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Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

 

Hello Bob,

 

The webpage that has the control Options diagram also has a link to more detailed information including a link to Sky Safari

https://www.astro-physics.info/index.htm?tech_support/mounts/control/control

 

There is also a program called Luminos by Wobbleworks for iOS. We need to update the website to show this link, as well.

https://wobbleworks.com/luminos/

 

 

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 astro@...
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 3:01 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

 

Hi all

Looking forward to being a proud new owner (fingers crossed) of an 1100, and so will have a few queries between now and the impending birth.

First off, I have been looking over the Control Options diagram on the website. I am hoping there is a simple mobile app (not star chart or planetarium) that can be used to control the mount via wifi. In the diagram I see something that says ACP on iPad in the Ascom section. I am assuming that is what I am after, but for the life of me cannot find it in the Apple Store.

Any ideas?

Thanks
Bob
115E 32S


Re: Mach2 - Imaging in frigid night

Terry Martin
 

Hi Steve,

Pete was talking about Safari (Apple web browser), not SkySafari.  There is a app on the apple App Store, iCSC that works great; I don't know if there is an Android equivalent.

Terry


Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

skester@...
 
Edited

I don't believe ACP is what you are after in terms of a simple mobile app.  It is part of an observatory control package: https://acpx.dc3.com.  Also note that use of the ASCOM driver implies a PC is connected to the mount.  For iPad only control I would think SkySafari is your best bet.


Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Bob
 

Hi all

Looking forward to being a proud new owner (fingers crossed) of an 1100, and so will have a few queries between now and the impending birth.

First off, I have been looking over the Control Options diagram on the website. I am hoping there is a simple mobile app (not star chart or planetarium) that can be used to control the mount via wifi. In the diagram I see something that says ACP on iPad in the Ascom section. I am assuming that is what I am after, but for the life of me cannot find it in the Apple Store.

Any ideas?

Thanks
Bob
115E 32S


Re: Mach2 - Imaging in frigid night

Steve C. Mitchell, Sr., O.D.
 

Thanks for the suggestion Pete. Just checked my SkySafari 2.6.8.02 I think, not icon with an arrow coming out of a box on mine, looked thru everything Evidently my version doesn’t have this feature

 

Steve

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Pete Mumbower
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2021 10:43 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 - Imaging in frigid night

 

On an iPhone, you can access the Clear Sky Clock via the Safari browser, then hit the icon at the bottom with the arrow coming out of the box, then pick "Add to Home Screen". Then you have a icon on the phone screen that launches the browser based CSC. Works great.


Re: Mach2 - Imaging in frigid night

Steve C. Mitchell, Sr., O.D.
 

Thanks Roland,

 

Was able to relocate mine online, that works, but the Android phone app sure was nice.

 

Steve

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Roland Christen via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2021 10:34 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 - Imaging in frigid night

 

I access Clear Sky Clock on my desktop computer at work: https://www.cleardarksky.com/c/AstrPhyILkey.html

I think there is a way you can set it up, but you would probably have to contact the author, Attilla Danko. I don't remember how we did it so many years ago. danko@...

 

Roland

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve C. Mitchell, Sr., O.D. <smitchell@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Jan 23, 2021 11:37 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 - Imaging in frigid night

Hey Rolando,

 

I know this is a bit off topic for AP stuff and this thread, but since it’s part of your original post and you brought it up! 8>)

 

I used Clear Sky Clock for several years, until it failed to work for me as I worked up higher in the Samsung Galaxy phone line. I believe when I hit the S10 model  is when it quit working for me and I was forced to try other apps, but have always liked it the best. As I go back to the Google Play store now to see if they’ve done an upgrade, it’s not even an option any more. I know it’s a Canadian weatherman that wrote the app and supported it and perhaps you know him so…. Sometimes it’s not what you know, but WHO you know. 8>) And since I see you are still using it, I have a few simple questions.

 

Do you know Allen, the author, and he’s supplying you with a special AP option? (Sweet) 8>)

Have you simply had it a long time and still using an older Android phone and he still supports it?

Or are you using an Apple device and that’s where it’s at now and no longer available for Android us users? (My luck)

 

Inquiring minds want to know.

 

Steve

Proud owner of an 1100 mount for almost a year now. I love to just see and hear it operate in the observatory; in my opinion it is of upmost quality of craftsmanship and approaches a work of art. Best mount I’ve ever had!

 

 

 

On Friday, January 22, 2021, 07:42:18 PM CST, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:

 

 

Hi Astronuts,

 

First clear night in a month, fired up the 160 EDF on the Mach2 mount at the AP observatory. There's also a 155 EDF riding piggyback, but not being used tonight. It's 5 deg F (-15C) right now with very clear air. The temperature is dropping like an anvil off a cliff. Seeing is, well see below (poor - 2 out of 5). The mount is tracking with MaximDL, multi-star tracking mode and averaging 0.15 rms arc sec. This is the first time in a year that I've operated this mount in such cold conditions. My fingers are freezing after only 5 minutes of operating out there. But for clear skies, it's worth it.

 

Shooting the Rosette in Ha with the Moon straight up.

 

Rolando

 


Current forecast for Astro-Physics Clear Sky Chart


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Astro-Physics


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Astro-Physics


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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Ap1200 / TheSkyX jog runaway

Roland Christen
 

Yes we have an ASCOM driver for the 1200. Make sure that you configure SkyX to work thru ASCOM. Once you set up the driver it will come up automatically when you open SkyX and connect.

Roland

-----Original Message-----
From: Allen Gilchrist via groups.io <gilchrist.allen@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Jan 26, 2021 5:24 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Ap1200 / TheSkyX jog runaway

Rolando,

I received confirmation from Software Bisque that there is indeed a problem with TSX causing the JOG button runaway.  They will fix it in an upcoming interim release.  In the mean time, they told me to avoid the JOG buttons or perhaps try the ASCOM driver.  I don't know much about ASCOM except that I've not had good luck with it in the past.  Does AstroPhysics provide an ASCOM driver for the AP 1200 GTO?  If so, where can I find it, and where can I get information on installing and using it?  Thanks for your help.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Ap1200 / TheSkyX jog runaway

Worsel
 

Allen

I agree with Mike Dodd's insight on ASCOM...it's a great piece of kit for unifying diverse hardware and software.  Mike gave you the link for A-P ASCOM driver.

The ASCOM Platform, which is required, is at https://ascom-standards.org/
Download 6.5 SP1.  You may see notes posted around to avoid 6.5.  SP1 fixed that issue.

Bryan


Re: Ap1200 / TheSkyX jog runaway

Mike Dodd
 

On 1/26/2021 6:24 PM, Allen Gilchrist via groups.io wrote:
...perhaps try the ASCOM driver. I don't know much about
ASCOM except that I've not had good luck with it in the past. Does
AstroPhysics provide an ASCOM driver for the AP 1200 GTO?
I use the A-P ASCOM driver <https://www.astro-physics.com/ascom> on my 1200, and it works fine. Ray Gralak, the developer, is a regular on this list.

The driver GUI has NSEW buttons, and you can set the slew rate right there on the same screen. I use the buttons often to center a planet or the Moon when I want to make a "movie" for later processing. Normally I use ACP automation software, which connects to the mount via ASCOM.

I can connect SkyX to the mount via ASCOM even if ACP is already connected. This means I can monitor in SkyX where ACP is pointing the mount, or I can slew the mount in SkyX if ACP is not actively imaging.

In my experience, ASCOM is a wonderful interface, and the A-P driver is great.

--
Mike

Mike Dodd
Louisa County, Virginia USA
http://astronomy.mdodd.com


Re: Ap1200 / TheSkyX jog runaway

Allen Gilchrist
 

Rolando,

I received confirmation from Software Bisque that there is indeed a problem with TSX causing the JOG button runaway.  They will fix it in an upcoming interim release.  In the mean time, they told me to avoid the JOG buttons or perhaps try the ASCOM driver.  I don't know much about ASCOM except that I've not had good luck with it in the past.  Does AstroPhysics provide an ASCOM driver for the AP 1200 GTO?  If so, where can I find it, and where can I get information on installing and using it?  Thanks for your help.


Re: Continued: (Field curvature with Flatteners and compressors)

Dean Jacobsen
 

Excellent info.  I have a TEC140FL on order and have been planing on using the QTCC and either an APS-C or a 4/3' sized CMOS chip with it.
--
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: Continued: (Field curvature with Flatteners and compressors)

Max Mirot
 

Roland,

Have you ever done a ray trace of the QuadTCC for the older AP 130 EDF F6 ( oil spaced) ?
Some of us would like to know if it is likely to give acceptable results at full frame.

Thanks 

Max


moderated Re: Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

thefamily90 Phillips
 

Nice!

JimP


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Harley Davidson <astrocnc@...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 7:29:53 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California
 
This is a better picture :)

tony

On 1/25/2021 7:30 PM, dvjbaja wrote:


On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 9:51 AM Stone, Jack G <jack.g.stone@...> wrote:

My apologies – Did an invite go out from one of the clubs in the bay area?

How would one be graciously acknowledged?

There must have been work parties to help cleanup and restore or update the facility.  I’d be also interested in supporting.  Please contact me directly.

 

Regards,

 

Jack ~

 

 

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of dvjbaja
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2021 12:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

 

That was supposed to have had a photo with it. Oops. 

 

 

 

Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note9, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: "KHursh via groups.io" <khursh@...>

Date: 1/23/21 4:10 PM (GMT-08:00)

Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

 

I used to go there all the time when I was in the south bay. Great viewing especially when the fog rolls in to cover Salinas and Hollister.

Clear skies!


moderated Re: Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

Harley Davidson
 

This is a better picture :)

tony

On 1/25/2021 7:30 PM, dvjbaja wrote:


On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 9:51 AM Stone, Jack G <jack.g.stone@...> wrote:

My apologies – Did an invite go out from one of the clubs in the bay area?

How would one be graciously acknowledged?

There must have been work parties to help cleanup and restore or update the facility.  I’d be also interested in supporting.  Please contact me directly.

 

Regards,

 

Jack ~

 

 

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of dvjbaja
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2021 12:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

 

That was supposed to have had a photo with it. Oops. 

 

 

 

Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note9, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: "KHursh via groups.io" <khursh@...>

Date: 1/23/21 4:10 PM (GMT-08:00)

Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

 

I used to go there all the time when I was in the south bay. Great viewing especially when the fog rolls in to cover Salinas and Hollister.

Clear skies!

_._,_._,_




Re: Daylight saving time/Inaccurate GOTO's

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Eduardo,

position). I am running APCC Standard version 1.8.8.14. When I look at
the option "Manage Sites" I get a Time offset of -2.0, when the
correct would be -3.0. The time zone is correctly configured
(Brasilia, UTC -3), however we are not under daylight saving time this
year in Brazil (exceptionally) and I think this is causing some issue
with the way the mount is behaving. I can see that APCC is applying
APCC reads the Time Zone entries from Windows, so you may need to check for and apply any available Windows updates.

-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 Eduardo Oliveira
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2021 3:32 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Daylight saving time/Inaccurate GOTO's

Hi everyone,

I am having an issue with my Mach1GTO mount that I suspect is caused
by an incorrect configuration of time zone offset due to daylight
saving time. The problem I am getting is a very inaccurate GOTO and a
counterweight pointing upwards upon parking (I always park to Park 4
position). I am running APCC Standard version 1.8.8.14. When I look at
the option "Manage Sites" I get a Time offset of -2.0, when the
correct would be -3.0. The time zone is correctly configured
(Brasilia, UTC -3), however we are not under daylight saving time this
year in Brazil (exceptionally) and I think this is causing some issue
with the way the mount is behaving. I can see that APCC is applying
daylight saving time as "TRUE" so that the offset it is sending to the
mount is UTC-2.0 instead of UTC-3.0, however since we are not under
daylight saving time this year in Brazil this may be causing some
confusion?....This has not happened last year when we were under
daylight saving time. Can someone help?

Regards,

E. Oliveira



moderated Re: Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

Roland Christen
 

That is pretty funny!

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: dvjbaja <jpgleasonid@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Jan 25, 2021 6:30 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California



On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 9:51 AM Stone, Jack G <jack.g.stone@...> wrote:
My apologies – Did an invite go out from one of the clubs in the bay area?
How would one be graciously acknowledged?
There must have been work parties to help cleanup and restore or update the facility.  I’d be also interested in supporting.  Please contact me directly.
 
Regards,
 
Jack ~
 
 
 
 
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of dvjbaja
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2021 12:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California
 
That was supposed to have had a photo with it. Oops. 
 
 
 
Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note9, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone
 
 
-------- Original message --------
From: "KHursh via groups.io" <khursh@...>
Date: 1/23/21 4:10 PM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California
 
I used to go there all the time when I was in the south bay. Great viewing especially when the fog rolls in to cover Salinas and Hollister.

Clear skies!

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


moderated Re: Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

Karen Christen
 

This is HILARIOUS.  Thanks, John.

Karen

AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of dvjbaja
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2021 6:31 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

 

 

 

On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 9:51 AM Stone, Jack G <jack.g.stone@...> wrote:

My apologies – Did an invite go out from one of the clubs in the bay area?

How would one be graciously acknowledged?

There must have been work parties to help cleanup and restore or update the facility.  I’d be also interested in supporting.  Please contact me directly.

 

Regards,

 

Jack ~

 

 

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of dvjbaja
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2021 12:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

 

That was supposed to have had a photo with it. Oops. 

 

 

 

Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note9, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: "KHursh via groups.io" <khursh@...>

Date: 1/23/21 4:10 PM (GMT-08:00)

Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

 

I used to go there all the time when I was in the south bay. Great viewing especially when the fog rolls in to cover Salinas and Hollister.

Clear skies!


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


moderated Re: Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

dvjbaja
 



On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 9:51 AM Stone, Jack G <jack.g.stone@...> wrote:

My apologies – Did an invite go out from one of the clubs in the bay area?

How would one be graciously acknowledged?

There must have been work parties to help cleanup and restore or update the facility.  I’d be also interested in supporting.  Please contact me directly.

 

Regards,

 

Jack ~

 

 

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of dvjbaja
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2021 12:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

 

That was supposed to have had a photo with it. Oops. 

 

 

 

Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note9, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: "KHursh via groups.io" <khursh@...>

Date: 1/23/21 4:10 PM (GMT-08:00)

Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Setting up at Fremont Peak, California

 

I used to go there all the time when I was in the south bay. Great viewing especially when the fog rolls in to cover Salinas and Hollister.

Clear skies!


Daylight saving time/Inaccurate GOTO's

Eduardo Oliveira
 

Hi everyone,

I am having an issue with my Mach1GTO mount that I suspect is caused
by an incorrect configuration of time zone offset due to daylight
saving time. The problem I am getting is a very inaccurate GOTO and a
counterweight pointing upwards upon parking (I always park to Park 4
position). I am running APCC Standard version 1.8.8.14. When I look at
the option "Manage Sites" I get a Time offset of -2.0, when the
correct would be -3.0. The time zone is correctly configured
(Brasilia, UTC -3), however we are not under daylight saving time this
year in Brazil (exceptionally) and I think this is causing some issue
with the way the mount is behaving. I can see that APCC is applying
daylight saving time as "TRUE" so that the offset it is sending to the
mount is UTC-2.0 instead of UTC-3.0, however since we are not under
daylight saving time this year in Brazil this may be causing some
confusion?....This has not happened last year when we were under
daylight saving time. Can someone help?

Regards,

E. Oliveira


Re: AP900 handles a wind storm

Roland Christen
 


5 minute subs with a 5nm HA filter is as long an exposure as I've probably needed:
https://www.astrobin.com/en3r1y/?nc=user
That's a gorgeous shot. I love black&white, it always has an ethereal quality.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Sablinsky <kensablinsky@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Jan 25, 2021 1:10 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP900 handles a wind storm

Thanks!  I love the ~1100mm focal length image scale/fov, and the slower focal ratio doesn't hurt at all with these CMOS cams that take such short exposures.  Do I wish I had an f/6 version also?  Sure! But I won't trade this f/8.35 away for anything.  Years ago with my old SBIG ST-8 and a narrow H-A filter, I'd have to shoot 15-20 minute subs, but since the mount tracked so well, who cared!

5 minute subs with a 5nm HA filter is as long an exposure as I've probably needed:
https://www.astrobin.com/en3r1y/?nc=user

-Ken

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

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