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Re: Pulseguide settings & errors

Sean
 

Unfortunately this may not be the problem. I just downloaded this week the latest firmware, and sure enough it was version 20A01.03 that got flashed (I double checked regardless and it is ES20A01.03 Release 2021.05.20).

So either this firmware & driver still has the issue, or I have encountered a new problem,

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Mounts: iEXOS-100
Scopes: ES ED80
Cameras:  Nikon D5600 (H-Alpha modified), Nikon D5300
Msc
: ZWO 60mm guide, ZWO ASI120MM, ZWO ASIAIR
Software: Backyard Nikon


Re: Pulseguide settings & errors

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day,

 

I can provide some insight on item (3):

 

Reasons this may occur:

1.      Make sure your mount is aimed true North.

2.      Your mount needs to be level.  You should check all corners of the tripod legs:

The center after doing each corner of the tray.                 

 

Verifying tray and top mount are identical

 

Determining bubble level accuracy

 

3.      Making sure your imaging scope is balanced on both the RA/ DEC axis.

4.      Regarding SharpCap and its accuracy.   SharpCap accuracy can be

improved by aligning your iEXOS-100 tunnel/ guidescope/ and your telescope.

Make sure all three scopes are looking at the same object centered.  This can be verified

during the day by selecting a fixed object approximately a quarter-mile away. 

This should eliminate or greatly reduce most pointing errors.

5.      Once you have things figured out, try and setup in the same location, so you will

not have to repeat steps 1 and 2.

6.      There are no home position marks on the iEXOS-100 mount, so you will have to

make your own.  Most people use painters tape.  I use taped on numbers.

 

 

As for me, I can’t see Polaris due to numerous obstructions.  I level/ fully extend the tripod

legs of my mount and aim towards True North and go on my way.

.

.JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Sean
Sent: Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:01 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] Pulseguide settings & errors

 

First night out this summer and I encountered a set of new problems.

1.) First issue I encountered is in PHD2 I repeatedly see pop up "Pulseguide command to mount has failed". Now running the latest v2.6.10. 

My current Pulse Guiding settings for the driver are RA rate .40, DEC rate .40, and min pulse time 1.0. Before going out this year I did update firmware & driver, I assume whatever I had set last year was erased. I do seem to remember changing these settings per post here that I can not find. Should these be changed, if so to what?

Part of the night (west side) I was getting best guiding stats I had seen ever. When going to target eastward, not so much (I know I do have some balance issues to work out). One common thing through out the night is I would see the error popping up "Pulseguide command to mount has failed". PHD2 settings? Mount driver settings?

3.) Second issue is one that has plagued me since the beginning. I start the night after getting a good to excellent polar alignment via Sharpcap. I then slew to a target to sync in Cartes du Ciel (happens as well in Stellarium). When I go to the target I will be way off. I now use N.I.N.A. to plate solve to get me to the correct coordinates. When I move to another target it will again be way off. There are times though I can remember going directly to the first target of the night and getting it close to spot on. What causes this behavior?



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Mounts: iEXOS-100
Scopes: ES ED80
Cameras:  ZWO 2600MM, LGRB+HA+S2+O3, Nikon D5600 (H-Alpha modified), Nikon D5300
Msc: ZWO 60mm guide, ZWO ASI120MM, ZWO ASIAIR
Software: N.I.N.A, Backyard Nikon


Re: Pulseguide settings & errors

Sebastian
 


Pulseguide settings & errors

Sean
 

First night out this summer and I encountered a set of new problems.

1.) First issue I encountered is in PHD2 I repeatedly see pop up "Pulseguide command to mount has failed". Now running the latest v2.6.10. 

My current Pulse Guiding settings for the driver are RA rate .40, DEC rate .40, and min pulse time 1.0. Before going out this year I did update firmware & driver, I assume whatever I had set last year was erased. I do seem to remember changing these settings per post here that I can not find. Should these be changed, if so to what?

Part of the night (west side) I was getting best guiding stats I had seen ever. When going to target eastward, not so much (I know I do have some balance issues to work out). One common thing through out the night is I would see the error popping up "Pulseguide command to mount has failed". PHD2 settings? Mount driver settings?

3.) Second issue is one that has plagued me since the beginning. I start the night after getting a good to excellent polar alignment via Sharpcap. I then slew to a target to sync in Cartes du Ciel (happens as well in Stellarium). When I go to the target I will be way off. I now use N.I.N.A. to plate solve to get me to the correct coordinates. When I move to another target it will again be way off. There are times though I can remember going directly to the first target of the night and getting it close to spot on. What causes this behavior?



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Mounts: iEXOS-100
Scopes: ES ED80
Cameras:  ZWO 2600MM, LGRB+HA+S2+O3, Nikon D5600 (H-Alpha modified), Nikon D5300
Msc
: ZWO 60mm guide, ZWO ASI120MM, ZWO ASIAIR
Software: N.I.N.A, Backyard Nikon


#ExploreStars ExploreStars.app Android tablet installation test #ExploreStars

 

Astronomy enthusiasts around me often ask me questions about installing ExploreStars.app on my Android tablet after getting EXOS2 or iEXOS100.
I tested a lot of Android tablets
Most Android tablets on the market can be installed normally, and a few Android tablets have the problem of not being able to find the SQL database after installation.
I solved it this way. Copy the /ExploreStars directory on the MicroSD to the host directory:
/Android/data/com.explorescientific.explorestars/files
It runs normally
Normal operation without MicroSD
I don’t know if there will be problems when running without a MicroSD card.
At least I haven't found it yet
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Yunnan Amateur Astronomers Association(YAAA) ,Kunming,Yunnan,China
Mounts: ES-G11(PMC8),ES-EXOSII(PMC8 / Bresser GoTo),EX-iEXOS100
Telescopes: ES-APO152/APO127/APO102/APO80/David H. Levy Comet Hunter/N208F3.9
Cameras: ZWO ASI 071/1600MM/178/174/120,QHY-5L-II/5LIII/8/9,Canon 6D
Control device:  ASIAIR , TDM


Re: PMC-Eight Universal Firmware Installation Kit #ExploreScientific #ASCOM

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 
Edited

Hi Jay,

The zip file is fine. The issue is with the way you have your security settings configured. I don't know anything about your security program to advise you what to do.

You could try copying and pasting this link directly into your browser
https://02d3287.netsolhost.com/pmc-eight/PMC-Eight%2020A01%20Firmware%20Installation%20Kit%202021-07-01.zip

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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: PMC-Eight Universal Firmware Installation Kit #ExploreScientific #ASCOM

Jay Stanley
 

I'm getting the following "errors" when trying to download the new zip file. One when clicking the link and one from Norton if I right click and "Save As". See attached.

Jay
ES PMC 8
WO ZeinthStar 61II
Astro Tech RC6
Lunt LS60HA


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Edmond, OK
EXO2S PMC8, Losmandy G-11
Celestron C-11, Celestron C5
Astro Tech RC6. Celestron ST80
Lunt LS60


PMC-Eight Universal Firmware Installation Kit #ExploreScientific #ASCOM

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

ASCOM DRIVER UPDATE NOTICE

Over the past 2 weeks various issues have arisen with the latest ASCOM Drivers supporting the Universal Firmware originally released April 12, 2021. There have been 3 releases of the ASCOM driver, the original release of the driver and then 2 updates. Users have reported issues with the driver while Auto-guiding their mounts with PHD2 which uses the ASCOM PulseGuiding() Method in the driver. In-house testing has verified intermittent halts of the pulse guiding function in PHD2 reported by a couple of users.  At this time, the problem has been isolated to these two versions of the ASCOM driver released  on 2021-05-17, and 2021-06-05. Based on these reports I have done the following:

1.  Removed the 2021-06-06 version of the Universal Firmware Installation Kit from the files section of the MAIN forum.  You should have received a forum message about that.
2.  Rolled back the ASCOM driver to the version dated 2021-04-10 in the Universal Firmware Installation Kit. This new kit is dated 2021-07-01, It is available on the Explore Scientific
Software and Downloads Page (ExploreStars Software & Database Downloads – PMC-Eight System Download — Explore Scientific LLC)
NOTE: The Universal Firmware Installation Kit is only available on the website from now on.
3.  The PMC-Eight Universal Firmware version 20A01.03 is the latest version and has been verified as working fine at this point and is included in the new Universal Firmware Installation
kit.
4. The Configuration Manager (CM) Firmware Download function now will show Universal Firmware versions 20A01.02, and 20A01.03 for installation. Version 20A01.03 has been added 
and is available to install from the CM.

REGARDLESS OF THE INFORMATION STATED ABOVE,  If what you have installed in your PMC-Eight System (Firmware/ASCOM Driver) is working for you, PLEASE DON'T CHANGE IT unless you want to rollback to Pre-Universal Firmware/ASCOM Driver.
The Pre-Universal ASCOM Driver is available on our website also.

If you have experienced any issues using PHD2 with your system, please continue to report that to us.

If you have comments or questions, please post them on this message thread.

Thank you for you help on this and I apologize for any inconvenience.


--
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!


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The following files have been deleted from the Files area of the MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io group.

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Re: EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2

Larry Young
 


-- I just want to report that I received an Orion 07393 extension today and it looks like it will be easy to modify into a home brew pier.  The dog was a little bit taller than the Exos2 but, after a few minutes in the garage everything fit like butter.  Next, I'll figure out how to adapt the base to a pedestal.  Thanks for the inspiration, and the knowledge.

Larry


EXOS II PMC-8
Celestron 6SE
Dobstuff rebuild of Coulter 17 with Nexus2


Re: EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2

Gord Farmer
 

Ok I’ll draw them up…….
By making the top of the pier mount round it virtually arrests cables getting caught .
Regards 
Gord 


On Jun 24, 2021, at 5:27 PM, kevin power <kevinpower@...> wrote:

Kev

 


Re: EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2

kevin power
 

Sorry got stuck at work.

 

Drawings would be great, I like the way the PMC8 unit is out of the way.

 

Thanks

 

Kev

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Gord Farmer
Sent: 24 June 2021 19:05
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2

 

Would you like a set of drawings 

On how that is done I am not an artist but they will be legible



On Jun 24, 2021, at 9:20 AM, Gord Farmer via groups.io <gordfarmer@...> wrote:



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On Jun 24, 2021, at 8:34 AM, kevin power <kevinpower@...> wrote:



Hi that would be great if you could.

Thanks

Kev

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Gord Farmer <gordfarmer@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:53:51 PM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io <MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2

 

Hi there 

I made a pier for mine .  Using only the head of the mount .

Removed the tripod legs .

I can send some photos and directions .

It’s extremely stable .



On Jun 19, 2021, at 1:11 PM, kevin power <kevinpower@...> wrote:

Hi all

One last question for now.

I'm in the UK but is there a pier for the EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT? In the last year I have had a couple of collisions with telescopes hitting the tripod legs.

Do Explore Scientific make one or is there another brand that fits? Maybe it's a case of having to get one made?

Thanks 

 


Re: EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2

Gord Farmer
 

Would you like a set of drawings 
On how that is done I am not an artist but they will be legible


On Jun 24, 2021, at 9:20 AM, Gord Farmer via groups.io <gordfarmer@...> wrote:


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On Jun 24, 2021, at 8:34 AM, kevin power <kevinpower@...> wrote:


Hi that would be great if you could.

Thanks

Kev


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Gord Farmer <gordfarmer@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:53:51 PM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io <MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2
 
Hi there 
I made a pier for mine .  Using only the head of the mount .
Removed the tripod legs .
I can send some photos and directions .
It’s extremely stable .


On Jun 19, 2021, at 1:11 PM, kevin power <kevinpower@...> wrote:

Hi all

One last question for now.

I'm in the UK but is there a pier for the EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT? In the last year I have had a couple of collisions with telescopes hitting the tripod legs.

Do Explore Scientific make one or is there another brand that fits? Maybe it's a case of having to get one made?

Thanks 


Re: EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2

Gord Farmer
 




On Jun 24, 2021, at 8:34 AM, kevin power <kevinpower@...> wrote:


Hi that would be great if you could.

Thanks

Kev


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Gord Farmer <gordfarmer@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:53:51 PM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io <MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2
 
Hi there 
I made a pier for mine .  Using only the head of the mount .
Removed the tripod legs .
I can send some photos and directions .
It’s extremely stable .


On Jun 19, 2021, at 1:11 PM, kevin power <kevinpower@...> wrote:

Hi all

One last question for now.

I'm in the UK but is there a pier for the EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT? In the last year I have had a couple of collisions with telescopes hitting the tripod legs.

Do Explore Scientific make one or is there another brand that fits? Maybe it's a case of having to get one made?

Thanks 


Re: EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2

kevin power
 

Hi that would be great if you could.

Thanks

Kev


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Gord Farmer <gordfarmer@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:53:51 PM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io <MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2
 
Hi there 
I made a pier for mine .  Using only the head of the mount .
Removed the tripod legs .
I can send some photos and directions .
It’s extremely stable .


On Jun 19, 2021, at 1:11 PM, kevin power <kevinpower@...> wrote:

Hi all

One last question for now.

I'm in the UK but is there a pier for the EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT? In the last year I have had a couple of collisions with telescopes hitting the tripod legs.

Do Explore Scientific make one or is there another brand that fits? Maybe it's a case of having to get one made?

Thanks 


Re: EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT pier #EXOS2

Gord Farmer
 

Hi there 
I made a pier for mine .  Using only the head of the mount .
Removed the tripod legs .
I can send some photos and directions .
It’s extremely stable .


On Jun 19, 2021, at 1:11 PM, kevin power <kevinpower@...> wrote:

Hi all

One last question for now.

I'm in the UK but is there a pier for the EXOS-2 PMC-EIGHT? In the last year I have had a couple of collisions with telescopes hitting the tripod legs.

Do Explore Scientific make one or is there another brand that fits? Maybe it's a case of having to get one made?

Thanks 


Re: #iEXOS-100 Manual slew speed with INDI #iEXOS-100

saclements@...
 

Karl's modification includes ramping of the speeds. I have done some testing and it seems to behave as expected.
You should subscribe to the PMC-Eight DEVelopment subgroup and post your query in the topic. There are far more informed folks than me that can answer you queries.
Karl's fork is on GitHub here: https://github.com/karlrees/indi you can test it out. Karl is very responsive to responding to any issues found.


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Stuart Clements
Manchester UK

Mounts: Exos-2 PMC-8 , Sky Watcher AZ-GTI
Scopes: Celestron SLT 102, Bresser Messier AR-152L /1200
Cameras:  Canon 450D, Sony SLT A65, QHY 5 IIC
Msc
Software: Astroberry (KStars EKOS) + a hard drive seemingly full of programs to try.


Re: Ontario Canada owners

Vance LaSalle
 

My main problem was finding the north star... forgetting that it rotates year round... and thinking I was looking at the big dipper.....






-------- Original message --------
From: Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...>
Date: 2021-06-23 7:39 a.m. (GMT-05:00)
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Ontario Canada owners

Goodfry and Vance

Welcome to the hobby, are you new to the forum?  Glad to hear you are moving out with the pmc8 iexos100. You will find it is a neat mount with lots of capability.

As beginners you might want to read through the posts on the beginners subgroup.  For that matter the forum has topics and discussions on almost anything related to these mounts.  Also for now the beginners subgroup would be a good place to post your questions and comments as you get going.  

There are many members who will help you with your questions concerning the iexos.  Please take a read through the terms and conditions for the forum, and remember that the forum is a place to ask/discuss/share topics concerning these specific pmc8 related equipment and techniques.  To assist us, please fill out your signature blocks, including your equipment.

Finally, the internet is a great place to gain general information concerning the hobby, methods and techniques applicable to all mounts and observing.   Also Cloudy Nights is a great resource for you to learn.

Regards
Wes


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Ontario Canada owners

Cybermonk
 

I would LOVE your light pollution. Suburban Detroit is 8-9 :(


On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 8:30 AM Vance LaSalle <vancelasalle@...> wrote:
Around brantford, but the light polution sucks around here...






-------- Original message --------
From: Gord Farmer <gordfarmer@...>
Date: 2021-06-23 8:01 a.m. (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Ontario Canada owners

Greetings 
Where do you live 




On Jun 22, 2021, at 6:15 PM, Vance LaSalle <vancelasalle@...> wrote:

Is there anyone in Southern ontario Canada own a IEXOS-100. I purchased one and am looking for someone to learn from..


Re: #iEXOS-100 Manual slew speed with INDI #iEXOS-100

Ming
 

Thanks saclements.

I've read that topic you linked and the updates Karl has been making look quite promising. Since I can't post in that topic, I'll ask here. I remember I've read here or maybe in the INDI forum that one of the reasons why there was no higher speed available for manual slew in the PMC8 driver was to protect the stepper motors from sudden surge of currents. When slewing in Explorestars app, the current gets gradually increased/decreased and I could hear the motors speed up and slow down proportionally. Does Karl's modification take this into account?
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Scopes: APM-LZOS 115/805, Skywatcher 200P Dob, APM 107/700 (grab'n'go) & Altair 72EDF (terrestrial & white light solar)
Mount: Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 Pro w/ ADM DV saddle + QHY Polemaster, ES iEXOS-100 PMC8 w/ Fine AZ adjuster + ST2 tripod + RPi eFinder & Scopetech Mount Zero

Eyepieces: ES68 34mm, 24mm, 20mm; ES82 14mm, 8.8mm; Pentax XW 10mm; Baader Morpheus 6.5mm, Mark IV 8-24mm Zoom, 2.25x Q-Barlow; TV Delos 4.5mm, 2.5x Powermate
Imaging: QHY 163C, TS 2" 0.79x FR/FF, APM Riccardi 0.75x FR/FF M63, SW Evoguide flattener, IDAS NB1 triband filter, SW Evoguide 50ED + ZWO ASI120MM Mini (guiding)

Software: NINA, PHD2, ASTAP, Cartes du Ciel, DSS, PIPP, AutoStakkert2, PS CC

Binoculars: Vixen Ascot ZR 8x42WP

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