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Re: Mach2 Keypad

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 01:35 PM, Marj Christen wrote:
I am doing some final edits to the keypad manual right now.  We plan to be shipping the keypad with the new v5 to all Mach2 owners that ordered one next week. We will send an email with additional information.
Marj,

Is the new keypad with the new software "plug and play" for current Mach2 owners or do they also have to update their CP5 as well?
 
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A pleasant surprise last night (DEC axis)

eja24601
 

Hello,

I posted a couple or so months ago about the DEC axis of my AP1200 (https://ap-gto.groups.io/g/main/topic/ap1200_dec_stiffness/75124714?p=,,,20,0,0,0::recentpostdate%2Fsticky,,,20,2,180,75124714) I hope that link works.

Anyway, last night I opened up our dome for a quick imaging session with a new imaging configuration, piggybacking a smaller refractor on the TMB-152 currently residing atop the mount. I made the pleasant discovery that the DEC axis had apparently freed itself from whatever had seized it and was now (so far) freely able to move about. So I was able to balance the payload on both axes and got some *really* great guiding.

Has this ever happened to anyone else? What could have happened to free up the clutch plugs? I sure hope they stay freed up!

Eric


Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Bill Long
 

Quick and efficient! Nice job by Google and CCD Ware. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Ray Gralak <groups3@...>
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 1:57 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
 
> Now that makes more sense as the root cause. Hopefully they figure that out quickly.

Yes, the ccdware website is now back online.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.astro-physics.com%2Fapcc-pro&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C7c9f49dd43b546e20aab08d852a77755%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637350226492257311&amp;sdata=Th%2Fxl9wqQsXCDvxWOdXTo97sl68Yaeut%2Bot9x1i46Y4%3D&amp;reserved=0
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.siriusimaging.com%2Fapdriver&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C7c9f49dd43b546e20aab08d852a77755%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637350226492257311&amp;sdata=jedRcFzMYL9%2FA6zPdyPuCVbsreAGQvy1Cjm5sWbFBPs%3D&amp;reserved=0


> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long
> Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 12:25 PM
> To: Ray Gralak; main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
>
> Now that makes more sense as the root cause. Hopefully they figure that out quickly.
>
> ________________________________
>
> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Ray Gralak <groups3@...>
> Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 8:16 AM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
>
> In this case, Microsoft had nothing to do with the problem.
>
> The ccdware site was apparently on Google's blocklist for some reason. I'm not involved with maintaining that web
> site, but I heard
> that it has been extremely difficult to determine what needs to change. The ccdware site is down for maintenance
> until Google can
> provide an answer.
>
> -Ray Gralak
> Author of PEMPro
> Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center):
> https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.astro-physics.com%2Fapcc-
> pro&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C005f1b4eb27d46e6e9ed08d85277e0b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaa
> aa%7C1%7C0%7C637350022104571926&amp;sdata=sWX5NZh916R6UzsUcmG0NHqAtU0XFJ6tidWPgzj2jO0
> %3D&amp;reserved=0 <https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.astro-
> physics.com%2Fapcc-
> pro&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C005f1b4eb27d46e6e9ed08d85277e0b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaa
> aa%7C1%7C0%7C637350022104571926&amp;sdata=sWX5NZh916R6UzsUcmG0NHqAtU0XFJ6tidWPgzj2jO0
> %3D&amp;reserved=0>
> Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver:
> https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.siriusimaging.com%2Fapdriver&amp;d
> ata=02%7C01%7C%7C005f1b4eb27d46e6e9ed08d85277e0b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%
> 7C0%7C637350022104571926&amp;sdata=x9cg%2BqoMjHaWQKGyZCXlHukiE9QJ%2FlfmvgJrMNNR%2BjA%3
> D&amp;reserved=0
> <https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.siriusimaging.com%2Fapdriver&amp;
> data=02%7C01%7C%7C005f1b4eb27d46e6e9ed08d85277e0b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1
> %7C0%7C637350022104571926&amp;sdata=x9cg%2BqoMjHaWQKGyZCXlHukiE9QJ%2FlfmvgJrMNNR%2BjA
> %3D&amp;reserved=0>
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long
> > Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 3:43 AM
> > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
> >
> > Perhaps Bill is a little tired of you bagging on the company he works for? Perhaps its a bit old listening to you
> bicker
> > about things that arent even real? This is a forum to talk about A-P products, not a forum for you to continue on
> > your personal crusade against Microsoft.
> >
> > Keep in mind, there are dozens and dozens of Microsoft Employees on this forum (or kids, failures, and morons
> as
> > you call us) so I would probably advise you to see the bigger picture and refrain from bashing other companies.
> > Talk about AP products and leave MS and other companies and products out of your rifle sights.
> >
> > ________________________________
> >
> > From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@...>
> > Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 9:45 PM
> > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
> >
> > Hi Curtis,
> >
> >     Perhaps Bill felt I was bit unkind to MS, with my choice of words,  but Microsoft's semi-annual major updates
> are
> > scheduled in the Fall and Spring of every year, and they "had  been" neither  optional,  nor avoidable for long.
> >
> >     Since you bought your PC in Aug. 2019 ... then you would have been updated, perhaps by Christmas from
> your
> > initial factory installed Build Version #1903, that Fall - with Update Build "Version"  #1909 (standing for Year 2019
> > and month 09). After that, the most recent wave was the Spring 2020, Build #2004 (year 2020, month, 04,  April).
> >
> >     Until now, our PC's were just updated, without our choice,  on Microsoft's individual customer schedule.
> > However, with build Version #2004, it appears that we can actually choose whether to accept the updates and
> > associated risks. You will see a new blue link line in your Win-10 SETTINGS-Updates & Security, and have to
> > actually click on it to trigger the Build's download & install procedure. There are always surprises in each version
> > update and some are good, while others break perfectly working drivers or programs.
> >
> >     If you wish to find out which Build number your PC is running under, click on SETTINGS->SYSTEM ... and
> scroll
> > down the left side panel to "ABOUT". Clicking on that you will see the full description, specifically the section
> > "Windows Specifications".
> > It will also show you the date YOUR own PC was updated with your current version number.
> >
> >     But the next regular update wave is already on the doorstep, likely late this month (for version #2009 ?).
> >
> > Joe
> >
> >
> > From: CurtisC via groups.io
> > Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 10:55 PM
> > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> > Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
> >
> > > recent Win-10  Build-2004 screw-up
> >
> > How recent is Build-2004?  I bought this computer in Aug 2019.  The message I saw didn't have the McAfee
> name
> > or logo on it, unlike warnings I've had about firmware downloads.
> >
>
>
>
>
>
>





Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Ray Gralak
 

Now that makes more sense as the root cause. Hopefully they figure that out quickly.
Yes, the ccdware website is now back online.

-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 Bill Long
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 12:25 PM
To: Ray Gralak; main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Now that makes more sense as the root cause. Hopefully they figure that out quickly.

________________________________

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 8:16 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

In this case, Microsoft had nothing to do with the problem.

The ccdware site was apparently on Google's blocklist for some reason. I'm not involved with maintaining that web
site, but I heard
that it has been extremely difficult to determine what needs to change. The ccdware site is down for maintenance
until Google can
provide an answer.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center):
https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.astro-physics.com%2Fapcc-
pro&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C005f1b4eb27d46e6e9ed08d85277e0b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaa
aa%7C1%7C0%7C637350022104571926&amp;sdata=sWX5NZh916R6UzsUcmG0NHqAtU0XFJ6tidWPgzj2jO0
%3D&amp;reserved=0 <https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.astro-
physics.com%2Fapcc-
pro&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C005f1b4eb27d46e6e9ed08d85277e0b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaa
aa%7C1%7C0%7C637350022104571926&amp;sdata=sWX5NZh916R6UzsUcmG0NHqAtU0XFJ6tidWPgzj2jO0
%3D&amp;reserved=0>
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver:
https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.siriusimaging.com%2Fapdriver&;d
ata=02%7C01%7C%7C005f1b4eb27d46e6e9ed08d85277e0b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%
7C0%7C637350022104571926&amp;sdata=x9cg%2BqoMjHaWQKGyZCXlHukiE9QJ%2FlfmvgJrMNNR%2BjA%3
D&amp;reserved=0
<https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.siriusimaging.com%2Fapdriver&;
data=02%7C01%7C%7C005f1b4eb27d46e6e9ed08d85277e0b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1
%7C0%7C637350022104571926&amp;sdata=x9cg%2BqoMjHaWQKGyZCXlHukiE9QJ%2FlfmvgJrMNNR%2BjA
%3D&amp;reserved=0>


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 3:43 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Perhaps Bill is a little tired of you bagging on the company he works for? Perhaps its a bit old listening to you
bicker
about things that arent even real? This is a forum to talk about A-P products, not a forum for you to continue on
your personal crusade against Microsoft.

Keep in mind, there are dozens and dozens of Microsoft Employees on this forum (or kids, failures, and morons
as
you call us) so I would probably advise you to see the bigger picture and refrain from bashing other companies.
Talk about AP products and leave MS and other companies and products out of your rifle sights.

________________________________

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@rogers.com>
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 9:45 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Hi Curtis,

Perhaps Bill felt I was bit unkind to MS, with my choice of words, but Microsoft's semi-annual major updates
are
scheduled in the Fall and Spring of every year, and they "had been" neither optional, nor avoidable for long.

Since you bought your PC in Aug. 2019 ... then you would have been updated, perhaps by Christmas from
your
initial factory installed Build Version #1903, that Fall - with Update Build "Version" #1909 (standing for Year 2019
and month 09). After that, the most recent wave was the Spring 2020, Build #2004 (year 2020, month, 04, April).

Until now, our PC's were just updated, without our choice, on Microsoft's individual customer schedule.
However, with build Version #2004, it appears that we can actually choose whether to accept the updates and
associated risks. You will see a new blue link line in your Win-10 SETTINGS-Updates & Security, and have to
actually click on it to trigger the Build's download & install procedure. There are always surprises in each version
update and some are good, while others break perfectly working drivers or programs.

If you wish to find out which Build number your PC is running under, click on SETTINGS->SYSTEM ... and
scroll
down the left side panel to "ABOUT". Clicking on that you will see the full description, specifically the section
"Windows Specifications".
It will also show you the date YOUR own PC was updated with your current version number.

But the next regular update wave is already on the doorstep, likely late this month (for version #2009 ?).

Joe


From: CurtisC via groups.io
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 10:55 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

recent Win-10 Build-2004 screw-up
How recent is Build-2004? I bought this computer in Aug 2019. The message I saw didn't have the McAfee
name
or logo on it, unlike warnings I've had about firmware downloads.





Re: Mach2 Keypad

Dominique Durand
 

On Sun, Sep 6, 2020 at 01:09 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
We have parts for the 92TCC. The only problem was that the last batch of lens barrels had some spots from the anodize sub-contractor. We contacted the dealers who have these on order and told them that we could ship these with cosmetic flaws on the barrels, but we have not heard back from them whether they wanted these. meanwhile we have to make new barrels and have the anodizing done, a process that sometimes takes a month or more. Attached see the picture of the spots:
 
 

Hi Rolando,
I understand and will wait without any problem. I already have something to do with the Mach2, the AP130 and the C11 Thank you for all this magnificent material which is used with an always renewed pleasure.
My Mach1 on its Eagle tripod is always dreaming during the astronomical events in which I participate ...
Dominique
 


Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Bill Long
 

Now that makes more sense as the root cause. Hopefully they figure that out quickly.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Ray Gralak <groups3@...>
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 8:16 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
 
In this case, Microsoft had nothing to do with the problem.

The ccdware site was apparently on Google's blocklist for some reason. I'm not involved with maintaining that web site, but I heard
that it has been extremely difficult to determine what needs to change. The ccdware site is down for maintenance until Google can
provide an answer.

-Ray Gralak
Author of PEMPro
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.astro-physics.com%2Fapcc-pro&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C005f1b4eb27d46e6e9ed08d85277e0b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637350022104571926&amp;sdata=sWX5NZh916R6UzsUcmG0NHqAtU0XFJ6tidWPgzj2jO0%3D&amp;reserved=0
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.siriusimaging.com%2Fapdriver&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C005f1b4eb27d46e6e9ed08d85277e0b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637350022104571926&amp;sdata=x9cg%2BqoMjHaWQKGyZCXlHukiE9QJ%2FlfmvgJrMNNR%2BjA%3D&amp;reserved=0


> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Long
> Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 3:43 AM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
>
> Perhaps Bill is a little tired of you bagging on the company he works for? Perhaps its a bit old listening to you bicker
> about things that arent even real? This is a forum to talk about A-P products, not a forum for you to continue on
> your personal crusade against Microsoft.
>
> Keep in mind, there are dozens and dozens of Microsoft Employees on this forum (or kids, failures, and morons as
> you call us) so I would probably advise you to see the bigger picture and refrain from bashing other companies.
> Talk about AP products and leave MS and other companies and products out of your rifle sights.
>
> ________________________________
>
> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@...>
> Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 9:45 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
>
> Hi Curtis,
>
>     Perhaps Bill felt I was bit unkind to MS, with my choice of words,  but Microsoft's semi-annual major updates are
> scheduled in the Fall and Spring of every year, and they "had  been" neither  optional,  nor avoidable for long.
>
>     Since you bought your PC in Aug. 2019 ... then you would have been updated, perhaps by Christmas from your
> initial factory installed Build Version #1903, that Fall - with Update Build "Version"  #1909 (standing for Year 2019
> and month 09). After that, the most recent wave was the Spring 2020, Build #2004 (year 2020, month, 04,  April).
>
>     Until now, our PC's were just updated, without our choice,  on Microsoft's individual customer schedule.
> However, with build Version #2004, it appears that we can actually choose whether to accept the updates and
> associated risks. You will see a new blue link line in your Win-10 SETTINGS-Updates & Security, and have to
> actually click on it to trigger the Build's download & install procedure. There are always surprises in each version
> update and some are good, while others break perfectly working drivers or programs.
>
>     If you wish to find out which Build number your PC is running under, click on SETTINGS->SYSTEM ... and scroll
> down the left side panel to "ABOUT". Clicking on that you will see the full description, specifically the section
> "Windows Specifications".
> It will also show you the date YOUR own PC was updated with your current version number.
>
>     But the next regular update wave is already on the doorstep, likely late this month (for version #2009 ?).
>
> Joe
>
>
> From: CurtisC via groups.io
> Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 10:55 PM
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
>
> > recent Win-10  Build-2004 screw-up
>
> How recent is Build-2004?  I bought this computer in Aug 2019.  The message I saw didn't have the McAfee name
> or logo on it, unlike warnings I've had about firmware downloads.
>





Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Joe Zeglinski
 

My personal apology, Bill.
 
    I’m not bashing your employer – just very frustrated with its problems in the last Update.
I have never owned an Apple product, nor want to,  or used any another OS – MAC or UNIX, and have no dislike of MS or its staff. Although, I still think Win-7 was still its best version. But, Win-10 is generally pretty good, in spite of problems.
 
    Honestly, I did think DEFENDER might have had a problem with that CCDWARE problem. Just suggested it as a possibility, rather than outright fact, which I leave to your obvious  expertise.
 
Joe
 

From: Bill Long
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 6:43 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
 
Perhaps Bill is a little tired of you bagging on the company he works for? Perhaps its a bit old listening to you bicker about things that arent even real? This is a forum to talk about A-P products, not a forum for you to continue on your personal crusade against Microsoft.
 
Keep in mind, there are dozens and dozens of Microsoft Employees on this forum (or kids, failures, and morons as you call us) so I would probably advise you to see the bigger picture and refrain from bashing other companies. Talk about AP products and leave MS and other companies and products out of your rifle sights.
 


Re: AP Driver moves mount too fast

drgert1
 

Hello Ray,

Thank you for the excellent debug/support. I think here was a crash with an imaging app the previous day. Maybe it left the mount setting in a bad state. I'll proceed with your special settings file to 'repair'. Wonder if the same setting is visible in the keypad to double check. As I get the 'repair' applied, I'' hope top provide feedback on the progress.

Thanks,
Gert

 


Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Ray Gralak
 

In this case, Microsoft had nothing to do with the problem.

The ccdware site was apparently on Google's blocklist for some reason. I'm not involved with maintaining that web site, but I heard
that it has been extremely difficult to determine what needs to change. The ccdware site is down for maintenance until Google can
provide an answer.

-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 Bill Long
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 3:43 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Perhaps Bill is a little tired of you bagging on the company he works for? Perhaps its a bit old listening to you bicker
about things that arent even real? This is a forum to talk about A-P products, not a forum for you to continue on
your personal crusade against Microsoft.

Keep in mind, there are dozens and dozens of Microsoft Employees on this forum (or kids, failures, and morons as
you call us) so I would probably advise you to see the bigger picture and refrain from bashing other companies.
Talk about AP products and leave MS and other companies and products out of your rifle sights.

________________________________

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@rogers.com>
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 9:45 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Hi Curtis,

Perhaps Bill felt I was bit unkind to MS, with my choice of words, but Microsoft's semi-annual major updates are
scheduled in the Fall and Spring of every year, and they "had been" neither optional, nor avoidable for long.

Since you bought your PC in Aug. 2019 ... then you would have been updated, perhaps by Christmas from your
initial factory installed Build Version #1903, that Fall - with Update Build "Version" #1909 (standing for Year 2019
and month 09). After that, the most recent wave was the Spring 2020, Build #2004 (year 2020, month, 04, April).

Until now, our PC's were just updated, without our choice, on Microsoft's individual customer schedule.
However, with build Version #2004, it appears that we can actually choose whether to accept the updates and
associated risks. You will see a new blue link line in your Win-10 SETTINGS-Updates & Security, and have to
actually click on it to trigger the Build's download & install procedure. There are always surprises in each version
update and some are good, while others break perfectly working drivers or programs.

If you wish to find out which Build number your PC is running under, click on SETTINGS->SYSTEM ... and scroll
down the left side panel to "ABOUT". Clicking on that you will see the full description, specifically the section
"Windows Specifications".
It will also show you the date YOUR own PC was updated with your current version number.

But the next regular update wave is already on the doorstep, likely late this month (for version #2009 ?).

Joe


From: CurtisC via groups.io
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 10:55 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

recent Win-10 Build-2004 screw-up
How recent is Build-2004? I bought this computer in Aug 2019. The message I saw didn't have the McAfee name
or logo on it, unlike warnings I've had about firmware downloads.


Re: AP Driver moves mount too fast

Ray Gralak
 

Gert,

The 5.30.xx drivers have new rate settings to handle Mach 2 and an upcoming new version of the GTOCP4 firmware. Because of the different possible firmware versions, this version of the driver uses a combination of mount settings and queries to the mount to figure out the correct rate settings to load.

The problem is that your "mount rate type" was set incorrectly. According to your settings file, it was changed at 8:54:06pm last night (your local time). That can happen if you select the wrong mount type and that caused the driver to load the wrong set of move commands.

Unfortunately, now that you did that it is not so easy to undo, so I edited your settings.apdb file to use the GTOCP3 mount type and changed the MountRateType to what it should have been. You can find the corrected settings file in the zip file I have attached. You must place the unzipped file (settings.apdb) in the same folder as the existing file with the same name.

Or, you can choose to continue using the earlier driver I mentioned last night. That version does not work with the Mach2 nor the upcoming new GTOCP4 firmware, but it will work fine with your GTOCP3.

-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

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Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2020 10:22 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP Driver moves mount too fast

Thanks, Ray.

Latest experiment with logs
https://www.screencast.com/t/hWlcrFLPx

Logs:
http://skywatcher.space/download/AscomZip-Gert-2020-09-05-221841.zip

Thanks,Gert


Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

CurtisC
 

Ray Gralak: I replaced the entire folder in Files.


Re: Dec drive problem

thefamily90 Phillips
 

Yeow!

Can’t tell you how many times I have walked into the counterweight shaft in the dark. I was knocked to the ground one time, but, my hard head saved me.😜

Jim


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Ben Lutch <procyon@...>
Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2020 9:23:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dec drive problem
 

I got a few stitches in my head about a year ago from taking the counterweight off a mount that I thought had the clutches secure.  Counterweight shaft got me right above the left eyebrow.  Oops.
b

On Fri, Sep 4, 2020 at 10:15 AM thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...> wrote:
Spoke directly with George and we tested the motor different ways. He told me to be careful as an out of balanced scope will spin when I remove everything. He is getting a work order (?) for me and I will be shipping it in next week.

Thanks everyone!

Jim

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 10:05 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dec drive problem
 
Hi Jim,

Remove these 5 screws to remove the gearbox from the mounting plate:





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Subject: [ap-gto] Dec drive problem


Subject: Dec drive problem
 
One of my older AP 1200 go to mounts has a problem. The deck drive does not work properly. When I use the keypad to move the mount north or south there is just a jerky movement or, the telescope starts going around in a circle nonstop. This happened to a previous mount of mine years ago and George at AP was able to fix/replace it. I cannot recall which screws/bolts to remove to remove the drive. I will also have to get a work order number as well. Here is a pic. Thanks for any help.
The mount is at my farm and I will only be here until Monday so I need to get the drive off so I can ship it when I get back home.

Thanks,

Jim


Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Bill Long
 

Perhaps Bill is a little tired of you bagging on the company he works for? Perhaps its a bit old listening to you bicker about things that arent even real? This is a forum to talk about A-P products, not a forum for you to continue on your personal crusade against Microsoft. 

Keep in mind, there are dozens and dozens of Microsoft Employees on this forum (or kids, failures, and morons as you call us) so I would probably advise you to see the bigger picture and refrain from bashing other companies. Talk about AP products and leave MS and other companies and products out of your rifle sights. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@...>
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 9:45 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
 
Hi Curtis,
 
    Perhaps Bill felt I was bit unkind to MS, with my choice of words,  but Microsoft’s semi-annual major updates are scheduled in the Fall and Spring of every year, and they “had  been” neither  optional,  nor avoidable for long.
 
    Since you bought your PC in Aug. 2019 ... then you would have been updated, perhaps by Christmas from your initial factory installed Build Version #1903, that Fall - with Update Build “Version”  #1909 (standing for Year 2019 and month 09). After that, the most recent wave was the Spring 2020, Build #2004 (year 2020, month, 04,  April).
 
    Until now, our PC’s were just updated, without our choice,  on Microsoft’s individual customer schedule. However, with build Version #2004, it appears that we can actually choose whether to accept the updates and associated risks. You will see a new blue link line in your Win-10 SETTINGS-Updates & Security, and have to actually click on it to trigger the Build’s download & install procedure. There are always surprises in each version update and some are good, while others break perfectly working drivers or programs.
 
    If you wish to find out which Build number your PC is running under, click on SETTINGS->SYSTEM ... and scroll down the left side panel to “ABOUT”. Clicking on that you will see the full description, specifically the section “Windows Specifications”.
It will also show you the date YOUR own PC was updated with your current version number.
 
    But the next regular update wave is already on the doorstep, likely late this month (for version #2009 ?).
 
Joe
 
 
From: CurtisC via groups.io
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 10:55 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
 
> recent Win-10  Build-2004 screw-up

How recent is Build-2004?  I bought this computer in Aug 2019.  The message I saw didn't have the McAfee name or logo on it, unlike warnings I've had about firmware downloads.


Re: AP Driver moves mount too fast

drgert1
 

Hi,

Session with the old driver looks better.
https://www.screencast.com/t/4NfWgqutxhA

Logs:
http://skywatcher.space/download/AscomZip-Gert-2020-09-05-223518.zip

Maybe some gap analysis of the logs can help to see why the old driver is clean and the new one has issues.

Thanks,
Gert


Re: AP Driver moves mount too fast

drgert1
 

Thanks, Ray.

Latest experiment with logs
https://www.screencast.com/t/hWlcrFLPx

Logs:
http://skywatcher.space/download/AscomZip-Gert-2020-09-05-221841.zip

Thanks,Gert


Re: AP Driver moves mount too fast

Ray Gralak
 

Gert,

BTW, I have to sign off, but I can look at your logs tomorrow. Since you are using a CP3 you might be better off backing down to the 5.21.01 driver found here:

https://www.gralak.com/apdriver/

-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 drgert1 via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2020 9:59 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP Driver moves mount too fast

Hi Ray,

http://skywatcher.space/download/Logs.zip

Best,
Gert


Re: AP Driver moves mount too fast

Ray Gralak
 

Gert,

Please use the AP V2 log zipper instead of zipping individual logs. I need your settings file as well, which the log zipper will include. Your zip file does not include this.

Also, I see from your logs that you have the mount type set to GTOCP2. You should change that to GTOCP3.

Lastly you must have the mount powered on when you connect to the driver. In your log, because the mount was not connected, the rates were not set correctly.

-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

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Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2020 9:59 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP Driver moves mount too fast

Hi Ray,

http://skywatcher.space/download/Logs.zip

Best,
Gert


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Re: AP Driver moves mount too fast

drgert1
 

Hi Ray,

http://skywatcher.space/download/Logs.zip

Best,
Gert


Re: AP Driver moves mount too fast

Ray Gralak
 

Is there some debug / log file to find out if/where comms error would be coming from?
There is a Log Zipper utility that comes with the driver. You can use that to zip the logs and settings files.

-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


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Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2020 9:46 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP Driver moves mount too fast

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Hi Ray,

Got another recording from the start. This one without com issue. Prev one the PC might ave been in a bad state.
https://www.screencast.com/t/DdVfRDdteSuB

Is there some debug / log file to find out if/where comms error would be coming from?

Best,
Gert

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