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Re: Starting with counterweight up in SGPro #Mach2GTO

Eric Weiner
 

Here is a photo of the resulting produce when the negative east values are subtracted from the west limits. Again, my initial east/west limit map isn’t symmetric.



Regards,
Eric


Re: Starting with counterweight up in SGPro #Mach2GTO

Eric Weiner
 

Ray,

I’ve got a follow on question to this topic. I created a detailed meridian tracking limit for my setup (Mach2/Tak 130NFB). The limits ended up not being symmetric for east and west, with larger limits in the west. Therefore, when the negative values in the east side are copied over to the west side, there is still a positive limit remaining on the west side. Will this prevent this technique from working correctly? Would you say it is best practice to just reflect the greater of the two limits w.r.t. east and west for margin, then apply this CW up technique described in this thread?


Re: Broken URL for Mac FTDI Driver

 

Howdy,

 

The FTDI driver is for your computer, and not for the CP4 or CP5. With it, your computer will be able to communicate with anything that has an FTDI chip, not just the CP4 and CP5.

 

2.4.4 will work with your later version of Mac OS.  I will look at updating our website.

 

Thanks,

Liam Plybon

Astro-Physics

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of midmoastro
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 10:14 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Broken URL for Mac FTDI Driver

 

To better clarify, I dont know if 2.4.4 works with USB on GTOCP4 and GTOCP5.


Re: Broken URL for Mac FTDI Driver

midmoastro
 

To better clarify, I dont know if 2.4.4 works with USB on GTOCP4 and GTOCP5.


Re: Broken URL for Mac FTDI Driver

midmoastro
 

I did that and assume its at this page but I would prefer not to guess. https://ftdichip.com/drivers/vcp-drivers/
It looks like the same URL on the astro-physics page and the VCP driver page under https://ftdichip.com/drivers/vcp-drivers/ and X64 but that is an older driver and only supports
Mac OS X 10.3 to 10.8

There is an X64 for Mac OS X 10.9 and above but that is version 2.4.4. Its signed by Apple though.
I am running BigSur 11.2.3. I would just like clarification that is the correct file and they likely need to update the broken link anyway.
Todd


Re: Broken URL for Mac FTDI Driver

Peter Nagy
 

Try go directly to FTDI web site.

https://ftdichip.com/drivers/

Peter 


Broken URL for Mac FTDI Driver

midmoastro
 

It appears the FTDi driver link for Mac is broken at this page: https://www.astro-physics.com/software-updates/
When I click it I am taken to the website but get the following:

Oops! That page can’t be found.

It looks like nothing was found at this location. Maybe try one of the links below or a search?

Can someone confirm and fix the broken link?
Thanks
Todd


Re: Login problems for Astro-physics.info

michael mccann
 

Got it

tha 


Re: Login problems for Astro-physics.info

George
 

<G>   I’m pleased that you received it.   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 michael mccann via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:00 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info

 

Yes 

One happy AP owner!

 

Cheers 



On Apr 14, 2021, at 10:38 AM, George <George@...> wrote:



Mike,

 

I sent you an email.    Did you not get it ?

 

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 michael mccann via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:28 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info

 

Hi George 

I tried calling.

You can call/text me at 206-683-1175. Or email .

 

Cheers 

Mike 




On Apr 14, 2021, at 7:57 AM, George <George@...> wrote:



Michael,

 

Contact me.

 

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 michael mccann via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info

 

Oh!  I bought my AP used. Need to contact AP.

cheers


Re: Login problems for Astro-physics.info

michael mccann
 

Yes 
One happy AP owner!

Cheers 


On Apr 14, 2021, at 10:38 AM, George <George@...> wrote:



Mike,

 

I sent you an email.    Did you not get it ?

 

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 michael mccann via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:28 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info

 

Hi George 

I tried calling.

You can call/text me at 206-683-1175. Or email .

 

Cheers 

Mike 



On Apr 14, 2021, at 7:57 AM, George <George@...> wrote:



Michael,

 

Contact me.

 

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 michael mccann via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info

 

Oh!  I bought my AP used. Need to contact AP.

cheers


Re: Login problems for Astro-physics.info

George
 

Mike,

 

I sent you an email.    Did you not get it ?

 

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 michael mccann via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:28 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info

 

Hi George 

I tried calling.

You can call/text me at 206-683-1175. Or email .

 

Cheers 

Mike 



On Apr 14, 2021, at 7:57 AM, George <George@...> wrote:



Michael,

 

Contact me.

 

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 michael mccann via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info

 

Oh!  I bought my AP used. Need to contact AP.

cheers


Re: Login problems for Astro-physics.info

michael mccann
 

Hi George 
I tried calling.
You can call/text me at 206-683-1175. Or email .

Cheers 
Mike 


On Apr 14, 2021, at 7:57 AM, George <George@...> wrote:



Michael,

 

Contact me.

 

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 michael mccann via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info

 

Oh!  I bought my AP used. Need to contact AP.

cheers


Re: Login problems for Astro-physics.info

George
 

Michael,

 

Contact me.

 

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 michael mccann via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info

 

Oh!  I bought my AP used. Need to contact AP.

cheers


Re: Mach2 thru-mount USB when using USB 3.0 ? (and an M51)

Jeffc
 

trusty outdoor rated Velcro

Velcro might work.   I could see a way to use a big piece of velcro for the "quick release" part.

Speaking of mounting things... recently I wanted to quickly mount the robofocus box and various other small boxes (USB Hub) on top of the OTA rings.
I found this stuff called "Alien Tape" which is really quite awesome for sticking two things together.   
And it is "removable" (and somewhat reusable).


On Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 7:05 PM Bill Long <bill@...> wrote:
I use Amazon cables all the time and have for years with no issues at all. I don't use the Amazon Basic branded ones. When I went to set up my Mach 2 I realized I did not have an A to A USB3 cable as well, so I picked up the 6-foot UGREEN cable from Amazon. Works great.

As for mounting things on tripods, I usually use trusty outdoor rated Velcro. It can be a pain to get back off if you want to remove it, so be careful about that, but it holds nicely. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Jeffc <jeffcrilly@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:58 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 thru-mount USB when using USB 3.0 ? (and an M51)
 
Just to get some closure on this.... I've pretty much resolved my QHY268M -> Mach2 data issue with a new (shorter) cable.

Last night I secured a 3 foot USB-3-rated Male-A to Male-A cable from Amazon.   The brand was U-Green.   
(I know you all said to be careful on the amazon cables, but for a few bucks and free shipping I thought it wouldn't be too much of a gamble.)

I plugged this into the Mach2 pass-thru and to the computer (which is now sitting under the mount, and that's ok).

The camera side cable is the shortest USB-3 cable with Male-B connector I could find around the house..   (Its like maybe 1.5 meters.. I think the "factory supplied" QHY cable is 2 meters.   I'm actually looking for a shorter cable for the camera side as this one needs to get wrapped up a bunch.)

This setup seemed to work fine last night!  No dropped connections to the camera, no messed up frames, etc.  
So I suspect the issue is the 6 foot "USB 3 rated" cable I was using.   (Nonetheless, I do have a pegasus v2 on-the-way. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

;^)  Longshot followup question:   Now that the computer is "on the floor" under the Mach2 Eagle... Does anyone have experience with a super clean solution for mounting a Mac Mini (2012) on the side of the Eagle pier?   
I'm thinking of getting a wall mount for the Mac Mini, and then use some sort of adapter (possibly plastic or delrin) to go between the Mac Mini wall mount and the pier, using one (or two) of the many holes on the Eagle pier.
A better solution would entail a custom "mounting" using the AP Tray brackets... This setup is to be used "portable" , so setup / teardown needs to be easy.

-jeff


On Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 4:07 AM Jeffc via groups.io <jeffcrilly=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thx everyone for the suggestions.   I've ordered a handful of super short USB-3 Male A -> Male A cables for testing.
I do feel the mount -> computer cable is a bit long.   It might be 10 feet (which is the shortest I had on hand).
(Fwiw, i'm also using USB for the Computer -> CP5 connection... on a separate port on the computer.)

I've resisted the Pegasus powerbox, but it might be time to upgrade the Dew Buster anyhow... sure would be convenient to have remote control for the dew heater.
Right now, I feel like the UltimatePB v2 is overkill, but it seems the Advance does not have a "managed" USB hub.  Plus, i could use the power (current) monitoring on a per port basis, especially when there are dew heaters involved.
The Eagle seems super clean, and flexible, but I'm just not ready to spend the $$ there.

If anyone knows of a good-bang-for-the-buck USB powered hub for the Computer -> Mount path let me know.  (Preferably fetchable from amazon.)   

E.g.  Dominique - what is the "HUB USB3" box in your schematic?   Is that basically the Active 16 meter cable?

-jeff

On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 8:06 AM Dominique <d.h.durand@...> wrote:
Hi Jeffc,
I have a complex installation (see the diagram in PJ) and I have no problem with my QHY294C and QHY294M-Pro, even for the 47M mode flats of the QHY294M-pro. It is useful to put a Hub-USB3 powered at the output of the Mach2 before an active extension cable. I only have a bit rate problem with a QHY5III224c because with the Altair GPCAM3 224C at 154fps no problem either.
I think that the duration of the exposures should be limited to 180s with this type of camera and in particular without Ha filter.
Dominique


Re: Login problems for Astro-physics.info

Bill Long
 

Yes, you would need to contact them. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of michael mccann via groups.io <mmccawsprojects@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:32 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info
 
Oh!  I bought my AP used. Need to contact AP.

cheers


Re: Login problems for Astro-physics.info

michael mccann
 

Oh!  I bought my AP used. Need to contact AP.

cheers


Re: Mach2 thru-mount USB when using USB 3.0 ? (and an M51)

Eric Weiner
 

You can find some reliable 24” USB3 A to B cables for the 268 and UPBv2 on Amazon as well. I bought an extra CP5 mount for my Eagle Pier to mount a small router to. I’m sure it’ll be sufficient for a mini-pc too with some ingenuity.


Re: Mach2 thru-mount USB when using USB 3.0 ? (and an M51)

Bill Long
 

I use Amazon cables all the time and have for years with no issues at all. I don't use the Amazon Basic branded ones. When I went to set up my Mach 2 I realized I did not have an A to A USB3 cable as well, so I picked up the 6-foot UGREEN cable from Amazon. Works great.

As for mounting things on tripods, I usually use trusty outdoor rated Velcro. It can be a pain to get back off if you want to remove it, so be careful about that, but it holds nicely. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Jeffc <jeffcrilly@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:58 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 thru-mount USB when using USB 3.0 ? (and an M51)
 
Just to get some closure on this.... I've pretty much resolved my QHY268M -> Mach2 data issue with a new (shorter) cable.

Last night I secured a 3 foot USB-3-rated Male-A to Male-A cable from Amazon.   The brand was U-Green.   
(I know you all said to be careful on the amazon cables, but for a few bucks and free shipping I thought it wouldn't be too much of a gamble.)

I plugged this into the Mach2 pass-thru and to the computer (which is now sitting under the mount, and that's ok).

The camera side cable is the shortest USB-3 cable with Male-B connector I could find around the house..   (Its like maybe 1.5 meters.. I think the "factory supplied" QHY cable is 2 meters.   I'm actually looking for a shorter cable for the camera side as this one needs to get wrapped up a bunch.)

This setup seemed to work fine last night!  No dropped connections to the camera, no messed up frames, etc.  
So I suspect the issue is the 6 foot "USB 3 rated" cable I was using.   (Nonetheless, I do have a pegasus v2 on-the-way. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

;^)  Longshot followup question:   Now that the computer is "on the floor" under the Mach2 Eagle... Does anyone have experience with a super clean solution for mounting a Mac Mini (2012) on the side of the Eagle pier?   
I'm thinking of getting a wall mount for the Mac Mini, and then use some sort of adapter (possibly plastic or delrin) to go between the Mac Mini wall mount and the pier, using one (or two) of the many holes on the Eagle pier.
A better solution would entail a custom "mounting" using the AP Tray brackets... This setup is to be used "portable" , so setup / teardown needs to be easy.

-jeff


On Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 4:07 AM Jeffc via groups.io <jeffcrilly=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thx everyone for the suggestions.   I've ordered a handful of super short USB-3 Male A -> Male A cables for testing.
I do feel the mount -> computer cable is a bit long.   It might be 10 feet (which is the shortest I had on hand).
(Fwiw, i'm also using USB for the Computer -> CP5 connection... on a separate port on the computer.)

I've resisted the Pegasus powerbox, but it might be time to upgrade the Dew Buster anyhow... sure would be convenient to have remote control for the dew heater.
Right now, I feel like the UltimatePB v2 is overkill, but it seems the Advance does not have a "managed" USB hub.  Plus, i could use the power (current) monitoring on a per port basis, especially when there are dew heaters involved.
The Eagle seems super clean, and flexible, but I'm just not ready to spend the $$ there.

If anyone knows of a good-bang-for-the-buck USB powered hub for the Computer -> Mount path let me know.  (Preferably fetchable from amazon.)   

E.g.  Dominique - what is the "HUB USB3" box in your schematic?   Is that basically the Active 16 meter cable?

-jeff

On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 8:06 AM Dominique <d.h.durand@...> wrote:
Hi Jeffc,
I have a complex installation (see the diagram in PJ) and I have no problem with my QHY294C and QHY294M-Pro, even for the 47M mode flats of the QHY294M-pro. It is useful to put a Hub-USB3 powered at the output of the Mach2 before an active extension cable. I only have a bit rate problem with a QHY5III224c because with the Altair GPCAM3 224C at 154fps no problem either.
I think that the duration of the exposures should be limited to 180s with this type of camera and in particular without Ha filter.
Dominique


Re: Mach2 thru-mount USB when using USB 3.0 ? (and an M51)

Jeffc
 

Just to get some closure on this.... I've pretty much resolved my QHY268M -> Mach2 data issue with a new (shorter) cable.

Last night I secured a 3 foot USB-3-rated Male-A to Male-A cable from Amazon.   The brand was U-Green.   
(I know you all said to be careful on the amazon cables, but for a few bucks and free shipping I thought it wouldn't be too much of a gamble.)

I plugged this into the Mach2 pass-thru and to the computer (which is now sitting under the mount, and that's ok).

The camera side cable is the shortest USB-3 cable with Male-B connector I could find around the house..   (Its like maybe 1.5 meters.. I think the "factory supplied" QHY cable is 2 meters.   I'm actually looking for a shorter cable for the camera side as this one needs to get wrapped up a bunch.)

This setup seemed to work fine last night!  No dropped connections to the camera, no messed up frames, etc.  
So I suspect the issue is the 6 foot "USB 3 rated" cable I was using.   (Nonetheless, I do have a pegasus v2 on-the-way. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

;^)  Longshot followup question:   Now that the computer is "on the floor" under the Mach2 Eagle... Does anyone have experience with a super clean solution for mounting a Mac Mini (2012) on the side of the Eagle pier?   
I'm thinking of getting a wall mount for the Mac Mini, and then use some sort of adapter (possibly plastic or delrin) to go between the Mac Mini wall mount and the pier, using one (or two) of the many holes on the Eagle pier.
A better solution would entail a custom "mounting" using the AP Tray brackets... This setup is to be used "portable" , so setup / teardown needs to be easy.

-jeff


On Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 4:07 AM Jeffc via groups.io <jeffcrilly=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thx everyone for the suggestions.   I've ordered a handful of super short USB-3 Male A -> Male A cables for testing.
I do feel the mount -> computer cable is a bit long.   It might be 10 feet (which is the shortest I had on hand).
(Fwiw, i'm also using USB for the Computer -> CP5 connection... on a separate port on the computer.)

I've resisted the Pegasus powerbox, but it might be time to upgrade the Dew Buster anyhow... sure would be convenient to have remote control for the dew heater.
Right now, I feel like the UltimatePB v2 is overkill, but it seems the Advance does not have a "managed" USB hub.  Plus, i could use the power (current) monitoring on a per port basis, especially when there are dew heaters involved.
The Eagle seems super clean, and flexible, but I'm just not ready to spend the $$ there.

If anyone knows of a good-bang-for-the-buck USB powered hub for the Computer -> Mount path let me know.  (Preferably fetchable from amazon.)   

E.g.  Dominique - what is the "HUB USB3" box in your schematic?   Is that basically the Active 16 meter cable?

-jeff

On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 8:06 AM Dominique <d.h.durand@...> wrote:
Hi Jeffc,
I have a complex installation (see the diagram in PJ) and I have no problem with my QHY294C and QHY294M-Pro, even for the 47M mode flats of the QHY294M-pro. It is useful to put a Hub-USB3 powered at the output of the Mach2 before an active extension cable. I only have a bit rate problem with a QHY5III224c because with the Altair GPCAM3 224C at 154fps no problem either.
I think that the duration of the exposures should be limited to 180s with this type of camera and in particular without Ha filter.
Dominique


Re: Login problems for Astro-physics.info

Bill Long
 

The password it is looking for is not the same as your login for the site. The documentation that came with the mount will tell you what the correct username and password are for the firmware package. 

Its the same for everyone, in case that helps a little. If not, contact AP.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of michael mccann via groups.io <mmccawsprojects@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:40 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] Login problems for Astro-physics.info
 
Odd 
I can login to Astro-physics.com and see my purchases but I can’t login to Astro-physics.info to get firmware update.  I just changed the password at Astro-physics.com. Never logged into .Info before.

any thoughts ( other than wait till call support tomorrow)?

cheers

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