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Re: APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Tony Benjamin
 

Oh, yeah. And for what its worth I did make a short video about the MGBoxV@/GPS :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBs-nJlFMjQ&t=80s

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Claude Benoit via Groups.Io
Sent: March 8, 2020 2:46 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

 

For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up saying "Closing GPS Connection MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on Com 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes in.

Thanks for your thoughts on this.
Claude


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Woody Schlom
 


Re: APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Tony Benjamin
 

Yes, LOL. I sent the wrong JPEG J

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long
Sent: March 8, 2020 3:19 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

 

Looks like its pretty cold where you are at. A whopping -271.3 C!

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 3:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

 

I have the MGBoxV2 GPS as well and using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5.

It all works properly for me.

When you say you have it on "COM 3" - shouldn't it be set to "MGBoxV2" under COM Port id APCC??


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ray Gralak
Sent: March 8, 2020 3:04 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

Hi Claude,

> For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using
> APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up saying "Closing GPS Connection
> MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on Com
> 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes in.

That usually means the MGBox ObservingConditions ASCOM driver is not installed, or not properly installed.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.astro-physics.com%2Findex.htm%3Fproducts%2Faccessories%2Fsoftware%2Fapcc%2Fapcc&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C3032bb2c77154f18a87008d7c3ae5567%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637193025826359198&amp;sdata=G46H7wf6RRg3uWNK%2FrSIe4ipyc8USvovl1If4tIpaUU%3D&amp;reserved=0
Author of PEMPro V3:  https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ccdware.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C3032bb2c77154f18a87008d7c3ae5567%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637193025826359198&amp;sdata=fuwHaKoFedqR1rn22Ud%2BpBEIiyYBsFozBt978Pxkf30%3D&amp;reserved=0 Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.siriusimaging.com%2Fapdriver&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C3032bb2c77154f18a87008d7c3ae5567%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637193025826359198&amp;sdata=J%2BNwckDOGobIfqJHspAyYkCaWwv4rjhlrXORhJD2t0o%3D&amp;reserved=0


> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Claude Benoit via Groups.Io
> Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2:46 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC
>
> For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up
> saying "Closing GPS Connection MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on
> Com 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes
> in.
>
> Thanks for your thoughts on this.
> Claude
>







Message Recall Failure: Recall: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

W Hilmo
 


Message Recall Failure: Recall: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Steve Reilly
 


Message Recall Failure: Recall: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

ghassen214
 


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Recall: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Tony Benjamin
 

Tony Benjamin would like to recall the message, "[ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS
connection #APCC #APCC".


Re: APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Bill Long
 

Looks like its pretty cold where you are at. A whopping -271.3 C!


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 3:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC
 
I have the MGBoxV2 GPS as well and using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5.

It all works properly for me.

When you say you have it on "COM 3" - shouldn't it be set to "MGBoxV2" under COM Port id APCC??


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ray Gralak
Sent: March 8, 2020 3:04 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

Hi Claude,

> For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using
> APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up saying "Closing GPS Connection
> MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on Com
> 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes in.

That usually means the MGBox ObservingConditions ASCOM driver is not installed, or not properly installed.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.astro-physics.com%2Findex.htm%3Fproducts%2Faccessories%2Fsoftware%2Fapcc%2Fapcc&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C3032bb2c77154f18a87008d7c3ae5567%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637193025826359198&amp;sdata=G46H7wf6RRg3uWNK%2FrSIe4ipyc8USvovl1If4tIpaUU%3D&amp;reserved=0
Author of PEMPro V3:  https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ccdware.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C3032bb2c77154f18a87008d7c3ae5567%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637193025826359198&amp;sdata=fuwHaKoFedqR1rn22Ud%2BpBEIiyYBsFozBt978Pxkf30%3D&amp;reserved=0 Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.siriusimaging.com%2Fapdriver&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C3032bb2c77154f18a87008d7c3ae5567%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637193025826359198&amp;sdata=J%2BNwckDOGobIfqJHspAyYkCaWwv4rjhlrXORhJD2t0o%3D&amp;reserved=0


> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Claude Benoit via Groups.Io
> Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2:46 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC
>
> For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up
> saying "Closing GPS Connection MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on
> Com 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes
> in.
>
> Thanks for your thoughts on this.
> Claude
>








Re: APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Tony Benjamin
 

I have the MGBoxV2 GPS as well and using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5.

 

It all works properly for me.

 

When you say you have it on "COM 3" - shouldn't it be set to "MGBoxV2" under COM Port id APCC??

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Claude Benoit via Groups.Io
Sent: March 8, 2020 2:46 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

 

For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up saying "Closing GPS Connection MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on Com 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes in.

Thanks for your thoughts on this.
Claude


Re: APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Tony Benjamin
 

I have the MGBoxV2 GPS as well and using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5.

It all works properly for me.

When you say you have it on "COM 3" - shouldn't it be set to "MGBoxV2" under COM Port id APCC??

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ray Gralak
Sent: March 8, 2020 3:04 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

Hi Claude,

For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using
APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up saying "Closing GPS Connection
MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on Com
3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes in.
That usually means the MGBox ObservingConditions ASCOM driver is not installed, or not properly installed.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com 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 Claude Benoit via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2:46 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up
saying "Closing GPS Connection MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on
Com 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes
in.

Thanks for your thoughts on this.
Claude


Re: APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Claude,

For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up
saying "Closing GPS Connection MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on
Com 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes
in.
That usually means the MGBox ObservingConditions ASCOM driver is not installed, or not properly installed.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com
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 Claude Benoit via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2:46 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC #APCC

For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up
saying "Closing GPS Connection MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on
Com 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes
in.

Thanks for your thoughts on this.
Claude


APCC Pro MGBOX GPS connection #APCC

Claude Benoit
 

For some strange reason when I try to connect to MGBOXv2 / GPS using APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 a dialogue pops up saying "Closing GPS Connection MGBoxV2: Cannot create ActiveX component." I have MGBOXV2 setup on Com 3 using the ASCOM chooser. I can connect to the environmental settings and a test shows the data comes in.

Thanks for your thoughts on this.
Claude


Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 

 
I polar aligned as close as I ever do with polemaster
1) Polemaster does not necessarily insure good polar alignment. Only drift alignment can reduce drift.
 
2) Having perfect polar alignment does not insure zero drift due to atmospheric refraction
 
3) doing a drift alignment can produce zero drift for both RA and Dec if you use the right method, but this zero drift will only occur in the area around the zenith. In other parts of the sky the stars do not move at sidereal rate, and will also drift slowly in Dec. This is fundamental, and no amount of polar alignment will prevent drift.
 
4) In our new keypad software we have added the King rate which reduces the RA drift in those parts of the sky where the sidereal rate is incorrect, however the King rate does not address Dec drift. We have modeling software in the new keypad which can be used to compensate for drift in both axes, and can allow unguided imaging. You can also go full model with APCC Pro, but I would recommend using that for permanent setups where you can spend some time getting a really good all-sky model.
 
Rolando 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Terri Zittritsch <theresamarie11@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Mar 8, 2020 6:24 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Notified!😍 #mach2gto #mach2gto

Hi Ray, thank you for your very fast responses.    So if I might ask another follow-on:   If I install APCC, and call the telescope from either CDC or SGPro, does it call APCC then versus the V2 driver directly?    Your comment about RA rate correction intrigues me.  I didn't realize I needed APCC to be running to get good results.   I've kept my logs from last night, but it wasn't entirely what I expected.   I polar aligned as close as I ever do with polemaster, and put the PHD2 settings so I wouldn't chase-the-seeing as they say.  I did turn off guiding at one point and ran the phd tool to evaluate drift.  There was more than I expected on RA.   Is this because I'm not running APCC?     Here is where my lack of experience with AP products fails me.   
Maybe I need to bite the bullet and install APCC.

T


Re: Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

Roland Christen
 

Keypads for the Mach2 will be available shortly. I have been running various tests on them here at my Hawaii observatory, where the skies are more astronomy friendly.
 
Rolando
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Mar 8, 2020 6:00 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Keypad Upgrade for Using Mach2

Reading the recent posts about new Mach2 owners and the APCC software has me wondering how things are going with the hand paddle software upgrade.

My plan is to use the new Mach2 like I have been doing with the 900 --> use the hand paddle for mount initialization (and other things also) and then connect The Sky X, Sequence Generator Pro and PHD2 to the mount using the AP ASCOM driver.

Then I can slowly incorporate the features of APCC into the process.

Regards,

Dean Jacobsen
Web site: http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Astrobin: https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/


Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Joseph Beyer
 

Terri,

The software is straight forward to setup and APPM gives you the option to choose one of the standard point models or modify your model as needed for your particular needs in particular sky exposures in all directions.  You can also increase or decrease the density of modeling points depending on your needs.  It's impressive software.  I created my model offline during the day which only took a couple minutes then when I got everything setup and polar aligned opened APPM and ran the model.  I use SGP/Platesolve2 to provide APPM with the data and it took about 40 minutes for 51 points.  My system may run a bit slower than some but starting early in the evening I was able to begin imaging at the same time or earlier than I did before building the model.   

I don't use plate solving anymore as the pointing is very accurate.  Someone posted that their go-tos weren't spot on and it was pointed out that sky maps often don't place some objects, particularly nebulous ones, in the center of the field.  If you look at a plate solved object on Astrobin or whatever source, choose a star or point you'd like to be directly in the center.  Pick that in CdC and slew to it - it'll be centered nearly perfectly. 

The other features of APCC - meridian limits, horizon limits, etc. are definitely worth using as well.  The ability to slew to an object in the east and start imaging with the counterweights in an "up" position makes meridian flips a thing of the past.

Have fun, it sounds like an amazing new mount.

Joe 

On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 12:24 PM Terri Zittritsch <theresamarie11@...> wrote:
Thanks Joe, I'll look at it.  I guess I'm not clear on how long it takes to create a model.  I thought this a long process.  If it's just a few points, then that sounds just like I do already with blind solve or two, and then plate solving targets.   Do you use a solver for your model?



Terri


Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Bill Long
 

Finally, just in time for full moon. 😉 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io <wayneh9026@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:36 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Notified!😍 #mach2gto #mach2gto
 
Thanks very much - the clearing is here in the northwest too!

Wayne Hixson, Stargazer


On Sunday, March 8, 2020, 12:59:13 PM PDT, Terri Zittritsch <theresamarie11@...> wrote:


On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 01:14 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:
You can always start APPM after twilight before it gets dark enough to image.

Depending on your camera download time and plate solve time you should be able to get 2-3 points per minute. Thus, 50 points easily in 30 minutes (25 points per side).

Thanks Ray,    Sounds like a good thing to play with on a full moon night before a little narrow band imaging.    Right now it looks like it might be clear again.    
Two days in a row after getting a new toy is unheard of.

Terri


Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Wayne Hixson
 

Thanks very much - the clearing is here in the northwest too!

Wayne Hixson, Stargazer


On Sunday, March 8, 2020, 12:59:13 PM PDT, Terri Zittritsch <theresamarie11@...> wrote:


On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 01:14 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:
You can always start APPM after twilight before it gets dark enough to image.

Depending on your camera download time and plate solve time you should be able to get 2-3 points per minute. Thus, 50 points easily in 30 minutes (25 points per side).

Thanks Ray,    Sounds like a good thing to play with on a full moon night before a little narrow band imaging.    Right now it looks like it might be clear again.    
Two days in a row after getting a new toy is unheard of.

Terri


Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Terri Zittritsch
 

On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 01:14 PM, Ray Gralak wrote:
You can always start APPM after twilight before it gets dark enough to image.

Depending on your camera download time and plate solve time you should be able to get 2-3 points per minute. Thus, 50 points easily in 30 minutes (25 points per side).

Thanks Ray,    Sounds like a good thing to play with on a full moon night before a little narrow band imaging.    Right now it looks like it might be clear again.    
Two days in a row after getting a new toy is unheard of.

Terri


Re : [ap-gto] APCC Standard 1.8.0.4 and APCC Pro 1.8.0.5 Pro

Yves Laroche
 

Thanks Ray for your great support !!!

Regards,
Yves


Le 08/03/20 10:12, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> a écrit :
Hi everyone,

There have been a few issues reported within the last couple days in APCC having to do with the encoder status and the missing option for setting a custom slew rate. All of the reported issues should be fixed in the new builds below. If you see anything else that looks like a bug please don't hesitate to report it on this forum.

APCC Standard v1.8.0.4:
http://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Standard_Setup_1.8.0.4.exe

APCC Pro v1.8.0.5:
http://www.apastrosoftware.com/apcc_download/APCC_Pro_Setup_1.8.0.5.exe

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
Author of PEMPro V3:  https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver