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Re: NGC 247 in Cetus

Joel Short
 

Nice image and explanation Geoff!  I agree that Burbidge's Chain really adds to the image.  
joel


Re: NGC 247 in Cetus

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Geoff, this is a beautiful image! I don't recall seeing it before and I agree, the explanation really helped us appreciate the result.


On Wed, 6 Nov 2019 at 03:47, Geoff Smith <ghsmith45@...> wrote:
Big one here https://www.astrobin.com/full/lvbabj/0/

Mount: AP900 GTO
Telescope: 12.5" Planewave CDK
Camera:FLI 16803 Proline
Exposure: 280min B, 190min G, 200min R, 150 min L.

FOV 37' x 37' (cropped from 49" x 49')


I actually took more L (410 min), but culled ruthlessly.
I also took some Ha (100min) but, although the image showed promise, the data was not good enough for inclusion. On the list for next year is to triple up the Ha and maybe get some better L--great what you can do with digital!

I rotated the image from the conventional E-W orientation. I think this looks much more dynamic.

The string of four galaxies just below and right of NGC 247 is known as Burbidge's Chain. These galaxies are about 300 million light-years distant. Deep images reveal that the two bottom-most galaxies in the chain are apparently interacting, joined by a faint bridge of material. This bridge can just be seen in this photograph.


--

Stuart
http://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/


Re: NGC 247 in Cetus

Geof Lewis
 

Hi Geoff,
That is an excellent image, very well processed, thanks for sharing it. I'd not heard of Burbidge's Chain previously and it really adds to the interest in the overall image. Well done revealing that bridge between those 2 very distant galaxies.
Regards,

Geof


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Geoff Smith <ghsmith45@...>
Sent: 06 November 2019 08:47
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] NGC 247 in Cetus
 
Big one here https://www.astrobin.com/full/lvbabj/0/

Mount: AP900 GTO
Telescope: 12.5" Planewave CDK
Camera:FLI 16803 Proline
Exposure: 280min B, 190min G, 200min R, 150 min L.

FOV 37' x 37' (cropped from 49" x 49')


I actually took more L (410 min), but culled ruthlessly.
I also took some Ha (100min) but, although the image showed promise, the data was not good enough for inclusion. On the list for next year is to triple up the Ha and maybe get some better L--great what you can do with digital!

I rotated the image from the conventional E-W orientation. I think this looks much more dynamic.

The string of four galaxies just below and right of NGC 247 is known as Burbidge's Chain. These galaxies are about 300 million light-years distant. Deep images reveal that the two bottom-most galaxies in the chain are apparently interacting, joined by a faint bridge of material. This bridge can just be seen in this photograph.


NGC 247 in Cetus

Geoff Smith
 

Big one here https://www.astrobin.com/full/lvbabj/0/

Mount: AP900 GTO
Telescope: 12.5" Planewave CDK
Camera:FLI 16803 Proline
Exposure: 280min B, 190min G, 200min R, 150 min L.

FOV 37' x 37' (cropped from 49" x 49')


I actually took more L (410 min), but culled ruthlessly.
I also took some Ha (100min) but, although the image showed promise, the data was not good enough for inclusion. On the list for next year is to triple up the Ha and maybe get some better L--great what you can do with digital!

I rotated the image from the conventional E-W orientation. I think this looks much more dynamic.

The string of four galaxies just below and right of NGC 247 is known as Burbidge's Chain. These galaxies are about 300 million light-years distant. Deep images reveal that the two bottom-most galaxies in the chain are apparently interacting, joined by a faint bridge of material. This bridge can just be seen in this photograph.


Re: Problem with GOTOs in Keypad

Joe Renzetti <axnyslie@...>
 

Ah OK I had the Keypad opened and checking connections this week, as the right buttons would sometimes be unresponsive. I may have unseated a battery when working on it.

On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 9:58 PM Howard Hedlund <howard@...> wrote:
Classic dead keypad battery / corrupted database.  The following info should help.  

https://astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/keypad/keypad-maintenance-instructions.pdf 
https://www.astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/keypad_update/dataload201/dataload201.htm 

Paige or Daleen can fix you up with a new battery.  Give us a call.

May your skies be dark and steady!


Re: Problem with GOTOs in Keypad

Howard Hedlund
 

Classic dead keypad battery / corrupted database.  The following info should help.  

https://astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/keypad/keypad-maintenance-instructions.pdf 
https://www.astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/keypad_update/dataload201/dataload201.htm 

Paige or Daleen can fix you up with a new battery.  Give us a call.

May your skies be dark and steady!


Problem with GOTOs in Keypad

Joe Renzetti <axnyslie@...>
 

This was my first night under EST so I made sure the Keypad settings were updated correctly. It would skew to the right stars to calibrate no problem. But when I would enter a Messier, NGC, or IC DSO it would go completely the wrong direction. I entered M52 which was in the zenith and it would report back that it was below the horizon. The only way I could get the mount to point correctly was by manually entering the RA/DEC location. This doesn’t make sense that the stars and RA/DEC were spot on but the catalog DSOs would be way off.

Joe


Re: Install problems with APCC

Peter Bresler
 

I did get the program installed....stupid me, I just entered the SD without the other lines.

I still need some help setting the ports....WIFI connects, but ASCOM is having port problems.

Peter




In a message dated 11/5/2019 8:11:36 AM Pacific Standard Time, PABresler@... writes:

I just got a used Mach1 and bought APCC standard. I cannot get past the setup screen. I put my SN in the box, enter my name, email, close the screen and nothing happens.

Using the ASCOM platform install, the driver comes up but does not find the mount, although it is connected on wifi


Install problems with APCC

Peter Bresler
 

I just got a used Mach1 and bought APCC standard. I cannot get past the setup screen. I put my SN in the box, enter my name, email, close the screen and nothing happens.

Using the ASCOM platform install, the driver comes up but does not find the mount, although it is connected on wifi


Re: APPM crashes at start of pointing model run

Ray Gralak
 

Jim,

In case you didn't see it I sent you a link to the updated installer with a fix for the licensing issue. Here it is again:

http://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Pro_Setup_1.7.1.3a.exe

-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

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Jim Windlinger
Sent: Sunday, November 3, 2019 1:02 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APPM crashes at start of pointing model run

Ray,

Yes, I recently upgraded from standard to pro. There was a problem with that upgrade license too and you
requested I install V1.7.1.3 instead of V1.7.2.5. Which worked until now. I also had a trial license that I installed for
troubleshooting, with would have expired a couple of days ago.

Jim


Re: APPM crashes at start of pointing model run

Jim Windlinger
 

Ray,

Yes, I recently upgraded from standard to pro.  There was a problem with that upgrade license too and you requested I install V1.7.1.3 instead of V1.7.2.5.  Which worked until now.  I also had a trial license that I installed for troubleshooting, with would have expired a couple of days ago. 

Jim


Re: APPM crashes at start of pointing model run

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Jim,

I am using APCC Pro V1.7.1.3 and am unable to run a pointing model. I was able to make a small 23 point model a
couple of weeks ago, but now, APPM crashes (all APPM windows close) as soon as the start button is pressed.
I don't think that's a crash. All the windows in APPM will close when Start is clicked if APPM thinks the license is not correct.

I think you recently upgraded to Pro from Standard, correct? If so, there may be a license issue somewhere in APPM. I'll contact you privately to continue this since it involves license keys.

-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

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Jim Windlinger
Sent: Saturday, November 2, 2019 9:28 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APPM crashes at start of pointing model run

I am using APCC Pro V1.7.1.3 and am unable to run a pointing model. I was able to make a small 23 point model a
couple of weeks ago, but now, APPM crashes (all APPM windows close) as soon as the start button is pressed.
No errors are reported. I can plate solve and recal with the SkyX Image Link and Maxim 5.24 using APPM. The
only change I have made is I have readjusted my park position. A windows update may have occurred last week
(Windows 10 Pro). I will try a reinstall of APCC next. Any other ideas?

Thanks,

Jim


APPM crashes at start of pointing model run

Jim Windlinger
 

I am using APCC Pro V1.7.1.3 and am unable to run a pointing model.  I was able to make a small 23 point model a couple of weeks ago, but now, APPM crashes (all APPM windows close) as soon as the start button is pressed.  No errors are reported.  I can plate solve and recal with the SkyX Image Link and Maxim 5.24 using APPM.  The only change I have made is I have readjusted my park position.  A windows update may have occurred last week (Windows 10 Pro).  I will try a reinstall of APCC next.  Any other ideas?

Thanks,

Jim


Re: Big oops for 5s: Telescope collides with pier. Any damage?

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Thanks! That’s a sigh of relief.

On Sunday, November 3, 2019, 10:16 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io <chris1011@...> wrote:



Question: did this mishap ruin any of the gears or motor?
No, the motors are not damaged and neither are the gears.

Roland


-----Original Message-----
From: Cheng-Yang Tan via Groups.Io <cytan299@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Nov 3, 2019 8:31 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Big oops for 5s: Telescope collides with pier. Any damage?

Hi guys,
  Since the weather has been so bad for the past week,  I decided to test the counterweight up configuration indoors by dialing the meridian flip delay in APCC. Unfortunately, during one of those tests, I suffered a pier crash for about 5s with my Mach1gto. My finger was just a little slow in getting to the stop slewing APCC button. The motors did not stall as far as I can tell. After the crash I sent the mount back to park 3 and found that the RA marks were a few degrees off.  I just unclutched and rotated RA so that the marks were aligned again.

Question: did this mishap ruin any of the gears or motor? Everything sounded fine after the crash and seemed to slew properly. But since I was indoors, there’s no way to be sure and it’ll be cloudy as far as the eye can see for the next 2 weeks.

cytan


Re: Big oops for 5s: Telescope collides with pier. Any damage?

Roland Christen
 



Question: did this mishap ruin any of the gears or motor?
No, the motors are not damaged and neither are the gears.

Roland


-----Original Message-----
From: Cheng-Yang Tan via Groups.Io <cytan299@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Nov 3, 2019 8:31 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Big oops for 5s: Telescope collides with pier. Any damage?

Hi guys,
  Since the weather has been so bad for the past week,  I decided to test the counterweight up configuration indoors by dialing the meridian flip delay in APCC. Unfortunately, during one of those tests, I suffered a pier crash for about 5s with my Mach1gto. My finger was just a little slow in getting to the stop slewing APCC button. The motors did not stall as far as I can tell. After the crash I sent the mount back to park 3 and found that the RA marks were a few degrees off.  I just unclutched and rotated RA so that the marks were aligned again.

Question: did this mishap ruin any of the gears or motor? Everything sounded fine after the crash and seemed to slew properly. But since I was indoors, there’s no way to be sure and it’ll be cloudy as far as the eye can see for the next 2 weeks.

cytan


Re: Big oops for 5s: Telescope collides with pier. Any damage?

Geert
 

No harm will be done, rest assured.

 

Geert Vdbulcke

 

Van: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> Namens Cheng-Yang Tan via Groups.Io
Verzonden: zondag 3 november 2019 14:31
Aan: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Onderwerp: [ap-gto] Big oops for 5s: Telescope collides with pier. Any damage?

 

Hi guys,
  Since the weather has been so bad for the past week,  I decided to test the counterweight up configuration indoors by dialing the meridian flip delay in APCC. Unfortunately, during one of those tests, I suffered a pier crash for about 5s with my Mach1gto. My finger was just a little slow in getting to the stop slewing APCC button. The motors did not stall as far as I can tell. After the crash I sent the mount back to park 3 and found that the RA marks were a few degrees off.  I just unclutched and rotated RA so that the marks were aligned again.

Question: did this mishap ruin any of the gears or motor? Everything sounded fine after the crash and seemed to slew properly. But since I was indoors, there’s no way to be sure and it’ll be cloudy as far as the eye can see for the next 2 weeks.

cytan


Big oops for 5s: Telescope collides with pier. Any damage?

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Hi guys,
  Since the weather has been so bad for the past week,  I decided to test the counterweight up configuration indoors by dialing the meridian flip delay in APCC. Unfortunately, during one of those tests, I suffered a pier crash for about 5s with my Mach1gto. My finger was just a little slow in getting to the stop slewing APCC button. The motors did not stall as far as I can tell. After the crash I sent the mount back to park 3 and found that the RA marks were a few degrees off.  I just unclutched and rotated RA so that the marks were aligned again.

Question: did this mishap ruin any of the gears or motor? Everything sounded fine after the crash and seemed to slew properly. But since I was indoors, there’s no way to be sure and it’ll be cloudy as far as the eye can see for the next 2 weeks.

cytan


Re: Meridian flip slew aborted?

Victoria Berger
 

Hmmm.... I was in bed asleep and my observatory is locked; if something was pressed it had to have been a literal mouse.

I'll watch and see if it happens again.  Maybe it was a fluke.

Thanks for your time again.
Best,
Tori


Re: NGC1055 and Messier 77

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Beautiful job Steve!!


On Sat, 2 Nov 2019 at 13:32, steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...> wrote:
One night's work. Imaged with CW up, 4 hours ahead of the meridian, no flip.

Details here https://www.astrobin.com/aewvat/B/

clear skies!!
steve


--

Stuart
http://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/


Re: Meridian flip slew aborted?

Ray Gralak
 

That's weird. I can't imagine what it could have been.
Maybe the sidereal rate button on the driver was clicked by accident?

-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


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Victoria Berger
Sent: Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:25 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Meridian flip slew aborted?

Thanks for the reply Ray!

That's weird. I can't imagine what it could have been. I don't see anything in ACP's logs that looks problematic,
and the only other thing running that talks with the mount is MaxIm and its logs look good too. I'm pretty sure it
didn't come from Ace SmartDome or PWI, they don't have connections to the mount, and nothing else was
running.

Is there anything intrinsic to ASCOM that you think might have done it?

I guess I'll just have to watch for it to happen again in the future. Maybe I'll ask Bob, but it doesn't look to be ACP
either.

Thank you for your time!


ACP log excerpt:


03:05:47 (GEM must flip before next operation)
03:05:47 [FPw=0s FPe=0s HAt=507s PFM=120s
03:05:47 (no wait needed, already past flip limit)
03:05:47 (flipping mount...)
03:05:47 Start slew to Pacman...
03:05:49 (rolling rotator over 180 deg...)
03:05:49 Start rotate to PA 169.5 deg (raw rotator angle 310.2)
03:05:49 (wait for slew to complete)
03:06:30 (slew complete)
03:06:30 (wait for rotator)
03:07:08 (rotation complete)
03:07:08 **Script Error (Tracking has been stopped)**
03:07:08 Source: ACP Observatory Control Software
03:07:08 Message: **Mount failed to flip based on its reported pier side info. This is a mount/driver bug.
03:07:08 Location: line 3048 column 13.
ACP console log closed 02-Nov-2019 03:07:09 UTC

MaxIm log excerpt:


03:05:26@5 Guide star radius 8, intensity 2057.16, peak 508, SNR 46.11
03:05:29@5 Guide star radius 8, intensity 2469.23, peak 542, SNR 60.06
03:05:32*4 Completed 600.000s 2048x2048 exposure, binned 2x2, ROI (0, 0)
03:05:42@5 Guide star radius 8, intensity 2369.53, peak 520, SNR 54.63
03:05:45@5 Guide star radius 8, intensity 3256.56, peak 564, SNR 74.67
03:05:47$5 Guider algorithm 'Single Star' ended
03:05:47$5 Guider Tracking Stopped
03:07:08$5 Guider algorithm 'Single Star' ended
03:07:08$5 Guider Calibration Completed