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

brian skinner
 


-- Hi Jerry, an update regarding sqlite file. I have now managed to download and unzip the database including an old version (I assume) of the sqlite file, but this is dated 2019 and doesn't open the latest database under the ES App!
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

brian skinner
 

Hi (again) Jerry. As previously informed you I have successfully downloaded the latest ExploreStars app but am unable now to successfully download the also recently updated database. I have managed to download the Image files but the sqlite file is missing. I have tried several times to download the database, first onto my Windows 10pc but each time the sqlite file is missing! Also I have noticed that the ES App is showing the same release number as my previous saved version so I'm wondering whether there is an issue with this as well.

I am attempting these downloads from the Explore Scientific Web site itself. Can you advise please.

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


Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: New BETA Test Subgroup Available #ASCOM #ExploreScientific #FIRMWARE

Parag Modi
 

I'm still a rookie learning his fine craft, so I don't think I would be a good beta tester.  However, I'm interested in finding out what would be the key features of this new driver as compared to the current ASCOM driver.

Thank you,
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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: ANNOUNCEMENT: New BETA Test Subgroup Available #ASCOM #ExploreScientific #FIRMWARE

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

I want to acknowledge the hard work that Wes McDonald has done working with me on the Firmware, and Bob Hoskin and Chuck Lewis for the testing they have been doing over the last couple of weeks. We wouldn't be here without their efforts.

For those that have already requested to join the BETA Test subgroup my plan is to authorize your applications to join by the end of the week once I am satisfied that the firmware and ASCOM driver are ready to go, PLUS I have created the instruction document for you to use in testing the firmware/driver.

Anyone that applies will need to be familiar with using a terminal program and also be able to enter commands directly to the PMC-Eight via Chris Moses' Configuration Manager. THIS IS ONLY FOR THE BETA.  I am actively working on a small configuration tool that runs on Windows Only to be able to easily set the required flags and other new settings that the firmware uses. The testing also requires either a DB9 Serial USB FTDI chipset adapter (G11 EXOS2) OR Type A to Type B min-USB cable (iEXOS 100).

I will post the document here on the main forum describing the new firmware/driver features this week.  I expect this public beta to last about 2 weeks with any updates being posted in the files section of the BETA Test subgroup.

Thanks again to all those interested in helping out the community through testing the new PMC-Eight system!

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

brian skinner
 


-- Thanks again Jerry, just reloaded from Play Store successfully. Kind regards,  Brian
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,

I don't know what you saw earlier, but the ExploreStars app is definitely in the Google Play Store, I am looking at it now on the Google Play Store app on my Galaxy Tab A Android Tablet. The date on it is February 27, 2021
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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!


ANNOUNCEMENT: New BETA Test Subgroup Available #ASCOM #ExploreScientific #FIRMWARE

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

ANNOUNCEMENT:  New PMC-Eight System BETA Test Subgroup

I have created a new PMC-Eight System BETA Test subgroup for those who wish to participate in the public BETA test of the new PMC-Eight Firmware and ASCOM driver that will be released to the general customer base in the near future. This is a closed forum available only to those that apply to join and are accepted. The forum will provide a place for those participating in the BETA test to report their findings and test results to improve the firmware and ASCOM driver prior to a general release.

Participation is optional of course, but we welcome those customers who wish to participate.

The results compiled in the BETA Test subgroup are not to be divulged to the general forum membership.

Please apply to join the BETA Test subgroup using this link:
BETATest@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io | Home

If you have any comments or questions please post them to this message thread.

Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you.

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, the app has now disappeared from Play Store!
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

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

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