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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

Derrell Oliver
 

Hey Guys, 
Here is my latest project.
M81 & M82, 66 x 180sec exposures for total of 3.3hr @ iso800 15 darks, 15 bias & 15 flats.
iEXOS-100 PMC 8, AT80ED, Canon XSi, Astromania Moon & Skyglow filter.
--
Derrell Oliver

ES iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight with ES Heavy Duty ST3 tripod & Azimuth Adjuster
ES USB Power Bank
Astro-Tech AT80ED.
Astro-Tech 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
Meade Infinity ST80 with Lunt Solar dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 90 with GSO dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 130 with ScopeStuff 1.25 crayford focuser.
ZWO ASI120mc-s, Canon XSi 450d.
ZWO ASI120mm-mini & ZWO 30mm f/4 Mini Guide Scope
EQ2 Mount with Orion EQ-2M RA Drive.
AZ3 Alt-Azimuth Mount.


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

Luke
 

Hi Jerry, 
What I mean is the fact that explore star app in Android is separate from the data base that you need to download and install on a specific place.  I know you said it was android requirements but at the same time other app ie ASI AIR do their update and data base all in one app,  same for sky safari and probably others.  I saw over the months/ years that this question of how to install comes up quite often.  It would save a lot of questions and time and effort to download and just go.  
Take care. 
Luc


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Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:33:27 AM
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Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreScientific #ExploreStars
 
On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 11:24 AM, Luke wrote:
I don't understand why it cannot be one app for everything...
Hi Luke,

I don't understand what you mean by that. Can you elaborate?
 
--
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!


--
Mounts:       ES PMC-Eight G11 - upgraded with OPWB on both RA and DEC
                     EXOS-2 GT PMC-EIGHT
Scopes:       Televue NP127IS with HSM20 and focuser boss II - Questar field model 3.5 - Takahashi FC76 classic MC Starbase Tokyo edition - Takahashi FOA60Q - Zeiss telementor - Lomo Astele 150mm
Cameras:     ZWO ASI071 PRO
                     ZWO ASI 290
Misc:            Televue 0.8 X  Focal Reducer - ZWO ASIAIR-PRO
Eyepieces:  Pentax - Masuyama - Televue - Takahashi - Vixen
Software:     Starry night PRO 8  - Nebulosity - Topaz studio - Sharp cap


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

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 11:24 AM, Luke wrote:
I don't understand why it cannot be one app for everything...
Hi Luke,

I don't understand what you mean by that. Can you elaborate?
 
--
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

Luke
 

I don't understand why it cannot be one app for everything...


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of brian skinner <brianjimskinner@...>
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:47:56 AM
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Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreScientific #ExploreStars
 

-- Thanks Jeff, yes I understand the Play Store only covers the ES App. I have downloaded the app several times now, both from Play Store and the ES site. I don't think the problem is the app, rather the dB zip file which I have downloaded several times from the ES website and on every occasion has not contained the sqlite file. At present my ExploreStars folder contains an sqlite file dated 2019 which I retrieved from an earlier dB download. I am now thinking I need to somehow download a later version of this file which has also been updated as part of the dB update, but as I say, so far this has not been possible!
I have tried downloading the dB both directly onto my tablet and  my Windows10 PC, again without the sqlite file being included.
Kind regards
Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor

--
Mounts:       ES PMC-Eight G11 - upgraded with OPWB on both RA and DEC
                     EXOS-2 GT PMC-EIGHT
Scopes:       Televue NP127IS with HSM20 and focuser boss II - Questar field model 3.5 - Takahashi FC76 classic MC Starbase Tokyo edition - Takahashi FOA60Q - Zeiss telementor - Lomo Astele 150mm
Cameras:     ZWO ASI071 PRO
                     ZWO ASI 290
Misc:            Televue 0.8 X  Focal Reducer - ZWO ASIAIR-PRO
Eyepieces:  Pentax - Masuyama - Televue - Takahashi - Vixen
Software:     Starry night PRO 8  - Nebulosity - Topaz studio - Sharp cap


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

brian skinner
 


-- Thanks Jeff, yes I understand the Play Store only covers the ES App. I have downloaded the app several times now, both from Play Store and the ES site. I don't think the problem is the app, rather the dB zip file which I have downloaded several times from the ES website and on every occasion has not contained the sqlite file. At present my ExploreStars folder contains an sqlite file dated 2019 which I retrieved from an earlier dB download. I am now thinking I need to somehow download a later version of this file which has also been updated as part of the dB update, but as I say, so far this has not been possible!
I have tried downloading the dB both directly onto my tablet and  my Windows10 PC, again without the sqlite file being included.
Kind regards
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

Jeff Hogan
 

Thanks Jerry

 

I was just responding to the user who couldn’t find the “sqlite” on the playstore download.  My only point to him was that I don’t believe that’s part of the playstore download and that’s why he can’t find it.

 

*****************
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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Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreScientific #ExploreStars

 

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Hi Jeff,

The datafiles for the Android app are not part of the play store download, it is a separate zip file that you need to load onto your microSD card and insert it into your device. The easiest way to download and install the files onto your microSD card is to use the PMC-Eight Configuration Manager available here.

https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/files/User%20Contributions/PMC8_ConnectionManagerBeta104.zip

--
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

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

Hi Jeff,

The datafiles for the Android app are not part of the play store download, it is a separate zip file that you need to load onto your microSD card and insert it into your device. The easiest way to download and install the files onto your microSD card is to use the PMC-Eight Configuration Manager available here.

https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/files/User%20Contributions/PMC8_ConnectionManagerBeta104.zip

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

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Wed, Mar 10, 2021 at 08:22 PM, Steve Lang wrote:

One question on the new ASCOM driver - does this version have built in server/hub functionality (replacing POTH/Device Hub)?

 

Hi Steve,

No the version of the driver is still just the driver and not the server. I do apologize as we have been promising the release of a server based ASCOM interface to the PMC-Eight for about 2 years now. We were working on it in 2019 and by the beginning of 2020 had made significant progress, but unfortunately the primary developer was not able to continue the work and complete it last year. After we release the new version of the ASCOM driver (which is still fully compatible with the POTH Dome Scope Hub) we will start working to get a server version of the ASCOM driver completed.
 
--
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: Newbies request for help again

Jeff Hogan
 

Thanks Ian

 

I’ll see if I can follow this.

 

*****************
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: Thursday, March 11, 2021 2:55 AM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io
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Hi Jeff,

     The latitude is to adjust the tilt of the polar axis.   Adjust to bring the pointer on the side (above the squiggly orange symbol) to the angle of your latitude  28 degrees.

I guess that you live off Paulette Street.   The attached image shows the difference between magnetic north and true north which will be 6.5 degrees to the right in angle to the direction given by your compass.   Put some tape down to the north of your mount along true north (ie just to the right of your compass direction) and then align the polar axis along this line.

Then, at night, you should be able to spot Polaris if you squint along the polar axis -  and may even be able to see it through the sighting hole.  If you can, you are well aligned for most things.  After dark slew to M42, the Orion nebula, it lies in the sword of Orion as seen in my pic.  I also append the Stellarium view towards the south southwest from your location after dark tonight.  This program is free so do download it!

If this doesn't work, the Moon will be around again soon.

 

I do hope this helps.

Cheers,

Ian


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

Jeff Hogan
 

Brian,

 

I do not believe that the sqlite is part of the play store download.  I believe all that is on the download is exactly what you got.

 

Please visit this page:

 

http://www.explorestars.com/downloads.html

 

You’ll noticed there is an “app download” and an “app database download”.  What’s on the playstore is the “app database”. 

Looking at the dates of the above I can’t be certain they are the most current; but, the downloads from the playstore are just the images

 

*****************
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: Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:20 AM
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Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreScientific #ExploreStars

 

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--Hi Jerry, after many attempts now to download the Explore Stars zipped database file I am at a loss now. Each download only includes the image folder and three text files, no sqlite file. This is occurring on both my Windows 10 pc and my Samsung TAB A  android tablet.... Can you advise please. Many thanks
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
 

On Wed, Mar 10, 2021 at 06:05 PM, Walter Vinci wrote:
Does it mean we will be able to control the mounts with ascom and explorestars commands at the same time?

Walter
Hi Walter,  I don't want to give too much away right now, with this release, we have eliminated the need to switch back and forth between the serial and WiFi communications channels. As you may realize, having the PMC-Eight communicate concurrently with 2 separate control systems requires a significant amount of coordination between the systems. That is our end goal for reasons that I will not divulge here. I can say that there is already code in the firmware to handle this, but it will not be supported by customer service in the first release until we announce anything. I would also say that there is nothing to stop you from attempting it.

Bottom line is that with this release we fully support connecting to EITHER Serial OR WiFi, NOT BOTH at the same time. This will change quickly after the general release to the public. 
 
--
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, after many attempts now to download the Explore Stars zipped database file I am at a loss now. Each download only includes the image folder and three text files, no sqlite file. This is occurring on both my Windows 10 pc and my Samsung TAB A  android tablet.... Can you advise please. Many thanks
Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


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

Ian Morison
 

A beautiful image Stevw, well done!
Cheers,
Ian

On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 1:03 AM Steve Siedentop <sdsiedentop@...> wrote:
Messier 2
PMC-Eight G-11
ED127CF
ZWO ASI-1600 MM Cool

30 L,R,G,B at 30 seconds each
Cropped
--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11 with Ruland Couplers and One Piece Worm Blocks, Skywatcher NEQ-6
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100, Orion 6” Mak, Stellarvue SV80EDT, Coronado Solarmax 40
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, CentralDS Astro 60D, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, SkySafari


Re: Newbies request for help again

Ian Morison
 

Hi Jeff,
     The latitude is to adjust the tilt of the polar axis.   Adjust to bring the pointer on the side (above the squiggly orange symbol) to the angle of your latitude  28 degrees.
I guess that you live off Paulette Street.   The attached image shows the difference between magnetic north and true north which will be 6.5 degrees to the right in angle to the direction given by your compass.   Put some tape down to the north of your mount along true north (ie just to the right of your compass direction) and then align the polar axis along this line.
Then, at night, you should be able to spot Polaris if you squint along the polar axis -  and may even be able to see it through the sighting hole.  If you can, you are well aligned for most things.  After dark slew to M42, the Orion nebula, it lies in the sword of Orion as seen in my pic.  I also append the Stellarium view towards the south southwest from your location after dark tonight.  This program is free so do download it!
If this doesn't work, the Moon will be around again soon.

I do hope this helps.
Cheers,
Ian


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

Wes Mcdonald
 

Walter

The ascom and Explorestars will work together somewhat.  This is not going to be something we think most people should do, but with certain caveats they do function together.

Another feature for the iexos 100 crowd is the ability to switch between UDP and TCP in the field with a dongle.  This will make it possible to  have left home with the thing set for wireless ascom in tcp mode and get to a remote site intending to use Explorestars at which time you discover it won’t connect because Explorestars demands UDP.  No problem if your kit includes your WiFi dongle which in this case is used for the switch.

Another feature we added is that the WiFi dongle now changes the WiFi channel each time you insert it.  In the past you got one insert per boot up.

We also added the ability to enable continuous tracking when no commands were present.  This will keep the mount going when your iPad or whatever goes to sleep.  In the past there were two different firmware versions for this. Now it is a configurable item  that is persistent between reboots.

Related to the last, the ascom driver now detects if the mount is tracking when it boots up.  Thus if you need to shut down poth for example if it gets twisted, you can restart it and the mount will report its position and all can carry on.  

Various other things the users can play with but these plus what jerry mentioned are the low hanging fruit that are going to be most used I believe.

Wes



On Wed, Mar 10, 2021 at 6:05 PM Walter Vinci <wltvinci@...> wrote:
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


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

Steve Lang
 

Hi.

Sounds awesome Jerry. I need to sort my gear out soon, and will be happy to test then, including ASCOM conformance testing.


One question on the new ASCOM driver - does this version have built in server/hub functionality (replacing POTH/Device Hub)?


Cheers -


On 11/03/21 5:46 am, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering 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!

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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Orion Atlas
Scopes: ES FCD100-80, GSO RC8, Orion XT10i
Cameras: QHY 8L, QHY163m, QHY5L-II, Polemaster
Misc: QHY FW, OAG
Software: NINA, PixInsight


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

Steve Siedentop
 

Messier 2
PMC-Eight G-11
ED127CF
ZWO ASI-1600 MM Cool

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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11 with Ruland Couplers and One Piece Worm Blocks, Skywatcher NEQ-6
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100, Orion 6” Mak, Stellarvue SV80EDT, Coronado Solarmax 40
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, CentralDS Astro 60D, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, SkySafari


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.

 

 

 

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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
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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

 

 

 

 

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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 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

 

 

 

 

 

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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
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Explorestars FirstLight

 

 

Yes.  Using the Explorestars app

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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
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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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
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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




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