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Re: Which Camera?

Terry Martin
 

Other possibilities is probably a good idea. In hind sight I should have looked at other options too. I guess it's never too late to look elsewhere; it's only money.  Ha!


Re: Which Camera?

Roland Christen
 

I have not decided yet what to get. I'm looking at other possibilities. Meanwhile I'm having fun with my old QSI 683 - a real gem of a camera.

Roland

-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Martin <terry@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Sep 6, 2021 7:42 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Which Camera?

Hi Roland,

Did you ever decide on a camera?

If you decided on a QHY, I hope your experience is better than mine.  I had purchased a 268C, Early Bird Version, and when I got it and connected it all up I had lots of connection issues.  When I asked QHY for assistance all I was told that the camera had been tested before shipping and that it was fine (I had bought it directly from QHY).  Well, after some time it started working fine and I left it on the scope and didn't touch it.  I then decided to set up the camera on a different scope and I again got lots of connection issues.  Then I noticed that the USB connector was broken which was probably the problem all along.  Anyway, I sent the camera for repair through QHY repair service in the US. The camera was then sent to Hong Kong. After a couple months I sent them an email asking for an update and was told that the camera could not be repaired in Hong Kong and therefore needed to be sent to Beijing.  I sent them more emails with no response until after 5 months when I finally heard from QHY and was told that they would replace the camera.  I received the camera today, but what I got was a used camera and not even the same model camera.  I had sent an Early Bird version and what I received was a Photographic version. From what I remember there was a significant price difference between the two versions.  To say that I'm not impressed would be a major understatement.

I hope your luck is better than mine.

Terry

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: [FAQ] Using NINA with Astro-Physics mounts

Sébastien Doré
 

Thanks Ray, that indeed fixed it.

Sébastien


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Objet : Re: [ap-gto] [FAQ] Using NINA with Astro-Physics mounts
 
My apologies. There was a missing DLL from the Pro installer. Please download this updated installer:

https://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Pro_Setup_1.9.0.5a.exe

The old link has been updated as well.

-Ray

> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of annaski
> Sent: Monday, September 6, 2021 6:32 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] [FAQ] Using NINA with Astro-Physics mounts
>
> I noticed an update for APCC Pro 1.9.0.5, updated, and suddenly cannot connect to the camera in NINA.
> NINA says 'connected', APPM says, 'no'.
>
> I rebooted, same result.
>







Re: [FAQ] Using NINA with Astro-Physics mounts

Ray Gralak
 

My apologies. There was a missing DLL from the Pro installer. Please download this updated installer:

https://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Pro_Setup_1.9.0.5a.exe

The old link has been updated as well.

-Ray

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of annaski
Sent: Monday, September 6, 2021 6:32 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] [FAQ] Using NINA with Astro-Physics mounts

I noticed an update for APCC Pro 1.9.0.5, updated, and suddenly cannot connect to the camera in NINA.
NINA says 'connected', APPM says, 'no'.

I rebooted, same result.


Re: [FAQ] Using NINA with Astro-Physics mounts

Brent Boshart
 

I had the same issue.  Reinstalled the previous version v1.9.0.1 and it worked fine again with NINA.


Re: [FAQ] Using NINA with Astro-Physics mounts

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

Annaski wrote:

 

  • I noticed an update for APCC Pro 1.9.0.5, updated, and suddenly cannot connect to the camera in NINA.
    NINA says 'connected', APPM says, 'no'.

    I rebooted, same result.

_._,_._,_

 

I just set up and tried it, and get the same result.

 

I just ran this with the same NINA setup last night and built a model flawlessly.

 

Tonight as soon as I hit connect in NINA it says “Failed to connect to Camera: Cannot connect: Please make sure the camera is connected in NINA”.  It is connected.  And I can image in NINA.  NINA’s server is enabled.

 

I saved off the logs from APPC/APPM during the startup.  They should be short since I did nothing else.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HJYpbAZhJfyhoDq6rMH9v72DDOkNDIZH/view?usp=sharing

 

I didn’t see anything at all in the NINA logs.

 

Ray, is there any steps needed to downgrade other than uninstalling and installing, e.g. are the settings and such compatible?

 

Linwood

 

 

 


Re: [FAQ] Using NINA with Astro-Physics mounts

annaski
 

I noticed an update for APCC Pro 1.9.0.5, updated, and suddenly cannot connect to the camera in NINA.
NINA says 'connected', APPM says, 'no'.

I rebooted, same result.


Re: Rookie Question

Mike Dodd
 

On 9/6/2021 5:00 PM, jimwc@frontiernet.net wrote:
I also use a Icron Raven 3104. I mounted it to the dove tail plate with
a piece of 0.125" aluminum plate just big enough to hold the Raven and
a powerpole block
it mounts under the focuser of my stellarvue SVX 70T very nicely. I run
one 12v cable to a powerpole connector block to power my Focuser
controller, Imaging camera, and Guide Camera.
I certainly won't argue with success. Your description will make me consider that option if ever I need to re-do my setup.

Thanks for your information.

--- Mike


Re: Multiple instances of Astrophysics V2 driver

Eduardo Oliveira
 

Thanks a lot everybody! W Wilmo, you cracked the issue...That was
exactly the problem. I was tired of AVAST messages of suspicious
software running and decided to open PhD as administrator, while APT
was not. When I opened both software with my account the problem was
solved!

Clear skies

E. Oliveira.

On Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 8:57 PM W Hilmo <y.groups@hilmo.net> wrote:

It sounds like at least one of the software packages connecting to the
mount is running as administrator and at least one is not.

That has the effect of connecting as two different users simultaneously
(one of them as your account, and one of them as administrator). Each
user will get a separate instance of the driver.

The solution is to make sure that none of your astronomy software is
running as administrator.

On 9/6/21 4:31 PM, Eduardo Oliveira wrote:
Hello there,

Can someone explain why I am having multiple instances of the
Asto-Physics V2 driver (version v5.30.10) being open when I execute my
acquisition software (Astrophotography Tool) and after that my guiding
software (PhD)? When I connect APT with my mount it opens the first
instance of the ASCOM driver and later when I connect PhD to my mount
it opens a second instance. I recently upgraded to a new computer and
installed Windows10 64 bits. Is there a problem running this two
instances? Can I fix it?

Clear skies,

E. Oliveira.











Re: Which Camera?

Terry Martin
 

Hi Roland,

Did you ever decide on a camera?

If you decided on a QHY, I hope your experience is better than mine.  I had purchased a 268C, Early Bird Version, and when I got it and connected it all up I had lots of connection issues.  When I asked QHY for assistance all I was told that the camera had been tested before shipping and that it was fine (I had bought it directly from QHY).  Well, after some time it started working fine and I left it on the scope and didn't touch it.  I then decided to set up the camera on a different scope and I again got lots of connection issues.  Then I noticed that the USB connector was broken which was probably the problem all along.  Anyway, I sent the camera for repair through QHY repair service in the US. The camera was then sent to Hong Kong. After a couple months I sent them an email asking for an update and was told that the camera could not be repaired in Hong Kong and therefore needed to be sent to Beijing.  I sent them more emails with no response until after 5 months when I finally heard from QHY and was told that they would replace the camera.  I received the camera today, but what I got was a used camera and not even the same model camera.  I had sent an Early Bird version and what I received was a Photographic version. From what I remember there was a significant price difference between the two versions.  To say that I'm not impressed would be a major understatement.

I hope your luck is better than mine.

Terry


Re: 47 Tucanae with 155EDF refractor

Eric Weiner
 

Well I know you couldn’t shoot 47 Tucanae from your latitude, and telescopes can be moved from one location to the next 😉. I suppose I was mainly curious about the addition of the glass discussion and was fishing for more details.

Eric


Re: 47 Tucanae with 155EDF refractor

Roland Christen
 


It sounds like this is an OTA you still have in your personal inventory.
No, this is not my scope. It was purchased years ago by Daniel Verschatse for his Hacienda Chile observatory complex. I used it when i visited down there.
I have my own scope here, of course and use it for testing, but I cannot image 47 Tuc from up here in Illinois with my 155.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Weiner <weinere@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Sep 6, 2021 6:31 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 47 Tucanae with 155EDF refractor

Roland,

So this image was taken with the retrofitted Ohara glass 155 or prior to the retrofit with Schott glass?

It sounds like this is an OTA you still have in your personal inventory. It must sincerely be a pleasure to have found a profession which you enjoy so much, have developed significant skill in, and have built a very successful business out of which produces products sought after and coveted by so many.

Does this portend your consideration of a future 155 production run, or are you reminiscing? I’m not privy to what glass is available or not, or even what glass is good or bad. I’m a simple end user. A quick search shows Ohara Japan is still in business. I suppose quality telescope owners should understand these details if they are available.

Regards,
Eric









--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


RAPM1 Came Loose for RAPAS on Mach 1

John A. Sillasen
 

I purchased one of the 1st 5 RAPAS when they became available.  Since that time I have had wonderful time performing polar alignment  - even when forgetting to move the scope out of the way and banging my head on it!

Since the you know thing that had us all cloistered in our own sandbox, I have only used my Mach 1 4 times!  The rest of the time it resides in its ScopeGuard case in my van.

Saturday,  I took it out for one of those rare CT clear sky weekend nights and found that the RAPM1 was just spinning - well loose anyhow. I could thread it on but it was no where's near the up and down to fit the RAPAS where it should be.

I just re-read the RAPAS instruction manual for the first time since I installed it and see now or remembering now that RAPM1 is a two piece part where Part 1 uses the 0.050" Hex key that comes with each mount. 

I don't even remember them being two pieces let alone taking them apart again.

Has anyone else had their RAPM1 loosen up on them?  Was their any damage or do I just need to go tighten up those her bolts and perhaps put a tiny drop of Loctite on them?

Thoughts?  Experiences?

Thank you!

John A. Sillasen



Re: Multiple instances of Astrophysics V2 driver

W Hilmo
 

It sounds like at least one of the software packages connecting to the mount is running as administrator and at least one is not.

That has the effect of connecting as two different users simultaneously (one of them as your account, and one of them as administrator).  Each user will get a separate instance of the driver.

The solution is to make sure that none of your astronomy software is running as administrator.

On 9/6/21 4:31 PM, Eduardo Oliveira wrote:
Hello there,

Can someone explain why I am having multiple instances of the
Asto-Physics V2 driver (version v5.30.10) being open when I execute my
acquisition software (Astrophotography Tool) and after that my guiding
software (PhD)? When I connect APT with my mount it opens the first
instance of the ASCOM driver and later when I connect PhD to my mount
it opens a second instance. I recently upgraded to a new computer and
installed Windows10 64 bits. Is there a problem running this two
instances? Can I fix it?

Clear skies,

E. Oliveira.




Re: Multiple instances of Astrophysics V2 driver

Clement Elechi
 

APT has an option to connect to mount automatically.  Try turning that off.  Maybe launch the ASCOM driver using CdC and then connect mount with PHD2 and APT.

Clem

============================

My flickr gallery:


On Monday, September 6, 2021, 07:31:54 PM EDT, Eduardo Oliveira <eoliveira@...> wrote:


Hello there,

Can someone explain why I am having multiple instances of the
Asto-Physics V2 driver (version v5.30.10) being open when I execute my
acquisition software (Astrophotography Tool) and after that my guiding
software (PhD)? When I connect APT with my mount it opens the first
instance of the ASCOM driver and later when I connect PhD to my mount
it opens a second instance. I recently upgraded to a new computer and
installed Windows10 64 bits. Is there a problem running this two
instances? Can I fix it?

Clear skies,

E. Oliveira.






Multiple instances of Astrophysics V2 driver

Eduardo Oliveira
 

Hello there,

Can someone explain why I am having multiple instances of the
Asto-Physics V2 driver (version v5.30.10) being open when I execute my
acquisition software (Astrophotography Tool) and after that my guiding
software (PhD)? When I connect APT with my mount it opens the first
instance of the ASCOM driver and later when I connect PhD to my mount
it opens a second instance. I recently upgraded to a new computer and
installed Windows10 64 bits. Is there a problem running this two
instances? Can I fix it?

Clear skies,

E. Oliveira.


Re: 47 Tucanae with 155EDF refractor

Eric Weiner
 

Roland,

So this image was taken with the retrofitted Ohara glass 155 or prior to the retrofit with Schott glass?

It sounds like this is an OTA you still have in your personal inventory. It must sincerely be a pleasure to have found a profession which you enjoy so much, have developed significant skill in, and have built a very successful business out of which produces products sought after and coveted by so many.

Does this portend your consideration of a future 155 production run, or are you reminiscing? I’m not privy to what glass is available or not, or even what glass is good or bad. I’m a simple end user. A quick search shows Ohara Japan is still in business. I suppose quality telescope owners should understand these details if they are available.

Regards,
Eric


Re: CP4 not creating a COM port...

Khushrow Machhi
 

That was it.  Not sure how the board worked lose, I am the original owner and have never dropped it. I reseated the board and now when I plug in to the USB port I get a confirming beep when I plug the CP4 in.  However when I open device manager there is still no com port showing up, there is an other devices with a FT32R device that says the driver is not correctly installed.  This device disappears when I unplug the CP4.  I do not recall updating a driver when I originally installed the CP4, so any assistance on which driver I need to update will help.
Khushrow


Re: 47 Tucanae with 155EDF refractor

Roland Christen
 

It was processed back in 2011. I have not gone back to the original subs.Too many other projects.

I did want to post this because the 155 is probably my favorite medium sized refractor and I don't use it much here because I have a 160 (which is unfortunately longer and heavier). The glass for the 155 ended up having more and more problems (glass made by Schott) so I finally threw in the towel and redesigned the lens to use all Ohara glass from Japan in our 160 EDF as well as all the other newer scopes.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Weiner <weinere@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Sep 6, 2021 5:36 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 47 Tucanae with 155EDF refractor

Very beautiful Roland. Simply out of curiosity, is this the image processed in 2011 or did you use modern techniques to reprocess the 2011 subs?

Cheers,
Eric









--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: 47 Tucanae with 155EDF refractor

vk3cjk
 

Hi Roland, many here 'down under' would readily agree with you.   It's certainly been a goto target that my AP 1200 has settled on many times to show countless visitors.   We are very lucky to have Tuc 47 in our backyard!
Nice rendition of yours, too.

Cheers, Chris

On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 7:08 AM Terry Martin <terry@...> wrote:
Wow!!  That's gorgeous.  Thanks for sharing Roland.

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