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Mount Maintenance for gear wear

Bruce Donzanti
 

I have an AP1100 in a permanent observatory on top of my garage parked in position 4.  During the past 3 years, I've only imaged about 120 hrs per year.  I read in the manual to use the keypad to move the scope to park 1 then releasing the clutches and manually moving it to park 4, then recycle the power and then start up from park 4 so you start using the other side of the gear wheels.  Is this that critical for such few hours used?  Also, I no longer have my keypad (I use SkySafari which has park 3 & 4 only) so what is an alternative way to get to park 1?     


Re: Back Focus Troubles #Absolute_Encoders

ap@CaptivePhotons.com
 

> have an ATIK 16200 with an EFW3 FW. I ordered the TV NP101is Field Flattener (LCL-1069), which per TV has a recommended Back Focus of 2.75" (69.85mm) for the ATIK 16200 34.6mm diagonal sensor.

 

>Although, this may be a less of a sin for a wide field scope. I may have to go OAG route, but I would like to see if I can make what I have work first. 

 

Andrew, one last chime in and I’ll leave you to it…

 

I have that scope, and I think you will love it.  Their backfocus distance recommendation is a bit unusual, as they later say for “larger [than 35mm] formats, use 2.67in instead of 2.75in”.  I talked to TV and when describing my setup with a ASI6200 (which is 35mm format) he kept saying 68mm (2.67” = 67.8mm).  I made the mistake of ordering from precise parts without ability to adjust, but minimum length (with OAG below) and am at 68.7mm, and I think ended up slightly too long based on corner star shape.  So I think you are wise to preserve some additional adjustment room.  In my discussions with them (David Nagler if I recall, not sure) they emphasized a certain amount of variability unit to unit.

 

I added a Celestron OAG – which is definitely NOT made for that OTA’s backfocus as it is really thick at 29mm – as I use it with a C11 as well.  I added it after using a 60mm guide scope on top of the rings.  On the TV double ring set the guide scope was pretty secure there, but I thought I would get better guiding both from a flex standpoint and magnification with an OAG, and I did, improving by maybe 20-30% of RMS (with the usual caveat that there’s so much randomness night to night it is hard to trust such measurements).  Plus I can disconnect from the TV101is and move the entire setup to the C11 without losing focus.

 

My real reason for writing though is the mounting of all this.  The TV Ringset is very short, and does not give any room above the dovetail, indeed negative room to the focus knobs.  And especially with a filter wheel and OAG this is all very back heavy, and I find the dovetail forward enough that the focuser would hit the saddle.  I ended up putting in a pedestal to raise the rings about a half inch or so to allow the focus knobs room if I slid the dovetail forward in the saddle.

 

For perspective here it is mounted on my MyT (still waiting for the AP1100 but the issue will be similar as they don’t even extend above the dovetail much less saddle without some kind of pedestal).

 

Linwood

 


Re: Will the Mach 2 support .....

John Jennings
 

The attached image was just a test shot during flattener collimation. Not the best processing etc., and was shot in my bortle 8 / 2" + sky. It's to illustrate how fast CMOS cameras can be.

37 subs@ 120s - 74 min
Allen Texas - Bortle 8
MaximDL, ASTAP, StarTools, Photoshop
AP Mach1, AP155 f/7.18 with flattener, 1.11 asecs/pix, big crop
QHY410C full frame CMOS color 5.94U pixels
IDAS P3 filter


Re: Will the Mach 2 support .....

John Jennings
 
Edited

It's a different world with CMOS sensors. I've been shooting CCD's for 20 years and CMOS for about 1 1/2 years. Fast computers mounted on the telescope, SSD drives, lots of disk space etc. Learning the ins and outs of CMOS gain curves and modes. It's a new world. And they have their issues including flat frame calibrations. But they are here to stay and the performance can be incredibly awesome in certain configurations for certain purposes.  In dark skies with good mounts and tracking, all this is less important.

The read noise being so low and the cameras so fast, makes them ideal for short exposure narrow band imaging in the city. I'm getting some pretty good pictures with CMOS color cameras too with broadband and pseudo narrowband OSC color filters. I have done quite a few calculations and tests of my CCD vs. CMOS cameras. In one calculation/test, a CCD sensor with 9e (typical 9-10) read noise vs. the CMOS 1.5e read noise in my magnitude 18.1 suburban skies (with a broadband light pollution filter) results in a optimal CMOS sensor exposure of 22 seconds vs. 700 seconds for the CCD before the background rears its ugly head. (same level of photons gathered)  Everything was normalized including the pixel size and scope. Really just different read noise parameters.

The 5.94u pixels on my new QHY400C OSC seem to be a pretty good match for my AP155EDF too. And I just like the simpler work flow.  And the raw file size for this full frame larger pixel sensor is a reasonable 48 MB before debayering. I don't think Sony has released a mono version of this sensor. That would be great. The IMX410 is the sensor used in the Nikon Z6.  


Re: Back Focus Troubles #Absolute_Encoders

Andrew J
 

Hi Don.

I read your post with interest. What set me down the path to finally get a definitive answer to how to calculate the Back Focus with Filters is that I just acquired an TV NP101is OTA, the little brother of the NP127is. Your setup is similar to mine. I have an ATIK 16200 with an EFW3 FW. I ordered the TV NP101is Field Flattener (LCL-1069), which per TV has a recommended Back Focus of 2.75" (69.85mm) for the ATIK 16200 34.6mm diagonal sensor. I also ordered TV's Set of 6 Accessory Tubes for 2.4" (TLS-2245). I plan use two of the spacers in the set to for the recommend 1.375" (34.9mm) spacing between the focuser and the FF. The remaining two spacers (0.500" and 0.250") will be placed after the FF. The remaining spacing will have to filled with a Precise Parts Adapter as TV does not make an adapter to go from their 2.4" accessories to the M54 thread I need to connect to the ATIK EFW3. I ordered the the Precise Parts adapter 1mm short and will use the shims included in the 6 piece spacer set to the required Back Focus. I could have just ordered a longer Precise Parts Adapter and skipped the two spacers after FF, but I wanted to keep at least two places where I could add shims as you can only use one shim for each threaded connection. Plus the shorter PP Adapter was cheaper... 

I have some questions about attaching this scope to the 16" DOVELM162 saddle that I have on my AP 1600 mount. I also need to figure out a guide scope solution. I have the 10 x 60 Vario Finder with Quick Release Guider Bracket Kit. (1060VGKIT) that I use with my TEC140, but the only way to use this scope with the NP101is is to commit the cardinal sin of mounting the guide scope to the rings. Although, this may be a less of a sin for a wide field scope. I may have to go OAG route, but I would like to see if I can make what I have work first. Do you mind if I PM you with a few questions about your setup?

Andrew

 


Re: Problems using ASI air pro and AP mounts

Roland Christen
 


I find that I literally must unplug my AP hand controller from the CP4 - as BOTH AAP and the hand controller are send tracking signals ... no kidding.
The AP hand controller sends NO signals. It is totally silent unless you, the user, pushes any of the buttons.

Roland


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AAP guiding is frustrating ..I find that I literally must unplug my AP hand controller from the CP4 - as BOTH AAP and the hand controller are send tracking signals ... no kidding. I also have set my AAP Dec and RA aggression to 10% or 15%.  Dithering does work well. And as always, your Polar Alignment needs to be dead on, and the AAP PA program works pretty darn well for me...

Lee

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Astro-Physics


Re: VIDEO - Mach2 Right Ascension Belt Adjustment

M Hambrick
 

Hi Tony

There was something else I noticed in your video that got my attention. Your counterweights have the bronze inserts in them. Are these older counterweights, or did you get them with your Mach 2 mount ?

Those bronze inserts significantly reduce the noise generated from installing and removing the counterweights.

Mike


Re: Will the Mach 2 support .....

M Hambrick
 

Hi Roland

359 MB per image !? Wow ! I guess that the image size must go up exponentially with the number of pixels. The images from my old 2.7 megapixel camera are something like 1.9 MB. From my 16 megapixel camera they are 31 MP.

What is the image download time for your camera ? Although the image download time is supposed to be a lot shorter for CMOS cameras, I have been told that all kinds of weird things can happen during these downloads. I also seem to recall the folks at Diffraction Ltd telling me that it is not the permanent memory on your hard drive but rather the RAM that is the issue during the image downloads. If you have a lot of different processes running at the same time that could be causing the MaxIm crashes.

Mike


Re: New Chat: 1100GTO and TheSky X #chat-notice

George
 

Don,

 

You are not setting up your software correctly.   Call me.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)

Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)

Email:  george@...

 

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Hi Liam,

 

Oops, got it figured out. I read where TheSky X had drivers for the 1100GTO, so I didn’t select TeleAPI selection, selected com port 5 (virtual), and corrected the time on my computer to match TheSky (I had deselected DST and was thinking of going to UTC), and was able to connect. 

 

The only question now is if APCC uses comport 3, do other programs an devices like Maximum DL, cameras, and focusers, need to have their own dedicated com port (virtual)?

 

Thanks,

Don

On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Liam Plybon <liam@...> wrote:

Do you get any kinds of errors when trying to connect with to the CP4? Are you sure you are connecting with the correct com port?

 

Liam

AP

 

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I recently received an 1100GTO with AE,  and I am a new user.  I’m trying to figure out the best way to configure it for remote imaging, and would appreciate your help. 

Seems like you need a method to drive the scope to the desired target, then APCC Pro takes care of tracking with help from a guide scope for long exposures. 

Also, I’ve read on the forum that Roland uses TheSky X (I assume for target selection), and Maximum DL (I assume for camera , focusing, and guide scope control).  Did I read Roland’s post correctly?

I purchased TheSky X Pro, downloaded and installed the TeleAPI v5.04 driver, but have been unable to connect. Can anyone help with this issue. 

Thanks,
Don 

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Re: New Chat: 1100GTO and TheSky X #chat-notice

George
 

Don,

 

Call me.   I’ll walk you through setup.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)

Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)

Email:  george@...

 

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I can connect with APCC to the mount with the 15 ft serial cable which came with the mount, using Serial Port 3. I think this part is working because I am able to control the mount with APCC, driving it from point to point works, and I can park it.

 

The problem occurs when I try to connect to the mount in TheSky.

 

I follow the instructions in the text box pop up during the TeleAPI driver installation.  When I get to step 6: “Again go to Mount Settings and this time choose Settings. This time the ASCOM telescope chooser will appear.” When I do this I get the pop up “A necessary driver was not found. Error =217.” When I went to the ASCOM home page to download the TeleAPI drive, it says do not use with TheSky X. It was TeleAPI v5.04 specified in the AP ASCOM instructions, but I wonder if that could be a problem?

 

Don


On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Liam Plybon <liam@...> wrote:

Do you get any kinds of errors when trying to connect with to the CP4? Are you sure you are connecting with the correct com port?

 

Liam

AP

 

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I recently received an 1100GTO with AE,  and I am a new user.  I’m trying to figure out the best way to configure it for remote imaging, and would appreciate your help. 

Seems like you need a method to drive the scope to the desired target, then APCC Pro takes care of tracking with help from a guide scope for long exposures. 

Also, I’ve read on the forum that Roland uses TheSky X (I assume for target selection), and Maximum DL (I assume for camera , focusing, and guide scope control).  Did I read Roland’s post correctly?

I purchased TheSky X Pro, downloaded and installed the TeleAPI v5.04 driver, but have been unable to connect. Can anyone help with this issue. 

Thanks,
Don 

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Re: New Chat: 1100GTO and TheSky X #chat-notice

mjb87@...
 

Just FYI, I used TSX with my 1100 (no encoders) for years. When I added my Mach2 (with AE of course) and set up for remote imaging I quickly learned that TSX was (1) unnecessary and (2) created a potential source of problems. My routine now is to use APCC to initialize the mount, start up SGPro to slew the telescope to the desired location (preset), then do a platesolve for final positioning and camera rotation, and then start the imaging sequence.  No need for a planetarium program.


Re: Problems using ASI air pro and AP mounts

Kenneth Tan
 

Thx

On Thu, 3 Jun 2021 at 12:14, Lee Decovnick <ursa@...> wrote:
AAP guiding is frustrating ..I find that I literally must unplug my AP hand controller from the CP4 - as BOTH AAP and the hand controller are send tracking signals ... no kidding. I also have set my AAP Dec and RA aggression to 10% or 15%.  Dithering does work well. And as always, your Polar Alignment needs to be dead on, and the AAP PA program works pretty darn well for me...

Lee


Re: Problems using ASI air pro and AP mounts

Lee Decovnick
 

AAP guiding is frustrating ..I find that I literally must unplug my AP hand controller from the CP4 - as BOTH AAP and the hand controller are send tracking signals ... no kidding. I also have set my AAP Dec and RA aggression to 10% or 15%.  Dithering does work well. And as always, your Polar Alignment needs to be dead on, and the AAP PA program works pretty darn well for me...

Lee


Re: Back Focus Troubles #Absolute_Encoders

Don Anderson
 

Hello Andrew
I have been following your thread on this with interest since I went through this exercise some years ago when setting up my imaging train on my Tele Vue NP127is refractor. The concepts can be difficult to get and keep straight in ones head and it is very easy to get confused especially when adding correcting optics and allowing for filter refraction. Mike gave a very good description of how to handle correcting optics such as reducers and field flatteners that are introduced downstream of the focuser.
As you and Mike discussed, spacer tube selection is not necessarily critical when setting up for native F/L imaging or for imaging with correctors in the train as long as one has lots of back focus to work with. However, most scopes have limited back focus capacity and now a days astro-imagers are trying to cram more gear into their imaging trains. Further, scopes other than premium ones have focusers that are not as robust as one would like and can not handle even moderately heavy imaging trains without significant draw tube sag if the draw tube is racked out a significant distance. For these and even for really good focusers, it is best to limit the drawtube extension when at focus to as little as practical to minimize sag.
I have a Tele Vue NP127is refractor with the Tele Vue stock 2.4" focuser. My imaging train consists of a Starlight Xpress SXVR H-694 camera attached to an SX filter wheel. I can image at native (660mm f/l) using spacer tubes or I can image at 580mm f/l using the TV NPR1073 .8X FR using appropriate spacer tubes to meet the 55mm reducer BF spec as well as the necessary spacer tubes to bring the sensor into focus. Tele Vue recommends setting up the imaging train so that the draw tube extends out no more than 25mm at focus. I started by detersmining the scope back focus from the back of the rear lens cell (The NP127is is a Nagler-Petzval design) which for the NP127is is 278mm (10.96"). Using the rear of the lens cell as a datum, I calculated all spacer dimensions from that datum point. I made sure for all setups that I selected the spacers that would position the draw tube 12-19mm (1/2"-3/4") out from a fully racked in position when the sensor was at focus. I have attached a drawing to illustrate what I am talking about. Another setup which I have yet to try, is imaging with my 2X Powermate (1320mm F/L). This should be easy since the back focus distance behind the Powermate is pretty flexible. I just need to fit within the 10.96" overall scope back focus.
I hope this is of interest.
Regards


Don Anderson


On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 11:26:47 a.m. MDT, Andrew Jones <andjones132@...> wrote:


Update: I mentioned in my original post that I hand contacted a Telescope and Eyepiece manufacture and got two different answers to the following scenario.

 

Assume there was correcting element that moves with the focuser that requires 50mm of fixed back focus and the imaging chain had a camera and filter wheel (with no filters) with a physical length of 25mm. In this configuration a 25mm spacer would be required to achieve back focus. If a 3m thick filter that adds 1mm of back focus is installed in the filter wheel, what would be the length of the spacer needed to achieve the correct back focus?

 

One person told me 24mm, another said 26mm.

 

This discrepancy is what led me to post the question here. I am happy to report that the person who told me 24mm tracked me down today and changed their answer to 26mm. They explained that adding the filter to the optical path increased the total back focus of the system. Introducing the filter increases the total back focus of the correcting element from 50mm to 51mm. Therefore the length of the spacer required to achieve the correct back focus for this scenario would be 26mm (50mm native BF + 1mm BF from filter – 25mm physical length of other components = 26mm spacer). I have to say, I was really impressed that the company would take the effort to contact me to correct their mistake. This is a rare thing.

 

This correction helped validate my initial thinking that adding a filter that adds 1mm of back focus changes the total back focus of the system as the starting point for the spacer calculation, before subtracting the physical distance of other components in the imaging chain. It is easy to get this backwards and add the 1mm to the components that are subtracted from the native back focus of the correcting element. This is the mistake the person made who said I would need a 24mm spacer.

 

I found this explanation helpful so thought I would pass it along. It also demonstrates how easy it is to make a mistake that would lead to a 2mm error in the calculation.

 

If adapters are ordered 1 – 2mm shorter than required and shims are used to achieve the correct back focus as described in Dale’s post then this mistake is easy to correct. If adaptors are ordered to the exact calculated length as I use to do, this can be a cost mistake to correct. After talking to the person yesterday who told me 24mm, I thought I was going to have to order a bunch of new adapters because I had ordered them to exact length and if what he told me was correct, it meant that all my adapters were 2mm to long. Thankfully, it appears I might be OK if I ignore the tolerances. Ordering them shorter than needed is definitely the way I plan to go in the future.

 

I hope this was useful.

 

Andrew


Re: New Chat: 1100GTO and TheSky X #chat-notice

Donald Gaines
 

Hi Liam,

Oops, got it figured out. I read where TheSky X had drivers for the 1100GTO, so I didn’t select TeleAPI selection, selected com port 5 (virtual), and corrected the time on my computer to match TheSky (I had deselected DST and was thinking of going to UTC), and was able to connect. 

The only question now is if APCC uses comport 3, do other programs an devices like Maximum DL, cameras, and focusers, need to have their own dedicated com port (virtual)?

Thanks,
Don


On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Liam Plybon <liam@...> wrote:

Do you get any kinds of errors when trying to connect with to the CP4? Are you sure you are connecting with the correct com port?

 

Liam

AP

 

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I recently received an 1100GTO with AE,  and I am a new user.  I’m trying to figure out the best way to configure it for remote imaging, and would appreciate your help. 

Seems like you need a method to drive the scope to the desired target, then APCC Pro takes care of tracking with help from a guide scope for long exposures. 

Also, I’ve read on the forum that Roland uses TheSky X (I assume for target selection), and Maximum DL (I assume for camera , focusing, and guide scope control).  Did I read Roland’s post correctly?

I purchased TheSky X Pro, downloaded and installed the TeleAPI v5.04 driver, but have been unable to connect. Can anyone help with this issue. 

Thanks,
Don 

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Re: Planetarium software

Worsel
 

I use Cartes du Ciel (CdC) for GoTo.  CdC integrates well with ASCOM to A-P ASCOM Driver and APCC. 

With CdC, I use a similar process to Roland for centering elsewhere from the desired object.  Particularly handy for multiple objects, e.g. galaxy clusters.  I just pick a star at the desired center point, slew, and plate solve with local version of astrometry.net.  I write down the star ID and I can use it multiple sessions. 

CdC and AN are both free and robust

"Cheap" Bryan


Re: New Chat: 1100GTO and TheSky X #chat-notice

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Go with George's recommendation.

The TSX ascom driver can be found on the bisque site, if you choose TSX. Use this link to download it  https://www.bisque.com/wp-content/x2standard/


Re: New Chat: 1100GTO and TheSky X #chat-notice

Donald Gaines
 

I can connect with APCC to the mount with the 15 ft serial cable which came with the mount, using Serial Port 3. I think this part is working because I am able to control the mount with APCC, driving it from point to point works, and I can park it.

The problem occurs when I try to connect to the mount in TheSky.

I follow the instructions in the text box pop up during the TeleAPI driver installation.  When I get to step 6: “Again go to Mount Settings and this time choose Settings. This time the ASCOM telescope chooser will appear.” When I do this I get the pop up “A necessary driver was not found. Error =217.” When I went to the ASCOM home page to download the TeleAPI drive, it says do not use with TheSky X. It was TeleAPI v5.04 specified in the AP ASCOM instructions, but I wonder if that could be a problem?

Don

On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Liam Plybon <liam@...> wrote:

Do you get any kinds of errors when trying to connect with to the CP4? Are you sure you are connecting with the correct com port?

 

Liam

AP

 

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I recently received an 1100GTO with AE,  and I am a new user.  I’m trying to figure out the best way to configure it for remote imaging, and would appreciate your help. 

Seems like you need a method to drive the scope to the desired target, then APCC Pro takes care of tracking with help from a guide scope for long exposures. 

Also, I’ve read on the forum that Roland uses TheSky X (I assume for target selection), and Maximum DL (I assume for camera , focusing, and guide scope control).  Did I read Roland’s post correctly?

I purchased TheSky X Pro, downloaded and installed the TeleAPI v5.04 driver, but have been unable to connect. Can anyone help with this issue. 

Thanks,
Don 

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Re: New Chat: 1100GTO and TheSky X #chat-notice

George
 

Don,

 

You will not use the TeleAPI driver, as it is for an outdated version of the Sky.  

 

Go to our Software Updates page and download:

  1. FTDI driver
  2. Java
  3. ASCOM Platform
  4. AP V2 ASCOM driver

 

https://www.astro-physics.com/software-updates/

 

Do the above before plugging in the CP4.    Call me with questions.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)

Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)

Email:  george@...

 

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Do you get any kinds of errors when trying to connect with to the CP4? Are you sure you are connecting with the correct com port?

 

Liam

AP

 

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I recently received an 1100GTO with AE,  and I am a new user.  I’m trying to figure out the best way to configure it for remote imaging, and would appreciate your help. 

Seems like you need a method to drive the scope to the desired target, then APCC Pro takes care of tracking with help from a guide scope for long exposures. 

Also, I’ve read on the forum that Roland uses TheSky X (I assume for target selection), and Maximum DL (I assume for camera , focusing, and guide scope control).  Did I read Roland’s post correctly?

I purchased TheSky X Pro, downloaded and installed the TeleAPI v5.04 driver, but have been unable to connect. Can anyone help with this issue. 

Thanks,
Don 

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Re: New Chat: 1100GTO and TheSky X #chat-notice

Shailesh Trivedi
 

I have been using TSX on my AP1100 regularly. What is the TeleAPI v5.04 driver? I have used the Ascom driver for TSX which you can download from the bisque site. You first have to fire up APCC (if you have it) then fire up the AP1100 ascom driver authored by Ray Gralak and then you configure TSX to connect to the AP asom driver and that should do it.

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