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Re: So, I hear that the 1100 notifications have began, along with a 21% price increase...

Roland Christen
 

Can't afford one of those.

Rolando



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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] So, I hear that the 1100 notifications have began, along with a 21% price increase...

Even better...a Mach-E Mustang.  More cargo capacity than a yellow Vette (sorry...)

Bryan

-----------

I was just thinking that I should get one of the re-introduced Mach1 Mustangs to cart my Mach2 around in the style that it deserves.
--
Dean Jacobsen

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: So, I hear that the 1100 notifications have began, along with a 21% price increase...

Roland Christen
 

Mine is a 2006, and it sits winters. Doesn't come our until all the salt has washed off the roads, and then mainly on Sundays with the top down. It's a sweet little car that's in pristine condition.

Rolando



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Sent: Wed, Feb 17, 2021 3:33 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] So, I hear that the 1100 notifications have began, along with a 21% price increase...

Got my last speeding ticket a few years ago. Taking it easier now. You should take out your Roush.  I drive my #5319 2008 Black Bullit every day.  Really love a five speed rear axle transmission. Such a joy to drive.  Plus, I love my Mach2 - just wish the weather would cooperate. :)

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: [ap-ug] Mach2 shipments with low temp encoders

 

We just got the encoders in and are assembling now. Thank you for your patience.

 

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 Seb@stro
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 4:35 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] [ap-ug] Mach2 shipments with low temp encoders

 

Hi Rolando,

Just wondering if the low temp Mach2s that were postponed (due to b.o. encoders) are still scheduled for a March delivery.
Thanks.
Sebastien


Re: Shipping an AP1100

 

To explain further, the RA and Dec axes are supported in their cartons with foam blocks so that the gearbox is suspended in air and is not in contact with packing materials. The prevents the gearbox from being jammed during shipment.

 

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 Roland Christen via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 11:02 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

We normally ship it with the worm coupled. However, great care must be taken to protect the gearbox from being jammed into the mount, so there cannot be any pressure on the gearbox to push it further into mesh. You can unlock the gearbox via the lever (turn it ccw) if you want to make sure that there won't be any pressure on the gears.

 

Roland

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Horia <ATM@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Feb 17, 2021 10:50 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

Thank you Roland.

 

During transport, should the worm be coupled to the worm wheel or should it be off? Does it matter? 

 

Kind Regards,

Horia

 

 

Von: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> Im Auftrag von Roland Christen via groups.io
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 17. Februar 2021 17:15
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Betreff: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

The two axes come separate. When you get them, the Dec axis attaches directly to the Ra with a dovetail system. It is straight forward and easy to do.

 

Rolando

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Horia <ATM@...>
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Sent: Wed, Feb 17, 2021 4:08 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

I would like to have some details about the best way to package an AP1100 and would like to know how Astro-Physics ships it.

 

Does it originally come in one or more boxes? What are their dimensions and how heavy are they?

 

If in one box, does it come in one piece with RA and DEC bolted together?

 

Should the worm be coupled to the gear? Does it matter? 

 

Is the hand controller in the same box?

 

Kind regards

Horia

 


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: [ap-ug] Mach2 shipments with low temp encoders

Sébastien Doré
 

Hi Rolando,

Just wondering if the low temp Mach2s that were postponed (due to b.o. encoders) are still scheduled for a March delivery.
Thanks.
Sebastien


Re: So, I hear that the 1100 notifications have began, along with a 21% price increase...

George
 

Michael,

 

Yes, all the new mounts have them…Mach2, 1100 and 1600.

 

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 Littleton, Michael via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 4:28 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] So, I hear that the 1100 notifications have began, along with a 21% price increase...

 

Does the AP1100 have stainless steel inserts in the RA housing for the threaded counter balance shaft?


Re: So, I hear that the 1100 notifications have began, along with a 21% price increase...

mikela
 

Does the AP1100 have stainless steel inserts in the RA housing for the threaded counter balance shaft?


Re: So, I hear that the 1100 notifications have began, along with a 21% price increase...

Worsel
 

Even better...a Mach-E Mustang.  More cargo capacity than a yellow Vette (sorry...)

Bryan

-----------

I was just thinking that I should get one of the re-introduced Mach1 Mustangs to cart my Mach2 around in the style that it deserves.
--
Dean Jacobsen


Re: So, I hear that the 1100 notifications have began, along with a 21% price increase...

 
Edited

Got my last speeding ticket a few years ago. Taking it easier now. Roland, you should take out your Roush.  I drive my #5319 2008 Black Bullit every day.  Really love a five speed rear axle transmission. Such a joy to drive.  Plus, I love my Mach2 - just wish the weather would cooperate. :)


Re: So, I hear that the 1100 notifications have began, along with a 21% price increase...

Jeffrey Wolff
 

For those who are considering the absolute encoder versions of the 1100, the relative price increase is significantly less than the non-encoder version.

I am considering the extended-temp encoder version of the 1100.


Re: Shipping an AP1100

Roland Christen
 

We normally ship it with the worm coupled. However, great care must be taken to protect the gearbox from being jammed into the mount, so there cannot be any pressure on the gearbox to push it further into mesh. You can unlock the gearbox via the lever (turn it ccw) if you want to make sure that there won't be any pressure on the gears.

Roland



-----Original Message-----
From: Horia <ATM@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Feb 17, 2021 10:50 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

Thank you Roland.
 
During transport, should the worm be coupled to the worm wheel or should it be off? Does it matter? 
 
Kind Regards,
Horia
 
 
Von: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> Im Auftrag von Roland Christen via groups.io
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 17. Februar 2021 17:15
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Betreff: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100
 
The two axes come separate. When you get them, the Dec axis attaches directly to the Ra with a dovetail system. It is straight forward and easy to do.
 
Rolando
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Horia <ATM@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Feb 17, 2021 4:08 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100
 
I would like to have some details about the best way to package an AP1100 and would like to know how Astro-Physics ships it.
 
Does it originally come in one or more boxes? What are their dimensions and how heavy are they?
 
If in one box, does it come in one piece with RA and DEC bolted together?
 
Should the worm be coupled to the gear? Does it matter? 
 
Is the hand controller in the same box?
 
Kind regards
Horia
 

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Shipping an AP1100

Horia
 

Thank you Roland.

 

During transport, should the worm be coupled to the worm wheel or should it be off? Does it matter? 

 

Kind Regards,

Horia

 

 

Von: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> Im Auftrag von Roland Christen via groups.io
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 17. Februar 2021 17:15
An: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Betreff: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

The two axes come separate. When you get them, the Dec axis attaches directly to the Ra with a dovetail system. It is straight forward and easy to do.

 

Rolando

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Horia <ATM@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Feb 17, 2021 4:08 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

I would like to have some details about the best way to package an AP1100 and would like to know how Astro-Physics ships it.

 

Does it originally come in one or more boxes? What are their dimensions and how heavy are they?

 

If in one box, does it come in one piece with RA and DEC bolted together?

 

Should the worm be coupled to the gear? Does it matter? 

 

Is the hand controller in the same box?

 

Kind regards

Horia

 


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Shipping an AP1100

Horia
 

Thank you Karen, that‘ s very kind.

 

Kind regards,

Horia

 

 

 

Von: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> Im Auftrag von Karen Christen
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 17. Februar 2021 16:57
An: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Betreff: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

Horia,

 

We do sell the 1100GTO shipping boxes.  Contact our office at 815.282.1513 if you’re interested.

Karen

AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of thefamily90 Phillips
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 8:50 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

Tony, you are the man!

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Harley Davidson <astrocnc@...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:41:48 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

Horia

I assume you do not have the original shipping boxes AP uses?

AP ships them with custom foam that encases the mounts RA & DEC axis. There are 4 boxes. They include the RA axis, the Dec axis, the counterweight shaft, and a box that includes the accessories.

As to the hand controller I forget because I kept the controller from my Mach1 and never needed another with my 1100, 1600, or Mach2 mounts.

I would be very careful as to how the mount is packaged. Perhaps AP can send you the two boxes they use for the RA & DEC axis at a cost but I believe well worth it. They ship world wide and know how to make sure they arrive in one piece.

What I do when I ship any AP equipment is DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, and DOCUMENT. By that I mean take pictures. I show pictures as I pack each component. Then at the shipper once all labels are on the box I take 3 pictures of each box.

In the above picture taken at FedEx you will note numbers I put on each corner of the entire box. Also note that the box is at an angle with the corner closest to the camera lens. All you have to do is take this picture then rotate the box 180° and take your second picture. Now flip the box over with the bottom up and take your last picture. You now have DOCUMENTED this box with 3 pictures prior to the shipper accepting the package. Do this to each box. If something were to happen you can prove how you packaged it and the condition of each box.

Here is what I have in my notes as to weight & size of the 1100:
BOX 1 RA AXIS:
19" long X 15" wide X 16" high @ 31 lbs
BOX 2 DEC AXIS:
16.5" long X 12.5" wide X 16" high @ 21 lbs

Make sure the RA & DEC axis are locked down. That's how I did it.

In this video I did you can see an example of what AP does in shipping mounts. It should start at the proper point in the video. https://youtu.be/BRjWX7rna20?t=449

Hope this helps.     tony

On 2/17/2021 5:08 AM, Horia wrote:

 

I would like to have some details about the best way to package an AP1100 and would like to know how Astro-Physics ships it.

 

Does it originally come in one or more boxes? What are their dimensions and how heavy are they?

 

If in one box, does it come in one piece with RA and DEC bolted together?

 

Should the worm be coupled to the gear? Does it matter? 

 

Is the hand controller in the same box?

 

Kind regards

Horia

 

 


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Keypad V5.xxx Software Status?

Kent10
 

Also, are the catalog databases going to be updated as planned?  I recall someone from AP mentioned here that the double star catalogs might be updated.  I am really looking forward to that.  Thanks.


Re: Shipping an AP1100

Roland Christen
 

The two axes come separate. When you get them, the Dec axis attaches directly to the Ra with a dovetail system. It is straight forward and easy to do.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Horia <ATM@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Feb 17, 2021 4:08 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 
I would like to have some details about the best way to package an AP1100 and would like to know how Astro-Physics ships it.
 
Does it originally come in one or more boxes? What are their dimensions and how heavy are they?
 
If in one box, does it come in one piece with RA and DEC bolted together?
 
Should the worm be coupled to the gear? Does it matter? 
 
Is the hand controller in the same box?
 
Kind regards
Horia
 

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Keypad V5.xxx Software Status?

Elenillor
 

Wondering how the updated keypad software is doing and if there is a new projected release time.

John


Re: Shipping an AP1100

fernandorivera3
 

R.A. & Dec. axes are shipped in their individual boxes, not together in one box. 

Hand controller is optional, no longer automatically included with the mount. 


Re: Shipping an AP1100

Horia
 

Tony

 

This is perfect information, thank you very much. And the idea with the photographic documentation is even better!

 

Kind regards,

Horia

 

 

Von: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> Im Auftrag von Harley Davidson
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 17. Februar 2021 15:42
An: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Betreff: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

Horia

I assume you do not have the original shipping boxes AP uses?

AP ships them with custom foam that encases the mounts RA & DEC axis. There are 4 boxes. They include the RA axis, the Dec axis, the counterweight shaft, and a box that includes the accessories.

As to the hand controller I forget because I kept the controller from my Mach1 and never needed another with my 1100, 1600, or Mach2 mounts.

I would be very careful as to how the mount is packaged. Perhaps AP can send you the two boxes they use for the RA & DEC axis at a cost but I believe well worth it. They ship world wide and know how to make sure they arrive in one piece.

What I do when I ship any AP equipment is DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, and DOCUMENT. By that I mean take pictures. I show pictures as I pack each component. Then at the shipper once all labels are on the box I take 3 pictures of each box.

In the above picture taken at FedEx you will note numbers I put on each corner of the entire box. Also note that the box is at an angle with the corner closest to the camera lens. All you have to do is take this picture then rotate the box 180° and take your second picture. Now flip the box over with the bottom up and take your last picture. You now have DOCUMENTED this box with 3 pictures prior to the shipper accepting the package. Do this to each box. If something were to happen you can prove how you packaged it and the condition of each box.

Here is what I have in my notes as to weight & size of the 1100:

BOX 1 RA AXIS:
19" long X 15" wide X 16" high @ 31 lbs
BOX 2 DEC AXIS:
16.5" long X 12.5" wide X 16" high @ 21 lbs

Make sure the RA & DEC axis are locked down. That's how I did it.

In this video I did you can see an example of what AP does in shipping mounts. It should start at the proper point in the video. https://youtu.be/BRjWX7rna20?t=449

Hope this helps.     tony

On 2/17/2021 5:08 AM, Horia wrote:

 

I would like to have some details about the best way to package an AP1100 and would like to know how Astro-Physics ships it.

 

Does it originally come in one or more boxes? What are their dimensions and how heavy are they?

 

If in one box, does it come in one piece with RA and DEC bolted together?

 

Should the worm be coupled to the gear? Does it matter? 

 

Is the hand controller in the same box?

 

Kind regards

Horia

 

 


Re: Shipping an AP1100

Karen Christen
 

Horia,

 

We do sell the 1100GTO shipping boxes.  Contact our office at 815.282.1513 if you’re interested.

Karen

AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of thefamily90 Phillips
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 8:50 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

Tony, you are the man!

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Harley Davidson <astrocnc@...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:41:48 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

 

Horia

I assume you do not have the original shipping boxes AP uses?

AP ships them with custom foam that encases the mounts RA & DEC axis. There are 4 boxes. They include the RA axis, the Dec axis, the counterweight shaft, and a box that includes the accessories.

As to the hand controller I forget because I kept the controller from my Mach1 and never needed another with my 1100, 1600, or Mach2 mounts.

I would be very careful as to how the mount is packaged. Perhaps AP can send you the two boxes they use for the RA & DEC axis at a cost but I believe well worth it. They ship world wide and know how to make sure they arrive in one piece.

What I do when I ship any AP equipment is DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, and DOCUMENT. By that I mean take pictures. I show pictures as I pack each component. Then at the shipper once all labels are on the box I take 3 pictures of each box.

In the above picture taken at FedEx you will note numbers I put on each corner of the entire box. Also note that the box is at an angle with the corner closest to the camera lens. All you have to do is take this picture then rotate the box 180° and take your second picture. Now flip the box over with the bottom up and take your last picture. You now have DOCUMENTED this box with 3 pictures prior to the shipper accepting the package. Do this to each box. If something were to happen you can prove how you packaged it and the condition of each box.

Here is what I have in my notes as to weight & size of the 1100:
BOX 1 RA AXIS:
19" long X 15" wide X 16" high @ 31 lbs
BOX 2 DEC AXIS:
16.5" long X 12.5" wide X 16" high @ 21 lbs

Make sure the RA & DEC axis are locked down. That's how I did it.

In this video I did you can see an example of what AP does in shipping mounts. It should start at the proper point in the video. https://youtu.be/BRjWX7rna20?t=449

Hope this helps.     tony

On 2/17/2021 5:08 AM, Horia wrote:

 

I would like to have some details about the best way to package an AP1100 and would like to know how Astro-Physics ships it.

 

Does it originally come in one or more boxes? What are their dimensions and how heavy are they?

 

If in one box, does it come in one piece with RA and DEC bolted together?

 

Should the worm be coupled to the gear? Does it matter? 

 

Is the hand controller in the same box?

 

Kind regards

Horia

 

 


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Connection Issues

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Steve,

Any suggestions on getting the remote AP3600 back to a reliable status?
There is not much information to go on, you could try increasing the Ethernet timeout by 50 to 100 msecs. You could also try
switching to using the COM port only.

If that doesn't help you might try reverting to the last version of APCC that you were running to see if the problem goes away. If
it does then we would want to look into why this is happening.

-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 Steve Reilly
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 5:54 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Connection Issues

Seems since the last APCC Pro update, as a time reference only, the connection on the remote system at SRO on
the AP3600 has become unstable often not making a connection or connecting to the IP address only to later fail
back to the COM address. Thinking that maybe it was a corrupt setting I restored a backup of the settings and
rebooted. Tis seemed to clear that problem until I checked this morning to find it on COM3 again. Before it wasn't
connecting at all sometimes. It's unclear to me where to look and how to feel confident on fixing the problem. After
all a secure and solid connection is most key to successfully imaging. The sky is supposed to be clear tonight
even if the seeing is questionable but at least it should be able to open and attempt to image.



As a reference point my AP1200 on the same updated version of APCC Pro worked all night here at home only
being sidelined due to clouds rolling in around 4am. Same connection methods, LAN and COM backup, both with
CP4 controllers and updated firmware, drivers, and SW versions. Any suggestions on getting the remote AP3600
back to a reliable status?



-Steve

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