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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.
 
 


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?

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