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Re: Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreStars #ExploreScientific

brian skinner
 


-- Many thanks Jerry, will do
Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Re: Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreStars #ExploreScientific

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

Hi Brian,

Try uninstalling your existing ExploreStars first. I know it works as i uninstalled and reinstalled it at least twice today with no problems on my three year old Galaxy Tab A. 

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: Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreStars #ExploreScientific

brian skinner
 


-- Hi Jerry, tried to update the Android ES App as per your notice. I'm not being given an install option on Google Play as is normally the way I believe to update the app. Kind regards.
Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
Skywatcher 72ed pro
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Re: exos 100 #iEXOS-100 setting ascom park to polaris #iEXOS-100

Bear40
 


Found the problem.  Just incase this happens to others.  I reinstalled the PMC-8 ASCOM driver which overwrote my prior install.  I had to re-enter my location and scope data in the driver and now everything works fine. I hope.  
Bear40 New to astronomy


Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreStars #ExploreScientific

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 
Edited

If you are not already aware, for those that use the Android, and Amazon Fire version of ExploreStars on your tablet, we have released an updated version of the application that has corrected a minor error in the catalog positions for stellar and deep sky objects. We found that the precession calculation was not being applied for these objects to convert from the catalog J2000 position to the JNOW position. We have also improved the ephemeris calculation for solar system  objects. You will find the updated application in the Google Play Store, or on the Amazon store, just search for ExploreStars.

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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: 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
 

Sweet shots Walter!  Pinched optics are likely causing that.  There is actually a short and very easy way to fix it.  ES can send you the instructions.  I had the same issues.  ES sent me the directions but I can’t find them.  Basically there are set screws under the dew shield that were tight for shipping.  They just need to be loosened up.

Jeff


On Mar 7, 2021, at 5:15 PM, Walter Vinci <wltvinci@...> wrote:

Hi all,

This is my first ever serious try from a Bortle 5 backyard, unmodded DSLR and no filters... 180x30s subs. I chose very short exposures to avoid too much saturation. My exos2 worked flawlessly. What’s up with those stars though? Didn’t expect spikes from my ED80.
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———

Walter Vinci

ES EXOS2-GT PMC-Eight
ES ED80
Starfield 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
ZWO ASI290mm-mini & Orion 50mm Guide Scope
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
SharpCap, APT, PHD2, SiriL, Stellarium
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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

Walter Vinci
 

Hi all,

This is my first ever serious try from a Bortle 5 backyard, unmodded DSLR and no filters... 180x30s subs. I chose very short exposures to avoid too much saturation. My exos2 worked flawlessly. What’s up with those stars though? Didn’t expect spikes from my ED80.
--
———

Walter Vinci

ES EXOS2-GT PMC-Eight
ES ED80
Starfield 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
ZWO ASI290mm-mini & Orion 50mm Guide Scope
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
SharpCap, APT, PHD2, SiriL, Stellarium


exos 100 #iEXOS-100 setting ascom park to polaris #iEXOS-100

Bear40
 

I am new to this so this may be a simple issue and hope someone can help.  I set up ascom with my location I used Sharpcap to polar align and then turned on the mount and connected it to the hub.  I assumed it would default park to the polar alignment.  Went to Stellarium had correct location and time told it to slew to M42 and it pointed somewhere not even close ie. 30 degrees out. I did get the Explorestar to work fine but could not hookup my guide scope etc.  Is there a trick to getting to park set to polar alignment in ascom?  I tried clearing the log, telling to to slew to Polaris and then manually set the mount to home that did not work either.  Got closer but was not correct.  Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
PS I am trying to play at astrophotography, after doing visual observations with a 10 inch dobsonian with an aftermarket goto addition.  Having fun but this is a very difficult hobby learning curve.  Getting the guide scope and camera software for it to work was struggle but that done now just have to get beyond the native software to do longer guided images.  Slow going given the weather, and when it is good my trial and error method results in my laptop running out of gas.  I am guessing there may be others new to this and struggling a bit as well.   

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Bear40 New to astronomy


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

HI Folks,  please move the conversation to the PMC-Eight Applications sub group. I am going to lock this thread now that the original poster has solved his problem.

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!


ASCOM driver error

wayne archard
 

I have an Exos 2 GT PMC 8 mount serially connected to my laptop running Poth Hub with Cartes Du Ciel.  When I click the connect button on the ASCOM pop up page I get this msg: The ASCOM driver report an error. Class not registered and closes the page when I click OK.  I haven't used the mount since last summer but it was working fine at that time. I updated the PMC-Eight Ascom Driver installation today to no effect.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Wayne Archard


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

Paul Meesters
 

On Fri, Mar 5, 2021 at 02:38 PM, Harry wrote:
2 dew heat strips
The dew strips need a lot of Amperes, I'm not sure it's a wise decision to power that by the Asiair. I had a seperate power adapter with too few mA's and the strips wouldn't warm up at all. With a 5A dedicated power adapter I have no trouble keeping my lenses warm.
 
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Greetz,
Paul

Equipment: ES Exos-II PMC-Eight; Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro; ED APO 102mm f/7 FCD-100 CF; William Optics Redcat 51; Bresser Messier 8x50 finderscope; Astro Essentials 32mm F/4 mini guide scope; ZWO ASI 120mm mini guidecamera
Software: PixInsight, Deep Sky Stacker; Siril; PHD2; SharpCap; Photoshop CC; Pipp; Registax 6; Autostakkert 3; ExploreStars; APT


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

Paul Meesters
 

Alan, 

This schematic is so specific for my situation, but I found it handy when knowing for sure all cables were present where they needed to be :)
With the FTDI cable is essential you reverse the signal with the programming utility, but that is a breeze :)

The PMC-8 is indeed powered by the Asiair, and I haven't found any issues so far.
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Greetz,
Paul

Equipment: ES Exos-II PMC-Eight; Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro; ED APO 102mm f/7 FCD-100 CF; William Optics Redcat 51; Bresser Messier 8x50 finderscope; Astro Essentials 32mm F/4 mini guide scope; ZWO ASI 120mm mini guidecamera
Software: PixInsight, Deep Sky Stacker; Siril; PHD2; SharpCap; Photoshop CC; Pipp; Registax 6; Autostakkert 3; ExploreStars; APT


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

Harry
 

Hi All, 

Just FYI, I also power my mount (iExos100) from the ASIair Pro, as well as 2 dew heat strips which are controlled by the Air. What I believe ZWO does NOT recommend is powering the cooling function of a camera from the Air.
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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, Affinity Photo, SkySafari Plus
Cameras: Nikon D600, D5500 (UV/IR Mod)
Misc: ES USB Power Bank

Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance






locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

alandebrut
 

Morning,

Thanks Paul for the schematic, it is very helpful, might be worth storing it in files along with the process for installing ASIair Pro
Just a small point, you're powering the mount from the ASIair?

Anyhows, just to let this small group know, received my new serial to USB cable WITH an FTDI chipset, followed the procedure and YES! it works.
Well I can move the mount, not tried anything else yet :)

Thanks to all for support and help
Alan
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Warrington
UK

Explore Scientific:
Telescope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 
QHY PoleMaster
ZWO Electronic Auto-focuser
Altair 290C

Celestron SE8 plus mount
Starsense
Sharpcap Pro
CDC
Stellarium
APT
Firecapture

Canon 80D


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

Paul Meesters
 
Edited

Hi,

I don't know if it will help anyone, but here's the schema of my astronomy setup. It seems to be working just fine.


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Greetz,
Paul

Equipment: ES Exos-II PMC-Eight; Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro; ED APO 102mm f/7 FCD-100 CF; William Optics Redcat 51; Bresser Messier 8x50 finderscope; Astro Essentials 32mm F/4 mini guide scope; ZWO ASI 120mm mini guidecamera
Software: PixInsight, Deep Sky Stacker; Siril; PHD2; SharpCap; Photoshop CC; Pipp; Registax 6; Autostakkert 3; ExploreStars; APT


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

alandebrut
 

Hi Wes,

The one thing about this hobby is it keeps you on your toes, I have learned so much and me in my twilight years.

I think I pretty much worked out that even tho it says serial it must have an FDTI chip, it looks like it has a chipset from the outside but looks can be deceiving!

Earlier I ordered a DTECH version which states it has a FTDI chip from Amazon, so glad that you endorse that. 

A slight aside, re drivers in Windows, is there a way of finding a list of loaded drivers in W10? I am pretty sure I down loaded the driver from FTDI but how do you check?

Many thanks
Alan

On 4 Mar 2021, at 17:48, Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> wrote:

Alan

Well the prolific chip set has had issues I know. Jerry has stated the correct chip set to use is the FTDI.  My guess is the programming if the pin on the prolific didn’t work.  Try to get a cable with the Ftdi and see what you can accomplish.

The hobby is indeed one full of nooks and crannies.  And it can sure suck down some money.  

I bought the DTECH 10 ft usb to serial ftdi cable from Amazon.   I don’t use the asiair so can’t say how it might work with that.   It works like a charm in myPMC8 with windows.

If you are using windows you can download an ftdi driver from parallax web site.  See if that driver recognizes your usb to serial. It won’t if it’s a prolific.  

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


--
Warrington
UK

Explore Scientific:
Telescope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 
QHY PoleMaster
ZWO Electronic Auto-focuser
Altair 290C

Celestron SE8 plus mount
Starsense
Sharpcap Pro
CDC
Stellarium
APT
Firecapture

Canon 80D


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

Wes Mcdonald
 

Alan

Well the prolific chip set has had issues I know. Jerry has stated the correct chip set to use is the FTDI.  My guess is the programming if the pin on the prolific didn’t work.  Try to get a cable with the Ftdi and see what you can accomplish.

The hobby is indeed one full of nooks and crannies.  And it can sure suck down some money.  

I bought the DTECH 10 ft usb to serial ftdi cable from Amazon.   I don’t use the asiair so can’t say how it might work with that.   It works like a charm in myPMC8 with windows.

If you are using windows you can download an ftdi driver from parallax web site.  See if that driver recognizes your usb to serial. It won’t if it’s a prolific.  

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


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

alandebrut
 

Hi Wes,

thanks for the quick response.

The trouble is I am a Mac user, and windows is just so complicated, I have spent hours trying to get to the bottom of this, why cant the PMC8 just have a USB connection?
I have done as you asked and under device manager I have PORTS (COM & LPT) followed by Prolific USB to Serial Comm Port (COM4) is this correct?

I have checked for updates and Windows tells me I have the best driver, however the FTDI programmer cannot find the chipset (if there is one) when I do a scan under devices.
This cable works fine for connecting to ascom (Poth) and driving the scope around via CDC

This is doing my head in as I have read all the info on this forum in preparation to make sure I was heading in the right direction before I bought the ASIair pro, the guidance and the procedure on the files seems excellent

This hobby has more Cul de Sacs than you can shake a stick at in addition to the amount of money I've thrown at it......small steps I know :)
--
Warrington
UK

Explore Scientific:
Telescope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 
QHY PoleMaster
ZWO Electronic Auto-focuser
Altair 290C

Celestron SE8 plus mount
Starsense
Sharpcap Pro
CDC
Stellarium
APT
Firecapture

Canon 80D


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

Wes Mcdonald
 

Alan

You have too k ow if you have a usb to serial converter cable.

1.  Do not plug it into the pmc8
2. Plug it into a pc
3.  Open the device manager.  See if it is listed there as a comm port or usb to serial. If not it is not a converter or you have not loaded a driver for it.  Check for that

I bought a great cable for 15$ so it is not impossible that your 12$ cable is an ftdi cable. But you should be able to tell as it will need to have a back shell over the DB9 connector inside of which is the chipset. Many have an led that lights when the thing is plugged into the computer.

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


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

alandebrut
 

Hi,

I am in a similar situation, so I tracked through the various messages and ended up with Marco's procedure in the files section for connecting my Exos 2 to ASIAIR Pro. Its very good even for the layman like me!

I already had a serial to usb cable as I have been running with a wired connection so, came to re programming the chip, downloaded the programme and scanned for devices and nothing.

Is it likely that having bought the cable from Amazon that it does not have a chipset but just looks like one? ( I paid about $12 UK £10)

I have been on a specialist site which sells them for about $30 and they are manufactured by FTDI.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Thanks
Alan
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Warrington
UK

Explore Scientific:
Telescope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 
QHY PoleMaster
ZWO Electronic Auto-focuser
Altair 290C

Celestron SE8 plus mount
Starsense
Sharpcap Pro
CDC
Stellarium
APT
Firecapture

Canon 80D

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