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Re: 130 EDF Starfire Field Flatteners

Max Mirot
 

I need one for my 130 F6 EDF.
Please add me to the list
Thanks

Max Mirot


Re: Mach2 Wifi problems #Mach2GTO #WiFi

ernie.mastroianni@...
 

Hi, 130FeetDeep,
It is safe to say that SkySafari 6 Pro and Plus work properly with the Mach2 and the CP5 (given my setup) but certain conditions can create WiFi drop outs. However, I found no fault with the CP5 WiFi. That was what I tried to explain with that very long winded-post.

Also, you CANNOT run the Mach2 with just SkySafari. The mount needs first needs to be initialized (or started, woken up, unparked) via APCC or the keypad. And you CANNOT park the Mach2 with SkySafari.

But once the mount is up and running, SkySafari works nicely. I used it last night at my remote dark-sky and had no WiFi issues or dropouts at all. I keep just one Wifi connection (my phone) to the mount. I turn off my laptop Wifi so can't connect and interfere. My previous problems popped up when my iPhone's lock-screen kicked in, which disconnects it from the mount. If another device (like a laptop) is also talking to the mount, SkySafari would not let my iPhone back in. I've concluded that this is most likely a SkySafari issue, and not a CP5 issue.

I did see some talk about USB cables interfering with the WiFi, but I could not replicate that issue. During my imaging session last night, two USB cables ran guide and imaging cameras. The cables were quite close the the WiFi antenna. I had absolutely no WiFi communication issues for my 4-hour session.

Ernie

 


Re: A couple of questions about Mach2 balancing and modeling #Absolute_Encoders #Mach2GTO

Marcelo Figueroa
 

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 11:45 PM, Roland Christen wrote:
1) I know that the encoders always know where the mount is pointed, even if the clutch knobs 
 are released by hand. But, does the mount need to be on for that, can/must I balance it while it is on?
 
2) After balancing, is it necessary to redo the modeling?
No need for having the mount on during balancing. No need to redo the model after balancing either.
 
Rolando
 
Well, that was quick :-)
 
Thank you


Re: A couple of questions about Mach2 balancing and modeling #Absolute_Encoders #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 


1) I know that the encoders always know where the mount is pointed, even if the clutch knobs 
 are released by hand. But, does the mount need to be on for that, can/must I balance it while it is on?
 
2) After balancing, is it necessary to redo the modeling?
No need for having the mount on during balancing. No need to redo the model after balancing either.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Marcelo Figueroa via groups.io <marfig1970@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Dec 9, 2020 11:43 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] A couple of questions about Mach2 balancing and modeling #Absolute_Encoders #Mach2GTO

Soon I will need to make some minor changes to my equipment (basically remove the guide scope and replace it with the Pegasus Pocket Powerbox Advance). Obviously I will need to rebalance the mount and I have a couple of doubts:
 
1) I know that the encoders always know where the mount is pointed, even if the clutch knobs 
 are released by hand. But, does the mount need to be on for that, can/must I balance it while it is on?
 
2) After balancing, is it necessary to redo the modeling?
 
Thank you,
 

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


A couple of questions about Mach2 balancing and modeling #Absolute_Encoders #Mach2GTO

Marcelo Figueroa
 

Soon I will need to make some minor changes to my equipment (basically remove the guide scope and replace it with the Pegasus Pocket Powerbox Advance). Obviously I will need to rebalance the mount and I have a couple of doubts:
 
1) I know that the encoders always know where the mount is pointed, even if the clutch knobs 
 are released by hand. But, does the mount need to be on for that, can/must I balance it while it is on?
 
2) After balancing, is it necessary to redo the modeling?
 
Thank you,
 


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

 

I’ll have to check with our tech staff. I’m not sure.

 

Clear Skies,

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics

11250 Forest Hills Road

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of wxman4@...
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:38 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

 

Mary, that is excellent news! Do you have any rough time table for when it will at least work correctly with the Mach2? Thank you for such a quick reply.


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

@130FeetDeep
 

Mary, that is excellent news! Do you have any rough time table for when it will at least work correctly with the Mach2? Thank you for such a quick reply.


Re: Mach2 Wifi problems #Mach2GTO #WiFi

KHursh
 

I managed to get SkySafari working on mine as a test case. I don't ever use the mount visually, but I love SkySafari6, so I gave it a shot. Works fine through APCC Pro.


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

 

The Sky Safari folks are presently working with our tech staff to work with the Mach2 and add more functionality for other mounts.

 

 

Clear Skies,

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics

11250 Forest Hills Road

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of wxman4@...
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 5:44 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

 

I just wanted to circle around on this topic. With the hand controller now shipping, is SkySafari 6 Pro currently working with MACH2 with CP5? I have seen posts noting it is, but I just want to verify before downloading.


Re: Mach2 Wifi problems #Mach2GTO #WiFi

@130FeetDeep
 

Ernie, forgive me for asking the obvious, but is it safe to say that SkySafari 6 Pro is working correctly with the Mach2 with CP5? I saw some notes about a month ago that it wasn’t working properly. I just was hoping for clarification.


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

@130FeetDeep
 

I just wanted to circle around on this topic. With the hand controller now shipping, is SkySafari 6 Pro currently working with MACH2 with CP5? I have seen posts noting it is, but I just want to verify before downloading.


Re: Mach2GTO 6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier #Mach2GTO

Mundhir
 

Thanks, everyone.  I will primarily use it for imaging, but I might use it for visual observation as well. 


Re: Virtual Port change in #APPC pro #appc

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Todd,

APCC can dynamically allocate virtual ports. It will choose different ports if the previous ports are in use.

It can also automatically reconfigure the ASCOM driver to use the ports APCC chooses, so if everything is working okay, there is nothing you need to do.

-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 Cygnus Hunter
Sent: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:31 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Virtual Port change in #APPC pro

This will be my first post, and is unfortunately because I need some assistance. I thank you for all of the great posts,
as they are the reason that I haven’t needed to post. I apologize a head of time if this has been covered and I
happened to have missed it.

I have an AP 1600 with encoders and gtocp4, located in a permanent observatory. Just last night I noticed that my mg
box v2 was not connecting on appc pro start up. I scanned everything and notice that my com21 and com22 virtual
ports were missing in the bottom view of acc pro, and in their place was com3 and com4. I have no idea why 21 &22
were replaced with 3 & 4, and assume this created a conflict for the mg box. I looked in the device manager and still
see com21 and com22 under com ports, and they showed to be virtual ports. If I look in the virtual ports tab in acc pro
it shows com3 and 4 there. If I do the pull down port menu where you would create a virtual port, com21 and com22
are not options there. The port choices go from com20 to com23. 21 & 22 are not options to create a new com port, I
assume because they already exist in the device manager. I am not sure how to get back up on com21 com22 for my
virtual ports.

‘I don’t know how long it has been doing this, as I haven’t paid attention since everything still connected as normal. I
recently updated the ascom to the new SP1.

any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help!


Todd DeGidio


Virtual Port change in #APPC pro #appc

Cygnus Hunter
 

This will be my first post, and is unfortunately because I need some assistance.  I thank you for all of the great posts, as they are the reason that I haven’t needed to post.  I apologize a head of time if this has been covered and I happened to have missed it.

I have an AP 1600 with encoders and gtocp4, located in a permanent observatory. Just last night I noticed that my mg box v2 was not connecting on appc pro start up.  I scanned everything and notice that my com21 and com22 virtual ports were missing in the bottom view of acc pro, and in their place was com3 and com4. I have no idea why 21 &22 were replaced with 3 & 4, and assume this created a conflict for the mg box.  I looked in the device manager and still see com21 and com22 under com ports, and they showed to be virtual ports. If I look in the virtual ports tab in acc pro it shows com3 and 4 there.  If I do the pull down port menu where you would create a virtual port, com21 and com22 are not options there. The port choices go from com20 to com23. 21 & 22 are not options to create a new com port, I assume because they already exist in the device manager. I am not sure how to get back up on com21 com22 for my virtual ports.

‘I don’t know how long it has been doing this, as I haven’t paid attention since everything still connected as normal. I recently updated the ascom to the new SP1.  

any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help!


Todd DeGidio


Re: Hanging 10 at Waikiki

Roland Christen
 

Thanks, we will (have fun).  Wink

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Sinitiere <bobstar9@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Dec 8, 2020 8:41 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Hanging 10 at Waikiki

Roland and Marg,  Both of you never either fail to surprise me, or to INSPIRE Vina and me.  You are 2 of my Hero’s and mentors, even at 70!!  Have fun (and stay safe!  Bob and Vina Sinitiere🎼🎼⛄️⛄️🎄🎄🎄🎄☃️🦊👽☃️🎼🎼


On Dec 7, 2020, at 4:42 PM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


Since it was a long focal ratio board, around F15, I used multi-toenail guiding using the "dig in hard hang on tight" algorithm.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Woody Schlom <woody_is@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Dec 7, 2020 4:24 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Hanging 10 at Waikiki

Well done Roland!
 
So what was your guide-rate set at for this particular adventure?  And were you auto-guiding or manually guiding?  I’d say that with such an old longboard, manual guiding would be more in keeping.
 
Thanks for posting this.
 
Woody
 
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Roland Christen via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2020 1:58 PM
To: main@ap-ug.groups.io; main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Hanging 10 at Waikiki
 
Ok, you guys asked for it, here it is. Rolando hanging on for dear life with all 10 toenails dug into a longboard with Diamond Head in the background.
 
Rolando
 
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--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics
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--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Hanging 10 at Waikiki

Robert Sinitiere <bobstar9@...>
 

Roland and Marg,  Both of you never either fail to surprise me, or to INSPIRE Vina and me.  You are 2 of my Hero’s and mentors, even at 70!!  Have fun (and stay safe!  Bob and Vina Sinitiere🎼🎼⛄️⛄️🎄🎄🎄🎄☃️🦊👽☃️🎼🎼


On Dec 7, 2020, at 4:42 PM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


Since it was a long focal ratio board, around F15, I used multi-toenail guiding using the "dig in hard hang on tight" algorithm.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Woody Schlom <woody_is@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Dec 7, 2020 4:24 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Hanging 10 at Waikiki

Well done Roland!
 
So what was your guide-rate set at for this particular adventure?  And were you auto-guiding or manually guiding?  I’d say that with such an old longboard, manual guiding would be more in keeping.
 
Thanks for posting this.
 
Woody
 
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Roland Christen via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2020 1:58 PM
To: main@ap-ug.groups.io; main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Hanging 10 at Waikiki
 
Ok, you guys asked for it, here it is. Rolando hanging on for dear life with all 10 toenails dug into a longboard with Diamond Head in the background.
 
Rolando
 
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--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics
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Re: Another clear night for testing

Sabahattin Bilsel
 

Thanks. I was thinking, what that thick spotted part in the front is? I haven’t seen this in your other refractors before, nor on my 130GTX. So it's just frost...

Sab.

On Monday, December 7, 2020, 07:45:18 PM GMT+3, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


The dewshield on my 160 refractor is the stock aluminum one we supplied with all the production scopes.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Sabahattin Bilsel via groups.io <sabbilsel@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Dec 7, 2020 7:45 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Another clear night for testing

Hello Roland,
 
This is a custom made dewshield I think. Made of Polyoxymethylene (POM) Delrin, Kocetal, Celcon etc...
I would like to make my own. We don't have frost here but lot of humidity, f.e. last night 98%.
 
Greetings from Bodrum, Turkey
Sab.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Hanging 10 at Waikiki

Don Anderson
 

Who took it?

Don Anderson


On Monday, December 7, 2020, 06:49:07 p.m. MST, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:


Actually, the wipe out photos were much funnier than this one. Those were lost long ago, so don’t ask for them.  :^)

 

I have to say that the timing for this one was superb with Diamond Head perfectly positioned as a backdrop.

 

Clear Skies,

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics

11250 Forest Hills Road

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Roland Christen via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2020 5:47 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Hanging 10 at Waikiki

 

I hung on for dear life. Stuck out tongue winking eye  At Waikiki the coral is just 4 - 5 ft below the water line, so it's not pleasant if you wipe out.

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Dec 7, 2020 5:24 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Hanging 10 at Waikiki

Amazing! Did you hang 10!

 

Don Anderson

 

 

On Monday, December 7, 2020, 02:57:46 p.m. MST, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:

 

 

Ok, you guys asked for it, here it is. Rolando hanging on for dear life with all 10 toenails dug into a longboard with Diamond Head in the background.

 

Rolando

 


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Hanging 10 at Waikiki

Don Anderson
 

Right! I've been there several times. Dive on the YO & Seat Tiger off Waikiki. Can't wait till we can get back there.

Don Anderson


On Monday, December 7, 2020, 04:47:27 p.m. MST, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


I hung on for dear life. Stuck out tongue winking eye  At Waikiki the coral is just 4 - 5 ft below the water line, so it's not pleasant if you wipe out.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Don Anderson via groups.io <jockey_ca@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Dec 7, 2020 5:24 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Hanging 10 at Waikiki

Amazing! Did you hang 10!

Don Anderson


On Monday, December 7, 2020, 02:57:46 p.m. MST, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


Ok, you guys asked for it, here it is. Rolando hanging on for dear life with all 10 toenails dug into a longboard with Diamond Head in the background.

Rolando


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Possible to install the RAPAS + RAPM2 on the left side of the #Mach2GTO RA axis ? #Mach2GTO

Sébastien Doré
 

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware that more often than not, seemingly simple things rely on a world of complexity and effort (I’m an EE), hence my choice of words : “seems simple”.

Just thought I’d share an idea, as these are often foundation of progress. 

Would definitely be nice to have that left-sided adapter though... or even better, a reversible one that could fit both sides! 🙃

Sébastien 

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