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Re: Last night imaging - Stars of M13's core

Tony Benjamin
 

Hi Rolando,

 

Can you tell me what your image scale is for this setup and the length of your images? Also, what FWHM are your stars and what eccentricity were your stars?

 

 

Tony

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io
Sent: August 5, 2020 6:31 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io; main@ap-ug.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Last night imaging - Stars of M13's core

 

Hi Astronuts,

 

More unguided imaging with the 17" Astrograph on the 1600 Encoder mount:

 

Closeup of the stars in the core of M13, taken during good seeing conditions, with AP 17" F8 Astrograph. Stars separated by 1 arc second are resolved with dark space between. 1600 AE Encoder mount was used to take 20 Luminance and 10 each RGB images, unguided.

 

Rolando


Last night imaging - Stars of M13's core

Roland Christen
 

Hi Astronuts,

More unguided imaging with the 17" Astrograph on the 1600 Encoder mount:

https://www.astrobin.com/full/pmc2n2/0/?nc=Uncarollo

Closeup of the stars in the core of M13, taken during good seeing conditions, with AP 17" F8 Astrograph. Stars separated by 1 arc second are resolved with dark space between. 1600 AE Encoder mount was used to take 20 Luminance and 10 each RGB images, unguided.

Rolando


Re: [ap-ug] Core of M8 showing the Hourglass nebula - taken with 10" F14.6 Mak-Cass

Richard Crisp
 

That’s really zeroing in on it!

I like how it came out

Here’s that one I posted a couple days ago at full rez

I don’t sharpen so keep that in mind: levels and curves only 

On Aug 5, 2020, at 3:56 PM, Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


I shot this image with the 10" f14.6 Mak to get a closeup of the Hourglass. Trusty old STL11K with narrowband filters.

https://www.astrobin.com/full/7qege5/B/?nc=Uncarollo&real=&mod=

Rolando


Core of M8 showing the Hourglass nebula - taken with 10" F14.6 Mak-Cass

Roland Christen
 

I shot this image with the 10" f14.6 Mak to get a closeup of the Hourglass. Trusty old STL11K with narrowband filters.

https://www.astrobin.com/full/7qege5/B/?nc=Uncarollo&real=&mod=

Rolando


Re: Please Welcome Mike!

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Welcome Mike

I have already seen your name on a couple messages on the forum.

Impressive ! Most impressive !


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: Please Welcome Mike!

thefamily90 Phillips
 

Welcome Mike! Great to hear the news!

Jim


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Dominique Durand via groups.io <dom33.durand@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 5:17:54 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Please Welcome Mike!
 
Hi Mike,
Glad to hear this excellent news..
There are no shortage of questions on this forum and your expertise will be welcome.

Dominique


Re: Mach2 Keypad

Dominique Durand
 

Hi AP,

Any news on the new keypad?

Dominique


Re: Please Welcome Mike!

Dominique Durand
 

Hi Mike,
Glad to hear this excellent news..
There are no shortage of questions on this forum and your expertise will be welcome.

Dominique


Re: Please Welcome Mike!

Michael 'Mikey' Mangieri
 

Welcome to the group. I’m a new owner of an AP1100-GTO and will probably have questions sooner than later 😎


On Aug 5, 2020, at 3:45 PM, Rick Socarras <tgrick@...> wrote:

Welcome Mike!

I was just thinking that Roland has done an amazing job teaching us about optics, especially with the production end of the MAK.  Well, it would be great to have similar lessons on Servos and controllers.  If possible, encoders would be great too.  Welcome to AP and welcome to our group!



Re: Please Welcome Mike!

Rick Socarras
 

Welcome Mike!

I was just thinking that Roland has done an amazing job teaching us about optics, especially with the production end of the MAK.  Well, it would be great to have similar lessons on Servos and controllers.  If possible, encoders would be great too.  Welcome to AP and welcome to our group!



Re: Please Welcome Mike!

Phillip H Coker <pcoker36@...>
 

Welcome, Mike.

Phillip Coker

On Aug 5, 2020, at 13:17, Dale Ghent <daleg@elemental.org> wrote:

Welcome, Mike!

I'm excited to lean more about what you do and any knowledge you could impart.


On Aug 5, 2020, at 2:47 PM, Karen Christen <karen@astro-physics.com> wrote:

Hello Astronuts,

I’d like to introduce you to Mike Hanson, our Servo Engineer. Mike is an Electrical Engineer by background, has 30+ years in the aerospace industry, and has been moonlighting with us since 1994. We’re so excited to share that as of this week Mike has joined our team full-time! He’s super-smart, an integral part of our mount development team, and an all-around great guy. You’ll be seeing more of Mike here on the GTO user group as he responds to some of your questions. Please make him welcome.
Karen C
AP


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Please Welcome Mike!

Dale Ghent
 

Welcome, Mike!

I'm excited to lean more about what you do and any knowledge you could impart.

On Aug 5, 2020, at 2:47 PM, Karen Christen <karen@astro-physics.com> wrote:

Hello Astronuts,

I’d like to introduce you to Mike Hanson, our Servo Engineer. Mike is an Electrical Engineer by background, has 30+ years in the aerospace industry, and has been moonlighting with us since 1994. We’re so excited to share that as of this week Mike has joined our team full-time! He’s super-smart, an integral part of our mount development team, and an all-around great guy. You’ll be seeing more of Mike here on the GTO user group as he responds to some of your questions. Please make him welcome.
Karen C
AP


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Please Welcome Mike!

David Albers
 

Hi Mike,

Great news...Looking forward to learning from your expertise.

Dave


Re: Please Welcome Mike!

 

Hi Mike!

i've been looking forward to your arrival :)


Brian

On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 11:44 AM Karen Christen <karen@...> wrote:

Hello Astronuts,

 

I’d like to introduce you to Mike Hanson, our Servo Engineer.  Mike is an Electrical Engineer by background, has 30+ years in the aerospace industry, and has been moonlighting with us since 1994.  We’re so excited to share that as of this week Mike has joined our team full-time!  He’s super-smart, an integral part of our mount development team, and an all-around great guy.  You’ll be seeing more of Mike here on the GTO user group as he responds to some of your questions.  Please make him welcome.

Karen C

AP

 


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics



--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Please Welcome Mike!

Karen Christen
 

Hello Astronuts,

 

I’d like to introduce you to Mike Hanson, our Servo Engineer.  Mike is an Electrical Engineer by background, has 30+ years in the aerospace industry, and has been moonlighting with us since 1994.  We’re so excited to share that as of this week Mike has joined our team full-time!  He’s super-smart, an integral part of our mount development team, and an all-around great guy.  You’ll be seeing more of Mike here on the GTO user group as he responds to some of your questions.  Please make him welcome.

Karen C

AP

 


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: IP address of an AP1600 ?

michaeljhanson@...
 

Hi Christian,

An IP Address of 0.0.0.0 means usually one of two things:
1) Either the low-level link is not established.  Please check the small LED's on the RJ-45.  With the unit RJ-45 "plugged in", one LED should be lit all the time, and the other should blink occasionally.  If you are not getting this, the connection issue needs to be dealt with before an IP Address means anything.  The LED's are dim in broad daylight, otherwise they are blinding in pitch darkness.
2) Or, the unit is configured to be one a network (DHCP client), and DHCP has not timed out (30 seconds).  When your computer and unit are both asking for IP addresses, thinking they are supposed to be on a network, but there's no DHCP server, they cannot communicate.  You can plug the unit into any network/router the computer is connected to (doesn't matter if the computer is connected via WiFi or cable).  

If you have a low-level link, and want to direct connect to the unit, wait 30 seconds for DHCP to timeout, and verify that you computer defaults to the link-local subnet (computer IP address = 169.254.xxx.xxx).  This can be checked using "ipconfig" in a DOS window.

There are other ways to configure the unit (or the PC) to allow them to "direct connect", be on the same sub-net, without waiting 30 seconds.  This can be a continuation topic if needed.  Please verify 1 and 2 first to make sure the unit's Ethernet is working.

Regards,
Mike Hanson


Re: IP address of an AP1600 ?

christian viladrich
 

Thanks ! I can send you the serial number of the mount.

Christian

Le 03/08/2020 à 16:39, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io a écrit :
I will forward this to our customer service guys.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: christian viladrich <christian.viladrich@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Aug 3, 2020 4:51 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] IP address of an AP1600 ?

Hello,
We've just tested the first procedure. The mount was connected though a COM port and the Ethernet port.
(1) First, it launched the AP V2 driver.
Here is a screen copy :
It says that :
Ethernet Hostname is : GTOCP4_192
Your Ethernet IPv4 Address is : 0.0.0.0
(2) When we try to connect to 0.0.0.0 address, it says "connection not found".
Isn't strange to get 0.0.0.0 as an ip address ?
Then we tried procedure number 2 (with the IP address calculator). We got an IP address different to 0.0.0.0, but could not connect to this address.
Any idea of any test we can try next ?
Christian
Le 02/08/2020 à 16:19, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io a écrit :

We are having a little bit of a problem to find the IP address of one of
the mounts (it is OK for the second one).
Hello Christian,

We have several ways to find the mount on our web page. I have posted them below. Try one of the "Find Mount" utilities and see if they work:


 
  • WiFi Poll for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 Ethernet Application to find current IP addresses and other network information. It also can open the GTOCP4 or GTOCP5 webpage in IE. Requires AP V2 ASCOM Driver and a serial or USB connection to the control box. NOTE: We had removed the link to this .exe file earlier since it had caused a problem with firewalls and anti-virus programs. It is now back on the website as an encrypted ZIP file, and is in a restricted area of the website. Both the download and the zip-extraction will require the same password that you use for downloading Keypad firmware. Normal Windows extraction is fine. A purchased copy of WinZip is NOT required.
  • Default IP Address Calculator and Latitude/Longitude Coordinate Converter This link has two handy tools:
    ** IP Address Calculator - will take the CPx serial number and return the default IP address for the device. While the Wi-Fi poll and FindMounts look at your actual system and find devices, this only does a basic calculation without looking into your computer.
    ** Latitude/Longitude Coordinate Converter - Enter local coordinates in decimal degrees, and press Calculate Coordinates to get the Degree:Minute:Second format.
  • Find Mounts Java Applet to find current GTOCP4 IP addresses and other network information. Works for any computer - Windows, Mac or Linux running Java. Requires the Java Runtime Environment from Oracle (already found on many computers) This also was placed on the website as an encrypted ZIP file, and is in a restricted area of the website. Both the download and the zip-extraction will require the same password that you use for downloading Keypad firmware. Normal extraction is fine. A purchased copy of WinZip should NOT be required.
 


-----Original Message-----
From: christian viladrich <christian.viladrich@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Aug 2, 2020 11:10 am
Subject: [ap-gto] IP address of an AP1600 ?

Hi,

I am currently on a mission at Astroqueyras observatory (France). We
have two AP1600 mounts up there.

We are having a little bit of a problem to find the IP address of one of
the mounts (it is OK for the second one).

We have the serial number of the mount. But when we apply the procedure,
there is no way to connect to this IP address.

Any idea of what can be going wrong ? Is there any way the scan the IP
address to find the address of the mount ?

Thanks for your help.

Christian Viladrich

Technical Support Group / Astroqueyras






Re: problem with GTOCP4

Geert
 

Hello,

 

Thanks to the info from Steve, as reported earlier, the CP4 and AP1200 worked fine again last night.  I put the telescope manually in Park 4 position and in APCC standard started Unpark from Park 4.  I did not need to do a new sync, just a recalibration on the first star I selected.  Then I did a new PEMPRO run before doing some imaging and all went well.

 

Thanks,

 

Geert

 

Van: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> Namens uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io
Verzonden: dinsdag 4 augustus 2020 15:00
Aan: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Onderwerp: Re: [ap-gto] problem with GTOCP4

 

We know what the problem is and our software engineer is preparing a solution. Please hang in there.

 

Rolando

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Aug 4, 2020 7:48 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] problem with GTOCP4

I have been suspecting that there is a subtle bug in the CP4 code for logical horizon limits for some time now. Sometimes my Mach1 with CP4 will not go East/West beyond some point near the meridian and it takes several unparks from known positions before it gets reset and everything goes back to normal. For me, it seems to mostly show up when using the hand controller. I have never been able to really narrow down the behavior or reproduce it on command. All I know is that it might take several restarts from a known park position to clear it.

 

Switching to a CP3 just makes sure that I will lose my PEM training in the CP4. And the CP3 too, of course.


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

 

On Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 1:43 AM Steve Reilly <sreilly24590@...> wrote:

I had a similar incident with my AP1200 w/CP4 and switched back to the CP3. Howard found that the coordinates in the CP4 were preventing the mount from moving east. I could use the N/S/W buttons to move the mount but not the east. How those coordinates became errant is beyond me. I was running ACP Expert when this occurred as usual and it had been a successful night of imaging. It happened when it was running the shutdown script and trying to park the mount before closing the roof. I was also using APCC Pro at the time as usual. NO clue as to how this happened Howard cleared it up ad has been running (sort of) since. With the bad weather it’s been more not running then running since. What I had not tried was manually moving it to say Park 4, kill power, and then reconnect with then doing a resume from Park 4. Maybe give that a try just in case. Won’t be dead on but maybe get you back in service and then recalibrate on a star or do an image link/plate solve to refine your position.

 

-Steve

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Geert
Sent: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:43 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] problem with GTOCP4

 

Hello,

 

Since March 2020 I’m using a GTOCP4 on my AP1200 without issues.  Last night however, after some hours of imaging, when I issued a GoTo from TheSky to another object, the mount did not respond anymore (using APCC Standard on PC). 

 

A Park 4 command only gave a “slewing” window but the mount did not move. 

 

I got a motor stall error (only once), cleared it from the log and this did not come back after further attempts.  Mount is well balanced. 

 

LED was amber.  I checked the power cord and tried another power source, LED remained amber.

 

Disconnected/reconnected power lead from CP4, LED was red first but then amber almost immediately.

 

Disconnected from APCC, connected my handcontroller: LED remained amber, but I could move the mount E-W but in DEC only one direction (S) worked. Connected DEC lead to RA motor, same result – only one direction worked.  Park commands did not work, GoTo’s did not work.

 

I then changed the CP4 with the CP3 from my Mach1 mount and no more problems, all directions work, park commands work, GoTo’s work, LED is red all the time.

 

Any idea’s, someone?

 

CS,

 

Geert

 

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Re: How to reset a Mach1 and GTOCP4?

michaeljhanson@...
 

Marcella,

Yes, you can change the WiFi password for the embedded WiFi access point without knowing the current one.  With Ethernet, you can choose the "Advanced WiFi Settings" tab on the main embedded web page.  This is the preferred approach. 

Regards,
Mike Hanson


Re: IR Cut filters

Robert Chozick
 

Thanks Christian. I also use a luminance filter and will continue to do so. 

Robert 


On Aug 4, 2020, at 3:09 AM, christian viladrich <christian.viladrich@...> wrote:



With my old FSQ-106, I use an L filter (cutting UV and IR). Star images in L or B are very fine.

Christian

Le 03/08/2020 à 02:24, Stuart a écrit :
I think the FSQn's were colour corrected for film and people complained about the blue halos when super blue sensitive ccd's came on the scene. It didn't bug me but I had run out of things to image with it and wanted the AP130EDT for visual and solar.


On Sun, 2 Aug 2020 at 22:13, Robert Chozick via groups.io <rchozick=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
There is a certain quality to the images that I like. I’m not sure I can describe it.   My other scopes come and go but I want to keep the FSQ   

Robert 


On Aug 2, 2020, at 8:05 PM, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:

On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 06:01 PM, Robert Chozick wrote:
After looking at many different images with the N and newer version I want to keep my fluorite. 
Why?
 
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 

--

Stuart
http://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/

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