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400 Mount Seen on eBay

M Hambrick
 

I expect that many people have seen this already, but to those who have not there is a 400 QMD mount for sale on eBay. The only caveat is that it is a local pickup only in Milpitas, California

Mike


Re: Losing Communications with the Mount

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Alex,

Today I started playing with APCC and started to define the horizon, and it
happened again. APCC displays NO RESPONSE FROM MOUNT in the telescope position section. I also get
no response if I try to connect to the mount via a browser. Pinging the mount’s IP address also fails. I can only
get communications with the mount if I power cycle it, at which point APCC re-establishes communications.
If the mount won't ping, there could be a network or power issue.

Are you directly connecting the computer to the mount? Or, is it going through a network router/switch/hub?

Try replacing the network cable(s) and any hub/switch.

Also, try raising the timeout value slightly in APCC. You should not need to go over 300 msecs for most requests. The mount will respond to most requests very quickly, but depending on the performance of your computer, the responses might not make it back through the network protocol stack to APCC before a timeout occurs.

Lastly, try switching the network protocol type. In APCC, if you are using UDP, try TCP instead, or vice versa.

-Ray

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of alex
Sent: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 11:27 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Losing Communications with the Mount

Ok, I’ve finally have some time to start playing with my new 1100, and I’m having an issue with losing
connection with the mount. Everything would be going along, and then the driver starts complaining it can’t
communicate with the mount. Today I started playing with APCC and started to define the horizon, and it
happened again. APCC displays NO RESPONSE FROM MOUNT in the telescope position section. I also get
no response if I try to connect to the mount via a browser. Pinging the mount’s IP address also fails. I can only
get communications with the mount if I power cycle it, at which point APCC re-establishes communications.

I’m not using a USB connection to the mount. I’ve directly connected to my network via ethernet, as well as
connecting it to my WiFi. I have APCC setup to use the direct ethernet connection, so WiFi issues aren’t the
problem.

The last time this happened, the mount was simply tracking during an exposure and communications failed
about halfway through the exposure. It’s clear from that exposure during the failure that tracking stopped as
the stars started streaking. I got the mount and downloaded all the software last week, so I assume I'm all up
to date on that account. The PC has windows 10 Pro and the latest updates.

I’m at a loss as to what might be going on. Any suggestions as how to troubleshoot this?

Alex




Losing Communications with the Mount

Alex
 

Ok, I’ve finally have some time to start playing with my new 1100, and I’m having an issue with losing connection with the mount.  Everything would be going along, and then the driver starts complaining it can’t communicate with the mount.  Today I started playing with APCC and started to define the horizon, and it happened again.  APCC displays NO RESPONSE FROM MOUNT in the telescope position section.  I also get no response if I try to connect to the mount via a browser.  Pinging the mount’s IP address also fails.  I can only get communications with the mount if I power cycle it, at which point APCC re-establishes communications.
 
I’m not using a USB connection to the mount.  I’ve directly connected to my network via ethernet, as well as connecting it to my WiFi.  I have APCC setup to use the direct ethernet connection, so WiFi issues aren’t the problem. 

The last time this happened, the mount was simply tracking during an exposure and communications failed about halfway through the exposure.  It’s clear from that exposure during the failure that tracking stopped as the stars started streaking.  I got the mount and downloaded all the software last week, so I assume I'm all up to date on that account.  The PC has windows 10 Pro and the latest updates.

I’m at a loss as to what might be going on.   Any suggestions as how to troubleshoot this?

Alex

 


Re: 1100GTO case

skester@...
 

Sure thing:
The RA axis and CP4 are in the 25” XL #024 : 
https://condition1.com/products/25in-storage-trunk-ip67

 

The Dec axis, counterweight shaft and RAPAS are in the 25” XL #289 : https://condition1.com/products/dji-phantom-drone-hard-case

While they make good cases, Condition 1's website excels at making what you are looking for hard to find.

Scott




Re: Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more valuesare out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Steve Wilkins
 

Hi John,
Looks like I may have solved this. I checked Windows number format settings and for some reason the decimal separator field was blank. I changed to . (period) and the error does not seem to be showing up again.


Re: Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more valuesare out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver

John Upton
 

Renan,

   From the screen shot that Steve Wilkins reposted, this looks like it may be an internationalization error between the software and your number entry.

   If you live in a country that uses the comma "," as the decimal separator but have Windows set to use a period "." as the decimal separator, you will get just this sort of error. By entering whole numbers only, the error is avoided as you found. It can also be a problem with the reverse -- that is if you enter a period and your Windows installation is set for international format with a comma, then the same error will happen.

   Try entering the decimal point in both formats and see if the error continues. If it does, maybe Ray will need to look at that section of code to make sure the conversion to decimal matches everything else.

John


Re: 1100GTO case

midmoastro
 

Do you mind sharing the case model on those two? I looked up a couple cases on the Condition1 website but the depth seemed close for the RA.
Thanks again
Todd


Re: Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more valuesare out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Steve Wilkins
 

Here is a jpg showing the lat/long error in blue. The elevation is also wrong - was saved as 9m not 90m.

Both these errors have been corrected and the site saved, but still show up on reconnecting.


APPM Command Line Switches

W Hilmo
 

From the version history, it looks like APPM added some command line switches in version 1.7.0.5.

Does anyone have a pointer to the list of switches and their definitions?  I don't see it in the help file or in a quick web search.

Thanks,
-Wade


Re: 1100GTO case

skester@...
 

Todd,

I travel every time I image, and I'm using two cases from Condition 1 to transport my 1100GTO.  They have the pick/pluck foam and are working well so far.  I get everything minus the counterweights in the two cases, the CW's go in a tool tote from Home Depot.  With the counterweight shaft included the Dec axis case is slightly heavier (48 lbs) than the RA (45 lbs) even thought the case is smaller, but both are manageable.  I've seen folks put the entire 1100 into a single Pelican style case, but at 80+ lbs that was too much for me.


Re: 1100GTO case

mikela
 

Yeah it's heavy at 77lbs.  Putting the counter weight shaft in the other box lowers the weight to 64lbs...still heavy but manageable.


Re: 1100GTO case

Jeffc
 

The original post called for two boxes but since there are one box solutions I’ll leave this rather cost effective solution here.
(The downside of this solution is it is a somewhat heavy “lift”.)

This is from Lowe’s. I think it was like $20.
I estimate the weight to be about 40-45lbs.
I also have a G11 tripod adapter attached to the bottom so that adds to the weight.

I move this from the garage to to car using a furniture dolly (platform with four casters).

This fits in a Model 3 w/ losmandy HD tripod and 12” SCT (and room to spare).
Since I usually (always?) setup near the car moving it at the site is not necessary. I do have to take it out of the car to lift the mount.


Re: 1100GTO case

midmoastro
 

THanks Mike. What do you estimate the total weight of that to be? I bet its more than I want to deal with so I would personally rather have two separate cases.
If I transport it to the backyard this would work. But if I travel to our farm in a remote location where its darker then I think I want two cases due to lifting it in and out of the vehicle.

Does anyone think the pick/pluck foam you get with a Pelican or other case would be enough to cradle the RA and DEC? Any other negatives to that stuff? tiny pieces breaking off, etc.?


Re: 1100GTO case

mikela
 

My entire mount sans counter weights is within the bottom 2 sections of this Rigid case system.  Bottom sections holds RA, DEC and CW shaft.




Re: Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more valuesare out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Roland Christen
 

Image doesn't open. Try Jpeg.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Renan <renanvdw@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Tue, May 4, 2021 11:33 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more valuesare out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver

I get this error:
 
- also the site elevation has one or more added zeroes but is not highlighted in blue
 
 
 
De: Steve Wilkins
Enviado: martes, 4 de mayo de 2021 10:40
Para: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Asunto: [ap-gto] Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more valuesare out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver
 
Anyone striking this error?
- On starting the driver, the site latitude and longitude seconds fields are highlighted in blue.
- also the site elevation has one or more added zeroes but is not highlighted in blue
- the driver will not close until the error is corrected.
- editing the seconds fields to remove the decimal places allows me to save the site and close the driver.
- next time I use the driver the errors occur again.

I have tried updating the site also in APCC in case there is a link to the ACON driver, but this does not help.
 



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Astro-Physics


Re: Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more valuesare out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Renan
 

I get this error:

 

- also the site elevation has one or more added zeroes but is not highlighted in blue

 

 

 

De: Steve Wilkins
Enviado: martes, 4 de mayo de 2021 10:40
Para: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Asunto: [ap-gto] Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more valuesare out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver

 

Anyone striking this error?
- On starting the driver, the site latitude and longitude seconds fields are highlighted in blue.
- also the site elevation has one or more added zeroes but is not highlighted in blue
- the driver will not close until the error is corrected.
- editing the seconds fields to remove the decimal places allows me to save the site and close the driver.
- next time I use the driver the errors occur again.

I have tried updating the site also in APCC in case there is a link to the ACON driver, but this does not help.

 




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Re: Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more values are out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Roland Christen
 

Do you have a screen shot showing the entry?

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Wilkins <stevewilkinsmail@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, May 4, 2021 12:46 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more values are out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Anyone striking this error?
- On starting the driver, the site latitude and longitude seconds fields are highlighted in blue.
- also the site elevation has one or more added zeroes but is not highlighted in blue
- the driver will not close until the error is corrected.
- editing the seconds fields to remove the decimal places allows me to save the site and close the driver.
- next time I use the driver the errors occur again.

I have tried updating the site also in APCC in case there is a link to the ACON driver, but this does not help.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Spikes in DEC #guiding #Guiding

Roland Christen
 

The fact that both RA and Dec are drifting so fast in just a few minute's time indicates either that your polar alignment is way off, or that the object that you are calibrating on is not near the celestial equator and meridian.

Roland

-----Original Message-----
From: Seb@stro <sebastiendore1@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, May 3, 2021 10:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spikes in DEC #guiding #guiding

Well, I'm not the one who will contest your analysis, Brian. As Howard said earlier, your advice is to be taken seriously, and I agree! 🙂 And I also agree with your argument about the guiding pulse being in only one direction and being compatible with bad PA.

The reason why I said it was good in the first place is only because PHD told me so (see attached). It wasn't based on anything other data. Hence my hypothesis about it struggling to show me the real NCP when I did the Polar Drift Align in the gusty conditions...

Anyway, AP is also working with me behind the scenes to help figure out what could have happened. So, we'll see if they can shed some light on this from their perspective.

Sébastien


De : main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> de la part de Brian Valente <bvalente@...>
Envoyé : 3 mai 2021 22:55
À : main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Objet : Re: [ap-gto] Spikes in DEC #guiding #guiding
 
Seb

When i first reviewed your PHD logs, it appeared to me your polar alignment was quite off. All your corrections were in one direction

You said you thought it was the wind, but i have my doubts about that

so it's possible your polar alignment may be misaligned for whatever reason


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Astro-Physics


Recurring error in AP V2 Ascom driver: "One or more values are out of range: LatSecondsLngSeconds..." #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Steve Wilkins
 

Anyone striking this error?
- On starting the driver, the site latitude and longitude seconds fields are highlighted in blue.
- also the site elevation has one or more added zeroes but is not highlighted in blue
- the driver will not close until the error is corrected.
- editing the seconds fields to remove the decimal places allows me to save the site and close the driver.
- next time I use the driver the errors occur again.

I have tried updating the site also in APCC in case there is a link to the ACON driver, but this does not help.


Re: AP1100 loading heavy scope at 60 inch pier height

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Eric,

This is an excellent suggestion. I just sent an email to purchase a tote for my TEC 180. Thank you for this tip it should help with leverage and lift in the absence of the handle which is attached to the dovetail bar.

Shailesh

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