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Re: Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

 

Dean,

We hope to finish up the keypad program soon so that they can ship with the mounts. If your mount is ready before the keypad program is complete, our office staff will give you the option of waiting for it or not.

 

The weather was cloudy in IL and did not allow testing of the new modeling functions, so we escaped to our observatory in HI. Roland has had a few clear nights so far and we hope to have a few more next week.

 

Meanwhile, our staff at AP is continuing assembly and testing of Mach2s that will ship after our return once Roland has reviewed them.

 

As the first owners receive their mounts and begin using them, we will update our manuals based on any questions that they have so that later recipients have the benefit of their experiences. Many thanks to Terri and Wayne so far.

 

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 Dean Jacobsen
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 6:01 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

 

Reading the recent posts about new Mach2 owners and the APCC software has me wondering how things are going with the hand paddle software upgrade.

My plan is to use the new Mach2 like I have been doing with the 900 --> use the hand paddle for mount initialization (and other things also) and then connect The Sky X, Sequence Generator Pro and PHD2 to the mount using the AP ASCOM driver.

Then I can slowly incorporate the features of APCC into the process.

Regards,

Dean Jacobsen
Web site: http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Astrobin: https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/


Re: GTOCP4 Not powering up

Woody Schlom
 

Even if that power supply has worked in the past, try a different one.  I’ve had one Pyramid not only die on me, but almost take a couple of other pieces of equipment with it.  Smoke suddenly coming out of a 12v video monitor was the first clue something was wrong. 

 

And when I did a simple test of the PS with a volt meter, it tested fine.  But it wasn’t.  Never did figure out what the problem was with that PS.  But everything worked (and still works to this day) with other power supplies.  So that one is gone now.  And I’ve also retired my other older Pyramid to emergency spare status.

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Long
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:41 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GTOCP4 Not powering up

 

Unplug the power cable, from the box and blow on it, and plug it back in. 🙂 

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io <wayneh9026@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] GTOCP4 Not powering up

 

The person who bought my Mach1 is having trouble. He’s using a Pyramid power supply that has worked before. He set up today but the CP4 light isn’t coming on and the Hand Controller doesn’t start. Looking for troubleshooting tips

Wayne


Re: Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

 

Dominique,

 

The keypads are not supposed to be sent with Mach2 mounts yet. However, Terri noted that she received hers. According to our records, you mount has not shipped yet. Before it ships, our office will be in touch with your dealer to find out if you require the keypad to operate the mount or if you can operate it with the V2 driver and APCC while the keypad program is being completed.

 

 

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 Dominique Durand via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 12:53 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

 

Hi Rolando,
This means that if my mach2 has already been sent to my dealer, it is without the keypad?


Re: GTOCP4 Not powering up

Mike Dodd
 

Forgot to ask....

Is the power cable connected to the Pyramid with the correct polarity?

Is the Pyramid's current-limiting control set high enough to supply the current the mount needs?

--- mike


Re: GTOCP4 Not powering up

Mike Dodd
 

On 3/8/2020 7:33 PM, Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io wrote:
The person who bought my Mach1 is having trouble. He’s using a Pyramid
power supply that has worked before. He set up today but the CP4 light
isn’t coming on and the Hand Controller doesn’t start. Looking for
troubleshooting tips
What voltage is the Pyramid putting out? Measure it. Is the breaker tripped?

--- Mike


Re: GTOCP4 Not powering up

Bill Long
 

Unplug the power cable, from the box and blow on it, and plug it back in. 🙂 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io <wayneh9026@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] GTOCP4 Not powering up
 
The person who bought my Mach1 is having trouble. He’s using a Pyramid power supply that has worked before. He set up today but the CP4 light isn’t coming on and the Hand Controller doesn’t start. Looking for troubleshooting tips

Wayne


Re: Re : [ap-gto] APCC Standard 1.8.0.4 and APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 Pro

 

Wayne,

 

I just updated the APCC software update page to link to the newest version, version history and the PDF.

https://www.astro-physics.info/tech_support/software/apcc/apcc-download.htm

 

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 Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 1:17 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: Re : [ap-gto] APCC Standard 1.8.0.4 and APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 Pro

 

Ray, where can the latest APCC Pro documentation be found?

Thanks, Wayne


Re: Re : [ap-gto] APCC Standard 1.8.0.4 and APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 Pro

Ray Gralak
 

As always, the PDF is included when installed (installer asks you if you want to view it), or you can press F1 in APCC or open it from the help menu in APCC.

Also, online here: https://siriusimaging.com/Help/APCC/

-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 Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:17 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: Re : [ap-gto] APCC Standard 1.8.0.4 and APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 Pro

Ray, where can the latest APCC Pro documentation be found?

Thanks, Wayne


GTOCP4 Not powering up

Wayne Hixson
 

The person who bought my Mach1 is having trouble. He’s using a Pyramid power supply that has worked before. He set up today but the CP4 light isn’t coming on and the Hand Controller doesn’t start. Looking for troubleshooting tips

Wayne


Re: Re : [ap-gto] APCC Standard 1.8.0.4 and APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 Pro

Wayne Hixson
 

Ray, where can the latest APCC Pro documentation be found?

Thanks, Wayne


Re: Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

Dominique Durand
 

Hi Rolando,
This means that if my mach2 has already been sent to my dealer, it is without the keypad?


Re: Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

Dean Jacobsen
 

Well that is one way of getting clear skies. 😉

Thanks for the update.


Message Recall Failure: Recall: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Roy Uyematsu <roy@...>
 


Message Recall Failure: Recall: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Jim Finis
 


Message Recall Failure: Recall: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Grant Coward
 


Message Recall Failure: Recall: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Dean S
 


Message Recall Failure: Recall: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Larry Owings
 


Re: APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

Oh, yeah. And for what its worth I did make a short video about the MGBoxV@/GPS :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBs-nJlFMjQ&t=80s

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Claude Benoit via Groups.Io
Sent: March 8, 2020 2:46 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

 

For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up saying "Closing GPS Connection MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on Com 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes in.

Thanks for your thoughts on this.
Claude


Message Recall Failure: Recall: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Woody Schlom
 


Re: APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

Yes, LOL. I sent the wrong JPEG J

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long
Sent: March 8, 2020 3:19 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

 

Looks like its pretty cold where you are at. A whopping -271.3 C!

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 3:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

 

I have the MGBoxV2 GPS as well and using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5.

It all works properly for me.

When you say you have it on "COM 3" - shouldn't it be set to "MGBoxV2" under COM Port id APCC??


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ray Gralak
Sent: March 8, 2020 3:04 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

Hi Claude,

> For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using
> APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up saying "Closing GPS Connection
> MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on Com
> 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes in.

That usually means the MGBox ObservingConditions ASCOM driver is not installed, or not properly installed.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.astro-physics.com%2Findex.htm%3Fproducts%2Faccessories%2Fsoftware%2Fapcc%2Fapcc&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C3032bb2c77154f18a87008d7c3ae5567%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637193025826359198&amp;sdata=G46H7wf6RRg3uWNK%2FrSIe4ipyc8USvovl1If4tIpaUU%3D&amp;reserved=0
Author of PEMPro V3:  https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ccdware.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C3032bb2c77154f18a87008d7c3ae5567%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637193025826359198&amp;sdata=fuwHaKoFedqR1rn22Ud%2BpBEIiyYBsFozBt978Pxkf30%3D&amp;reserved=0 Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.siriusimaging.com%2Fapdriver&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C3032bb2c77154f18a87008d7c3ae5567%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637193025826359198&amp;sdata=J%2BNwckDOGobIfqJHspAyYkCaWwv4rjhlrXORhJD2t0o%3D&amp;reserved=0


> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Claude Benoit via Groups.Io
> Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2:46 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC
>
> For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up
> saying "Closing GPS Connection MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on
> Com 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes
> in.
>
> Thanks for your thoughts on this.
> Claude
>






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