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Re: Newbies request for help again

Jeff Hogan
 

I also either never got (or have lost) the smartphone camera adaptor.  And that’s something I never did find any instructions on how to use.  

 

I’m not even sure what it looks like; but, I am pretty sure it doesn’t exist if it is a separate component.

 

 

 

*****************
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 Frank Rich via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:34 PM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io
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Hi Jeff, I too am a newbie and have the EXOSII, just ordered the EXOSI.  Below is my input

 


So I know it’s the iexos-100 telescope an the pmc-8 mount and there was supposed to be something with it to help take photos.  If you download the Explore stars database along with Explore stars Firmware, it will direct you  to a destination.  ( Isuggest viewing tutorials on You Tube as I did)

I have been unable to ever align this with Polaris.  I’ve been provided some great directions I’m sure; but, I can’t do it for a couple of reasons. For best results purchase Sharp Cap ($20/year), or QHY Polemaster.  You can also download Polar Scope Align in App Store or Google Play.  I personally use Sharp cap with success i never had before

I live rural and have a cheap phone that doesn’t have a fancy compass on it.  I do have a military style compass…but, I get dyslexic with which North it should face. I use my Phone compass, but have turned off magnetic North in Phone settings so it points at True North

 

During the daytime I thought I had it all aligned with the scope looking at a distant tree top and was able to get the Moon on the scope; but, at night it’s just frustrating. Your field of view is different thru the scope, again good polar align and the Explore Stars database will help.  By the way the only way I know to polar align during the day is with Polar Scope Align App

I also don’t even know how to recognize Polaris without the telescope so I’m relying heavily on the directions to be accurate. I use the trick of finding the two outward stars of the Big Dipper, continue a straight line thu these up till you see Polaris.  

I hate that we have a fairly decent system setting in our barn unused because I can’t ever figure out how to get it aligned. I too was frustrated, but many You Tube videos, plus the luxury of living near a member who frequently assists others on this forum helps.  These are just bumps in the road, you will get it, heck I could not even mount my scope correctly i the beginning

I’ve downloaded SkyMap and even bought the pro version of Polar Finder Pro but, they all assume a level of competence I clearly lack (at least in regards to this field). Try Stellarium on your computer to plan the nights viewing 

Ask me about Psychology, Public Health, or medical simulation and I’ll probably bore you with facts.   But, I’m in over my head here and need help.  Hang in There

 

If you care to contact me directly I can tell you about my learning curve

 

Frank

 

 

 

 

*****************
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

 

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Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:13 AM
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-- 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: Newbies request for help again

Jeff Hogan
 

This in fact is the setup we have.  I sent an incorrect link earlier

 

https://explorescientificusa.com/collections/firstlight/products/firstlight-80mm-go-to-combo

 

 

 

 

 

*****************
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: Jeff Hogan
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 4:02 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Newbies request for help again

 

Explorestars FirstLight

 

 

Yes.  Using the Explorestars app

Sent from my LG Phoenix 5, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone

 

On Mar 10, 2021 12:31 PM, "Harry via groups.io" <flykai1@...> wrote:

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Hi Jeff,

Welcome!! A little more info would be great and helpful. What telescope or camera are you using? How are you controlling or connecting to the iExos100 mount? Are you using the ExploreStars app and if so with what kind of device? IPad, Android, Windows? What kind of power source? Battery, portable power supply, house 110?

There are lots of great people here to get you going!

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, Affinity Photo, SkySafari Plus
Cameras: Nikon D600, D5500 (UV/IR Mod)
Misc: ES USB Power Bank

Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance





Re: Newbies request for help again

Jeff Hogan
 

Thanks Ian,

 

Yes, I do have my latitude and longitude programmed into ExploreStars

 

 

 

 

The above is a screenshot (though it’s not connected at the moment).  When you are recommending that I adjust things are you meaning through the app or manually.

 

 

 

 

*****************
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

 

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Hi Harry,

              Do you know your latitude and longitude?  If not, can you send your town and city so I can work out how much you need to offset from magnetic north.

 

There is a way  to set it up when you can next see the Moon at night.

 

Assuming that the mount is level and that the polar axis is set to your latitude,  slew to the Moon - probably nowhere near.  Now adjust the mount in Azimuth, that is rotate the equatorial head round to bring the Moon as near as you can using your lowest power eyepiece.  If you then look up along the polar axis, you may be able to spot Polaris.  Anyway restart the mount and slew to the Moon again.  It should be much closer. Again adjust the mount's position  (by rotation mostly, but perhaps some latitude adjustment) bring to bring the Moon closer still.  Try again and hopefully it will be in the field of view.  Now make sure that have something that is true north visible nearby from your mount's position - I have a mark on a fence -  but now it should be pretty obvious which star is Polaris for future setting up.

 

More help if needed.

Its a great little mount!

 

Cheers,

Ian

 

 


On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Harry via groups.io <flykai1=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi Jeff,

Welcome!! A little more info would be great and helpful. What telescope or camera are you using? How are you controlling or connecting to the iExos100 mount? Are you using the ExploreStars app and if so with what kind of device? IPad, Android, Windows? What kind of power source? Battery, portable power supply, house 110?

There are lots of great people here to get you going!

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, Affinity Photo, SkySafari Plus
Cameras: Nikon D600, D5500 (UV/IR Mod)
Misc: ES USB Power Bank

Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance





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

Walter Vinci
 

Exciting update!


Does it mean we will be able to control the mounts with ascom and explorestars commands at the same time?

Walter

On Mar 10, 2021, at 9:46 AM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:

Hi Parag,

Here is an overview of the most significant changes and upgrades:

  • Universal Firmware for all models of the PMC-Eight
  • Completely backward compatible with all existing PMC-Eight systems delivered to our customers.
  • No More Switching Between Serial and WiFi - Both are available to connect to with either ASCOM Serial, or WiFi ExploreStars (Windows, Android, iPadOS)
  • Settable Motor Currents within defined limits for both Slewing and Tracking.
  • Separately settable Sidereal Rate Fractions in RA and DEC for Autoguiding. 
  • Switch for Automatic tracking at Sidereal Rate when powering up the PMC-Eight - No need for a computer - Old School tracking with manual movement of you scope to any object
  • Hardware configuration auto detection algorithm

That covers the major changes. We did a lot of changes to the code architecture and improved performance overall. Improved performance of the ASCOM driver also.
--
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!


--
———

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


Re: Newbies request for help again

Jeff Hogan
 

Battery and either samsung tablet or usually windows laptop


I have no issue with everything talking to each other if I tell the telescope that point to Polaris it starts moving and whirring but sometimes it's points straight up in the air.

It's the whole aligning to Polaris I just cannot figure out

Sent from my LG Phoenix 5, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone

On Mar 10, 2021 12:31 PM, "Harry via groups.io" <flykai1@...> wrote:
EXTERNAL EMAIL: Use caution when clicking links or attachments.

Hi Jeff,

Welcome!! A little more info would be great and helpful. What telescope or camera are you using? How are you controlling or connecting to the iExos100 mount? Are you using the ExploreStars app and if so with what kind of device? IPad, Android, Windows? What kind of power source? Battery, portable power supply, house 110?

There are lots of great people here to get you going!

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, Affinity Photo, SkySafari Plus
Cameras: Nikon D600, D5500 (UV/IR Mod)
Misc: ES USB Power Bank

Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance






Re: Newbies request for help again

Jeff Hogan
 

Explorestars FirstLight


Yes.  Using the Explorestars app

Sent from my LG Phoenix 5, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone

On Mar 10, 2021 12:31 PM, "Harry via groups.io" <flykai1@...> wrote:
EXTERNAL EMAIL: Use caution when clicking links or attachments.

Hi Jeff,

Welcome!! A little more info would be great and helpful. What telescope or camera are you using? How are you controlling or connecting to the iExos100 mount? Are you using the ExploreStars app and if so with what kind of device? IPad, Android, Windows? What kind of power source? Battery, portable power supply, house 110?

There are lots of great people here to get you going!

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, Affinity Photo, SkySafari Plus
Cameras: Nikon D600, D5500 (UV/IR Mod)
Misc: ES USB Power Bank

Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance






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

Dino Monaco
 

Jerry

Sounds like some very exciting upgrades to the firmware.
Especially the serial / WiFi connectivity.
 I’m waiting for the next shipment for my EXOS2 to arrive . Hopefully April.
Question: Will I need to do a upgrade to the new version firmware on the back ordered PMC8s , or are they preloaded?

Regards

Dino


On Mar 10, 2021, at 11:46 AM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:

Hi Parag,

Here is an overview of the most significant changes and upgrades:

  • Universal Firmware for all models of the PMC-Eight
  • Completely backward compatible with all existing PMC-Eight systems delivered to our customers.
  • No More Switching Between Serial and WiFi - Both are available to connect to with either ASCOM Serial, or WiFi ExploreStars (Windows, Android, iPadOS)
  • Settable Motor Currents within defined limits for both Slewing and Tracking.
  • Separately settable Sidereal Rate Fractions in RA and DEC for Autoguiding. 
  • Switch for Automatic tracking at Sidereal Rate when powering up the PMC-Eight - No need for a computer - Old School tracking with manual movement of you scope to any object
  • Hardware configuration auto detection algorithm

That covers the major changes. We did a lot of changes to the code architecture and improved performance overall. Improved performance of the ASCOM driver also.
--
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!


--
Dino Monaco


Re: Newbies request for help again

Frank Rich
 

Hi Jeff, I too am a newbie and have the EXOSII, just ordered the EXOSI.  Below is my input


So I know it’s the iexos-100 telescope an the pmc-8 mount and there was supposed to be something with it to help take photos.  If you download the Explore stars database along with Explore stars Firmware, it will direct you  to a destination.  ( Isuggest viewing tutorials on You Tube as I did)

I have been unable to ever align this with Polaris.  I’ve been provided some great directions I’m sure; but, I can’t do it for a couple of reasons. For best results purchase Sharp Cap ($20/year), or QHY Polemaster.  You can also download Polar Scope Align in App Store or Google Play.  I personally use Sharp cap with success i never had before

I live rural and have a cheap phone that doesn’t have a fancy compass on it.  I do have a military style compass…but, I get dyslexic with which North it should face. I use my Phone compass, but have turned off magnetic North in Phone settings so it points at True North

 

During the daytime I thought I had it all aligned with the scope looking at a distant tree top and was able to get the Moon on the scope; but, at night it’s just frustrating. Your field of view is different thru the scope, again good polar align and the Explore Stars database will help.  By the way the only way I know to polar align during the day is with Polar Scope Align App

I also don’t even know how to recognize Polaris without the telescope so I’m relying heavily on the directions to be accurate. I use the trick of finding the two outward stars of the Big Dipper, continue a straight line thu these up till you see Polaris.  

I hate that we have a fairly decent system setting in our barn unused because I can’t ever figure out how to get it aligned. I too was frustrated, but many You Tube videos, plus the luxury of living near a member who frequently assists others on this forum helps.  These are just bumps in the road, you will get it, heck I could not even mount my scope correctly i the beginning

I’ve downloaded SkyMap and even bought the pro version of Polar Finder Pro but, they all assume a level of competence I clearly lack (at least in regards to this field). Try Stellarium on your computer to plan the nights viewing 

Ask me about Psychology, Public Health, or medical simulation and I’ll probably bore you with facts.   But, I’m in over my head here and need help.  Hang in There


If you care to contact me directly I can tell you about my learning curve


Frank

 

 

 

 

*****************
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.ioOn Behalf Of brian skinner via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:13 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreScientific #ExploreStars

 

EXTERNAL EMAIL: Use caution when clicking links or attachments.

 


-- 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: Newbies request for help again

Ian Morison
 

Hi Harry,
              Do you know your latitude and longitude?  If not, can you send your town and city so I can work out how much you need to offset from magnetic north.

There is a way  to set it up when you can next see the Moon at night.

Assuming that the mount is level and that the polar axis is set to your latitude,  slew to the Moon - probably nowhere near.  Now adjust the mount in Azimuth, that is rotate the equatorial head round to bring the Moon as near as you can using your lowest power eyepiece.  If you then look up along the polar axis, you may be able to spot Polaris.  Anyway restart the mount and slew to the Moon again.  It should be much closer. Again adjust the mount's position  (by rotation mostly, but perhaps some latitude adjustment) bring to bring the Moon closer still.  Try again and hopefully it will be in the field of view.  Now make sure that have something that is true north visible nearby from your mount's position - I have a mark on a fence -  but now it should be pretty obvious which star is Polaris for future setting up.

More help if needed.
Its a great little mount!

Cheers,
Ian



On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Harry via groups.io <flykai1=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Jeff,

Welcome!! A little more info would be great and helpful. What telescope or camera are you using? How are you controlling or connecting to the iExos100 mount? Are you using the ExploreStars app and if so with what kind of device? IPad, Android, Windows? What kind of power source? Battery, portable power supply, house 110?

There are lots of great people here to get you going!

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, Affinity Photo, SkySafari Plus
Cameras: Nikon D600, D5500 (UV/IR Mod)
Misc: ES USB Power Bank

Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance






Re: Newbies request for help again

Harry
 

Hi Jeff,

Welcome!! A little more info would be great and helpful. What telescope or camera are you using? How are you controlling or connecting to the iExos100 mount? Are you using the ExploreStars app and if so with what kind of device? IPad, Android, Windows? What kind of power source? Battery, portable power supply, house 110?

There are lots of great people here to get you going!

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, Affinity Photo, SkySafari Plus
Cameras: Nikon D600, D5500 (UV/IR Mod)
Misc: ES USB Power Bank

Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance






Newbies request for help again

Jeff Hogan
 

We bought my son what I think is a pretty nice system.  Perhaps too nice as I haven’t been able to figure it out despite all the great online tutorials.

I’m ignorant enough that I may not even be able to state all that we have; but, it’s this system

 

https://explorescientificusa.com/products/es-iexos-100

 

 

So I know it’s the iexos-100 telescope an the pmc-8 mount and there was supposed to be something with it to help take photos.  

I have been unable to ever align this with Polaris.  I’ve been provided some great directions I’m sure; but, I can’t do it for a couple of reasons.

I live rural and have a cheap phone that doesn’t have a fancy compass on it.  I do have a military style compass…but, I get dyslexic with which North it should face. 

 

During the daytime I thought I had it all aligned with the scope looking at a distant tree top and was able to get the Moon on the scope; but, at night it’s just frustrating. 

I also don’t even know how to recognize Polaris without the telescope so I’m relying heavily on the directions to be accurate. 

I hate that we have a fairly decent system setting in our barn unused because I can’t ever figure out how to get it aligned.

I’ve downloaded SkyMap and even bought the pro version of Polar Finder Pro but, they all assume a level of competence I clearly lack (at least in regards to this field). 

Ask me about Psychology, Public Health, or medical simulation and I’ll probably bore you with facts.   But, I’m in over my head here and need help.

 

 

 

 

*****************
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 brian skinner via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:13 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreScientific #ExploreStars

 

EXTERNAL EMAIL: Use caution when clicking links or attachments.

 


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

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

Hi Parag,

Here is an overview of the most significant changes and upgrades:

  • Universal Firmware for all models of the PMC-Eight
  • Completely backward compatible with all existing PMC-Eight systems delivered to our customers.
  • No More Switching Between Serial and WiFi - Both are available to connect to with either ASCOM Serial, or WiFi ExploreStars (Windows, Android, iPadOS)
  • Settable Motor Currents within defined limits for both Slewing and Tracking.
  • Separately settable Sidereal Rate Fractions in RA and DEC for Autoguiding. 
  • Switch for Automatic tracking at Sidereal Rate when powering up the PMC-Eight - No need for a computer - Old School tracking with manual movement of you scope to any object
  • Hardware configuration auto detection algorithm

That covers the major changes. We did a lot of changes to the code architecture and improved performance overall. Improved performance of the ASCOM driver also.
--
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, 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
--
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,
--
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!

--
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
--
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

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