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Re: Strange Artifacts -

Wayne Hixson
 

Hi Robert, I should have mentioned these appear on almost all the subs, so it doesn’t appear to be more random events like meteors. I suspect it’s reflections somewhere. 


Re: Topaz DeNoise

Mike Dodd
 

On 9/4/2021 1:33 PM, Robert Chozick via groups.io wrote:
I am going back to fix some of my old images with Topaz DeNoise.
Topaz DeNoise AI performs very well for me. A friend told me about it back in October During the Mars opposition, and I've made it a standard part of my DSO processing workflow. I also have Topaz Gigapixel AI to resize images, but it takes a L-O-N-G time on astro images, so I do most of my resizing in Photoshop or PixInsight.

--- Mike


Re: Rookie Question

Mike Dodd
 

On 9/4/2021 1:33 PM, M Hambrick wrote:
* The ethernet connector is used for an Icron Ranger 2304 to provide
an extra USB port for a Focuser Boss controller.
I don't understand this. I had an Icron Ranger 2304, and the local unit (LEX) plugs into a _USB_ port, not an Ethernet port. Also, the REX remote unit has _four_ ports. Why so you imply just one ("an") extra port? I'm confused.

True, the LEX and the REX connect with a CAT5 cable, but that does not use an Ethernet port on the PC.

I now have an Icron Raven USB 3.0 extender that connects similarly --
USB3 port on the PC, LEX-REX via a CAT6/7 shielded cable.

I suppose that I
could use one of the other USB ports in the Icron to connect to the
mount. Is this recommended ? I ask because SBIG recommends against
plugging their cameras into USB hubs - even powered ones.
The Icron USB extenders are more than powered hubs. They provide full-spec USB2 ports on the REX -- the Ranger can supply up to 600 mA of +5V on each port concurrently.

I connect to my 1200 mount via RS-232 serial, but I have no doubt the Icron Ranger would provide a solid reliable USB2 connection.

--- Mike


Re: Rookie Question

Robert Chozick
 

I use a USB 3 hub at my mount and plug in cameras, focuser, serial to USB converter for the CP3.  I also use a GPUSB for guiding since I have a Mac.  I know this is old school but I still want to use my Mac.  I just bring one USB plug into my computer.

Robert

On Sep 4, 2021, at 12:33 PM, M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...> wrote:

I hope it's OK for me to jump into this conversation because my situation is very similar to Mark's in that I have until now been running my 1100 mount with the keypad, but I would like to start using APCC.

The problem is that I am running out of connections on my laptop:
  • The three USB ports on the laptop are all being used for the mouse, main imaging camera, and guide camera.
  • My laptop does not have a serial port with the DB9 connector.
  • The ethernet connector is used for an Icron Ranger 2304 to provide an extra USB port for a Focuser Boss controller. I suppose that I could use one of the other USB ports in the Icron to connect to the mount. Is this recommended ? I ask because SBIG recommends against plugging their cameras into USB hubs - even powered ones.
  • There is also a HDMI port on my laptop that is not being used.
How about the wireless connection to the mount ? Is this pretty reliable ? The manuals recommend the USB or ethernet connections as being the best.

Mike


Topaz DeNoise

Robert Chozick
 

I am going back to fix some of my old images with Topaz DeNoise.  Below is an example with M101.  The data was not as good as I would like but the improvement is good.

Old Version:


New DeNoise version:


Robert


Re: Rookie Question

M Hambrick
 

I hope it's OK for me to jump into this conversation because my situation is very similar to Mark's in that I have until now been running my 1100 mount with the keypad, but I would like to start using APCC.

The problem is that I am running out of connections on my laptop:
  • The three USB ports on the laptop are all being used for the mouse, main imaging camera, and guide camera.
  • My laptop does not have a serial port with the DB9 connector.
  • The ethernet connector is used for an Icron Ranger 2304 to provide an extra USB port for a Focuser Boss controller. I suppose that I could use one of the other USB ports in the Icron to connect to the mount. Is this recommended ? I ask because SBIG recommends against plugging their cameras into USB hubs - even powered ones.
  • There is also a HDMI port on my laptop that is not being used.
How about the wireless connection to the mount ? Is this pretty reliable ? The manuals recommend the USB or ethernet connections as being the best.

Mike


Re: Strange Artifacts -

Robert Chozick
 

Due to the randomness I think it is satellites or meteors that you did not remove in processing.  Did you use some sort of standard deviation process in your stacking routine.  I always do whether I see anything in my subs or not.

Robert

On Sep 4, 2021, at 11:50 AM, Wayne Hixson via groups.io <wayneh9026@...> wrote:

Here's the stacked image showing artifact with three reflections <Artifact2.jpg>


Re: Strange Artifacts -

Wayne Hixson
 

Here's the stacked image showing artifact with three reflections


Strange Artifacts -

Wayne Hixson
 

I was imaging NGC6888 (Crescent Nebula) and thought I'd discovered a new edge-on galaxy. I attach an extreme closeup. There are also fainter reflections both to the right and up. It appears in all the subs. I dithered the frames and when I blink them, it moves sort of with the stars but not always the same amount!! It's consistent enough though that it's obvious in the stacked image.

My imaging train is the AP130GTX, QuadTCC, Optolong L-eXtreme filter in a filter drawer, and the QHY268C camera. 

I've seen these with other filters so probably not related to the L-eXtreme. Figured this forum was a good place to find the expertise to diagnose the problem

Wayne


Re: Rookie Question

Roland Christen
 

You only need one single USB cable from your laptop to the CP4.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: markbruner@...
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Sep 3, 2021 9:04 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Rookie Question

Been using the AP 1100 (GTOCP4) for visual with keypad and now jumping to imaging and would like to guide. What is the best way to connect my laptop (2 years old) to Servo control box (using PhD and APT) as there seem to be so many options . 

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Building a custom powerwerx extension cable for CP4 power supply. Question?

Benton Reed
 

Thank you! This helped tremendously!


Re: GTO vs AE/AEL data #Absolute_Encoders

RogerM
 

Folks thanks so much for all your responses. I have decided to keep course with my AEL order and i can always obtain data from the guided with no encoders/guided with encoders later. 

Special thanks to Rolando for the detailed encoder explanation. 


Re: Rookie Question

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

I use a usb2 cable to directly connect the CP4 to my laptop. Never had a problem in this configuration.

On Saturday, September 4, 2021, 9:45 AM, markbruner@... wrote:

Been using the AP 1100 (GTOCP4) for visual with keypad and now jumping to imaging and would like to guide. What is the best way to connect my laptop (2 years old) to Servo control box (using PhD and APT) as there seem to be so many options . 


Rookie Question

markbruner@...
 

Been using the AP 1100 (GTOCP4) for visual with keypad and now jumping to imaging and would like to guide. What is the best way to connect my laptop (2 years old) to Servo control box (using PhD and APT) as there seem to be so many options . 


Re: Building a custom powerwerx extension cable for CP4 power supply. Question?

Jeffc
 

Fwiw.. after building many powerpole cables for AP mounts going back 10 years, and also ham radio stuff... for the last round with the mach2 I just purchased pre-assembled extension cables....   Like this:  https://www.amazon.com/LIXIN-Battery-Adapter-Generator-Inverter/dp/B07XR7MMJZ/ref=psdc_13638744011_t3_B091J3QTPK

I'm powering the mount and UPBV2+camera+dewstrap+focuser, using a GoalZero Yeti which has powerpole on the output.
I use one of these pre-assembled cables to go to a small rig-runner, then another from the rigrunner to the thru-mount connector.
Fwiw, afaict, these would also work to extend the new style AP power cable.

Note the powerpole end is configured a bit differently -- I just needed to slide out the red/black connectors and slide them together into the appropriate configuration.

-jeff


On Sat, Sep 4, 2021 at 1:04 AM Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:
18GA wire is sufficient for the small current draw of a CP4 and AP motors, up to maybe 2M in length. Maybe 16GA for lengths up to 4M and 14GA for lengths up to maybe 8M. 

Anything larger will work just fine too. But no need for serious copper overkill.

"My advice is always free and worth every penny!"

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, Hawaii


On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 6:33 PM Benton Reed <hbentonreed@...> wrote:
I am building a custom extension for a CP4 controller.  
1. What weight cable is recommended? 8 ga or 10ga?  
2. What Power pole connector would be advisable?  30 amp or 45 amp? 

I know AP has them on the site, but need 24" not 18".  

Thanks! 


Re: Building a custom powerwerx extension cable for CP4 power supply. Question?

Christopher Erickson
 

18GA wire is sufficient for the small current draw of a CP4 and AP motors, up to maybe 2M in length. Maybe 16GA for lengths up to 4M and 14GA for lengths up to maybe 8M. 

Anything larger will work just fine too. But no need for serious copper overkill.

"My advice is always free and worth every penny!"

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, Hawaii


On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 6:33 PM Benton Reed <hbentonreed@...> wrote:
I am building a custom extension for a CP4 controller.  
1. What weight cable is recommended? 8 ga or 10ga?  
2. What Power pole connector would be advisable?  30 amp or 45 amp? 

I know AP has them on the site, but need 24" not 18".  

Thanks! 


Re: Building a custom powerwerx extension cable for CP4 power supply. Question?

Horia
 

AWG12 should be way more than sufficient. I would take AWG14 and 15Amp Power Poles. For reliable connections, you may need a crimp tool.

 

Regards,

Horia

 

 

 

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Betreff: [ap-gto] Building a custom powerwerx extension cable for CP4 power supply. Question?

 

I am building a custom extension for a CP4 controller.  
1. What weight cable is recommended? 8 ga or 10ga?  
2. What Power pole connector would be advisable?  30 amp or 45 amp? 

I know AP has them on the site, but need 24" not 18".  

Thanks! 


Building a custom powerwerx extension cable for CP4 power supply. Question?

Benton Reed
 

I am building a custom extension for a CP4 controller.  
1. What weight cable is recommended? 8 ga or 10ga?  
2. What Power pole connector would be advisable?  30 amp or 45 amp? 

I know AP has them on the site, but need 24" not 18".  

Thanks! 


Re: TSX platesolve trouble with APPC/APPM ver 1.9 with TSX camera

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Thank you, Ray. I think I set up steps 7 and 8 correctly, as you note. But I know what I did wrong, when trying to set up APPM, I did not connect the AP ASCOM driver (ie no mount in TSX) and this could be the reason. I will try it again tonight. 

Thanks,

Shailesh


Re: V2 driver

cmaier
 

I'll give it a try, thanks

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