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Re: Mach1GTO RA axis sticking

Keith Egger
 

Ah, then maybe it just needs a re-greasing.

thanks, Keith


Re: Mach1GTO RA axis sticking

Konstantin von Poschinger
 

Hi,

the Mach1 has no nylon clutch plugs!

Grüsse

Konstantin v. Poschinger


Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171/1983476

Am 04.03.2021 um 13:58 schrieb Keith Egger <eggerk@...>:

The RA axis on my Mach1GTO (104xx series) is getting quite sticky in RA. I've searched and found reference to the nylon clutch plugs sticking (not sure it applies to this mount) and reference to documentation on the website as to how to fix. I can't find such documentation on the webpage. Can someone point me in the right direction?

It's also about time for a re-grease of the mount. I have some AeroShell #33 grease (the blue-green kind, without sulfur) but there is reference to two kinds of grease and to detailed instructions which again I have been unable to locate on the webpage.

thanks


Re: Mach1GTO RA axis sticking

Seb@stro
 

Hi Keith,

The documentation page for legacy AP product might help if you haven't looked up : https://www.astro-physics.info/tech_support/tech_support_legacy.htm

Clear skies,
Sébastien

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Objet : [ap-gto] Mach1GTO RA axis sticking
 
The RA axis on my Mach1GTO (104xx series) is getting quite sticky in RA. I've searched and found reference to the nylon clutch plugs sticking (not sure it applies to this mount) and reference to documentation on the website as to how to fix. I can't find such documentation on the webpage. Can someone point me in the right direction?

It's also about time for a re-grease of the mount. I have some AeroShell #33 grease (the blue-green kind, without sulfur) but there is reference to two kinds of grease and to detailed instructions which again I have been unable to locate on the webpage.

thanks


Mach1GTO RA axis sticking

Keith Egger
 

The RA axis on my Mach1GTO (104xx series) is getting quite sticky in RA. I've searched and found reference to the nylon clutch plugs sticking (not sure it applies to this mount) and reference to documentation on the website as to how to fix. I can't find such documentation on the webpage. Can someone point me in the right direction?

It's also about time for a re-grease of the mount. I have some AeroShell #33 grease (the blue-green kind, without sulfur) but there is reference to two kinds of grease and to detailed instructions which again I have been unable to locate on the webpage.

thanks


Re: Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

Terri Zittritsch
 

Hi Marty,
The first thing I ran into that flipped me out a bit is what happens when the clutches are loose.   I could not reliably hand tighten enough and need to use an allen wrench to snug them up (just a bit).
As I recall I had noise and stoppage ensued.   I also saw some messages in APCC.      

Terri


Re: Small mount was Recent encoder discussion on CN

Vito Rotondi
 

I checked out the Rainbow Astro 135. Its pretty sweet, considering the load capacity and the weight of the mount. Its definitely portable and affordable.


Re: Firmware Update Password

Roland Christen
 

Marj will send you the password.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: W Hilmo <y.groups@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Mar 3, 2021 6:07 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Firmware Update Password

We have the first clear night that we've had in a while.  I noticed that APCC had been updated, so I installed it.

When I started the latest version, it flagged my CP4 firmware as out of date.  I would like to update it, but don't remember the credentials to download it.  George has sent it to me in the past, but I have somehow lost it.

I called Astro-Physics, but got the answering machine.  I suspect that it's already after hours there.

I would appreciate it if anyone from Astro-Physics sees this, that they could send it to me.

Thanks,
-Wade

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Firmware Update Password

W Hilmo
 

And I’ve got it.

 

Thanks!

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of W Hilmo
Sent: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 4:08 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Firmware Update Password

 

We have the first clear night that we've had in a while.  I noticed that APCC had been updated, so I installed it.

When I started the latest version, it flagged my CP4 firmware as out of date.  I would like to update it, but don't remember the credentials to download it.  George has sent it to me in the past, but I have somehow lost it.

I called Astro-Physics, but got the answering machine.  I suspect that it's already after hours there.

I would appreciate it if anyone from Astro-Physics sees this, that they could send it to me.

Thanks,
-Wade


Firmware Update Password

W Hilmo
 

We have the first clear night that we've had in a while.  I noticed that APCC had been updated, so I installed it.

When I started the latest version, it flagged my CP4 firmware as out of date.  I would like to update it, but don't remember the credentials to download it.  George has sent it to me in the past, but I have somehow lost it.

I called Astro-Physics, but got the answering machine.  I suspect that it's already after hours there.

I would appreciate it if anyone from Astro-Physics sees this, that they could send it to me.

Thanks,
-Wade


Re: Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

mjb87@...
 
Edited

Tried to send you my email address. Maybe this third try will go through.

Speed doesn't affect it. I'm hearing the grinding noise at all speeds: 64x to 1200x.

Running v1.8.8.17 of APCC Pro. (Downloaded it today.) 


Re: Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

Roland Christen
 

Try running at a lower slew rate, 600x and 1000x. If it works without stopping then that's a clue for me.

I can work with you more effectively if you send me your e-mail address.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: mjb87 via groups.io <mjb87@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Mar 3, 2021 11:55 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

I've installed APCC Pro. Daleen was kind enough to resend me the license key. The software is up and running. I notice that it thought I was using my 1100 and wonder if I still have deleted the earlier data.

The Dec axis works fine -- no issues. The RA axis hits the stop (sort of a "raspberry" sound) as it starts to move west from Park 3. Moving east is fine -- only happens when I move west.  However, if I then release the clutches and move the mount, say, 15 degrees further west, it "moves" the point at which the conflict occurs further along. I've done that repeatedly and can now move the mount from counterweight bar up on one side to counterweight bar up on the other. I still get the conflict but it is now at a point where I don't plan to send the mount.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: 1600GTO absolute encoders

 

Hello Mike,

 

We only have stock available for the Mach2 and 1100 production mounts and don’t have any available for upgrades. We will in a few months. Please sign up with Notify Me on the website and we’ll get back to you when we can start scheduling those again.

https://www.astro-physics.com/ae-kit

 

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 Mike Shade
Sent: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 8:55 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] 1600GTO absolute encoders

 

If one were to ship a 1600, first generation back to AP, would you folks be able to do an absolute encoder install on it?  Time needed for that?

Moving from SE Arizona to very rural and dark NM.  Observatory in AZ will be shutdown, the new one is not built in NM.  Great time to send the mount back for an encoder upgrade as mount will be sitting for several months while the new building is built.

Thanks, 


Re: Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Marty,

I've installed APCC Pro. Daleen was kind enough to resend me the license key. The software is up and
running. I notice that it thought I was using my 1100 and wonder if I still have deleted the earlier data.
The default is 1100, but when you connect APCC should detect the CP5 and set the mount type to Mach2 if you haven't set it already.

And just in case, please make sure you have the latest APCC Pro version (v1.8.8.17)

If not, you should download it from here:

http://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Pro_Setup_1.8.8.17.exe

-Ray

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of mjb87 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 9:55 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

I've installed APCC Pro. Daleen was kind enough to resend me the license key. The software is up and
running. I notice that it thought I was using my 1100 and wonder if I still have deleted the earlier data.

The Dec axis works fine -- no issues. The RA axis hits the stop (sort of a "raspberry" sound) as it starts to move
west from Park 3. Moving east is fine -- only happens when I move west. However, if I then release the
clutches and move the mount, say, 15 degrees further west, it "moves" the point at which the conflict occurs
further along. I've done that repeatedly and can now move the mount from counterweight bar up on one side to
counterweight bar up on the other. I still get the conflict but it is now at a point where I don't plan to send the
mount.


Re: Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

mjb87@...
 

I've installed APCC Pro. Daleen was kind enough to resend me the license key. The software is up and running. I notice that it thought I was using my 1100 and wonder if I still have deleted the earlier data.

The Dec axis works fine -- no issues. The RA axis hits the stop (sort of a "raspberry" sound) as it starts to move west from Park 3. Moving east is fine -- only happens when I move west.  However, if I then release the clutches and move the mount, say, 15 degrees further west, it "moves" the point at which the conflict occurs further along. I've done that repeatedly and can now move the mount from counterweight bar up on one side to counterweight bar up on the other. I still get the conflict but it is now at a point where I don't plan to send the mount.


Re: Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

Roland Christen
 

Karen is on vacation this week. Send your e-mail address to me directly at chris1011@...

Roland



-----Original Message-----
From: mjb87 via groups.io <mjb87@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Mar 3, 2021 11:07 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

Thanks. I was looking for a card. Didn't know you had to call. (Not clear from the yellow slip). Trying to send you my email. Don't have any contact info for you. Sent a note to Karen with that info.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

Roland Christen
 

The instructions are on the Welcome sheet that comes with the manual. First page of the manual.

Roland


-----Original Message-----
From: mjb87 via groups.io <mjb87@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Mar 3, 2021 11:07 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

Thanks. I was looking for a card. Didn't know you had to call. (Not clear from the yellow slip). Trying to send you my email. Don't have any contact info for you. Sent a note to Karen with that info.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

mjb87@...
 

Thanks. I was looking for a card. Didn't know you had to call. (Not clear from the yellow slip). Trying to send you my email. Don't have any contact info for you. Sent a note to Karen with that info.


Re: Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

Roland Christen
 

The instruction sheet (welcome letter) that comes with the mount tell you to call the AP office and they will set you up with a license for APCC Pro.

For your stalling problem, please send me your e-mail so I can run you thru a couple of simple tests.

Roland Christen
Astro-Physics Inc.



-----Original Message-----
From: mjb87 via groups.io <mjb87@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Mar 3, 2021 10:13 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Problem with first startup of Mach2 -- obstruction / grinding sound

[Edited Message Follows]
Many thanks. I'll follow the suggestions above.

I did use APCC briefly with my 1100GTO some years ago. Not sure it was this version on this computer, however.

I thought I had already downloaded APCC Pro and didn't notice it was Standard until after this all happened.  Still trying to find out where my copy of APCC Pro is. I got a yellow piece of paper saying APCC Pro is included with the Mach2 but no instructions on how to get the license. I already purchased APCC Standard for this computer and another copy of APCC Pro for my other computer running my other mount (the 1100GTO). I tried purchasing another APCC Pro license for my Mach2 computer (even though it is supposed to be free) and the link sends me to a non-existent page.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: How to Take Best Advantage of Partial APPM Model Runs #APCC

 

Nice work Greg

thanks for the followup

On Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 8:32 AM Greg Vaughn <gregvaughn@...> wrote:
Thanks to Brian, Luca and Eric for your very helpful recommendations to address the hiccups I experienced in my APPM modeling run several nights ago.

We had a clear night here last night with light winds and I had a very successful experience after following your advice:
- I selected the 1/2 by 1/2 frame for plate solving in APPM  (which I had not previously been aware of)
- I downloaded and used the 64bit BETA version of SGP  

I use ASTAP as my platesolver, which I had already found much faster than PS2, but with the actions taken above, the model building routine went even faster than previously on a per point basis.  Much faster image downloads make a huge difference in the length of time necessary for the modeling.   And last night I experienced no glitches and no dropped frames during imaging (although last night I was using the QHY600 and not the ZWO6200 that was the culprit previously).   I will need to test again with my other imaging train that includes the ASI 6200, but I was tickled at the improvements generally seen with the QHY 600 image train last night.

For those of you using high MP sensors, I'd strongly recommend the subframe selection option (1/2 by 1/2 or 1/4 by 1/4) in APPM and, if you are using SGP, downloading and using the 64bit BETA version.

Thanks again!

Clear Skies and Cheers,
Greg

Greg Vaughn
Alexandria, VA



--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: How to Take Best Advantage of Partial APPM Model Runs #APCC

Greg Vaughn
 

Thanks to Brian, Luca and Eric for your very helpful recommendations to address the hiccups I experienced in my APPM modeling run several nights ago.

We had a clear night here last night with light winds and I had a very successful experience after following your advice:
- I selected the 1/2 by 1/2 frame for plate solving in APPM  (which I had not previously been aware of)
- I downloaded and used the 64bit BETA version of SGP  

I use ASTAP as my platesolver, which I had already found much faster than PS2, but with the actions taken above, the model building routine went even faster than previously on a per point basis.  Much faster image downloads make a huge difference in the length of time necessary for the modeling.   And last night I experienced no glitches and no dropped frames during imaging (although last night I was using the QHY600 and not the ZWO6200 that was the culprit previously).   I will need to test again with my other imaging train that includes the ASI 6200, but I was tickled at the improvements generally seen with the QHY 600 image train last night.

For those of you using high MP sensors, I'd strongly recommend the subframe selection option (1/2 by 1/2 or 1/4 by 1/4) in APPM and, if you are using SGP, downloading and using the 64bit BETA version.

Thanks again!

Clear Skies and Cheers,
Greg

Greg Vaughn
Alexandria, VA

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