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Re: Exos II Mount cannot connect after running pmc8.exe #EXOS2

Dino Monaco
 

Great job in getting the PMC8 to work w the ASIAR Pro. I’m waiting for my EXOS2 mount and plan to do the exact set up.
Hopefully I’ll be able to follow these instructions and make it easy peesy when it’s my turn.
Question: while I’m waiting for the mount to arrive, what are all the apps &/or softwares that I need to download in my laptop.

Regards, 

Dino


On Jan 28, 2021, at 11:16 AM, hjpayne48@... wrote:

Problem solved! After reviewing a similar issue on a previous post, I followed guidance from Wes, loaded ftdi driver on windows 10 PC, connected mount and pc, booted pmc8, connected pmc8 wifi, used CM to confirm connection to serial, updated pmc8 firmware, inverted FTDI chip (all on windows laptop), connected serial/usb cable to PMC8 and asiair pro, connected to ES exos2 mount in asiair app on iPad, synch to mount and confirmed that I could slew the mount from within asiair app; whew! Now maybe I’ll get this new system under some clear skies on the eastern shore of MD. 

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Dino Monaco


Re: Exos II Mount cannot connect after running pmc8.exe #EXOS2

Harry J Jr
 

Problem solved! After reviewing a similar issue on a previous post, I followed guidance from Wes, loaded ftdi driver on windows 10 PC, connected mount and pc, booted pmc8, connected pmc8 wifi, used CM to confirm connection to serial, updated pmc8 firmware, inverted FTDI chip (all on windows laptop), connected serial/usb cable to PMC8 and asiair pro, connected to ES exos2 mount in asiair app on iPad, synch to mount and confirmed that I could slew the mount from within asiair app; whew! Now maybe I’ll get this new system under some clear skies on the eastern shore of MD. 


Re: Exos 2 vs eq6r-pro

Wes Mcdonald
 

Chuck

That’s interesting.  Assuming the same guide scope and camera I wouldn’t expect a difference for the exos2 at 102 scope vs the 61.  Maybe with a very heavy payload but at 15# not so much.  You might be the first person to report observations with this regard.  

I will point out that the exos 2 guiding works better at some Ra dec combinations than others.  For example when you are near the pole the ra error makes little error in the guide position.  So some of the perceived difference might be related to where the two instances were looking.  

Great guiding tho!

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


Exos 2 vs eq6r-pro

charles mckowen
 

So it’s been awhile since I used my exos 2. I just wanted to say this mount is incredible. I only use the exos2 with smaller focal lengths. Compared to the king of mass produced mounts. The eq6 can’t beat exos2 at tracking with smaller focal lengths. Now the tracking is awesome at higher focal lengths with the eq6r. I get around 0.50 arc sec with my ed102 and rc8. Lower though, at least 360 and below. The eq6r pro can’t beat it. With my wo and redcat I’m averaging 0.70 arc with the exos2 and can run 10minute subs. 
Chuck McKowen
Bortle 3 Mangham/Monroe, La

WO Z61, WO REDCAT 51, ES ED 102, AstroTech 6 Rc, Orion 8 Rc
Celestron onyx 80 edf
Skywatcher eq6 r pro/Exos2 pmc8/ Atlas Eq-g pro
Qhy163c/m
Canon Eos Ra 
EQMod/Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


Exos II Mount cannot connect after running pmc8.exe #EXOS2

Harry J Jr
 

I have been using my Exos II mount with Explore Stars on the Ipad with no issues; recently acquired a new windows laptop and started the process for switching to serial mode for use with the ASIAIR pro. I read the Windows 10 issue, which I had, so I used the BAT file uploaded by Wes McDonald to switch the PC to a Static IP. Subsequently ran windows version of Explore Stars successfully, prior to starting the switch to using the serial port on PMC8. After connecting USB to serial FDTI cable to mount and running the PMC8 utility my mount will no longer connect. Initially the PMC8 utility indicated the mount was connected via com0; but when I ran test it said there was no connection; note that no serial ports show up in the settings screen. Although the PMC8 wifi is still active and I can connect to PMC-eight wifi on my PC or the Ipad, Explore stars will no longer connect with the mount in Windows or IOS. Please advise, thanks, Harry


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Yorksman
 

Thanks. Not a problem.


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Yorksman
 

Oh thanks for that. I had looked for it on the Ascom site. I'll give that a try.


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Patrick Maher
 

Haha...   Jerry and I were responding at the same time so, sorry for the duplication of info!

Patrick

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Explore Scientific iEXOS-100 and EXOS-2GT (non-PMC)
Explore Scientific ED 102mm Refractor


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Patrick Maher
 

You can install POTH when installing ASCOM 6.5.  You won't find it anywhere else.  You just need to select the option to install it within the installer.  POTH works just fine with the current version of Stellarium.  Just run the installer again from your downloads and be careful to choose POTH as one of the installed utilities.  

I can't remember for sure at the moment because it has been a few months since the clouds rolled in where I am located (plus it is too cold out there for me to be lingering with a telescope) but I seem to remember that my iEXOS-100 worked just fine by also connecting Stellarium directly to the mount (no POTH, no Device Hub) by choosing "ASCOM Telescope" in Stellarium.  Of course, if you want to run multiple programs using the same PMC-8 driver, then you will need to use a hub...  either POTH or Device Hub.  

Patrick
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Explore Scientific iEXOS-100 and EXOS-2GT (non-PMC)
Explore Scientific ED 102mm Refractor


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 05:01 AM, Yorksman wrote:
Glad you got it working with CdC. Not as pretty as Stellarium but it does the same job. POTH was in Ascom Platform 6.4. In Ascom Platform 6.5 it was replaced by Device Hub.
POTH is available to select when installing ASCOM Platform 6.5 you have to manually select it prior to running the installation. You can always run the installation program again to install it later if you didn't do it the first time.
 
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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: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Yorksman
 

Glad you got it working with CdC. Not as pretty as Stellarium but it does the same job. POTH was in Ascom Platform 6.4. In Ascom Platform 6.5 it was replaced by Device Hub.


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Bear40
 

I can get Cartes du Ciel to work a PHD 2 works as I am setting up to guide my mount.  I will look for the older ASCOM on their site.  I did not see a POTH option when I downloaded it. Thanks for all the suggestions   I have been using Stellarium with my dob and a push to setup so was hoping to use it but Cartes du Ciel looks like a good option. 
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Bear40 New to astronomy


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Bear40
 

On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 03:25 PM, James wrote:

Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
I am using the newer ASCOM Hub
 
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Bear40 New to astronomy


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

Dave Cherry
 

Thanks wes
I was going to send one of Orion I did last night also
But the server is out of space?  (no pun intended  heheh)

Someone might want to check that

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


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

Wes Mcdonald
 

Dave

Both images are great.  The second is sharper with more stars and is just striking.


Nice.

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: 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

Dave Cherry
 

Thanks Harry. :)

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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


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

Harry
 

Wow Dave! Terrific.
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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






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

Dave Cherry
 

Hi Guys,
After a long spell of no clear nights and technical problems (not the PMC mount btw, that is perfect!)
I did manage to get a good one of the rosette nebula

This was 45 X 3 Minute Lights
and 1 master dark. No flat

Gain 200 on a ASI294MCPRO one shot colour through an L-Xtreme filter.
Sky watcher 72ED scope with flattener
Guiding with cheap no name 50mm guide scope and Altair colour cam.
PMC 8 mount of course!

Software
Direct capture into SharpCap pro
Using PH2 for guiding ( just single star guiding, I  didn't want to risk the multistar beta version just yet!)
Stellerium software to slew and sync.

Then after chucking out the odd bad frame 
I re-stacked in SharpCap using the folder camera.
Final touch up with Gimp and Darktable software

That's it

Hope you like it
Cheers
Dave.C





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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


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Wes Mcdonald
 

Bear

Stellarium has been reported to have an issue with the ascom 6.5.  Sounds like you should stick with 6.4 or maybe 6.5 but using Poth.   Works fine with 6.4

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: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Yorksman
 

I can connect my iexos-100 to Device Hub with Ascom 6.5 but when I try to connect Stellarium through device hub, it connects but doesn't slew. I have been told that it is a bug in the newest version of Stellarium when using the newsest version of the Ascom Platform. I can imagine this being true because if I use Cartes du Ciel, it all works perfectly. Although the new version of Stellarium says that you don't need Stellariumscope, I too was told that it would work. I tried it and it did. So, there are two work arounds, either use Cartes du Ciel or add in Stellariumscope and you get the same sort of thing. In the meantime, the simplicity of Explorestars is growing on me.

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