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Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Wayne Hixson
 

Excellent! Looking forward to your reports. Mine was delivered today, a day earlier than anticipated. Thanks UPS! Unboxing and initial playtime tomorrow. 

Wayne 


On Mar 3, 2020, at 4:04 PM, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:

Terri, glad to hear that your Mach2 is on its way to its new home.


Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Dean Jacobsen
 

Terri, glad to hear that your Mach2 is on its way to its new home.


Re: Notified!😍 #mach2gto #Mach2GTO

Terri Zittritsch
 

I received a shipping notification today... I'm very excited!     I can't wait to try it out!  


Terri


Re: #Absolute_Encoders #APCC #Absolute_Encoders #APCC

 

i'll check that on our 1600AE tonight as well



On 3/3/2020 2:43 PM, Bill Long wrote:
Interesting. I will hook my mount up tonight (1100AE) and see if I have the same experience with the new version. 


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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] #Absolute_Encoders #APCC
 
Help file says that the ELS tab is for the AP3600 only.


Re: #Absolute_Encoders #APCC #Absolute_Encoders #APCC

Bill Long
 

Interesting. I will hook my mount up tonight (1100AE) and see if I have the same experience with the new version. 


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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] #Absolute_Encoders #APCC
 
Help file says that the ELS tab is for the AP3600 only.


Re: #Absolute_Encoders #APCC #Absolute_Encoders #APCC

StarryNightsMe2@...
 

Help file says that the ELS tab is for the AP3600 only.


Re: #Absolute_Encoders #APCC #Absolute_Encoders #APCC

Bill Long
 

Perhaps the tab was renamed?


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Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:49 PM
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Subject: [ap-gto] #Absolute_Encoders #APCC
 
Hi all,
After upgrading APCC to Ver 1.8.0.3 I find that the AE tab is no longer active and that the ELS tab is now there.
I am connected to an AP1600AE Version 4 controller. 
The previous version loaded the AE tab consistently.

I have done the usual things: reboot the computer, change the mount to a 1200 and back to the 1600 etc, restart APCC, power off and on the mount etc..
Nothing seems to affect it.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated. 
Oh the ELS tab does show the encoders as connected.
 
thanks Josh 


#Absolute_Encoders #APCC #Absolute_Encoders #APCC

StarryNightsMe2@...
 

Hi all,
After upgrading APCC to Ver 1.8.0.3 I find that the AE tab is no longer active and that the ELS tab is now there.
I am connected to an AP1600AE Version 4 controller. 
The previous version loaded the AE tab consistently.

I have done the usual things: reboot the computer, change the mount to a 1200 and back to the 1600 etc, restart APCC, power off and on the mount etc..
Nothing seems to affect it.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated. 
Oh the ELS tab does show the encoders as connected.
 
thanks Josh 


Re: Some Recent Wide Field Galaxy Images With My Trusty AP900

Don Anderson
 

I really like how you processed those images Dean. For me the emphasis should be on the galaxys themselves(matter of taste only)with the stars being secondary. 

Don Anderson


On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 07:39:53 a.m. MST, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:


On Mon, Mar 2, 2020 at 10:45 PM, Michael Hambrick wrote:
Hi Dean

I would be curious to know if you are using any special focusing techniques to get such sharp images.

Hi Michael,

No, nothing special.  I don't even use a motorized focuser.  I just use a Bhatinov mask and monitor the temperature.  If the temperature drops more than about 3 - 4 degrees F then I re-focus.

I try to use exposure times that don't saturate the field stars.  There will always be some bright stars in the field that will saturate no matter what you do but my exposure times are calibrated to reach a point where the camera's read noise is buried in the sky background and no more -> 10*readNoise^2.

I am also very careful during processing of color images not to do anything that will bloat the stars.  I don't ever adjust the histogram white point and I am careful with the mid-range stretch not to brighten up the image [and the stars] too much.  For these images I focused on saturating the colors rather than brightening up the image with the histogram tools.  That tends to keep the star profiles smaller.

Lastly, I use Photoshop's minimum filter on the stars.  You can select the stars - Select Color Range --> Highlights - and apply lightly - 0.3 to 0.5 pixel with the "preserve roundness" selected.  It works great for de-emphasizing the moderately bright stars.

That is about it.


Re: AP V2 ASCOM driver v5.30.07 available for download

Larry Phillips
 
Edited

I had the same behavior but since I am eventually going to get a Mach2, I click on the Mach2 mount type and the custom slew rate was available.  I then went back to Mach1 and the custom slew rate was now available.

Larry


Re: Advice for loading large scope on mount

Wayne Hixson
 

That is way cool and affordable. 


On Mar 3, 2020, at 11:37 AM, Stone, Jack G <jack.g.stone@...> wrote:



https://www.harborfreight.com/500-lbs-capacity-hydraulic-table-cart-61405.html

 

How does this unit sound as a reference – there might be others with higher reach and lower capacity.

Some are less stable but more portable.

 

Regards,

 

Jack ~


Re: Advice for loading large scope on mount

Stone, Jack G
 

https://www.harborfreight.com/500-lbs-capacity-hydraulic-table-cart-61405.html

 

How does this unit sound as a reference – there might be others with higher reach and lower capacity.

Some are less stable but more portable.

 

Regards,

 

Jack ~


Re: Advice for loading large scope on mount

Stone, Jack G
 

Team,

 

Does this help?

https://www.harborfreight.com/500-lbs-capacity-hydraulic-table-cart-61405.html

 

There are similar units I would assume from various sources and maximum height.

 

Regards,

 

Jack ~

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Worsel via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 11:33 AM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Advice for loading large scope on mount

 

Ditto technique for a 14.5 iDK.  Key is building the table at the right height or having a movable pier, ala PierTech

Bryan


Re: Advice for loading large scope on mount

Wayne Hixson
 

Greg, Rolando - that sounds very do-able. I’ll give it a try when all is here. 

Thanks, Wayne


On Mar 3, 2020, at 11:32 AM, Greg Salyer <astronutcase@...> wrote:


I have a 12.5” Planewave and have no problem mounting it myself. I built a small table that I put next to the mount. I place the scope on the table pointing straight down then using the mount’s hand controller bring the mount’s saddle right next to the scope. I can then fasten the scope to the mount, add the counter weights and I’m done. The reverse is just as easy.

Greg

On Mar 3, 2020, at 12:49 PM, Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io <wayneh9026@...> wrote:



I’ve had only refractors no larger than my 130GTX ever. I now have a 12.5” iDK that weights approximately 43 lbs. I loaded it my AP1100 exactly twice before I sold that mount 6 months ago. It was difficult not so much as the weight but the awkward shape and the difficulty of seeing what I was doing.


Now that I’ll have a mount again I’m looking for advice on loading and unloading by myself if another person isn’t available. One issue was that the 1100 was very high (42” pier) and I’ll likely have my Mach2 on an Eagle at about 32/34”. I was thinking in Park 3 I’d be behind the scope so I would break its fall 😅. 


wayne


Re: Advice for loading large scope on mount

Worsel
 

Ditto technique for a 14.5 iDK.  Key is building the table at the right height or having a movable pier, ala PierTech

Bryan


Re: Advice for loading large scope on mount

Greg Salyer
 

I have a 12.5” Planewave and have no problem mounting it myself. I built a small table that I put next to the mount. I place the scope on the table pointing straight down then using the mount’s hand controller bring the mount’s saddle right next to the scope. I can then fasten the scope to the mount, add the counter weights and I’m done. The reverse is just as easy.

Greg

On Mar 3, 2020, at 12:49 PM, Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io <wayneh9026@...> wrote:



I’ve had only refractors no larger than my 130GTX ever. I now have a 12.5” iDK that weights approximately 43 lbs. I loaded it my AP1100 exactly twice before I sold that mount 6 months ago. It was difficult not so much as the weight but the awkward shape and the difficulty of seeing what I was doing.


Now that I’ll have a mount again I’m looking for advice on loading and unloading by myself if another person isn’t available. One issue was that the 1100 was very high (42” pier) and I’ll likely have my Mach2 on an Eagle at about 32/34”. I was thinking in Park 3 I’d be behind the scope so I would break its fall 😅. 


wayne


Re: Advice for loading large scope on mount

Roland Christen
 

I point the mount so that the saddle is pointing to the zenith (straight up) with half of the counterweights attached and clutches firmly locked. Counterweight shaft will be horizontal. I place a small table next to the saddle and lift the scope up onto the table, pointing straight up. Then I simply push the scope straight into the dovetail and lock it in place. Then I add the rest of the counterweights to get it somewhat balanced and pull the table out from under the scope tube. Finally I finish balancing and I am ready to go.
 
I have used this technique to load my 17" astrograph and can do it as a 1 person (me) setup, no problem. I demonstrated it at NEAF a couple of years ago.
 
Rolando
 
 

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Subject: [ap-gto] Advice for loading large scope on mount

I’ve had only refractors no larger than my 130GTX ever. I now have a 12.5” iDK that weights approximately 43 lbs. I loaded it my AP1100 exactly twice before I sold that mount 6 months ago. It was difficult not so much as the weight but the awkward shape and the difficulty of seeing what I was doing.

Now that I’ll have a mount again I’m looking for advice on loading and unloading by myself if another person isn’t available. One issue was that the 1100 was very high (42” pier) and I’ll likely have my Mach2 on an Eagle at about 32/34”. I was thinking in Park 3 I’d be behind the scope so I would break its fall 😅. 

wayne


Re: Advice for loading large scope on mount

 

Ah that's a great idea! 

i wish we knew that before we had to recruit 4 people for our CDK17"

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On Tue, Mar 3, 2020 at 9:58 AM steven ho <StevenHoffman53@...> wrote:
My payload is far heavier 100+ lbs so a roll-away table is a necessity. See the attached picture. Notice it rests on a dolly. The AP1600 can tip the scope gently onto the table and Styrofoam from the scopes shipping crate is used to cushion the load.

Clear skies!!
Steve


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Subject: [ap-gto] Advice for loading large scope on mount
 

I’ve had only refractors no larger than my 130GTX ever. I now have a 12.5” iDK that weights approximately 43 lbs. I loaded it my AP1100 exactly twice before I sold that mount 6 months ago. It was difficult not so much as the weight but the awkward shape and the difficulty of seeing what I was doing.


Now that I’ll have a mount again I’m looking for advice on loading and unloading by myself if another person isn’t available. One issue was that the 1100 was very high (42” pier) and I’ll likely have my Mach2 on an Eagle at about 32/34”. I was thinking in Park 3 I’d be behind the scope so I would break its fall 😅. 


wayne



--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: Advice for loading large scope on mount

steven ho
 

My payload is far heavier 100+ lbs so a roll-away table is a necessity. See the attached picture. Notice it rests on a dolly. The AP1600 can tip the scope gently onto the table and Styrofoam from the scopes shipping crate is used to cushion the load.

Clear skies!!
Steve


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io <wayneh9026@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:49 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] Advice for loading large scope on mount
 

I’ve had only refractors no larger than my 130GTX ever. I now have a 12.5” iDK that weights approximately 43 lbs. I loaded it my AP1100 exactly twice before I sold that mount 6 months ago. It was difficult not so much as the weight but the awkward shape and the difficulty of seeing what I was doing.


Now that I’ll have a mount again I’m looking for advice on loading and unloading by myself if another person isn’t available. One issue was that the 1100 was very high (42” pier) and I’ll likely have my Mach2 on an Eagle at about 32/34”. I was thinking in Park 3 I’d be behind the scope so I would break its fall 😅. 


wayne


Advice for loading large scope on mount

Wayne Hixson
 

I’ve had only refractors no larger than my 130GTX ever. I now have a 12.5” iDK that weights approximately 43 lbs. I loaded it my AP1100 exactly twice before I sold that mount 6 months ago. It was difficult not so much as the weight but the awkward shape and the difficulty of seeing what I was doing.


Now that I’ll have a mount again I’m looking for advice on loading and unloading by myself if another person isn’t available. One issue was that the 1100 was very high (42” pier) and I’ll likely have my Mach2 on an Eagle at about 32/34”. I was thinking in Park 3 I’d be behind the scope so I would break its fall 😅. 


wayne

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