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WiFi Dropout Solution for Smart Devices (Sky Safari etc.) #WiFi

Howard Hedlund
 

Hi GTO gang!  Some good detective work by some smart people at Lowell Observatory (Thanks Jim C.!) has led us to a probable solution to WiFi dropouts when using Sky Safari, Luminos etc.

It appears we have been looking at this the wrong way.  We were blaming weak or corrupted signal from our WiFi module, and couldn't reproduce the problem here.  Instead, it appears that our signal may actually be too strong and may be overwhelming the smart devices' WiFi hardware. 

For right now, if you are having WiFi dropout issues, please fold your antenna into its little cubby on the GTOCP4, and then try not to let your smart device get too close to the GTOCP4.  Try to keep the device a couple feet from the GTOCP4.
Please give us feedback on your results.  If this does indeed turn out to be the issue, then we may be able to fix it permanently and more elegantly.
Thanks in advance for any feedback you can give!

Howard 


Re: Problem with GOTOs in Keypad

Howard Hedlund
 

Richard, please contact me at AP if you would like to update your database.  

ANYONE  with a GTOCP4 who needs to update their keypad database, please give me a call.  Our engineer added keypad programming support to the lower COM port and to the USB COM port so that keypad updates can be done without a USB to serial adapter.  We have tested this GTOCP4 version here, of course, but I'd love to have some of you give it a try before I post it as the new  VCP4-P01-14.  

Thanks!

Howard


Re: Mean Well power supply question

Mike Dodd
 

On 11/8/2019 10:03 AM, Daniel Marcus wrote:
Hi Mike
missed part of this conversation, so I am assuming you have already done
this but -just curious - have you tried a different GFCI circuit ( one
that is using a different GFCI protector)
I did not try the power supply on the other GFCI circuit in the observatory.

or measured the leakage current to ground?
I checked AC voltage to ground through a 1 meg resistor, and there is no potential on either DC output terminal or on the power supply case.

GFCIs are notorious for going bad. Could be the GFCI
is in the process of failing and is too sensitive?
Possible, but very unlikely. Both observatory GFCIs are one year old. Further, both have never tripped in that year of operation. The pier GFCI tripped ONLY when the Alinco DM-330V power supply was plugged in. Never before and never since.

--- Mike


Re: Mean Well power supply question

Daniel Marcus
 

Hi Mike
missed part of this conversation, so I am assuming you have already done this but -just curious - have you tried a different GFCI circuit ( one that is using a different GFCI protector) or measured the leakage current to ground? GFCIs are notorious for going bad. Could be the GFCI is in the process of failing and is too sensitive?
Dan Marcus


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Mike Dodd <mike@...>
Sent: Friday, November 8, 2019 9:14 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mean Well power supply question
 
On 11/8/2019 1:43 AM, Don Anderson via Groups.Io wrote:
> Another good power supply that I have used for the past 8 years is an
> Alinco DM-330MV. It is made for the ham radio world.

I use one a DM-330MV for my ham station, and thought it would be good
for the AP1200 as well.

Sadly, that was not the case.

During the first imaging run with it, I found the mount and cameras dead
-- the GFCI had tripped. I reset the GFCI and tried again. An hour later
it tripped again.

The next night I connected the DM-330MV to a 20W resistor box, and ran
1A of current through it. The GFCI tripped sometime overnight. I tried
that test again the following day -- the GFCI tripped once again.

To be clear: the DM-330V was the ONLY thing being powered through the
GFCI receptacle that tripped.

I don't know why the power supply caused the GFCI to trip. Perhaps it
was the cold temperature or the humidity. The specs state an ambient
temperature of 50F to 95F.

The GFCI problem was the reason I bought the Mean Well supply. Now I
have a spare power supply for my ham station.

--
Mike

Mike Dodd
Louisa County, Virginia USA
https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fastronomy.mdodd.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C6d2d00054a0846af1da408d76455f51e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637088192648994628&amp;sdata=1qwMYXbPInoJYiJLaH8Fn%2BlNi9CZNRtlLYwGqOJslHU%3D&amp;reserved=0




Re: Mach2 update?

Dean Jacobsen
 

I've been watching for the release of public updates to the AP ASCOM v2 driver and the keypad software as indicators.  It is my understanding that new versions of both will be released which will work with the Mach2.


Re: Mean Well power supply question

Mike Dodd
 

On 11/8/2019 1:43 AM, Don Anderson via Groups.Io wrote:
Another good power supply that I have used for the past 8 years is an
Alinco DM-330MV. It is made for the ham radio world.
I use one a DM-330MV for my ham station, and thought it would be good for the AP1200 as well.

Sadly, that was not the case.

During the first imaging run with it, I found the mount and cameras dead -- the GFCI had tripped. I reset the GFCI and tried again. An hour later it tripped again.

The next night I connected the DM-330MV to a 20W resistor box, and ran 1A of current through it. The GFCI tripped sometime overnight. I tried that test again the following day -- the GFCI tripped once again.

To be clear: the DM-330V was the ONLY thing being powered through the GFCI receptacle that tripped.

I don't know why the power supply caused the GFCI to trip. Perhaps it was the cold temperature or the humidity. The specs state an ambient temperature of 50F to 95F.

The GFCI problem was the reason I bought the Mean Well supply. Now I have a spare power supply for my ham station.

--
Mike

Mike Dodd
Louisa County, Virginia USA
http://astronomy.mdodd.com


Re: Mean Well power supply question

jimmyjujames
 

 
110 Volt wire connections on power supply
Make sure you connect the protective ground (green wire) to chassis
 
If the screws will unscrew out completely I would use
Ring wire connectors on end of wires.
 
If the screws will not unscrew completely out I would use
Spade wire connectors on end of wires.
Or clip out part of the ring connector making it a spade connector.
 
Crimped or not I always solder the wires in connectors.
Crimping only is a second choice for me if a soldering iron is not available.
 
Do a google search for ring or spade wire connectors.
Lots of local stores carry them.
 
RTV cons
I have never used any kind of sealant on terminal strips.
You might be surprised how often the screws become loosened with constant movement of wires.
May hamper re-tightening screws.
 
RTV pros
Sealant my act as a lock tight and keep screws from loosening???
 
Jimmy
Our Earth would become a black hole if compressed down to a volume of about 1 cubic inch.
 


Re: Mean Well power supply question

Don Anderson
 

Another good power supply that I have used for the past 8 years is an Alinco DM-330MV. It is made for the ham radio world. Is a 30 amp switching power supply with lots of connection options. It also has an adjustable output voltage from 5-15VDC.
Below is a link to one supplier.
https://www.radioworld.ca/ali-dm330mvt


Re: Mean Well power supply question

Dale Ghent
 

The way I read the ANSI/IEC60601-1 standard this claims to conform to, these are standards which govern the /safety/ of electrical medical equipment that patients come in contact with. Low leakage, proper grounding, parameters like that. It doesn't necessarily guarantee or make any claims regarding the /performance/ of the device. That can be a different ballgame, especially if it's being used outside the environment it was perhaps designed or intended for (eg; outside in high humidity, sub-zero temps, hot temps, direct sunlight, etc and not in indoors at room temperature)

So I guess such certification is nice, but I don't think it makes something more (or less) appropriate for our kinds of use-cases, if that's what you're asking.

I don't think that, beyond a few basic stipulations, one needs to get fancy with their power supplies here. A quality regulated bench power supply that outputs 12-13.8VDC is what's needed. How much current it should be able to push is site-specific and up to your wallet. Bear in mind that you'll probably want an in-line buck-boost transformer to step the voltage up to 14-16VDC for your mount. Straight 12VDC in cold wether will make for some sluggish and hungry servo motors.

/dale

On Nov 7, 2019, at 10:04 PM, Michael Fulbright <mike.fulbright@...> wrote:

Good point but that shouldn't be too hard to change - I'm more interested in what people think in terms of it being a medical rated supply and if this means anything in terms of it being higher quality than the run of the mill supply.

Michael Fulbright

On 11/7/19 9:34 PM, Peter Nagy wrote:
Hi Mike,

This power adapter has strange DC connector. It shows 4-Pin DIN Male connector which is unusual for this hobby.

Peter

On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 03:38 PM, Michael Fulbright wrote:
What about this style DC switching medical supply from Meanwell?

https://www.jameco.com/z/GSM120B15-R7B-MEAN-WELL-AC-to-DC-Switching-Medical-Table-Top-Power-Supply-Single-Output-15-Volts-7-Amps-105-Watts_2214299.html

Thank You,
Michael Fulbright


Re: Mean Well power supply question

Michael Fulbright <mike.fulbright@...>
 

Good point but that shouldn't be too hard to change - I'm more interested in what people think in terms of it being a medical rated supply and if this means anything in terms of it being higher quality than the run of the mill supply.

Michael Fulbright

On 11/7/19 9:34 PM, Peter Nagy wrote:
Hi Mike,

This power adapter has strange DC connector. It shows 4-Pin DIN Male connector which is unusual for this hobby.

Peter

On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 03:38 PM, Michael Fulbright wrote:
What about this style DC switching medical supply from Meanwell?

https://www.jameco.com/z/GSM120B15-R7B-MEAN-WELL-AC-to-DC-Switching-Medical-Table-Top-Power-Supply-Single-Output-15-Volts-7-Amps-105-Watts_2214299.html

Thank You,
Michael Fulbright


Re: Mean Well power supply question

Peter Nagy
 

Hi Mike,

This power adapter has strange DC connector. It shows 4-Pin DIN Male connector which is unusual for this hobby.

Peter


On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 03:38 PM, Michael Fulbright wrote:
What about this style DC switching medical supply from Meanwell?

https://www.jameco.com/z/GSM120B15-R7B-MEAN-WELL-AC-to-DC-Switching-Medical-Table-Top-Power-Supply-Single-Output-15-Volts-7-Amps-105-Watts_2214299.html

Thank You,
Michael Fulbright


Re: Problem with GOTOs in Keypad

R Edelson
 

Interesting I have that too with Messier objects but since I use APCC I just use TheSkyX to slew to objects. The keypad can slew to stars fine. I updated the keypad to 4.19 a while ago with no issues. My mount is a 1200 built in 2008 so the keypad is the same age.  How would I check the battery status on the keypad?

Richard


Re: Mean Well power supply question

Michael Fulbright <mike.fulbright@...>
 

On 11/7/19 6:26 PM, Mike Dodd wrote:
On 11/7/2019 3:32 PM, Horia wrote:

That power supply is not intended to be used as a stand alone device. It
is actually an OEM part, and the expectation is that it will be mounted
in an protective enclosure of sorts.
Good point. I'll look into mounting it in a PVC or metal outdoor box.

Your concern about the exposed AC
terminals is absolutely right. The RTV silicone solution is not.
Why not RTV?

--- Mike



Re: Mean Well power supply question

Mike Dodd
 

On 11/7/2019 3:32 PM, Horia wrote:

That power supply is not intended to be used as a stand alone device. It
is actually an OEM part, and the expectation is that it will be mounted
in an protective enclosure of sorts.
Good point. I'll look into mounting it in a PVC or metal outdoor box.

Your concern about the exposed AC
terminals is absolutely right. The RTV silicone solution is not.
Why not RTV?

--- Mike


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

Roland Christen
 

If you set it to EXT, you will never have to disconnect it, and it will function for you in numerous ways without ever creating a problem. That's the reason we put this mode in there.

Roland



-----Original Message-----
From: steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Nov 7, 2019 3:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] why when I plate solve is my APCC RA off by an hour

Thanks Rolando I disconnected it.

steve


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:20 AM
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
 
Make sure that your hand controller is set to EXT so that it does not send time, date and location to the mount when power is applied. EXT allows the mount to be properly initialized by the ASCOM driver on your laptop.

Roland





-----Original Message-----
From: steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Nov 6, 2019 10:46 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] why when I plate solve is my APCC RA off by an hour

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.
>





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

steven ho
 

Thanks Rolando I disconnected it.

steve


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:20 AM
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
 
Make sure that your hand controller is set to EXT so that it does not send time, date and location to the mount when power is applied. EXT allows the mount to be properly initialized by the ASCOM driver on your laptop.

Roland





-----Original Message-----
From: steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Nov 6, 2019 10:46 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] why when I plate solve is my APCC RA off by an hour

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.
>





Re: Mean Well power supply question

Mike C
 

Thanks for the link. I would mount a P/S like that in a NEMA or UL rated weatherproof enclosure of some kind.


On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 11:32 AM Horia <ATM@...> wrote:

Mike,

That power supply is not intended to be used as a stand alone device. It is actually an OEM part, and the expectation is that it will be mounted in an protective enclosure of sorts. Your concern about the exposed AC terminals is absolutely right. The RTV silicone solution is not.

 

Kind regards,

Horia

 


Re: Mean Well power supply question

Horia
 

Mike,

That power supply is not intended to be used as a stand alone device. It is actually an OEM part, and the expectation is that it will be mounted in an protective enclosure of sorts. Your concern about the exposed AC terminals is absolutely right. The RTV silicone solution is not.

 

Kind regards,

Horia

 


Re: Mean Well power supply question

Mike Dodd
 

On 11/7/2019 1:31 PM, tomlin wrote:
You can use a DVM or digital volt meter to check any power supply as
long as the power supply voltage does not exceed the meter rating.
Yes. I have many decades experience designing, building, and using electronics, and I am familiar with DMMs.

I just wanted to confirm that the Mean Well supply still works correctly if the negative output terminal is connected to its case via the AP1200 mount and other common/ground connections such as the RS-232 cable to the PC, etc.

Per Roland, that seems to be the case -- no problem.

--- Mike


Re: Mean Well power supply question

tomlin
 

You can use a DVM or digital volt meter to check any power supply as long as the power supply voltage does not exceed the meter rating.

Make sure the DVM leads are attached to the DVM properly, ie black goes to Common on the meter.

Use the DVM (turn the switch to DC volts mode) to measure the power supply outputs. If you put the red meter lead on the red power supply connection (+) and the black meter lead on the black power supply connection (-), it should indicate a positive reading. If you switch the leads at either the power supply or the meter, the reading will be the same except that it will have a minus sign ( - ) in front of it.

Ray


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:56 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mean Well power supply question
 
Yes, the negative terminal is always the ground terminal which is also connected to the case.

Roland



-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Dodd <mike@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Nov 7, 2019 9:47 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Mean Well power supply question

A week or two ago, Roland stated that the Mean Well works fine with A-P
mounts. I bought a 15V model, and have a question.

The AC line input ground terminal is connected to the metal case, as it
should be. The + and - DC output terminals are isolated from the case.

The power connector on my AP1200 connects the negative wire to the metal
mount case.

QUESTION: Does the Mean Well power supply work OK with the negative DC
terminal connected to ground (case) through the AP12o00 power cable?

I assume it does, but I'd just like confirmation before I connect it.

Thanks.

--
Mike

Mike Dodd
Louisa County, Virginia USA
http://astronomy.mdodd.com



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