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Mach2 Keypad Availability


 

I have added a new section to the Software Updates page of our website for version 5.xxx and added a link to a document that discusses upgrading older keypads. Check it out

https://www.astro-physics.com/software-updates/

 

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 Marj Christen
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2020 10:25 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Yes, keypads with serial number 1568 and higher can download the new software. The function of FOC and RA DEC REV buttons has changed in the new program, so the buttons on the current keypads are labeled differently.  You can simply use your current button pad and memorize the new functions or will have the opportunity to upgrade the button pad for an additional charge. See our website:

https://www.astro-physics.com/keyvfk2

 

More details on this in the coming weeks.

 

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 David via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:27 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Will my current keypad (from my old Mach1, that I’m currently using with my 1100GTO) work with the new software update?

 

David

 

 

 

On Dec 3, 2020, at 8:45 PM, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:



We’ll have more comparative information when we are ready to release. One of the main advantages is that the startup routine is easier. It will also have some new features.

 

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 DFisch
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 4:48 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Marj, is there any advantage to using the new keypad on an upgraded CP4 over the original hand pad.  I have both with a Mach 1 and a 1100GTO.  Thanks for any advice you might send my way.  Tom Fischer, INDy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Bill Long
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 1:14 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Great update! Thrilled to get some new capabilities for the CP4. Great work!

 

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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Marj Christen <marj@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:20 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Our first goal is to release the new firmware for the GTOCP4, which we are nearly ready to do. The keypad update will be available sometime after that. The manual needs to be updated for the GTOCP4 since some aspects are different.

 

It’s coming soon, hang in there.

 

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 Luke Leege
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:02 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Any news on when the update will be available for current keypad owners?

 


 

Yes, keypads with serial number 1568 and higher can download the new software. The function of FOC and RA DEC REV buttons has changed in the new program, so the buttons on the current keypads are labeled differently.  You can simply use your current button pad and memorize the new functions or will have the opportunity to upgrade the button pad for an additional charge. See our website:

https://www.astro-physics.com/keyvfk2

 

More details on this in the coming weeks.

 

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 David via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:27 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Will my current keypad (from my old Mach1, that I’m currently using with my 1100GTO) work with the new software update?

 

David

 

 



On Dec 3, 2020, at 8:45 PM, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:



We’ll have more comparative information when we are ready to release. One of the main advantages is that the startup routine is easier. It will also have some new features.

 

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 DFisch
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 4:48 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Marj, is there any advantage to using the new keypad on an upgraded CP4 over the original hand pad.  I have both with a Mach 1 and a 1100GTO.  Thanks for any advice you might send my way.  Tom Fischer, INDy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Bill Long
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 1:14 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Great update! Thrilled to get some new capabilities for the CP4. Great work!

 

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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Marj Christen <marj@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:20 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Our first goal is to release the new firmware for the GTOCP4, which we are nearly ready to do. The keypad update will be available sometime after that. The manual needs to be updated for the GTOCP4 since some aspects are different.

 

It’s coming soon, hang in there.

 

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 Luke Leege
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:02 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Any news on when the update will be available for current keypad owners?

 


David
 

Will my current keypad (from my old Mach1, that I’m currently using with my 1100GTO) work with the new software update?

David




On Dec 3, 2020, at 8:45 PM, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:



We’ll have more comparative information when we are ready to release. One of the main advantages is that the startup routine is easier. It will also have some new features.

 

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 DFisch
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 4:48 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Marj, is there any advantage to using the new keypad on an upgraded CP4 over the original hand pad.  I have both with a Mach 1 and a 1100GTO.  Thanks for any advice you might send my way.  Tom Fischer, INDy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Bill Long
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 1:14 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Great update! Thrilled to get some new capabilities for the CP4. Great work!

 

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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Marj Christen <marj@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:20 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Our first goal is to release the new firmware for the GTOCP4, which we are nearly ready to do. The keypad update will be available sometime after that. The manual needs to be updated for the GTOCP4 since some aspects are different.

 

It’s coming soon, hang in there.

 

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 Luke Leege
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:02 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Any news on when the update will be available for current keypad owners?

 


DFisch
 

Thanks Marj ,I’m all about easier start up and I love the keypad, how to get another?

TJF Mobile
please excuse grammar and spell errors


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Marj Christen <marj@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:48:37 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability
 

We’ll have more comparative information when we are ready to release. One of the main advantages is that the startup routine is easier. It will also have some new features.

 

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 DFisch
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 4:48 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Marj, is there any advantage to using the new keypad on an upgraded CP4 over the original hand pad.  I have both with a Mach 1 and a 1100GTO.  Thanks for any advice you might send my way.  Tom Fischer, INDy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Bill Long
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 1:14 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Great update! Thrilled to get some new capabilities for the CP4. Great work!

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Marj Christen <marj@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:20 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Our first goal is to release the new firmware for the GTOCP4, which we are nearly ready to do. The keypad update will be available sometime after that. The manual needs to be updated for the GTOCP4 since some aspects are different.

 

It’s coming soon, hang in there.

 

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 Luke Leege
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:02 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Any news on when the update will be available for current keypad owners?

 


 

We’ll have more comparative information when we are ready to release. One of the main advantages is that the startup routine is easier. It will also have some new features.

 

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 DFisch
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 4:48 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Marj, is there any advantage to using the new keypad on an upgraded CP4 over the original hand pad.  I have both with a Mach 1 and a 1100GTO.  Thanks for any advice you might send my way.  Tom Fischer, INDy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Bill Long
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 1:14 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Great update! Thrilled to get some new capabilities for the CP4. Great work!

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Marj Christen <marj@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:20 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Our first goal is to release the new firmware for the GTOCP4, which we are nearly ready to do. The keypad update will be available sometime after that. The manual needs to be updated for the GTOCP4 since some aspects are different.

 

It’s coming soon, hang in there.

 

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 Luke Leege
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:02 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Any news on when the update will be available for current keypad owners?

 


DFisch
 

Marj, is there any advantage to using the new keypad on an upgraded CP4 over the original hand pad.  I have both with a Mach 1 and a 1100GTO.  Thanks for any advice you might send my way.  Tom Fischer, INDy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Bill Long
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 1:14 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Great update! Thrilled to get some new capabilities for the CP4. Great work!

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Marj Christen <marj@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:20 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Our first goal is to release the new firmware for the GTOCP4, which we are nearly ready to do. The keypad update will be available sometime after that. The manual needs to be updated for the GTOCP4 since some aspects are different.

 

It’s coming soon, hang in there.

 

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 Luke Leege
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:02 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Any news on when the update will be available for current keypad owners?

 


Bill Long
 

Great update! Thrilled to get some new capabilities for the CP4. Great work!


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Marj Christen <marj@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:20 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability
 

Our first goal is to release the new firmware for the GTOCP4, which we are nearly ready to do. The keypad update will be available sometime after that. The manual needs to be updated for the GTOCP4 since some aspects are different.

 

It’s coming soon, hang in there.

 

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 Luke Leege
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:02 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Any news on when the update will be available for current keypad owners?


Jeff B
 

Any chance of an Emergency Use Authorization?  😀😷


On Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 12:17 PM Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:

Our first goal is to release the new firmware for the GTOCP4, which we are nearly ready to do. The keypad update will be available sometime after that. The manual needs to be updated for the GTOCP4 since some aspects are different.

 

It’s coming soon, hang in there.

 

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 Luke Leege
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:02 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Any news on when the update will be available for current keypad owners?


 

Our first goal is to release the new firmware for the GTOCP4, which we are nearly ready to do. The keypad update will be available sometime after that. The manual needs to be updated for the GTOCP4 since some aspects are different.

 

It’s coming soon, hang in there.

 

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 Luke Leege
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2020 9:02 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

 

Any news on when the update will be available for current keypad owners?


Luke Leege
 

Any news on when the update will be available for current keypad owners?


Roland Christen
 

We are shipping them.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Haydon Burns <hayburns@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Dec 2, 2020 6:16 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Mach2 Keypad Availability

Hi, thought I’d check in on the availability for people who have one on order.  Are the keypads in between production runs and/or are they still backlogged.  Just trying to manage my expectations on when I might receive one that is on order.  Thanks

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


Haydon Burns
 

Hi, thought I’d check in on the availability for people who have one on order.  Are the keypads in between production runs and/or are they still backlogged.  Just trying to manage my expectations on when I might receive one that is on order.  Thanks