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Re: Imaging on grass

Tom Blahovici
 

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Re: Computer max ambient temperature

Jeffc
 

I don’t have exact numbers on this but just a side note on cooling the computer during the hot day…  a simple house fan blowing air across the computer might help. 

I have a MacMini 2012 i5 w/ SSD attached to the eagle tripod pier.  No observatory ; I use a telegizmos tripod cover, and OTA cover. 
The main reason for the cover is to keep dirt off that part of the gear , and also dew.  

At night I open the telegizmos cover a bit for cooling.   During the day if the computer is on it will eventually shut down do to the fan/cooler not designed for such heat.  I think it might have shut down when it was hit by direct sunlight. 

Anyhow for doing solar imaging this was a bit of problem… so I just put a 12” house fan blowing on the MacMini. 
Problem solved. 




On Jul 12, 2021, at 1:29 PM, Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@...> wrote:


Hi John,
 
    No need to “WASTE ... power and computer lifetime” keeping your computers and heater running, as well as having to  keep track of “humidity readings” yourself.
 
    Have a look in this group’s   AP-GTO Files section, for my home-made DIY controller -
 
 An - Un-Dewer - Keeping Dome and Scope Dry.pdf   Update... with The UN-DEWER Parts List and Construction Diagram
 
    Even without an observatory shelter, I have it automated to heat the AP-1200 & RC-14 scope “trapped air pocket” to prevent dewing,  under my very light, (almost parachute weight)  nylon TARP,  constantly dry, at my RH% level,  dial-set humidity percentage – in all seasons and weather – operating entirely unattended. Even strong gusts of wind, flapping the tarp’s skirt, losing some air, doesn’t affect it for long. It quickly recovers.
 
    Just choose a “suitable” heating device ...  such as  my 900 watt “LITTLE BUDDY”,  car & truck cab heater/blower, which can handle western Canada cold  for long haul truckers ... you even use a simple “incandescent”  lamp bank/bathroom fixture.
I just flip the controller’s power switch off, during any observing sessions.

 

    Zerostart 2600900 Interior Car Warmer Compact Plug-in Electric Portable Heater, 3,000 BTU | 120 Volts | 900 Watts

 
    Mine has now been been providing CYCLIC  heating to dispel “potential dew” back into the surrounding air,  24/7/365 since January, 2013 – under direct sun & in severe storms,  in summer heat and northern winters.
Only had to replace the “cab-heater” device, once, due to a dead fan, in all those 8 years.
 
Joe Z.
 
From: John Jennings
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2021 11:45 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Computer max ambient temperature
 
I have several telescopes with different mini pc's attached that stay outside in the weather under multiple layer covers 24x7x365. I pretty much leave the computers running 24x7 during the cold and wet winters, but during the summer I generally shut everything down during the day as ambient temps get over 100 degrees in Allen Texas. I use dedicated Intel NUC and Beelink mini PC's attached to each telescope. I've been doing this for 2 years now with no issues whatsoever.
 I do watch the humidity and keep the computers running and a 40 watt droplight under the covers to control the humidity during rainy or humid weather.
 
     I use the Pegasus Ultimate V2 to monitor the environment. I have an AP155, AP130 and Mewlon 300 on AP mounts outside. I've kept remote telescopes in the deserts for years and have become pretty amazed of how rugged good systems can be.

I use Core Temp to monitor the CPU core temps on the mini PCs. It is an awesome freeware program that can send alerts and even shut down the PC as defined by the user. I've had my cores reach 190 degrees without any issues. I don't normally run the computers that hot. The program generally shows that my intel processors have a max core temp limit of 221F degrees.  Core Temp is a really neat tool.

https://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

John


Re: Off Topic-NUC Computer

 

Hi Steve

I pretty much only use nuc-style computers (and by this I mean headless computers that I access remotely). 

i have a few here that work just fine: Intel NUC, Lenovo has some good ones. They are reasonably priced, though most have fans. I have also picked up many of them coming off lease, well equipped and with windows 10 pro for around $200-250. 

When we looked at NUCs for our remote obs in chile, the main reason we went with fanless was not better cooling, but minimizing points of failure. The technicians there said if and when something on the computer fails, it's almost always the fan (environment, dust, etc.) so fanless was a way to eliminate that. 

If you feel your environment and risk factors would lead you to a fanless design, I do like OnLogic. They have added some smaller NUC style computers more recently, so you might either message them or browse their catalog. They were a little tricky for me to find



On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 10:33 AM Steve Reilly <sreilly24590@...> wrote:
I would guess sit on the pier.

-Steve


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dale Ghent
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2021 1:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Off Topic-NUC Computer


Just to be clear, is this NUC going to ride on top of your telescope on the mount, or sit on/close to the pier?

> On Jul 12, 2021, at 13:11, Steve Reilly <sreilly24590@...> wrote:
>
> Hey Gang,
>
> In the process of setting up a 12’ Astro Haven dome and moving my 12.5” RC and AP1200 mount from the ROR to the dome. In the process I’m contemplating replacing the observatory computer with a NUC to both shorten the cabling and have a more compact unit. I counted the ports as the computer is now configured and have the following needs:
>
> Serial ports=7 I have a StarTech ICUSB23241 4 Port Industrial USB to RS232 Serial Hub but that still leaves 3 needed ports (focuser, rotator, AP1200 backup, Dew Heater Controller, Flat Panel, Boltwood, and dome controls)
>
> USB ports = 4 including the one for the Serial Hub, Guider camera, Main Camera, mouse and keyboard
>
> Network minimum=1 then use the 8 port Gigabit switch I have ( 1 AP1200, 1 Computer network,  onsite pan cameras (3), etc.)
>
> Display port=1 HDMI or DVI
>
> Anticipating fiber optic internet connections in the next month or so I also ran Cat6 cabling for network switch and mount.
>
> So with that in mind the ports, mainly serial are what have me second guessing the NUC. I have, almost ready to ship out, a OnLogic NUC for a friends SRO system but that’s way more then I care to spend although it has all the necessary ports to hook everything up directly with hubs and so on. So based on this what would be a reasonable budget for what I’m looking for in a quality, reliable NUC? Even if I use the existing desktop computer I have now it will be without all the extender cables I’m using now as the computer is in the warm room 20’ away but the idea of a sealed fanless computer really appeals to me for this type of usage. Hence I’m looking for ideas to explore while this project continues, in of course, the hottest time of the year.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Steve
>
>
>
>
>














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Brian Valente


Re: Off Topic-NUC Computer

Steve Reilly
 

I would guess sit on the pier.

-Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dale Ghent
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2021 1:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Off Topic-NUC Computer


Just to be clear, is this NUC going to ride on top of your telescope on the mount, or sit on/close to the pier?

On Jul 12, 2021, at 13:11, Steve Reilly <sreilly24590@gmail.com> wrote:

Hey Gang,

In the process of setting up a 12’ Astro Haven dome and moving my 12.5” RC and AP1200 mount from the ROR to the dome. In the process I’m contemplating replacing the observatory computer with a NUC to both shorten the cabling and have a more compact unit. I counted the ports as the computer is now configured and have the following needs:

Serial ports=7 I have a StarTech ICUSB23241 4 Port Industrial USB to RS232 Serial Hub but that still leaves 3 needed ports (focuser, rotator, AP1200 backup, Dew Heater Controller, Flat Panel, Boltwood, and dome controls)

USB ports = 4 including the one for the Serial Hub, Guider camera, Main Camera, mouse and keyboard

Network minimum=1 then use the 8 port Gigabit switch I have ( 1 AP1200, 1 Computer network, onsite pan cameras (3), etc.)

Display port=1 HDMI or DVI

Anticipating fiber optic internet connections in the next month or so I also ran Cat6 cabling for network switch and mount.

So with that in mind the ports, mainly serial are what have me second guessing the NUC. I have, almost ready to ship out, a OnLogic NUC for a friends SRO system but that’s way more then I care to spend although it has all the necessary ports to hook everything up directly with hubs and so on. So based on this what would be a reasonable budget for what I’m looking for in a quality, reliable NUC? Even if I use the existing desktop computer I have now it will be without all the extender cables I’m using now as the computer is in the warm room 20’ away but the idea of a sealed fanless computer really appeals to me for this type of usage. Hence I’m looking for ideas to explore while this project continues, in of course, the hottest time of the year.

Thanks,

Steve





Re: Computer max ambient temperature

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi John,
 
    No need to “WASTE ... power and computer lifetime” keeping your computers and heater running, as well as having to  keep track of “humidity readings” yourself.
 
    Have a look in this group’s   AP-GTO Files section, for my home-made DIY controller -
 
 An - Un-Dewer - Keeping Dome and Scope Dry.pdf   Update... with The UN-DEWER Parts List and Construction Diagram
 
    Even without an observatory shelter, I have it automated to heat the AP-1200 & RC-14 scope “trapped air pocket” to prevent dewing,  under my very light, (almost parachute weight)  nylon TARP,  constantly dry, at my RH% level,  dial-set humidity percentage – in all seasons and weather – operating entirely unattended. Even strong gusts of wind, flapping the tarp’s skirt, losing some air, doesn’t affect it for long. It quickly recovers.
 
    Just choose a “suitable” heating device ...  such as  my 900 watt “LITTLE BUDDY”,  car & truck cab heater/blower, which can handle western Canada cold  for long haul truckers ... you even use a simple “incandescent”  lamp bank/bathroom fixture.
I just flip the controller’s power switch off, during any observing sessions.

 

    Zerostart 2600900 Interior Car Warmer Compact Plug-in Electric Portable Heater, 3,000 BTU | 120 Volts | 900 Watts

 
    Mine has now been been providing CYCLIC  heating to dispel “potential dew” back into the surrounding air,  24/7/365 since January, 2013 – under direct sun & in severe storms,  in summer heat and northern winters.
Only had to replace the “cab-heater” device, once, due to a dead fan, in all those 8 years.
 
Joe Z.
 

From: John Jennings
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2021 11:45 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Computer max ambient temperature
 
I have several telescopes with different mini pc's attached that stay outside in the weather under multiple layer covers 24x7x365. I pretty much leave the computers running 24x7 during the cold and wet winters, but during the summer I generally shut everything down during the day as ambient temps get over 100 degrees in Allen Texas. I use dedicated Intel NUC and Beelink mini PC's attached to each telescope. I've been doing this for 2 years now with no issues whatsoever.
 I do watch the humidity and keep the computers running and a 40 watt droplight under the covers to control the humidity during rainy or humid weather.
 
     I use the Pegasus Ultimate V2 to monitor the environment. I have an AP155, AP130 and Mewlon 300 on AP mounts outside. I've kept remote telescopes in the deserts for years and have become pretty amazed of how rugged good systems can be.

I use Core Temp to monitor the CPU core temps on the mini PCs. It is an awesome freeware program that can send alerts and even shut down the PC as defined by the user. I've had my cores reach 190 degrees without any issues. I don't normally run the computers that hot. The program generally shows that my intel processors have a max core temp limit of 221F degrees.  Core Temp is a really neat tool.

https://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

John


Re: Off Topic-NUC Computer

Dale Ghent
 

Just to be clear, is this NUC going to ride on top of your telescope on the mount, or sit on/close to the pier?

On Jul 12, 2021, at 13:11, Steve Reilly <sreilly24590@gmail.com> wrote:

Hey Gang,

In the process of setting up a 12’ Astro Haven dome and moving my 12.5” RC and AP1200 mount from the ROR to the dome. In the process I’m contemplating replacing the observatory computer with a NUC to both shorten the cabling and have a more compact unit. I counted the ports as the computer is now configured and have the following needs:

Serial ports=7 I have a StarTech ICUSB23241 4 Port Industrial USB to RS232 Serial Hub but that still leaves 3 needed ports (focuser, rotator, AP1200 backup, Dew Heater Controller, Flat Panel, Boltwood, and dome controls)

USB ports = 4 including the one for the Serial Hub, Guider camera, Main Camera, mouse and keyboard

Network minimum=1 then use the 8 port Gigabit switch I have ( 1 AP1200, 1 Computer network, onsite pan cameras (3), etc.)

Display port=1 HDMI or DVI

Anticipating fiber optic internet connections in the next month or so I also ran Cat6 cabling for network switch and mount.

So with that in mind the ports, mainly serial are what have me second guessing the NUC. I have, almost ready to ship out, a OnLogic NUC for a friends SRO system but that’s way more then I care to spend although it has all the necessary ports to hook everything up directly with hubs and so on. So based on this what would be a reasonable budget for what I’m looking for in a quality, reliable NUC? Even if I use the existing desktop computer I have now it will be without all the extender cables I’m using now as the computer is in the warm room 20’ away but the idea of a sealed fanless computer really appeals to me for this type of usage. Hence I’m looking for ideas to explore while this project continues, in of course, the hottest time of the year.

Thanks,

Steve





Off Topic-NUC Computer

Steve Reilly
 

Hey Gang,

 

In the process of setting up a 12’ Astro Haven dome and moving my 12.5” RC and AP1200 mount from the ROR to the dome. In the process I’m contemplating replacing the observatory computer with a NUC to both shorten the cabling and have a more compact unit. I counted the ports as the computer is now configured and have the following needs:

 

Serial ports=7 I have a StarTech ICUSB23241 4 Port Industrial USB to RS232 Serial Hub but that still leaves 3 needed ports (focuser, rotator, AP1200 backup, Dew Heater Controller, Flat Panel, Boltwood, and dome controls)

 

USB ports = 4 including the one for the Serial Hub, Guider camera, Main Camera, mouse and keyboard

 

Network minimum=1 then use the 8 port Gigabit switch I have ( 1 AP1200, 1 Computer network,  onsite pan cameras (3), etc.)

 

Display port=1 HDMI or DVI

 

Anticipating fiber optic internet connections in the next month or so I also ran Cat6 cabling for network switch and mount.

 

So with that in mind the ports, mainly serial are what have me second guessing the NUC. I have, almost ready to ship out, a OnLogic NUC for a friends SRO system but that’s way more then I care to spend although it has all the necessary ports to hook everything up directly with hubs and so on. So based on this what would be a reasonable budget for what I’m looking for in a quality, reliable NUC? Even if I use the existing desktop computer I have now it will be without all the extender cables I’m using now as the computer is in the warm room 20’ away but the idea of a sealed fanless computer really appeals to me for this type of usage. Hence I’m looking for ideas to explore while this project continues, in of course, the hottest time of the year.

 

Thanks,

 

Steve

 

 

 

 


Re: Computer max ambient temperature

John Jennings
 

I have several telescopes with different mini pc's attached that stay outside in the weather under multiple layer covers 24x7x365. I pretty much leave the computers running 24x7 during the cold and wet winters, but during the summer I generally shut everything down during the day as ambient temps get over 100 degrees in Allen Texas. I use dedicated Intel NUC and Beelink mini PC's attached to each telescope. I've been doing this for 2 years now with no issues whatsoever. I do watch the humidity and keep the computers running and a 40 watt droplight under the covers to control the humidity during rainy or humid weather. I use the Pegasus Ultimate V2 to monitor the environment. I have an AP155, AP130 and Mewlon 300 on AP mounts outside. I've kept remote telescopes in the deserts for years and have become pretty amazed of how rugged good systems can be.

I use Core Temp to monitor the CPU core temps on the mini PCs. It is an awesome freeware program that can send alerts and even shut down the PC as defined by the user. I've had my cores reach 190 degrees without any issues. I don't normally run the computers that hot. The program generally shows that my intel processors have a max core temp limit of 221F degrees.  Core Temp is a really neat tool.

https://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

John


Re: Imaging on grass

fl.lusen
 

Tom,

Where is the photo of your wheelie bar.  I didn't see it.

Fred

-----Original Message-----
From: Harley Davidson <astrocnc@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Jul 11, 2021 4:50 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Imaging on grass

That's a fine job on the wheely bar Tom! Beautiful workmanship.

tony

On 7/11/2021 4:16 PM, Tom Blahovici wrote:
The "wheely bar" is custom made by myself. This was the first time using it.
In my case, the wife won't allow any permanent pads unless they are just a couple of inches in diameter.  Which I guess is a possibility.
Tom


Re: APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

 

Assuming that is the folder in question, yes I unchecked that. You need to make sure you have admin priveleges

i would also check it again afterwards to make sure the change "sticks". 

On another computer, i had a similar issue and the "read only" would not uncheck. In that case i ended up moving the settings to another folder i created and it was fine after that

On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 7:52 AM Chris White <chris.white@...> wrote:
Is this what you mean?  Should the box not be checked?



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Brian Valente


Re: APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

Chris White
 

Is this what you mean?  Should the box not be checked?


Re: APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

Chris White
 

On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 10:46 AM, Brian Valente wrote:
just curious if you did a windows update anytime recently?
Brian,

I believe so.  I think windows updated prior to this imaging session.  I keep the OS up to date.   Not sure where to look for this kind of thing.  A few posts back I confessed that while I know how to use my computers, I dont know how they work... lol.


Re: APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

 

Chris 

just curious if you did a windows update anytime recently?

I had an experience a few weeks back with TheSky X. After a recent Windows update, TPoint was unable to read files for plate solving. We kept thinking it related somehow to the fits file, but it turned out the settings file for TPoint was in a directory that had been converted to "ready only" by Windows. I ended up resetting permissions for that folder and all is well

A bit of a shot in the dark, but if you had recent windows update that might give you a place to look

On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 7:40 AM Chris White <chris.white@...> wrote:
On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 10:31 AM, Ray Gralak wrote:
Yes, it was in polling the mount until at least 6:18 AM. Between 6:18AM and 6:34AM there is a gap in the log file, perhaps because memory could not be allocated.

-Ray
Got it!  Thank you Ray!



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Brian Valente


Re: APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

Chris White
 

On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 10:31 AM, Ray Gralak wrote:
Yes, it was in polling the mount until at least 6:18 AM. Between 6:18AM and 6:34AM there is a gap in the log file, perhaps because memory could not be allocated.

-Ray
Got it!  Thank you Ray!


Re: APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

Ray Gralak
 

Curious though, if APCC was throwing exceptions for several hours was it still in control of the mount during that
time?
Yes, it was in polling the mount until at least 6:18 AM. Between 6:18AM and 6:34AM there is a gap in the log file, perhaps because memory could not be allocated.

-Ray

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Chris White
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2021 7:24 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

Thanks Ray. Thats a relief. I dont believe my Horizon limits are set to stop tracking, but I'll confirm and put that in
as a safeguard if its not.

Curious though, if APCC was throwing exceptions for several hours was it still in control of the mount during that
time?


Re: APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

Chris White
 

Thanks Ray.   Thats a relief.  I dont believe my Horizon limits are set to stop tracking, but I'll confirm and put that in as a safeguard if its not. 

Curious though, if APCC was throwing exceptions for several hours was it still in control of the mount during that time?


Re: OT - anyone at this total solar in 1991

Karen Christen
 

Elenillor is correct.  Marj and Roland went to Mexico in 1991 and managed to capture what is, in my opinion, the most amazing eclipse pic on film.  It was their first magazine cover - on S&T’s Oct 1991 issue.   I was stationed in Iceland at the time and was thrilled when they sent me a print of the photo along with a copy of the S&T issue.  I still have them both on my living room wall, and we have a large print in our conference room here at AP. 

 

We’re all very much looking forward to 2024!

Karen

AP 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Elenillor
Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2021 6:08 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] OT - anyone at this total solar in 1991

 

To be a bit on topic, Astrophysics made some wonderful prints of the eclipse that they sold. I have one in my den and consider it the best pre-digital eclipse photo I have seen. For digital I give that award to Miloslave Druckmuller. I happened to share a room with him on cruise ship which was part of the 2006 eclipse tour to Libya.


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Re: APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

Ray Gralak
 

my last sub came in at a little after 3am.
APCC did not crash at 3am. It was at least 3 hours later when APCC ran out of memory, presumably because of throwing exceptions because it could not access its settings file.

Also, the mount had already "flipped" (pierside=East, pointing West) so a meridian limit would not apply. If you had a Horizon limit, that would stop the mount, but I don't see any indication of one being reached in your log file.

-Ray

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Sent: Monday, July 12, 2021 6:27 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

[Edited Message Follows]

On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 08:10 AM, Ray Gralak wrote:


Are you sure about that? When APCC disconnects the mount will stop tracking after a short period of time.
This feature is not in APCC but in the mount. That is, if the mount does not see any commands from APCC it will
stop tracking in about a minute.
This was added into the mount's firmware exactly for cases such as APCC crashing, or the connection to the
mount is lost.

-Ray

I believe so. My mount was still pointed at my target at 7am, which by that time was well below my tree-line.
(Target in Cygnus). There was still an ASCOM window open and it also said "tracking". When I closed everything
down and I realized that APCC had factory reset, I connected to the mount directly through it's port (not virtual port)
and parked the mount. It parked in the correct position. I'm not sure exactly when APCC crashed, but my capture
program crashed and my last sub came in at a little after 3am.


Re: APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

Ray Gralak
 

Chris,

If the driver was still active then APCC didn't actually crash. APCC pre-builds a circular queue of command structures, so it would not need to allocate memory to send commands. And the meridian limits are loaded into memory so they would still be intact until you restarted APCC (because of the lock on the settings file from another app).

-Ray

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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Chris White
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2021 6:27 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 08:10 AM, Ray Gralak wrote:


Are you sure about that? When APCC disconnects the mount will stop tracking after a short period of time.
This feature is not in APCC but in the mount. That is, if the mount does not see any commands from APCC it will
stop tracking in about a minute.
This was added into the mount's firmware exactly for cases such as APCC crashing, or the connection to the
mount is lost.

-Ray

I believe so. My mount was still pointed at my target at 7am, which by that time was well below my tree-line.
(Target in Cygnus). There was still an ASCOM window open and it also said "tracking". When I closed everything
down and I realized that APCC had factory reset, I connected to the mount directly through it's port (not virtual port)
and parked the mount. It parked in the correct position.


Re: APCC Pro appears to have crashed and all settings reverted back to factory settings #APCC

Chris White
 
Edited

On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 08:10 AM, Ray Gralak wrote:
Are you sure about that? When APCC disconnects the mount will stop tracking after a short period of time. This feature is not in APCC but in the mount. That is, if the mount does not see any commands from APCC it will stop tracking in about a minute.
This was added into the mount's firmware exactly for cases such as APCC crashing, or the connection to the mount is lost.

-Ray
I believe so.  My mount was still pointed at my target at 7am, which by that time was well below my tree-line. (Target in Cygnus).  There was still an ASCOM window open and it also said "tracking".  When I closed everything down and I realized that APCC had factory reset, I connected to the mount directly through it's port (not virtual port) and parked the mount.  It parked in the correct position.  I'm not sure exactly when APCC crashed, but my capture program crashed and my last sub came in at a little after 3am. 

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