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Starting AP run with CW up (East)

Michael 'Mikey' Mangieri
 

I just created a complete meridian exclusion zone for my location in APCC and for the first time I tried to start an imaging session in the east (CW up) to eliminate the need for a meridian flip.  I'm obviously doing something wrong because I can't slew to the object without the mount insisting on going pier east.  I use Stellarium as my software for selecting objects and SGP as my main controlling suite.  My mount is the AP1100GTO. 

Can anyone point me to a process workflow of how to start a session as I would like?

Mikey


Re: [ap-ug] Waves breaking on Orion's shores

Pete Lardizabal
 

You win!

Mesmerizing image. 

🤗

Pete

On Jul 7, 2020, at 3:23 AM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


https://www.astrobin.com/full/abycha/0/?nc=user

Rolando


Re: Waves breaking on Orion's shores

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Checking my imaging run and thinking of going out to view the comet. 

Stuart 

On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 3:54 AM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks, Stuart.
You're up kinda late, no?

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Jul 7, 2020 2:47 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Waves breaking on Orion's shores

Beautiful! You've drawn out so much texture above the HH - love it!


On Tue, 7 Jul 2020 at 03:23, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

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

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


Re: Waves breaking on Orion's shores

Roland Christen
 

Thanks, Stuart.
You're up kinda late, no?

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Jul 7, 2020 2:47 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Waves breaking on Orion's shores

Beautiful! You've drawn out so much texture above the HH - love it!


On Tue, 7 Jul 2020 at 03:23, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

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


Re: Waves breaking on Orion's shores

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Beautiful! You've drawn out so much texture above the HH - love it!


On Tue, 7 Jul 2020 at 03:23, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:


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


Waves breaking on Orion's shores

Roland Christen
 

https://www.astrobin.com/full/abycha/0/?nc=user

Rolando


Re: Fun with a One-shot-color CCD

eja24601
 

Thanks, all! Ron and Morris, great job with your shots, too! Stay safe, everyone!

Eric


Re: Fun with a One-shot-color CCD

 

hehe ... I've been having fun with my old ST-4000XCM as well, shooting through the light pollution of Los Angeles while not leaving home. I never thought it was worth even trying, but my first efforts turned out well enough that I decided I would do a Messier survey from home. I've collected 47 Messiers now, grabbing 30 minutes of data from each. I'm not even bothering to take out the sky glow gradient -- leaving them in as a badge of adversity.

In the process I've become significantly more adept at setup, alignment, point mapping, and processing.

Usually the giveaway on an OSC image: there ain't much blue. I know I could pick out a few Ron. :)

(I have a few favorites posted on my blog http://mojo.whiteoaks.com )

Mojo
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Morris Jones, Monrovia, CA
BridgeMojo
Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers
Mojo's Blog

On 7/6/2020 6:59 AM, Ron Kramer wrote:
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


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


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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


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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

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