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YouTube Calendar

Michael Donaldson
 

Hey Jerry... ES has an events calendar on your webpage.  Can you start posting your live YouTube events there?  Or, is there another location for those events?


Re: UPDATED FIRMWARE NOW AVAILABLE #ExploreScientific #FIRMWARE

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 02:09 PM, Robert Hoskin wrote:
What do you think?
 
I just talked with Alex and he has measured the current to be around 700 mA when tracking and slewing. He has the original firmware that had the motor current set to 600 mA for both tracking and slewing.

To be clear, the motor current to each motor with the latest firmware is restricted to 600 mA each tracking, and 900 mA while slewing, BUT the signal to the stepper motors are 50% duty cycle square waves, not straight DC current. The resulting effective current to each motor is 300 mA tracking and 450 mA while slewing with about 100 mA for the circuitry. This means it should be around 700 mA while tracking and 1000 mA when slewing. Again this is with the latest firmware.

I just talked to Wes, he is going to do a measurement on his EXOS 2 PMC-Eight mount, and we will share his results.
 
--
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: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 11:47 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
Is there a diagram what the lights on the exos 2 gt pmc 8 system mean? Just interested in the what they mean?
https://explorescientificusa.com/pages/what-do-the-leds-on-the-pmc-eight-mean
 
--
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: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Nemesis2a
 

Sounds like the same problem I had. I think the way we fixed it was uninstall Explore Stars then reinstall. Reboot laptop and it worked. Jerry might be able to confirm that. Ither thing you can do is watch video if show we did on that subject a few weeks ago.


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:50:01 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
I think i was having a blonde moment when I said about the light on exos 2! I was in 100 mode! 🤣


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 4:47:40 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
Is there a diagram what the lights on the exos 2 gt pmc 8 system mean? Just interested in the what they mean?

Thanks
Shailendra


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:47:37 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
Yes i was left scratching my head many times. With it saying connected and doing nothing. So always checked the light. Is there a light on the exos 2 gt? I don't see it?

But tbh connection problems with exos 2 don't seem to be apparent. Connects brilliantly! I manage to get Terry L going. So he can finally use his mount :-)

I love the wireless on this thing.! Brilliant!

Cheers Jerry


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:37:48 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 09:59 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
Also the green light indicator on the mount is key. Sometimes it would say connected in es and config manager but the green light was not on.
Hi Shallendra,

You bring up a good point about the Green communications LED.  It is important to understand the function of this LED during the boot process and also during active communications.

When booting the iEXOS 100 mount, the first part of the sequence gets all the processors loaded with their individual tasks and starts up the ESP 8266 WiFi module by doing a factory reset and then sending commands to the module to configure it for use with the PMC-Eight controller. Some of the configuration parameters are hard-coded in the firmware instructions and others are stored values in the EEPROM that are used when configuring the module. After this is complete and the WiFi module is booted up, the processors start their tasks and one of the tasks lights up the Green LED. Once the boot process is complete then the Green LED goes out. At this point it is safe to try and connect the host computer to the PMC-Eight WiFi connection. When connected and active communication is occurring, the Green LED will once again light up and stay lit while communications is occurring. This is the same with Serial connections. Whenever communications is discontinued, the Green LED will go out.

This is basically the same for the G11/EXOS 2 PMC-Eight although the Microchip RN-131 module does not get configured during the controller boot process.
 
--
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: UPDATED FIRMWARE NOW AVAILABLE #ExploreScientific #FIRMWARE

 

Jerry,

600-800mA seemed too low to me, assuming that the mA's are per-motor, plus some overhead for the PMC8 itself.

So... I decided to perform a test of incrementally adding and removing load.  The only convenient tool I have to measure with is the amps reported by my Pocket Powerbox's control applet.  So yes, this is a system measuring itself, and probably in 0.1A increments.  So no great precision, but still, I think, good enough to reflect incremental changes.

I did two iterations and got the same results from each.  I did not try a slew, just tracking.

With only the Powerbox and Anker USB hub (powered) connected, 0.1A reported
Connect PMC8 and its motors, 0.9A to 1.4A lo/hi reported, rapidly changing, with most values between 1.1 and 1.3A
Disconnect the DEC motor only: 0.6-0.9A lo/hi, less rapidly changing, with most values 0.7 to 0.8A
Disconnect the RA motor as well (ie: just PMC8 + USB hub overhead):  0.2A steady
Connect the DEC motor: 0.6-0.7A lo/hi
Connect the RA motor: 0.9-1.4A lo/hi, and again most values are in the range of 1.1-1.3A

Again, no great expectation of laboratory precision here, but it looks to me like (2x600)+100 = 1300mA (fluctuating) would be closer.

What do you think?

- Bob



On Sun, Aug 23, 2020, at 22:53, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering wrote:
On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 05:02 PM, Robert Hoskin wrote:

Out of curiosity, though... did the amperage range I found look reasonable to you, considering the power consumption of the PMC8 itself, PLUS the steppers?
Hi Bob,

Actually the amperage should be around the 600 to 800 mA range when tracking I believe. Nowhere near 1000 mA for sure.
 
--
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!



--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 EXOS2
Scopes: SV 102EDT, ZWO 60/280 Guide
Cameras:  Nikon D5300, Altair GPCAM2 290M
Software: ASCOM, CdC, AstroTortilla, BYN Pro, Sharpcap, PHD2
Computer:  Thinkpad x230, Win7Pro/64


Re: iExos-100 and dedicated polar scope #polaralignment #iEXOS-100

Yorksman
 

Sounds silly but, have you switched it on? Against a dark night sky, you will see the markings illuminated. You won't see it during the day.


Re: #iEXOS-100 What do I need to mount a DSLR directly to the iexos #iEXOS-100

Mark Hanley
 

Make sure the dovetail has a slot for a screw to attach to the tripod mount of the camera
--
Mark Hanley
Southwestern Pennsylvania

Mount:  ES iEXOS 100
Scope:  Meade 4500, Celestron Omni XLT 127
Camera:  Phillips SPC900NC, Canon  EOS 450D
Computer:  Nvidia Shield tablet, HP Pavilion Laptop
Software:  ExploreStars, Cartes du Ciel, Stellaruim, NINA, Phd2


Re: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
 

I think i was having a blonde moment when I said about the light on exos 2! I was in 100 mode! 🤣


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 4:47:40 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
Is there a diagram what the lights on the exos 2 gt pmc 8 system mean? Just interested in the what they mean?

Thanks
Shailendra


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:47:37 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
Yes i was left scratching my head many times. With it saying connected and doing nothing. So always checked the light. Is there a light on the exos 2 gt? I don't see it?

But tbh connection problems with exos 2 don't seem to be apparent. Connects brilliantly! I manage to get Terry L going. So he can finally use his mount :-)

I love the wireless on this thing.! Brilliant!

Cheers Jerry


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:37:48 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 09:59 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
Also the green light indicator on the mount is key. Sometimes it would say connected in es and config manager but the green light was not on.
Hi Shallendra,

You bring up a good point about the Green communications LED.  It is important to understand the function of this LED during the boot process and also during active communications.

When booting the iEXOS 100 mount, the first part of the sequence gets all the processors loaded with their individual tasks and starts up the ESP 8266 WiFi module by doing a factory reset and then sending commands to the module to configure it for use with the PMC-Eight controller. Some of the configuration parameters are hard-coded in the firmware instructions and others are stored values in the EEPROM that are used when configuring the module. After this is complete and the WiFi module is booted up, the processors start their tasks and one of the tasks lights up the Green LED. Once the boot process is complete then the Green LED goes out. At this point it is safe to try and connect the host computer to the PMC-Eight WiFi connection. When connected and active communication is occurring, the Green LED will once again light up and stay lit while communications is occurring. This is the same with Serial connections. Whenever communications is discontinued, the Green LED will go out.

This is basically the same for the G11/EXOS 2 PMC-Eight although the Microchip RN-131 module does not get configured during the controller boot process.
 
--
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: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
 

Is there a diagram what the lights on the exos 2 gt pmc 8 system mean? Just interested in the what they mean?

Thanks
Shailendra


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:47:37 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
Yes i was left scratching my head many times. With it saying connected and doing nothing. So always checked the light. Is there a light on the exos 2 gt? I don't see it?

But tbh connection problems with exos 2 don't seem to be apparent. Connects brilliantly! I manage to get Terry L going. So he can finally use his mount :-)

I love the wireless on this thing.! Brilliant!

Cheers Jerry


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:37:48 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 09:59 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
Also the green light indicator on the mount is key. Sometimes it would say connected in es and config manager but the green light was not on.
Hi Shallendra,

You bring up a good point about the Green communications LED.  It is important to understand the function of this LED during the boot process and also during active communications.

When booting the iEXOS 100 mount, the first part of the sequence gets all the processors loaded with their individual tasks and starts up the ESP 8266 WiFi module by doing a factory reset and then sending commands to the module to configure it for use with the PMC-Eight controller. Some of the configuration parameters are hard-coded in the firmware instructions and others are stored values in the EEPROM that are used when configuring the module. After this is complete and the WiFi module is booted up, the processors start their tasks and one of the tasks lights up the Green LED. Once the boot process is complete then the Green LED goes out. At this point it is safe to try and connect the host computer to the PMC-Eight WiFi connection. When connected and active communication is occurring, the Green LED will once again light up and stay lit while communications is occurring. This is the same with Serial connections. Whenever communications is discontinued, the Green LED will go out.

This is basically the same for the G11/EXOS 2 PMC-Eight although the Microchip RN-131 module does not get configured during the controller boot process.
 
--
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!


iExos-100 and dedicated polar scope #polaralignment #iEXOS-100

kalski44@...
 

This may be a stupid question, but I am new on astrophotography, and also new here, so please be forgiving.
 
I just received few minutes ago my iExos-100 mount whih I bought with dedicated polar scope. I looked thru that scope and I am a little bit confused... 
Previously I used for a short time "star adventurer mini" (which is very simple tracker), and there was in polar scope kind of clock face, to setup polar star in apropriate position depends on the time, as that star is not perfectly on the north.
Here I don't see such clock face (only center of the scope is marked... so my question is: How can I set this mount in good position? 


Re: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
 

Yes i was left scratching my head many times. With it saying connected and doing nothing. So always checked the light. Is there a light on the exos 2 gt? I don't see it?

But tbh connection problems with exos 2 don't seem to be apparent. Connects brilliantly! I manage to get Terry L going. So he can finally use his mount :-)

I love the wireless on this thing.! Brilliant!

Cheers Jerry


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:37:48 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 09:59 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
Also the green light indicator on the mount is key. Sometimes it would say connected in es and config manager but the green light was not on.
Hi Shallendra,

You bring up a good point about the Green communications LED.  It is important to understand the function of this LED during the boot process and also during active communications.

When booting the iEXOS 100 mount, the first part of the sequence gets all the processors loaded with their individual tasks and starts up the ESP 8266 WiFi module by doing a factory reset and then sending commands to the module to configure it for use with the PMC-Eight controller. Some of the configuration parameters are hard-coded in the firmware instructions and others are stored values in the EEPROM that are used when configuring the module. After this is complete and the WiFi module is booted up, the processors start their tasks and one of the tasks lights up the Green LED. Once the boot process is complete then the Green LED goes out. At this point it is safe to try and connect the host computer to the PMC-Eight WiFi connection. When connected and active communication is occurring, the Green LED will once again light up and stay lit while communications is occurring. This is the same with Serial connections. Whenever communications is discontinued, the Green LED will go out.

This is basically the same for the G11/EXOS 2 PMC-Eight although the Microchip RN-131 module does not get configured during the controller boot process.
 
--
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: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 09:59 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
Also the green light indicator on the mount is key. Sometimes it would say connected in es and config manager but the green light was not on.
Hi Shallendra,

You bring up a good point about the Green communications LED.  It is important to understand the function of this LED during the boot process and also during active communications.

When booting the iEXOS 100 mount, the first part of the sequence gets all the processors loaded with their individual tasks and starts up the ESP 8266 WiFi module by doing a factory reset and then sending commands to the module to configure it for use with the PMC-Eight controller. Some of the configuration parameters are hard-coded in the firmware instructions and others are stored values in the EEPROM that are used when configuring the module. After this is complete and the WiFi module is booted up, the processors start their tasks and one of the tasks lights up the Green LED. Once the boot process is complete then the Green LED goes out. At this point it is safe to try and connect the host computer to the PMC-Eight WiFi connection. When connected and active communication is occurring, the Green LED will once again light up and stay lit while communications is occurring. This is the same with Serial connections. Whenever communications is discontinued, the Green LED will go out.

This is basically the same for the G11/EXOS 2 PMC-Eight although the Microchip RN-131 module does not get configured during the controller boot process.
 
--
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: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
 

One thing I have noticed with es. If you conncet multiple devices.. ie when i first stated using it I'd often try the laptop. If it failed go to the ipad. It worked. Switch other way round and same issue but reversed. So weird. Thats when I started to always open the configuration manager (even though you don't need it) it gives you a quick view of what your system is seeing. Also the green light indicator on the mount is key. Sometimes it would say connected in es and config manager but the green light was not on. I think its like any system sometimes it gets confused. A reboot of all devices always cleared the fault for me. So I always stuck with using pmc 8 config mnager and that helped to stabilise the connection.

Cheers
:-)


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 2:38:14 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 

[Edited Message Follows]

On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 05:07 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
Your firewall will have nothing to do with this!
Hi Shallendra,

That's not true, the latest WIndows 10 configurations for the firewall can block UDP traffic to WiFi connections that are local ad hoc connections.
We have had several customers have this happen and identified this can be an issue.
 
--
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: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
 

Hey Jerry. I'm surprised.  As that what I do. My teams manage the end user desktop estate for banks. A standard configured windows device should have no problems. If private networks and individual firewalls have been configured then yes. Depending on what they have configured guest networks ghost networks etc. Yes defo. But out of the box setup should be fine. I have 4 independent windows machines all connected to es no issues. All on a confiugured guest network. So mine is non standard. 

I have also tried it on an open network again no issues. With standard build win 10 Pro.  All in the uk of course. 

Cheers :-) 


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 2:38:14 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 05:07 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
Your firewall will have nothing to do with this!
Hi Sallendra,

That's not true, the latest WIndows 10 configurations for the firewall can block UDP traffic to WiFi connections that are local ad hoc connections.
We have had several customers have this happen and identified this can be an issue.
 
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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: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 
Edited

On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 05:07 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
Your firewall will have nothing to do with this!
Hi Shallendra,

That's not true, the latest WIndows 10 configurations for the firewall can block UDP traffic to WiFi connections that are local ad hoc connections.
We have had several customers have this happen and identified this can be an issue.
 
--
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: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Wes Mcdonald
 

Dallin

It is true that you have to get the config of the pmc8 set to communicate via udp.  But since you were on your tablet ok I figured you were set correctly.  So beefy you have the WiFi connection in the pmc8 set for udp.

Beyond that we just have to start at go.

Wes 

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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
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Re: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
 

Your firewall will have nothing to do with this! You need to think about it logically shooting in the dark won't help him resolve his issue.  Open configuration manager and check your connection. The pmc 8 configuration manager is there to help.see what you are connected too. For es needs to be udp. For anything else its tcp.

Cheers




From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 4:40:46 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 08:12 PM, Dallin wrote:
I completely disabled the firewall, have all "connect automatically" boxes unchecked, powered on the PMC, connected to the PMC-Eight-xx network, and then opened the app and still no luck. Any other thoughts?
Hi Dallin,

I am sorry you are having this issue.  I assume that you can still connect to the PMC-Eight with your tablet. The only other thing that I can suggest is to check you local WiFi traffic using the program wifiinfoview. You can download it here:
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

You should look and find a fairly quiet channel and use the WiFi dongle to switch the channel to that channel.  
 
--
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: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Yorksman
 
Edited

I had something similar happen to me when I connected via a serial cable and used the app. On the next occasion, when I tried to connect via wifi, the laptop would connect with the PMC Eight wifi connection, the app would open with the Please Wait notice. It was nothing to do with the location of the database. Same message but different cause. It would eventually close the app. It turned out that I had to reconnect to wifi using UDP in the PMC Eight configuration manager, as if some virtual switch had been flicked. Perhaps something similar is happening because you have successfully used the ipad. A step to try would be to download the PMC Eight Configuration Manager, connect to the PMC Eight wifi and then run the manager and make sure it is connecting using UDP. It might say UNKNOWN.


Re: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 08:12 PM, Dallin wrote:
I completely disabled the firewall, have all "connect automatically" boxes unchecked, powered on the PMC, connected to the PMC-Eight-xx network, and then opened the app and still no luck. Any other thoughts?
Hi Dallin,

I am sorry you are having this issue.  I assume that you can still connect to the PMC-Eight with your tablet. The only other thing that I can suggest is to check you local WiFi traffic using the program wifiinfoview. You can download it here:
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

You should look and find a fairly quiet channel and use the WiFi dongle to switch the channel to that channel.  
 
--
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: "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Bob Trepiccione
 


Have you confirmed that you're connected to the mount via UDP and not TCP in the configuration manager?


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-------- Original message --------
From: Dallin <Vaught427@...>
Date: 8/24/20 8:12 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight

Hi again Wes,

I completely disabled the firewall, have all "connect automatically" boxes unchecked, powered on the PMC, connected to the PMC-Eight-xx network, and then opened the app and still no luck. Any other thoughts?

cheers,

Daliln
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Location: 
Vail, AZ
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight EXOSII 
Scopes: Omegon 110 F6 FPL-53 ED APO CF
Cameras:  Nikon D850
Operating System: Dell XPS Windows10 / Ipad Mini
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