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Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Woody Schlom
 

Doubt it.  First you have to figure out the pinouts of the SkySync, then does the data protocol even match?

 

If I were you, I’d just buy a StarGPS.  When you order it you order it with the AP cable adapter for AP mounts – which also comes with the specific AP instructions.

 

It’s also much much smaller and easier and more practical to attach to things and get a good view of the sky.  And with the proper adapter cable (which you get when you buy the device), it most definitely works with AP mounts.

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Littleton, Michael via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, April 03, 2021 10:04 AM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

 

I just received an AP1100.  Wondering if a Celestron SkySync will work with it?


Re: 2021 production plans for the 1600GTO?

M Hambrick
 

To Jack Huerkamp

Great lyrics (The Pass) by one of the world's greatest drummers (Neil Peart) in one of the greatest bands of all time (Rush)

Mike


Two videos for your Easter weekend

Harley Davidson
 

Happy Easter guys!

I just uploaded two [2] videos:

Astro-Physics Equatorial Mounts and PARK POSITIONS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_IMjxZoi98


Astro-Physics Starfire 175EDF on a Mach2 Mount
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7XA9m4_CgA


ALSO - very strangely enough my Mach2 power supply went dead as I was doing this video yesterday. A call to Daleen got Liam for me who took care of it. Working faster than the speed of light they got a new power supply out to me next day (today)! That is 110% customer service!

tony


guiding min/ max settings

richard payne
 

Hi, does anybody have a link to the write up Roland did on guide settings?
It's been a while, I have not had any luck finding it.Thanks,
Richard


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

mikela
 

I just received an AP1100.  Wondering if a Celestron SkySync will work with it?


Settings to get GPS from Primaluce Eagle4

Wayne Hixson
 

Note for Ray :-)

Primalucelab has added a local web server to access Eagle controls and data, such as turning ports on or off, etc. The command to get GPS coordinates is:

http://localhost:1380/getgps
Replies values (result,latitude,longitude,altitude,date,time,numsat)

Would like to add this to considerations for Astro-Physics software, eg APCC. 

Thanks!

Wayne


APCC and Starry Night Pro 7

vsalfranc@...
 

I have now install APCC on my machine and so far so good. I watch quite a few videos which were very useful however I am stuck with Starry Night Pro 7.
Is it possible to use it with APCC.
When I try to connect it to APCC virtual port I get the message that It is already connected but the port in APCC does not show it.
I probably having a brain storm but I can't get my head around this one.
Thank you for your help.
Vince


Re: Power Supply died due to heat (daytime sun) I believe. #Mach2GTO

Micheal Fields Jr
 

Observatory for sure but I also plan to 3D print a case for it.  As I mentioned I have a couple of these already. One is 12v that I use for my equipment and the other 24v I use with a different mount.  Have had them for years with no issues.  Very clean reliable power (so far).  


Keypad to control mewlon 250 electronic focuser

paulsimonjones
 

My understanding is that the AP key pad can control an electronic focuser. Has any tried this with the built in e-focuser of the mewlon?


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Christopher Erickson
 

I have the StarGPS module for AP CP2/CP3/CP4/CP5 controllers. Works precisely as advertised and Chris Carson is a pleasure to deal with.

All-in-all, I am not sure it is a critical investment unless you are planning a lot of traveling with your AP mount and prefer to initialize the mount with your AP hand controller versus APCC or through Sky Safari or Luminos.


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   


On Fri, Apr 2, 2021, 7:54 PM Woody Schlom <woody_is@...> wrote:

Eric,

 

Yes, StarGPS does have specific instructions for AP mounts.  Here’s the link:

https://www.stargps.ca/manual.htm#astro

 

I forgot that another suggestion they make is to switch to UTC for your HC.  And I indeed set most of my mounts to 00 offset – or UTC.

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Woody Schlom
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 10:38 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

 

Eric,

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve used my Mach1.  But as I recall, there’s a setting in the HC that tells it where to look for time/date/location data.  It can be set to look to the HC for that data, or externally – in your computer for example.  You need to set it to look externally for time/date/location data.

 

I think there are maybe three settings.  The one you want looks externally and waits.  And when it gets the data, puts it in the controller and/or HC.

 

As I recall, there’s a flashing light on the side of the StarGPS.  It flashes at different rates to let you know what it’s doing.  One rate tells you it’s looking for a fix.  Another rate tells you it’s got a fix.  And as I recall, there’s a third blink or something that tells you it’s successfully passed the data onto your mount.

 

I believe you’ll find much or all this information on StarGPS’s website.  They have specific instructions for each mount.  And I believe all AP mounts work the same way in this regard.  And some of this might even be in the AP Mach1/2 manual.

 

Again, I haven’t used my Mach1 in years and just don’t remember.  And I’m up in the mountains in our trailer now and don’t have access to my notebook.

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Eric Weiner
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 10:23 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

 

It was easy to find. Thanks. Oh, I’ve already fired off a question to them asking about compatibility with the CP5.  By the way, what does “set your controller properly” mean, exactly?


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Woody Schlom
 

Eric,

 

Yes, StarGPS does have specific instructions for AP mounts.  Here’s the link:

https://www.stargps.ca/manual.htm#astro

 

I forgot that another suggestion they make is to switch to UTC for your HC.  And I indeed set most of my mounts to 00 offset – or UTC.

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Woody Schlom
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 10:38 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

 

Eric,

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve used my Mach1.  But as I recall, there’s a setting in the HC that tells it where to look for time/date/location data.  It can be set to look to the HC for that data, or externally – in your computer for example.  You need to set it to look externally for time/date/location data.

 

I think there are maybe three settings.  The one you want looks externally and waits.  And when it gets the data, puts it in the controller and/or HC.

 

As I recall, there’s a flashing light on the side of the StarGPS.  It flashes at different rates to let you know what it’s doing.  One rate tells you it’s looking for a fix.  Another rate tells you it’s got a fix.  And as I recall, there’s a third blink or something that tells you it’s successfully passed the data onto your mount.

 

I believe you’ll find much or all this information on StarGPS’s website.  They have specific instructions for each mount.  And I believe all AP mounts work the same way in this regard.  And some of this might even be in the AP Mach1/2 manual.

 

Again, I haven’t used my Mach1 in years and just don’t remember.  And I’m up in the mountains in our trailer now and don’t have access to my notebook.

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Eric Weiner
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 10:23 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

 

It was easy to find. Thanks. Oh, I’ve already fired off a question to them asking about compatibility with the CP5.  By the way, what does “set your controller properly” mean, exactly?


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Eric Weiner
 

Another good suggestion to investigate. Thank you. 


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Woody Schlom
 

Eric,

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve used my Mach1.  But as I recall, there’s a setting in the HC that tells it where to look for time/date/location data.  It can be set to look to the HC for that data, or externally – in your computer for example.  You need to set it to look externally for time/date/location data.

 

I think there are maybe three settings.  The one you want looks externally and waits.  And when it gets the data, puts it in the controller and/or HC.

 

As I recall, there’s a flashing light on the side of the StarGPS.  It flashes at different rates to let you know what it’s doing.  One rate tells you it’s looking for a fix.  Another rate tells you it’s got a fix.  And as I recall, there’s a third blink or something that tells you it’s successfully passed the data onto your mount.

 

I believe you’ll find much or all this information on StarGPS’s website.  They have specific instructions for each mount.  And I believe all AP mounts work the same way in this regard.  And some of this might even be in the AP Mach1/2 manual.

 

Again, I haven’t used my Mach1 in years and just don’t remember.  And I’m up in the mountains in our trailer now and don’t have access to my notebook.

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Eric Weiner
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 10:23 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

 

It was easy to find. Thanks. Oh, I’ve already fired off a question to them asking about compatibility with the CP5.  By the way, what does “set your controller properly” mean, exactly?


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Dale Ghent
 

There are lots of options out there. I've used this with APCC in the past:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTU9KTF/

It uses the U-blox 7 GNSS receiver internally. With Windows 10, you can plug it directly into a USB port and it'll show automatically up as a generic "USB Serial Device" under Device Manager. No drivers should need to be installed. Point APCC at its COM port at 4800 or 9600 bps and you should be good once it trains and gets a fix.

There is a green LED on the unit that blinks when a fix is obtained, but this can be taken care of with a wrap of black electrical tape. It does serve as a useful visual verification that a fix is had, though. Of course a clear view of the sky is needed for any GPS module, so just don't stuff this into a USB port in your PC that's sitting in a room under a desk and expect it to work. Stick it on the end of a long USB extension cable and hang it out a window if you have to.

GPS modules like this are best at keeping an accurate local clock, especially if your PC doesn't have internet access for some reason. On Windows, you can use an app such as NMEATime2 from visualgps.net to sync your computer's clock directly with the timecode received by the GPS module.

On Apr 3, 2021, at 00:23, Eric Weiner <weinere@comcast.net> wrote:

Howdy,

can someone out there recommend a basic GPS module that plays well with APCC? I understand it can be any that outputs NMEA, but surely one of you has a basic model they have been using and like enough to recommend. My needs don’t require anything like a MGbox. Surely there is a good basic alternative out there.

Thanks in advance,
Eric


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Eric Weiner
 

It was easy to find. Thanks. Oh, I’ve already fired off a question to them asking about compatibility with the CP5.  By the way, what does “set your controller properly” mean, exactly?


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Woody Schlom
 

Eric,

 

I hope it works for you.  I forgot to give you a link.  Here it is:

 

https://www.stargps.ca/

 

I don’t have or use APCC so my StarGPS just connects directly to my old CP3 controller.  Hopefully that’s where APCC gets its time/date/location data from also.

 

Good  luck,

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Eric Weiner
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 10:09 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

 

Woody,

This sounds like the ideal suggestion. That you. Correct, the CP5 does not have a 6V port. 


Regards,
Eric 


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Eric Weiner
 

Woody,

This sounds like the ideal suggestion. That you. Correct, the CP5 does not have a 6V port. 


Regards,
Eric 


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Woody Schlom
 

Eric,

 

I don’t know about APCC, but I’ve used a StarGPS for years with my CP3. 

 

When you order one, you specify your mount and they supply the GPS module with the proper adapter cable.  It plugs directly into your controller.  In the “old days” they made one with a special power cable that plugged directly into the CP3’s 6v power port.  But the latest StarGPS is only self-powered now (has a battery compartment in the adapter cable).  And of course, AP took out the 6v power port in the CP4 and I assume CP5 also.

 

It’s a very small device – about 1.5” x 1.5” x ¼”.  And when you set your controller properly, it automatically feeds time, date and location data to your mount when it gets a fix.

 

You might have to buy a StarGPS directly from the manufacturer as it’s a very small company and not all vendors stock them.  They’re based in Canada.

 

Woody

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Eric Weiner
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 9:24 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

 

Howdy,

can someone out there recommend a basic GPS module that plays well with APCC? I understand it can be any that outputs NMEA, but surely one of you has a basic model they have been using and like enough to recommend. My needs don’t require anything like a MGbox. Surely there is a good basic alternative out there. 

Thanks in advance,
Eric 


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Eric Weiner
 

Ha! Fair enough. No, I’m looking for a basic USB module. 


Re: GPS suggestion that work well with APCC #APCC

Worsel
 

Eric

Do you have a need for something beyond just setting the location for APCC?  If not, then a phone app with GPS, followed by manual entry is about as basic, yet functional, as you can get.

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