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Request Information about your PMC-Eight system and support rendered

hubbell_jerry@...
 

Dear Explore Scientific PMC-Eight Yahoo Group Member,


I would like to request that you send me your status in terms of PMC-Eight equipment owned and registration. If you could send me the following information for my records it will help me to keep track of those customers that I have interacted with directly and those that have not been in contact with me.  I appreciate anything you wish to provide in this regard.  I would like the following:


PMC-Eight System Customer or Prospective Customer? Owner/Prospective

PMC-Eight System Owned? G11/EXOS2/NONE

Date PMC-Eight System Purchased: Month/Year

PMC-Eight System Serial Number: XXXXX

Did you register your PMC-Eight System on our website?

Have you talked directly to me on the phone? Yes/No

Have I connected to your computer via TeamViewer? Yes/No

Have you contacted Explore Scientific Customer Service? Yes/No

Describe in one sentence the issue you had when you contacted me for help


I appreciate your time in filling this request, this will help me a lot in keeping everyone straight in my mind, and update my records for future. Please send this information to my work email: jrh@.... 

Don't respond to the Yahoo Group unless you want to make your information publicly available.


Thanks


Jerry Hubbell

Director Electrical Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.


Re: Poll results for ESPMC-Eight

W. Christopher Moses
 

The more the better, but there is good information in this group already.


Poll results for ESPMC-Eight

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The following ESPMC-Eight poll is now closed. Here are the final results
How interested are you in the ExploreStars Android application. Have you tried to install and use it?
Created by: hubbell_jerry
  1. 0.00%(0)
  2. 0.00%(0)
  3. 60.00%(6)
  4. 10.00%(1)
  5. 30.00%(3)


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Poll results for ESPMC-Eight

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The following ESPMC-Eight poll is now closed. Here are the final results
How interested are you in the ASCOMPAD Gamepad interface. Have you tried to install and use it?
Created by: hubbell_jerry
  1. 14.29%(1)
  2. 0.00%(0)
  3. 57.14%(4)
  4. 28.57%(2)
  5. 0.00%(0)


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Re: "Scope Driver not capable of providing equatorial or alt/az coordinates, disconnecting."

hubbell_jerry@...
 

Hi Chris,

Yes, that is a simple change. I will look at doing the actual switch in the driver and then post that on our website. I will probably post it to the Yahoo group for people to test also.

Thanks

Jerry Hubbell
Director Electrical Engineering
Explore Scientific, LLC.


Re: "Scope Driver not capable of providing equatorial or alt/az coordinates, disconnecting."

Steve Siedentop
 

Mystery solved...thank you Jerry!

-Steve


On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 11:34 AM hubbell_jerry@... [ESPMC-Eight] <ESPMC-Eight@...> wrote:
 

Hi Steve,


Currently you need to reference Application Note 2 here:

to switch the communications channel from wireless to serial port. I have on my list to make that switch via the ASCOM driver configuration dialogue but have not implemented it yet.

Sorry about the confusion.

Jerry Hubbell
Director Electrical Engineering
Explore Scientific, LLC.


Re: "Scope Driver not capable of providing equatorial or alt/az coordinates, disconnecting."

W. Christopher Moses
 

Hi,

    Jerry - I have a few days off, I'll see if I can get around to it.  If not, maybe a simple change to the wording, to make it clear that it is only telling the driver which one to use, would be helpful.
   Maybe something like:
          Driver will listen for PMC-8 on:    X Wifi     X Serial

Where the Xs are radio buttons.
    Just a thought.

Chris


Re: "Scope Driver not capable of providing equatorial or alt/az coordinates, disconnecting."

hubbell_jerry@...
 

Hi Steve,

Currently you need to reference Application Note 2 here:

to switch the communications channel from wireless to serial port. I have on my list to make that switch via the ASCOM driver configuration dialogue but have not implemented it yet.

Sorry about the confusion.

Jerry Hubbell
Director Electrical Engineering
Explore Scientific, LLC.


Re: "Scope Driver not capable of providing equatorial or alt/az coordinates, disconnecting."

Steve Siedentop
 

I did set the UI control to Serial via the ASCOM driver.

I’ll try to change it via PuTTY.

-Steve


On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 12:29 AM chris_moses@... [ESPMC-Eight] <ESPMC-Eight@...> wrote:
 

Hi,

    Did you flip it into serial mode.  If you were using wifi, you need to tell it to switch.  You used to have to do this in a terminal program, but it looks like the new ascom driver might do it.

If anybody knows for certain about the driver, please chime in.  If not, I'll look at the code tomorrow. 


Re: "Scope Driver not capable of providing equatorial or alt/az coordinates, disconnecting."

W. Christopher Moses
 

Hi,
    Did you flip it into serial mode.  If you were using wifi, you need to tell it to switch.  You used to have to do this in a terminal program, but it looks like the new ascom driver might do it.

If anybody knows for certain about the driver, please chime in.  If not, I'll look at the code tomorrow. 


Re: "Scope Driver not capable of providing equatorial or alt/az coordinates, disconnecting."

Steve Siedentop
 

Hi Chris -

I haven't tried communicating with the mount via a terminal program.  I'll try that next.

By known good, I mean I have tested the adapter successfully by controlling another mount with it on the same two machines I was unable to control the PMC8 with.

-Steve


On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 11:34 PM chris_moses@... [ESPMC-Eight] <ESPMC-Eight@...> wrote:
 

Have you tried communicating with the mount through a terminal program?


When you say "known good" what do you mean? How did you test it?


Re: "Scope Driver not capable of providing equatorial or alt/az coordinates, disconnecting."

W. Christopher Moses
 

Have you tried communicating with the mount through a terminal program?

When you say "known good" what do you mean? How did you test it?


Re: "Scope Driver not capable of providing equatorial or alt/az coordinates, disconnecting."

Steve Siedentop
 

I didn't state this in the original email...if it wasn't clear...

I'm getting this error when attempting to connect to the PMC8 via the serial port.  I've tried connecting the serial adapter directly to the port as well as through a known good serial 9 pin serial cable.

-Steve

On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 11:17 PM, sdsiedentop@... [ESPMC-Eight] <ESPMC-Eight@...> wrote:
 

Hi All - 


I saw one post with this error, but it was centered around WiFi problems.


I have a known good FTDI USB to Serial adapter that successfully controls my Celestron mounts, although I don't think this is an adapter issue as I'm seeing command strings passed in the ASCOM trace file.  


When I uncheck Autotrack, I receive the same message, suffixed with "Try auto track."


I've used this on two computers with the same results.  I am able to connect via WiFi, but I'm not able to connect via the serial port. 


The ASCOM trace file is attached.


Thanks in advance for your help.


-Steve





"Scope Driver not capable of providing equatorial or alt/az coordinates, disconnecting."

Steve Siedentop
 

Hi All - 


I saw one post with this error, but it was centered around WiFi problems.


I have a known good FTDI USB to Serial adapter that successfully controls my Celestron mounts, although I don't think this is an adapter issue as I'm seeing command strings passed in the ASCOM trace file.  


When I uncheck Autotrack, I receive the same message, suffixed with "Try auto track."


I've used this on two computers with the same results.  I am able to connect via WiFi, but I'm not able to connect via the serial port. 


The ASCOM trace file is attached.


Thanks in advance for your help.


-Steve




Re: ES G11 / ExploreStars issues

Steve Siedentop
 

Oops...forgot to attach an image of the power box...



On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 5:40 PM Steve Siedentop <sdsiedentop@...> wrote:
Hi David -

By fresh batteries, I mean a fully charged deep cycle.  Mine was about 6 years old, so I replaced it with an AGM deep cycle today.  It’s a 60 amp hour battery, which should be enough capacity for a 5 hour imaging session.

My original power box with a group 24 lead acid battery powered a cooled DSLR, an NEQ6, an Intel Compute Stick, Moonlite focuser, a powered USB hub, and a Surface Pro for about 5 hours.

I’m going to put an ammeter in-line on the power supply to the PMC-8 to see what the real time consumption is while slewing and tracking.

I’ll post my findings as well.

-Steve

On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 4:48 AM David Pickett yahoo@... [ESPMC-Eight] <ESPMC-Eight@...> wrote:

At 16:47 01-05-18, Steve Siedentop sdsiedentop@... [ESPMC-Eight] wrote:

>As Jerry stated, the RA Direction and DEC
>Direction switches in the preferences pane
>change the direction of each axis to accommodate

>the mount pointing south. I had these turned

>on, which may very well have been what was causing the drift.

Unless you are doing photography, or are using a
large magnification, it should be fairly easy to
keep objects in the field of view even if the motors stop running.



>My next outing will include fresh batteries and
>a standard configuration in the app.

Fresh batteries sound like an expensive long term
proposition. I am using a YUASA NP7-12 7.0 Ah
rechargable lead acid battery. I am also making
up a 12-19 volt convertor to keep my laptop
running from the same source. Time will tell
whether this has enough capacity for the job. Watch this space... :)

Best,

David


Re: ES G11 / ExploreStars issues

Steve Siedentop
 

Hi David -

By fresh batteries, I mean a fully charged deep cycle.  Mine was about 6 years old, so I replaced it with an AGM deep cycle today.  It’s a 60 amp hour battery, which should be enough capacity for a 5 hour imaging session.

My original power box with a group 24 lead acid battery powered a cooled DSLR, an NEQ6, an Intel Compute Stick, Moonlite focuser, a powered USB hub, and a Surface Pro for about 5 hours.

I’m going to put an ammeter in-line on the power supply to the PMC-8 to see what the real time consumption is while slewing and tracking.

I’ll post my findings as well.

-Steve


On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 4:48 AM David Pickett yahoo@... [ESPMC-Eight] <ESPMC-Eight@...> wrote:

At 16:47 01-05-18, Steve Siedentop sdsiedentop@... [ESPMC-Eight] wrote:

>As Jerry stated, the RA Direction and DEC
>Direction switches in the preferences pane
>change the direction of each axis to accommodate

>the mount pointing south. I had these turned

>on, which may very well have been what was causing the drift.

Unless you are doing photography, or are using a
large magnification, it should be fairly easy to
keep objects in the field of view even if the motors stop running.



>My next outing will include fresh batteries and
>a standard configuration in the app.

Fresh batteries sound like an expensive long term
proposition. I am using a YUASA NP7-12 7.0 Ah
rechargable lead acid battery. I am also making
up a 12-19 volt convertor to keep my laptop
running from the same source. Time will tell
whether this has enough capacity for the job. Watch this space... :)

Best,

David


Re: Generating Celestial Objects Files for Explore Stars

hubbell_jerry@...
 

Hi Steve,

I am going to forward your question to our ExploreStars developer who created this data structure for the database. I could tell you most of these, but I am not sure about 2 or 3 of these fields. I will let you know what he says.

Thanks

Jerry Hubbell
Director Electrical Engineering
Explore Scientific, LLC.


Generating Celestial Objects Files for Explore Stars

Steve Siedentop
 

Hi Jerry -


I'm working on putting together an application to generate files of celestial objects on demand for the Explore Stars app.  The layout of the file being parsed is generally intuitive, but I have some questions about some of the data elements.


Index:  This appears to be a primary key of sorts (incremental id).  Am I correct?

MapNum:  This correlates to the map graphic file of the same name.  Correct?

ImageNum:  This correlates to the image graphic file of the same name.  Correct?

Desig:  This is the object designation in various catalogs

group:  Not sure what the first value represents.  Am I correct in assuming that the second value is the constellation the object is in?

Common:  Common name of the object.

OType:  Object type.  What are the acceptable values for this data element?

Distance:  Distance to the object from Earth in light years

RA_S:  Right Ascension Coordinates?

DEC_S:  Declination Coordinates?

Constellation:  The constellation in which the object can be found.

AMag:  Absolute Magnitude

key:  Not sure what this is or what it maps to as a data element.  Similar in purpose to Index?

title:  The title displayed at the top of the screen.




{

"Index" : "14824",

"MapNum" : "01",

"ImageNum" : "01",

"Desig" : "24 Andromedae, Theta Andromedae, HIP 1366, SAO 53777, HD 1280, GC 334, HR 63, DM BD+37    34, TYC 2782-2251-1",

"group" : { "key" : "Andromeda" },

"Common" : "Theta Andromedae",

"OType" : "Star",

"Distance" : "93.77",

"RA_S" : 4.27289837,

"DEC_S" : 38.6816459,

"Constellation" : "Andromeda ",

"AMag" : 4.607,

"key" : 34824,

"title" : "Theta Andromedae"

},



Thanks in advance for your help!


-Steve


Re: G-11 worm issues

W. Christopher Moses
 

I was getting some odd behavior, but I'm pretty sure it was due to a flakey PoleMaster.  However, I will double check just to be sure.


Re: G-11 worm issues

W. Christopher Moses
 

Wow, that is off.

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