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Re: AP900GTO Availability

uthin8er <lleege@...>
 

I see you are bidding on my mount listed on AMart. Feel free to ask
any questions.
Just an FYI, the reserve is lower then the buy now. ;)
The proceeds will be for an AP1200 that Daleen has my name on which is
why there are no accessories listed.

--- In ap-gto@..., "jerry2kam" <jpkam4@...> wrote:

Folks,

I'm in the market for a new mount. My preference would be an AP900 but
I can't seem to get a picture of what the lead times are for either
this or the AP1200 mount. I can purchase a Takashashi EM-400 which is
available. If anyone has had any recent experience with purchasing
either a 900/1200 mount I would like to know how long you had to wait.
I'v4 placed my name on the AP waiting list, however if the wait times
are a year or more regrettably I may have to go with the TAK EM-400.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Jerry K
Falcon. CO


Re: AP ASCOM 4.1.25

primeclash
 

--- In ap-gto@..., "Howard" <howard@...> wrote:

If you wish, contact me at A-P, and I can send you a drawing that might
make it clearer.
That's a great explanation, Howard. A few more times reading it and I
might get it ;-)

Do you have a soft copy of the drawing and if so could you post a link?

Regards,
Louis Marchesi
New London Twp, PA


Re: AP ASCOM 4.1.25

Howard Hedlund
 

Hi Rick and Group,



As strange as it may sound, this is correct. I'll try to explain.
Think of the sky as being divided into four quadrants. The first
dividing line is the meridian running north to south through the pole.
From the pole to the southern horizon (if you are in the northern
hemisphere) the meridian has an RA value equal to the LST or local
sidereal time. Below the pole, the RA value along the meridian differs
by exactly 12 hours in RA from the LST and will be + or - 12 based on
whether LST is above or below 12:00:00. Yet, it is all one straight
line. Taking this one step further, any line of Right Ascension will
change by this same 12 hours when it passes through the pole. The line
itself hasn't changed. It has just crossed the pole, and therefore
differs by 12 hours.

The second dividing line for our quadrants is perpendicular to the
meridian and also goes through the pole. To the west, the RA value of
this line is equal to LST - 6 hours; to the east the RA equals LST + 6
hours. When the telescope is pointing above the second dividing line
(east-west line), somewhere near the zenith, for example, it reports the
observed side of the mount. You see the telescope on the west side of
the mount, and the mount will report that it is on the west. If the
scope is pointing below this second line it reports the opposite side
from what you observe. It must do this to keep itself straight with
respect to the meridian. So, since the Park 1 position points at the
northern horizon (below the second dividing line) and physically has the
scope on the west side of the mount, it must report the side as being
east. Clear as mud?? ;^)

If you wish, contact me at A-P, and I can send you a drawing that might
make it clearer.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

________________________________

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...] On Behalf
Of r1300rs
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 12:27 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] AP ASCOM 4.1.25



When I set up TheSky6 (Tele API) and look at the AP ASCOM control panel,
I see it shows
scope on the East side of the Pier when it is in Ref Park 1. Shouldn't
this show scope on West
side of Pier? Maybe I'm looking at this backwards but just noticed the
parameter?


Re: AP900GTO Availability

 

Hi Jerry,

We have started the next production run of 900GTOs and I expect that we
will start shipping them in the summer. I see that you put your name on
our notification list earlier in the month. We are making enough mounts
that I am pretty sure that you will be able to order one from this run,
however I cannot guarantee it (there are more names on the list than
mounts in production, but not everyone will order). You can also contact
Martin Cohen at Company Seven or Herb York at Anacortes to be put on
their lists. We will probably start our notification process in a month
or so.

Sincerely,

Marj Christen
Vice President
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Road
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com
Please include this e-mail with your response.



________________________________

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...] On Behalf
Of jerry2kam
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 9:52 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] AP900GTO Availability



Folks,

I'm in the market for a new mount. My preference would be an AP900 but
I can't seem to get a picture of what the lead times are for either
this or the AP1200 mount. I can purchase a Takashashi EM-400 which is
available. If anyone has had any recent experience with purchasing
either a 900/1200 mount I would like to know how long you had to wait.
I'v4 placed my name on the AP waiting list, however if the wait times
are a year or more regrettably I may have to go with the TAK EM-400.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Jerry K
Falcon. CO


Mach one gto Motor Stall

j_kammlade <j_kammlade@...>
 

Hey Rick, you are right. All I did was call you out for being a
social retard. Now that we've agreed on that, here is a cut and paste
to help the OP:

The keypad displayed the message "motor stall."
This error message indicates that the keypad and servo box are unable
to communicate with each other. If the
mount was shipped after February 16, 2000, the LED on the control box
will also turn yellow indicating that the
overload protection feature has been activated. Although older mounts
do not have the yellow LED, the overload
protection feature is active. These are the conditions that will cause
the error message:
• Your telescope is not balanced properly. Refer to your mount manual
for guidance.
• The motors are not connected to the servo box. Be sure all
connectors are locked in place.
• A wire connection in one of the mount cables is broken.
• One of the motors is not functioning.
• The mesh of the worm gear and worm wheel is too tight. This will
cause the motors to overload, which will
cause the overload protection feature of the servo box to activate and
shut down the signal to the motors.
• The microprocessor chip, which contains the program logic, is
missing from the servo box.
• One of the small gears in the motor box of the 1200 or 900 is jammed.
• Foreign material got into the motor gearbox.
Solution:
Check all possibilities above and correct, if possible. To initiate
tracking again, press the N-S-E-W buttons, initiate
a slew or go to Main Menu and press "0" Status (if you still get an
error message, press the button a second time,
just to be sure that the buffer cleared). If you have not moved the
telescope while diagnosing the problem, the
position will still be in memory and you can continue as if nothing
ever happened.
If the "motor stall" message appears again, you have not corrected the
cause of the problem. If you are unable to
resolve it, check the technical support section of our website before
contacting Astro-Physics. Additional
troubleshooting and adjustment information will be posted there in the
future.


--- In ap-gto@..., "Rick K" <JunkMailGoesHere@...> wrote:

Just get tired of seeing the same questions over and over separated by
about a weeks worth of other postings with absolutely no effort put
forth to even attempt seeking a solution on their own. At least I told
him where to look without holding his hand. Maybe he will learn
interesting things about his mount by reading the various postings and
documentations during his search? And the usefulness of your help to
solving his problem was . . . ? ? ?


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

Looks like someone was having a blood sugar crisis.

--- In ap-gto@..., "Rick K" <JunkMailGoesHere@> wrote:

--- In ap-gto@..., Greg Kelly <ggkelly1957@> wrote:

Am trying to operate Mach one gto and consistently get message
"motor stall". Was able to get one slew out of it. Have no
weights or
scope attached so overload can't be an issue. Anyone have any ideas?
Yes, next time put in a subject. Do some research by yourself. You
haven't provided any information about where this mount came
from so there is no real way of telling if something happened during
shipping from Astro-Physics, or from a second hand source which may
not have been packed properly, or during use, and you never looked
back at any of the prior messages to even try to find out what is
going on. Your RA gear mesh is likely too tight. There is info
on the
AP website about how to adjust it. There is also more recent methods
discussed by Roland on this group. Use the search functions on the
respective sites and find them.


Re: Autoconnect: No

r1300rs
 

Thank you much. I usually "zip" through the connection routine; I never really realized this
default behavior. The clarification is much appreciated. It's a good thing I don"t run off
somewhere before I select "Resume from Ref Park 1".

Rick Kuntz
cardiofuse observatory
Panama City


Re: Autoconnect: No

Jim Janusz <jjanusz@...>
 

When I park my 1200 with The Sky and remove power, it does not start tracking when power is applied until I re-initialize with Pulse Guide. I assume that The Sky must send a stop command to the mount?

Jim

----- Original Message -----
From: <chris1011@...>
To: <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 10:41 AM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Autoconnect: No


In a message dated 2/23/2009 12:25:21 PM Central Standard Time,
cardiofuse@... writes:


I have my AP900 set for autoconnect: No but when I first power up and
select location: 1 the
mount starts tracking before I select Resume from Ref Park 1.

Is this normal; for some reason I never noticed this. I thought it would
wait until I resumed
from park?
The moment that you turn on power, the servo starts tracking. This is the
normal default mode.

Rolando


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AP ASCOM 4.1.25

r1300rs
 

When I set up TheSky6 (Tele API) and look at the AP ASCOM control panel, I see it shows
scope on the East side of the Pier when it is in Ref Park 1. Shouldn't this show scope on West
side of Pier? Maybe I'm looking at this backwards but just noticed the parameter?


Autoconnect: No

r1300rs
 

I have my AP900 set for autoconnect: No but when I first power up and select location: 1 the
mount starts tracking before I select Resume from Ref Park 1.

Is this normal; for some reason I never noticed this. I thought it would wait until I resumed
from park?


Re: No subject

observe_m13
 

Just get tired of seeing the same questions over and over separated by
about a weeks worth of other postings with absolutely no effort put
forth to even attempt seeking a solution on their own. At least I told
him where to look without holding his hand. Maybe he will learn
interesting things about his mount by reading the various postings and
documentations during his search? And the usefulness of your help to
solving his problem was . . . ? ? ?

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

Looks like someone was having a blood sugar crisis.

--- In ap-gto@..., "Rick K" <JunkMailGoesHere@> wrote:

--- In ap-gto@..., Greg Kelly <ggkelly1957@> wrote:

Am trying to operate Mach one gto and consistently get message
"motor stall". Was able to get one slew out of it. Have no weights or
scope attached so overload can't be an issue. Anyone have any ideas?
Yes, next time put in a subject. Do some research by yourself. You
haven't provided any information about where this mount came
from so there is no real way of telling if something happened during
shipping from Astro-Physics, or from a second hand source which may
not have been packed properly, or during use, and you never looked
back at any of the prior messages to even try to find out what is
going on. Your RA gear mesh is likely too tight. There is info on the
AP website about how to adjust it. There is also more recent methods
discussed by Roland on this group. Use the search functions on the
respective sites and find them.


FW: Mach1GTO Re-meshing the worm

Howard Hedlund
 

Oops! I forgot to add a subject line to the reply.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

________________________________

From: Howard
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 10:33 AM
To: 'ap-gto@...'
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] (unknown)



Hi Greg,



See Roland's post # 24026 from Feb. 5. Also, see the following in Tech
Support:

http://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/mach1gto/gear-meshing.p
df



If you are still having issues, give us a call at A-P.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

________________________________

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...] On Behalf
Of Greg Kelly
Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 9:56 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] (unknown)



Am trying to operate Mach one gto and consistently get message "motor
stall". Was able to get one slew out of it. Have no weights or scope
attached so overload can't be an issue. Anyone have any ideas?


Re: (unknown)

Howard Hedlund
 

Hi Greg,



See Roland's post # 24026 from Feb. 5. Also, see the following in Tech
Support:

http://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/mach1gto/gear-meshing.p
df



If you are still having issues, give us a call at A-P.



Mag. 7 skies!



Howard Hedlund

Astro-Physics, Inc.

815-282-1513

________________________________

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...] On Behalf
Of Greg Kelly
Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 9:56 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] (unknown)



Am trying to operate Mach one gto and consistently get message "motor
stall". Was able to get one slew out of it. Have no weights or scope
attached so overload can't be an issue. Anyone have any ideas?


Re: AP900GTO Availability

Richard Crisp
 

they turn up frequently on astromart

have you considered putting an ad there?

----- Original Message -----
From: jerry2kam
To: ap-gto@...
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 7:51 AM
Subject: [ap-gto] AP900GTO Availability


Folks,

I'm in the market for a new mount. My preference would be an AP900 but
I can't seem to get a picture of what the lead times are for either
this or the AP1200 mount. I can purchase a Takashashi EM-400 which is
available. If anyone has had any recent experience with purchasing
either a 900/1200 mount I would like to know how long you had to wait.
I'v4 placed my name on the AP waiting list, however if the wait times
are a year or more regrettably I may have to go with the TAK EM-400.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Jerry K
Falcon. CO


AP900GTO Availability

jerry2kam <jpkam4@...>
 

Folks,

I'm in the market for a new mount. My preference would be an AP900 but
I can't seem to get a picture of what the lead times are for either
this or the AP1200 mount. I can purchase a Takashashi EM-400 which is
available. If anyone has had any recent experience with purchasing
either a 900/1200 mount I would like to know how long you had to wait.
I'v4 placed my name on the AP waiting list, however if the wait times
are a year or more regrettably I may have to go with the TAK EM-400.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Jerry K
Falcon. CO


Re: No subject

j_kammlade <j_kammlade@...>
 

Looks like someone was having a blood sugar crisis.

--- In ap-gto@..., "Rick K" <JunkMailGoesHere@...> wrote:

--- In ap-gto@..., Greg Kelly <ggkelly1957@> wrote:

Am trying to operate Mach one gto and consistently get message
"motor stall". Was able to get one slew out of it. Have no weights or
scope attached so overload can't be an issue. Anyone have any ideas?
Yes, next time put in a subject. Do some research by yourself. You
haven't provided any information about where this mount came
from so there is no real way of telling if something happened during
shipping from Astro-Physics, or from a second hand source which may
not have been packed properly, or during use, and you never looked
back at any of the prior messages to even try to find out what is
going on. Your RA gear mesh is likely too tight. There is info on the
AP website about how to adjust it. There is also more recent methods
discussed by Roland on this group. Use the search functions on the
respective sites and find them.


Re: Autoconnect: No

Roland Christen
 

In a message dated 2/23/2009 1:59:34 PM Central Standard Time,
jjanusz@... writes:


When I park my 1200 with The Sky and remove power, it does not start
tracking when power is applied until I re-initialize with Pulse Guide. I
assume that The Sky must send a stop command to the mount?

Jim
Yes, that is correct. If you have the keypad connected and not in EXT mode,
the keypad will automatically send a "Start" command the moment it receives
power. External initialization programs do not necessarily send any starting
commands, depending on how they are configured.

The reason that we chose to always start the mount with the keypad connected
on power-up is so that people who want to use their mounts during to just do
some casual observing can have a working mount with normal sidereal tracking
without having to bother with inputting all the startup routines. This is
especially important for daytime observing when it is hard to see the dim keypad
readout.

Of course, no matter which way we would have chosen to do this, there would
have been someone who wanted it the other way around.

Rolando


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Re: Autoconnect: No

Roland Christen
 

In a message dated 2/23/2009 1:31:36 PM Central Standard Time,
cardiofuse@... writes:


Thank you much. I usually "zip" through the connection routine; I never
really realized this
default behavior. The clarification is much appreciated. It's a good thing
I don"t run off
somewhere before I select "Resume from Ref Park 1".

Rick Kuntz
cardiofuse observatory
Panama City
If you have a permanent setup, set the keypad to Autoconnect "Yes". No need
to constantly go thru the initialization routine. The mount knows where you
parked last, even if you simply shut off the power randomly. Of course, if you
are starting up fresh each time, then you set it to Autostart "No".

Rolando

Rolando


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Re: Autoconnect: No

Roland Christen
 

In a message dated 2/23/2009 12:25:21 PM Central Standard Time,
cardiofuse@... writes:


I have my AP900 set for autoconnect: No but when I first power up and
select location: 1 the
mount starts tracking before I select Resume from Ref Park 1.

Is this normal; for some reason I never noticed this. I thought it would
wait until I resumed
from park?
The moment that you turn on power, the servo starts tracking. This is the
normal default mode.

Rolando


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Re: Basic question from new user.

challiwe
 

And, you may want to take some steps to ensure you don't get any dew
formation inside the OTA (it happened to an old Celestron 8" SCT I
had). I am planning to get some of the Particle Wave Technologies
DDCAP end caps (for the focuser end of the OTA). They have a built in
space for a packet of silica gel which can absorb any humidity inside
the OTA.

--- In ap-gto@..., "JoeMize" <jmize@...> wrote:

Stephen you might also look into providing some ventilation so your
observatory can breathe and exhaust moisture. That might be all you
need...joe :)


"May You Go Among The Imperishable Stars"
Joe Mize www.cav-sfo.com
Chiefland Astronomy Village, Fla.

----- Original Message -----
From: "drk2ses" <drk2ses@...>
To: <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 8:57 AM
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Basic question from new user.


Hi Jeff,
Many thanks for your prompt and detailed reply. It is much
appreciated.
From what you
have said, it may do no harm to leave the scope set-up which would
save a
lot of trouble.
I have a weather station with a built-in hygrometer so I will
monitor the
humidity in my
observatory. Generally though, as far as I am aware, the only
source of
moisture is from
dew and a small dehumidifier used intermittantly may be all that is
needed. Thanks for
the information.
Kind regards,
Stephen.


Re: No subject

observe_m13
 

--- In ap-gto@..., Greg Kelly <ggkelly1957@...> wrote:

Am trying to operate Mach one gto and consistently get message
"motor stall". Was able to get one slew out of it. Have no weights or
scope attached so overload can't be an issue. Anyone have any ideas?
Yes, next time put in a subject. Do some research by yourself. You
haven't provided any information about where this mount came
from so there is no real way of telling if something happened during
shipping from Astro-Physics, or from a second hand source which may
not have been packed properly, or during use, and you never looked
back at any of the prior messages to even try to find out what is
going on. Your RA gear mesh is likely too tight. There is info on the
AP website about how to adjust it. There is also more recent methods
discussed by Roland on this group. Use the search functions on the
respective sites and find them.