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Re: November 2021 Red Beaver Moon

Howard Ritter
 

Very nice capture, Eric. I’ve been hoping that someone in one of the groups I belong to would post a decent HDR image. This is the first I’ve seen. Thanks for posting.

Do you live in western VA? I want to tweak my brother in Lexington (VA) for not bothering to get up to see it if he had the same clearing skies.

—howard

On Nov 19, 2021, at 5:51 PM, eja24601 via groups.io <eja24601@...> wrote:

November 18 was started off mostly cloudy, but the forecasts (TV meteorologists included) all pointed to clear skies for the eclipse. With that in mind, I got up at 1AM to start preparing for a go at capturing a sequence. Unfortunately, despite forecasts (Astrospheric and the Clear Sky Clock included) for a partly cloudy sky at that time, it was overcast. The Beaver Moon did punch through some sucker holes and thinning layers long enough for me to come to focus with my telescope/camera. However, the clouds stubbornly hung around. 2:30 came and went with no signs of the clouds dispersing. I finally decided to try and nap until 3:30. I tossed and turned restlessly and finally decided to check conditions around 3:20. Lo and behold, the clouds had parted, with the eclipse partway through.

I hurried to our telescope, consoling myself that if I wouldn't be able to capture a sequence, I would at least attempt an HDR composite. Other than a thin cloud that seemed to mock my first attempt at bracketed exposures, the sky remained clear for the rest of the night. I shot a sequence of bracketed exposures all the way through about 5:45AM, so I have a lot of data to play with as I attempt other HDR composites.

In between capturing images, I thought for a change to view the eclipse visually with a scope. Binoculars views were good but shaky (hand-held, no surprise). So I brought out a Borg 76ED and gazed visually. The view with a 15mm TV Plossl was mesmerizing. My HDR composite is a weak attempt at capturing what I saw through the eyepiece.

That said, here is an attempt at an HDR composite of the eclipse near maximum (taken around 4:05AM). This was taken with a Canon Digital Rebel t6i through a TMB-152 scope riding on an Astro-Physics AP1200GTO mount. This is radically reduced from the original 4000 x 6000-sized image.

Enjoy,
Eric <MaxEclipse.jpg>


Re: November 2021 Red Beaver Moon

Manusfisch
 

Eric , what a nice blend of colors, The silver gray of the moon really stands out on the left-hand side and blend so nicely with the blood red moon

TJF Mobile

On Nov 19, 2021, at 17:51, eja24601 via groups.io <eja24601@...> wrote:

November 18 was started off mostly cloudy, but the forecasts (TV meteorologists included) all pointed to clear skies for the eclipse. With that in mind, I got up at 1AM to start preparing for a go at capturing a sequence. Unfortunately, despite forecasts (Astrospheric and the Clear Sky Clock included) for a partly cloudy sky at that time, it was overcast. The Beaver Moon did punch through some sucker holes and thinning layers long enough for me to come to focus with my telescope/camera. However, the clouds stubbornly hung around. 2:30 came and went with no signs of the clouds dispersing. I finally decided to try and nap until 3:30. I tossed and turned restlessly and finally decided to check conditions around 3:20. Lo and behold, the clouds had parted, with the eclipse partway through.

I hurried to our telescope, consoling myself that if I wouldn't be able to capture a sequence, I would at least attempt an HDR composite. Other than a thin cloud that seemed to mock my first attempt at bracketed exposures, the sky remained clear for the rest of the night. I shot a sequence of bracketed exposures all the way through about 5:45AM, so I have a lot of data to play with as I attempt other HDR composites.

In between capturing images, I thought for a change to view the eclipse visually with a scope. Binoculars views were good but shaky (hand-held, no surprise). So I brought out a Borg 76ED and gazed visually. The view with a 15mm TV Plossl was mesmerizing. My HDR composite is a weak attempt at capturing what I saw through the eyepiece.

That said, here is an attempt at an HDR composite of the eclipse near maximum (taken around 4:05AM). This was taken with a Canon Digital Rebel t6i through a TMB-152 scope riding on an Astro-Physics AP1200GTO mount. This is radically reduced from the original 4000 x 6000-sized image.

Enjoy,
Eric
<MaxEclipse.jpg>


November 2021 Red Beaver Moon

eja24601
 

November 18 was started off mostly cloudy, but the forecasts (TV meteorologists included) all pointed to clear skies for the eclipse. With that in mind, I got up at 1AM to start preparing for a go at capturing a sequence. Unfortunately, despite forecasts (Astrospheric and the Clear Sky Clock included) for a partly cloudy sky at that time, it was overcast. The Beaver Moon did punch through some sucker holes and thinning layers long enough for me to come to focus with my telescope/camera. However, the clouds stubbornly hung around. 2:30 came and went with no signs of the clouds dispersing. I finally decided to try and nap until 3:30. I tossed and turned restlessly and finally decided to check conditions around 3:20. Lo and behold, the clouds had parted, with the eclipse partway through.

I hurried to our telescope, consoling myself that if I wouldn't be able to capture a sequence, I would at least attempt an HDR composite. Other than a thin cloud that seemed to mock my first attempt at bracketed exposures, the sky remained clear for the rest of the night. I shot a sequence of bracketed exposures all the way through about 5:45AM, so I have a lot of data to play with as I attempt other HDR composites.

In between capturing images, I thought for a change to view the eclipse visually with a scope. Binoculars views were good but shaky (hand-held, no surprise). So I brought out a Borg 76ED and gazed visually. The view with a 15mm TV Plossl was mesmerizing. My HDR composite is a weak attempt at capturing what I saw through the eyepiece.

That said, here is an attempt at an HDR composite of the eclipse near maximum (taken around 4:05AM). This was taken with a Canon Digital Rebel t6i through a TMB-152 scope riding on an Astro-Physics AP1200GTO mount. This is radically reduced from the original 4000 x 6000-sized image.

Enjoy,
Eric


Re: Heavy piggyback considerations

eja24601
 

Thanks for the replies! I don't recognize the TMB's rings; they might be APM/TMB rings of the era (the scope is an actual TMB-152 from the early-mid 2000's). The FSQ is using Socal Astro rings (no longer made, but pretty beefy). I definitely have no plans on using flimsy inexpensive rings.

Chip, that's a great idea to mount the FSQ on the TMB's rings without the scope! Yes, I agree that a tandem arrangement is the better approach long-term. This piggyback idea is not meant for occasional use, not long-term (FSQ riding semi-permanently on the TMB).

Regards,
Eric


Re: New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Mauricio,

Thanks for the file.

It looks like the field names can change slightly depending on the selected options. I'm going to look into how to make this work better in Horizons, but for now try replacing line 69 with this line:

Date__(UT)__HR:MN:SC.fff R.A.__(a-apparent)__DEC dRA*cosD d(DEC)/dt Azi_(a-appr)_Elev L_Ap_Sid_Time T-Mag N-mag

The problem is that the field that starts with "Azi" is different from what Horizon expects. You'll need to replace this line in any future Horizon ephemeris files you create until I can produce a fix. I've attached the full edited file as well.

-Ray

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via groups.io
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2021 10:33 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)

Ray, thanks.



The text file that fails to load is attached.



Thanks,



Mauricio Guerra

San Diego, CA.





Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows



From: Ray Gralak <mailto:iogroups@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 9:53 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)



Mauricio,



I narrowed down to 1-hour duration and 1-minute interval (there is no option for 1-sec intervals in the
dropdown box).



Sorry, I thought I sent the explanation of how to do this earlier, but I see I didn't actually click send. :-)



You can increase the time resolution by specifying a one-hour time interval and setting a step size of 3600
"equal units (unitless)", which would produce one-second entries in the ephemeris results table. Your first
video shows a one-minute intervals for a month duration. This may not be the problem but one-minute
sampling is not going to provide a very accurate calculation for the ISS.



And, rather than this back and forth trial and error, please attach the text file that fails to load. That will make it
much easier to determine the problem.



Thanks,



-Ray







-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 8:50 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)
Ray:
I narrowed down to 1-hour duration and 1-minute interval (there is no option for 1-sec intervals in the
dropdown

box).
https://youtu.be/QhnU1o9lDM8
I also tried this setting: meaning one-second intervals (assuming you were referring to that). I did not see a
difference. Same error.
Thanks!
Mauricio Guerra
San Diego, CA.
From: Ray Gralak <mailto:iogroups@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:40 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)
You have a full month of time range. Can you try narrowing it down to one hour and the 1-second effective
time interval?
-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via
groups.io

Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:11 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)
Ray, thanks.
I tried selecting on 2,3,4,7, and 9. But I keep getting the same result:
The sequence ending in error is shown here:
https://youtu.be/8ewIGj9ImkE
I can for sure try other options based on your guidance.
* I guess the browser is not an issue. I use Chrome
* I have Windows 10
* I tried the process without connecting to the mount
Thanks for your time.
Mauricio Guerra
San Diego, CA.
Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows
From: Ray Gralak <mailto:iogroups@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:08 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)
Hi Mauricio,
Try selecting only these five check boxes in the Observer Table Settings:
2,3,4,7, and 9.
-Ray
-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via
groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:29 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) and Pro(1.9.1.1)
Geert, thanks. Yeah, I used those recommended settings.
I captured the sequence in this brief clip (in 1080p quality, it should show a clear image of the sequence
and
settings):
https://youtu.be/8y3BsvMrAaI
Is it working for all who verified?
Thanks all for your time!
Mauricio Guerra
San Diego, CA.
Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows
From: Geert <mailto:geert.vandenbulcke@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:00 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) and Pro(1.9.1.1)
Mauricio,
Did you check that the necessary table settings are selected (2, 3, 4, 7, 9) ? Check Edit Table Settings
on

the
Horizons web page.
Geert
Op do 18 nov. 2021 om 21:12 schreef moguerra via groups.io <moguerra@...>:
I did tried one more time today using the BETA version you provided above (Pro 1.9.1.1). I did set
the
proper settings and used the buttons to download the data within JPL site and the "Load JPL File"
button

in
Horizons. Unfortunately, I still get the same behavior/error.
I use windows 10, in case it is important.
Hopefully my observation is consistent with other.
Thanks for the help getting this resolved.
Regards,
Mauricio Guerra
San Diego, CA.













Re: New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)

Mauricio Guerra
 

Ray, thanks.

 

The text file that fails to load is attached.

 

Thanks,

 

Mauricio Guerra

San Diego, CA.

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows

 

From: Ray Gralak
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 9:53 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)

 

Mauricio,

 

> I narrowed down to 1-hour duration and 1-minute interval (there is no option for 1-sec intervals in the dropdown box).

 

Sorry, I thought I sent the explanation of how to do this earlier, but I see I didn't actually click send. :-)

 

You can increase the time resolution by specifying a one-hour time interval and setting a step size of 3600 "equal units (unitless)", which would produce one-second entries in the ephemeris results table. Your first video shows a one-minute intervals for a month duration. This may not be the problem but one-minute sampling is not going to provide a very accurate calculation for the ISS.

 

And, rather than this back and forth trial and error, please attach the text file that fails to load. That will make it much easier to determine the problem.

 

Thanks,

 

-Ray

 

 

 

> -----Original Message-----

> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via groups.io

> Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 8:50 PM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)

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> From: Ray Gralak <mailto:iogroups@...>

> Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:40 PM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)

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> You  have a full month of time range. Can you try narrowing it down to one hour and the 1-second effective

> time interval?

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> > -----Original Message-----

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> > From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via groups.io

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> > Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:11 PM

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> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)

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> > Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986>  for Windows

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> > From: Ray Gralak <mailto:iogroups@...>

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> > Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:08 PM

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> > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

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> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)

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> > > Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:29 PM

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Re: New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) and Pro(1.9.1.1)

Michael 'Mikey' Mangieri
 

I have tried the new beta with the settings as described but the downloaded file still gives the error message (twice).


Re: Balancing east heavy? #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 

With spring loaded gearboxes you need to balance the axes. Do not unbalance the Mach2 axes.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: AaronW <aaron.wilhelm@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Nov 19, 2021 9:14 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Balancing east heavy? #Mach2GTO

New Mach2 owner here.  I have read that it is typically advisable to balance one's mount slightly east heavy (counterweight shaft side) so that the gears are always engaged as they track.  Is this also the case on an encoder mount like the Mach2?

Best,
Aaron

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Balancing east heavy? #Mach2GTO

 

>>> I should add that I've always considered the east-heavy mantra flawed.
The idea was that the worm would be "pushing" against the worm wheel
teeth. But what happens after a meridian flip? Now the opposite face of
the worm wheel teeth are pushing against the worm!

In that "mantra" one would have to adjust the counterweight after the flip so it would still bias the weight east.

Back then (like it was a million years ago haha) complete automation wasn't as prevalent or expected, so I think people were more willing to do that. 

On Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 7:26 AM Mike Dodd <mike@...> wrote:
I should add that I've always considered the east-heavy mantra flawed.
The idea was that the worm would be "pushing" against the worm wheel
teeth. But what happens after a meridian flip? Now the opposite face of
the worm wheel teeth are pushing against the worm!

I balanced my old G11 mount neutrally, then wrapped a cord around the RA
hub and over a pulley to a suspended weight, to apply an east-heavy bias
regardless of which way the scope was pointing.

I don't need this on my non-encoder 1200.

--- Mike








--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: Balancing east heavy? #Mach2GTO

George
 

Aaron, et al.,

Absolute Encoder mounts should be accurately balanced for best performance. Do not offset the weight.

Regards,

George

George Whitney
Astro-Physics, Inc.
Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)
Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)
Email:  george@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike Dodd
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2021 9:26 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Balancing east heavy? #Mach2GTO

I should add that I've always considered the east-heavy mantra flawed.
The idea was that the worm would be "pushing" against the worm wheel teeth. But what happens after a meridian flip? Now the opposite face of the worm wheel teeth are pushing against the worm!

I balanced my old G11 mount neutrally, then wrapped a cord around the RA hub and over a pulley to a suspended weight, to apply an east-heavy bias regardless of which way the scope was pointing.

I don't need this on my non-encoder 1200.

--- Mike


Re: Balancing east heavy? #Mach2GTO

Mike Dodd
 

I should add that I've always considered the east-heavy mantra flawed. The idea was that the worm would be "pushing" against the worm wheel teeth. But what happens after a meridian flip? Now the opposite face of the worm wheel teeth are pushing against the worm!

I balanced my old G11 mount neutrally, then wrapped a cord around the RA hub and over a pulley to a suspended weight, to apply an east-heavy bias regardless of which way the scope was pointing.

I don't need this on my non-encoder 1200.

--- Mike


Re: Balancing east heavy? #Mach2GTO

AaronW
 

Ok great thank you!


On Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 7:20 AM Mike Dodd <mike@...> wrote:
On 11/19/2021 10:14 AM, AaronW wrote:
> New Mach2 owner here.  I have read that it is typically advisable to
> balance one's mount slightly east heavy (counterweight shaft side) so
> that the gears are always engaged as they track.  Is this also the case
> on an encoder mount like the Mach2?

Probably not. Roland has posted here several times that A-P mounts don't
need the east-heavy balance. My AP1200 is balanced neutrally, and it
tracks and guides fine.

--- Mike







Re: Balancing east heavy? #Mach2GTO

Mike Dodd
 

On 11/19/2021 10:14 AM, AaronW wrote:
New Mach2 owner here.  I have read that it is typically advisable to balance one's mount slightly east heavy (counterweight shaft side) so that the gears are always engaged as they track.  Is this also the case on an encoder mount like the Mach2?
Probably not. Roland has posted here several times that A-P mounts don't need the east-heavy balance. My AP1200 is balanced neutrally, and it tracks and guides fine.

--- Mike


Balancing east heavy? #Mach2GTO

AaronW
 

New Mach2 owner here.  I have read that it is typically advisable to balance one's mount slightly east heavy (counterweight shaft side) so that the gears are always engaged as they track.  Is this also the case on an encoder mount like the Mach2?

Best,
Aaron


Re: New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)

Ray Gralak
 

Mauricio,

I narrowed down to 1-hour duration and 1-minute interval (there is no option for 1-sec intervals in the dropdown box).
Sorry, I thought I sent the explanation of how to do this earlier, but I see I didn't actually click send. :-)

You can increase the time resolution by specifying a one-hour time interval and setting a step size of 3600 "equal units (unitless)", which would produce one-second entries in the ephemeris results table. Your first video shows a one-minute intervals for a month duration. This may not be the problem but one-minute sampling is not going to provide a very accurate calculation for the ISS.

And, rather than this back and forth trial and error, please attach the text file that fails to load. That will make it much easier to determine the problem.

Thanks,

-Ray



-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 8:50 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)

Ray:



I narrowed down to 1-hour duration and 1-minute interval (there is no option for 1-sec intervals in the dropdown
box).



https://youtu.be/QhnU1o9lDM8



I also tried this setting: meaning one-second intervals (assuming you were referring to that). I did not see a
difference. Same error.







Thanks!



Mauricio Guerra

San Diego, CA.



From: Ray Gralak <mailto:iogroups@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:40 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)



You have a full month of time range. Can you try narrowing it down to one hour and the 1-second effective
time interval?



-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:11 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)
Ray, thanks.
I tried selecting on 2,3,4,7, and 9. But I keep getting the same result:
The sequence ending in error is shown here:
https://youtu.be/8ewIGj9ImkE
I can for sure try other options based on your guidance.
* I guess the browser is not an issue. I use Chrome
* I have Windows 10
* I tried the process without connecting to the mount
Thanks for your time.
Mauricio Guerra
San Diego, CA.
Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows
From: Ray Gralak <mailto:iogroups@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:08 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)
Hi Mauricio,
Try selecting only these five check boxes in the Observer Table Settings:
2,3,4,7, and 9.
-Ray
-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via
groups.io

Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:29 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) and Pro(1.9.1.1)
Geert, thanks. Yeah, I used those recommended settings.
I captured the sequence in this brief clip (in 1080p quality, it should show a clear image of the sequence
and

settings):
https://youtu.be/8y3BsvMrAaI
Is it working for all who verified?
Thanks all for your time!
Mauricio Guerra
San Diego, CA.
Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows
From: Geert <mailto:geert.vandenbulcke@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:00 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) and Pro(1.9.1.1)
Mauricio,
Did you check that the necessary table settings are selected (2, 3, 4, 7, 9) ? Check Edit Table Settings on
the
Horizons web page.
Geert
Op do 18 nov. 2021 om 21:12 schreef moguerra via groups.io <moguerra@...>:
I did tried one more time today using the BETA version you provided above (Pro 1.9.1.1). I did set
the

proper settings and used the buttons to download the data within JPL site and the "Load JPL File" button
in

Horizons. Unfortunately, I still get the same behavior/error.
I use windows 10, in case it is important.
Hopefully my observation is consistent with other.
Thanks for the help getting this resolved.
Regards,
Mauricio Guerra
San Diego, CA.













Re: New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)

Mauricio Guerra
 

Ray:

 

I narrowed down to 1-hour duration and 1-minute interval (there is no option for 1-sec intervals in the dropdown box).

 

https://youtu.be/QhnU1o9lDM8

 

I also tried this setting: meaning one-second intervals (assuming you were referring to that). I did not see a difference. Same error.

 

 

Thanks!

 

Mauricio Guerra

San Diego, CA.

 

From: Ray Gralak
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:40 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0)andPro(1.9.1.1)

 

You  have a full month of time range. Can you try narrowing it down to one hour and the 1-second effective time interval?

 

> -----Original Message-----

> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via groups.io

> Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:11 PM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)

>

> Ray, thanks.

>

> I tried selecting on 2,3,4,7, and 9. But I keep getting the same result:

>

> The sequence ending in error is shown here:

>

> https://youtu.be/8ewIGj9ImkE

>

> I  can for sure try other options based on your guidance.

>

> *         I guess the browser is not an issue. I use Chrome

> *         I have Windows 10

> *         I tried the process without connecting to the mount

>

> Thanks for your time.

>

> Mauricio Guerra

>

> San Diego, CA.

>

> Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986>  for Windows

>

> From: Ray Gralak <mailto:iogroups@...>

> Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:08 PM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)

>

> Hi Mauricio,

>

>

>

> Try selecting only these five check boxes in the Observer Table Settings:

>

>

>

> 2,3,4,7, and 9.

>

>

>

> -Ray

>

>

>

> > -----Original Message-----

>

> > From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via groups.io

>

> > Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:29 PM

>

> > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

>

> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) and Pro(1.9.1.1)

>

> >

>

> > Geert, thanks. Yeah, I used those recommended settings.

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > I captured the sequence in this brief clip (in 1080p quality, it should show a clear image of the sequence and

>

> > settings):

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > https://youtu.be/8y3BsvMrAaI

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > Is it working for all who verified?

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > Thanks all for your time!

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > Mauricio Guerra

>

> > San Diego, CA.

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986>  for Windows

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > From: Geert <mailto:geert.vandenbulcke@...>

>

> > Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:00 PM

>

> > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

>

> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) and Pro(1.9.1.1)

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > Mauricio,

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > Did you check that the necessary table settings are selected (2, 3, 4, 7, 9) ? Check Edit Table Settings on

> the

>

> > Horizons web page.

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > Geert

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> > Op do 18 nov. 2021 om 21:12 schreef moguerra via groups.io <moguerra@...>:

>

> >

>

> >         I did tried one more time  today using the BETA version you provided above (Pro 1.9.1.1). I did set the

>

> > proper settings and used the buttons to download the data within JPL site and the "Load JPL File" button in

>

> > Horizons. Unfortunately, I still get the same behavior/error.

>

> >

>

> >         I use windows 10, in case it is important.

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >         Hopefully my observation is consistent with other.

>

> >

>

> >         Thanks for the help getting this resolved.

>

> >

>

> >         Regards,

>

> >

>

> >         Mauricio Guerra

>

> >         San Diego, CA.

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

> >

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

 

 

 

 

 

 


Re: NINA 2.0 BETA2004

Emilio J. Robau, P.E.
 

I need the weather to clear up a bit in S. Florida.  I have been collecting data with two or three cameras and scopes for a long time and coordinated dithering was a missing link.   Right now, I just throw away subs.   I shall see how this works.  I am also going to try out the new coordinated mount flip with APCC.  Have not tried much this year since the season is just starting for us down here.


Re: NINA 2.0 BETA2004

 

>>>   I am going to look for that plug in.  I am so excited! 

  Please let us know how that goes, Interested but don't have the time to investigate that right now

On Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 5:39 PM Emilio J. Robau, P.E. <ejr@...> wrote:
Linwood,

Synchronized dither/flip?   I was not paying attention.   You have my attention now.  That feature is the only thing I am really missing for my trio of scopes on the AP 1600.  I have been using the Beta now since it was published a few days ago and no issues.   I am going to look for that plug in.  I am so excited!



--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)

Ray Gralak
 

You have a full month of time range. Can you try narrowing it down to one hour and the 1-second effective time interval?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:11 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)

Ray, thanks.



I tried selecting on 2,3,4,7, and 9. But I keep getting the same result:



The sequence ending in error is shown here:



https://youtu.be/8ewIGj9ImkE



I can for sure try other options based on your guidance.



* I guess the browser is not an issue. I use Chrome
* I have Windows 10
* I tried the process without connecting to the mount



Thanks for your time.



Mauricio Guerra

San Diego, CA.



Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows



From: Ray Gralak <mailto:iogroups@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:08 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) andPro(1.9.1.1)



Hi Mauricio,



Try selecting only these five check boxes in the Observer Table Settings:



2,3,4,7, and 9.



-Ray



-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mauricio Guerra via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:29 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) and Pro(1.9.1.1)
Geert, thanks. Yeah, I used those recommended settings.
I captured the sequence in this brief clip (in 1080p quality, it should show a clear image of the sequence and
settings):
https://youtu.be/8y3BsvMrAaI
Is it working for all who verified?
Thanks all for your time!
Mauricio Guerra
San Diego, CA.
Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows
From: Geert <mailto:geert.vandenbulcke@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:00 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New beta version of APCC Standard (1.9.1.0) and Pro(1.9.1.1)
Mauricio,
Did you check that the necessary table settings are selected (2, 3, 4, 7, 9) ? Check Edit Table Settings on
the

Horizons web page.
Geert
Op do 18 nov. 2021 om 21:12 schreef moguerra via groups.io <moguerra@...>:
I did tried one more time today using the BETA version you provided above (Pro 1.9.1.1). I did set the
proper settings and used the buttons to download the data within JPL site and the "Load JPL File" button in
Horizons. Unfortunately, I still get the same behavior/error.
I use windows 10, in case it is important.
Hopefully my observation is consistent with other.
Thanks for the help getting this resolved.
Regards,
Mauricio Guerra
San Diego, CA.













Re: NINA 2.0 BETA2004

Emilio J. Robau, P.E.
 

Linwood,

Synchronized dither/flip?   I was not paying attention.   You have my attention now.  That feature is the only thing I am really missing for my trio of scopes on the AP 1600.  I have been using the Beta now since it was published a few days ago and no issues.   I am going to look for that plug in.  I am so excited!

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