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Re: Problem connecting to my IEXOS-100 via USB on both Indi and ASCOM #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

AnonAstron
 

No problem, just passing on what helped me.

This file is in the Files section (on the left of the main window)  under Explore Scientific Official files subfolder. 
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Experienced hobby photographer and total newbie to anything Astro.  iexos100 with ES80ED and Canon DSLRs


Re: Problem connecting to my IEXOS-100 via USB on both Indi and ASCOM #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

Mehdi Tlili
 

Thank you so much! This was the missing piece of information I needed. Tested and it works with Indi.
Where are those documents listed?


Re: Problem connecting to my IEXOS-100 via USB on both Indi and ASCOM #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

AnonAstron
 

Sorry for repetition since I have the same reply to another post but don’t know how to provide a reference...

Another new owner here but on a Mac. 

I was initially a bit puzzled but through some great inputs from others on this group managed to get it working smoothly. The key for me was understanding the process for usb/wireless switching. See here if you haven’t already:

http://02d3287.netsolhost.com/pmc-eight/ESAN003_rev01.pdf

 

I’ve been using Kstars/Ekos both wired and wireless as well as Stellarium albeit indoors-only. 

hope this helps

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Experienced hobby photographer and total newbie to anything Astro.  iexos100 with ES80ED and Canon DSLRs


Re: New owner of the iExos 100, wired connection problem #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

AnonAstron
 

Another new owner here but on a Mac. 

I was initially a bit puzzled but through some great inputs from others on this group managed to get it working smoothly. The key for me was understanding the process for usb/wireless switching. See here if you haven’t already:

http://02d3287.netsolhost.com/pmc-eight/ESAN003_rev01.pdf

 

I’ve been using Kstars/Ekos both wired and wireless as well as Stellarium albeit indoors-only. 
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Experienced hobby photographer and total newbie to anything Astro.  iexos100 with ES80ED and Canon DSLRs


Re: Lunar Tracking Rate on EXOS2 and iPad - #iPadOS #EXOS2

ACorkill
 

Here is the reply I got from Jerry:

Under the settings you can set the tracking rate from 48.00 to the different values listed in the PMC-Eight Programmer’s Reference.  Here is the table (attached):
- Jerry Hubbell

Thanks,
Andrew


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Telescope: Explore Scientific ED152 Air-Spaced Triplet APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber with 3" HEX Focuser 
Mount: Explore Scientific EXOS2-GT Equatorial
Other Scopes: Meade 8"LX90 SCT, William Optics 66mm APO Refractor
Binoculars: Oberwerk 20x80, Alpen 8x56


New owner of the iExos 100, wired connection problem #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

forgotaboutsteve@...
 

Hello all, usually find myself pretty computer literate, but this setup is making me think twice. Trying to get my new mount connected to laptop via miniusb to usb and then to Stellarium.

The mount connects to PHD2 just fine, at least according to the program(havent been out in the field yet). All wired up and have the mount connected to computer, but from there I just cant seem to get things dialed in. I have the ES configuration manager and it shows wifi connecting fine, but says current mount connection is unknown, cant hit any of the "do it" buttons for other connections as they stay grayed out. Says its connected via comm port, but that it does not mean its connected via serial. Just so lost haha. Went to download stellariumscope as mentioned on the ES page, but developer says its no longer needed for Stellarium. Soooooo...what now? Thanks for any guidance!


Re: Iexios-100 and getting it to point to the target

James Ball
 

I had similar problems with the POTH buttons, but I use CdC as also stated by Lloyd it works well.  I also link SharpCap to the mount and use the buttons in it to move the scope for fine tuning and for manual guiding when I am doing planetary photography.  I tried plate solving in SharpCap but have not had luck with that yet though.
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James Ball
Dawson Springs, Ky
Mounts: iEXOS-100
Scopes: Meade ETX90RA(deforked now) Sky Watcher 150MCT
Camera: ZWO ASI 120MC-S
Software: Explore Stars Android, ASCOM, Stellarium Scope, Stellarium, AS!3, SharpCap, RegiStax6.


Re: Problem connecting to my IEXOS-100 via USB on both Indi and ASCOM #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

Mehdi Tlili
 

Also,
when I try connecting via Wifi with ASCOM, it gets stuck for a while then I get the following error:

Create              Creating device
Connected           Connecting to device
Error               ASCOM.NotConnectedException: GetRAMotorPosition
   at ASCOM.ES_PMC8.Telescope.GetRAMotorPosition()
   at ASCOM.ES_PMC8.Telescope.set_Connected(Boolean value)
   at CallSite.Target(Closure , CallSite , Object , Boolean )
   at System.Dynamic.UpdateDelegates.UpdateAndExecute2[T0,T1,TRet](CallSite site, T0 arg0, T1 arg1)
   at ASCOM.DriverConnect.ConnectForm.btnConnect_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) in C:\ASCOM Build\Export\ASCOM.DriverConnect\ConnectForm.cs:line 268
Dispose             Disposing of device
Dispose             Completed disposal
ReleaseComObject    Releasing COM instance
GC Collect          Starting garbage collection
GC Collect          Completed garbage collection

I checked the settings and they seem correct in the ASCOM device connection tester (Using ESP.WROOM02 as wifi module for iexos 100)


Problem connecting to my IEXOS-100 via USB on both Indi and ASCOM #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

Mehdi Tlili
 

I just received my iEXOS 100 today and wanted to test its capabilities.
Connecting to the wifi through the ExploreStars app works with no problems and I can move both axes.
The problems started when I tried to connect to the mount via usb. I first started using Indi since I use Ubuntu as main OS.
I followed the tutorial but it always ended up with a timeout when trying to connect.

Then I switched to Windows and installes ASCOM and the ASCOM 64/32 bit drivers.
I also upgraded the firmware to the latest version, this worked via usb.

When I open ASCOM diagnostics and try to connect, I also get a timeout, but the log is more detailed than in Indi

Create              Creating device
Connected           Connecting to device
Error               System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80040402): Timed out waiting for received data
   at ASCOM.Utilities.Serial.ReceiveTerminated(String Terminator) in C:\ASCOM Build\Export\ASCOM.Utilities\ASCOM.Utilities\Serial.vb:line 1204
   at ASCOM.ES_PMC8.Telescope.CommandString(String Command, Boolean Raw)
   at ASCOM.ES_PMC8.Telescope.GetRAMotorPosition()
   at ASCOM.ES_PMC8.Telescope.set_Connected(Boolean value)
   at CallSite.Target(Closure , CallSite , Object , Boolean )
   at System.Dynamic.UpdateDelegates.UpdateAndExecute2[T0,T1,TRet](CallSite site, T0 arg0, T1 arg1)
   at ASCOM.DriverConnect.ConnectForm.btnConnect_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) in C:\ASCOM Build\Export\ASCOM.DriverConnect\ConnectForm.cs:line 268
Dispose             Disposing of device
Dispose             Completed disposal
ReleaseComObject    Releasing COM instance
GC Collect          Starting garbage collection
GC Collect          Completed garbage collection

I need the cable connection as I plan to use a Raspberry Pi as control device for my setup.
Any help would be appreciated.


Re: PMC-8 & ASCOM / 1 program at a time #EXOS2 #iEXOS-100

murfkcco@...
 

I would like to thank all of you for this information I was at my wits end as I am brand new to guiding and could not figure out why PHD2 kept disconnecting my telescope. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU 


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

Jason Colbeck
 

Mines on the exos-2 is the same , No clock face like the pics you posted,,,that's what I'm used to on my old CG4 mount,,now it just has 4 stars & a place for polaris...I'll get used to it,, just different. 


On Tue, 25 Aug 2020, 23:34 , <kalski44@...> wrote:
Yes. I switched on, and I see there only lines which define center ohe the scope and lines/marked stars to align mount on southern hemisphere (I guess), but there is no any circle to setup appropriate position of the polar star. I'm talking about the circle like here:

  


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

brian skinner
 

Hi, I'm not sure that you are using the dedicated iEXOS100 Polar Scope. If you go to the Explore Scientific product website you will find it. It attaches to the mount with a bracket and the reticule shows both Ursa Major and Cass.

I can go through the PA procedure for you using the product if you wish, but yours as I say I don't think is the dedicated PS.
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Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Re: Iexios-100 and getting it to point to the target

Lloyd Simons
 

Miko,

I wouldn't use the POTH buttons to move the mount. The way they work is not intuitive, Connect your mount (via POTH) to Cartes du Ciel and choose a target to sync the mount. The hand controller buttons in CdC work as expected to make fine adjustments. A properly aligned finderscope or red dot finder can also help if the alignment star is not in your FOV.
  
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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 on a 60mm F4 Guidescope
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


Iexios-100 and getting it to point to the target

MikoSkye
 
Edited

Hi everyone. 

Well, this has been a journey. The results from this mount mean it is worth persevering but OMG, it is sometimes ever so frustrating. I finally can get good polar alignment and unguided tracking works a treat. But I am struggling to get guided tracking. The issue is after I have polar alignment, I cannot get the mount to slew to target using the NSEW controls. The only way I have been able to get the target is to manual release the clutches and swing the whole mount towards the target (polar alignment thereafter somewhat haphazard).

Really could do with some help, as I am sure I am missing something really basic. This is my process:
  • POTH Hub connected and able to control the mount using the sw controls and make sure the GPS coordinates are entered correctly
  • Polar align using SharpCap - minor adjustments using the knobs.
  • Use the POTH Hub sw controls to point to a star away  from Polaris (this is where it fails!!) - it will slew but I cannot get it to point south. All the directional controls work. but it seems as if the E makes it move slowly to the N and thee N  slews a large distance...and so on. 
So I have to manual swing the mount. If I could use the sw to align to a star away from Polaris, I would then:
  • Run PHD2 and calibrate
  • Point at target using POTH Hub sw controls
  • Run guided tracking through PHD2
  • Take many images and sip a warm coffee.
What am I doing wrong!?!
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Hardware:
IExios 100 PMC 8 mount / ZWO ASI 120mini guiding camera / Orion 30mm guide scope / Canon 5D4 + EF lenses / Bresser 100w battery pack / Windows 10 laptop  

Software: PHD2, Sharpcap Pro, ASCOM, Cart Du Ciel.


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

Timothy Myers
 

My M27 from the last week or so


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Tim Myers

Telescopes:           Celestron 4SE, Celestron 8SE, SkyWatcher 100ED Pro
Mounts:                 4-5 SE, 6-8SE, EXOS-2GT with PMC-Eight
Cameras:              ASI1600MC Imaging Camera, Cooled, ASI120 Guide Camera
Focuser:               ZWO EAF
Scope Mini PC:    Topton Pentium
Laptop:                Lenovo
Software:             CDC, SharpCap Pro, NINA, PHD2


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

Dallin
 

Cheers Mate!

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Dallin McLaws
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
Software: ExploreStars


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

Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
 

Hi mate. Ill do a vid. I have a laptop here that has just been rebuilt. So I'll set that up start to finish.

Cheers
Shailendra


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Dallin <Vaught427@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:35:31 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
I'm unsure if wireless is set correctly in the pmc config manager. I guess part of the issue is that I don't really know how to tell what it is set to, what it should be set to, or how to change it. Under mount type i do have Exos-2 selected. I am unable to change any fields under the connection tab besides the mount type. 

Thanks again 
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Dallin McLaws
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
Software: ExploreStars


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

Dallin
 

I'm unsure if wireless is set correctly in the pmc config manager. I guess part of the issue is that I don't really know how to tell what it is set to, what it should be set to, or how to change it. Under mount type i do have Exos-2 selected. I am unable to change any fields under the connection tab besides the mount type. 

Thanks again 
--
Dallin McLaws
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
Software: ExploreStars


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

Shailendra Sharma <sshailendrasharma@...>
 

Not that I found. I think you unplug the unit press the button and then plug it back in. Not 100% as only did it the once. Before you do that.
Is your wireless set correctly in pmc config manager?


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Dallin <Vaught427@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:11:07 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] "Please Wait" #windows10 #app #pmc-eight
 
I did reboot the laptop. I also pulled the PMC8 power and plug it back in (I think this is how you reboot the PMC8?) prior to connecting. I have not tried the reset button. Can pushing the reset button mess anything up? 

Dallin McLaws
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
Software: ExploreStars


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

Dallin
 

I did reboot the laptop. I also pulled the PMC8 power and plug it back in (I think this is how you reboot the PMC8?) prior to connecting. I have not tried the reset button. Can pushing the reset button mess anything up? 

Dallin McLaws
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
Software: ExploreStars

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