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Re: Bad observing conditions!

Roland Christen
 

Yes, go ahead and make me green with envy! Right now we have sleet covering our area.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry Floyd <jlfloyd720@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Dec 4, 2021 10:56 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Bad observing conditions!

Not to rub it in or anything, but since you mentioned that you wished you were located in the mountains east of San Diego, I thought I'd assure you that you have good reason to do so:  I am at this very moment imaging the Flaming Star Nebula from the Orange County Astronomers' site in the hills a few miles northeast of San Diego, where the skies are clear and the stars are bright.  I am imaging with my 1996 vintage Celestron C11 mounted on my trusty 2004 AP 1200GTO, a wonderful mount which I purchased second-hand from one of my fellow OCA members (who replaced it with a new 1600GTO with absolute encoders).  The 1200GTO has served me well for 10 years or so with little maintenance.  A substantial percentage of the imagers here own AP mounts and feel the same about theirs.  We have had quite a few good nights here so far this fall.

Cheerio
Jerry L. Floyd

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Mach2 with CP five jiggling while tracking

Roland Christen
 

It would be great if we could patch into your mount at some point, at your convenience. Can be during the daytime indoors.

Roland



-----Original Message-----
From: Allen Ruckle <aruckle@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Dec 5, 2021 9:06 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 with CP five jiggling while tracking

Rolando.
      I was unable to enter the command you sent until December 1st.   That evening after entering it the mount performed without the jiggling issue for about three hours.  It began jiggling again when I pointed the scope to the South East on the ecliptic at IC434.  I adjusted the counterweights to add some offset East and the mount jiggling issue stopped.  There was no further problems as I also imaged M42 and NGC 2244.

Allen

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Bad observing conditions!

Jerry Floyd
 

Not to rub it in or anything, but since you mentioned that you wished you were located in the mountains east of San Diego, I thought I'd assure you that you have good reason to do so:  I am at this very moment imaging the Flaming Star Nebula from the Orange County Astronomers' site in the hills a few miles northeast of San Diego, where the skies are clear and the stars are bright.  I am imaging with my 1996 vintage Celestron C11 mounted on my trusty 2004 AP 1200GTO, a wonderful mount which I purchased second-hand from one of my fellow OCA members (who replaced it with a new 1600GTO with absolute encoders).  The 1200GTO has served me well for 10 years or so with little maintenance.  A substantial percentage of the imagers here own AP mounts and feel the same about theirs.  We have had quite a few good nights here so far this fall.

Cheerio
Jerry L. Floyd


Re: Mach2 with CP five jiggling while tracking

Allen Ruckle
 

Rolando.
      I was unable to enter the command you sent until December 1st.   That evening after entering it the mount performed without the jiggling issue for about three hours.  It began jiggling again when I pointed the scope to the South East on the ecliptic at IC434.  I adjusted the counterweights to add some offset East and the mount jiggling issue stopped.  There was no further problems as I also imaged M42 and NGC 2244.

Allen


Re: Bad observing conditions!

Worsel
 

Be careful what you wish for!

It's so dry here that Denver has not seen snow since Feb 2021. 
Many ski areas may not open until ???
Lake Mead and Lake Powell provide power for over 7 million people in CA, NV, and AZ.  Both could lose that capability in the next 2-3 years, if we continue with drought.
The West had wildfires in late November. 


Bryan


Re: [ap-ug] Bad observing conditions!

Worsel
 


Re: Bad observing conditions!

michael mccann
 

Well see that batch of clouds in very southern Arizona and New Mexico, that’s where I am, so here where there’s a lot of observatory’s, we’re in the clouds too.


Re: [ap-ug] Bad observing conditions!

Roland Christen
 

What happened to your plans to maybe move to Tuscon, you big sausage, ehmmm.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Dec 4, 2021 3:28 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] [ap-ug] Bad observing conditions!

Yikes!

The hottest I have ever seen here in Waikoloa is 92F and the nights are usually between 65 and 80. I think I'll stick with Hawaii!

Not to mention that I am at 19 degrees North Latitude and can see about 90% of the entire celestial sphere here.

However there IS a lot more humidity here. Although Waikoloa has only received 7.22" of rain for all of 2021, so far.

And the seeing can suck sometimes, depending on the winds.

"Always take the high road. There's less traffic."

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, Hawaii


On Sat, Dec 4, 2021 at 11:22 AM <jimwc@...> wrote:
You are welcome to become a "snowbird" here in Mohave County, Arizona
Where it is nice and toasty 110–115-degree highs during the day and 90-degree nights in the summer and very low humidity, and perfect weather for observing most of the winter with cool nights and clear Skys.
  Jim

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: [ap-ug] Bad observing conditions!

Christopher Erickson
 

Yikes!

The hottest I have ever seen here in Waikoloa is 92F and the nights are usually between 65 and 80. I think I'll stick with Hawaii!

Not to mention that I am at 19 degrees North Latitude and can see about 90% of the entire celestial sphere here.

However there IS a lot more humidity here. Although Waikoloa has only received 7.22" of rain for all of 2021, so far.

And the seeing can suck sometimes, depending on the winds.

"Always take the high road. There's less traffic."

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, Hawaii


On Sat, Dec 4, 2021 at 11:22 AM <jimwc@...> wrote:
You are welcome to become a "snowbird" here in Mohave County, Arizona
Where it is nice and toasty 110–115-degree highs during the day and 90-degree nights in the summer and very low humidity, and perfect weather for observing most of the winter with cool nights and clear Skys.
  Jim


Re: [ap-ug] Bad observing conditions!

jimwc@...
 

You are welcome to become a "snowbird" here in Mohave County, Arizona
Where it is nice and toasty 110–115-degree highs during the day and 90-degree nights in the summer and very low humidity, and perfect weather for observing most of the winter with cool nights and clear Skys.
  Jim


Re: [ap-ug] Bad observing conditions!

Roland Christen
 

Well that's right neighborly of you Blush but you've got it even worse up there.

On the other hand, I've been concentrating on 92 Stowaway lenses these past 2 weeks. Hope to get quite a few out for Christmas. Victory hand

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Julio Bird via groups.io <jbirdiii@...>
To: main@ap-ug.groups.io; main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Dec 4, 2021 2:43 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-ug] Bad observing conditions!

Rolando,

Wisconsin is proud to have you close by!

Prost,

Julio


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On Saturday, December 4, 2021, 4:16 PM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:
Howdy fellow Astronuts,

The satellite image below shows the weather pattern here at my humble observatory in N. Illinois as it has existed now for several weeks. ;^((.

Seems like an endless stream of clouds coming off the Pacific, making landfall in Seattle, then heading overnight to my Prairie observatory next to our AP factory building (red X). Rats! looks like it will continue this way for the next couple of weeks. I can see where I should be located, somewhere in the mountains just east of San Diego. And to think i gave up a possible job there back in the '70s for a job in Northern Illinois. Anyone living there and further east in Arizona, New Mexico - I am super jealous. (plus it's really cold here).

Rats and pattouie!!

Rolando


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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Bad observing conditions!

Roland Christen
 

45%??? That's bone dry around here.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Dec 4, 2021 2:23 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Bad observing conditions!

It is not all clear skies in the mountains and deserts of east San Diego County but I am glad I live here and not in Illinois.  :-)  I spent a couple of winters in Minneapolis. 

I am heading out to the desert tonight to do some camping and imaging.  The forecast where I am going at about 2000 feet elevation is for a low of 53 degrees with an unusually high relative humidity of about 45%.

We would love to have Astro-Physics relocate here in San Diego.  :-)
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Dean Jacobsen
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Bad observing conditions!

Dean Jacobsen
 
Edited

It is not all clear skies in the mountains and deserts of east San Diego County but I am glad I live here and not in Illinois.  :-)  I spent a couple of winters in Minneapolis. 

I am heading out to the desert tonight to do some camping and imaging.  The forecast where I am going at about 2000 feet elevation is for a low of 53 degrees with an unusually high relative humidity of about 37%.

We would love to have Astro-Physics relocate here in San Diego.  :-)
--
Dean Jacobsen
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/


Re: Bad observing conditions!

Bill Long
 

Can confirm. Conditions in the Seattle area are terrible. 🥺


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 4, 2021 12:15 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>; main@ap-ug.groups.io <main@ap-ug.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] Bad observing conditions!
 
Howdy fellow Astronuts,

The satellite image below shows the weather pattern here at my humble observatory in N. Illinois as it has existed now for several weeks. ;^((.

Seems like an endless stream of clouds coming off the Pacific, making landfall in Seattle, then heading overnight to my Prairie observatory next to our AP factory building (red X). Rats! looks like it will continue this way for the next couple of weeks. I can see where I should be located, somewhere in the mountains just east of San Diego. And to think i gave up a possible job there back in the '70s for a job in Northern Illinois. Anyone living there and further east in Arizona, New Mexico - I am super jealous. (plus it's really cold here).

Rats and pattouie!!

Rolando


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Bad observing conditions!

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

Hey, there's always Hawaii.

 

I mean other than a little detail like blizzard conditions and possible 100mph wind.

 

Sounds like a perfect place to test a mount.  😊

 


Re: Bad observing conditions!

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Hi Rolando,
   Same here in Naperville/Aurora IL, (about 80 miles south of you). Very frustrating ...

cytan

On Saturday, December 4, 2021, 02:16:19 PM CST, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


Howdy fellow Astronuts,

The satellite image below shows the weather pattern here at my humble observatory in N. Illinois as it has existed now for several weeks. ;^((.

Seems like an endless stream of clouds coming off the Pacific, making landfall in Seattle, then heading overnight to my Prairie observatory next to our AP factory building (red X). Rats! looks like it will continue this way for the next couple of weeks. I can see where I should be located, somewhere in the mountains just east of San Diego. And to think i gave up a possible job there back in the '70s for a job in Northern Illinois. Anyone living there and further east in Arizona, New Mexico - I am super jealous. (plus it's really cold here).

Rats and pattouie!!

Rolando


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Bad observing conditions!

Roland Christen
 

Howdy fellow Astronuts,

The satellite image below shows the weather pattern here at my humble observatory in N. Illinois as it has existed now for several weeks. ;^((.

Seems like an endless stream of clouds coming off the Pacific, making landfall in Seattle, then heading overnight to my Prairie observatory next to our AP factory building (red X). Rats! looks like it will continue this way for the next couple of weeks. I can see where I should be located, somewhere in the mountains just east of San Diego. And to think i gave up a possible job there back in the '70s for a job in Northern Illinois. Anyone living there and further east in Arizona, New Mexico - I am super jealous. (plus it's really cold here).

Rats and pattouie!!

Rolando


--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


PEMPro License Transfer?

David Garrett
 

I Purchased a used 1100GTO/CP4 that  came with the original CD software & manuals..  I have the mount registered with AP and have trransfered the APCC Pro license.   I confirmed that the PEMPro license is valid but need to get the license transfered and have sent an email plus a support ticket request to siriusimaging.com but have received no response.  Is Sirius Imaging still the correct source for requesting PEMPro license transfers?

Thjanks.
David Garrett


How to mount ADATRI Tripod Adapter to Wooden Pier?

Nick Iversen
 

I have decided to build a wooden pier for my Mach1GTO. Wood is much easier for me to work with (as opposed to concrete) and is a natural extension for me from a wooden tripod. I have tested wooden piers (by pushing on them) and they can be REALLY solid. The wood will be Radiata pine.

The question is: How to mount the ADATRI Tripod Adapter to the pier? The ADATRI has three holes and I can screw it into the wood. But is that secure enough? How long should the screws be? Should I use a second metal plate and use more screws / bolts and attach the ADATRI to that?

How large should the pier be? The ADATRI is 16cm in diameter. If I use a circular pier what diameter? If I use a square pier what diameter? I like 19 x 19 cm piers. Is that large enough? I don't want the wood to split.

Why don't people like wood? Presumably because it can warp with time. I don't mind redoing polar alignment every so often.


Re: 1100GTO +APCC Pro + SkyTrack = My first ISS

Jeff B
 

Well done sir!

Jeff

On Fri, Dec 3, 2021 at 5:43 PM R Botero via groups.io <rbotero=sky.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thank you All! Really pleased with my first pass. I may get a chance again tomorrow if the weather holds. 

Roberto

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