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Re: [ap-ug] Christmas ornament in the sky

Pete Lardizabal
 

The Perfect Astro Ornament!

🎄 

Pete


On Dec 20, 2020, at 1:26 PM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


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


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

Micheal Fields Jr
 

Yes, I've done that.  There is something wrong where it will not pop up the install option for the virtual com port driver.  The check box is checked (by default) and left alone each time.  I do NOT uncheck it.

I dug out my old computer from the office and installed everything fresh on it and sure enough I can get that install option just fine.  Uninstalling, rebooting, disabling AV etc, makes zero difference.  All systems use the same version of windows with the same options.  Default.  

The only thing I can think of is that my main PC is a AMD Ryzen system not Intel.   The other two systems are Intel based.


On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 08:02 AM, Bill Long wrote:
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: Christmas ornament in the sky

thefamily90 Phillips
 

Now that is one beautiful bauble!!

Jim


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Thorsten Lockert via groups.io <tholo@...>
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 3:36:57 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Christmas ornament in the sky
 
Ron W. and I think you probably cheated. You used your own optics/telescope, didn't you...? ;-)

That is ... beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Thorsten


Re: Install APCC Pro on a new laptop? #APCC

Sean Curry
 

I'm planning a similar move to a new PC. Can you remind me of the folders that need to be copied over, so that I can use an existing model etc.

Thanks,

Sean

On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 12:48 PM Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
You can use the same license.

-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 Marcelo Figueroa via groups.io
> Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:46 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] Install APCC Pro on a new laptop? #APCC
>
>
> I have been using APCC Pro on an old laptop without any problem, but I want to upgrade that computer to a new one.
> Does the key/license I already have work or do I need a new one?
>
> Thank you,
>







Re: APCC update URL not found

Ray Gralak
 

Is there a page showing the history of the APCC Pro updates? My system shows version 1.8.4.1. If the CP4 update
has anything to do with that it isn't installed just yet.
Most of the notes for each version is here (some beta versions are not shown):

https://www.siriusimaging.com/Help/APCC/version_history.htm

-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 Steve Reilly
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:50 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC update URL not found

Is there a page showing the history of the APCC Pro updates? My system shows version 1.8.4.1. If the CP4 update
has anything to do with that it isn't installed just yet.


Re: CDK 14 on a Mach 2? #Mach2GTO

dvjbaja
 

Over-mounting reasons are obvious.  I have typically run my Tak FSQ with 16803 camera, filter wheel, atlas focuser, guidescope on my AP 1200.  Not over-mounted by any means.  I can also carry my 155 edf and RHA 305 on the 1200 with no problem.  NO JELLO vibrations and damping time is zero.   A 1600 and Planewave 12.5 would be a great combination, and will support your 14 when you decide to upgrade.  In fact, the 1600 could probably carry the Planewave 17.5" as well and many do.  Over-mounting allows you flexibility like that.   But don't take my word for it.  Do a little research as to what the top imagers use.   

-j

On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 12:30 PM <skester@...> wrote:
I knew the CDK 14 on the Mach 2 was probably a stretch, which is why I asked the question here. On the other hand why would I 'over mount' a scope and have capacity I will never use?   I was already planning to go with a CDK 12.5 rather than the 14, so the question was a theoretical one.


Re: APCC update URL not found

Steve Reilly
 

Is there a page showing the history of the APCC Pro updates? My system shows version 1.8.4.1. If the CP4 update has anything to do with that it isn't installed just yet.


Re: Install APCC Pro on a new laptop? #APCC

Ray Gralak
 

You can use the same license.

-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 Marcelo Figueroa via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:46 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Install APCC Pro on a new laptop? #APCC


I have been using APCC Pro on an old laptop without any problem, but I want to upgrade that computer to a new one.
Does the key/license I already have work or do I need a new one?

Thank you,


Install APCC Pro on a new laptop? #APCC

Marcelo Figueroa
 


I have been using APCC Pro on an old laptop without any problem, but I want to upgrade that computer to a new one. Does the key/license I already have work or do I need a new one?
 
Thank you, 


Re: Christmas ornament in the sky

Thorsten Lockert
 

Ron W. and I think you probably cheated. You used your own optics/telescope, didn't you...? ;-)

That is ... beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Thorsten


Re: CDK 14 on a Mach 2? #Mach2GTO

skester@...
 

I knew the CDK 14 on the Mach 2 was probably a stretch, which is why I asked the question here. On the other hand why would I 'over mount' a scope and have capacity I will never use?   I was already planning to go with a CDK 12.5 rather than the 14, so the question was a theoretical one.


Re: Christmas ornament in the sky

Steven Panish
 

Spectacular!  A great year-end present! 
Steve

On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 1:26 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
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).


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:


Merry merry,

Rolando

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Christmas ornament in the sky

Greg Salyer
 

Roland, that may be the best Bubble image I’ve ever seen. How did you map the individual filters?

Greg


On Dec 20, 2020, at 1:26 PM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


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: APCC update URL not found

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Bill,

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?
The direct link is:

http://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Pro_Setup_1.8.8.9.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 Bill Conrad
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:28 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC update URL not found

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: M42 from my future observatory site

Bill Long
 

Yes, typo. QHY294-Pro. My cell phone likes to change things on me. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Dominique <d.h.durand@...>
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 11:09 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
 
On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 03:10 PM, Bill Long wrote:
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.
Hi Bill,
I think you are talking about the QHY294M-Pro. Some of us have received one, started testing it and wiping away the flaws of youth. Personally I use Sharpcap-pro and with the latest drivers. There are 2 modes, an 11M and a 47M an AD Sample Depth of 14bits in 11M and 12Bits in 47M. A test on NGC7635-M52 with my 130GT shows an advantage in oversampling the 47M mode.
The sky is not too much with us at the moment to make many and QHY still has some progress to make on the drivers in the 47M mode in the opinion of some.


Re: CDK 14 on a Mach 2? #Mach2GTO

dvjbaja
 

I'm always amazed that folks buy really big, expensive telescopes, then want to undermount them.  So it has always been in this hobby, so it shall always be.  

j


Re: M42 from my future observatory site

Robert Chozick
 

Thanks Michael 

Robert 


On Dec 20, 2020, at 11:47 AM, Michael Hamburg via groups.io <michael_hamburg44@...> wrote:


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: Balance helper by amp draw? #Mach2GTO

Bill Long
 

Bin the camera. Problem solved.


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 3:34 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Balance helper by amp draw? #Mach2GTO
 
Thanks Woody!  I actually own PEMPRO from years back and was part of the beta so I have version 3 on a usb drive somewhere.  The issue is my camera, the qhy600, takes huge photos and slow download times so it is frustrating with any of these pieces of software that like to take faster exposures. What I could do, just to be done with it, is to install a camera like my ASI294 for the polar alignment and then switch back to my main camera when I am done.

On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 12:19 PM, Woody Schlom wrote:

Micheal,

 

Makes sense.  And I agree.  For a permanent installation, PEMPro would be sufficient.  And although I don’t know, it might have come bundled with your new mount.  And if not, a CCD Drift PA procedure is free and “should” only be necessary once or twice a year.  Here in So. Cal. we’ve got these things called earth quakes that can mess up permanent PA every now and then.

 

Have fun!

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Micheal Fields Jr via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 12:10 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Balance helper by amp draw? #Mach2GTO

 

@Woody

I am trying not to buy more stuff than I need.  An RAPAS is great but unless someone gives me one I have no intention of spending $500.00 on something I'll only use one time.   

For example I did not buy the hand controller.  The reason I am asking these questions is that I am trying to do this in my back yard just to play around and learn the software before I take it all out and put it up in my observatory 2 hours drive away.   Would be super handy to have a polemaster or RAPAS but it is not something I'll need more than once.

 


Re: M42 from my future observatory site

Dominique
 

On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 03:10 PM, Bill Long wrote:
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.
Hi Bill,
I think you are talking about the QHY294M-Pro. Some of us have received one, started testing it and wiping away the flaws of youth. Personally I use Sharpcap-pro and with the latest drivers. There are 2 modes, an 11M and a 47M an AD Sample Depth of 14bits in 11M and 12Bits in 47M. A test on NGC7635-M52 with my 130GT shows an advantage in oversampling the 47M mode.
The sky is not too much with us at the moment to make many and QHY still has some progress to make on the drivers in the 47M mode in the opinion of some.


Re: APCC update URL not found

 

Bill,

 

Please try again. There was an error on the website. You may need to clear your browser first.

 

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 Bill Conrad
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:28 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC update URL not found

 

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

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