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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

bill rowe
 

Here's my M31.  30X75 seconds at  ISO 800 through my William Optics Z61 (360mm/f5.9) guided by PHD2 with a QHY monochrome camera and mini guide scope. With sharpcap for [olar aligning and astrotortilla for plate solving the setup and aiming were easy.  This was done from my suburban back yard with a fairly clear sky.


Post-processing was done with Siril scripts which is by far the easiest option i've found.


Choice of tripods for those who would like to increase the payload on their iEXOS-100 #iEXOS-100

Ming
 

For those who want to replace the stock 1.25" tripod in order to increase the payload limit on their iEXOS-100, you have two options:

ST2/3 tripod:
The ES Medium/Heavy Duty tripods are not available in the EU. Here is what I did. I approached my local Bresser dealer (Bresser UK) and asked them for the Bresser version of the ES ST2 tripod. They got in touch with Bresser headoffice in Germany and my ST2 tripod was delivered by UPS 5 days later. It costed me £135.

Skywatcher 1.75" EQ5 tripod:
Out of curiosity I tried my iEXOS-100 + Fine AZ adjuster on my SW 1.75" tripod that I normally use with my HEQ5. The combo worked flawlessly. So for those who can't get hold of the ST2/3 tripods, buy a SW EQ5 tripod instead.

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Scopes: APM-LZOS 115/805, Skywatcher 200P Dob & APM 107/700 (grab'n'go)
Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro w/ Rowan belt mod + ADM saddle & ES iEXOS-100 PMC8 w/ Fine AZ adjuster + ST2 tripod

Eyepieces: ES68 24mm, ES82 8.8mm, 14mm; TV Delos 4.5mm, Panoptic 35mm & 2.5x Powermate; BST 3.2mm, 5mm, 12mm & 25mm
Imaging: Canon EOS 600Da, Canon 135mm f/2L + 1.4x extender, TS 2" 0.79x FR, IDAS NB1 filter, Altair Starwave 50mm + ZWO ASI120MM Mini (guiding)

Software: BYE, PHD2, Astrotortilla, Stellarium, DSS, PIPP, AutoStakkert2, PS CC

Binoculars: Vixen Ascot ZR 8x42WP


Re: Goto issues #iEXOS-100

Yorksman
 

Apre,

You are not alone! I have used the bubble level to polar align and a spirit level. They show different results so, something has to be improved on there. I align my polar alignment scope with the pole and can even get to see the north star through the narrow tube yet, when I slew to my first alignment star, it's way off. I adjust, set and move onto alignment star 2, have to adjust again but then when I slew to mt target, it's way off.

Except, 'way off' is too strong'. I looks a long way off but isn't in reality. Every time I attempt this, I get better, and more accurate. It is a scintific instrument and using it has to be learned. My wife who works in a lab told me of a newly graduated scientist who couldn't seethe cells under a microscope. Two days into the job he was despondent and he was convinced that he would never be able to use the microscope properly. Third day into the job and he had success.

There are many many new skills to learn here. Practice makes perfect. I haven't managed it yet but, I get a little bit more accurate every time.


Re: Goto issues #iEXOS-100

Ian Morison
 

Clever thought Jennifer -  I did not think of that and it had thrown me  the first time I tried. the mount. The default latitude is  zero which the mount regards as  the southern hemisphere and tracked backwards!  (I once did an imaging session with the tracker set to South - lovely star trails!)
Cheers,

Ian

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 1:21 PM Jennifer Shelly via groups.io <drunkendogg=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Apre:

Did you enter you location data in Explore Stars?  Latitude, longitude, and elevation.  If your coordinates have a negative value be sure to enter the - minus sign in front.  You also want make sure your date and time are correct as well.
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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: Goto issues #iEXOS-100

Jennifer Shelly
 

Apre:

Did you enter you location data in Explore Stars?  Latitude, longitude, and elevation.  If your coordinates have a negative value be sure to enter the - minus sign in front.  You also want make sure your date and time are correct as well.
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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: Goto issues #iEXOS-100

brian skinner
 

Hi Apre, sounds as though you are setting up correctly. A couple of possibilities, when you say the Polar home position presumably your mount is pointing North or close to it, also are you satisfied with your 12v supply?
Brian
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Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Re: Goto issues #iEXOS-100

Apre
 

Hello, I levelled the tripod using the built in bubble level and position it at polar home, however this is only rough as I dont have view of polaris so I set my mount to my latitude and just try and make sure both the dec and ra are at 0 like instructed in the supplied manual. After this, I power on my mount and connect my iPad to it; once I do that the motors begin to make a noise. I then press reset alignment and after that I press the 2 or 3 star alignment buttons. Once I have done this the mount moves to close to the target star, I use an app on my phone to confirm the star I am looking at is the correct one and then use the left/right/up/down buttons in the app to position the target star in the centre of my screen on my dslr. Once I have centered it I press enter and repeat on the other 1/2 stars. Finally, once the star alignment is complete I go to the catalog and select the object I want to go to and press the slew to object button.
Hope this a good enough explanation,
Thanks,
S


Re: Goto issues #iEXOS-100

Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service <Tbowman@...>
 

Can you provide some more information step by step please to help better diagnosis the actually problem.

To leveling the tripod to how your trying to control the mount either with the tablet or computer. 


Re: Goto issues #iEXOS-100

Apre
 

Yes, the telescope was in the polar home position before I powered up the telescope.
Also, my mount doesn't seem to track, I manually moved to M45 and there was lots if star trailing at 200mm on a aps-c dslr with 30s exposures.
S


Re: Goto issues #iEXOS-100

Ian Morison
 

Hi S,
   Was the telescope in the polar home position (ie., pointing towards the North Celestial Pole)  before powering up the mount ?   I made the mistake of not doing this once when I had just got my mount.
If the mount is coupled to your tablet or laptop then after a manual move it will track at sidereal rate. 

Cheers,

Ian

On Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 4:29 PM Apre <777sek@...> wrote:

Hello, I have recently got a iEXOS-100. After star aligning the mount I selected andromeda and pressed the slew to object button and it began to move; however it slewed to the totally wrong place and i am not sure what I am doing wrong.
Also, how do can i make it track an object that i manually move to.
Finally can someone show me some good tutorials for the mount as I cant find many.

Thanks all,
S


Goto issues #iEXOS-100

Apre
 

Hello, I have recently got a iEXOS-100. After star aligning the mount I selected andromeda and pressed the slew to object button and it began to move; however it slewed to the totally wrong place and i am not sure what I am doing wrong.
Also, how do can i make it track an object that i manually move to.
Finally can someone show me some good tutorials for the mount as I cant find many.

Thanks all,
S


Re: EXOS-2 PMC-8 Autoguiding noobie question. #pmc-eight

Steve Siedentop
 

These cameras, as well as the new cameras from Meade and Orion, are made by ToupTek.  They list Linux in the specs. 


The ToupTek cameras are also supported by INDI.

However, I unfortunately I don’t have any direct experience with this particular camera to definitively say it works with Linux.

-Steve

On Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 6:48 AM Kopytko <cerberus77@...> wrote:
Hi,

I have question regarding autoguiding equipment. I plan to buy this Bresser Guiding Kit: https://www.bresser.de/en/Astronomy/Accessories/BRESSER-Guiding-Kit-AR90-500.html
Will it fit to EXOS-2 PMC-8? As I use Linux, should I expect any problems with setup and drivers?

br
Przemek


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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11 with Ruland Couplers and One Piece Worm Blocks, Skywatcher NEQ-6
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100, Orion 6” Mak, Stellarvue SV80EDT, Coronado Solarmax 40
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, CentralDS Astro 60D, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, SkySafari


EXOS-2 PMC-8 Autoguiding noobie question. #pmc-eight

Kopytko
 

Hi,

I have question regarding autoguiding equipment. I plan to buy this Bresser Guiding Kit: https://www.bresser.de/en/Astronomy/Accessories/BRESSER-Guiding-Kit-AR90-500.html
Will it fit to EXOS-2 PMC-8? As I use Linux, should I expect any problems with setup and drivers?

br
Przemek


Re: Use a iexos-100 without goto #iEXOS-100

Ian Morison
 

Hi Harry,
        I believe that it will continue to track at sidereal rate as mine does.
Cheers,

Ian 

On Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 8:42 AM Yorksman <harry@...> wrote:
Just chanced on this thread which is also of interest to me. How does one track after manual alignment? Is it just a question of pressing on the T function in Explore Stars or is there another way?


Re: Use a iexos-100 without goto #iEXOS-100

Yorksman
 

Just chanced on this thread which is also of interest to me. How does one track after manual alignment? Is it just a question of pressing on the T function in Explore Stars or is there another way?


Re: Use a iexos-100 without goto #iEXOS-100

Ian Morison
 

Hi,
  Yes you can - providing that the mount is accurately horizontal and reasonably well aligned on the North Celestial Pole.  Just keep your exposures short enough so you do not get star trailing.  The longer the focal length the more precise you will need to be.

Cheers,

Ian

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Apre <777sek@...> wrote:
Hello all, I was wondering if I could use my iexos-100 to just track my objects once I manually align them as I am struggling to star align and goto isnt necessary for the DSO I am shooting.
Thanks


Use a iexos-100 without goto #iEXOS-100

Apre
 

Hello all, I was wondering if I could use my iexos-100 to just track my objects once I manually align them as I am struggling to star align and goto isnt necessary for the DSO I am shooting.
Thanks


Re: PCM Eight connection still fails over WiFi #EXOS2 #pmc-eight #TECHNICAL #ExploreStars

Paul Meesters
 

I think I found the problem.
Using the .bat file provided in this thread: https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MOUNTS/topic/dhcp_static_ip_issue_with/77617950 does NOT work for me.
Everything seems to be set correctly when looking at IP addresses and so forth, but somewhere something is wrong.
When I change the network settings through the settings of the ethernet adapter (see image), then ExploreStars comes to life ! And I have no clue why ;/


I have tried to fire up ExploreStars 3 times from scratch, and each time I saw no trouble..
I will keep monitoring the situation and keep you posted.


Re: UPDATED FIRMWARE NOW AVAILABLE #ExploreScientific #FIRMWARE

Wes Mcdonald
 

Parag

It appears the iEXOS watchdog is disabled.  Always was it seems.

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


Re: PCM Eight connection still fails over WiFi #EXOS2 #pmc-eight #TECHNICAL #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald
 

Paul:

Suggest you determine what wifi channel you are operating on.  Also what the WiFi environment looks like around your place.  In my view you should use your dongle to change the wifi channel to one of either 1,6,or 11.  

Get you an app on your PC or cell phone that will scan the WiFi environment and report out what is going on.    Then report back.

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

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