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Re: PlateSolve2 vs. TheSkyX Image Link for APPM Point Mapping

Joseph Beyer
 

Interesting, I’ve used SGP/Platesolve2 with APPM about a dozen times and it’s worked without a hitch.  Last week I set up, started the sequence, it solved a about 8-10 images then failed.  Same equipment, same profile used in all previous runs.  

SGP v3.1.0.479
Windows 10 Home v1909
APCC-Pro v1.8.2.1

I restarted a couple times after double checking all the parameters but at some point(s) during the run, even late in the run after solving 40 or so points PlateSolve2 would stop doing immediate solves and enter a spiral search mode. APPM also indicated AllSky plate solver had been activated several times but I’m not sure if it was concurrent with the PS2 spiral searches.  It seems likely though. After restarting several times I just let the process continue however long it took. On several occasions when PlateSolve2 was still in spiral search mode, APPM would register a successful solve and move to the next point. 

I finally got the point map completed but it took a long time.

Joe

On Jun 28, 2020, at 8:32 AM, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:

After three sessions of working without a hitch, PlateSolve2 stopped plate solving for me when I was trying to do an APPM point mapping run.

In retrospect it was probably because I didn't open up the correct SGP profile which I created when going through Ray's setup instructions in the APPM documentation.  I remember selecting and loading one of my preexisting narrowband profiles at some point.  The control panel did show PlateSolve2 as the plate solver for the profile that I had loaded.  I got a couple of good plate solves and then nothing...  after an hour of trying in the dark, I gave up and got out the guide scope..

I can't even get it to do a plate solve here at home now using the test button on APPM after several tries of deleting SGP profiles and re-doing the setup as per the APPM documentation. 

PlateSolve2 worked great... when it worked.  Maybe there is a better way which doesn't involve SGP and PS2. 

I have TheSkyX... 

For those who have tried both, do you find that TheSkyX's Image Link works well with APPM?

So, the last image of this month was via guiding.  As usual, the Mach2 guides great.

Here is a link to a wide field image of the Sharpless 2-101 area in h-alpha: https://www.astrobin.com/full/5szx79/0/

All of those pesky foreground field stars block all of the nice stuff going on in the background.  Here is a link to a starless version hich shows the emission nebula and the several dark nebula in the background:

https://www.astrobin.com/full/5szx79/B/
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


PlateSolve2 vs. TheSkyX Image Link for APPM Point Mapping

Dean Jacobsen
 

After three sessions of working without a hitch, PlateSolve2 stopped plate solving for me when I was trying to do an APPM point mapping run.

In retrospect it was probably because I didn't open up the correct SGP profile which I created when going through Ray's setup instructions in the APPM documentation.  I remember selecting and loading one of my preexisting narrowband profiles at some point.  The control panel did show PlateSolve2 as the plate solver for the profile that I had loaded.  I got a couple of good plate solves and then nothing...  after an hour of trying in the dark, I gave up and got out the guide scope..

I can't even get it to do a plate solve here at home now using the test button on APPM after several tries of deleting SGP profiles and re-doing the setup as per the APPM documentation. 

PlateSolve2 worked great... when it worked.  Maybe there is a better way which doesn't involve SGP and PS2. 

I have TheSkyX... 

For those who have tried both, do you find that TheSkyX's Image Link works well with APPM?

So, the last image of this month was via guiding.  As usual, the Mach2 guides great.

Here is a link to a wide field image of the Sharpless 2-101 area in h-alpha: https://www.astrobin.com/full/5szx79/0/

All of those pesky foreground field stars block all of the nice stuff going on in the background.  Here is a link to a starless version hich shows the emission nebula and the several dark nebula in the background:

https://www.astrobin.com/full/5szx79/B/
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: Mach1 - regreasing

Dale Ghent
 

Yep. I stuffed towel around the area to catch any drips when applying and it’s all going to sit for a day to let it all evaporate. The next night for imaging and make g a new PEC isn’t until Thursday at this point so there is no need to rush. 

On Jun 28, 2020, at 09:27, Michael Hambrick via groups.io <mike.hambrick@...> wrote:

Hi Dale

Just make sure that you get rid of all traces of the mineral spirits and alcohol before you re-grease anything. As a former auto mechanic I used to re-pack a lot of front wheel bearings. I have repeatedly seen where a very tiny amount of solvent left in the bearings when they are re-greased is enough to turn the fresh grease into a liquid after just a few day's driving. Granted, the worm and wheel on a equatorial mount do not operate under anywhere close to the same conditions as the front wheels of a car, but it is a good illustration of what a little bit of residual solvent can do to the properties of the grease.


Best Regards

Michael Hambrick
ARLANXEO
TSR Global Manufacturing Support
PO Box 2000
Orange, TX 77631-2000
Phone: +1 (409) 882-2799
email: mike.hambrick@...


Re: Mach2 Keypad

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Hi Joe

I believe Roland's response was yes on the keypads, and that we would also need to load new software into the CP4, but that it was easy to do.

I am currently running version 4.19.2 on my keypad, and I am not sure which version is in the CP4. The CP4 manual that came with the mount is dated November, 2016. I think there are new software versions for both. I should probably practice loading the current versions now so that I will be better prepared to do so when this next one comes out.


Best Regards

Michael Hambrick
ARLANXEO
TSR Global Manufacturing Support
PO Box 2000
Orange, TX 77631-2000
Phone: +1 (409) 882-2799
email: mike.hambrick@...


Re: Mach1 - regreasing

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Hi Dale

Just make sure that you get rid of all traces of the mineral spirits and alcohol before you re-grease anything. As a former auto mechanic I used to re-pack a lot of front wheel bearings. I have repeatedly seen where a very tiny amount of solvent left in the bearings when they are re-greased is enough to turn the fresh grease into a liquid after just a few day's driving. Granted, the worm and wheel on a equatorial mount do not operate under anywhere close to the same conditions as the front wheels of a car, but it is a good illustration of what a little bit of residual solvent can do to the properties of the grease.


Best Regards

Michael Hambrick
ARLANXEO
TSR Global Manufacturing Support
PO Box 2000
Orange, TX 77631-2000
Phone: +1 (409) 882-2799
email: mike.hambrick@...


Re: Mach1 - regreasing

Dale Ghent
 

I spent today cleaning out my 2008 edition Mach1GTO in preparation for re-greasing. A lot of grease on the worm gears was old and really caked into the teeth and towels and rags were't really effective.

Wanting to get that old grease out, I followed the instructions and very lightly used mineral spirits on a toothbrush (as the instructions advised not to use your own toothbrush, so I used my wife's) and very gently massaged it into the teeth to dissolve and rough up the stubborn grease. Cleaning that mixture out was still an issue, as towels and rags alone could not reach down into the valley between the teeth to get that slurry out. I grabbed a box of flat toothpicks, put 2 layers of T-shirt material around the flat end of it, dipped it in denatured alcohol (methylated spirits for you blokes) and gently scooped the gunk out of the teeth one by one. It worked well, with the wood being soft as to not damage the teeth. You'll go through a bunch of toothpicks, though.

Pretty clean in the end:
https://imgur.com/a/xS3jzJf

/dale

On Jun 27, 2020, at 9:57 AM, Fernando Proietti <fernandoaproietti@gmail.com> wrote:

Thanks so much!!!!

Regards, Fernando.

On Sat, Jun 27, 2020, 12:39 AM <fd@fdunlop.com> wrote:
Here is a video for the 1200GTO. But this gives you a good idea of what to do.

I greased the RA gears on my Mach1GTO last weekend. It was very easy to do. The grease kit that AP sells has two different greases. You can't use just any old grease. The grease kit from AP has VERY detailed instructions on how to take the motor box off, clean, grease, and reassemble the mount. I was very impressed.

The job took about 90 minutes to do the RA box, I suspect the DEC will take 30 minutes because now I know what I am doing.

Here are some photos. https://imgur.com/a/f2ab2pY

--
Mach1GTO and GTOCP4 on permanent pier



Re: Error log window off screen in APCC

Jim Fakatselis <jfakatse@...>
 

Yes, thanks again

On Jun 27, 2020, at 12:32 PM, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:

Jim,

You may have "Save Window Positions" enabled in APCC's settings menu.

Disabling that option will allow the window to default to display over the APCC window.

You might also want to disable "Keep APCC on top" in APCC's Program Operations group box on the Setup tab.

-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 Jim Fakatselis
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2020 6:44 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Error log window off screen in APCC

Hi Ray,
Thanks I did that several times, no result. It was Somehow off the screen.
I googled how to restore window off screen To desktop and followed that procedure.
That worked so I withdrew post.
Thank you for your response though.
Jim



On Jun 27, 2020, at 9:28 AM, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:





Hi Jim,



You can get to the Error Logs window from APCC's tool menu as shown in this screen shot:




<image001.png>



-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 Jim Fakatselis

> Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 7:50 PM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: [ap-gto] Error log window off screen in APCC

>

> In APCC somehow my error log window is hidden or possibly off screen and I can not clear errors that are
being

> reported.

> How do I get it back and clear errors?

>

> Thanks in advance,

> Jim






Re: Mach2 Keypad

Joe Zeglinski
 

Thanks Marj,
 
    Looking forward to your plans on, hopefully,  retrofitting older Keypads.
 
Joe
 

From: Marj Christen
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2020 2:04 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad
 

Hello Joe,

 

We will have more information when we are ready to release the new software. 

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 


Re: Mach2 Keypad

 

Hello Joe,

 

We will have more information when we are ready to release the new software. 

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Joe Zeglinski
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:05 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad

 

Hi Michael,

 

    Did you get any answer from AP on how existing Keypads can be upgraded, off list perhaps? 

Silence - Not a further word from them here so far.

 

    Like you, I have also been wondering if AP had come up with a plan for “upgrading” older Keypads with the new firmware, perhaps requiring  some internal component upgrades. I would like to upgrade my AP-900 and AP-1200 keypads, to get the new capabilities, but no way I was going to toss them out, just to buy their more advanced  features.

 

Joe Z.

 

From: Michael Hambrick via groups.io

Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:11 PM

To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad

 

Is it safe to assume that if we currently own a Keypad and CP4 that we will be able to download the new software to our existing Keypads ?


Best Regards

Michael Hambrick
ARLANXEO
TSR Global Manufacturing Support
PO Box 2000
Orange, TX 77631-2000
Phone: +1 (409) 882-2799
email: mike.hambrick@...


Re: Open for Product Pick Up

 

Hello Carl,

 

Yes, we have both items in stock.   At this time, we are not allowing visitors into our office or showroom. Please understand that if you wish to pick up any items, we will offer curbside service. All transactions must be completed with our office staff ahead of time.  Please call the office at the number below after 9am on Monday to make the arrangements. Remember that if you pick up, we must add IL sales tax.

 

Safe travels.

 

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of carlburton2001
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2020 12:09 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Open for Product Pick Up

 

Hi

I need the 1200rpa and the 1612FSA (Flat Surface Adapter) for my 1200GTO mount.  Is this in stock and can I pick it up at you office or must I order and wait to ship?  

 

Sorry to ask here but if I can do pick up I can get a early start Monday.

 

Thanks

 

Carl Burton 


Open for Product Pick Up

carlburton2001
 

Hi
I need the 1200rpa and the 1612FSA (Flat Surface Adapter) for my 1200GTO mount.  Is this in stock and can I pick it up at you office or must I order and wait to ship?  

Sorry to ask here but if I can do pick up I can get a early start Monday.

Thanks

Carl Burton 


Re: Error log window off screen in APCC

Ray Gralak
 

Jim,

You may have "Save Window Positions" enabled in APCC's settings menu.

Disabling that option will allow the window to default to display over the APCC window.

You might also want to disable "Keep APCC on top" in APCC's Program Operations group box on the Setup tab.

-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 Jim Fakatselis
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2020 6:44 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Error log window off screen in APCC

Hi Ray,
Thanks I did that several times, no result. It was Somehow off the screen.
I googled how to restore window off screen To desktop and followed that procedure.
That worked so I withdrew post.
Thank you for your response though.
Jim



On Jun 27, 2020, at 9:28 AM, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:





Hi Jim,



You can get to the Error Logs window from APCC's tool menu as shown in this screen shot:




<image001.png>



-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 Jim Fakatselis

> Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 7:50 PM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: [ap-gto] Error log window off screen in APCC

>

> In APCC somehow my error log window is hidden or possibly off screen and I can not clear errors that are
being

> reported.

> How do I get it back and clear errors?

>

> Thanks in advance,

> Jim




Re: Mach2 Keypad

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi Michael,
 
    Did you get any answer from AP on how existing Keypads can be upgraded, off list perhaps? 
Silence - Not a further word from them here so far.
 
    Like you, I have also been wondering if AP had come up with a plan for “upgrading” older Keypads with the new firmware, perhaps requiring  some internal component upgrades. I would like to upgrade my AP-900 and AP-1200 keypads, to get the new capabilities, but no way I was going to toss them out, just to buy their more advanced  features.
 
Joe Z.
 

From: Michael Hambrick via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:11 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad
 
Is it safe to assume that if we currently own a Keypad and CP4 that we will be able to download the new software to our existing Keypads ?


Best Regards

Michael Hambrick
ARLANXEO
TSR Global Manufacturing Support
PO Box 2000
Orange, TX 77631-2000
Phone: +1 (409) 882-2799
email: mike.hambrick@...


Re: Mach1 - regreasing

Fernando Proietti
 

Thanks so much!!!!

Regards, Fernando.

On Sat, Jun 27, 2020, 12:39 AM <fd@...> wrote:
Here is a video for the 1200GTO. But this gives you a good idea of what to do.

I greased the RA gears on my Mach1GTO last weekend. It was very easy to do. The grease kit that AP sells has two different greases.  You can't use just any old grease. The grease kit from AP has VERY detailed instructions on how to take the motor box off, clean, grease, and reassemble the mount. I was very impressed.

The job took about 90 minutes to do the RA box, I suspect the DEC will take 30 minutes because now I know what I am doing.

Here are some photos. https://imgur.com/a/f2ab2pY

--
Mach1GTO and GTOCP4 on permanent pier


Re: Error log window off screen in APCC

Jim Fakatselis
 

Hi Ray,
Thanks I did that several times, no result.   It was Somehow off the screen.  
I googled how to restore window off screen To desktop and followed that procedure.  
That worked so I withdrew post. 
Thank you for your response though. 
Jim


On Jun 27, 2020, at 9:28 AM, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:



Hi Jim,

 

You can get to the Error Logs window from APCC's tool menu as shown in this screen shot:

 

<image001.png>

 

-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 Jim Fakatselis

> Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 7:50 PM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: [ap-gto] Error log window off screen in APCC

>

> In APCC somehow my error log window is hidden or possibly off screen and I can not clear errors that are being

> reported.

> How do I get it back and clear errors?

>

> Thanks in advance,

> Jim


Re: Error log window off screen in APCC

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Jim,

 

You can get to the Error Logs window from APCC's tool menu as shown in this screen shot:

 

 

-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 Jim Fakatselis

> Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 7:50 PM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: [ap-gto] Error log window off screen in APCC

>

> In APCC somehow my error log window is hidden or possibly off screen and I can not clear errors that are being

> reported.

> How do I get it back and clear errors?

>

> Thanks in advance,

> Jim


Re: AP1200 DEC Stiffness

M Hambrick
 

Hi Eric
There  are a lot of other posts on the forum about removing stuck clutch plugs. It would be a good idea to research these before you try to remove yours. Just do a search on the forum for "clutch plugs"


Re: Mach1 - regreasing

Phillip Klein
 

Thank you Thank you so very much for the photos and comments of the Mach 1 GTO regrease. They are invaluable!

Thank you again,

Phillip

On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 8:39 PM <fd@...> wrote:
Here is a video for the 1200GTO. But this gives you a good idea of what to do.

I greased the RA gears on my Mach1GTO last weekend. It was very easy to do. The grease kit that AP sells has two different greases.  You can't use just any old grease. The grease kit from AP has VERY detailed instructions on how to take the motor box off, clean, grease, and reassemble the mount. I was very impressed.

The job took about 90 minutes to do the RA box, I suspect the DEC will take 30 minutes because now I know what I am doing.

Here are some photos. https://imgur.com/a/f2ab2pY

--
Mach1GTO and GTOCP4 on permanent pier


Re: Mach1 - regreasing

fd@...
 

Here is a video for the 1200GTO. But this gives you a good idea of what to do.

I greased the RA gears on my Mach1GTO last weekend. It was very easy to do. The grease kit that AP sells has two different greases.  You can't use just any old grease. The grease kit from AP has VERY detailed instructions on how to take the motor box off, clean, grease, and reassemble the mount. I was very impressed.

The job took about 90 minutes to do the RA box, I suspect the DEC will take 30 minutes because now I know what I am doing.

Here are some photos. https://imgur.com/a/f2ab2pY

--
Mach1GTO and GTOCP4 on permanent pier


Re: First light with Mach2GTO

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 03:03 PM, Terri Zittritsch wrote:
Dean, the soap bubble jumps out on your image, so not difficult to find.  
I am going to have to get over to the optometrist pronto then.  Time for new glasses. :-)
 
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 

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