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Re: AP 1600 minimum move/MAXIM?

Roland Christen
 

With my 17" astrograph and 1600 mount I have used .02sec mostly. Max move is .5 sec.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Shade <mshade@q.com>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Apr 22, 2020 5:46 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] AP 1600 minimum move/MAXIM?

Have a first generation 1600GTO/Planewave CDK 17/SBIG STL6303E camera, permanent observatory setup.  Guiding with the internal guider on the camera, ST237 chip.  Main imaging scale .63"/pixel unbinned, guider binned 3X3, guiding at 1X sidereal.
 
Curious as to what folks have found to be a useful minimum move setting in Maxim for guiding (I'm still using V5.18) with a 1600?
 
Using ASCOM to guide, not the guider relays.  ACP runs the whole show. 
 
Looking for what folks have found to be a starting point.  Seeing here tends to run about 2", sometimes a bit better, sometimes a bit worse.
 
Thanks...
 
Mike J. Shade
Mike J. Shade Photography:
 
In War: Resolution
In Defeat: Defiance
In Victory: Magnanimity
In Peace: Goodwill
Sir Winston Churchill
Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.
Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half
a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest
Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...
Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights
 
International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org


Re: Ascom v5.30.10 ??

Ray Gralak
 

Has anyone heard of this version of Ascom? (v.10)?
Yes, it exists. I posted a link to it a few days ago in another thread but I haven't had a chance to update my website yet.

-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 Steven Steven
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:59 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Ascom v5.30.10 ??

Has anyone heard of this version of Ascom? (v.10)?

S


AP 1600 minimum move/MAXIM?

Mike Shade
 

Have a first generation 1600GTO/Planewave CDK 17/SBIG STL6303E camera, permanent observatory setup.  Guiding with the internal guider on the camera, ST237 chip.  Main imaging scale .63"/pixel unbinned, guider binned 3X3, guiding at 1X sidereal.

 

Curious as to what folks have found to be a useful minimum move setting in Maxim for guiding (I'm still using V5.18) with a 1600?

 

Using ASCOM to guide, not the guider relays.  ACP runs the whole show. 

 

Looking for what folks have found to be a starting point.  Seeing here tends to run about 2", sometimes a bit better, sometimes a bit worse.

 

Thanks...

 

Mike J. Shade

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org


Re: Ascom v5.30.10 ??

David
 

No.  Current version is 6.4sp1.  See:   https://www.ascom-standards.org/




On Apr 22, 2020, at 4:58 PM, Steven Steven <steven447@...> wrote:

Has anyone heard of this version of Ascom? (v.10)?

S


Ascom v5.30.10 ??

Steven
 

Has anyone heard of this version of Ascom? (v.10)?

S


Re: Illuminator Stalk a bit askew - RAPAS

David Enck
 

Ok, great, thank you. Will double check the  N -S line  the next  night I have it out.  And thanks for the speedy  reply (s)!

David


Re: Illuminator Stalk a bit askew - RAPAS

Roland Christen
 

The illuminator may not be exactly at right angles. The reticle N-S line is what's important to be straight up and down when you look into the eyepiece. If that is off slightly it can be adjusted by loosening the screws that hold the eyepiece in place.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: davidenck <davidenck@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Apr 22, 2020 3:33 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Illuminator Stalk a bit askew - RAPAS

Actually, maybe this is the normal angle? I noticed on  a review of the RAPAS on youtube  just now that the persons illuminator stalk is at about  the same angle as mine...


Re: CP4 Sharing?

Roland Christen
 

You can always swap keypads (hand controllers). Nothing will be upset. Swapping keypads is like swapping planetarium programs.

What you cannot do is swap CP controllers. Those are dedicated to each mount and they have the proper settings for controlling each mount's servo motors. These settings are different and unique to each mount.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Berta <biker123@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Apr 22, 2020 1:50 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] CP4 Sharing?

Thanks George....not certain I follow this..... if the CP3 controller is dedicated to the 900 mount and the CP4 controller dedicated only ot the 1100, I would think as long as you have a PE correction  created on each mount/controller and ONLY the hand controller is swapped between each setup, I wouldn't think it would make any difference as long as the PE is turned on in the hand controller....or is there some other information stored about each mount in the hand controller? 


Re: Illuminator Stalk a bit askew - RAPAS

Wayne Hixson
 

Mine was also angled a little. You can loosen it but don’t. 😄 it will turn the reticle. I had to adjust it Once after bumping it to get the reticle realigned.


On Apr 22, 2020, at 1:26 PM, davidenck@... wrote:

Hi All,

Noticed on my RAPAS that I got a few weeks ago that the illuminator Stalk is not straight  out to the right side of the RAPAS like I have seen in pictures online. It  is angled a  few degrees towards me. Online in pictures it is at a straight right angle off the right side of the  main body. It came  this way in the package.   Is there a  bolt that I can losen to straighten it out a bit, but  not affect the reticule inside that lights up, or will it also rotate the illuminated reticle.  I do not want to wily nilly losen anything to rotate it in case I do the wrong thing and mess up the alignment inside..

Thanks!

David


Re: Illuminator Stalk a bit askew - RAPAS

David Enck
 

Actually, maybe this is the normal angle? I noticed on  a review of the RAPAS on youtube  just now that the persons illuminator stalk is at about  the same angle as mine...


Illuminator Stalk a bit askew - RAPAS

David Enck
 

Hi All,

Noticed on my RAPAS that I got a few weeks ago that the illuminator Stalk is not straight  out to the right side of the RAPAS like I have seen in pictures online. It  is angled a  few degrees towards me. Online in pictures it is at a straight right angle off the right side of the  main body. It came  this way in the package.   Is there a  bolt that I can losen to straighten it out a bit, but  not affect the reticule inside that lights up, or will it also rotate the illuminated reticle.  I do not want to wily nilly losen anything to rotate it in case I do the wrong thing and mess up the alignment inside..

Thanks!

David


Re: CP4 Sharing?

George
 

Robert,

 

Yes, the hand controller can be swapped between mounts without a problem.   The control boxes cannot.

 

Did I misunderstand your question?   I lost track.   <G>

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Robert Berta
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:51 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] CP4 Sharing?

 

Thanks George....not certain I follow this..... if the CP3 controller is dedicated to the 900 mount and the CP4 controller dedicated only ot the 1100, I would think as long as you have a PE correction  created on each mount/controller and ONLY the hand controller is swapped between each setup, I wouldn't think it would make any difference as long as the PE is turned on in the hand controller....or is there some other information stored about each mount in the hand controller? 


Re: CP4 Sharing?

Robert Berta
 

Thanks George....not certain I follow this..... if the CP3 controller is dedicated to the 900 mount and the CP4 controller dedicated only ot the 1100, I would think as long as you have a PE correction  created on each mount/controller and ONLY the hand controller is swapped between each setup, I wouldn't think it would make any difference as long as the PE is turned on in the hand controller....or is there some other information stored about each mount in the hand controller? 


Re: M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

I understand what happened. I'm pointing out that while inadvertent, it still ends up hijacking the thread because subsequent readers see your embedded photo and a question about the eyepiece turret and Steven's image is now forgotten. This happens all the time and I've never seen it done intentionally but it ends up burying the original poster's thread. I think we all have to try to avoid doing that. 


On Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 12:56, thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...> wrote:
Absolutely no disrespect intended. I responded to the image stating how beautiful it is and, because, I have read so much about Mach 2 mounts I decided to just send a picture of my Mach 1 and, unfortunately, I had to send the image twice. I am sorry if you are offended.

Yes that is an old Van Slyke multi turret eyepiece holder.

God bless and stay safe,

Jim Phillips


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:16:30 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders
 
I know it's unintentional but can we please show some respect for Steven and his superb image and open a new thread if you want to talk about somebody else's gear instead of his image?


On Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 11:09, Eric Baumgartner <malkasten@...> wrote:

Hi, Jim:

 

Is that an eyepiece turret from the late great Van Slyke Engineering?

 

Eric Baumgartner

Redding, CT USA

 

 

From: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...>
Reply-To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:21 PM
To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:19:50 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

Here’s my Mach 1 with AP 130 F/8.35 ready to go after double stars. I’ve had the Mach1 for many many years and it has never failed me.

 

Jim

 


From: jim phillips <thefamily90@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:18:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

Wow! Now you’re cookin’ with gas!

 

Jim

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:00:13 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

I really like the feature which allows moving the meridian, eliminating the need for a meridian flip. It worked out well last night.

Full resolution -https://www.astrobin.com/full/kj0dtp/B/

Thank you Astro-Physics!!


--

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


--

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


Re: M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

thefamily90 Phillips
 

Absolutely no disrespect intended. I responded to the image stating how beautiful it is and, because, I have read so much about Mach 2 mounts I decided to just send a picture of my Mach 1 and, unfortunately, I had to send the image twice. I am sorry if you are offended.

Yes that is an old Van Slyke multi turret eyepiece holder.

God bless and stay safe,

Jim Phillips


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:16:30 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders
 
I know it's unintentional but can we please show some respect for Steven and his superb image and open a new thread if you want to talk about somebody else's gear instead of his image?


On Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 11:09, Eric Baumgartner <malkasten@...> wrote:

Hi, Jim:

 

Is that an eyepiece turret from the late great Van Slyke Engineering?

 

Eric Baumgartner

Redding, CT USA

 

 

From: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...>
Reply-To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:21 PM
To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:19:50 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

Here’s my Mach 1 with AP 130 F/8.35 ready to go after double stars. I’ve had the Mach1 for many many years and it has never failed me.

 

Jim

 


From: jim phillips <thefamily90@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:18:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

Wow! Now you’re cookin’ with gas!

 

Jim

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:00:13 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

I really like the feature which allows moving the meridian, eliminating the need for a meridian flip. It worked out well last night.

Full resolution -https://www.astrobin.com/full/kj0dtp/B/

Thank you Astro-Physics!!


--

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


Re: New user of an AP1100 #APCC

Michael 'Mikey' Mangieri
 

Steve -  
Can’t agree more. I recently acquired a AP1100 to replace my CGEM. What a difference!!!  


On Apr 22, 2020, at 12:07 PM, Steve C. Mitchell, Sr., O.D. <smitchell@...> wrote:



Hey Brian,

That all sounds good. I’ve been starting APCC and using it for all the setting, parking, unparking, etc. and then starting CDC for object selection and slewing to, so far. I haven’t gotten past all that yet, but I’m learning. There is no doubt that a good polar alignment with PEMPro will polish off the pointing. Your suggestions sound similar to what I plan on doing. Coming from a Celestron CGE Pro mount to the AP1100 is like night and day! I can’t believe the better choices and solutions AP has; shoulda done this years ago! The thru the mount cabling option so far seems fantastic to me, no more cable snags or dragging!

I’m excited about the new journey, I love a good Quest. 8>)

Steve


Re: M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

I know it's unintentional but can we please show some respect for Steven and his superb image and open a new thread if you want to talk about somebody else's gear instead of his image?


On Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 11:09, Eric Baumgartner <malkasten@...> wrote:

Hi, Jim:

 

Is that an eyepiece turret from the late great Van Slyke Engineering?

 

Eric Baumgartner

Redding, CT USA

 

 

From: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...>
Reply-To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:21 PM
To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:19:50 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

Here’s my Mach 1 with AP 130 F/8.35 ready to go after double stars. I’ve had the Mach1 for many many years and it has never failed me.

 

Jim

 


From: jim phillips <thefamily90@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:18:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

Wow! Now you’re cookin’ with gas!

 

Jim

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:00:13 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

I really like the feature which allows moving the meridian, eliminating the need for a meridian flip. It worked out well last night.

Full resolution -https://www.astrobin.com/full/kj0dtp/B/

Thank you Astro-Physics!!


--

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


Re: New user of an AP1100 #APCC

Steve C. Mitchell, Sr., O.D.
 

Hey Brian,

That all sounds good. I’ve been starting APCC and using it for all the setting, parking, unparking, etc. and then starting CDC for object selection and slewing to, so far. I haven’t gotten past all that yet, but I’m learning. There is no doubt that a good polar alignment with PEMPro will polish off the pointing. Your suggestions sound similar to what I plan on doing. Coming from a Celestron CGE Pro mount to the AP1100 is like night and day! I can’t believe the better choices and solutions AP has; shoulda done this years ago! The thru the mount cabling option so far seems fantastic to me, no more cable snags or dragging!

I’m excited about the new journey, I love a good Quest. 8>)

Steve


Re: M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

Eric Baumgartner
 

Hi, Jim:

 

Is that an eyepiece turret from the late great Van Slyke Engineering?

 

Eric Baumgartner

Redding, CT USA

 

 

From: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...>
Reply-To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:21 PM
To: Astro-Physics GTO users group <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:19:50 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

Here’s my Mach 1 with AP 130 F/8.35 ready to go after double stars. I’ve had the Mach1 for many many years and it has never failed me.

 

Jim

 


From: jim phillips <thefamily90@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:18:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

Wow! Now you’re cookin’ with gas!

 

Jim

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:00:13 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] M86 and Markarian's Chain #Absolute_Encoders

 

I really like the feature which allows moving the meridian, eliminating the need for a meridian flip. It worked out well last night.

Full resolution -https://www.astrobin.com/full/kj0dtp/B/

Thank you Astro-Physics!!


Re: RAPAS on Mach2

Dominique Durand
 

On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 03:48 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
I was talking about the startup procedure, which is very simple as I outlined. No need to do a lot of fancy stuff to get the mount started.
 
Rolando
hi,
Of course I confirm. With my mach1 outside my home, with park3 at the end of the session, the installation is very fast. Mach1 installed on Eagle tripod, level and compass. When I switch on the frame, it leaves the park3 automatically. All you have to do is point an object. I use  button Azimuth and level with tripod to center and that's it.

Dominique

 
 
 
 

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