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Re: Mach2 meets old school Takahashi MT-160

Dean Jacobsen
 

Please forgive me for posting a final revision...

https://www.astrobin.com/full/gn8egd/B/

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Re: Windows timezone settings

fernandorivera3
 

Set all of your devices <smartphone, tablet, computer, mount, etc> to Universal Time aka UT & not have to deal with different time zones or daylight savings time vs standard time, either. 
"Set it & forget it"- no more headaches going back & forth with changes in the settings. 

Fernando


Takahashi FSQ 85

thefamily90 Phillips
 

Within the last year I purchased a Takahashi FSQ 85 with the thought of trying some astrophotography. I gave that up pretty quickly! I think I looked  through it one time. It is in excellent, near mint condition. thought I would give people on this user group 1st chance. If you're interested in purchasing it please send me a  private email me (thefamily90@...)

Best,

Jim


Windows timezone settings

michael mccann
 

Every time the time zone changed I had timing issues.  I even built up my latest NUC here in New Mexico and it still defaults to pacific time zone.  It turns out time zone settings are correlated with location settings.  

aside: most of the time your router can correctly locate your computer, so one relies on that protocol that’s built into your internet provider network equipment.  However at my location I’m relying on cell service where cell towers service both NM and AZ.  

So when I tried to change Time to mountain time zone the settings would always return to Pacific time zone, Microsoft home time zone.  So it turns out that I had not set my default location to any where much less SW NM.  By setting windows default location, it allowed the Mountain Time zone to take.

just in case you head out to a remote site and windows seems to be misbehaving.

otherwise everyone 
Clear Dark Skies


Re: Trouble Connecting via REST API

Ray Gralak
 

It's reserved for future use. It does nothing at this time.

-Ray

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wayne Hixson via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, April 9, 2022 11:42 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Trouble Connecting via REST API

Ray, I noticed in the Advanced Settings for third party apps there’s a NINA selection. I’m just starting to use NINA
and wondering specifically what checking that box does?

Thanks again, Wayne
On Apr 9, 2022, at 11:22 AM, Ray Gralak <iogroups@...> wrote:

UDP is lighter weight and less latency but is more susceptible to losing a packet once in a while.

-Ray

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Saturday, April 9, 2022 11:13 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Trouble Connecting via REST API

By the way, is UDP or TCP preferred?







Re: Using RAPAS for first time - how do I know it is Polaris?

Mark Mitchell
 

I find that the problem is that the field of view of the RAPAS is rather small. Initially, I either remove the scope and site through the center of the mount or I attach Polemaster to the AP1100 (I have to move it to position 3 to do this otherwise the trailing cable will hit the gear box). I'm usually on my driveway, so once I've found Polaris, I chalk the driveway around the wheels on my Scope buggy and I leave the mount parked as it was in that position when I finish for the night. Once I've done that I can just return to my chalk marks and use the RAPAS and the AP app that shows where Polaris should be for my time and location.

Mark


Re: Trouble Connecting via REST API

Wayne Hixson
 

Ray, I noticed in the Advanced Settings for third party apps there’s a NINA selection. I’m just starting to use NINA and wondering specifically what checking that box does?

Thanks again, Wayne

On Apr 9, 2022, at 11:22 AM, Ray Gralak <iogroups@...> wrote:

UDP is lighter weight and less latency but is more susceptible to losing a packet once in a while.

-Ray

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wayne Hixson via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, April 9, 2022 11:13 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Trouble Connecting via REST API

By the way, is UDP or TCP preferred?





Re: Trouble Connecting via REST API

Ray Gralak
 

UDP is lighter weight and less latency but is more susceptible to losing a packet once in a while.

-Ray

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wayne Hixson via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, April 9, 2022 11:13 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Trouble Connecting via REST API

By the way, is UDP or TCP preferred?


Re: Trouble Connecting via REST API

Wayne Hixson
 

By the way, is UDP or TCP preferred?


Re: Trouble Connecting via REST API

Erkaslan Aygen
 

Good to know ! Enjoy and happy weekend. 

Regards,
Aygen


Re: Trouble Connecting via REST API

Wayne Hixson
 

You beat me to the point! I was about to post "Never Mind" :-) I found it.

Thanks!


Re: Trouble Connecting via REST API

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Wayne,

In APCC's Advanced Settings dialog window, there is an API tab. Please take a look there to make sure that APCC's REST API is enabled. If it is not, then enable it and restart APCC.

And of course, APCC must be connected to the mount for the driver to work through the REST API.

-Ray

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Saturday, April 9, 2022 11:06 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Trouble Connecting via REST API

Trying to connect my CP5 using the new REST API as I've had some issues with Virtual Ports. I deleted the virtual
ports, conneacted via Ethernet, and set the driver with the IP address and APCC REST API boxes checked, but
clicking check port shows Mount not found.


Re: Trouble Connecting via REST API

Erkaslan Aygen
 
Edited

Silly question, are the settings properly set under advanced settings ? Try to uncheck and check again if it solve your issue. I recall that I had to do something like this to make it work !


Trouble Connecting via REST API

Wayne Hixson
 

Trying to connect my CP5 using the new REST API as I've had some issues with Virtual Ports. I deleted the virtual ports, conneacted via Ethernet, and set the driver with the IP address and APCC REST API boxes checked, but clicking check port shows Mount not found. 


Re: Using RAPAS for first time - how do I know it is Polaris?

fernandorivera3
 

Shailesh try using Sky Safari planetarium app on your smartphone or tablet. When the program is running with GPS turned on look at the screen- it will help you find the north star. 
Polaris is one of the brightest stars in the northern hemisphere. I am even able to see it from my miserable downtown location where at night much of the sky is drowned out by EGREGIOUS LED billboards light pollution that continues to get worse as time goes on 😟

Fernando


Re: Using RAPAS for first time - how do I know it is Polaris?

Emilio J. Robau, P.E.
 

Fernando,

Yes, I forgot to mention that.  I agree and this was how I first sighted the mount.   Very important comment.   Then once you get everything set, you know what to look for and things are aligned so it is pretty easy thereafter.


Re: Using RAPAS for first time - how do I know it is Polaris?

fernandorivera3
 

I make sure I can see Polaris thru the bore of my 1200 GTO R.A. axis before I put the scope on, fine balance, power up the mount, etc. 

Fernando


Re: Using RAPAS for first time - how do I know it is Polaris?

Jeffc
 

Are you planning on doing astrophotography?   If so , you could use a camera , and one of the programs that will provide guided polar alignment…  PemPro, SharpCap, Nina.

Then once you know the mount IS polar aligned, check the Rapas.  
If needed, you can use the push pull screws on the RAPM2 to precisely align the RAPAS for your mount.  



On Apr 8, 2022, at 10:24 AM, Shailesh Trivedi <shailesh.trivedi@...> wrote:

I am using the RAPAS for the first time to polar align my Mach2. I live in Bortle 6 skies (suburban Sacramento, CA). My question is that after moving the mount and tripod, I was finally able to get a very faint star in the reticle.  The faint star was so faint, that when I turned on the reticle light, I could not see it. How do I know it is Polaris?


Re: Using RAPAS for first time - how do I know it is Polaris?

Terri Zittritsch
 

Everyone else has great suggestions.. you could also do a daytime telescope alignment as well (see your manual or web search) using the sun with filter or in twilight to a bright star.   This will put the mount more than close enough to ensure your RAPAS has polaris in the field.  It'll be a very bright pinprick of a star in the RAPAS and easy to see well before astronomical darkness.    The star will be so finely focused that it can be obscured by the reticle markings so if you don't immediately see it give a small move of the azimuth or altitude.

Terri


Re: Using RAPAS for first time - how do I know it is Polaris?

Dean S
 

I found it best to sight Polaris thru the mount before putting in the finder scope.  


On Apr 8, 2022, at 3:39 PM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


It's probably the wrong star. Polaris is bright enough to be seen with the reticle on in my Bortle 10 skies.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Shailesh Trivedi <shailesh.trivedi@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Apr 8, 2022 12:24 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Using RAPAS for first time - how do I know it is Polaris?

I am using the RAPAS for the first time to polar align my Mach2. I live in Bortle 6 skies (suburban Sacramento, CA). My question is that after moving the mount and tripod, I was finally able to get a very faint star in the reticle.  The faint star was so faint, that when I turned on the reticle light, I could not see it. How do I know it is Polaris?

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