#APCC and The SkyX #APCC


Thomas Giannaccini
 

I’m new to APCC and have been working my way around the program. I did browse the manual. I see the section where I can enter coordinates to slew to a target in APCC and I am able to grossly find targets this way  but I would like a point and click solution with a high degree of refinement in target selection. My end goal is astrophotography so having integrated functionality is key. 


I tether my mount via Ethernet. I use a DSLR which connects to Backyard Nikon via usb. As soon as I get this sorted I’ll be adding a Lodestar Pro guide camera, QHY 163M camera, Starlight Xpress filter wheel, and eventually a  Nitecrawler focuser; all incrementally.

I have both The Sky X and Starry Night. I’m looking for the easiest way to get point an click slewing functionality in a platform which easily lends itself to AstroPhotography. It seems like The Sky X is that platform but I cannot get it to connect to the mount. 


Is there any type of workflow or tutorial which walks someone through this process? I thought I would ask here before calling in.

Thank you in advance,

Tom

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Dale Ghent
 

Configure TSX to use an ASCOM driver to connect to a mount, and select the Astro Physics V2 ASCOM driver as the driver for it to use.

On Nov 10, 2021, at 11:36, Thomas Giannaccini <tgiann3@gmail.com> wrote:

I’m new to APCC and have been working my way around the program. I did browse the manual. I see the section where I can enter coordinates to slew to a target in APCC and I am able to grossly find targets this way but I would like a point and click solution with a high degree of refinement in target selection. My end goal is astrophotography so having integrated functionality is key.


I tether my mount via Ethernet. I use a DSLR which connects to Backyard Nikon via usb. As soon as I get this sorted I’ll be adding a Lodestar Pro guide camera, QHY 163M camera, Starlight Xpress filter wheel, and eventually a Nitecrawler focuser; all incrementally.

I have both The Sky X and Starry Night. I’m looking for the easiest way to get point an click slewing functionality in a platform which easily lends itself to AstroPhotography. It seems like The Sky X is that platform but I cannot get it to connect to the mount.


Is there any type of workflow or tutorial which walks someone through this process? I thought I would ask here before calling in.

Thank you in advance,

Tom

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CN: HasAnyoneSeenMyNeblua


Roland Christen
 


It seems like The Sky X is that platform but I cannot get it to connect to the mount. 
SkyX connects to the mount via the ASCOM driver. You need to set SkyX up to connect to ASCOM mount. Make sure that the ASCOM driver is connected to an appropriate COM port. Use the computer's Device Manager to find the available com port and set up the ASCOM driver to connect to that com port.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas Giannaccini <tgiann3@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Nov 10, 2021 10:36 am
Subject: [ap-gto] #APCC and The SkyX

I’m new to APCC and have been working my way around the program. I did browse the manual. I see the section where I can enter coordinates to slew to a target in APCC and I am able to grossly find targets this way  but I would like a point and click solution with a high degree of refinement in target selection. My end goal is astrophotography so having integrated functionality is key. 

I tether my mount via Ethernet. I use a DSLR which connects to Backyard Nikon via usb. As soon as I get this sorted I’ll be adding a Lodestar Pro guide camera, QHY 163M camera, Starlight Xpress filter wheel, and eventually a  Nitecrawler focuser; all incrementally.

I have both The Sky X and Starry Night. I’m looking for the easiest way to get point an click slewing functionality in a platform which easily lends itself to AstroPhotography. It seems like The Sky X is that platform but I cannot get it to connect to the mount. 

Is there any type of workflow or tutorial which walks someone through this process? I thought I would ask here before calling in.

Thank you in advance,

Tom
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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


mjb87@...
 

TSX and APCC play well together. No issues.  However, TSX is a beast and for simple pointing I prefer SkySafari Pro. What's nice is that I can set it up on my phone and thus move the mount around however I want, and even adjust pointing sitting in my house 800 feet away.


Thomas Giannaccini
 

Thank you everyone. This fixed the issue. I has selected Astro-Physics mount rather than ASCOM mount.

Best,

Tom

On Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 11:49 AM Roland Christen via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

It seems like The Sky X is that platform but I cannot get it to connect to the mount. 
SkyX connects to the mount via the ASCOM driver. You need to set SkyX up to connect to ASCOM mount. Make sure that the ASCOM driver is connected to an appropriate COM port. Use the computer's Device Manager to find the available com port and set up the ASCOM driver to connect to that com port.

Rolando

-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas Giannaccini <tgiann3@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Nov 10, 2021 10:36 am
Subject: [ap-gto] #APCC and The SkyX

I’m new to APCC and have been working my way around the program. I did browse the manual. I see the section where I can enter coordinates to slew to a target in APCC and I am able to grossly find targets this way  but I would like a point and click solution with a high degree of refinement in target selection. My end goal is astrophotography so having integrated functionality is key. 

I tether my mount via Ethernet. I use a DSLR which connects to Backyard Nikon via usb. As soon as I get this sorted I’ll be adding a Lodestar Pro guide camera, QHY 163M camera, Starlight Xpress filter wheel, and eventually a  Nitecrawler focuser; all incrementally.

I have both The Sky X and Starry Night. I’m looking for the easiest way to get point an click slewing functionality in a platform which easily lends itself to AstroPhotography. It seems like The Sky X is that platform but I cannot get it to connect to the mount. 

Is there any type of workflow or tutorial which walks someone through this process? I thought I would ask here before calling in.

Thank you in advance,

Tom
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CN: HasAnyoneSeenMyNeblua

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Roland Christen
Astro-Physics


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Lee Dodge
 

Tom,

You are not alone in stumbling over that issue in selecting "Astro-Physics mount" instead of "Ascom mount" with TheSkyX.  One of many not-so-obvious quirks in astrophotography.  

Lee