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#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 <tonybenjamin@...>
 

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 <tonybenjamin@...>
 

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


Keypad Update User Name and PWD?

KHursh
 

I was going to update my keypad to 4.19, but no dice. I guess we don't want the keypad software to fall into the wrong hands? Sigh


Re: CCDWare site Trojan?

Michael Dolenga
 

I work at Microsoft. It comes with the territory. And we're often the first to complain about stuff other departments do. :)

Michael



On Monday, August 10, 2020, 01:50:11 PM PDT, Michael 'Mikey' Mangieri <mjmangieri@...> wrote:


Indeed. Windows defender is probably as good as any other AV out there. But, people have always bashed MS and so I guess they will continue to do so. I’ve used Windows Defender (and still do) with no problems. 


On Aug 10, 2020, at 4:44 PM, Bill Long <bill@...> wrote:


Not sure why the Windows Defender bashing is going on, or the name calling of MS Employees. I dont use MB and only use Windows Defender and I have no issue using CCDWare's website. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@...>
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 8:04 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] CCDWare site Trojan?
 
I agree,
    The two antivirus programs are independent, but Defender hasn’t changed much in many years, so it is just  testing its new features now. Consider it a trigger happy Beta for a couple of its next few updates, until the kids at Microsoft have us all test the rewrite for them. If it continues to get in the way at CCDWARE, change Defenders sensitivity for that website, in its new settings options. If Malwarebytes didn’t flag it, in its own Reports, then the only other app may be Defender, unless you have even more A/V’s active.
 
    Perhaps the only reason I still keep Defender active is for its Win-10 “pre-boot” virus scan user  option, which MB doesn’t seem to have.
 
Joe Z.
 
From: Brian Valente
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 10:33 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] CCDWare site Trojan?
 
I think the false positive on CCDWare's downloads caused Malwarebytes to flag the whole site
 
afaik Malwarebytes is its own thing, keeping its own database of sites it considers safe or 'infected' based on issues from downloaded files.
 
 


Re: Delrin plugs

Michael Dolenga
 

Agreed, I don't recall it being that difficult to extract the old ones. The tool looks like a medieval torture device if it were scaled up in size, but it's straightforward.

Still can't find them on the website, I'll just call tomorrow.


Michael



On Monday, August 10, 2020, 01:56:36 PM PDT, Robert Chozick via groups.io <rchozick@...> wrote:


I agree. It is not that hard to do and well worth it. 

Robert 


On Aug 10, 2020, at 3:38 PM, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:

On Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 12:05 PM, eja24601 wrote:
For now, I've decided to live with this, as I'm concerned that anything I do might cause more harm than good. I've been assured that if I really wanted it done, that I can ship the affected part to AP and they will be more than happy to perform the replacement. At cost, of course (unless this is part of warranty service and the mount is under warranty <G>; I can't speak for AP on that).
Eric and Michael,

Replacing the clutch plugs is something that you can definitely do.  If I can do it, then you can do it.  :-) 

Fifteen years ago I decided that having the clutches tighter was a good thing with my then new 1200GTO.  It wasn't but a few months later that I needed to get the replacement clutch plug kit and if I recall correctly, AP sent me the "extraction tool" as a loaner and I mailed it back after I performed the repairs.

After that it was finger tight only for me and the plugs lasted another 7 years or so until I traded the 1200 for a 900GTO and those weren't damaged by me for the 7 or 8 years that I had the 900.
 
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: Delrin plugs

Robert Chozick
 

I agree. It is not that hard to do and well worth it. 

Robert 


On Aug 10, 2020, at 3:38 PM, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:

On Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 12:05 PM, eja24601 wrote:
For now, I've decided to live with this, as I'm concerned that anything I do might cause more harm than good. I've been assured that if I really wanted it done, that I can ship the affected part to AP and they will be more than happy to perform the replacement. At cost, of course (unless this is part of warranty service and the mount is under warranty <G>; I can't speak for AP on that).
Eric and Michael,

Replacing the clutch plugs is something that you can definitely do.  If I can do it, then you can do it.  :-) 

Fifteen years ago I decided that having the clutches tighter was a good thing with my then new 1200GTO.  It wasn't but a few months later that I needed to get the replacement clutch plug kit and if I recall correctly, AP sent me the "extraction tool" as a loaner and I mailed it back after I performed the repairs.

After that it was finger tight only for me and the plugs lasted another 7 years or so until I traded the 1200 for a 900GTO and those weren't damaged by me for the 7 or 8 years that I had the 900.
 
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: CCDWare site Trojan?

Michael 'Mikey' Mangieri
 

Indeed. Windows defender is probably as good as any other AV out there. But, people have always bashed MS and so I guess they will continue to do so. I’ve used Windows Defender (and still do) with no problems. 


On Aug 10, 2020, at 4:44 PM, Bill Long <bill@...> wrote:


Not sure why the Windows Defender bashing is going on, or the name calling of MS Employees. I dont use MB and only use Windows Defender and I have no issue using CCDWare's website. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Joe Zeglinski <J.Zeglinski@...>
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 8:04 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] CCDWare site Trojan?
 
I agree,
    The two antivirus programs are independent, but Defender hasn’t changed much in many years, so it is just  testing its new features now. Consider it a trigger happy Beta for a couple of its next few updates, until the kids at Microsoft have us all test the rewrite for them. If it continues to get in the way at CCDWARE, change Defenders sensitivity for that website, in its new settings options. If Malwarebytes didn’t flag it, in its own Reports, then the only other app may be Defender, unless you have even more A/V’s active.
 
    Perhaps the only reason I still keep Defender active is for its Win-10 “pre-boot” virus scan user  option, which MB doesn’t seem to have.
 
Joe Z.
 
From: Brian Valente
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 10:33 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] CCDWare site Trojan?
 
I think the false positive on CCDWare's downloads caused Malwarebytes to flag the whole site
 
afaik Malwarebytes is its own thing, keeping its own database of sites it considers safe or 'infected' based on issues from downloaded files.
 
 

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