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Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

Allen Ruckle
 

 I was happy to see the iOS version of Sky Safari has been updated to include commands for my A-P Mach2.  I did not have time to try it out on Thursday night Jan 14 but I read everything I could find about the commands added to Sky Safari 6.8.  I like the way Sky Safari immediately places the location indicator at the NCP position  on connection.   I exercised the mount slewing 8 or 10 objects, (Stars & Planets). I searched the menus for the park commands or functions but did not find them.  I tried out the new tilt to move feature and at first it appears to not working.  I soon discovered I was not tilting the phone far enough to activate the move action.  It appears to also do dual axis moves.  because I did not see any way to park the mount I tried to see of I could search on "North Celestial Pole",  no joy.  When I chose to end the session by selecting "Disconnect", a menu came up with the new park options shown above.      

Good Job Sky Safari!

however . . . . . . . . . I have one question.    How do I synchronize Sky Safari to a star after an initial goto from the park position, without causing the Mach2 mount to loose its calibration.   In my first use of Sky Safari when I first received my Mach2, I did a slew to Altair using SkySafari, after that the mount had acted as if it had a re-cal with Altair instead of the NCP, and I needed to email Roland who helped me re establish the telescope to the "Home Location". ( Thank You Roland ).

aruckle


Re: APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

Jerry
 

Update worked for me.  I had one computer where the update check worked and another where it didn't.

The one where it didn't now shows latest and current versions - first time ever.

Thanks!

Jerry


Re: APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

Steve Reilly
 

Runs as expected now.

Thanks Ray.....


-Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ray Gralak
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:17 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

For those of you with APCC Pro and "Check for updates" is not working, please try this version (I'll post an APCC Standard version later if this works):

http://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Pro_Setup_1.8.8.15.exe

If you still get a "blank" update version, please post your APCC log file here, or email it to me directly (groups3 at gralak dot com).

-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: APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

Roland Christen
 

I'm actually one of the ravens.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: George <george@...>
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Sent: Fri, Jan 15, 2021 1:57 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

Our secret is out…discovered by the muggles!
 
Regards,
 
George
 
George Whitney
Astro-Physics, Inc.
Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)
Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)
Email:  george@...
 
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Cheng-Yang Tan via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 1:48 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15
 
Haha! Didn't realize AP == Hogwarts which makes Rolando == Dumbledore :)
 
 
On Friday, January 15, 2021, 01:38:29 PM CST, George <george@...> wrote:
 
 
Cytan,
 
It was from the Software and Electronics department at Hogwarts.
 
Regards,
 
George
 
George Whitney
Astro-Physics, Inc.
Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)
Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)
Email:  george@...
 
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Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 1:33 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15
 
Hi Ray,
 
  It must've be a very subtle bug. So what was it?
 
cytan
 
 
 
On Friday, January 15, 2021, 01:29:55 PM CST, Greg McCall <emailgregnow@...> wrote:
 
 
Yes, 1.8.8.15 is displayed as the current and in the next line as the latest.
It looks like you have a solution
thanks

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

George
 

Our secret is out…discovered by the muggles!

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)

Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)

Email:  george@...

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Cheng-Yang Tan via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 1:48 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

 

Haha! Didn't realize AP == Hogwarts which makes Rolando == Dumbledore :)

 

 

On Friday, January 15, 2021, 01:38:29 PM CST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

Cytan,

 

It was from the Software and Electronics department at Hogwarts.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)

Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)

Email:  george@...

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Cheng-Yang Tan via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 1:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

 

Hi Ray,

 

  It must've be a very subtle bug. So what was it?

 

cytan

 

 

 

On Friday, January 15, 2021, 01:29:55 PM CST, Greg McCall <emailgregnow@...> wrote:

 

 

Yes, 1.8.8.15 is displayed as the current and in the next line as the latest.
It looks like you have a solution
thanks


Re: APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Haha! Didn't realize AP == Hogwarts which makes Rolando == Dumbledore :)


On Friday, January 15, 2021, 01:38:29 PM CST, George <george@...> wrote:


Cytan,

 

It was from the Software and Electronics department at Hogwarts.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)

Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)

Email:  george@...

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Cheng-Yang Tan via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 1:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

 

Hi Ray,

 

  It must've be a very subtle bug. So what was it?

 

cytan

 

 

 

On Friday, January 15, 2021, 01:29:55 PM CST, Greg McCall <emailgregnow@...> wrote:

 

 

Yes, 1.8.8.15 is displayed as the current and in the next line as the latest.
It looks like you have a solution
thanks


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

Paolo Nicosia
 

Yes Christopher, the difference is whether you want it stopped or not.  I usually have concurrent connections from my phone an laptop - Sky Safari for gotos and target selection, my laptop for imaging and guiding.  With that option you can disconnect the phone and go to bed while the PC carries on with the AP Ascom driver.  You wouldn't want the phone to park the mount while the laptop's using it.


Re: APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

George
 

Cytan,

 

It was from the Software and Electronics department at Hogwarts.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)

Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)

Email:  george@...

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Cheng-Yang Tan via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 1:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

 

Hi Ray,

 

  It must've be a very subtle bug. So what was it?

 

cytan

 

 

 

On Friday, January 15, 2021, 01:29:55 PM CST, Greg McCall <emailgregnow@...> wrote:

 

 

Yes, 1.8.8.15 is displayed as the current and in the next line as the latest.
It looks like you have a solution
thanks


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

Christopher Erickson
 

I am guessing the difference would be if tracking was stopped or not.

"My advice is always free and worth every penny!"

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, Hawaii


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On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 9:33 AM Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:
Strange.

Wouldn't "Park at current position" and "Disconnect without parking" be exactly the same thing with an AP CP2/3/4/5 controller?

"My advice is always free and worth every penny!"

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, Hawaii


Virus-free. www.avg.com

On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 9:31 AM Paolo Nicosia <paolotto@...> wrote:
Confirmed: I just tried it and you can park and unpark to Park 3, 4, or "Current Position".  It all appears to work, though my test was during the daytime, so I can't speak for accuracy (but I doubt there would be an issue).



I've been hoping for this for years, as I've never gotten used to the user interface in Stellarium or  CDC.  SkySafari is so much easier to use for alignment after setup and for deciding on targets, but the Park 4 limitation was always a hassle. 

Thanks a lot for coordinating this with Simulation Curriculum, Marj.


Re: Guiding on my plate again - NEED TO IMPROVE

Astrobob
 

I always look at new astro-software. You never know what new ideas might improve your computer abilities.


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

Christopher Erickson
 

Strange.

Wouldn't "Park at current position" and "Disconnect without parking" be exactly the same thing with an AP CP2/3/4/5 controller?

"My advice is always free and worth every penny!"

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, Hawaii


Virus-free. www.avg.com


On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 9:31 AM Paolo Nicosia <paolotto@...> wrote:
Confirmed: I just tried it and you can park and unpark to Park 3, 4, or "Current Position".  It all appears to work, though my test was during the daytime, so I can't speak for accuracy (but I doubt there would be an issue).



I've been hoping for this for years, as I've never gotten used to the user interface in Stellarium or  CDC.  SkySafari is so much easier to use for alignment after setup and for deciding on targets, but the Park 4 limitation was always a hassle. 

Thanks a lot for coordinating this with Simulation Curriculum, Marj.


Re: APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Hi Ray,

  It must've be a very subtle bug. So what was it?

cytan



On Friday, January 15, 2021, 01:29:55 PM CST, Greg McCall <emailgregnow@...> wrote:


Yes, 1.8.8.15 is displayed as the current and in the next line as the latest.
It looks like you have a solution
thanks


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

Christopher Erickson
 

ABOUT TIME SKY SAFARI GOT PARK 3!

YAY!!!

I can FINALLY start recommending Sky Safari to people again. It only took YEARS for them to get this fixed.

"My advice is always free and worth every penny!"

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, Hawaii


Virus-free. www.avg.com


On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 8:37 AM Howard Hedlund <howard@...> wrote:
The latest release of Sky Safari adds some great new features, and it fixes a couple problems for AP GTO mount users
For the Mach2GTO:
  • Sky Safari now recognizes the Mach2 and accommodates its true encoder design.
  • Start up with the Mach2 is now handled correctly.  The mount does not need to be placed in any particular position.  The Mach2 will now initialize already knowing where it is pointing.  Mach2 users won't even see any sort of start-up menu.  Simply click Connect, and the Sky Safari screen will show the correct pointing position.
  • "Find Home" has been added to the disconnect menu in case you accidentally use Align (Sky Safari's name for ReCal or Sync) on the wrong object and get lost.
For ALL other AP GTO mounts:
  • Starting from Park 4 is no longer required. 
  • Park 3 has been added.  Park 3 can be used both at start-up and at shut down.
  • Resume from Current Position has been added to the startup menu.
PLEASE NOTE:  The southern hemisphere has a bug in the Park 3 position.  If you are in the southern hemisphere, please do NOT use Park 3 yet.  Sky Safari is aware of the problem and is fixing it.


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

Paolo Nicosia
 

Confirmed: I just tried it and you can park and unpark to Park 3, 4, or "Current Position".  It all appears to work, though my test was during the daytime, so I can't speak for accuracy (but I doubt there would be an issue).



I've been hoping for this for years, as I've never gotten used to the user interface in Stellarium or  CDC.  SkySafari is so much easier to use for alignment after setup and for deciding on targets, but the Park 4 limitation was always a hassle. 

Thanks a lot for coordinating this with Simulation Curriculum, Marj.


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

fernandorivera3
 

Yes please let us know regarding the Sky Safari update for AP GTO mount control. Looking forward to it!

Fernando


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

Paolo Nicosia
 

I just tried it with my Mach1 and it works as advertised.  That's great news - Sky Safari is such a treat for GoTo and precise alignment via synching, and great for deciding on targets for the night, but the Park 4 limitation was a big hassle.  Thanks for working though this with the Simulation Curriculum folks, Marj!





Re: APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

Greg McCall
 

Yes, 1.8.8.15 is displayed as the current and in the next line as the latest.
It looks like you have a solution
thanks


Re: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

Howard Hedlund
 

The latest release of Sky Safari adds some great new features, and it fixes a couple problems for AP GTO mount users
For the Mach2GTO:
  • Sky Safari now recognizes the Mach2 and accommodates its true encoder design.
  • Start up with the Mach2 is now handled correctly.  The mount does not need to be placed in any particular position.  The Mach2 will now initialize already knowing where it is pointing.  Mach2 users won't even see any sort of start-up menu.  Simply click Connect, and the Sky Safari screen will show the correct pointing position.
  • "Find Home" has been added to the disconnect menu in case you accidentally use Align (Sky Safari's name for ReCal or Sync) on the wrong object and get lost.
For ALL other AP GTO mounts:
  • Starting from Park 4 is no longer required. 
  • Park 3 has been added.  Park 3 can be used both at start-up and at shut down.
  • Resume from Current Position has been added to the startup menu.
PLEASE NOTE:  The southern hemisphere has a bug in the Park 3 position.  If you are in the southern hemisphere, please do NOT use Park 3 yet.  Sky Safari is aware of the problem and is fixing it.


Re : [ap-gto] APCC Pro v 1.8.8.15

Yves Laroche
 

Hi Ray,

Now it's working !!!  :-)

Regards,
Yves



Le 15/01/21 11:17, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> a écrit :
For those of you with APCC Pro and "Check for updates" is not working, please try this version (I'll post an APCC Standard version later if this works):

http://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Pro_Setup_1.8.8.15.exe

If you still get a "blank" update version, please post your APCC log file here, or email it to me directly (groups3 at gralak dot com).

-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: Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

 

Your email was a complete surprise. We had no idea that the new version was released yesterday. Our tech staff has been working with Simulation Curriculum and will post an update of the changes that were implemented later today.

 

Wobbleworks has also released some updates for Luminos for improved functionality with our 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: Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:42 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Sky Safari - iphone - GTO

 

I just wanted to circle around on this topic. SkySafari 6 Pro released an App update today (1/14) noting “Fixes For Astro-Physics Mount Control”. I won’t be home to test my mount for a few days, but I wonder if this is the update we were hoping for our Mach 2? 

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