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Re: New Video: PHD2 with Encoder Mounts

 

Hi Todd

I think about your question slightly differently: 

To me, guiding is a last resort. It adds complexity and additional points of potential failure (no guidestar, lost guidestar, another camera to worry about ;) )

It really boils down to whether you are happy with your images. If you are, I'd skip guiding.

 If you aren't happy and it's due to tracking, I would first look at improving polar alignment, then look at adding sky modeling (all sky or dec arc), and then if that still isn't enough then consider adding guiding. 

The same long focal length setup used in the demonstration also has an 80mm piggyback refractor @ 480mm, and I use it unguided even though guiding is available. 

I hope this doesn't come across as anti-guiding: in the right situations it's critical. But there are many excellent tools an AP encoder mount provides you with to help here

hth

Brian


On Sat, May 7, 2022 at 6:24 AM midmoastro <teche70@...> wrote:
Thank you, Karen.
I've been using my Mach2 without guiding, shooting around 488 to 800mm focal length.
I noticed for this tutorial the focal length was quite long so I unnderstand the benefits it can provide. Does PHD2 guiding with an encoder mount offer any benefit for those shooting under 1000mm FL?
I am in Missouri so my nights of excellent seeing are very minimal and I was thinking the additional setup and guiding may not offer me much, especially with mediocre seeing. I'm curious if anyone has tested this and found benefits?
Thank you again for all of these great videos.
Todd




Re: AIC 2022

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Fri, May 6, 2022 at 08:43 AM, Karen Christen wrote:
We’ll miss visiting with our amazing customers, showcasing an exciting new product, and connecting with industry friends.
Hmmm..., "exciting new product"? 
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Dean Jacobsen
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/


Re: New Video: PHD2 with Encoder Mounts

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Sat, May 7, 2022 at 06:24 AM, midmoastro wrote:
I've been using my Mach2 without guiding, shooting around 488 to 800mm focal length.
I noticed for this tutorial the focal length was quite long so I unnderstand the benefits it can provide. Does PHD2 guiding with an encoder mount offer any benefit for those shooting under 1000mm FL?
I am in Missouri so my nights of excellent seeing are very minimal and I was thinking the additional setup and guiding may not offer me much, especially with mediocre seeing. I'm curious if anyone has tested this and found benefits?
Hi Todd, this would be a great subject for a new thread.  I would be interested in reading about the experiences of other encoder mount owners in response to your questions.
 
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Dean Jacobsen
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/


Re: New Video: PHD2 with Encoder Mounts

midmoastro
 

Thank you, Karen.
I've been using my Mach2 without guiding, shooting around 488 to 800mm focal length.
I noticed for this tutorial the focal length was quite long so I unnderstand the benefits it can provide. Does PHD2 guiding with an encoder mount offer any benefit for those shooting under 1000mm FL?
I am in Missouri so my nights of excellent seeing are very minimal and I was thinking the additional setup and guiding may not offer me much, especially with mediocre seeing. I'm curious if anyone has tested this and found benefits?
Thank you again for all of these great videos.
Todd


Re: New Video: PHD2 with Encoder Mounts

Keith Olsen
 

These videos are very helpful, I look forward for more to come.  Thanks for all the work.

Keith


New Video: PHD2 with Encoder Mounts

Karen Christen
 

Hey Astro-Nuts,

 

We have another new video to share with you!  If you’re using PHD2 for guiding with an AP encoder mount (Mach2GTO, 1100GTO-AE or 1600GTO-AE), this is for you. This tutorial covers basic PHD2 settings, how to properly calibrate your guiding, and how to tune your parameters using the Guiding Assistant.  Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCu8PKjDZ20  Consider subscribing to the AP YouTube channel to be informed of all new videos as they’re posted. 

 

A big thanks to Brian Valente for working with Bruce from PHD2 and creating this informative tutorial! 

Karen

AP


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Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: AIC 2022

KHursh
 

Aww, that's too bad. I was looking forward to meeting the A-P family. I understand the position you are in and respect your decision. Don't work too hard!

Kevin


Re: Downloadable PDF Version of PEMPro Help File

M Hambrick
 

Thanks Bryan


Re: AIC 2022

Charles Thompson
 

We will miss you all. 

You will have to reveal this exciting new product to us on here!  😀





Thanks,
Charles


-------- Original message --------
From: W Hilmo <y.groups@...>
Date: 5/6/22 5:47 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io, ap-ug@groups.io, ap-gto@groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AIC 2022

We’ll definitely miss you guys this year, but we understand.  We’ll see you next time.

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Karen Christen
Sent: Friday, May 6, 2022 8:44 AM
To: ap-ug@groups.io; ap-gto@groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] AIC 2022

 

Hello Astro-Nuts,

After much deliberation and assessment and with great regret, we are compelled to cancel our attendance at the Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) in San Jose this month.   This was a difficult decision since AIC is a premier gathering of astro-imagers and we have the upmost respect for the organizers. However, we have a perfect storm of projects and products demanding our attention which conflict with preparation for and participation in AIC.  Supply chain challenges have obliged us to become quite nimble and flexible with our priorities.  Components for scopes and mounts that were delayed have arrived and we are catching up with production.  For us, the timing is not ideal.

We’ll miss visiting with our amazing customers, showcasing an exciting new product, and connecting with industry friends.  We hope all of you who attend have a wonderful time at AIC!

Roland, Marj, Karen, George, Howard, and all the Astro-Folks


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Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: AIC 2022

W Hilmo
 

We’ll definitely miss you guys this year, but we understand.  We’ll see you next time.

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Karen Christen
Sent: Friday, May 6, 2022 8:44 AM
To: ap-ug@groups.io; ap-gto@groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] AIC 2022

 

Hello Astro-Nuts,

After much deliberation and assessment and with great regret, we are compelled to cancel our attendance at the Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) in San Jose this month.   This was a difficult decision since AIC is a premier gathering of astro-imagers and we have the upmost respect for the organizers. However, we have a perfect storm of projects and products demanding our attention which conflict with preparation for and participation in AIC.  Supply chain challenges have obliged us to become quite nimble and flexible with our priorities.  Components for scopes and mounts that were delayed have arrived and we are catching up with production.  For us, the timing is not ideal.

We’ll miss visiting with our amazing customers, showcasing an exciting new product, and connecting with industry friends.  We hope all of you who attend have a wonderful time at AIC!

Roland, Marj, Karen, George, Howard, and all the Astro-Folks


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


AIC 2022

Karen Christen
 

Hello Astro-Nuts,

After much deliberation and assessment and with great regret, we are compelled to cancel our attendance at the Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) in San Jose this month.   This was a difficult decision since AIC is a premier gathering of astro-imagers and we have the upmost respect for the organizers. However, we have a perfect storm of projects and products demanding our attention which conflict with preparation for and participation in AIC.  Supply chain challenges have obliged us to become quite nimble and flexible with our priorities.  Components for scopes and mounts that were delayed have arrived and we are catching up with production.  For us, the timing is not ideal.

We’ll miss visiting with our amazing customers, showcasing an exciting new product, and connecting with industry friends.  We hope all of you who attend have a wonderful time at AIC!

Roland, Marj, Karen, George, Howard, and all the Astro-Folks


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Downloadable PDF Version of PEMPro Help File

Worsel
 

Mike

There is for V2.

https://ccdware.com/Files/pempro26094.pdf

No update for V3 on CCDWARE site

Bryan


Downloadable PDF Version of PEMPro Help File

M Hambrick
 

Is there a PDF version of the PEMPro Help File available ? I can print pages from the on-line version, but the printing is not very well formatted.

Mike


Re: AP1100 autoguiding

Howard Hedlund
 

Those little ZWO guide cameras are really neat!  Either one would be a perfect utility camera.   It would be simple to use it for all PEMPro functions.  One would also be perfect with our VarioFinder to start guiding while imaging with your DSLR. 
https://www.astro-physics.com/1060vgkit 
 My colleague George uses a similar camera with the VarioFinder with great results.


Re: Too Windy to Go Long?

Howard Hedlund
 

Dean, you've captured an entire semester's worth of galaxies to study in one gorgeous frame.  Very cool!


Re: Too Windy to Go Long?

Karen Christen
 

That’s a gorgeous field, Dean.  Thanks for sharing it with us.

Karen

AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dean Jacobsen
Sent: Thursday, May 5, 2022 11:46 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Too Windy to Go Long?

 

Here is the last image of the "galaxy season".  As it turns out, galaxy season is also windy season out in the San Diego County desert where I image.  Thus, I was again limited to the size of the telescope used.

https://www.astrobin.com/full/hwmplp/0/

It is another wide field at f/5 530 mm focal length with the ASI2600MC color camera.

The colors aren't that great but it is amazing to see the little 15 and 16 magnitude galaxies in the field that were captured with an OSC astro camera.  That is a lot better than I expected to see with this camera.

As usual the scope and camera were expertly carried by the Mach2.  80 x 240 sec. unguided exposures.
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Dean Jacobsen
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/


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Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: AP1100 autoguiding

christopheciel
 

Thanks Mike.
I will probably do that. It seems easy, and that's what I need !
C.


Re: Too Windy to Go Long?

Dean Jacobsen
 

Here is the last image of the "galaxy season".  As it turns out, galaxy season is also windy season out in the San Diego County desert where I image.  Thus, I was again limited to the size of the telescope used.

https://www.astrobin.com/full/hwmplp/0/

It is another wide field at f/5 530 mm focal length with the ASI2600MC color camera.

The colors aren't that great but it is amazing to see the little 15 and 16 magnitude galaxies in the field that were captured with an OSC astro camera.  That is a lot better than I expected to see with this camera.

As usual the scope and camera were expertly carried by the Mach2.  80 x 240 sec. unguided exposures.
--
Dean Jacobsen
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/


Re: [ap-ug] Iridium Satellite Flare

Roland Christen
 

That's really great! Which software did you use to follow the satellite?

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Brent Boshart <bboshart@...>
To: main@ap-ug.groups.io
Sent: Wed, May 4, 2022 11:23 pm
Subject: [ap-ug] Iridium Satellite Flare

How not to build a satellite - with large polished antennae.  I caught this Iridium satellite flaring tonight. 

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Short Orion Nebula and Running Man

Roland Christen
 

Beautiful colors, lots of great detail, fingerlickin' good!

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: ap-ug@groups.io <ap-ug@groups.io>; AP-GTO Groups.io <ap-gto@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, May 4, 2022 9:37 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Short Orion Nebula and Running Man

Hey AP'ers!

Since we have been clouded in here in WA for a long time, I was picking through some old data on an imaging laptop of mine and came across 1.5 hours or M42 data I took from a relatively dark location in Ellensburg, WA. The data was taken on December 10, 2020 and just sat on my laptop until I finally recused it this evening and processed it up.

RGB x 6 (each channel) x 180s, Lum x 12 x 180 seconds.


Scope was the trusty AP130 GTX with the field flattener. Camera is the FLI PL16803, mount is the AP1100AE.

Not too shabby for a really short integration of 1.5 hours!

Enjoy,

Bill


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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics

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