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Re: RAPAS on 1100GTO

Phillip H Coker <pcoker36@...>
 

I routinely left my RAPAS installed while using my scope until the night that the mount slewed to the east and hit the North leg of the tripod with the illuminator/battery holder and twisted the back of the RAPAS around. Since then, after polar alignment, I take the RAPAS off.

Phillip

On Aug 11, 2020, at 09:16, Shailesh Trivedi <strivedi@brightfeathers.com> wrote:

Thank you, Ben. Yes my cheaper mount had a straight through polar scope and it was truly a pain in the neck. I look forward to using the RAPAS to dial in polar alignment.

Shailesh


Re: #Mach2GTO Portability #Mach2GTO

Seb@stro
 


By these standards I’d say I’m somewhere in between, quarterback or Marlin fisherman, pick one...! ;-)

Sébastien 

Le 11 août 2020 à 22:30, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> a écrit :


I would not move it with that much stuff on it, but Liam here could do so easily. He's more of a linebacker and I'm more of a fly fisherman.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Seb@stro <sebastiendore1@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Aug 11, 2020 8:52 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] #Mach2GTO Portability

Hi guys,

Just a few questions for the lucky owners of the freshly baked Mach2 and Stowaways (or similar size scope)

As far as portability is concerned, would you say it would be "comfortable" (as in "with a bit of reasonnable effort") to move it around (say 30-40 ft,- from the backyard to garage) with the Stowaway (plus cameras, guidescope, etc. (worth about 12-13 lbs) mounted + 10 lbs of C/W? I mean by hand, without tearing it down (except for the tripod).

I know that's an entirely subjective question but thought I'd asked anyway to see what people have to say. 

I also know the Mach2 is spec'ed at 42lbs from AP's website but I could not find if the 10lbs counterweight bar is included in that spec, which would make the mount alone 32lbs and my setup at about 55 lbs, i.e. just at the edge of "moving comfort" to me, as I defined it above. 

It'll help me decide if I'm going to pull trigger when AP contacts me (I'm on April 2019 list) or if I'm better getting a used Mach1 or Myt.

Thanks for your input and clear skies !

Sébastien


Re: #Mach2GTO Portability #Mach2GTO

Christopher Erickson
 

Taking several trips and packing the OTA and counterweights separate from the mount, yes, it is easily doable.

Another option might be a wheelie-bar.

On Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 5:14 PM Rick Socarras <tgrick@...> wrote:
Sebastien,

I've had the Mach 2 now for a several months and I too was very worried about portability.   My old mount was a Losmandy G11 that would split into two sections and that made the mount very light and manageable.  I live in a big city and I do not have the option of a permanent mount.  I'm very happy with the portability of the Mach 2.   I find it very comfortable.   I cradle the mount like a baby with both arms close to my chest and then set it on the tripod.   The weight of the mount on my digital scale is 44 lbs 5 oz.  That's with the polemaster camera attached and a DOVEDV10 saddle plate.  That's it.  No counterweight bar or weights attached.

Would I buy again?  Yes.  Absolutely and without hesitation.  The mount becomes invisible.  


Re: #Mach2GTO Portability #Mach2GTO

Rick Socarras
 

Sebastien,

I've had the Mach 2 now for a several months and I too was very worried about portability.   My old mount was a Losmandy G11 that would split into two sections and that made the mount very light and manageable.  I live in a big city and I do not have the option of a permanent mount.  I'm very happy with the portability of the Mach 2.   I find it very comfortable.   I cradle the mount like a baby with both arms close to my chest and then set it on the tripod.   The weight of the mount on my digital scale is 44 lbs 5 oz.  That's with the polemaster camera attached and a DOVEDV10 saddle plate.  That's it.  No counterweight bar or weights attached.

Would I buy again?  Yes.  Absolutely and without hesitation.  The mount becomes invisible.  


Re: #Mach2GTO Portability #Mach2GTO

Roland Christen
 

I would not move it with that much stuff on it, but Liam here could do so easily. He's more of a linebacker and I'm more of a fly fisherman.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Seb@stro <sebastiendore1@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Aug 11, 2020 8:52 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] #Mach2GTO Portability

Hi guys,

Just a few questions for the lucky owners of the freshly baked Mach2 and Stowaways (or similar size scope)

As far as portability is concerned, would you say it would be "comfortable" (as in "with a bit of reasonnable effort") to move it around (say 30-40 ft,- from the backyard to garage) with the Stowaway (plus cameras, guidescope, etc. (worth about 12-13 lbs) mounted + 10 lbs of C/W? I mean by hand, without tearing it down (except for the tripod).

I know that's an entirely subjective question but thought I'd asked anyway to see what people have to say. 

I also know the Mach2 is spec'ed at 42lbs from AP's website but I could not find if the 10lbs counterweight bar is included in that spec, which would make the mount alone 32lbs and my setup at about 55 lbs, i.e. just at the edge of "moving comfort" to me, as I defined it above. 

It'll help me decide if I'm going to pull trigger when AP contacts me (I'm on April 2019 list) or if I'm better getting a used Mach1 or Myt.

Thanks for your input and clear skies !

Sébastien


#Mach2GTO Portability #Mach2GTO

Seb@stro
 

Hi guys,

Just a few questions for the lucky owners of the freshly baked Mach2 and Stowaways (or similar size scope)

As far as portability is concerned, would you say it would be "comfortable" (as in "with a bit of reasonnable effort") to move it around (say 30-40 ft,- from the backyard to garage) with the Stowaway (plus cameras, guidescope, etc. (worth about 12-13 lbs) mounted + 10 lbs of C/W? I mean by hand, without tearing it down (except for the tripod).

I know that's an entirely subjective question but thought I'd asked anyway to see what people have to say. 

I also know the Mach2 is spec'ed at 42lbs from AP's website but I could not find if the 10lbs counterweight bar is included in that spec, which would make the mount alone 32lbs and my setup at about 55 lbs, i.e. just at the edge of "moving comfort" to me, as I defined it above. 

It'll help me decide if I'm going to pull trigger when AP contacts me (I'm on April 2019 list) or if I'm better getting a used Mach1 or Myt.

Thanks for your input and clear skies !

Sébastien


Re: Please Welcome Mike!

Suresh Mohan
 

Welcome Mike 
Suresh from the other side of the globe


On 11-Aug-2020, at 9:24 PM, Howard Hedlund <Howard@...> wrote:

There is probably no one who is happier to have Mike on board full-time than ME!  WELCOME MY FRIEND!!
HH


Re: Can't connect using #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Michael Cook
 

Deleting the settings.apdb file worked. Thanks Ray. The weird thing is as I go to make other new changes I did not have to (re) delete the apdb file. Now changes are written to file.

Kindest Regards.


Re: Please Welcome Mike!

Howard Hedlund
 

There is probably no one who is happier to have Mike on board full-time than ME!  WELCOME MY FRIEND!!
HH


Re: RAPAS on 1100GTO

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Thank you, Ben. Yes my cheaper mount had a straight through polar scope and it was truly a pain in the neck. I look forward to using the RAPAS to dial in polar alignment.

Shailesh


Re: RAPAS on 1100GTO

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Thank you for the tip Michael. I am new to AP mounts. I have been using a Paramount MX thus far. 

Shailesh


Re: RAPAS on 1100GTO

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

I agree about the value of the RAPAS. Just be sure to remove it after you are done using it to polar align. I don't think it can get hit by the cradle, but it is better to be safe.

Also, You may already know this, but you should have the mount fully assembled with the scope attached when you do the polar alignment, but you can not see through the RAPAS from the Park 3 position when the scope is attached. It is better to start out in Park 2.


Best Regards

Michael Hambrick
ARLANXEO
TSR Global Manufacturing Support
PO Box 2000
Orange, TX 77631-2000
Phone: +1 (409) 882-2799
email: mike.hambrick@...


Re: RAPAS on 1100GTO

Ben Koltenbah
 

Shailesh:

Don't feel bad - It took me a few minutes to figure this one out when I first attached my RAPAS to my 1100GTO.

I'm finding that the RAPAS on both my 1100GTO and Mach1GTO is almost sufficient on its own to dial in polar alignment without the need for extra refinement through drift alignment or other means.  In fact, I suspect it actually is sufficient for my needs and that my extra steps really aren't all that necessary.

But by far the greatest engineering achievement of the RAPAS is the "RA" part, "Right Angle", that allows me to comfortably look through it without straining my neck like my old mount with its straight polar scope.  For that reason alone, the RAPAS should be mentioned in the same breath as the wheel, the plow and the inclined plane.  (And also aspirin.)

Best Regards,
Ben


Re: CCDWare site Trojan?

KHursh
 

CCDWare site is down since yesterday. Related?

Kevin


Re: Keypad Update User Name and PWD?

KHursh
 

Yes, I figured as much. I got the mount over the weekend and sent in my serial numbers to AP yesterday. I didn't realize the keypad needed a password at the time, so I didn't ask for it then. It's not a big deal, but it would have saved me a day, since I work days and don't have access to the mount. Oh well.

CS

Kevin


Re: Keypad Update User Name and PWD?

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

If you are the original owner of the mount you should have received a cover letter with the mount paperwork with the ID and Password. If you can't find the letter, you can call Astro-Physics and they will give you the information. You will need the serial number of the mount and / or keypad.


Best Regards

Michael Hambrick
ARLANXEO
TSR Global Manufacturing Support
PO Box 2000
Orange, TX 77631-2000
Phone: +1 (409) 882-2799
email: mike.hambrick@...


Re: Help With APPM and Dome Slewing/Camera Image Not In Sync

Ray Gralak
 

Scroll to the right in the APPM grid to read the reason for the failures. You may need to setup all-sky plate solves as a backup.

Also, make sure you are using APCC 1.8.4.1 since you are using an ASCOM camera.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
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 Tony Benjamin
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 10:44 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Help With APPM and Dome Slewing/Camera Image Not In Sync

Okay, all is not well.

Everything appears to be working correctly:



* clear sky - yes;
* well focused - yes;
* dome/telescope in sync - yes;
* plate solves working - yes;

But, every image fails in APPM?????

The only thing I changed (apart from what I mentioned in my above post) is that I upgraded APCC Pro and the V2
driver.

Why are the solves failing when it all appears to be working properly??



Re: Help With APPM and Dome Slewing/Camera Image Not In Sync

Tony Benjamin
 

Okay, all is not well.

Everything appears to be working correctly:

  • clear sky - yes;
  • well focused - yes;
  • dome/telescope in sync - yes;
  • plate solves working - yes;
But, every image fails in APPM?????

The only thing I changed (apart from what I mentioned in my above post) is that I upgraded APCC Pro and the V2 driver.

Why are the solves failing when it all appears to be working properly??


Re: CCDWare site Trojan?

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi Pete,
 
    I agree, DEFENDER is generally a good AV program -  even though I sounded like MS Defender bashing.
 
    I have never used any other antivirus program regularly over the past decades, except Defender or its earlier pre-Microsoft ownership versions – and don’t plan that I ever will.   DEFENDER is/was just a plain good workhorse of an AV program, and I am glad to have it on all PC’s.
 
     I just get rattled and lose confidence in it now, when I get a “LOW level” warning from its recent Build 2004 Win-10 major rewrite, warning that (even) CCLEAN is one of its suggested PUP’s.   Just because a program like  PIRIFORM’s ...  CAN modify the Registry, shouldn’t automatically make it a PUP threat, until Microsoft has some strong evidence. Otherwise,  we would be chasing many more innocent apps on the PC. Besides, what should I believe about Defender’s  other suggested PUP’s ?
 
    Very many people has been using CCLEAN, (for example),  with confidence,  for at least a decade, and most people trust it, as perhaps the industry’s best clean-up utility. It is a necessary tool because every Microsoft Update leaves piles of Temp Work files cluttering up the disk drive, and misdirected & lost Registry links behind,  after performing  its frequent Windows updates. Wish Microsoft would clean up after itself, so the app wouldn’t be needed as much. But, that’s not the point.
 
    Calling that app a PUP, now makes me highly suspicious of anything else that Win-10 PRO’s version of  Defender considers a PUP. Seems a bit trigger-happy.
    So, contrary to tech advice, I like to back up Defender with a second opinion by  Malwarebytes, another well-respected antivirus program, but one which never accused CCLEAN of being malware. I think MB  does its due diligence and homework better.
 
    Which is why I suspected that Defender may have needlessly  caused that PUP warning at CCDWARE,  that Malwarebytes may not have.
 
Joe
 
 

From: Pete Mumbower
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 2:45 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] CCDWare site Trojan?
 
Actually Windows Defender has changed significantly in the last couple of years, recent builds have not changed a ton, at least on the consumer side. The enterprise side (Advanced Threat Protection) has had some "significant" changes, but nothing that would effect what this thread is about. It is pretty sophisticated and one of the leading AV products on the market now. I talked to quite a few other It professionals at other companies at the big Microsoft conference (Ignite) last summer and they agree that it is made some major strides in how well it works compared to others.

I do agree and highly recommend only running one AV product on a computer. The threat landscape has change a lot in the last decade and the modern techniques are needed to detect and stop the bad actors out there. Whatever AV product you use, make sure the virus definitions are up date (daily or even hourly) if you do a lot of online browsing with the computer.

Pete


Re: Help With APPM and Dome Slewing/Camera Image Not In Sync

Tony Benjamin
 

Hi Ray,

 

Thanks, I’ve set it up to use “ASCOM Device Hub” (the rebirth of POTH) as the Dome controller and changed the Point Ordering Strategy to “Hour Angle”.

 

So far the dome is moving much more in sync with the scope – so looks pretty good.

 

Many thanks.

 

Tony

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ray Gralak
Sent: August 10, 2020 7:00 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Help With APPM and Dome Slewing/Camera Image Not In Sync

 

Hi Tony,

 

You have several options you can try:

 

1) You can use an intermediate ASCOM dome driver like "ASCOM Dome Control", that APPM can poll to determine if the slew has completed. If you do this, configure the dome control method in APPM to use the passive method as shown in this screenshot:

 

 

2) On APPM's Measurement Points tab, you can select "Hour Angle" as the Point Ordering Strategy.  This will minimize the required dome movements.

 

3) On APPM's Run tab, you can enable the checkbox "Pause after Each Slew," which will allow the dome time to finish a move. The drawback is that you will have to manually continue after each point.

 

 

-Ray Gralak

Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro

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 Tony Benjamin

> Sent: Sunday, August 9, 2020 10:44 PM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: [ap-gto] Help With APPM and Dome Slewing/Camera Image Not In Sync

>

> Hi,

>

> Trying to use APPM for a mapping model but there is too much delay between the time the telescope slews to a

> new position (and the camera starts taking an image) and the dome rotates to that position - so I end up taking a

> pic of the inside of the dome and of course plate solving fails.

>

> I made a short video of the problem:

>

> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6pbx_Mq-yY

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