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Re: How to Raise AP1600 Height

Woody Schlom
 

Jack,

 

  1. The glow tape I use is made for the live theater industry.  It glows in the dark so actors can find their marks during blacked out set changes – and so they don’t bang into things in the dark.  It’s UV sensitive, so a short blast of UV light (I use a powerful Fenix L.E.D. UV flashlight) wakes it up and “recharges” it.  It glows a lime-greenish color.
  2. I posted photos of the 12” riser I made for the top of my PierTech pier (similar to yours but single column) and sent them to this group as well as directly to your MallinCamUSA Email address – but I don’t think either ever were delivered.  I made my riser out of big 80/20 aluminum extrusions – through bolted with long SS bolts.

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jack Huerkamp
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 9:26 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to Raise AP1600 Height

 

Robert,

I will get a roll of the Safety Tape.  I remember seeing it demonstrated in an episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon was demonstrating the safety procedures in his and Leonard's apartment.  Now that I know what to look for, I will get some.

As far as the dual lifting column, I built it originally after seeing one my friend had erected in his observatory.  He had a single column with 1000 Newton (225#) thrust.  And he had it installed with the long dimension in the North-South direction.  When he had the column at maximum height with his CGE PRO and Meade 14" SCT on top, it did tend to have some flex in the East-West direction.  I decided to purchase two of the 1000 Newton columns, mount them parallel to each other with the long dimenseion in the East-West axis, and I started with a CGE PRO on top of the lifting columns.  The 450# thrust capacity was fine initially.  But the mount got replaced for the AP1600, I changed scopes from a single C11 to a MallinCam VRC-10 riding parallel to a Lunt 152.  And ocassionally I added an additional scope on top of the Lunt.  With my total load approaching 550#, I still was successful at using the dual 1000 Newton columns, but I ended up ordering a set of 2500 Newton lifting columns and installed them at the end of 2019.  With over 1100# of thrust available, I now have a nice safety factor and have had no issues with them.


Re: Mach1 Unable to Find Home Position Suddenly

Mikko Viljamaa
 

Thanks Don. I have Luminous so I could try that. But... even if I just use the AP V2 driver, unpark the Mount and slew it to any direction and then ask it to park again, it will miss the park position. Any movement will confuse it now 9 times out of 10. 


- Mikko


Re: Mach1 Unable to Find Home Position Suddenly

Donald Rudny
 

Hi Mikko,

Just throwing out an idea here, but do you have an ipad or iPhone?  If you do, you could buy SkySafari or Luminous (they’re pretty cheap) to control the mount and take your computer and plate solving out of the link.  You can run through a number of go to slews and see if it parks in the same place.  If you align to a known object, you can evaluate your go to as well.  If that works, it’s not the mount.

I only use APCC to initiate and then connect my CP4 to an iPad for control.  It works perfectly and is pretty much a no brainer.

Hope this helps.

Don

Don Rudny

On Mar 20, 2020, at 7:09 AM, Mikko Viljamaa <mikko.viljamaa@...> wrote:

Ray I just wanted to let you know that I "escalated" this issue by contacting A-P via e-mail asking help. This in case you didn't see it yet. I feel like I have an issue with the Mount and not with the Platesolving or anything else. Either the clutches are slipping or something else is wrong but the Mount just doesn't slew where it's supposed to. As you guessed, reinstalling the driver did not actually solve my problem and the Mount is again slewing past the park-3 position and does the same thing with any target I have. Hence the reason why Platesolve does not work as the Mount is so much off.


Thanks,

Mikko


Re: APCC rate settings

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Hi Ray,
   Sorry for being dumber than rocks when it comes to Windows stuff. I'm more of a dumber than rocks Mac user :) Here's the screen shot for the firewall settings on my Win 10:

Inline image

I don't see APCC in the list. What is APCC called in the firewall so that I can enable it?

cytan


On Friday, March 20, 2020, 12:49:39 PM CDT, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:


Windows Defender Firewall can block applications. Without realizing the impact you might have clicked yes to a prompt that disabled APCC from being able to access the web. There is not much else that could prevent APCC from doing a simple HTML request. I guess maybe it could be that you need to update windows or haven't updated an optional update related to .Net framework.

-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 Cheng-Yang Tan via Groups.Io
> Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 10:37 AM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
>
> Hi Ray
>  I don't have any purchased AV on my Win10. Unless you mean whatever AV that comes standard on Win10?
>
> cytan
>
> On Friday, March 20, 2020, 12:33:02 PM CDT, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
>
>
> Okay, then maybe your anti-virus application is blocking APCC from sending anything off your computer.
>
> Try turning AV off then try again.
>
> -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 Cheng-Yang Tan via Groups.Io
> > Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 9:45 AM
> > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
> >
> > Hi Ray
> >    I can see https://www.siriusimaging.com, <https://www.siriusimaging.com,> but 1.8.0.4 does not see the
> update.
> >
> > cytan
> >
> > On Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:27:28 AM CDT, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
> >
> >
> > No connection is required.
> >
> > You're computer/browser must be able to access https://www.siriusimaging.com.
> >
> > -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 Konstantin von
> > > Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 8:16 AM
> > > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> > > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
> > >
> > > Hi Ray,
> > >
> > > I ran APCC Pro 1.8.0.5. When I check for updates I get the answer No updates to APCC are available. Do I
> have
> > > to be connected to a mount?
> > >
> > > Konstantin
> > >
> > >
> > > Konstantin v. Poschinger
> > >
> > > Hammerichstr. 5
> > > 22605 Hamburg
> > > 040/8805747
> > > 0171 1983476
> > >
> > >
> > >    Am 20.03.2020 um 05:32 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@...>:
> > >
> > >    Hi Brian,
> > >
> > >    When you run APCC it will indicate a new version is available in the title. Then from APCC's help menu
> > > you can use Check for updates to get the download link.
> > >
> > >    -Ray Gralak
> > >    Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
> > >    Author of PEMPro V3:  https://www.ccdware.com <https://www.ccdware.com> <https://www.ccdware.com>
> <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 Brian Valente
> > >        Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:39 PM
> > >        To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> > >        Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
> > >
> > >        Ray where can we download this latest version?
> > >
> > >        AP site only has link to 1.8.0.5 right now
> > >
> > >        thanks -Brian
> > >
> > >        On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 8:21 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > >        > Running APPC 1.8.0.4  with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
> > > formerly
> > >        there
> > >        > were several more?
> > >
> > >        That was fixed in 1.8.0.8/9.
> > >
> > >        -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: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:11 PM
> > >        > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> > >        > Subject: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
> > >        >
> > >        > Running APPC 1.8.0.4  with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
> > > formerly
> > >        there
> > >        > were several more?
> > >        >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >        --
> > >
> > >        Brian
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >        Brian Valente
> > >        portfolio brianvalentephotography.com <http://brianvalentephotography.com/>
> > > <http://brianvalentephotography.com <http://brianvalentephotography.com>
> <http://brianvalentephotography.com>
> > <http://brianvalentephotography.com/> >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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Re: APCC rate settings

Ray Gralak
 

Windows Defender Firewall can block applications. Without realizing the impact you might have clicked yes to a prompt that disabled APCC from being able to access the web. There is not much else that could prevent APCC from doing a simple HTML request. I guess maybe it could be that you need to update windows or haven't updated an optional update related to .Net framework.

-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 Cheng-Yang Tan via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 10:37 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings

Hi Ray
I don't have any purchased AV on my Win10. Unless you mean whatever AV that comes standard on Win10?

cytan

On Friday, March 20, 2020, 12:33:02 PM CDT, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:


Okay, then maybe your anti-virus application is blocking APCC from sending anything off your computer.

Try turning AV off then try again.

-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 Cheng-Yang Tan via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 9:45 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings

Hi Ray
I can see https://www.siriusimaging.com, <https://www.siriusimaging.com,> but 1.8.0.4 does not see the
update.

cytan

On Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:27:28 AM CDT, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:


No connection is required.

You're computer/browser must be able to access https://www.siriusimaging.com.

-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 Konstantin von
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 8:16 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings

Hi Ray,

I ran APCC Pro 1.8.0.5. When I check for updates I get the answer No updates to APCC are available. Do I
have
to be connected to a mount?

Konstantin


Konstantin v. Poschinger

Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171 1983476


Am 20.03.2020 um 05:32 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com>:

Hi Brian,

When you run APCC it will indicate a new version is available in the title. Then from APCC's help menu
you can use Check for updates to get the download link.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com <https://www.ccdware.com> <https://www.ccdware.com>
<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 Brian Valente
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:39 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings

Ray where can we download this latest version?

AP site only has link to 1.8.0.5 right now

thanks -Brian

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 8:21 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:


> Running APPC 1.8.0.4 with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
formerly
there
> were several more?

That was fixed in 1.8.0.8/9.

-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: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:11 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
>
> Running APPC 1.8.0.4 with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
formerly
there
> were several more?
>








--

Brian



Brian Valente
portfolio brianvalentephotography.com <http://brianvalentephotography.com/>
<http://brianvalentephotography.com <http://brianvalentephotography.com>
<http://brianvalentephotography.com>
<http://brianvalentephotography.com/> >

















Re: Mach1 Unable to Find Home Position Suddenly

Dale Ghent
 

Hey Mikki, I responded to you about this issue on your CN thread. One other potential cause besides mechanical slippage is your PC's clock drifting copiously between sessions. This is something to consider if your drift is in RA only.

On Mar 20, 2020, at 1:09 PM, Mikko Viljamaa <mikko.viljamaa@gmail.com> wrote:

Ray I just wanted to let you know that I "escalated" this issue by contacting A-P via e-mail asking help. This in case you didn't see it yet. I feel like I have an issue with the Mount and not with the Platesolving or anything else. Either the clutches are slipping or something else is wrong but the Mount just doesn't slew where it's supposed to. As you guessed, reinstalling the driver did not actually solve my problem and the Mount is again slewing past the park-3 position and does the same thing with any target I have. Hence the reason why Platesolve does not work as the Mount is so much off.


Thanks,

Mikko


Re: APCC rate settings

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Hi Ray
  I don't have any purchased AV on my Win10. Unless you mean whatever AV that comes standard on Win10?

cytan

On Friday, March 20, 2020, 12:33:02 PM CDT, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:


Okay, then maybe your anti-virus application is blocking APCC from sending anything off your computer.

Try turning AV off then try again.

-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 Cheng-Yang Tan via Groups.Io
> Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 9:45 AM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
>
> Hi Ray
>    I can see https://www.siriusimaging.com, but 1.8.0.4 does not see the update.
>
> cytan
>
> On Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:27:28 AM CDT, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
>
>
> No connection is required.
>
> You're computer/browser must be able to access https://www.siriusimaging.com.
>
> -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 Konstantin von
> > Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 8:16 AM
> > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
> >
> > Hi Ray,
> >
> > I ran APCC Pro 1.8.0.5. When I check for updates I get the answer No updates to APCC are available. Do I have
> > to be connected to a mount?
> >
> > Konstantin
> >
> >
> > Konstantin v. Poschinger
> >
> > Hammerichstr. 5
> > 22605 Hamburg
> > 040/8805747
> > 0171 1983476
> >
> >
> >    Am 20.03.2020 um 05:32 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@...>:
> >
> >    Hi Brian,
> >
> >    When you run APCC it will indicate a new version is available in the title. Then from APCC's help menu
> > you can use Check for updates to get the download link.
> >
> >    -Ray Gralak
> >    Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
> >    Author of PEMPro V3:  https://www.ccdware.com <https://www.ccdware.com> <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 Brian Valente
> >        Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:39 PM
> >        To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> >        Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
> >
> >        Ray where can we download this latest version?
> >
> >        AP site only has link to 1.8.0.5 right now
> >
> >        thanks -Brian
> >
> >        On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 8:21 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
> >
> >
> >        > Running APPC 1.8.0.4  with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
> > formerly
> >        there
> >        > were several more?
> >
> >        That was fixed in 1.8.0.8/9.
> >
> >        -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: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:11 PM
> >        > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> >        > Subject: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
> >        >
> >        > Running APPC 1.8.0.4  with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
> > formerly
> >        there
> >        > were several more?
> >        >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >        --
> >
> >        Brian
> >
> >
> >
> >        Brian Valente
> >        portfolio brianvalentephotography.com <http://brianvalentephotography.com/>
> > <http://brianvalentephotography.com <http://brianvalentephotography.com>
> <http://brianvalentephotography.com/> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
>
>





Re: APCC rate settings

Ray Gralak
 

Okay, then maybe your anti-virus application is blocking APCC from sending anything off your computer.

Try turning AV off then try again.

-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 Cheng-Yang Tan via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 9:45 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings

Hi Ray
I can see https://www.siriusimaging.com, but 1.8.0.4 does not see the update.

cytan

On Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:27:28 AM CDT, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:


No connection is required.

You're computer/browser must be able to access https://www.siriusimaging.com.

-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 Konstantin von
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 8:16 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings

Hi Ray,

I ran APCC Pro 1.8.0.5. When I check for updates I get the answer No updates to APCC are available. Do I have
to be connected to a mount?

Konstantin


Konstantin v. Poschinger

Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171 1983476


Am 20.03.2020 um 05:32 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com>:

Hi Brian,

When you run APCC it will indicate a new version is available in the title. Then from APCC's help menu
you can use Check for updates to get the download link.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com <https://www.ccdware.com> <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 Brian Valente
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:39 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings

Ray where can we download this latest version?

AP site only has link to 1.8.0.5 right now

thanks -Brian

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 8:21 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:


> Running APPC 1.8.0.4 with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
formerly
there
> were several more?

That was fixed in 1.8.0.8/9.

-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: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:11 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
>
> Running APPC 1.8.0.4 with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
formerly
there
> were several more?
>








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Re: Mach1 Unable to Find Home Position Suddenly

Mikko Viljamaa
 

Ray I just wanted to let you know that I "escalated" this issue by contacting A-P via e-mail asking help. This in case you didn't see it yet. I feel like I have an issue with the Mount and not with the Platesolving or anything else. Either the clutches are slipping or something else is wrong but the Mount just doesn't slew where it's supposed to. As you guessed, reinstalling the driver did not actually solve my problem and the Mount is again slewing past the park-3 position and does the same thing with any target I have. Hence the reason why Platesolve does not work as the Mount is so much off.


Thanks,

Mikko


Re: APCC rate settings

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Hi Ray
   I can see https://www.siriusimaging.com, but 1.8.0.4 does not see the update.

cytan

On Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:27:28 AM CDT, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:


No connection is required.

You're computer/browser must be able to access https://www.siriusimaging.com.

-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 Konstantin von
> Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 8:16 AM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
>
> Hi Ray,
>
> I ran APCC Pro 1.8.0.5. When I check for updates I get the answer No updates to APCC are available. Do I have
> to be connected to a mount?
>
> Konstantin
>
>
> Konstantin v. Poschinger
>
> Hammerichstr. 5
> 22605 Hamburg
> 040/8805747
> 0171 1983476
>
>
>     Am 20.03.2020 um 05:32 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@...>:
>
>     Hi Brian,
>
>     When you run APCC it will indicate a new version is available in the title. Then from APCC's help menu
> you can use Check for updates to get the download link.
>
>     -Ray Gralak
>     Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
>     Author of PEMPro V3:  https://www.ccdware.com <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 Brian Valente
>         Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:39 PM
>         To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
>         Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
>
>         Ray where can we download this latest version?
>
>         AP site only has link to 1.8.0.5 right now
>
>         thanks -Brian
>
>         On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 8:21 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
>
>
>         > Running APPC 1.8.0.4  with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
> formerly
>         there
>         > were several more?
>
>         That was fixed in 1.8.0.8/9.
>
>         -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: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:11 PM
>         > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
>         > Subject: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
>         >
>         > Running APPC 1.8.0.4  with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
> formerly
>         there
>         > were several more?
>         >
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>         --
>
>         Brian
>
>
>
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Re: How to Raise AP1600 Height

Jack Huerkamp
 

John,

I use a drummer's throne in my observatory and I, too, have missed it in the darkness.  I will place the Safety Tape around the cushioned seat area to make it easier to find in the dark.

Jack
Huerkamp


Re: How to Raise AP1600 Height

Jack Huerkamp
 

Robert,

I will get a roll of the Safety Tape.  I remember seeing it demonstrated in an episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon was demonstrating the safety procedures in his and Leonard's apartment.  Now that I know what to look for, I will get some.

As far as the dual lifting column, I built it originally after seeing one my friend had erected in his observatory.  He had a single column with 1000 Newton (225#) thrust.  And he had it installed with the long dimension in the North-South direction.  When he had the column at maximum height with his CGE PRO and Meade 14" SCT on top, it did tend to have some flex in the East-West direction.  I decided to purchase two of the 1000 Newton columns, mount them parallel to each other with the long dimenseion in the East-West axis, and I started with a CGE PRO on top of the lifting columns.  The 450# thrust capacity was fine initially.  But the mount got replaced for the AP1600, I changed scopes from a single C11 to a MallinCam VRC-10 riding parallel to a Lunt 152.  And ocassionally I added an additional scope on top of the Lunt.  With my total load approaching 550#, I still was successful at using the dual 1000 Newton columns, but I ended up ordering a set of 2500 Newton lifting columns and installed them at the end of 2019.  With over 1100# of thrust available, I now have a nice safety factor and have had no issues with them.


Re: How to Raise AP1600 Height

Jack Huerkamp
 

Roland,

I have a big roll of the large perforated bubble wrap and I will try placing some around the weights.  I hate hiding the beauty of the great machining; but my head will appreciate the bubble wrap more.


Re: How to Raise AP1600 Height

David Albers
 

The glow in the dark tape that I use stays effective most of the night.  While I have not stayed awake from dusk to dawn to be exact in the actual number of hours, I can attest to at least 6-8 hours of effectiveness.



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@...>
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 11:22 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to Raise AP1600 Height
 
Had to ask ...
 
    How does GLOW Tape work in the dark, around the scope which has been imaging?
Do you recharge the strip with a flashlight, every so often, such as between exposures?
 
    Otherwise, maybe a battery operated (or wired to a USB port on the mount),  flashing LED taped to the “counterweight bar safety stop”. Same idea as the red lights atop tall buildings/towers near airports.
 
    Since this has been an astronomer’s hazard for many decades, maybe AP could design a new Safety Stop, with a built-in or affixed (coin) battery holder and a flashing,  LED-lighted fibre optic (annular) ring around its edge. One could probably rig this up to an existing safety stop without much difficulty, using PC cabinet,  glow-fibre optics kits from any gaming PC store.
 
    Then we wouldn’t need to keep recharging the Glow Tape.
 
Just a thought,
Joe Z.
 
From: John A. Sillasen
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 1:13 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to Raise AP1600 Height
 
Glow tape is a great idea in addition to your wanting to raise everything with a pier extension.  I use both on my Mach 1, although I never considered putting the tape on the CounterWeights.  Definitely going to do that now that it's been brought up here.

I put the glow tape and it does have a tiny green tinge to a beige/white appearance in the light.  I put it on my Eagle Pier legs with the extra extension. I also have a Musicians Friend practice stool. Its solid black steel with a movable seat in slots in the steel. Very easy to miss in the dark. I went to sit back down on it after being just too close to the CounterWeights and shaft at Cherry Springs State Park last year. Missed the chair completely and ended up on my butt!  It was past midnight and the skies were starting to go right after that so I decided to pack it in as I knew I was going to be sore in the morning!

Definitely going to put that tape on each CounterWeight!  Thanks for the tip!
 
My ATS Portable Pier for my 1100 is all white so the tape won't be as obvious but still going to do it - definitely on the CounterWeights as well.
 
John A. Sillasen
 
 


Re: APCC rate settings

Ray Gralak
 

No connection is required.

You're computer/browser must be able to access https://www.siriusimaging.com.

-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 Konstantin von
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 8:16 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings

Hi Ray,

I ran APCC Pro 1.8.0.5. When I check for updates I get the answer No updates to APCC are available. Do I have
to be connected to a mount?

Konstantin


Konstantin v. Poschinger

Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171 1983476


Am 20.03.2020 um 05:32 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com>:

Hi Brian,

When you run APCC it will indicate a new version is available in the title. Then from APCC's help menu
you can use Check for updates to get the download link.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com <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 Brian Valente
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:39 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings

Ray where can we download this latest version?

AP site only has link to 1.8.0.5 right now

thanks -Brian

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 8:21 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:


> Running APPC 1.8.0.4 with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
formerly
there
> were several more?

That was fixed in 1.8.0.8/9.

-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: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:11 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
>
> Running APPC 1.8.0.4 with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now;
formerly
there
> were several more?
>








--

Brian



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portfolio brianvalentephotography.com <http://brianvalentephotography.com/>
<http://brianvalentephotography.com <http://brianvalentephotography.com/> >









Re: How to Raise AP1600 Height

Joe Zeglinski
 

Had to ask ...
 
    How does GLOW Tape work in the dark, around the scope which has been imaging?
Do you recharge the strip with a flashlight, every so often, such as between exposures?
 
    Otherwise, maybe a battery operated (or wired to a USB port on the mount),  flashing LED taped to the “counterweight bar safety stop”. Same idea as the red lights atop tall buildings/towers near airports.
 
    Since this has been an astronomer’s hazard for many decades, maybe AP could design a new Safety Stop, with a built-in or affixed (coin) battery holder and a flashing,  LED-lighted fibre optic (annular) ring around its edge. One could probably rig this up to an existing safety stop without much difficulty, using PC cabinet,  glow-fibre optics kits from any gaming PC store.
 
    Then we wouldn’t need to keep recharging the Glow Tape.
 
Just a thought,
Joe Z.
 

From: John A. Sillasen
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 1:13 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to Raise AP1600 Height
 
Glow tape is a great idea in addition to your wanting to raise everything with a pier extension.  I use both on my Mach 1, although I never considered putting the tape on the CounterWeights.  Definitely going to do that now that it's been brought up here.

I put the glow tape and it does have a tiny green tinge to a beige/white appearance in the light.  I put it on my Eagle Pier legs with the extra extension. I also have a Musicians Friend practice stool. Its solid black steel with a movable seat in slots in the steel. Very easy to miss in the dark. I went to sit back down on it after being just too close to the CounterWeights and shaft at Cherry Springs State Park last year. Missed the chair completely and ended up on my butt!  It was past midnight and the skies were starting to go right after that so I decided to pack it in as I knew I was going to be sore in the morning!

Definitely going to put that tape on each CounterWeight!  Thanks for the tip!
 
My ATS Portable Pier for my 1100 is all white so the tape won't be as obvious but still going to do it - definitely on the CounterWeights as well.
 
John A. Sillasen
 
 


Re: APPM Model Creation Problem

Ray Gralak
 

Wayne,

Assuming you have set up image scale accurately in APPM have you tried setting up All Sky plate solving as a backup for when the normal plate solve fails? It's an option in APPM's plate solve tab. This helps if the problem is just that the mount coordinates are not very close to sky coordinates.

There is also a feature in APPM to perform test plate solves on the plate solve tab. You can use that to make sure plate solving is working since each plate solver is different. If you are using APCC 1.8.0.9 you can set the camera type in APPM to "NASA Sky View" for daytime testing. It will download an image in the proper image scale using the mount's RA/Dec pointing position. Not many people seem to know about that. :-)

Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. I'm probably not going to be available again until this evening, but I can help you more at that time if you still can't get any further. In that case It would be great if you could use APCC's log zipper to capture logs and send me a private email with a dropbox link to the zip file.

-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 Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 10:08 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APPM Model Creation Problem

Hi Ray, trying to create a simple model with my Horizon and Meridian limits turned on. It generates a set of points
but fails every solve. When I manually try a solve in APPM (using Pinpoint) I get this message:


Plate Solve failed!

The plate's exposure start time is required for catalog proper motion calculation. Check the attached image.

What do I need to do?

Wayne


Re: APCC rate settings

Konstantin von Poschinger
 

Hi Ray,

I ran APCC Pro 1.8.0.5. When I check for updates I get the answer No updates to APCC are available. Do I have to be connected to a mount?

Konstantin


Konstantin v. Poschinger

Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171 1983476

Am 20.03.2020 um 05:32 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@...>:

Hi Brian,

When you run APCC it will indicate a new version is available in the title. Then from APCC's help menu you can use Check for updates to get the download link.

-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 Brian Valente
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:39 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings

Ray where can we download this latest version?

AP site only has link to 1.8.0.5 right now

thanks -Brian

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 8:21 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:


> Running APPC 1.8.0.4  with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now; formerly
there
> were several more?

That was fixed in 1.8.0.8/9.

-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: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:11 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
>
> Running APPC 1.8.0.4  with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now; formerly
there
> were several more?
>








--

Brian



Brian Valente
portfolio brianvalentephotography.com  <http://brianvalentephotography.com>





Re: APCC rate settings

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Hi Ray,

My APCC 1.8.0.4 doesn't see the update when I press "Check for updates".

This has happened with the previous version as well. Is there any log you'd like to have to see what the problem may be.

cytan

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, 10:21:06 PM CDT, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:


> Running APPC 1.8.0.4  with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now; formerly there
> were several more?

That was fixed in 1.8.0.8/9.

-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: Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:11 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC rate settings
>
> Running APPC 1.8.0.4  with GTO4 on my Mach1 it appears there are only four rate settings now; formerly there
> were several more?
>





Re: How to Raise AP1600 Height

John A. Sillasen
 

Glow tape is a great idea in addition to your wanting to raise everything with a pier extension.  I use both on my Mach 1, although I never considered putting the tape on the CounterWeights.  Definitely going to do that now that it's been brought up here.

I put the glow tape and it does have a tiny green tinge to a beige/white appearance in the light.  I put it on my Eagle Pier legs with the extra extension. I also have a Musicians Friend practice stool. Its solid black steel with a movable seat in slots in the steel. Very easy to miss in the dark. I went to sit back down on it after being just too close to the CounterWeights and shaft at Cherry Springs State Park last year. Missed the chair completely and ended up on my butt!  It was past midnight and the skies were starting to go right after that so I decided to pack it in as I knew I was going to be sore in the morning!

Definitely going to put that tape on each CounterWeight!  Thanks for the tip!

My ATS Portable Pier for my 1100 is all white so the tape won't be as obvious but still going to do it - definitely on the CounterWeights as well.

John A. Sillasen


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