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Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes


 

Happy Holidays! 


Astro-Physics has put a new software version for our GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes under the Christmas Tree Nebula for you to open and enjoy.   

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

This is a major upgrade for GTOCP4 control boxes.  In addition to the Ethernet download method, we now have an option for USB/Serial updates. Be sure to check the version history for a list of the improvements. Some of these were implemented for the new Keypad version 5 software which will be available for GTOCP4 owners in the near future. 


For Mach2 owners, unless your mount was shipped in the last couple of weeks, this upgrade is for you too.

Enjoy!  

--
Marj Christen
Astro-Physics


Bill Long
 

Woohoo!! Thanks guys! Installed it just now with zero issues. Nice and smooth.


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Marj Christen <marj@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020 6:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes
 
Happy Holidays! 


Astro-Physics has put a new software version for our GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes under the Christmas Tree Nebula for you to open and enjoy.   

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

This is a major upgrade for GTOCP4 control boxes.  In addition to the Ethernet download method, we now have an option for USB/Serial updates. Be sure to check the version history for a list of the improvements. Some of these were implemented for the new Keypad version 5 software which will be available for GTOCP4 owners in the near future. 


For Mach2 owners, unless your mount was shipped in the last couple of weeks, this upgrade is for you too.

Enjoy!  

--
Marj Christen
Astro-Physics


Marcelo Figueroa
 

Thanks for the upgrade, but for the Mach2 users that don't have the keypad and don't use wifi, is there any change?
 
And happy holidays too!


Bill Long
 

Version history can answer that:



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Marcelo Figueroa via groups.io <marfig1970@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020 7:46 PM
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes
 
Thanks for the upgrade, but for the Mach2 users that don't have the keypad and don't use wifi, is there any change?
 
And happy holidays too!


Worsel
 

Upgrade completed without issue.  Clear instructions.  Quick upgrade.  Thanks to all involved!!

Bryan


Eric M
 

Hurray! I've been anxiously awaiting this update so I can take advantage of setting the safety stop 5 degrees past meridian on my CP4. Firmware downloaded to the mount with no issues, sent the :LR2# command through the terminal and tested by trying to slew 5 degrees past the meridian. As expected, when it hit 5 degrees past the motor de-energized. Really appreciate the addition of this feature, gives me a great deal of a confidence that my equipment will avoid a pier crash if my laptop goes on the fritz.

Happy holidays Astro-Physics!


M Hambrick
 

Great ! Thanks Marj, Roland, and all the A-P folks.

I opened the link to the current GTOCP4 manual on the web site, and it still has the November, 2018 date on the cover page. Are there any updates in the manual that are relevant to the software upgrade ?


Roland Christen
 

Yes there are some minor changes besides the keypad functions.

Rolando



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Thanks for the upgrade, but for the Mach2 users that don't have the keypad and don't use wifi, is there any change?
 
And happy holidays too!

--
Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


 

Mike,

Good question. There are no upgrades to the manual. We’ll be reviewing the manual soon, but I think that the changes did not impact the topics covered in the manual.

 

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 M Hambrick
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 7:55 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

 

Great ! Thanks Marj, Roland, and all the A-P folks.

I opened the link to the current GTOCP4 manual on the web site, and it still has the November, 2018 date on the cover page. Are there any updates in the manual that are relevant to the software upgrade ?


Larry Phillips
 

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for making the USB option available.  It was so much more straight forward and much quicker than the ethernet version I used for P02-07. It probably took less than 5 minutes from the time I connected the mount to the PC to finishing.  I no longer dread having to do future updates.  

Larry Phillips


Stacey Mills
 

Thanks! I did it through the COM port and it was quick and painless!!!


Pamela Morgan
 

Hi Marj.

I am planning to purchase a GTOCP4 control box.  Hoping I can take advantage of the new keypad software too.   Can all keypads update to the version 5.0 software?  My keypad is an older one.

Thanks.

pam


On Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 6:26 PM Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:
Happy Holidays! 


Astro-Physics has put a new software version for our GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes under the Christmas Tree Nebula for you to open and enjoy.   

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

This is a major upgrade for GTOCP4 control boxes.  In addition to the Ethernet download method, we now have an option for USB/Serial updates. Be sure to check the version history for a list of the improvements. Some of these were implemented for the new Keypad version 5 software which will be available for GTOCP4 owners in the near future. 


For Mach2 owners, unless your mount was shipped in the last couple of weeks, this upgrade is for you too.

Enjoy!  

--
Marj Christen
Astro-Physics


 

Larry,

I’m glad it worked out well for you. I know what you mean. I really like it also.

 

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 Larry Phillips
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 11:38 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for making the USB option available.  It was so much more straight forward and much quicker than the ethernet version I used for P02-07. It probably took less than 5 minutes from the time I connected the mount to the PC to finishing.  I no longer dread having to do future updates.  

Larry Phillips


 

Hello Pam,

 

Here is some information that pertains to upgrading older keypads to the new version 5 software:

https://www.astro-physics.info/tech_support/mounts/keypad_update/419/upgrading-older-keypads-1119.pdf

 

I hope that it is helpful.

 

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

 

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Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 6:24 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Version P02-08 now available for GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes

 

Hi Marj.

 

I am planning to purchase a GTOCP4 control box.  Hoping I can take advantage of the new keypad software too.   Can all keypads update to the version 5.0 software?  My keypad is an older one.

 

Thanks.

 

pam

 

 

On Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 6:26 PM Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:

Happy Holidays! 


Astro-Physics has put a new software version for our GTOCP4 and GTOCP5 control boxes under the Christmas Tree Nebula for you to open and enjoy.   

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

This is a major upgrade for GTOCP4 control boxes.  In addition to the Ethernet download method, we now have an option for USB/Serial updates. Be sure to check the version history for a list of the improvements. Some of these were implemented for the new Keypad version 5 software which will be available for GTOCP4 owners in the near future. 


For Mach2 owners, unless your mount was shipped in the last couple of weeks, this upgrade is for you too.

Enjoy!  

--
Marj Christen
Astro-Physics


Geert
 

Stacey, so you did not use a USB/serial connector but straight serial to serial ports?

Geert

Op vr 18 dec. 2020 23:26 schreef Stacey Mills <w4sm@...>:

Thanks! I did it through the COM port and it was quick and painless!!!


Stacey Mills
 

I used straight serial to serial, not the USB->Serial converter.


Geert
 

Great, thanks Stacey.  Serial to serial is what I have, I’ll do the upgrade later this week then.

 

Geert

 

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garyemc
 

Marj

If I have the older keypad with the 256k circuit board, can I send that in to AP and have the circuit board upgraded so I can take advantage of the new software??

gary


 

No, it can’t be upgraded. However, send me an email with your keypad serial # and I will check to see if it might have the larger memory.  Marj at astro-physics dot com

 

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

 

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Marj

If I have the older keypad with the 256k circuit board, can I send that in to AP and have the circuit board upgraded so I can take advantage of the new software??

gary


Gary Steffens
 

I have the 1600 mount. After upgrading the GTOCP4 to this latest release the 1200 slew speed from the keypad is slower now, probably set to 600. The 1200 speed works fine from APPM. I have the latest keypad version (4.19.3). Is there a setting that will restore the 1200 slew speed from the keypad?

Gary