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Re: why when I plate solve is my APCC RA off by an hour

steven ho
 

I have my hand controller plugged in but it is ALWAYS initialize from APCC. No changes were made SITE information.

I am using APCC pro 1.7.1.1

Right now I am imaging the Crab Nebula at RA 6:39:31.4

and the Crab is located at 5:35:44.96

Disregard the minute differences how can I be an hour off?

I started from Park position 4 and physically inspected everything before beginning.

What is wrong?

How can I get back to normal?




From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Ray Gralak <groups3@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:38 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] why when I plate solve is my APCC RA off by an hour
 
You did not provide enough information to say what caused your issue.

However, you should not need to do anything to APCC's time settings because APCC automatically changes the time and time zone to compensate for each other, assuming you are using version 1.7.x.

If you did change the time zone or time offset then that caused the problem. If something else initialized the mount (e.g. hand controller or SkyX) then that probably caused the problem.

-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 steven ho
> Sent: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:03 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] why when I plate solve is my APCC RA off by an hour
>
> This is driving me (more) crazy. My time setting are correct in site tab.
>
> -local time is correct
> Time offset is -5:00:00
>
> please help me, this is so frustrating.
>





APPM - can't connect to Driver #APCC

Claude Benoit
 
Edited

I keep getting an error when I try to connect to the scope in APPM. I can connect to my mount through MaximDL. I can connect to the camera fine. When I click on Driver to set it up I get this error: "Error Opening ASCOM setup dialog. Please check that the Astro Physics V2 Telescope driver is installed. Com Object that has been separated from its underlying RCW cannot be used.

I was able to connect to the scope in APPM after checking off Auto Config and Update Now in APCC. I presume that's all that was needed?
Thank you
Claude


Re: why when I plate solve is my APCC RA off by an hour

Ray Gralak
 

You did not provide enough information to say what caused your issue.

However, you should not need to do anything to APCC's time settings because APCC automatically changes the time and time zone to compensate for each other, assuming you are using version 1.7.x.

If you did change the time zone or time offset then that caused the problem. If something else initialized the mount (e.g. hand controller or SkyX) then that probably caused the problem.

-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 steven ho
Sent: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:03 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] why when I plate solve is my APCC RA off by an hour

This is driving me (more) crazy. My time setting are correct in site tab.

-local time is correct
Time offset is -5:00:00

please help me, this is so frustrating.


why when I plate solve is my APCC RA off by an hour

steven ho
 

This is driving me (more) crazy. My time setting are correct in site tab.

-local time is correct
Time offset is -5:00:00

please help me, this is so frustrating.


Encoder video

John Thompson <jbtgolfer@...>
 
Edited

i was told that there is a video on encoder installation. I would like to see it before tackling the installation. I can’t find it on the Astro Physics site. Can anyone help me find it?
I found a video on YouTube that was made in 2018. The video covers part one of the installation. It says there will be a part two video but I don't see it. Is there a video covering the entire installation?


Re: APCC subgroup rather than in main group?

 

I think subgroups are a great feature, as well.

 

Ray and I discussed setting up an APCC subgroup, but have not made a decision. Sometimes there is overlap with other discussions. We’ll be giving it more thought.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Stuart
Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2019 4:57 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC subgroup rather than in main group?

 

Great idea Robert!

 

 

 

On Wed, 6 Nov 2019 at 17:49, Robert Berta <biker123@...> wrote:

One of the new features of groups.io is that you can have sub groups within the main group. Currently there is one for hand controller BETA work.

I always thought it would be great to have all the conversations about APCC in one sub group which would make it easier to find something...both in that sub group and the main group which wouldn't have so much "clutter" that isn't specifically about the mounts. 

Do others have any opinions on this suggestion? 


--

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


Re: APCC subgroup rather than in main group?

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Great idea Robert!


On Wed, 6 Nov 2019 at 17:49, Robert Berta <biker123@...> wrote:
One of the new features of groups.io is that you can have sub groups within the main group. Currently there is one for hand controller BETA work.

I always thought it would be great to have all the conversations about APCC in one sub group which would make it easier to find something...both in that sub group and the main group which wouldn't have so much "clutter" that isn't specifically about the mounts. 

Do others have any opinions on this suggestion? 


--

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


APCC subgroup rather than in main group?

Robert Berta
 

One of the new features of groups.io is that you can have sub groups within the main group. Currently there is one for hand controller BETA work.

I always thought it would be great to have all the conversations about APCC in one sub group which would make it easier to find something...both in that sub group and the main group which wouldn't have so much "clutter" that isn't specifically about the mounts. 

Do others have any opinions on this suggestion? 


Re: Problem with GOTOs in Keypad

Howard Hedlund
 

For historical reasons, the keypad updates require the top RS232 port on the control box. 


Re: Problem with GOTOs in Keypad

Joe Renzetti <axnyslie@...>
 

The updater is not working. I follow all the instructions and it gets to "AWAITING HOST" and it stalls there. The program says "Sending page" and nothing. Database loader tool is 4.12. Keypad is v 4.19.3. I m connected to the right COM port. I am connected to the CP4 via USB2 as I have no RS-232 cable.

Joe


Re: NGC 247 in Cetus

Don Anderson
 

Very good work Geoff!

Don Anderson


On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 01:47:46 a.m. MST, 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.


Re: NGC 247 in Cetus

Karen Christen
 

Well done, Geoff!  I also wondered about the grouping of galaxies in the lower right.  Thank you for the explanation.  Stunning image.

Karen, AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Geoff Smith
Sent: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:48 AM
To: 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.


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Mach2 update?

Dean S
 

Just wondering what the latest is on about when these mounts may start to ship?
 
Not pushing at all.
 
Thanks
Dean
 
 
 

Virus-free. www.avast.com


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

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