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Re: APCC Pro 1.8.1.1 update #APCC

Dominique Durand
 

Hi Ray,
I installed this latest APCC version. With the GTOCP5 no worries therefore.
On the other hand I noticed that on the driver V2 the speed 1800x was referenced and therefore selectable while on APCC the maximum was 1200x.

Dominique


Re: Any Tips From Experienced Mach2 Users

Dominique Durand
 

On Sat, May 23, 2020 at 06:40 AM, Dean Jacobsen wrote:
Is there anything to know about the internal cables to keep them from getting stressed, twisted or broken?
Hi Dean,

There are locking pins that prevent overpassing 180 ° East and west and north and south on the axes. It is rather outside that it happens, because you have to find the suitable cables or have connectors to make the DC cables for the arrival (bottom) and the output (Top) of the 12V.So in particular a specific power cable at the right length for the Powerbox as far as I am concerned.

Dominique


Re: Any Tips From Experienced Mach2 Users

Dean Jacobsen
 
Edited

Is there anything to know about the internal cables to keep them from getting stressed, twisted or broken?
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Re: Any Tips From Experienced Mach2 Users

Dominique Durand
 
Edited

Hi guys,
Mach2 received Wednesday at the end of the afternoon, tested in the lounge on the Eagle tripod, then installed the same evening in my observatory. RAPAS to roughly align (then disassemble), then by drift with PHD2. No worries with the latest version of the driver and APCC-pro.I even started to see how to model, but little problems with APPM / SGP connection. The next day I found the solution: open SGP as administrator. So Thursday evening, first successful 35-point modeling after some "no solve" because Arcsec / pix badly configured.Then photo test (3x10 ') on M109 without apparent drift, but the passage of satellites and (2x5') on Spica with very slight drift barely visible on these 5 'poses.. I am now waiting for the least amount of clouds to redo a modeling with more points and then a verification.And I also fully understood that if I bought this frame it was to do without guidance.For information, I installed a powerbox v2, but under the DOVELM162 plate and at the front with a fixed wiring which allows it to stay in place in case of tube change.

Dominique


Re: Any Tips From Experienced Mach2 Users

Roland Christen
 

No bias on either axis. Balance the mount properly and it will guide very well.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Fri, May 22, 2020 12:53 pm
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Sorry if this has come up before...

Is there any need to slightly bias the weight of the counterweights to any side of the mount with the Mach2?
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Re: Any Tips From Experienced Mach2 Users

Dean Jacobsen
 

Sorry if this has come up before...

Is there any need to slightly bias the weight of the counterweights to any side of the mount with the Mach2?
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Re: Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image

Dean Jacobsen
 

I meant to say traveling imagers... at remote locations.
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Re: Mach2 keypad tests

Terri Zittritsch
 

On Thu, May 21, 2020 at 07:29 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
Hello Astronuts,
 
Finally had a night of clear skies where i could test the Mach2 with my 160EDF scope. I am finalizing some new features in the keypad which include tracking limits that were recently requested, pointing modeling, unguided imaging and other neat features. We are finishing up the new software an hope to have keypads ready for customers very shortly for all CP4 and CP5 controllers.
 
I would like to share some results from last night:
The setup was my 160 EDF scope with a QSI 683 camera. I started the session while the sun was still up and ran a simple pointing model using stars from first to about 4th magnitude with an H-a filter and .05 sec exposures. I was able to center the stars manually on the crosshairs via the keypad, using MaximDL imaging software. I started with the scope under the mount with stars in the east along a constant Dec line that the object is on. The object is a group of galaxies called the Eyes, part of Markarian's Chain. The Mach2 allows you to place the scope under the mount if it can clear the tripod, so you can image all night long without flipping. It also has dual high res encoders that eliminate all periodic error and can be driven in both axes, very smoothly, at custom rates.
 
I centered 8 stars along the Dec line and entered them in the mount model memory. I purposely misaligned the pole to see how well the model would work for quick eyeball PA such as you would get if you set up in the field and are a bit lazy (like I am usually). I'm guessing that my PA is off by about 1/4 deg or more based on the amount of drift I was getting.
 
Is it possible to get round stars, being not polar aligned and not guiding, but simply relying on doing a quicky model? And not a full all-sky model with umpteen terms, but just 8 points? That's what I aimed to find out.
 
So, here is the setup: 160EDF, Mach2 mount, QSI 683 CCD camera, light weight Losmandy tripod, laptop with SkyX and MaximDL. The keypad routine is simple - click on a star in SkyX and slew to it, center it in the image in MaximDL, then press Enter on the keypad. Go to next star and repeat. Takes a few minutes each and probably could be automated, but for 8 stars it's not a biggy for hands-on operation.
TBD in next post
Roland, ready and willing to do some testing.

Terri


Re: Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image

Dean Jacobsen
 

The tests look great.  This will be great for us remote imagers.
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Re: [ap-ug] Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image - Crop

Roland Christen
 

Let's see what size this comes back with ;^))




Re: [ap-ug] [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image

Roland Christen
 

Looks like the image got resized down to about 20% of what I posted. Will have to post it elsewhere at full res.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
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Subject: Re: [ap-ug] [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image

I think you definitely proved your point!!

JimP


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Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image
 
Hello some more ;^))

I took some 30 images over 3 hours almost continuously without touching the laptop, except to re-focus a couple of times. In the final stack i threw out 3 frames that had heavy satellite tracks (some right thru the central galaxy), and simply combined the rest in MaximDL. The end result is not great as far as getting deep sky results because of my horrendous light pollution, but that's not what my goal was anyhow. The goal was whether i could achieve a high res image without guiding using a simple keypad generated mount model. Below is a 50% size image which I am hoping doesn't exceed the max image size. Stars are round to approx .033 as measured by MaximDL, taken in 2 out of 5 seeing according to Clear Sky Clock. No field flattener, just straight out of the 160 lens and onto the 8300 chip.


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Re: [ap-ug] Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image

Bill Long
 

Nicely done! 🙂 


From: main@ap-ug.groups.io <main@ap-ug.groups.io> on behalf of Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:56 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>; main@ap-ug.groups.io <main@ap-ug.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-ug] Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image
 
Hello some more ;^))

I took some 30 images over 3 hours almost continuously without touching the laptop, except to re-focus a couple of times. In the final stack i threw out 3 frames that had heavy satellite tracks (some right thru the central galaxy), and simply combined the rest in MaximDL. The end result is not great as far as getting deep sky results because of my horrendous light pollution, but that's not what my goal was anyhow. The goal was whether i could achieve a high res image without guiding using a simple keypad generated mount model. Below is a 50% size image which I am hoping doesn't exceed the max image size. Stars are round to approx .033 as measured by MaximDL, taken in 2 out of 5 seeing according to Clear Sky Clock. No field flattener, just straight out of the 160 lens and onto the 8300 chip.


Re: Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image

thefamily90 Phillips
 

I think you definitely proved your point!!

JimP


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:56:50 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>; main@ap-ug.groups.io <main@ap-ug.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image
 
Hello some more ;^))

I took some 30 images over 3 hours almost continuously without touching the laptop, except to re-focus a couple of times. In the final stack i threw out 3 frames that had heavy satellite tracks (some right thru the central galaxy), and simply combined the rest in MaximDL. The end result is not great as far as getting deep sky results because of my horrendous light pollution, but that's not what my goal was anyhow. The goal was whether i could achieve a high res image without guiding using a simple keypad generated mount model. Below is a 50% size image which I am hoping doesn't exceed the max image size. Stars are round to approx .033 as measured by MaximDL, taken in 2 out of 5 seeing according to Clear Sky Clock. No field flattener, just straight out of the 160 lens and onto the 8300 chip.


Mach2 Keypad tests .. final image

Roland Christen
 

Hello some more ;^))

I took some 30 images over 3 hours almost continuously without touching the laptop, except to re-focus a couple of times. In the final stack i threw out 3 frames that had heavy satellite tracks (some right thru the central galaxy), and simply combined the rest in MaximDL. The end result is not great as far as getting deep sky results because of my horrendous light pollution, but that's not what my goal was anyhow. The goal was whether i could achieve a high res image without guiding using a simple keypad generated mount model. Below is a 50% size image which I am hoping doesn't exceed the max image size. Stars are round to approx .033 as measured by MaximDL, taken in 2 out of 5 seeing according to Clear Sky Clock. No field flattener, just straight out of the 160 lens and onto the 8300 chip.


Mach2 Keypad tests .. continued

Roland Christen
 

Hello again,

During the imaging session after it got dark, I turned the custom rate on to track the object for the next 3 hours. Seeing was poor as shown by Clear Sky Clock, so I wasn't expecting the best resolution out of my 160EDF. It can usually produce 1.4 arc sec FWHM, but tonight was running around 2 arc sec in a 5 minute exposure.

The graph below shows how the mount was tracking the object via the custom modeled rate over the first hour. Below that is one of the individual 5 minute frames showing the roundness and FWHM resolution. The mount pretty well maintained this level of tracking over a 3 hour period, allowing about 30 frames to be captured.




Mach2 keypad tests

Roland Christen
 

Hello Astronuts,

Finally had a night of clear skies where i could test the Mach2 with my 160EDF scope. I am finalizing some new features in the keypad which include tracking limits that were recently requested, pointing modeling, unguided imaging and other neat features. We are finishing up the new software an hope to have keypads ready for customers very shortly for all CP4 and CP5 controllers.

I would like to share some results from last night:
The setup was my 160 EDF scope with a QSI 683 camera. I started the session while the sun was still up and ran a simple pointing model using stars from first to about 4th magnitude with an H-a filter and .05 sec exposures. I was able to center the stars manually on the crosshairs via the keypad, using MaximDL imaging software. I started with the scope under the mount with stars in the east along a constant Dec line that the object is on. The object is a group of galaxies called the Eyes, part of Markarian's Chain. The Mach2 allows you to place the scope under the mount if it can clear the tripod, so you can image all night long without flipping. It also has dual high res encoders that eliminate all periodic error and can be driven in both axes, very smoothly, at custom rates.

I centered 8 stars along the Dec line and entered them in the mount model memory. I purposely misaligned the pole to see how well the model would work for quick eyeball PA such as you would get if you set up in the field and are a bit lazy (like I am usually). I'm guessing that my PA is off by about 1/4 deg or more based on the amount of drift I was getting.

Is it possible to get round stars, being not polar aligned and not guiding, but simply relying on doing a quicky model? And not a full all-sky model with umpteen terms, but just 8 points? That's what I aimed to find out.

So, here is the setup: 160EDF, Mach2 mount, QSI 683 CCD camera, light weight Losmandy tripod, laptop with SkyX and MaximDL. The keypad routine is simple - click on a star in SkyX and slew to it, center it in the image in MaximDL, then press Enter on the keypad. Go to next star and repeat. Takes a few minutes each and probably could be automated, but for 8 stars it's not a biggy for hands-on operation.
TBD in next post




Re: APCC Pro 1.8.1.1 update #APCC

 
Edited

Thank you, Tan.  Got it installed.  Found the "This form is always on top" checkbox too. :)
I have had PemPRO for several years, and it has always alerted me to an update, too. 


Re: Any Tips From Experienced Mach2 Users

Dean Jacobsen
 

It will be until I get to the point where I decide to automate focusing. Then I need to provide another USB port at the optical tube.
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Re: Create a PEM curve with a camera?

 

Generally people build PEC using their main scope, provided it's 0.5"/pix or less resolution. 



On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 6:29 PM David Enck <davidenck@...> wrote:
Ok, great!  Thanks all for the information.  

David 

On May 20, 2020, at 5:18 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:


The PE curve will apply to the mount, and has no bearing on what happens to the main scope flexure. By definition the PE curve cannot store flexure and making a PE curve automatically throws out any flexure component because it is not periodic.

Rolando


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Sent: Wed, May 20, 2020 7:08 pm
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Hey David, I'm sure you're right to be wondering about the guide scope approach. Have you used this guide scope / main scope together before and confirmed there is no flexure? If you haven't I'd be worried that you'll build a PEC curve for the guide scope only. 


On Wed, 20 May 2020 at 20:06, <davidenck@...> wrote:
Hello All, This may be a silly question, but can I use an ASI 290 mini guide camera (2.9 pixel size) through my guide scope (162 mm focal length) to create a PEM curve for my AP1100  when the day comes? Or should  it be through the   main scope.  It is a  Meade lx850 14 inch SCT..  Thinking the guide scope would avoid any mirror shift and such.. My main imaging  camera is a Canon T2i.. 

Thank you,  David

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Re: Create a PEM curve with a camera?

David Enck
 

Ok, great!  Thanks all for the information.  

David 

On May 20, 2020, at 5:18 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


The PE curve will apply to the mount, and has no bearing on what happens to the main scope flexure. By definition the PE curve cannot store flexure and making a PE curve automatically throws out any flexure component because it is not periodic.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 20, 2020 7:08 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Create a PEM curve with a camera?

Hey David, I'm sure you're right to be wondering about the guide scope approach. Have you used this guide scope / main scope together before and confirmed there is no flexure? If you haven't I'd be worried that you'll build a PEC curve for the guide scope only. 


On Wed, 20 May 2020 at 20:06, <davidenck@...> wrote:
Hello All, This may be a silly question, but can I use an ASI 290 mini guide camera (2.9 pixel size) through my guide scope (162 mm focal length) to create a PEM curve for my AP1100  when the day comes? Or should  it be through the   main scope.  It is a  Meade lx850 14 inch SCT..  Thinking the guide scope would avoid any mirror shift and such.. My main imaging  camera is a Canon T2i.. 

Thank you,  David

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