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Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Jennifer Shelly
 

Terry:

Have you changed the slew rate to 2.5 in POTH before attempting to use the directional buttons?  If you did not that could explain why the mount is not moving.
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Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2, ES PMC-8 iEXOS-100
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, Askar FRA400, Askar FRA600, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C, QHY183M
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance / L-Extreme, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD, Primaluce Lab Sesto Senso 2, QHY CFW3-S, Optolong 1.25” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Wes Mcdonald
 

Can’t say why poth won’t stop but the hub works fine.   There was an issue long ago but that is corrected now

I would suggest that the arrow keys on poth are not what you should use for centering objects anyhow.  There are alternatives.  One is to use your tablet running Explorestars as the Left right up down arrows.   Simply join the WiFi network with the tablet while the pc is connected via serial. 

If you are using ascom over WiFi then you cannot use Explorestars.  But if you are using ascom the. You should find an application that has LRDU buttons .  One option is to load NINA.  While it might not be what you want to use to manage your session (but it is fabulous) it has under its telescope section a dandy LRDU button.  It does however run the mount at 2.5 degrees per second so that is sort of fast. 

You might load ascompad which is a free app to provide a keypad.  

While the arrow keys on poth are useful for some things (maybe) Anything is better in my view.

Wes


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100, ESG11
ES ED 127+MoonLite Focuser, 10" LX200GPS+ MoonLite focuser+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, ASI071 cooled OSC, ASI MM290 guide camera
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Wes Mcdonald
 

TJB

Can’t say what’s up with poth but the ascom hub is fine to use.   


Please wait means the pc is not communicating to the pmc8.  Connect the pc to the pmc8 and the use the cmd.exe, enter ipconfig, and see if the pc up address is 192.168.47.11.   If it is not then the WiFi connection is your issue

Wes



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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100, ESG11
ES ED 127+MoonLite Focuser, 10" LX200GPS+ MoonLite focuser+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, ASI071 cooled OSC, ASI MM290 guide camera
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Terry
 

Sorry to hear that Andreas, if I find a solution I'll post it here, I have changed everything over to use Device Hub instead of POTH, hopefully it will work but reports from more experienced users suggest that it won't
Failing a solution I'll have a virtually new 200 PDS for sale, used once only,  I'll go back to a simpler/smaller set up AZ-GTi, ASIair pro and mirrorless camera with manual lenses
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EXOS 2 PMC-Eight Watchdog Disabled
Fujifilm X-T2
Sky-Watcher 200 PDS


Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Andreas Volz
 

"Still haven't managed to get POTH motion controls to work fully, the stop button does nothing."

Same for me. When slewing manually the mount won't stop via Poth Controller.


Terry <vdsr.tb@...> schrieb am Mi., 13. Okt. 2021, 10:43:

Still haven't managed to get POTH motion controls to work fully, the stop button does nothing so the only way to prevent the mount from continuously moving is to hit the park button, obviously that's not going to be practical
I have uninstalled and re-installed the PMC8 drivers as well as Ascom
The Ascom device hub seems to work fine but I'm led to believe there are problems using that with the PMC-eight mounts?

Failing that I have to assume there's some kind of issue with my laptop, I wish the set up was much simpler, it's enough to wrap my head around astro imaging when everything is simple without all the extra brain strain from functionality problems

I'm getting to the point where I just want to sell it all and give up now and just go back to a simple AZ-GTi with DSLR/Mirrorless se up, so much easier with Sky-Watcher's wireless arrangement
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EXOS 2 PMC-Eight Watchdog Disabled
Fujifilm X-T2
Sky-Watcher 200 PDS


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Clear skies,

Andy

Mount: ES PMC-8 EXOS2, ioptron SkyGuider Pro
Scope: SkyWatcher Explorer 150/750 PDS
Cameras: Canon 6D, Canon 7D Mk2
Guiding: ZWO ASI120Mini mono, ZWO 30F4 Guidescope, PHD2
Msc: TS Optics Coma Reducer Corrector 0.95x
Software: N.I.N.A, APT, Pixinsight, DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop


Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Terry
 

Still haven't managed to get POTH motion controls to work fully, the stop button does nothing so the only way to prevent the mount from continuously moving is to hit the park button, obviously that's not going to be practical
I have uninstalled and re-installed the PMC8 drivers as well as Ascom
The Ascom device hub seems to work fine but I'm led to believe there are problems using that with the PMC-eight mounts?

Failing that I have to assume there's some kind of issue with my laptop, I wish the set up was much simpler, it's enough to wrap my head around astro imaging when everything is simple without all the extra brain strain from functionality problems

I'm getting to the point where I just want to sell it all and give up now and just go back to a simple AZ-GTi with DSLR/Mirrorless se up, so much easier with Sky-Watcher's wireless arrangement
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EXOS 2 PMC-Eight Watchdog Disabled
Fujifilm X-T2
Sky-Watcher 200 PDS


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

James Ball
 

Added a small comment also. 
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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: PolarFinder & adapter #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment

Alex Z.
 

Hello,

To clarify, my 3D printable PoleMaster Mount uses the adapter that comes with the standard PoleMaster system. Nothing else is needed.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4694356
Download files and build them with your 3D printer, laser cutter, or CNC. Thingiverse is a universe of things.
www.thingiverse.com
Thank you,

Alex Z.



From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Sergio Díaz Antón <dSprofesional@...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:21 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] PolarFinder & adapter #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment
 
Hi Steve, I see time ago 3D adapters on Thingiverse but the problem with that adapters is the need of other QHY adapter.

The ADM adapter is great!!!!! but having the PolarFinder adapter from Explore Scientific for my iExos100 would be great if you could screw the Polemaster directly onto the adapter.


Re: PolarFinder & adapter #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment

James <jeverson.biz@...>
 

I don’t know if it’s compatible, but there are several options. You could use polar alignment in NINA. Also, if you have room at the end of your vixen rail, there is an adapter for the PF camera that will mount under the rail.

 Good luck.
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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification), ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Re: PolarFinder & adapter #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment

Sergio Díaz Antón
 

Hi Steve, I see time ago 3D adapters on Thingiverse but the problem with that adapters is the need of other QHY adapter.

The ADM adapter is great!!!!! but having the PolarFinder adapter from Explore Scientific for my iExos100 would be great if you could screw the Polemaster directly onto the adapter.


Re: PolarFinder & adapter #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment

Steve Siedentop
 

If you have access to a 3D printer, you can find one on Thingiverse that works quite well.


ADM also makes an adapter that secures to the bottom of the dovetail and that works well too.


-Steve

On Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 3:53 PM Sergio Díaz Antón <dSprofesional@...> wrote:
Hi guys, I want to know if the PolarFinder adapter is compatible with Polemaster. I have the PolarFinder and i thinking to buy a Polemaster but the iExos100 does not have official QHY adapter.

Thank you and kind regards.


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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


PolarFinder & adapter #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment

Sergio Díaz Antón
 

Hi guys, I want to know if the PolarFinder adapter is compatible with Polemaster. I have the PolarFinder and i thinking to buy a Polemaster but the iExos100 does not have official QHY adapter.

Thank you and kind regards.


Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Terry
 


--Re-installing Explorestars hasn't helped but at least I can use it on my android tablet if I just want observation or unguided short exposure imaging
My big problem now is POTH motion controls, N.E.S.W. work fine but the stop button in the middle of them doesn't do anything, that's going to make it useless for alignment on targets to sync

Any ideas folks?


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


Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Terry
 

I'll try a re-install then
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EXOS 2 PMC-Eight Watchdog Disabled
Fujifilm X-T2
Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
Vixen VMC-110L


Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Terry
 

Thanks
Yes I had installed the Ascom drivers from the update kit, a nice clean install as this machine has not had Ascom installed previously, so it's a fresh install of Ascom 6.5 with POTH and then the pmc-eight drivers

It's doing my head in now, I going to try different usb ports next
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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
 

Jennifer
Thank you for the three options and the recommendation as well
I am going to take the option 1 for now until I get some experience. 
Regards
Ram

On Oct 12, 2021, at 09:54, Jennifer Shelly via groups.io <drunkendogg@...> wrote:



Ram:

The cheapest option is to replace the Losmandy dovetail on the scope with a long Vixen dovetail.

The next mid-range price option is and ADM D to V converter that fits into your existing Vixen saddle that coverts Vixen to Losmandy.

The most expensive option is to replace the Vixen assembly on the mount with an ADM DV assembly which would give you access to both Vixen and Losmandy connections.  This option is requires some technical skill because you have to remove the DEC motor along with the Vixen assembly. The ADM replacement does require drilling or filing to widen the slot to remount the DEC motor in order to use the existing bolts.  

I chose the last option because I personally do not trust saddle connections that use screws for a large scope.
It is all a matter of preference.  
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Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2, ES PMC-8 iEXOS-100
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, Askar FRA400, Askar FRA600, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C, QHY183M
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance / L-Extreme, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD, Primaluce Lab Sesto Senso 2, QHY CFW3-S, Optolong 1.25” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

James Furniss
 

As for the please wait in explorestars , I had the same problem after deleting g and installing it three times. To fix my problem I went through the program few to the app then through the advanced section and reset the app , then reboot it...


On Tue., Oct. 12, 2021, 6:56 a.m. TeeJayBee, <vdsr.tb@...> wrote:

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

Jennifer Shelly
 

Ram:

The cheapest option is to replace the Losmandy dovetail on the scope with a long Vixen dovetail.

The next mid-range price option is and ADM D to V converter that fits into your existing Vixen saddle that coverts Vixen to Losmandy.

The most expensive option is to replace the Vixen assembly on the mount with an ADM DV assembly which would give you access to both Vixen and Losmandy connections.  This option is requires some technical skill because you have to remove the DEC motor along with the Vixen assembly. The ADM replacement does require drilling or filing to widen the slot to remount the DEC motor in order to use the existing bolts.  

I chose the last option because I personally do not trust saddle connections that use screws for a large scope.
It is all a matter of preference.  
--
Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2, ES PMC-8 iEXOS-100
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, Askar FRA400, Askar FRA600, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C, QHY183M
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance / L-Extreme, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD, Primaluce Lab Sesto Senso 2, QHY CFW3-S, Optolong 1.25” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Struggling with firmware update #FIRMWARE

Frank Rich
 

Good Morning Terry

Have you loaded the updated ASCOM drivers from the Firmware update kit?
I would further suggest on YOUTUBE go the Explore Scientific channel.  Episode #171 Jerry Hubbell does a clear and precise step through of the update process

Good Luck
Frank Rich


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

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