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Re: Mach2 power consumption #Mach2GTO

Dean Jacobsen
 

I will check for you tomorrow night if you haven’t gotten an answer by then Jerome.
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Mach2 power consumption #Mach2GTO

 

I'm wondering what other Mach2 users are experiencing with power usage with their mounts.  

Using a Powerwerx watt meter, I'm seeing about 1.05 amps at 13.8V while tracking, as much as 5.15 amps while slewing.  I'm powering with a Pyramid PS-15KX supply, and it gets hot.  (Still indoors due to lousy weather).

These motors are drawing a lot of juice!  Is that to be expected?

Jerome


Re: The SkyX Star Synchronization

Dean Jacobsen
 

Thank you Geert and Stuart.  I was just looking in the wrong place.
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Re: The SkyX Star Synchronization

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Dean, the check box is in the AP driver not TSX. You tell it to treat SYNC as RCAL. Then you're good to go.

On Mon, 25 May 2020 at 13:56, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:
On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 10:40 AM, Mike Dodd wrote:
It's been a long time since I looked in SkyX, but I believe there's an option to "use recalibrate when Sync is clicked."

I suggest you dig deep and see if you can find something along this line.
I remember that being there too once upon a time.  But I can't find it now.  So maybe it isn't there in the recent version.
 
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Re: The SkyX Star Synchronization

Geert
 

Dean, it is in the AP Driver that you have to click a box to use Sync as Recal.  Then it will work from TheSky.

Geert Vandenbulcke

Op ma 25 mei 2020 om 19:40 schreef Mike Dodd <mike@...>:

On 5/25/2020 1:07 PM, Dean  Jacobsen wrote:
> Does the Star Synchronization tool in TheSkyX's telescope tab perform
> the same function as the RECAL?

It's been a long time since I looked in SkyX, but I believe there's an
option to "use recalibrate when Sync is clicked."

I suggest you dig deep and see if you can find something along this line.

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Re: The SkyX Star Synchronization

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 10:40 AM, Mike Dodd wrote:
It's been a long time since I looked in SkyX, but I believe there's an option to "use recalibrate when Sync is clicked."

I suggest you dig deep and see if you can find something along this line.
I remember that being there too once upon a time.  But I can't find it now.  So maybe it isn't there in the recent version.
 
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Re: The SkyX Star Synchronization

Mike Dodd
 

On 5/25/2020 1:07 PM, Dean Jacobsen wrote:
Does the Star Synchronization tool in TheSkyX's telescope tab perform
the same function as the RECAL?
It's been a long time since I looked in SkyX, but I believe there's an option to "use recalibrate when Sync is clicked."

I suggest you dig deep and see if you can find something along this line.

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The SkyX Star Synchronization

Dean Jacobsen
 

I fell silly for asking this question.  I have always been a GTO Keypad user and one of the first things that I do when initializing my mount is to slew to a known star, center the star on the imaging chip and then use the RECAL feature on the keypad.  THen I am good to go and when I start up TheSkyX, SGP, and PHD2, the software is getting the updated pointing information.

Now I am temporarily without the keypad.

I know this has been discussed countless times before and I vaguely remember seeing reference to it in the manuals.  But I haven't found it in the Mach2 or GTOCP5 manual yet...

Does the Star Synchronization tool in TheSkyX's telescope tab perform the same function as the RECAL?
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Re: AP Driver error

Ray Gralak
 

Yes, Max you are running an old version of the driver.

The latest current is v5.30.10. Either link will get you to the driver download link:

https://www.gralak.com/apdriver
https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver

-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 Bill Long
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 7:52 AM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP Driver error

Update the ASCOM driver.

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Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 7:48 AM
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Subject: [ap-gto] AP Driver error

I get this when connect to Voyager. If I kill the driver in task manager and reconnect it works fine.
Can this be fixed? 1.8.1.1 Version

Thanks

max


Re: AP Driver error

Bill Long
 

Update the ASCOM driver.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Max Mirot via groups.io <titansmoons@...>
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 7:48 AM
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Subject: [ap-gto] AP Driver error
 
I get this when connect to Voyager.  If I kill the driver in task manager and reconnect it works fine.
Can this be fixed? 1.8.1.1 Version

Thanks

max


AP Driver error

Max Mirot
 

I get this when connect to Voyager.  If I kill the driver in task manager and reconnect it works fine.
Can this be fixed? 1.8.1.1 Version

Thanks

max


Re: PhD pulse guide error

Ray Gralak
 

Max,

There's not enough information to say. For example, did the failure message come from the driver or PHD2? Was the mount parked or tracking? If the scope is near the pole, RA moves will hardly produce any star movement. Also, have you tried looked at the driver log file to see if the PulseGuide moves were actually sent?

-Ray Gralak
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Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver

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Subject: [ap-gto] PhD pulse guide error

PhD guider connects to AP driver ok.
When I try to calibrate I started getting a error message that mount did not respond to pulse guiding (failed
message).
I close PhD then restart and reconnect the drivers. Calibration proceeds normally and guiding works all night.
I any suggestions?

Max


PhD pulse guide error

Max Mirot
 

PhD guider connects to AP driver ok.
When I try to calibrate I started getting a error message that mount did not respond to pulse guiding (failed message).
I close PhD then restart and reconnect the drivers. Calibration proceeds normally and guiding works all night.
I any suggestions?

Max


Re: Mach2 and PHD2 Guiding recommendations

 


I have yet to take my mount outside.  It's been a bad weather holiday weekend, of course. My local club had to cancel its much delayed Spring stargaze/camping trip. 
But, I've been trying out the new mount indoors.  It's a really beautiful machine.  Can't say any more than that.  I've never seen an A-P mount or had one before, but I decided to buy one on good faith.  I'm completely satisfied.
I still have to get used to the software's Connect, Park/unpark routine.  None of that was necessary with my Celestron CGEM.
Also, I'm used to my old Goto mount circling around to approach a target (using Stellarium).  The Mach2 just goes there directly.  This is soo cool. :)  Love this mount!
Really looking forward to a night outside!  Thanks, Roland!
Jerome

 


92mm Stowaway review

Harley Davidson
 

Hey guys, I did a review of AP's 92mm Stowaway refractor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOamVLteJSs

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day!

tony


Re: Mach2 and PHD2 Guiding recommendations

Bill Long
 

Great to hear. Many adventures to be had in the future under the stars for sure. 🙂 


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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 and PHD2 Guiding recommendations
 
The mount is a beautiful mount and it worked great on its first night out.  Thanks Roland and everyone else at AP.  Very well done.
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Re: Mach2 and PHD2 Guiding recommendations

Dean Jacobsen
 

The mount is a beautiful mount and it worked great on its first night out.  Thanks Roland and everyone else at AP.  Very well done.
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Re: Mach2 and PHD2 Guiding recommendations

Bill Long
 

This whole data set was taken unguided:


AG Optical 10" iDK | FLI Ml16200 | AP1100 AE

Using my standard 80pt APCC model I always use. Works a charm. I should have actually dialed back the L frames. All subs were 5 minutes.


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Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2020 10:19 AM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 and PHD2 Guiding recommendations
 
Hi Dean,
nice curve, but I think it's the least of things with this frame.
But "No modeling or other fancy stuff yet.", I personally went for my 130GT without guidance.
  Frame received Wednesday 6 p.m., Thursday 1st modeling of 35 points and conclusive tests ... Friday clouds ... Yesterday Saturday 2nd modeling 86 points, with a small series of photos on M109 (cropped version) and a checking of pointing ... the score seems pretty good to me and I still have to know if with the return of deviations below 0.65 arc.min this is correct.
But without guidance last night, here, with 14 exposures of 6, 'what I get with my AP130 GT and a QHY294c (recent for me).
No longer having to guide is only happiness.
Dominique


Re: Mach2 and PHD2 Guiding recommendations

Dominique Durand
 

Hi Dean,
nice curve, but I think it's the least of things with this frame.
But "No modeling or other fancy stuff yet.", I personally went for my 130GT without guidance.
  Frame received Wednesday 6 p.m., Thursday 1st modeling of 35 points and conclusive tests ... Friday clouds ... Yesterday Saturday 2nd modeling 86 points, with a small series of photos on M109 (cropped version) and a checking of pointing ... the score seems pretty good to me and I still have to know if with the return of deviations below 0.65 arc.min this is correct.
But without guidance last night, here, with 14 exposures of 6, 'what I get with my AP130 GT and a QHY294c (recent for me).
No longer having to guide is only happiness.
Dominique


Re: Mach2 and PHD2 Guiding recommendations

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 10:33 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
It's really quite simple.
 
1) Set a delay of 2 to 3 seconds between guide exposures. No need to chase gear errors because there aren't any.
2) use whatever exposure time you want to get a good signal/noise ratio (usually from 1 to 5 seconds)
3) use Guiding assistant to gauge the seeing and set your MinMove to what is recommended.
4) depending on seeing, the aggressiveness can be set between 50% to 90%.
 
Be sure that your guide scope focal length is set properly in PHD2 in the scope setup window.
 
Then image away.
 
Rolando
OK, the Mach2 arrived Friday and I took a trip out to the observatory last night. 

Had been able to update my ASCOM/AP Driver/PHD2/SGP software and driver stack.  TheSkyX connects.  APCC Pro was set up and functioning.

No modeling or other fancy stuff yet.

Here is a segment of guiding after the sequence completed and there weren't any dithers for a while.


 
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