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Re: M42 from my future observatory site

Bill Long
 


Atik has their Apx60 coming out in Jan/Feb and that may be a good one as well.



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 9:22 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
Ok, thanks. Will check it out.

Roland


-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: Roland Christen via groups. io <chris1011@...>; main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Dec 20, 2020 12:18 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site


Significant tilt. The QHY600 may be better. Less users reporting issues with those.



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 1:25 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
What kind of problems? I'm looking to buy one, but not if there are significant issues.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: Clement Elechi <celechi@...>; main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Dec 19, 2020 1:54 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site

Looks great!

I had nothing but problems with my 6200 mono, but the smaller chip seems to be doing well. 

The new 4/3 mono with two different effective pixel sizes is really interesting. I picked up the QHY 284M Pro to check it out.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Clement Elechi <celechi@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:51 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
Hello Robert,

Wonderful shot.  Just curious about the subs you threw out because of high humidity.  In what way were they so much worse than the others?

I have been eyeing the ASI12600, so I need to remain on the CFO's good side for a while yetEmoji

Clem

============================

My flickr gallery:


On Saturday, December 19, 2020, 2:37:06 PM EST, Robert Chozick via groups.io <rchozick@...> wrote:


I am buying some property in West Texas and this is my first light.  I have not purchased yet and just went out there with my portable setup one night.  I lost most of my subs as the humidity was 90 percent but I managed to use about  an hours worth.  I did get shorter exposures for the various parts of the nebula.  I will redo this later with 4 or 5 hours of exposure.  I really love my 16 bit CMOS ASI2600.  It is a great camera.


Robert

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


APCC update URL not found

Bill Conrad
 

I'm trying to follow the APCC update link for 1.8.8.9 but all I can get is URL not found. Can anybody help?

Thanks
Bill Conrad


Re: CDK 14 on a Mach 2? #Mach2GTO

Christopher Erickson
 

Personally I would put a 1600 or 1200 under that scope.


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Sun, Dec 20, 2020, 7:28 AM <skester@...> wrote:
Sounds like the answer is no then.  Thanks.


Re: M42 from my future observatory site

Seb@stro
 

The new 4/3 mono with two different effective pixel sizes is really interesting. I picked up the QHY 284M Pro to check it out.
Hi Bill,

Let us know how it performs, I too am interested in that "Expanded pixel mode".

CS!
Sébastien

De : main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> de la part de Bill Long <bill@...>
Envoyé : 19 décembre 2020 14:54
À : Clement Elechi <celechi@...>; main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Objet : Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
Looks great!

I had nothing but problems with my 6200 mono, but the smaller chip seems to be doing well. 

The new 4/3 mono with two different effective pixel sizes is really interesting. I picked up the QHY 284M Pro to check it out.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Clement Elechi <celechi@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:51 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
Hello Robert,

Wonderful shot.  Just curious about the subs you threw out because of high humidity.  In what way were they so much worse than the others?

I have been eyeing the ASI12600, so I need to remain on the CFO's good side for a while yetEmoji

Clem

============================

My flickr gallery:


On Saturday, December 19, 2020, 2:37:06 PM EST, Robert Chozick via groups.io <rchozick@...> wrote:


I am buying some property in West Texas and this is my first light.  I have not purchased yet and just went out there with my portable setup one night.  I lost most of my subs as the humidity was 90 percent but I managed to use about  an hours worth.  I did get shorter exposures for the various parts of the nebula.  I will redo this later with 4 or 5 hours of exposure.  I really love my 16 bit CMOS ASI2600.  It is a great camera.


Robert


Christmas ornament in the sky

Roland Christen
 

Hi Astrogeeks,

Just in time for the season, a beautiful bauble hanging high in the sky right now, well within reach of even the smallest scopes. This was my Fall project that took several months to gather all the data for a real deep sky look at this region of hydrogen, oxygen and sulfur clouds. These three elements are the building blocks of life and makes possible our existence here on our blue marble. They were cooked up, of course, inside a star that exploded as a Super Nova (or possibly not, I wasn't there to see it).

https://www.astrobin.com/full/3gkkye/0/

I cropped the Bubble itself into a closeup, double sized it and did some processing using Lucy-Richardson deconvolution in MaximDL to bring out the detail inside the Bubble:

https://www.astrobin.com/full/elwdhu/0/

Merry merry,

Rolando

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: M42 from my future observatory site

Michael Hamburg
 

Gorgeous image!

Best wishes, Michael


On Sunday, December 20, 2020, 12:22:20 PM EST, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


Ok, thanks. Will check it out.

Roland


-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: Roland Christen via groups. io <chris1011@...>; main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Dec 20, 2020 12:18 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site


Significant tilt. The QHY600 may be better. Less users reporting issues with those.



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 1:25 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
What kind of problems? I'm looking to buy one, but not if there are significant issues.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: Clement Elechi <celechi@...>; main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Dec 19, 2020 1:54 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site

Looks great!

I had nothing but problems with my 6200 mono, but the smaller chip seems to be doing well. 

The new 4/3 mono with two different effective pixel sizes is really interesting. I picked up the QHY 284M Pro to check it out.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Clement Elechi <celechi@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:51 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
Hello Robert,

Wonderful shot.  Just curious about the subs you threw out because of high humidity.  In what way were they so much worse than the others?

I have been eyeing the ASI12600, so I need to remain on the CFO's good side for a while yetEmoji

Clem

============================

My flickr gallery:


On Saturday, December 19, 2020, 2:37:06 PM EST, Robert Chozick via groups.io <rchozick@...> wrote:


I am buying some property in West Texas and this is my first light.  I have not purchased yet and just went out there with my portable setup one night.  I lost most of my subs as the humidity was 90 percent but I managed to use about  an hours worth.  I did get shorter exposures for the various parts of the nebula.  I will redo this later with 4 or 5 hours of exposure.  I really love my 16 bit CMOS ASI2600.  It is a great camera.


Robert

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: CDK 14 on a Mach 2? #Mach2GTO

skester@...
 

Sounds like the answer is no then.  Thanks.


Re: M42 from my future observatory site

Roland Christen
 

Ok, thanks. Will check it out.

Roland


-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: Roland Christen via groups. io <chris1011@...>; main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Dec 20, 2020 12:18 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site


Significant tilt. The QHY600 may be better. Less users reporting issues with those.



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 1:25 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
What kind of problems? I'm looking to buy one, but not if there are significant issues.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: Clement Elechi <celechi@...>; main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Dec 19, 2020 1:54 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site

Looks great!

I had nothing but problems with my 6200 mono, but the smaller chip seems to be doing well. 

The new 4/3 mono with two different effective pixel sizes is really interesting. I picked up the QHY 284M Pro to check it out.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Clement Elechi <celechi@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:51 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
Hello Robert,

Wonderful shot.  Just curious about the subs you threw out because of high humidity.  In what way were they so much worse than the others?

I have been eyeing the ASI12600, so I need to remain on the CFO's good side for a while yetEmoji

Clem

============================

My flickr gallery:


On Saturday, December 19, 2020, 2:37:06 PM EST, Robert Chozick via groups.io <rchozick@...> wrote:


I am buying some property in West Texas and this is my first light.  I have not purchased yet and just went out there with my portable setup one night.  I lost most of my subs as the humidity was 90 percent but I managed to use about  an hours worth.  I did get shorter exposures for the various parts of the nebula.  I will redo this later with 4 or 5 hours of exposure.  I really love my 16 bit CMOS ASI2600.  It is a great camera.


Robert

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: CDK 14 on a Mach 2? #Mach2GTO

KHursh
 

The Planewave version of the CDK 14 is 19" in diameter according to this http://pw-ecommerce.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/140101A-OVERALL-DIMENSIONS.pdf.
I do think this OTA is too much for the Mach2 if you are following the guidelines on the A-P site. I also think keeping the overall length within 50" would be a challenge.


Re: CDK 14 on a Mach 2? #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 

Weight is not the issue, it's moment arm. I think you're stretching it with that size.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: skester@...
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Dec 19, 2020 9:49 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] CDK 14 on a Mach 2? #Mach2GTO

Based on the weight of the OTA + focuser/OAG/guider/FW of 55 lbs, outer diameter of 16" and a total length of 50", a CDK 14 would be well within the "Green" of the Mach 2 capacity chart in both RA and Dec.  However the recommendations I have seen on this forum often seem to be more conservative than the chart would suggest, so I thought I would as the experts directly.  Would a CDK14 be too much scope for a Mach 2?  I know most would recommend an 1100, but if the Mach 2 can handle it that would be my preference.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: AP1100 - actual production run

 

We have not notified anyone yet. We are making quite a few mounts, so you will probably be fine.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dhaval via groups.io
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 2:02 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100 - actual production run

 

Thanks for the update Roland.
One quick question - Are people being notified yet? Just trying to figure out if I am part of the list, although, I will say this, I did join the list fairly late.

Thanks!


Re: M42 from my future observatory site

Bill Long
 


Significant tilt. The QHY600 may be better. Less users reporting issues with those.



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 1:25 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
What kind of problems? I'm looking to buy one, but not if there are significant issues.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: Clement Elechi <celechi@...>; main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Dec 19, 2020 1:54 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site

Looks great!

I had nothing but problems with my 6200 mono, but the smaller chip seems to be doing well. 

The new 4/3 mono with two different effective pixel sizes is really interesting. I picked up the QHY 284M Pro to check it out.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Clement Elechi <celechi@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:51 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
Hello Robert,

Wonderful shot.  Just curious about the subs you threw out because of high humidity.  In what way were they so much worse than the others?

I have been eyeing the ASI12600, so I need to remain on the CFO's good side for a while yetEmoji

Clem

============================

My flickr gallery:


On Saturday, December 19, 2020, 2:37:06 PM EST, Robert Chozick via groups.io <rchozick@...> wrote:


I am buying some property in West Texas and this is my first light.  I have not purchased yet and just went out there with my portable setup one night.  I lost most of my subs as the humidity was 90 percent but I managed to use about  an hours worth.  I did get shorter exposures for the various parts of the nebula.  I will redo this later with 4 or 5 hours of exposure.  I really love my 16 bit CMOS ASI2600.  It is a great camera.


Robert

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a license for the activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC

Bill Long
 

Uninstall, reboot, reinstall with AV off.
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Micheal Fields Jr via groups.io <mpfjr@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 9:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a license for the activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC
 
Only have the default windows security stuff.  No different than any of my computers including the one that works.  But I will turn it all off anyways and see what happens. Thanks

On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 08:53 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:
One other thing you might try is temporarily turn off your anti-virus software as it may be blocking the virtual port component from being registered.

-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 Micheal Fields Jr via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 8:37 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a license for the
activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC

Hi Ray, Yes I have done that about 5 times in the last hour. I even used geek uninstaller to make sure it found every
trace in the registry and removed it so I could do a fresh install but still no joy. But I also realize that it is a device driver
so maybe the move is to go into devices, find the device driver, and remove it there. Then re-install everything?

On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 07:55 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:


ON the main PC system I have an issue where when I try to create a virtual port it has a pop up saying I
need to buy a
license for the virtual port software. $139 for the cheap one.

There is a step in the APCC installer which will install the virtual ports on your computer. If you don't perform
that step then you will not get the licensed virtual port components on that computer.

So, try reinstalling APCC Pro and enable the checkbox in the installer to install the virtual ports component.

-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 Micheal Fields Jr via
groups.io
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 7:31 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a license
for the
activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC

So I have two computers that I am setting up. My main PC (desktop gaming system) and a little Mini pc.
On the little
guy everything seems to work as it should.

ON the main PC system I have an issue where when I try to create a virtual port it has a pop up saying I
need to buy a
license for the virtual port software. $139 for the cheap one.

I am trying to test out point mapping on my new Mach2 but haven't been able to yet because of that
license
requirement.

I uninstalled everything AP related and did a full re-install and nothing has changed. So while my little
PC seems to
be working, I would like to be able to use my main PC while I am at home as it is more comfortable and
quick and
easier to work with. (dual monitors and all that).

Anyone know what I am talking about and how to resolve this?


Re: One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a license for the activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC

Bill Long
 

Turn off your antivirus.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Micheal Fields Jr via groups.io <mpfjr@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 8:37 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a license for the activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC
 
Hi Ray,  Yes I have done that about 5 times in the last hour.  I even used geek uninstaller to make sure it found every trace in the registry and removed it so I could do a fresh install but still no joy. But I also realize that it is a device driver so maybe the move is to go into devices, find the device driver, and remove it there. Then re-install everything?

On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 07:55 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:
ON the main PC system I have an issue where when I try to create a virtual port it has a pop up saying I need to buy a
license for the virtual port software. $139 for the cheap one.
There is a step in the APCC installer which will install the virtual ports on your computer. If you don't perform that step then you will not get the licensed virtual port components on that computer.

So, try reinstalling APCC Pro and enable the checkbox in the installer to install the virtual ports component.

-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 Micheal Fields Jr via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 7:31 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a license for the
activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC

So I have two computers that I am setting up. My main PC (desktop gaming system) and a little Mini pc. On the little
guy everything seems to work as it should.

ON the main PC system I have an issue where when I try to create a virtual port it has a pop up saying I need to buy a
license for the virtual port software. $139 for the cheap one.

I am trying to test out point mapping on my new Mach2 but haven't been able to yet because of that license
requirement.

I uninstalled everything AP related and did a full re-install and nothing has changed. So while my little PC seems to
be working, I would like to be able to use my main PC while I am at home as it is more comfortable and quick and
easier to work with. (dual monitors and all that).

Anyone know what I am talking about and how to resolve this?


CDK 14 on a Mach 2? #Mach2GTO

skester@...
 

Based on the weight of the OTA + focuser/OAG/guider/FW of 55 lbs, outer diameter of 16" and a total length of 50", a CDK 14 would be well within the "Green" of the Mach 2 capacity chart in both RA and Dec.  However the recommendations I have seen on this forum often seem to be more conservative than the chart would suggest, so I thought I would as the experts directly.  Would a CDK14 be too much scope for a Mach 2?  I know most would recommend an 1100, but if the Mach 2 can handle it that would be my preference.


Re: One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a license for the activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Michael,

BTW, one thing I noticed (unrelated to this issue) is that the "mount location" under the section on the left side of the
"site" tab does not fill in the latitude. I am using the MGbox and all the GPS info is there on the right portion of the site
information. So when I went to create a model the latitude area was all zeros. But I went ahead and made a model.
Then it showed considerable error and when I told the mount, via Sky X Pro, to slew to Mars, it was well away from
Mars and when I took a 1 second exposure the stars were tailing.
This sounds like you may be using a version of the ASCOM platform 6.5 that has the "Transform" bug. The symptom is that all the model's plate solves will have the same plate solve coordinates, no matter where in the sky the telescope was pointing.

The solution is to download the latest ASCOM 6.5 SP1 from the ASCOM web site, which has a fix for the Transform bug.

https://ascom-standards.org/

-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 Micheal Fields Jr via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 9:25 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a license for the
activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC

10 Pro. Ray, I checked that box each time. I am going to experiment further on it.

BTW, one thing I noticed (unrelated to this issue) is that the "mount location" under the section on the left side of the
"site" tab does not fill in the latitude. I am using the MGbox and all the GPS info is there on the right portion of the site
information. So when I went to create a model the latitude area was all zeros. But I went ahead and made a model.
Then it showed considerable error and when I told the mount, via Sky X Pro, to slew to Mars, it was well away from
Mars and when I took a 1 second exposure the stars were tailing.

So I disconnected everything and turned off the mount for a few seconds, then powered it back up again and when I hit
"refresh" the values finally showed up.

I am not making a second model for the night to see if things improve pointing wise.

I used Sharpcap Pro polar alignment and was within 20 arc seconds so I know my polar alignment was not near as
bad as the model displayed.

This is on my mini pc that doesn't have the virtual port issue. I just wanted to mention it.

On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 08:50 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:


Uninstalling is not going to help. It's because it is *not* installed that you are getting that license request.

Make sure the windows account is an administrator account, not just a regular user account.

Also, is this computer running Windows 10 Home/Pro?

-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 Micheal Fields Jr via
groups.io
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 8:37 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a
license for the
activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC

Hi Ray, Yes I have done that about 5 times in the last hour. I even used geek uninstaller to make sure it
found every
trace in the registry and removed it so I could do a fresh install but still no joy. But I also realize that it is
a device driver
so maybe the move is to go into devices, find the device driver, and remove it there. Then re-install
everything?

On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 07:55 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:


ON the main PC system I have an issue where when I try to create a virtual port it has a pop up saying I
need to buy a
license for the virtual port software. $139 for the cheap one.

There is a step in the APCC installer which will install the virtual ports on your computer. If you don't
perform
that step then you will not get the licensed virtual port components on that computer.

So, try reinstalling APCC Pro and enable the checkbox in the installer to install the virtual ports
component.

-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



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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Micheal Fields Jr via
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Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 7:31 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] One computer I can create a virtual port. Second computer says I have to buy a license
for the
activeX control (virtual port) for this computer. #APCC

So I have two computers that I am setting up. My main PC (desktop gaming system) and a little Mini pc.
On the little
guy everything seems to work as it should.

ON the main PC system I have an issue where when I try to create a virtual port it has a pop up saying I
need to buy a
license for the virtual port software. $139 for the cheap one.

I am trying to test out point mapping on my new Mach2 but haven't been able to yet because of that
license
requirement.

I uninstalled everything AP related and did a full re-install and nothing has changed. So while my little
PC seems to
be working, I would like to be able to use my main PC while I am at home as it is more comfortable and
quick and
easier to work with. (dual monitors and all that).

Anyone know what I am talking about and how to resolve this?




Re: PEMPro Polar Wizard Question #Polar_Alignment

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Woody,

I’m sure others more experienced than I will have better replies, but as I recall, I never got my mount and Pempro to
work with my main camera and scope. I only got things to work when I used my guide scope and guide camera. I
think Pempro needs a really wide FOV – and bright star images. And that’s what my guide scope and guide camera
gave it.
PEMPro does not require a really wide FOV. However, PEMPro may fail to find a suitable star if no stars fall within the minimum to maximum brightness range that you define. Using the min/max range, PEMPro will automatically select a star that is not saturated. This will provide PEMPro with a good stellar profile for centroid calculations.

You do not want to have PEMPro select a very bright star, as the centroid calculation will likely be inaccurate if the star is saturated.

-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

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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Woody Schlom
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:15 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro Polar Wizard Question #Polar_Alignment

Shailesh,



I’m sure others more experienced than I will have better replies, but as I recall, I never got my mount and Pempro to
work with my main camera and scope. I only got things to work when I used my guide scope and guide camera. I
think Pempro needs a really wide FOV – and bright star images. And that’s what my guide scope and guide camera
gave it.



Woody



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Shailesh Trivedi
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:07 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] PEMPro Polar Wizard Question #Polar_Alignment



I am trying to polar align my AP1100 using Pempro's polar wizard. In the step where the wizard tries to determine
north/south/east/west I get no mount movement and the imaging fails, I am using the main camera that is not
connected to the CP4 auto guider port. Is that a requirement? How exactly does the movement occur? My main
camera does not have an ST4 output port.
Shailesh


Re: PEMPro Polar Wizard Question #Polar_Alignment

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Shailesh,

I am trying to polar align my AP1100 using Pempro's polar wizard. In the step where the wizard tries to determine
north/south/east/west I get no mount movement and the imaging fails, I am using the main camera that is not
connected to the CP4 auto guider port. Is that a requirement? How exactly does the movement occur? My main
camera does not have an ST4 output port.
PEMPro does not require an ST4 output port to move the mount. The movements for this step are usually accomplished by slewing the telescope to new RA/Dec coordinates via the ASCOM driver. You should not enable the checkboxes for "Custom Move Cmds" or "Re-center scope after last image" (see attached screenshot).

That being said, by default PEMPro does not move the mount very much so that it will be easier to identify the same star in each image.

I get no mount movement and the imaging fails
What do you mean by "imaging fails"? No images are displayed? Or, you believe all images are the same?

If it is the latter, did you try clicking the "Full Screen View" button? This will allow you to view each image on the entire computer screen. If you still cannot discern movement, increase the "Move Distance" value, and try again.

If the image is too large, you can bin 2x2 or 3x3 (on step 2). A fine image scale is not essential for polar alignment.

-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 Shailesh Trivedi
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:07 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] PEMPro Polar Wizard Question #Polar_Alignment

I am trying to polar align my AP1100 using Pempro's polar wizard. In the step where the wizard tries to determine
north/south/east/west I get no mount movement and the imaging fails, I am using the main camera that is not
connected to the CP4 auto guider port. Is that a requirement? How exactly does the movement occur? My main
camera does not have an ST4 output port.
Shailesh


Re: Mach2 with no keypad and no computer

Terri Zittritsch
 

On Mon, Dec 14, 2020 at 09:59 PM, weihaowang wrote:
Thanks to all of you for the information.  I am the user Wade was referring to.  I will wait for the new version of SkySafari.  Our Mach2 is waiting for clearance at the customs. Before the new SkySafari becomes available, I will just use a computer.
Hi Wei Hao,
for what it's worth, I have tried to initialize the mount with version 6 pro of sky safari pro on the mach2, without the keypad or computer and was unsuccessful.  This was before the latest CP5 update.  Now that I have my keypad up and running initialization is no longer an issue.    Although once initialized in some other manner, sky safari works great.

Terri


Re: PEMPro Polar Wizard Question #Polar_Alignment

Woody Schlom
 

Shailesh,

 

I’m sure others more experienced than I will have better replies, but as I recall, I never got my mount and Pempro to work with my main camera and scope.  I only got things to work when I used my guide scope and guide camera.  I think Pempro needs a really wide FOV – and bright star images.  And that’s what my guide scope and guide camera gave it.

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Shailesh Trivedi
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:07 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] PEMPro Polar Wizard Question #Polar_Alignment

 

I am trying to polar align my AP1100 using Pempro's polar wizard. In the step where the wizard tries to determine north/south/east/west I get no mount movement and the imaging fails, I am using the main camera that is not connected to the CP4 auto guider port. Is that a requirement? How exactly does the movement occur? My main camera does not have an ST4 output port.
Shailesh

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