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Re: AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

Thank you, that helps.

 

 

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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

It's no bother.

 


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That’s OK no need to bother, so long as I do not need to buy anything else, I’m OK and will figure it out with hardware in hand.  I didn’t mean to sound like I did not believe you, trying to follow along in the manual.

 

With so much stuff backordered, just trying to be ahead of the game.

 

 

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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

The back of the 1100 itself. I will get you a photo here in a few. 🙂 I use the Losmandy HD and the 119FSA which is basically what the adapter you showed is.

 


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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

That’s good to know, and I just saw the detailed “what’s included” list shows the CBAPT”.   Good.  But that it attaches to the mount is a bit at odds with page 16 of the CP4 manual, which says:

 

When using the 400GTO, 600EGTO, Mach1GTO, 1100GTO and some

of the OEM mounts that use the AP Servo Drive System, the GTOCP4 is not directly

attached to the mount, but instead it is mounted onto a bracket that is then affixed to

the tripod or pier.

 

So the bolts that hold the base to the Berlebach plate will be what the CBAPT attach to?   Or it does attach to the 1100 itself?

 

 

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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

The pier adapter for the CP4 comes with the mount.  It will connect to the backside of the 1100 with two screws. So you will drop the RA axis onto the adapter you pictured, secure that with the bolts on the side, then bolt the CP4 box on the back of the mount itself. 

 


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To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

I am anticipating a AP 1100 in a few months, and have that plate on order for my Berlebach Planet tripod.   From their website it looks like the attached.

 

There is a “Pier/Tripod Control Box Adapter” that shows as an angled bracket for attaching to a tripod.    The CP4 manual indicates the 1100 needs something on which to attach the CP4.  The 1100 manual on the other hand, on page 8, is a little confusing as it shows two screws for the CP4, but on the left hand page mentions “& adapter”.   So I think the adapter is there.  Maybe. 

 

Does anyone have this mount on a Planet, specifically one with the Berlebach plate? 

 

Will I need the adapter?   I’m thinking yes.

 

Will that top hole on the adapter (the one on the bent piece of metal) attach to a screw that’s going to go into one of the four holes below?  Or am I going to need something else with which to attach either the CP4 itself, or the adapter?    Will just that one screw hold it?

 

I am hoping not to drill holes in the wooden legs.

 

But even more, I want to make sure when I get it, I have all the parts.  Be a shame to then wait weeks to order some minor but necessary part.  L

 

Linwood

 

 

 


Re: AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

Bill Long
 

It's no bother.



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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4
 

That’s OK no need to bother, so long as I do not need to buy anything else, I’m OK and will figure it out with hardware in hand.  I didn’t mean to sound like I did not believe you, trying to follow along in the manual.

 

With so much stuff backordered, just trying to be ahead of the game.

 

 

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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

The back of the 1100 itself. I will get you a photo here in a few. 🙂 I use the Losmandy HD and the 119FSA which is basically what the adapter you showed is.

 


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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

That’s good to know, and I just saw the detailed “what’s included” list shows the CBAPT”.   Good.  But that it attaches to the mount is a bit at odds with page 16 of the CP4 manual, which says:

 

When using the 400GTO, 600EGTO, Mach1GTO, 1100GTO and some

of the OEM mounts that use the AP Servo Drive System, the GTOCP4 is not directly

attached to the mount, but instead it is mounted onto a bracket that is then affixed to

the tripod or pier.

 

So the bolts that hold the base to the Berlebach plate will be what the CBAPT attach to?   Or it does attach to the 1100 itself?

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:35 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

The pier adapter for the CP4 comes with the mount.  It will connect to the backside of the 1100 with two screws. So you will drop the RA axis onto the adapter you pictured, secure that with the bolts on the side, then bolt the CP4 box on the back of the mount itself. 

 


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To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

I am anticipating a AP 1100 in a few months, and have that plate on order for my Berlebach Planet tripod.   From their website it looks like the attached.

 

There is a “Pier/Tripod Control Box Adapter” that shows as an angled bracket for attaching to a tripod.    The CP4 manual indicates the 1100 needs something on which to attach the CP4.  The 1100 manual on the other hand, on page 8, is a little confusing as it shows two screws for the CP4, but on the left hand page mentions “& adapter”.   So I think the adapter is there.  Maybe. 

 

Does anyone have this mount on a Planet, specifically one with the Berlebach plate? 

 

Will I need the adapter?   I’m thinking yes.

 

Will that top hole on the adapter (the one on the bent piece of metal) attach to a screw that’s going to go into one of the four holes below?  Or am I going to need something else with which to attach either the CP4 itself, or the adapter?    Will just that one screw hold it?

 

I am hoping not to drill holes in the wooden legs.

 

But even more, I want to make sure when I get it, I have all the parts.  Be a shame to then wait weeks to order some minor but necessary part.  L

 

Linwood

 

 

 


Re: AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

That’s OK no need to bother, so long as I do not need to buy anything else, I’m OK and will figure it out with hardware in hand.  I didn’t mean to sound like I did not believe you, trying to follow along in the manual.

 

With so much stuff backordered, just trying to be ahead of the game.

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:53 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

The back of the 1100 itself. I will get you a photo here in a few. 🙂 I use the Losmandy HD and the 119FSA which is basically what the adapter you showed is.

 


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To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

That’s good to know, and I just saw the detailed “what’s included” list shows the CBAPT”.   Good.  But that it attaches to the mount is a bit at odds with page 16 of the CP4 manual, which says:

 

When using the 400GTO, 600EGTO, Mach1GTO, 1100GTO and some

of the OEM mounts that use the AP Servo Drive System, the GTOCP4 is not directly

attached to the mount, but instead it is mounted onto a bracket that is then affixed to

the tripod or pier.

 

So the bolts that hold the base to the Berlebach plate will be what the CBAPT attach to?   Or it does attach to the 1100 itself?

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:35 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

The pier adapter for the CP4 comes with the mount.  It will connect to the backside of the 1100 with two screws. So you will drop the RA axis onto the adapter you pictured, secure that with the bolts on the side, then bolt the CP4 box on the back of the mount itself. 

 


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Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2021 4:30 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

I am anticipating a AP 1100 in a few months, and have that plate on order for my Berlebach Planet tripod.   From their website it looks like the attached.

 

There is a “Pier/Tripod Control Box Adapter” that shows as an angled bracket for attaching to a tripod.    The CP4 manual indicates the 1100 needs something on which to attach the CP4.  The 1100 manual on the other hand, on page 8, is a little confusing as it shows two screws for the CP4, but on the left hand page mentions “& adapter”.   So I think the adapter is there.  Maybe. 

 

Does anyone have this mount on a Planet, specifically one with the Berlebach plate? 

 

Will I need the adapter?   I’m thinking yes.

 

Will that top hole on the adapter (the one on the bent piece of metal) attach to a screw that’s going to go into one of the four holes below?  Or am I going to need something else with which to attach either the CP4 itself, or the adapter?    Will just that one screw hold it?

 

I am hoping not to drill holes in the wooden legs.

 

But even more, I want to make sure when I get it, I have all the parts.  Be a shame to then wait weeks to order some minor but necessary part.  L

 

Linwood

 

 

 


Re: AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

Bill Long
 

The back of the 1100 itself. I will get you a photo here in a few. 🙂 I use the Losmandy HD and the 119FSA which is basically what the adapter you showed is.


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To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4
 

That’s good to know, and I just saw the detailed “what’s included” list shows the CBAPT”.   Good.  But that it attaches to the mount is a bit at odds with page 16 of the CP4 manual, which says:

 

When using the 400GTO, 600EGTO, Mach1GTO, 1100GTO and some

of the OEM mounts that use the AP Servo Drive System, the GTOCP4 is not directly

attached to the mount, but instead it is mounted onto a bracket that is then affixed to

the tripod or pier.

 

So the bolts that hold the base to the Berlebach plate will be what the CBAPT attach to?   Or it does attach to the 1100 itself?

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:35 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

The pier adapter for the CP4 comes with the mount.  It will connect to the backside of the 1100 with two screws. So you will drop the RA axis onto the adapter you pictured, secure that with the bolts on the side, then bolt the CP4 box on the back of the mount itself. 

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of ap@... <ap@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2021 4:30 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

I am anticipating a AP 1100 in a few months, and have that plate on order for my Berlebach Planet tripod.   From their website it looks like the attached.

 

There is a “Pier/Tripod Control Box Adapter” that shows as an angled bracket for attaching to a tripod.    The CP4 manual indicates the 1100 needs something on which to attach the CP4.  The 1100 manual on the other hand, on page 8, is a little confusing as it shows two screws for the CP4, but on the left hand page mentions “& adapter”.   So I think the adapter is there.  Maybe. 

 

Does anyone have this mount on a Planet, specifically one with the Berlebach plate? 

 

Will I need the adapter?   I’m thinking yes.

 

Will that top hole on the adapter (the one on the bent piece of metal) attach to a screw that’s going to go into one of the four holes below?  Or am I going to need something else with which to attach either the CP4 itself, or the adapter?    Will just that one screw hold it?

 

I am hoping not to drill holes in the wooden legs.

 

But even more, I want to make sure when I get it, I have all the parts.  Be a shame to then wait weeks to order some minor but necessary part.  L

 

Linwood

 

 

 


Re: Issue with DOVELM162

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Like you, the bolt came off and the knob got stuck. I then had to use pliers to remove the knob. To get the bolt and knob back on DOVELM, I had the knob threaded loose on DOVELM, held it with pliers and then tightened the bolt with the Allen key as tightly as I could. Once I did that and then simply tightened the knob by 1/8" turn after finger tightening it to hold my scope, I've never had a problem of the bolt separating from the knob after that. No need for loctite.

cytan

On Sunday, March 21, 2021, 06:42:32 PM CDT, DiscoDuck <montagoo@...> wrote:


Thanks Mike.

All - is there any particular thing I need to do to retighten the inner bolt that was loosened? Does it need Loctite added or something like that?


Re: AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

That’s good to know, and I just saw the detailed “what’s included” list shows the CBAPT”.   Good.  But that it attaches to the mount is a bit at odds with page 16 of the CP4 manual, which says:

 

When using the 400GTO, 600EGTO, Mach1GTO, 1100GTO and some

of the OEM mounts that use the AP Servo Drive System, the GTOCP4 is not directly

attached to the mount, but instead it is mounted onto a bracket that is then affixed to

the tripod or pier.

 

So the bolts that hold the base to the Berlebach plate will be what the CBAPT attach to?   Or it does attach to the 1100 itself?

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:35 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

The pier adapter for the CP4 comes with the mount.  It will connect to the backside of the 1100 with two screws. So you will drop the RA axis onto the adapter you pictured, secure that with the bolts on the side, then bolt the CP4 box on the back of the mount itself. 

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of ap@... <ap@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2021 4:30 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

 

I am anticipating a AP 1100 in a few months, and have that plate on order for my Berlebach Planet tripod.   From their website it looks like the attached.

 

There is a “Pier/Tripod Control Box Adapter” that shows as an angled bracket for attaching to a tripod.    The CP4 manual indicates the 1100 needs something on which to attach the CP4.  The 1100 manual on the other hand, on page 8, is a little confusing as it shows two screws for the CP4, but on the left hand page mentions “& adapter”.   So I think the adapter is there.  Maybe. 

 

Does anyone have this mount on a Planet, specifically one with the Berlebach plate? 

 

Will I need the adapter?   I’m thinking yes.

 

Will that top hole on the adapter (the one on the bent piece of metal) attach to a screw that’s going to go into one of the four holes below?  Or am I going to need something else with which to attach either the CP4 itself, or the adapter?    Will just that one screw hold it?

 

I am hoping not to drill holes in the wooden legs.

 

But even more, I want to make sure when I get it, I have all the parts.  Be a shame to then wait weeks to order some minor but necessary part.  L

 

Linwood

 

 

 


Re: Issue with DOVELM162

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Release with Allen key. It's tight enough that I can't release with my fingers.

cytan

On Sunday, March 21, 2021, 03:48:57 PM CDT, DiscoDuck <montagoo@...> wrote:


Thanks Cytan. So you release the knobs by hand or using the Allen key?


Re: Issue with DOVELM162

DiscoDuck
 

Thanks Mike.

All - is there any particular thing I need to do to retighten the inner bolt that was loosened? Does it need Loctite added or something like that?


Re: AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

Bill Long
 

The pier adapter for the CP4 comes with the mount.  It will connect to the backside of the 1100 with two screws. So you will drop the RA axis onto the adapter you pictured, secure that with the bolts on the side, then bolt the CP4 box on the back of the mount itself. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of ap@... <ap@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2021 4:30 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4
 

I am anticipating a AP 1100 in a few months, and have that plate on order for my Berlebach Planet tripod.   From their website it looks like the attached.

 

There is a “Pier/Tripod Control Box Adapter” that shows as an angled bracket for attaching to a tripod.    The CP4 manual indicates the 1100 needs something on which to attach the CP4.  The 1100 manual on the other hand, on page 8, is a little confusing as it shows two screws for the CP4, but on the left hand page mentions “& adapter”.   So I think the adapter is there.  Maybe. 

 

Does anyone have this mount on a Planet, specifically one with the Berlebach plate? 

 

Will I need the adapter?   I’m thinking yes.

 

Will that top hole on the adapter (the one on the bent piece of metal) attach to a screw that’s going to go into one of the four holes below?  Or am I going to need something else with which to attach either the CP4 itself, or the adapter?    Will just that one screw hold it?

 

I am hoping not to drill holes in the wooden legs.

 

But even more, I want to make sure when I get it, I have all the parts.  Be a shame to then wait weeks to order some minor but necessary part.  L

 

Linwood

 

 

 


AP1100, Berlebach Planet, mounting CP4

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

I am anticipating a AP 1100 in a few months, and have that plate on order for my Berlebach Planet tripod.   From their website it looks like the attached.

 

There is a “Pier/Tripod Control Box Adapter” that shows as an angled bracket for attaching to a tripod.    The CP4 manual indicates the 1100 needs something on which to attach the CP4.  The 1100 manual on the other hand, on page 8, is a little confusing as it shows two screws for the CP4, but on the left hand page mentions “& adapter”.   So I think the adapter is there.  Maybe. 

 

Does anyone have this mount on a Planet, specifically one with the Berlebach plate? 

 

Will I need the adapter?   I’m thinking yes.

 

Will that top hole on the adapter (the one on the bent piece of metal) attach to a screw that’s going to go into one of the four holes below?  Or am I going to need something else with which to attach either the CP4 itself, or the adapter?    Will just that one screw hold it?

 

I am hoping not to drill holes in the wooden legs.

 

But even more, I want to make sure when I get it, I have all the parts.  Be a shame to then wait weeks to order some minor but necessary part.  L

 

Linwood

 

 

 


Re: Issue with DOVELM162

M Hambrick
 

I started using one of those jar lid grippers to tighten and loosen the knobs on my DOVELM162. It works great ! It is also good for tightening the other thumb screws. My fingertips used to get shredded tightening and loosening all of the various knurled knobs and screws on my scope and mount, especially in the cold, dry weather, but this little green wonder has practically eliminated that problem.

Mike


Re: APPM Attempt Failed - Clearly I am doing something wrong #APCC #Mach2GTO

Bill Long
 

The real question though -- is how critical focus needs to be for the point mapper to work accurately. I would suspect that it is not that critical and any drift in terms of focus during a run would have negligible impact on the results. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2021 3:21 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APPM Attempt Failed - Clearly I am doing something wrong #APCC #Mach2GTO
 
On Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 02:57 PM, Brian Valente wrote:
I'm pretty sure you would have to have an SGP sequence running (and be imaging) to have SGP do a timed autofocus run
 
Yes, that would be my opinion as well.  However, the APPM "Run" page does have a pause button so if you saw that focus was shifting, then you could potentially pause the mapping run, refocus and and then resume the mapping run.  I haven't tried this however.
 
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Re: APPM Attempt Failed - Clearly I am doing something wrong #APCC #Mach2GTO

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 02:57 PM, Brian Valente wrote:
I'm pretty sure you would have to have an SGP sequence running (and be imaging) to have SGP do a timed autofocus run
 
Yes, that would be my opinion as well.  However, the APPM "Run" page does have a pause button so if you saw that focus was shifting, then you could potentially pause the mapping run, refocus and and then resume the mapping run.  I haven't tried this however.
 
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Re: APPM Attempt Failed - Clearly I am doing something wrong #APCC #Mach2GTO

 

>>>I typically have SG Pro run autofocus every 10 frames or so (2 or 3 minute subs). Would APPM automatically pause while SG Pro went through its thing?

I'm pretty sure you would have to have an SGP sequence running (and be imaging) to have SGP do a timed autofocus run



On Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 2:22 PM mjb87 via groups.io <mjb87=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
I share David's observation. My run only took 30-35 minutes. Normally I wouldn't need to refocus. However, the rapid temperature change must have led to a slight shift in focus.  I was actually impressed without well APPM did the plate-solving on images that I would have characterized as "not in great focus." I'm thinking ahead to a much longer run (200 points) some day.

I typically have SG Pro run autofocus every 10 frames or so (2 or 3 minute subs). Would APPM automatically pause while SG Pro went through its thing?



--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: APPM Attempt Failed - Clearly I am doing something wrong #APCC #Mach2GTO

mjb87@...
 

I share David's observation. My run only took 30-35 minutes. Normally I wouldn't need to refocus. However, the rapid temperature change must have led to a slight shift in focus.  I was actually impressed without well APPM did the plate-solving on images that I would have characterized as "not in great focus." I'm thinking ahead to a much longer run (200 points) some day.

I typically have SG Pro run autofocus every 10 frames or so (2 or 3 minute subs). Would APPM automatically pause while SG Pro went through its thing?


Re: Video of Mach2 tracking #Mach2GTO

David Johnson
 

Stellarvue SVX130T


Re: Video of Mach2 tracking #Mach2GTO

Don Anderson
 

Great little video David. Neat how the stars are visible and moving in lockstep with the mount. What scope is that?

Don Anderson


On Sunday, March 21, 2021, 06:13:33 a.m. MDT, David Johnson <dajohns37@...> wrote:



Re: Issue with DOVELM162

DiscoDuck
 

Thanks Cytan. So you release the knobs by hand or using the Allen key?


Re: Who needs absolute encoders!

Joseph Beyer
 

This is interesting.  One of the best things I've done to help my imaging with my 2017 Mach1 is to buy APCC-Pro and build a model each time I set up and just retire the guide scope.  I live about 25 miles south of San Francisco on the peninsula and it's common to have several 20-30 minute periods or more during the night when the seeing just goes crazy bad and the guide plot is everywhere.  Later in the night, say 2-3 am, while the telescope is pointing west over the ocean things often smooth out incredibly well.  

Since I started using the model and removed the guide scope I routinely take 3 minute sub images with perfectly round stars through my FSQ-106.  There are nights where there's no doubt the seeing is distorting the star shape but it's not as bad as the effect of the seeing in the image plus the guider trying to adjust for the degradation in the atmospheric conditions. 


Re: Help Parking AP 900 in TheSky #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Bob,

Question remains: does the AP driver 5.30.10 (which I have still installed) provide an operational window for
tracking rates and park, including Park 4? In my restored TheSky, I still have only Park 1, 2 and 3.
Yes, the ASCOM driver has Park 4 and Park 5. However, by setting TheSky to use AP GTO Equatorial Mount, you have circumvented using the ASCOM driver. However, you could connect disconnect from TheSky and connect an ASCOM client application to the AP V2 ASCOM driver just to park your mount.

-Ray

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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Help Parking AP 900 in TheSky #ASCOM_V2_Driver #ASCOM_V2_Driver

All, thank you fur your inputs. Problem now basically solved, and it was unrelated to Ray's AP driver.

In TheSky6 Settings, I had changed the mount chooser from AP GTO Equatorial Mount to Telescope API, at what I
took to be guidance from the ASCOM website. Have now changed chooser back to AP GTO, and the missing
options in TheSky6 -- setting tracking rates, park, and recalibration -- have now reappeared.

Question remains: does the AP driver 5.30.10 (which I have still installed) provide an operational window for
tracking rates and park, including Park 4? In my restored TheSky, I still have only Park 1, 2 and 3.

Bob

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