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Re: Time Out Comm Errors on MACH2

Roland Christen
 

Yes, will be released shortly.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 2, 2020 12:12 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Time Out Comm Errors on MACH2

Rolando, George,
Is there a version of the CP4 firmware that's newer than P01-14 that knows about the :m# command?


Re: Do NOT use ASCOM Platform v. 6.5 with APCC Pro #APCC #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Dale Ghent
 

I'll take "Why Microsoft-inspired versioning habits are terrible" for $200, Alex.

;)

/dale

On Nov 1, 2020, at 9:28 AM, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:

Hi Yves,

Sorry Ray, a typo error...I meant RC2 !!!
Okay, thanks. That *almost* clears things up. :-)

Since ASCOM 6.5 platform has been released, any RC (release candidate) would be older than the current release.

So, if you are using APCC Pro you must use one of the following ASCOM versions:

1. ASCOM 6.4 SP2
2. ASCOM 6.5 SP1 Beta (the link I provided).
3. The as yet unreleased, ASCOM 6.5 SP1

Where again, "SP" stands for "Service Pack".

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Yves Laroche
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 8:40 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Do NOT use ASCOM Platform v. 6.5 with APCC Pro #APCC #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Sorry Ray, a typo error...I meant RC2 !!!

Yves



Le 31/10/20 23:19, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> a écrit :

> Yes, there was an ASCOM 6.5RC2.

That's not what you wrote... You wrote "SP2", not "RC2".

(SP = Service Pack) (RC = Release Candidate)

They have completely different meanings.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Yves Laroche
> Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 6:47 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Do NOT use ASCOM Platform v. 6.5 with APCC Pro #APCC #ASCOM_V2_Driver
>
> Hi Ray,
>
> Yes, there was an ASCOM 6.5RC2. Just checked the GitHub web site but no executable file found
anymore even
> if it's written 6.5RC2.
>
> I already got this file on my USB key and initiated an installation to be sure it is version 6.5RC2 and it
was. This
> was the version with I've tested APPM last night but without success.
>
> Regards,
> Yves
>
> .
>
> Le 31/10/20 21:35, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> a écrit :
>
> Hi Yves,
>
> > Did a point run last night and got bad results with ASCOM 6.5 SP2. Downgraded to version ASCOM
> 6.4RC1 and
> > everything went fine.
>
> I am not sure what you mean... there is no ASCOM 6.5 SP2. Did you mean SP1?
>
> > You mentioned ASCOM 6.5 SP1 beta version but I'm a bit confused. Is the beta 6.5RC1 version the
> same as
> > non-beta 6.5RC1?
>
> You'll have to ask that question on the ASCOM group. I haven't been keeping track of the changes they
> make. I was told the link I posted is to the 6.5 SP1 beta.
>
> -Ray Gralak
> Author of PEMPro
> Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
> 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 Yves Laroche
> > Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 2:19 PM
> > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Do NOT use ASCOM Platform v. 6.5 with APCC Pro #APCC
#ASCOM_V2_Driver
> >
> > Hi Ray,
> >
> > Did a point run last night and got bad results with ASCOM 6.5 SP2. Downgraded to version ASCOM
> 6.4RC1 and
> > everything went fine.
> >
> > You mentioned ASCOM 6.5 SP1 beta version but I'm a bit confused. Is the beta 6.5RC1 version the
> same as
> > non-beta 6.5RC1?
> >
> > Regards,
> > Yves
> >
> >
> >
> > Le 31/10/20 12:31, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> a écrit :
> >
> > Hi Andrew,
> >
> > > If you could provide an update on when this issue will be
> > > fixed that would be great.
> >
> > Actually, I reported on this a couple of weeks ago. ASCOM 6.5 Service Pack 1 will fix the bug (which
is
> in
> > ASCOM, not APCC).
> >
> > However, if you want to try the beta version of ASCOM 6.5 SP1, which I have tested and confirmed
has
> the
> > fix, then here is the link:
> >
> > https://download.ascom-standards.org/beta/ASCOMPlatform65.exe
> >
> > -Ray Gralak
> > Author of PEMPro
> > Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
> > 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 Andrew Jones
> > > Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 2:20 AM
> > > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> > > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Do NOT use ASCOM Platform v. 6.5 with APCC Pro #APCC
> #ASCOM_V2_Driver
> > >
> > > Hi Howard.
> > >
> > > I spent half the night trying to create a new APPM model using ASCOM 6.5 and getting the same
plate
> > solve
> > > results for every image. I was about to post the issue here, when I saw your post. Any eta on when
> this
> > issue will
> > > be resolved? I am kind of caught in a catch-22 at the moment as the latest version of SGP and
other
> > software I
> > > am using to control my rig now requires ASCOM 6.5. If you could provide an update on when this
> issue
> > will be
> > > fixed that would be great.
> > >
> > > Andrew J
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
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>













Re: Connecting to GPS gives an error

Eric Claeys
 

Ray,  I checked the COM port, and use the same one as in the GPSinfo program.  The PC has two physical COM ports and one USB-to-Serial port (for the GPS) so it's hard to get it wrong.


Re: Time Out Comm Errors on MACH2

Eric Claeys
 

Ray, I have the 1100 GTO with encoders.  I only posted to this Mach 2 thread because it already mentioned the issue.


Re: Time Out Comm Errors on MACH2

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Eric,

The subject says "mach2" so I thought you meant mach2 even though you wrote "1100". You can still ignore the error. That command should not be sent, but I'll have to debug the issue.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Eric Claeys
Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2020 10:12 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Time Out Comm Errors on MACH2

Rolando, George,
Is there a version of the CP4 firmware that's newer than P01-14 that knows about the :m# command?


Re: Time Out Comm Errors on MACH2

Eric Claeys
 

Rolando, George,
Is there a version of the CP4 firmware that's newer than P01-14 that knows about the :m# command?


Re: APCC Pro and ASCOM

Ray Gralak
 

Good point, Brian!

If you are looking for ASCOM 6.4 SP1, here is the download link:

https://github.com/ASCOMInitiative/ASCOMPlatform/releases/download/Build_2695/ASCOMPlatform64.exe

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Brian Valente
Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2020 8:27 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro and ASCOM

Just to clarify I think Ray posted the 6.5SP1 beta (not the prior 6.4 version), but the SP1 beta also works with
APCC



On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 8:20 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:


Hi Khushrow,

> I know this topic has been discussed but I was not able to find the information I need so requesting
again. I just
> added the absolute encoders to my 1100GTO and setup APCC Pro. I have ASOM platform 6.5 on the
laptop. I
> cannot find the previous version on the ASOCM website so wanted to know where I can find the older
version.

Here's the link you need:

https://download.ascom-standards.org/beta/ASCOMPlatform65.exe

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Khushrow Machhi via
groups.io
> Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2020 8:17 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro and ASCOM
>
> I know this topic has been discussed but I was not able to find the information I need so requesting
again. I just
> added the absolute encoders to my 1100GTO and setup APCC Pro. I have ASOM platform 6.5 on the
laptop. I
> cannot find the previous version on the ASOCM website so wanted to know where I can find the older
version.
> Thanks,
> Khushrow
>










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Brian



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Re: APCC Pro and ASCOM

 

Just to clarify I think Ray posted the 6.5SP1 beta (not the prior 6.4 version), but the SP1 beta also works with APCC



On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 8:20 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
Hi Khushrow,

> I know this topic has been discussed but I was not able to find the information I need so requesting again.  I just
> added the absolute encoders to my 1100GTO and setup APCC Pro.  I have ASOM platform 6.5 on the laptop. I
> cannot find the previous version on the ASOCM website so wanted to know where I can find the older version.

Here's the link you need:

https://download.ascom-standards.org/beta/ASCOMPlatform65.exe

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Khushrow Machhi via groups.io
> Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2020 8:17 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro and ASCOM
>
> I know this topic has been discussed but I was not able to find the information I need so requesting again.  I just
> added the absolute encoders to my 1100GTO and setup APCC Pro.  I have ASOM platform 6.5 on the laptop. I
> cannot find the previous version on the ASOCM website so wanted to know where I can find the older version.
> Thanks,
> Khushrow
>








--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: APCC Pro and ASCOM

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Khushrow,

I know this topic has been discussed but I was not able to find the information I need so requesting again. I just
added the absolute encoders to my 1100GTO and setup APCC Pro. I have ASOM platform 6.5 on the laptop. I
cannot find the previous version on the ASOCM website so wanted to know where I can find the older version.
Here's the link you need:

https://download.ascom-standards.org/beta/ASCOMPlatform65.exe

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Khushrow Machhi via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2020 8:17 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro and ASCOM

I know this topic has been discussed but I was not able to find the information I need so requesting again. I just
added the absolute encoders to my 1100GTO and setup APCC Pro. I have ASOM platform 6.5 on the laptop. I
cannot find the previous version on the ASOCM website so wanted to know where I can find the older version.
Thanks,
Khushrow


APCC Pro and ASCOM

Khushrow Machhi
 

I know this topic has been discussed but I was not able to find the information I need so requesting again.  I just added the absolute encoders to my 1100GTO and setup APCC Pro.  I have ASOM platform 6.5 on the laptop. I cannot find the previous version on the ASOCM website so wanted to know where I can find the older version.
Thanks,
Khushrow


Re: Connecting to GPS gives an error

Ray Gralak
 

Eric,

The logic for the GPS code has not changed in a long time in APCC, but maybe something in the .Net Framework has changed.

BTW, I assume you checked that the GPS COM port is correct? To be sure, try selecting the COM Port again in APCC to be sure it is selected.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Eric Claeys
Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2020 8:03 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Connecting to GPS gives an error

Ray, I tried that and it didn't help. I even tried a different version of APCC and it didn't help.


Re: Connecting to GPS gives an error

Eric Claeys
 

Ray, I tried that and it didn't help. I even tried a different version of APCC and it didn't help.


Re: APPM Modelling Question wrt Focus

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

Thanks Ray...btw...that delay you put into APPM for dome slewing is still working like a charm for the APPM run :)

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ray Gralak
Sent: November 1, 2020 7:43 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APPM Modelling Question wrt Focus

Hi Tony,

I started an APPM run and realized I didn't get the sharpest
focus...its not bad but it could be a bit better. Will that be detrimental? Should I just stop the APPM run and focus as best as possible or is "close" good enough?
It doesn't have to be the absolute best focus, but having good quality focus will provide more accurate results.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Tony Benjamin
Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2020 7:30 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APPM Modelling Question wrt Focus

I started an APPM run and realized I didn't get the sharpest
focus...its not bad but it could be a bit better. Will that be detrimental? Should I just stop the APPM run and focus as best as possible or is "close" good enough?


Re: APPM Modelling Question wrt Focus

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Tony,

I started an APPM run and realized I didn't get the sharpest focus...its not bad but it could be a bit better. Will that
be detrimental? Should I just stop the APPM run and focus as best as possible or is "close" good enough?
It doesn't have to be the absolute best focus, but having good quality focus will provide more accurate results.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Tony Benjamin
Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2020 7:30 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APPM Modelling Question wrt Focus

I started an APPM run and realized I didn't get the sharpest focus...its not bad but it could be a bit better. Will that
be detrimental? Should I just stop the APPM run and focus as best as possible or is "close" good enough?


APPM Modelling Question wrt Focus

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

I started an APPM run and realized I didn't get the sharpest focus...its not bad but it could be a bit better. Will that be detrimental? Should I just stop the APPM run and focus as best as possible or is "close" good enough?


Re: Connecting to GPS gives an error

Ray Gralak
 

There could be some garbage characters in the GPS's virtual port.

Make sure nothing is connected to the port by disconnecting your GPS Utility and restarting APCC.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Eric Claeys
Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2020 6:52 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Connecting to GPS gives an error

I have a BU-353S4 GPS that used to work.
Now when I try to connect to it, it connects, then after about 5 seconds it disconnects with the following error:
Closing GPS Connection.
UpdateLocation: Index and length must refer to a location within the string.
Parameter name: length

This is with 1,8.4.1 and 1.8.7.1.
I can access the GPS via the GPS utility that it came with.

Any ideas?


Re: Time Out Comm Errors on MACH2

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Eric,

I just upgraded to 1.8.7.1 on my 1100 mount, and am getting the ":m3# The operation has timed out" error.
Is there a version of APCC that fixes this.
It sounds like you might not have the latest firmware. You will need to check with A-P to get updated firmware.

Until you do that, you can ignore these timeout messages. The firmware you are running doesn't understand the command.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Eric Claeys
Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2020 6:42 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Time Out Comm Errors on MACH2

I just upgraded to 1.8.7.1 on my 1100 mount, and am getting the ":m3# The operation has timed out" error.
Is there a version of APCC that fixes this.


Connecting to GPS gives an error

Eric Claeys
 

I have a BU-353S4 GPS that used to work.
Now when I try to connect to it, it connects, then after about 5 seconds it disconnects with the following error:
   Closing GPS Connection.
   UpdateLocation: Index and length must refer to a location within the string.
   Parameter name: length

This is with 1,8.4.1 and 1.8.7.1.
I can access the GPS via the GPS utility that it came with.

Any ideas?


Re: Time Out Comm Errors on MACH2

Eric Claeys
 

I just upgraded to 1.8.7.1 on my 1100 mount, and am getting the ":m3# The operation has timed out" error.
Is there a version of APCC that fixes this.


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

Haydon Burns
 

Hello Ernie,

You  appear to have really did spent some time trying to troubleshoot Sky Safari.  Impressive that you found a work around.  I originally was using Sky Safari 6 Plus and WiFi connection was reliable.  After a night of not having success with it, I upgraded to the Pro version and was having issues that may have been similar to yours with losing WiFi connection.  I reverted back to the plus version and that seemed to work better with regard to WiFi dropouts and screen freezes.

Haydon

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