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Re: APPM Will Not Connect to NINA Camera

Bob Enouen
 

Awesome - that fixed it!

Thanks, Bob


Robert J. Enouen
Cell 513-504-4410

On Nov 23, 2021, at 11:07 AM, Dale Ghent <daleg@...> wrote:


In NINA, did you go to Options > General and turn on Enable Server? This turns on the API service that APPM must use to access the camera via NINA.


On Nov 23, 2021, at 10:58, renouen@... wrote:

Hi All!

First post from a newbie, but I've been following these helpful posts for a few weeks. I had my first successful imaging session last night with my observatory based RC 16" / AP1600 non-encoder / ASI 6200MM setup on 120 second subs unguided. I was hoping to taking it to the next level by adding an APPM file, but got ejected from the program each time I tried to connect APPM to the Camera with NINA selected. I'm able to plate solve in NINA directly and the 6200MM is working fine so I figure I must have missed some selection in APPC or APPM. I'm using the latest Beta NINA and the latest APCC Pro. Here are a couple of screen shots on the setup and the error report that shuts down the program. Any advice would be appreciated!

Bob

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Re: APPM Will Not Connect to NINA Camera

Sébastien Doré
 

In NINA, did you go to Options > General and turn on Enable Server? This turns on the API service that APPM must use to access the camera via NINA.

I had the same "problem" and have found that in recent NINA 1.11 updates, that specific setting isn't stored in the profile anymore or at least seem to be reset to default (=disabled) with each re-install even without uninstallling NINA first.

I don't recall having to do so with every update when I first started using NINA last summer. I suppose there's a reason for that but haven't inquire about it on the NINA discord.



Re: Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

 

I would just add that when I process my ASI6200 OSC files in PixInsight, each debayered file is around 850mb. That doesn't include the other interim files (calibrated, cosmetized, etc.). They are huge

I also try for the longest subs i can to reduce the number of files i have to integrate.



>>>pull it out on the rare occasion that I need it, which is usually just to rip a music CD.

You still use Music CDs?? :-)



On Tue, Nov 23, 2021 at 8:05 AM Dale Ghent <daleg@...> wrote:


Taking your 16200 chip, 4500x3600 pixels = 16,200,000 pixels at 16 bits per pixel. That's 32.4MB of pixel data, or 30.8 Mebibytes. Add in another however little bit more for header data, and you arrive at your observed 30.9MiB file size.

For Roland's ASI6200, that's ~61 million 16 bit pixels. That's 122MB, or 116MiB of pixel data per image. Capturing these kinds of images doesn't take much, just hdd/ssd storage. Processing them requires a large working set in memory which, in practical terms, means a system with 16GB (or more) of memory to be comfortable.

Laptops can last for quite a long time on average and seeing a consumer-grade one kicking around after 8 years is not uncommon provided it's not used as a frisbee. The reason why companies tend to refresh their fleets of devices every 3-5 years is because that's how long the typical service contract and warranties last, and maintaining 5 year old models that are used daily takes more effort and toil than it would for a new system.

USB port count has tended to stay the same across the same model lines, and I think in some cases has gone up as the move to USB-C has afforded more physical space to fit additional ports. My 2019 MacBook Pro has 4x USB-C ports where my previous MBP had 3x USB-A ports. USB-C also has brought a wider adoption of "docking hub" style accessories, where a small, compact box that has power, video, ethernet, oodles of USB ports, and even SD card readers will connect to the laptop with a single cable, a cable that carries both data and high wattage power to the laptop.

If I need a CDROM drive, I keep a USB one squirreled away in a drawer and pull it out on the rare occasion that I need it, which is usually just to rip a music CD. I see no reason for these to continue to be integrated into laptops where they only add bulk to the thing for only occasional use; plus they're mechanical animals and thus prone to breaking on their own. It's much easier to sell off a working laptop without a CD drive vs. selling one that works but has a broken CD drive.

> On Nov 23, 2021, at 09:34, M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...> wrote:
>
> Great question about laptop specs Roland.
>
> The FITS subframe images from my STXL16200 camera are each 30.9MB, and the stacked LRGB images are 185 MB. What size are the images from your ZWO camera ?
>
> What is the typical life expectancy of a laptop (or any) computer these days ? That is assuming that it has not been damaged. When I was still working they used to replace our company laptops about every 3 - 5 years. My personal laptop is an ASUS Q552U that I bought at the end of 2015. I wanted to find a laptop that had a built-in CD-ROM, and this was one of the only models that had one. It's got the Intel I7 core with 12GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive. I have had pretty good luck with it for imaging and processing, but I have never tried to process a really large stack of images.
>
> I have noticed lately that they are not putting very many USB ports in the new model laptops.
>
> Mike
>








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Re: APPM Will Not Connect to NINA Camera

Dale Ghent
 

In NINA, did you go to Options > General and turn on Enable Server? This turns on the API service that APPM must use to access the camera via NINA.

On Nov 23, 2021, at 10:58, renouen@... wrote:

Hi All!

First post from a newbie, but I've been following these helpful posts for a few weeks. I had my first successful imaging session last night with my observatory based RC 16" / AP1600 non-encoder / ASI 6200MM setup on 120 second subs unguided. I was hoping to taking it to the next level by adding an APPM file, but got ejected from the program each time I tried to connect APPM to the Camera with NINA selected. I'm able to plate solve in NINA directly and the 6200MM is working fine so I figure I must have missed some selection in APPC or APPM. I'm using the latest Beta NINA and the latest APCC Pro. Here are a couple of screen shots on the setup and the error report that shuts down the program. Any advice would be appreciated!

Bob

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Re: Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

Dale Ghent
 

Taking your 16200 chip, 4500x3600 pixels = 16,200,000 pixels at 16 bits per pixel. That's 32.4MB of pixel data, or 30.8 Mebibytes. Add in another however little bit more for header data, and you arrive at your observed 30.9MiB file size.

For Roland's ASI6200, that's ~61 million 16 bit pixels. That's 122MB, or 116MiB of pixel data per image. Capturing these kinds of images doesn't take much, just hdd/ssd storage. Processing them requires a large working set in memory which, in practical terms, means a system with 16GB (or more) of memory to be comfortable.

Laptops can last for quite a long time on average and seeing a consumer-grade one kicking around after 8 years is not uncommon provided it's not used as a frisbee. The reason why companies tend to refresh their fleets of devices every 3-5 years is because that's how long the typical service contract and warranties last, and maintaining 5 year old models that are used daily takes more effort and toil than it would for a new system.

USB port count has tended to stay the same across the same model lines, and I think in some cases has gone up as the move to USB-C has afforded more physical space to fit additional ports. My 2019 MacBook Pro has 4x USB-C ports where my previous MBP had 3x USB-A ports. USB-C also has brought a wider adoption of "docking hub" style accessories, where a small, compact box that has power, video, ethernet, oodles of USB ports, and even SD card readers will connect to the laptop with a single cable, a cable that carries both data and high wattage power to the laptop.

If I need a CDROM drive, I keep a USB one squirreled away in a drawer and pull it out on the rare occasion that I need it, which is usually just to rip a music CD. I see no reason for these to continue to be integrated into laptops where they only add bulk to the thing for only occasional use; plus they're mechanical animals and thus prone to breaking on their own. It's much easier to sell off a working laptop without a CD drive vs. selling one that works but has a broken CD drive.

On Nov 23, 2021, at 09:34, M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...> wrote:

Great question about laptop specs Roland.

The FITS subframe images from my STXL16200 camera are each 30.9MB, and the stacked LRGB images are 185 MB. What size are the images from your ZWO camera ?

What is the typical life expectancy of a laptop (or any) computer these days ? That is assuming that it has not been damaged. When I was still working they used to replace our company laptops about every 3 - 5 years. My personal laptop is an ASUS Q552U that I bought at the end of 2015. I wanted to find a laptop that had a built-in CD-ROM, and this was one of the only models that had one. It's got the Intel I7 core with 12GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive. I have had pretty good luck with it for imaging and processing, but I have never tried to process a really large stack of images.

I have noticed lately that they are not putting very many USB ports in the new model laptops.

Mike


APPM Will Not Connect to NINA Camera

Bob Enouen
 

Hi All!

First post from a newbie, but I've been following these helpful posts for a few weeks.  I had my first successful imaging session last night with my observatory based RC 16" / AP1600 non-encoder / ASI 6200MM setup on 120 second subs unguided.  I was hoping to taking it to the next level by adding an APPM file, but got ejected from the program each time I tried to connect APPM to the Camera with NINA selected.  I'm able to plate solve in NINA directly and the 6200MM is working fine so I figure I must have missed some selection in APPC or APPM. I'm using the latest Beta NINA and the latest APCC Pro.  Here are a couple of screen shots on the setup and the error report that shuts down the program.  Any advice would be appreciated!

Bob


Re: [ap-ug] Leo Galaxy Tour

Pete Lardizabal
 

Nice snapshots Roland!

👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Pete

On Nov 22, 2021, at 10:46 PM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


Hello Astronuts,

While visiting Hawaii in the spring of last year I had a few clear nights and did a galaxy tour in Leo. Here are some of the images. All were short exposures, snapshots if you will, and I was mainly concentrating in resolving the cores of these galaxies at the expense of the deeper field. Thus the short exposures of 300 to 600 seconds in order to prevent saturating the cores and blowing up the detail. I only had a few days that were suitable for imaging these cool galaxies. All were taken with the 175 EDF on the 1600 Encoder mount, unguided.

https://www.astrobin.com/um0g02/
https://www.astrobin.com/fwk2ce/
https://www.astrobin.com/g34h6r/
https://www.astrobin.com/aj8xuq/

They are in my staging area, I'm too embarrassed to show them to the rest of the Astrobin crowd Grin

Rolando


Re: Upgrade to APCC Pro 1.9.0.11

Ray Gralak
 

Ray, I assume if I have version 1.9.0.11, it is not necessary to uninstall first. Correct?
Larry, I am not sure what you mean. If you already have 1.9.0.11 installed, then you don't need to uninstall and reinstall it.

-Ray


Re: Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

M Hambrick
 

Great question about laptop specs Roland.

The FITS subframe images from my STXL16200 camera are each 30.9MB, and the stacked LRGB images are 185 MB. What size are the images from your ZWO camera ? 

What is the typical life expectancy of a laptop (or any) computer these days ? That is assuming that it has not been damaged. When I was still working they used to replace our company laptops about every 3 - 5 years. My personal laptop is an ASUS Q552U that I bought at the end of 2015. I wanted to find a laptop that had a built-in CD-ROM, and this was one of the only models that had one. It's got the Intel I7 core with 12GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive. I have had pretty good luck with it for imaging and processing, but I have never tried to process a really large stack of images. 

I have noticed lately that they are not putting very many USB ports in the new model laptops.

Mike


Re: Upgrade to APCC Pro 1.9.0.11

Larry Phillips
 

Ray, I assume if I have version 1.9.0.11, it is not necessary to uninstall first. Correct?
Larry


Re: Leo Galaxy Tour

Howard Ritter
 

Detail in dust lanes that would do credit to a scope of only 2 or 3 times the aperture, not 10x? Yeah, I feel your embarrassment!

The NGC 2903/2905 designations are interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the NGC (wrongly) designate a feature in a galaxy as a second galaxy in its own right. The visual observations on which the catalog was based evidently didn’t go deep enough to show both the nucleus and the knot of 2903 as part of a single galaxy, and the observer took them for the nuclei of two galaxies.

Thanks for posting. They’re very elegant images.

—howard

On Nov 22, 2021, at 10:46 PM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:

Hello Astronuts,

While visiting Hawaii in the spring of last year I had a few clear nights and did a galaxy tour in Leo. Here are some of the images. All were short exposures, snapshots if you will, and I was mainly concentrating in resolving the cores of these galaxies at the expense of the deeper field. Thus the short exposures of 300 to 600 seconds in order to prevent saturating the cores and blowing up the detail. I only had a few days that were suitable for imaging these cool galaxies. All were taken with the 175 EDF on the 1600 Encoder mount, unguided.


They are in my staging area, I'm too embarrassed to show them to the rest of the Astrobin crowd Grin

Rolando

--
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Astro-Physics


Re: Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

dvjbaja
 

New Apple Mac m1.  14" or 16".  Processing no problemo senior. 

J



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note9, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Roland Christen via groups.io" <chris1011@...>
Date: 11/22/21 7:51 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

At Ray's suggestion I plugged the mount into a USB socket on one side of the laptop and the camera into the opposite side (USB ports separated). That seemed to have fixed the issue. Normally I plug them in to the 2 adjacent USB ports, and that's where the trouble occurs.

I plan to get a new laptop now that I have hosed this one in the rainstorm. Any suggestions for a laptop that can process the ZWO 6200 full frame color images that are of enormous size? Right now the laptop cannot combine more than 4 of them before giving up the ghost. Not enough memory apparently.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 22, 2021 8:19 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

I finally got to test my system outdoors last Friday night to see if I could duplicate the original problems that I experienced on November 8 when the mount status and position stopped communicating to MaxIm DL, locking everything up.

I had everything set up the same way as I did for my previous indoor test. I put the mount through several slews to different objects with no issues. At each object I started autoguiding with the guide camera while taking images through the main imaging camera. I took several autosave sequences as well as a number of individual images. Throughout the evening everything behaved normally.

I have run out of ideas for things to check, so for now I will just assume that it was some kind of anomaly.

Mike

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

Roland Christen
 

Thank you for your suggestion. I will look into that.

Roland



-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Armen <st5.armen@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 22, 2021 10:11 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

This is just my opinion based on my experience. If a laptop is really the form factor you want to use, possibly for image acquisition and image processing, I suggest going with Lenovo. Here is one combination that would be very powerful. You can equip these machines with upto 64GB of memory and select an intel I9 core. That helps with image processing. This type of machine would be much more pricey than what you would find a Costco, however. 

-Steve

ThinkPad P1 Gen 4 (16" Intel) Mobile Workstation

Spectacular on all fronts

  • Powered by Intel® with the latest Core™ or Xeon® processors
  • Up to NVIDIA® RTX™ GPUs
  • Redesigned thermals for increased graphics support
  • PCIe Gen 4 for faster, advanced storage technologies
  • Optional 5G and built-in WiFi 6E
  • Built-in ThinkShield security features
  • A powerful & visually stunning, 16" mobile workstation
  • 4th generation of the legendary ThinkPad® P1 laptop

On Mon, Nov 22, 2021 at 7:51 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
At Ray's suggestion I plugged the mount into a USB socket on one side of the laptop and the camera into the opposite side (USB ports separated). That seemed to have fixed the issue. Normally I plug them in to the 2 adjacent USB ports, and that's where the trouble occurs.

I plan to get a new laptop now that I have hosed this one in the rainstorm. Any suggestions for a laptop that can process the ZWO 6200 full frame color images that are of enormous size? Right now the laptop cannot combine more than 4 of them before giving up the ghost. Not enough memory apparently.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 22, 2021 8:19 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

I finally got to test my system outdoors last Friday night to see if I could duplicate the original problems that I experienced on November 8 when the mount status and position stopped communicating to MaxIm DL, locking everything up.

I had everything set up the same way as I did for my previous indoor test. I put the mount through several slews to different objects with no issues. At each object I started autoguiding with the guide camera while taking images through the main imaging camera. I took several autosave sequences as well as a number of individual images. Throughout the evening everything behaved normally.

I have run out of ideas for things to check, so for now I will just assume that it was some kind of anomaly.

Mike

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Leo Galaxy Tour

Roland Christen
 

Thanx. I usually don't have much time for imaging on a short vacation.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Weiner <weinere@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 22, 2021 10:10 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Leo Galaxy Tour

Embarrassed? Don’t be silly Roland. They’re beautifully rendered considering the amount of data you collected for each, especially NGC2903 imho.

Eric






--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

Steve Armen
 

Sorry about the ad spam part, forgot to delete that.


On Mon, Nov 22, 2021 at 8:11 PM Steve Armen via groups.io <st5.armen=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
This is just my opinion based on my experience. If a laptop is really the form factor you want to use, possibly for image acquisition and image processing, I suggest going with Lenovo. Here is one combination that would be very powerful. You can equip these machines with upto 64GB of memory and select an intel I9 core. That helps with image processing. This type of machine would be much more pricey than what you would find a Costco, however. 

-Steve

ThinkPad P1 Gen 4 (16" Intel) Mobile Workstation

Spectacular on all fronts

  • Powered by Intel® with the latest Core™ or Xeon® processors

  • Up to NVIDIA® RTX™ GPUs

  • Redesigned thermals for increased graphics support

  • PCIe Gen 4 for faster, advanced storage technologies

  • Optional 5G and built-in WiFi 6E

  • Built-in ThinkShield security features

  • A powerful & visually stunning, 16" mobile workstation

  • 4th generation of the legendary ThinkPad® P1 laptop


On Mon, Nov 22, 2021 at 7:51 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
At Ray's suggestion I plugged the mount into a USB socket on one side of the laptop and the camera into the opposite side (USB ports separated). That seemed to have fixed the issue. Normally I plug them in to the 2 adjacent USB ports, and that's where the trouble occurs.

I plan to get a new laptop now that I have hosed this one in the rainstorm. Any suggestions for a laptop that can process the ZWO 6200 full frame color images that are of enormous size? Right now the laptop cannot combine more than 4 of them before giving up the ghost. Not enough memory apparently.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 22, 2021 8:19 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

I finally got to test my system outdoors last Friday night to see if I could duplicate the original problems that I experienced on November 8 when the mount status and position stopped communicating to MaxIm DL, locking everything up.

I had everything set up the same way as I did for my previous indoor test. I put the mount through several slews to different objects with no issues. At each object I started autoguiding with the guide camera while taking images through the main imaging camera. I took several autosave sequences as well as a number of individual images. Throughout the evening everything behaved normally.

I have run out of ideas for things to check, so for now I will just assume that it was some kind of anomaly.

Mike

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

Steve Armen
 

This is just my opinion based on my experience. If a laptop is really the form factor you want to use, possibly for image acquisition and image processing, I suggest going with Lenovo. Here is one combination that would be very powerful. You can equip these machines with upto 64GB of memory and select an intel I9 core. That helps with image processing. This type of machine would be much more pricey than what you would find a Costco, however. 

-Steve

ThinkPad P1 Gen 4 (16" Intel) Mobile Workstation

Spectacular on all fronts

  • Powered by Intel® with the latest Core™ or Xeon® processors

  • Up to NVIDIA® RTX™ GPUs

  • Redesigned thermals for increased graphics support

  • PCIe Gen 4 for faster, advanced storage technologies

  • Optional 5G and built-in WiFi 6E

  • Built-in ThinkShield security features

  • A powerful & visually stunning, 16" mobile workstation

  • 4th generation of the legendary ThinkPad® P1 laptop


On Mon, Nov 22, 2021 at 7:51 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
At Ray's suggestion I plugged the mount into a USB socket on one side of the laptop and the camera into the opposite side (USB ports separated). That seemed to have fixed the issue. Normally I plug them in to the 2 adjacent USB ports, and that's where the trouble occurs.

I plan to get a new laptop now that I have hosed this one in the rainstorm. Any suggestions for a laptop that can process the ZWO 6200 full frame color images that are of enormous size? Right now the laptop cannot combine more than 4 of them before giving up the ghost. Not enough memory apparently.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 22, 2021 8:19 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

I finally got to test my system outdoors last Friday night to see if I could duplicate the original problems that I experienced on November 8 when the mount status and position stopped communicating to MaxIm DL, locking everything up.

I had everything set up the same way as I did for my previous indoor test. I put the mount through several slews to different objects with no issues. At each object I started autoguiding with the guide camera while taking images through the main imaging camera. I took several autosave sequences as well as a number of individual images. Throughout the evening everything behaved normally.

I have run out of ideas for things to check, so for now I will just assume that it was some kind of anomaly.

Mike

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Leo Galaxy Tour

Eric Weiner
 

Embarrassed? Don’t be silly Roland. They’re beautifully rendered considering the amount of data you collected for each, especially NGC2903 imho.

Eric


Re: Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

 

>>>  Any suggestions for a laptop that can process the ZWO 6200 full frame color images that are of enormous size?

yes,.... a desktop :)



On Mon, Nov 22, 2021 at 7:51 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
At Ray's suggestion I plugged the mount into a USB socket on one side of the laptop and the camera into the opposite side (USB ports separated). That seemed to have fixed the issue. Normally I plug them in to the 2 adjacent USB ports, and that's where the trouble occurs.

I plan to get a new laptop now that I have hosed this one in the rainstorm. Any suggestions for a laptop that can process the ZWO 6200 full frame color images that are of enormous size? Right now the laptop cannot combine more than 4 of them before giving up the ghost. Not enough memory apparently.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 22, 2021 8:19 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

I finally got to test my system outdoors last Friday night to see if I could duplicate the original problems that I experienced on November 8 when the mount status and position stopped communicating to MaxIm DL, locking everything up.

I had everything set up the same way as I did for my previous indoor test. I put the mount through several slews to different objects with no issues. At each object I started autoguiding with the guide camera while taking images through the main imaging camera. I took several autosave sequences as well as a number of individual images. Throughout the evening everything behaved normally.

I have run out of ideas for things to check, so for now I will just assume that it was some kind of anomaly.

Mike

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics



--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

Roland Christen
 

At Ray's suggestion I plugged the mount into a USB socket on one side of the laptop and the camera into the opposite side (USB ports separated). That seemed to have fixed the issue. Normally I plug them in to the 2 adjacent USB ports, and that's where the trouble occurs.

I plan to get a new laptop now that I have hosed this one in the rainstorm. Any suggestions for a laptop that can process the ZWO 6200 full frame color images that are of enormous size? Right now the laptop cannot combine more than 4 of them before giving up the ghost. Not enough memory apparently.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Nov 22, 2021 8:19 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mount Status Not Updating in MaxIm DL Observatory Control Window

I finally got to test my system outdoors last Friday night to see if I could duplicate the original problems that I experienced on November 8 when the mount status and position stopped communicating to MaxIm DL, locking everything up.

I had everything set up the same way as I did for my previous indoor test. I put the mount through several slews to different objects with no issues. At each object I started autoguiding with the guide camera while taking images through the main imaging camera. I took several autosave sequences as well as a number of individual images. Throughout the evening everything behaved normally.

I have run out of ideas for things to check, so for now I will just assume that it was some kind of anomaly.

Mike

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Leo Galaxy Tour

Roland Christen
 

Hello Astronuts,

While visiting Hawaii in the spring of last year I had a few clear nights and did a galaxy tour in Leo. Here are some of the images. All were short exposures, snapshots if you will, and I was mainly concentrating in resolving the cores of these galaxies at the expense of the deeper field. Thus the short exposures of 300 to 600 seconds in order to prevent saturating the cores and blowing up the detail. I only had a few days that were suitable for imaging these cool galaxies. All were taken with the 175 EDF on the 1600 Encoder mount, unguided.

https://www.astrobin.com/um0g02/
https://www.astrobin.com/fwk2ce/
https://www.astrobin.com/g34h6r/
https://www.astrobin.com/aj8xuq/

They are in my staging area, I'm too embarrassed to show them to the rest of the Astrobin crowd Grin

Rolando

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

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