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Re: [ap-ug] Storage box for the Mach2 mount

Harley Davidson
 

It is Robert :)

tony

On 11/28/2020 7:11 PM, ROBERT WYNNE wrote:
Looks like a labor of love. -Best, Robert
On 11/28/2020 12:30 PM Harley Davidson <astrocnc@toast.net> wrote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAkJfixIkEc

I am using a Ridgid tool box to protect my Mach2 mount.

tony






Re: Storage box for the Mach2 mount

Harley Davidson
 

Thanks Jim. I did two videos. Will send links soon.

tony

On 11/28/2020 5:13 PM, Jim Hawn wrote:
tony,
Thanks for posting the helpful video, especially the detailed Rubbermaid product information to facilitate ordering them.  Out of curiosity, what do you recommend for storing the GTOCP5 unit and cables?  How about the counterweight bar and the counterweights themselves?  Lastly, do you have a recommended storage solution for the RAPAS?  Thanks.
-  Jim


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

kendunc@...
 

Thanks Ray and all. I will look into the APIPA thing when I get a chance. It seems that my laptop is connecting OK with a direct Ethernet connection, going directly from it to the CP4.

In another post Pete had asked if the mount is used. All equipment is new, I am the first owner.

Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

kendunc@...
 

Hello,

Yes I downloaded the USB driver from AP.
Thanks for the tip.
Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

Ray Gralak
 
Edited

I see that you got it working, but for the benefit of others that might have the same problem:

Connecting directly to a device with an Ethernet cable usually requires that
you set up your laptop to use APIPA (Automatic Private IP addressing 169.254.0.0-169.254.255.255).
No, I have not seen that referenced anywhere. How do I do that?
It depends on whether your computer/laptop sees a DHCP server or not (e.g., a home WiFi router).

If the computer sees a DHCP server, and the computer is set up to use DHCP, the LAN port may get set to a subnet different than 169.254.x.x, so you probably won't be able to detect the CP4.

Some choices:

1. You can either turn off the WiFi router and reboot your computer. This should allow the LAN port to default to APIPA addressing. If it doesn't, you can change the settings manually.

2. You can manually change the computer LAN Port's TCP/IP V4 settings to use IP subnet 169.254.0.0, with subnet mask 255.255.0.0 (or Subnet Prefix Length = 16).

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/change-tcp-ip-settings-bd0a07af-15f5-cd6a-363f-ca2b6f391ace

Remember to save and restore your settings afterward!

3. If you have a DHCP server, instead of connecting your computer directly to the CP4, you could connect the CP4 to your LAN via Ethernet cable. Note that WiFi won't work by default as it will not have been configured yet.

After connecting the Ethernet cable, power cycling the CP4 should allow the CP4 to acquire an IP address on your LAN via DHCP. Your computer, which will also on the LAN, should then be able to detect/connect to the CP4 via Ethernet.

-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 kendunc@comcast.net
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2020 8:46 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Can't Connect To CP4

Hello Ray,

No, I have not seen that referenced anywhere. How do I do that?

Thanks,
Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

Roland Christen
 

For my observatory setups I use the USB connection for direct mount control. No need for Ethernet for that basic function. The only reason I have Ethernet connections to the mounts thru-out the factory is for making the mounts accessible to our employees that are working remotely from their homes. But for normal control of the mount the USB connection is fine.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: kendunc@...
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 30, 2020 10:54 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Can't Connect To CP4

I will give the USB connection a try to see if that works.
Ken

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

Pete Mumbower
 

How old is the mount / CP4? If you got it used, can you reach out to the previous owner and see if they experience any issues like you? Glad to hear it is connecting now.


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

Jeff B
 

Before you try the USB connection, download the driver for it from the AP site.

Jeff

On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 11:53 AM Brian Valente <bvalente@...> wrote:
I don't know if it's better/same, but USB is definitely easier for us

On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 8:48 AM <kendunc@...> wrote:
Hello,

No, I thought that the easiest and less prone to other issues would be to use a direct Ethernet connection. I ahv e tried different short cables and my desktop and laptop.



--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

kendunc@...
 

I will give the USB connection a try to see if that works.
Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

kendunc@...
 

Well for whatever reason, after trying for two days, not changing anything, it now sees the CP4 and connects to the mount in APCC Pro.
Thanks all for the help.
I am sure I will have other issues that I will need help on.
Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

 

I don't know if it's better/same, but USB is definitely easier for us


On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 8:48 AM <kendunc@...> wrote:
Hello,

No, I thought that the easiest and less prone to other issues would be to use a direct Ethernet connection. I ahv e tried different short cables and my desktop and laptop.



--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

kendunc@...
 

Hello,

No, I thought that the easiest and less prone to other issues would be to use a direct Ethernet connection. I ahv e tried different short cables and my desktop and laptop.


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

kendunc@...
 

Hello Ray,

No, I have not seen that referenced anywhere. How do I do that?

Thanks,
Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

Jeff B
 

Have you tried the USB port?


On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 11:16 AM Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
Ken,

Connecting directly to a device with an Ethernet cable usually requires that you set up your laptop to use APIPA (Automatic Private IP addressing 169.254.0.0-169.254.255.255).

Have you done that?

-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 kendunc@...
> Sent: Monday, November 30, 2020 7:58 AM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Can't Connect To CP4
>
> Hello Bill,
>
> Yes, I used that and it found nothing. I felt a better way with less potential issues would be using a browser without
> adding other software into the mix. Nothing I have tried shows the CP4.
> Thanks,
> Ken
>







Re: Can't Connect To CP4

Bill Long
 

Sometimes you have to hit the refresh button a few times to get it to locate it. 

If that is still not working, it is possible the cable is faulty, or the network interface is older and wont support a connection without the use of a crossover cable. That I would doubt, but something to consider.



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of kendunc@... <kendunc@...>
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2020 7:58 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Can't Connect To CP4
 
Hello Bill,

Yes, I used that and it found nothing. I felt a better way with less potential issues would be using a browser without adding other software into the mix. Nothing I have tried shows the CP4.
Thanks,
Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

Ray Gralak
 

Ken,

Connecting directly to a device with an Ethernet cable usually requires that you set up your laptop to use APIPA (Automatic Private IP addressing 169.254.0.0-169.254.255.255).

Have you done that?

-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 kendunc@comcast.net
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2020 7:58 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Can't Connect To CP4

Hello Bill,

Yes, I used that and it found nothing. I felt a better way with less potential issues would be using a browser without
adding other software into the mix. Nothing I have tried shows the CP4.
Thanks,
Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

kendunc@...
 

Hello Bill,

Yes, I used that and it found nothing. I felt a better way with less potential issues would be using a browser without adding other software into the mix. Nothing I have tried shows the CP4.
Thanks,
Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

Bill Long
 

In APCC you can have the software search the machine to locate the correct interface and IP address. Have you used that utility? The + sign magnifier glass is what I am talking about:





From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of kendunc@... <kendunc@...>
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2020 7:41 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Can't Connect To CP4
 
Hello Roland,
I have used my desktop and my laptop numerous times to no avail. I have the scope set up in my office. All cables are short. I have also cycled many times while trying to determine the problem.
Thanks for the fast reply.
Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

kendunc@...
 

Hello Roland,
I have used my desktop and my laptop numerous times to no avail. I have the scope set up in my office. All cables are short. I have also cycled many times while trying to determine the problem.
Thanks for the fast reply.
Ken


Re: Can't Connect To CP4

Roland Christen
 

I doubt that it is the CP4 that's the problem. I have alerted our software guys and they should be able to help you out.

I also sometimes cannot connect my laptop to my scope via Ethernet. In some cases cycling power on the CP4 allows the laptop to "find" the new connection and then i can connect. It seems the software in my laptop gives up after a couple of tries and won't find any Ethernet connections until i do the power cycle.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: kendunc@...
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 30, 2020 9:20 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Can't Connect To CP4

Hello all,
I am in the process of setting up a new 1100. I have tried to connect to the CP4 with APCC pro with no luck. This is with a direct Ethernet connection between computer and CP4.
I have tried connecting with Ethernet via web browser and can't connect to the CP4. I used the math method of appendix C of the CP4 manual to determine the address for the CP4.
I also used a AP provided web site where you enter the serial # and it gives you the address for the box. Both methods give the same address.
I have used multiple Ethernet cables. All equipment is new. I am now thinking that possibly the new CP4 is defective.
Hopefully someone can help me out. Thanks, Kenneth Duncan

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

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