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Re: Fun with a One-shot-color CCD

Ron Kramer
 

NICE -  I switched to OSC after 2 years of mono and NB filters.  Not going back yet...
Can you tell which are which? 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/158199519@N08/?fbclid=IwAR0WLo2gGNzPk8PjY9VSDEQljSXdA7lxteHvXvyxMOkoxkwO2irTuBNgiEk  


On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 8:49 AM Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...> wrote:
Fun project Eric! Love the layout and the shots you've included. 


On Mon, 6 Jul 2020 at 00:24, eja24601 via groups.io <eja24601=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all,

 

While I haven’t sent anything new in a while, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. Here are some of my images taken from our backyard with a one-shot-color CCD camera. Essentially, an astronomical camera set up to shoot in color like commercial cameras. I also thought I’d change the way I set up our website, changing it to more of a narrative with pictures than simply a picture show.

 
Details are on the image pages. Everything riding on an AP1200GTO mount.

Enjoy, and please let me know how you like this approach!

 

http://www.skiesbyafrica.com/Articles/2020/Spring%20Local/Spring%20Local.html

 

Regards,

Eric


--

Stuart
http://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/




Re: Fun with a One-shot-color CCD

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Fun project Eric! Love the layout and the shots you've included. 


On Mon, 6 Jul 2020 at 00:24, eja24601 via groups.io <eja24601=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all,

 

While I haven’t sent anything new in a while, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. Here are some of my images taken from our backyard with a one-shot-color CCD camera. Essentially, an astronomical camera set up to shoot in color like commercial cameras. I also thought I’d change the way I set up our website, changing it to more of a narrative with pictures than simply a picture show.

 
Details are on the image pages. Everything riding on an AP1200GTO mount.

Enjoy, and please let me know how you like this approach!

 

http://www.skiesbyafrica.com/Articles/2020/Spring%20Local/Spring%20Local.html

 

Regards,

Eric


--

Stuart
http://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/


Fun with a One-shot-color CCD

eja24601
 

Hi all,

 

While I haven’t sent anything new in a while, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. Here are some of my images taken from our backyard with a one-shot-color CCD camera. Essentially, an astronomical camera set up to shoot in color like commercial cameras. I also thought I’d change the way I set up our website, changing it to more of a narrative with pictures than simply a picture show.

 
Details are on the image pages. Everything riding on an AP1200GTO mount.

Enjoy, and please let me know how you like this approach!

 

http://www.skiesbyafrica.com/Articles/2020/Spring%20Local/Spring%20Local.html

 

Regards,

Eric


Re: SatelliteTracker is now SkyTrack

Robert Berta
 

I also use the older Satellite Tracker software. Have used with both my AP 900 and 1100 mounts as well as my Celestron 11" GPS PRO SCT fork mount. Mostly do visual but it is a neat program. The old program also does setting of different tracking speeds on each axis. The limiting factor as I  recall is that the mount has to be able to run both motors at different speeds at the same time. I am not sure what advantages the newer version running through ASCOM will have. The old version doesn't use ASCOM.


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Thanks Joe. Unfortunately it is sold


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Joe Zeglinski
 

Shailesh - FYI
 
   Per Chris’s recommendation, if you are going that way -  Saw a 119FSA on AstroMart a few minutes ago, just posted today. Hurry if interested.
 

Astro-Physics Flat Plate Adapter 119FSA ($100) – Classifieds # 483523   (Eron Lee)

 
HTH,
Joe Z.
 

From: Christopher Erickson
Sent: Saturday, July 4, 2020 4:21 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100 GTO question
 
Get the 119FSA.
 
You will have to add a 10-12" aluminum disc or plate as well. You can usually find suitable 1/2" thick aluminum discs on eBay.
 
Using an intermediate aluminum disc will allow you to avoid making permanent changes/holes to your mount or pier.
 
If you aren't handy with a drill press and hand-tapping aluminum, your friendly local machine shop can help you. They could provide the aluminum disc as well, if you don't find a cheap one elsewhere.
 
On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 9:28 AM Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...> wrote:
Roland,

I do not expect you to know the technical drawings of hole patterns of the PMX pier. I am pretty sure I will have to tap holes. My question was more geared towards versatility between AP1100 and Mach2.

Shailesh


Re: #Mach2GTO - Can It Handle TEC 180FL? #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 

The scope won't stress the mount, but it may not be as steady for visual as you might want. That's why i would go with the bigger 1100. You won't need the encoders on that mount, so it's actually a bit less expensive. Also important is the pier or tripod that the mount sits on.

For visual, the rule of thumb for refractors was that the mount's worm wheel diameter should be same size as the scope's lens aperture. Smaller worms take longer to settle than larger worms. That was the rule of thumb back last century ;^))

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: tranathi via groups.io <tranathi@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 4:53 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] #Mach2GTO - Can It Handle TEC 180FL?

It will be only for visual with typical add-ons (finderscope, rings & plate, diagonal, eyepiece, etc.).  The 180FL will be about ~47 inch long. I saw that it’s still within the length & weight curve/graph posted on AP’s website for the Mach2. I just want to make sure that mount can be the permanent workhorse for the 180FL without worrying that the scope causes undue stress to it in the long run.
Thanks


Re: #Mach2GTO - Can It Handle TEC 180FL? #Mach2GTO

dvjbaja
 

I would expect the Mach 2 would carry your 180, but moment arm vibrations at the eyepiece is why folks recommend the beefer 1100 bearings.   The 1100 also breaks into very tidy lightweight components for easy transportation.    Nice decisions to have. 

Jg



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note9, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "tranathi via groups.io" <tranathi@...>
Date: 7/4/20 2:53 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] #Mach2GTO - Can It Handle TEC 180FL?

It will be only for visual with typical add-ons (finderscope, rings & plate, diagonal, eyepiece, etc.).  The 180FL will be about ~47 inch long. I saw that it’s still within the length & weight curve/graph posted on AP’s website for the Mach2. I just want to make sure that mount can be the permanent workhorse for the 180FL without worrying that the scope causes undue stress to it in the long run.
Thanks


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Christopher Erickson
 

You can call me anything. LOL! I don't mind when people call me Christopher, Chris, Eric, Butthead or whatever. There are more important things to worry about in life.

I hope my advice helps!


On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 11:45 AM Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...> wrote:
Chris (if I may call you that), 

This is an excellent idea. I will work on it.

Thank you for this simple trick.  

Shailesh


Re: #Mach2GTO - Can It Handle TEC 180FL? #Mach2GTO

tranathi@...
 

It will be only for visual with typical add-ons (finderscope, rings & plate, diagonal, eyepiece, etc.).  The 180FL will be about ~47 inch long. I saw that it’s still within the length & weight curve/graph posted on AP’s website for the Mach2. I just want to make sure that mount can be the permanent workhorse for the 180FL without worrying that the scope causes undue stress to it in the long run.
Thanks


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Chris (if I may call you that), 

This is an excellent idea. I will work on it.

Thank you for this simple trick.  

Shailesh


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Christopher Erickson
 

Get the 119FSA.

You will have to add a 10-12" aluminum disc or plate as well. You can usually find suitable 1/2" thick aluminum discs on eBay.

Using an intermediate aluminum disc will allow you to avoid making permanent changes/holes to your mount or pier.

If you aren't handy with a drill press and hand-tapping aluminum, your friendly local machine shop can help you. They could provide the aluminum disc as well, if you don't find a cheap one elsewhere.


On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 9:28 AM Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...> wrote:
Roland,

I do not expect you to know the technical drawings of hole patterns of the PMX pier. I am pretty sure I will have to tap holes. My question was more geared towards versatility between AP1100 and Mach2.

Shailesh


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Roland,

I do not expect you to know the technical drawings of hole patterns of the PMX pier. I am pretty sure I will have to tap holes. My question was more geared towards versatility between AP1100 and Mach2.

Shailesh


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Roland Christen
 

You're asking the wrong guy since I don't know what the Paramount pier looks like.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 2:10 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100 GTO question

Roland,

Following up on the flat surface adapters, I see three options

1. 119FSA - > https://www.astro-physics.com/119fsa
2.119FP  https://www.astro-physics.com/119fp
3. 119FSA-FP https://www.astro-physics.com/119fsa-fp

If I want an option to use my Paramount MX 10 inch permanent pier to mount the AP1100 or a Mach2, which option should I choose?

Shailesh


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Roland,

Following up on the flat surface adapters, I see three options

1. 119FSA - > https://www.astro-physics.com/119fsa
2.119FP  https://www.astro-physics.com/119fp
3. 119FSA-FP https://www.astro-physics.com/119fsa-fp

If I want an option to use my Paramount MX 10 inch permanent pier to mount the AP1100 or a Mach2, which option should I choose?

Shailesh


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Thank you Roland, Brian, dvjbaja, Dean.

Shailesh


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Roland Christen
 


1. Can I use Tpoint from Software Bisque to create a pointing model for the AP1100 or do I need to upgrade to APCCPro?
2. Will the Losmandy HD tripod be able to handle the TEC 180FL on the AP1100? (38lbs scope + about 15lb cameras accessories + the mount ofcourse).
3. Is there a way I can mount the AP1100 on a Paramount MX permanent pier via an adapter?
1) yes, you can use T-Point. However you cannot use their Pro-Track feature for unguided imaging. APCC Pro does have this feature and many more.
2) Yes, the HD tripod is very rugged.
3) We have flat surface adapters that can be drilled to fit just about any pier or tripod.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 11:03 am
Subject: [ap-gto] AP1100 GTO question

I recently purchased an AP1100 from a user who got it from AP in the April batch (thanks to Astromart). This comes with the Losmandy HD tripod. I am expecting the mount (+ cws) next week.

I am also about to get a TEC 180FL next week (it has been shipped by Yuri), so I am excited to give the AP1100 a spin.

I am new to AP mounts and this one does not have AE, and comes with APCC (not pro), I have a Paramount MX and associated The SkyX with Tpoint etc.

I have three questions:

1. Can I use Tpoint from Software Bisque to create a pointing model for the AP1100 or do I need to upgrade to APCCPro?
2. Will the Losmandy HD tripod be able to handle the TEC 180FL on the AP1100? (38lbs scope + about 15lb cameras accessories + the mount ofcourse).
3. Is there a way I can mount the AP1100 on a Paramount MX permanent pier via an adapter?

Shailesh


Re: AP1100 GTO question

 

Regarding the question about Tpoint versus APCC, I highly recommend going with APCC. Not only will you get an improved pointing model but you will also get an improved tracking model which is pretty critical in my opinion. We have an AP 1600 with absolute encoders and are doing unguided imaging at nearly 3000 mm focal length and it’s essential

On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 9:04 AM Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...> wrote:
I recently purchased an AP1100 from a user who got it from AP in the April batch (thanks to Astromart). This comes with the Losmandy HD tripod. I am expecting the mount (+ cws) next week.

I am also about to get a TEC 180FL next week (it has been shipped by Yuri), so I am excited to give the AP1100 a spin.

I am new to AP mounts and this one does not have AE, and comes with APCC (not pro), I have a Paramount MX and associated The SkyX with Tpoint etc.

I have three questions:

1. Can I use Tpoint from Software Bisque to create a pointing model for the AP1100 or do I need to upgrade to APCCPro?
2. Will the Losmandy HD tripod be able to handle the TEC 180FL on the AP1100? (38lbs scope + about 15lb cameras accessories + the mount ofcourse).
3. Is there a way I can mount the AP1100 on a Paramount MX permanent pier via an adapter?

Shailesh

--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: AP1100 GTO question

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 09:03 AM, Shailesh Trivedi wrote:
I have three questions:

1. Can I use Tpoint from Software Bisque to create a pointing model for the AP1100 or do I need to upgrade to APCCPro?
2. Will the Losmandy HD tripod be able to handle the TEC 180FL on the AP1100? (38lbs scope + about 15lb cameras accessories + the mount ofcourse).
Yes, as John has said the Losmandy HD tripod is a nice solid tripod.  I use one. 

3. Is there a way I can mount the AP1100 on a Paramount MX permanent pier via an adapter?
Yes, you will need an Astro-Physics 119FSA - > https://www.astro-physics.com/119fsa

We have a 48" Software Bisque pier with an AP1100 bolted onto it using the 119FSA at our observatory.  You just have to drill down through the top of the SB pier and attach the flat surface adapter with bolts and nuts or drill and tap a threaded hole.
 
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: AP1100 GTO question

dvjbaja
 

My ap 180 f7 rides on my 1100 and losmandy hd tripod no problem.  3, 18lb weights, plus rings, saddle, dovetail plates, finder, diagonal. 20 ethos, no problem.   I like the losmandy hd for the flexibility it offers with my other telescope configurations. 

Jg



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note9, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...>
Date: 7/4/20 9:04 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] AP1100 GTO question

I recently purchased an AP1100 from a user who got it from AP in the April batch (thanks to Astromart). This comes with the Losmandy HD tripod. I am expecting the mount (+ cws) next week.

I am also about to get a TEC 180FL next week (it has been shipped by Yuri), so I am excited to give the AP1100 a spin.

I am new to AP mounts and this one does not have AE, and comes with APCC (not pro), I have a Paramount MX and associated The SkyX with Tpoint etc.

I have three questions:

1. Can I use Tpoint from Software Bisque to create a pointing model for the AP1100 or do I need to upgrade to APCCPro?
2. Will the Losmandy HD tripod be able to handle the TEC 180FL on the AP1100? (38lbs scope + about 15lb cameras accessories + the mount ofcourse).
3. Is there a way I can mount the AP1100 on a Paramount MX permanent pier via an adapter?

Shailesh

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