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Re: GTOCP4 Not powering up

W Hilmo
 

I second the suggestion.   Even better, try to power it from a fully charged 12v battery.

 

I had a Pyramid 20 amp power supply fail on me.  This was as Oregon Star Party, and I was running the power supply from my motorhome’s AC inverter.  The power supply went “click” and started buzzing.  At that moment, I had a bunch of equipment fail all at the same time.  I always run with a power meter inline, and it showed that the power supply was putting out 20v.  That was enough to shut down a bunch of gear.  I switched out the Pyramid and went to straight 12v from a spare set of batteries.  Fortunately, there was no permanent damage (except for the power supply), and I was able to get everything up and running again.

 

Since then, I’ve switched from Pyramid to a 30 amp PowerWerx power supply.  It is much smaller than the Pyramid, and runs *much* cooler than the Pyramid ever did.  I’ve also stopped using any kind of AC power when I’m out in the field.  The observatory tent gets its own pair of 75 amp hour AGM batteries in parallel, along with 300 watts of solar charging.  And I always run a buck-boost converter between the batteries and the astro gear to keep the voltage regulated at 13.5 volts.

 

One other suggestion as I think about it, if the mount looks like it’s getting no power at all, check out the center pin on the power socket in the CPx on the mount.  If I remember right, the pin has a slot in it.  If that slot has become compressed, it can cause a faulty connection.  In that case, take a small, slotted screwdriver and gently widen the slot in the center pin.

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Woody Schlom
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:00 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GTOCP4 Not powering up

 

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

Wayne Hixson
 

Thanks!  


Re: GTOCP4 Not powering up

Roland Christen
 

Bad power cord, power supply polarity wrong, if using cigar plug check the wires inside the plug....
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io <wayneh9026@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Mar 8, 2020 1:33 pm
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

Roland Christen
 

Yes. Keypads will follow shortly for those who ordered them.
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Dominique Durand via Groups.Io <dom33.durand@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Mar 8, 2020 12:53 pm
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: 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.


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