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Re: Seeking CP3 Control Box with V2 Chip

Chris White
 

Fernando,   I fid find this on AP website: The Astro-Physics Command Center (APCC) requires either the CP4 control box or the CP3 control box with the V2 chip installed.


So it would seem I'm looking for the cp3 v2. 


Re: What does GTO stand for in A-P mounts (i.e. A-P1100GTO)

Karen Christen
 

I’ve been enjoying all your submissions of what GTO stands for.  The truth is, it’s a shortening of GoTo, and a nod to some very cool cars.  We have a bunch of car geeks among the Astro-Folk and they like to name things after them, hence the Gran Turismo, Mach1 & 2, etc.  So no one wins the guessing game.  But my personal favorite entry goes to…

>>Michael Kelly:  God That’s Outstanding!

Karen

AP

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Peter Nagy
Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2021 2:21 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] What does GTO stand for in A-P mounts (i.e. A-P1100GTO)

 

Title says it all. Does it stand for "Grand Touring Optics". :-)

Is it based on your favorite cars like Pontiac GTO?

Peter


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Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Seeking CP3 Control Box with V2 Chip

Christopher Erickson
 

My understanding is that using any CP3 with APCC standard or pro, a V2 chip is required, regardless of mount model.

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

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, Hawaii


On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 12:56 PM Chris White <chris.white@...> wrote:
On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 05:56 PM, fernandorivera3 wrote:
For your 900 GTO mount the V2 chip is not required. You could do with the V chip. Even the V1 is not needed either. Both the V1 & V2 are for encoder mounts. Your 900 GTO is not capable of having encoders installed. 

Fernando
Hmmm... I though the V2 chip was needed for APCCPro Modeling.  Maybe I'm wrong, and if thats the case I guess any of the "V" chips would work.


Re: Seeking CP3 Control Box with V2 Chip

Chris White
 

On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 06:36 PM, Steven Panish wrote:
Ooops..never mind, I was thinking handbox!!!!  Sorry.
Steve
Very kind of you to offer though Steve!


Re: Seeking CP3 Control Box with V2 Chip

Chris White
 

On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 05:56 PM, fernandorivera3 wrote:
For your 900 GTO mount the V2 chip is not required. You could do with the V chip. Even the V1 is not needed either. Both the V1 & V2 are for encoder mounts. Your 900 GTO is not capable of having encoders installed. 

Fernando
Hmmm... I though the V2 chip was needed for APCCPro Modeling.  Maybe I'm wrong, and if thats the case I guess any of the "V" chips would work.


Re: Seeking CP3 Control Box with V2 Chip

Steven Panish
 

Ooops..never mind, I was thinking handbox!!!!  Sorry.
Steve

On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 6:34 PM Steven Panish via groups.io <scpanish=panishnet.com@groups.io> wrote:
Chris,
I could send you mine as a loaner.  I don't want to sell it, although I almost never use it.

Steve

On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 5:47 PM Chris White <chris.white@...> wrote:
I've been dead in the water for a few weeks after my 900GTO and scope was rained on.  I thought that the mount was ok, but it turns out I am having issues with the CP4.  I have to send it in to AP for repair, but I thought in the meantime to get up and running I would check to see if anyone happens to have a CP3 V2 laying around that they would be willing to part with. 

If so, please private message me.

Thank you!


Re: Seeking CP3 Control Box with V2 Chip

Steven Panish
 

Chris,
I could send you mine as a loaner.  I don't want to sell it, although I almost never use it.

Steve

On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 5:47 PM Chris White <chris.white@...> wrote:
I've been dead in the water for a few weeks after my 900GTO and scope was rained on.  I thought that the mount was ok, but it turns out I am having issues with the CP4.  I have to send it in to AP for repair, but I thought in the meantime to get up and running I would check to see if anyone happens to have a CP3 V2 laying around that they would be willing to part with. 

If so, please private message me.

Thank you!


Re: Seeking CP3 Control Box with V2 Chip

Bill Long
 

The V chip is required for APCC I believe.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of fernandorivera3 via groups.io <fernandorivera3@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:56 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Seeking CP3 Control Box with V2 Chip
 
For your 900 GTO mount the V2 chip is not required. You could do with the V chip. Even the V1 is not needed either. Both the V1 & V2 are for encoder mounts. Your 900 GTO is not capable of having encoders installed. 

Fernando


Re: Seeking CP3 Control Box with V2 Chip

fernandorivera3
 

For your 900 GTO mount the V2 chip is not required. You could do with the V chip. Even the V1 is not needed either. Both the V1 & V2 are for encoder mounts. Your 900 GTO is not capable of having encoders installed. 

Fernando


Re: Maintenance for a 5 year old AP mount

fernandorivera3
 

Michael send those monsoons over this way to deep southern Texas; only 1 day of rain since the end of July & no break from the endless heat blast 😳

Fernando


Seeking CP3 Control Box with V2 Chip

Chris White
 

I've been dead in the water for a few weeks after my 900GTO and scope was rained on.  I thought that the mount was ok, but it turns out I am having issues with the CP4.  I have to send it in to AP for repair, but I thought in the meantime to get up and running I would check to see if anyone happens to have a CP3 V2 laying around that they would be willing to part with. 

If so, please private message me.

Thank you!


Re: Maintenance for a 5 year old AP mount

michael mccann
 

Ok, I’ll run it through it’s paces. I won’t know about good stars until,( which I normally don’t have to say being in the SW but those monsoons have been relentless lately, it’s good for the farmers though), the evening skies clear.

Cheers


Hello All and pardon the newbie questions.....

Michael Kelly
 

......but.....

First things first....I approve of being an Astronut! What a difference a letter makes but its close proximity so I wont complain! 

I will be receiving my second hand Mach1 shortly and had an 'oh so long list of questions' that will surely have many of you rolling your eyes....no worries, I'm a quick study so I wont annoy you much for long before my very extensive mechanical and machining background will be able to offer valid and hopefully valuable input to all!  

While I gear up and learn APCC I do intend, (or at least hope to) to keep utilizing the ASIair which I have come to really appreciate its simplicity and integration.  The mount I've bought has a CP3 controller and wondered some insight here in how to integrate. Do I need the CP4 to get the USB-B port which is not on a CP3 but on the CP4? 

Again....I have serious newbie to AP ecosystem questions...please be patient!  

Best and Clear Skies,

Michael 


Re: Maintenance for a 5 year old AP mount

Roland Christen
 

I would not do anything at first. Set it up and run it to see how it operates. Find out if it slews and tracks properly.
After that you might re-grease the gears and in the process adjust the worm mesh. Other than that there isn't much else to do.

Roland

-----Original Message-----
From: michael mccann via groups.io <mmccawsprojects@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Sep 29, 2021 1:07 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Maintenance for a 5 year old AP mount

Hi
Before I get fully configured on my new “used” mount. What maintenance should I do? It’s 5 years old housed in a ROR that probably was in year round temperatures extremes seen at 4000 ft elevation in SW New Mexico. 

Cheers

Mike






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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Maintenance for a 5 year old AP mount

michael mccann
 

Hi
Before I get fully configured on my new “used” mount. What maintenance should I do? It’s 5 years old housed in a ROR that probably was in year round temperatures extremes seen at 4000 ft elevation in SW New Mexico.

Cheers

Mike


Re: MACH2GTO Price increase

Eric Weiner
 

I had the save problem a year or so ago. A-P said to make sure you accept the cookies or that function won’t work. I just checked and the notification field is visible on my browser.

Eric


Re: MACH2GTO Price increase

natscher0514@...
 

The Mach2 order and notification to place an order buttons are not showing for this item at the A-P website.  Is the Mach2 not available to order or to get a notification to order at this time?


Re: Smart Meridian Flip with NINA #APCC

Joseph Beyer
 

Given the information you've provided I dug a bit further into APCC-Pro.  I know there have been a lot of discussion about smart meridian flips with SGP and several more with NINA but I haven't seen a specific check list of toggles to enable the Smart Meridian Flip in NINA

In "Settings" >> "Advanced Settings"  I hadn't realized there was a button to enable NINA - Resetting the Third Party Applications >> Meridian Support to NINA enables the checkbox for "Send Limit with Offset to NINA" in the "Meridian" tab

I was incorrect in unchecking the "Counterweight up slews within" boxes. It makes sense because without the boxes checked the custom obstruction file data wouldn't be used.   Enabling the "Send Limit to NINA" option requires the toggling of both EAST and WEST Limit boxes.  

I believe I've got the rest of the options configured correctly.  I'll have to give it a run and see if it works now. 

Apologies for introducing more confusion.

Joe


Re: Questions about APCC

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

Ray wrote:

2. If I have plate solved an image in Maxim using PinPoint is it OK to use Maxim's "Sync to solved position"?
Yes, you can do that. However, if you use APCC Pro with a pointing model, I recommend you recalibrate through APPM, as it will be slightly more accurate.
In my scenario I set up each night, but in almost precisely the same spot. I then polar align, and am always already within a few arc minutes, which I tweak to get back closer.

At that point, since everything is more or less as it was, I plate solve and sync (recal actually) from NINA and move on.

Should I instead, after the polar align, open APPM and do a plate solve and sync? Running the recal through ASCOM thru APPC (with the model turned on) does something different than the recal (only, with no new model) in APPM?


Re: Smart Meridian Flip with NINA #APCC

Joseph Beyer
 

Mike,

I got it to work on my mount and there are a couple differences between your setup and mine mainly I unchecked the boxes for Counterweight Up Slews within East and West Limit boxes.  I also have the box for Clear Delay on Exit box checked.  Meridian Delay = 0. I'm not seeing the box you're describing as Send Limit with offset to NINA - I see one for SGP but not NINA.  Even though mine is working I may have it configured incorrectly.

In NINA: Minutes after meridian = 1min; Max minutes after meridian = 1 min; Pause before meridian = 0min

Joe

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