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Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

Greg Salyer
 

Can we hear a bit about this new keypad? Is it a firmware upgrade to the existing hardware or something totally new? Is it usable in daylight as well as night conditions? I know there’s been a lot of discussions in this forum about new keypad functions and assumed it was targeted at the CP4 but I didn’t know it was a new product.

Greg

On Jan 15, 2020, at 12:10 PM, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:



Just to clarify. The CP4 version that will be required for the keypad has not been released yet.

 

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 uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:08 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

 

The new keypad requires a CP4, will not work with the CP3.

In order to take full advantage of all the new keypad features, the CP4 will need the latest software download which is quick and easy to do over the internet.

 

Roland

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Berta <biker123@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Jan 14, 2020 2:57 pm
Subject: Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

Roland....I have both a 900 CP3 and 1100 mount with CP4. Once the keypad is updated to this new version will it still work with the CP3 box? Both CP 3 and 4 and hand controller are already updated t the latest version of firmware.


Re: OT Equipment insurance

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Mike, echoing what Steven said - for sure go through a broker who will be able to shop around. Specific points per your first e-mail:

I took pics of EVERYTHING. I supplied receipts for stuff I bought new; e-mail / paypal correspondence for stuff bought used.
I too screen captures of equivalent items for sale on Astromart if the items were no longer available new and included those.
I put all the detail in a spreadsheet plus the screen captures, mailed it to my broker and asked for e-mail confirmation that it was a) received and b) what they needed to PROMISE that my stuff was insured per my policy.

One thing that came out right away was that my home owner insurance covered cameras, bikes etc until I mentioned how much I paid for said camera gear and bikes at which point the broker yelled Whoa!!! and I was told that kids bikes and basic cameras were included but my stuff for sure NOT included under a basic homeowners policy. So they added a "Jewelry" rider that covers cameras and expensive stuff above the threshold of the homeowner's plan.


On Tue, 14 Jan 2020 at 20:31, Mike Shade <mshade@q.com> wrote:

Thanks, looking into that option.  I am rural, might be a bit of a challenge, but will try.

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steven Steven
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 5:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] OT Equipment insurance

 

Hi Mike,

 

I use a well-established Insurance Broker for ALL my insurance including astronomy, IT, aircraft, as well as household, buildings and personal/accident, etc. A broker has access to many different insurers and can explain their policies and how to make claims, what they'll need, etc. That is the way to do it. Insurance companies direct cannot be relied on unless you happen to really be in the know how they do things, and if you should have a claim, a broker will ascertain that you get the best service, and better sleep. Premium costs are not much higher - an unpaid claim can exceed anything you could pay in premiums.

 

Steve

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Mike Shade <mshade@q.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 7:09 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] OT Equipment insurance

 

I am having a bit of a problem with my insurance company.  Like many I have a few telescopes, mounts, and associated equipment.  I was told that the equipment was covered under the "personal property" section of my policy and I increased my coverage a year ago to cover the estimated value.  My wife offered recently that I double check to make sure since the equipment is in an observatory on the property.

 

My insurance company agent is not helpful.  They are wanting appraisals, receipts, pictures, descriptions, maybe an inspection and possibly security measures for the observatory.  I asked who would be able to appraise said equipment.  Silence.  I know what some of the current cost is for some of it as it is still being produced.  However, some of it is no longer being produced (like my 1200GTO mount).  As I have been doing this for 45 years, I have a pretty good idea as to value.  I also offered that some was purchased private party, no receipts or they are long gone, or it was say 12 years ago.  They are not helping to solve a problem they created and I am getting somewhat frustrated.

 

So, how do people insure equipment?  I don't need to know who has what or the value, just how is specific equipment covered.

 

Thanks for any useful information.

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

 


--

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


Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

 

Just to clarify. The CP4 version that will be required for the keypad has not been released yet.

 

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 uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:08 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

 

The new keypad requires a CP4, will not work with the CP3.

In order to take full advantage of all the new keypad features, the CP4 will need the latest software download which is quick and easy to do over the internet.

 

Roland

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Berta <biker123@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Jan 14, 2020 2:57 pm
Subject: Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

Roland....I have both a 900 CP3 and 1100 mount with CP4. Once the keypad is updated to this new version will it still work with the CP3 box? Both CP 3 and 4 and hand controller are already updated t the latest version of firmware.


Re: Plate solving with SGP, AP900 Mount and APCC

Ray Gralak
 

Hi John,

I have tried to change to J2000 in both the SGP Plate solver parameters and in APCC but still no luck - or
should SGP be J2000 and APCC as JNow?
There is no setting in APCC to use J2000.0. APCC is always using local apparent.

Are you using APCC Standard, or Pro? If Pro, are you using APPM for modeling?

Assuming you are using APCC Pro and trying to build a model:

In APPM settings menu, turn on Settings->Plate Solved Images->Save failed Solves only. This will save any failed images for later inspection. In APPM when doing a pointing run you can double click any failed line to bring up a view of the failed image in the default FITS viewer on your computer. Inspect the image for quality problems like focus, trailing, lack of stars (i.e. clouds), etc.

The only real plate solve setting(s) you can supply to SGPro in APPM are X/Y image scale, and that should not change unless you change the camera (pixel size), or telescope (focal length), or if you add/remove a focal reducer, field flattener, or barlow (focal length). So, once you get a known good plate solve you can turn off the option in APPM to "Refine image scale from next solved image".

That said, if plate solves are failing you should enable "Try All-Sky Plate Solving if available" in APPM. If a plate solve fails then APPM will try again using the option to search the entire sky.

Lastly,in APPM try enabling "Use last plate solve's offset as hint for next plate solve". This can significantly reduce plate solve time because any RA/Dec offset from the previous good plate solve will be added to the next plate solves' RA/Dec.

Of course all of the above only applies when using APPM. If you are just using SGPro then you will need to look at its settings. In that case you might want to ask on the Main Sequence forum, as these parameters are relevant to all scopes and mount types, not just APCC/APPM.

-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 John Kazanas
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:37 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Plate solving with SGP, AP900 Mount and APCC

Hi everyone,

I have an AP900 mount and use the AP APCC software to control it as well as SGP.

I cannot get SGP to plate solve correctly any more and I always seem to by off by about 10-15% of the
Width/Height of the image in both Dec and RA. Luckily I bookmark my star guide position in PHD2 and can
manually return to the same position.

I have tried to change to J2000 in both the SGP Plate solver parameters and in APCC but still no luck - or
should SGP be J2000 and APCC as JNow?

Can someone using APCC and an AP mount advise on what the settings should be in APCC and SGP?

Appreciate it.

Clear skies,


John Kazanas


Plate solving with SGP, AP900 Mount and APCC

John Kazanas
 

Hi everyone,

I have an AP900 mount and use the AP APCC software to control it as well as SGP.

I cannot get SGP to plate solve correctly any more and I always seem to by off by about 10-15% of the Width/Height of the image in both Dec and RA. Luckily I bookmark my star guide position in PHD2 and can manually return to the same position.

I have tried to change to J2000 in both the SGP Plate solver parameters and in APCC but still no luck - or should SGP be J2000 and APCC as JNow?

Can someone using APCC and an AP mount advise on what the settings should be in APCC and SGP?

Appreciate it.

Clear skies,


John Kazanas


Re: OT Equipment insurance

Mike Shade
 

Thanks, looking into that option.  I am rural, might be a bit of a challenge, but will try.

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steven Steven
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 5:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] OT Equipment insurance

 

Hi Mike,

 

I use a well-established Insurance Broker for ALL my insurance including astronomy, IT, aircraft, as well as household, buildings and personal/accident, etc. A broker has access to many different insurers and can explain their policies and how to make claims, what they'll need, etc. That is the way to do it. Insurance companies direct cannot be relied on unless you happen to really be in the know how they do things, and if you should have a claim, a broker will ascertain that you get the best service, and better sleep. Premium costs are not much higher - an unpaid claim can exceed anything you could pay in premiums.

 

Steve

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Mike Shade <mshade@q.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 7:09 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] OT Equipment insurance

 

I am having a bit of a problem with my insurance company.  Like many I have a few telescopes, mounts, and associated equipment.  I was told that the equipment was covered under the "personal property" section of my policy and I increased my coverage a year ago to cover the estimated value.  My wife offered recently that I double check to make sure since the equipment is in an observatory on the property.

 

My insurance company agent is not helpful.  They are wanting appraisals, receipts, pictures, descriptions, maybe an inspection and possibly security measures for the observatory.  I asked who would be able to appraise said equipment.  Silence.  I know what some of the current cost is for some of it as it is still being produced.  However, some of it is no longer being produced (like my 1200GTO mount).  As I have been doing this for 45 years, I have a pretty good idea as to value.  I also offered that some was purchased private party, no receipts or they are long gone, or it was say 12 years ago.  They are not helping to solve a problem they created and I am getting somewhat frustrated.

 

So, how do people insure equipment?  I don't need to know who has what or the value, just how is specific equipment covered.

 

Thanks for any useful information.

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

 


Re: OT Equipment insurance

Mike <wildwood7711@...>
 

Make sure you get replacement coverage!


On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 06:19:59 PM CST, Steven Steven <steven447@...> wrote:


Hi Mike,

I use a well-established Insurance Broker for ALL my insurance including astronomy, IT, aircraft, as well as household, buildings and personal/accident, etc. A broker has access to many different insurers and can explain their policies and how to make claims, what they'll need, etc. That is the way to do it. Insurance companies direct cannot be relied on unless you happen to really be in the know how they do things, and if you should have a claim, a broker will ascertain that you get the best service, and better sleep. Premium costs are not much higher - an unpaid claim can exceed anything you could pay in premiums.

Steve


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Mike Shade <mshade@q.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 7:09 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] OT Equipment insurance
 

I am having a bit of a problem with my insurance company.  Like many I have a few telescopes, mounts, and associated equipment.  I was told that the equipment was covered under the "personal property" section of my policy and I increased my coverage a year ago to cover the estimated value.  My wife offered recently that I double check to make sure since the equipment is in an observatory on the property.

 

My insurance company agent is not helpful.  They are wanting appraisals, receipts, pictures, descriptions, maybe an inspection and possibly security measures for the observatory.  I asked who would be able to appraise said equipment.  Silence.  I know what some of the current cost is for some of it as it is still being produced.  However, some of it is no longer being produced (like my 1200GTO mount).  As I have been doing this for 45 years, I have a pretty good idea as to value.  I also offered that some was purchased private party, no receipts or they are long gone, or it was say 12 years ago.  They are not helping to solve a problem they created and I am getting somewhat frustrated.

 

So, how do people insure equipment?  I don't need to know who has what or the value, just how is specific equipment covered.

 

Thanks for any useful information.

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

 


Re: OT Equipment insurance

Steven
 

Hi Mike,

I use a well-established Insurance Broker for ALL my insurance including astronomy, IT, aircraft, as well as household, buildings and personal/accident, etc. A broker has access to many different insurers and can explain their policies and how to make claims, what they'll need, etc. That is the way to do it. Insurance companies direct cannot be relied on unless you happen to really be in the know how they do things, and if you should have a claim, a broker will ascertain that you get the best service, and better sleep. Premium costs are not much higher - an unpaid claim can exceed anything you could pay in premiums.

Steve


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Mike Shade <mshade@q.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 7:09 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] OT Equipment insurance
 

I am having a bit of a problem with my insurance company.  Like many I have a few telescopes, mounts, and associated equipment.  I was told that the equipment was covered under the "personal property" section of my policy and I increased my coverage a year ago to cover the estimated value.  My wife offered recently that I double check to make sure since the equipment is in an observatory on the property.

 

My insurance company agent is not helpful.  They are wanting appraisals, receipts, pictures, descriptions, maybe an inspection and possibly security measures for the observatory.  I asked who would be able to appraise said equipment.  Silence.  I know what some of the current cost is for some of it as it is still being produced.  However, some of it is no longer being produced (like my 1200GTO mount).  As I have been doing this for 45 years, I have a pretty good idea as to value.  I also offered that some was purchased private party, no receipts or they are long gone, or it was say 12 years ago.  They are not helping to solve a problem they created and I am getting somewhat frustrated.

 

So, how do people insure equipment?  I don't need to know who has what or the value, just how is specific equipment covered.

 

Thanks for any useful information.

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

 


OT Equipment insurance

Mike Shade
 

I am having a bit of a problem with my insurance company.  Like many I have a few telescopes, mounts, and associated equipment.  I was told that the equipment was covered under the "personal property" section of my policy and I increased my coverage a year ago to cover the estimated value.  My wife offered recently that I double check to make sure since the equipment is in an observatory on the property.

 

My insurance company agent is not helpful.  They are wanting appraisals, receipts, pictures, descriptions, maybe an inspection and possibly security measures for the observatory.  I asked who would be able to appraise said equipment.  Silence.  I know what some of the current cost is for some of it as it is still being produced.  However, some of it is no longer being produced (like my 1200GTO mount).  As I have been doing this for 45 years, I have a pretty good idea as to value.  I also offered that some was purchased private party, no receipts or they are long gone, or it was say 12 years ago.  They are not helping to solve a problem they created and I am getting somewhat frustrated.

 

So, how do people insure equipment?  I don't need to know who has what or the value, just how is specific equipment covered.

 

Thanks for any useful information.

 

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

 


Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

Roland Christen
 

The new keypad requires a CP4, will not work with the CP3.
In order to take full advantage of all the new keypad features, the CP4 will need the latest software download which is quick and easy to do over the internet.

Roland



-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Berta <biker123@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Jan 14, 2020 2:57 pm
Subject: Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

Roland....I have both a 900 CP3 and 1100 mount with CP4. Once the keypad is updated to this new version will it still work with the CP3 box? Both CP 3 and 4 and hand controller are already updated t the latest version of firmware.


Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

Robert Berta
 

Roland....I have both a 900 CP3 and 1100 mount with CP4. Once the keypad is updated to this new version will it still work with the CP3 box? Both CP 3 and 4 and hand controller are already updated t the latest version of firmware.


Re: Cleanly forcing the driver to exit: WAS:: RE: [ap-gto] Cannot Seem to Keep the Same Virtual Ports

Jerome A Yesavage
 

Thanks Ray, I have made note of this.  Since your last comment and my checking of that advanced setting, has been opening and closing properly. 

The code snippet is helpful anyhow as it is another piece of programming know-how to archive. 

I'll be posting a few more questions as we are fine-tuning the system. 

Thanks again,

JY


Re: Questions about APPM

Worsel
 

Thanks, Ray! 

Bryan


Re: Questions about APPM

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Bryan,

1. Page 214 of the APPC-Pro manual says "For additional tips and unique ways to use APPM, see the
Advanced Topics section."
I cannot find an Advanced Topics section anywhere in the APCC-Pro manual. Can you point me in the right
direction, please?
That sentence should probably be removed. The idea behind APPM is just to collect data points that can be used to create pointing and tracking rate models.

2. If I generate a PNT file in APPM and then load it into APCC-Pro, is there anyway to revert to the pre-existing
pointing and tracking in order to compare images with and without the model. Just unchecking the 2
Corrections boxes in the Operations section of the Point Model tab does not seem to have an effect.
Unchecking the boxes will change the rate and pointing position. If you look at the values on the tab and the rates sent to the mount, you will see that they change. The tracking rate change can be subtle because the modeling is only a refinement over the already excellent tracking of the mount.

3. Is the pointing model that is loaded into the mount stored in the mount or just in the APPM files, i.e. after
parking, closing APCC-Pro, and shutting down the equipment, then restarting everything, do I have to reload
the model?
APPM creates output files with a PNT file extension. The PNT files essentially store data points APPM captured throughout the sky.

The actual pointing and tracking rate models are created by APCC Pro when APCC Pro loads a PNT file, which automatically happens when APCC Pro starts. You do not need to reload the model by hand but you do need to start APCC Pro to be able to use the pointing/tracking rate modeling. These models are not stored in the mount.

-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 Worsel via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2020 8:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Questions about APPM

I have been able to exercise APCC-Pro/APPM a little during bright moon and am pleased so far.

I have some questions.

1. Page 214 of the APPC-Pro manual says "For additional tips and unique ways to use APPM, see the
Advanced Topics section."
I cannot find an Advanced Topics section anywhere in the APCC-Pro manual. Can you point me in the right
direction, please?

2. If I generate a PNT file in APPM and then load it into APCC-Pro, is there anyway to revert to the pre-existing
pointing and tracking in order to compare images with and without the model. Just unchecking the 2
Corrections boxes in the Operations section of the Point Model tab does not seem to have an effect.

3. Is the pointing model that is loaded into the mount stored in the mount or just in the APPM files, i.e. after
parking, closing APCC-Pro, and shutting down the equipment, then restarting everything, do I have to reload
the model?



Thanks!

Bryan


Questions about APPM

Worsel
 

I have been able to exercise APCC-Pro/APPM a little during bright moon and am pleased so far. 

I have some questions.

1.  Page 214 of the APPC-Pro manual says "For additional tips and unique ways to use APPM, see the Advanced Topics section."
I cannot find an Advanced Topics section anywhere in the APCC-Pro manual.  Can you point me in the right direction, please?

2. If I generate a PNT file in APPM and then load it into APCC-Pro, is there anyway to revert to the pre-existing pointing and tracking in order to compare images with and without the model.  Just unchecking the 2 Corrections boxes in the Operations section of the Point Model tab does not seem to have an effect.

3.  Is the pointing model that is loaded into the mount stored in the mount or just in the APPM files, i.e. after parking, closing APCC-Pro, and shutting down the equipment, then restarting everything, do I have to reload the model?



Thanks!

Bryan


Re: Cannot Seem to Keep the Same Virtual Ports

Jerome A Yesavage
 

Just some follow-up, that shut-down checkbox seems crucial... has been running 3 days and nights perfectly... my fingers are crossed.  These setting will be saved in three places.


Re: Invalid ISO error when running APPM to SGPro PlateSolve

Worsel
 

Dale

I have a Canon T3i and a 6D.  I went back and checked and you are correct about the 'limitations.'


1. Exposures > 30s = Bulb mode
2. Exposures between 1s and 30s = Manual or Bulb modes
3. Exposures < 1s = Manual mode


Bryan


Re: Pulse Guide

Clement Elechi
 

Thanks, Steve.  I could never decide just what it was used for.

Clem

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On Monday, January 6, 2020, 8:29:06 PM EST, Steven Panish <scpanish@...> wrote:


Clem,

I've tried pulse-guide.  It is on the disk that came with my used 1200, and you can upgrade to the latest version.  It does not do what is now referred to as "pulse guiding", which is an alternative to using ST4.

The program allows you to track the variation in RA and DEC drift from sidereal in a chosen sky location, and then either set the corrected rate on the mount, or pulse it over time.  So it corrects for drift that a good PA won't correct.  But if you are guiding, I think it is superfluous.

I'm a newbie so it's nice to be able to contribute!

Steve



Re: Cannot Seem to Keep the Same Virtual Ports

 

Ray

I swear you posted a .bat file that deletes all the virtual ports, and I thought it was on this thread.

I know i'm not imagining it,but can you either upload again or point me to where that was?

Brian


Re: Pulse Guide

Steven Panish
 

Clem,

I've tried pulse-guide.  It is on the disk that came with my used 1200, and you can upgrade to the latest version.  It does not do what is now referred to as "pulse guiding", which is an alternative to using ST4.

The program allows you to track the variation in RA and DEC drift from sidereal in a chosen sky location, and then either set the corrected rate on the mount, or pulse it over time.  So it corrects for drift that a good PA won't correct.  But if you are guiding, I think it is superfluous.

I'm a newbie so it's nice to be able to contribute!

Steve

On Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 1:31 PM Clement Elechi <celechi@...> wrote:
Hello all,

The software Pulse Guide is in the CD that came with my mount.  I see that it is still listed in Ray Gralak's website.  I have never used it and I have not seen any mention of it in any of the forum discussions.  Does anyone still use this or has its function been superseded by some other program like the ASCOM driver or APCC?

Thanks,

Clem

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