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Re: GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Henry Kwok
 

3. If after the connect fails if you click connect again in APJog without exiting does the connect work?
After it fails to connect, I need to click connect again, then disconnect, then close the application to unload the driver instance.

Then I can launch APJog again, click connect and then it will work normally.


Re: GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Ray Gralak
 

Oh well, I guess it shall remain a mystery then.... Like I say it is just a nuisance, as a second attempt at connecting
will work. I was just hoping that it is some software setting that is causing this problem.
One possibility is that it could be the COM port on your computer has garbage in the send or receive buffers.

You could try seeing if there is a specific COM port driver for your computer. Also you could try replacing or adding another COM port adapter to see if the problem goes away.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Henry Kwok
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:09 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

AP Jog fails to connect even in normal mode, if launched after a fresh reboot. And as it is a fresh reboot, there is
nothing trying to access COM1.

The reason why I run APJog in administrator mode, is so that later on when I run Voyager, which must be in
admin mode, the same driver instance will be used. Otherwise, there will be two instances of drivers and they
don't play nicely together -- been there, done that.

Oh well, I guess it shall remain a mystery then.... Like I say it is just a nuisance, as a second attempt at connecting
will work. I was just hoping that it is some software setting that is causing this problem.



Re: GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Henry Kwok
 

AP Jog fails to connect even in normal mode, if launched after a fresh reboot. And as it is a fresh reboot, there is nothing trying to access COM1.

The reason why I run APJog in administrator mode, is so that later on when I run Voyager, which must be in admin mode, the same driver instance will be used. Otherwise, there will be two instances of drivers and they don't play nicely together -- been there, done that.

Oh well, I guess it shall remain a mystery then.... Like I say it is just a nuisance, as a second attempt at connecting will work. I was just hoping that it is some software setting that is causing this problem.


moderated Re: Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

Don Anderson
 

Hear Hear!

Don Anderson


On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 09:38:31 p.m. MDT, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:


To all of our friends,

 

As events and activities are cancelled and stressful news abounds, you may wish to consider indulging yourself in activities that you enjoy – hikes in the woods, preparing your garden beds for Spring, bird watching, astronomy, etc. Get up off the couch and enjoy a night under the stars and finally process those images that you have been capturing. Be sure to share your observing experiences and images with our group.

 

Be kind to one another and those that you love. Be safe.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 


Re: Ascom driver will not connect to mount

Ray Gralak
 

Peter,

It looks like Ray just answered this question for another user. I will try that in device manager.
I also answered your question directly!

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Peter Bresler via Groups.Io
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:28 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Ascom driver will not connect to mount

It looks like Ray just answered this question for another user. I will try that in device manager.


Re: GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Henry,

It says COM1 - see screenshots attached.
1. AP Jog does not run as administrator. Did you run it that way on purpose?

2. Is it possible another application was connected to the COM port at the same time?

3. If after the connect fails if you click connect again in APJog without exiting does the connect work?

I have just tried to reproduce the problem you are seeing and I cannot so it is likely something specific on your computer.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Henry Kwok
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:32 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Hi Ray

It says COM1 - see screenshots attached.

Thanks

Henry



moderated Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

 

To all of our friends,

 

As events and activities are cancelled and stressful news abounds, you may wish to consider indulging yourself in activities that you enjoy – hikes in the woods, preparing your garden beds for Spring, bird watching, astronomy, etc. Get up off the couch and enjoy a night under the stars and finally process those images that you have been capturing. Be sure to share your observing experiences and images with our group.

 

Be kind to one another and those that you love. Be safe.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 


Re: Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Roland Christen
 

1 hour = 15 degrees in RA. By the way, having AE on the mount won't solve that at this time. Even if the parks were set to a fixed position (right now they are calculated from your zenith), the stars will be in the wrong position because pointing in RA is always dependent on the time to progress without interruption. As soon as you tell the mount that the time has changed by 1 hour but neglect to tell it that your daylight savings has moved back one hour, then your pointing in RA will be off by exactly 15 degrees. This is fundamental.
 
I avoid changing the time, just let it flow without interruption twice a year.
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 5:22 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Aha! Time did recently change between the times we have been able to image here in the PNW (which is where Tony is at as well) I bet that is why.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?
 
Normally a mount will never do what you are describing, even if you have a power loss during a slew. But this situation can occur if during a session you did a recal on a wrong position. It can occur if you did a time change during your session, or changed the daylight savings time. For each hour of time change or daylight savings the parks will move 15 degrees.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 4:40 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Hi Peter,

Thanks. I'll give that a go - I was hoping that there would be something more automated for this - but I guess having AE's would solve this issue?


Re: GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Henry Kwok
 

Hi Ray

It says COM1 - see screenshots attached.

Thanks

Henry


Re: Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

That must be what happened...because the inadvertent shut down was prior to the 1hr time change!!

Thanks for clearing that up :)


Re: Ascom driver will not connect to mount

Roland Christen
 

Whenever I get that message I open Device Manager and click on Ports. Invariably Windows has used the port that I normally connect to, Com3, for something else. Below that port it will show another port (sometimes Com 13 or 14) which is free. So, I simply set APCC to one of those and it connects. Next session Windows does something else and uses that port so it is not available for APCC. Device Manager always gives you at least one port that is free, and it can be random from one session to the next depending on how you used your computer. If you want to avoid this merry-go-round with Windows 10, then use a dedicated computer for imaging that is never connected to the internet.
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 4:54 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Ascom driver will not connect to mount

The Ascom driver stopped connecting to my Mach1/ CTO4. I had to switch computers, but do not think that is the problem. I also installed the latest versions of APCC and Ascom. I am using an Ethernet cable, but tried USB and it also does not.work. In APCC the mount shows the IP address and connects, but ASCOM does not. In checking ports in ASCOM it says "mount not found". Please help! Thanks.


Re: Ascom driver will not connect to mount

Peter Bresler
 

It looks like Ray just answered this question for another user. I will try that in device manager.


Re: GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Ray Gralak
 

Henry,

I have run APJog as normal or as administrator immediate after reboot - the driver fails to detect the mount on the
first attempt.
When the mount does not connect does the port number on the driver say COM1? Or another port?

Is it possible that something else may be trying to connect to COM1 at the same time?

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Henry Kwok
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 7:59 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Hi Ray

I do not use USB-serial converter. The PC has a physical serial port which is COM1
I have run device manager after boot. It reports COM1 as the only COM port and it is running properly.
I have run AP Telescope Setup as normal or as administrator immediate after reboot - in both cases it detects the
mount normally.
I have run APJog as normal or as administrator immediate after reboot - the driver fails to detect the mount on the
first attempt.
Is there a log file somewhere that may be of use?
Perhaps it is a problem specific to my hardware?

Thanks

Henry


Re: Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Bill Long
 

Aha! Time did recently change between the times we have been able to image here in the PNW (which is where Tony is at as well) I bet that is why.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via Groups.Io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?
 
Normally a mount will never do what you are describing, even if you have a power loss during a slew. But this situation can occur if during a session you did a recal on a wrong position. It can occur if you did a time change during your session, or changed the daylight savings time. For each hour of time change or daylight savings the parks will move 15 degrees.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 4:40 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Hi Peter,

Thanks. I'll give that a go - I was hoping that there would be something more automated for this - but I guess having AE's would solve this issue?


Re: Ascom driver will not connect to mount

Ray Gralak
 

problem. I also installed the latest versions of APCC and Ascom. I am using an Ethernet cable, but tried USB and
it also does not.work. In APCC the mount shows the IP address and connects, but ASCOM does not. In checking
ports in ASCOM it says "mount not found". Please help! Thanks.
Your logs show that you did not have an IP address set in the ASCOM driver. Try configuring the driver to be a GTOCP4 and to use the IP Address of the mount. Make sure to uncheck the APCC option in the driver setup if you use an IP address.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Peter Bresler via Groups.Io
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 7:55 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Ascom driver will not connect to mount

The Ascom driver stopped connecting to my Mach1/ CTO4. I had to switch computers, but do not think that is the
problem. I also installed the latest versions of APCC and Ascom. I am using an Ethernet cable, but tried USB and
it also does not.work. In APCC the mount shows the IP address and connects, but ASCOM does not. In checking
ports in ASCOM it says "mount not found". Please help! Thanks.


Re: Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Roland Christen
 

Normally a mount will never do what you are describing, even if you have a power loss during a slew. But this situation can occur if during a session you did a recal on a wrong position. It can occur if you did a time change during your session, or changed the daylight savings time. For each hour of time change or daylight savings the parks will move 15 degrees.
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 4:40 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Hi Peter,

Thanks. I'll give that a go - I was hoping that there would be something more automated for this - but I guess having AE's would solve this issue?


Re: Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Roland Christen
 

No need to power cycle. Once there you are there.
 
Rolando
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Nagy <topboxman@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 4:38 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

I would say unlock the clutches of both axes, manually position the mount to Park 3, power cycle the mount if it's still powered up, then resume from Park 3 and go from there.

Peter


Re: Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Roland Christen
 

 
Whats the best way to get it back to the correct Park position 3?
Loosen the clutches and move it there manually. Then tighten the clutches and check all the other park positions.
 
Rolando
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 4:26 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

I think, the other day, I accidentally shutdown power to the mount while it was tracking and never got to "Park" it, as I normally do at Park position # (more or less North). I started it up tonight and hit Park to position 3 - but its about 10 degrees short of where it should be? Whats the best way to get it back to the correct Park position 3?


Re: Mount Not Going To Park Position 3?

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

Thank You Sir,

Of course I picked the one point in the entire sky to Sync on - Regulus - that is below the peak of the one house that can hide some of my sky - so the plate solve failed. But figured that problem out quick enough (used Pollux instead) and it is synced once again - THANKS!!

Btw - still waiting for the AE's to arrive - getting close a month now - should be any day :)


Re: GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Henry Kwok
 

Hi Ray

I do not use USB-serial converter. The PC has a physical serial port which is COM1
I have run device manager after boot. It reports COM1 as the only COM port and it is running properly.
I have run AP Telescope Setup as normal or as administrator immediate after reboot - in both cases it detects the mount normally.
I have run APJog as normal or as administrator immediate after reboot - the driver fails to detect the mount on the first attempt.
Is there a log file somewhere that may be of use?
Perhaps it is a problem specific to my hardware?

Thanks

Henry

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