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Re: PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600

Bill Long
 

That's good. We've had nothing but clouds here for weeks. Might get some clearing early next week.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Dale Ghent <daleg@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600
 

Oh, I have a QHY600 now. I can help test this.

> On Jun 17, 2020, at 10:48 PM, Ray Gralak <groups3@...> wrote:
>
> Hi Tom,
>
>> Any progress on this? I have heard that it was a couple of days away a couple of weeks ago.
>
> PEMPro 3.0.29 was released a couple weeks ago and I am waiting for feedback. The only change required was to add full support for subframes and binning in the polar alignment wizard. PEC programming did not require any changes.
>
> -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 Tom Blahovici
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:54 PM
>> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
>> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600
>>
>> Hi
>> Any progress on this? I have heard that it was a couple of days away a couple of weeks ago.
>> Thanks, Tom
>>
>
>
>
>





Re: Mach1 problem please assist

Ron Kramer
 

I re-greased the RA.  It was really relaxing and nothing to fear.  No springs jumped out at me or other crazy surprises. 
The first test last night showed my RA improved by almost 50% reduction in RA RMS error.  (I'm shocked).

On the bad side, I did not fix my RA KICK problem.  I did not see RA worm flaws except on the very end (3 turns) of the worm and I'm sure that is never in contact with the drive gear.
I have emailed Howard... but wondered if it helps determine the problem from last night's guide log.  I was surprised to see it FLIPPED the RA kick.  (no meridian flip took place) why would it flip? 


RA KICK.JPG

On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 4:21 PM Ron Kramer via groups.io <ronkramer1957=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Kit arrived late last night. (UPS error)
Today it was hot in the dome so I just did the RA worm and drive gear. And the side gears)
I hope to test tonight and see if it solves my RA kicking problem. 

I inspected the worm and was in fine shape - EXCEPT I had some very rough area which I don't think matters. It was way over on the very edges of the worm... like the last 2-3 turns were rough. I don't believe this are ever used? 

I greased the entire worm even though it said just the center is all that's needed. Figured it would help ward off corrosion.   The process wasn't scary once the RA box was removed. In fact (I don't recommend this) but I didn't even take my gear off the mount.  RASA 11 + essentials upside down at times.   I forgot about the cords but never turned more than 180.  I actually read the instructions after I was done. (common for me, I like to dig in) then see what I did wrong. 

SOUNDS nice... Will see if the RA hiccups tonight in a guiding test.  if all is good I'll do DEC tomorrow but RA was a primary concern as it would jump and killed every other sub.

Will see tonight.





On Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 4:33 PM Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:

Ron,

 

Now that our production staff has returned, the turnaround time for repairs is pretty quick. There is no standard cost for a “ tune up” since it depends on what is involved and if parts have to be replaced.

 

Try regreasing first and contact us again if you can’t resolve the issue.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ron Kramer
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach1 problem please assist

 

I'm about to try to re-grease - I'll see if I can see something during inspection.  Is swapping the worm something easy I can do at home? 
I don't want to do anything complicated. I don't believe I've nicked a gear - I only use park3.  But it has come against the pier during a few 3-4 occasions? Would that do anything?

How much does it cost to send it in for a tune up?  HOW LONG would I be without it?  I'm near in Grand Rapids, MI.
I'll look for a clump of anything in the worm teeth.  If I send it in I don 't want it waiting for weeks/days. What is time frame? 

I ordered the grease, I'll see how that goes.

 

 

On Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 7:51 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Forget backlash in RA. There is no such thing. RA always tracks so it never reverses. Backlash does not enter into tracking.

 

You may have damaged your worm teeth when you backed off the worm to do a fine balance. You may have forgotten to do it only in the Park3 position. If that's the case, the worm may have a nick in the teeth and it will show up as a repeating pattern once every 6.4 minutes.

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Kramer <ronkramer1957@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Jun 9, 2020 3:30 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach1 problem please assist

My mach1 is about 2.5 years old.  I was getting awesome guiding with a total rms error of .24 arc sec.  

Winter came and went and this spring it's been horrible.  like  1.4.   My image scale is about 1.69 so I lived with that for a while, but lately

the RA is  KICKING in almost a timely fashion.  One of these kicks makes double stars.  Around 1/2 my subs have to be deleted.

Nothing I have tried to far has fixed it.

I will include the log from a couple nights ago to show what I mean. 

I did a new calibration - then a guide assistant for a while... then set recommendations and let it guide a while.
You'll see   RA  kicking like a mule in a rather evenly timed fashion!?!  

I would so appreciate help with this.  Someone in PHD said make sure the mount software/HC doesn't have backlash on.  

I DO NOT USE or own a HC and I don't know of any BackLash setting in APCC pro.  I'm going nuts. 

 

 


 

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Re: Messier 13 with 10in Newtonian and AP 1100GTO mount

Roland Christen
 

An excellent rendition of that famous object. Colors nicely preserved, very well processed.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Luca Marinelli <photo@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Thu, Jun 18, 2020 10:54 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Messier 13 with 10in Newtonian and AP 1100GTO mount

I have been imaging with a TS ONTC 10in f4 Newtonian scope for a couple of years (40lbs with all the bells and whistles attached and just about a meter long). I had it mounted on a latest generation AP Mach1GTO mount and this Spring I bought an AP 1100GTO from a ap-gto fellow subscriber. I expected to find significant improvement in the atmospheric conditions it could handle but I was pleasantly surprised at how much tighter and rounder stars were under pretty much all circumstances. I couldn't be happier with the combination of the AP 1100GTO and APPC Pro. It truly just works night in and night out.

The first image I was processed with this imaging system is a deep view of Messier 13. I annotated all the galaxies in the field of view using the Hyperleda catalog and you can find smudges in the image corresponding to galaxies down to roughly magnitude 22.5. This image was awarded Astrobin's Image of the Day today. The annotated images can be found on my Astrobin page, if you are interested:

https://astrob.in/ydk4cz/0/

I hope you enjoy the images!

Cheers,

Luca


Re: Mach1 - regreasing

Fernando Proietti
 

Hi Karen,

Many thanks, regards, FerNANDO

Em ter., 16 de jun. de 2020 às 16:34, Karen Christen <karen@...> escreveu:

Hi Fernando,

 

I’ve attached directions to remove the auto-adjusting gearbox that you have on your Mach1.  Once you have the gearbox off you may proceed with re-greasing.

Karen Christen

Astro-Physics

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 2:33 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach1 - regreasing

 

You have the latest gearbox. Karen will send you instructions how to disassemble it.

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Fernando Proietti <fernandoaproietti@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Jun 16, 2020 1:52 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach1 - regreasing

Hi Rolando,

 

Photos attached, thanks, Fernando

 

Em ter., 16 de jun. de 2020 às 11:06, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> escreveu:

Can you send a picture of your mount's gearbox from 2 sides so we can see which model you have?

 

Rolando

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Fernando Proietti <fernandoaproietti@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Jun 16, 2020 8:53 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach1 - regreasing

Dear all,

* My mount is outside the US, in Brasil;
* I am in Medicine/Public Health and with almost any mechanical skills;
* If I mess up anything while fixing, greasing, it is quite expensive to send the mount to AstroPhysics in the US. Have to say that George is always there when I need any help/information. Thanks George!
* English is not my native language and I have to look for the meaning of "spur gears", "axle shoulder bolts" :)))) Not a big deal, though.

So, maybe is only me, but I would be really grateful if someone out there (or someone from AstroPhysics) could put out there a video (or pictures) on how to remove the motor gear box and reinstall (Mach1). I am aware of a video on how to grease. But not on how to access the worn and worm Wheel gears.

Regards, Fernando


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Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600

Tom Blahovici
 

Hi,

Ok thanks.  I noticed there was an update but nothing mentioned in the release notes.
I'll give it a try when I can.
73 Tom


Re: What is the diameter and thread on the Pasil.4 polar scope?

Tom Blahovici
 

Hi
Perfect.  Thanks very much!  This will be my first time threading....
Best regards, Tom


Re: Messier 13 with 10in Newtonian and AP 1100GTO mount

Dean Jacobsen
 

Great image Luca.  The colorful stars are very nice.
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Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: Messier 13 with 10in Newtonian and AP 1100GTO mount

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Luca, that is a superb M13!


On Thu, 18 Jun 2020 at 11:54, Luca Marinelli <photo@...> wrote:
I have been imaging with a TS ONTC 10in f4 Newtonian scope for a couple of years (40lbs with all the bells and whistles attached and just about a meter long). I had it mounted on a latest generation AP Mach1GTO mount and this Spring I bought an AP 1100GTO from a ap-gto fellow subscriber. I expected to find significant improvement in the atmospheric conditions it could handle but I was pleasantly surprised at how much tighter and rounder stars were under pretty much all circumstances. I couldn't be happier with the combination of the AP 1100GTO and APPC Pro. It truly just works night in and night out.

The first image I was processed with this imaging system is a deep view of Messier 13. I annotated all the galaxies in the field of view using the Hyperleda catalog and you can find smudges in the image corresponding to galaxies down to roughly magnitude 22.5. This image was awarded Astrobin's Image of the Day today. The annotated images can be found on my Astrobin page, if you are interested:

https://astrob.in/ydk4cz/0/

I hope you enjoy the images!

Cheers,

Luca


--

Stuart
http://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/


Re: Messier 13 with 10in Newtonian and AP 1100GTO mount

 

really wonderful images, well done


On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 8:54 AM Luca Marinelli <photo@...> wrote:
I have been imaging with a TS ONTC 10in f4 Newtonian scope for a couple of years (40lbs with all the bells and whistles attached and just about a meter long). I had it mounted on a latest generation AP Mach1GTO mount and this Spring I bought an AP 1100GTO from a ap-gto fellow subscriber. I expected to find significant improvement in the atmospheric conditions it could handle but I was pleasantly surprised at how much tighter and rounder stars were under pretty much all circumstances. I couldn't be happier with the combination of the AP 1100GTO and APPC Pro. It truly just works night in and night out.

The first image I was processed with this imaging system is a deep view of Messier 13. I annotated all the galaxies in the field of view using the Hyperleda catalog and you can find smudges in the image corresponding to galaxies down to roughly magnitude 22.5. This image was awarded Astrobin's Image of the Day today. The annotated images can be found on my Astrobin page, if you are interested:

https://astrob.in/ydk4cz/0/

I hope you enjoy the images!

Cheers,

Luca



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Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: Messier 13 with 10in Newtonian and AP 1100GTO mount

Karen Christen
 

Congratulations on the AID, Luca!  Your M13 is a beauty!

Karen

AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Luca Marinelli
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2020 10:55 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Messier 13 with 10in Newtonian and AP 1100GTO mount

 

I have been imaging with a TS ONTC 10in f4 Newtonian scope for a couple of years (40lbs with all the bells and whistles attached and just about a meter long). I had it mounted on a latest generation AP Mach1GTO mount and this Spring I bought an AP 1100GTO from a ap-gto fellow subscriber. I expected to find significant improvement in the atmospheric conditions it could handle but I was pleasantly surprised at how much tighter and rounder stars were under pretty much all circumstances. I couldn't be happier with the combination of the AP 1100GTO and APPC Pro. It truly just works night in and night out.

The first image I was processed with this imaging system is a deep view of Messier 13. I annotated all the galaxies in the field of view using the Hyperleda catalog and you can find smudges in the image corresponding to galaxies down to roughly magnitude 22.5. This image was awarded Astrobin's Image of the Day today. The annotated images can be found on my Astrobin page, if you are interested:

https://astrob.in/ydk4cz/0/

I hope you enjoy the images!

Cheers,

Luca


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Messier 13 with 10in Newtonian and AP 1100GTO mount

Michael Fulbright <mike.fulbright@...>
 

That is an excellent image - I really love these ONTC scopes.  I went with the 8 inch f/4 as I did not think the 10 inch f/4 was a good match for the Mach1 and it has not disappointed me.

Michael Fulbright

On 6/18/20 11:54 AM, Luca Marinelli wrote:
I have been imaging with a TS ONTC 10in f4 Newtonian scope for a couple of years (40lbs with all the bells and whistles attached and just about a meter long). I had it mounted on a latest generation AP Mach1GTO mount and this Spring I bought an AP 1100GTO from a ap-gto fellow subscriber. I expected to find significant improvement in the atmospheric conditions it could handle but I was pleasantly surprised at how much tighter and rounder stars were under pretty much all circumstances. I couldn't be happier with the combination of the AP 1100GTO and APPC Pro. It truly just works night in and night out.

The first image I was processed with this imaging system is a deep view of Messier 13. I annotated all the galaxies in the field of view using the Hyperleda catalog and you can find smudges in the image corresponding to galaxies down to roughly magnitude 22.5. This image was awarded Astrobin's Image of the Day today. The annotated images can be found on my Astrobin page, if you are interested:

https://astrob.in/ydk4cz/0/

I hope you enjoy the images!

Cheers,

Luca


Messier 13 with 10in Newtonian and AP 1100GTO mount

Luca Marinelli
 

I have been imaging with a TS ONTC 10in f4 Newtonian scope for a couple of years (40lbs with all the bells and whistles attached and just about a meter long). I had it mounted on a latest generation AP Mach1GTO mount and this Spring I bought an AP 1100GTO from a ap-gto fellow subscriber. I expected to find significant improvement in the atmospheric conditions it could handle but I was pleasantly surprised at how much tighter and rounder stars were under pretty much all circumstances. I couldn't be happier with the combination of the AP 1100GTO and APPC Pro. It truly just works night in and night out.

The first image I was processed with this imaging system is a deep view of Messier 13. I annotated all the galaxies in the field of view using the Hyperleda catalog and you can find smudges in the image corresponding to galaxies down to roughly magnitude 22.5. This image was awarded Astrobin's Image of the Day today. The annotated images can be found on my Astrobin page, if you are interested:

https://astrob.in/ydk4cz/0/

I hope you enjoy the images!

Cheers,

Luca


Tripod for MC254 and Mach1

Elenillor
 

 

Wondering about lower vibration options for the above combination.

I am strictly a portable and visual observer. The two tripods I use are an AP Berlebach and an AP 42" portable pier. Both are fine with an AP130 but with the MC245 are quite vibration prone when focusing. Vibration is not a problem when tracking.

 

So wondering if a different tripod would make a large difference in vibration (Eagle, ATS, Losmandy HD or other). The Mach1 is loaded with 60+lbs of counter weights, and the MC254 has a FL of around 3,680mm.

 

Any experience with comparisons of different tripods using similar FL scopes?

 

John


Re: help with AP900 guiding via ASIAir Pro

sgbonnell@...
 

OK, thanks Ray...I'll give it a try...
cheers,
Steve


Re: What is the diameter and thread on the Pasil.4 polar scope?

R Botero
 

Tom 

Some pictures attached. Take these with a pinch of salt (thread is definitely 24tpi) as my 900GTO seems to have a collar on its Pasil and yours may be a direct attachment and I used a calipers instead of a micrometre to measure diameters.

Roberto


Re: What is the diameter and thread on the Pasil.4 polar scope?

R Botero
 

Tom
Do you have the polar scope already? If so, get yourself a thread gauge and measure directly on your unit. You will need one anyway if you are serious about turning threads on your lathe anyway (it will be the only way to test your plug whilst still on the chuck). 

I have a Pasil on an 900GTO and will send you my measurements later (hoping they match the 600). 


Roberto


Re: PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Dale,

Oh, I have a QHY600 now. I can help test this.
That would be great!

Again, the only changes are in the polar alignment wizard, where on step 2 you can select the full frame, center 1/2 x 1/2, center
1/3 x 1/3, and center 1/4 x 1/4. I am hoping that selecting a sub-frame will reduce the total allocation of memory required at any
moment. Step 3 seems to be the worst-case, where three images have to be allocated in that step.

Here is the download link:

https://www.siriusimaging.com/PEMProV3/PEMProV3_Release_v3.00.29.exe

-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 Dale Ghent
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:17 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600


Oh, I have a QHY600 now. I can help test this.

On Jun 17, 2020, at 10:48 PM, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:

Hi Tom,

Any progress on this? I have heard that it was a couple of days away a couple of weeks ago.
PEMPro 3.0.29 was released a couple weeks ago and I am waiting for feedback. The only change required was to
add full support for subframes and binning in the polar alignment wizard. PEC programming did not require any
changes.

-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 Tom Blahovici
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:54 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600

Hi
Any progress on this? I have heard that it was a couple of days away a couple of weeks ago.
Thanks, Tom




Re: PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600

Dale Ghent
 

Oh, I have a QHY600 now. I can help test this.

On Jun 17, 2020, at 10:48 PM, Ray Gralak <groups3@gralak.com> wrote:

Hi Tom,

Any progress on this? I have heard that it was a couple of days away a couple of weeks ago.
PEMPro 3.0.29 was released a couple weeks ago and I am waiting for feedback. The only change required was to add full support for subframes and binning in the polar alignment wizard. PEC programming did not require any changes.

-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 Tom Blahovici
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:54 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600

Hi
Any progress on this? I have heard that it was a couple of days away a couple of weeks ago.
Thanks, Tom



Re: help with AP900 guiding via ASIAir Pro

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Steve,

I'll look into this when I get a chance. In the mean time you might consider reverting to an older version of the driver.

There are links to some of the older versions here (start with 5.21.01 and go earlier if needed):

https://www.gralak.com/apdriver

-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 sgbonnell@outlook.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:44 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] help with AP900 guiding via ASIAir Pro

Hi Ray,
I reset the AP900 ASCOM mount settings (AP900 and CP2) and tried it out again.
Same result unfortunately...logs attached.

However, I see that the Mount Type does not get populated in the Log files...I do have AP900 selected in the
Telescope set up panel in ASCOM (double and triple checked) but it is not appearing in the logs (as you noticed
earlier). Is this a symptom or cause of my troubles?

thanks for your help in trying to sort this out..
Steve


Re: PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Tom,

Any progress on this? I have heard that it was a couple of days away a couple of weeks ago.
PEMPro 3.0.29 was released a couple weeks ago and I am waiting for feedback. The only change required was to add full support for subframes and binning in the polar alignment wizard. PEC programming did not require any changes.

-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 Tom Blahovici
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:54 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] PEMPro on ASI6200 & QHY600

Hi
Any progress on this? I have heard that it was a couple of days away a couple of weeks ago.
Thanks, Tom

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