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Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Linda Thomas
 

Dean,

In your SGP equipment profile, change it from PHD to Direct Mount Guider. Configure how much you want to dither and set your settling time and you should be good to go. You can dither but no need for guiding.

Linda

On May 28, 2020, at 12:17 PM, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:

On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 08:08 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
You can dither all you want. That does not affect the custom rates that are calculated and applied to follow the actual sky motion above you.
Think of it this way: If you have Sidereal rate set, but it is slightly too fast and causes stars to streak in a time exposure, you could theoretically slow the rate down so that it matches the motion of the stars that you are imaging. Dither moves the next frame over a few pixels but does not change that tracking rate that you have set. The next exposure will still have round stars but they will be offset slightly from the previous one. That's how dither works - it has nothing to do with the tracking rate.
 
Rolando
 Sure, no problem, I am up to speed with you on that.  It is the implementation with the image capture software that I haven't got a handle on yet.  PHD2 and SGP coordinate to dither between images based on the parameters that I dial in.  So, will SGP implement a random "dither" movement of the frame on its own without having PHD2 actually guiding?  That I don't know yet.
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Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 08:08 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
You can dither all you want. That does not affect the custom rates that are calculated and applied to follow the actual sky motion above you.
Think of it this way: If you have Sidereal rate set, but it is slightly too fast and causes stars to streak in a time exposure, you could theoretically slow the rate down so that it matches the motion of the stars that you are imaging. Dither moves the next frame over a few pixels but does not change that tracking rate that you have set. The next exposure will still have round stars but they will be offset slightly from the previous one. That's how dither works - it has nothing to do with the tracking rate.
 
Rolando
 Sure, no problem, I am up to speed with you on that.  It is the implementation with the image capture software that I haven't got a handle on yet.  PHD2 and SGP coordinate to dither between images based on the parameters that I dial in.  So, will SGP implement a random "dither" movement of the frame on its own without having PHD2 actually guiding?  That I don't know yet.
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Donald Rudny
 

Thank you, Rolando.  That sounds great!  I like fast and accurate.  It’s simple, too.  I was thinking that there may have been some plate solving involved, but this is much better. 

Don

Don Rudny


On May 28, 2020, at 4:30 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


The idea is to center a star on a crosshair. When the star is centered via the keypad buttons you simply press Enter on the keypad and the position is recorded in the mount. The crosshair can be an eyepiece or you can use the crosshair function of your camera imaging software.
I have used MaximDL and my CCD camera to place the star on the crosshair. I have also used a QHY 5 -II camera which has video mode and a crosshair in place of an eyepiece. It's fast and accurate.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Rudny <mkea13800@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 10:23 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Hi All,

After following this thread, I am still unsure of how this is done.  Sounds like a revolutionary system.  I have an AP1100 with CP4, so I think I just need to upgrade the CP4  firmware and buy an upgraded keypad.  It sounds like there needs to be a camera input.  How is that done?  I didn’t think there was any input into the keypad for a camera input.  Is APCC involved at all?  Hope someone can explain in simple terms.

Thanks

Don

Don Rudny


On May 27, 2020, at 4:01 PM, Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...> wrote:


Thank you/ good to know it will work on my AP1100 and Mach 1

Appreciate the follow up information 




On May 27, 2020, at 9:35 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


I did a bunch of testing this spring with my 175 refractor/1600AE mount in our Hawaii observatory. Was able to get easily 20 minute exposures for many hours on the same object until it went too low in the west. never got around to processing them since my goal was not pretty images but data on tracking accuracy, etc. I also did some preliminary work last year at the AP observatory with my 17" astrograph and 1600AE mount.

So yes, the program will work with any of our mounts, not just the Mach2.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:22 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Understood and I appreciate the apology.  I look forward to learning more about this as I prefer to abandon my finicky PHD guiding.  


On May 27, 2020, at 9:12 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


It wasn't meant that way, and i apologize if it came across that way. This routine requires the keypad and cannot be easily done any other way. It would probably take me another year to turn it into something that could be used on a laptop or other device. And I don't have that much life left in me anymore ;^))

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:05 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

ok- I don't doubt that; your efforts and ingenuity is greatly appreciated; no reason to get snippy; a simple no would have sufficed to someone who bought two of your mounts or the suggestion that Robert presented to me about an extension to the keypad

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 9:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's a keypad routine. We spent a great deal of time developing this program for the keypad. I can't even count the number of hours that the three of us put into development (Charles - keypad software, Mike - CP4/5 software, and me the conductor of it all).

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

Bruce

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland Christen
 


I haven't figured out yet how I could take advantage of this and still be able to dither frames.
You can dither all you want. That does not affect the custom rates that are calculated and applied to follow the actual sky motion above you.
Think of it this way: If you have Sidereal rate set, but it is slightly too fast and causes stars to streak in a time exposure, you could theoretically slow the rate down so that it matches the motion of the stars that you are imaging. Dither moves the next frame over a few pixels but does not change that tracking rate that you have set. The next exposure will still have round stars but they will be offset slightly from the previous one. That's how dither works - it has nothing to do with the tracking rate.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Thu, May 28, 2020 9:40 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 01:15 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
Below is a 15 minute UNGUIDED exposure I took last night with the Mach2 mount, purposely NOT polar aligned, off to the point where RA and Dec were drifting at 16 arc sec/hr and 88arcsec/hr respectively. I took a single 5 min drift measurement at the beginning of the exposure and used that to set the custom tracking rates for the axes (all done automatically in the keypad). It was good for the next hour of unguided imaging. A second and third drift measurement was added for 3 more hours, but clouds moved in.
 
With a good model the accuracy is better, in my opinion, than guiding with PHD2 or MaximDL. There is no jumping around, back and forth pushing and pulling of the axes according to momentary guide star positions and sky scintillation. It's a smooth motion, very accurate tracking under precise encoder control. This is with a 160EDF refractor of 1200mm focal length at .9 arc sec per pixel image scale.
 
The drift model resides in the mount controller, so actually doesn't need a laptop to store the data. The drift measurement can be done with a consumer digital camera, and then that camera can be used all night to gather images without ever having any guider attached.
 
Roland
Very impressive... amazing actually.  I am really looking forward to hearing more about this.  It is definitely something I could use.

I am among those who have cameras that require that I dither my frames.  I haven't figured out yet how I could take advantage of this and still be able to dither frames.
 
--
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http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

ernie.mastroianni@...
 

Wow.


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 01:15 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
Below is a 15 minute UNGUIDED exposure I took last night with the Mach2 mount, purposely NOT polar aligned, off to the point where RA and Dec were drifting at 16 arc sec/hr and 88arcsec/hr respectively. I took a single 5 min drift measurement at the beginning of the exposure and used that to set the custom tracking rates for the axes (all done automatically in the keypad). It was good for the next hour of unguided imaging. A second and third drift measurement was added for 3 more hours, but clouds moved in.
 
With a good model the accuracy is better, in my opinion, than guiding with PHD2 or MaximDL. There is no jumping around, back and forth pushing and pulling of the axes according to momentary guide star positions and sky scintillation. It's a smooth motion, very accurate tracking under precise encoder control. This is with a 160EDF refractor of 1200mm focal length at .9 arc sec per pixel image scale.
 
The drift model resides in the mount controller, so actually doesn't need a laptop to store the data. The drift measurement can be done with a consumer digital camera, and then that camera can be used all night to gather images without ever having any guider attached.
 
Roland
Very impressive... amazing actually.  I am really looking forward to hearing more about this.  It is definitely something I could use.

I am among those who have cameras that require that I dither my frames.  I haven't figured out yet how I could take advantage of this and still be able to dither frames.
 
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

George
 

Bruce,

 

Always most welcome.   Enjoy!

 

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 Bruce Donzanti
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:37 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

 

Thanks much, George.

 

Best Regards,

Bruce



On May 28, 2020, at 10:29 AM, George <George@...> wrote:



Bruce,

 

We sell a Keypad extension cable (CABKEY--).  

https://www.astro-physics.com/cabkey

 

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 Bruce Donzanti
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 7:42 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

 

Roland 

 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

 

Bruce

 

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Bruce Donzanti
 

Thanks much, George.

Best Regards,
Bruce


On May 28, 2020, at 10:29 AM, George <George@...> wrote:



Bruce,

 

We sell a Keypad extension cable (CABKEY--).  

https://www.astro-physics.com/cabkey

 

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 Bruce Donzanti
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 7:42 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

 

Roland 

 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

 

Bruce

 

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland Christen
 

The keypad is independent of all other apps such as APCC or plate solving software. The CP controller will accept commands from all apps connected to it.

Roland



-----Original Message-----
From: Terri Zittritsch <theresamarie11@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Thu, May 28, 2020 8:26 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland, this looks exciting, any ETA for release?  

This seems like a great feature for us mobile (non fixed installation) users.      Given how easy and fast this is, 5 minutes/hour of object tracking, will this be usable if you also have a PC connected (for things like plate solving) and do you use it with, or instead of, APCC?    

Terri


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland Christen
 

The idea is to center a star on a crosshair. When the star is centered via the keypad buttons you simply press Enter on the keypad and the position is recorded in the mount. The crosshair can be an eyepiece or you can use the crosshair function of your camera imaging software.
I have used MaximDL and my CCD camera to place the star on the crosshair. I have also used a QHY 5 -II camera which has video mode and a crosshair in place of an eyepiece. It's fast and accurate.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Rudny <mkea13800@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 10:23 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Hi All,

After following this thread, I am still unsure of how this is done.  Sounds like a revolutionary system.  I have an AP1100 with CP4, so I think I just need to upgrade the CP4  firmware and buy an upgraded keypad.  It sounds like there needs to be a camera input.  How is that done?  I didn’t think there was any input into the keypad for a camera input.  Is APCC involved at all?  Hope someone can explain in simple terms.

Thanks

Don

Don Rudny


On May 27, 2020, at 4:01 PM, Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...> wrote:


Thank you/ good to know it will work on my AP1100 and Mach 1

Appreciate the follow up information 




On May 27, 2020, at 9:35 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


I did a bunch of testing this spring with my 175 refractor/1600AE mount in our Hawaii observatory. Was able to get easily 20 minute exposures for many hours on the same object until it went too low in the west. never got around to processing them since my goal was not pretty images but data on tracking accuracy, etc. I also did some preliminary work last year at the AP observatory with my 17" astrograph and 1600AE mount.

So yes, the program will work with any of our mounts, not just the Mach2.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:22 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Understood and I appreciate the apology.  I look forward to learning more about this as I prefer to abandon my finicky PHD guiding.  


On May 27, 2020, at 9:12 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


It wasn't meant that way, and i apologize if it came across that way. This routine requires the keypad and cannot be easily done any other way. It would probably take me another year to turn it into something that could be used on a laptop or other device. And I don't have that much life left in me anymore ;^))

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:05 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

ok- I don't doubt that; your efforts and ingenuity is greatly appreciated; no reason to get snippy; a simple no would have sufficed to someone who bought two of your mounts or the suggestion that Robert presented to me about an extension to the keypad

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 9:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's a keypad routine. We spent a great deal of time developing this program for the keypad. I can't even count the number of hours that the three of us put into development (Charles - keypad software, Mike - CP4/5 software, and me the conductor of it all).

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

Bruce

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

George
 

Bruce,

 

We sell a Keypad extension cable (CABKEY--).  

https://www.astro-physics.com/cabkey

 

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 Bruce Donzanti
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 7:42 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

 

Roland 

 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

 

Bruce

 

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Terri Zittritsch
 

Roland, this looks exciting, any ETA for release?  

This seems like a great feature for us mobile (non fixed installation) users.      Given how easy and fast this is, 5 minutes/hour of object tracking, will this be usable if you also have a PC connected (for things like plate solving) and do you use it with, or instead of, APCC?    

Terri


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Dominique Durand
 
Edited

Hello,
All this work by Roland and his team is great. I would have liked to have the keyboard at the same time as my Mach2 to test these routines from the start. But it does not matter because with the beautiful sky that we have been here for 1 week and APCC it works super well. I even plan to replace on my Mach1 of 2011 the GTOCP3 by a GTOCP4 and as I already have a keyboard that would allow me to have on the ground a possibility of making unguided photo of good quality.
Last night I was on the side of M100 with the AP130GT on the Mach2 and a QHY294c



Dominique


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Good questions Don. You and I have similar circumstances.

I have an 1100 GTO with a CP4 and Keypad (both purchased in March, 2017), but the software has never been upgraded in either. I am not even sure what version is in the CP4. The instruction manual states that I will be notified by email when software updates are available, but in the time I have owned this mount I have never received any such notifications. The Keypad still has software version 4.19.2 that came with it. Is it correct to assume that my existing keypad will work ?


Best Regards

Michael Hambrick
ARLANXEO
TSR Global Manufacturing Support
PO Box 2000
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Phone: +1 (409) 882-2799
email: mike.hambrick@...


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Donald Rudny
 

Hi All,

After following this thread, I am still unsure of how this is done.  Sounds like a revolutionary system.  I have an AP1100 with CP4, so I think I just need to upgrade the CP4  firmware and buy an upgraded keypad.  It sounds like there needs to be a camera input.  How is that done?  I didn’t think there was any input into the keypad for a camera input.  Is APCC involved at all?  Hope someone can explain in simple terms.

Thanks

Don

Don Rudny


On May 27, 2020, at 4:01 PM, Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...> wrote:

Thank you/ good to know it will work on my AP1100 and Mach 1

Appreciate the follow up information 




On May 27, 2020, at 9:35 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


I did a bunch of testing this spring with my 175 refractor/1600AE mount in our Hawaii observatory. Was able to get easily 20 minute exposures for many hours on the same object until it went too low in the west. never got around to processing them since my goal was not pretty images but data on tracking accuracy, etc. I also did some preliminary work last year at the AP observatory with my 17" astrograph and 1600AE mount.

So yes, the program will work with any of our mounts, not just the Mach2.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:22 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Understood and I appreciate the apology.  I look forward to learning more about this as I prefer to abandon my finicky PHD guiding.  


On May 27, 2020, at 9:12 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


It wasn't meant that way, and i apologize if it came across that way. This routine requires the keypad and cannot be easily done any other way. It would probably take me another year to turn it into something that could be used on a laptop or other device. And I don't have that much life left in me anymore ;^))

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:05 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

ok- I don't doubt that; your efforts and ingenuity is greatly appreciated; no reason to get snippy; a simple no would have sufficed to someone who bought two of your mounts or the suggestion that Robert presented to me about an extension to the keypad

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 9:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's a keypad routine. We spent a great deal of time developing this program for the keypad. I can't even count the number of hours that the three of us put into development (Charles - keypad software, Mike - CP4/5 software, and me the conductor of it all).

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

Bruce

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Bruce Donzanti
 

Thank you/ good to know it will work on my AP1100 and Mach 1

Appreciate the follow up information 




On May 27, 2020, at 9:35 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


I did a bunch of testing this spring with my 175 refractor/1600AE mount in our Hawaii observatory. Was able to get easily 20 minute exposures for many hours on the same object until it went too low in the west. never got around to processing them since my goal was not pretty images but data on tracking accuracy, etc. I also did some preliminary work last year at the AP observatory with my 17" astrograph and 1600AE mount.

So yes, the program will work with any of our mounts, not just the Mach2.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:22 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Understood and I appreciate the apology.  I look forward to learning more about this as I prefer to abandon my finicky PHD guiding.  


On May 27, 2020, at 9:12 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


It wasn't meant that way, and i apologize if it came across that way. This routine requires the keypad and cannot be easily done any other way. It would probably take me another year to turn it into something that could be used on a laptop or other device. And I don't have that much life left in me anymore ;^))

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:05 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

ok- I don't doubt that; your efforts and ingenuity is greatly appreciated; no reason to get snippy; a simple no would have sufficed to someone who bought two of your mounts or the suggestion that Robert presented to me about an extension to the keypad

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 9:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's a keypad routine. We spent a great deal of time developing this program for the keypad. I can't even count the number of hours that the three of us put into development (Charles - keypad software, Mike - CP4/5 software, and me the conductor of it all).

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

Bruce

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland Christen
 

I did a bunch of testing this spring with my 175 refractor/1600AE mount in our Hawaii observatory. Was able to get easily 20 minute exposures for many hours on the same object until it went too low in the west. never got around to processing them since my goal was not pretty images but data on tracking accuracy, etc. I also did some preliminary work last year at the AP observatory with my 17" astrograph and 1600AE mount.

So yes, the program will work with any of our mounts, not just the Mach2.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:22 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Understood and I appreciate the apology.  I look forward to learning more about this as I prefer to abandon my finicky PHD guiding.  


On May 27, 2020, at 9:12 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


It wasn't meant that way, and i apologize if it came across that way. This routine requires the keypad and cannot be easily done any other way. It would probably take me another year to turn it into something that could be used on a laptop or other device. And I don't have that much life left in me anymore ;^))

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:05 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

ok- I don't doubt that; your efforts and ingenuity is greatly appreciated; no reason to get snippy; a simple no would have sufficed to someone who bought two of your mounts or the suggestion that Robert presented to me about an extension to the keypad

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 9:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's a keypad routine. We spent a great deal of time developing this program for the keypad. I can't even count the number of hours that the three of us put into development (Charles - keypad software, Mike - CP4/5 software, and me the conductor of it all).

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

Bruce

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Bruce Donzanti
 

Understood and I appreciate the apology.  I look forward to learning more about this as I prefer to abandon my finicky PHD guiding.  


On May 27, 2020, at 9:12 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


It wasn't meant that way, and i apologize if it came across that way. This routine requires the keypad and cannot be easily done any other way. It would probably take me another year to turn it into something that could be used on a laptop or other device. And I don't have that much life left in me anymore ;^))

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:05 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

ok- I don't doubt that; your efforts and ingenuity is greatly appreciated; no reason to get snippy; a simple no would have sufficed to someone who bought two of your mounts or the suggestion that Robert presented to me about an extension to the keypad

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 9:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's a keypad routine. We spent a great deal of time developing this program for the keypad. I can't even count the number of hours that the three of us put into development (Charles - keypad software, Mike - CP4/5 software, and me the conductor of it all).

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

Bruce

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland Christen
 

It wasn't meant that way, and i apologize if it came across that way. This routine requires the keypad and cannot be easily done any other way. It would probably take me another year to turn it into something that could be used on a laptop or other device. And I don't have that much life left in me anymore ;^))

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:05 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

ok- I don't doubt that; your efforts and ingenuity is greatly appreciated; no reason to get snippy; a simple no would have sufficed to someone who bought two of your mounts or the suggestion that Robert presented to me about an extension to the keypad

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 9:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's a keypad routine. We spent a great deal of time developing this program for the keypad. I can't even count the number of hours that the three of us put into development (Charles - keypad software, Mike - CP4/5 software, and me the conductor of it all).

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

Bruce

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan


Re: Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Bruce Donzanti
 

ok- I don't doubt that; your efforts and ingenuity is greatly appreciated; no reason to get snippy; a simple no would have sufficed to someone who bought two of your mounts or the suggestion that Robert presented to me about an extension to the keypad

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 9:01 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's a keypad routine. We spent a great deal of time developing this program for the keypad. I can't even count the number of hours that the three of us put into development (Charles - keypad software, Mike - CP4/5 software, and me the conductor of it all).

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Donzanti <donza2735@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland 

My CP4 is about 8 ft above my laptop desk in my observatory.   So, not sure the hand controller will reach that far down and I do not want to purchase APCC.  Does that mean I am out of luck or is there an app just to mimic the hand controller routine from the CP4 to the laptop?

Bruce

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes, this is a hand controller routine.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Unguided testing continues

Roland

Encoders are NOT required then...just a CP4 with updated firmware.  I recognize this is not yet available.

I also recall an earlier thread indicating the APCC Pro would be able to do the same, if a hand controller is not used.

Bryan

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