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Meridian Flip Feature Yet?

ray.palmer@...
 

Hi Group,

I am using a 1600GTO. Just wondering if any of the latest software updates have included a Meridian Flip feature yet please (I haven't updated the firmware for about two years)? AP make elite mounts there is no question, but many other brands have had this feature for many years, it is industry standard, where you basically press one button and she flips. I'm not looking for a timely work around solution, such as trying to reset the meridian to trick the mount into flipping (that is clunky, time consuming and not user friendly if you require to do it a few times per night). I am looking for instantaneous functionality like many other brand mounts have built into them. I have to flip numerous times through the night and it is not because of the meridian (dome slit angle, power pole, observatory door, etc). Otherwise is there any software that can flip an AP mount please? Thanks in advance and have a great Xmas. 
--
Raymond D Palmer
Astronomer
Western Australia
www.MyAstroSpace.com
www.TheCosmicArtGallery.com


Re: Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

weihaowang
 

Hi Marj,

Could you tell me how to identify the version of my GTOCP5 so I know if I need the update?
I got the Mach2 two weeks ago, but I am not sure if the update is needed.

Also, when I proceed to the download, the website asked for my username and password.
How do I get these?

Thanks.

Wei-Hao

--

Homepage:

http://www.asiaa.sinica.edu.tw/~whwang/

Astrobin gallery:
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Re: More unguided images with the Mach2 and APCC Pro #APCC #Mach2GTO

Don Anderson
 

Nice to see such good images being taken with CMOS cameras. They are getting better all the time. Now the mainstream guys not just the Chinese manufactures are starting to produce them. I am pretty much confined to narrowband being in a large light polluted (Bortle 8-9) city. My icx694 based mono camera works well with narrowband. Love the sensitivity of this Sony chip. Would like to get into something with a larger format possibly and imx455 based camera to get a wider field of view using my TV NP127is scope. However that would mean new FW and 2" filters plus the camera. Hard to justify right now. I wonder if Sony will come out with a mono APS C format CMOS sensor.

Don Anderson


On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 09:16:45 p.m. MST, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:


On Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 06:21 PM, Don Anderson wrote:
How do you feel the OSC camera images compare to those of Mono cameras with filters?
I like this particular camera Don.  I have been enjoying using it.  I'll still be using mono cameras for things like narrowband but I think that the color camera works great for star fields and brighter objects.
 
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 
Amateur Radio Call Sign - W6DBJ


Re: More unguided images with the Mach2 and APCC Pro #APCC #Mach2GTO

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 06:21 PM, Don Anderson wrote:
How do you feel the OSC camera images compare to those of Mono cameras with filters?
I like this particular camera Don.  I have been enjoying using it.  I'll still be using mono cameras for things like narrowband but I think that the color camera works great for star fields and brighter objects.
 
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 
Amateur Radio Call Sign - W6DBJ


Re: Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

Gary Steffens
 

Thank you, Marj!!

Merry Christmas to you and our AP friends. 

Gary


Re: 10 inch f6.6 reflector on ap1100?

Roland Christen
 


Would the mount handle it?
The 1100 mount would not even know it was there.
There are many coma correctors available for Newtonians, and you should be able to get good images over a full frame camera field.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Blahovici <tom.va2fsq@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Dec 22, 2020 8:36 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] 10 inch f6.6 reflector on ap1100?

Hi
I have an 1100 on order and I have an old 10 inch f6.6 reflector with superb optics. I was thinking I might try imaging with it. Would the mount handle it?
At the moment it is a truss tube DOB. I would need to completely redesign the tube. Any suggestions here? Imaging would be with an asi6200 and filter wheel. I do realize I will need to drastically crop the photos but is there anyway to correct for the coma etc?
Thanks

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


10 inch f6.6 reflector on ap1100?

Tom Blahovici
 

Hi
I have an 1100 on order and I have an old 10 inch f6.6 reflector with superb optics. I was thinking I might try imaging with it. Would the mount handle it?
At the moment it is a truss tube DOB. I would need to completely redesign the tube. Any suggestions here? Imaging would be with an asi6200 and filter wheel. I do realize I will need to drastically crop the photos but is there anyway to correct for the coma etc?
Thanks


Re: leveling the RAPAS on Mach2

weihaowang
 

Hi Christopher,

Thank you!  My tripod is the TAK wood tripod, which cannot be adjusted.  In the past few years, I put heavy TAK stuff on it and there were no stability issues.  Of course I don't put it on a very tilted ground to start with.  So here I am just looking for ways to overcome a tilt of a couple degrees.  (The TAK polar scope comes with a ring level on itself, so the tripod does not need to be leveled.)

I was never a fan of drift alignment, primarily because I am doing portable imaging and every minute under dark sky is precious. Every drift alignment method I had tried took too long.   (I know polar alignment can be done during twilight.  Unfortunately I live in the tropical region, where twilight is very short.)  On the other hand, in the past, a good alignment with a polar scope worked quite well and it took just one or two minutes each time.  Very often I see long term drift during guiding, but it's quite manageable as long as the mount can perform the guiding correction.  So here I am trying to see if I can do the same with Mach2 (unadjustable tripod, polar scope alignment, no drift).

I saw you live in Waikoloa.  Nice place.  I once lived in the Waikoloa village when I was a visiting astronomer at CFHT.  When I had time, I drove up to MKVIS and imaged there. I no longer live in Hawaii, but I came back to conduct MK summit observations from time to time. I really miss the sky there. When the pandemic is gone and when we are free to travel again, I want to come back to Hawaii and see the stars there, perhaps with our Mach2.

Cheers,
Wei-Hao

--

Homepage:

http://www.asiaa.sinica.edu.tw/~whwang/

Astrobin gallery:
http://www.astrobin.com/users/whwang/


10 inch f6.6 reflector on ap1100?

Tom Blahovici
 

Hi
I have an 1100 on order and I have an old 10 inch f6.6 reflector with superb optics. I was thinking I might try imaging with it. Would the mount handle it?
At the moment it is a truss tube DOB. I would need to completely redesign the tube. Any suggestions here? Imaging would be with an asi6200 and filter wheel. I do realize I will need to drastically crop the photos but is there anyway to correct for the coma etc?
Thanks


Re: More unguided images with the Mach2 and APCC Pro #APCC #Mach2GTO

Don Anderson
 

Nice work Dean. I love wide field shots. Faithfully reproduced star color is a pleasure to see.
How do you feel the OSC camera images compare to those of Mono cameras with filters?
Don Anderson


On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 04:59:53 p.m. MST, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:


Thanks for taking a look John. 

I have been recently using a color camera... my first color camera in over twenty years of imaging.  I have been able to preserve star colors with the color camera as well.  I am learning that with color cameras and with the mono cameras that one of the things you have to be careful about is not overexposing the field stars, which will turn them whits no matter what you do in post processing.

Here are some links to the color camera shots:

Messier  31 - https://www.astrobin.com/vh9rug/C/?nc=user

NGC 129 wide field - https://www.astrobin.com/qzh68l/B/?nc=user

Open cluster NGC 133, et al - https://www.astrobin.com/ufwgxg/C/?nc=user

The Double Cluster - https://www.astrobin.com/85ssq8/?nc=user

IC 1805 wide field - https://www.astrobin.com/8o9lzb/D/?nc=user
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 
Amateur Radio Call Sign - W6DBJ


Re: Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

 

Gary,

 

I reinstated the webpage for GTOCP4 version P01-14, the version that precedes the newest version. Here is the link to the software updates page. You can go from there.

https://www.astro-physics.com/software-updates/

 

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 Gary Steffens via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 5:01 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

 

Hi Marj, I was just looking for the new keypad software (V5.xxx) and was going to ask where I could find it. Given V5.xxx is not available yet for GTOCP4 control boxes, is it possible to install an earlier version of GTOCP4 software and if so where can I find it? I didn't see an archive of previous releases on the web site.
Thanks!
Gary


Re: Initial GoTo In APCC Pro Cause Nose or Tail Dive

Ray Gralak
 

John,

If APCC is initializing your Mach 2 you should make sure the Longitude/Latitude/Time Zone are set correctly when APCC initializes the mount. If one of these properties is incorrect, then the mount will not be able to go to the target accurately.

You should also make sure that you are using the latest version of APCC Pro, v1.8.8.9. he 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 John
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 3:24 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Initial GoTo In APCC Pro Cause Nose or Tail Dive

Aloha All,

Not sure if I'm doing something wrong or missed a setting somewhere in APCC Pro. Couldn't find anything in the
documentation. Anyway, after I start apcc, everything connects automatically, the mount unparks (from park 3) and
starts tracking. However, after manually enter a star's coordinates and pressing the 'goto button,' the mach2 mount
always does a weird slew (where I have to manually stop it). At this point I could execute a Park 3, and then press the
'find home' button and then the gotos will work.

Seems like the only way to avoid this behavior, is to press the 'find home' button first and then do the goto. Is this the
correct procedure that everyone is using? Just didn't understand why the mount is acting like it's lost, every time it's
powered up and initialized via apcc. I think I also tried loading the mount's current ra/dec and then goto that, but that
didn't work either. I don't mind using the 'find home' button each time, I just don't want to break the mount! :)

The only reason all of this came up (and the only reason I started trying different goto methods),was because the
same thing was happening in Stellarium.

This isn't a problem with the keypad (with auto connect = yes). I can power up, the mount will unpark, then I can go
into the keypad's objects menu and do a goto without any problem. Thanks and sorry if this is a repeat question!

John



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,

One thing I did differently is that there is a Windows 10 feature update/optional that is called [20H2]. I did NOT install
that update. On my other intel based computers that APCC has been working with, this feature update is also not
installed. However I may have had it installed on this PC. Is this the reason it wasn't working? Maybe/maybe not.
But it is something to keep in the back of your head in case someone else reports this issue.
I don't think the issue is 20H2. I have been running/testing APCC on several computers with 20H2, and APCC works fine on that version of Windows.

I think the issue was something specific to that particular computer and is not a problem with the Eltima virtual ports.

-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: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 11:26 AM
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

Ray,

So today I decided to go ahead and reset my PC. By reset I mean in terms of Windows 10 Reset where it wipes the
drive and re-installs from scratch.
I am happy to say that so far everything is working as it should.
One thing I did differently is that there is a Windows 10 feature update/optional that is called [20H2]. I did NOT install
that update. On my other intel based computers that APCC has been working with, this feature update is also not
installed. However I may have had it installed on this PC. Is this the reason it wasn't working? Maybe/maybe not.
But it is something to keep in the back of your head in case someone else reports this issue.


On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 01:27 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:


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.

Interesting. I would be surprised if that is the reason, but stranger things have happened.

Just out of curiosity, can you try creating a new Windows user account that has admin privileges and install it
from that account?

-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





Re: Should Mach1 users follow the APCC Pro upgrades? #APCC

Ray Gralak
 

The only problems I have with my current versions is that sometimes the WiFi stops working (a known problem I
believe) and sometimes, at random, APCC loses it's USB connection to the mount and the mount stops tracking. Are
either of these problems addressed in the upgrades?
Neither of these two issues is an issue with APCC. If you are having USB problems, it is likely being caused by a bad cable, a problematic USB hub, if you are using one, or the USB driver or USB device on your computer.

That being said, you should always update to the latest version (currently APCC Pro v1.8.8.9, or APCC Standard v1.8.8.0). If there are any issues you can always reinstall the version you had installed previously. You can even recover previous settings from APCC's Backups folder.

-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 Nick Iversen
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 3:25 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Should Mach1 users follow the APCC Pro upgrades? #APCC

I'm a bit wary of all these updates to mount firmware and APCC Pro because I see them as mainly for Mach2 users.
I'm on P01 firmware and APCC Pro 1.7.1.5 and WiFi 04 and I'm scared of going to P02 and 1.8 in case I lose, say, the
ability for Sequence Generator Pro to do a meridian flip.

Essentially - what is new and what are the advantages of the upgrades?

The only problems I have with my current versions is that sometimes the WiFi stops working (a known problem I
believe) and sometimes, at random, APCC loses it's USB connection to the mount and the mount stops tracking. Are
either of these problems addressed in the upgrades?


Re: More unguided images with the Mach2 and APCC Pro #APCC #Mach2GTO

Dean Jacobsen
 
Edited

Thanks for taking a look John. 

I have been recently using a color camera... my first color camera in over twenty years of imaging.  I have been able to preserve star colors with the color camera as well.  I am learning that with color cameras and with the mono cameras that one of the things you have to be careful about is not overexposing the field stars, which will turn them white no matter what you do in post processing.

Here are some links to the color camera shots:

Messier  31 - https://www.astrobin.com/vh9rug/C/?nc=user

NGC 129 wide field - https://www.astrobin.com/qzh68l/B/?nc=user

Open cluster NGC 133, et al - https://www.astrobin.com/ufwgxg/C/?nc=user

The Double Cluster - https://www.astrobin.com/85ssq8/?nc=user

IC 1805 wide field - https://www.astrobin.com/8o9lzb/D/?nc=user
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 
Amateur Radio Call Sign - W6DBJ


Initial GoTo In APCC Pro Cause Nose or Tail Dive

John
 

Aloha All,

  Not sure if I'm doing something wrong or missed a setting somewhere in APCC Pro.  Couldn't find anything in the documentation.  Anyway, after I start apcc, everything connects automatically, the mount unparks (from park 3) and starts tracking.  However, after manually enter a star's coordinates and pressing the 'goto button,' the mach2 mount always does a weird slew (where I have to manually stop it).  At this point I could execute a Park 3, and then press the 'find home' button and then the gotos will work.

  Seems like the only way to avoid this behavior, is to press the 'find home' button first and then do the goto.  Is this the correct procedure that everyone is using?  Just didn't understand why the mount is acting like it's lost, every time it's powered up and initialized via apcc. I think I also tried loading the mount's current ra/dec and then goto that, but that didn't work either.  I don't mind using the 'find home' button each time, I just don't want to break the mount!  :)

  The only reason all of this came up (and the only reason I started trying different goto methods),was because the same thing was happening in Stellarium.

  This isn't a problem with the keypad (with auto connect = yes).  I can power up, the mount will unpark, then I can go into the keypad's objects menu and do a goto without any problem.  Thanks and sorry if this is a repeat question!

      John

 


Re: More unguided images with the Mach2 and APCC Pro #APCC #Mach2GTO

John
 

Aloha Dean,

  Very nice star colors.  That's one of the things I'm looking to get better at one day!

  I tried shooting RGB with the mono asi1600, but the stars (imaged thru each filter) always seemed to have different sizes which caused some funky halos.  I'll try RGB again
later on with the Mach 2 and see if that helps.


Three new videos

Harley Davidson
 

Well guys a few more.

tony

Keypad Hook for Astro-Physics Eagle Tripods to hang the Keypad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeEGTEe_ALY

Astro-Physics caps required for CP5 RA & DEC ports
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np6BT8fwG5s

Astro-Physics Eagle Tripod (EAGLE6-EZ) Handle retrofit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6oPrUd2B5M


Re: Precise polar alignment of the azimuth axis

John
 

Aloha All,

  I will review all of this, thanks! 

  Somehow I missed the info on page 26 of the pdf file.  That pdf file is for keypad ver 4.19.3 and I was looking in the newer Keypad manual ver 5.x.x.x (dated 11 Nov 2020).
The newer manual is a little different.  No worries!!

  I'm using the Sharpcap polar align tool which is probably similar to the others (ie take an image and rotate the ra axis 90 degrees, take another image, and then adjust the mount to the ncp).
I can do this thru either the guide scope camera on the main C8 camera. But I'm a little worried that I might be introducing some small ortho or cone errors. I guess a Polemaster camera mounted
on front of the Mach 2 would take care of that!  And the modeling will help to (just haven't got to it yet)

    John

 


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
 

Very unlikely, but possible. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Micheal Fields Jr via groups.io <mpfjr@...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 11:25 AM
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
 
Ray,

So today I decided to go ahead and reset my PC. By reset I mean in terms of Windows 10 Reset where it wipes the drive and re-installs from scratch.
I am happy to say that so far everything is working as it should. 
One thing I did differently is that there is a Windows 10 feature update/optional that is called [20H2].  I did NOT install that update.   On my other intel based computers that APCC has been working with, this feature update is also not installed.  However I may have had it installed on this PC.  Is this the reason it wasn't working?  Maybe/maybe not.  But it is something to keep in the back of your head in case someone else reports this issue.


On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 01:27 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:
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.
Interesting. I would be surprised if that is the reason, but stranger things have happened.

Just out of curiosity, can you try creating a new Windows user account that has admin privileges and install it from that account?

-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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