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Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Jack B
 

Hi
Been stuck on this for a few hours!
The instructions say hit the GET Current Config', which resulted in error message.
In desperation I just hit the REBOOT Show Splash button and it then downloaded the info and then let me make the changes.
Think the instructions may be in error(?)
John B


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Bryan McClanahan
 

I am attempting to update my G11-PMC8 unit an i am getting the same message  when I do a "get configuration": 


every time I select the G11 mount type and "set new configuration, it reverst to iEXOS100


11:54:45.252 
 
11:54:45.258 Sending Config String: ESSi1152000101040040040900060011010!
11:54:45.258 REBOOTING PMC-Eight System...
11:54:45.258 Initializing PMC-Eight ES20A01 Release 2021.04.13
11:54:45.258 ==================================================
11:54:45.273 Copyright 2013-2021 Explore Scientific LLC.
11:54:45.273 Copyright 2013-2021 Gerald R Hubbell
11:54:45.273 1010 South 48th Street, Springdale, AR 72762
11:54:45.289 PMC-Eight Support 1-866-252-3811
11:54:45.289 http://www.explorescientificusa.com
11:54:45.305 Portions of FIRMWARE covered by MIT LICENSE terms
11:54:45.305 --------------------------------------------------
11:54:45.320 Explore Scientific PMC-Eight Controller - Startup
11:54:45.320 BAUD Rate Value: P0 115200
11:54:45.320 WiFi Protocol: P2 TCP/IP
11:54:45.320 WiFi Chan Number: 11
11:54:45.336 Continuous Track with no Comms: P4 FALSE
11:54:45.336 RA Run on Boot: P5 Not Running
11:54:45.336 Hemisphere set to: P6 South
11:54:45.352 Guide Rate Fraction RA: P7.40
11:54:45.352 Guide Rate Fraction DEC: P8.40
11:54:45.352 Mount Type Designator: P9.0
11:54:45.367 Unit type: ES1A01CB20A01, ESP8266, DST4
11:54:45.367 Slew current: 900ma 
11:54:45.367 Track current: 600ma
11:54:45.367 Analog ST4 port detected
11:54:45.383 ST4 Port Enabled
11:54:45.383 UPDATE SUCCESSFUL!
11:54:45.383 BUSY! Please Wait...
11:54:51.587 
11:54:51.587 BUSY! Please Wait...
11:54:55.696 ESGi1152000000040040000900060011010!
11:54:55.696 Mount Type Error!:Please Select G11 or EXOS2 Mount
11:55:00.665 ESGi1152000000040040000900060011010!
11:55:00.665 Mount Type Error!:Please Select G11 or EXOS2 Mount
11:55:05.622 ESGi1152000000040040000900060011010!
11:55:05.625 Mount Type Error!:Please Select G11 or EXOS2 Mount

reboot and show splash yields this:

11:56:34.431 REBOOTING PMC-Eight System...
11:56:34.433 
 
11:56:38.384 ==================================================
11:56:38.399 Initializing PMC-Eight ES20A01 Release 2021.04.13
11:56:38.399 ==================================================
11:56:38.399 Copyright 2013-2021 Explore Scientific LLC.
11:56:38.414 Copyright 2013-2021 Gerald R Hubbell
11:56:38.414 1010 South 48th Street, Springdale, AR 72762
11:56:38.414 PMC-Eight Support 1-866-252-3811
11:56:38.430 http://www.explorescientificusa.com
11:56:38.430 Portions of FIRMWARE covered by MIT LICENSE terms
11:56:38.430 --------------------------------------------------
11:56:38.430 Explore Scientific PMC-Eight Controller - Startup
11:56:38.445 BAUD Rate Value: P0 115200
11:56:38.445 WiFi Protocol: P2 TCP/IP
11:56:38.445 WiFi Chan Number: 11
11:56:38.461 Continuous Track with no Comms: P4 FALSE
11:56:38.461 RA Run on Boot: P5 Not Running
11:56:38.461 Hemisphere set to: P6 South
11:56:38.461 Guide Rate Fraction RA: P7.40
11:56:38.476 Guide Rate Fraction DEC: P8.40
11:56:38.476 Mount Type Designator: P9.0
11:56:38.476 Unit type: ES1A01CB20A01, ESP8266, DST4
11:56:38.492 Slew current: 900ma 
11:56:38.492 Track current: 600ma
11:56:38.492 Analog ST4 port detected
 
 


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Jack B
 

Hi
I am newbie at all this but have been successfully using my PMC-Eight EXOS2 mount for the last few months. I have just attempted to install new firmware and have come to a dead end.
Have followed all the instructions with regard firmware update and driver update but now have a problem with the UFCT. For some reason it will not allow me to select EXOS2 option and use the 'get current configuration' button.
This is the message: 
14:03:58.634 ESGi1152000000040040000900060011010!
14:03:58.634 Mount Type Error!:Please Select G11 or EXOS2 Mount
 
Help! It was going so well up to this point.
John B


Re: Release of 20A01 minor revision for Indi Users (All can load) #FIRMWARE

Steve Siedentop
 

Hi Paul -

INDI is a Linux/MacOS client server framework similar in purpose to ASCOM.  StellarMate, ASIAir, AstroBerry, etc. all run flavors of INDI.

There’s a fork called INDIGO that is backward compatible with INDI drivers and handles large file transfers better than INDI.  Cloudmakers has a number of MacOS apps that are well done.

-Steve

On Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 2:12 AM Paul Meesters <p.h.meesters@...> wrote:
Can someone please explain what INDI drivers and INDI users are ?
I take it that it has nothing to do with being from India, but the meaning eludes me, so I have no idea if I need to update the firmware or not.
--
Greetz,
Paul

Mounts:                            ES Exos-II + PMC-Eight; Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro;
Main scopes:                    ED APO 102mm f/7 FCD-100 CF; William Optics Redcat 51;
Finder & Guiding scopes: Bresser Messier 8x50 finderscope; Astro Essentials 32mm F/4 mini (= 128mm) guide scope;
Cameras:                         ZWO ASI 071 MC Pro Main camera; ZWO ASI 120mm mini guidecamera; Sony A7III (astromodified)
Other:                              ZWO AsiAir  Pro; iPad
Software:                         PixInsight, Deep Sky Stacker; Siril; PHD2; SharpCap; Adobe Photoshop; Pipp; Registax 6; Autostakkert 3; ExploreStars; APT


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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: Release of 20A01 minor revision for Indi Users (All can load) #FIRMWARE

ettore.ribaudo@...
 

Hello Eduardo.

Driver Indi are for Raspberry and mac; Ascom for Windows. I use Raspberry with Astroberry , for Nikon and telescope i use Kstar and Ekos.

Ettore


--




Mounts
: IExos 100
Scopes: Sigma 70-200 f2.8 APO 
Cameras:  Canon 1300D
Country:Italy


Re: Release of 20A01 minor revision for Indi Users (All can load) #FIRMWARE

Eduardo Simone
 

Indi drivers are the Linux/macOS version of ascom. Some of us like to use a raspberry pi to run our mounts while doing astrophotography. That’s what indi/indi drivers are about. 


Ed Simone
--
Meade LX 80 6" SCT and Meade DS 114mm Newtonian
Meade 2nd Digital Series Goto mount with 497 bandbox
ExploreScientific Exos II with PMC-8
ZWO ASI533MC-Pro
ZWO ASI120MC


Re: Release of 20A01 minor revision for Indi Users (All can load) #FIRMWARE

Wes Mcdonald
 

Paul

The new firmware provides various helpful new features and also improves the pointing accuracy of the mounts.  The new ascom driver also has changes and is necessary to operate the new firmware.

I suggest that you upgrade.  

Wes



--
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: Release of 20A01 minor revision for Indi Users (All can load) #FIRMWARE

Mirko Gude
 

Hi Paul ,

Google is your friend  ;-)

WHAT IS INDI?

INDI Library is an open source software to control astronomical equipment. It is based on the Instrument Neutral Distributed Interface (INDI) protocol and acts as a bridge between software clients and hardware devices. Since it is network transparent, it enables you to communicate with your equipment transparently over any network without requiring any 3rd party software. It is simple enough to control a single backyard telescope, and powerful enough to control state of the art observatories across multiple locations



Best,
Mirko



Am 14.04.2021 um 08:12 schrieb Paul Meesters <p.h.meesters@...>:

Can someone please explain what INDI drivers and INDI users are ?
I take it that it has nothing to do with being from India, but the meaning eludes me, so I have no idea if I need to update the firmware or not.
--
Greetz,
Paul

Mounts:                            ES Exos-II + PMC-Eight; Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro;
Main scopes:                    ED APO 102mm f/7 FCD-100 CF; William Optics Redcat 51;
Finder & Guiding scopes: Bresser Messier 8x50 finderscope; Astro Essentials 32mm F/4 mini (= 128mm) guide scope;
Cameras:                         ZWO ASI 071 MC Pro Main camera; ZWO ASI 120mm mini guidecamera; Sony A7III (astromodified)
Other:                              ZWO AsiAir  Pro; iPad
Software:                         PixInsight, Deep Sky Stacker; Siril; PHD2; SharpCap; Adobe Photoshop; Pipp; Registax 6; Autostakkert 3; ExploreStars; APT


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Mounts: ES PMC-8 IEXOS 100, ES EXOS2-GT 
Scopes: Skywatcher 80/600, TS Photoline 72/432mm-Apo
Cameras:  Nikon Z6, D7000, ZWO ASI385 Color, QHY 5L-II-mono
Lens: Sigma 150-600mm, Sigma Art 135mm/1,8, Nikon Z 50mm/1,8, Tamron 70-200mm
Msc: LRTimelapse Pro Timer 2.5, Raspberry Pi4, Polemaster, GPS Dongle, QHY miniGuideScope
Software: PixInsight, Kstars, Starry Night, Redshift


Re: Release of 20A01 minor revision for Indi Users (All can load) #FIRMWARE

Paul Meesters
 

Can someone please explain what INDI drivers and INDI users are ?
I take it that it has nothing to do with being from India, but the meaning eludes me, so I have no idea if I need to update the firmware or not.
--
Greetz,
Paul

Mounts:                            ES Exos-II + PMC-Eight; Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro;
Main scopes:                    ED APO 102mm f/7 FCD-100 CF; William Optics Redcat 51;
Finder & Guiding scopes: Bresser Messier 8x50 finderscope; Astro Essentials 32mm F/4 mini (= 128mm) guide scope;
Cameras:                         ZWO ASI 071 MC Pro Main camera; ZWO ASI 120mm mini guidecamera; Sony A7III (astromodified)
Other:                              ZWO AsiAir  Pro; iPad
Software:                         PixInsight, Deep Sky Stacker; Siril; PHD2; SharpCap; Adobe Photoshop; Pipp; Registax 6; Autostakkert 3; ExploreStars; APT


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

shredderf16
 

Gord,
Please send some more pics of your mounting scheme. I'd like to do the same.
Jerry Barth



On April 13, 2021, at 6:15 PM, Gord Farmer <gordfarmer@...> wrote:


Hi jerry 
 My exos2 pmc 8 preforms exceptionally well. I removed the tripod legs and mounted the head to a fixed pier.     



On Apr 13, 2021, at 4:45 PM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:

I have just posted the public release of the new PMC-Eight Universal Version 20A01 in the files section. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments in this thread.
I want to thank Wes McDonald for his tireless work on this project over the past 6 months and everyone who uses the PMC-Eight system owes him a large amount of gratitude.



Thank 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: Release of 20A01 minor revision for Indi Users (All can load) #FIRMWARE

Karl
 

Further to this, I have posted info about the updated INDI driver I'm working on in the DEV subgroup.  Please direct any questions or feedback there.  Just to re-emphasize, the old INDI driver is not compatible with the new firmware.  If you want to be able to keep using INDI with the new firmware, you will need to get the new driver.

--
Karl
Austin, Texas

Mount: PMC-8 EXOS2
Scope: ES N208CF Astrograph
Camera: Pentax K-70
Guider: 
SX Ultrastar C, ZWO ASI120MC

Focuser: MyFocuserPro2
Software
: Indi on Raspberry Pi 4


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Parag Modi
 

Jerry,

I wanted to take this moment to reflect back on my journey into this new and exciting hobby.  Middle of 2020, I started my research into ways to transition into deep sky astrophotography.  I had been doing wide field night sky photography for several years prior to that focusing on Milky way and star trail photography using just my DSLR and tripod.  As I started my research into DSO astrophotography, I came to realize that I needed some way of tracking my shots.  Since I am on a budget, I researched many star trackers available on the market and I was almost ready to pull the trigger on Star adventurer.  By accident during my numerous google searches, I came across Explore Scientific and iEXOS-100.  At that time not a lot of information was available on YouTube or any other online sites to help me decide.  But I saw the descriptions and the vision for OpenGOTO community and was really intrigued.  Since I could get a full Equatorial mount with GOTO functionality and open source community support, I took the plunge in iEXOS-100 purchase late last year.  Since I received my mount in ~Sept 2020, I took time to get familiar with it indoors to learn the rope to say.  I found this forum as an excellent way to get many of my rookie silly questions answered, I especially thank you and Wes McDonald for answering many of my silly questions.  Once I got comfortable with the mount operation, I finally took an actual test spin in my backyard in December 2020 and started on targets around constellation Orion.  Every session since then I had small successes and some stumbles as I learned.  This forum community has been outstanding in helping me out with each of my stumbles by providing quick responses the next morning after my stumbles.

I'm still a rookie using just the mount and my DSLR so far, but I feel that the Explore Scientific community has ensured that I don't get rookie burnout and abandon a wonderful hobby!  The vision of OpenGOTO also ensures that the product I bought keeps extending it's capabilities, like these latest releases demonstrate.  My sincere gratitude to everyone involved in this community for turning me into an astro addict.

I think I absolutely made the right decision!
--
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


File /PMC-Eight 20A01 Firmware Installation Kit 2021-04-12.zip updated #file-notice

MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io Notification <noreply@...>
 

The following files have been updated in the Files area of the MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io group.

By: Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>

Description:
PMC-Eight Universal Firmware 20A01 RELEASE 2021-04-12 Software Files


Release of 20A01 minor revision for Indi Users (All can load) #FIRMWARE

Wes Mcdonald
 

Folks:

Jerry has updated the release of the new universal firmware in response to a late breaking issue discovered by two of our beta testers who use the Indi driver.  The issue primarily affected Indi users, although users of the Windows driver could, under unusual use case, experience it.  

If you are using the Indi driver, please wait to upgrade your firmware until the Indi community has published their updates to their driver which we hope would be soon.  We know that such an update is being worked on by the Beta testers.  

We recommend all users reload the firmware from the just posted release (as of 8:30 EDT, 4/13/2021) if they have previously loaded the prior posted firmware.  The correct firmware will display a date of 2021.04.13 as part of the version code in the splash screen.

Thanks to all the beta testers for their efforts, they were instrumental in getting to this point where the code is releasable. 

As of this note the Beta Test Group will be locked for further postings.  Henceforth, all users are encouraged to post issues as they may arise to the forum.  

Regards,
Wes

--
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: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Gord Farmer
 

Hi jerry 
 My exos2 pmc 8 preforms exceptionally well. I removed the tripod legs and mounted the head to a fixed pier.     



On Apr 13, 2021, at 4:45 PM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:

I have just posted the public release of the new PMC-Eight Universal Version 20A01 in the files section. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments in this thread.
I want to thank Wes McDonald for his tireless work on this project over the past 6 months and everyone who uses the PMC-Eight system owes him a large amount of gratitude.



Thank 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: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

I have just posted the public release of the new PMC-Eight Universal Version 20A01 in the files section. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments in this thread.
I want to thank Wes McDonald for his tireless work on this project over the past 6 months and everyone who uses the PMC-Eight system owes him a large amount of gratitude.



Thank 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!


File /PMC-Eight 20A01 Firmware Installation Kit 2021-04-12.zip uploaded #file-notice

MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io Notification <noreply@...>
 

The following files have been uploaded to the Files area of the MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io group.

By: Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>

Description:
PMC-Eight Universal Firmware 20A01 RELEASE 2021-04-12 Software Files


New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

My plans were to release to the general public the new universal version of the PMC-Eight firmware (ver 20A01) late yesterday evening. I have been delayed until today making final tweaks to the installation guide. For those that have been waiting for the new firmware, ASCOM driver, and Universal Firmware Configuration Tool (UFCT), I wanted to assure you that it will be available later today, probably within a couple of hours. I know that we have been talking about this for a couple of months now, and it has actually been under active development and testing for 6 months now so I appreciate everyone's patience. It is finally ready. I think you all will really be happy with the changes and the updated functionality.

I will be posting new messages once it is available for download on the main forum.

Thanks again for everyone's support!
--
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

Steve Siedentop
 

I've been testing out the ASI 2400 and the ED127CF. The sensor is yuge!  This is very cropped image represents 1 hour of five minute exposures at a gain of 0 and offset of 30 with a CLS filter from my backyard in the suburbs of Atlanta.  Not really a galaxy scope, but I'm pleased with the results overall.  The image scale on this combination is 1.29 arcseconds per pixel.

-Steve



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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11 with Ruland Couplers and One Piece Worm Blocks
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, ZWO ASI-2400MC Pro, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, SkySafari, Sequence Generator Pro


Need recommendations, please...

Keith <trashbin369@...>
 

I own the iexos-100, and a Nikon Z6 with a 400mm f/6.3 camera lens, and use APT to control both. I have yet to master polar alignment on this mount, and thus can manage decent pics of Orion. I am looking for better tools. I have a $1500 budget for a dedicated scope similar to a WO 61II or Evostar 72ED with , field flattener, auto finder scope, and auto-focuser. Any knowledge and experience will help?

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