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Re: Wax Stainless Steel Weights

weems@...
 

I’ve had good luck with Flitz. It also leaves a protective coat.

Chip


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Marcelo Figueroa
 

What I do is connect an ethernet cable directly from my capture pc to CP5. And I use the Mach 2's internal cabling to connect USB and power to a Pegasus PPBA mounted on top of the scope for camera and devices.
 
And by the way, unless you are doing planetary imaging/video USB 3 is not really necessary. USB 2 is much more stable and reliable, being able to use longer cables. The speed difference in downloading images is barely noticeable.
 
 


Re: 1100GTO Absolute Encoder Availability - EUROPE

Erkaslan Aygen
 

Hi Bob,

Thank you for your suggestion. I am too using APPC / APPM which makes life easier. 

Best regards,
Aygen


Re: Looking for 1.875" Counterweight shaft and toe protector thread size and dimensions. -

M Hambrick
 

Hi Steve

I measured the threads on my counterweight shaft. They are definitely not a standard size. The OD is 1.085" with 14 threads per inch. The 14 TPI is fairly common, but the 1.085" major diameter doesn't show up in any list of thread sizes. That odd size OD won't really matter if you are planning to cut the threads on a lathe.

Mike


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Sébastien Doré
 

FWIW, I too would have liked the flexibility and reliability of an Ethernet connectivity on top of the Mach2 (in addition to the usb3) 

No to mention the advantages of connector reliability in cold weather and almost no limit on cable length which would come in handy for a headless observatory (PC inside house + rugged switch/media converter on OTA) for example.

Anyway, I currently use it the same way as Bill does with a PC on the tripod leg and a Pegasus PPBA on top and it works fine but I need to keep the USB 3 cables ultra short obviously, and it makes the tripod a bit bulky with a few more cables than I’d like dangling around when I move it before and after each session.

Definitely not a show stopper to miss it, but would have been a nice-to-have IMO. I’d pay for such an upgrade if it were available.

Sébastien 

Le 28 mars 2022 à 21:08, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> a écrit :


You can use the USB or WiFi to connect to the CP5 from the top of the mount.

Roland

-----Original Message-----
From: Bryan R. <bross138@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Mar 28, 2022 7:58 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

I will have a NUC residing on top of the scope, along with a UPBv2, and was just thinking that it would be nice to have an ethernet run through, along with the DC and USB, to connect the CP5 and NUC without having that cable external (i.e. resides with the DC/USB).  I am guessing that utilizing the USB connection through the mount to connect the CP5 to the NUC (direct or via UPBv2) will serve as adequate for mount control, which would make an ethernet connection redundant.  Is this correct? 
BTW just placed my order for the Mach2, super stoked for sure.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Bryan R.
 

I will have a NUC, UPBv2, and a mini router up top, and remote in to the NUC via my pc inside.  Sounds like the wifi is more than capable. 


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 

You can use the USB or WiFi to connect to the CP5 from the top of the mount.

Roland

-----Original Message-----
From: Bryan R. <bross138@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Mar 28, 2022 7:58 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

I will have a NUC residing on top of the scope, along with a UPBv2, and was just thinking that it would be nice to have an ethernet run through, along with the DC and USB, to connect the CP5 and NUC without having that cable external (i.e. resides with the DC/USB).  I am guessing that utilizing the USB connection through the mount to connect the CP5 to the NUC (direct or via UPBv2) will serve as adequate for mount control, which would make an ethernet connection redundant.  Is this correct? 
BTW just placed my order for the Mach2, super stoked for sure.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 

What is the CP5 communicating with on top of the mount? Normally the CP5 communicates with a laptop that sends GoTo coordinates from a planetarium program. It also communicates with APCC/APPM for modeling and with guider programs such as PHD2 or MaximDL. None of those would be up on top of the mount.

The CP5 can also communicate via WiFi with any device, no cables needed. The communication to and from the CP5 is at a very low level and consists of very few bits. Does not need the high speed capabilities of Ethernet.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Thompson via groups.io <cthomp97@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Mar 28, 2022 7:43 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

I have a problem with that connection too. I wish the CPx USB connection could ride on the through the mount cabling so you didn't have to put a hub at the CP5 to get it's connection up to the top of the mount with the rest of the USB devices.  

I am thinking about running an Ethernet cable with the USB3 extension cable, back to the laptop. That way you don't have an extra USB hub at the base or a USB cable dragging up to a hub on the top. In my case it is a UPBV2 that rides up top.





Thanks,
Charles

Sent from mobile device.


-------- Original message --------
From: "Bryan R." <bross138@...>
Date: 3/28/22 7:10 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Hello. I have a question on the Mach2 internal cabling, probably more-so directed at the folks as AP.  The specs state a USB 3.0 and DC power cable that are pre-installed.  My question is:  Is there any feasibility or future plan to also running an ethernet cable internally along with the USB and DC Power?  While I am sure the robustness of the GTOCP5 wifi is adequate, I personally have always opted to minimize connections that rely on wireless (Cat6 ethernet to every room in the home, etc).  I see that the GTOCP5 does have the ethernet port on it, and ideally it would be nice to connect a patch cable from the GTOCP5 ethernet port to this hypothetical ethernet jack that would run internal, and then another patch to a mini PC.  Again, may or may not be feasible or planned, but wanted to ask to see if there were previous discussions or potential future plans to do this.  Thanks.
Bryan

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Bill Long
 

I just use a mini PC on the tripod leg. CP4/5 connects via Ethernet to the mini PC, and the usb3 connection runs to the mini PC. On top of the scope is my UPBV2 which distributes USB, power, and dew control. 




From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Charles Thompson via groups.io <cthomp97@...>
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2022 5:43 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO
 
I have a problem with that connection too. I wish the CPx USB connection could ride on the through the mount cabling so you didn't have to put a hub at the CP5 to get it's connection up to the top of the mount with the rest of the USB devices.  

I am thinking about running an Ethernet cable with the USB3 extension cable, back to the laptop. That way you don't have an extra USB hub at the base or a USB cable dragging up to a hub on the top. In my case it is a UPBV2 that rides up top.





Thanks,
Charles

Sent from mobile device.


-------- Original message --------
From: "Bryan R." <bross138@...>
Date: 3/28/22 7:10 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Hello. I have a question on the Mach2 internal cabling, probably more-so directed at the folks as AP.  The specs state a USB 3.0 and DC power cable that are pre-installed.  My question is:  Is there any feasibility or future plan to also running an ethernet cable internally along with the USB and DC Power?  While I am sure the robustness of the GTOCP5 wifi is adequate, I personally have always opted to minimize connections that rely on wireless (Cat6 ethernet to every room in the home, etc).  I see that the GTOCP5 does have the ethernet port on it, and ideally it would be nice to connect a patch cable from the GTOCP5 ethernet port to this hypothetical ethernet jack that would run internal, and then another patch to a mini PC.  Again, may or may not be feasible or planned, but wanted to ask to see if there were previous discussions or potential future plans to do this.  Thanks.
Bryan


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Bryan R.
 

I will have a NUC residing on top of the scope, along with a UPBv2, and was just thinking that it would be nice to have an ethernet run through, along with the DC and USB, to connect the CP5 and NUC without having that cable external (i.e. resides with the DC/USB).  I am guessing that utilizing the USB connection through the mount to connect the CP5 to the NUC (direct or via UPBv2) will serve as adequate for mount control, which would make an ethernet connection redundant.  Is this correct? 
BTW just placed my order for the Mach2, super stoked for sure.


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Charles Thompson
 

I have a problem with that connection too. I wish the CPx USB connection could ride on the through the mount cabling so you didn't have to put a hub at the CP5 to get it's connection up to the top of the mount with the rest of the USB devices.  

I am thinking about running an Ethernet cable with the USB3 extension cable, back to the laptop. That way you don't have an extra USB hub at the base or a USB cable dragging up to a hub on the top. In my case it is a UPBV2 that rides up top.





Thanks,
Charles

Sent from mobile device.


-------- Original message --------
From: "Bryan R." <bross138@...>
Date: 3/28/22 7:10 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Hello. I have a question on the Mach2 internal cabling, probably more-so directed at the folks as AP.  The specs state a USB 3.0 and DC power cable that are pre-installed.  My question is:  Is there any feasibility or future plan to also running an ethernet cable internally along with the USB and DC Power?  While I am sure the robustness of the GTOCP5 wifi is adequate, I personally have always opted to minimize connections that rely on wireless (Cat6 ethernet to every room in the home, etc).  I see that the GTOCP5 does have the ethernet port on it, and ideally it would be nice to connect a patch cable from the GTOCP5 ethernet port to this hypothetical ethernet jack that would run internal, and then another patch to a mini PC.  Again, may or may not be feasible or planned, but wanted to ask to see if there were previous discussions or potential future plans to do this.  Thanks.
Bryan


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 


I see that the GTOCP5 does have the ethernet port on it, and ideally it would be nice to connect a patch cable from the GTOCP5 ethernet port to this hypothetical ethernet jack that would run internal,
You can connect the CP5 Ethernet port directly to any computer. There is nothing inside the mount to which anything can be connected. All electronics reside in the CP5.

Roland

-----Original Message-----
From: Bryan R. <bross138@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Mar 28, 2022 7:10 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Hello. I have a question on the Mach2 internal cabling, probably more-so directed at the folks as AP.  The specs state a USB 3.0 and DC power cable that are pre-installed.  My question is:  Is there any feasibility or future plan to also running an ethernet cable internally along with the USB and DC Power?  While I am sure the robustness of the GTOCP5 wifi is adequate, I personally have always opted to minimize connections that rely on wireless (Cat6 ethernet to every room in the home, etc).  I see that the GTOCP5 does have the ethernet port on it, and ideally it would be nice to connect a patch cable from the GTOCP5 ethernet port to this hypothetical ethernet jack that would run internal, and then another patch to a mini PC.  Again, may or may not be feasible or planned, but wanted to ask to see if there were previous discussions or potential future plans to do this.  Thanks.
Bryan

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Bryan R.
 

Hello. I have a question on the Mach2 internal cabling, probably more-so directed at the folks as AP.  The specs state a USB 3.0 and DC power cable that are pre-installed.  My question is:  Is there any feasibility or future plan to also running an ethernet cable internally along with the USB and DC Power?  While I am sure the robustness of the GTOCP5 wifi is adequate, I personally have always opted to minimize connections that rely on wireless (Cat6 ethernet to every room in the home, etc).  I see that the GTOCP5 does have the ethernet port on it, and ideally it would be nice to connect a patch cable from the GTOCP5 ethernet port to this hypothetical ethernet jack that would run internal, and then another patch to a mini PC.  Again, may or may not be feasible or planned, but wanted to ask to see if there were previous discussions or potential future plans to do this.  Thanks.
Bryan


Re: 1100GTO Absolute Encoder Availability - EUROPE

Andy Ermolli
 

I was reading on the Financial Times that Renishaw expects the shortage to continue for another two years. 


Re: 1100GTO Absolute Encoder Availability - EUROPE

Bob Enouen
 

Hi Aygen,

I’m also waiting for the AE’s for my 1600. One option that helped me quite a bit was to upgrade to APPC Pro and then create an APPM pointing model. 

All the best!
Bob


Robert J. Enouen
Cell 513-504-4410

On Mar 28, 2022, at 5:35 PM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


We can jump up and down, but that won't help the semiconductor shortage that they are experiencing.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Erkaslan Aygen <aygen.erkaslan@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Mar 28, 2022 4:26 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 1100GTO Absolute Encoder Availability - EUROPE

Thank you, Roland, for your quick update.

So, no other options than being patient.

Aygen

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: 1100GTO Absolute Encoder Availability - EUROPE

Roland Christen
 

We can jump up and down, but that won't help the semiconductor shortage that they are experiencing.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Erkaslan Aygen <aygen.erkaslan@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Mar 28, 2022 4:26 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 1100GTO Absolute Encoder Availability - EUROPE

Thank you, Roland, for your quick update.

So, no other options than being patient.

Aygen

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: New to Mach 1, some newbie help appreciated

Roland Christen
 

Questions can be answered by our very competent staff, George and Howard. No need to be confused, they can probably clear up anything that you need to know. Just give them a jingle.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher M <mirfak@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Mar 28, 2022 4:07 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] New to Mach 1, some newbie help appreciated

This thread has helped me as well.  I have been pretty confused as to what is or was needed to at least get going with one of these mounts.

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: 1100GTO Absolute Encoder Availability - EUROPE

Erkaslan Aygen
 

Thank you, Roland, for your quick update.

So, no other options than being patient.

Aygen


Re: Wax Stainless Steel Weights

Jeff B
 

I lost my youthful glow a while back.  Tried everything to get it back with no success.  

However, I've been a Bartender's friend for a while and I never tried Brillo pads.

Stuff to ponder. 🤔



On Mon, Mar 28, 2022 at 4:29 PM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
You can use Bartender's Friend polishing powder and just a paper towel. It will come nice and clean.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: George <george@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Mar 28, 2022 3:19 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Wax Stainless Steel Weights

Emilio,
 
Clean the weights with and S.O.S. pad or Brillo pad; rinse them well and dry them thoroughly.    Now apply the car wax.    They’ll look like new!
 
Regards,
 
George
 
George Whitney
Astro-Physics, Inc.
Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)
Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)
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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Emilio J. Robau, P.E.
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2022 2:44 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Wax Stainless Steel Weights
 
Back in the day I would wax my surfboard.  I nearly drowned once so I gave it up.   
I used to wax my skies, but I gave that up since I am far from a performance skier. 
I am too old to wax off any body hair. 
I never waxed my weights on my 1600,  so I now suffer from some superficial corrosion and very very limited pitting on my weights that I hope can be removed. 
I am not selling my mounts, but due to embarrassment that I let my weights loose their fine youthful gloss I am looking for a recommendation on how to try to clean them up and then wax them.   So, what is the pleasure of the group for waxing your weights?
Thanks in advance for recommendations for cleaning them and then waxing them to preserve their youthful look.   

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: New to Mach 1, some newbie help appreciated

Christopher M
 

This thread has helped me as well.  I have been pretty confused as to what is or was needed to at least get going with one of these mounts.

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