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Re: Wax Stainless Steel Weights

Christopher Erickson
 

Flitz


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Tue, Mar 29, 2022, 8:40 AM Steven Panish <scpanish1@...> wrote:
You guys have too much energy!  I'm going for the patina of age.  

Steve

On Tue, Mar 29, 2022 at 10:41 AM Jack Huerkamp <Mallincamusa@...> wrote:

I am another Flitz user.  Get the kit with buffing ball for electric drill:

 

Amazon.com: Flitz PB 101-50 Buff Ball Car Buffer Drill Attachment with Self-Cooling Design That Never Scorches or Burns + No Exposed Hardware to Prevent Scratches, Buff and Polish Any Surface, Machine Washable, 5 Inch,Orange : Automotive

 

It works great on the weights.

 

Jack

 

Jack Huerkamp

Jack's Astro Accessories, LLC

38388 Pine Street

Pearl River, LA 70452-5192

985-445-5063

mallincamusa@...

www.mallincamusa.com

30.37N  89.76W

 

All of us get lost in the darkness.
Dreamers learn to steer by the stars.

………………………………….Neil Peart

 

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Eric Dreher
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2022 9:28 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Wax Stainless Steel Weights

 

Plus one for Flitz.


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Re: Saddle Plate For RASA 11

Anant Hariharan
 

Hi Brett - I bought RASA 11 V2 in Oct and it mounts just fine on AP1100. No need to replace.

Best

Anant


Re: Wax Stainless Steel Weights

Steven Panish
 

You guys have too much energy!  I'm going for the patina of age.  

Steve

On Tue, Mar 29, 2022 at 10:41 AM Jack Huerkamp <Mallincamusa@...> wrote:

I am another Flitz user.  Get the kit with buffing ball for electric drill:

 

Amazon.com: Flitz PB 101-50 Buff Ball Car Buffer Drill Attachment with Self-Cooling Design That Never Scorches or Burns + No Exposed Hardware to Prevent Scratches, Buff and Polish Any Surface, Machine Washable, 5 Inch,Orange : Automotive

 

It works great on the weights.

 

Jack

 

Jack Huerkamp

Jack's Astro Accessories, LLC

38388 Pine Street

Pearl River, LA 70452-5192

985-445-5063

mallincamusa@...

www.mallincamusa.com

30.37N  89.76W

 

All of us get lost in the darkness.
Dreamers learn to steer by the stars.

………………………………….Neil Peart

 

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Eric Dreher
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2022 9:28 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Wax Stainless Steel Weights

 

Plus one for Flitz.


Virus-free. www.avg.com



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PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS!!!
Due to Google eliminating cheap domain serving, Virginia and I are changing to regular gmail addresses.  The old panishnet address will forward to this address for a short while, but please add the new address, scpanish1@..., to your contact list.


Re: Wax Stainless Steel Weights

Jack Huerkamp
 

I am another Flitz user.  Get the kit with buffing ball for electric drill:

 

Amazon.com: Flitz PB 101-50 Buff Ball Car Buffer Drill Attachment with Self-Cooling Design That Never Scorches or Burns + No Exposed Hardware to Prevent Scratches, Buff and Polish Any Surface, Machine Washable, 5 Inch,Orange : Automotive

 

It works great on the weights.

 

Jack

 

Jack Huerkamp

Jack's Astro Accessories, LLC

38388 Pine Street

Pearl River, LA 70452-5192

985-445-5063

mallincamusa@...

www.mallincamusa.com

30.37N  89.76W

 

All of us get lost in the darkness.
Dreamers learn to steer by the stars.

………………………………….Neil Peart

 

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Eric Dreher
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2022 9:28 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Wax Stainless Steel Weights

 

Plus one for Flitz.


Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 

Ethernet cables will not fit inside the hollow shaft of the mach2. The mount would have to grow bigger in size in order to fit another cable. This would make it as large as the 1100 mount.

Roland



-----Original Message-----
From: Sébastien Doré <sebastiendore1@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Mar 28, 2022 9:02 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

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

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Wax Stainless Steel Weights

Eric Dreher <ericpdreher@...>
 

Plus one for Flitz.


Re: AP600 vs Mach 1

Ram
 

I've owned an AP600E GTO mount upgraded to CP3 for around 10 years and used it exclusively for close to 4 years as one of my first mounts. I still have this mount. 
I have used this mount to carry an AP130 starfire and also an 8" RC. I believe it could easily handle much more. I only used the mount guided. 
The only issue I saw with this mount was a bit of stiction in the DEC axis. This is a very simple issue to fix -- just guide DEC in one direction only. It is pretty easy to figure out which direction the drift is in.
Within its limits it appeared to perform about equal to a mach1 that my friend was using.  The mach1 seems more robust and can carry a larger payload. 

The AP900 was a definite upgrade for me as I also started using a 12" telescope for imaging.


Re: AP600 vs Mach 1

weems@...
 

I’m the one who picked up the 600E QMD that I think was the source of this thread. (My third AP mount.) It will be carrying a 6”f9 scope (not my AP) that weighs about 35 lbs. It looks like new, and is on the original AP hardwood tripod. I’ll report on how it does with that load once I get it out under the stars, with the feet firmly planted. 

Chip 


Re: Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

Charles Thompson
 

I am using an ASI6200MM and ASI290MM Mini. Over time, USB3 download speed is very noticeable in my setup.  This full frame camera definitely stresses the systems!





Thanks,
Charles

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-------- Original message --------
From: "Marcelo Figueroa via groups.io" <marfig1970@...>
Date: 3/28/22 10:40 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Ethernet #Mach2GTO

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: 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

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