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

Peter Nagy
 

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


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Roland Christen
 

It's a really nice camera with a compact 7 position filter wheel. My filters are Astrodon which produce no halos around bright stars and are basically perfect. Mechanically it is robust and it works in freezing temps fit for polar bears.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: CurtisC via groups.io <calypte@...>
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Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 2:44 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky

Well, it's the overseas shipping that's the biggest nuisance.  When I bought the camera, I had spent a lot of time talking to Kevin Nelson, then of QSI, and I was comforted by the availability of domestic repair.  Of course, none of us dreamed of Neal Barry's passing and the subsequent upheaval in QSI's ownership.  On the plus side, QSI survived as a brand.


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

CurtisC
 

Well, it's the overseas shipping that's the biggest nuisance.  When I bought the camera, I had spent a lot of time talking to Kevin Nelson, then of QSI, and I was comforted by the availability of domestic repair.  Of course, none of us dreamed of Neal Barry's passing and the subsequent upheaval in QSI's ownership.  On the plus side, QSI survived as a brand.


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Bill Long
 

Ahhh okay. I'm slow today. 

I've heard getting service from QSI now takes an extremely long time...


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Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 12:34 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky
 
Bill: I was replying to Rolando's "ouch."


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

CurtisC
 

Bill: I was replying to Rolando's "ouch."


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

George
 

Tom,

 

That is the first generation keypad.   It will not be able to be updated to the v5.xx firmware for Mach2 use.   Sorry.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-222-6538 (direct line)

Phone:  815-282-1513 (office)

Email:  george@...

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Tom Blahovici
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2020 5:53 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: Upgrade to new keypad version (was RE: [ap-gto] Unguided imaging with Mach2) #Keypad

 

I have a CP4 but my hand controller is #1343GTO.  Does this mean I am out of luck due to the memory constraints?
Can the memory be upgraded?
Tom


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Bill Long
 

It was a joke


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Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 12:24 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky
 
$652.99 was a lot cheaper than a new camera.


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

CurtisC
 
Edited

$652.99 was a lot cheaper than a new camera.

Edited to add: A "new camera" would be only part of it.  I'd probably need new filters, too, since my QSI uses the little 31.5 mm filters from Astrodon.  Most cameras use much larger filters.  It all adds up.  The $652 included return shipping.  A local friend of mine makes and coats telescope mirrors.  He does lots of international shipping, so I was able to use him to ship the camera to the UK.


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Dean Jacobsen
 

Whew, that was close!  For a minute there I thought that we were going to have a CCD vs. CMOS camera debate. :-)
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Dean Jacobsen
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Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Bill Long
 

I wouldn't call them better.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Cheng-Yang Tan via groups.io <cytan299@...>
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 11:12 AM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky
 
Are CMOS cameras better than CCD? Aren't the wells a lot shallower than CCD's?


cytan

On Friday, August 21, 2020, 01:00:47 PM CDT, Bill Long <bill@...> wrote:


Time to get that full frame CMOS. 


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Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 10:59 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky
 
Ouch!

I'm betting that there are electrolytic filter caps going bad. Maybe I'll try replacing them all.

Roland.

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Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 12:55 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky

Rolando: My vintage 2012 QSI started exhibiting this exact problem early this year (i.e., the herringbone pattern).  It briefly went away, but then it came back for good.  I had to send my camera to Atik/QSI in England for repair.  They replaced the mainboard.  The repair cost $652.99.


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Cheng-Yang Tan
 

Are CMOS cameras better than CCD? Aren't the wells a lot shallower than CCD's?


cytan

On Friday, August 21, 2020, 01:00:47 PM CDT, Bill Long <bill@...> wrote:


Time to get that full frame CMOS. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 10:59 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky
 
Ouch!

I'm betting that there are electrolytic filter caps going bad. Maybe I'll try replacing them all.

Roland.

-----Original Message-----
From: CurtisC via groups.io <calypte@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 12:55 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky

Rolando: My vintage 2012 QSI started exhibiting this exact problem early this year (i.e., the herringbone pattern).  It briefly went away, but then it came back for good.  I had to send my camera to Atik/QSI in England for repair.  They replaced the mainboard.  The repair cost $652.99.


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Bill Long
 

Time to get that full frame CMOS. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...>
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 10:59 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky
 
Ouch!

I'm betting that there are electrolytic filter caps going bad. Maybe I'll try replacing them all.

Roland.

-----Original Message-----
From: CurtisC via groups.io <calypte@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 12:55 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky

Rolando: My vintage 2012 QSI started exhibiting this exact problem early this year (i.e., the herringbone pattern).  It briefly went away, but then it came back for good.  I had to send my camera to Atik/QSI in England for repair.  They replaced the mainboard.  The repair cost $652.99.


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

Roland Christen
 

Ouch!

I'm betting that there are electrolytic filter caps going bad. Maybe I'll try replacing them all.

Roland.

-----Original Message-----
From: CurtisC via groups.io <calypte@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Fri, Aug 21, 2020 12:55 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Spiderwebs in the sky

Rolando: My vintage 2012 QSI started exhibiting this exact problem early this year (i.e., the herringbone pattern).  It briefly went away, but then it came back for good.  I had to send my camera to Atik/QSI in England for repair.  They replaced the mainboard.  The repair cost $652.99.


Re: Spiderwebs in the sky

CurtisC
 

Rolando: My vintage 2012 QSI started exhibiting this exact problem early this year (i.e., the herringbone pattern).  It briefly went away, but then it came back for good.  I had to send my camera to Atik/QSI in England for repair.  They replaced the mainboard.  The repair cost $652.99.


Re: Equipment for an observatory

SeismicGeo
 

In southeast Texas mud dauber wasps really like to build their nests in roll off roof observatories. Wasp spay is effective but messy on equipment. As they are exploring for a nest location, an indoor bug zapper (Amazon!) will attract and kill the wasps before they can get settled in. 


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

Bill Long
 

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.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Tom Blahovici <tom.va2fsq@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:52 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
 
I have a CP4 but my hand controller is #1343GTO.  Does this mean I am out of luck due to the memory constraints?
Can the memory be upgraded?
Tom


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

Tom Blahovici
 

I have a CP4 but my hand controller is #1343GTO.  Does this mean I am out of luck due to the memory constraints?
Can the memory be upgraded?
Tom


Re: How do I Install Pempro

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Mark,

Unfortunalely Pempro is no longer on the machine. I have the disk that came with the mount in 2015, but it no
longer seems to be working as far as the links in the PDF are concerned.
The disk you received with the mount should have an installer on it. After you install that version and enter the license code you can update to the latest build for the version you have (PEMPro V2, or V3) from the CCDWare downloads page:

https://www.ccdware.com/downloads

If you have any problems, please create a trouble ticket here:

https://siriusimaging.zendesk.com/

-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

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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Williams via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:44 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] How do I Install Pempro

Hi
A friend installed an SSD and Win10 on my old laptop which turned out to be a great improvement.
Unfortunalely Pempro is no longer on the machine. I have the disk that came with the mount in 2015, but it no
longer seems to be working as far as the links in the PDF are concerned. How do I go about getting Pempro
back on the laptop? The reason I'm wanting to redo the PEC is because my guiding is horrible. I'm ashamed
to say that I haven't used the mount in over three years. I had hoped that remeshing the gears would solve the
problem, but no such luck.

Thanks
Mark


Re: Equipment for an observatory

Christopher Erickson
 

A UPS big and powerful enough to close the roof, along with running all of your gear. Preferably one that supports standard, big, external, lead-acid batteries.

Check out the Monnit remote monitoring devices. It would be good if you can monitor the UPS battery voltage, temperatures, roof status and a few other things (like the front door!) via alternate connectivity.

An internet-accessible security cam that has IR illumination that can be remote-controlled.

Spare parts and tools in sealed, waterproof/ratproof/bugproof boxes

A periodic maintenance schedule.

Laminated emergency contact list.

Backup weather detection and roof closing function.

An observatory design that can close the roof regardless of the scope pointing position.

Buttonpad front door lock that supports multiple combinations.

There is so much more but that's a start.
 

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On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 2:16 PM Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...> wrote:
My new observatory in NM is almost ready and I hope to drive there in October with my equipment to set it up.  I have a mount (1100GTO-AEL) and telescope, plus a PC/monitor to control it remotely, and will have Internet access as well as a couple cameras to look at the inside of the observatory.  It has a rain sensor and THUM, and is next to NM Skies so I can use their all-sky camera.  It's a roll-off roof and at 7000 ft so doesn't need air conditioning or a fan.  I will have some plastic bins for empty boxes and other stuff (to keep it dry in case of dew or rain).  I have a power surge protector, UPS, and remote power switch.  I will likely only visit once or twice a year.  I will most likely keep the equipment on all the time.
I will connect to the mount via RS232 (the new PC actually has an RS232 port!) and Ethernet when possible, otherwise USB.

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?  Chair, broom, step stool, basic tools, other astronomy gear, etc.?


Re: Equipment for an observatory

Woody Schlom
 

Mice can get through any space larger than 3/8 inch!  Copper "Mouse-mesh" works well to fill small holes and gaps. They can chew through plastic and wood.

Barn cats work too.

Woody

On August 20, 2020 11:28:13 AM "Michael Hamburg via groups.io" <michael_hamburg44@...> wrote:

Some methods to deter and neutralize critters?
Michael 


On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 9:11 PM, dvjbaja
<jpgleasonid@...> wrote:
Will you have someone nearby to assist with troubleshooting and repairs?  No such thing as autonomous. If it can fail, it will.  Speaking from experience.  

jg 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 6:02 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?
Mouse traps. Lots of mouse traps. ;^)

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Aug 19, 2020 7:16 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Equipment for an observatory

My new observatory in NM is almost ready and I hope to drive there in October with my equipment to set it up.  I have a mount (1100GTO-AEL) and telescope, plus a PC/monitor to control it remotely, and will have Internet access as well as a couple cameras to look at the inside of the observatory.  It has a rain sensor and THUM, and is next to NM Skies so I can use their all-sky camera.  It's a roll-off roof and at 7000 ft so doesn't need air conditioning or a fan.  I will have some plastic bins for empty boxes and other stuff (to keep it dry in case of dew or rain).  I have a power surge protector, UPS, and remote power switch.  I will likely only visit once or twice a year.  I will most likely keep the equipment on all the time.
I will connect to the mount via RS232 (the new PC actually has an RS232 port!) and Ethernet when possible, otherwise USB.

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?  Chair, broom, step stool, basic tools, other astronomy gear, etc.?


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