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Re: Non-Messier objects in ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

James
 

I know it's in there I as I got this a few weeks back...


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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, SpaceCat 51
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Software: PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Re: Non-Messier objects in ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

James
 

You can search by the NGC #.

In the case of the Heart Nebula, it would be NGC 1795 or you can try IC 1805. Most objects in the sky have different identifiers. Some objects will also come up if you just search "heart" (without the "").

Clear skies.


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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, SpaceCat 51
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Software: PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Non-Messier objects in ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

Paul Meesters
 

Hi,

Can someone explain to me how to find and use non-messier objects in the ExploreStars application ?
I can't find a way to, for instance, find the Heart nebula and slew to it..

I thought this app contained 10.000 objects to GoTo ?
But in stead I only can find some Messier objects.. what gives ?

Thanks,
Paul


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

James
 


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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, SpaceCat 51
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Software: PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


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
 

Mars, fair, not great,

I was lazy and left my 8" SCT in the garage, it would have done better with more Focal Length



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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: Dec axis motor system faulty or newbie error?? #EXOS2

Paul Mogg
 

Thank you very much for those notes Robert, and for your reply Tony. I will read your notes and see if I can fix it, whatever it is. My only concern is that if I attempt a repair or open the motor housing that I'll nulify my warranty on the mount. It's only 10 days or so old. 

Thanks again,

Paul
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Location: southern Spain

Equipment:
Explore Scientific EOS-2 PMC-Eight mount
Skywatcher 200DPS Newtonian telescope
Telrad.
28mm 2" and 12mm 1.25" lenses.
2 and 5 x Barlows.
Macbook air 
Huawei Android T5 Tablet
Nikon D3200 DSLR
Software: ExploreStars Android & WIndows, Stellarium OSX & Android, AstroDSLR


Re: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

James
 

OK. I ordered one that specifically states it is the FTDI version. Should be here tomorrow. That still doesn't explain why it works with ASCOM but not PHD2. Especially if PHD2 is using ASCOM as a proxy to talk to the mount. Just a thought.

Thanks


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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, SpaceCat 51
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Software: PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Re: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

 

James,

Yup.  That cable uses a Prolific chipset, not FTDI.   

Unless something changed (Wes?  Jerry?), Prolific's were specifically not recommended for this application, in more than one post.  

- Bob


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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: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

Andreas Volz
 
Edited

That cable seems to have the Prolific PL2303 chip.You should get a cable with FTDI chip. My first cable also had the Prolific chip and did not work.
 
Regards, 
Andreas

James Everson <jeverson.biz@...> schrieb am Fr., 16. Okt. 2020, 18:04:

Robert,

This is what I have.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083QWL13V/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I would assume that whatever this cable has is adequate as I can control the mount with the ASCOM tools. The issue appears to be more with how PHD2 is interacting with ASCOM. I don't think this is a hardware/cable issue. I can get one that specifically states that it has this FTDI chip, but I not convinced it would make a difference.

Thanks


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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, SpaceCat 51
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Software: PHD2, ASCOM, and APT

 

 


Re: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

James
 

Robert,

This is what I have.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083QWL13V/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I would assume that whatever this cable has is adequate as I can control the mount with the ASCOM tools. The issue appears to be more with how PHD2 is interacting with ASCOM. I don't think this is a hardware/cable issue. I can get one that specifically states that it has this FTDI chip, but I not convinced it would make a difference.

Thanks


--
Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, SpaceCat 51
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Software: PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Re: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

Doug Walker <espmc8@...>
 

OK, try this ;)

start everything up. In POTH unpark then click on the traffic button. Then do the manual guiding from PHD2. Do you see the commands showing up in the traffic log? When you click the East button 2 or 3 times do you see RA move by 1 second in POTH? Increase the guide pulse duration to 5000, then every click on East should move 2-3 seconds in RA.

N.b. I also notedthat if you use the manual guiding buttons in PHD2 it puts the scope in tracking mode, but this is NOT indicated in POTH (the checkbox does not turn on). However, when you first come out of park, the alt-az are stable and RA-Dec are moving, as you would expect. But as soon as you send a guide pulse, RA-Dec stabilize and Alt-Az start moving. This is all as expected, since guiding without tracking is nonsense. It caught me as unusual becasuse the "Track" checkbox in POTH didn't activate.

On 10/16/2020 10:48 AM, James Everson wrote:
Jennifer,
I tried with and without the camera connected as well. Just didn't want to take twice the screen shots. I'm a network systems engineer, so I am pretty comfortable with troubleshooting in general. I just don't have much experience with these software packages. As for how I am connecting, yes, I am connecting POTH to the mount and then connecting PHD2 to POTH. My account on the laptop is an admin account so I shouldn't need to run the apps with elevated rights, but I can certainly give it a shot. I am using the latest "any-cpu" version of the PMC8 ASCOM driver.
Thanks
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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, SpaceCat 51
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Software: PHD2, ASCOM, and APT
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Explore Scientific iEXOS-100
Canon T1i (no mod)
Canon 18-55mm zoom lens
Canon 75-300mm zoom lens
Astromania 60mm guidescope
ZWO ASI 120MC-S
Lenovo m93 / Win10Pro
NINA, DSS, SiriL, GIMP, Phd2


Re: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

 

James,
 
One small checkbox item:
 
Jerry said:  "the PMC-Eight in Serial Mode with a Serial DB9 to USB FTDI chip adapter cable"
 
And you said: "I have both a serial (DB9) cable and a serial (ST4) cable I can use."
 
Question:  
Does the serial-to-USB cable that you are using have the FTDI chip?
 
- Bob 
 
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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: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

James
 

Jennifer,

I tried with and without the camera connected as well. Just didn't want to take twice the screen shots. I'm a network systems engineer, so I am pretty comfortable with troubleshooting in general. I just don't have much experience with these software packages. As for how I am connecting, yes, I am connecting POTH to the mount and then connecting PHD2 to POTH. My account on the laptop is an admin account so I shouldn't need to run the apps with elevated rights, but I can certainly give it a shot. I am using the latest "any-cpu" version of the PMC8 ASCOM driver.

Thanks


--
Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, SpaceCat 51
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Software: PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Re: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service
 

Ive had better luck with the POTH instead of the DEVICE HUB but let me know

 

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EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC, LLC

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Springdale, AR 72762 USA

 

Brands: Explore Scientific | Bresser | Explore One 
Official Licensee: National Geographic | Discovery

 

Publications:  Sky's Up Magazine

 

Affiliations: UNESCO Space Education Program | AstronomyOutreach network

 

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of James Everson via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2020 8:05 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

 

Because this is my first time setting this up and I didn't know there was a difference. That said, I have tested this with both and get the same result, so is the "why" important?

Thanks

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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX

Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, SpaceCat 51

Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)

Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)

Software: PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


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Tyler Bowman - Customer Service

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Fax        +1(479) 717-2898


Re: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

Jennifer Shelly
 

The third screen shot in post 8515 shows the mount is connected, but the camera is not connected.  I am not sure if it makes a difference or not, but have you tried connecting the camera and the mount at the same time and the tried moving the mount in PHD2?  

What is your procedure for connecting the mount?  Are you first connecting to POTH then connecting to POTH In PHD2?

Have you tried running ALL of your astronomy programs in Admin mode? If not, it may be worth a shot.

Which ASCOM driver are you using for the PMC-8?  Is it the Any-CPU version?


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: Dec axis motor system faulty or newbie error?? #EXOS2

 

Paul,

If the DEC axis stays put when the clutch is on, then the clutch isn't slipping and neither is the mesh between the worm and ring gears.
If you open the belt cover and the belt is moving, but the axis isn't, then I would think that the most likely cause would be a loose setscrew on the large pulley.
Easy to check and service if you remove the DEC motor cover, not much to it.  Notes below :-)

https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/files/User%20Contributions/EXOS2PMC8_TuningNotes_v2.pdf
   
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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: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

James
 

Because this is my first time setting this up and I didn't know there was a difference. That said, I have tested this with both and get the same result, so is the "why" important?

Thanks

--
Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, SpaceCat 51
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Software: PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Re: PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service
 

Im curious on why your using the Device HUB instead of POTH.

 

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Tyler Bowman - Customer Service

Office   +1(866) 252-3811 Ext: 516

Fax        +1(479) 717-2898

 

EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC, LLC

1010 South 48th Street

Springdale, AR 72762 USA

 

Brands: Explore Scientific | Bresser | Explore One 
Official Licensee: National Geographic | Discovery

 

Publications:  Sky's Up Magazine

 

Affiliations: UNESCO Space Education Program | AstronomyOutreach network

 

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of jeverson.biz via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2020 4:46 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] PHD2 stopped talking to my mount #EXOS2 #OpenGOTO #pmc-eight #ASCOM

 

Jerry,

OK. So I connected to my PMC8 module with the DB9 cable. Then I opened ES PMC8 Config Manager and enabled serial mode and disconnected from wifi.


Then I opened the ASCOM Device HUB (replaces POTH in ASCOM 6.5+). Went to setup. Selected the PMC8 ASCOM device. Went into settings and made sure that serial connection was selected.






I was able to move the mount from the HUB console. I then opened PHD2 and connected it to the ASCOM Device as you suggested.



I then brought up the manual guiding control in PHD2 but could not move the mount with the PHD2 controls.



What would you recommend from here?

Thank you


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Re: Dec axis motor system faulty or newbie error?? #EXOS2

Tony
 

Try opening the belt inspection door on the DEC side and see if the motor is moving, and if so, if the belt and big pulley are moving as well.  Perhaps the bolt that holds the DEC motor loosened up and the belt is slack, allowing the motor to spin without grabbing the belt.  Do you hear any clicking or other noises?  You said it sounds normal when slewing, so I assume you do hear the motor moving.

Good luck,
-Tony

On 10/16/2020 8:05 AM, Paul Mogg wrote:
Last night, the DEC axis motor system on my new Exos 2 PMC-8 mount seemed to develop a problem and  stopped moving that axis at all. I tested it again this morning and it's the same. The clutches were all tight as I'd been advised, and It makes all the noises it normally makes when manually slewing using the compass rose controls, just doesn't physically move the DEC axis. I removed the cover to the belt drive on the DEC motor and all seems to be moving there correctly, and the belt is not broken or anything.

I'm aware that as a beginner I may be missing something basic here, but the clutches were tight on both axes, which is the only basic error I know of that could cause this.

Anyone got a clue before I call the fire brigade??
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Location: southern Spain

Equipment:
Explore Scientific EOS-2 PMC-Eight mount
Skywatcher 200DPS Newtonian telescope
Telrad.
28mm 2" and 12mm 1.25" lenses.
2 and 5 x Barlows.
Macbook air 
Huawei Android T5 Tablet
Nikon D3200 DSLR
Software: ExploreStars Android & WIndows, Stellarium OSX & Android, AstroDSLR


Dec axis motor system faulty or newbie error?? #EXOS2

Paul Mogg
 

Last night, the DEC axis motor system on my new Exos 2 PMC-8 mount seemed to develop a problem and  stopped moving that axis at all. I tested it again this morning and it's the same. The clutches were all tight as I'd been advised, and It makes all the noises it normally makes when manually slewing using the compass rose controls, just doesn't physically move the DEC axis. I removed the cover to the belt drive on the DEC motor and all seems to be moving there correctly, and the belt is not broken or anything.

I'm aware that as a beginner I may be missing something basic here, but the clutches were tight on both axes, which is the only basic error I know of that could cause this.

Anyone got a clue before I call the fire brigade??
--
Location: southern Spain

Equipment:
Explore Scientific EOS-2 PMC-Eight mount
Skywatcher 200DPS Newtonian telescope
Telrad.
28mm 2" and 12mm 1.25" lenses.
2 and 5 x Barlows.
Macbook air 
Huawei Android T5 Tablet
Nikon D3200 DSLR
Software: ExploreStars Android & WIndows, Stellarium OSX & Android, AstroDSLR

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