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Re: Equipment for an observatory

Greg Salyer
 

I'm using an Oculus All Sky camera by Starlight Xpress. It’s been active 24/7 for several years now without any problem.


Gre


On Aug 22, 2020, at 5:47 PM, Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion@...> wrote:

CW works by measuring the temperature upwards via an IR sensor.  Clouds will be 'warmer' than clear sky.  The CW can also measure relative humidity, ambinet temp, presence of rain, and sky brightness, but it is not nearly as sensitive as an SQM.  You can only fit so much on a small package.

Mine has been reliable at measurement; whether or not its predictions of clouds, etc are reliable as a different issue.  Not been a problem so far.

Greg:  What brand all-sky are you using?  Thanks!

Bryan


Re: Equipment for an observatory

Worsel
 

CW works by measuring the temperature upwards via an IR sensor.  Clouds will be 'warmer' than clear sky.  The CW can also measure relative humidity, ambinet temp, presence of rain, and sky brightness, but it is not nearly as sensitive as an SQM.  You can only fit so much on a small package.

Mine has been reliable at measurement; whether or not its predictions of clouds, etc are reliable as a different issue.  Not been a problem so far.

Greg:  What brand all-sky are you using?  Thanks!

Bryan


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

REDIGER-LIZLOV Didier
 

Hello
Don't forger Moravian, a corps from central Europe

Didier

Le 22 août 2020 18:04, Bill Long <bill@...> a écrit :
In Finger Lakes, no less. 😉 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Greg Salyer <astronutcase@...>
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 7:06 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky
 

I believe FLI cameras are made in New York

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Hambrick via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:03 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky

 

Thanks Dean That's good to know. I thought that with the sole exception of the SBIG cameras from Diffraction Limited (which are made in Canada), almost all the others came from China.


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: Equipment for an observatory

Greg Salyer
 

I also have a Cloud Watcher but I’ve found it to reliable - instead I use an AllSky camera

On Aug 22, 2020, at 1:53 PM, Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...> wrote:


Ron 
I have a couple Digital Loggers - one for each scope.
Thanks for the tip on the CloudWatcher.  Do you find it to be accurate with respect to clouds?

Eric


Re: Mach2 Notification Question

Karen Christen
 

Oooooo you guys are finding my weak spots.  If Moose needs a home, send him on over.

Karen

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Harley Davidson
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:32 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Notification Question

 

Karen

Would you take a well trained dog in trade to expedite my Mach2 order :)

tony

On 8/22/2020 12:47 PM, Karen Christen wrote:

Hey Astronuts,

 

You’ve been very patient waiting on notification for the Mach2GTO.  Michael is correct that we are quite busy with notifications for the 92mm Stowaway and 130GTX scopes.  We exhausted the old Mach1 notification list so we will be notifying folks who signed up on the Mach2 list beginning April 4, 2019.  Be assured that, although we have not begun Mach2 notification, production of the second run of mounts is steadily progressing.  We are still forecasting shipment of the first mounts in late Fall / early Winter.  I’m sorry to deprive some of you of the anticipation, but once you order you won’t have to wait long to get your brand-spanking new Mach2!

 

Wishing you clear skies,

Karen Christen

AP

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Larry Phillips
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 9:12 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Notification Question

 

How about a status update on Mach2 notifications?  Anything you can share?
Larry


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Re: Equipment for an observatory

Eric Claeys
 

Ron 
I have a couple Digital Loggers - one for each scope.
Thanks for the tip on the CloudWatcher.  Do you find it to be accurate with respect to clouds?

Eric


Re: Mach2 Notification Question

Harley Davidson
 

Karen

Would you take a well trained dog in trade to expedite my Mach2 order :)

tony

On 8/22/2020 12:47 PM, Karen Christen wrote:

Hey Astronuts,

 

You’ve been very patient waiting on notification for the Mach2GTO.  Michael is correct that we are quite busy with notifications for the 92mm Stowaway and 130GTX scopes.  We exhausted the old Mach1 notification list so we will be notifying folks who signed up on the Mach2 list beginning April 4, 2019.  Be assured that, although we have not begun Mach2 notification, production of the second run of mounts is steadily progressing.  We are still forecasting shipment of the first mounts in late Fall / early Winter.  I’m sorry to deprive some of you of the anticipation, but once you order you won’t have to wait long to get your brand-spanking new Mach2!

 

Wishing you clear skies,

Karen Christen

AP

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Larry Phillips
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 9:12 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Notification Question

 

How about a status update on Mach2 notifications?  Anything you can share?
Larry


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Re: Mach2 Notification Question

Karen Christen
 

Hey Astronuts,

 

You’ve been very patient waiting on notification for the Mach2GTO.  Michael is correct that we are quite busy with notifications for the 92mm Stowaway and 130GTX scopes.  We exhausted the old Mach1 notification list so we will be notifying folks who signed up on the Mach2 list beginning April 4, 2019.  Be assured that, although we have not begun Mach2 notification, production of the second run of mounts is steadily progressing.  We are still forecasting shipment of the first mounts in late Fall / early Winter.  I’m sorry to deprive some of you of the anticipation, but once you order you won’t have to wait long to get your brand-spanking new Mach2!

 

Wishing you clear skies,

Karen Christen

AP

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Larry Phillips
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 9:12 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Notification Question

 

How about a status update on Mach2 notifications?  Anything you can share?
Larry


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Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Bill Long
 

In Finger Lakes, no less. 😉 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Greg Salyer <astronutcase@...>
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 7:06 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky
 

I believe FLI cameras are made in New York

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Hambrick via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:03 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky

 

Thanks Dean That's good to know. I thought that with the sole exception of the SBIG cameras from Diffraction Limited (which are made in Canada), almost all the others came from China.


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: Spiderwebs in the sky

Bill Long
 

Starlight XPress cameras are made in the UK and service is available in the US. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Michael Hambrick via groups.io <mike.hambrick@...>
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 7:14 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky
 
Thanks Greg. Even better to know that there is a domestic source.


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: Equipment for an observatory

Rob Torrey
 

I use this bug zapper:
https://smile.amazon.com/Aspectek-Upgraded-Electronic-Zapper-Insect/dp/B07F3NH96Q
You can turn it on and off via a digital timer or remotely via a Digital Loggers switch. You can also use Visual Basic scripts to control the DL outlets. 

My DL switches control many devices, including a red LED spotlight aimed on the scope. Using USB cameras I can make sure the roof opens, the scope slews correctly, and everything is properly closed after imaging. (I tried a full time day/night security camera inside the observatory but the infrared tended to fog my images).
The astronomers at New Mexico Skies (just east  of Cloudcroft!) should be a wealth of good information. 

On Aug 21, 2020, at 7:22 PM, Ron Kramer <ronkramer1957@...> wrote:


Digital loggers SWITCH so you don't need to leave everything powered on all the time. 
I also love my CloudWatcher solo system. 
IP cameras if you don't already have them inside. 


On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 8:09 PM Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...> wrote:
Thanks everyone for suggesting mice/rat equipment.  I'll check what critters are common where the observatory is (unfortunately, rattler snakes are one of them).

SeismicGeo,
Bees/wasps are also a problem where my observatory will be.  A bug zapper is a good idea.  Do you have one you particularly like?

Christopher, thanks for the suggestions.

I have two 1500 VA APC UPS (one for each PC/scope) and can remotely access them to determine health.  The roof motor has its own UPS.

I like the idea of something to monitor the front door.  I'll already be able to monitor the roof.

There will be two remote-controlled cameras.  I need to ask if they have IR.

Spare parts and tools are already on my list, as well as waterproof boxes.

Good idea on periodic maintenance schedule, and laminated emergency contact list.

There will be a couple rain sensors that can close the roof.  The guy that built the observatory doesn't like cloud sensors, but I'd feel more comfortable with one that can close the roof.

The roof can close regardless of where the scopes are pointed.

The door has a key and the guy that built the observatory will have a copy.

The observatory is in an astronomical village - New Mexico Skies Enclave, so there are several other observatories and people nearby that can help in an emergency.



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Re: Mach2 Notification Question

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

I know that the A-P folks have been busy. I was notified on the 19th that they have a 92mm Stowaway for me.


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: Spiderwebs in the sky

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Thanks Greg. Even better to know that there is a domestic source.


Best Regards

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


Mach2 Notification Question

Larry Phillips
 

How about a status update on Mach2 notifications?  Anything you can share?
Larry


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Greg Salyer
 

I believe FLI cameras are made in New York

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Hambrick via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:03 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky

 

Thanks Dean That's good to know. I thought that with the sole exception of the SBIG cameras from Diffraction Limited (which are made in Canada), almost all the others came from China.


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: Spiderwebs in the sky

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Thanks Dean That's good to know. I thought that with the sole exception of the SBIG cameras from Diffraction Limited (which are made in Canada), almost all the others came from China.


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: Spiderwebs in the sky

Dean Jacobsen
 
Edited

QSI Cameras is owned by Atik Cameras.  Last I heard they were being manufactured by Atik in England.

https://qsimaging.com/about-qsi/
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Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Where are the QSI cameras made ?


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: Newby setting up a Mach 1

Roland Christen
 

Glad to hear. Now see if you can get some nice images.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 10:29 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

So to follow up, thank you so much Rolando, turns out I was using one manual too new and the 5/32 bolts on the 2014 Mach 1 must actually hold the gear box in place where the 2011 manual I should have been using states that those screws are covers and the real mounting bolts are underneath. Once I finally loosened those and realigned the worm all this "play" and or "backlash" I was feeling was completely gone.

The scene in Wayne's World when Wayne and Garth finally meet Alice Cooper and kneel on the ground yelling "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy" comes to my mind relating to the amazing depth of knowledge you have Rolando. Thank you so much for your help!

Sorry for the large attachments, chalk it up to me being a newcomer to the world of AP.

Best regards, 

Derrick 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 7:00 PM Derrick Siebert via groups.io <derrick.siebert=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Moving it in its normal direction of motion 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 6:51 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

When you twist the Dec axis
Not sure what that means "twist the Dec axis". Please explain.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 6:30 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

When you twist the Dec axis there is about a half of a pencil led width worth of “play"

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 5:34 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
The clutch settings have no impact on the backlash in Dec.
How much backlash do you see and how are you measuring it?

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 4:48 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

Hello, 

Long time listener, first-time caller here. My name is Derrick Siebert and I recently acquired a used Mach 1 mount with a upgraded cp4 computer. I am mounting a stowaway to the mount and I noticed that there seems to be a small amount of backlash in the Dec axis. None in the RA axis. Tightening or loosening the clutch screws does not seem to make any difference. Is this normal? I am sure I will have more questions as I progress through the process so stay tuned for a few laughs from a neophyte.

Best regards 

Derrick 


Re: Newby setting up a Mach 1

Dean Jacobsen
 

My favorite option is setting delivery to “no email” and I read the threads on my browser.  That way I don’t get any attachments sent to me but I can see the photos and I can download the other files if I want to see them.
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