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Re: New Keypad Software

George
 

I should add that the earliest keypads…approximately 1565GTO and earlier…will not accept the v5.xx firmware, as they do not have the available memory.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of George
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 10:39 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New Keypad Software

 

Peter,

 

All Keypads can accept firmware version up to v4.19.3.   Version v5.xx will require a CP4 or CP5.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Peter Bresler via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:21 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] New Keypad Software

 

I fairly recently received an email announcing new keypad software. Unfortunately it appears that my keypad is too old to accept it. Can someone please redirect me to this information?


Re: New Keypad Software

George
 

Peter,

 

All Keypads can accept firmware version up to v4.19.3.   Version v5.xx will require a CP4 or CP5.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Peter Bresler via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:21 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] New Keypad Software

 

I fairly recently received an email announcing new keypad software. Unfortunately it appears that my keypad is too old to accept it. Can someone please redirect me to this information?


Re: Changing Counter weight and pierside orientation

Roland Christen
 

Best way to always have the scope point correctly when you first get a mount is to send the mount to Park3. Then place the telescope into the rings, loosen the clutches, manually move the axes until the front of the telescope points toward the pole. Tighten the clutches. That's it, you are done.

Then I usually checkpark1, 2, 4, 5 to make sure that all parks are in the correct orientation. This is simply a first time double check that also will familiarize you with the actual orientations that your scope will swing thru. After that simply bring up a star or object and slew to it. Guaranteed to work properly if your time setting in your planetarium of keypad is correct. You will for sure bring the object very close to the center of your eyepiece/imaging camera.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Max Mirot via Groups.Io <titansmoons@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Jan 22, 2020 9:37 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Changing Counter weight and pierside orientation

I am a new owner of a 1100AE. Off course,  my first RCal/sync put the counter weight up rather than down.  Otherwise, the scope was pointing correcting. Eventually, I was able to fix this but it required physical interaction with mount.
I could not any action to change counter weight position or pier side using the  APCC or AP driver. Does this feature exist?   It would be very helpful to use in this situation.

Thanks

Max


Re: Advantages of Meridian features

Roland Christen
 


Does using a the same side tracking model help with unguided imaging?
Yes, you can create a tracking model with counterweight up.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Max Mirot via Groups.Io <titansmoons@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Jan 22, 2020 9:37 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Advantages of Meridian features

I find the new Meridian features very interesting.
Most automation software does a pretty good just of flipping the mount now a days. So I ask what are the main advantages?

Obviously, there is some lost time if you have to flip.

Also, If you a have small chip on a OAG you have a lot of complexity after a flip.
You need a rotator to get the guide star back on the sensor if you flip too.

Are there other advantages?  Does using a the same side tracking model help with unguided imaging?

Thanks

Max


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

Robert Berta
 

As mentioned in above post....I have both a CP 3 with a 900 mount and a CP4 with new 1100 mount. It sounds like once the hand controller is updated it will no longer work with old CP3 box....or will it still work but will not give new features to CP3 (that would be ok by me)? Should I get another newer hand pad dedicated to CP4-1100 and keep old one for CP3-900 mount IF I want to have additional features on CP4 but still be able to use old CP3-900 mount. However, I like idea of backwards compatibility.


Re: Some new images

Robert Chozick <rchozick@...>
 

Beautiful images. Great job processing. 

Robert 


On Jan 22, 2020, at 9:50 AM, Karen Christen <karen@...> wrote:



Simply stunning, Jose.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen an image of NGC 1398 before.  Thanks to your work, it’s now one of my favorites.

Karen

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Jos? Joaqu?n P?rez Guy
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:17 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Some new images

 

Dear group, would like to share with you some images that I processed in the last months.

 

  • NGC 6752 : a big globular in Pavo (actually the third brightest after Omega Cen and 47Tuc)
  • NGC 1398 : galaxy in Fornax, exhibiting an interesting double ring
  • NGC 1531/1532 : a pair of interacting galaxies in Eridanus

Please review the NEW colum at my website :

 

 

Thanks for looking and best wishes,


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


gtocp4

Suresh Mohan
 

Hi friends ,
I own a Mach 1 and on my good day buy a AP 1100 . I have a gtocp3 controller that works super fine , pls tell me if I should buy a new controller and why ?
Thanks for your time
Suresh


Re: Some new images

Karen Christen
 

Simply stunning, Jose.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen an image of NGC 1398 before.  Thanks to your work, it’s now one of my favorites.

Karen

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Jos? Joaqu?n P?rez Guy
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:17 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Some new images

 

Dear group, would like to share with you some images that I processed in the last months.

 

  • NGC 6752 : a big globular in Pavo (actually the third brightest after Omega Cen and 47Tuc)
  • NGC 1398 : galaxy in Fornax, exhibiting an interesting double ring
  • NGC 1531/1532 : a pair of interacting galaxies in Eridanus

Please review the NEW colum at my website :

 

 

Thanks for looking and best wishes,


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Rotating pier adapter #Polar_Alignment

Mark
 

I may have a pier adapter for an AP 900GTO that rotates 360. Finding it is the problem…

It is machined for an ATS pier.

Mark


Changing Counter weight and pierside orientation

Max Mirot
 

I am a new owner of a 1100AE. Off course,  my first RCal/sync put the counter weight up rather than down.  Otherwise, the scope was pointing correcting. Eventually, I was able to fix this but it required physical interaction with mount.
I could not any action to change counter weight position or pier side using the  APCC or AP driver. Does this feature exist?   It would be very helpful to use in this situation.

Thanks

Max


Advantages of Meridian features

Max Mirot
 

I find the new Meridian features very interesting.
Most automation software does a pretty good just of flipping the mount now a days. So I ask what are the main advantages?

Obviously, there is some lost time if you have to flip.

Also, If you a have small chip on a OAG you have a lot of complexity after a flip.
You need a rotator to get the guide star back on the sensor if you flip too.

Are there other advantages?  Does using a the same side tracking model help with unguided imaging?

Thanks

Max


Re: New Keypad Software

Dean Jacobsen
 

Hi Peter, this is the latest that I have seen regarding the yet-to-be-released version 5 keypad upgrade:

https://ap-gto.groups.io/g/main/topic/upgrade_to_new_keypad_version/69318928?p=,,,20,0,0,0::recentpostdate%2Fsticky,,,20,2,0,69318928


Re: Some new images

REDIGER-LIZLOV Didier
 

hello very nice pictures from a very good site (we have also a new set up at El Sauce). a very good processing in my opinion.
thanks for sharing.


Didier REDIGER-LIZLOV


De : main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> de la part de Jos� Joaqu�n P�rez Guy <cotejardinero@...>
Envoyé : mercredi 22 janvier 2020 03:17
À : main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Objet : [ap-gto] Some new images
 
Dear group, would like to share with you some images that I processed in the last months.
 
  • NGC 6752 : a big globular in Pavo (actually the third brightest after Omega Cen and 47Tuc)
  • NGC 1398 : galaxy in Fornax, exhibiting an interesting double ring
  • NGC 1531/1532 : a pair of interacting galaxies in Eridanus
Please review the NEW colum at my website :
 
 
Thanks for looking and best wishes,


Re: Some new images

Jos� Joaqu�n P�rez Guy
 

Many thanks Don and Joe for your replies!

CS

Joaquín


Re: Some new images

Joe Renzetti <axnyslie@...>
 

Those are really nice well done!

Joe


On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 9:17 PM Jos� Joaqu�n P�rez Guy <cotejardinero@...> wrote:
Dear group, would like to share with you some images that I processed in the last months.
 
  • NGC 6752 : a big globular in Pavo (actually the third brightest after Omega Cen and 47Tuc)
  • NGC 1398 : galaxy in Fornax, exhibiting an interesting double ring
  • NGC 1531/1532 : a pair of interacting galaxies in Eridanus
Please review the NEW colum at my website :
 
 
Thanks for looking and best wishes,


Re: Some new images

Don Anderson
 

Beautiful images Jose! 

Don Anderson


On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 07:17:13 p.m. MST, Jos� Joaqu�n P�rez Guy <cotejardinero@...> wrote:


Dear group, would like to share with you some images that I processed in the last months.
 
  • NGC 6752 : a big globular in Pavo (actually the third brightest after Omega Cen and 47Tuc)
  • NGC 1398 : galaxy in Fornax, exhibiting an interesting double ring
  • NGC 1531/1532 : a pair of interacting galaxies in Eridanus
Please review the NEW colum at my website :
 
 
Thanks for looking and best wishes,


Some new images

Jos� Joaqu�n P�rez Guy
 

Dear group, would like to share with you some images that I processed in the last months.
 
  • NGC 6752 : a big globular in Pavo (actually the third brightest after Omega Cen and 47Tuc)
  • NGC 1398 : galaxy in Fornax, exhibiting an interesting double ring
  • NGC 1531/1532 : a pair of interacting galaxies in Eridanus
Please review the NEW colum at my website :
 
 
Thanks for looking and best wishes,


Re: New Keypad Software

Bill Long
 

https://www.astro-physics.info/index.htm?tech_support/mounts/keypad_update/419/419



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler@...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 5:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] New Keypad Software
 
I fairly recently received an email announcing new keypad software. Unfortunately it appears that my keypad is too old to accept it. Can someone please redirect me to this information?


New Keypad Software

Peter Bresler
 

I fairly recently received an email announcing new keypad software. Unfortunately it appears that my keypad is too old to accept it. Can someone please redirect me to this information?


Re: Rotating pier adapter #Polar_Alignment

Steven Panish
 

I may have missed what you have for a pier, but I have the RPA installed on a 10" schedule 20 pipe.   The RPA and other 10" adapters are held to a pier with 6 screws, which go through the pier pipe.  (Mine is a bit more complex but that's how the RPA is meant to be attached).  There are mechanical drawings on the AP website.  If you look at the 10" portable piers you can see how the holes are done.  This would allow you to rotate the RPA in 60 deg increments, not quite enough to get the 14 degree fine adjustment in the correct range.  

You could also buy one of the 10" portable piers which would likely work well if the trailer is big enough.   Very nice product and you can rotate as desired.  (I have an extra if you are interested).  

Steve

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