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Re: Case for AP900

sroberts84
 

Thanks a lot!

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Roy Batty (Jan 8th 2016 - Dec 2019)

On Mon, 2020-06-01 at 12:16 -0700, leszek@... wrote:
https://nalpak.com/skb-iseries-3i-2424-14-case/


AP now open - question about mount manufacturing order/priority

Shailesh Trivedi
 

I just saw that Marj posted a blog on Friday that communicated to us that AP is up & running with full staff today. This is great news.

This implies that mount production is restarting, please correct if wrong.

I am on the list for a Mach2 from April 2019, but would like to know when an AP1100 with AE may be available.

Any eta about order of assembly & 1100 vs Mach 2?

Shailesh


Re: Case for AP900

Leszek
 


Re: Case for AP900

sroberts84
 

Hello,
Looks great, but where have you seen the case with foam for under $300.00?

Thanks.,

S Roberts
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I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

Roy Batty (Jan 8th 2016 - Dec 2019)

On Mon, 2020-06-01 at 09:28 -0700, leszek@... wrote:
I was looking recently for a case for my ap900gto mount.  It turns out that the SKB iSeries 3I-2424-14 Case is a perfect fit, works well and you can get it online for less than $300 with cubed foam.


Case for AP900

Leszek
 

I was looking recently for a case for my ap900gto mount.  It turns out that the SKB iSeries 3I-2424-14 Case is a perfect fit, works well and you can get it online for less than $300 with cubed foam.


Re: AP 1100 mount and phd2

Leon
 

Thanks, all this help in my learning curve is great!! thanks again!






On Monday, June 1, 2020, 10:12:10 AM CDT, Brian Valente <bvalente@...> wrote:


Leon I am a regular over at PHD, 

i put together a baseline guiding tutorial that should get you most of the way to a working setup, it's often used as a first step to getting your guiding dialed in:



If you have additional questions you can drop those logs over at the phd forums and it's a good starting point for analysis


Brian

On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 7:36 AM Leon via groups.io <lftscope=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wow, extremely helpful, thank you!!


On Jun 1, 2020, at 9:12 AM, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:

Leon,

I found this document very helpful when I was learning PHD2 - https://openphdguiding.org/phd2-best-practices/

The guiding assistant is quite good.  I let it do its thing once I get set up and it gets dark.
--
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http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 



--
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Brian Valente


Re: AP 1100 mount and phd2

 

Leon I am a regular over at PHD, 

i put together a baseline guiding tutorial that should get you most of the way to a working setup, it's often used as a first step to getting your guiding dialed in:



If you have additional questions you can drop those logs over at the phd forums and it's a good starting point for analysis


Brian

On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 7:36 AM Leon via groups.io <lftscope=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wow, extremely helpful, thank you!!


On Jun 1, 2020, at 9:12 AM, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:

Leon,

I found this document very helpful when I was learning PHD2 - https://openphdguiding.org/phd2-best-practices/

The guiding assistant is quite good.  I let it do its thing once I get set up and it gets dark.
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 



--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: AP 1100 mount and phd2

Worsel
 

Leon

This baseline procedure was put together by one of the responders on the PHD2 forum.

"A good way to ensure a solid guiding baseline is to follow the baseline guiding steps, link below. I realize you may have done many of these steps already, but doing them as described gives you (and us) a clean calibration, GA run, and guidelog from which we can further look at your results
 
 
if not, at least do a fresh calibration near the meridian and celestial equator intersection (dec close to 0) followed by a guiding assistant run and 15-30 minutes of uninterrupted guiding"

Bryan


Re: AP 1100 mount and phd2

Leon
 

Wow, extremely helpful, thank you!!


On Jun 1, 2020, at 9:12 AM, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:

Leon,

I found this document very helpful when I was learning PHD2 - https://openphdguiding.org/phd2-best-practices/

The guiding assistant is quite good.  I let it do its thing once I get set up and it gets dark.
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: AP 1100 mount and phd2

Dean Jacobsen
 

Leon,

I found this document very helpful when I was learning PHD2 - https://openphdguiding.org/phd2-best-practices/

The guiding assistant is quite good.  I let it do its thing once I get set up and it gets dark.
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: SkySafari Pro 6 with GTOCP3

Roland Christen
 

Hang in there for a bit while I research this with our software engineer.

Rolando.



-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Berta <biker123@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sun, May 31, 2020 8:47 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] SkySafari Pro 6 with GTOCP3

I added a GTO 1100 with CP4 to my existing GTO 900 CP3. One of the reasons I did was because of the Wireless. Sadly the wireless on the CP4 is problematic. I and others have issues of it dropping connections and than having a hard time reconnecting. I was one of the early owners of the CP4 and although there have been a few firmware updates on both the CP4 and hand controller, nothing has corrected the issue. I run Sky Safari Pro latest versions.  I finally had to go with a SKYFi latest unit which does work flawlessly with Sky Safari Pro. I run with a couple of Samsung Android devices....tablet and cell phone. I know AP has been trying to figure out what the issue is but not having any luck. Those runnng Apple devices may have different experiences. 
In short if you are happy with the CP3, and want wireless the SkyFi unit does work great and you won't need to upgrade to the CP4....especially for visual.

I can't figure out why SkyFi works so well and AP doesn't. Perhaps it is the wifi module in the control box itself.


Re: AP 1100 mount and phd2

Roland Christen
 

Best for you to go on the PHD group. They have very helpful people there that understand the program far beyond my meager knowledge.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Leon via groups.io <lftscope@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Jun 1, 2020 8:30 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP 1100 mount and phd2

Thanks this is helpful, could you elaborate just a little more for us beginners on this?  Very much appreciated. Leon F.


On Jun 1, 2020, at 7:57 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


Aggressiveness is not a setting for a mount, it is a setting for your sky conditions. If you use the Guiding Assistant and let it run thru the whole cycle, it will determine for you, based on sky conditions, what your parameters should be - aggress, min-mo etc.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Leon via groups.io <lftscope@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sun, May 31, 2020 7:37 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] AP 1100 mount and phd2

Hello, can you tell me if there are recommended aggressiveness settings for the ap1100 mount when using phd2? I presently don’t have a problem but was wondering if AP has a recommendation? Thanks Leon F.



Re: AP 1100 mount and phd2

Leon
 

Thanks this is helpful, could you elaborate just a little more for us beginners on this?  Very much appreciated. Leon F.


On Jun 1, 2020, at 7:57 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011@...> wrote:


Aggressiveness is not a setting for a mount, it is a setting for your sky conditions. If you use the Guiding Assistant and let it run thru the whole cycle, it will determine for you, based on sky conditions, what your parameters should be - aggress, min-mo etc.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Leon via groups.io <lftscope@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sun, May 31, 2020 7:37 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] AP 1100 mount and phd2

Hello, can you tell me if there are recommended aggressiveness settings for the ap1100 mount when using phd2? I presently don’t have a problem but was wondering if AP has a recommendation? Thanks Leon F.



Re: AP 1100 mount and phd2

Roland Christen
 

Aggressiveness is not a setting for a mount, it is a setting for your sky conditions. If you use the Guiding Assistant and let it run thru the whole cycle, it will determine for you, based on sky conditions, what your parameters should be - aggress, min-mo etc.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Leon via groups.io <lftscope@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Sun, May 31, 2020 7:37 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] AP 1100 mount and phd2

Hello, can you tell me if there are recommended aggressiveness settings for the ap1100 mount when using phd2? I presently don’t have a problem but was wondering if AP has a recommendation? Thanks Leon F.



Re: SkySafari Pro 6 with GTOCP3

Dominique Durand
 

Hello,
I confirm that the combination Mach1CP3 / SKYFi3 / standard RS232-USB converter / Safari 5 plus works well on my Android Cell phone. However, I still have the keyboard plugged in and in particular to put in park3 at the end of the session. I turn on the frame which automatically unpaired, I connect with Skysafari which synchronizes with the frame.
I also tested the connection with a Mach1 CP4 and I also noticed disconnections, the reconnection being quick to do.
By cons I have a problem with my new mach2 CP5. The connection is done well but not the synchronization if I have not previously turned on the mount with connection to APCC (or to the driver). I can move the mount with the arrow buttons, but the indication of positioning in the sky is not the right one and the GOTO does not work.
Is it the absence of the keypad?

Dominique


Re: SkySafari Pro 6 with GTOCP3

arenslo@...
 

Thanks Woody,

I have a couple adapters, one that is several years old and one recently purchased.  Neither has the FTDI chipset, however, so that is well worth trying.  Much appreciated advice.

Adam


Re: SkySafari Pro 6 with GTOCP3

Woody Schlom
 

Adam,

 

I’m not a Mac person, so can’t help you there.  But I have successfully controlled my Mach1 CP3 using SkySafari-5 Pro and SkySafari-6 Pro using either a SkyBT (serial to Bluetooth – a.k.a. RN-270) or SkyFi-III (serial or USB to WiFi).  All work fine.

 

If you’re using a serial to USB adapter on your Mac, which one do you have?  I realize that AP used to recommend the KeySpan HS-19, but I retired mine many years ago in favor of either a genuine FTDI adapter, or another brand containing the FTDI chip.  For some reason, FTDI “gets it” and their chip just plain works – with everything.

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of arenslo@...
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:21 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] SkySafari Pro 6 with GTOCP3

 

Hi All,

Anyone using SkySafari Pro 5/6 to control a GTOCP3 via USB-serial adapter on a Mac?  I can't seem to get the scope to connect, though I recall this working a few years back when I tried on an earlier macOS and possibly before I updated the firmware in the CP3 to V2.  Probably I'm missing something simple so let me know.  I can provide the connection log if that helps.  

Notwithstanding the above, I am also considering upgrading to a CP4 for the wireless and USB connectivity, so interested in hearing the experiences of anyone using SkySafari Pro on a Mac with the CP4.  I am a visual observer so looking for a simple observatory/mount control option and SkySafari Pro seems like it could be a good solution for me.  

Thanks!  Adam 


Re: SkySafari Pro 6 with GTOCP3

arenslo@...
 

Thanks Robert, have you used the SkyFi with both the CP3 and CP4?   I see that the device has a physical RS232 plug, so that would remove one possible source of problem from my equation (usb-serials adapter).   Adam


Re: SkySafari Pro 6 with GTOCP3

Robert Berta
 

I added a GTO 1100 with CP4 to my existing GTO 900 CP3. One of the reasons I did was because of the Wireless. Sadly the wireless on the CP4 is problematic. I and others have issues of it dropping connections and than having a hard time reconnecting. I was one of the early owners of the CP4 and although there have been a few firmware updates on both the CP4 and hand controller, nothing has corrected the issue. I run Sky Safari Pro latest versions.  I finally had to go with a SKYFi latest unit which does work flawlessly with Sky Safari Pro. I run with a couple of Samsung Android devices....tablet and cell phone. I know AP has been trying to figure out what the issue is but not having any luck. Those runnng Apple devices may have different experiences. 
In short if you are happy with the CP3, and want wireless the SkyFi unit does work great and you won't need to upgrade to the CP4....especially for visual.

I can't figure out why SkyFi works so well and AP doesn't. Perhaps it is the wifi module in the control box itself.


AP 1100 mount and phd2

Leon
 

Hello, can you tell me if there are recommended aggressiveness settings for the ap1100 mount when using phd2? I presently don’t have a problem but was wondering if AP has a recommendation? Thanks Leon F.

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