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Some Recent Wide Field Galaxy Images With My Trusty AP900

Dean Jacobsen
 

Steven's M106 has inspired me to share some recent wide field shots using the AP900 and an FSQ-106.

Do I need to replace my wonderful 2008 vintage AP900 with a shiny new Mach2?  Definitely not.

... but I do want one.  :-)

Leo Trio - https://www.astrobin.com/full/c5uxzj/C/

M82 & M82 - https://www.astrobin.com/full/ynjx6y/F/

M95, M96, M105, et al - https://www.astrobin.com/full/qo2lyc/0/


Re: M106

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Definitely nicer! Glad you revisited it Steve!


On Mon, 2 Mar 2020 at 12:01, steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...> wrote:
Based on everyone's feedback the image's purple-ish hue has been eliminated. Thank you!!


steve



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of REDIGER-LIZLOV Didier <rediger@...>
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


De : main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> de la part de Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
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/


--

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


Re: M106

Dean Jacobsen
 

I like the second one too.


Re: Balancing the scope

Charles Thompson
 

I had the same issue with my 900 and was able to replace the "pucks" with the special tool from AP.  I don't recommend doing that because it didn't make a difference.  I did put a couple drops of machine oil in each hole per APs advice and that helped.  It still wasn't great but it stopped that initial seized feeling.  My Mach1 feels very similar. It's just the way they are designed I suppose. 



Thanks,
Charles

Sent from mobile device.


-------- Original message --------
From: Brian Valente <bvalente@...>
Date: 3/2/20 12:09 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Balancing the scope

Thanks guys

i just realized i posted to the AP GTO so i'll try the main AP group as well


Brian


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

Yves Laroche
 

Hi Marj,

I need to apologize...

I'm able to see the right link with Internet Explorer and with my Google phone application but not with my Google browser (computer) even in reloading the page with F5 and/or Ctrl-F5.  I needed to clear the cache completely to be able to see the new web page...very strange!!!


Regards,
Yves



Le 02/03/20 08:54, Yves Laroche <yves.laroche@...> a écrit :
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: AP V2 ASCOM driver v5.30.07 available for download

Bruce Donzanti
 

Dale/Mike/Brian

That worked!  Thanks much guys.




On Mon, Mar 2, 2020 at 1:04 PM Dale Ghent <daleg@...> wrote:

There's an instance of the A-P ASCOM driver still running for some reason, and the installer was unable to get it to quit. This is not an uncommon occurrence with ASCOM drivers in general and is rather annoying when it does happen - the driver is still running because it believes that something is using it, when in reality there isn't.  If you are certain that this is the case, you can open up Windows Task Manager (right click the task bar, select Task Manager) and in the resulting list of programs that are running, you can right click on it and "End Process". That should kill it and you can retry the installation.

Failing that, a reboot will always clear the zombie process.

/dale

> On Mar 2, 2020, at 12:47 PM, Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...> wrote:
>
> Hi Ray
>
> I tried to download the new version several times (I have a GTOCP4) but keep getting the same message:
>
> The following applications are using files that need to be updated by Setup.  It is recommended that you allow Setup to automatically close these applications.  After the installation has completed, Setup will attempt to restart the applications.
>
> AstroPhysics V2 ASCOM Mount Drive
> APSetup
>
> I clicked NEXT as the Automatically close the applications radio button was filled in.  However, when I did that, a second message popped up:
> Setup was unable to automatically close all applications.  It is recommended that you close all applications using files that need to be updated by Setup before continuing.
>
> So, not sure how to proceed as I am not usually a windows user and don't want to mess things up.  I just hit abort.  How should I proceed?
>
> Bruce
>
>
>
>
> On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 7:18 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> The Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM driver v5.30.07 and documentation is available for download at this link:
>
> https://www.gralak.com/apdriver
>
> This version is *required* for Mach 2 mounts and highly recommended for all other Astro-Physics mounts with GTOCP1 through GTOCP5
> control boxes.
>
> -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
>
>
>
>
>





Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

George
 

Wayne,

 

I have just sent PDF manuals to you.

 

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 Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2020 11:35 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Notified!
😍 #mach2gto #mach2gto

 

I’m hoping they publish it online also so I can get a jump on things and be prepared when the mount arrives. 


Re: Balancing the scope

 

Thanks guys

i just realized i posted to the AP GTO so i'll try the main AP group as well


Brian


Re: Declination gets locked

Astrobob
 

I believe your supposed to put a drop or two of oil down the thread holes of the clutch bolts on occasion.

 

Bob


Re: AP V2 ASCOM driver v5.30.07 available for download

 

I did that too - booted up the PC and then ran the installer immediately before anything else started up


On Mon, Mar 2, 2020 at 10:06 AM Mike Dodd <mike@...> wrote:
On 3/2/2020 12:47 PM, Bruce Donzanti wrote:
> So, not sure how to proceed as I am not usually a windows user and don't
> want to mess things up.  I just hit abort.  How should I proceed?

Last night I successfully installed the driver on my obs PC. I started
the PC, then immediately ran the driver installation program. The AP1200
was not even powered-up. The installation ran perfectly. When done, I
powered-up the mount, launched the AP Jog program, and connected to the
mount to verify that the driver still works. It does.

HTH.

--
Mike

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





--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: AP V2 ASCOM driver v5.30.07 available for download

Mike Dodd
 

On 3/2/2020 12:47 PM, Bruce Donzanti wrote:
So, not sure how to proceed as I am not usually a windows user and don't
want to mess things up. I just hit abort. How should I proceed?
Last night I successfully installed the driver on my obs PC. I started the PC, then immediately ran the driver installation program. The AP1200 was not even powered-up. The installation ran perfectly. When done, I powered-up the mount, launched the AP Jog program, and connected to the mount to verify that the driver still works. It does.

HTH.

--
Mike

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


Re: AP V2 ASCOM driver v5.30.07 available for download

Dale Ghent
 

There's an instance of the A-P ASCOM driver still running for some reason, and the installer was unable to get it to quit. This is not an uncommon occurrence with ASCOM drivers in general and is rather annoying when it does happen - the driver is still running because it believes that something is using it, when in reality there isn't. If you are certain that this is the case, you can open up Windows Task Manager (right click the task bar, select Task Manager) and in the resulting list of programs that are running, you can right click on it and "End Process". That should kill it and you can retry the installation.

Failing that, a reboot will always clear the zombie process.

/dale

On Mar 2, 2020, at 12:47 PM, Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Ray

I tried to download the new version several times (I have a GTOCP4) but keep getting the same message:

The following applications are using files that need to be updated by Setup. It is recommended that you allow Setup to automatically close these applications. After the installation has completed, Setup will attempt to restart the applications.

AstroPhysics V2 ASCOM Mount Drive
APSetup

I clicked NEXT as the Automatically close the applications radio button was filled in. However, when I did that, a second message popped up:
Setup was unable to automatically close all applications. It is recommended that you close all applications using files that need to be updated by Setup before continuing.

So, not sure how to proceed as I am not usually a windows user and don't want to mess things up. I just hit abort. How should I proceed?

Bruce




On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 7:18 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:
Hello all,

The Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM driver v5.30.07 and documentation is available for download at this link:

https://www.gralak.com/apdriver

This version is *required* for Mach 2 mounts and highly recommended for all other Astro-Physics mounts with GTOCP1 through GTOCP5
control boxes.

-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





Re: AP V2 ASCOM driver v5.30.07 available for download

Bruce Donzanti
 

Hi Ray

I tried to download the new version several times (I have a GTOCP4) but keep getting the same message:

The following applications are using files that need to be updated by Setup.  It is recommended that you allow Setup to automatically close these applications.  After the installation has completed, Setup will attempt to restart the applications.

AstroPhysics V2 ASCOM Mount Drive
APSetup

I clicked NEXT as the Automatically close the applications radio button was filled in.  However, when I did that, a second message popped up: 
Setup was unable to automatically close all applications.  It is recommended that you close all applications using files that need to be updated by Setup before continuing.

So, not sure how to proceed as I am not usually a windows user and don't want to mess things up.  I just hit abort.  How should I proceed?

Bruce 




On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 7:18 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
Hello all,

The Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM driver v5.30.07 and documentation is available for download at this link:

https://www.gralak.com/apdriver

This version is *required* for Mach 2 mounts and highly recommended for all other Astro-Physics mounts with GTOCP1 through GTOCP5
control boxes.

-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





Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Wayne Hixson
 

I’m hoping they publish it online also so I can get a jump on things and be prepared when the mount arrives. 


Re: M106

steven ho
 

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


steve



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of REDIGER-LIZLOV Didier <rediger@...>
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


De : main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> de la part de Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
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: 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


De : main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> de la part de Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
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.

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