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Re: Mach 2 modeling with partial sky view #Mach2GTO

dvjbaja
 

I don't think you need to do full sky modeling.  Model on the area you wish to image from the POD, and run with that.  Seems simpler. 


On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 3:27 PM Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:
If your dome is automated then no problem. 

If it is manual then you have to move the done around.

If you don't want to move the dome then just run the model in the part of the sky you have visible.


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Sat, Sep 5, 2020, 12:01 PM <annaski@...> wrote:
Hi,

How does the modeling work with a partial sky view? For example, with a SkyShed pod, you have the half clamshell cutting off a large portion of sky. How does this work?


Re: Mach 2 modeling with partial sky view #Mach2GTO

Christopher Erickson
 

If your dome is automated then no problem. 

If it is manual then you have to move the done around.

If you don't want to move the dome then just run the model in the part of the sky you have visible.


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   


On Sat, Sep 5, 2020, 12:01 PM <annaski@...> wrote:
Hi,

How does the modeling work with a partial sky view? For example, with a SkyShed pod, you have the half clamshell cutting off a large portion of sky. How does this work?


Mach 2 modeling with partial sky view #Mach2GTO

annaski
 

Hi,

How does the modeling work with a partial sky view? For example, with a SkyShed pod, you have the half clamshell cutting off a large portion of sky. How does this work?


Re: Mach2 Keypad

Konstantin von Poschinger
 

Hello Marj,

will the update for the existing keypad  also be aviable then?

Konstantin


Konstantin v. Poschinger

Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171 1983476

Am 05.09.2020 um 22:38 schrieb Marj Christen <marj@...>:

David,
 
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. 
 
For all others who have a GTOCP4, Roland will be doing additional testing with that control box since there are some differences between the CP4 and CP5.
 
Clear Skies,
 
Marj Christen
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
 
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Masera, David
Sent: Saturday, September 05, 2020 3:01 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad
 
Ok, it's me again. [I started this thread].  I have not heard any news on when the Keypad will be available for delivery.  I am aware AP is working on the software instruction manual.  AP, do you have an update on when the manual will be complete / Keypad will be available ?  I do not own a laptop computer (only a desktop), so I am relying on the new Keypad as the interface with the Mach2 mount.  The mount is not very useful to me without it.  I realize everyone at AP is busy catching up on production and orders, but an estimated availability date update would be nice.  Thanks for all that you do. 

David 



Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Bill Long
 

Not likely related at all. Just another anti MS crusade.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of CurtisC via groups.io <calypte@...>
Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:04 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding
 

[Edited Message Follows]

Joe: Mine is Version 1903.


Re: Mach2 Keypad

Dominique Durand
 
Edited

Hi Marj,
Great, I got used to doing without it, but the fact that it will soon be near my mach2 to also test the specific keypad follow routines. And I can start translating the manual into French. And another point, will the 92TCC that I expect for my 92 stowaway and (I must not be the only one waiting for the trip as well) I must not be the only one waiting for it?

Best regards
Dominique


Re: Mach2 Keypad

 

David,

 

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.

 

For all others who have a GTOCP4, Roland will be doing additional testing with that control box since there are some differences between the CP4 and CP5.

 

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

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Masera, David
Sent: Saturday, September 05, 2020 3:01 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad

 

Ok, it's me again. [I started this thread].  I have not heard any news on when the Keypad will be available for delivery.  I am aware AP is working on the software instruction manual.  AP, do you have an update on when the manual will be complete / Keypad will be available ?  I do not own a laptop computer (only a desktop), so I am relying on the new Keypad as the interface with the Mach2 mount.  The mount is not very useful to me without it.  I realize everyone at AP is busy catching up on production and orders, but an estimated availability date update would be nice.  Thanks for all that you do. 

David


Re: Mach2 Keypad

Masera, David
 

Ok, it's me again. [I started this thread].  I have not heard any news on when the Keypad will be available for delivery.  I am aware AP is working on the software instruction manual.  AP, do you have an update on when the manual will be complete / Keypad will be available ?  I do not own a laptop computer (only a desktop), so I am relying on the new Keypad as the interface with the Mach2 mount.  The mount is not very useful to me without it.  I realize everyone at AP is busy catching up on production and orders, but an estimated availability date update would be nice.  Thanks for all that you do. 

David


Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

CurtisC
 
Edited

Joe: Mine is Version 1903.


Re: Drift Alignment To Help With Unguided Images

Michael Hamburg
 

I have had success with the Edge 11HD on both a CGEM (pushing it) and now an AP900. With the OTA's mirror locked and the Moonlite focuser you should be able to get good results. 


On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 12:53 AM, Steve C. Mitchell, Sr., O.D.
<smitchell@...> wrote:

I’m currently using Meade’s LX850 ACF OTA and like it a lot. I don’t seem to suffer from mirror flop as the built-in crayford focuser works smooth as glass, then I fine tune the focus with my Moonlite electric focuser. Love it. Carrying this on an AP1100 permanently mounted in my observatory.

Steve

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of CurtisC via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2020 4:49 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Drift Alignment To Help With Unguided Images

 

The guy who makes AG Optical's optics is a neighbor and personal friend of mine, so -- just speaking for myself -- I'd look at AGO first.  As for PlaneWave -- they moved from Calif. to Michigan, which converts delivery from a simple drive to the factory into a $1000 crating and shipping adventure.  Of course, I'd have to pay for shipping an AGO scope, too, since his plant is in Alabama.  But, of the two telescope manufacturers, the other consideration puts AGO at the top of my personal list.

HOWEVER -- when I was throwing around retirement money a few years ago, to build my observatory and buy my equipment, I specifically chose a refractor (TEC140ED), because I didn't want to worry about flopping mirrors or sagging secondaries and endless attempts to get the collimation just right.  I don't have enough remaining years to waste my time on that.  My only regret is that I like galaxies.  The TEC140ED is fine for extended nebulae and galaxy clusters, but not so much for capturing details of individual galaxies.  I have occasionally looked at the EdgeHD 11 as an economical alternative to get some additional aperture, without exceeding the capabilities of my Mach1GTO mount, but the preceding discussion pretty much nixes that idea.


Re: Calculate flattener spacing for new camera from old camera

Eric Claeys
 

The PDF file’s resolution is much better and the words are easy to read.

Thanks for uploading it.

Eric


Re: Drift Alignment To Help With Unguided Images

Steve C. Mitchell, Sr., O.D.
 

I’m currently using Meade’s LX850 ACF OTA and like it a lot. I don’t seem to suffer from mirror flop as the built-in crayford focuser works smooth as glass, then I fine tune the focus with my Moonlite electric focuser. Love it. Carrying this on an AP1100 permanently mounted in my observatory.

Steve

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of CurtisC via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2020 4:49 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Drift Alignment To Help With Unguided Images

 

The guy who makes AG Optical's optics is a neighbor and personal friend of mine, so -- just speaking for myself -- I'd look at AGO first.  As for PlaneWave -- they moved from Calif. to Michigan, which converts delivery from a simple drive to the factory into a $1000 crating and shipping adventure.  Of course, I'd have to pay for shipping an AGO scope, too, since his plant is in Alabama.  But, of the two telescope manufacturers, the other consideration puts AGO at the top of my personal list.

HOWEVER -- when I was throwing around retirement money a few years ago, to build my observatory and buy my equipment, I specifically chose a refractor (TEC140ED), because I didn't want to worry about flopping mirrors or sagging secondaries and endless attempts to get the collimation just right.  I don't have enough remaining years to waste my time on that.  My only regret is that I like galaxies.  The TEC140ED is fine for extended nebulae and galaxy clusters, but not so much for capturing details of individual galaxies.  I have occasionally looked at the EdgeHD 11 as an economical alternative to get some additional aperture, without exceeding the capabilities of my Mach1GTO mount, but the preceding discussion pretty much nixes that idea.


Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

CurtisC
 

Ray, I attempted to send you a PM about the zipped files which I uploaded to "Curtis in Anza" in the Files section.  But since anybody can look at it, I don't suppose there's much need for secrecy.


Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

Joe Zeglinski
 

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
 

Hi Curtis,

Here's what you wrote:

Last night I ran a PEMPro v.3 curve on my 2010-vintage Mach1GTO,
and PEMPro came up with p-to-p of 6-something, which is the best I've ever
measured with this mount. But about three hours later I ran another curve,
and it was over 10
Please include all logs, including debug logs, and PPC files from that night and that night only. You can use the PEMPro Log zipper to easily select the 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: Friday, September 4, 2020 10:44 AM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

[Edited Message Follows]

Ray, I have lots of logs, going back to July. I eliminated all but the latest one. I put the old ones in an "old" folder.
I didn't throw them away. You want to see them all? A few are aborted runs -- I didn't like where it was going on,
so I killed it. I've been doing PEMPro runs almost every night, twice last night. I'll fiddle with the balance (which is
spot-on exact now) or gear mesh and try again. Last night I was getting 19+ p-to-p, but it was smooth, so I
loaded it to the mount. Probably unrelated, but just before I shut down and went to bed last night, I tried some 5
min test shots of NGC 7331, and I had fantastic guiding, even the tiniest stars were round.

Edited to add: It's often said that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a
different result. Guilty!


Re: PEMPro vs PHD2 #Guiding

CurtisC
 

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 issue: noise from dec motor housing, potential free screw inside

Andrea Lucchetti
 

Sure, 
I bought it from Skypoint here in Italy.
Andrea 


Re: Mach2 issue: noise from dec motor housing, potential free screw inside

Andrea Lucchetti
 

Will do, thank you


Re: Mach2 issue: noise from dec motor housing, potential free screw inside

Andrea Lucchetti
 

Thank you Roland,
I hope to check on Sunday.
Andrea


Re: Mach2 issue: noise from dec motor housing, potential free screw inside

Roland Christen
 

Hello again,

Can you tell me where you purchased the mount?

Roland



-----Original Message-----
From: Andrea Lucchetti <andlucchett@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Sep 4, 2020 5:35 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 issue: noise from dec motor housing, potential free screw inside

Hello AP,
this evening I grabbed my Mach2 and noticed/heard the typical noise of a screw (small part in any case) going around in the DEC motor housing.
it could be in the DEC housing but most probably in the motor housing.
I think it is there from the very beginning, as the mount it is brand new: it arrived in July and has just 2 nights of operation. 

I'd like to open the motor housing to check but I will wait for directions from AP people.
Thank you very much,
Andrea-Italy

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