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

Dean Jacobsen
 

I seem to have had a problem with part 2.  Part 1 worked OK but part 2 has hung up with only a little of the blue bar showing.

What is the next step to recover?
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Re: Through the mount USB3.0 on Mach2 trouble unrelated to temp

Micheal Fields Jr
 

Hi Allen,

I use a Beelink U57 https://www.amazon.com/Beelink-i5-5257u-Processor-Performance-Business/dp/B0879KKTCB

Also if you plug in the 5v DC to a repeater cable AND you have an external hub like the Pegasus USB hub (or other) you will get a windows warning stating that you have too many hubs connected.


Safety Park

Steve Reilly
 

I’m just getting around to reading up on this and it seems, if I’m reading this correctly, that the mount can be set to park at a certain position (I use Park 4 for the roof) if it is set to even if it losses connection to the computer. Is this correct? But what if the computer changes on the acknowledgment of being parked as I’ve had happen with ACP. Does this circumvent that instance where ACP doesn’t get that acknowledgement? Just trying to wrap my head around the Safety Park function to see if it can make my observatory safer. As is it can’t close the roof without park being acknowledged.

 

-Steve


Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Ray Gralak
 

Probably more a case of features I don't want. Essentially I would like an app that mimics the functionality of the
keypad. I don't want the planetarium bits. And before anyone says it, I know I could simply purchase the
hardware, but there are distinct advantages in an app being able to achieve this imho.
Then don't use the features you don't care about in the planetarium app. And BTW, the keypad has features the AP V2 ASCOM driver does not have, like an object catalog. Luminos and Sky Safari have extensive catalogs and telescope control:

https://wobbleworks.com/luminos/

https://skysafariastronomy.com/

Another option would be to use a remote desktop app on your mobile device to connect to a cheap laptop, which you would connect to your mount.

On the laptop, you could run any ASCOM client software, like the AP Jog Utility, which would bring up the AP V2 ASCOM driver. You could then access the AP V2 driver features from your mobile device.

-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 astro@dinoworld.com.au
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2021 11:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 11:45 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:


I was hoping to stay away from the planetarium type apps. What I was really looking for was a
mobile app
version of the Astro-Physics ASCOM V2 Driver. By that I mean the gui front end for Android or iPad.

Can you explain what features you are expecting?

Probably more a case of features I don't want. Essentially I would like an app that mimics the functionality of the
keypad. I don't want the planetarium bits. And before anyone says it, I know I could simply purchase the
hardware, but there are distinct advantages in an app being able to achieve this imho.

And not having seen a planetarium app connected to an advanced mount I don't know whether this feature is
standard or not. Even if it was, planetarium apps don't do anything for me.

Thanks


Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

On Friday, January 29, 2021, 1:16 AM, astro@... wrote:

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 11:45 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:
I was hoping to stay away from the planetarium type apps. What I was really looking for was a mobile app
version of the Astro-Physics ASCOM V2 Driver. By that I mean the gui front end for Android or iPad.
Can you explain what features you are expecting?
Probably more a case of features I don't want. Essentially I would like an app that mimics the functionality of the keypad. I don't want the planetarium bits. And before anyone says it, I know I could simply purchase the hardware, but there are distinct advantages in an app being able to achieve this imho.

And not having seen a planetarium app connected to an advanced mount I don't know whether this feature is standard or not. Even if it was, planetarium apps don't do anything for me.

Thanks


Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Bob
 

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 11:45 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:
I was hoping to stay away from the planetarium type apps. What I was really looking for was a mobile app
version of the Astro-Physics ASCOM V2 Driver. By that I mean the gui front end for Android or iPad.
Can you explain what features you are expecting?
Probably more a case of features I don't want. Essentially I would like an app that mimics the functionality of the keypad. I don't want the planetarium bits. And before anyone says it, I know I could simply purchase the hardware, but there are distinct advantages in an app being able to achieve this imho.

And not having seen a planetarium app connected to an advanced mount I don't know whether this feature is standard or not. Even if it was, planetarium apps don't do anything for me.

Thanks


Re: AP900 handles a wind storm

Joseph Beyer
 

Thank you Karen


Re: [ap-ug] Heart of the Heart

Roland Christen
 

OOPs, wrong pix! I uploaded the Rosette. Sorry for the mistook. Disappointed

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>; main@ap-ug.groups.io <main@ap-ug.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Jan 28, 2021 10:00 pm
Subject: [ap-ug] Heart of the Heart

Hi Astro-nuts,

Finally managed to do a quick combine. 11 frames of 1200 sec each, narrowband Ha, taken with the 160 refractor on the Mach2 computer mount in very cold conditions.
Not sure I want to do color, the B&W i think has more visual appeal (to me).

https://www.astrobin.com/jm9zdg/0/

Rolando

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Heart of the Heart

Roland Christen
 

Hi Astro-nuts,

Finally managed to do a quick combine. 11 frames of 1200 sec each, narrowband Ha, taken with the 160 refractor on the Mach2 computer mount in very cold conditions.
Not sure I want to do color, the B&W i think has more visual appeal (to me).

https://www.astrobin.com/jm9zdg/0/

Rolando

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: AP900 handles a wind storm

Karen Christen
 

Two very nice images there, Joe. 

Karen

AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Joseph Beyer
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2021 3:01 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP900 handles a wind storm

 

I had to laugh when I read Ken's message a couple days ago.  I live about 8 miles from the coast SF Bay side and was out imaging the same night Ken was using my Mach1 unguided with an FSQ106.  When I started up there was a gentle breeze and seeing was so-so.  I went out to check on things a couple hours later the wind was blowing a constant 15 mph so I called it a night and covered it up.  The howling wind woke me up at 3 and I ran out to see if everything was still standing.  The wind gusts knocked me back a step or two when standing next to the mount so I grabbed the telescope off the mount and called it good.

Even with at least 3 hours of wind it still didn't come out too bad, but of course I wasn't sporting 130mm of focal length! - https://www.astrobin.com/full/agsfle/0/

I was back at it the next night and it was incredibly calm - https://www.astrobin.com/full/ffk3iz/0/

The Mach1 works like a fine watch.

Joe 


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: AP900 handles a wind storm

Joseph Beyer
 

I had to laugh when I read Ken's message a couple days ago.  I live about 8 miles from the coast SF Bay side and was out imaging the same night Ken was using my Mach1 unguided with an FSQ106.  When I started up there was a gentle breeze and seeing was so-so.  I went out to check on things a couple hours later the wind was blowing a constant 15 mph so I called it a night and covered it up.  The howling wind woke me up at 3 and I ran out to see if everything was still standing.  The wind gusts knocked me back a step or two when standing next to the mount so I grabbed the telescope off the mount and called it good.

Even with at least 3 hours of wind it still didn't come out too bad, but of course I wasn't sporting 130mm of focal length! - https://www.astrobin.com/full/agsfle/0/

I was back at it the next night and it was incredibly calm - https://www.astrobin.com/full/ffk3iz/0/

The Mach1 works like a fine watch.

Joe 


Re: The 2020 Thank You Card

Marcelo Figueroa
 

I received one of those cards a couple of years ago when I bought my Mach1 :-). 
 
And thank you for the amazing support and even more amazing products.
 


Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Roland Christen
 

I believe so, but Ray could answer that better.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Micheal Fields Jr via groups.io <mpfjr@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Thu, Jan 28, 2021 1:03 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

If I have a PC with APCC Pro running and connected to the mount and I have built a pointing model, does the mount use that model if I connect via wifi with my phone and tell it to go-to an object?  Eg, does the mount, when told by my iPhone / Sky Safari Pro to slew to an object, use the model on the PC that is also currently connected to the mount?

If so it would not be a big deal to set it all up to auto-connect to the mount upon bootup and use some small book sized PC connected via USB cable and use the iPhone or Android as a hand controller.  eg, the regular mount's hand controller could be mimicked by the smart device.  If said smart device was also on the same local network as the mount, perhaps it could also communicate with APCC Pro and/or the ASCOM driver to send syncs to build a pointing model if one doesn't already exist.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Micheal Fields Jr
 

If I have a PC with APCC Pro running and connected to the mount and I have built a pointing model, does the mount use that model if I connect via wifi with my phone and tell it to go-to an object?  Eg, does the mount, when told by my iPhone / Sky Safari Pro to slew to an object, use the model on the PC that is also currently connected to the mount?

If so it would not be a big deal to set it all up to auto-connect to the mount upon bootup and use some small book sized PC connected via USB cable and use the iPhone or Android as a hand controller.  eg, the regular mount's hand controller could be mimicked by the smart device.  If said smart device was also on the same local network as the mount, perhaps it could also communicate with APCC Pro and/or the ASCOM driver to send syncs to build a pointing model if one doesn't already exist.


Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Ray Gralak
 

I was hoping to stay away from the planetarium type apps. What I was really looking for was a mobile app
version of the Astro-Physics ASCOM V2 Driver. By that I mean the gui front end for Android or iPad.
Can you explain what features you are expecting?

ASCOM drivers require a client application, such as a planetarium program, to start them. They exist to provide a consistent application programming interface for Windows applications, but that doesn't apply to mobile applications as they are not Windows apps.

One of the mobile planetarium applications mentioned would be a rough equivalent to an ASCOM client application plus the AP V2 ASCOM driver.

-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 astro@dinoworld.com.au
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:52 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Thanks to all for the replies. The mount will be a new one from the current build, hopefully :)

I was hoping to stay away from the planetarium type apps. What I was really looking for was a mobile app
version of the Astro-Physics ASCOM V2 Driver. By that I mean the gui front end for Android or iPad.


Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Bob
 

Thanks to all for the replies. The mount will be a new one from the current build, hopefully :)

I was hoping to stay away from the planetarium type apps. What I was really looking for was a mobile app version of the Astro-Physics ASCOM V2 Driver. By that I mean the gui front end for Android or iPad.


The 2020 Thank You Card

Karen Christen
 

Hey Astro-Nuts,

 

One of our favorite traditions at Astro-Physics is the annual Feast and Thank You Card Signing.  Each year our entire team gets together to eat a fabulous meal and hand-sign a few hundred thank-you cards for all customers who purchased a telescope or mount during that year.  (If you’ve gotten a scope or mount from us prior to 2020 you may have received one of these before.)  It’s a great time full of laughter and hand cramps as we recall how fortunate we are to have such amazing customers.  Sadly, the pandemic prevented us from holding this event in 2020 – and forced us to get creative.  Instead of cards, we signed 5 Astro-Physics ball caps and did a random drawing for winners. 

 

Check out the hat below.  Congratulations to these winners (who have agreed to have their name shared): Drew Maser, John Barnwell, Steve Busch, and David Payne.

 

We’re so sorry we were not able to send a personal card to everyone.  We’ll reinstate that tradition in 2021.  But we had so much fun with this we may do a hat every year.  😉  From all of us, Thank You for being the very best customers in the whole world!

 

The Entire AP Team

 


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Flexure or tracking? (Another "cold night" from northern Indiana)

Don Anderson
 

If the OEM fans are causing these kinds of problems, wouldn't FLI replace them? For the kind of money those puppies cost, I can't believe they are not there for you.

Don Anderson


On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 02:47:46 p.m. MST, Mike Dodd <mike@...> wrote:



> Following up with this, I decided to go ahead and replace my camera
> fans, but I'm having trouble finding a good low vibration fan.  Noctua
> is regarded as the best but they don't make the size I need
> (50mmx50mm).  Any other small case fan brand  recommendations?

I have used Sunon Maglev fans for many years with good results:
<https://www.mouser.com/Sunon/Thermal-Management/Fans-Blowers/Fans/DC-Fans/MagLev/_/N-dwatb?P=1y9c0j0Z1y97tnr>

--- Mike









Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Mike Dodd
 

On 1/27/2021 8:20 PM, astro@dinoworld.com.au wrote:
... I do
hope to ultimately use the 1100 remotely.
I routinely use Windows Remote Desktop to control everything in my observatory (300 feet away) over an CAT5 Ethernet link. I power-up the observatory, start the PC, then log-in. The observatory's desktop appears on my home PC monitor, and I can launch any app remotely.

I use ACP for automated imaging, but I also have TheSkyX out there, and can connect to my AP-1200 mount and slew it while in SkyX. I also can launch and control MaxIm and FocusMax remotely.

Some details are on my website here: <http://astronomy.mdodd.com/observatory.html#Remote>

(I almost never have to brave the cold to collect images. :-)

HTH.

--- Mike


Re: Simple Mobile APP for control of mount

Bob
 

You are correct. Totally wrong track, although interesting because I do hope to ultimately use the 1100 remotely.

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