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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/ 


Re: What is the diameter and thread on the Pasil.4 polar scope?

Christopher Erickson
 

Beautiful!


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Fri, Jun 26, 2020, 9:27 AM Tom Blahovici <tom.va2fsq@...> wrote:
Success. Was a perfect fit.  Here's a before and after shot:

Thanks for the help and suggestions.  


Re: First light with Mach2GTO

Terri Zittritsch
 

On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 03:44 PM, Dean Jacobsen wrote:
ou have good eyes if you can see the Soap Bubble in my regular full frame image.  It is there, but barely visible.

I did a starless version and the Soap Bubble is much more visible.  Here is a link to a cropped starless version:

https://www.astrobin.com/full/01gevt/B/

Dean, the soap bubble jumps out on your image, so not difficult to find.  My image is framed differently and at 1000mm focal length,  so don't think the bubble will even be in mine.    Darn.


Terri


Re: AP1200 DEC Stiffness

Roland Christen
 

Yes, it's fine to use. Clutch stiffness does not impact the operation of the mount.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: eja24601 via groups.io <eja24601@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Jun 26, 2020 1:48 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1200 DEC Stiffness

Thanks, Rolando! I've reached out to AP for the repair/replacement kits. In the meantime, as long as it's roughly balanced in DEC, is the mount OK to use?

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