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locked Re: Mach2GTO Update GTOCP5 – Version P02-07 #Mach2GTO

Dean Jacobsen
 

Can the upgrade be done by just powering up the CP5 controller box - power the 12 volt connection and connected to the computer via ethernet port -  without actually having the mount present?
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locked Mach2GTO Update GTOCP5 – Version P02-07 #Mach2GTO

offrapel@...
 

Marj & AP folks,

Thanks for the software update. It updated fine, now running P02-07.

Noticed a small thing during the update. After finishing the part 1 update, and then selecting the part 2 file, and hit Program. The sequence repeats through to Resumed Operation but the progress bar stayed down around 5% (roughly). I wasn't positive it was done, so left it for a while. Reconnected to the IP address in another tab, and it showed the new version software.

After it was all done, brought up Stellarium and ran it all over the sky - working great!

Thank you,

Dave


Re: Preventing tracking on power up?

Roland Christen
 


When I turn the power on, apcc is not started. I need to open it and then it automatically connects. Then tracking starts.
I searched everywhere in apcc and could not find anything to stop this from happening.
What would you like to stop from happening?

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Blahovici <tom.va2fsq@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Nov 22, 2020 3:45 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Preventing tracking on power up?

Hi
When I turn the power on, apcc is not started. I need to open it and then it automatically connects. Then tracking starts.
I searched everywhere in apcc and could not find anything to stop this from happening. I may have missed it though. I will check the hand controller. I guess I don't really need it anymore.
Snowing now, so the next opportunity I will check the hand controller.
Thanks, Tom

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Astro-Physics


Re: How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Joe,

In between my turning off the tracking, I was using the MOVE SCOPE section’s direction keys - rather than
attaching my Hand Pad - to adjust my camera pointing at my chosen “land target”. Then, when I wanted to move it
back to its original target starting point AZ/ALT coordinates, the GOTO beside the AZ/ALT box, made the CP4 jump
back into Sidereal tracking mode.
Trying to get the mount to stand still for that session, became a cat & mouse game between that GOTO and the
TOGGLE TRACKING button.
Unfortunately, I can't seem to recreate this behavior using APCC Pro v1.8.8.3 and firmware VCP4-P01-13.

Here is what I did:

1) Unparked and turned off mount tracking.
2) To save the mount's current Alt/Az position, I clicked "Load Mount Alt/Az" on APCC's GoTo/Recal tab.
3) In APCC's "Move Scope" control box, I moved the mount around a bit with the Move buttons. Tracking does not become enabled.
4) Back on the GoTo/ReCal tab, I clicked "Goto" in the Alt/az control box. Again, after the Alt/Az slew finished, tracking does not become enabled.

So, please try these steps after you have updated to the latest version of firmware and APCC software. If there is still a problem, send me a link to your logs, and we will take a look.

Best regards,

-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 Joe Zeglinski
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:54 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?

Ray, sorry about my not being clear.

What I meant to say is that after I managed to kill the tracking by rapidly going to the “Toggle Tracking” button, it
would eventually toggle itself back on, for some reason, EVERY time I clicked the GOTO button, beside my saved
AZ/ALT coordinates, in the GoTo/ReCal tab. That happened, even while the mount was NOT tracking at the time. I
wasn’t aware that all GOTO’s automatically re-activate tracking.

That is not to say that I don’t appreciate such a shortcut. I almost never operate the mount in “non-astronomical
mode”, so triggering tracking lest I should forget to activate it myself, is a nice thing. I will just have to remember your
earlier posted instructions on disabling this feature, on those rare circumstances when I need the mount to act like a
theodolite.

In between my turning off the tracking, I was using the MOVE SCOPE section’s direction keys - rather than
attaching my Hand Pad - to adjust my camera pointing at my chosen “land target”. Then, when I wanted to move it
back to its original target starting point AZ/ALT coordinates, the GOTO beside the AZ/ALT box, made the CP4 jump
back into Sidereal tracking mode.
Trying to get the mount to stand still for that session, became a cat & mouse game between that GOTO and the
TOGGLE TRACKING button.

Meanwhile ....
Yes, I do need to update my APCC PRO software, as well as the CP4 on my AP-1200.
I noticed an APCC box saying I needed to Update my “Firmware”. Thinking it wasn’t urgent, I was putting that off a
bit, until the new firmware and manual, which everybody had been talking about, had finally been officially released.
I wasn’t certain whether that major Firmware update was for everybody’s CP4 & CP5, or was just meant for the CP5
and the Mach-2 mount.
I’ll get on that task this week.

Joe Z.



From: Ray Gralak
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:52 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?

Hi Joe,

similar to the (sometimes undesirable) automatic Tracking hassle on APCC start up,
APCC gives you full control of the tracking behavior on startup. I just posted three options to choose from.

However, if I adjusted the target, and needed to go back to the saved RA/AZ coordinates,
that GOTO button
If I understand what you are saying, then using any of the mount's move buttons will turn tracking on. That's because
to stop a move command when you release a button, the mount must send a "Q" command, which enables tracking.
That is the way the firmware works and is not something specific to 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 Joe Zeglinski
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:11 PM
To: ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?

Hi,
similar to the (sometimes undesirable) automatic Tracking hassle on APCC start up, I dislike the fact that ANY
GOTO command automatically turns Sidereal Tracking back on.

Recently, I was doing some camera check out, focussing on a distant condo construction crane. Once, after
clicking the TOGGLE Tracking button (off) I got the target in my scope sites, painstakingly using the direction slew
buttons. However, if I adjusted the target, and needed to go back to the saved RA/AZ coordinates, that GOTO button
in that tab, suddenly turned Sidereal Tracking back on. It was a constant battle to do a “saved” ALT/AZ GOTO, and
quickly toggle the Tracking, before the mount drifted away from my set target.
Uncomplimentary words were said to APCC !!!

Am I missing something? Is there a setting to keep the tracking off? I tried to set the tracking to NONE, but the
next
GOTO still flipped it back on again.
There are other times where I would like Tracking not to interfere – one time I was trying to construct an APCC
Horizon Limits plot. There may be other circumstances, where I want total manual control of the mount, via the
APCC
rather than a Hand Pad.

How do I kill all APCC Tracking, until I specifically re-enable that feature?

Joe Z.








Re: How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?

Joe Zeglinski
 

Ray, sorry about my not being clear.
 
    What I meant to say is that after I managed to kill the tracking by rapidly going to the “Toggle Tracking” button,  it would eventually toggle itself back on, for some reason,   EVERY time I clicked the GOTO button, beside my saved AZ/ALT coordinates,  in the GoTo/ReCal  tab. That happened,  even while the mount was NOT tracking at the time.  I wasn’t aware that all  GOTO’s automatically re-activate tracking.
 
    That is not to say that I don’t appreciate such a shortcut. I almost never operate the mount in “non-astronomical mode”, so triggering tracking lest I should forget to activate it myself, is a nice thing. I will just have to remember your earlier posted instructions on disabling this feature, on those rare circumstances when I need the mount to act like a theodolite.
 
    In between my turning off the tracking,   I was using the MOVE SCOPE section’s direction keys  - rather than attaching my Hand Pad - to adjust my camera  pointing at my chosen “land target”. Then, when I wanted to move it back to its original target starting point AZ/ALT coordinates, the GOTO beside the AZ/ALT box, made the CP4 jump back into Sidereal tracking mode.
Trying to get the mount to stand still for that session, became a cat & mouse game between that GOTO and the TOGGLE TRACKING button.
 
Meanwhile ....
    Yes, I do need to update my APCC PRO software,  as well as the CP4 on my AP-1200.
I noticed  an APCC  box saying I needed to Update my “Firmware”. Thinking it wasn’t urgent,  I was putting that off a bit, until the new firmware and manual, which everybody had been talking about, had finally been officially released.
I wasn’t certain whether that major Firmware update was for everybody’s CP4 & CP5,  or was just meant for the CP5 and the Mach-2 mount.
I’ll get on that task this week.
 
Joe Z.
 
 
 

From: Ray Gralak
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:52 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?
 
Hi Joe,

>     similar to the (sometimes undesirable) automatic Tracking hassle on APCC start up,

APCC gives you full control of the tracking behavior on startup. I just posted three options to choose from.

> However, if I adjusted the target, and needed to go back to the saved RA/AZ coordinates,
> that GOTO button

If I understand what you are saying, then using any of the mount's move buttons will turn tracking on. That's because to stop a move command when you release a button, the mount must send a "Q" command, which enables tracking. That is the way the firmware works and is not something specific to 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 Joe Zeglinski
> Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:11 PM
> To: ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?
>
> Hi,
>     similar to the (sometimes undesirable) automatic Tracking hassle on APCC start up, I dislike the fact that ANY
> GOTO command automatically turns Sidereal Tracking back on.
>
>     Recently, I was doing some camera check out, focussing on a distant condo construction crane.  Once, after
> clicking the TOGGLE Tracking button (off) I got the target in my scope sites, painstakingly using the direction slew
> buttons. However, if I adjusted the target, and needed to go back to the saved RA/AZ coordinates, that GOTO button
> in that tab, suddenly turned Sidereal Tracking back on. It was a constant battle to do a “saved” ALT/AZ  GOTO, and
> quickly toggle the Tracking, before the mount drifted away from my set target.
> Uncomplimentary words were said to APCC !!!
>
>     Am I missing something? Is there a setting to keep the tracking off? I tried to set the tracking to NONE, but the next
> GOTO still flipped it back on again.
> There are other times where I would like Tracking not to interfere – one time I was trying to construct an APCC
> Horizon Limits  plot. There may be other circumstances, where I want total manual control of the mount, via the APCC
> rather than a Hand Pad.
>
>     How do I kill all APCC Tracking, until I specifically re-enable that feature?
>
> Joe Z.
>
>
>






Re: APCC on a two-user Win10pro PC

David Churchill
 

Ray,

Thanks again for the information. This really helps.

It looks like I am in uncharted waters . Therefore the most prudent approach is for me to setup a test system at my home and try it out and see how it performs. Certainly not something to try on a remote (and inaccessible) setup for sure 😊.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Kind regards

David

 

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Re: APCC on a two-user Win10pro PC

David Churchill
 

Ray,

Thanks again for the information. This really helps.

It looks like I am in uncharted waters . Therefore the most prudent approach is for me to setup a test system at my home and try it out and see how it performs. Certainly not something to try on a remote (and inaccessible) setup for sure 😊.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Kind regards

David

 

--
 
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Email:          dachurchill@...
Astro Images:   http://www.skyimager.net

 


Re: Preventing tracking on power up?

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Hi Tom,
  I just don't let APCC auto-connect until I'm ready:

Inline image

My mount (Mach1GTO or AP1100) doesn't start tracking until I connect. Is this what you want?

cytan




On Sunday, November 22, 2020, 04:56:28 PM CST, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:


Tom,

One more thing, APCC will not change tracking status if the mount has been initialized previously (e.g. by the hand controller or a previous run of the driver or APCC had already initialized the mount).

-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 Tom Blahovici
> Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:45 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Preventing tracking on power up?
>
> Hi
> When I turn the power on, apcc is not started. I need to open it and then it automatically connects. Then tracking
> starts.
> I searched everywhere in apcc and could not find anything to stop this from happening. I may have missed it though. I
> will check the hand controller. I guess I don't really need it anymore.
> Snowing now, so the next opportunity I will check the hand controller.
> Thanks, Tom
>






Re: APCC Pro / GOTO CP$ firmware upgrade #APCC

Nick Iversen
 

The documentation Field_CP4_Download-browser.pdf doesn't mention what to do with the .wif file so mentioning that would be a good idea in the documentation review. 


Re: consistent goto error on meridian flip w/1200

Steven Panish
 

Thanks!  We're all pilgrims and learning is what the forums are all about.  How the AP folks get any actual work done is a continuing puzzle, their helpfulness and dedication are exemplary.  As it is for other experts who often lend a hand to we-who-have-really-a-lot-to-learn!

Keep safe, everybody!

Steve


Re: Preventing tracking on power up?

Konstantin von Poschinger
 

Hi,

If you have the hand congtroler set to auto connect, then it will start tracking with power on. Set it to extern!

Grüsse

Konstantin v. Poschinger


Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171/1983476

Am 22.11.2020 um 19:44 schrieb Tom Blahovici <tom.va2fsq@...>:

Hi
It seems that even though the mount is parked at the end of the evening, and then the power is turned off, when the power is turned on, the mount automatically starts tracking.  This is an issue for me since the telescope is covered and I want to power up everything before uncovering it.
I am using APCC and have a CP4.  Is this a hand control issue?
Thanks, Tom


Re: How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?

Konstantin von Poschinger
 

Hi,

Why you do not set your special position as a Park Position. So you can be sur that the mount is not moving after reaching that position. ;-))

Grüsse

Konstantin v. Poschinger


Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171/1983476

Am 22.11.2020 um 23:11 schrieb Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@...>:


Hi,
    similar to the (sometimes undesirable) automatic Tracking hassle on APCC start up, I dislike the fact that ANY GOTO command automatically turns Sidereal Tracking back on.
 
    Recently, I was doing some camera check out, focussing on a distant condo construction crane.  Once, after clicking the TOGGLE Tracking button (off) I got the target in my scope sites, painstakingly using the direction slew buttons. However, if I adjusted the target, and needed to go back to the saved RA/AZ coordinates, that GOTO button in that tab, suddenly turned Sidereal Tracking back on. It was a constant battle to do a “saved” ALT/AZ  GOTO, and quickly toggle the Tracking, before the mount drifted away from my set target.
Uncomplimentary words were said to APCC !!!
 
    Am I missing something? Is there a setting to keep the tracking off? I tried to set the tracking to NONE, but the next GOTO still flipped it back on again.
There are other times where I would like Tracking not to interfere – one time I was trying to construct an APCC  Horizon Limits  plot. There may be other circumstances, where I want total manual control of the mount, via the APCC rather than a Hand Pad.
 
    How do I kill all APCC Tracking, until I specifically re-enable that feature?
 
Joe Z.
 
   


Re: APCC ERROR Messages screen position

Ray Gralak
 

Joe,

Is it possible to give us some control over the warning message’s screen position?
Make sure you are using the latest version, Joe (If you are using "APCC Pro" => v1.8.8.3).

There was some work on this to prevent the warning boxes from coming up too often.

-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 Joe Zeglinski
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:21 PM
To: ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC ERROR Messages screen position

Ray,

Is it possible to give us some control over the warning message’s screen position?

A few times, I would get a Limits Exceeded warning, and had no way to get back to the control Tab, to turn off its
setting box. I wish I could drag the message aside, in order to be able to reach the line of tabs, but had to kill APCC,
and restart in Park mode (in my case), just to change it before Unparking and again looping on the incessant warning
pop ups. There may be other similar cases.

It is fine that such urgent messages pop up in front of the control panel window to grab the user’s attention, but it
would be better if they were allowed to be pushed aside to a more convenient screen position – especially if such
warning, in the worst case, was about an imminent pier collision !
Otherwise, please don’t place the warning over the row of option window keys.

Joe Z.


Re: Preventing tracking on power up?

Ray Gralak
 

Tom,

One more thing, APCC will not change tracking status if the mount has been initialized previously (e.g. by the hand controller or a previous run of the driver or APCC had already initialized the mount).

-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 Tom Blahovici
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:45 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Preventing tracking on power up?

Hi
When I turn the power on, apcc is not started. I need to open it and then it automatically connects. Then tracking
starts.
I searched everywhere in apcc and could not find anything to stop this from happening. I may have missed it though. I
will check the hand controller. I guess I don't really need it anymore.
Snowing now, so the next opportunity I will check the hand controller.
Thanks, Tom


Re: How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Joe,

similar to the (sometimes undesirable) automatic Tracking hassle on APCC start up,
APCC gives you full control of the tracking behavior on startup. I just posted three options to choose from.

However, if I adjusted the target, and needed to go back to the saved RA/AZ coordinates,
that GOTO button
If I understand what you are saying, then using any of the mount's move buttons will turn tracking on. That's because to stop a move command when you release a button, the mount must send a "Q" command, which enables tracking. That is the way the firmware works and is not something specific to 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 Joe Zeglinski
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:11 PM
To: ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?

Hi,
similar to the (sometimes undesirable) automatic Tracking hassle on APCC start up, I dislike the fact that ANY
GOTO command automatically turns Sidereal Tracking back on.

Recently, I was doing some camera check out, focussing on a distant condo construction crane. Once, after
clicking the TOGGLE Tracking button (off) I got the target in my scope sites, painstakingly using the direction slew
buttons. However, if I adjusted the target, and needed to go back to the saved RA/AZ coordinates, that GOTO button
in that tab, suddenly turned Sidereal Tracking back on. It was a constant battle to do a “saved” ALT/AZ GOTO, and
quickly toggle the Tracking, before the mount drifted away from my set target.
Uncomplimentary words were said to APCC !!!

Am I missing something? Is there a setting to keep the tracking off? I tried to set the tracking to NONE, but the next
GOTO still flipped it back on again.
There are other times where I would like Tracking not to interfere – one time I was trying to construct an APCC
Horizon Limits plot. There may be other circumstances, where I want total manual control of the mount, via the APCC
rather than a Hand Pad.

How do I kill all APCC Tracking, until I specifically re-enable that feature?

Joe Z.



Re: Preventing tracking on power up?

Ray Gralak
 

> When I turn the power on, apcc is not started.

> I need to open it and then it automatically connects.

> Then tracking starts.

> I searched everywhere in apcc and could not find anything to stop this from happening.

 

The reason why tracking starts is that the mount itself starts tracking when unparked.

 

So if you are initializing the mount from APCC:

 

1)    In “Settings->Edit Mount Intialization Settings”, you can set “Unpark from: “ to “Don’t Unpark”. You would then need to unpark later when ready, which will automatically start tracking unless you have the next option selected.

2)    In “Settings->Edit Mount Intialization Settings”, you can enable “Set Tracking Rate” and set it to “Zero”. This will unpark the mount, which starts the mount tracking, then APCC immediately issues a command to stop tracking.

3)    After initialization, if you later park the mount and unpark it, the mount will start tracking unless you enable “Stop Tracking after unparking” on APCC’s Park tab.

 

For reference here is a screenshot of those three options:

 

 

 

 

-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 Tom Blahovici

> Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:45 PM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Preventing tracking on power up?

>

> Hi

> When I turn the power on, apcc is not started. I need to open it and then it automatically connects. Then tracking

> starts.

> I searched everywhere in apcc and could not find anything to stop this from happening. I may have missed it though. I

> will check the hand controller. I guess I don't really need it anymore.

> Snowing now, so the next opportunity I will check the hand controller.

> Thanks, Tom


APCC ERROR Messages screen position

Joe Zeglinski
 

Ray,
 
    Is it possible to give us some control over the warning message’s  screen position?
 
    A few times, I would get a Limits Exceeded warning, and had no way to get back to the control Tab, to turn off its setting box. I wish I could drag the message aside, in order to be able to reach the line of tabs, but had to kill APCC, and restart in Park mode (in my case), just to change it before Unparking and again looping on the incessant warning pop ups. There may be other similar cases.
 
    It is fine that such urgent messages pop up in front of the control panel window to grab the user’s attention, but it would be better if they were allowed to be pushed aside to a more convenient screen position – especially if such warning, in the worst case,  was about an imminent pier collision !
Otherwise, please don’t place the warning over the row of option window keys.
 
Joe Z.


How to keep APCC Tracking OFF ?

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi,
    similar to the (sometimes undesirable) automatic Tracking hassle on APCC start up, I dislike the fact that ANY GOTO command automatically turns Sidereal Tracking back on.
 
    Recently, I was doing some camera check out, focussing on a distant condo construction crane.  Once, after clicking the TOGGLE Tracking button (off) I got the target in my scope sites, painstakingly using the direction slew buttons. However, if I adjusted the target, and needed to go back to the saved RA/AZ coordinates, that GOTO button in that tab, suddenly turned Sidereal Tracking back on. It was a constant battle to do a “saved” ALT/AZ  GOTO, and quickly toggle the Tracking, before the mount drifted away from my set target.
Uncomplimentary words were said to APCC !!!
 
    Am I missing something? Is there a setting to keep the tracking off? I tried to set the tracking to NONE, but the next GOTO still flipped it back on again.
There are other times where I would like Tracking not to interfere – one time I was trying to construct an APCC  Horizon Limits  plot. There may be other circumstances, where I want total manual control of the mount, via the APCC rather than a Hand Pad.
 
    How do I kill all APCC Tracking, until I specifically re-enable that feature?
 
Joe Z.
 
   


Re: Preventing tracking on power up?

Tom Blahovici
 

Hi
When I turn the power on, apcc is not started. I need to open it and then it automatically connects. Then tracking starts.
I searched everywhere in apcc and could not find anything to stop this from happening. I may have missed it though. I will check the hand controller. I guess I don't really need it anymore.
Snowing now, so the next opportunity I will check the hand controller.
Thanks, Tom


Re: consistent goto error on meridian flip w/1200

Manusfisch
 

Steven P, thanks for that informed analysis of your problem and your solution.  these kinds of posts really help us pilgrims.  This whole thread is one that both informs and teaches quite well.  I appreciate the incredible brain power and innovative problem solving that occurs in amateur astronomy and am in complete awe of the Astro-Physics crew for always perfecting their craft. Innovation, freedom of thought, a bit of dreaming and wishing all add up  to a great experience for a hobby relatively new to me.   Tom Fischer, Indy

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