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Re: APPM and SGP

W Hilmo
 

TheSkyX is solving pretty quickly through APPM (quicker than PinPoint).



APPM aside, using ANSVR with SGP as you've suggested is quite a bit slower
than Image Link with TheSkyX. Have you tried using SGP with PlateSolve2,
though? It is very, very quick. Faster than TheSkyX. That's why I wanted
to try it with APPM. If it doesn't work, it's no big deal to me since I
have the other options. I believe that it is supposed to work, though.



Thanks,

-Wade







From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 5:10 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP





Speed is the reason I switched away from SGP for APPM. If Sky X Image Link
isn't solving in seconds, something isn't configured correctly.

_____

From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> on behalf of 'Wade
Hilmo' y.groups@hilmo.net [ap-gto] <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 5:07:48 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP





I have not tried APPM/SGP/ANSVR. I don't need all sky plate solving, plus
ANSVR is much slower than PlateSolve2, and the speed is the reason that I'm
interested in using SGP (since I also have Maxim, TheSkyX, PinPoint, etc.
available to me).

Thanks,

-Wade

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Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:47 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP

APPM can use SGP for camera and solving. I only tried ANSVR for solving.
Image Link in sky x was lightning fast though. Do you have the all sky db?

_____

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pnagy@sbcglobal.net [ap-gto] <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:30:48 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP

Hi Wade,

I don't think SGP works with APPM. SGP works with limited number of plate
solvers:

1. PlateSolve2

2. Pinpoint

3. Elbrus

4. Astrometry.net or ANSVR (local Astrometry.net not requiring internet)

I don't see anywhere the word "APPM" in SGP help file. The help file does
not specify the ability to add more 3rd party plate solvers.

You mentioned "PlateSolve2" so why don't you use PlateSolve2 instead of
APPM? I have been using PlateSolve2 ever since it was first introduced and
it has never failed plate solving.

Maybe your question should be asked at SGP forum.

Peter

---In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, <y.groups@...> wrote :

I am trying to use SGP for image acquisition and plate solves with APPM.
When I hit the "plate solve" button, SGP takes the image, but the plate
solve routine never runs. APPM eventually times out the attempt. I believe
that after taking the image (and before the timeout occurs), the status line
message in SGP says "The API call is complete".

APPM plate solves fine with Maxim/Pinpoint and Maxim/TheSkyX, and outside of
APPM, SGP plates solves fine. I would like to try switching to SGP for
this, since the PlateSolve2 routine in SGP seems quite a bit faster than
either PinPoint or TheSkyX.

Thanks for any suggestions,

-Wade


Re: Another APCC question

Dale Ghent
 

On Aug 2, 2018, at 8:09 PM, 'Ray Gralak (Groups)' groups3@gralak.com [ap-gto] <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Paul,

Restarting APCC the same thing happened.

I didn't try power cycling the mount yet.
Longitude/Latitude can only be set by APCC or the driver after a power cycle.
One suggestion on this front is that this stipulation be made more clear in the APCC/driver config UI. It took me a while to deduce this on my own when I first noticed that the CP's lat/long would fail to update after I would move to a new site, get set up, and start getting the software set up.


Re : Re: APPM and SGP

Yves Laroche
 


Re: APPM and SGP

W Hilmo
 

I am not trying to plate solve with APPM.



I am trying to get APPM to use SGP/PlateSolve2 to build the point model. This is functionality that is specifically supported by APPM. As I mentioned, SGP/PlateSolve2 works fine by itself. And APPM works with PinPoint and TheSkyX for plate solves using Maxim as the imaging software. The issue is that when APPM calls into SGP’s rest API, SGP takes an image, but does not initiate the plate solve.



Thanks,

-Wade



From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:31 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP





Hi Wade,



I don't think SGP works with APPM. SGP works with limited number of plate solvers:



1. PlateSolve2

2. Pinpoint

3. Elbrus

4. Astrometry.net or ANSVR (local Astrometry.net not requiring internet)



I don't see anywhere the word "APPM" in SGP help file. The help file does not specify the ability to add more 3rd party plate solvers.



You mentioned "PlateSolve2" so why don't you use PlateSolve2 instead of APPM? I have been using PlateSolve2 ever since it was first introduced and it has never failed plate solving.



Maybe your question should be asked at SGP forum.



Peter



---In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, <y.groups@...> wrote :

I am trying to use SGP for image acquisition and plate solves with APPM. When I hit the "plate solve" button, SGP takes the image, but the plate solve routine never runs. APPM eventually times out the attempt. I believe that after taking the image (and before the timeout occurs), the status line message in SGP says "The API call is complete".



APPM plate solves fine with Maxim/Pinpoint and Maxim/TheSkyX, and outside of APPM, SGP plates solves fine. I would like to try switching to SGP for this, since the PlateSolve2 routine in SGP seems quite a bit faster than either PinPoint or TheSkyX.



Thanks for any suggestions,

-Wade


Re: APPM and SGP

Bill Long
 

Speed is the reason I switched away from SGP for APPM. If Sky X Image Link isn't solving in seconds, something isn't configured correctly.


From: ap-gto@... <ap-gto@...> on behalf of 'Wade Hilmo' y.groups@... [ap-gto]
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 5:07:48 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP
 
 

I have not tried APPM/SGP/ANSVR. I don't need all sky plate solving, plus
ANSVR is much slower than PlateSolve2, and the speed is the reason that I'm
interested in using SGP (since I also have Maxim, TheSkyX, PinPoint, etc.
available to me).

Thanks,

-Wade

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:47 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP

APPM can use SGP for camera and solving. I only tried ANSVR for solving.
Image Link in sky x was lightning fast though. Do you have the all sky db?

_____

From: ap-gto@... on behalf of
pnagy@... [ap-gto]
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:30:48 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP

Hi Wade,

I don't think SGP works with APPM. SGP works with limited number of plate
solvers:

1. PlateSolve2

2. Pinpoint

3. Elbrus

4. Astrometry.net or ANSVR (local Astrometry.net not requiring internet)

I don't see anywhere the word "APPM" in SGP help file. The help file does
not specify the ability to add more 3rd party plate solvers.

You mentioned "PlateSolve2" so why don't you use PlateSolve2 instead of
APPM? I have been using PlateSolve2 ever since it was first introduced and
it has never failed plate solving.

Maybe your question should be asked at SGP forum.

Peter

---In ap-gto@..., wrote :

I am trying to use SGP for image acquisition and plate solves with APPM.
When I hit the "plate solve" button, SGP takes the image, but the plate
solve routine never runs. APPM eventually times out the attempt. I believe
that after taking the image (and before the timeout occurs), the status line
message in SGP says "The API call is complete".

APPM plate solves fine with Maxim/Pinpoint and Maxim/TheSkyX, and outside of
APPM, SGP plates solves fine. I would like to try switching to SGP for
this, since the PlateSolve2 routine in SGP seems quite a bit faster than
either PinPoint or TheSkyX.

Thanks for any suggestions,

-Wade

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


Re: Another APCC question

Ray Gralak
 

Paul,

Restarting APCC the same thing happened.

I didn't try power cycling the mount yet.
Longitude/Latitude can only be set by APCC or the driver after a power cycle.

-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: https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver


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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 2:16 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: Another APCC question



Restarting APCC the same thing happened.

I didn't try power cycling the mount yet.

Is it just an issue with reporting the Alt, in which case it's no big deal. Or could it lead to mistakes in e.g.
application of meridian or horizon limits?

Paul


Re: APPM and SGP

W Hilmo
 

I have not tried APPM/SGP/ANSVR. I don't need all sky plate solving, plus
ANSVR is much slower than PlateSolve2, and the speed is the reason that I'm
interested in using SGP (since I also have Maxim, TheSkyX, PinPoint, etc.
available to me).



Thanks,

-Wade



From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:47 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP





APPM can use SGP for camera and solving. I only tried ANSVR for solving.
Image Link in sky x was lightning fast though. Do you have the all sky db?

_____

From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> on behalf of
pnagy@sbcglobal.net [ap-gto] <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:30:48 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP





Hi Wade,



I don't think SGP works with APPM. SGP works with limited number of plate
solvers:



1. PlateSolve2

2. Pinpoint

3. Elbrus

4. Astrometry.net or ANSVR (local Astrometry.net not requiring internet)



I don't see anywhere the word "APPM" in SGP help file. The help file does
not specify the ability to add more 3rd party plate solvers.



You mentioned "PlateSolve2" so why don't you use PlateSolve2 instead of
APPM? I have been using PlateSolve2 ever since it was first introduced and
it has never failed plate solving.



Maybe your question should be asked at SGP forum.



Peter



---In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, <y.groups@...> wrote :

I am trying to use SGP for image acquisition and plate solves with APPM.
When I hit the "plate solve" button, SGP takes the image, but the plate
solve routine never runs. APPM eventually times out the attempt. I believe
that after taking the image (and before the timeout occurs), the status line
message in SGP says "The API call is complete".



APPM plate solves fine with Maxim/Pinpoint and Maxim/TheSkyX, and outside of
APPM, SGP plates solves fine. I would like to try switching to SGP for
this, since the PlateSolve2 routine in SGP seems quite a bit faster than
either PinPoint or TheSkyX.



Thanks for any suggestions,

-Wade


Re: Can I bring the CP4 into the house

Christopher Erickson
 

If you stop tracking before shutting down and make sure tracking is stopped for the entire indoor session and is stopped until the motors are reconnected, you won't lose your PEM tracking synchronization with the RA worm drive assembly. Otherwise you will have to rebuild your PEM curve.


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Thu, Aug 2, 2018, 1:34 PM stevenhoffman53@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:


Can I bring the CP4 into the house (power it and connect via USB) and fiddle with the horizons without having the motors attached.

Because it's going to rain and would rather not have everything outside.


Thanks!!

steve





Re: APPM and SGP

Bill Long
 

APPM can use SGP for camera and solving. I only tried ANSVR for solving. Image Link in sky x was lightning fast though. Do you have the all sky db?
From: ap-gto@... on behalf of pnagy@... [ap-gto]
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:30:48 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: APPM and SGP
 
 

Hi Wade,

I don't think SGP works with APPM. SGP works with limited number of plate solvers:

1. PlateSolve2
2. Pinpoint
3. Elbrus
4. Astrometry.net or ANSVR (local Astrometry.net not requiring internet)

I don't see anywhere the word "APPM" in SGP help file. The help file does not specify the ability to add more 3rd party plate solvers.

You mentioned "PlateSolve2" so why don't you use PlateSolve2 instead of APPM? I have been using PlateSolve2 ever since it was first introduced and it has never failed plate solving.

Maybe your question should be asked at SGP forum.

Peter


---In ap-gto@..., wrote :

I am trying to use SGP for image acquisition and plate solves with APPM.  When I hit the "plate solve" button, SGP takes the image, but the plate solve routine never runs.  APPM eventually times out the attempt.  I believe that after taking the image (and before the timeout occurs), the status line message in SGP says "The API call is complete".

APPM plate solves fine with Maxim/Pinpoint and Maxim/TheSkyX, and outside of APPM, SGP plates solves fine.  I would like to try switching to SGP for this, since the PlateSolve2 routine in SGP seems quite a bit faster than either PinPoint or TheSkyX.

Thanks for any suggestions,
-Wade



nevermind - Re: Can I bring the CP4 into the house

steven ho
 

I see horizons can launch without connecting to the CP4.



Can I bring the CP4 into the house

steven ho
 

Can I bring the CP4 into the house (power it and connect via USB) and fiddle with the horizons without having the motors attached.

Because it's going to rain and would rather not have everything outside.


Thanks!!

steve



Re: APPM and SGP

topboxman
 

Hi Wade,

I don't think SGP works with APPM. SGP works with limited number of plate solvers:

1. PlateSolve2
2. Pinpoint
3. Elbrus
4. Astrometry.net or ANSVR (local Astrometry.net not requiring internet)

I don't see anywhere the word "APPM" in SGP help file. The help file does not specify the ability to add more 3rd party plate solvers.

You mentioned "PlateSolve2" so why don't you use PlateSolve2 instead of APPM? I have been using PlateSolve2 ever since it was first introduced and it has never failed plate solving.

Maybe your question should be asked at SGP forum.

Peter


---In ap-gto@..., <y.groups@...> wrote :

I am trying to use SGP for image acquisition and plate solves with APPM.  When I hit the "plate solve" button, SGP takes the image, but the plate solve routine never runs.  APPM eventually times out the attempt.  I believe that after taking the image (and before the timeout occurs), the status line message in SGP says "The API call is complete".

APPM plate solves fine with Maxim/Pinpoint and Maxim/TheSkyX, and outside of APPM, SGP plates solves fine.  I would like to try switching to SGP for this, since the PlateSolve2 routine in SGP seems quite a bit faster than either PinPoint or TheSkyX.

Thanks for any suggestions,
-Wade



Re: IC4628 (Prawn Nebula) - Good guiding at last

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Eduardo, that is beautiful!!!

Stuart

On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 7:01 PM eoliveira@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Hi there,


I am very glad to share a link of an image that my friend Luiz Duczmal helped me to acquire by bringing his TakFSQ106 to my home observatory and by giving me some guidance (no pun intended) with my autoguiding. The image is the stack of 13 x 10min frames of Ha we managed to capture before the clouds rolled in. I was particularly happy that we did not miss a single frame and guiding was good throughout the session (except when target was already quite low) and the stars came out with very reasonable eccentricities. Thanks Rolando and all that shared with me some advice.


Regards,


Eduardo Oliveira.


https://xa.yimg.com/df/ap-gto/HDR.jpg?token=DP2tp-NsMzbdFr9Ee6bQ3BA_Z6ydaf3JjS1W-y2l6AQqV_c0aEnNox39vowYQNo2tEOjD2D-yXcF5qcLG8ashq8Wq7wMh_jFDkGAstYRAcTL04vCB5fA_IU2PD2A0XI_ylJnGECusLcNTivoHPE&type=download



IC4628 (Prawn Nebula) - Good guiding at last

Eduardo Oliveira
 

Hi there,


I am very glad to share a link of an image that my friend Luiz Duczmal helped me to acquire by bringing his TakFSQ106 to my home observatory and by giving me some guidance (no pun intended) with my autoguiding. The image is the stack of 13 x 10min frames of Ha we managed to capture before the clouds rolled in. I was particularly happy that we did not miss a single frame and guiding was good throughout the session (except when target was already quite low) and the stars came out with very reasonable eccentricities. Thanks Rolando and all that shared with me some advice.


Regards,


Eduardo Oliveira.


https://xa.yimg.com/df/ap-gto/HDR.jpg?token=DP2tp-NsMzbdFr9Ee6bQ3BA_Z6ydaf3JjS1W-y2l6AQqV_c0aEnNox39vowYQNo2tEOjD2D-yXcF5qcLG8ashq8Wq7wMh_jFDkGAstYRAcTL04vCB5fA_IU2PD2A0XI_ylJnGECusLcNTivoHPE&type=download



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Re: 1100GTO not holding polar alignment

W Hilmo
 

The next time I set up, I’ll play with it again. When I polar aligned yesterday, I could not find a spot where it was smooth. It was either loose or (after just a tiny turn on each screw) stiff.



From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 12:14 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 1100GTO not holding polar alignment







I also have an AP1600, which does not have those two screws (as far as I know) and the azimuth knobs are as smooth as butter, and the azimuth knobs never affect the altitude at all.



Is the behavior I describe expected on the AP1100 when the hex screws are loose. Is it possible that the nylon balls are worn or damaged (since I bought the mount used)?

On the 1100 the azimuth screws are on the side. On the 1600 they are located underneath the bottom plate and have screw driver slots. The 1100 nylon balls are not worn or damaged. If you back off the set screw you simply loosen the rotating table that the mount sits on. Keep the screws snug to the level that you can adjust easily and once you are done, tighten them a bit further. If they are too loose, then indeed you may have the polar alignment drift on you over time.



Rolando





-----Original Message-----
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To: ap-gto <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 1:05 pm
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] 1100GTO not holding polar alignment

On my AP1100 (purchased used), the azimuth adjustment was pretty stiff and I didn’t know about those two hex screws.



I just set the mount up yesterday in the field and I tried backing them off a bit. This made the azimuth knobs easier to turn, but it seems like it’s really loose now. When I turn the azimuth knobs, the mount moves in azimuth as expected, but it also moves a small amount in altitude. I tried tightening the two hex screws described below incrementally, and I can get it so that it’s either very still or very loose.



I also have an AP1600, which does not have those two screws (as far as I know) and the azimuth knobs are as smooth as butter, and the azimuth knobs never affect the altitude at all.



Is the behavior I describe expected on the AP1100 when the hex screws are loose. Is it possible that the nylon balls are worn or damaged (since I bought the mount used)?



Thanks,

-Wade



From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:gto@yahoogroups.com> [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com?> ]
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2018 8:39 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:gto@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 1100GTO not holding polar alignment







I think everyone is misreading my post. It is not about polar alignment accuracy. It is the fact that the mount physically moves itself off of the spot after it slews around and has to be moves back.

On the base of the mount there are two Hex head screws visible on either side near the front of the mount. These are used to lock the azimuth axis in place after you have achieved polar alignment. When they are loose, you can turn the azimuth adjusters easily. The tighter you make the locking screws the harder it will be to turn the azimuth adjusters. Do not use a huge amount of force to tighten these screws. There is a nylon ball under each screw and they can take a fair amount of pressure, but they are nylon and will compress at some point. It should not take gorilla force to hold the mount in place.



Rolando





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Sent: Mon, Jul 30, 2018 6:13 am
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] 1100GTO not holding polar alignment



I think everyone is misreading my post. It is not about polar alignment accuracy. It is the fact that the mount physically moves itself off of the spot after it slews around and has to be moves back.



Joe











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Re: Another APCC question

Paul
 

Restarting APCC the same thing happened.

I didn't try power cycling the mount yet.

Is it just an issue with reporting the Alt, in which case it's no big deal. Or could it lead to mistakes in e.g. application of meridian or horizon limits?

Paul


Re: 1100GTO not holding polar alignment

Roland Christen
 


I also have an AP1600, which does not have those two screws (as far as I know) and the azimuth knobs are as smooth as butter, and the azimuth knobs never affect the altitude at all.



Is the behavior I describe expected on the AP1100 when the hex screws are loose. Is it possible that the nylon balls are worn or damaged (since I bought the mount used)?
On the 1100 the azimuth screws are on the side.  On the 1600 they are located underneath the bottom plate and have screw driver slots. The 1100 nylon balls are not worn or damaged. If you back off the set screw you simply loosen the rotating table that the mount sits on. Keep the screws snug to the level that you can adjust easily and once you are done, tighten them a bit further. If they are too loose, then indeed you may have the polar alignment drift on you over time.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Wade Hilmo' y.groups@... [ap-gto] To: ap-gto
Sent: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 1:05 pm
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] 1100GTO not holding polar alignment

On my AP1100 (purchased used), the azimuth adjustment was pretty stiff and I didn’t know about those two hex screws.



I just set the mount up yesterday in the field and I tried backing them off a bit. This made the azimuth knobs easier to turn, but it seems like it’s really loose now. When I turn the azimuth knobs, the mount moves in azimuth as expected, but it also moves a small amount in altitude. I tried tightening the two hex screws described below incrementally, and I can get it so that it’s either very still or very loose.



I also have an AP1600, which does not have those two screws (as far as I know) and the azimuth knobs are as smooth as butter, and the azimuth knobs never affect the altitude at all.



Is the behavior I describe expected on the AP1100 when the hex screws are loose. Is it possible that the nylon balls are worn or damaged (since I bought the mount used)?



Thanks,

-Wade



From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2018 8:39 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 1100GTO not holding polar alignment







I think everyone is misreading my post. It is not about polar alignment accuracy. It is the fact that the mount physically moves itself off of the spot after it slews around and has to be moves back.

On the base of the mount there are two Hex head screws visible on either side near the front of the mount. These are used to lock the azimuth axis in place after you have achieved polar alignment. When they are loose, you can turn the azimuth adjusters easily. The tighter you make the locking screws the harder it will be to turn the azimuth adjusters. Do not use a huge amount of force to tighten these screws. There is a nylon ball under each screw and they can take a fair amount of pressure, but they are nylon and will compress at some point. It should not take gorilla force to hold the mount in place.



Rolando





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Sent: Mon, Jul 30, 2018 6:13 am
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] 1100GTO not holding polar alignment



I think everyone is misreading my post. It is not about polar alignment accuracy. It is the fact that the mount physically moves itself off of the spot after it slews around and has to be moves back.



Joe







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Re: 1100GTO not holding polar alignment

Dale Ghent
 

On Aug 2, 2018, at 2:03 PM, 'Wade Hilmo' y.groups@hilmo.net [ap-gto] <ap-gto@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

On my AP1100 (purchased used), the azimuth adjustment was pretty stiff and I didn’t know about those two hex screws.
Don't feel bad. I upgraded my ca. 2008 Mach1 to the new base last summer, and I was making course Az adjustments by physically picking up my Eagle tripod and rotating it, if needed. I then noticed the hex screws on the side, investigated them, and promptly felt like an idiot upon realizing what they were for.

It would be nice to replace these with knobs for those like me who are 100% mobile in their setup, only because mobile users are going to be using these a lot more often than an observatory-based mount where it's pretty much a single adjust, lock 'em, and done task.

/dale


APPM and SGP

W Hilmo
 

I am trying to use SGP for image acquisition and plate solves with APPM.  When I hit the "plate solve" button, SGP takes the image, but the plate solve routine never runs.  APPM eventually times out the attempt.  I believe that after taking the image (and before the timeout occurs), the status line message in SGP says "The API call is complete".

APPM plate solves fine with Maxim/Pinpoint and Maxim/TheSkyX, and outside of APPM, SGP plates solves fine.  I would like to try switching to SGP for this, since the PlateSolve2 routine in SGP seems quite a bit faster than either PinPoint or TheSkyX.

Thanks for any suggestions,
-Wade


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