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#TECHNICAL #software #wifi #TECHNICAL #software #wifi

Steven Romero
 

Hi All. I'm a newbie so reading the FAQ I was pointed here.

I'm trying to control the mount from my Mac laptop as I don't have Windows and do not have a compatible iPad (its very old) that works with ExploreStars.

So I found kstars with its native INDI driver for PMC-8. I set up the program with my specific parameters (geo, time, telescope, lens, mount, etc.) using Local mode and the appropriate driver for my mount (EXOS2). I got the simulator up and running fine. Now I'm ready to try to connect to the PMC-8 controller via WiFi.

So, there are a number of parameters in the INDI control panel that I need a sanity check on. I selected the Ethernet connection mode (since I intend to connect via WiFi) under the Connection tab on the INDI panel. I selected the proper mount type (EXOS2). Assuming this will be a TCP connection so selected that. The INDI server is listening on a default IP address - 192.168.47.1 and TCP port 54372.

So my question is, are these the correct parameters for connecting to the PMC-8 controller via WiFi? Pretty sure about most everything above except the IP address and port number. Couldn't find those listed anywhere in the PMC-8 documentation, Beginner FAQ or Technical Documents on the ES PMC-8 website.

I did search for kstars in this subgroup prior to posting this question, and there were no hits, so hopefully not re-hashing an old question here.

Thanks for your help.

Steven


Re: Power Supply Problem #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

brian skinner
 

Usually the simplest explanations are the correct ones. All the best.


On Wed, 27 May 2020, 17:53 Sándor Kispál, <kispal.sandor16@...> wrote:
Complete success! The power supply was the problem. Thanks again!


Re: Power Supply Problem #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

Sándor Kispál
 

Complete success! The power supply was the problem. Thanks again!


Re: Power Supply Problem #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

Sándor Kispál
 

Hello Brian, I also suspect the power supply. I am charging the battery and hope the problem is solved. :)
Thank you very much for your help.


Re: Power Supply Problem #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

brian skinner
 

Hi Sandor, two suggestions for you, is your 12v supply ok? And what number on the tracking adjustment are you using, if its below 5 it can seem that it is not moving until you leave it running for a good few seconds.


On Wed, 27 May 2020, 13:21 Sándor Kispál, <kispal.sandor16@...> wrote:
Hello!
I recently bought an iexos-100 PMC-8 mounth. It worked great so far, but today the engines started to hiss softly and the bracket doesn’t move either. What could be the problem? Thank you in advance for your help!
Sandor Kispal


Power Supply Problem #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

Sándor Kispál
 

Hello!
I recently bought an iexos-100 PMC-8 mounth. It worked great so far, but today the engines started to hiss softly and the bracket doesn’t move either. What could be the problem? Thank you in advance for your help!
Sandor Kispal


Is there a way to use the iEXOS 100 to track sattelites or even ISS #astrophotography #ExploreStars #iEXOS-100 #software #TECHNICAL

Koen M.
 

Is it possible to set it so that the iEXOS can track sattelites or the ISS.
Where i live i can see them fly over from time to time, but trying to take a picture has proven verry difficult.
So if there is a way to track them with the mount that would come in very handy i think.

Clear Skies


Re: Datafiles missing #ExploreStars #iEXOS-100 #software

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

No worries, I am glad you got it working.
--
Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

www.explorescientificusa.com
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


Re: Datafiles missing #ExploreStars #iEXOS-100 #software

Koen M.
 

Hi Jerry,

I am so stupid :p
did not make a subfolder named ExploreStars, just putted them in the images folder.
I made subfolder now and it works...


Thank you


Re: Datafiles missing #ExploreStars #iEXOS-100 #software

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Tue, May 26, 2020 at 04:20 PM, Koen M. wrote:
I also downloaded the database and putted it in my image folder.
Hi Koen, 

Thank you for your purchase. Please look to see if you put the ExploreStars folder into your account's PICTURES folder. Here is my directory tree: 

C:\Users\TestAccount\Pictures\ExploreStars

Thanks
 
--
Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

www.explorescientificusa.com
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


Datafiles missing #ExploreStars #iEXOS-100 #software

Koen M.
 

Hi, i am completely new to this, so the possibility that i am doing something wrong is big :p

I have a windows 10 laptop/tablet (one of those laptops you can turn into a tablet) and i installed ExploreStars software on it. I also downloaded the database and putted it in my image folder.
However when i open ES it sais the data files are missing.
So it can not find anything from the database.
Now i just ordered the iEXOS-100 so i do not have it yet.
Is the problem that i did something wrong, or is the problem it needs to be conected to the mount before i can look into the program?

Thank you


Re: Detailed instructions for Polar Finder for iExos 100?

glundby@...
 

Simple and good explanation. I'm living in Norway and would have to look up into the Polar scope in 60 degrees! To avoid a stiff neck I have added an endoscope bought on ebay for next to nothing. Then I can plug it into the phone or PC USB to see the stars through the Polar scope. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/VxQKsz1dTHGXPPHv8


Re: #iexos-100 #polaralignment #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #astrophotography

Wes Mcdonald
 

Darrell

Glad you got things going.

The PHD guiding assistant seems to give a poor estimate of your polar alignment error unless you let the mount run through one full worm cycle.  So do that test for 600 seconds as close as possible exactly.  Manaul says it does not matter but I and others have seen that it does.

Your guiding numbers are in units of.....pixels I think?  If they were arc seconds it would be fantastic...not sure the mount can do that with the mini guide scope.  Let us know the units.  Guiding under 2 arc secs RMS is routinely possible.

In the end the star quality is the ultimate test for your guiding performance.   

Great moves!

Wes

--
Wes, Southport NC
PMC-8, ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: #iexos-100 #polaralignment #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #astrophotography

Derrell Oliver
 

Hey Guys,
So I've been busy the past couple of weeks learning a few new tricks.
#1  Pointcraft Plate Solving in APT ( what a game changer !! )
#2  Auto Guiding with PHD2, Im using a Orion 50mm Mini guide scope and my ZWO ASI 120mc-s for right now.
I had trouble finishing the calibration the first time I tried it, it would lose the star, there was a few high thin clouds that 
started moving in right after set I set up, imagine that !!
I did change a few settings... increased the search area to 50, disabled the star mass setting, increased the minimum star HFD to 3.0, Increased the Target SNR to 15.
The second time went very well, I had it guiding on M101 in no time it seemed. I took 50, 60 second exposures, I have not stacked & processed them but the stars look nice and round. I am still working on fine tuning my Polar alignment.
RA RMS = 0.46
DEC RMS = 0.28
TOTAL RMS = 0.54
I attached the Guiding assistant screen shot, so how does this look for my 
first attempt at guiding ?


--
Derrell Oliver

Meade Infinity ST80 with Lunt Solar dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 90 with GSO dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 130 with ScopeStuff 1.25 crayford focuser, flocked tube and center spotted mirror.
GSO 8x50 RACI finder scope.
ZWO ASI120mc-s, Canon XSi 450d.
iEXOS-100 PMC Eight.
EQ2 Mount with Orion EQ-2M RA Drive.
AZ3 Alt-Azimuth Mount.


Re: Afraid of the dark?

Kent Marts- Explore Scientific Customer Service
 

Engineer said the mount is in serial mode. Or possibly it's in TCP -- which is the intermediate step for the iEXOS-100 to go from serial back to UDP for wireless use.

Connect the Windows machine wirelessly, then launch the Configuration Manager.

After getting the Connections Settings set right, and finding the Com Port, use the Fine Current Connection "Do It" button to determine the connection. If engineer is correct it will show serial or TCP. 

If serial, the click the Do It button for via wireless ASCOM (TPC). Once it switches, then click the "Do It" button for via Explore Stars (UDP).

Kent Marts
Customer Service
Explore Scientific


Re: Afraid of the dark?

Danny Wingate <uphill4ever@...>
 

Thanks Kent,
I did as you said and it may be to cloudy tonight but I’ll see if it works/doesn’t work.

Dano
--
Dano Concord ,NC
Fabricator, welder Retired
Mount: iEXOS
Cameras: Sony a6000, ASIZWO224MC, Revolution Imager 2 
Guide Scope: Orion 50mm
Mount: AVX
OTA: David H Levy Comet Hunter Mak-Newton 
Software: SharpCap Pro PHD2


Re: Afraid of the dark?

Kent Marts- Explore Scientific Customer Service
 

Try an uninstall and then reinstall for the app.

Kent Marts
Customer Service
Explore Scientific


Re: Afraid of the dark?

Danny Wingate <uphill4ever@...>
 
Edited

Yeah Brian,
My little 60 mm refractor, guide scope and Rigel finder are way under weight. I balanced a little bit camera heavy. Today when I checked if it would work or not in the same place it failed last night I removed the OTA and the counter weights. Still worked ok. I’m using 110 volt power cable stepped down to 12v dc.

Thanks,
Dano

--
Dano Concord ,NC
Fabricator, welder Retired
Mount: iEXOS
Cameras: Sony a6000, ASIZWO224MC, Revolution Imager 2 
Guide Scope: Orion 50mm
Mount: AVX
OTA: David H Levy Comet Hunter Mak-Newton 
Software: SharpCap Pro PHD2


Re: Afraid of the dark?

brian skinner
 

Hi Danny, just a quick thought, are you sure your mount payload is within its limit and properly balanced? Also are you certain your power source is fully charged?
Brian

On Tue, 12 May 2020, 17:54 Danny Wingate via groups.io, <uphill4ever=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks JR (Dallas show) ,
Yes I'm sure of the wifi connection between the iPad and the mount. I've tried the UDLR buttons and they work. It's the GOTO one that kills.
Thanks,
Dano
--
Dano Concord ,NC
Fabricator, welder Retired
Mount: iEXOS
Cameras: Sony a6000, ASIZWO224MC, Revolution Imager 2 
Guide Scope: Orion 50mm
Mount: AVX
OTA: David H Levy Comet Hunter Mak-Newton 
Software: SharpCap Pro PHD2


Re: Afraid of the dark?

Danny Wingate <uphill4ever@...>
 

Yup,
Just updated last week.
Edit:
I left out one step, it's menu,settings, 2 star alignment, menu, catalog (pick star), slew to object, goto then it failed. It fails only once trying to slew to the Sun then it works on the next try. Must be the safety factor instead of written warning.

Thanks,
Dano
--
Dano Concord ,NC
Fabricator, welder Retired
Mount: iEXOS
Cameras: Sony a6000, ASIZWO224MC, Revolution Imager 2 
Guide Scope: Orion 50mm
Mount: AVX
OTA: David H Levy Comet Hunter Mak-Newton 
Software: SharpCap Pro PHD2

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