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Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Terry
 

Hi folks
I thought I'd finally have a go at updating my EXOS II to the latest firmware but now I'm struggling
At the same time I wanted to install the software onto a different laptop

I followed the instructions in the PDF file with the firmware installation kit (PMC-Eight 20A01 Firmware Installation Kit 2021-08-08)
It seemed to update the firmware, I got the success message in the config tool
I went on to install Ascom 6.5 with POTH and tried to use POTH to slew the scope but nothing happened (Unparked and set to track first of course)
I installed the Explorestars app and data but on launching it just say's "Please Wait"

Certainly I've done something wrong but can't figure out what?

Thanks
Terry
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EXOS 2 PMC-Eight Watchdog Disabled
Fujifilm X-T2
Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
Vixen VMC-110L


Re: Fitting a losmandy dovetail to exos-2 gt #EXOS2

Ram Bache
 

Wes
Thank you. I will take the cheaper route as you suggested
Regards
Ram

On Oct 11, 2021, at 12:19, Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> wrote:


Ram:

Well, you could bolt a vixen dovetail to the Losmandy dovetail, that would be the cheapest.  

I replaced the EXOS2  puck with one made by ADM for (I think) a CG5 that fits nicely and has mounting holes that accept a Losmandy sized saddle.  But that whole rig will cost you lots of money.

If the losmandy bar is replaceable on your scope you can also buy a Vixen and just replace it.  

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: Fitting a losmandy dovetail to exos-2 gt #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

Ram:

Well, you could bolt a vixen dovetail to the Losmandy dovetail, that would be the cheapest.  

I replaced the EXOS2  puck with one made by ADM for (I think) a CG5 that fits nicely and has mounting holes that accept a Losmandy sized saddle.  But that whole rig will cost you lots of money.

If the losmandy bar is replaceable on your scope you can also buy a Vixen and just replace it.  

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: Anyone Care To Respond To This Post On CloudyNights?? #CloudyNights

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, Oct 11, 2021 at 10:05 AM, Harry wrote:
Done, with pleasure.
Thanks Harry, and Patrick too for responding.  I am not allowed as the Vendor to defend our products directly, Although since this is on the Vendor Forum I should be able to make the points that you both have made. It sounds better coming directly from our customers, so I very much appreciate it.

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!


Fitting a losmandy dovetail to exos-2 gt #EXOS2

Ram Bache
 

Hi Friends
looking for help on what is the cheapest and best option to use exos-2 mount to enable mounting an OTA with losmandy dovetail plate. 

thank you
Ram


Re: ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

Jeff
 

Aha!!! I bet that's my issue!  Chuck, you're a gentleman and a scholar.  I shall name my third born in your honor. lol. I'm eager to try it out to confirm, but will have to wait for the right night.
Who or what do you use to control the clouds and weather?  lol.  

Jeff
--
Mounts: EXOS-II GS, PMC-Eight
Cameras:  ZWO ASI 290MC, Canon 7D
Scope: ES-ED0806-01 (Backordered)
Software: ExploreStars (iPad)


Re: ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

 

Yes. Home position is when your mount is polar aligned and the arrows are matching on both RA and DEC. If your mount was powered up while you were doing a PA using the polar alignment scope (which requires you to rotate the dec axis 90 degrees), then that would account for the 90 degree error you’re seeing. The fix is easy: After you’re PA is done, loosen the clutches, align the arrows, tighten the clutches, and THEN power up the PMV-Eight electronics. That zeros the motor counts at known, repeatable angles. There are ways to establish a more accurate home position than relying on the arrows, but for now, it might be close enough to get you going.

 

Chuck

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2021 6:23 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

 

So, by "home" position, do you mean that the etched arrows need to be in alignment on the RA and DEC? (I have pics in my original post regarding those arrows).
Chuck, this may be my problem, and when I get a chance to go back out I will give this a try.  This is very good information!

Jeff
--
Mounts: EXOS-II GS, PMC-Eight
Cameras:  ZWO ASI 290MC, Canon 7D
Scope: ES-ED0806-01 (Backordered)
Software: ExploreStars (iPad)


--
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: Anyone Care To Respond To This Post On CloudyNights?? #CloudyNights

Harry
 

Done, with pleasure.

On Oct 11, 2021, at 8:36 AM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/643240-now-available-our-new-explore-scientific-iexos-100-pmc-eight-399/?p=11419623

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!


--
Harry

Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight, ST3 Tripod

Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Guide: ZWO 30mm Mini, ZWO ASI120MM-Mini
Software: ASIair Pro, iPad Pro, MacOS, Affinity Photo, SkySafari Plus
Cameras: ZWO 533MC Pro, Nikon D5500 (UV/IR Mod), D600
Misc: Rokinon 135mm F2 Lens, ES USB Power Bank
Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance






Anyone Care To Respond To This Post On CloudyNights?? #CloudyNights

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/643240-now-available-our-new-explore-scientific-iexos-100-pmc-eight-399/?p=11419623

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: ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

Jeff
 

So, by "home" position, do you mean that the etched arrows need to be in alignment on the RA and DEC? (I have pics in my original post regarding those arrows).
Chuck, this may be my problem, and when I get a chance to go back out I will give this a try.  This is very good information!

Jeff
--
Mounts: EXOS-II GS, PMC-Eight
Cameras:  ZWO ASI 290MC, Canon 7D
Scope: ES-ED0806-01 (Backordered)
Software: ExploreStars (iPad)


Re: ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

 

Jeff, one thing that you might be missing is that the system must be powered up when the mount is in the home position. That’s because it calculates its position from the motor ‘counts’, beginning at zero; and zero is reset every time the mount is powered up. If the clutches are ever released and the mount manually moved after it’s powered on, or if the power is cycled when the mount is not in the home position., the system will lose track of its coordinates.

 

So, the mount must be set to home position, clutches locked…then powered on…and clutches never released nor power cycled after that. The fact that you’re 90 degrees off might be a clue that the system, for some reason, was powered up at 90 degrees to the home position.

 

Just a thought…

 

Chuck Lewis  

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff
Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2021 9:52 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

 

Wes et al,

I'm now at a complete loss, I just can't seem to get things straightened out.  I have my camera mounted to point directly down the vixen bar.  But I still seem to be 90 degrees off.
I tried doing a two star alignment within Explore Stars, but I do have some obstacles and don't see anyway that I can choose the stars to align to.  Is there any way to tell ExploreStars
which stars I want to use for alignment?  My thought process was to have the mount slew to a known star that I can actually see, and then manually control ExploreStars to position the 
camera so that it is inline with that star and then sync.  But all of the star choices it gives for alignment are either obstructed by landscape or light pollution.  

The only tools I have at my disposal are the ExploreStars on iPad, my mount, and my camera. (Telescope still on backorder)
I've scoured YouTube and other sites looking for something to aid me in this, but everything seems to point to using a Pole Master or other software which I don't have the equipment right now
to use.

Are there any resources that I may have overlooked?  

Also, on my Exos 2gt, there are a lot of dials, do I need to do anything regarding them?  

I sincerely appreciate all the feedback I have received thus far.

Jeff

--
Mounts: EXOS-II GS, PMC-Eight
Cameras:  ZWO ASI 290MC, Canon 7D
Scope: ES-ED0806-01 (Backorder)
Software: ExploreStars (iPad)


--
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: EXOSII PMC-8 PHD2 Pulse Guide Error and others issues

Micheal
 

George

 I have the EXOS 2GT but with different equipment but with similar problem in PHD2.  Several thing I've found is that with my 50mm guide scope and ZWO120mm camera. If i can get a guide star selected and scope is guiding error disappears not sure why. Is your built in mount Hub powered I found this seem to be a must. I have a separate USB 3 powered hub with 7 ports. Then from the scope to my computer I have a 50 ft powered cable for I can set inside when cold outside. I didn't see this problem before the last updates of PHD2, CDC, Apt and SharpCap. I was on ASCOM 6.4 using Poth have Update to ASCOM 6.5 SP1 but still using Poth I hope this solves my problems. PHD2 works inside know just need to get it under clear skies to verify it works again when it can select a star. I do like the mount. I had to do all the tuning for the mount that has been posted. I'm been doing a 2 star align high in the sky using plate solve 2 after polar alignment and then a final slew to Jupiter then if need plate solving for Jupiter for final alignment. I haven't need to guide on Jupiter or Saturn as the mount If taken to excellent in SharpCap has been keeping the planets centred just using tracking. Anyway I'm sold on Powered hubs.

Micheal

IExos-100 and EXOS2GT both running PMC-Eight version 20A01.1
Svbony 503 80MM f7 w/ Orion 0.8 field flattener
Celestron 150mm C6n f7 w/motor focuser w/ FCUSB Motor Controller
Cameras Canon T7, ZWO 224, ZWO 120mm 
Svbony 50 mm guide scope on 80mm Scope
Svbony 60 mm guide Scope on 150 mm Scope
On order DewBuster controller
ASCOM 6.5 with Poth. Cartes Du Ciel for mount control, SharpCap for Polar alignment and planetary photos
Astro Photography Tool, platesolve2, PHD2 for guiding, and Stellarium for object framing only.

On 10/10/2021 1:10 PM, George via groups.io wrote:
I have dug through the forum and seen plenty of posts, but can't seem to find any solutions that match my problem, though it has been posted about. Also, they all seem to be slightly dated and there has been a lot of updates between ES firmware, PHD2, and ASCOM. That said I have had a love-hate relationship with the EXOSII, but wanted to find a new life for it. So I figured out how to get All Sky Plate Solver, POTH, and Stellarium to talk finally. I tested that out last night and was successful at locating every single target with this method. It is not super convenient, but also not bad.

So here's my problem.  The new ES firmware allows for simultaneous communication over both the serial and the wifi, so I don't know if it is necessary or valid to switch the communication method in the PMCEight Manager. As stated, I could effectively communicate over POTH with Stellarium and ASPS. I thought I might try to check in with PHD2 as there was some drift (I didn't get perfectly polar aligned) and wanted to test it with the mount. However I encountered a Pulse Guide Error message with PHD2 not being ale to control the mount. No real reason that I am aware of for this. It just didn't want to seem to move the mount.

  1. I tried the Manual Test and it wouldn't register any movement while watching a guide star.
  2. Had other instances of "Not enough movement" I think those were mostly in the East-West calibration, but can't remember for sure. I was getting frustrated a little, and since my primary purpose last night was proof of function for the plate solving, I wasn't paying the attention I should have.
  3. I did have some frequent image drops through my camera connection (that's a separate issue).
  4. I did at one point turn of the enable server option, saw a post about turning that back on so I have, will test that later.
  5. Have seen multiple posts about checking the PHD2 port??? Honestly did searches to find out how to check that and couldn't even figure out where to look at what Port PHD2 is using.
  6. I've attached PHD2 logs, perhaps someone else can make sense of what I'm experiencing. 

I'm frustrated, I want to love the mount. It's been sitting collecting dust while I use another brand mount because it is more user friendly. But let's be honest, the EXOS2 is built like a tank with belt drive and a larger payload capacity than most in its price range. Now that I know how to use it to navigate around to the objects I want, the guiding is my only real issue for a really solid imaging rig.

EXOS II GT PMC-Eight
Skywatcher Quattro 8"
ATIK One 6.0 with OAG and ATIK GP guide camera (camera routed through built in USB hub on ATIK One)
Stellarium (Latest vers.)
ASCOM (latest vers.)
PHD2 (latest vers.)

Hope someone can think of a solution that I can't find or think of. 

Best Regards,
George McBroom


EXOSII PMC-8 PHD2 Pulse Guide Error and others issues

George <Aquaboy16081@...>
 

I have dug through the forum and seen plenty of posts, but can't seem to find any solutions that match my problem, though it has been posted about. Also, they all seem to be slightly dated and there has been a lot of updates between ES firmware, PHD2, and ASCOM. That said I have had a love-hate relationship with the EXOSII, but wanted to find a new life for it. So I figured out how to get All Sky Plate Solver, POTH, and Stellarium to talk finally. I tested that out last night and was successful at locating every single target with this method. It is not super convenient, but also not bad.

So here's my problem.  The new ES firmware allows for simultaneous communication over both the serial and the wifi, so I don't know if it is necessary or valid to switch the communication method in the PMCEight Manager. As stated, I could effectively communicate over POTH with Stellarium and ASPS. I thought I might try to check in with PHD2 as there was some drift (I didn't get perfectly polar aligned) and wanted to test it with the mount. However I encountered a Pulse Guide Error message with PHD2 not being ale to control the mount. No real reason that I am aware of for this. It just didn't want to seem to move the mount.

  1. I tried the Manual Test and it wouldn't register any movement while watching a guide star.
  2. Had other instances of "Not enough movement" I think those were mostly in the East-West calibration, but can't remember for sure. I was getting frustrated a little, and since my primary purpose last night was proof of function for the plate solving, I wasn't paying the attention I should have.
  3. I did have some frequent image drops through my camera connection (that's a separate issue).
  4. I did at one point turn of the enable server option, saw a post about turning that back on so I have, will test that later.
  5. Have seen multiple posts about checking the PHD2 port??? Honestly did searches to find out how to check that and couldn't even figure out where to look at what Port PHD2 is using.
  6. I've attached PHD2 logs, perhaps someone else can make sense of what I'm experiencing. 

I'm frustrated, I want to love the mount. It's been sitting collecting dust while I use another brand mount because it is more user friendly. But let's be honest, the EXOS2 is built like a tank with belt drive and a larger payload capacity than most in its price range. Now that I know how to use it to navigate around to the objects I want, the guiding is my only real issue for a really solid imaging rig.

EXOS II GT PMC-Eight
Skywatcher Quattro 8"
ATIK One 6.0 with OAG and ATIK GP guide camera (camera routed through built in USB hub on ATIK One)
Stellarium (Latest vers.)
ASCOM (latest vers.)
PHD2 (latest vers.)

Hope someone can think of a solution that I can't find or think of. 

Best Regards,
George McBroom


Re: ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

Harry
 

Jeff, 
Yes, at the home position, your scope or  camera should be pointed up at the approximate angle to match your latitude. So, if your position (from iPad or ExploreStars) is N35 degrees, your mount altitude should be 35. This means at your position, Polaris is 35 degrees above the horizon. There is a marked dial with degrees to use for this. However the dials are adjustable and generally not that accurate. Many of us use an app called PS Allign Pro on a cell phone. It has many functions, including a compass, and angle meters to measure your altitude angle, as well as a simplified screen of where the celestial North Pole actually is. That’s because Polaris is just a rough location. The CNP is slightly offset from this.
--
Harry

Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight, ST3 Tripod
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Guide: ZWO 30mm Mini, ZWO ASI120MM-Mini
Software: ASIair Pro, iPad Pro, MacOS, Affinity Photo, SkySafari Plus
Cameras: ZWO 533MC Pro, Nikon D5500 (UV/IR Mod), D600
Misc: Rokinon 135mm F2 Lens, ES USB Power Bank
Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance






Re: ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

 

On Sun, Oct 10, 2021 at 12:19 PM, Jeff wrote:
I'm just confused as to what the other dials are for, like the dial where the balance rod goes into the mount and the dials around the polar scope eye piece.  Do I need to do anything with those?
Jeff, 

Those are for positioning to RA/DEC coordinates.  Legacy features, from back in the day when mounts of this design were manual, or just clock-driven.  No worries - just ignore them.  

- Bob
 
--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 EXOS2, Serial
Scopes: SW 130P-DS, SV 102EDT, ZWO 60/280 Guide
Cameras:  Nikon D5300, Altair GPCAM2 290M
Software: ASCOM 6.3, CdC, AstroTortilla, BYN Pro, Sharpcap, PHD2
Computer:  Thinkpad x230, Win7Pro/64


Re: ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

Jeff
 

Harry,

Yes, I've validated that my Lat & Long are correctly updated in ExploreStars.  Time is also correct.
The camera/vixen bar altitude is set to your latitude? (My ignorance will show here..) I think I correctly polar aligned my mount.  I point the one leg (the one inline with the polar scope) towards
where Polaris is.  I try my best to get as accurate as possible.  I then turn on my 'red light' in the polar scope, and adjust my angle up and down with the two "handle" like screws. I then use the two knobs to adjust the side-to-side to get Polaris into the tiny little dot.  I also have my tripod leveled very accurately.  I perform this every time I take it out.

I hope this clarifies what I'm and have been doing.  I'm just confused as to what the other dials are for, like the dial where the balance rod goes into the mount and the dials around the polar scope eye piece.  Do I need to do anything with those?

I will certainly search for Wes' article and see if it helps me.  Thanks, Harry.

--
Mounts: EXOS-II GS, PMC-Eight
Cameras:  ZWO ASI 290MC, Canon 7D
Scope: ES-ED0806-01 (Backordered)
Software: ExploreStars (iPad)


Re: ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

Harry
 

Jeff, just a couple of thoughts.

Are you using the time, date, position (Lat & Long) from your iPad to update that info in Explorestars? Anyway, however Explorestars is getting that info, double check it is correct. Especially the + or - for its position. Local time correct? The camera/vixen bar altitude is set to your latitude?

Do you have the mounts Home Position (north pointing tripod leg) oriented to True North, not magnetic North.

Wes has a great article in the files section of the Mounts Forum for establishing the mounts home position. It is geared for the iExos 100 mount, however I think its helpful for any mount.
--
Harry

Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight, ST3 Tripod

Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Guide: ZWO 30mm Mini, ZWO ASI120MM-Mini
Software: ASIair Pro, iPad Pro, MacOS, Affinity Photo, SkySafari Plus
Cameras: ZWO 533MC Pro, Nikon D5500 (UV/IR Mod), D600
Misc: Rokinon 135mm F2 Lens, ES USB Power Bank
Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance






Re: ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

Jeff:

SOmething is amiss.  Some of your other problem we can help you with.

I have to go out soon, will get back to you probably tonight ifn o one else has.  MEanwhile make sure you have the signs on your latitude and longitude in exploresatrs setup page.  Turn off auto align.  Then you can press next, next next next until you find a star you can see, then you can goto it in the 2-3 star.

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: ESOS-II GS Mount confusion #EXOS2

Jeff
 

Wes et al,

I'm now at a complete loss, I just can't seem to get things straightened out.  I have my camera mounted to point directly down the vixen bar.  But I still seem to be 90 degrees off.
I tried doing a two star alignment within Explore Stars, but I do have some obstacles and don't see anyway that I can choose the stars to align to.  Is there any way to tell ExploreStars
which stars I want to use for alignment?  My thought process was to have the mount slew to a known star that I can actually see, and then manually control ExploreStars to position the 
camera so that it is inline with that star and then sync.  But all of the star choices it gives for alignment are either obstructed by landscape or light pollution.  

The only tools I have at my disposal are the ExploreStars on iPad, my mount, and my camera. (Telescope still on backorder)
I've scoured YouTube and other sites looking for something to aid me in this, but everything seems to point to using a Pole Master or other software which I don't have the equipment right now
to use.

Are there any resources that I may have overlooked?  

Also, on my Exos 2gt, there are a lot of dials, do I need to do anything regarding them?  

I sincerely appreciate all the feedback I have received thus far.

Jeff

--
Mounts: EXOS-II GS, PMC-Eight
Cameras:  ZWO ASI 290MC, Canon 7D
Scope: ES-ED0806-01 (Backorder)
Software: ExploreStars (iPad)


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

Stade
 

I absolutely love my little IEXOS100 mount!  Thank you guys for this little mount that could.  I don't get to use this mount (between work and weather) that often but when I do, I just so enjoy seeing what's out there.  It works great with my Nikon D500, Tamzooka 150-600, ZWO mini guide scope, NINA, CDC, ASTAP, DSS, and photoshop.  My end results aren't professional, but it makes me amazed at what's out there in our big universe when I get the results. 

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