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Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Thanks Greg. Even better to know that there is a domestic source.


Best Regards

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


Mach2 Notification Question

Larry Phillips
 

How about a status update on Mach2 notifications?  Anything you can share?
Larry


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Greg Salyer
 

I believe FLI cameras are made in New York

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Hambrick via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:03 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky

 

Thanks Dean That's good to know. I thought that with the sole exception of the SBIG cameras from Diffraction Limited (which are made in Canada), almost all the others came from China.


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: Spiderwebs in the sky

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Thanks Dean That's good to know. I thought that with the sole exception of the SBIG cameras from Diffraction Limited (which are made in Canada), almost all the others came from China.


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: Spiderwebs in the sky

Dean Jacobsen
 
Edited

QSI Cameras is owned by Atik Cameras.  Last I heard they were being manufactured by Atik in England.

https://qsimaging.com/about-qsi/
--
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http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Where are the QSI cameras made ?


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: Newby setting up a Mach 1

Roland Christen
 

Glad to hear. Now see if you can get some nice images.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 10:29 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

So to follow up, thank you so much Rolando, turns out I was using one manual too new and the 5/32 bolts on the 2014 Mach 1 must actually hold the gear box in place where the 2011 manual I should have been using states that those screws are covers and the real mounting bolts are underneath. Once I finally loosened those and realigned the worm all this "play" and or "backlash" I was feeling was completely gone.

The scene in Wayne's World when Wayne and Garth finally meet Alice Cooper and kneel on the ground yelling "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy" comes to my mind relating to the amazing depth of knowledge you have Rolando. Thank you so much for your help!

Sorry for the large attachments, chalk it up to me being a newcomer to the world of AP.

Best regards, 

Derrick 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 7:00 PM Derrick Siebert via groups.io <derrick.siebert=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Moving it in its normal direction of motion 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 6:51 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

When you twist the Dec axis
Not sure what that means "twist the Dec axis". Please explain.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 6:30 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

When you twist the Dec axis there is about a half of a pencil led width worth of “play"

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 5:34 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
The clutch settings have no impact on the backlash in Dec.
How much backlash do you see and how are you measuring it?

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 4:48 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

Hello, 

Long time listener, first-time caller here. My name is Derrick Siebert and I recently acquired a used Mach 1 mount with a upgraded cp4 computer. I am mounting a stowaway to the mount and I noticed that there seems to be a small amount of backlash in the Dec axis. None in the RA axis. Tightening or loosening the clutch screws does not seem to make any difference. Is this normal? I am sure I will have more questions as I progress through the process so stay tuned for a few laughs from a neophyte.

Best regards 

Derrick 


Re: Newby setting up a Mach 1

Dean Jacobsen
 

My favorite option is setting delivery to “no email” and I read the threads on my browser.  That way I don’t get any attachments sent to me but I can see the photos and I can download the other files if I want to see them.
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: Newby setting up a Mach 1

W Hilmo
 

Regarding the large attachments, no apology is necessary.

 

Karen gave me instructions for tweaking the settings for my individual subscriptions.  That seems like a perfect solution because people can send whatever attachment they want, and the recipients can determine how to handle it.

 

Congratulations on the Mach1, by the way.  You are going to love it!

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Derrick Siebert
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 8:30 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

 

So to follow up, thank you so much Rolando, turns out I was using one manual too new and the 5/32 bolts on the 2014 Mach 1 must actually hold the gear box in place where the 2011 manual I should have been using states that those screws are covers and the real mounting bolts are underneath. Once I finally loosened those and realigned the worm all this "play" and or "backlash" I was feeling was completely gone.

 

The scene in Wayne's World when Wayne and Garth finally meet Alice Cooper and kneel on the ground yelling "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy" comes to my mind relating to the amazing depth of knowledge you have Rolando. Thank you so much for your help!

 

Sorry for the large attachments, chalk it up to me being a newcomer to the world of AP.

 

Best regards, 

 

Derrick 

 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 7:00 PM Derrick Siebert via groups.io <derrick.siebert=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Moving it in its normal direction of motion 

 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 6:51 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

 

When you twist the Dec axis

Not sure what that means "twist the Dec axis". Please explain.

 

Rolando

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 6:30 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

When you twist the Dec axis there is about a half of a pencil led width worth of “play"

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 5:34 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

The clutch settings have no impact on the backlash in Dec.

How much backlash do you see and how are you measuring it?

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 4:48 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

Hello, 

Long time listener, first-time caller here. My name is Derrick Siebert and I recently acquired a used Mach 1 mount with a upgraded cp4 computer. I am mounting a stowaway to the mount and I noticed that there seems to be a small amount of backlash in the Dec axis. None in the RA axis. Tightening or loosening the clutch screws does not seem to make any difference. Is this normal? I am sure I will have more questions as I progress through the process so stay tuned for a few laughs from a neophyte.

Best regards 

Derrick 


Re: Giant attachments -> Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

W Hilmo
 

Thanks so much!

 

My subscriptions to both AP user groups were set to “unlimited”.  I’ve set them both to zero, which should provide me with links instead of attaching them to the emails.

 

This should work much better. 

 

-Wade

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Karen Christen
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 5:32 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: Giant attachments -> Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

 

Hi Wade,

 

We have allowed large files in order to assist customers and ease tech support.  With that said, you are not the first to have trouble when a large attachment comes through.  I believe you can change the size of files accepted on your groups.io account.  Will you please try this for me and let me know how it goes?

  1. Go to groups.io and log in to your account. 
  2. Near the top left, choose which group (e.g. ap-gto) you want to modify.
  3. On the left, choose Subscription.
  4. Scroll down to Advanced Preferences and click the carrot (>) on the right.
  5. Scroll to Max Attachment Size and choose your size limit. 
  6. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click Save.

 

I’d appreciate knowing whether that works.  Clear skies,

Karen

AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of W Hilmo
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 7:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io; main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Giant attachments -> Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

 

A bit off topic, but...

 

Is there anything that can be done to limit the size of attachments that this group will accept?

 

The next message in this thread contained a 25MB attachment that pushed my domain storage over the limit.  When that happens, it blocks email for my entire family.  This wasn't a problem in the past, but my Astro-Physics email folder has overflowed my email storage several times since switching to groups.io because so many giant emails are coming into it.

 

 

Thnnks,

-Wade

 


From: "Derrick Siebert" <derrick.siebert@...>
Sent: 8/21/20 4:42 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

I hope I can attach files here. This is an overview of the setup and a piece of masking tape I drew a line on and rotated the Dec axis until it was on the opposite side of the "play". It's minimal but would be definitely noticeable observing or with photography I think. 

 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 6:31 PM Derrick Siebert via groups.io <derrick.siebert=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

When you twist the Dec axis there is about a half of a pencil led width worth of “play"

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 5:34 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

The clutch settings have no impact on the backlash in Dec.

How much backlash do you see and how are you measuring it?

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 4:48 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

Hello, 

Long time listener, first-time caller here. My name is Derrick Siebert and I recently acquired a used Mach 1 mount with a upgraded cp4 computer. I am mounting a stowaway to the mount and I noticed that there seems to be a small amount of backlash in the Dec axis. None in the RA axis. Tightening or loosening the clutch screws does not seem to make any difference. Is this normal? I am sure I will have more questions as I progress through the process so stay tuned for a few laughs from a neophyte.

Best regards 

Derrick 

 

 

 


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Newby setting up a Mach 1

Derrick Siebert
 

So to follow up, thank you so much Rolando, turns out I was using one manual too new and the 5/32 bolts on the 2014 Mach 1 must actually hold the gear box in place where the 2011 manual I should have been using states that those screws are covers and the real mounting bolts are underneath. Once I finally loosened those and realigned the worm all this "play" and or "backlash" I was feeling was completely gone.

The scene in Wayne's World when Wayne and Garth finally meet Alice Cooper and kneel on the ground yelling "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy" comes to my mind relating to the amazing depth of knowledge you have Rolando. Thank you so much for your help!

Sorry for the large attachments, chalk it up to me being a newcomer to the world of AP.

Best regards, 

Derrick 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 7:00 PM Derrick Siebert via groups.io <derrick.siebert=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Moving it in its normal direction of motion 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 6:51 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

When you twist the Dec axis
Not sure what that means "twist the Dec axis". Please explain.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 6:30 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

When you twist the Dec axis there is about a half of a pencil led width worth of “play"

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 5:34 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
The clutch settings have no impact on the backlash in Dec.
How much backlash do you see and how are you measuring it?

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 4:48 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

Hello, 

Long time listener, first-time caller here. My name is Derrick Siebert and I recently acquired a used Mach 1 mount with a upgraded cp4 computer. I am mounting a stowaway to the mount and I noticed that there seems to be a small amount of backlash in the Dec axis. None in the RA axis. Tightening or loosening the clutch screws does not seem to make any difference. Is this normal? I am sure I will have more questions as I progress through the process so stay tuned for a few laughs from a neophyte.

Best regards 

Derrick 


Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

Bill Long
 

You and I landed n in basically the same reasons. I had one more minor one that the cp4 on the Mach 1 doubles as a backup for my 1100 with encoders in case I were to need to send its cp4 box in.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 6:01 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad
 
When I was working to decide to upgrade my Mach1 to the CP4 I came up with this list of considerations.

1. I assume there will no longer be any new firmware upgrades for the CP3.
2. Many of the new features being added to APCC and the APv2 driver seem to require the CP4.
3. Safety slews.
4. WiFi & Ethernet connectivity.
5. Painless firmware upgrades.
6. MUCH better power connector.
7. All of the announced new features of the pending hand controller update will only work with the CP4/CP5.
8. Pending multi-star alignments and ortho compensation in the new hand controller firmware require the CP4/CP5.
9. Both serial ports are full-speed in the CP4.
10. CP4 has a cutting-edge electronics design. Some electronic components in the CP3 are obsolete and getting harder to find. 




Virus-free. www.avg.com

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 11:31 AM Bill Long <bill@...> wrote:
🙂

Yes, I decided to go ahead and do the upgrade and placed my order. I posted the CP3 on Astromart and it already sold. It will be nice to have both mounts on CP4. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Peter Nagy <topboxman@...>
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 2:06 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad
 
On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 04:50 PM, Bill Long wrote:
According to this thread history, yes.
 
The question I am trying to answer for myself is what the real benefit would be for me to upgrade my Mach 1 from CP3 V2 chip to CP4. I looked at the comparison chart on the site, and I can see the difference from a feature set perspective as well as the hardware changes (which I know, because my 1100 has a CP4). I am jusut not jumping out of my seat to make the change.
 
I dont think CP4 alone will make my Mach 1 track better. Safety slews would be nice to have, ethernet is nice to have, etc. Still mulling this over.
Benefits:

1) Sell CP3 if you get CP4
2) Better resale value if mount is equipped with CP4
3) I really like using Ethernet

Peter


Virus-free. www.avg.com

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


Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

Christopher Erickson
 

When I was working to decide to upgrade my Mach1 to the CP4 I came up with this list of considerations.

1. I assume there will no longer be any new firmware upgrades for the CP3.
2. Many of the new features being added to APCC and the APv2 driver seem to require the CP4.
3. Safety slews.
4. WiFi & Ethernet connectivity.
5. Painless firmware upgrades.
6. MUCH better power connector.
7. All of the announced new features of the pending hand controller update will only work with the CP4/CP5.
8. Pending multi-star alignments and ortho compensation in the new hand controller firmware require the CP4/CP5.
9. Both serial ports are full-speed in the CP4.
10. CP4 has a cutting-edge electronics design. Some electronic components in the CP3 are obsolete and getting harder to find. 




Virus-free. www.avg.com

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 11:31 AM Bill Long <bill@...> wrote:
🙂

Yes, I decided to go ahead and do the upgrade and placed my order. I posted the CP3 on Astromart and it already sold. It will be nice to have both mounts on CP4. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Peter Nagy <topboxman@...>
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 2:06 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad
 
On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 04:50 PM, Bill Long wrote:
According to this thread history, yes.
 
The question I am trying to answer for myself is what the real benefit would be for me to upgrade my Mach 1 from CP3 V2 chip to CP4. I looked at the comparison chart on the site, and I can see the difference from a feature set perspective as well as the hardware changes (which I know, because my 1100 has a CP4). I am jusut not jumping out of my seat to make the change.
 
I dont think CP4 alone will make my Mach 1 track better. Safety slews would be nice to have, ethernet is nice to have, etc. Still mulling this over.
Benefits:

1) Sell CP3 if you get CP4
2) Better resale value if mount is equipped with CP4
3) I really like using Ethernet

Peter


Virus-free. www.avg.com

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


Re: Giant attachments -> Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

KHursh
 

That is the greatest message thread since sliced cheese


Re: Giant attachments -> Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

Karen Christen
 

Hi Wade,

 

We have allowed large files in order to assist customers and ease tech support.  With that said, you are not the first to have trouble when a large attachment comes through.  I believe you can change the size of files accepted on your groups.io account.  Will you please try this for me and let me know how it goes?

1.     Go to groups.io and log in to your account. 

2.     Near the top left, choose which group (e.g. ap-gto) you want to modify.

3.     On the left, choose Subscription.

4.     Scroll down to Advanced Preferences and click the carrot (>) on the right.

5.     Scroll to Max Attachment Size and choose your size limit. 

6.     Scroll all the way to the bottom and click Save.

 

I’d appreciate knowing whether that works.  Clear skies,

Karen

AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of W Hilmo
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 7:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io; main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Giant attachments -> Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

 

A bit off topic, but...

 

Is there anything that can be done to limit the size of attachments that this group will accept?

 

The next message in this thread contained a 25MB attachment that pushed my domain storage over the limit.  When that happens, it blocks email for my entire family.  This wasn't a problem in the past, but my Astro-Physics email folder has overflowed my email storage several times since switching to groups.io because so many giant emails are coming into it.

 

 

Thnnks,

-Wade

 


From: "Derrick Siebert" <derrick.siebert@...>
Sent: 8/21/20 4:42 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

I hope I can attach files here. This is an overview of the setup and a piece of masking tape I drew a line on and rotated the Dec axis until it was on the opposite side of the "play". It's minimal but would be definitely noticeable observing or with photography I think. 

 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 6:31 PM Derrick Siebert via groups.io <derrick.siebert=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

When you twist the Dec axis there is about a half of a pencil led width worth of “play"

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 5:34 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

The clutch settings have no impact on the backlash in Dec.

How much backlash do you see and how are you measuring it?

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 4:48 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

Hello, 

Long time listener, first-time caller here. My name is Derrick Siebert and I recently acquired a used Mach 1 mount with a upgraded cp4 computer. I am mounting a stowaway to the mount and I noticed that there seems to be a small amount of backlash in the Dec axis. None in the RA axis. Tightening or loosening the clutch screws does not seem to make any difference. Is this normal? I am sure I will have more questions as I progress through the process so stay tuned for a few laughs from a neophyte.

Best regards 

Derrick 

 

 

 


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Lost email

Michael Hamburg
 

Hi Rolando 
Can you please send me the email you mentioned. Thanks. M Hamburg 


Re: Equipment for an observatory

Ron Kramer
 

Digital loggers SWITCH so you don't need to leave everything powered on all the time. 
I also love my CloudWatcher solo system. 
IP cameras if you don't already have them inside. 


On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 8:09 PM Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...> wrote:
Thanks everyone for suggesting mice/rat equipment.  I'll check what critters are common where the observatory is (unfortunately, rattler snakes are one of them).

SeismicGeo,
Bees/wasps are also a problem where my observatory will be.  A bug zapper is a good idea.  Do you have one you particularly like?

Christopher, thanks for the suggestions.

I have two 1500 VA APC UPS (one for each PC/scope) and can remotely access them to determine health.  The roof motor has its own UPS.

I like the idea of something to monitor the front door.  I'll already be able to monitor the roof.

There will be two remote-controlled cameras.  I need to ask if they have IR.

Spare parts and tools are already on my list, as well as waterproof boxes.

Good idea on periodic maintenance schedule, and laminated emergency contact list.

There will be a couple rain sensors that can close the roof.  The guy that built the observatory doesn't like cloud sensors, but I'd feel more comfortable with one that can close the roof.

The roof can close regardless of where the scopes are pointed.

The door has a key and the guy that built the observatory will have a copy.

The observatory is in an astronomical village - New Mexico Skies Enclave, so there are several other observatories and people nearby that can help in an emergency.




Giant attachments -> Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

W Hilmo
 

A bit off topic, but...

Is there anything that can be done to limit the size of attachments that this group will accept?

The next message in this thread contained a 25MB attachment that pushed my domain storage over the limit.  When that happens, it blocks email for my entire family.  This wasn't a problem in the past, but my Astro-Physics email folder has overflowed my email storage several times since switching to groups.io because so many giant emails are coming into it.


Thnnks,
-Wade


From: "Derrick Siebert" <derrick.siebert@...>
Sent: 8/21/20 4:42 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1
I hope I can attach files here. This is an overview of the setup and a piece of masking tape I drew a line on and rotated the Dec axis until it was on the opposite side of the "play". It's minimal but would be definitely noticeable observing or with photography I think. 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 6:31 PM Derrick Siebert via groups.io <derrick.siebert=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
When you twist the Dec axis there is about a half of a pencil led width worth of “play"

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 5:34 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
The clutch settings have no impact on the backlash in Dec.
How much backlash do you see and how are you measuring it?

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Derrick Siebert <derrick.siebert@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 4:48 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Newby setting up a Mach 1

Hello, 

Long time listener, first-time caller here. My name is Derrick Siebert and I recently acquired a used Mach 1 mount with a upgraded cp4 computer. I am mounting a stowaway to the mount and I noticed that there seems to be a small amount of backlash in the Dec axis. None in the RA axis. Tightening or loosening the clutch screws does not seem to make any difference. Is this normal? I am sure I will have more questions as I progress through the process so stay tuned for a few laughs from a neophyte.

Best regards 

Derrick 





Re: Equipment for an observatory

Eric Claeys
 

Thanks everyone for suggesting mice/rat equipment.  I'll check what critters are common where the observatory is (unfortunately, rattler snakes are one of them).

SeismicGeo,
Bees/wasps are also a problem where my observatory will be.  A bug zapper is a good idea.  Do you have one you particularly like?

Christopher, thanks for the suggestions.

I have two 1500 VA APC UPS (one for each PC/scope) and can remotely access them to determine health.  The roof motor has its own UPS.

I like the idea of something to monitor the front door.  I'll already be able to monitor the roof.

There will be two remote-controlled cameras.  I need to ask if they have IR.

Spare parts and tools are already on my list, as well as waterproof boxes.

Good idea on periodic maintenance schedule, and laminated emergency contact list.

There will be a couple rain sensors that can close the roof.  The guy that built the observatory doesn't like cloud sensors, but I'd feel more comfortable with one that can close the roof.

The roof can close regardless of where the scopes are pointed.

The door has a key and the guy that built the observatory will have a copy.

The observatory is in an astronomical village - New Mexico Skies Enclave, so there are several other observatories and people nearby that can help in an emergency.


Re: recalibrating park position #Keypad

Roland Christen
 

Just follow the instructions I sent in the other e-mail. Then let us know if it worked for you. You can also check the manual for proper startup information. It really helps to understand what the mount actually does and the manual is very well written.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hamburg via groups.io <michael_hamburg44@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 7:01 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] recalibrating park position #Keypad

Hi Rolando 
Can we "talk" tomorrow afternoon EDT. I am away from my observatory now. I appreciate your help. 
Michael Hamburg 


On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 7:56 PM, Michael Hamburg via groups.io
<michael_hamburg44@...> wrote:
Hi Rolando 
It moves. Do I need to disengage the motor boxes in order to manually set the park position?


On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 7:50 PM, uncarollo2
<chris1011@...> wrote:

It goes nowhere in particular.
Does this mean that it does not move at all?
Please stay with me and answer as soon as you can. I can help get your mount running.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hamburg via groups.io <michael_hamburg44@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 6:39 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] recalibrating park position #Keypad

It goes nowhere in particular. Last attempt it started to hit the pier.


On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 6:36 PM, uncarollo2
<chris1011@...> wrote:

I need to get pack to Park 3 position but the mount will not when the #3 button of the keypad is pushed.
What does the mount do when you push Park3?

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hamburg via groups.io <michael_hamburg44@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 5:06 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] recalibrating park position #Keypad

I need to get pack to Park 3 position but the mount will not when the #3 button of the keypad is pushed. How do I do this? I tried disengaging the clutches and letting the both axes go through the motions, while holding the the mount (not easy with a C11 and 80mm refractor) in the Park 3 position but no go! Please help. Thanks.
Michael

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