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Re: My Mach2 first light

weihaowang
 
Edited

This is my first light image:
https://astrob.in/u0k5c1/0/

This is not exactly the first exposure made with our Mach2, but definitely the first finished image.  The other images taken by Mach2 will need significantly more integration.




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Re: Pre-owned 900GTO Questions

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Fri, Feb 19, 2021 at 06:42 PM, <chris.white@...> wrote:
Or should I just sell the tripier and get something else? 
If you decide to get a new pier, I can recommend the Losmandy "Folding HD Tripod".  I used one for years with my 900.  I use it with my Mach2 now.  AP sells adapters that will connect your 900 to the Losmandy tripod.
 
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Re: Pre-owned 900GTO Questions

Bill Long
 

Jeff,

Good call on the PEMPro curve! :) 




From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Jeffrey Wolff <jmw2800@...>
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2021 6:58 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Pre-owned 900GTO Questions
 
Grease and keypad battery would be something to consider. If you have access to PemPro, you may consider redoing the PEM. You could check the software on the CP4 and probably do an update it the CP4 and keypad.

I bought a 900GTO in 2011 and it is still going strong with a few upgrades such as CP4, software, grease and battery over the years. Just put down a deposit on the 1100 with extended temp range absolute encoders. I am keeping the 900 also.


Re: Pre-owned 900GTO Questions

Jeffrey Wolff
 

Grease and keypad battery would be something to consider. If you have access to PemPro, you may consider redoing the PEM. You could check the software on the CP4 and probably do an update it the CP4 and keypad.

I bought a 900GTO in 2011 and it is still going strong with a few upgrades such as CP4, software, grease and battery over the years. Just put down a deposit on the 1100 with extended temp range absolute encoders. I am keeping the 900 also.


Re: Pre-owned 900GTO Questions

Bill Long
 

Once you get it, call AP and give them your serial number and order the AP Grease Kit. Its Roland's special mount magic. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way! The kit comes with greasing instructions, you will grease the wheel, the worm gear, and the reduction gears.

I know nothing about bent knobs, but there is a kit you can install that AP sells to upgrade the originals, IIRC. When you call, talk to George he is the master jedi.

If it has a CP4 you are in good company, just make sure to upgrade the firmware to the latest version from the AP site. It is easy (and you can give me a jingle if you need a hand). 

The iOptron Tri Pier is a bad knock off version of the incredible Eagle made by AP. At any rate, it is not really a suitable tripod for the AP900 (or the 1100). You would need to have a custom plate made, as AP would not sell one (as its not a good pier solution for the 900/1100). 

With that said, yes - sell the Tri Pier and either get the portable pier from AP or get the Losmandy HD Folding Tripod from AP and it will drop ship to you with everything you need to hook it up. I use that tripod with my 1100 and so does Tyrel. Its a great one. built like a tank.

-Bill



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of chris.white@... <chris.white@...>
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2021 5:45 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] Pre-owned 900GTO Questions
 
Hello Everyone,

I'm looking to purchase a 900GTO that was built in 2009.  If I purchase it, I'm wondering if there is anything I should do maintenance-wise, such as grease the bearings or anything else?

I've also read that one needs to be careful with the clutch knobs as the little washers can get bent.  Is there anything else I should be aware of when operating this mount?

It has the CP4 which is good...   I'm an imager and really looking forward to this mount!  I will be using a GTX130 and an EDGE 925. 

Another thing I am wondering, is if anyone knows if there is an adapter to mount this on an iOptron Tri-Pier?  Don't laugh too hard... it's what I have right now.  (Upgrading from a CEM60).  I'm also considering getting a pier and bolting it to the floor of my raised observatory... but that would be a warm weather project.   So hoping to use the tripier for now.  iOptron makes an adapter to mount the Mach 1, but I think the base is bigger on the 900.  If so, is there anything I could get to adapt between the Mach1 mount and the 900?

Or should I just sell the tripier and get something else? 

Thanks in advance!


Pre-owned 900GTO Questions

Chris White
 

Hello Everyone,

I'm looking to purchase a 900GTO that was built in 2009.  If I purchase it, I'm wondering if there is anything I should do maintenance-wise, such as grease the bearings or anything else?

I've also read that one needs to be careful with the clutch knobs as the little washers can get bent.  Is there anything else I should be aware of when operating this mount?

It has the CP4 which is good...   I'm an imager and really looking forward to this mount!  I will be using a GTX130 and an EDGE 925. 

Another thing I am wondering, is if anyone knows if there is an adapter to mount this on an iOptron Tri-Pier?  Don't laugh too hard... it's what I have right now.  (Upgrading from a CEM60).  I'm also considering getting a pier and bolting it to the floor of my raised observatory... but that would be a warm weather project.   So hoping to use the tripier for now.  iOptron makes an adapter to mount the Mach 1, but I think the base is bigger on the 900.  If so, is there anything I could get to adapt between the Mach1 mount and the 900?

Or should I just sell the tripier and get something else? 

Thanks in advance!


Re: [ap-ug] Reflections Nightmare - I'm ready to give up the hobby!

dvjbaja
 

Definitely try taking an image without your flattener and shooting without any filter?  May be a process of elimination, backtracking the cause.  If you have or can borrow a different camera, I would also try that. 



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


-------- Original message --------
From: "Cheng-Yang Tan via groups.io" <cytan299@...>
Date: 2/19/21 10:42 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] [ap-ug] Reflections Nightmare - I'm ready to give up the hobby!

Wow! That's great processing. What's your setup and site?

cytan

On Friday, February 19, 2021, 11:44:28 AM CST, Ron Kramer <ronkramer1957@...> wrote:


WOW that's really irritating. At first I read your text and thought oh brother.  Then I went to your subs and I'd be ready to quit too.  I've been at this heavily for only 4 years and I've never had such a reflection.
I don't do darks or flats either.  My rule..  KEEP IT SIMPLE.  I just push buttons in the house, I don't even go outside. My scope doesn't even have a lens cap. 
I'm a retired studio photographer and yet I still have no clue what to suggest.  = (

https://www.flickr.com/photos/portranet/albums/72157717959454497

On Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 10:47 AM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello,

I cannot be sure about our QuadTCC working with your scope to produce no reflections. However, i do know that our 130 field flattener will work and produce zero reflections. It has been designed with convex radii so that any light reflected from the filters will be dispersed toward the outside of the focal plane and not towards the middle.

here is a simple test that you can do to determine where the reflections originate. Take an image with your filters and no field flattener or telecompressor in the optical path. If you still see reflections, then it is caused by your filters. Filters like the Astrodon series, have a sharp cutoff of each color, so they will pass the principal color and reflect the ones outside their passband. The colors that are reflected back up toward the telecompressor will then be rejected if they are reflected back from the telecompressor down to the chip. They will not be able to pass thru the filter again. Other filters may have less steep cutoff, and thereby allow some of the reflected light to pass again thru the filter and produce halos or reflection artifacts.

I have used Astrodon filters in all of my cameras since many years now and have never seen reflections like the ones in your images. However, I know about your reflections because I did have multiple reflections from a set of less expensive filters.

As far as using our 130 Field Flattener, I can assure you that this will not produce reflections, even if your filters do not have a sharp cutoff. If you have been watching our group for some time, you may have seen images taken by Ignacio, a lot of them became APOD images, and you will see the contrast and zero reflections in all of his images. I worked with him years ago to produce just the right Flattener design geometry to eliminate even the slightest hint of reflections - Ignacio was extremely demanding that this optic works perfectly.

So, the solution might require both testing a different filter and a different field flattener. The problem is not coming from the main objective for sure. So try my suggestion of removing the field flattener first and see if the reflections go away. Then the solution might be either change the filters or change the field flattener or both for best results.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Jon <jonkelly999@...>
To: main@ap-ug.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Feb 13, 2021 6:08 am
Subject: [ap-ug] Reflections Nightmare - I'm ready to give up the hobby!

I have posted previously about reflections with a Riccardi reducer but now have the same issue with a native flattener and I have tried everything I can think off. 

My objective is to purchase a QUADTCC to replace the Riccardi but I cant do this until I sort out the existing reflections which I now suspect are coming from the sensor/filters.

I have now spent over 20 imaging sessions since October trying to sort out the issue and it has become such a chore that I'm ready to give up the hobby - can anyone help? 

Equipment - CFF 135/926mm, QHY600L, Chroma LRGB and 3nm Ha/OIII/SII. 

I have tried reversing filters individually in all permutations, moved spacing from between Objective and Filters to between Filters and Sensor and its just balloon squeezing. One filter works, then another one doesn't. Lights work but flats don't or vice versa. Nothing I do seems to help.

I can take images with no bright stars ok but as soon as I try something like the Pleiades I have issues. 

These are the latest test images on Pleiades, one for each filter - all 120s subs. All have reflections.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gn2x15vu8hs1whn/AADquWhGxYyE_SvfevDrYyzKa?dl=0

Can these reflections be resolved or am I wasting my time?

I would be very grateful if anyone could help or work with me to try and sort this out.

Thanks
Jon

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics



--


Re: [ap-ug] Reflections Nightmare - I'm ready to give up the hobby!

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Wow! That's great processing. What's your setup and site?

cytan

On Friday, February 19, 2021, 11:44:28 AM CST, Ron Kramer <ronkramer1957@...> wrote:


WOW that's really irritating. At first I read your text and thought oh brother.  Then I went to your subs and I'd be ready to quit too.  I've been at this heavily for only 4 years and I've never had such a reflection.
I don't do darks or flats either.  My rule..  KEEP IT SIMPLE.  I just push buttons in the house, I don't even go outside. My scope doesn't even have a lens cap. 
I'm a retired studio photographer and yet I still have no clue what to suggest.  = (

https://www.flickr.com/photos/portranet/albums/72157717959454497

On Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 10:47 AM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello,

I cannot be sure about our QuadTCC working with your scope to produce no reflections. However, i do know that our 130 field flattener will work and produce zero reflections. It has been designed with convex radii so that any light reflected from the filters will be dispersed toward the outside of the focal plane and not towards the middle.

here is a simple test that you can do to determine where the reflections originate. Take an image with your filters and no field flattener or telecompressor in the optical path. If you still see reflections, then it is caused by your filters. Filters like the Astrodon series, have a sharp cutoff of each color, so they will pass the principal color and reflect the ones outside their passband. The colors that are reflected back up toward the telecompressor will then be rejected if they are reflected back from the telecompressor down to the chip. They will not be able to pass thru the filter again. Other filters may have less steep cutoff, and thereby allow some of the reflected light to pass again thru the filter and produce halos or reflection artifacts.

I have used Astrodon filters in all of my cameras since many years now and have never seen reflections like the ones in your images. However, I know about your reflections because I did have multiple reflections from a set of less expensive filters.

As far as using our 130 Field Flattener, I can assure you that this will not produce reflections, even if your filters do not have a sharp cutoff. If you have been watching our group for some time, you may have seen images taken by Ignacio, a lot of them became APOD images, and you will see the contrast and zero reflections in all of his images. I worked with him years ago to produce just the right Flattener design geometry to eliminate even the slightest hint of reflections - Ignacio was extremely demanding that this optic works perfectly.

So, the solution might require both testing a different filter and a different field flattener. The problem is not coming from the main objective for sure. So try my suggestion of removing the field flattener first and see if the reflections go away. Then the solution might be either change the filters or change the field flattener or both for best results.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Jon <jonkelly999@...>
To: main@ap-ug.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Feb 13, 2021 6:08 am
Subject: [ap-ug] Reflections Nightmare - I'm ready to give up the hobby!

I have posted previously about reflections with a Riccardi reducer but now have the same issue with a native flattener and I have tried everything I can think off. 

My objective is to purchase a QUADTCC to replace the Riccardi but I cant do this until I sort out the existing reflections which I now suspect are coming from the sensor/filters.

I have now spent over 20 imaging sessions since October trying to sort out the issue and it has become such a chore that I'm ready to give up the hobby - can anyone help? 

Equipment - CFF 135/926mm, QHY600L, Chroma LRGB and 3nm Ha/OIII/SII. 

I have tried reversing filters individually in all permutations, moved spacing from between Objective and Filters to between Filters and Sensor and its just balloon squeezing. One filter works, then another one doesn't. Lights work but flats don't or vice versa. Nothing I do seems to help.

I can take images with no bright stars ok but as soon as I try something like the Pleiades I have issues. 

These are the latest test images on Pleiades, one for each filter - all 120s subs. All have reflections.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gn2x15vu8hs1whn/AADquWhGxYyE_SvfevDrYyzKa?dl=0

Can these reflections be resolved or am I wasting my time?

I would be very grateful if anyone could help or work with me to try and sort this out.

Thanks
Jon

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics



--


Re: [ap-ug] Reflections Nightmare - I'm ready to give up the hobby!

Ron Kramer
 

WOW that's really irritating. At first I read your text and thought oh brother.  Then I went to your subs and I'd be ready to quit too.  I've been at this heavily for only 4 years and I've never had such a reflection.
I don't do darks or flats either.  My rule..  KEEP IT SIMPLE.  I just push buttons in the house, I don't even go outside. My scope doesn't even have a lens cap. 
I'm a retired studio photographer and yet I still have no clue what to suggest.  = (

https://www.flickr.com/photos/portranet/albums/72157717959454497


On Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 10:47 AM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello,

I cannot be sure about our QuadTCC working with your scope to produce no reflections. However, i do know that our 130 field flattener will work and produce zero reflections. It has been designed with convex radii so that any light reflected from the filters will be dispersed toward the outside of the focal plane and not towards the middle.

here is a simple test that you can do to determine where the reflections originate. Take an image with your filters and no field flattener or telecompressor in the optical path. If you still see reflections, then it is caused by your filters. Filters like the Astrodon series, have a sharp cutoff of each color, so they will pass the principal color and reflect the ones outside their passband. The colors that are reflected back up toward the telecompressor will then be rejected if they are reflected back from the telecompressor down to the chip. They will not be able to pass thru the filter again. Other filters may have less steep cutoff, and thereby allow some of the reflected light to pass again thru the filter and produce halos or reflection artifacts.

I have used Astrodon filters in all of my cameras since many years now and have never seen reflections like the ones in your images. However, I know about your reflections because I did have multiple reflections from a set of less expensive filters.

As far as using our 130 Field Flattener, I can assure you that this will not produce reflections, even if your filters do not have a sharp cutoff. If you have been watching our group for some time, you may have seen images taken by Ignacio, a lot of them became APOD images, and you will see the contrast and zero reflections in all of his images. I worked with him years ago to produce just the right Flattener design geometry to eliminate even the slightest hint of reflections - Ignacio was extremely demanding that this optic works perfectly.

So, the solution might require both testing a different filter and a different field flattener. The problem is not coming from the main objective for sure. So try my suggestion of removing the field flattener first and see if the reflections go away. Then the solution might be either change the filters or change the field flattener or both for best results.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Jon <jonkelly999@...>
To: main@ap-ug.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Feb 13, 2021 6:08 am
Subject: [ap-ug] Reflections Nightmare - I'm ready to give up the hobby!

I have posted previously about reflections with a Riccardi reducer but now have the same issue with a native flattener and I have tried everything I can think off. 

My objective is to purchase a QUADTCC to replace the Riccardi but I cant do this until I sort out the existing reflections which I now suspect are coming from the sensor/filters.

I have now spent over 20 imaging sessions since October trying to sort out the issue and it has become such a chore that I'm ready to give up the hobby - can anyone help? 

Equipment - CFF 135/926mm, QHY600L, Chroma LRGB and 3nm Ha/OIII/SII. 

I have tried reversing filters individually in all permutations, moved spacing from between Objective and Filters to between Filters and Sensor and its just balloon squeezing. One filter works, then another one doesn't. Lights work but flats don't or vice versa. Nothing I do seems to help.

I can take images with no bright stars ok but as soon as I try something like the Pleiades I have issues. 

These are the latest test images on Pleiades, one for each filter - all 120s subs. All have reflections.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gn2x15vu8hs1whn/AADquWhGxYyE_SvfevDrYyzKa?dl=0

Can these reflections be resolved or am I wasting my time?

I would be very grateful if anyone could help or work with me to try and sort this out.

Thanks
Jon

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics




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

George
 

Don,

 

Always most welcome.    Don’t hesitate to check back…We will eventually get them!   <G>    Enjoy!

 

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 Don Anderson via groups.io
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2021 9:52 AM
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...

 

No worries George. Thanks for the update.

Regards

 

Don Anderson

 

 

On Friday, February 19, 2021, 07:45:37 a.m. MST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

Don,

 

We see the need for all our mounts.   It comes down to finding the opportunity to slot them into our machining schedule.   Be patient and hang in there.

 

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 Don Anderson via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:56 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...

 

George

Will they eventually be available for the 900s and 1200s as well? 

 

Don Anderson

 

 

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, 03:40:43 p.m. MST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

Cytan,

 

We will eventually offer them, but we first need to manufacture extras.

 

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: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:22 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...

 

Hi George,

   Is AP planning to sell the inserts? I'd like to get two, one for my Mach1 and one for my AP1100.

 

cytan

 

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 04:33:39 PM CST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

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...

George
 

Don,

 

Always most welcome.   Enjoy!

 

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 Don Anderson via groups.io
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2021 9:52 AM
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...

 

No worries George. Thanks for the update.

Regards

 

Don Anderson

 

 

On Friday, February 19, 2021, 07:45:37 a.m. MST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

Don,

 

We see the need for all our mounts.   It comes down to finding the opportunity to slot them into our machining schedule.   Be patient and hang in there.

 

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 Don Anderson via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:56 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...

 

George

Will they eventually be available for the 900s and 1200s as well? 

 

Don Anderson

 

 

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, 03:40:43 p.m. MST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

Cytan,

 

We will eventually offer them, but we first need to manufacture extras.

 

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: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:22 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...

 

Hi George,

   Is AP planning to sell the inserts? I'd like to get two, one for my Mach1 and one for my AP1100.

 

cytan

 

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 04:33:39 PM CST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

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: Shipping an AP1100

Roland Christen
 

The non-spring mounted gearboxes are not as sensitive, but a hard blow could cause the gears to jam hard into mesh, which would result in stalling during slews. This does not cause damage to the gears, but would simply affect tracking and slewing performance, and would require a simple re-meshing procedure. So it would be prudent to be careful if these mounts are packed up and shipped to someone else. However, simply laying them on the side inside a wooden box won't do anything, so not to worry too much about it. Just applying some pressure won't cause the gears to jam either - it has to be an impact or blow to cause a problem.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: coolnote@...
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Thu, Feb 18, 2021 11:09 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100

Dear Roland, Marj,

I have a CP3 AP1100GTO without the adjustable gear boxes.  Is this generation mount so sensitive to pressure on the gearbox during storage?  I store mine laying on it's side in a wooden box form I made, but I did not put in any supportive foam since I don't transport the mount; while moving it, it's possible that some pressure is applied to the DEC gear box.  If there has been some damage associated with the gearbox pressed into the mount/drive gear, what would I be looking for?

Best, Andrew

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


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

Don Anderson
 

No worries George. Thanks for the update.
Regards

Don Anderson


On Friday, February 19, 2021, 07:45:37 a.m. MST, George <george@...> wrote:


Don,

 

We see the need for all our mounts.   It comes down to finding the opportunity to slot them into our machining schedule.   Be patient and hang in there.

 

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 Don Anderson via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:56 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...

 

George

Will they eventually be available for the 900s and 1200s as well? 

 

Don Anderson

 

 

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, 03:40:43 p.m. MST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

Cytan,

 

We will eventually offer them, but we first need to manufacture extras.

 

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: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:22 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...

 

Hi George,

   Is AP planning to sell the inserts? I'd like to get two, one for my Mach1 and one for my AP1100.

 

cytan

 

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 04:33:39 PM CST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

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: Shipping an AP1100

coolnote@...
 

Dear Roland, Marj,

I have a CP3 AP1100GTO without the adjustable gear boxes.  Is this generation mount so sensitive to pressure on the gearbox during storage?  I store mine laying on it's side in a wooden box form I made, but I did not put in any supportive foam since I don't transport the mount; while moving it, it's possible that some pressure is applied to the DEC gear box.  If there has been some damage associated with the gearbox pressed into the mount/drive gear, what would I be looking for?

Best, Andrew


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

George
 

Don,

 

We see the need for all our mounts.   It comes down to finding the opportunity to slot them into our machining schedule.   Be patient and hang in there.

 

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 Don Anderson via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:56 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...

 

George

Will they eventually be available for the 900s and 1200s as well? 

 

Don Anderson

 

 

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, 03:40:43 p.m. MST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

Cytan,

 

We will eventually offer them, but we first need to manufacture extras.

 

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: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:22 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...

 

Hi George,

   Is AP planning to sell the inserts? I'd like to get two, one for my Mach1 and one for my AP1100.

 

cytan

 

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 04:33:39 PM CST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

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...

Don Anderson
 

George
Will they eventually be available for the 900s and 1200s as well? 

Don Anderson


On Thursday, February 18, 2021, 03:40:43 p.m. MST, George <george@...> wrote:


Cytan,

 

We will eventually offer them, but we first need to manufacture extras.

 

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: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:22 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...

 

Hi George,

   Is AP planning to sell the inserts? I'd like to get two, one for my Mach1 and one for my AP1100.

 

cytan

 

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 04:33:39 PM CST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

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?


1100 RA Assembly to FSA at Top of Tripod

Jeffrey Wolff
 

I am ordering the 1100 with extended temp encoders. I currently use the 900 on my Rob Miller TRI36M tripod that has the FSA top which is currently attached to the 900RPA which mates to the 900.

Is there a quick connect solution for mating the RA assembly to the FSA at the top of the tripod that uses hand knobs verses using six 5/16-18 X 5/8” socket button head cap screws and 5/16 flat washers?


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

Alex
 

So, I got my notification today, and ordered one with the absolute encoders.  It's a relative bargin, getting only a 7% price increase.


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

Michael 'Mikey' Mangieri
 

I would also be interested 


On Feb 18, 2021, at 5:40 PM, George <george@...> wrote:



Cytan,

 

We will eventually offer them, but we first need to manufacture extras.

 

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: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:22 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...

 

Hi George,

   Is AP planning to sell the inserts? I'd like to get two, one for my Mach1 and one for my AP1100.

 

cytan

 

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 04:33:39 PM CST, George <george@...> wrote:

 

 

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: Connection Issues

Steve Reilly
 

Hey Ray,

Thanks for the heads up. I did have the SRO guys put the network switch
(mine) on the IP power switch so I could reboot when an issue arises. Also
talked with Howard for a bit and checked settings just to be sure. As SRO
plugged into the IP power switch it was reset then and I asked about a new
LAN cable. We ran as is last night and it stayed connected so no cable for
now. Should it act up again we'll switch that out.

I don't see any reason for the bounced email but the CenturyLink has it's
issues from time to time. Hope to be a new service and fiber before long.
Power company has our area wired and they just need to make
connections.....................

-Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ray Gralak
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:30 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Connection Issues

Hi Steve,

I looked at your logs and the switch to backup port was caused by a
legitimate network connection failure, and not because of an invalid
command.

I doubt this has anything to do with the new version of APCC. It could be a
faulty network connection, a duplicate IP address was introduced to the
network, or maybe the IP address of the mount changed? (e.g., reassigned by
DHCP)

(I posted here because private email was bounced by your spam filter.)

-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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