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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

Taro
 

Hi Max How ya doing?

Your this year's last North America and Pelican are very nice at Bortle 8.
I like Pelican Nebula so much.

Max, you use Canon T3i. and many astrophotographer use same one also.
And shot nice pic so many.

Is it better for astrophotography?



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Living in  Pattaya Thailand
Scope: Celestron 6SE,WO Z61,WO RedCat51, SVBONY SV48
CCD: SONY Alfa7Sii,SONY QX1, PENTAX KP,ASI 178MC,ASI 120MC-S
          SAMSUNG SCB2000N
MOUNT: Celestron AVX,Celestorn SE+Wedge,iEXOS-100,SW Star Adventure
FILTER: HA,Oiii,OPTLONG L-PRO,OPTLONG L-eNhance, Etc
SubLens: 2" Flattener, 2" 2XBarlow, 2" F/0.5 Reducer, SCT F/0.63 Reducer
ETC: GPS,StarSence,iPolar


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

Max <asanmax@...>
 

Good job on Leo Triplet Taro. I hope you enjoy learning about the mount.
Here is my recent try on the North America and Pelican nebulae, trying to catch it using all my lenses/scopes before saying goodbye till next Summer.
40x150sec @ ISO800
Canon T3i modified
Tamron 200mm F/4 at F/5.6
CLS filter
Bortle 8 as usual


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

Taro
 
Edited

Hello Harry

Nice to hear it from you.
Thank you.

I'm Japanese and living in Thailand for 20 years.
As you know here is very low latitude. only 11.56 north.
Polar star is too hard to see, also north region too.

Normally I use PS alignment tool on iPhone for polar alignment.
This is nice tool but not accurate.
So normally no guiding result is 15-20 sec.
But last night I found good field with dark sky and able to see north area.
I could get good polar alignment by iPolar.

Maybe iEXOS-100 can trace star more than 30sec. but my Sony A7S2 can shot max 30sec.
Next time I use remote shutter ans try to do more long no guide taking.

I know that using Auto guide is more easy way.
But I want to know iEXOS-100's real performance.
I believe This EQ mount has good performance.
I want to know how good performance this mount has.
So I start this own project.

This is one of Japanese SAMURAI words (mind).

"If you want to win, you should know all of your weapon."

By the way How about Florida weather now Harry?
Here is dry season now. Yes, our season has come.

Clear skies my mate.

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Living in  Pattaya Thailand
Scope: Celestron 6SE,WO Z61,WO RedCat51, SVBONY SV48
CCD: SONY Alfa7Sii,SONY QX1, PENTAX KP,ASI 178MC,ASI 120MC-S
          SAMSUNG SCB2000N
MOUNT: Celestron AVX,Celestorn SE+Wedge,iEXOS-100,SW Star Adventure
FILTER: HA,Oiii,OPTLONG L-PRO,OPTLONG L-eNhance, Etc
SubLens: 2" Flattener, 2" 2XBarlow, 2" F/0.5 Reducer, SCT F/0.63 Reducer
ETC: GPS,StarSence,iPolar


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

Harry
 

Taro,

Loved this photo! I have seen all your photos on your Astropical website. What a great selection of images, and I
really like your idea of “No Guiding”.  Your pics are really amazing, and informative. 

Harry 

--
Harry
Vero Beach, FL
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight, ExploreStars IPAD & Fire HD8, Explore FirstLight EXOS Nano
Nikon D600, D5500


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

Taro
 

No guide iEXOS-100 2nd try .
This time , I can see north region.
So can get good poler  alignment.
Over 30 seconds can trace point star.

Place:Near SCC East Pattaya Thailand (Bortle Class 3, Moon Phase 8.0%)

Date:2019/Nov/30 03:50

Telescope: WO Zenith Star 61 (61mm F/5.9)
OVL Field flattener
ISO 1600

Expose:30 Frames X 30 Sec Total 15 Minutes.

Mount:ES iEXOS-100 (No guide)

Camera: Sony Alpha 7Sii (Mod,APS-C Crop)

filter: Optlong L-Pro

Shot By Taro Seki


Leo triplet


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Living in  Pattaya Thailand
Scope: Celestron 6SE,WO Z61,WO RedCat51, SVBONY SV48
CCD: SONY Alfa7Sii,SONY QX1, PENTAX KP,ASI 178MC,ASI 120MC-S
          SAMSUNG SCB2000N
MOUNT: Celestron AVX,Celestorn SE+Wedge,iEXOS-100,SW Star Adventure
FILTER: HA,Oiii,OPTLONG L-PRO,OPTLONG L-eNhance, Etc
SubLens: 2" Flattener, 2" 2XBarlow, 2" F/0.5 Reducer, SCT F/0.63 Reducer
ETC: GPS,StarSence,iPolar


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

Wes Mcdonald
 

Holy moly.  Would you look at the delicate nebulocity?  The difference between this and the last one you posted is phenomenal.  Wonderful.

Wes

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Wes, Southport NC
PMC-8, ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Exos 2 question for ASCOM connection error

nico bers
 

Ok thanks


Re: Exos 2 question for ASCOM connection error

Ryan Martin <ryan.alex.martin@...>
 

If you're using Stellarium, make sure that you are using POTHHUB as the telescope in Stellarium, and then from POTHHUB settings panel, select iEXOS-100 as your telescope within POTHHUB.


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

Lloyd Simons
 

Here is my most recent effort. My guiding RMS error hovered around 1.3-1.4". I set DEC guiding to "north" from "auto" and saw a slight improvement (from about 1.7"). I still need to work on the spacing for my flattener.
 
 
M33
November 22, 2019
74-120 second frames (2.5h total integration)
Bortle 4/5
Imaging Scope: AT72EDII F6 Refractor with Orion Field Flattener for Small Refractors
Imaging Camera: Stock Canon 600D (T3i)
Guide Camera: QHY5L-IIM with 100mm CS lens
Mount: iExos-100, Super Polaris tripod
Software: NINA, PixInsight, PHD2, SharpCap 3.2 (PA)
 
--
Lloyd Simons
Mattawan, MI
Telescopes: Astrotech AT72ED II, Orion 8" Dobsonian, Tectron 15" Dobsonian, Celestron Super Polaris C8
Imaging Camera: Canon T3i
Guide Camera: QHY5L-IIM with a 100mm CS Mount Lens
Mounts: iExos-100 PMC-8, Vixen Super Polaris
Mount Control: KODLIX gn41 mini PC, Explorestars on a Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70F Android 6.0
Software: N.I.N.A. for imaging, PHD2 for guiding, Sharpcap for PA, Cartes du Ciel, PixInsight


Re: Exos 2 question for ASCOM connection error

nico bers
 

I tried connecting with stellarium but it wasn’t able to connect so maybe I’ll try getting rid of that until ASCOM is connected. I’ll try it tomorrow and let you know if it works 

thanks 


Re: Exos 2 question for ASCOM connection error

Ryan Martin <ryan.alex.martin@...>
 

Are you running any other astronomy related programs or anything else that may be using COM3?


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of nico bers <nico101004@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:30:27 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Exos 2 question for ASCOM connection error
 
Maybe...  com 3 is the port on the pmc eight that is connected to the laptop. Anyone have a picture of which ports they use for what  ra dec ASCOM...?


Re: Exos 2 question for ASCOM connection error

nico bers
 

Maybe...  com 3 is the port on the pmc eight that is connected to the laptop. Anyone have a picture of which ports they use for what  ra dec ASCOM...?


Re: Exos 2 question for ASCOM connection error

ryan.alex.martin@...
 

I think something else might be using the COM3 port (is that the serial port the telescope is connected to?) Close any other applications that might be connected to the telescope and then try it again.


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of nico bers <nico101004@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:19:01 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] Exos 2 question for ASCOM connection error
 
Hi
i keep getting the same error when I try to connect my Exos 2 to ASCOM 
please help!! Image of the error is attached, I don’t know what it means!?


Exos 2 question for ASCOM connection error

nico bers
 

Hi
i keep getting the same error when I try to connect my Exos 2 to ASCOM 
please help!! Image of the error is attached, I don’t know what it means!?


Re: How track a comet using IEXOS-100?

Jhun
 

Thank you for the information Jerry. Thats help a lot.. 😊


Re: How track a comet using IEXOS-100?

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 
Edited

Hi Jhun,

Since most comets don't typically orbit in the same plane as the earth's equator, the RA and DEC position of the comet are continuously changing and therefore the only way to actually "track" a comet is to use an autoguider with the comet selected as the target to lock onto with PHD2. There is no way to do this in ExploreStars or in the ASCOM driver. Using PHD2 with an autoguiding system is the best and easiest way.
--
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!


How track a comet using IEXOS-100?

Jhun
 

Are there any recommended settings in IEXOS-100 for comet tracking?


Re: My best < Your worst - Why doesn't anything work?

Pavel
 

Hi,

don't worry, you are not the only desperate beginner! Actually, I ended
up with a broken mount and nobody is able to tell whether it was my
fault or not. From the two trials I had, I only managed to fit Polaris
(I hope it was the Polaris and not some neighbour of it!) into the polar
tunnel once, and it was rather by chance. Most people say I have very
sharp eyes, but it seems to belong to past times... So, congratulation
if you can actually fit a star into the tunnel!

On the other hand, I can help you with the ExploreStars database
location, since I managed to run ExploreStars on devices the authors
never had dreamt (the nightmare) of. The application tells you where it
is looking for the database and you must put it exactly there. I know -
the error message is displayed too shortly for anyone to read or even
remember. Obviously, in your case it is looking to the internal storage
and not any external SD card (that seems to happen when there is no
external card available or possible). The full path should be:
/storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.explorescientific.explorestars/files/ExploreStars
(that is the "ExploreStars" folder you download from the website and
unpack). You can use applications such as "Total Commander" or "ES File
Explorer" to move the files around. If you cannot get into
/storage/emulated/0/, there can also be a way through /sdcard/.

Best regards,
Pavel

P.S.: Even when you fit the Polaris into the polar tunnel, you are not
done. I have also had problems to get the telescope pointed at anything
- the difference was just too big, maybe around 5 degrees. In addition,
do remember to reset the alignment after the physical setup, it seems to
remember the previous one. Well, actually I am still not sure why the
mount sometimes pointed the scope down into the ground when I selected a
planet above the horizon in ExploreStars. Other objects seemed to be
pointed at in the right direction. However, I also had some mechanical
problems at first, so that the mount was losing its alignment and I was
just testing at home during the day. Hard times for beginners if you
have no experience yet and don't know if the problem is you, the device
or just your misunderstanding of how to control it!

I've had my iExos-100 for nearly 1.5 months and I've yet to taken any
better photos than what I was doing by lying the camera on a picnic
table and aiming it. Yes, it's that bad. 

1. I decided to get a Amazon Fire 8HD so that I don't have to keep
switching programs from APT (because that is working SO well for me,
Plate solving? ERROR) and ExploreStars. Guess what? Explorestars is
useless on my tablet, works fine on my laptop. I've factory reset the
tablet, updated it, used my mother-in-laws, transferred the database to
every folder possible (zipped and unzipped, because I can), and so
forth. I can move my mount, that's it. No database. No GoTo. Nothing.
Ideas? Error is "Could not open database file:
/storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com-blahblahblah

2. I'm assuming my polar alignment is causing my inability to take more
than a 2.5 sec exposure without star trails? Even last night I had
Polaris dead center in my polar alignment hole, couldn't track worth a
crap. Set the speed from 1 to 100 going in increments of 5.
Just....yeah....I did a better job manually adjusting the mount every
couple photos. I don't expect dead nut accuracy but wow. 

3. 100+ photos last night with a Canon T3 and 75-300mm lens. This was
the best I got. Can you sense my frustration? I've read articles, I've
watched videos, I've swore more than a sailor with syphilis. Someone
pops out their iPhone and takes a photo 10x better than this, or
whatever that Chinese company is that begins with a H. 



Basically, I'm lost, frustrated, and just looking at anything related to
the sky just makes my blood boil at this point. 


Re: How Do You Rate Explore Scientific? #ExploreScientific

Glen <glenilacqua@...>
 

Just left my review. I had to respond to a link sent to my email. But once I did, it was good. Best of luck Jerry!

Glen 

On Monday, November 25, 2019, 01:52:34 PM EST, Dan Kahraman <dkahra213@...> wrote:


I am a Canadian Thing too!

Dan Kahraman

On Mon, 25 Nov 2019 at 13:47, Chris Tardif <christardif@...> wrote:
The BBB kicked mine back...something about my identity...Maybe its a Canadian thing.
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Mounts: Explore Scientific IEXOS-100 w Celestron CG5 tripod, iOptron CEM 40
Scopes: Explore Scientific FCD-100 ED-102CF, Various Canon lenses, ZWO mini-guidescope, StarField 60mm guide-scope.
CameraASI120MM Mini (mono), Altair GPCAM 130
Control PC: Intel NUC
Loc: 44 -79


Re: How Do You Rate Explore Scientific? #ExploreScientific

Dan Kahraman
 

I am a Canadian Thing too!

Dan Kahraman

On Mon, 25 Nov 2019 at 13:47, Chris Tardif <christardif@...> wrote:
The BBB kicked mine back...something about my identity...Maybe its a Canadian thing.
--
Mounts: Explore Scientific IEXOS-100 w Celestron CG5 tripod, iOptron CEM 40
Scopes: Explore Scientific FCD-100 ED-102CF, Various Canon lenses, ZWO mini-guidescope, StarField 60mm guide-scope.
CameraASI120MM Mini (mono), Altair GPCAM 130
Control PC: Intel NUC
Loc: 44 -79