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Re: Mach2

Terri Zittritsch
 

Hi Jerome, I like it very much.  Very solid.   I also purchased spikes for the feet as I wasn't sure how the swiveling foot pads will work.     Given I purchased the center extension, I probably didn't need the extendable legs.   Everything fits together nicely.  Comes with a nice case.


More AP900 Goodness - Caroline's Rose

Dean Jacobsen
 

I'm still restoring my Astrobin gallery after the loss of everyone's pictures.  Sometimes I find an old image that I think I can do better on now.

This is NGC 7789 aka Caroline's Rose from September 2018 with the FSQ-106 at f/5. 

https://www.astrobin.com/full/365581/C/

The low resolution images don't do this open cluster justice so this one has been posted as a 100% resolution image.  Click on the "Full resolution" button in the upper right corner.

I love the smattering of red giants in this one.

Equipment and exposure details are listed on the "Technical card" page.
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http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Henry Kwok
 

Hi Ray (or anyone else who can help):

Since I have upgraded to Windows 10 (from Windows 7) I have a problem connecting to the mount via COM port using ASCOM.
Basically the first attempt at connecting to the mount after a fresh boot up of the machine will always fail.
However, if I try again the second time it will work.

For example, I normally start APJog, then click connect. It will launch the mount ASCOM driver window, but it will fail to detect the mount.
To solve the problem I will have to click connect again (which does nothing), then click disconnect (so to close the mount driver window), then click connect again and then everything will work fine from there.

I have also tried to connect to the mount from Voyager - and I see the same problem (i.e. first attempt at connecting to the mount after a fresh boot will fail).

This is a fatal issue, but more a nuisance.

I have noticed this problem since upgrading to Windows 10. Windows device manager does not report any error.

BTW, Voyager always run in administrator mode. I have set APJog to run as administrator as well, because if I don't and try to run Voyager after APJog the mount will not connect.

Is there some setting I am missing?

Thanks


Re: Mach2

 

Nice!  I'm really looking forward to getting mine.  
Is that a T-Pod 130 tripod?  I've been thinking of eventually getting a 110.  How do you like it?  
Jerome


Re: Mach2

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Very nice! My colleague received his as well. I’m sure I’ll get to see it in person very soon.

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 12:59 PM, Harley Davidson <astrocnc@...> wrote:

Very nice!!!

tony

On 3/14/2020 1:08 PM, Terri Zittritsch wrote:


Re: Mach2

Harley Davidson
 

Very nice!!!

tony

On 3/14/2020 1:08 PM, Terri Zittritsch wrote:

I’ve gotten several personal messages asking me to post pictures.   Here you go:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yldIol7IwBtdcCPXYaQDLo21BOGmGIq1/view?usp=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15911KnglxkSsxn_Bguba9E1VCbesTxhd/view?usp=drivesdk

T



Re: Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

Wayne Hixson
 

A question I have is exactly where model corrections for guiding and pointing are applied? In the software or in the GTOCP5 itself?

Wayne


On Mar 14, 2020, at 9:43 AM, Dominique Durand via Groups.Io <dom33.durand@...> wrote:

Terri, And yes, almost everything can work together, current users make it a permanent experience and I am sure that the Mach2 encoder system makes this even more secure. It's good to already have the Mach2 manual ... I would like to already have this version even if it may not be the final one.Good continuation in your discovery of the extended possibilities of Mach2 and APCC-Pro.


Mach2

Terri Zittritsch
 


Re: Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

Dominique Durand
 

Terri, And yes, almost everything can work together, current users make it a permanent experience and I am sure that the Mach2 encoder system makes this even more secure. It's good to already have the Mach2 manual ... I would like to already have this version even if it may not be the final one.Good continuation in your discovery of the extended possibilities of Mach2 and APCC-Pro.


Re: Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

Terri Zittritsch
 
Edited

Dean, For new A-P mount owners/users like me it would be interesting to understand your flow, using the keypad plus software and why.   I've only just recently understood that the keypad/hand controller can co-exist with a computer on the GTOCP5 controller.      I've also giddily found that I might be able to use sky safari along with APCC even though Sky Safari isn't on the windows platform.
  
I've finished consuming the APCC-Pro, Mach-5, V2 manuals (The apcc-pro is a beast) and have started things like horizon and meridian modeling (things I can do without clear skies).       I'll have a hand controller, and use SGPro and well as one of my planetarium programs.. (sky safari is my favorite).    I currently use SGPro for all image sequencing, target centering and focusing and phd2 for guiding.

T


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

Charles Thompson
 

George is fantastic!



Thanks,
Charles

Sent from mobile device.


-------- Original message --------
From: Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
Date: 3/13/20 2:54 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

Success!!! First of all, MAJOR shout-out to George for walking me through a HUGE number of things that sped me down the learning curve. 

Turns out I had the time off by 12 hours as in 2:26:30 vs. 14:26:30 (so also confirmed the "dumb" part of my situation). 

BUT, George gave me a crash course in APCC Pro that really boosted my  confidence there and readiness for a night out with the new scope and mount. Yah!


On Fri, 13 Mar 2020 at 12:05, Stuart via Groups.Io <stuart.j.heggie=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Don, I don't think there is a N/S switch on the CP4.


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 22:23, Don Anderson via Groups.Io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:
Stuart
Any chance the N/S switch got bumped to the wrong position?

Don Anderson


On Thursday, March 12, 2020, 03:03:19 p.m. MDT, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:


Testing Park3 is definitely a good idea. For any new startups I generally run the mount thru all park positions before going to any object.
 
If Venus coordinates are correct, then something else is wrong. Probably not battery or database. I suggest getting in touch with George at AP and having him advise some other tests. You could very easily have one of your settings of time, date, location wrong, something that isn't obvious to you but may be to a second person. It's happened to me when I had the clock set to 3 o-clock, forgetting that it should have been 15:00 hours.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 10:50 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

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/


--

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


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Re: Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 02:21 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
Keypads for the Mach2 will be available shortly. I have been running various tests on them here at my Hawaii observatory, where the skies are more astronomy friendly.
 
Rolando
 
Just wondering how the keypad upgrade project is coming.

As one who has used the keypad onboard databases and tours for years [ I bought my first AP mount in 2003 ], I am looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us.
 
--
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http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


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

Don Anderson
 

Great to hear Stuart!

Don Anderson


On Friday, March 13, 2020, 01:54:16 p.m. MDT, Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:


Success!!! First of all, MAJOR shout-out to George for walking me through a HUGE number of things that sped me down the learning curve. 

Turns out I had the time off by 12 hours as in 2:26:30 vs. 14:26:30 (so also confirmed the "dumb" part of my situation). 

BUT, George gave me a crash course in APCC Pro that really boosted my  confidence there and readiness for a night out with the new scope and mount. Yah!


On Fri, 13 Mar 2020 at 12:05, Stuart via Groups.Io <stuart.j.heggie=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Don, I don't think there is a N/S switch on the CP4.


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 22:23, Don Anderson via Groups.Io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:
Stuart
Any chance the N/S switch got bumped to the wrong position?

Don Anderson


On Thursday, March 12, 2020, 03:03:19 p.m. MDT, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:


Testing Park3 is definitely a good idea. For any new startups I generally run the mount thru all park positions before going to any object.
 
If Venus coordinates are correct, then something else is wrong. Probably not battery or database. I suggest getting in touch with George at AP and having him advise some other tests. You could very easily have one of your settings of time, date, location wrong, something that isn't obvious to you but may be to a second person. It's happened to me when I had the clock set to 3 o-clock, forgetting that it should have been 15:00 hours.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 10:50 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

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/


--

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


--

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


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

Don Anderson
 

Ops! You are absolutely right! 

Don Anderson


On Friday, March 13, 2020, 10:05:16 a.m. MDT, Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:


Don, I don't think there is a N/S switch on the CP4.


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 22:23, Don Anderson via Groups.Io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:
Stuart
Any chance the N/S switch got bumped to the wrong position?

Don Anderson


On Thursday, March 12, 2020, 03:03:19 p.m. MDT, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:


Testing Park3 is definitely a good idea. For any new startups I generally run the mount thru all park positions before going to any object.
 
If Venus coordinates are correct, then something else is wrong. Probably not battery or database. I suggest getting in touch with George at AP and having him advise some other tests. You could very easily have one of your settings of time, date, location wrong, something that isn't obvious to you but may be to a second person. It's happened to me when I had the clock set to 3 o-clock, forgetting that it should have been 15:00 hours.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 10:50 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

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/


--

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


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

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Success!!! First of all, MAJOR shout-out to George for walking me through a HUGE number of things that sped me down the learning curve. 

Turns out I had the time off by 12 hours as in 2:26:30 vs. 14:26:30 (so also confirmed the "dumb" part of my situation). 

BUT, George gave me a crash course in APCC Pro that really boosted my  confidence there and readiness for a night out with the new scope and mount. Yah!


On Fri, 13 Mar 2020 at 12:05, Stuart via Groups.Io <stuart.j.heggie=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Don, I don't think there is a N/S switch on the CP4.


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 22:23, Don Anderson via Groups.Io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:
Stuart
Any chance the N/S switch got bumped to the wrong position?

Don Anderson


On Thursday, March 12, 2020, 03:03:19 p.m. MDT, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:


Testing Park3 is definitely a good idea. For any new startups I generally run the mount thru all park positions before going to any object.
 
If Venus coordinates are correct, then something else is wrong. Probably not battery or database. I suggest getting in touch with George at AP and having him advise some other tests. You could very easily have one of your settings of time, date, location wrong, something that isn't obvious to you but may be to a second person. It's happened to me when I had the clock set to 3 o-clock, forgetting that it should have been 15:00 hours.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 10:50 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

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/


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

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Don, I don't think there is a N/S switch on the CP4.


On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 22:23, Don Anderson via Groups.Io <jockey_ca=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:
Stuart
Any chance the N/S switch got bumped to the wrong position?

Don Anderson


On Thursday, March 12, 2020, 03:03:19 p.m. MDT, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:


Testing Park3 is definitely a good idea. For any new startups I generally run the mount thru all park positions before going to any object.
 
If Venus coordinates are correct, then something else is wrong. Probably not battery or database. I suggest getting in touch with George at AP and having him advise some other tests. You could very easily have one of your settings of time, date, location wrong, something that isn't obvious to you but may be to a second person. It's happened to me when I had the clock set to 3 o-clock, forgetting that it should have been 15:00 hours.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 10:50 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

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? 

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

Don Anderson
 

Stuart
Any chance the N/S switch got bumped to the wrong position?

Don Anderson


On Thursday, March 12, 2020, 03:03:19 p.m. MDT, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:


Testing Park3 is definitely a good idea. For any new startups I generally run the mount thru all park positions before going to any object.
 
If Venus coordinates are correct, then something else is wrong. Probably not battery or database. I suggest getting in touch with George at AP and having him advise some other tests. You could very easily have one of your settings of time, date, location wrong, something that isn't obvious to you but may be to a second person. It's happened to me when I had the clock set to 3 o-clock, forgetting that it should have been 15:00 hours.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 10:50 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

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? 

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Re: Benefits of MG Box V2

Worsel
 

Wayne

If you have APCC Pro, see section 5.17 in the manual for some of the benefits.

Bryan


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

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Thanks Rolando! I will call George tomorrow. 

Stuart

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 5:03 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Testing Park3 is definitely a good idea. For any new startups I generally run the mount thru all park positions before going to any object.
 
If Venus coordinates are correct, then something else is wrong. Probably not battery or database. I suggest getting in touch with George at AP and having him advise some other tests. You could very easily have one of your settings of time, date, location wrong, something that isn't obvious to you but may be to a second person. It's happened to me when I had the clock set to 3 o-clock, forgetting that it should have been 15:00 hours.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 10:50 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dumb(?) question re start-up of my AP900GTO CP4

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? 

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