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Re: Android ExploreStars no longer works on KitKat 4.4.2 #Android #ExploreStars #ExploreScientific

Patrick
 
Edited

Dus nu moet ik een nieuwe tablet kopen omdat de andere versie ook niet voor mij werkt 
Je kunt een voorbeeld aan Skysafari nemen die nog steeds werkt, zelfs op mijn tablet met KitKat voor mij niet langer iexos-100 meer Ik ga sparen  voor een skywatcher mond


Explore Scientific Montering iEXOS-100 PMC-8 Wi-Fi GoTo #Android

Patrick
 

This is crap so nowe I must buy a new tablet with android 10 because the last version is not working on mine KitKat tablet anymore
You can taking a assemble to Skysafari that's stil working even in mine tablet for mine other scoop and also the updates 
So I done with this model and go to sell it and buy a other one but no iexos-100 anymore 


Re: My EXOS 2 PMC-8 is working fine!

Wes Mcdonald
 

Thanks Carlos!
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


My EXOS 2 PMC-8 is working fine!

Camarieu
 

Since most messages are regarding different problems asking for help, just wanted to share my " everything is working fine with my mount"!, using it with Sharpcap and Stellarium via Ascom HUB (Remotely controlled with Google Desk)!
--
Carlos M Arieu
Cypress, Tx
EXOS2 GT PMC8 - Ioptron Cube
Sky-Watcher EvoGuide 50 DX APO
Orion SkyQuest 8" Intelliscope
ZWO ASI 224 MC - Canon XSi
ShapCap Pro - GIMP
Public School Elementary Teacher


OpenGOTO Live! Video - Universal Firmware 20A01.1 Software Installation Kit INSTALL #ExploreScientific #FIRMWARE #UFCT #VIDEO #ASCOM

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

Here is a link to today's episode (#171) of the Explore Scientific OpenGOTO Community Live! program with Scott Roberts and I discussing how to download and install the
latest version of the Universal Firmware Installation Kit.

YouTube video:
https://youtu.be/78xpjvnp984

I know there have been several questions lately from those new to the PMC-Eight system so hopefully this will be of 
some help. Please post your questions, and comments and as always, don't hesitate to call our customer service team if you want more personal help.

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!


Re: I exos 100 serial ascom

Conan <tanconan2000@...>
 

Good morning
everything fixed and working correctly, I can only be thankful for all your help
many thanks friends!
especially Chuck and Wes
Many many thanks


Re: Can not connect to IEXOS 100 via WiFi nor USB cable

Wes Mcdonald
 

Kiyoshi

Great!  Glad you are up and going!
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


Re: Can not connect to IEXOS 100 via WiFi nor USB cable

Kiyoshi Kasai <kiyoshikasai@...>
 

Wes

Thank you very much for your help!
I could install new firmware, configure it, install new ascom driver.
Now I have just tried to control ESEXOS-100 remotely via ASCOM successfully!
I am very happy and satisfied deeply!
Your help is great!

Cheers
Kiyoshi

On 16.09.2021 01:33, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Kiyoshi 

Remember to configure your new firmware load using the pmc8 firmware configuration tool included in the install pack.  Take a look at the pdf document also before you get started.  It has all the info you need to get it going and don’t forget to load up ascom and the new ascom driver. 

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


Re: Can not connect to IEXOS 100 via WiFi nor USB cable

Wes Mcdonald
 

Kiyoshi 

Remember to configure your new firmware load using the pmc8 firmware configuration tool included in the install pack.  Take a look at the pdf document also before you get started.  It has all the info you need to get it going and don’t forget to load up ascom and the new ascom driver. 

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


Re: Can not connect to IEXOS 100 via WiFi nor USB cable

Wes Mcdonald
 

Great kioshie and Matt.  Great example of why people need to monitor this forum.  Lots of info flying around!



--
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: Can not connect to IEXOS 100 via WiFi nor USB cable

Matt Walshe
 

I'll offer my thanks to Wes as well! I had a critical laptop failure during an imaging run last week and have been trying to reconfigure a backup laptop running Windows 10 x32 for the last few days but ran into trouble with connectivity. My PMCEight is running the previous FW and set for a Serial link. I was confident it was a problem with the drivers, or, an unlikely cable failure on top of the laptop failure but the couple usb-serial drivers I've tried installing (Prolific I think?) were all resulting in no change to communication on the COM port. I was definitely glad to see your link this afternoon so I could test myself and once installed the COM port came right up and I was able to connect to Device Hub without issue. Great timing and very relieved after a couple days of frustration, lol. 

Thanks again!
--
-Matt

=========
Mount: ES PMC-8 EXOS2 - Serial
Primary OTA's: GSO 8" f/4 Newt / GSO RC6 / Meade 70mm Quadruplet 
Guide OTA's: Orion 50mm / Primaluce 60mm 
Cameras: ZWO ASI294MC / Canon T3i 
Software: Ascom / NINA / Sharpcap / PHD2 / DSS / Photoshop 
OS: Dell / Windows 10


Re: Can not connect to IEXOS 100 via WiFi nor USB cable

Kiyoshi Kasai <kiyoshikasai@...>
 

Wes

thank you very much for your help!
I have downloaded serial driver to my pc. Then after the usb connection PMC8 program showed, that the com3 was active.
With PMC8 I could activate wifi connection!
I can try to load the newest firmware now!

Marvelous!
Cheers,

Kiyoshi


On 15.09.2021 20:10, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Kitoshi 

Load a usb to serial driver in your pc.  Suggest you get the one that can be found on the parallax web site. 

After installing the driver the comm port will show up. This might help you 

You should use the configuration manager thst can be downloaded from the Explore Scientific web site to make sure the iexos is in udp mode which is required for WiFi.   

My guess is you did manage to get the unit into serial mode so that it is now ignoring the WiFi channel.  

Have you loaded the newest firmware?   I assume not.

Wes



On Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 2:04 PM Kiyoshi Kasai <kiyoshikasai@...> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I use iexos 100 since two years and am satisfied to observe variable
stars with this mount.
I have controlled the mount via WiFi with my iPad without problem.

Recently I wanted to connect PC (windows 10) with mount via USB cable,
and used "PMC-eight switcher" to change the setting from WiFi to wired
connection. But it didn't work and the connection via USB failed.
PMC8 showed always "no active port!"
I tried several times with different COM port but without success.

After these trial I cannot come back to WiFi connection now, iPad can
find the WiFi network "PMC-Eight-XXXX" but can not control the mount!

I have tried also with "PMC8 configuration manager" but can not change
the situation.
It finds no active port and no connection via WiFi.

I read, that the USB cable must be of good quality. I think, my HI-SPEED
USB cable from ELECOM is fairly good with 28AWG/1P and 28AWG/2C.

How can I find a way to connect with mount?

I would be very thankful and happy, if anyone could help me!

Kiyoshi






--
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: Can not connect to IEXOS 100 via WiFi nor USB cable

Wes Mcdonald
 

Kitoshi 

Load a usb to serial driver in your pc.  Suggest you get the one that can be found on the parallax web site. 

After installing the driver the comm port will show up. This might help you 

You should use the configuration manager thst can be downloaded from the Explore Scientific web site to make sure the iexos is in udp mode which is required for WiFi.   

My guess is you did manage to get the unit into serial mode so that it is now ignoring the WiFi channel.  

Have you loaded the newest firmware?   I assume not.

Wes



On Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 2:04 PM Kiyoshi Kasai <kiyoshikasai@...> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I use iexos 100 since two years and am satisfied to observe variable
stars with this mount.
I have controlled the mount via WiFi with my iPad without problem.

Recently I wanted to connect PC (windows 10) with mount via USB cable,
and used "PMC-eight switcher" to change the setting from WiFi to wired
connection. But it didn't work and the connection via USB failed.
PMC8 showed always "no active port!"
I tried several times with different COM port but without success.

After these trial I cannot come back to WiFi connection now, iPad can
find the WiFi network "PMC-Eight-XXXX" but can not control the mount!

I have tried also with "PMC8 configuration manager" but can not change
the situation.
It finds no active port and no connection via WiFi.

I read, that the USB cable must be of good quality. I think, my HI-SPEED
USB cable from ELECOM is fairly good with 28AWG/1P and 28AWG/2C.

How can I find a way to connect with mount?

I would be very thankful and happy, if anyone could help me!

Kiyoshi






--
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


Can not connect to IEXOS 100 via WiFi nor USB cable

kiyoshikasai@...
 

Hi everyone,

I use iexos 100 since two years and am satisfied to observe variable stars with this mount.
I have controlled the mount via WiFi with my iPad without problem.

Recently I wanted to connect PC (windows 10) with mount via USB cable, and used "PMC-eight switcher" to change the setting from WiFi to wired connection. But it didn't work and the connection via USB failed.
PMC8 showed always "no active port!"
I tried several times with different COM port but without success.

After these trial I cannot come back to WiFi connection now, iPad can find the WiFi network "PMC-Eight-XXXX" but can not control the mount!

I have tried also with "PMC8 configuration manager" but can not change the situation.
It finds no active port and no connection via WiFi.

I read, that the USB cable must be of good quality. I think, my HI-SPEED USB cable from ELECOM is fairly good with 28AWG/1P and 28AWG/2C.

How can I find a way to connect with mount?

I would be very thankful and happy, if anyone could help me!

Kiyoshi


Comment on EXOS2-GT #EXOS2

Micheal
 

EXOS-2GT

Comment on the EXOX-2GT mount. I’ve followed this discussion on groups and wanted to throw my 2cent in. Have lots of talent and knowledge on this site. Hope my post will inspire others to learn how to tune the mount and learn what it can do with a little tunning.

My road to Polar Align and two-star alignment and being able to slew to target Saturn and taking 3min long video without adjusting the mount for over an hour. Tracking is great, Same with Jupiter. Also was able to take 30sec long photos of M33 for 1hr. without touching the mount or using a guide scope.

Before tunning, I had several problems right away after initial setup.

1.       Leveling tripod then installing the mount, leg spread, and lose the tripod level if on a slope. I added a bubble Level attached to the bottom of the tripod head for I could level after the mount was attached. Works great. Als see Groups for spreader fix (slip) seem to lock up nice and tight now.

2.       Make sure both altitude adjustment screws are moved together. I didn’t tighten the back screw after polar alignment and lost alignment during an early slew, Head dropped about 2”. Ended Night.

3.       Large cogwheel and a motor cogwheel. Several problems were caused and created when setscrews came loose in either RA or Dec and mount not slewing and doing strange behavior. Took two tries on each to get this right. Must get one setscrew centered on a flat spot of the shaft and tighten down along with 2nd one on another side of cog gear while keeping the alignment of cog gears and clearances. Nice article on this in groups that I followed.

4.       While you have this open this would be a good time to learn how to take the backlash out in the gearing. Follow the how-to article in groups to do this correctly. I half-read the article and it works out fine for the RA. But the Dec not so much. In Dec I didn’t rotate it through 360 deg to find out I had a high point, so when I was testing I got a terrible sound coming from the Dec motor from the binding of the worm gear, though I would burn out the motor before getting it stopped. Regarding Backlash, adjustment follow the direction and due the 360 deg rotation. Seem I’ll have to Live with some backlash in Dec.

5.       When I was buttoning everything back up I ran into a problem when setting the tension on the drive belt in Dec. I would try and tighten it down but would lose it when tightening the screw down. I was able to find a burr on the edge of the screw hole that was causing the problem and removed it with a small diamond half-round file.

After tunning, it runs like a top. Along with the updated firmware for the PMC-Eight this mount is surpassing my expatiation.  

Micheal


Re: I exos 100 serial ascom

Conan <tanconan2000@...>
 

the first question I have is how to access the eeprom files of the fimware and know which of them I should download
again thank you very much for the help


Re: I exos 100 serial ascom

Conan <tanconan2000@...>
 

I know perfectly well that the mistake was made by me, of course ,as you say i'm going to start from the beginning.


Re: I exos 100 serial ascom

Wes Mcdonald
 

Conan

There is no system reset.  But you cannot break it.  You can only configure it incorrectly.

Please.  You must respond to people who are trying to help.  

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


Re: I exos 100 serial ascom

Conan <tanconan2000@...>
 

Is there a hard reset for the mount, to be able to start from scratch?

right now the mount does not work even with the application

Enviado desde mi iPhone

El 14 sept 2021, a las 21:50, Conan via groups.io <tanconan2000@...> escribió:

Please I want you to understand that the problem is my fault ,

computing is difficult for me

and sure this has created the problem , I really appreciate all the help you offer me

Enviado desde mi iPhone

El 14 sept 2021, a las 21:29, Chuck Lewis <clewis@...> escribió:



Conan,

 

Before declaring it a disaster, please understand that this happens sometimes. Those of us who have spent years working with systems that involve complex setups are very familiar with your situation. In fact, it occurs often enough that we anticipate problems and incorporate them into our expectations. This is closer to being normal than to being unusual.

 

This usually works for me:

  1. I disconnect all cables
  2. I verify that I have the latest versions of software, firmware, and instructions. (This forum can help identify the latest)
  3. I start over. From the beginning. I must read each step, because I often take shortcuts, and make bad assumptions.
  4. If something in the instructions seems to not make sense, I pause and think about it. These are the times when errors are made.
  5. If the results of having followed some instruction seem odd, I pause there, too; and think some more.
  6. Quite often, these pauses are very productive, and I will realize that I had misinterpreted something or made a bad assumption; and sometimes the instructions are misleading, too. If there are several ways to interpret the instruction, try each of the options, and make notes of the results.
  7. If I need to ask for help, It’s best to carefully describe what I am trying to do, what step I am stuck at, and how the system has reacted. That way, the helpers can quickly focus on the source of my problem.
  8. When it still doesn’t work correctly, I take a long break, and think some more.
  9. Jerry Hubbell once said, “Don’t quit until you no longer have any options”, (or something like that). It works!

 

Many of us earned a decent living by following those rules. The important part is to recognize that success doesn’t always happen on the first attempt, even among professionals.

 

Take a deep breath, try again, and let us know what happens.

 

 

Chuck Lewis  

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Conan
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 10:39 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] I exos 100 serial ascom

 

I have definitely messed everything up, now it doesn't work for me either with the application not on the iPad or on the pc
total disaster🤦


--
Scope: Explore Scientific AR-102, Astro-Tech AD72ED, Nikon kit lenses
Mounts: Exos2GT-PMC8, Homebrew barndoor tracker
Camera: Nikon D7000, QHY5III-462C
S/W:  APT, DeepSkyStacker, Stellarium, CdC, PHD2, Sharpcap Pro, Gimp, RawTherapee, StarTools


Re: I exos 100 serial ascom

Conan <tanconan2000@...>
 

Please I want you to understand that the problem is my fault ,

computing is difficult for me

and sure this has created the problem , I really appreciate all the help you offer me

Enviado desde mi iPhone

El 14 sept 2021, a las 21:29, Chuck Lewis <clewis@...> escribió:



Conan,

 

Before declaring it a disaster, please understand that this happens sometimes. Those of us who have spent years working with systems that involve complex setups are very familiar with your situation. In fact, it occurs often enough that we anticipate problems and incorporate them into our expectations. This is closer to being normal than to being unusual.

 

This usually works for me:

  1. I disconnect all cables
  2. I verify that I have the latest versions of software, firmware, and instructions. (This forum can help identify the latest)
  3. I start over. From the beginning. I must read each step, because I often take shortcuts, and make bad assumptions.
  4. If something in the instructions seems to not make sense, I pause and think about it. These are the times when errors are made.
  5. If the results of having followed some instruction seem odd, I pause there, too; and think some more.
  6. Quite often, these pauses are very productive, and I will realize that I had misinterpreted something or made a bad assumption; and sometimes the instructions are misleading, too. If there are several ways to interpret the instruction, try each of the options, and make notes of the results.
  7. If I need to ask for help, It’s best to carefully describe what I am trying to do, what step I am stuck at, and how the system has reacted. That way, the helpers can quickly focus on the source of my problem.
  8. When it still doesn’t work correctly, I take a long break, and think some more.
  9. Jerry Hubbell once said, “Don’t quit until you no longer have any options”, (or something like that). It works!

 

Many of us earned a decent living by following those rules. The important part is to recognize that success doesn’t always happen on the first attempt, even among professionals.

 

Take a deep breath, try again, and let us know what happens.

 

 

Chuck Lewis  

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Conan
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 10:39 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] I exos 100 serial ascom

 

I have definitely messed everything up, now it doesn't work for me either with the application not on the iPad or on the pc
total disaster🤦


--
Scope: Explore Scientific AR-102, Astro-Tech AD72ED, Nikon kit lenses
Mounts: Exos2GT-PMC8, Homebrew barndoor tracker
Camera: Nikon D7000, QHY5III-462C
S/W:  APT, DeepSkyStacker, Stellarium, CdC, PHD2, Sharpcap Pro, Gimp, RawTherapee, StarTools

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