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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

Timothy Myers
 

I had posted the Horsehead a while back but couldn't figure out why it was green. Finally figured out there was an issue with the way NINA and APP were printing and reading the Bayer Matrix. Here is is with the Bayer Matrix corrected.


--
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


locked Re: Recommended autoguider (or help with shooting > 60sec) #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #alignment #Off-Topic

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

I have locked this thread. Please move this discussion to the PMC-Eight Applications subgroup. All the other groups are for PMC-Eight discussions only.
See item 8 in the Forum Terms of Service.
https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/message/3224

Thanks

--
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: 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

Jeff Snell
 


Last night/early morning work.  Bortles 6ish.  Clear and cold in North Ogden UT.
NGC 7822 in Cepheus (30x180s lights, 10 darks, 10 flats, 10 bias, ISO 1600)
C14 Double Cluster in Perseus (10x240s lights, 10 dark, 10 flat, 10 bias, ISO 1600)

Jeff

ESED 80APO
EXOSII GT w/PMC-Eight serial to Lenovo thinkpad
Canon T5i Astro-modified
Orion 50mm Guidescope
ASCOM POTH Hub, Polemaster, CdC, APT, PHD2

On Dec 21, 2020, at 1:34 PM, Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:



Thanks Wes, Good luck with it. Its a devilishly tricky little blighter

You will need various exposures to get everything.

 

Cheers

Dave

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Wes Mcdonald
Sent: 21 December 2020 20:28
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #G11 #astrophotography

 

Looks pretty good to me!   Trying tonight with busted equipment but not pmc8.  Tomorrow I will have a go with the iexos I believe and an etx 90.  If I can figure out how to hook my camera to it and get it in focus.   

 

Wes

 

On Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 3:25 PM Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:

Whoops blank msg there, sorry

Hi Guys, Thought Id share the conjunction I got,  I packed away my 200pds newt so this was a skywatcher 72 ed with the very nice Luminos 2.5X Barlow
Got them both in the frame, so that's good.
Its Ok, but I'm not a planetary guy normally but im please I actually got something.
Not much for the PMC to do here, I just just did an eyeball polar align and it tracked flawlessly.
In fact,  I went inside for 20 mins, came out, the planets were still dead center!
How bout that mount!

Cheers
Dave

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Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


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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

 


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


locked Re: Recommended autoguider (or help with shooting > 60sec) #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #alignment #Off-Topic

Harry
 

Hi Matt,
Great photo. I experienced just what you experienced  about exposure. Here is what I found works great.
I use the ZWO ASI 120mm mini with the 30m ZWO mini guide scope. However the key to this success was the ASIair Pro. It does it all. PA, guiding, camera control, etc. Yes its about $300, plus guide scope/camera and for most uses you need ZWO brand accessories. However, your Nikon D7500 is supported, as well as the iExos 100.
No polemaster, no polar align scope, NO computer, no USB hub. It uses an app running on your iPad or Android.
To begin with and save some $, I got the Pro, but no guide camera/scope. The Pro will use your D7500 and telescope to do a spot on PA. Takes maybe 5-8mins. No 2-3 star alignment. Then it will go to your target, dead center. With a much better PA, your exposure time should increase, however you are NOT guiding. If you later add guiding, I have gotten 3-5 minutes with my Nikon D5500.

One caveat, your iExos 100 must set up to use a serial connection and a serial cable to the Pro. You no longer use ExploreStars, (and it won’t work). You use the Pro app.

Just another idea. There are several Pro users on this forum.  Harry

--
Harry
Vero Beach, FL

Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Guide: ZWO 30mm Mini, ZWO ASI120MM-Mini
Software: ASIair Pro, iPad Pro, MacOS, Starry Sky Stacker, Affinity Photo, Lightroom,  SkySafari Plus
Cameras: Nikon D600, D5500
Misc: ES USB Power Bank, Rigel QuikFinder, 0.8x Focal Reducer
Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance






locked Re: Recommended autoguider (or help with shooting > 60sec) #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #alignment #Off-Topic

Jeff Snell
 

Hi Matt.  I still consider myself a newbie going on two years .  I’m always learning.  I’m sure others will have much better advice/opinions about quality and the best to autoguider to buy.  I needed one and didn’t wanna dive in with too much cash so I bought an Orion star shoot 50mm autoguider combo.  It came with the 50mm scope, camera and all the parts needed to connect to the computer.  Around $300 bones.  I also run PHD2 for the guide program.  Finally, I bought a polemaster for my exos II mount.  Again around $250-300.  I had to buy a small adapter ring to mount the polemaster but it was only around 20-30 bucks.  That investment paid off huge.  Polemaster is absolutely awesome and the Orion guide scope and PHD2 pair great. Below is one of my images where PHD was tracking at about .2 total error.  I had it made into a 20x30 print.



Good luck.

Jeff

ES ED 80 APO, Celstron Edge HD 8” SCT
EXOS II PMC Eight
Canon T5i (Astro-modified)
ASCOM POTH Hub/APT/CDC/PHD2

On Dec 24, 2020, at 7:44 AM, Matt Hallett <hello.matthallett@...> wrote:

Question for the longer term enjoyment of this hobby (i.e. post-Santa deliveries and what to look for in Jan sales). Any autoguiding cameras you'd particularly recommend? Seems like the ZWO ASI120mm gets used/recommended by most but would also like to hear anyone's opinions and experiences. Still very much on the steep bit of this learning curve, so any guidance would be welcome.

On the shorter term, I'm struggling to get images of longer than 60sec exposure without starting to see noticeable star trail. I level my iEXOS-100 mount, polar align it to within an inch of its life, park it, two-star align in ExploreStars, slew to target, fine tune the alignment, sync the position and then take my shots. 60sec exposures just get inside the acceptable tolerance but anything longer than that and they're too blurry to be effectively stacked.

The sky looks like it'll be crystal clear tonight. I have grand visions of stacking pin sharp 180sec exposures of Orion nebula or Pinwheel galaxy, etc. At the moment it's ISO6400 30sec exposure shots of Andromeda or overly noisy 60sec images of Orion (see attached).

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Mount: iexos-100 with PMC-8
Scopes: Startravel 102
Camera:  Nikon D7500
Software: Deep Sky Stacker, Siril, Photoshop
<result.jpg>


locked Recommended autoguider (or help with shooting > 60sec) #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #alignment #Off-Topic

Matt Hallett
 

Question for the longer term enjoyment of this hobby (i.e. post-Santa deliveries and what to look for in Jan sales). Any autoguiding cameras you'd particularly recommend? Seems like the ZWO ASI120mm gets used/recommended by most but would also like to hear anyone's opinions and experiences. Still very much on the steep bit of this learning curve, so any guidance would be welcome.

On the shorter term, I'm struggling to get images of longer than 60sec exposure without starting to see noticeable star trail. I level my iEXOS-100 mount, polar align it to within an inch of its life, park it, two-star align in ExploreStars, slew to target, fine tune the alignment, sync the position and then take my shots. 60sec exposures just get inside the acceptable tolerance but anything longer than that and they're too blurry to be effectively stacked.

The sky looks like it'll be crystal clear tonight. I have grand visions of stacking pin sharp 180sec exposures of Orion nebula or Pinwheel galaxy, etc. At the moment it's ISO6400 30sec exposure shots of Andromeda or overly noisy 60sec images of Orion (see attached).

-------------------

Mount: iexos-100 with PMC-8
Scopes: Startravel 102
Camera:  Nikon D7500
Software: Deep Sky Stacker, Siril, Photoshop


Re: #iEXOS-100 Mount connection issues!!!! #iEXOS-100

Dave Cherry
 

Well done, I remember the first time I got a shot of the Orion nebula . Warning....  it gets addictive from here!
Cheers!
Dave C
UK


--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


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

ACorkill
 
Edited

Hi All,

Here is a short raw video the day before the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. (12-20-20). I like this one as it shows how the atmosphere has such a strong effect on color. Look at Jupiter's moons during the video, and see how they actually change color as they "twinkle" through the atmosphere. Also Titan "pops" in and out depending on the atmospheric disturbance.

This is using an ES 152ED APO with 8.5mm 82degree Eyepiece and EXOS2-GT Mount with PMC-Eight. 
iPhone Xr for the video and just using the native video app on the phone. Try the link below. I think the video is too large too attach.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hppqjrgv5q87ri7/ES_8.5mm82degreeEyepiece-ES_152EDAPO_EXOS2-GT-PMC-Eight_Jup%26Sat_Conjunction_12-20.MOV?dl=0 

Andrew

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Main Telescope: Explore Scientific 152ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber
Mount: Explore Scientific EXOS2-GT Equatorial
Other Scopes: Meade 8"LX90 SCT, William Optics ZenithStar 66mm APO Refractor
Binoculars: Oberwerk 20x80 & 25x100 Giant Binoculars, Alpen 8x42


Re: #iEXOS-100 Mount connection issues!!!! #iEXOS-100

Wes Mcdonald
 

Parag

Great start!  Let the addiction begin!

Wes.


On Wed, Dec 23, 2020 at 3:02 PM Parag Modi <pmodi@...> wrote:
Wes,

I wanted to thank you for all your help.  I got everything connecting and communicating with APT.  This allowed me to take my first humble image on IEXOS-100.  30 subframes at 25 seconds each with my telephoto set to mere 50mm.  I'm beginning to get hooked to this hobby, now I have to wait till waning moon in January to get more.
--
Parag Modi

Mounts: ES iEXOS-100
Scopes: APS-C Sigma 18-300 mm
Cameras:  Nikon D7200 (Unmodified)
Misc: Bahtinov Mask, K&F Concept Clear night filter
Software: ExploreStars, Stellarium


--
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: #iEXOS-100 Mount connection issues!!!! #iEXOS-100

Parag Modi
 

Wes,

I wanted to thank you for all your help.  I got everything connecting and communicating with APT.  This allowed me to take my first humble image on IEXOS-100.  30 subframes at 25 seconds each with my telephoto set to mere 50mm.  I'm beginning to get hooked to this hobby, now I have to wait till waning moon in January to get more.
--
Parag Modi

Mounts: ES iEXOS-100
Scopes: APS-C Sigma 18-300 mm
Cameras:  Nikon D7200 (Unmodified)
Misc: Bahtinov Mask, K&F Concept Clear night filter
Software: ExploreStars, Stellarium


Re: iEXOS-100 3D Printed 'Pole Master' Mount

Aaron Thompson
 

Nice work,  I like how you used the support tree to solve for keep the center peg round and the curved surface smooth.

 

 


Re: iEXOS-100 3D Printed 'Pole Master' Mount

Wes Mcdonald
 

Excellent Alex.  Excellent.  Gonna get it made at 3D hubs.   

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


iEXOS-100 3D Printed 'Pole Master' Mount

Alex Z.
 

Hello fellow iEXOS-100 mount owners,

I created a snap-in 'Pole Master' mount for the iEXOS-100. I offer it as a humble gift to the community. Happy Holidays!!

You can find more information here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Jrp-Kv7I1M&feature=youtu.be

Download the 3D model here:
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4694356

If you find this helpful let me know?

Thanks,

Alex Zarvis
Blackstar Observatory


Motors are audibly engaged but mount won't move at all on iEXOS-100 #goto #ASCOM #iEXOS-100 #tracking #pmc-eight

yarbroughrix@...
 

Been having lots of issues connecting the mount to my computer via a direct USB cable, but now that I'm over that a whole new issue is apparent. Using ascompad manual control, my iEXOS-100 audibly takes input from my computer and the motors engage, but there is absolutely no motion at all. The motors change from their normal hissing sound to a periodic chugging one, as if they are struggling. The connection is fine and the motors clearly are taking commands from the computer, but simply are unable to move the mount. Some points:

-the mount is not parked, as when it is set to parked the motors do not engage and I have to switch it to unparked for my input to yield effects
-When I nudge the slew command in different directions, the motors seem to continue trying to move in that direction after i stop pressing the slew button. If i nudge the buttons carefully enough, i can actually make the motors stop by slewing in the opposite direction.
-I have tried with loose and tight clutches
-I have tried with ~6 pound + counterweight payload, perfectly balanced, as well as with no payload and CW at all; same results
-the mount originally did move a few times when I used to app on my iPad to test it out, but even then I still could hear the "chugging" sound when the app was connected. Now the app won't work either
-When trying to use automatic slewing in Stellarium via the goto telescope control feature, Stellarium insists the mount is parked and will not engage

I'm at a total loss of what to do. I bought this mount used from a local guy who seemed 100% confident and super friendly, not malicious at all. I have no idea what's up with this thing and have also contacted ES with a description of the issue, but I'd love to hear if anyone else has had the same issue and if they were able to fix it.


Issue with exos pcm100 #tracking #EXOS2 #alignment #ExploreStars

jamescasey00@...
 

I am having issues with trying to track on the pcm100 I was wondering if anyone can help. I have a polar scope and I also tried using  explore stars app on the iPad and I still can’t track. Please help?


Re: introductions from Florida

Jeff Weiss
 


streaming the conjunction live


On Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 5:38 PM Jeff Hogan <jhogan1@...> wrote:

We could see Jupiter with our eyes; but, I never could even get it in the viewfinder.  When I turned the red light/laser on it seemed to make it worse.

Nothing I did could get it to actually be visible in the viewfinder or the scope.

 

 

*****************
Jeff Hogan, M.S., M.P.S.
Allied Health Nursing IS Specialist
Associate Faculty/Digital Professor
Valencia College

1800 S Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811

407-582-5564

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Weiss via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 8:35 PM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] introductions from Florida

 

EXTERNAL EMAIL: Use caution when clicking links or attachments.

 

Having your finder scope aligned with your telescope will help immensely. Try doing this in the daytime with a far away object.

 

On Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 5:32 PM Jeff Hogan <jhogan1@...> wrote:

 

Unfortunately it was a bust for us tonight.  I blame my inexperience mostly.  I tried to manually get Jupiter and Saturn into the scope as all of my attempts to Polar Align over the past week had failed. 

When I got the Moon in the viewfinder earlier I got a false sense of confidence.  It was daylight and the Moon was so much bigger than the Jupiter/Saturn moment. 

I appreciate those that went out of there way to assist me and my next steps will be back to figuring out how to Polar Align this scope so it could have found Jupiter for us.

*****************
Jeff Hogan, M.S., M.P.S.
Allied Health Nursing IS Specialist
Associate Faculty/Digital Professor
Valencia College

1800 S Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811

407-582-5564

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Hogan via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 5:34 PM
To: ESPMC-Eight@groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] introductions from Florida

 

EXTERNAL EMAIL: Use caution when clicking links or attachments.

 

They're all at least seven planes in the sky at 5:30 p.m. seeding the clouds  and the clouds are bright red over here in Central Florida.  

 

We were able to get a great view of the Moon a few moments ago so I'm able to get the telescope aligned on Target nicely but now I'm not fearing that the clouds that have just been created by all of those planes are going to obstruct our view.

 

 

 

On Dec 20, 2020 9:57 AM, Jeff Hogan <jhogan1@...> wrote:

Hi,

 

My name is Jeff and I am writing from a city in Florida named Apopka.  We bought the Explore Scientific Telescope (iexs-100) along with the PMC-Eight mount.

I have been trying for about four days to align it to Polaris without luck and I place 90% of the blame on me.  This is a pretty heavy system and it’s not one we can leave outside so I’m not quite understanding why this appears to be so complicated to setup to use.

98% of my issue is with getting it aligned to Polaris.   The other 90% of my issue is not even knowing accurately where Magnetic North is where I’m located.   I’ve downloaded about every app I can find and using my old army compass.  The digital apps (on the tablet and phone) north seems to move based on where I happen to stand. 

I also understand the handheld compass is going to find true north and not magnetic north which the mount appears to need. 

I’m just hoping to have someone educate me on how to accurately align my telescope (even on a cloudy night) to function.  We really want to see Jupiter and Saturn tomorrow night.

 

 

 

 


Re: introductions from Florida

Jeff Hogan
 

We could see Jupiter with our eyes; but, I never could even get it in the viewfinder.  When I turned the red light/laser on it seemed to make it worse.

Nothing I did could get it to actually be visible in the viewfinder or the scope.

 

 

*****************
Jeff Hogan, M.S., M.P.S.
Allied Health Nursing IS Specialist
Associate Faculty/Digital Professor
Valencia College

1800 S Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811

407-582-5564

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Weiss via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 8:35 PM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] introductions from Florida

 

EXTERNAL EMAIL: Use caution when clicking links or attachments.

 

Having your finder scope aligned with your telescope will help immensely. Try doing this in the daytime with a far away object.

 

On Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 5:32 PM Jeff Hogan <jhogan1@...> wrote:

 

Unfortunately it was a bust for us tonight.  I blame my inexperience mostly.  I tried to manually get Jupiter and Saturn into the scope as all of my attempts to Polar Align over the past week had failed. 

When I got the Moon in the viewfinder earlier I got a false sense of confidence.  It was daylight and the Moon was so much bigger than the Jupiter/Saturn moment. 

I appreciate those that went out of there way to assist me and my next steps will be back to figuring out how to Polar Align this scope so it could have found Jupiter for us.

*****************
Jeff Hogan, M.S., M.P.S.
Allied Health Nursing IS Specialist
Associate Faculty/Digital Professor
Valencia College

1800 S Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811

407-582-5564

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Hogan via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 5:34 PM
To: ESPMC-Eight@groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] introductions from Florida

 

EXTERNAL EMAIL: Use caution when clicking links or attachments.

 

They're all at least seven planes in the sky at 5:30 p.m. seeding the clouds  and the clouds are bright red over here in Central Florida.  

 

We were able to get a great view of the Moon a few moments ago so I'm able to get the telescope aligned on Target nicely but now I'm not fearing that the clouds that have just been created by all of those planes are going to obstruct our view.

 

 

 

On Dec 20, 2020 9:57 AM, Jeff Hogan <jhogan1@...> wrote:

Hi,

 

My name is Jeff and I am writing from a city in Florida named Apopka.  We bought the Explore Scientific Telescope (iexs-100) along with the PMC-Eight mount.

I have been trying for about four days to align it to Polaris without luck and I place 90% of the blame on me.  This is a pretty heavy system and it’s not one we can leave outside so I’m not quite understanding why this appears to be so complicated to setup to use.

98% of my issue is with getting it aligned to Polaris.   The other 90% of my issue is not even knowing accurately where Magnetic North is where I’m located.   I’ve downloaded about every app I can find and using my old army compass.  The digital apps (on the tablet and phone) north seems to move based on where I happen to stand. 

I also understand the handheld compass is going to find true north and not magnetic north which the mount appears to need. 

I’m just hoping to have someone educate me on how to accurately align my telescope (even on a cloudy night) to function.  We really want to see Jupiter and Saturn tomorrow night.

 

 

 

 


Re: introductions from Florida

Jeff Weiss
 

Having your finder scope aligned with your telescope will help immensely. Try doing this in the daytime with a far away object.

On Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 5:32 PM Jeff Hogan <jhogan1@...> wrote:

 

Unfortunately it was a bust for us tonight.  I blame my inexperience mostly.  I tried to manually get Jupiter and Saturn into the scope as all of my attempts to Polar Align over the past week had failed. 

When I got the Moon in the viewfinder earlier I got a false sense of confidence.  It was daylight and the Moon was so much bigger than the Jupiter/Saturn moment. 

I appreciate those that went out of there way to assist me and my next steps will be back to figuring out how to Polar Align this scope so it could have found Jupiter for us.


*****************
Jeff Hogan, M.S., M.P.S.
Allied Health Nursing IS Specialist
Associate Faculty/Digital Professor
Valencia College

1800 S Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811

407-582-5564

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Hogan via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 5:34 PM
To: ESPMC-Eight@groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] introductions from Florida

 

EXTERNAL EMAIL: Use caution when clicking links or attachments.

 

They're all at least seven planes in the sky at 5:30 p.m. seeding the clouds  and the clouds are bright red over here in Central Florida.  

 

We were able to get a great view of the Moon a few moments ago so I'm able to get the telescope aligned on Target nicely but now I'm not fearing that the clouds that have just been created by all of those planes are going to obstruct our view.

 

 

 

On Dec 20, 2020 9:57 AM, Jeff Hogan <jhogan1@...> wrote:

Hi,

 

My name is Jeff and I am writing from a city in Florida named Apopka.  We bought the Explore Scientific Telescope (iexs-100) along with the PMC-Eight mount.

I have been trying for about four days to align it to Polaris without luck and I place 90% of the blame on me.  This is a pretty heavy system and it’s not one we can leave outside so I’m not quite understanding why this appears to be so complicated to setup to use.

98% of my issue is with getting it aligned to Polaris.   The other 90% of my issue is not even knowing accurately where Magnetic North is where I’m located.   I’ve downloaded about every app I can find and using my old army compass.  The digital apps (on the tablet and phone) north seems to move based on where I happen to stand. 

I also understand the handheld compass is going to find true north and not magnetic north which the mount appears to need. 

I’m just hoping to have someone educate me on how to accurately align my telescope (even on a cloudy night) to function.  We really want to see Jupiter and Saturn tomorrow night.

 

 

 

 


Re: introductions from Florida

Jeff Hogan
 

 

Unfortunately it was a bust for us tonight.  I blame my inexperience mostly.  I tried to manually get Jupiter and Saturn into the scope as all of my attempts to Polar Align over the past week had failed. 

When I got the Moon in the viewfinder earlier I got a false sense of confidence.  It was daylight and the Moon was so much bigger than the Jupiter/Saturn moment. 

I appreciate those that went out of there way to assist me and my next steps will be back to figuring out how to Polar Align this scope so it could have found Jupiter for us.


*****************
Jeff Hogan, M.S., M.P.S.
Allied Health Nursing IS Specialist
Associate Faculty/Digital Professor
Valencia College

1800 S Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811

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From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Hogan via groups.io
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Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] introductions from Florida

 

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They're all at least seven planes in the sky at 5:30 p.m. seeding the clouds  and the clouds are bright red over here in Central Florida.  

 

We were able to get a great view of the Moon a few moments ago so I'm able to get the telescope aligned on Target nicely but now I'm not fearing that the clouds that have just been created by all of those planes are going to obstruct our view.

 

 

 

On Dec 20, 2020 9:57 AM, Jeff Hogan <jhogan1@...> wrote:

Hi,

 

My name is Jeff and I am writing from a city in Florida named Apopka.  We bought the Explore Scientific Telescope (iexs-100) along with the PMC-Eight mount.

I have been trying for about four days to align it to Polaris without luck and I place 90% of the blame on me.  This is a pretty heavy system and it’s not one we can leave outside so I’m not quite understanding why this appears to be so complicated to setup to use.

98% of my issue is with getting it aligned to Polaris.   The other 90% of my issue is not even knowing accurately where Magnetic North is where I’m located.   I’ve downloaded about every app I can find and using my old army compass.  The digital apps (on the tablet and phone) north seems to move based on where I happen to stand. 

I also understand the handheld compass is going to find true north and not magnetic north which the mount appears to need. 

I’m just hoping to have someone educate me on how to accurately align my telescope (even on a cloudy night) to function.  We really want to see Jupiter and Saturn tomorrow night.

 

 

 

 


Re: introductions from Florida

Frank Rich
 

Hello Jeff
I too am a newbie having trouble with polar alignment. I may be wrong but I believe you need to align with true North 
My setup routine will be to set the mount pointing North. Use an I phone app called polar align. But confirm everything using “Sharp Cap”. As soon as Santa brings my ZWO guide camera
Then again I have personally met and relied upon a vey knowledgeable member who lives near me

Good luck
Frank

On Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 5:37 PM Jeff Hogan <jhogan1@...> wrote:

On Dec 20, 2020 9:57 AM, Jeff Hogan <jhogan1@...> wrote:

Hi,

 

My name is Jeff and I am writing from a city in Florida named Apopka.  We bought the Explore Scientific Telescope (iexs-100) along with the PMC-Eight mount.

I have been trying for about four days to align it to Polaris without luck and I place 90% of the blame on me.  This is a pretty heavy system and it’s not one we can leave outside so I’m not quite understanding why this appears to be so complicated to setup to use.

98% of my issue is with getting it aligned to Polaris.   The other 90% of my issue is not even knowing accurately where Magnetic North is where I’m located.   I’ve downloaded about every app I can find and using my old army compass.  The digital apps (on the tablet and phone) north seems to move based on where I happen to stand. 

I also understand the handheld compass is going to find true north and not magnetic north which the mount appears to need. 

I’m just hoping to have someone educate me on how to accurately align my telescope (even on a cloudy night) to function.  We really want to see Jupiter and Saturn tomorrow night.

 

 

 

 

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