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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.
 
 


Re: CCDWare site Trojan?

Bill Long
 

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

Dean Jacobsen
 

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

Roland Christen
 

We have always used Delrin in the 900 and 1200 mounts. All other mounts use a different design.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Keith <keitholsen@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Aug 10, 2020 2:57 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Delrin plugs

When did AP start to use Delrin plugs?


Re: Delrin plugs

Roland Christen
 

We have never used Teflon plugs. They have always been Delrin.
In all our newer mounts (Mach1, 1100, 1600) we do not use Delrin plugs. we have a completely different way of clutching, one that never wears out.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Dolenga via groups.io <giroditalia@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Aug 10, 2020 2:19 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Delrin plugs

I did replace the plugs a year or two ago when re-lubricating the mount. I'm not sure what they were made of, but the lack of free motion when the clutches are loose suggests they have deformed.

Michael



On Monday, August 10, 2020, 12:14:17 PM PDT, Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:


FWIW, Delrin doesn't deform easily under pressure. Teflon does.

IIRC, AP has kits to replace old Teflon plugs with Delrin.

If you have Delrin plugs, you are fine.

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

On Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 9:05 AM eja24601 via groups.io <eja24601=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Same thing happened to me this year with my AP1200GTO. On the DEC axis, specifically. I've been assured by the helpful folk at AP that precise balancing is not necessary.

Here's the link to the replacement kit:
https://astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/clutch-plug-replacement.pdf

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).

HTH,
Eric


Re: Can't connect using #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Ray Gralak
 

Mike,

The one thing I notice is that when I go back and open the ASCOM V2 telescope set up, an old IP address is
showing (192.168.0.126), not the one I had entered (169.254.4.161). That old IP address is from when I set up a
WIFI connection. It seems that the ASCOM V2 driver isn't saving the settings (new IP address). I tried reinstalling
the driver, and rebooting, but that old IP address sticks there and I can't get the driver to save the new IP address.
Assuming you clicked "OK" after setting the IP address, which is necessary for the settings to be saved, the only other reason the change would not get saved is that the driver cannot write to the settings file located here:

C:\ProgramData\Astro-Physics\Settings.apdb

You might check permissions on that file, or delete/rename it to start configuration from scratch.

-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 Michael Cook
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 12:13 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Can't connect using #ASCOM_V2_Driver

I'm trying to connect to the GTOCP4 control box via ethernet. I have the latest ASCOM platform (6.5) and ASCOM
V2 driver (5.30.10) installed.

I've determined the IP address as 169.254.4.161 and using a web browser I can access the control box.

When I set up an ASCOM connection through ASCOM V2, in the IP Address Details box I check IP Addr, have the
correct IP address entered in the IP Address field, I left Timeout and Retry count as is.

When I click "Check Port", a message comes back saying "Mount found! Firmware Rev: VCP-P01-13.

Now when I try to connect using my planetarium software I get an error message: ASCOM error #80040402: No
mount or IP Address or COM port, or initialization failed.

The one thing I notice is that when I go back and open the ASCOM V2 telescope set up, an old IP address is
showing (192.168.0.126), not the one I had entered (169.254.4.161). That old IP address is from when I set up a
WIFI connection. It seems that the ASCOM V2 driver isn't saving the settings (new IP address). I tried reinstalling
the driver, and rebooting, but that old IP address sticks there and I can't get the driver to save the new IP address.

I hope someone can enlighten me.

Thanks


Re: Delrin plugs

Keith Olsen
 

When did AP start to use Delrin plugs?


Re: Delrin plugs

Michael Dolenga
 

I did replace the plugs a year or two ago when re-lubricating the mount. I'm not sure what they were made of, but the lack of free motion when the clutches are loose suggests they have deformed.

Michael



On Monday, August 10, 2020, 12:14:17 PM PDT, Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:


FWIW, Delrin doesn't deform easily under pressure. Teflon does.

IIRC, AP has kits to replace old Teflon plugs with Delrin.

If you have Delrin plugs, you are fine.

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

On Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 9:05 AM eja24601 via groups.io <eja24601=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Same thing happened to me this year with my AP1200GTO. On the DEC axis, specifically. I've been assured by the helpful folk at AP that precise balancing is not necessary.

Here's the link to the replacement kit:
https://astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/clutch-plug-replacement.pdf

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).

HTH,
Eric


Re: Delrin plugs

Christopher Erickson
 

FWIW, Delrin doesn't deform easily under pressure. Teflon does.

IIRC, AP has kits to replace old Teflon plugs with Delrin.

If you have Delrin plugs, you are fine.

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


On Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 9:05 AM eja24601 via groups.io <eja24601=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Same thing happened to me this year with my AP1200GTO. On the DEC axis, specifically. I've been assured by the helpful folk at AP that precise balancing is not necessary.

Here's the link to the replacement kit:
https://astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/clutch-plug-replacement.pdf

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).

HTH,
Eric


Can't connect using #ASCOM_V2_Driver

Michael Cook
 

I'm trying to connect to the GTOCP4 control box via ethernet. I have the latest ASCOM platform (6.5) and ASCOM V2 driver (5.30.10) installed.

I've determined the IP address as 169.254.4.161 and using a web browser I can access the control box.

When I set up an ASCOM connection through ASCOM V2, in the IP Address Details box I check IP Addr, have the correct IP address entered in the IP Address field, I left Timeout and Retry count as is.

When I click "Check Port",  a message comes back saying "Mount found! Firmware Rev: VCP-P01-13.

Now when I try to connect using my planetarium software I get an error message: ASCOM error #80040402: No mount or IP Address or COM port, or initialization failed.

The one thing I notice is that when I go back and open the ASCOM V2 telescope set up, an old IP address is showing (192.168.0.126), not the one I had entered (169.254.4.161). That old IP address is from when I set up a WIFI connection. It seems that the ASCOM V2 driver isn't saving the settings (new IP address). I tried reinstalling the driver, and rebooting, but that old IP address sticks there and I can't get the driver to save the new IP address.

I hope someone can enlighten me.

Thanks 


Re: Delrin plugs

eja24601
 

Same thing happened to me this year with my AP1200GTO. On the DEC axis, specifically. I've been assured by the helpful folk at AP that precise balancing is not necessary.

Here's the link to the replacement kit:
https://astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/clutch-plug-replacement.pdf

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).

HTH,
Eric


Re: CCDWare site Trojan?

Pete Mumbower
 

Sorry forgot to add that the below website is great for checking out websites to see if there are any known security issues:

https://www.urlvoid.com/scan/ccdware.com/

(set to scan ccdware.com in this instace, which comes back clean)

-Pete


Re: CCDWare site Trojan?

Pete Mumbower
 

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: RAPAS on 1100GTO

Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Does it look like someone replaced the bottom screw ? They should all be the same size. I believe the threads are US size 8-32


Best Regards

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




From:        "Shailesh Trivedi" <strivedi@...>
To:        main@ap-gto.groups.io
Date:        2020-08-10 10:31 AM
Subject:        [ap-gto] RAPAS on 1100GTO
Sent by:        main@ap-gto.groups.io




I am trying to connect the RAPAS on my recently acquired 1100GTO. The bottom thumb screw of the RAPAs is too big for the screw hole on the 1100GTO RA axis cover plate. Am I missing something?

Shailesh  



Re: RAPAS on 1100GTO

George
 

Shailesh,

 

You’re most welcome.   Enjoy!

 

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 Shailesh Trivedi
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 11:23 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] RAPAS on 1100GTO

 

Ah I missed that. Thank you, George.

Shailesh


Re: How to prevent small movements

Roland Christen
 

We will see if we can do something in APCC to change the incoming command into a move command that does not start a safety slew. I believe that this is possible. I have asked our software engineer to work with Ray on this issue.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Konstantin von Poschinger <KPoschinger@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Aug 10, 2020 10:29 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to prevent small movements

Hi Roland,

I understand. I use MaximDL. What is the best to do use the guider Cable or have you another solution.

Konstantin

Am 10.08.2020 um 17:23 schrieb uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...>:

That's not your problem. read my post.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Konstantin von Poschinger <KPoschinger@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Aug 10, 2020 10:22 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to prevent small movements

Hi Ray,

I have checked. APCC is not the one you mentioned. I have 1.8.3.1. All other are up to date.
Where I can download the APCC version?

Konstantin



Am 10.08.2020 um 16:20 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@...>:

Hi Konstantin,

yes that is what I mean. I thought I have the newest firmware (Mach2) and APCC Pro and AP V2, or are there

Can you confirm you are using APCC Pro v1.8.4.1, firmware VCP5-P02-05, and AP V2 5.30.10?

special versions for people who wand that behavior?

There's no special version for this. I'll have to look into this.  But, I will need you to confirm your firmware and software versions (above).

By the way, did find out something about the parking problem from cw up positions?

I think that was something possibly in firmware, so Howard/Mike have been looking into that, but I don't know the status.

-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 Konstantin von Poschinger
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 1:48 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to prevent small movements

Hi Ray,

yes that is what I mean. I thought I have the newest firmware (Mach2) and APCC Pro and AP V2, or are there
special versions for people who wand that behavior?
By the way, did find out something about the parking problem from cw up positions?


Konstantin


Am 10.08.2020 um 05:36 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@...>:

Hi Konstantin,

I forgott how to prevent small movements in the cw up area, if the mount is taking small movements for
dithering.

I'm not sure I understand your question.

Do you mean you want to prevent the mount from slewing to cw down when dithering in a cw up position?

If that's the question, can you provide the mount firmware version, APCC version, and AP V2 driver version?

-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 Konstantin von Poschinger
Sent: Sunday, August 9, 2020 5:37 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] How to prevent small movements

Hi Ray,

I forgott how to prevent small movements in the cw up area, if the mount is taking small movements for
dithering.

Grüsse

Konstantin v. Poschinger


Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171/1983476














Re: RAPAS on 1100GTO

Shailesh Trivedi
 

Ah I missed that. Thank you, George.

Shailesh


Re: RAPAS on 1100GTO

George
 

Shailesh,

 

You’ll need to remove the set screw that is in the hole.   It is there to protect the threads.   The other holes had button screws.

 

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 Shailesh Trivedi
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 10:31 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] RAPAS on 1100GTO

 

I am trying to connect the RAPAS on my recently acquired 1100GTO. The bottom thumb screw of the RAPAs is too big for the screw hole on the 1100GTO RA axis cover plate. Am I missing something?

Shailesh 


RAPAS on 1100GTO

Shailesh Trivedi
 

I am trying to connect the RAPAS on my recently acquired 1100GTO. The bottom thumb screw of the RAPAs is too big for the screw hole on the 1100GTO RA axis cover plate. Am I missing something?

Shailesh 


Re: How to prevent small movements

Konstantin von Poschinger
 

Hi Roland,

I understand. I use MaximDL. What is the best to do use the guider Cable or have you another solution.

Konstantin

Am 10.08.2020 um 17:23 schrieb uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...>:

That's not your problem. read my post.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Konstantin von Poschinger <KPoschinger@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Aug 10, 2020 10:22 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to prevent small movements

Hi Ray,

I have checked. APCC is not the one you mentioned. I have 1.8.3.1. All other are up to date.
Where I can download the APCC version?

Konstantin



Am 10.08.2020 um 16:20 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@...>:

Hi Konstantin,

yes that is what I mean. I thought I have the newest firmware (Mach2) and APCC Pro and AP V2, or are there

Can you confirm you are using APCC Pro v1.8.4.1, firmware VCP5-P02-05, and AP V2 5.30.10?

special versions for people who wand that behavior?

There's no special version for this. I'll have to look into this.  But, I will need you to confirm your firmware and software versions (above).

By the way, did find out something about the parking problem from cw up positions?

I think that was something possibly in firmware, so Howard/Mike have been looking into that, but I don't know the status.

-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 Konstantin von Poschinger
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 1:48 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] How to prevent small movements

Hi Ray,

yes that is what I mean. I thought I have the newest firmware (Mach2) and APCC Pro and AP V2, or are there
special versions for people who wand that behavior?
By the way, did find out something about the parking problem from cw up positions?


Konstantin


Am 10.08.2020 um 05:36 schrieb Ray Gralak <groups3@...>:

Hi Konstantin,

I forgott how to prevent small movements in the cw up area, if the mount is taking small movements for
dithering.

I'm not sure I understand your question.

Do you mean you want to prevent the mount from slewing to cw down when dithering in a cw up position?

If that's the question, can you provide the mount firmware version, APCC version, and AP V2 driver version?

-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 Konstantin von Poschinger
Sent: Sunday, August 9, 2020 5:37 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] How to prevent small movements

Hi Ray,

I forgott how to prevent small movements in the cw up area, if the mount is taking small movements for
dithering.

Grüsse

Konstantin v. Poschinger


Hammerichstr. 5
22605 Hamburg
040/8805747
0171/1983476













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