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Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Jeff Snell
 

I actually wanted the stars in this one.  I processed three different versions and fell in love with this one.  When I calculated the number of stars prior to stacking it was over 28,000!  Tracking was spot on and PHD2 was working its magic on the mount…0.2 overall on average with occasional jumps due to some wind.  Very solid performance from the kit!

Have a great remainder of a weekend!

Jeff

On Jul 17, 2021, at 2:07 PM, Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:



Aha!  , Much better.  Nice Jeff. If you want to bring out the nebula more then possibly consider using starnet ++ to remove the stars and then re-introduce them at a more subdued level.

 

But in any case. Shots like this really do outline the billions of stars out there. Truly amazing isn’t it?

Like the PMC Mount for example!  How amazing is that ( I just got that in there for Jerry or he will be telling us off for off-topic discussion 😊)

Joking aside... I really do think it is an amazing mount for the price 😊

 

 

Dave C

 

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From: Jeff Snell
Sent: 17 July 2021 20:59
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do.

 

<Nortth American Neb Widefield 9 Jul 21.jpg>

How about this one???



On Jul 17, 2021, at 1:46 PM, Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:

Cool Jeff, but I think you may have sent a thumbnail picture. There is no resolution in this image. you might want to check that..

Dave.
--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools

 


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Dave Cherry
 

Aha!  , Much better.  Nice Jeff. If you want to bring out the nebula more then possibly consider using starnet ++ to remove the stars and then re-introduce them at a more subdued level.

 

But in any case. Shots like this really do outline the billions of stars out there. Truly amazing isn’t it?

Like the PMC Mount for example!  How amazing is that ( I just got that in there for Jerry or he will be telling us off for off-topic discussion 😊)

Joking aside... I really do think it is an amazing mount for the price 😊

 

 

Dave C

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Jeff Snell
Sent: 17 July 2021 20:59
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do.

 


How about this one???



On Jul 17, 2021, at 1:46 PM, Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:

Cool Jeff, but I think you may have sent a thumbnail picture. There is no resolution in this image. you might want to check that..

Dave.
--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools

 


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Jeff Snell
 


How about this one???

On Jul 17, 2021, at 1:46 PM, Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:

Cool Jeff, but I think you may have sent a thumbnail picture. There is no resolution in this image. you might want to check that..

Dave.
--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Dave Cherry
 

Cool Jeff, but I think you may have sent a thumbnail picture. There is no resolution in this image. you might want to check that..

Dave.
--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Jeff Snell
 

Thanks Dave!  Shot this with the DSLR and TPO Ultrawide riding on an ESED80APO and the EXOSGT2 PMC this past weekend.  The 294 was shooting thru the APO.  I’m still processing it.  No filters for this shot, ultra dark new moon skies at 9000 ft.  40 exposures, 120 sec each at 1600 ISO.  


On Jul 17, 2021, at 1:25 PM, Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:



Thanks!

Sure Jeff.  Gain 200 , all other parameters at factory default.

3min exposures using L Extreme filter

 

Dave

 

 

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From: Jeff Snell
Sent: 17 July 2021 19:52
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do.

 

Nice Dave!  Mind sharing your ASI camera settings?  I just bought the same camera and am fishing for a sweet spot on the same target.

 

Jeff



On Jul 17, 2021, at 12:21 PM, Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:



Very Nice Andrew. I would love to have a dedicated setup for the planets . It appears you do need that big  aperture to get detail.

 

I have switched back to my widefield from doing some 2.5 barlow stuff on the 200PDS for smaller nebula.

I got this last night. I’m very pleased with it

Would love to know what you guys think

 

It was shot with SW 72 ED , ASI294 MCPRO and PMC mount (And with the new PH2 multi-star guiding, The PMC Stays within 1 on the graph no problem! . I use a Fast refresh on the guide scope to achieve this (0.7 of a second))

Really loving it at the moment, Crystal clear night last night 😊

Makes a change here in London UK

 

Cheers

Dave

 

 

 

 

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From: ACorkill
Sent: 16 July 2021 00:27
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do.

 

Hi Guys,

I'd like to share a couple of simple photos taken with the Explore Scientific Losmandy G-11 with PMC-EIght. 

I've been avoiding long exposure photography so far, but decided to try some DSLR video of the planets, and learned a very fast stacking and processing trick that only takes about 2 minutes. The results are satisfying. At some point, down the road, I'll hit up JR to understand the rest of the processing techniques. 
The tracking of the mount is flawless and so solid that I can hit the legs, slap them and climb all over the mount and not worry at all that Jupiter and Saturn will still be in the field of view.  It is a heavy payload, but the G11 carries it well.

<Jupiter - ES G11 and 14SCT - 16mm eyepiece and 2x barlow - 7-10-21 - Copy.png>

      

<Saturn - ES G11 w-PMC-Eight and 14SCT - 500x - 7-10-21 - Copy.png>



These are taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II
2 - 3 minutes of video
Processing: PIPP, AutoStakkert3, Registax
Explore Scientific Losmandy G11 with PMC-EIght & 14"SCT

Thanks,
Andrew


--
Observatory: Riverstar Observatory - SkyShed POD
Main Telescope:
Explore Scientific 152ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber, Meade 14"SCT
Mount: Explore Scientific Losmandy G11 Mount w/PMC-Eight
Other Scopes: Meade 8"LX90 SCT, William Optics ZenithStar 66mm APO Refractor
Binoculars: Oberwerk 20x80 & 25x100 Giant Binoculars, Alpen 8x42

 


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools

<North_America_Nebula_(Part of)_Dave_Cherry_July_2021_v2.jpg>

 


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Dave Cherry
 

Thanks!

Sure Jeff.  Gain 200 , all other parameters at factory default.

3min exposures using L Extreme filter

 

Dave

 

 

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From: Jeff Snell
Sent: 17 July 2021 19:52
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do.

 

Nice Dave!  Mind sharing your ASI camera settings?  I just bought the same camera and am fishing for a sweet spot on the same target.

 

Jeff



On Jul 17, 2021, at 12:21 PM, Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:



Very Nice Andrew. I would love to have a dedicated setup for the planets . It appears you do need that big  aperture to get detail.

 

I have switched back to my widefield from doing some 2.5 barlow stuff on the 200PDS for smaller nebula.

I got this last night. I’m very pleased with it

Would love to know what you guys think

 

It was shot with SW 72 ED , ASI294 MCPRO and PMC mount (And with the new PH2 multi-star guiding, The PMC Stays within 1 on the graph no problem! . I use a Fast refresh on the guide scope to achieve this (0.7 of a second))

Really loving it at the moment, Crystal clear night last night 😊

Makes a change here in London UK

 

Cheers

Dave

 

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: ACorkill
Sent: 16 July 2021 00:27
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do.

 

Hi Guys,

I'd like to share a couple of simple photos taken with the Explore Scientific Losmandy G-11 with PMC-EIght. 

I've been avoiding long exposure photography so far, but decided to try some DSLR video of the planets, and learned a very fast stacking and processing trick that only takes about 2 minutes. The results are satisfying. At some point, down the road, I'll hit up JR to understand the rest of the processing techniques. 
The tracking of the mount is flawless and so solid that I can hit the legs, slap them and climb all over the mount and not worry at all that Jupiter and Saturn will still be in the field of view.  It is a heavy payload, but the G11 carries it well.

<Jupiter - ES G11 and 14SCT - 16mm eyepiece and 2x barlow - 7-10-21 - Copy.png>

      

<Saturn - ES G11 w-PMC-Eight and 14SCT - 500x - 7-10-21 - Copy.png>



These are taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II
2 - 3 minutes of video
Processing: PIPP, AutoStakkert3, Registax
Explore Scientific Losmandy G11 with PMC-EIght & 14"SCT

Thanks,
Andrew


--
Observatory: Riverstar Observatory - SkyShed POD
Main Telescope:
Explore Scientific 152ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber, Meade 14"SCT
Mount: Explore Scientific Losmandy G11 Mount w/PMC-Eight
Other Scopes: Meade 8"LX90 SCT, William Optics ZenithStar 66mm APO Refractor
Binoculars: Oberwerk 20x80 & 25x100 Giant Binoculars, Alpen 8x42

 


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools

<North_America_Nebula_(Part of)_Dave_Cherry_July_2021_v2.jpg>

 


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Jeff Snell
 

Nice Dave!  Mind sharing your ASI camera settings?  I just bought the same camera and am fishing for a sweet spot on the same target.

Jeff


On Jul 17, 2021, at 12:21 PM, Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:



Very Nice Andrew. I would love to have a dedicated setup for the planets . It appears you do need that big  aperture to get detail.

 

I have switched back to my widefield from doing some 2.5 barlow stuff on the 200PDS for smaller nebula.

I got this last night. I’m very pleased with it

Would love to know what you guys think

 

It was shot with SW 72 ED , ASI294 MCPRO and PMC mount (And with the new PH2 multi-star guiding, The PMC Stays within 1 on the graph no problem! . I use a Fast refresh on the guide scope to achieve this (0.7 of a second))

Really loving it at the moment, Crystal clear night last night 😊

Makes a change here in London UK

 

Cheers

Dave

 

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: ACorkill
Sent: 16 July 2021 00:27
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do.

 

Hi Guys,

I'd like to share a couple of simple photos taken with the Explore Scientific Losmandy G-11 with PMC-EIght. 

I've been avoiding long exposure photography so far, but decided to try some DSLR video of the planets, and learned a very fast stacking and processing trick that only takes about 2 minutes. The results are satisfying. At some point, down the road, I'll hit up JR to understand the rest of the processing techniques. 
The tracking of the mount is flawless and so solid that I can hit the legs, slap them and climb all over the mount and not worry at all that Jupiter and Saturn will still be in the field of view.  It is a heavy payload, but the G11 carries it well.

<Jupiter - ES G11 and 14SCT - 16mm eyepiece and 2x barlow - 7-10-21 - Copy.png>
      
<Saturn - ES G11 w-PMC-Eight and 14SCT - 500x - 7-10-21 - Copy.png>


These are taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II
2 - 3 minutes of video
Processing: PIPP, AutoStakkert3, Registax
Explore Scientific Losmandy G11 with PMC-EIght & 14"SCT

Thanks,
Andrew


--
Observatory: Riverstar Observatory - SkyShed POD
Main Telescope:
Explore Scientific 152ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber, Meade 14"SCT
Mount: Explore Scientific Losmandy G11 Mount w/PMC-Eight
Other Scopes: Meade 8"LX90 SCT, William Optics ZenithStar 66mm APO Refractor
Binoculars: Oberwerk 20x80 & 25x100 Giant Binoculars, Alpen 8x42

 


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools
<North_America_Nebula_(Part of)_Dave_Cherry_July_2021_v2.jpg>


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Dave Cherry
 

Very Nice Andrew. I would love to have a dedicated setup for the planets . It appears you do need that big  aperture to get detail.

 

I have switched back to my widefield from doing some 2.5 barlow stuff on the 200PDS for smaller nebula.

I got this last night. I’m very pleased with it

Would love to know what you guys think

 

It was shot with SW 72 ED , ASI294 MCPRO and PMC mount (And with the new PH2 multi-star guiding, The PMC Stays within 1 on the graph no problem! . I use a Fast refresh on the guide scope to achieve this (0.7 of a second))

Really loving it at the moment, Crystal clear night last night 😊

Makes a change here in London UK

 

Cheers

Dave

 

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: ACorkill
Sent: 16 July 2021 00:27
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do.

 

Hi Guys,

I'd like to share a couple of simple photos taken with the Explore Scientific Losmandy G-11 with PMC-EIght. 

I've been avoiding long exposure photography so far, but decided to try some DSLR video of the planets, and learned a very fast stacking and processing trick that only takes about 2 minutes. The results are satisfying. At some point, down the road, I'll hit up JR to understand the rest of the processing techniques. 
The tracking of the mount is flawless and so solid that I can hit the legs, slap them and climb all over the mount and not worry at all that Jupiter and Saturn will still be in the field of view.  It is a heavy payload, but the G11 carries it well.

      

These are taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II
2 - 3 minutes of video
Processing: PIPP, AutoStakkert3, Registax
Explore Scientific Losmandy G11 with PMC-EIght & 14"SCT

Thanks,
Andrew


--
Observatory: Riverstar Observatory - SkyShed POD
Main Telescope:
Explore Scientific 152ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber, Meade 14"SCT
Mount: Explore Scientific Losmandy G11 Mount w/PMC-Eight
Other Scopes: Meade 8"LX90 SCT, William Optics ZenithStar 66mm APO Refractor
Binoculars: Oberwerk 20x80 & 25x100 Giant Binoculars, Alpen 8x42

 


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: 2/3 Star Alignment, possible to select the stars to align? #alignment #ExploreStars

brian skinner
 

Euan, in addition to Wes, on the android app in order to manually select your alignment stars from the catalogue you need to set auto align off on the settings page.....
--
Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Re: 2/3 Star Alignment, possible to select the stars to align? #alignment #ExploreStars

Cesar Brollo
 

Hi Euan, You can choose the stars alignments from the catalog while you are making this, the interesting thing is that going to the same option do you have a aligment star catalog (only before finish the alignment)  that show all possible bright stars in order of declination ( a A-Z order and a search option could  be more helpfull) and you can select any star from  this screen (actually when you return to get a 2nd or 3dr  star you can read that this, the order of star, is shown on screen) . When You have ready the alignment, and return to catalog, do you have the Main Catalogue, with pictures, searcher, etc.



El sáb, 17 jul 2021 a las 6:48, Euan Milne (<euan_milne@...>) escribió:
Folks

I am using ExploreStars on Windows10, From my back garden i have a limited are of sky to view (also the bright nights does not help) I can easily identify Vega and Arcturus and would like to do a star alignment on those but I am unsure of how to make ExploreStars select those two for alignment purposes.

Also when alignment is complete is a message or an indicator shown on screen?


--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 IEXOS-100
Scopes: TAL-1
Cameras:  Canon 1200D, Canon 70-210mm,  Tamron 150-600mm, 50mm prime. 
Msc: 12V Powerbank
Software: ExploreStars, SharpCap, All Sky Plate Solver


Re: 2/3 Star Alignment, possible to select the stars to align? #alignment #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald
 

Euan

The short answer to your question is no.  You just have to keep going to the next star until the windows app picks the one you want.  The iPad app also works in this manner.

The Android Explorestars app however lets you pick your alignment stars.  You start the alignment process and go to the catalog menu from which the target star may be selected.   

If you decide to use the Android app and get a tablet running Android 10 or newer be sure to load the app from the link on the Explore Scientific web site, as the one on the play store does not support the newer OS version.   It would be best probably to buy a used tablet with an older version of Android on it.  

You can research other means for doing polar alignment on the internet.  Drift alignment is an example of such, and starting from a rough polar alignment given by PSALIGN it should be pretty quick once you get the hang of it.   This will give you a good physical polar alignment, after which there is no need for a 2/3 star virtual one.

The Android and iPad apps are superior to the windows app, as various features have been added that aid in use.  One of the main features is these apps allow you to prevent the mount from taking off to the next alignment star or any target for that matter until you press the goto button.   Thus when you are cycling through alignment stars looking for one you have visibility for the mount will not be doing crazy slews all over the place.   

Be aware that the 2-3 star alignment only creates a virtual alignment.  This means that while the thing can find objects it is not necessarily polar aligned.   The software continuously computes the required ra and dec motor position (5x per second) and moves the mount continuously.  This will lead to a bit of jitter in your images and might also cause the objects to rotate in the field of view during a timed exposure.   This occurs when the triangular mode indicator shows the letter P for point mode.   When the indicator shows T for track mode the mount ra motor runs smoothly at sidereal rate while the dec motor is stopped.   This is what is needed for the best astrophotography, however for imaging purposes the mount will need to be mechanically polar aligned.   This is where drift alignment or some other method comes in for you.  

In the windows app I believe the mount, after a goto slew, is put into the P mode.  To get it into T mode you must press one of the left/right/up/down buttons.  You can set the rate to 1 and bump one of the buttons and you will be in T mode.   Doing a goto again to the same target will put you back into P mode.  I think.   I don’t use windows Explorestars anymore and might be wrong but the gist is correct.

In both the Android and iPad apps the triangular indicator is also a button which can be pressed to easily transition the mode back and forth between P and T.  This is another reason they are superior, in my view.

You probably should connect up your mount via the serial connection and find out what version of code you are running.  You can do this from the Configuration Manager program available from the Explore Scientific web page.  Use it to send the ESGv! Command.  If you are not running the latest firmware in the mount I suggest you upgrade using the install kit and following the included instructions found therein.  The kit is available from a link on the explore scientific web page.  All you need is a proper usb cable and (very important) a usb-to-serial converter driver installed on the windows box.  Suggest you load the one that can be found on the parallax web site.   It works well.  Your version should be 20A01.02 or higher (.03,.04, etc).  I would be very interested in knowing which your mount came with, especially if you bought it new.  The older versions for the iexos were something like 1Axxxxx. 

Regards
Wes





--
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


2/3 Star Alignment, possible to select the stars to align? #alignment #ExploreStars

Euan Milne
 

Folks

I am using ExploreStars on Windows10, From my back garden i have a limited are of sky to view (also the bright nights does not help) I can easily identify Vega and Arcturus and would like to do a star alignment on those but I am unsure of how to make ExploreStars select those two for alignment purposes.

Also when alignment is complete is a message or an indicator shown on screen?


--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 IEXOS-100
Scopes: TAL-1
Cameras:  Canon 1200D, Canon 70-210mm,  Tamron 150-600mm, 50mm prime. 
Msc: 12V Powerbank
Software: ExploreStars, SharpCap, All Sky Plate Solver


Success!!!

Euan Milne
 

As this time of year living in the north of Scotland means that proper darkness is almost non existing, but now with summer equinox behind us the skys are slowly getting that little bit darker. The weather forecast was good so took the opportunity to try out the IEXOS-100. I have had the mount for two month now but never had a clear sky or dark enough nights to try that all changed.

My Kit is a Canon 1200D on a Tamron 150-600 f/4.5 lens
IEXOS-100 Mount
Laptop connected wireless to mount 
Android App PolarAlignPro (cant see north star from my back garden)

I have a few questiosn about the ExplroeStars 2/3 Star alignment process , but i will post those in a seperate topic


--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 IEXOS-100
Scopes: TAL-1
Cameras:  Canon 1200D, Canon 70-210mm,  Tamron 150-600mm, 50mm prime. 
Msc: 12V Powerbank
Software: ExploreStars, SharpCap, All Sky Plate Solver


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

ACorkill
 

Hi Guys,

I'd like to share a couple of simple photos taken with the Explore Scientific Losmandy G-11 with PMC-EIght. 

I've been avoiding long exposure photography so far, but decided to try some DSLR video of the planets, and learned a very fast stacking and processing trick that only takes about 2 minutes. The results are satisfying. At some point, down the road, I'll hit up JR to understand the rest of the processing techniques. 
The tracking of the mount is flawless and so solid that I can hit the legs, slap them and climb all over the mount and not worry at all that Jupiter and Saturn will still be in the field of view.  It is a heavy payload, but the G11 carries it well.

      

These are taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II
2 - 3 minutes of video
Processing: PIPP, AutoStakkert3, Registax
Explore Scientific Losmandy G11 with PMC-EIght & 14"SCT

Thanks,
Andrew


--
Observatory: Riverstar Observatory - SkyShed POD
Main Telescope:
Explore Scientific 152ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber, Meade 14"SCT
Mount: Explore Scientific Losmandy G11 Mount w/PMC-Eight
Other Scopes: Meade 8"LX90 SCT, William Optics ZenithStar 66mm APO Refractor
Binoculars: Oberwerk 20x80 & 25x100 Giant Binoculars, Alpen 8x42


Re: Can ExploreStars connect to IEXOS-100 via serial? #ExploreStars

Euan Milne
 

Ah okay, 

thanks for the quick reply. 
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Scopes: TAL-1
Cameras:  Canon 1200D, Canon 70-210mm,  Tamron 150-600mm, 50mm prime. 
Msc: 12V Powerbank
Software: ExploreStars, SharpCap, All Sky Plate Solver


Re: Can ExploreStars connect to IEXOS-100 via serial? #ExploreStars

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 07:50 AM, Euan Milne wrote:
Is it possible to use ExploreStars on Windows10 with a serial connection to the IEXOs-100?
Hi Euan,

ExploreStars is a wireless only application.
 
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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!


Can ExploreStars connect to IEXOS-100 via serial? #ExploreStars

Euan Milne
 

Folks

Is it possible to use ExploreStars on Windows10 with a serial connection to the IEXOs-100? I Using thje PMC-Eight untility i can see that the mount is connected via COM6, but when ExploreStars runs, the "Please Wait" is shown.




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Mounts: ES PMC-8 IEXOS-100
Scopes: TAL-1
Cameras:  Canon 1200D, Canon 70-210mm,  Tamron 150-600mm, 50mm prime. 
Msc: 12V Powerbank
Software: ExploreStars, SharpCap, All Sky Plate Solver


Re: IEXOS-100 load for lucky imaging #iEXOS-100

James Ball
 

You also need at least one extra counterweight for something as large as the C6.  The two counterweights will barely balance the AT102ED with eyepiece and diagonal.
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James Ball
Dawson Springs, Ky
Mounts: iEXOS-100
Scopes: Meade ETX90RA(deforked now) Sky Watcher 150MCT
Camera: ZWO ASI 120MC-S
Software: Explore Stars Android, ASCOM, Stellarium Scope, Stellarium, AS!3, SharpCap, RegiStax6.


Re: IEXOS-100 load for lucky imaging #iEXOS-100

Steve Siedentop
 

You’ll need another counterweight on the front of the scope.  I had a similar problem with an 8” Ritchey-Chretien.

Here’s an example:

On Sat, Jul 10, 2021 at 10:33 AM Luiz Sanches via groups.io <luizfsanches=yahoo.com.br@groups.io> wrote:
I use the C6 with the iExus 100. And a filter wheel and a canon t6. It's not balanced 100%, but work. So, anyone have any ideas for balance this setup? The C6 is heave on back and for get a good balance, I need to put weight on the front, or put the telescope more far way from the mount, but the dovetail is not so long. So, a new dovetail Will solve the problem, or no?


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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11 with Ruland Couplers and One Piece Worm Blocks, Skywatcher NEQ-6
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100, Orion 6” Mak, Stellarvue SV80EDT, Coronado Solarmax 40
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, CentralDS Astro 60D, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, SkySafari


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

Ming
 

I can confirm Karl's modification which is now included in the latest INDI 1.9.2 supports the proper high speed manual slew with the latest firmware.

Thank you very much to these developers for their hard work.

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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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