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Re: Transporting Counter-Weights and Shaft

Roland Christen
 

Yeah, I want to get one some day, but Marj says no Grin

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Ted Mickle via groups.io <tedmickle@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Dec 21, 2021 7:13 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Transporting Counter-Weights and Shaft

Well, Rolando, I’ve got a Jeep … but the idea of having a hot breakfast in the field is very compelling!

Ted



> On Dec 21, 2021, at 19:08, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> Rivian






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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Transporting Counter-Weights and Shaft

Ted Mickle
 

Well, Rolando, I’ve got a Jeep … but the idea of having a hot breakfast in the field is very compelling!

Ted

On Dec 21, 2021, at 19:08, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:

Rivian


Re: Transporting Counter-Weights and Shaft

Roland Christen
 


Any recommendations from my more experienced colleagues?
I would get a Rivian. Great way to haul heavy stuff. You can get it with a built-in camp stove to make breakfast in the morning. Stuck out tongue winking eye

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Ted Mickle via groups.io <tedmickle@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Dec 21, 2021 6:21 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Transporting Counter-Weights and Shaft

I’m growing wearing of imaging in Bortle 7+ skies and am preparing my gear for transport to darker skies.

I’ve found a transport solution for my 1100GTO mount, scope and cameras but am looking for a solution for my 3 counterweights [30, 24 and 18 pounds] and shaft [11 pounds].  The whole bunch would weigh >80 pounds.

I’m leaning towards individual carriers in lieu of loading them all into a single carrier.

Any recommendations from my more experienced colleagues?

Ted





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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Transporting Counter-Weights and Shaft

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

Harley Davidson wrote:

BTW, the Apache cases are very nice and will leave you extra money for eyepieces :)
Yeah, I have a couple around here.

But... what are eyepieces? I've heard that term somewhere before, but not sure where. 😊


Re: Transporting Counter-Weights and Shaft

Harley Davidson
 

Linwood

If you did go with the Apache cases from Harbor Freight why not try a small appropriately sized towel wrapped around the weight and then put that in the case? I hate the pluck foam and of course would be useless for the weights. Just a thought.

BTW, the Apache cases are very nice and will leave you extra money for eyepieces :)

tony

On 12/21/2021 7:31 PM, ap@... wrote:
Ted Mickle wrote:

I’ve found a transport solution for my 1100GTO mount, scope and cameras but am looking for a solution for my 3 counterweights [30, 24 and 18 pounds] and shaft [11 pounds]. The whole bunch would weigh >80 pounds.
I’m leaning towards individual carriers in lieu of loading them all into a single carrier.
Is "Transport" your own car, or something more disconnected?

Last time out I just took a moving blanket, and pilled them all in the floor wrapping them in the moving blanket. Down low they were not going to go rolling off a seat or flying around in a quick stop.

I've considered some of the cheap Harbor Freight cases, I think they call them apache. The weights would each fit in their small one that is about $29 or so, if I recall, though the shaft would need a larger one, so I was thinking 1 weight and the shaft, and 2 weights in another. I have 30/18/10, and was wondering if the 30 + 10 in one case would work, and 10 + shaft in another.

The problem is the pluck foam inside is going to be rather pointless. I have some Kaizen foam I was going to try. It is much more rigid, but still not sure it is rigid enough.

But frankly that was all thought process before I just piled them into the moving blanket. I'm wondering if I have any real reason for a case. Of course if this was a train or plane it would be quite different.

Has anyone tried Kaizen with counterweights, is it firm enough to not just mash into nothing?

Linwood




Re: Transporting Counter-Weights and Shaft

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

Ted Mickle wrote:

I’ve found a transport solution for my 1100GTO mount, scope and cameras but am looking for a solution for my 3 counterweights [30, 24 and 18 pounds] and shaft [11 pounds]. The whole bunch would weigh >80 pounds.
I’m leaning towards individual carriers in lieu of loading them all into a single carrier.
Is "Transport" your own car, or something more disconnected?

Last time out I just took a moving blanket, and pilled them all in the floor wrapping them in the moving blanket. Down low they were not going to go rolling off a seat or flying around in a quick stop.

I've considered some of the cheap Harbor Freight cases, I think they call them apache. The weights would each fit in their small one that is about $29 or so, if I recall, though the shaft would need a larger one, so I was thinking 1 weight and the shaft, and 2 weights in another. I have 30/18/10, and was wondering if the 30 + 10 in one case would work, and 10 + shaft in another.

The problem is the pluck foam inside is going to be rather pointless. I have some Kaizen foam I was going to try. It is much more rigid, but still not sure it is rigid enough.

But frankly that was all thought process before I just piled them into the moving blanket. I'm wondering if I have any real reason for a case. Of course if this was a train or plane it would be quite different.

Has anyone tried Kaizen with counterweights, is it firm enough to not just mash into nothing?

Linwood


Transporting Counter-Weights and Shaft

Ted Mickle
 

I’m growing wearing of imaging in Bortle 7+ skies and am preparing my gear for transport to darker skies.

I’ve found a transport solution for my 1100GTO mount, scope and cameras but am looking for a solution for my 3 counterweights [30, 24 and 18 pounds] and shaft [11 pounds]. The whole bunch would weigh >80 pounds.

I’m leaning towards individual carriers in lieu of loading them all into a single carrier.

Any recommendations from my more experienced colleagues?

Ted


Field Flattener

michael mccann
 

Hi 
Not really a GTO question, but your CCDT67 CCD Telecompressor was recommended as a Flattener for use with my Astro-tech RC 14” truss.  I was wondering if anyone could comment on the use of the flattener with 14” RC with f8.  

Thanks 

Cheers 


Re: Production Sequence Query

Karen Christen
 

Hello Marty,

 

Thank you for being so patient.  Within the next few years, yes.  As with many businesses around the world, Renishaw has experienced some challenges over the last 2 years.  Their delivery is definitely slower than we had become accustomed to.  But they’re working hard to meet demand and we anticipate their schedule to gradually improve. 

Karen

AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of mjb87 via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:57 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Production Sequence Query

 

Hi Karen,

My experience with the Mach2 has demonstrated the value of absolute encoders. I'm on the wait list for a set to install on my existing 1100. I gather the wait will likely be very long for these given AE demand and supply-chain problems. Do you think I have a realistic chance of getting them within the next few years?

Marty


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Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Production Sequence Query

M Hambrick
 

Hi Christopher

I am also waiting for a chance to get some encoders for my 1100 mount.

I have heard that most of the supply chain problems are with the goods coming in on the west coast and are due mostly to the lack of availability of truckers to move the containers out of the ports. You can thank the overregulation of everything in the west coast states for that.

Renishaw encoders come from Europe (I think the UK), so maybe the supply chain issues affecting the west coast will not have so much of an impact on the goods shipped into the eastern ports. The biggest new concern is the widespread lockdowns being implemented throughout Europe.

Mike


Re: Production Sequence Query

mjb87@...
 

Hi Karen,

My experience with the Mach2 has demonstrated the value of absolute encoders. I'm on the wait list for a set to install on my existing 1100. I gather the wait will likely be very long for these given AE demand and supply-chain problems. Do you think I have a realistic chance of getting them within the next few years?

Marty


Re: Production Sequence Query

Karen Christen
 

Hello Christopher,

Our production runs are decided based on a variety of factors including customer demand, availability of components and raw material, etc.  So we don’t adhere to a set schedule.  That said, you are correct that we are shipping the last of the 1100 mounts now, we’ve just begun shipping the first of our current 1600 run, and Mach2 parts are steadily moving through production.  We very well may do another run of 1100s next.  I recommend you place yourself on the Notify Me list if you’d like to be notified in the next run. 

Wishing you clear skies,

Karen

AP

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Christopher M
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2021 8:27 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Production Sequence Query

 

Am I correct in assuming that the current sequence of mount productions is:  1100 (just completed); 1600; Mach2?  Which would mean the next production run of 1100's should follow almost directly after the Mach2 production run, supplies etc permitting.  Is that correct?  I unfortunately had to decline my spot for the last 1100 run.
Thank you
Christopher


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Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Production Sequence Query

Christopher M
 

Am I correct in assuming that the current sequence of mount productions is:  1100 (just completed); 1600; Mach2?  Which would mean the next production run of 1100's should follow almost directly after the Mach2 production run, supplies etc permitting.  Is that correct?  I unfortunately had to decline my spot for the last 1100 run.
Thank you
Christopher


Re: Mach2 DEC does not slew

George
 

Yanzhe,

 

Please contact me directly at my email below regarding your mount issue.   Thank you.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)

Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)

Email:  george@...

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of yanzhe liu
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2021 2:48 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 DEC does not slew

 

Roland/Mike,

 

With normal connection: E/W moves RA, N/S does not move DEC.

Swap connection at mount: N/S moves RA, E/W does not move DEC.

Swapping RA and DEC cable does not affect anything.

 

So the mount has some issue?

 

Yanzhe

 

On Sun, Dec 19, 2021 at 9:45 AM John Chakel <jachakel@...> wrote:

I have my Mach2 mount setup in my backyard under a TG365 cover and on one occasion when one axis wasn’t behaving properly, I found that I just needed to ensure that the barrel connectors that secure the plug into its socket was fully tightened. After making sure the connection was fully finger tightened, normal operation returned. 
CS,
John


Re: Mach2 : Motor Stall detected #APCC #Mach2GTO

alain.prette@...
 

Hi Mike,

I use APCC Beta Version from Ray v1.9.1.3 concerning Firmware : VCP5-P02-10 
Best Regard,

Alain
alain.prette@...


Re: Mach2 : Motor Stall detected #APCC #Mach2GTO

Mike Hanson
 

Hi Alain,

The most common cause for a stall while slewing the Mach 2 is having the clutches a little loose.  A little imbalance could also contribute if the clutches are loose.  If the clutches are nice and tight, and the system balanced, please contact me privately.

Do you have APCC?  A keypad?  Do you know what version of firmware you are running?


Re: APCC new install error

Emilio J. Robau, P.E.
 

Tom,

You are a brave soul.   Congratulations on your lucky imaging results as it relates to being lucky with Windoz 11.   I am gong to wait a while.


Re: loose part 1100GTOAE

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

Just to close the loop AP quickly got me a nice new part, and a conversation reassured me, and we are good.

Well, except: The arrival of a Astro-Physics package triggered the usual nights of cloud, fog and even some rain (in the dry season).   Perhaps they should have labeled it "Not a new toy" or "for use in daylight" or something to confuse Murphy.

Thanks George et al.   Excellent service!


Re: Mach 2 R.A. Observation and Questions

Shawn Quinn
 

Will do and thanks Roland!

Shawn


Re: APCC new install error

Tom Zepf
 
Edited

I should say that as Todd mentioned, I did a completely fresh install of Windows 11 from a USB drive (deleting all disk partitions first so nothing is left). After all these years I've learned that the "start at ground zero" approach is the most reliable / predictable approach, especially with Windows, even if it is a little more work sometimes.

I've been through a few more nights now imaging with APCC, APPM, AP v2 ASCOM driver, NINA, PHD2, ZWO drivers (camera, eaf, efw), Pocket Powerbox Advance, ASCOM, etc and all works as well as it did with Windows 10.

Good luck!

    Tom

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