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Re: Mountains and Dragons - IC1805

Luca Marinelli
 

That’s a beautiful image. Ha luminance worked a treat to tame down the noisy channels.

Did you use both telescopes to collect this data or only one?

Luca

On Jan 29, 2021, at 8:02 PM, Pete Mumbower via groups.io <pmumbower@...> wrote:

Wow that is a superb image, thin clouds or not. Well done. That Mach2 isn't sweating with that load!

Pete


Re: Find my CP4!!! How annoying!

Luca Marinelli
 

Tom,

Sometimes router have a hard time showing new Ethernet clients. A utility that can help in this task is Advanced IP Scanner. It will give all the clients on the network served by the router and if the CP4 is on it, it will find it.

Is using a USB cable out of the question?

Cheers,

Luca


Re: Mountains and Dragons - IC1805

Pete Mumbower
 

Wow that is a superb image, thin clouds or not. Well done. That Mach2 isn't sweating with that load!

Pete


Re: Mountains and Dragons - IC1805

Roland Christen
 

Thanks.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Reilly <sreilly24590@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Jan 29, 2021 6:58 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mountains and Dragons - IC1805

Vert sweet image Roland.
 
-Steve
 
 
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Roland Christen via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2021 7:52 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io; main@ap-ug.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Mountains and Dragons - IC1805
 
Hello Astronuts,
 
Finally got around to processing the heart of the Heart nebula, IC 1805. This was a difficult image for me because of continual thin clouds that prevented getting some of the fainter narrowband data. I managed to shoot 10.5 hours of H-a but only 3.5 hours of OIII and 5.5 hours of SII. The latter two took a lot of noise reduction to bring in. Fortunately the main detail is in H-a, so I used that for a small amount of Luminance. Most of the frames were imaged unguided, the other half was guided.
 
 
160EDF with 155 EDF piggyback on the Mach2 mount, QSI 683WSG camera, Lodestar guide camera.
 
Rolando
 
 

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

Roland Christen
 

When we had the problem in Chile I improvised by using a frame with the fans mounted with 4 rubber bands for each fan. That solved the problem and allowed us to do some imaging before new fans were installed.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Joel Short <buckeyestargazer@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Jan 29, 2021 4:15 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Flexure or tracking? (Another "cold night" from northern Indiana)

An update to this...last night I had about 4hrs of clear sky and in order to test the theory about the fans causing the elongated stars I unplugged the fan from the camera.  It was still plenty cold enough to reach my -10C set point without issue.  Long story short, every single sub that came in had perfectly round stars.  The difference seems obvious to me.  With the fan operating as normal about 3/5 subs came in with elongated stars.  With the fan disconnected every sub was perfect.  

The problem is that I'm not exactly sure what to do about it.  Noctua is generally regarded as the best brand for silent and vibration free fans, but they do not make the size I need (50mm).  I did buy some fans that look better than the stock ones I have, and I'm going to try some Noctua silicone rubber mounting things that are supposed to help isolate the fan from the case (if they fit on the camera). We'll see how that goes. 

In any event, this is no longer an Astro-Physics related discussion so I'll look elsewhere.  
joel

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Astro-Physics


Re: Mountains and Dragons - IC1805

Steve Reilly
 

Vert sweet image Roland.

 

-Steve

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Roland Christen via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2021 7:52 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io; main@ap-ug.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Mountains and Dragons - IC1805

 

Hello Astronuts,

 

Finally got around to processing the heart of the Heart nebula, IC 1805. This was a difficult image for me because of continual thin clouds that prevented getting some of the fainter narrowband data. I managed to shoot 10.5 hours of H-a but only 3.5 hours of OIII and 5.5 hours of SII. The latter two took a lot of noise reduction to bring in. Fortunately the main detail is in H-a, so I used that for a small amount of Luminance. Most of the frames were imaged unguided, the other half was guided.

 

 

160EDF with 155 EDF piggyback on the Mach2 mount, QSI 683WSG camera, Lodestar guide camera.

 

Rolando

 

 


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Mountains and Dragons - IC1805

Roland Christen
 

Hello Astronuts,

Finally got around to processing the heart of the Heart nebula, IC 1805. This was a difficult image for me because of continual thin clouds that prevented getting some of the fainter narrowband data. I managed to shoot 10.5 hours of H-a but only 3.5 hours of OIII and 5.5 hours of SII. The latter two took a lot of noise reduction to bring in. Fortunately the main detail is in H-a, so I used that for a small amount of Luminance. Most of the frames were imaged unguided, the other half was guided.

Image and details at: https://www.astrobin.com/k6qvkh/0/

160EDF with 155 EDF piggyback on the Mach2 mount, QSI 683WSG camera, Lodestar guide camera.

Rolando



--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Find my CP4!!! How annoying!

Tom Blahovici
 

Well, after a power failure I go out to use my scope and the IP address is changed.  Looking through my router, there is no indication of it.
So, read the manual and I have to download a JAVA applet.
It needs a user name and password!!!
Any alternatives or do I have to wait until Monday for the shop to open?
First time in my life I have seen a network interface with no possibility to do anything except guess.
Tom


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

Joel Short
 

An update to this...last night I had about 4hrs of clear sky and in order to test the theory about the fans causing the elongated stars I unplugged the fan from the camera.  It was still plenty cold enough to reach my -10C set point without issue.  Long story short, every single sub that came in had perfectly round stars.  The difference seems obvious to me.  With the fan operating as normal about 3/5 subs came in with elongated stars.  With the fan disconnected every sub was perfect.  

The problem is that I'm not exactly sure what to do about it.  Noctua is generally regarded as the best brand for silent and vibration free fans, but they do not make the size I need (50mm).  I did buy some fans that look better than the stock ones I have, and I'm going to try some Noctua silicone rubber mounting things that are supposed to help isolate the fan from the case (if they fit on the camera). We'll see how that goes. 

In any event, this is no longer an Astro-Physics related discussion so I'll look elsewhere.  
joel


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

Dean Jacobsen
 

Thanks for the reply.

The first time I tried loading part 2 I only saw "File OK" and "Download OK"



I refreshed the browser and tried again.  Then I got the "Resumed Operation" line too.



So, when I didn't see the "Resumed Operation the first time I assumed that the process was hung up.

Dean Jacobsen
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Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 
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Re: Safety Park

Marcelo Figueroa
 

I think you are correct. Some time ago I forgot to plug my laptop to the power, so during the night at some point the battery died and the laptop shut down. When I noticed, I found the mount, a Mach2, nicely parked in Park 3 without me having done anything.
 
Regarding ACP, sorry, I have no idea.
 


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

Roland Christen
 

Thanks. Yes it's on the list of things to be fixed.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Cheng-Yang Tan via groups.io <cytan299@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Jan 29, 2021 1:27 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

Hi Rolando,
   I had the same "problem" and just ignored the bar. I'd suggest fixing this because I think from a user interface point of view, the bar completely going to the right gives the proper feedback that everything loaded ok.

cytan

On Friday, January 29, 2021, 01:24:55 PM CST, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


It did not hang up. It's fine. Download OK. The bar does not go all the way on part2.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Jan 29, 2021 12:56 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

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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Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 
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Astro-Physics

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Astro-Physics


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

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Hi Rolando,
   I had the same "problem" and just ignored the bar. I'd suggest fixing this because I think from a user interface point of view, the bar completely going to the right gives the proper feedback that everything loaded ok.

cytan

On Friday, January 29, 2021, 01:24:55 PM CST, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


It did not hang up. It's fine. Download OK. The bar does not go all the way on part2.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Jan 29, 2021 12:56 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

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?
--
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

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


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

Roland Christen
 

It did not hang up. It's fine. Download OK. The bar does not go all the way on part2.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Jan 29, 2021 12:56 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

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?
--
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

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


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

Dean Jacobsen
 

APCC starts up and displays the new firmware version, VCP5-P02-08.  So, I guess everything is OK?
--
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Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 
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Re: Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

Dean Jacobsen
 

I refreshed the browser and tried again.  This time I see a screen with "Resumed Operation" but the blue bar does not go all the way across.


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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

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?
--
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: 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

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