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Re: Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Christopher Erickson
 

I would still perform the easy test of sending it to park 3 to see what happens.


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 10:38 AM Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:
Okay - have confirmed that I have the right Lat/Long and the keypad has the right values for , say, Venus but claims it is below the horizon when I issue the slew command via the keypad. That's after confirming it is in Park 4 and knows it is in Park 4. 

So ... new battery (I have one in hand that I ordered, worried about this happening) and reload the db?


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 15:03, Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:
Thanks Rolando. I will check that too. Just got home. 

Stuart

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 3:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
bring up an object but before sending it there press the < button to see the object data. If it looks wrong, it could be that your keypad battery has died and you will need to re-load the database plus put in a new battery.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 7:40 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Interesting possibility. I woke up in the night thinking that very thing but confirmed this morning that I'm indeed using Park 4. (I started using Park 1 with tracking off with the same result and then switched to Park 4).


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 13:06, Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:
Try sending it to Park 3 and see where it goes. Maybe you have misremembered Park 4...


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 6:25 AM Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:
All - my AP900GTO CP4 has been idle for over a year and with power OFF. I am putting it back into operation and am having a weird time getting the scope to find targets (like at all).
  • When I power up, the hand controller signals that I am set to EXT and to hit MENU to use the hand controller. I do that.
  • Then it prompts for my Location (I only have one): I select '1' and GOTO
  • I checked the Lat/Long and it is my home location. I adjusted it very slightly as the mount is in a slightly different location than it was).
  • I checked the Time and Date and they were off by a few days (odd?) - I corrected them both.
  • At this point, I loosen both clutches fully, signal I want the mount to go to Park 4 and hold the mount while it whirs away and when it is done, I use a bubble level to position it in Park 4. I tighten the clutches gently, issue a second Park 4 command, check the level then lock in down firmly (hand tightening only of course)
THEN the weird part: I hit menu till I'm at the top menu, I select Object then pick some object I know is up in the sky (I'm in a dome shielded from any risk of pointing at the sun and the scope is covered anyway). Let's pick Venus for example (tho it failed on the moon when the moon was up also). In most cases the hand controller declares the object I can see naked eye (Venus, the Moon, Betelgeuse, ...) is below the horizon. Or it slews and slews way off the target.

Is it possible my hand controller db is corrupted from the long time powered down? 

--

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

--

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

--

--

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


Re: Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Okay - have confirmed that I have the right Lat/Long and the keypad has the right values for , say, Venus but claims it is below the horizon when I issue the slew command via the keypad. That's after confirming it is in Park 4 and knows it is in Park 4. 

So ... new battery (I have one in hand that I ordered, worried about this happening) and reload the db?


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 15:03, Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:
Thanks Rolando. I will check that too. Just got home. 

Stuart

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 3:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
bring up an object but before sending it there press the < button to see the object data. If it looks wrong, it could be that your keypad battery has died and you will need to re-load the database plus put in a new battery.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 7:40 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Interesting possibility. I woke up in the night thinking that very thing but confirmed this morning that I'm indeed using Park 4. (I started using Park 1 with tracking off with the same result and then switched to Park 4).


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 13:06, Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:
Try sending it to Park 3 and see where it goes. Maybe you have misremembered Park 4...


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 6:25 AM Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:
All - my AP900GTO CP4 has been idle for over a year and with power OFF. I am putting it back into operation and am having a weird time getting the scope to find targets (like at all).
  • When I power up, the hand controller signals that I am set to EXT and to hit MENU to use the hand controller. I do that.
  • Then it prompts for my Location (I only have one): I select '1' and GOTO
  • I checked the Lat/Long and it is my home location. I adjusted it very slightly as the mount is in a slightly different location than it was).
  • I checked the Time and Date and they were off by a few days (odd?) - I corrected them both.
  • At this point, I loosen both clutches fully, signal I want the mount to go to Park 4 and hold the mount while it whirs away and when it is done, I use a bubble level to position it in Park 4. I tighten the clutches gently, issue a second Park 4 command, check the level then lock in down firmly (hand tightening only of course)
THEN the weird part: I hit menu till I'm at the top menu, I select Object then pick some object I know is up in the sky (I'm in a dome shielded from any risk of pointing at the sun and the scope is covered anyway). Let's pick Venus for example (tho it failed on the moon when the moon was up also). In most cases the hand controller declares the object I can see naked eye (Venus, the Moon, Betelgeuse, ...) is below the horizon. Or it slews and slews way off the target.

Is it possible my hand controller db is corrupted from the long time powered down? 

--

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

--

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

--

--

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


Re: Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Thanks Rolando. I will check that too. Just got home. 

Stuart

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 3:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
bring up an object but before sending it there press the < button to see the object data. If it looks wrong, it could be that your keypad battery has died and you will need to re-load the database plus put in a new battery.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 7:40 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Interesting possibility. I woke up in the night thinking that very thing but confirmed this morning that I'm indeed using Park 4. (I started using Park 1 with tracking off with the same result and then switched to Park 4).


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 13:06, Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:
Try sending it to Park 3 and see where it goes. Maybe you have misremembered Park 4...


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 6:25 AM Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:
All - my AP900GTO CP4 has been idle for over a year and with power OFF. I am putting it back into operation and am having a weird time getting the scope to find targets (like at all).
  • When I power up, the hand controller signals that I am set to EXT and to hit MENU to use the hand controller. I do that.
  • Then it prompts for my Location (I only have one): I select '1' and GOTO
  • I checked the Lat/Long and it is my home location. I adjusted it very slightly as the mount is in a slightly different location than it was).
  • I checked the Time and Date and they were off by a few days (odd?) - I corrected them both.
  • At this point, I loosen both clutches fully, signal I want the mount to go to Park 4 and hold the mount while it whirs away and when it is done, I use a bubble level to position it in Park 4. I tighten the clutches gently, issue a second Park 4 command, check the level then lock in down firmly (hand tightening only of course)
THEN the weird part: I hit menu till I'm at the top menu, I select Object then pick some object I know is up in the sky (I'm in a dome shielded from any risk of pointing at the sun and the scope is covered anyway). Let's pick Venus for example (tho it failed on the moon when the moon was up also). In most cases the hand controller declares the object I can see naked eye (Venus, the Moon, Betelgeuse, ...) is below the horizon. Or it slews and slews way off the target.

Is it possible my hand controller db is corrupted from the long time powered down? 

--

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

--

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

--

--

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


Re: Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Roland Christen
 

bring up an object but before sending it there press the < button to see the object data. If it looks wrong, it could be that your keypad battery has died and you will need to re-load the database plus put in a new battery.
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 7:40 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Interesting possibility. I woke up in the night thinking that very thing but confirmed this morning that I'm indeed using Park 4. (I started using Park 1 with tracking off with the same result and then switched to Park 4).


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 13:06, Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:
Try sending it to Park 3 and see where it goes. Maybe you have misremembered Park 4...


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 6:25 AM Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:
All - my AP900GTO CP4 has been idle for over a year and with power OFF. I am putting it back into operation and am having a weird time getting the scope to find targets (like at all).
  • When I power up, the hand controller signals that I am set to EXT and to hit MENU to use the hand controller. I do that.
  • Then it prompts for my Location (I only have one): I select '1' and GOTO
  • I checked the Lat/Long and it is my home location. I adjusted it very slightly as the mount is in a slightly different location than it was).
  • I checked the Time and Date and they were off by a few days (odd?) - I corrected them both.
  • At this point, I loosen both clutches fully, signal I want the mount to go to Park 4 and hold the mount while it whirs away and when it is done, I use a bubble level to position it in Park 4. I tighten the clutches gently, issue a second Park 4 command, check the level then lock in down firmly (hand tightening only of course)
THEN the weird part: I hit menu till I'm at the top menu, I select Object then pick some object I know is up in the sky (I'm in a dome shielded from any risk of pointing at the sun and the scope is covered anyway). Let's pick Venus for example (tho it failed on the moon when the moon was up also). In most cases the hand controller declares the object I can see naked eye (Venus, the Moon, Betelgeuse, ...) is below the horizon. Or it slews and slews way off the target.

Is it possible my hand controller db is corrupted from the long time powered down? 

--

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

--

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


Re: Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Gregg, I will check that. Great suggestion. 

Stuart

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 1:45 PM Gregg Ruppel <ruppel0709@...> wrote:
Stuart:
Make sure that the driver has the correct Longitude; I seem to recall having a similar problem when moving my AP900 to a new location and the longitude kept reverting to East instead of West.  I think I had to rename the location and save with a power off.
Clear skies,

Gregg
Visit my astronomy & astrophotography site
http://www.greggsastronomy.com/
On 3/12/2020 9:25 AM, Stuart wrote:
All - my AP900GTO CP4 has been idle for over a year and with power OFF. I am putting it back into operation and am having a weird time getting the scope to find targets (like at all).
  • When I power up, the hand controller signals that I am set to EXT and to hit MENU to use the hand controller. I do that.
  • Then it prompts for my Location (I only have one): I select '1' and GOTO
  • I checked the Lat/Long and it is my home location. I adjusted it very slightly as the mount is in a slightly different location than it was).
  • I checked the Time and Date and they were off by a few days (odd?) - I corrected them both.
  • At this point, I loosen both clutches fully, signal I want the mount to go to Park 4 and hold the mount while it whirs away and when it is done, I use a bubble level to position it in Park 4. I tighten the clutches gently, issue a second Park 4 command, check the level then lock in down firmly (hand tightening only of course)
THEN the weird part: I hit menu till I'm at the top menu, I select Object then pick some object I know is up in the sky (I'm in a dome shielded from any risk of pointing at the sun and the scope is covered anyway). Let's pick Venus for example (tho it failed on the moon when the moon was up also). In most cases the hand controller declares the object I can see naked eye (Venus, the Moon, Betelgeuse, ...) is below the horizon. Or it slews and slews way off the target.

Is it possible my hand controller db is corrupted from the long time powered down? 


--
Clear skies,
Gregg
www.greggsastronomy.com

--

--

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


Re: Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Gregg Ruppel
 

Stuart:
Make sure that the driver has the correct Longitude; I seem to recall having a similar problem when moving my AP900 to a new location and the longitude kept reverting to East instead of West.  I think I had to rename the location and save with a power off.
Clear skies,

Gregg
Visit my astronomy & astrophotography site
http://www.greggsastronomy.com/
On 3/12/2020 9:25 AM, Stuart wrote:

All - my AP900GTO CP4 has been idle for over a year and with power OFF. I am putting it back into operation and am having a weird time getting the scope to find targets (like at all).
  • When I power up, the hand controller signals that I am set to EXT and to hit MENU to use the hand controller. I do that.
  • Then it prompts for my Location (I only have one): I select '1' and GOTO
  • I checked the Lat/Long and it is my home location. I adjusted it very slightly as the mount is in a slightly different location than it was).
  • I checked the Time and Date and they were off by a few days (odd?) - I corrected them both.
  • At this point, I loosen both clutches fully, signal I want the mount to go to Park 4 and hold the mount while it whirs away and when it is done, I use a bubble level to position it in Park 4. I tighten the clutches gently, issue a second Park 4 command, check the level then lock in down firmly (hand tightening only of course)
THEN the weird part: I hit menu till I'm at the top menu, I select Object then pick some object I know is up in the sky (I'm in a dome shielded from any risk of pointing at the sun and the scope is covered anyway). Let's pick Venus for example (tho it failed on the moon when the moon was up also). In most cases the hand controller declares the object I can see naked eye (Venus, the Moon, Betelgeuse, ...) is below the horizon. Or it slews and slews way off the target.

Is it possible my hand controller db is corrupted from the long time powered down? 

--

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


--
Clear skies,
Gregg
www.greggsastronomy.com


Re: Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Interesting possibility. I woke up in the night thinking that very thing but confirmed this morning that I'm indeed using Park 4. (I started using Park 1 with tracking off with the same result and then switched to Park 4).


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 13:06, Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:
Try sending it to Park 3 and see where it goes. Maybe you have misremembered Park 4...


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 6:25 AM Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:
All - my AP900GTO CP4 has been idle for over a year and with power OFF. I am putting it back into operation and am having a weird time getting the scope to find targets (like at all).
  • When I power up, the hand controller signals that I am set to EXT and to hit MENU to use the hand controller. I do that.
  • Then it prompts for my Location (I only have one): I select '1' and GOTO
  • I checked the Lat/Long and it is my home location. I adjusted it very slightly as the mount is in a slightly different location than it was).
  • I checked the Time and Date and they were off by a few days (odd?) - I corrected them both.
  • At this point, I loosen both clutches fully, signal I want the mount to go to Park 4 and hold the mount while it whirs away and when it is done, I use a bubble level to position it in Park 4. I tighten the clutches gently, issue a second Park 4 command, check the level then lock in down firmly (hand tightening only of course)
THEN the weird part: I hit menu till I'm at the top menu, I select Object then pick some object I know is up in the sky (I'm in a dome shielded from any risk of pointing at the sun and the scope is covered anyway). Let's pick Venus for example (tho it failed on the moon when the moon was up also). In most cases the hand controller declares the object I can see naked eye (Venus, the Moon, Betelgeuse, ...) is below the horizon. Or it slews and slews way off the target.

Is it possible my hand controller db is corrupted from the long time powered down? 

--

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


--

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


Re: Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Christopher Erickson
 

Try sending it to Park 3 and see where it goes. Maybe you have misremembered Park 4...


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 6:25 AM Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:
All - my AP900GTO CP4 has been idle for over a year and with power OFF. I am putting it back into operation and am having a weird time getting the scope to find targets (like at all).
  • When I power up, the hand controller signals that I am set to EXT and to hit MENU to use the hand controller. I do that.
  • Then it prompts for my Location (I only have one): I select '1' and GOTO
  • I checked the Lat/Long and it is my home location. I adjusted it very slightly as the mount is in a slightly different location than it was).
  • I checked the Time and Date and they were off by a few days (odd?) - I corrected them both.
  • At this point, I loosen both clutches fully, signal I want the mount to go to Park 4 and hold the mount while it whirs away and when it is done, I use a bubble level to position it in Park 4. I tighten the clutches gently, issue a second Park 4 command, check the level then lock in down firmly (hand tightening only of course)
THEN the weird part: I hit menu till I'm at the top menu, I select Object then pick some object I know is up in the sky (I'm in a dome shielded from any risk of pointing at the sun and the scope is covered anyway). Let's pick Venus for example (tho it failed on the moon when the moon was up also). In most cases the hand controller declares the object I can see naked eye (Venus, the Moon, Betelgeuse, ...) is below the horizon. Or it slews and slews way off the target.

Is it possible my hand controller db is corrupted from the long time powered down? 

--

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


Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

All - my AP900GTO CP4 has been idle for over a year and with power OFF. I am putting it back into operation and am having a weird time getting the scope to find targets (like at all).
  • When I power up, the hand controller signals that I am set to EXT and to hit MENU to use the hand controller. I do that.
  • Then it prompts for my Location (I only have one): I select '1' and GOTO
  • I checked the Lat/Long and it is my home location. I adjusted it very slightly as the mount is in a slightly different location than it was).
  • I checked the Time and Date and they were off by a few days (odd?) - I corrected them both.
  • At this point, I loosen both clutches fully, signal I want the mount to go to Park 4 and hold the mount while it whirs away and when it is done, I use a bubble level to position it in Park 4. I tighten the clutches gently, issue a second Park 4 command, check the level then lock in down firmly (hand tightening only of course)
THEN the weird part: I hit menu till I'm at the top menu, I select Object then pick some object I know is up in the sky (I'm in a dome shielded from any risk of pointing at the sun and the scope is covered anyway). Let's pick Venus for example (tho it failed on the moon when the moon was up also). In most cases the hand controller declares the object I can see naked eye (Venus, the Moon, Betelgeuse, ...) is below the horizon. Or it slews and slews way off the target.

Is it possible my hand controller db is corrupted from the long time powered down? 

--

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


Re: Mach1 Unable to Find Home Position Suddenly

Mikko Viljamaa
 

Correct, Home = Park 3. And yes, none of the position values or time changed after the re-installation but for some reason the issue is gone at least for now.


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Terri Zittritsch
 

On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 02:44 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
You should be able to get polar alignment good enough and keep it so with a solid tripod. Once aligned, I have not seen a tripod change the polar alignment.
 
Good polar alignment for imaging should result in Dec drift of 1 arc sec per 10 minutes at the meridian. If you also drift align the RA at the zenith, you should then also get 1 arc sec or better drift in 10 minutes for up to 2 hours on either side of the zenith. In PHD2 you can monitor your drift using the Trend Lines. You can then make tiny adjustments to the Alt and Az while watching the trend Lines and eventually zero in on perfect PA. Do the Azimuth first until the Dec line becomes flat - ignore the RA. Then tweak the Altitude until the RA line becomes flat. Do it on an overhead star. You might have to iterate a couple of times to get both Trend lines flat for at least 5 minutes. 
 
Thank you Rolando, I will give it a try next time I'm out.  You know, whenever I setup, I wonder just how stable things are.   My tripods by themselves are generally stable    But if for instance, a tripod foot settles 1mm, this can result in a 4 arc minute change in the polar pointing (referring to C. Woodhouse in the Astrophotography manual), I haven't done the calculations myself to validate this, but seems reasonable given the minuet changes required to get polar aligned (present incredibly poor accuracy aside).   Now that I've looked into it a bit, seems many people get amazingly good polar alignment results and not sure why mine is off so much (indicating as much as 5 minutes off the pole) when I am very careful in the process.     And just thinking about what it's doing, I'm not sure what could drive the inaccuracy except an incorrect refractive compensation.    In any case, some work for me to do.   Thanks again.


Re: Mach1 Unable to Find Home Position Suddenly

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Mikko,

I'm glad the problem is solved but I don't think that re-installing the driver had anything to do with that. The driver has fixed Hour angle/Declination positions for the park positions which would not have changed by reinstalling the driver.

BTW, when you say "Home Position", did you mean "Park Position"? With APCC you can define a home position but the AP V2 ASCOM driver doesn't have a "find home" feature.

-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 Mikko Viljamaa
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:00 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach1 Unable to Find Home Position Suddenly

Just an update. I "played" with the mount today and more I slew it, the further it missed the home position. Then I
uninstalled and reinstalled the driver and the problem disappeared. I slew it half a dozen times and every time it
returned home correctly. Go figure...


- Mikko


Re: Mach1 Unable to Find Home Position Suddenly

Mikko Viljamaa
 

Just an update. I "played" with the mount today and more I slew it, the further it missed the home position. Then I uninstalled and reinstalled the driver and the problem disappeared. I slew it half a dozen times and every time it returned home correctly. Go figure...


- Mikko


Re: SkySafari 6 connect to CP3

William
 

There is no # after the $$$.  SkySafari from my android phone sends $$$:V# when I connect to an Astro-Physics mount.
I changed the mount to Classic Meade LX200 and the $$$ is sent but then SkySafari just starts querying for RA and DEC.  This works with the AP CP3. 
I talked to someone who also uses SkySafari on an AP CP3 and he had to switch Bluetooth adapters to get it to work.  I don't have the bluetooth he does.  I believe if there is a slight delay between the $$$ and :V# the CP3 will work.

I have a serial test program that I wrote and if I send $$$:V# the CP3 does not respond.
Why is $$$ being sent is beyond me.  Just another case of a programmer not knowing how something really works.

Anyway I got it to work using the telescope set to Classic Meade LX200.

William 


Re: SkySafari 6 connect to CP3

jimmyjujames
 

 
$$$#:V# should work
The first $$$# clears an invalid command with no results returned
Then :V# will return version

The number 1 is infinitely larger than the number 0
Jimmy


Re: SkySafari 6 connect to CP3

Woody Schlom
 

William,

 

Another thought.  Have you “messed with” any of the DIP switches on the RN-270/SkyBT device?  The default switch positions work.  You don’t need to switch any of them.  All 4 DIP switches should be slid towards the red power button and DB-9 connector.

 

Woody

 

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$$$:V#

I'm pretty sure that's not a command. I believe it should be $V#

 

Rolando

 

 

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Subject: [ap-gto] SkySafari 6 connect to CP3

When I try and connect SkySafari 6 to my AP 900 GTOCP3 firmware V2 the mount does not respond.
The data being sent is $$$:V# what does the $$$ command do?  I am using a serial bluetooth adapter that works great with other programs.
Looks like the CP3 is ignoring the :V# command if $$$ is preceding it.

Thanks,
William


Re: SkySafari 6 connect to CP3

jimmyjujames
 

Long shot
 
Some of my Linux scripts are set to display end of line (eol) as a $ sign.
 
I don't think LX-200 protocol uses an (EOL) character
# sign is the EOL in LX-200 protocol
$ sign may be an invalid character in this protocol
 
$$$:V# That may be 3 <returns> and then :V# (as you said is an invalid command with no results returned)
 
What software sent that command.
 
Has it had a upgrade lately which sometimes resets your setup.
 
I don't see where a Time change would cause this problem either, But
 
As always I may be wrong again.
Jimmy
 


Re: SkySafari 6 connect to CP3

Woody Schlom
 

William,

 

Although I haven’t used this combination in a long time, in the past I have successfully used SkySafari to control my Mach1 with CP3.  And I used it with a RN-270 Serial to Bluetooth adapter (Identical to SkyBT).

 

Woody

 

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Subject: [ap-gto] SkySafari 6 connect to CP3

 

When I try and connect SkySafari 6 to my AP 900 GTOCP3 firmware V2 the mount does not respond.
The data being sent is $$$:V# what does the $$$ command do?  I am using a serial bluetooth adapter that works great with other programs.
Looks like the CP3 is ignoring the :V# command if $$$ is preceding it.

Thanks,
William

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