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Planetarium software

Shailesh Trivedi
 
Edited

Does anyone have a recommendation? The Sky X vs Maxim DL?

I used to have a Paramount MX (PMX) which I have sold in lieu of AP1100 with AE and a soon expected Mach2.

I used The Sky X with camera addon and Tpoint on my PMX, but now that I do not have this mount, I am inclined to help the PMX buyer transfer the TSX license. I would like to know what the good folks here use on AP mounts with or without APCC.

Options I am considering

1. Continue TSX with Tpoint +  camera add on or use the imaging edition from Bisque
2. Use MaximDL, but not sure if it is as good as TSX. I especially liked the "closed-loop slew" in TSX; I don't know if Maxim DL has the equivalent of closed-loop slew, and if the planetarium sw of Maxim DL as good. I have heard of auto meridian flips of MDL and multi-star auto-guiding, plus integration with ACP. 

Thoughts?

Shailesh


Re: Model corrected coordinates through the command protocol?

Brent Boshart
 

Thanks again for your help Ray.   My goal is to do long focal length videography of ISS passes.  I use a closed loop method, query the current mount position, the satellite current position, satellite movement rate and then adjust the mount rates (with all that data) to keep the satellite in the center of the FOV.  Communicating directly with the mount using the command language (no APCC, no ASCOM) works very well.  But my limitation is the pointing accuracy of the mount as I can only do single star alignment (no compensation for any cone error etc).  I may have to do my own simplistic modelling to improve the pointing as well as minimize the cone error on my OTA. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Re: Need help figuring out focal length for Stowaway and AP130EDFGT / Field Flattener and more for inputting into ASIAir Pro

Kevin Cook
 

Denice - Exactly what Kenneth said.  Start with the nominal focal length for your scope, shoot an image and let the ASIAIR software plate solve that image, and that will tell you the actual focal length.  In my case with an older AP130EDFS, the nominal focal length for this f/6 scope is 780mm but the actual focal length from plate solving is 834mm (with no flatteners or other elements added into the optical path).  Kevin Cook


On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 8:44 AM Denice Woody <astrowoody@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

I am running into problems figuring out the focal length to use with my new ZWO ASIAir Pro and ZWO ASI071 MC Pro camera and AP Stowaway.  I have tried inputting 0 to have the ASIAir Pro calculate it but it comes up with 648 or 649, and I'm not sure it takes into account the field flattener (or the Precise Parts Adapter).  I haven't used the Pro with the AP130 Gran Turismo yet since I'm having so much trouble.  And I have tried uploading an image from the first night where things worked to Astrometry.net to calculate but it's going on 12 hrs processing/queued!  Unfortunately I didn't write the focal length down for reference later that first night.  So my plate solves are a crap shoot and I get told my FOV is  ? x ? and outside the range and plate solve fails.   I have posted questions on the ZWO Facebook group and on the Celestron AVX group and still no clear answers.  

Any help in figuring this out would be much appreciated.  Here are the two scenarios I would be using per George at Astro-Physics.

Per George:

          The adapter setups below are shown following the light path from left to right (scope on the left & camera to the right).

 

                      130 EDFGT with 67PF562 field flattener: 
 

                                67PF562 + A1262 CCD Adapter + A3503-A (Extension) + ADA27-42 + new camera (ASI071MC Pro)

 

                      Stowaway with 92FF field flattener:

                                92FF + Precise Parts Adapter + ADA27-42 + new camera (ASI071MC Pro)
                                            
                              The below screenshot is the info on the Precise Parts Adapter: on my Stowaway:


Re: Model corrected coordinates through the command protocol?

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Brent,

Oh no... That's not good (at least for me). Is there a technical reason for that?
When caching is off, you are sending commands directly to the mount and not interpreted by APCC.

Does that mean that Horizons does not use the modelling either?
Horizons uses APCC modeling in APCC Pro. I previously said Horizons turns off caching, but that was incorrect. I was thinking of APPM.

The move rates sent by Horizons are real-time calculated from the NASA data and sent to the mount in real-time. So although RA/Dec read backs are the cached values, the open-loop move commands happen in real-time. And, the only time you will likely see a delay in RA/Dec is with a fast-moving object, but that will also happen in any polled system (e.g, a planetarium program).

-Ray

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Oh no... That's not good (at least for me). Is there a technical reason for that? Does that mean that Horizons
does not use the modelling either?


Re: Need help figuring out focal length for Stowaway and AP130EDFGT / Field Flattener and more for inputting into ASIAir Pro

M Hambrick
 

If you have MaxIm DL you can also use PinPoint Astrometry to do your plate solve. You can use it with the GSC-1.1 catalog which can be downloaded free. 

You will need to enter the approximate RA and Dec at the center of the image and an image scale. The first time I used it to solve an image from my Stowaway I had entered the incorrect image scale, and it solved it very quickly anyway. When I noticed that PinPoint kept coming back with a different image scale on my Stowaway images, I realized that I had calculated the original image scale using the wrong focal length. I was using the native focal length of 612 mm, but since I have the 92FF flattener in my imaging train, I should have been using a focal length of 644 mm per the 92FF specifications.

Mike


Re: Model corrected coordinates through the command protocol?

Brent Boshart
 

Oh no...  That's not good (at least for me).  Is there a technical reason for that?  Does that mean that Horizons does not use the modelling either?  


Re: Model corrected coordinates through the command protocol?

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Brent,

Is it possible to get model corrected coordinates through the command protocol? See the example below. If I turn
"Point Corr" off in APCC then the coordinates match.
If you have RA/Dec caching disabled, you are going to get the mount's direct coordinates. With caching enabled, you will get the model-corrected coordinates.

-Rau

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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Brent Boshart
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 1:53 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Model corrected coordinates through the command protocol?

Is it possible to get model corrected coordinates through the command protocol? See the example below. If I turn
"Point Corr" off in APCC then the coordinates match.



Re: Need help figuring out focal length for Stowaway and AP130EDFGT / Field Flattener and more for inputting into ASIAir Pro

Kenneth Tan
 

Put the focal length that is stated in the specs of the scope. Then shoot and do a plate solve in asi air. It will then update the correct focal length into the field after sync to mount

On Wed, 26 May 2021 at 23:57, Denice Woody <astrowoody@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

I am running into problems figuring out the focal length to use with my new ZWO ASIAir Pro and ZWO ASI071 MC Pro camera and AP Stowaway.  I have tried inputting 0 to have the ASIAir Pro calculate it but it comes up with 648 or 649, and I'm not sure it takes into account the field flattener (or the Precise Parts Adapter).  I haven't used the Pro with the AP130 Gran Turismo yet since I'm having so much trouble.  And I have tried uploading an image from the first night where things worked to Astrometry.net to calculate but it's going on 12 hrs processing/queued!  Unfortunately I didn't write the focal length down for reference later that first night.  So my plate solves are a crap shoot and I get told my FOV is  ? x ? and outside the range and plate solve fails.   I have posted questions on the ZWO Facebook group and on the Celestron AVX group and still no clear answers.  

Any help in figuring this out would be much appreciated.  Here are the two scenarios I would be using per George at Astro-Physics.

Per George:

          The adapter setups below are shown following the light path from left to right (scope on the left & camera to the right).

 

                      130 EDFGT with 67PF562 field flattener: 
 

                                67PF562 + A1262 CCD Adapter + A3503-A (Extension) + ADA27-42 + new camera (ASI1071MC Pro)

 

                      Stowaway with 92FF field flattener:

                                92FF + Precise Parts Adapter + ADA27-42 + new camera (ASI1071MC Pro)
                                            
                              The below screenshot is the info on the Precise Parts Adapter: on my Stowaway:


Need help figuring out focal length for Stowaway and AP130EDFGT / Field Flattener and more for inputting into ASIAir Pro

Denice Woody
 
Edited

I am running into problems figuring out the focal length to use with my new ZWO ASIAir Pro and ZWO ASI071 MC Pro camera and AP Stowaway.  I have tried inputting 0 to have the ASIAir Pro calculate it but it comes up with 648 or 649, and I'm not sure it takes into account the field flattener (or the Precise Parts Adapter).  I haven't used the Pro with the AP130 Gran Turismo yet since I'm having so much trouble.  And I have tried uploading an image from the first night where things worked to Astrometry.net to calculate but it's going on 12 hrs processing/queued!  Unfortunately I didn't write the focal length down for reference later that first night.  So my plate solves are a crap shoot and I get told my FOV is  ? x ? and outside the range and plate solve fails.   I have posted questions on the ZWO Facebook group and on the Celestron AVX group and still no clear answers.  

Any help in figuring this out would be much appreciated.  Here are the two scenarios I would be using per George at Astro-Physics.

Per George:

          The adapter setups below are shown following the light path from left to right (scope on the left & camera to the right).

 

                      130 EDFGT with 67PF562 field flattener: 
 

                                67PF562 + A1262 CCD Adapter + A3503-A (Extension) + ADA27-42 + new camera (ASI071MC Pro)

 

                      Stowaway with 92FF field flattener:

                                92FF + Precise Parts Adapter + ADA27-42 + new camera (ASI071MC Pro)
                                            
                              The below screenshot is the info on the Precise Parts Adapter: on my Stowaway:


Re: Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

 

Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing!

 

Rockford knew there was an eclipse coming, so it put up the nice clouds in preparation for the guest last night. This screenshot of the forecast proves that the sky here has a sense of humor!

 

 

Liam

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of thefamily90 Phillips
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

 

No, here are pics made with my IPhone held up to the eyepiece of my Stowaway.

 

JimP

Image.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpeg

 


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Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5:43:26 PM
To:
main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

 

Do you think I'll need a field flattener with the Stowaway and a full frame DSLR?  

 

-jg

 

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 2:11 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Stowaway with DSLR would be quite good. Certainly not too much.

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Shailesh Trivedi <
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To:
main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 3:59 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

In Nor Cal it will be a clear night. The only 2021 total lunar eclipse begins around 1:45am Wednesday 5/26/21 with totality around 4:16am.

What FL is good? How about Stowaway with a DSLR? Too much? Then just a 400mm lens? Or even less?

And any recommendations for settings for AP 1100 GTO (perhaps an overkill but is all I got until my Mach2 arrives).

Shailesh


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

Roland Christen
 

Probably not.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: dvjbaja <jpgleasonid@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 4:43 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

Do you think I'll need a field flattener with the Stowaway and a full frame DSLR?  

-jg

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 2:11 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Stowaway with DSLR would be quite good. Certainly not too much.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 3:59 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

In Nor Cal it will be a clear night. The only 2021 total lunar eclipse begins around 1:45am Wednesday 5/26/21 with totality around 4:16am.

What FL is good? How about Stowaway with a DSLR? Too much? Then just a 400mm lens? Or even less?

And any recommendations for settings for AP 1100 GTO (perhaps an overkill but is all I got until my Mach2 arrives).

Shailesh

--
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Astro-Physics

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Astro-Physics


Re: Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

 

that's pretty amazing for a mobile device


On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 3:20 PM thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...> wrote:
No, here are pics made with my IPhone held up to the eyepiece of my Stowaway.

JimP
Image.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpeg


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of dvjbaja <jpgleasonid@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5:43:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning
 
Do you think I'll need a field flattener with the Stowaway and a full frame DSLR?  

-jg

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 2:11 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Stowaway with DSLR would be quite good. Certainly not too much.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 3:59 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

In Nor Cal it will be a clear night. The only 2021 total lunar eclipse begins around 1:45am Wednesday 5/26/21 with totality around 4:16am.

What FL is good? How about Stowaway with a DSLR? Too much? Then just a 400mm lens? Or even less?

And any recommendations for settings for AP 1100 GTO (perhaps an overkill but is all I got until my Mach2 arrives).

Shailesh

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics



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Brian 



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Re: Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

thefamily90 Phillips
 

Please ignore the non-eclipse stuff I accidentally sent


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 6:19:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning
 
No, here are pics made with my IPhone held up to the eyepiece of my Stowaway.

JimP
Image.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpeg


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of dvjbaja <jpgleasonid@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5:43:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning
 
Do you think I'll need a field flattener with the Stowaway and a full frame DSLR?  

-jg

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 2:11 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Stowaway with DSLR would be quite good. Certainly not too much.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 3:59 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

In Nor Cal it will be a clear night. The only 2021 total lunar eclipse begins around 1:45am Wednesday 5/26/21 with totality around 4:16am.

What FL is good? How about Stowaway with a DSLR? Too much? Then just a 400mm lens? Or even less?

And any recommendations for settings for AP 1100 GTO (perhaps an overkill but is all I got until my Mach2 arrives).

Shailesh

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

thefamily90 Phillips
 

No, here are pics made with my IPhone held up to the eyepiece of my Stowaway.

JimP
Image.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpegImage.jpeg


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of dvjbaja <jpgleasonid@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5:43:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning
 
Do you think I'll need a field flattener with the Stowaway and a full frame DSLR?  

-jg

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 2:11 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Stowaway with DSLR would be quite good. Certainly not too much.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 3:59 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

In Nor Cal it will be a clear night. The only 2021 total lunar eclipse begins around 1:45am Wednesday 5/26/21 with totality around 4:16am.

What FL is good? How about Stowaway with a DSLR? Too much? Then just a 400mm lens? Or even less?

And any recommendations for settings for AP 1100 GTO (perhaps an overkill but is all I got until my Mach2 arrives).

Shailesh

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

dvjbaja
 

Do you think I'll need a field flattener with the Stowaway and a full frame DSLR?  

-jg

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 2:11 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Stowaway with DSLR would be quite good. Certainly not too much.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 3:59 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

In Nor Cal it will be a clear night. The only 2021 total lunar eclipse begins around 1:45am Wednesday 5/26/21 with totality around 4:16am.

What FL is good? How about Stowaway with a DSLR? Too much? Then just a 400mm lens? Or even less?

And any recommendations for settings for AP 1100 GTO (perhaps an overkill but is all I got until my Mach2 arrives).

Shailesh

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

Roland Christen
 

Stowaway with DSLR would be quite good. Certainly not too much.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 3:59 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

In Nor Cal it will be a clear night. The only 2021 total lunar eclipse begins around 1:45am Wednesday 5/26/21 with totality around 4:16am.

What FL is good? How about Stowaway with a DSLR? Too much? Then just a 400mm lens? Or even less?

And any recommendations for settings for AP 1100 GTO (perhaps an overkill but is all I got until my Mach2 arrives).

Shailesh

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Lunar eclipe early Wed morning

Shailesh Trivedi
 

In Nor Cal it will be a clear night. The only 2021 total lunar eclipse begins around 1:45am Wednesday 5/26/21 with totality around 4:16am.

What FL is good? How about Stowaway with a DSLR? Too much? Then just a 400mm lens? Or even less?

And any recommendations for settings for AP 1100 GTO (perhaps an overkill but is all I got until my Mach2 arrives).

Shailesh


Model corrected coordinates through the command protocol?

Brent Boshart
 

Is it possible to get model corrected coordinates through the command protocol?  See the example below.  If I turn "Point Corr" off in APCC then the coordinates match.


Re: Should I use my BARADV for the upcoming lunar eclipse?

Daniel Borcard
 

Nick,

Daniel

Thanks for that explanation. It made sense until you said "aim at an f ratio (i.e., F/D) equal to 5 times the size of a pixel in microns." Can you intuitively explain why? Failing that the maths would be a good explanation.

The scope has a resolution of 1 arcsec and without a barlow that is about 1 arcsec per pixel for my camera. Your formula says I need a 3x barlow. Spreading that 1 arcsec over 3x3 pixels kind of makes sense for "smoothness."

-- Nick

You prompted me to translate a document that I have used in several talks. It presents the (simple) equations leading to the 5 x pixel rule of thumb. The original was in French. You can find the English version here:


A note on tracking: a 15 second exposure is quite a long time unguided. Especially on the moon which doesn't travel at the sidereal rate. The lunar rate setting on APCC is only approximate since the lunar rate varies during the lunar cycle. And it's RA only so doesn't account for declination drift. So halving that to 8 seconds could be quite a good thing.

Why on earth would you like to expose 15 seconds on the Moon? I mean, imaging the Moon is like taking a photograph of a brightly sunlit rocky landscape (it *is* a brightly sunlit rocky landscape). With the usual cameras the subexposure time is in the order of one to five milliseconds. Ideally you take thousands of them with a video camera, and this only takes several minutes at most, during which the Moon does not have to stay strictly at the same place on the sensor. Stacking programs like AutoStakkert!3 will take care of the drift afterwards. I simply set my mount to the Moon rate, and from time to time I adjust the declination manually during or between the movies. 

Good luck!

Daniel

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Le ciel est assez grand pour que chacun y trouve sa place.
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Re: #Mach2GTO C14Edge HD rig #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 

I think I will leave it up to others who have similar setups to comment about the feasibility of your setup. i have not tired a C14 myself and nobody around here has such a beastie.

Using off-axis guiders is definitely a requirement for guiding any SCT. Unguided imaging is iffy due to optical component flex.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: EmP <padhye.mihir@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 12:38 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] #Mach2GTO C14Edge HD rig

Hi Roland,
Thanks for the reply. I will be using ZWOASI 174MC camera (not the mini version. Sorry for the typo) for OAG. Will this be ok or do you recommend any different camera?  I will also add Moonlight motorized focuser (Nitecrawler provided I manage the backfocus or the 2.5" CHL). Can Mach2 handle this rig comfortably?

Regards,
Mihir

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