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Re: 1100GTO upgraded with AE...

Peter Nagy
 

Bill,

I don't think the LEDs at the read heads are meaningful. It simply tells you the encoders are powered on but not necessarily enabled. You can power up the mount and the LEDs will still light up whether the encoders are enabled or not. That's at least what I remembered when I first installed AE in my A-P1100GTO mount. It was very easy to install.

I think it's best to use either ASCOM driver or APCC to tell you whether the encoders are enabled or not. Or while the mount is tracking, you can forcefully move either axes with your hands and if either axes fight back to move back to original position, then you know the encoders are working.

Peter


Results of our AP1600ae unguided imaging

 

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share our latest results from using the our AP1600 with absolute encoders, doing unguided with APCC/APPM model

This is from last night's run, we used 900second (15 minute) unguided exposures of NGC 1097 on CDK17, image scale 0.63"


You can download the fits file here
(image was calibrated and background gradient lightly processed, but otherwise unchanged)  



Overall I'm pretty happy with these results. We were admonished to use guiding from the start, but we had faith in the AP hardware and the APCC software. 

We rely on APCC and the APPM model builder. The model was approximately 180 points on each side, limiting it to 35 degrees altitude. 

Ray has done some great software improvements based on our results over the past year. We are at a very demanding focal length for unguided @ 2930mm. He has been very responsive and helpful, as have all AP staff we have worked with, including Roland. 

We still have work to do in other parts, and we would like our keeper rate to be higher, but progress, not perfection right? 


--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: 1100GTO upgraded with AE...

Bill Long
 

Check the lights on the read heads should be blue or green. Check in APCC Pro on the AE tab. If you don't see the AE tab you need to contact AP.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Khushrow Machhi via groups.io <kmachhi@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 8:29 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] 1100GTO upgraded with AE...
 
I have just upgraded my 1100GTO by adding the absolute encoders and last night I tested it out for the first time.  I ran a pointing model, a modest one to start, 33 points.  After this I had the tracking and pointing corrections on.  The tracking was decent but not what I expected.  My question is how do I tell that the encoders are working vs. the tracking improvement coming from the fact that I ran a model.  I would like to ascertain that the encoders are working and any thoughts on this would be helpful.
Thanks,
Khushrow


1100GTO upgraded with AE...

Khushrow Machhi
 

I have just upgraded my 1100GTO by adding the absolute encoders and last night I tested it out for the first time.  I ran a pointing model, a modest one to start, 33 points.  After this I had the tracking and pointing corrections on.  The tracking was decent but not what I expected.  My question is how do I tell that the encoders are working vs. the tracking improvement coming from the fact that I ran a model.  I would like to ascertain that the encoders are working and any thoughts on this would be helpful.
Thanks,
Khushrow


Re: APCC Comm Event

John Stiner
 

Thanks Ray. I’ll update to the latest version. 


Re: APCC Comm Event

Ray Gralak
 

Updating to the latest version will fix the issue.

-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 John Stiner
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:03 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Comm Event

I am using APCC Pro 1.8.5.1 (8/23/20).


Re: APCC Comm Event

John Stiner
 

I am using APCC Pro 1.8.5.1 (8/23/20). 


Re: APCC Comm Event

Ray Gralak
 

Hi John,

What is the exact version of apcc that you are using?

The latest versions are 1.8.8.0 (standard) and 1.8.8.3 (pro).

-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 John Stiner
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 5:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Comm Event

Ray, I apologize for the interruption but my “Comm Events” indicator has gone pink. When I open it, it reflects
that every 3 seconds an error repeats that says “Sent: ‘:m#, Error: The operation has timed out.” I can send logs
if needed after tonight’s run but APCC Pro appears operational and tracking is fine. Any thoughts on what
mistake I’ve likely made?


Re: [ap-ug] More AP stuff

thefamily90 Phillips
 

👍


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Pete Lardizabal <p14@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:10:10 PM
To: main@ap-ug.groups.io <main@ap-ug.groups.io>
Cc: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] [ap-ug] More AP stuff
 
Congrats Tony!

I think Moose needs a custom heated saddle for the Mach 2!

😆

Pete

On Nov 10, 2020, at 5:07 PM, Harley Davidson <astrocnc@...> wrote:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRjWX7rna20

I received a couple packages today from AP :)

tony

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APCC Comm Event

John Stiner
 

Ray, I apologize for the interruption but my “Comm Events” indicator has gone pink. When I open it, it reflects that every 3 seconds an error repeats that says “Sent: ‘:m#, Error: The operation has timed out.” I can send logs if needed after tonight’s run but APCC Pro appears operational and tracking is fine. Any thoughts on what mistake I’ve likely made?


Re: [ap-ug] More AP stuff

Pete Lardizabal
 

Congrats Tony!

I think Moose needs a custom heated saddle for the Mach 2!

😆

Pete

On Nov 10, 2020, at 5:07 PM, Harley Davidson <astrocnc@...> wrote:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRjWX7rna20

I received a couple packages today from AP :)

tony

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Re: More AP stuff

Roland Christen
 

No, I think Moose bought the mount out of his paper route money. The 1600 was too big for him to handle.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff B <mnebula946@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Cc: astrocnc@... <astrocnc@...>; main@ap-ug.groups.io <main@ap-ug.groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Nov 10, 2020 4:53 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] More AP stuff

Roland, I didn't know you guys also sold dogs!?

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 5:32 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
I guess Little Moose likes the mount Smile

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Harley Davidson <astrocnc@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io; main@ap-ug.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Nov 10, 2020 4:06 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] More AP stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRjWX7rna20

I received a couple packages today from AP :)

tony


Re: More AP stuff

Jeff B
 

Roland, I didn't know you guys also sold dogs!?


On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 5:32 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
I guess Little Moose likes the mount Smile

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Harley Davidson <astrocnc@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io; main@ap-ug.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Nov 10, 2020 4:06 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] More AP stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRjWX7rna20

I received a couple packages today from AP :)

tony


Re: More AP stuff

Roland Christen
 

I guess Little Moose likes the mount Smile

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Harley Davidson <astrocnc@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io; main@ap-ug.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Nov 10, 2020 4:06 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] More AP stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRjWX7rna20

I received a couple packages today from AP :)

tony


More AP stuff

Harley Davidson
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRjWX7rna20

I received a couple packages today from AP :)

tony


Re: Satellite Tracking

Brent Boshart
 
Edited

I received good news today.  My local dealer now has a Mach2 available for me in his next allotment - perhaps in January he thinks.  As soon as it arrives I will start working on the satellite tracking.


Re: Manage Cables Which Plate to Use for Top Mount Hardware?

Bruce Donzanti
 

Hi Alex

Make that 3 thumbs up for the Polemaster.  Gets you polar aligned in minutes using SharpCap which I think is better than the QHY software.  If you want to keep it attached to the 1100GTO like I did, just get the holder from ADM and place it on the dovetail and connect it to your hub. 


Re: Manage Cables Which Plate to Use for Top Mount Hardware?

Terri Zittritsch
 

Hi Alex, I'll provide another thumbs up on the Polemaster.. it does fantastic polar alignment, and if you have a portable setup where you can mark where your tripod goes night after night (same position), your setup is a matter of a 5 minutes of so for polar align.  Mine is incredibly fast as my tripod stays leveled and I have very little adjustment to do.    I have not gone the modeling route yet, so still guide and have to deal with RA corrections, but DEC is very stable.    I put my eagle tripod legs on those 3 wheeled furniture dollies and roll it out and place it on marks I've painted in my drive.   At the end of the night all I do is lift one leg at a time onto the dollies and roll it back into the garage.   


Re: Manage Cables Which Plate to Use for Top Mount Hardware?

Alex
 

Hi Andrew,

Thank you for highlighting your experience with the focus controllers, dew heaters, etc. This is helpful, particularly if I run into the same issues with the built in focuser. Short term, I still plan on using the Focuser Boss II and associated software.

Best,
Alex


Re: Manage Cables Which Plate to Use for Top Mount Hardware?

Alex
 

Hi Peter,

I just noticed you can tweak SharpCapPro using Python scripting if necessary. This is great as I like to program in Python.

Best,
Alex

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