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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

Wes Mcdonald
 

Robert, Jeff

Haha Robert.  No worries.

Your idea of a bathinov mask is dead on.  They work great in a bright object, especially with a good sized apperature.  

Use live view and zoom in on star to get focus right by aligning the pattern.  

Just rember to remove it when done!  Been there done that!🤕

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: 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

Robert Babb
 

Sorry Kevin, I should not have commented yet as I have only very recently gotten an iEXOS-100 mount at Christmas to use as a widefield imager with my Canon 5D Mk II camera and a few lenses and have not had a chance to use it even once owing to steady cloud since getting it. I hope to also use it with my ES 80mm CF refractor down the road if the sky ever opens. I live in the cloudiest part of North America!

Perhaps I would not be able to comment on your mount anyway as it may be to different than mine. I was thinking about the Explorestars App I guess, I think that has the star alignment procedures so I stand corrected by Wes.

 

However do a search on bahtinov mask, it’s what I and many imagers use to get focus if using serial to an electronic screen like a Laptop or iPad.

I use Backyard EOS for image acquisition with a Canon dslr but APT, which I haven’t used is touted to be a better piece of software for that and maybe I’ll upgrade.

Good luck.

 

Robert Babb

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kevin Rea
Sent: February 16, 2020 7:36 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-2GT. Post your picture #astrophotography #EXOS2

 

I would love to show my photos of nebula.
but, I cannot get a photo of any.
I polar align the mount, 
I am using Astro Photography Tool and Stellarium at the same time.
I then do a one star alignment.
I then goto a nebula/object such as Orion or Beehive Cluster or Andromeda,
but, it is never in the scopes view.
I take pictures, but all that shows up is about a half dozen stars.
I am not properly aimed at the areas I want.
I first look through an eyepiece to get it focused, and then i insert my camera.

Nothing.  Just Northing.
Here is a shot of 4 minutes each, 20 images of the M44.

It is not M44, nor any of the others I have tried over the last week.
Very Very frustrating.

https://www.hamlogbook.com/M44.jpg

anyway,, how do I know through a lens, that I am actually pointed at a nebula.
as I said, I have tried several objects in the sky, I can never get a photo of any of them.
I have tried 50 exposures of 4 minutes each at 800 iso..
still nothing.  Just a few stars each time.
I use deep sky stacker.
and then photoshop

thanks for your help
kevin rea
lancaster, calif. usa
Here is my setup>
Celestron C8
Celestron 6.3 reducer
44mm lens for visual sighting
Canon DSLR t3 600d
Celestron Off Axis Guider
Guide Camera:  ZWO-ASI1290MC
EQ Mount - EXOS-2GT with PMC-8


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
 

Kevin

I also have an SCT.  Yes you need to make sure it is collimated.  You do this with an eyepiece.  You can find lots of explanations on the internet.

But to address your goto accuracy.  First of all there aint no such thing in ES land of a 1 star alignment.  And under ASCOM there aint no 2-3 star alignment either.  All you have is a SYNC. 

The issue is that even assuming a perfect polar alignment, you can have residual pointing errors creep into your pointing.  For example, at the risk of being corrected, if you have a mislevel east/west you won't point right, even though you have got the scope polar aligned.  That is because there is no adjustment that flattens the east/west tilt of the DEC axis.  Tip north is removed by adjustment of the alt bolt, but the az adjustment just turns the mount around the residual tilted mount.  My thinking.  Now if you were to use explorestars, the tip/tilt is modeled as the rotation that it is and is removed.  But you are not going to have that.  So level your mount.

Another thing that messes up your goto is DEC home error.  You can establish the correct polar home position and mark it.  The procedure for this can be found in  a document I wrote in the Files section of the Mounts subgroup.  If you find the polar homes on a level mount, and get the mount level in the field, then your home positions will be good.

Another reason you might point incorrectly is cone error.  This is a misalignment of the scope optical line of sight with the mount RA axis in the altitude direction.  This is not removed by a polar alignment.  So you eat pointing error across the sky due to cone, and it gets reflected into both dec and ra differently depending upon where you are pointing.  This can be removed one time by a procedure Jerry posted from Astronomy Shed (or shack).  You can find it online, or find the link in the groups forum.

So what to do?

1.  Put a finder scope on your mount and collimate it with your telescope's field of view.  Then do a goto to the object, and center it in the finder scope.  Press SYNC.  Maybe do another goto.  Then you should be there.

2.  If you can't see an object in the finder scope, do a first goto to one you can see.  Center it.  Then press SYNC.  Then do a goto to the DSO.  If the DSO is nearby the star you choose for the first step, you will find it.

3.  Get plate solving working with your camera.  It is magic.  It will center the object every time.

I would say you will never be able to look in your eyepiece and replace it with a camera and have things in focus.  Unless you can ensure the camera and the eyepiece are parfocal.  Mine have never been.

I put an 80mm finder on my SCT and it has enough light gathering to show me many DSOs.  But I never did any of that on an EXOS2, they weight too much.  So you might try a lightweight 70mm finder, like the tube from an old etx70.  I did that too.  It's helpful.  

Truthfully though, if you get a red dot finder and carefully collimate it with the main scope, and use the two step goto, you will probably be fine.

So that's the story.  To make good pics with an SCT is challenging because you have to get it collimated, and you have to get a sharp focus, which can be a challenge with an SCT, but can be done well if you are careful.  

In the face of all the problems with making an accurate goto, its easiest to just get yourself a platesolver and be really, really, happy.

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: 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

Robert Babb
 

Hi Kevin, I have not chimed in here before, I looked at your image you posted, and your focus is definitely off, notice the donut in the top right of your image, that donut is what you get with out of focus, also with an SCT if you were to have that out of focus star in the centre and the donut wasn’t perfectly shaped that would also indicate your scope needs to be collimated. So if the donut you see in your image was shaped like that and was centered in the image you’d need to collimate your sct.

The brightest nebula is M42, the Orion Nebula, it is so bright you can see it in an eyepiece or viewfinder or live view screen of a DSLR camera, so you could start with that Nebula since it is visible in the scope. Also, a one star alignment in my opinion is not sufficient, the three star is the best way to go if not plate solving. Note that a object, say a star if focused in an eyepiece will almost certainly not be in focus of a camera swapped out for the eyepiece, so when you place a camera in the image train you need to point the scope at the brightest star you ca then focus so the star becomes a point on whatever screen you project the image on, then you can slew to am object you are interested in imaging. Lastly, you can get a Batinov Mask cheap which is a plastic plate you place in front of your scope that allows you to get near perfect focus, then remove it and image away.

 

Note that even with a three star alignment when you slew to an object to view / image the object may be just outside of the field of view, which is a pain, which is why plate solving is a better solution than 1, 2 or 3 star alignments.

Hope that helps.

 

Robert

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kevin Rea
Sent: February 16, 2020 7:36 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-2GT. Post your picture #astrophotography #EXOS2

 

I would love to show my photos of nebula.
but, I cannot get a photo of any.
I polar align the mount, 
I am using Astro Photography Tool and Stellarium at the same time.
I then do a one star alignment.
I then goto a nebula/object such as Orion or Beehive Cluster or Andromeda,
but, it is never in the scopes view.
I take pictures, but all that shows up is about a half dozen stars.
I am not properly aimed at the areas I want.
I first look through an eyepiece to get it focused, and then i insert my camera.

Nothing.  Just Northing.
Here is a shot of 4 minutes each, 20 images of the M44.

It is not M44, nor any of the others I have tried over the last week.
Very Very frustrating.

https://www.hamlogbook.com/M44.jpg

anyway,, how do I know through a lens, that I am actually pointed at a nebula.
as I said, I have tried several objects in the sky, I can never get a photo of any of them.
I have tried 50 exposures of 4 minutes each at 800 iso..
still nothing.  Just a few stars each time.
I use deep sky stacker.
and then photoshop

thanks for your help
kevin rea
lancaster, calif. usa
Here is my setup>
Celestron C8
Celestron 6.3 reducer
44mm lens for visual sighting
Canon DSLR t3 600d
Celestron Off Axis Guider
Guide Camera:  ZWO-ASI1290MC
EQ Mount - EXOS-2GT with PMC-8


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

 

Kevin,
 
Just to set expectations, astrophotography is a difficult, difficult hobby.  Lots of things have to go exactly right before anything turns out, so it's perfectly normal to have to work through issues.  
 
Couple of things...
 
Your M44 jpg has a couple of faint concentric circles between 1 o'clock and 2 o'clock that look very much like out-of-focus stars to me.  So part of what may be going on is focus issues.  Maybe someone who uses SCT's can chime in on that...
 
I wouldn't expect that you'd hit the target exactly with a GoTo.  Even assuming that focus is perfect, it's hard to appreciate how much like looking through a soda straw this is.  Your C8, even with its reducer, has a tiny field of view.  You could be almost on top of your target and miss it entirely.
 
Attached is a screen shot for Astronomy Tools, showing your approximate field for view (red), together with mine (yellow).  My FOV is very similar to the 80mm refractors that everyone says that you should start with, perfectly fine for framing that target, and yet...I was unable to center targets satisfactorily.
 
There is a solution, and I believe APT supports it.  Take a look at Plate Solving, as Omar suggested.  
 
We're using different software, so this is just for illustration, but I GoTo my target (which gets me in the neighborhood, but does NOT center the target).  I start my plate solver, Astrotortilla (AT), which is integrated with BackYard Nikon (BYN) and ASCOM.  AT tells BYN to tell my DSLR to take a picture for it.  AT receives the picture, parses it, compares it with an internal star map, and tells the mount to move to get closer to the desired target.  Rinse and repeat about three times, and my target is centered.  Magic.
 
Hope this helps...
 
- Bob
 
--
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: 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

Omar Rahman
 

Hi Kevin,

For photography, nothing beats plate solving. It adds a relatively minor cost and the learning curve isn’t bad. You tell the mount where to go. It then slews, gets to where it thinks the targets is, takes a photo, plate solves, and re-slews and repeats until the target is centered. 


I wouldn’t image without it. I do it from a Raspberry Pi device but there are several other options too. 


Omar
--

Scope:        
ES ED102
Mounts
:      ES EXOS2-PMC-8, SkyWatcher Star Adventurer
Cameras:   ASI1600MM Pro, Nikon D7500
Lens:
          Nikon 200-500mm, Tamron 70-200mm G2, Nikon 120mm manual lens
Misc:          ZWO ASI120Mini Guide Camera, ZWO 30mm mini guidescope, Stellarmate, Asiair
Software:  Kstars, SkySafari, ExploreStars (android), Pixinsight, DeepSkyStacker, Regim, Astrostakkert, LR/PS, RNC-color-stretch
Computer:  Macbook Pro, Surface Pro 4, iPhone, Fire 7


ASCOM Pad 2.09 #ASCOM

James Buck
 

Okay, I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but just wanted to check.  I've been trying to get my X-Box game controller to work with ASCOM Pad 2.09. It will connect however when I use the joystick to move the mount, it barely moves … just a little faster than if it was tracking.  
I've calibrated it, can change the speed, it is recognized by the computer and by POTH.  But just not working.  Any ideas? 


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

Kevin Rea <reakevinscott@...>
 

I would love to show my photos of nebula.
but, I cannot get a photo of any.
I polar align the mount, 
I am using Astro Photography Tool and Stellarium at the same time.
I then do a one star alignment.
I then goto a nebula/object such as Orion or Beehive Cluster or Andromeda,
but, it is never in the scopes view.
I take pictures, but all that shows up is about a half dozen stars.
I am not properly aimed at the areas I want.
I first look through an eyepiece to get it focused, and then i insert my camera.

Nothing.  Just Northing.
Here is a shot of 4 minutes each, 20 images of the M44.

It is not M44, nor any of the others I have tried over the last week.
Very Very frustrating.

https://www.hamlogbook.com/M44.jpg

anyway,, how do I know through a lens, that I am actually pointed at a nebula.
as I said, I have tried several objects in the sky, I can never get a photo of any of them.
I have tried 50 exposures of 4 minutes each at 800 iso..
still nothing.  Just a few stars each time.
I use deep sky stacker.
and then photoshop

thanks for your help
kevin rea
lancaster, calif. usa
Here is my setup>
Celestron C8
Celestron 6.3 reducer
44mm lens for visual sighting
Canon DSLR t3 600d
Celestron Off Axis Guider
Guide Camera:  ZWO-ASI1290MC
EQ Mount - EXOS-2GT with PMC-8


Re: Data base is on SD card but will not load onto the application #ExploreStars #Android

Wes Mcdonald
 

John:

If you use the CM to load the database onto the SD card, it will all be done properly for you.  Try it.  It under the Explorestars tab.

1.  Open CM and go full screen
2.  MAke sure your PC is connected on line to the internet
3.  Put your SD card on your PC as a drive.  Thisis done with a card reader typically.  Windows will recognize the thing and make it an external drive.
4.  Open the explorestars tab in the CM
5.  Click the radio button to Install to SD Card.  When you do you will see the database location change fom blahblahblahComplete to blahblahblah.zip
6.  Press the download button.  But First, note you are not downloading to the SD card, you are going to a temp file on the C drive.  When you press download you will get a verification window, clock OK.  Then wait for the Down Load complete window to pop up.  Click it off.
7.  Select the removable drive location under Step 2.  Press install.

Thats it.  All the files you need will be in the right place on the SD card.  Eject it and install it on your tablet.  Fini.

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: PL2303 Prolific USB - Serial Cable #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Jed Orme <jedtorme@...>
 

Wes,

Also from the gear you use, I assume you are EXOS2; I’m iEXOS-100. Do you think that makes a difference?

Jed


Re: Data base is on SD card but will not load onto the application #ExploreStars #Android

John Pirrone
 

Yes all permissions are turned on in  Settings/APPS/ExploreStars. 
When you say the Root of the SD card. My windows 10 pc shows me two levels for the SD card. There is a top level and a bottom level.  I dragged the data base into the top level. Maybe I need to drag it into the bottom level. I am not sure which of these two is the ROOT level??? 

On Sun, Feb 16, 2020 at 6:59 AM Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:
On Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 10:40 PM, John Pirrone wrote:
I followed that instruction exactly to the letter and I am still getting that same error when I open explore stars that say it cannot find the database.
Did you do step three of the instructions on this page:  
https://explorescientificusa.com/pages/android-os-download

Namely:

NOTE4: It is recommended that you use a Windows PC to perform step 1.

  1. Unzip the download and place the folder on the root of the MicroSD card.
  2. Install the MicroSD card into your Android device.
  3. Under Settings/APPS/ExploreStars grant Permissions for External Storage and Location. .
If you do not do step 3 to enable access to the SD card, then it will not find the database file.
 
--
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: PL2303 Prolific USB - Serial Cable #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Jed Orme <jedtorme@...>
 

Wes,

That certainly clarifies things in my mind but my problem is when I hook up my PC to the Com3 serial port, turn on my laptop, then turn on the power to the mount, I get a red light only but no green to show a connection. That is what has taken me back to using the Config Mgr. Also your first note advises that the laptop needs a connection to the mount’s WiFi - are you speaking only for making the initial serial connection or thereafter as well? In my case if I do connect the laptop to the WiFi in the mount after powering it on, I still get no green light or see a serial connection in Config Mgr.

Jed


Re: PL2303 Prolific USB - Serial Cable #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Wes Mcdonald
 

Jed:

To set up the mount --YOU DO NOT USE THE ADVANCED TAb.
0.  Plug in the serial cable between the PC and the PMC8
1.  Open the CM..  Go full screen with it
2.  Goto the connections tab
3.  Change the Mount type to iexos (in your case, or whatever mount you have)
4.  Make sure the PC is connected via wifi to the PMC8
5.  Push the refresh button to get a list of comm ports.
6.  Push the find button to see where the PMC8 is and select that comm port in the comm port drop down
7.  Push the find current connection button (Do It)
8.  Now push the ASCOM DO IT button.

Look at the bottom log screen.  IT tell you if you were successful.

Thats it.  You are going serial from now on.

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: PL2303 Prolific USB - Serial Cable #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Wes Mcdonald
 

Jed:

Right.  For some reason the configuration manager needs to have the PC connected to the PMC8 wifi, even if the connection in the PMC8 is already set to serial.  It just does not seem to find it without that being the case.

Once you switch your PMC8 to serial, it will stay there until you switch it back to wifi.  So you never need configuration manager again if you are happy with serial and you have it set to serial.

One thing the CM can also do for you is load new firmware onto the PMC8 should that become important.  So keep it around.
Wes.


On Sun, Feb 16, 2020 at 11:39 AM Chris Welliver <chriswelliver@...> wrote:
Jed,
And yes, I connect my computer to the PMC WiFi
For initial connection just like Wes recommended.


--
Chris Welliver
EXOS2 mount
ES 102EDAPO Carbon Fiber
ZWO asi178mc
ZWO asi120mm
PrimaLuceLab Sesto Senso focuser




--
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: Data base is on SD card but will not load onto the application #ExploreStars #Android

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 10:40 PM, John Pirrone wrote:
I followed that instruction exactly to the letter and I am still getting that same error when I open explore stars that say it cannot find the database.
Did you do step three of the instructions on this page:  
https://explorescientificusa.com/pages/android-os-download

Namely:

NOTE4: It is recommended that you use a Windows PC to perform step 1.

  1. Unzip the download and place the folder on the root of the MicroSD card.
  2. Install the MicroSD card into your Android device.
  3. Under Settings/APPS/ExploreStars grant Permissions for External Storage and Location. .
If you do not do step 3 to enable access to the SD card, then it will not find the database file.
 
--
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: PL2303 Prolific USB - Serial Cable #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Jed Orme <jedtorme@...>
 

Chris,

Many thanks for this detail.  I'm doing almost exactly the same thing, except I don't use a powered USB hub but have only the PC laptop (Windows 10 also) connected to the Com 3 port.  Under the advanced tab, do you select the serial button also or leave alone; or send any of the other message choices under this tab which I had to do to make the initial switch from WiFi to serial?  And I have the same problem getting the right choices to finally become available, but then also select the ASCOM serial.  So it seems we're doing the same things but getting different results.  I'm on an iEXOS-100 mount, so I wonder if it makes a difference that you're on the EXOS2 with the separate PMC-8 box?  The electronics you use had to be reduced to fit into my mount casing, so maybe some things work differently.  A question for Jerry I guess.  Once connected, do you do anything with the PC connection to the PMC-8 WiFi?  Shut it down or leave it alone?  Thanks for getting back to me.

Jed


Re: PL2303 Prolific USB - Serial Cable #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Chris Welliver <chriswelliver@...>
 

Jed,
And yes, I connect my computer to the PMC WiFi
For initial connection just like Wes recommended.


--
Chris Welliver
EXOS2 mount
ES 102EDAPO Carbon Fiber
ZWO asi178mc
ZWO asi120mm
PrimaLuceLab Sesto Senso focuser


Re: PL2303 Prolific USB - Serial Cable #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Chris Welliver <chriswelliver@...>
 

Jed,
When I initially connected the serial cable my computer opened a”com 5”port for the cable after I downloaded the driver for it. I use a powered hub for usb connection so everything I’ve got running goes through that com 5 port.
The configuration manager will give you a choice of com ports in the drop down menu under connection settings under the connection tab.
Choose your mount, hit find and or refresh and
choose com port. Then go to “how do you want to connect “ column and hit find current connection. I usually have to pop it several times until the choices light up, then choose Ascom serial and you’re up and running. I always connect my usb cables to the same terminal on my computer so that eliminates any confusion there
If it matters. I use windows 10 by the way.


--
Chris Welliver
EXOS2 mount
ES 102EDAPO Carbon Fiber
ZWO asi178mc
ZWO asi120mm
PrimaLuceLab Sesto Senso focuser


Re: PL2303 Prolific USB - Serial Cable #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Jed Orme <jedtorme@...>
 

Chris,

Congrats on your success with the PMC-8 system, & particularly in making the switch from the ExploreStars app to a serial connection with the mount.  I'm going down the very same path but have had a couple of bumps in the road.  So a few questions if you don't mind:  Assuming you are using the Configuration Manager to manage or route your connections, when doing the initial setup do you only tell it to use the serial options, for example under the advance tab? Could you outline briefly your steps after changing the setup from the default G-11 mount?  Do you connect your PC to PMC-8 WiFi to orient the Config Mgr at all? 

I've had some problems getting it to see my serial connection & then after telling it to use the Com 3 port, it still hunts around causing me to have to repeat the entire process & turn the mount off & on.  But I agree that once it is oriented to make the connection, it is a very slick, well thought out system.  Clear skies.

Jed


Re: PL2303 Prolific USB - Serial Cable #EXOS2 #ASCOM

chriswelliver@...
 

Greetings All,
I’m new to the forum but have been following instructions and guidance available here for sometime about the PMC-8 system. I recently switched to serial cable from the app and run my
Exos2 mount, Sharpcap,Stellarium,PHD2, and my Sesto Senso focuser all through POTH and am amazed at how everything meshed to produce a
Astrophotography system I could only imagine before. While I’m still learning the hobby from the photography aspect of it, I have gotten good results with what I’ve done already. The Explore Scientific PMC-8 system really is amazing and to
think I almost bought the new Meade mount instead. Chris Welliver


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Chris Welliver
EXOS2 mount
ES 102EDAPO Carbon Fiber
ZWO asi178mc
ZWO asi120mm
PrimaLuceLab Sesto Senso focuser

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