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locked Re: iEXOS 100 Azimuth Adjuster for ST1 Tripod #poll #ExploreScientific #iEXOS-100

Chris Bourque
 

Just thought I would round-off this thread with information just provided by Kent (copied below)!

It looks like the Azimuth adjuster is now available to work with the ST1 tripod, with only minor modifications to it.

I just copied Kent's reply from another thread, below.

Many many thanks to the ES team for making this happen! I will be purchasing this asap.

Cheers
-Chris



On Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 02:07 PM, Kent Marts Explore Scientific Customer Service wrote:
Harry, it's available now!

https://explorescientific.com/products/iexos100-azimuth-adjuster-adapter?_pos=1&_sid=e4c05b2f8&_ss=r

For it to work on the tripod that ships with the iEXOS-100 you'll have to drill a hole at a specific spot on the tripod. The directions contain a template and specific directions for location and size of the hole.

Kent Marts
Customer Service
Explore Scientific


Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

charles mckowen
 

Looking for some help getting stable connection with phd2 in apt. So here goes, I'm running Apt, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and phd2 through Ascom Poth hub. I'm using my explore scientific Exos 2 pmc - eight mount for this setup. So right now everything is connected wirelessly through Wi-Fi and I know I need to switch over to a wired connection. The only wires going into the computer is my guide camera and imaging camera. I'm connecting phd2 last. its sync to server also but when starting up. It just shows and says connecting to phd2 in Apt and nothing else. So does that mean it is actually connected? The weather has been so bad lately. I haven't had a chance to test it. I've just been testing connection in my house. Thanks in advance for the help! PS: is it better to just use explore stars ? I know explore stars cant talk to ascom. I'm using this current setup for plate solving. If I go back to explore stars. Workflow would follow: Sharpcap for polar -  explore stars for alignment and slewing to object - APT for imaging - PHD2 for guiding !


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Chuck McKowen
Bortle 3 Mangham/Monroe, La

WO Z61, ES ED 102, AstroTech 6 Rc, 
Celestron onyx 80 edf
Zwo 60mm/ Asi120mc-s
Astromania 60mm/ sgcmos
Exos II Pmc8  
Canon eos rebel t5 modified
Canon Eos Ra 
Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2
Explore Stars - APT and PHD2

 


Dovetail plate for cameras

Kent Marts- Explore Scientific Customer Service
 

Explore Scientific now has a new Vixen-style dovetail designed for use with a camera. The dovetail is slotted to accept a 1/4-20 (the US standard) and 3/8-16 (the European standard) screw. And it comes with a spring-loaded pin common to many different foots and mounting systems.

While designed specifically for use on the iEXOS-100, it will work on any Vixen-style saddle plate.

It is 11 inches long to make it easy to balance a camera with a short focal-length lens or an extremely long focal-length lens. 

One side (the tension knob side) has a stainless steel plate, while the other side has a millimeter scale.

It is on our website at https://explorescientific.com/products/dslrcda?_pos=1&_sid=130f9fa92&_ss=r

Here's a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu4HWgkRP2g

Kent Marts
Customer Service
Explore Scientific


Re: How Do You Rate Explore Scientific? #ExploreScientific

Darryl Ellis
 

Here goes mine:

I have been an Explore Scientific customer since getting serious with my astronomy hobby for the last seven years.  Their products have always been some of the best available, and though I have purchased products from other industry manufacturers, I have always desired the ones from Explorer Scientific.
 
They not only provide the highest level of quality, but also the highest level of support and customer service.  In several cases, when attempting to address a potential issue or to inquire about a specific technical feature, one of the company leaders respond.  I have corresponded with two of the top leaders on more than one occasion.
 
What really sold me is that after purchasing one of their newer mounts second hand, they still offered support and technical advise though I was not the originally owner.  That is going above and beyond.  I now own not only the mount, but one of their higher level telescopes as well.  And because their equipment keeps its value, I have been able to sell anything I purchased from them at very good prices while giving value to the buyer.
 
When I am ready and able to step up to a larger telescope or additional eyepieces, you can be assured I will look to Explore Scientific first.
 
Respectfully submitted.,
 
DHE
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DHEllis59, Dover, DE
Explorer Scientific 102mm CF EDT 
Astro Tech RC 6 w Pegasus Focus Cube,
Orion ST 80 Guidescope
QHY 5 III 290c Guide Camera 
Explorer Scientific EXOS GT 2 With PMC Eight Controller,
Orion XT8 with Nexus II DSC via Sky Safari Pro,
Celestron Luminous 31mm, Meade MWA 10mm, and 5mm EPs
Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars,
20/20 or better vision in both eyes due to recent cataract surgery!!!
"The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens" - Proverbs 3:19


Re: #astrophotography #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

Max

Yes.  A friend of mine on the forum sent me this link that discussed exactly what you mention:


I think I would go with regular PHD and use an off axis guider to take advantage of the full scope aperture.  Probably could guide on the core of a comet.

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: #astrophotography #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Max <asanmax@...>
 

Thanks Wes, I'm sure there should be an application that will adjust the tracking rate to offset the comet position. One of them is HORIZONS for Astrophysics mounts, it uses ephemeris import tool in EQMOD.

I am interested to try the PHD2 comet tracking tool: https://openphdguiding.org/man-dev/Tools.htm#Comet_Tracking

There are a three different ways to provide the comet tracking rate to PHD2.

  • Some planetarium applications, like Cartes du Ciel, can send the rate directly to PHD2;
  • You can enter the tracking rate manually, or,
  • You can train the rate in PHD2 by following the comet for a period of time in the imaging camera.
Looks like the option with Cartes du Ciel should be relatively easy to use.


Re: #astrophotography #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

Max
I tried out SkySafari.  It is great for going to the comets and other objects it has.  Will send the mount right to them....but it does not update the mount apparently.  So the mount begins to diverge from the object with rate depending on it's proper motion.  Pan stars moves very slowly away from the mount pointing.  Pressing go-to again in SkySafari updates the mount and puts things back, but they begin to move away again.

I doubt stellarium will do any better.  There might be an ascom app out there that would implement a series of pointing instructions to the mount.  I don't know if the PMC 8 can be told to follow a trajectory of velocity in Ra/dec, if that is even a thing in ascom language.  

Anyhow you can definitely use SkySafari to get on these objects and maybe use PhD to boot you along if the object is visible in the guide scope and has a centroid. Pretty sure my 80mm could be used to guide brighter comets but I don't have it fixtured on the mount....don't know if my 60mm guide scope could.

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: #astrophotography #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Max <asanmax@...>
 

Thanks Wes, it looks like PHD2 could do a good job on 'poking' the mount to track the slowly moving comet.
I'd love to give it a try but again, those clouds drive me crazy...


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

Vince White
 

Looking good Jim!


On Sun, Dec 22, 2019, 2:45 PM Jim McKee <mckeejh@...> wrote:
Rosette Nebula
Lights: 20 x240sec
Darks-  20, Flats - 50, Bias-20
Bortle 4
GAIN 90, Temp -10
PHD2: RA 1.4" / DEC .6"


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Scope:        Orion EON 115mm APO
Mounts
:      ES EXOS2-GT w/ PMC-8
Cameras:   ZWO ASI 071MC Pro, Canon 6D Mk 2, Canon 7D2,  EOS 60D Asto Modified
Lens:
          Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Misc:          TELRAD, ZWO ASI120MM Guide Camera, Astromania 60mm Guidescope, Senso Sesto Focus Motor
Software:   EXPLORESTARS IOS & WIN, Stellarium. NINA,  APT, DSS, PixInsight, Photoshop CC
Computer:  Dell Latitude E5450, Windows 10


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Mount: ES PMC-8 EXOS2-GT
Scopes: BRESSER 208mm f/3.9 Newt + ES HR Coma Corrector, Celestron C90 Mak, generic 50/191mm guide scope
Cameras:  Canon 5DmkII, Canon EOSm, T7C (ZWO ASI120MC clone)
Misc: 2" Optolong UHC filter, Raspberry PI 4
Software: INDI + Kstars + EKOS, DeepSkyStacker, GIMP, Lightroom


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

Jim McKee
 

Rosette Nebula
Lights: 20 x240sec
Darks-  20, Flats - 50, Bias-20
Bortle 4
GAIN 90, Temp -10
PHD2: RA 1.4" / DEC .6"


--
Scope:        Orion EON 115mm APO
Mounts
:      ES EXOS2-GT w/ PMC-8
Cameras:   ZWO ASI 071MC Pro, Canon 6D Mk 2, Canon 7D2,  EOS 60D Asto Modified
Lens:
          Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Misc:          TELRAD, ZWO ASI120MM Guide Camera, Astromania 60mm Guidescope, Senso Sesto Focus Motor
Software:   EXPLORESTARS IOS & WIN, Stellarium. NINA,  APT, DSS, PixInsight, Photoshop CC
Computer:  Dell Latitude E5450, Windows 10


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

Mark Pastor
 

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On Sunday, December 22, 2019, Vince White <vnwhite@...> wrote:

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I've been testing Astro Pixel Processor software with integrating multiple sessions, from multiple nights and with multiple cameras.  Here's another take on the Orion Nebula with about 2.5hrs of total exposure, taken with my Canon EOS RP and 5DmkII on multiple nights.  My EXOS2-GT is performing very well, however, I'm still stuck in Houston dealing with lots of light pollution - I'm hoping to get to a dark site after the holidays settle down.

Imaging details as follows, sessions 1, 2 and 3/4 were on three different nights with different levels of seeing and varying PA with my portable setup:
Session 1: Canon 5DmkII, 1.53"/pixel res, no filter,  25x120sec @ ISO250,  20x darks, 100x bias, 50x flats, total PHD RMS error ~0.9"
Session 2: Canon 5DmkII, 1.53"/pixel res, UHC filter, 15x120sec @ ISO1600, 10x darks, 10x bias,  10x flats, total PHD RMS error ~1.1"
Session 3: Canon EOS RP, 1.37"/pixel res, UHC filter, 30x60sec  @ ISO800,  15x darks, 15x bias,  15x flats, total PHD RMS error ~1.4"
Session 4: Canon EOS RP, 1.37"/pixel res, UHC filter, 20x120sec @ ISO800,  15x darks, 15x bias,  15x flats, total PHD RMS error ~1.4"


Regards,
Vince
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Mount: ES PMC-8 EXOS2-GT
Scopes: BRESSER 208mm f/3.9 Newt + ES HR Coma Corrector, Celestron C90 Mak, generic 50/191mm guide scope
Cameras:  Canon RP, Canon 5DmkII, Canon EOSm, T7C (ZWO ASI120MC clone)
Misc: 2" Optolong UHC filter, Raspberry PI 4
Software: INDI + Kstars + EKOS, DeepSkyStacker, GIMP, Lightroom, Photoshop, Siril, Astro Pixel Processor


Re: Recent image with G-11 PMC-8 & ES 127 FCD-100 #astrophotography #G11

Jennifer Shelly
 
Edited

I had to send my scope back to ES for repair and collimation. This image is first light taken on 12/19/2019 of the Rosette Nebula.  This image has the same spacing as the Horsehead image posted previously.

Photon collection details:
 
NGC 2237 ~ Rosette Nebula ~ 12/19/2019
 
AstroPorch, VA ~ Bortle 7 ~ -2.5°C
 
4 Lights ~ 600 seconds ~ -20°C
 
3 Darks ~ 600 seconds ~ -20°C
 
50 Bias ~ 0.000125 second ~ -20°C
 
10 Flats ~ 4.35938 seconds ~ -20°C
 
ES 127 FCD-100 Triplette APO f7.5
 
ES PMC-8 Losmandy G-11
 
QHY 168C ~ Unity Gain
 
MoonLite CFL 2.5" Focuser ~ Mini Controller V2
 
Optolong 2" L-enHance
 
QHY 5L-IIC ~ Solomark 130 mm Guide Scope
 
APT 3.85 ~ PHD2 ~ Stellarium + Scope
 
PixInsight 1.8.8-3


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Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, ES Levy Comet Hunter, ES N208CF, Meade APO 70 MM Astrograph, QHY Mini Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY168C, ZWO ASI183MC-P, ZWO ASI183MM, Nikon D5600
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance
Imaging Software:  APT, BYN, SharpCap Pro, ASICap
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


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

Jim McKee
 

Very, Very nice Vince.  Great capture of the nebulosity. What was your ISO/TIME/Nr Exposures and PHD2 Specs?
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Scope:        Orion EON 115mm APO
Mounts
:      ES EXOS2-GT w/ PMC-8
Cameras:   ZWO ASI 071MC Pro, Canon 6D Mk 2, Canon 7D2,  EOS 60D Asto Modified
Lens:
          Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Misc:          TELRAD, ZWO ASI120MM Guide Camera, Astromania 60mm Guidescope, Senso Sesto Focus Motor
Software:   EXPLORESTARS IOS & WIN, Stellarium. NINA,  APT, DSS, PixInsight, Photoshop CC
Computer:  Dell Latitude E5450, Windows 10


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

Vince White
 
Edited

I've been testing Astro Pixel Processor software with integrating multiple sessions, from multiple nights and with multiple cameras.  Here's another take on the Orion Nebula with about 2.5hrs of total exposure, taken with my Canon EOS RP and 5DmkII on multiple nights.  My EXOS2-GT is performing very well, however, I'm still stuck in Houston dealing with lots of light pollution - I'm hoping to get to a dark site after the holidays settle down.

Imaging details as follows, sessions 1, 2 and 3/4 were on three different nights with different levels of seeing and varying PA with my portable setup:
Session 1: Canon 5DmkII, 1.53"/pixel res, no filter,  25x120sec @ ISO250,  20x darks, 100x bias, 50x flats, total PHD RMS error ~0.9"
Session 2: Canon 5DmkII, 1.53"/pixel res, UHC filter, 15x120sec @ ISO1600, 10x darks, 10x bias,  10x flats, total PHD RMS error ~1.1"
Session 3: Canon EOS RP, 1.37"/pixel res, UHC filter, 30x60sec  @ ISO800,  15x darks, 15x bias,  15x flats, total PHD RMS error ~1.4"
Session 4: Canon EOS RP, 1.37"/pixel res, UHC filter, 20x120sec @ ISO800,  15x darks, 15x bias,  15x flats, total PHD RMS error ~1.4"


Regards,
Vince
--
Mount: ES PMC-8 EXOS2-GT
Scopes: BRESSER 208mm f/3.9 Newt + ES HR Coma Corrector, Celestron C90 Mak, generic 50/191mm guide scope
Cameras:  Canon RP, Canon 5DmkII, Canon EOSm, T7C (ZWO ASI120MC clone)
Misc: 2" Optolong UHC filter, Raspberry PI 4
Software: INDI + Kstars + EKOS, DeepSkyStacker, GIMP, Lightroom, Photoshop, Siril, Astro Pixel Processor


Re: #astrophotography #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

Max

Dr. Clay sherrod at arksky.org Arkansas sky observatory publishes ephemeris for comets etc.  Generally I guess you can poke in the ra/Dec to point the mount.  The rates won't be right though.  Perhaps PhD will guide you along.  Somewhere Jerry made a post about this.  SkySafari has these things and I wonder if it would drive the mount.  If I have time I will give it a go.  Same with satellites.  I wonder.

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: Pointer to alignment docs? #alignment

Cybermonk
 

I haven't tried it yet but there is an ascot driver for sale that I found through cloudy nights.


On Sat, Dec 21, 2019, 10:10 Jay via Groups.Io <tiosanchez=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Just a heads up, dSLRs are not supported with Sharpcap. I hope I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure...

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Jay Sanchez

Home: Bortle 8, Norfolk VA
Camera: Canon t2i, ha modded
Guide Camera: ASI224MC & ASI mini guidescope
Imaging scopes/lens: Pentax 300mm f4, WO Z61 w/ FF, Vivitar 90mm; 70-200mm f/2.8, Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, Nikon 50mm f1.4
Filters: HA 12nm, CLS-CCD
Mount: iEXOS-100
APT, CDC, PHD2, Sharpcap, DSS, PS


Re: Pointer to alignment docs? #alignment

Jay Sanchez
 

Just a heads up, dSLRs are not supported with Sharpcap. I hope I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure...

--
Jay Sanchez

Home: Bortle 8, Norfolk VA
Camera: Canon t2i, ha modded
Guide Camera: ASI224MC & ASI mini guidescope
Imaging scopes/lens: Pentax 300mm f4, WO Z61 w/ FF, Vivitar 90mm; 70-200mm f/2.8, Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, Nikon 50mm f1.4
Filters: HA 12nm, CLS-CCD
Mount: iEXOS-100
APT, CDC, PHD2, Sharpcap, DSS, PS


Re: Pointer to alignment docs? #alignment

Ryan Martin <ryan.alex.martin@...>
 

The best thing is to give it a shot, you can try the process but without the final step (which is actually physically aligning your mount) by downloading the free version of sharpcap.


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Aaron <aaron.morse@...>
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 7:20:04 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Pointer to alignment docs? #alignment
 
Thank you, Ryan. Is there a doc that I can read that describes the process with Sharpcap Pro?


Re: Pointer to alignment docs? #alignment

Aaron
 

Thank you, Ryan. Is there a doc that I can read that describes the process with Sharpcap Pro?


#astrophotography #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Max <asanmax@...>
 

Hello everyone,

Could be a long shot, but has anyone tried imaging comets on either iExos-100 or EXES2 using the PHD2 comet tracking feature?
I would like to try this but it's been cloudy here for over a month and for now I'm just trying to find if anyone had any experience.

Thanks!