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Re: Open Driver Handbox?

Mike Dodd
 

On 7/27/2020 11:10 AM, Wayne Hixson via groups.io wrote:
I know I should know this, but how the heck can you open the ASCOM
driver handbox?
Do you mean the TUI with the direction buttons?

in my installation, the GUI opens automatically when I connect to the mount in any application (e.g., SkyX, ACP, or the AP Jog utility). That GUI has direction buttons to slew the mount at a rate set in a nearby dropdown box.

If your driver opens minimized, look for it in the system tray, then click to maximize it.

Is this what you're asking about?

--- Mike


Altitude limits feature enhancement #APCC

Wayne Hixson
 

Is there a way to have APCC show the time remaining for the telescope rise above the altitude map? I’d like to skew to an object when it’s still behind the trees and see how long I have to wait to begin imaging. 


thanks, Wayne


Open Driver Handbox?

Wayne Hixson
 

I know I should know this, but how the heck can you open the ASCOM driver handbox?


Re: Should Park 1 and Park 4 be parallel?

Roland Christen
 

You have to first level the scope in Park2 position. Actually you have to level the dovetail mount since the scope could be off square with respect to the mount. In Park2 the counterweight shaft needs to be pointing exactly down..

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Forrest <foman100@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Jul 26, 2020 4:51 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Should Park 1 and Park 4 be parallel?

Yes, I have confirmed the mount is level.  I am testing this now inside on a concrete platform.  I get consistently different results in daytime alignment routines depending on whether I use Park 1/2 or Park 4/2.  If I level the CW shaft in Park 1, then slew to Park 4, the CW shaft is about 3-4° off level (measured with a digital clinometer.

Forrest


Re: Should Park 1 and Park 4 be parallel?

Roland Christen
 

The only time there is a difference is when the altitude of the polar axis is not set for the local latitude. In other words, his polar axis is set too high or too low by 1/2 of the observed difference.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Jul 26, 2020 1:10 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Should Park 1 and Park 4 be parallel?

I think Forrest is asking if it is normal to have a 3-4 degree difference between Park 1 and 4.

I normally do not use Park 1.  However, I went out and moved back and forth between 1 and 4.  The difference is less than 20 a-s. across both axes.

However, I defer to A-P on the real answer!

Bryan


Re: Should Park 1 and Park 4 be parallel?

Luke Leege
 

Is your OTA orthogonal? If you measure level in P1 on the OTA and the scope is not orthogonal, when you slew to P4, the tube my not be level. I always measure level on the saddle. It is more likely to be orthogonal to the Dec axis.


Re: Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?

brabecscott49@...
 

Thanks much Ray for pointing this out about the RA and DEC information.  I was not sure if it was needed or not when the error messages popped up that it was not present in the FITS file.  Hoping to get out some night this week if we get some clear skies and try it out.  Thanks again for the help!  Scott


Re: Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?

Ray Gralak
 

Scott,

Sorry my time has been extremely limited this week.

RA and Dec are passed by APPM to pinpoint before plate solving so there should be no need for them in the FITS file.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of lmbrabec@...
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 4:00 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?

Ray: Thank you so much for doing this! I fired up the mount and camera and tried the updated APCC Pro you
attached. The Date-Obs. issue is resolved but still not seeing the RA/DEC data in the FITS image header. I'm
attaching what I saw for messages. I should note that I had un-parked the mount and then went to APPM and tried
plate solving under the run tab with the ASCOM camera selected and ASI camera (1). I don't know if this is any
big deal but with ASI camera (1) selected it shows up as ASCOM.ASICamera2.Camera. The FITS image header
though does call out camera (1). Is there some setting I might have incorrect in APCC that would cause the RA
and DEC coordinates not to show up in the FITS image header or is this something to manually add like you did
for the Date-Obs.? Thanks so much again Ray for all that you do and please work my issue in whenever it fits
(bad choice of words!) in to your schedule. All the best, Scott


Re: Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?

 

'allo what's this then. an update to APCC?? 

;-)



On Sun, Jul 26, 2020 at 11:19 AM Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
Hi Scott,

Try this version please:

http://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Pro_Setup_1.8.4.1.exe

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3:  https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver

> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of lmbrabec@...
> Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 9:29 AM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?
>
> It is starting to look that way but wished I could get the ASCOM camera driver in APPM to work like the manual
> says.  I already paid the $150 to get the full version PinPoint as heard this was quicker than Plate Solve 2 through
> SGP (I don't know if there is any truth to it).  Also being a N.I.N.A user I was trying to avoid adding another
> acquisition program. But your right as might have to bite the bullet and go down that path if I can't get this to go.
> I'm hoping Roland or Ray will chime in and give guidance as I'm out of ideas.  Thanks so much again Dean!  Scott
>






--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?

brabecscott49@...
 

Ray:  Thank you so much for doing this!  I fired up the mount and camera and tried the updated APCC Pro you attached. The Date-Obs. issue is resolved but still not seeing the RA/DEC data in the FITS image header.  I'm attaching what I saw for messages. I should note that I had un-parked the mount and then went to APPM and tried plate solving under the run tab with the ASCOM camera selected and ASI camera (1).  I don't know if this is any big deal but with ASI camera (1) selected it shows up as ASCOM.ASICamera2.Camera.  The FITS image header though does call out camera (1).  Is there some setting I might have incorrect in APCC that would cause the RA and DEC coordinates not to show up in the FITS image header or is this something to manually add like you did for the Date-Obs.?  Thanks so much again Ray for all that you do and please work my issue in whenever it fits (bad choice of words!) in to your schedule.  All the best, Scott


Re: Should Park 1 and Park 4 be parallel?

Forrest
 

Yes, I have confirmed the mount is level.  I am testing this now inside on a concrete platform.  I get consistently different results in daytime alignment routines depending on whether I use Park 1/2 or Park 4/2.  If I level the CW shaft in Park 1, then slew to Park 4, the CW shaft is about 3-4° off level (measured with a digital clinometer.

Forrest


Re: Keypad fiber-optics #Keypad

 

Yes, Mike, that is correct.

Clear Skies,

Marj Christen
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike Dodd
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 12:31 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Keypad fiber-optics #Keypad

On 7/26/2020 12:51 PM, Ken Murfitt wrote:
While changing out the battery on one of my keypads, I wondered what the
fiber-optic bundle is for? I thought they might be for the display
matrix but the vacuum display is fluorescent by itself. Just curious.
Lighting the KEYS, I believe.

--- Mike


Re: Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Scott,

Try this version please:

http://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Pro_Setup_1.8.4.1.exe

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of lmbrabec@...
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 9:29 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?

It is starting to look that way but wished I could get the ASCOM camera driver in APPM to work like the manual
says. I already paid the $150 to get the full version PinPoint as heard this was quicker than Plate Solve 2 through
SGP (I don't know if there is any truth to it). Also being a N.I.N.A user I was trying to avoid adding another
acquisition program. But your right as might have to bite the bullet and go down that path if I can't get this to go.
I'm hoping Roland or Ray will chime in and give guidance as I'm out of ideas. Thanks so much again Dean! Scott


Re: Should Park 1 and Park 4 be parallel?

Worsel
 

It occurred to me (duhh) that your difference is measured using a level, not the mount readings.

If that is so, then would not that mean the mount is not level?  This is not a big deal for PA.

Bryan


Re: Should Park 1 and Park 4 be parallel?

Worsel
 

I think Forrest is asking if it is normal to have a 3-4 degree difference between Park 1 and 4.

I normally do not use Park 1.  However, I went out and moved back and forth between 1 and 4.  The difference is less than 20 a-s. across both axes.

However, I defer to A-P on the real answer!

Bryan


Re: Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?

brabecscott49@...
 

Thanks so much Ray for any help you can give me!  It's interesting that when I first started looking for help on this I approached the PinPoint forum about this issue they pointed me to the imaging acquisition program as writing the FITS image header (APPM, see attached feedback I got from their forum). That's why I came to this forum. Hopefully you can understand my confusion and by no means am a software expert! I apologize if I've been barking up the wrong tree!  All the best and thanks for your help, Scott


Re: Keypad fiber-optics #Keypad

Mike Dodd
 

On 7/26/2020 12:51 PM, Ken Murfitt wrote:
While changing out the battery on one of my keypads, I wondered what the
fiber-optic bundle is for? I thought they might be for the display
matrix but the vacuum display is fluorescent by itself. Just curious.
Lighting the KEYS, I believe.

--- Mike


Re: Should Park 1 and Park 4 be parallel?

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Yes, Park 1 and Park 4 are parallel with the OTA pointing north (Park 1) or south (Park 2). In the Park 2 position the OTA is also parallel to the ground facing East, but it is in the counterweight down position.





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TSR Global Manufacturing Support
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Orange, TX 77631-2000
Phone: +1 (409) 882-2799
email: mike.hambrick@...


Keypad fiber-optics #Keypad

Ken Murfitt
 

While changing out the battery on one of my keypads, I wondered what the fiber-optic bundle is for? I thought they might be for the display matrix but the vacuum display is fluorescent by itself. Just curious.


Re: Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?

Ray Gralak
 

I hate to state the obvious but (as I said before) APPM sets the Date-Obs field using PinPoint's own method, so if it isn't getting set then maybe there is a bug in the version of PinPoint that you are using. You would think even if that field is missing PinPoint would default to the current date/time. (smh)

I will make a version of APPM which will manually put that field in the FITS header.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of lmbrabec@...
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 7:25 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Any APPM/ZWO Camera Users Out There?

Hi Dean: SharpCap is not an option to use for APPM for the imaging as you mentioned in your later comment. I
just happened to have some FITS images that I had acquired from SharpCap last year that I wanted to see if
PinPoint in APPM would work or not for plate solving. The way I did this was using "Image Link Test" under the
Plate Solving Settings tab in APPM. I was able to select the SharpCap FITS image and it plate solved just fine. If I
try doing the same thing with an image captured using the ASCOM camera option under the run tab and select the
ZWO camera then plate solving fails. So I'm wondering how many other people use the route I'm trying to do (use
the ASCOM camera) versus going through a different application such as SGP, Maxim, etc. All the best, Scott