this out. Can anyone help me as to if there's another setting for the sidereal rate that I'm missing.

Thanks,
Joe P




Re: Tracking too fast with GTO 1600 Mount

Roland Christen
 


Stars will move fully across my CCD image in approximately 10 or 15 seconds.
You most likely have an autoguider connection sending a bogus command to the autoguider input to the mount. Some autoguider cameras will send a 2x move signal to the mount when they are powered off. Pull the autoguider cable out of the RJ connector and check the speed again.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: joepetrick9@... [ap-gto]
To: ap-gto
Sent: Tue, Apr 24, 2018 1:01 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Tracking too fast with GTO 1600 Mount



All of a sudden the tracking on my GTO 1600 Mount is going too fast. It appears that the right ascension speed is too fast.  I could not figure it out so I reset the keypad thinking that would help but it did not. The speed set on the keypad shows on number 8 that it is sidereal so why it would not track at the right speed I do not know. Stars will move fully across my CCD image in approximately 10 or 15 seconds. If I set the number 8 on the keypad to stop then the stars appear to move the opposite direction and off the image in 10 or 15 seconds. I cannot figure this out. Can anyone help me as to if there's another setting for the sidereal rate that I'm missing.

Thanks,
Joe P




Small Jump or Hop in image during tracking on Mach 1 GTO

Bruce Donzanti
 

I've been noticing lately a slight hop or jump in an image when tracking and it happens usually after the 6th to 7th, 30 sec exposure (note: these are unguided, short exposures).  This varies depending on the region of the sky being viewed as some I can go up to 10x30s with no issue.  It never did this in the previous months of my new Mach 1GTO on my C11" SCT.  Balance is good and no noticeable cable hang ups.  Could this possibly be due to my PA no longer being accurate?  If not, other possible reasons?  I would think PE or backlash would not be an issue on a new mount.  I do not use the scope mirror locks so possibly mirror flop can be a contributing factor as well- just guessing.


Re: Antennae Galaxies NGC 4038/9

Roland Christen
 

Super nice!

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: ghsmith45@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...>
To: ap-gto
Sent: Mon, Apr 23, 2018 7:05 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Antennae Galaxies NGC 4038/9



This image combines data I took in 2016 and, more recently, at the April new moon this year. Seeing was never particularly good and there were problems with a star flare--you can still see some signs of it in the processed image. Quite a lot of data hit the trash can.
Image here https://www.astrobin.com/343250/
with higher res here https://www.astrobin.com/full/343250/0/

Mount: Astro-Physics 900GTO
Telescope: 12.5" PlaneWave CDK
Camera: FLI Proline 16803 @-30deg
Exposure: 9.5 hours
FOV: 35' x 35' (Cropped)
Processing: PixInsight




Re: Just started dabbling in Solar

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Nicely done Ron!

Stuart


Skyfi control of AP1200

Linton Guise
 

Hi, I was wondering if any user of a 1200 mount with the CP3 control box has used a skyfi unit and sky safari to control the mount. My particular question is can this system be used to start the mount from its parked position without the keypad input for location and 'resume from park'.

Basically is it possible to get basic control without the keypad connected?


Many thanks,


Linton Guise


Antennae Galaxies NGC 4038/9

Geoff Smith
 

This image combines data I took in 2016 and, more recently, at the April new moon this year. Seeing was never particularly good and there were problems with a star flare--you can still see some signs of it in the processed image. Quite a lot of data hit the trash can.
Image here https://www.astrobin.com/343250/
with higher res here https://www.astrobin.com/full/343250/0/

Mount: Astro-Physics 900GTO
Telescope: 12.5" PlaneWave CDK
Camera: FLI Proline 16803 @-30deg
Exposure: 9.5 hours
FOV: 35' x 35' (Cropped)
Processing: PixInsight



Re: Just started dabbling in Solar

Keith Olsen
 

Fantastic photo!!


Just started dabbling in Solar

Ron Kramer
 


Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)

John Stiner
 

I launched APCC and got the error message again. I uninstalled and reinstalled and now all works as it should. Thanks Ray.


Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)

Ray Gralak
 

Are there any special instructions or caveats to be aware of when performing an APCC uninstall/re-install?
When you reinstall just make sure to enable the option in the installer to install/reinstall the virtual port driver.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
Author of PEMPro V3: 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, April 22, 2018 10:34 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)



Ray,

Are there any special instructions or caveats to be aware of when performing an APCC uninstall/re-install?

Thanks,

Gene


Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)

Gene Mroz
 

Ray,

Are there any special instructions or caveats to be aware of when performing an APCC uninstall/re-install?

Thanks,

Gene


Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)

Hemant Hariyani
 

I use SSD.

Regards
Hemant

On Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 1:06 AM Bill Long bill@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Hemat do you use SSD drives or platter? 




From: ap-gto@... <ap-gto@...> on behalf of 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2018 9:11 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)
 
 

> Restarting the application worked just fine. Could it still be registry corruption?

I don't know... it could be an intermittent disk read issue in one part of disk that happens to be used by the registry. No one seems to know the cause of this except that it may be related to the registry and it has happened to numerous applications over the last 10 years going back to Windows XP.

But I do not think it is specific to APCC and the driver, but please try uninstalling/reinstalling apcc as that may move the registry entries to another part of the disk. Otherwise I don't have any other ideas. The exception you reported was very deep in .Net/windows and not APCC code.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
Author of PEMPro V3: 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, April 20, 2018 7:37 PM
> To: ap-gto@...
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)
>
>
>
> Ray,
>
> Restarting the application worked just fine. Could it still be registry corruption?
>
> Regards
> Hemant
>
>
> On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 8:32 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...>
> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > I just faced this problem. The first error popup was "Cannot set allocations". This was followed by:
> > "An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format. (Exception from
> HRESULT:0x8007000B)"
> >
> > I sent the report to AP.
>
> The error message occurred deep inside the .Net framework. The error message indicates a corrupt file or
> has an unexpected format (32/64 bit).
>
> So, as I said earlier I think this may point to a registry corruption... If the registry is corrupted the .Net
> framework might be trying to load the wrong DLL.
>
> As I said earlier, please try uninstalling/reinstalling APCC.
>
> -Ray Gralak
> Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-
> physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc <http://www.astro-
> physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc>
> Author of PEMPro V3: 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, April 20, 2018 5:11 PM
> > To: ap-gto@...
> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)
> >
> >
> >
> > I just faced this problem. The first error popup was "Cannot set allocations". This was followed by:
> > "An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format. (Exception from
> HRESULT:0x8007000B)"
> >
> > I sent the report to AP.
> >
> > Regards
> > Hemant
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 10:45 AM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-gto] > > gto@...> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > This particular message has been seen for years in various applications, including Chrome, so I don’t think
> it
> > is something specific to apcc and the driver. The only possible solution I saw was a registry repair. First,
> however I
> > would recommend trying a full uninstall then reinstall (including virtual ports) of apcc and the driver.
> >
> > -Ray Gralak
>
>
> > Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-
> > physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc> <http://www.astro-
> > physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc> >
> > Author of PEMPro V3: http://www.ccdware.com
> > Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: http://www.gralak.com/apdriver
> <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, April 20, 2018 7:52 AM
> > > To: ap-gto@...
> > > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Ray,
> > >
> > > I cannot say for sure - but possibly. I have had problems with virtual ports quite a few times and I have
> > seen this
> > > message in the past. Cannot be certain about the correlation though. I will try launching APCC after fresh
> > boot to
> > > see if I can find a pattern.
> > >
> > > Regards
> > > Hemant
> > >
> > >
> > > On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 9:48 AM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@... [ap-gto] > > > gto@...> wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Hi Hemant,
> > >
> > > When you have seen this, did you notice if the virtual ports did not get allocated?
> > >
> > > -Ray Gralak
> > > Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-
> > > physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc>
>
> > <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc> > <http://www.astro-
> > > physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc>
> > <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc> > >
> > > Author of PEMPro V3: http://www.ccdware.com
> > > Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: http://www.gralak.com/apdriver
> > <http://www.gralak.. <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@yahoogroups..com]
> > > > Sent: Friday, April 20, 2018 5:26 AM
> > > > To: ap-gto@...
> > > > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > I have seen that message before. I am wondering if it is related to virtual com ports.
> > > >
> > > > Regards
> > > > Hemant
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 11:52 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@gralak..com
> groups3@...> [ap-gto] > > > > gto@...> wrote:
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > I could not find that message either, so it's not clear where it is coming from. Maybe try renaming your
> > > > settings files, in case one of them is corrupted.
> > > >
> > > > -Ray Gralak
> > > > Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-
> > > > physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc>
> > <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc> >
> > > <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc>
> > <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc> > > <http://www.astro-
> <http://www..astro->
> > > > physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc>
> > <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc> >
> > > <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc>
> > <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
> <http://physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc> > > >
> > > > Author of PEMPro V3: http://www.ccdware.com
> > > > Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: http://www.gralak.com/apdriver
> > > <http://www.gralak.. <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: Thursday, April 19, 2018 6:40 PM
> > > > > To: ap-gto@...
> > > > > Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: Error : Set Allocations Failed (APCC)
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > My apologies. It just did it again. “Cannot set allocations” is the exact error message.
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