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Re: M106

steven ho
 

Based on everyone's feedback the image's purple-ish hue has been eliminated. Thank you!!


steve



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Sent: Monday, March 2, 2020 11:42 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M106
 
hello,
nice shoot but you have a blue and purple dominante. (on my calibrated screen)

Didier REDIGER-LIZLOV


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Envoyé : lundi 2 mars 2020 16:16
À : main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Objet : Re: [ap-gto] M106
 
VERY nice Steven! A tad purple on my screen but could just be my screen.


On Mon, 2 Mar 2020 at 00:11, steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...> wrote:
AP-1600AE, CDK17 &F LI16803

Finally clear skies during the new moon.


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Stuart
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Re: New APCC and ASCOM versions

Wayne Hixson
 

Thanks Marj and congratulations to all the folks at Astro-Physics on the shipping launch of what I’m sure will be another great A-P mount. 


On Mar 2, 2020, at 12:09 AM, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:



The download page for the newest versions of APCC has been uploaded with the correct links. I apologize for the confusion regarding the version numbers on the webpage a couple of days ago.

 

Important: you must install the newest version of the ASCOM V2 driver v5.30.07 from https://www.gralak.com/apdriver/

 

Note that a new safety park feature requires CP4 version P02-02 or later. This version is not quite ready for release for the CP4.  We are presently testing it. This feature is functional for the GTOCP5 that is used exclusively by the Mach2.

 

Have fun!

 

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

 


Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Wayne Hixson
 

I don’t know for sure, but I assume so. 


On Mar 2, 2020, at 6:51 AM, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:

On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 07:13 AM, Wayne Hixson wrote:
Dealer was notified that my mount was being shipped yesterday afternoon! ETA here next Wednesday. 😀
I'm assuming a copy of the Mach2 manual was included in your shipment.  I can't wait to start perusing the manual.  A copy hasn't been posted on the Support pages yet but hopefully will be posted soon.


Re: M106

REDIGER-LIZLOV Didier
 

hello,
nice shoot but you have a blue and purple dominante. (on my calibrated screen)

Didier REDIGER-LIZLOV


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Envoyé : lundi 2 mars 2020 16:16
À : main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Objet : Re: [ap-gto] M106
 
VERY nice Steven! A tad purple on my screen but could just be my screen.


On Mon, 2 Mar 2020 at 00:11, steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...> wrote:
AP-1600AE, CDK17 &F LI16803

Finally clear skies during the new moon.


--

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


Re: Plate Solve Options for APPM - Must You Use SGP??

Worsel
 

I suspect (Ray, correct me, if wrong!) that APPM requires an external program to do the image capture for PS, as well as the actual solve, because APPM does not do image capture internally.

Bryan


Re: Declination gets locked

Joe Zeglinski
 

Steve,
 
    Yes, the old AP-900 and AP-1200 mounts had nylon clutch (cylindrical) plugs, which do flatten out “into the narrow free space between the axle and the threaded bolt shaft. It ends up looking like a  “mushroom” inside that tight channel space. At that point, with the nylon now partially jammed between axle and housing, it becomes very difficult,  almost impossible to rotate the axle by hand. The flattened plug head can’t be extracted the same direction it went in, and it also mushrooms itself into the threaded walls of the bolt hole, so it becomes stuck into the wall’s threads.  As I recall, the only option is to force the entire  axle out of its outer housing, (using 3” long, screwed-in “push bolts”, from the axle top head-end), drill out most of its center to a thin walled cylinder, then hammer the remaining mushroomed nylon plug inward, for removal. Extremely difficult repair task.
 
    I bought the AP extraction tool, which I was even advised up front,  by staff that it likely wouldn’t work very well as it chipped the plug material. The tool is just  a specially filed down screwdriver – and I followed the instructions. The tool just ate away at the old,  compressed, now age-brittled plug with every turn of the blade and never got a grip on the plug for extraction. 
 
    In fact, it probably works in rare cases, of newer plugs that weren’t tightened down all that much over the years – certainly NOT using  an Allen wrench on the axis lock down bolt head!
The guys at AP certainly deserve their well earned praise and admiration of doing such a difficult job in plug repairs. I don’t envy them at all, but appreciate their personal hard work.
 
Joe Z.


Re: M106

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

VERY nice Steven! A tad purple on my screen but could just be my screen.


On Mon, 2 Mar 2020 at 00:11, steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...> wrote:
AP-1600AE, CDK17 &F LI16803

Finally clear skies during the new moon.


--

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


Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 07:13 AM, Wayne Hixson wrote:
Dealer was notified that my mount was being shipped yesterday afternoon! ETA here next Wednesday. 😀
I'm assuming a copy of the Mach2 manual was included in your shipment.  I can't wait to start perusing the manual.  A copy hasn't been posted on the Support pages yet but hopefully will be posted soon.


Re: M106

Dean Jacobsen
 

Nice shot Steven.


Re : [ap-gto] New APCC and ASCOM versions

Yves Laroche
 

Hi Marj,


The next page is still referring to the older version of APCC.

Now you are ready to download APCC:
APCC Standard 1.7.1.4 (open link in new tab to download software)
APCC Pro 1.7.1.5 (open link in new tab to download software)

Hope this help.

Regards,
Yves



Le 02/03/20 03:09, Marj Christen <marj@...> a écrit :

The download page for the newest versions of APCC has been uploaded with the correct links. I apologize for the confusion regarding the version numbers on the webpage a couple of days ago.

 

Important: you must install the newest version of the ASCOM V2 driver v5.30.07 from https://www.gralak.com/apdriver/

 

Note that a new safety park feature requires CP4 version P02-02 or later. This version is not quite ready for release for the CP4.  We are presently testing it. This feature is functional for the GTOCP5 that is used exclusively by the Mach2.

 

Have fun!

 

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

 


Re: Declination gets locked

Steve Salvo
 

I’m not sure of the model mount you have, but on my mount, the 900, the friction pads under the clutch locks can depress and warp, actually hindering the movement of the axis. AP has a special tool to remove the pads. This happens by over tightening the clutches.

Steve

On Mar 1, 2020, at 20:36, Suresh Mohan <drsureshmohan@gmail.com> wrote:

After a nights session , after unlocking the clutches it takes much strength to initially move the dec axis , have no problem to slew or track only to initiate rotation it requires an effort and then I feel it giving way and able to rotate it . Are the gears binding ? Unlikely bcos I can even feel a discrete backlash . Everything is greased as well . Pls let me know ur thoughts
Suresh



New APCC and ASCOM versions

 

The download page for the newest versions of APCC has been uploaded with the correct links. I apologize for the confusion regarding the version numbers on the webpage a couple of days ago.

 

Important: you must install the newest version of the ASCOM V2 driver v5.30.07 from https://www.gralak.com/apdriver/

 

Note that a new safety park feature requires CP4 version P02-02 or later. This version is not quite ready for release for the CP4.  We are presently testing it. This feature is functional for the GTOCP5 that is used exclusively by the Mach2.

 

Have fun!

 

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

 


M106

steven ho
 

AP-1600AE, CDK17 &F LI16803

Finally clear skies during the new moon.


Re: Plate Solve Options for APPM - Must You Use SGP??

Bill Long
 

I believe Ray is working on getting ASTAP added, which will alleviate these issues regardless of which imaging software people are using. It will be a welcome change for sure.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 1, 2020 8:02 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Plate Solve Options for APPM - Must You Use SGP??
 

Voyager would be nice as well!!

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Townsend
Sent: March 1, 2020 2:40 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Plate Solve Options for APPM - Must You Use SGP??

 

Hey Ray,

I hope one day you can add another astrophotography program that can be used with APPM. I'm tired of spending downtime with SGP. Maybe N.I.N.A would be another additional option. Very impressive program with good work flow and does it all. Plate solving with N.I.N.A and freeware ASTAP is quick without hang-ups. I'm sure it will only get better in the near future.

Thanks.


MGBox V2 Astromi.ch

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 
Edited

I made a video (its my first…go easy) on the installation/use of the MGBox V2 for APPC APPM. Any errors that need correcting would be welcome. I’d like to make some more videos as time goes on to try and help with some of the mysteries with APPC (at least to meJ ) and Astrophotography in general. Baby steps J

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBs-nJlFMjQ


Re: Plate Solve Options for APPM - Must You Use SGP??

 

>>> Plate solving with N.I.N.A and freeware ASTAP is quick without hang-ups

FYI SGP uses ASTAP as well. 

if you aren't already using it i agree it's much faster



On Sun, Mar 1, 2020 at 8:01 PM Mark Townsend <albertawow@...> wrote:
Hey Ray,

I hope one day you can add another astrophotography program that can be used with APPM. I'm tired of spending downtime with SGP. Maybe N.I.N.A would be another additional option. Very impressive program with good work flow and does it all. Plate solving with N.I.N.A and freeware ASTAP is quick without hang-ups. I'm sure it will only get better in the near future.

Thanks.



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Brian Valente


Re: Plate Solve Options for APPM - Must You Use SGP??

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

Voyager would be nice as well!!

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Townsend
Sent: March 1, 2020 2:40 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Plate Solve Options for APPM - Must You Use SGP??

 

Hey Ray,

I hope one day you can add another astrophotography program that can be used with APPM. I'm tired of spending downtime with SGP. Maybe N.I.N.A would be another additional option. Very impressive program with good work flow and does it all. Plate solving with N.I.N.A and freeware ASTAP is quick without hang-ups. I'm sure it will only get better in the near future.

Thanks.


Re: Plate Solve Options for APPM - Must You Use SGP??

Mark Townsend
 

Hey Ray,

I hope one day you can add another astrophotography program that can be used with APPM. I'm tired of spending downtime with SGP. Maybe N.I.N.A would be another additional option. Very impressive program with good work flow and does it all. Plate solving with N.I.N.A and freeware ASTAP is quick without hang-ups. I'm sure it will only get better in the near future.

Thanks.


Re: Declination gets locked

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi Suresh,
 
    Has the DEC always seemed a bit more sticky than the RA rotation ?
 
    I wonder if it is just because the OTA momentum is much lighter  than the counterweights,  offsetting the momentum on the RA swing. For the “same amount” of axial friction on your well greased axles, pushing the well-(fore/aft) balanced OTA, might present more friction, whereas there may be more momentum when you push the same OTA & CWTS,  about the RA axis.
 
    Once the RA direction gets going, the scope might seem easier to push further. Not the same case  rotating the tube vertically on the DEC axis, unless there is a humongous CCD camera at one end  of the balanced OTA, to add some momentum like the CWTS do , once initial DEC axle stiction is overcome.
 
    Mechanically, there should be absolutely no difference in the smoothness of either axle, once the clutch brakes are released – the gears aren’t involved at that point.
 
    Just a thought.
Joe Z.


Re: Declination gets locked

 

Hi Suresh,

yes I understand. both axis work the same re: the clutches. 

my ap1600 is also stiff/sticky regarding balancing, not sure if that's just the way it is. 



On Sun, Mar 1, 2020 at 6:19 PM Suresh Mohan <drsureshmohan@...> wrote:
Yes of course Brian , I’ve no issues with RA , it’s just the DEC - I  get a jammed feeling at start , the effort required is abnormal 
Suresh 


On 02-Mar-2020, at 7:37 AM, Brian Valente <bvalente@...> wrote:


Hi Suresh

if you are unlocking the clutches and moving the axis, your movements are independent of the gearing, so the gears/backlash/mesh would not impact your movements in any way. 

maybe make sure you completely loosen the clutch


Brian

On Sun, Mar 1, 2020 at 5:36 PM Suresh Mohan <drsureshmohan@...> wrote:
After a nights session , after unlocking the clutches it takes much strength to initially move the dec axis , have no problem to slew or track only to initiate rotation it requires an effort and then I feel it giving way and able to rotate it . Are the gears binding ? Unlikely bcos I can even feel a discrete backlash .  Everything is greased as well . Pls let me know ur thoughts
Suresh





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