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Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Norm
 

I agree, but mine is set to autoconnect-no...it should not start tracking until AFTER I tell it to resume from park.

Norm

--- In ap-gto@..., Anthony Ayiomamitis <anthony@...> wrote:

O/H Norm έγ�αψε:

I can agree that it should start tracking upon power up in the
autoconnect-yes configuration, but it doesn't make sense to start
tracking after power up in the autoconnect-no configuration...
Norm, here is the main point! I always have autoconnect set to YES and
which means start tracking immediately since I always begin with a
one-star alignment given the fact my mount is always outside but the
scope is always inside (when not being used).

Anthony.


Norm

--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Norm" <wskystalker@> wrote:

One problem with tracking immediately upon power up would be error
from resuming from park.

Example: If you are set to autoconnect OFF then the menu that
follows power up is 1) location and 2) north polar calibrate or resume
from park or resume from reference park 1...

If there is a signifigant time lag between power up and resuming
from park there would be aa pointing error in the amount of tracking
since the power was applied....that would not make sense!





--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"ayiomamitis" <anthony@> wrote:


--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Norm" <wskystalker@> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start
tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so
at the rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm


Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Anthony Ayiomamitis <anthony@...>
 

O/H Jim Janusz έγραψε:

Hi Anthony. Sorry, nope, I leave my mount for hours with power on and not
initialized and it stays right in the park position.
Jim, why not do this with autoconnect set to YES and rate set to STOP (tracking) so that you have the best of both worlds?


Don't know what I do different but I am certain it does not move.
I am sure it is the autoconnect feature that Norm just brought up.

Anthony.


Jim

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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Jim,

It HAS to track at power up. Otherwise, how would a one-star alignment
be possible?

I will give you a hint: open up the gear boxes so that the gears are
exposed .... and then power up. ;-) You will see them turning/guiding.

Anthony.

O/H Jim Janusz έγραψε:

Anthony, not correct. When I initialize with Pulse Guide tracking
starts.
Until then, if I just power the mount, hand controller not
connected, it
does not start to track.

Jim

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Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Mount tracking after power-up


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<mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Norm" <wskystalker@...> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start
tracking
upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so
at the
rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm



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Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Norm
 

Anthony,

I think you are missing something. If you are required to tell the mount to resume from park and the mount has moved from that position because it has ALREADY started tracking prior to that command, then the subsequent pointing will be in error.

Norm

--- In ap-gto@..., Anthony Ayiomamitis <anthony@...> wrote:

Norm,

I never start a session with a resume from a parked position but I am
not sure there should be a problem due to the delay you describe. The
controller ALWAYS knows where it is pointing. If you parked the previous
night, it knows where it is. Once you power up and it starts to track
automatically, it is doing so from a known position (ie. last night's
when you powered off). Once you specify location and time some "x"
seconds later, it still knows where it is pointing but now with the
location and time specified, it knows WHERE to slew (assuming your
target is above the horizon at the time).

Using your argument below about the delay, would the same not hold as
well when you park and power down?

Anthony.

O/H Norm έγ�αψε:

One problem with tracking immediately upon power up would be error
from resuming from park.

Example: If you are set to autoconnect OFF then the menu that follows
power up is 1) location and 2) north polar calibrate or resume from
park or resume from reference park 1...

If there is a signifigant time lag between power up and resuming from
park there would be aa pointing error in the amount of tracking since
the power was applied....that would not make sense!

--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"ayiomamitis" <anthony@> wrote:


--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Norm" <wskystalker@> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start
tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so
at the rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm


Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Anthony Ayiomamitis <anthony@...>
 

O/H Norm έγραψε:

I can agree that it should start tracking upon power up in the autoconnect-yes configuration, but it doesn't make sense to start tracking after power up in the autoconnect-no configuration...
Norm, here is the main point! I always have autoconnect set to YES and which means start tracking immediately since I always begin with a one-star alignment given the fact my mount is always outside but the scope is always inside (when not being used).

Anthony.


Norm

--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>, "Norm" <wskystalker@...> wrote:

One problem with tracking immediately upon power up would be error
from resuming from park.

Example: If you are set to autoconnect OFF then the menu that
follows power up is 1) location and 2) north polar calibrate or resume from park or resume from reference park 1...

If there is a signifigant time lag between power up and resuming
from park there would be aa pointing error in the amount of tracking since the power was applied....that would not make sense!





--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"ayiomamitis" <anthony@> wrote:


--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Norm" <wskystalker@> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start
tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so
at the rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm


Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Norm
 

That is the way I remember my mount acting, Jim...It doesn't make sense to start tracking when you have to tell the mount to resume from some parked position that it is no longer positioned..

Anthony, are you sure you are not in the autoconnect-yes configuration...in this case the mount DOES start tracking from the outset?

Norm

--- In ap-gto@..., "Jim Janusz" <jjanusz@...> wrote:

Hi Anthony. Sorry, nope, I leave my mount for hours with power on and not
initialized and it stays right in the park position.

Don't know what I do different but I am certain it does not move.

Jim

----- Original Message -----
From: "Anthony Ayiomamitis" <anthony@...>
To: <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Mount tracking after power-up


Jim,

It HAS to track at power up. Otherwise, how would a one-star alignment
be possible?

I will give you a hint: open up the gear boxes so that the gears are
exposed .... and then power up. ;-) You will see them turning/guiding.

Anthony.

O/H Jim Janusz έγ�αψε:

Anthony, not correct. When I initialize with Pulse Guide tracking starts.
Until then, if I just power the mount, hand controller not connected, it
does not start to track.

Jim

----- Original Message -----
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To: <ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>>
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:00 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Mount tracking after power-up


--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Norm" <wskystalker@> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start tracking
upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so
at the
rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm



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Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Anthony Ayiomamitis <anthony@...>
 

Norm,

I never start a session with a resume from a parked position but I am not sure there should be a problem due to the delay you describe. The controller ALWAYS knows where it is pointing. If you parked the previous night, it knows where it is. Once you power up and it starts to track automatically, it is doing so from a known position (ie. last night's when you powered off). Once you specify location and time some "x" seconds later, it still knows where it is pointing but now with the location and time specified, it knows WHERE to slew (assuming your target is above the horizon at the time).

Using your argument below about the delay, would the same not hold as well when you park and power down?

Anthony.

O/H Norm έγραψε:


One problem with tracking immediately upon power up would be error from resuming from park.

Example: If you are set to autoconnect OFF then the menu that follows power up is 1) location and 2) north polar calibrate or resume from park or resume from reference park 1...

If there is a signifigant time lag between power up and resuming from park there would be aa pointing error in the amount of tracking since the power was applied....that would not make sense!

--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>, "ayiomamitis" <anthony@...> wrote:


--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Norm" <wskystalker@> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start
tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so
at the rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm


Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Jim Janusz <jjanusz@...>
 

Hi Anthony. Sorry, nope, I leave my mount for hours with power on and not initialized and it stays right in the park position.

Don't know what I do different but I am certain it does not move.

Jim

----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Mount tracking after power-up


Jim,

It HAS to track at power up. Otherwise, how would a one-star alignment
be possible?

I will give you a hint: open up the gear boxes so that the gears are
exposed .... and then power up. ;-) You will see them turning/guiding.

Anthony.

O/H Jim Janusz έγραψε:

Anthony, not correct. When I initialize with Pulse Guide tracking starts.
Until then, if I just power the mount, hand controller not connected, it
does not start to track.

Jim

----- Original Message -----
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To: <ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>>
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:00 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Mount tracking after power-up


--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Norm" <wskystalker@...> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start tracking
upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so
at the
rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm



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Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Norm
 

I can agree that it should start tracking upon power up in the autoconnect-yes configuration, but it doesn't make sense to start tracking after power up in the autoconnect-no configuration...

Norm

--- In ap-gto@..., "Norm" <wskystalker@...> wrote:

One problem with tracking immediately upon power up would be error from resuming from park.

Example: If you are set to autoconnect OFF then the menu that follows power up is 1) location and 2) north polar calibrate or resume from park or resume from reference park 1...

If there is a signifigant time lag between power up and resuming from park there would be aa pointing error in the amount of tracking since the power was applied....that would not make sense!





--- In ap-gto@..., "ayiomamitis" <anthony@> wrote:


--- In ap-gto@..., "Norm" <wskystalker@> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so at the rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm


Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Norm
 

One problem with tracking immediately upon power up would be error from resuming from park.

Example: If you are set to autoconnect OFF then the menu that follows power up is 1) location and 2) north polar calibrate or resume from park or resume from reference park 1...

If there is a signifigant time lag between power up and resuming from park there would be aa pointing error in the amount of tracking since the power was applied....that would not make sense!

--- In ap-gto@..., "ayiomamitis" <anthony@...> wrote:


--- In ap-gto@..., "Norm" <wskystalker@> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so at the rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm


Re: Pulse Guide not running w/AP driver

Jim Collins
 

Hi Drew,
Sounds like at most, you only check one: Pier Flip in the Telescope Tab. Only if you have calibrated in West then moved scope to East Side. Correct?

JIM C

--- In ap-gto@..., "Jim Collins" <jimstar11gps@...> wrote:

Hi All..............At this point I'm almost totally confused about these pier settings.

So far I've done all my calibration from the West Side of the Mount.

Telescope Tab; Use Scope Pier Flip- checked. Guider Tab; Auto Pier Flip- checked. Sooo! Do these seem right/wrong and/ or a problem??

Last nite I only had time to run a a guider calibration with the "Telescope" setting and send the image files off to Tim @ Maxim.

Tonite I will try what Florencio tried with changing the sign in the manual calibration box. My drift has been in X, so will try changing that one first.

JIM C


--- In ap-gto@..., "ancient.sull" <ancient.sull@> wrote:

--- In ap-gto@..., "Ray Gralak &#92;(Yahoo Groups&#92;)" <groups@> wrote:

I would hope that Maxim does not assume the directions were actually correct (instead of what it measured in calibration) but if it did that might account for the inverted direction.

-Ray
I haven't been following this whole thread but Maxim has _all sorts_ of ways to adjust "side of mount". I don't understand all of them nor how ticking more than one of them affects things. They have caused me grief and I turn off as many as possible.

In the Observatory > Telescope tab you can calibrate the mount (not the guider but mount centering). It makes a difference if you do that on the East or West side of the mount. There is a "Pier Flip" tick box and an "Use Scope Pier Flip" tick box in the Telescope tab. Ticking "Pier Flip" will reverse centering of the mount. I don't understand "Use Scope Pier Flip" but if that is ticked my mount control and autoguiding software get confused (I always calibrate on the West side of the mount for consistency. Maybe it assumes East side calibration?)

In the Camera Control > Guide Tab there are also tick boxes for "Pier Flip" and "Auto Pier Flip." I always calibrate the guider on the west side of the mount (the same side as I calibrate the telescope, again for consistency) and I leave both the Pier Flip and Auto Pier Flip boxes unchecked. My Autoguiding and mount control software (CCDCommander) then figures out which side of the mount is being used and determines when to reverse autoguiding and centering after plate solves.

Could having some conflicting set of "Use Scope Pier Flip" "Auto Pier Flip" and ticking the manual "Pier Flip" boxes be the problem?

Drew Sullivan


Re: Pulse Guide not running w/AP driver

Jim Collins
 

Hi Drew,
Sounds like at most, you only check one: Pier Flip in the Telescope Tab. Only if you have calibrated in West then moved scope to East Side. Correct?

JIM C

--- In ap-gto@..., "Jim Collins" <jimstar11gps@...> wrote:

Hi All..............At this point I'm almost totally confused about these pier settings.

So far I've done all my calibration from the West Side of the Mount.

Telescope Tab; Use Scope Pier Flip- checked. Guider Tab; Auto Pier Flip- checked. Sooo! Do these seem right/wrong and/ or a problem??

Last nite I only had time to run a a guider calibration with the "Telescope" setting and send the image files off to Tim @ Maxim.

Tonite I will try what Florencio tried with changing the sign in the manual calibration box. My drift has been in X, so will try changing that one first.

JIM C


--- In ap-gto@..., "ancient.sull" <ancient.sull@> wrote:

--- In ap-gto@..., "Ray Gralak &#92;(Yahoo Groups&#92;)" <groups@> wrote:

I would hope that Maxim does not assume the directions were actually correct (instead of what it measured in calibration) but if it did that might account for the inverted direction.

-Ray
I haven't been following this whole thread but Maxim has _all sorts_ of ways to adjust "side of mount". I don't understand all of them nor how ticking more than one of them affects things. They have caused me grief and I turn off as many as possible.

In the Observatory > Telescope tab you can calibrate the mount (not the guider but mount centering). It makes a difference if you do that on the East or West side of the mount. There is a "Pier Flip" tick box and an "Use Scope Pier Flip" tick box in the Telescope tab. Ticking "Pier Flip" will reverse centering of the mount. I don't understand "Use Scope Pier Flip" but if that is ticked my mount control and autoguiding software get confused (I always calibrate on the West side of the mount for consistency. Maybe it assumes East side calibration?)

In the Camera Control > Guide Tab there are also tick boxes for "Pier Flip" and "Auto Pier Flip." I always calibrate the guider on the west side of the mount (the same side as I calibrate the telescope, again for consistency) and I leave both the Pier Flip and Auto Pier Flip boxes unchecked. My Autoguiding and mount control software (CCDCommander) then figures out which side of the mount is being used and determines when to reverse autoguiding and centering after plate solves.

Could having some conflicting set of "Use Scope Pier Flip" "Auto Pier Flip" and ticking the manual "Pier Flip" boxes be the problem?

Drew Sullivan


Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Anthony Ayiomamitis <anthony@...>
 

O/H Norm έγραψε:



--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>, "ayiomamitis" <anthony@...> wrote:


--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Norm" <wskystalker@> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start
tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so
at the rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm
Thanks Anthony

I could have sworn that, in the past, I have powered up the mount and it stays parked until I tell it the location and resume from park...then it begins to track at the last known rate!!!! Has anyone else had this misconception or has old-age finally destroyed my brain (the or part of this question is entirely rhetorical)?
Norm, tracking has nothing to do with location etc in the hand controller since the latter (location) is for the purpose of slews.

The mount MUST track at power up in order to make one-star alignment possible.

Anthony.


Norm


Re: Mach1 and Megastar

Shane Ramotowski
 

Alan,

I'm using MegaStar with a 1200. Works fine. It's probably the same for
your Mach1.

Select Scope->Connect ...
Choose Astro-Physics and the appropriate Com Port and press "Connect"
The telescope control menu will pop up.

Select "Show Field" and MegaStar will center to whatever the telescope
is pointed at.

Click on an object and select "Slew" and the mount will point the
telescope at the object.

You can center the scope on a particular object, then click that object
and select MegaStar's Scope->Local Sync to improve MegaStar's accuracy.

Good luck and have fun ...

- Shane


Just connect and then "show field".
To go to an object, click the object and then select

On Thu, 06 May 2010 08:16:24 -0600, Alan <adfrench@...> wrote:

Anyone using Megastar with the Mach1? Sue uses Megastar while observing, and it would be nice to have Megastar telling the scope what to do.

Thanks, and clear skies, Alan



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Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Anthony Ayiomamitis <anthony@...>
 

Jim,

It HAS to track at power up. Otherwise, how would a one-star alignment be possible?

I will give you a hint: open up the gear boxes so that the gears are exposed .... and then power up. ;-) You will see them turning/guiding.

Anthony.

O/H Jim Janusz έγραψε:


Anthony, not correct. When I initialize with Pulse Guide tracking starts.
Until then, if I just power the mount, hand controller not connected, it
does not start to track.

Jim

----- Original Message -----
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To: <ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>>
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Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Mount tracking after power-up


--- In ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Norm" <wskystalker@...> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start tracking
upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so
at the
rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm



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Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Norm
 

--- In ap-gto@..., "ayiomamitis" <anthony@...> wrote:


--- In ap-gto@..., "Norm" <wskystalker@> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so at the rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm
Thanks Anthony

I could have sworn that, in the past, I have powered up the mount and it stays parked until I tell it the location and resume from park...then it begins to track at the last known rate!!!! Has anyone else had this misconception or has old-age finally destroyed my brain (the or part of this question is entirely rhetorical)?

Norm


Re: Mount tracking after power-up

Jim Janusz <jjanusz@...>
 

Anthony, not correct. When I initialize with Pulse Guide tracking starts. Until then, if I just power the mount, hand controller not connected, it does not start to track.

Jim

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Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:00 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Mount tracking after power-up



--- In ap-gto@..., "Norm" <wskystalker@...> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so at the rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm



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Re: Mount tracking after power-up

ayiomamitis <anthony@...>
 

--- In ap-gto@..., "Norm" <wskystalker@...> wrote:

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?
Norm, it ALWAYS tracks from the moment you power up and it does so at the rate last specified (ex. sidereal)!

Anthony.

Norm


Re: Pulse Guide not running w/AP driver

Jim Collins
 

Hi All..............At this point I'm almost totally confused about these pier settings.

So far I've done all my calibration from the West Side of the Mount.

Telescope Tab; Use Scope Pier Flip- checked. Guider Tab; Auto Pier Flip- checked. Sooo! Do these seem right/wrong and/ or a problem??

Last nite I only had time to run a a guider calibration with the "Telescope" setting and send the image files off to Tim @ Maxim.

Tonite I will try what Florencio tried with changing the sign in the manual calibration box. My drift has been in X, so will try changing that one first.

JIM C

--- In ap-gto@..., "ancient.sull" <ancient.sull@...> wrote:

--- In ap-gto@..., "Ray Gralak &#92;(Yahoo Groups&#92;)" <groups@> wrote:

I would hope that Maxim does not assume the directions were actually correct (instead of what it measured in calibration) but if it did that might account for the inverted direction.

-Ray
I haven't been following this whole thread but Maxim has _all sorts_ of ways to adjust "side of mount". I don't understand all of them nor how ticking more than one of them affects things. They have caused me grief and I turn off as many as possible.

In the Observatory > Telescope tab you can calibrate the mount (not the guider but mount centering). It makes a difference if you do that on the East or West side of the mount. There is a "Pier Flip" tick box and an "Use Scope Pier Flip" tick box in the Telescope tab. Ticking "Pier Flip" will reverse centering of the mount. I don't understand "Use Scope Pier Flip" but if that is ticked my mount control and autoguiding software get confused (I always calibrate on the West side of the mount for consistency. Maybe it assumes East side calibration?)

In the Camera Control > Guide Tab there are also tick boxes for "Pier Flip" and "Auto Pier Flip." I always calibrate the guider on the west side of the mount (the same side as I calibrate the telescope, again for consistency) and I leave both the Pier Flip and Auto Pier Flip boxes unchecked. My Autoguiding and mount control software (CCDCommander) then figures out which side of the mount is being used and determines when to reverse autoguiding and centering after plate solves.

Could having some conflicting set of "Use Scope Pier Flip" "Auto Pier Flip" and ticking the manual "Pier Flip" boxes be the problem?

Drew Sullivan


Mount tracking after power-up

Norm
 

I am truely confused. I have owned AP mounts since 1999 and thought I knew how to operate them. Night before last, I had planned to use my 1200 for visual observing while doing imaging elsewhere. I powered up the mount from the control room and proceeded to set up my imaging run. About an hour later I went out to use the 1200 and I had noticed it had been tracking the whole time since I powered it up (this has never happened before!). I picked up the hand controller and went through the usual setup (location input, resume from park). The problem is that it was no longer parked, so the pointing was off in the amount the mount had been tracking. Autoconnect is off. I have been using the hand controller exclusively, since I have gotten into trouble with most of the software occasionally sending confusing commands to the mount and getting the mount (shall I say "lost").

It happened again tonight. The mount is not supposed to start tracking upon power-up...am I wrong?

Norm


Re: omega centauri

ancient.sull
 

Very nice. I have only seen Omega Centauri once, and by chance that was also from a bedroom balcony where I had set up a scope - at a hotel where we stayed on a trip to New Zealand.

Drew Sullivan

--- In ap-gto@..., Suresh Mohan <swashya@...> wrote:

Hi I had placed the Ap mach1 on the south facing balcony of my bedroom
overlooking the city .Since the lt pollution was very high I shot multiple
short exposures.Polar alignment was not so great pulse guide showed a drift
in RA of 24 arc secs and DEC 2 arc secs in 600sec, will be glad if someone
points out if there is a requirement of altitude knob adjustment, anyway
here is the pic Skies were hazy and gacrux was barely visible
http://tinyurl.com/2churdb





Suresh Mohan





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