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Re: Android for ExploreStars and Windows for ASCOM?

 

Wes,
Thanks so much for the reply!
I've been reading quite a bit today on forum questions/answers about the question I had (I didn't use the right search words yesterday!). It appears there are multiple ways of doing things with WiFi vs.Serial with quite a few different results from users. I will start with the Android Tab A and see where it takes me.
- Thanks again!


Re: Upgrading my equipment #ASCOM #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

Bill Black
 

Jeff,
Nice set up. Love the ingenuity with the tool boxes. I was just thinking about getting some cases to transport equipment safely and your tool boxes are a great idea!
Hope you have a great camping trip and get some nice shots at the dark site.
--

Bill
Location: Dallas, GA
Scopes:
 Celestron C8, AstroTech 80mm APO

Mounts: EXOS II PMC-Eight, LXD75

Cameras: ZWO ASI294MCPro, ASI385


Re: Mounting camera to EXOS2 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

Jennifer Shelly
 

Brad:

Here is a vixen dovetail from Amazon that is about 9” long.


Astromania Deluxe Dovetail Plate Dovetail Rail with 228 mm Length - Vixen Style - You can Easily Balance The Telescope by Shifting https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZ377Z1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_9AUfFbWD37H2K

Very true about about mounting a DSLR to a mount, but it Is a trickier task due to the balancing issues.

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, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-100 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Dave,

 

Thank you for the compliment.  I have seen your work for a while.  I plan on getting more into DSOs when my planet season is over.

 

The weather has been hindering me from practice J.   I am reminded of what Mike Tyson said years ago, everyone has a plan until

they get punched in the face.  Mother Nature has been punching me in the face for the past 3-weeks J

 

Well, I am still having fun processing data.  One thing I have learned, is every year the planets change characteristics.

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave Cherry
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2020 8:16 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-100 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

 

If these are practice runs . then I really want to see what you can do when you've finished practicing! , with your equivalent 5.4 meters of telescope!
Nice Pictures,


Cheers
Dave

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Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-100 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Harry,

 

Stability:

1.       No issues so far.

2.       No slippage or weird sounds from the mount when slewing or tracking

objects.

3.       Tripod legs are fully extended

4.       No vibration pads

5.       Unleveled angled ground

6.       Imaging over cement; (oh yeah, I am a rule breaker)

 

Things you should know:

1.       Your system has to be balanced.  My idea of balancing in the RA differs from

most:

a)      I can move the scope anywhere along the RA axis of rotation and the scope will not move

2.       Dec balancing is a little different:

a)      I can move the scope +/- along the DEC axis of rotation at 180-degrees and it will not move

       to make this like the RA, I will have to experiment with stick on weights.

3.       Make sure you have all counterweights installed and the RA with Dec axis locked down before

placing your scope on top.

4.       You will need a bushing in order for the 11.25-pound counterweight to be balanced on the counterweight

shaft.  I made my bushing out of PVC tubing.

 

Why Explore Scientific 11.25-pound counterweight:

1.       Mr. Kent suggested it.  It is countersunk, so it extends the length of the counterweight shaft

by 58.48mm (using my measurements).  It is a tight fit on the countershaft screw knob, but I am

not going to turn down the knurled knob.   

 

Tracking:

1.       Not very good since I can’t see any Northern stars due to tree foliage.  Can’t do a real polar alignment;

even Sharpcap needs stars.   Currently I am doing blind polar alignment.  I use apps to point me north

and “celestial pole” to get a false sense I am aimed at the NCP.  Currently, I can run 5400mm with a

digital zoom of 5 and the image will cross my FOV in 1.5-minutes.

 

This is a picture of my current setup which I will use for all  planets for 2020.  I have to get Mars working.

I believe Mars comes around  every 2-years.  Reminds me of Tom Petty’s song, “Don’t come around here no more”.

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Harry via groups.io
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2020 7:59 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-100 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

 

JR, great pictures! May I ask you about the stability and any other comments you have regarding your mount. I also have the iExos 100 with the stock tripod. I see you have the ST3 tripod with the Skymax 180mm Maksutov . I am considering a similar upgrade, and am wondering how yours is working out.
Thanks, Harry

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Harry
Vero Beach, FL
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight, ExploreStars IPAD & Fire HD8
Nikon D600, D5500, MacOS, Starry Sky Stacker, Lightroom, Affinity Photo


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

Bob Trepiccione
 

Nice!



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-------- Original message --------
From: Bill Black <wcblack1020@...>
Date: 7/20/20 10:18 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #G11 #astrophotography

Finally was able to get some shots of the NEOWISE Comet last night.
I like the larger crop, you can see some trees at the bottom (not sure if those are visible in the JPG). They give some perspective on where the sunset is and how low on the horizon the shot was.

Scope: Skywatcher 50mm EVOGuide (yep, shot these through my 50mm guide scope... its an APO!).
Mount: EXOS II w/PMC 8
Guider: Orion 50mm guide scope
Camera: ASI294MCPro
Software: SharpCap Live Stack and Polarr post processing
Integration: these were all 60s subs. One is 240s total and the other is 360s total.


--

Bill
Location: Dallas, GA
Scopes:
 Celestron C8, AstroTech 80mm APO

Mounts: EXOS II PMC-Eight, LXD75

Cameras: ZWO ASI294MCPro, ASI385


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

Dave Cherry
 

Well done Bill, that's some very nice shots!

Dave.
--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


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

Bill Black
 

Finally was able to get some shots of the NEOWISE Comet last night.
I like the larger crop, you can see some trees at the bottom (not sure if those are visible in the JPG). They give some perspective on where the sunset is and how low on the horizon the shot was.

Scope: Skywatcher 50mm EVOGuide (yep, shot these through my 50mm guide scope... its an APO!).
Mount: EXOS II w/PMC 8
Guider: Orion 50mm guide scope
Camera: ASI294MCPro
Software: SharpCap Live Stack and Polarr post processing
Integration: these were all 60s subs. One is 240s total and the other is 360s total.


--

Bill
Location: Dallas, GA
Scopes:
 Celestron C8, AstroTech 80mm APO

Mounts: EXOS II PMC-Eight, LXD75

Cameras: ZWO ASI294MCPro, ASI385


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
 

👍

--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+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
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
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

Dave Cherry
 

Skywatcher 200PDS is 1000mm with zero reduction coma corrector so still 1000mm
You should be able to see most of my ph2 settings on the pictures if it helps you.

Oh and I left the ZWO duo band filter in by mistake, but i can try to correct the colours I guess.

Dave





--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


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
 

Dave what focal length are you at?  

--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+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
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
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

Dave Cherry
 

Thanks man

Starting to look like a rocket now! , check that guiding tho, 0.2 sec on phd now.

The blue shot is 1 x 180s (no colour correction)

Dave


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


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

Dave Cherry
 


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


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

Bob Trepiccione
 

Very cool, Dave!



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-------- Original message --------
From: Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...>
Date: 7/20/20 6:12 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #G11 #astrophotography

Having ago at Neo,, Currently PH2 is locked on to the comet at 0.5 sec exp and is sending rapid commands to the PMC mount.
This is only 3  x 60s exp so far.
Experimental.

Cheers
Dave



--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


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

Dave Cherry
 

I haven't changed it , is sidereal. ph2 is steering it every .5 of a second that way comet appears like a star.
I have since gone to 300sec exposure as it is guiding relay well.
I am 20miles south of London,
Comet is current only 17 degrees above horizon
so punching though a lot of crap at the moment and its going down pretty quick..

Cheers
Dave


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


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
 

Dave what is the guide rate u have set in the driver?

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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+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
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
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

Dave Cherry
 

Having ago at Neo,, Currently PH2 is locked on to the comet at 0.5 sec exp and is sending rapid commands to the PMC mount.
This is only 3  x 60s exp so far.
Experimental.

Cheers
Dave



--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: Android for ExploreStars and Windows for ASCOM?

Wes Mcdonald
 

Ron:

Glad to have you aboard!

The apps and the firmware are not coupled so as to mess one up if you previously used the other.  The only caveat is you have to get the mount into certain communication method modes depending on what you are using.  But go ahead and load the Tab A and use it by all means.  Then load Explorestars on the PC and use it  (one at a time only).  No worries.

But to your other question.  Explorestars will work or wired ASCOM will work, or WiFi ASCOM will work but only one at a time.  You cannot share the PMC-8 controller.  Only one can run the mount.  There are creative ways to mix and match stuff, but in the end, if you are sending mount commands, only one mode or control is supported at any one time.

Lots of this is all over theplace in the forum, and some probably in the FAQs, and some in the Knowledge Base.  Also some in the Programmers Reference MAnual, which is a collection of facts covering many things, not really software and some of it helpful to you.

And of course the Forum members usually get back to you with answers to your questions in fine shape.  Lots of help out here.

You are going to find out that the PMC-8 is quite the value given its performance for the cost.  It does however put in the driver's seat -- meaning you don't just turn it on.  There will be some learning of its ways, which in the process you will learn a lot about telescope mounts, astronomy, and related topics that will serve you well as you progress through the hobby.  But expect to put in some work.

Once again welcome to the hobby and the forum.  Be sure to fill out your signature in the groups.io area, and I believe you need to do so in each subgroup (sorry, I didn't write the code).  

Wes.


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+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
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Android for ExploreStars and Windows for ASCOM?

 

Hi Everyone - nub here...
Just received my EXOS 2 mount, but have yet to load the any software for it until I understand the future implications of loading one software App platform versus another.
I was planning on loading the Android ExploreStars App onto my new Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10, but I know that I will eventually want move to AP using a guide camera w/PHD2 with maybe some planetarium software. The question is: Can the PMC-Eight controller use both the Android App for ExploreStars and Windows for ASCOM drivers simultaneously? Concern is once I load the Android App software, am I stuck with it? Or said another way; does it hard code some info/software into the PMC controller that will later mess up with loading a Win 10 ASCOM type software? If not, can the Android be wireless and the ASCOM Serial port connected at the same time?
Any help or recommendations with this is appreciated!


Re: EXOS 2 GT Payload Capacity

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, May 11, 2020 at 04:01 PM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering wrote:
The payload capacity specified for the EXOS 2 mount is 28 lbs. for visual use. Typically you reduce this to 70% for astrophotography, some reduce it to 50%.
We actually have increased the weight capacity for the EXOS 2 PMC-Eight mount to 40 lb. visual and 28 lb. for astrophotography.
 
--
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!

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