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Re: APCC Pro / GOTO CP$ firmware upgrade #APCC

Konstantin von Poschinger
 

Hi George,

the Firmware update is a separate program. You need Java for that and it works best with the LAN connection.

Konstantin

Konstantin v. Poschinger

Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171 1983476

Am 25.10.2020 um 14:35 schrieb George LaBelle <george.labelle@...>:

I upgraded  APCC Pro, since it was telling me to.
I did not upgrade the firmware in the CP4, since this can be tricky business and I avoid unless necessary.

Now I cannot connect to the mount because the firmware is downgraded from the new APCC and APCC drops me.

So do I have to reinstall the older APCC Pro, then upgrade the CP4 firmware, then upgrade APCC Pro once again?
I have APCC Pro v 1.8.3.1. Will this suffice?

--
George
Prineville, Oregon


APCC Pro / GOTO CP$ firmware upgrade #APCC

George LaBelle
 

I upgraded  APCC Pro, since it was telling me to.
I did not upgrade the firmware in the CP4, since this can be tricky business and I avoid unless necessary.

Now I cannot connect to the mount because the firmware is downgraded from the new APCC and APCC drops me.

So do I have to reinstall the older APCC Pro, then upgrade the CP4 firmware, then upgrade APCC Pro once again?
I have APCC Pro v 1.8.3.1. Will this suffice?

--
George
Prineville, Oregon


Re: Mach2 Dimensions

Shane Ramotowski
 

Thanks Marj!  That had everything (I think) that I needed.  Looks like I would need to mount the Mach2 about 2 inches higher than the AP1200...
- Shane

On 10/24/2020 10:54 AM, Marj Christen wrote:
Hello Shane,

The current link is now .info, rather than .com. The Mach2 dimensions have not been added to this calculation yet, but are similar to the Mach1.
https://www.astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/latitude-dimension-calc2.xls


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 Shane Ramotowski
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:45 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Dimensions

Hi all,

A some point, I will be getting a Mach2 and I need to figure out what
modifications I need to make to the pier in the my observatory.

I currently have an AP1200 on the pier.  Can anyone give me the
approximate difference in height, from mounting plate to the
intersection of the RA and DEC axes between the AP1200 and Mach2? If it
matters, I'm at 35N latitude.

I searched the forum and it seems that this calculator:
<https://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/latitude-dimension-calc2.xls>
would likely give me everything that I want, but the link is broken and
I can't find it on AP's web site.

Thanks - Shane
--
Shane Ramotowski
kor@cotse.net
https://www.kor-astro.net


Re: Mach2 Dimensions

 

Hello Shane,

The current link is now .info, rather than .com. The Mach2 dimensions have not been added to this calculation yet, but are similar to the Mach1.
https://www.astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/latitude-dimension-calc2.xls


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 Shane Ramotowski
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:45 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Dimensions

Hi all,

A some point, I will be getting a Mach2 and I need to figure out what
modifications I need to make to the pier in the my observatory.

I currently have an AP1200 on the pier.  Can anyone give me the
approximate difference in height, from mounting plate to the
intersection of the RA and DEC axes between the AP1200 and Mach2? If it
matters, I'm at 35N latitude.

I searched the forum and it seems that this calculator:
<https://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/latitude-dimension-calc2.xls>
would likely give me everything that I want, but the link is broken and
I can't find it on AP's web site.

Thanks - Shane

--
Shane Ramotowski
kor@cotse.net
https://www.kor-astro.net


Mach2 Dimensions

Shane Ramotowski
 

Hi all,

A some point, I will be getting a Mach2 and I need to figure out what modifications I need to make to the pier in the my observatory.

I currently have an AP1200 on the pier.  Can anyone give me the approximate difference in height, from mounting plate to the intersection of the RA and DEC axes between the AP1200 and Mach2? If it matters, I'm at 35N latitude.

I searched the forum and it seems that this calculator: <https://www.astro-physics.com/tech_support/mounts/latitude-dimension-calc2.xls> would likely give me everything that I want, but the link is broken and I can't find it on AP's web site.

Thanks - Shane

--
Shane Ramotowski
kor@cotse.net
https://www.kor-astro.net


Re: Supporting a Mach2GTO #Mach2GTO

thefamily90 Phillips
 

An AP 900 is an excellent mount. I use it for my original version AP 10” Maksutov. Love it!

Jim


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of KHursh via groups.io <khursh@...>
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2020 4:59:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Supporting a Mach2GTO #Mach2GTO
 
Thanks Robert,

Right now I have a 5" refractor. I will be getting something in the c11 size at some point (10" iDK preferably). With my AP900 and portable pier now the mounting plate is face height (I'm 5'11"). In Park 3 I can mount pretty easily, but if I get heavier, I can use Park 2.


Re: Mach2 model building and pointing with Sequence Generator Pro

Roland Christen
 

Nope!

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Oct 23, 2020 7:07 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 model building and pointing with Sequence Generator Pro

This discussion about temperature and pressure monitoring has me wondering if the forthcoming keypad tracking routine will also require temperature and pressure inputs.
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 
Amateur Radio Call Sign - W6DBJ


Re: Mach2 model building and pointing with Sequence Generator Pro

Konstantin von Poschinger
 

Hi Dean,

as I have heard, it is necessary to renew it if the pressure and temperature has changed. But it didn’t take long to build a new short model in the declination you want to take images.

Konstantin


Konstantin v. Poschinger

Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171 1983476

Am 24.10.2020 um 02:07 schrieb Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...>:

This discussion about temperature and pressure monitoring has me wondering if the forthcoming keypad tracking routine will also require temperature and pressure inputs.
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 
Amateur Radio Call Sign - W6DBJ


Re: Mach2 model building and pointing with Sequence Generator Pro

Dean Jacobsen
 

This discussion about temperature and pressure monitoring has me wondering if the forthcoming keypad tracking routine will also require temperature and pressure inputs.
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin Image Gallery - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 
Amateur Radio Call Sign - W6DBJ


Re: Supporting a Mach2GTO #Mach2GTO

KHursh
 

Thanks Robert,

Right now I have a 5" refractor. I will be getting something in the c11 size at some point (10" iDK preferably). With my AP900 and portable pier now the mounting plate is face height (I'm 5'11"). In Park 3 I can mount pretty easily, but if I get heavier, I can use Park 2.


Re: Supporting a Mach2GTO #Mach2GTO

Robert Berta
 

It seems to me the first question asked should be....are you looking for a permanent setup or one that can be moved to different locations? Next....what telescope are you mounting on it? 
For a permanent setup just get a regular pier and pour a pad and bolt the pier to it. That would be the cheapest and strongest and most vibration resistant. If you have a friend who has a welder or you have your own you could build your own pier. i have my own welder so just got the steel tube and a couple of 12"x12" flat plates and welded them to the tube.. I used the AP flat plate adaptor which works with both my 900 and 1100 mounts. Before welding the plates to the tube, drill the holes and tap them for the flat plate adaptor and the holes in the lower plate to allow it to bolt to the concrete. If you have an existing concrete slab you can use a hammer drill to drill the hole in the concrete and than get expanding threaded inserts. If you don't have the hammer drill you can usually rent them from a store like Home Depot. 

Note that the reason I asked about the telescope type is because that will make a big difference as to the height of the mount i.e. 6" refractor vs.11" SCT.


Re: Supporting a Mach2GTO #Mach2GTO

dvjbaja
 


You will want an ATS pier.  

-j


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Supporting a Mach2GTO #Mach2GTO

KHursh
 

Hi all,

In what turns out to be a shock, I was told that I am receiving a Mach2 before the end of the year from a vendor. I am also on the list for an 1100GTO and expected to hear from AP about that mount sooner, but life is funny and I am getting an encoder mount soon! That being said, I now need to consider what to put it on to minimize torque during imaging. I want solid! I am semi-permanently mounted at the moment. I have a home-made 8" aluminum portable pier for my 900GTO at the moment. I also have an ioptron Tri-pier. Roland (Rolando, Uncle Rollo, or whichever alias he prefers), suggested that the Losmandy tripod is weak in torsion or torque. I would like to avoid this and think I may abandon the tri-pier as a result. 
Questions:
Would an 8"x 42" aluminum pier (on steel legs) with threaded rod turn-buckles work? Does filling it with sand (or whatever) do it?
Would a pier (aluminum or steel) be better? 
I cannot do a concrete pier. I may be able to pour concrete and bolt a pier.
Any opinions welcome


Re: Mach2 model building and pointing with Sequence Generator Pro

Konstantin von Poschinger
 

Yes it has.

Grüsse

Konstantin v. Poschinger


Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171/1983476

Am 21.10.2020 um 04:51 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com>:

Steve,

Can APCC receive temp & humidity readings from Pegasus power/usb box? Wondering what devices can feed
APCC environmental readings. Mbox, THUM, others?
As mentioned in the APCC help file, the THUM is supported, and devices that have an ASCOM ObservingConditions driver are supported. If the Pegasus has an ObservingConditions ASCOM driver, then it is supported by APCC.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Steve Armen
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 11:59 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 model building and pointing with Sequence Generator Pro

Ray,

Can APCC receive temp & humidity readings from Pegasus power/usb box? Wondering what devices can feed
APCC environmental readings. Mbox, THUM, others?

thanks,
-Steve






Re: Mach2 model building and pointing with Sequence Generator Pro

Eric Claeys
 


Re: Mach2 model building and pointing with Sequence Generator Pro

Ray Gralak
 

Steve,

Can APCC receive temp & humidity readings from Pegasus power/usb box? Wondering what devices can feed
APCC environmental readings. Mbox, THUM, others?
As mentioned in the APCC help file, the THUM is supported, and devices that have an ASCOM ObservingConditions driver are supported. If the Pegasus has an ObservingConditions ASCOM driver, then it is supported by APCC.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Steve Armen
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 11:59 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 model building and pointing with Sequence Generator Pro

Ray,

Can APCC receive temp & humidity readings from Pegasus power/usb box? Wondering what devices can feed
APCC environmental readings. Mbox, THUM, others?

thanks,
-Steve


Re: Mach2 model building and pointing with Sequence Generator Pro

Worsel
 


Re: #Keypad #Keypad

Mike Dodd
 

On 10/20/2020 7:17 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@aol.com> via groups.io
Yes, doing that does erase the database. You will need to reload it.
And it's easy. Follow the A-P instructions.

--- mike


Re: #Keypad #Keypad

richard payne
 

Call Howard, I had that happenthe battery
died, and I had to download some files from  AP.
Richard


On Oct 20, 2020, at 4:06 PM, mwg.jlg@... wrote:

On Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 02:02 PM, Konstantin von Poschinger wrote:
Konstantin
Thanks for the tip.

Mike


Re: #Keypad #Keypad

Roland Christen
 


did change the Keypad battery a few months ago and was not aware that it was supposed to be powered up during the change.
Did I clobber the database and is there a way to recover?
Yes, doing that does erase the database. You will need to reload it.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: mwg.jlg@...
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Oct 20, 2020 2:23 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] #Keypad

Hello all.

I seem to have developed a problem with my keypad. 
AP 1200 GOTOCP2 rev E running Keypad v4.17 
Strange because I was performing keypad GOTOs between Jupiter, Saturn and Mars and putting them all in a 5mm eyepiece field (152mm F8 APO) .
I normally use TheSky for all of my pointing which works fine but I wasn't using it last night.
If I use the Keypad I get weird GOTO results, e.g. GOTO M15 yields "below horizon", when in actuality it was almost at zenith at the time.
Plus the Keypad displays zero or blank object info.
I did change the Keypad battery a few months ago and was not aware that it was supposed to be powered up during the change.
Did I clobber the database and is there a way to recover?
Thanks for any help.

Mike Garrett

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