Setting AP1600 limits in remote obs


 

Hi everyone

I'm wondering how you set your ap mount limits when you can't access your mount? 

I'm thinking meridian limits and absolute limits (i.e., so it doesn't crash into the pier)



We have a 1600 GTOCP4 with absolute encoders and use APCC pro. it's on a pier in Chile (obstech) so we can't physically be there or see it. 

If necessary, we can ask someone to move it around and use the software, but they may not be familiar with using APCC. 

So far it hasn't been an issue because we've been doing light imaging and watching things, but we're moving into automation 

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Brian 



Brian Valente


Dale Ghent
 

I would do it interactively with obstech staff on the phone/voice chat. You move the mount, or they do with the hand controller, and they tell you when things are however close enough to the pier and you then record those limits yourself. They’re pretty smart folks there and they’ve probably been through this kind of exercise before. 

On Jun 23, 2020, at 13:05, Brian Valente <bvalente@...> wrote:


Hi everyone

I'm wondering how you set your ap mount limits when you can't access your mount? 

I'm thinking meridian limits and absolute limits (i.e., so it doesn't crash into the pier)



We have a 1600 GTOCP4 with absolute encoders and use APCC pro. it's on a pier in Chile (obstech) so we can't physically be there or see it. 

If necessary, we can ask someone to move it around and use the software, but they may not be familiar with using APCC. 

So far it hasn't been an issue because we've been doing light imaging and watching things, but we're moving into automation 

--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Roland Christen
 

Limits should definitely be used in any remote situation. They can be set in APCC remotely if you have an internet connection.

You also need to set up APCC so that the mount will automatically stop tracking in the case the computer connection is lost.

We are presently working on new software for the CP4/5 controllers that places limits internally into the controller, o even if everything external fails, the mount will still stop tracking at the internal limit point.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Valente <bvalente@...>
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Sent: Tue, Jun 23, 2020 12:05 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Setting AP1600 limits in remote obs

Hi everyone

I'm wondering how you set your ap mount limits when you can't access your mount? 

I'm thinking meridian limits and absolute limits (i.e., so it doesn't crash into the pier)



We have a 1600 GTOCP4 with absolute encoders and use APCC pro. it's on a pier in Chile (obstech) so we can't physically be there or see it. 

If necessary, we can ask someone to move it around and use the software, but they may not be familiar with using APCC. 

So far it hasn't been an issue because we've been doing light imaging and watching things, but we're moving into automation 

--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Michael Hambrick <mike.hambrick@...>
 

Do you have cameras in your observatory so that you can watch the scope ? The GoPro cameras are pretty high quality. You would probably need them looking at the scope and pier from at least two angles. Then you could watch everything while slewing the scope to the limits that you are comfortable with.


Best Regards

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


 

They are working on bringing up the camera for our building (the other 4 already have them)

i may just work with them to set the limits. The gopro is a good idea, but i feel like i would need 3 or 4 of them to really see what's going on 

Brian

On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 11:22 AM Michael Hambrick via groups.io <mike.hambrick=arlanxeo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Do you have cameras in your observatory so that you can watch the scope ? The GoPro cameras are pretty high quality. You would probably need them looking at the scope and pier from at least two angles. Then you could watch everything while slewing the scope to the limits that you are comfortable with.


Best Regards

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



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Brian 



Brian Valente