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Re: Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

charles mckowen <Cmckow91@...>
 

plate solving is the sh**. I Don't know why I didn't jump on this 6 months ago. Second night Solving, its so easy. I had no problems solving. I found a tutorial online that showed me the ropes. 
--
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/ Ioptron Smarteq++
Canon eos rebel t5 modified
Canon Eos Ra 
Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


Re: EXOS2 PMC-Eight #EXOS2

Saif
 


Thanks for your helpful links and advice Rob.

This mount seems to be a fine balance of bare necessities, keeping the costs down while doing away with time waste chores of astrophotography. Presumably from what has been said by others about pointing accuracy the EXOS2 is not a mount for touring the messier catalogue.

As for my aims the main requirements are:
Low noise
Portable
Manoeuvrable (software wise)
Expandable.

Everywhere I've lived has so far posed a challenge for astronomy and in my current house I probably wont see Polaris on my back porch. Garden faces the western sky and trees loom above if I go down to garden.

Hence I'm interested in alternative alignment methods. It would be very convenient if that 75 to 80cm wide strip of porch could be my work area. Saves going up and down steps to garden in the dark and loose wifi.

The possibility of a small balance shaft and small tripod base would be ideal.
Any idea if the shaft is a vixen standard screw on?

My equipment so far is a QHY guider, Skywatcher ED80 OTA and a Samsung NX500 dslr.
I expect to learn the configuration of Stelarium and Astrophotography Tools with ASCOM in due course.
Look forward to learn lots from the members here.

Thanks again for your welcome and help so far.

Saif

Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 04:36 PM, Robert Hoskin wrote:

Welcome, Saif!
 
Re: Silence/noise between the mounts.
These two mounts use the same motors, pulleys, and belts.  Same power train.  I have an EXOS2 PMC8, and while I can certainly hear the motors whirring when it slews, it's neither loud nor objectionable, and tracking is silent.  We have had some folks, with either mount, report noise problems and any of those that I remember, turned out to be from gear adjustment problems (binding).  Fix the adjustment, and the problem's solved.  The mounts use a belt drive, and there are not a lot of moving parts...
 
Re: Motor failures.  
Failures of the motors or PMC8 board would be extremely rare, but to test, hook it up to your control software and take it for a spin.
 
Re: Polar align
For polar alignment on the EXOS2, you need alt/az ajustment controls, not clutcheds, and the EXOS2 has those. There are clutches on RA and DEC mount axes, but you'd only use those for balancing your scope.  While there is a polar scope, I doubt many use it.  There are smartphone apps that are better and more convenient for visual users, and if you're doing astrophotography, there are other options that are more precise.
 
Re: PEC and Tracking accuracy issues and how to test
No, there's no PEC.  I think Jerry surprised people by positioning PEC as not being necessary with this mount, but it's true.  It's important to note that this mount should be used unguided for visual, and guided for astrophotography.  When guided, the combination of the PMC8's speed, and the simplicity of the power train, means that a well-adjusted mount can easily guide around the worm's periodic error.  My mount is well-adjusted and if I do my part to manage performance, I find that 5 and even 10 minute exposures can be reliably achieved.  Remarkable at this price point.
 
Re: Software control
No, there is no hand control.  If you value flexibility, this is a feature, not a bug.  The mount can be controlled wirelessly (usually for visual), or wired (usually for astrophotography).  The control program might be ES's "Explorestars", probably on a tablet, for visual, or ASCOM or INDI (usually for astrophotography). With ASCOM or INDI a variety of control programs can be used to manage the mount.  ASCOM runs on Windows (a laptop, tablet, or stick), and INDI runs pretty much anywhere linux runs.
This flexibility can catch people unawares, if they are expecting an only-one-way-to-do-it model.  My advice to you on this is to think about how you intend to use the mount, post a use case or two, and ask for recommendations of the easiest/best hardware/software stack to accomplish that. You'll probably end up in a longish thread, but that's ok.  Best to get clear of how you'll control the mount early-on.  If you intend visual, it might be as simple as wireless and a tablet or laptop you already have.
 
Re: UK RMA 
I wouldn't know about how service is delivered in the UK.  The ES folks will have to chime in on that, and this is New Years Eve, so it might be a day or two. 
 
Finally...
 
Here's a link to ES's software-and-download page.  The software isn't important at this stage, but there are links that will take you to docs, FAQ's, Knowledge Base, etc.  Lots of grist for the mill.

--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 EXOS2
Scopes: SV 102EDT, ZWO 60/280 Guide
Cameras:  Nikon D5300, Altair GPCAM2-IMX224C
Software: ASCOM, CdC, AstroTortilla, BYN Pro, Sharpcap, PHD2
Computer:  Thinkpad x230, Win7Pro/64

 


Re: EXOS2 PMC-Eight #EXOS2

 

Welcome, Saif!
 
Re: Silence/noise between the mounts.
These two mounts use the same motors, pulleys, and belts.  Same power train.  I have an EXOS2 PMC8, and while I can certainly hear the motors whirring when it slews, it's neither loud nor objectionable, and tracking is silent.  We have had some folks, with either mount, report noise problems and any of those that I remember, turned out to be from gear adjustment problems (binding).  Fix the adjustment, and the problem's solved.  The mounts use a belt drive, and there are not a lot of moving parts...
 
Re: Motor failures.  
Failures of the motors or PMC8 board would be extremely rare, but to test, hook it up to your control software and take it for a spin.
 
Re: Polar align
For polar alignment on the EXOS2, you need alt/az ajustment controls, not clutcheds, and the EXOS2 has those. There are clutches on RA and DEC mount axes, but you'd only use those for balancing your scope.  While there is a polar scope, I doubt many use it.  There are smartphone apps that are better and more convenient for visual users, and if you're doing astrophotography, there are other options that are more precise.
 
Re: PEC and Tracking accuracy issues and how to test
No, there's no PEC.  I think Jerry surprised people by positioning PEC as not being necessary with this mount, but it's true.  It's important to note that this mount should be used unguided for visual, and guided for astrophotography.  When guided, the combination of the PMC8's speed, and the simplicity of the power train, means that a well-adjusted mount can easily guide around the worm's periodic error.  My mount is well-adjusted and if I do my part to manage performance, I find that 5 and even 10 minute exposures can be reliably achieved.  Remarkable at this price point.
 
Re: Software control
No, there is no hand control.  If you value flexibility, this is a feature, not a bug.  The mount can be controlled wirelessly (usually for visual), or wired (usually for astrophotography).  The control program might be ES's "Explorestars", probably on a tablet, for visual, or ASCOM or INDI (usually for astrophotography). With ASCOM or INDI a variety of control programs can be used to manage the mount.  ASCOM runs on Windows (a laptop, tablet, or stick), and INDI runs pretty much anywhere linux runs.
This flexibility can catch people unawares, if they are expecting an only-one-way-to-do-it model.  My advice to you on this is to think about how you intend to use the mount, post a use case or two, and ask for recommendations of the easiest/best hardware/software stack to accomplish that. You'll probably end up in a longish thread, but that's ok.  Best to get clear of how you'll control the mount early-on.  If you intend visual, it might be as simple as wireless and a tablet or laptop you already have.
 
Re: UK RMA 
I wouldn't know about how service is delivered in the UK.  The ES folks will have to chime in on that, and this is New Years Eve, so it might be a day or two. 
 
Finally...
 
Here's a link to ES's software-and-download page.  The software isn't important at this stage, but there are links that will take you to docs, FAQ's, Knowledge Base, etc.  Lots of grist for the mill.

--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 EXOS2
Scopes: SV 102EDT, ZWO 60/280 Guide
Cameras:  Nikon D5300, Altair GPCAM2-IMX224C
Software: ASCOM, CdC, AstroTortilla, BYN Pro, Sharpcap, PHD2
Computer:  Thinkpad x230, Win7Pro/64


EXOS2 PMC-Eight #EXOS2

Saif
 

HI and hope you are all having a nice holiday. I'm in the UK and looking to purchase one of these mounts around the £600 budget. It seems the EXOS2 is the more silent compared to the iEXOS 100. A few thoughts and concerns.

1. Motor failure issues and how to immediately test the mount after purchase.
2. Polar align and if there are clutches to freely move the mount to do that.
3. PEC and Tracking accuracy issues and how to test. I understand there is no PEC system on the mount.
4. Software control of movement and if there is a software hand control.
5, Do the UK suppliers have an RMA procedure with ES in US?


Re: Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

charles mckowen <Cmckow91@...>
 

So much to learn...…… Thanks everyone for yalls help 
--
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/ Ioptron Smarteq++
Canon eos rebel t5 modified
Canon Eos Ra 
Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


Re: Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

Chuck

ASCOMPAD is a convenient app to move the mount around manually.  It works better than the POTH keypad.  Apt keypad should work too tho.  ASCOMPAD also allows you to use a game controller to move the mount if you wanted to set that up.

Wes

--
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: Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

charles mckowen <Cmckow91@...>
 

Doesn't poth have the same controls basically ? 


On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 9:39 AM charles mckowen via Groups.Io <Cmckow91=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Jeenifer, 
 Thanks for the advice. Im going to try it out tonight. Why are using ascompad as well? 

On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 9:26 AM Jennifer Shelly via Groups.Io <drunkendogg=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Chuck:

I use APT with Stellarium and never looked back at Explore Stars via wired connection. You need to start PHD2 before you start APT, so it can sync to APT.  Below is an example of the order in which I start programs.  Please note that if any of the programs is being run in Admin mode then ALL programs must be running in Admin mode. 

I start all of my programs in the following order:  POTH -> ASCOMPAD -> PHD2 -> Stellarium Scope -> Stellarium -> APT (camera 1).  Confirmed everything was connected and playing nice.  Then I slewed to NGC 7293 aka C63.  Next I used APT’s Pointcraft via Blind Solve with ASPS to solve and Synced the coordinates with Stellarium.  
--
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


--
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/ Ioptron Smarteq++
Canon eos rebel t5 modified
Canon Eos Ra 
Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


--
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/ Ioptron Smarteq++
Canon eos rebel t5 modified
Canon Eos Ra 
Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


Re: Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

charles mckowen <Cmckow91@...>
 

Jeenifer, 
 Thanks for the advice. Im going to try it out tonight. Why are using ascompad as well? 

On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 9:26 AM Jennifer Shelly via Groups.Io <drunkendogg=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Chuck:

I use APT with Stellarium and never looked back at Explore Stars via wired connection. You need to start PHD2 before you start APT, so it can sync to APT.  Below is an example of the order in which I start programs.  Please note that if any of the programs is being run in Admin mode then ALL programs must be running in Admin mode. 

I start all of my programs in the following order:  POTH -> ASCOMPAD -> PHD2 -> Stellarium Scope -> Stellarium -> APT (camera 1).  Confirmed everything was connected and playing nice.  Then I slewed to NGC 7293 aka C63.  Next I used APT’s Pointcraft via Blind Solve with ASPS to solve and Synced the coordinates with Stellarium.  
--
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


--
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/ Ioptron Smarteq++
Canon eos rebel t5 modified
Canon Eos Ra 
Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


Re: Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

Jennifer Shelly
 

Chuck:

I use APT with Stellarium and never looked back at Explore Stars via wired connection. You need to start PHD2 before you start APT, so it can sync to APT.  Below is an example of the order in which I start programs.  Please note that if any of the programs is being run in Admin mode then ALL programs must be running in Admin mode. 

I start all of my programs in the following order:  POTH -> ASCOMPAD -> PHD2 -> Stellarium Scope -> Stellarium -> APT (camera 1).  Confirmed everything was connected and playing nice.  Then I slewed to NGC 7293 aka C63.  Next I used APT’s Pointcraft via Blind Solve with ASPS to solve and Synced the coordinates with Stellarium.  
--
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: Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

Chuck:

That's interesting.  Never thought of that.  So to be clear:

1.  Use Windows Explorestars
2.  Leave it running in the background while ASCOM guides

With A good Polar (Sharpcap) and a good 3 star alignment the GOTO performance is pretty good?  Could you tell me the mount model coefficients you get when you do a 3 star alignment?  These can be seen by enabling their display in the settings.

Wes.



--
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: Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

charles mckowen <Cmckow91@...>
 

Wes, . 
With PHD2 ive been using pulse no ST4. Lately, Ive been using Sharpcap to polar alignment. Then I power up the pmc-eight and open up explore stars for star alignment and slewing. Usually I only hit one target a night. Minimize explore stars open APT and PHD2 and start imaging and guiding. Really ive only lost connection twice with explore stars out of probably 25 imaging sessions. Two - Three hours a session. So Explore stars have served me really well. I actually love it. I have notice, if I keep space between my computer and pmc-eight. It keeps a better connection vs being right next to the antenna. 
--
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/ Ioptron Smarteq++
Canon eos rebel t5 modified
Canon Eos Ra 
Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


Re: Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

Chuck:

So how have you been using APT, PHD and Explorestars?  Is PHD via ST4?  Interested in your configuration.

Switching to serial is a snap, but you have to have a serial cable with an FTDI chip set in it for USB-Serial conversion.  This one works fine:


It is also needed to update the PMC8 firmware, which depending upon when you bought your PMC8.  There have been a few important changes.  

BTW what version of Explorestars are you using, Android, Windows, or IOS..

If you load the Configuration Manager it makes switching between serial and wifi a snap.  It also manages your updates.  its all streamlined and simple to do.

The CM is in the User Contributed Files section of one of the Main or Mounts sub group, I can't remember which.

Wes.


 

--
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: Phd2 Connection issue in APT #ASCOM #astrophotography #EXOS2

charles mckowen <Cmckow91@...>
 

Chris,
Thanks for the info. I switch over to the serial interface last night. It was so easy. Cant wait for some clear skies. The canon ra is pretty sweet. As far as Astrophotgraphy goes though. Its really the same as any modified Canon rebel for shooting through a telescope. When it comes to shooting the milkyway and without. its far more superior. What I like best about it, is the live view. It looks like you took a picture when you have it connected to your telescope. Really really easy to focus now. Ill post some pictures later!
--
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

 


Re: #ASCOM #iexos-100 PHD2 Guiding Issues #ASCOM #iEXOS-100

Wes Mcdonald
 

Mike

PhD advises you to have calibration within 10 or so degrees of Dec =0.   Also you should be a few hours off of Polaris in RA.  Something like south east at 90-lat altitude is good.  

In practice things work pretty well so long as you are not near the North Pole.  

Glad you got it going


Wes

--
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: #ASCOM #iexos-100 PHD2 Guiding Issues #ASCOM #iEXOS-100

Jim McKee
 

I'll add my two cents.  Glad to hear you had such good guiding the second time around.

1) I have focus dialed in.  But I just made sure my gain for my ZWO Guide Camera was set in PHD2 camera settings not the slider.  The slider is more like gamma.  There is a setting in the brain part of PHD2 where I set the guide camera to Unity Gain.  It took stars from 30db SNR to 70db SNR with no saturation

2) I agree, I have managed to get both pretty close to the same target centerline between OTA and guidescope.

3) I am going back to look at best PHD2 target star calibration position.  If I remember correctly, it says that calibration should be done within 20 deg of the celestial equator, but that requires more research on my part.

4) I use Sharpcap to get PA.  I like the fact that Sharpcap gives a right/left/up.down metric.

5) I marked the RA axis with reflective tape pointers to define my physical  home position (just a little off of weight down position).   It made my EXOS2 perfect for GOTO’s.  Target is always in camera frame first time.



--
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: #ASCOM #iexos-100 PHD2 Guiding Issues #ASCOM #iEXOS-100

MikoSkye
 

Hello,

I wanted to say thank you. The issue was me trying to run the calibration too close to the North Star!! As soon as I followed your advice and ran the calibration nearer the south horizon, BINGO!! First run was a bit off (RMS Total of over 2). Second run was much better (RMS of around 0.5) 

Still a huge amount to learn, but now I can get images and have a baseline, I can build on this.

Thank you to everyone for the advice ,you have no idea how much it helped!!!


Re: #ASCOM #iexos-100 PHD2 Guiding Issues #ASCOM #iEXOS-100

Chris Tardif
 

Things I learned the hard way:

1. Double check focus of guide scope...
2. Try to aim and center the guide scope and the main scope at the same target as far away as possible.  I use an antenna about 9km from my house during the day.
3.  Calibration of PHD has to be done at a low angle..I remember it complaining to me once when I tried to calibrate it while pointing straight up.

--
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: #ASCOM #iexos-100 PHD2 Guiding Issues #ASCOM #iEXOS-100

Lloyd Simons <simonsl23@...>
 

Miko,

Guiding over WIFI is notoriously unreliable. I would connect the mount to your PC by USB and connect via serial. Also, make sure you connect to the poth hub in phd2, not the mount.

Hope this helps.
--
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


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

Lloyd Simons <simonsl23@...>
 

Hey Kent,

This is great. Any chance we could get the parts for the ST1 tripod separately? I already have the azimuth adjuster and really don't need a second.
--
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


#ASCOM #iexos-100 PHD2 Guiding Issues #ASCOM #iEXOS-100

MikoSkye
 

Hello,

Complete beginner at the whole guided imaging and I am totally stuck. I cannot get PHD2 to calibrate. I have tried numerous suggestions from here and other forums, but it just wont calibrate. The issue seems to be that PHD2 will not control the mount. I am using ASCOM driver connected through wifi to my Windows 10 laptop.

1. ASCOM diagnostics pass without failure

2. POTH Hub connects and allows me to control the mount using the sw controls

3. both Explorer Stars app and Stellarium allow me to slew the mount to targets when connected via the POTH Hub

But when I am in PHD2, the mount connects, but I cannot slew using the manual guide controls, nor will it calibrate - it just climbs to over 50 west steps and then fails when I run calibration

What am I doing wrong here - really could use some help :(

info on setup:

Mount is IEXIOS PMC 8 -100 connected to laptop via wifi

Guide Camera is ZWI Mini 120mm connected to laptop via USB cable - I am not using a cable from the camera to the mount

Guide Scope is Orion 30

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