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

Donald Rudny
 

Is AP investigating this issue?  I have had occasional drops with my iPad and SkySafari won’t reconnect unless I reboot the CP4.  The iPad is still connected to the CP4 WiFi, but when I disconnect and reconnect it asks for the password and if I put it in, it won’t connect, so I park the scope with APCC and re-power the system and everything is good.  It is a rare occasional event, but my friend who has a Mach 1 and 1100 has frequent drops with the same symptoms.  I think he reported it to AP and they told him it was something with his system.  He just hard wires it now.  With all these reports, I’m not buying that it’s other things.  There must be something going on with the CP4.

Don

Don Rudny
P.O. Box 106
Pepeekeo, HI 96783-0106

312-209-5870

On Nov 25, 2019, at 12:47 PM, Robert Berta <biker123@...> wrote:

I have both the original SkyFi and also the latest version 3. The difference is the original used AdHoc wireless which wasn't supported with most Android devices but Iphone/Ipad worked. The latest version no longer uses AdHoc wireless so works great with Android....and over longer distances also. I use with Sky Safari with both a Samsung 7s phone and a Samsung tablet both running Android.
I still wish AP could get their CP4 wireless to work correctly.  I added a 1100 CP4 to my 900 CP3 for my observatory in the Summer of 2016. The wireless capability was one of the main plus points for going that way but sadly hasn't worked out. 
As noted in one of the my posts above....I have tested the AP CP4 extensively with Howard's suggestions and it didn't cure the problem. Oh well........


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

Kent10
 

I have the old Asus Nexus 7,  I'll have to give it a try.  I have been using the AP keypad but the database is somewhat limited and so I would like to get Sky Safari working too.


How to run Sky Safari on a Windows 10 PC

Robert Berta
 

COOL TIP ALERT:  I found that there is a free app called XePlayer (Google to find)  for Windows 10 PCs. It allows me to run any Android app flawlessly on a Win 10 PC. I use it to run Sky Safari Pro on my PC....it runs the mount via wireless (SkyFi)  with no issues other than I can't point the lap top at the sky to see what is there since the PC doesn't have a compass. The app creates a partition that is Android....just load any app from Play Store in it and runs great. All files are invisible to the PC file explorer. You need to also download a file viewer Android App from the PLAY STORE if you want to see those files. That free app was designed to run Android game apps on PCs but it works for any Android app. 
It is great that now I can run both imaging capture program and SkyFi from one computer instead of having to use a tablet or cell phone for the planetarium program and the image capture program (Maxim DL) from another laptop. 


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

Robert Berta
 

This will work with Ipad or Iphone but will NOT work with most Android Tablets or Phones since Android does not support AdHoc wireless with the exception of older ASUS Android tablets. The latest Sky/Fi 3 uses an improved wifi and now works fine with Android devices such as my Samsung Phone and Tablet. The settings you mentioned are the correct ones for either setup. The newer SkyFi also can be used at much longer distances and also has on board USB support for mounts that use that such as latest Celestron and Ioptron (which I also use). 


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

Kent10
 

Thanks Robert.  I didn't know that.  I use Android.  I am going to try my old SkyFi and if that doesn't work I will consider version 3 or should I get an ipad instead.  Unless someone figures out how to get the CP4 wifi to work consistently :o)


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

Robert Berta
 

I have both the original SkyFi and also the latest version 3. The difference is the original used AdHoc wireless which wasn't supported with most Android devices but Iphone/Ipad worked. The latest version no longer uses AdHoc wireless so works great with Android....and over longer distances also. I use with Sky Safari with both a Samsung 7s phone and a Samsung tablet both running Android.
I still wish AP could get their CP4 wireless to work correctly.  I added a 1100 CP4 to my 900 CP3 for my observatory in the Summer of 2016. The wireless capability was one of the main plus points for going that way but sadly hasn't worked out. 
As noted in one of the my posts above....I have tested the AP CP4 extensively with Howard's suggestions and it didn't cure the problem. Oh well........


Re: APPM error message

Bill Long
 

Ray wrote the software, if he says it wont work with DLSR RAW file format, its a safe bet that he's right.



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler@...>
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2019 9:42 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APPM error message
 
The dark frame issue is a possibility...I will try unchecking.


Re: APPM error message

Konstantin von Poschinger
 

Hi Peter,

have you tried take an image with your setup and then to solve it in the Pinpoint setup in APPM?

Konstantin

Konstantin v. Poschinger

Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171 1983476

Am 25.11.2019 um 18:42 schrieb Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler@...>:

The dark frame issue is a possibility...I will try unchecking.


Re: APPM error message

Peter Bresler
 

The dark frame issue is a possibility...I will try unchecking.


Re: APC exit stops tracking

Ray Gralak
 

When I exit APCC the mount tracking stops. How can that be prevented?
It's not recommended because it's a safety feature, but you can do that by disabling Safety Park.

BTW, the mount does not stop tracking immediately, but will stop within the Safety Park time interval, which defaults to 1 minute. You can set it for a longer duration if needed.

-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: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of drgert1 via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2019 12:11 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APC exit stops tracking

Hi All,

When I exit APCC the mount tracking stops. How can that be prevented?

Thanks,
Gert


APC exit stops tracking

drgert1
 

Hi All,

When I exit APCC the mount tracking stops. How can that be prevented?

Thanks,
Gert


Re: RA drift question via RA correction method

Steven Panish
 

Here is a link with the theory behind directional drift due polar misalignment.  May help.


Steve 


On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 7:55 AM Suresh Mohan <drsureshmohan@...> wrote:
Is it because earth rotates the fastest near equator ? I mean is that the only reason ?
Suresh
> On 24-Nov-2019, at 10:50 AM, Suresh Mohan via Groups.Io <drsureshmohan=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> 
> Hello ,
>     I was reading Roland s RA drift alignment procedure where he mentions , the closer you are to the equator greater would be the RA drift . Why so ?
> Thanks
> Suresh
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Re: APPM error message

Ray Gralak
 

Geof wrote:
I'm wondering whether the dark subtract is the difference
that's causing the failure....
Geof, that's a good catch. Peter, you should turn off Dark Subtract.

Also, Peter, I don't see a screen shot of the Plate Solve tab, so can you attach a screen shot of that tab.

And, you *must* use FITS. Your screen shot shows you have RAW setting. Do not use RAW as that will certainly cause a failure.

Lastly, I would like to see your logs if turning off dark subtract and using the FITS setting doesn't work. You can use APCC's Log
Zipper to zip the logs. You can run it from APPM as I have shown in the attachment. Then attach the zip file to a post here.

-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 Geof Lewis
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2019 8:32 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APPM error message

Hi,
I know nothing of APPM/APPC, but I notice that you have the dark subtract checkbox checked, so do you have a
dark frame to be applied to your light frame when performing plate solves. I may be way off target (no pun
intended), but if plate solves are working with SGP/PS2, I'm wondering whether the dark subtract is the difference
that's causing the failure....
Just a thought.....
Regards,

Geof

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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Peter Bresler via Groups.Io
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Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2019 4:09 pm
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APPM error message

Conditions were excellent last night and I was still getting "failed" and the "image path not found" error message. I
tried both FIT (which was the default) and RAW outputs. Here are screenshots.


Re: APPM error message

Steve Reilly
 

Not to beat this horse but you have been told several times that it needs to be FIT so why do you continue to try RAW as well? It also sounds like the image path is either incorrect or not set. Have you investigated that. Try one problem at a time and start with you file type setting being left at FIT.

 

-Steve

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Peter Bresler via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2019 11:09 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APPM error message

 

Conditions were excellent last night and I was still getting "failed" and the "image path not found" error message. I tried both FIT (which was the default) and RAW outputs. Here are screenshots.


Re: APPM error message

Geof Lewis
 

Hi,
I know nothing of APPM/APPC, but I notice that you have the dark subtract checkbox checked, so do you have a dark frame to be applied to your light frame when performing plate solves. I may be way off target (no pun intended), but if plate solves are working with SGP/PS2, I’m wondering whether the dark subtract is the difference that’s causing the failure....
Just a thought.....
Regards,

Geof


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2019 4:09 pm
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APPM error message
 
Conditions were excellent last night and I was still getting "failed" and the "image path not found" error message. I tried both FIT (which was the default) and RAW outputs. Here are screenshots.


Re: APPM error message

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Peter, this might have been addressed in the barrage of posts on this but I had a problem for a while that is similar to this and it turned out that the target folder had its privileges changed in a windows update so my software couldn't write to it. 

Try going to the folder and confirm that your user id (vs. admin) has read/write permissions to that folder.


On Sun, 24 Nov 2019 at 11:09, Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Conditions were excellent last night and I was still getting "failed" and the "image path not found" error message. I tried both FIT (which was the default) and RAW outputs. Here are screenshots.


--

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

steven ho
 

A VERY good WIFI signal strength analyzer for Android phones (FREE) is ....

Turns your android phone into a Wi-Fi analyzer!! Shows the Wi-Fi channels around you. Helps you to find a less crowded channel for your wireless router.
play.google.com


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

Kent10
 

Thanks very much, Robin.  This helps a lot.  I will give all your settings a try sometime.  Thanks again!


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

Robin Clark <robinandcurtis.clark@...>
 

I'm using an older SkyFi unit (the one without the rechargeable battery built-in). I've not had any problems getting it to work with my 1600 CP4 and my iPad Pro. My configuration settings in SkySafari are:

Scope type: Astro-Physics GTO
Mount type: Equatorial GoTo (German)
Auto-Detect SkyFi: off
IP Address: 10.0.0.1
Port Number: 4030

It's connected via a USB cable to the USB port on my CP4. Hope this helps.

-Robin


Re: APPM error message

Peter Bresler
 

Conditions were excellent last night and I was still getting "failed" and the "image path not found" error message. I tried both FIT (which was the default) and RAW outputs. Here are screenshots.

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