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Re: Universal Firmware Configuration Tool (UFCT) #UFCT

Wes Mcdonald
 

Wayne you have to highlight the comm port even though it shows up in the UFCT window, then click get configuration
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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Universal Firmware Configuration Tool (UFCT) #UFCT

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 05:55 PM, wayne archard wrote:
When I click the get configuration button I get a com port error.  The com port is 3 verified in device manager. 
Can you give us more information about your cable connection? Have you used your PMC-Eight previous to trying to update the firmware with the serial port connection and ASCOM?
 
--
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!


Universal Firmware Configuration Tool (UFCT) #UFCT

wayne archard
 

I have an Exos 2 mount.  When I click the get configuration button I get a com port error.  The com port is 3 verified in device manager.  Tyler suggested changing com port numbers but I tried several  with no solution.  Any thoughts?  Thank you.


New Firmware 20A01 Update Awareness #poll-notice #UniversalFirmware

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

I wanted to find out the progress of our customers updating to the new Firmware version 20A01 for the PMC-EIght system that was released a week ago.
Please select the appropriate responses below (multiple choices) about your upgrade plans for your PMC-Eight system.

Results


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

Wes Mcdonald
 

Folks:

In a recent web cast, Jerry showed how to install the new update kit.  Follow this link to the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW6yP2qfu0c

The install demo starts at about minute 27.

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

Wes Mcdonald
 

Alanciano 

The iexos can be in udp or tcp mode but cannot be configured to do both at once.  When you use Explorestars you must have the iexos in udp mode. If you use ascom via WiFi you must set the iexos into tcp.   


It is best to use ascom via serial connection ,it is very trouble free.

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: Which ASCOM software with PMC-EIGHT #ASCOM

Sebastian
 

Hilldo 

Yes. Ascom is an universal platform  for communication  with different astro hardware and software. Nomen est omen:
Cartes du Ciel a star map 
Stellarium a star map an planetarium software 
NINA nighttime imaging and astronomy 
All apps will tell your mount where to slew. 


Re: Which ASCOM software with PMC-EIGHT #ASCOM

Hildo <hildo79@...>
 

Thank you Sebastian, 

None works better than the others with pmc-eight? Just comes down to preference and needed usage?  





-------- Original message --------
From: Sebastian <jakob.sebastian@...>
Date: 2021-04-18 3:36 a.m. (GMT-07:00)
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Which ASCOM software with PMC-EIGHT #ASCOM

You can install all of them together. Stellarium and CdC will show you where the objects are. I only used them for visual observation . NINA is used for controlling all of your equipment and taking picture with a dedicated astrocamera . You can use NiNA alone for planning or import coordinates from Stellarium (find a YouTube video)or CdC (works from the start) eg. 

For guiding you will need PHD2, which also integrates in NiNA. 

When using a DSRL or DSLM you should consider different software than NiNA. 

 


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

Alcionio
 

received👍


Support
: IEXOS 100, MEADE LX200.
Scopes: MEADE LX200 8" f / 10, BRESSER AR90S f / 5,5 (guide), KSON 102C f / 6.
Cameras: QHY 5L IIC, Nikon D70s, Sony Alpha 5000
Software: PCM-Eight, Sharpcap, PHD2, Stellarium, CdC.

Il giorno dom 18 apr 2021 alle ore 18:11 Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> ha scritto:
On Sun, Apr 18, 2021 at 09:39 AM, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Be aware that ascom has priority when using ascom and Explorestars.  Once ascom is used Explorestars is locked out until Explorestars is moved from P mode to T mode.  This happens in various ways dependent upon what tablet version you are using.   Android and iPad allow you to change the mode by pressing the P-T indicator.  Windows does not have that feature.  In windows one has to press a button, for example a left right up down to put it into T mode.  I think.  You can experiment 
 
I want to caution everybody that simultaneous communications over the Serial Port and the WiFi port maybe somewhat functional, but this is currently NOT SUPPORTED in terms of the features included with this firmware. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK and EXPECT NO SUPPORT from Explore Scientific. Currently the feature was meant to just have both communication channels available so that the customer does not have to do a switch any more as in the previous versions of the firmware.

WE CURRENTLY ONLY SUPPORT USING WIFI OR SERIAL NOT BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.

We will be providing support for this simultaneous communications mode in the future after we have released some additional products that are in development that require this functionality, BUT NOT NOW.
 
Thanks
--
Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

www.explorescientificusa.com
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


--
Supporti  : IEXOS 100, MEADE LX200.
Scopes  : MEADE LX200 8" f / 10, BRESSER AR90S f / 5,5 (guida), KSON 102C f / 6.
Telecamere  : QHY 5L IIC, Nikon D70s, Sony Alpha 5000
Software: PCM-Eight, Sharpcap, PHD2, Stellarium , Grafico del cielo.


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

Alcionio
 

Thanks for the reply. can you explain this to me better? I'm confused:
"If you have an iexos you need to make sure the WiFi is in udp mode.  This is accomplished with the dongle during boot per the write up which is part of the installation zip file"

Support
: IEXOS 100, MEADE LX200.
Scopes: MEADE LX200 8" f / 10, BRESSER AR90S f / 5,5 (guide), KSON 102C f / 6.
Cameras: QHY 5L IIC, Nikon D70s, Sony Alpha 5000
Software: PCM-Eight, Sharpcap, PHD2, Stellarium, CdC.

Il giorno dom 18 apr 2021 alle ore 15:39 Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> ha scritto:
Alcionio 

The new firmware and ascom driver need no settings.  It is automatic

If you have an iexos you need to make sure the WiFi is in udp mode.  This is accomplished with the dongle during boot per the write up which is part of the installation zip file

Please fill out your signature block so we can see what gear you use.  This helps us respond to your questions.

Be aware that ascom has priority when using ascom and Explorestars.  Once ascom is used Explorestars is locked out until Explorestars is moved from P mode to T mode.  This happens in various ways dependent upon what tablet version you are using.   Android and iPad allow you to change the mode by pressing the P-T indicator.  Windows does not have that feature.  In windows one has to press a button, for example a left right up down to put it into T mode.  I think.  You can experiment 

Other function on Explorestars toggle PT so if you want to use both ascom and Explorestars you have to figure out what to do to get Explorestars back in control by getting it into T mode.


Finally I am pretty sure you cannot run ascom and Explorestars both over WiFi at the same time.

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


--
Supporti  : IEXOS 100, MEADE LX200.
Scopes  : MEADE LX200 8" f / 10, BRESSER AR90S f / 5,5 (guida), KSON 102C f / 6.
Telecamere  : QHY 5L IIC, Nikon D70s, Sony Alpha 5000
Software: PCM-Eight, Sharpcap, PHD2, Stellarium , Grafico del cielo.


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

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Sun, Apr 18, 2021 at 09:39 AM, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Be aware that ascom has priority when using ascom and Explorestars.  Once ascom is used Explorestars is locked out until Explorestars is moved from P mode to T mode.  This happens in various ways dependent upon what tablet version you are using.   Android and iPad allow you to change the mode by pressing the P-T indicator.  Windows does not have that feature.  In windows one has to press a button, for example a left right up down to put it into T mode.  I think.  You can experiment 
 
I want to caution everybody that simultaneous communications over the Serial Port and the WiFi port maybe somewhat functional, but this is currently NOT SUPPORTED in terms of the features included with this firmware. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK and EXPECT NO SUPPORT from Explore Scientific. Currently the feature was meant to just have both communication channels available so that the customer does not have to do a switch any more as in the previous versions of the firmware.

WE CURRENTLY ONLY SUPPORT USING WIFI OR SERIAL NOT BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.

We will be providing support for this simultaneous communications mode in the future after we have released some additional products that are in development that require this functionality, BUT NOT NOW.
 
Thanks
--
Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

www.explorescientificusa.com
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


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

Wes Mcdonald
 

Alcionio 

The new firmware and ascom driver need no settings.  It is automatic

If you have an iexos you need to make sure the WiFi is in udp mode.  This is accomplished with the dongle during boot per the write up which is part of the installation zip file

Please fill out your signature block so we can see what gear you use.  This helps us respond to your questions.

Be aware that ascom has priority when using ascom and Explorestars.  Once ascom is used Explorestars is locked out until Explorestars is moved from P mode to T mode.  This happens in various ways dependent upon what tablet version you are using.   Android and iPad allow you to change the mode by pressing the P-T indicator.  Windows does not have that feature.  In windows one has to press a button, for example a left right up down to put it into T mode.  I think.  You can experiment 

Other function on Explorestars toggle PT so if you want to use both ascom and Explorestars you have to figure out what to do to get Explorestars back in control by getting it into T mode.


Finally I am pretty sure you cannot run ascom and Explorestars both over WiFi at the same time.

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

Alcionio
 

Hi, can you tell me what settings I need to use to set PCM-Eight to operate simultaneously in serial and wifi with Explorestars? Thank you


Il giorno sab 17 apr 2021 alle ore 22:14 Walter Vinci <wltvinci@...> ha scritto:
Hi Jerry,

Thanks for the reminder, I just missed the link to the whole package,

Walter

On Apr 17, 2021, at 1:52 PM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:

On Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 03:20 PM, Walter Vinci wrote:
Where can I find the latest ascom drivers for the pmc eight unit?
 
On the ES website I realized it still downloads the 2019 version

Walter
Hi Walter,

I probably wasn't very clear on this in my original post. The download link for the Firmware 20A01 Installation kit located here:

https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/files/PMC-Eight%2020A01%20Firmware%20Installation%20Kit%202021-04-12.zip

Includes the firmware, ASCOM driver, and the new Universal Firmware Configuration Tool (UFCT). There is also a pdf document included detailing how to install the new firmware and software, and also explains in general terms each of the new and updated features. 

Additionally, on the Explore Scientific OpenGOTO Broadcast on Thursday (YouTube, Facebook) I demonstrated how to install the new firmware, ASCOM driver, and how to use the UFCT. You can find the video here:

I have provided the link that starts the video when I show how to install the kit.
There is some introduction discussion then I get into demonstrating how to install and use everything.
https://youtu.be/EW6yP2qfu0c?t=1180

Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks!
 
--
Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

www.explorescientificusa.com
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


--
———

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


--
Supporti  : IEXOS 100, MEADE LX200.
Scopes  : MEADE LX200 8" f / 10, BRESSER AR90S f / 5,5 (guida), KSON 102C f / 6.
Telecamere  : QHY 5L IIC, Nikon D70s, Sony Alpha 5000
Software: PCM-Eight, Sharpcap, PHD2, Stellarium , Grafico del cielo.


Re: #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM

matkomicuch@...
 

Hi, my balance was good on ra and dec, and I think the mount was pretty leveled too. Can you use sharpcap even if your entire north pole is obstructed, because in my backyard, forest obstructs the whole north pole. I think that I'll try going somewhere where I can see polaris if it's clear tonight and see if I still get the trails... As for the worm adjustments I followed the video that you sent.
--
Martin, Kosice, Slovakia
Mount: iEXOS 100
Telescope: ExploreScientific ED80
Camera: Nikon D7100 stock
Software: APT, ROG Zephyrus G14 (Windows 10)


Re: Which ASCOM software with PMC-EIGHT #ASCOM

Sebastian
 

You can install all of them together. Stellarium and CdC will show you where the objects are. I only used them for visual observation . NINA is used for controlling all of your equipment and taking picture with a dedicated astrocamera . You can use NiNA alone for planning or import coordinates from Stellarium (find a YouTube video)or CdC (works from the start) eg. 

For guiding you will need PHD2, which also integrates in NiNA. 

When using a DSRL or DSLM you should consider different software than NiNA. 

 


Re: #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Sir,

 

60-second subs on a iEXOS-100, unguided,  is pretty tricky.  You have to make sure of the following:

1.       the payload is balanced properly in the RA and DEC axis.   

2.       I can’t see Polaris either, so I use SharpCap Pro.  Pretty cool tool.

3.       Make  sure the mount is levelled as well.

 

The most I got out of the iEXOS-100 was 60-seconds unguided, but I am sure I can do more.  I am mostly into

planetary imaging.  I have played around DSOs, but not seriously.

 

As for worm adjustments, view the following video by Alex and see if you have those problems:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLXE_BMKVAw&list=PLH50bM7JLoL1PlxOIJPaTyhVL8fVWOMxS&index=9

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of matkomicuch@...
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 3:38 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned

 

Hi,
I have used my iEXOS-100 mount for three months now. When I got it, tracking was alright, but sometimes the RA stepper motor skipped steps. Because of this, I've adjusted the worm gear so that it won't be pushing so hard on the main gear and the backlash would still be minimal. However, no matter how good my polar alignment was, I still got big star trails on my subs(60 sec). I've tried polar aligning with NINA polar alignment and ekos legacy polar alignment(I can't see Polaris). When I try to adjust the polar alignment, the trails are still present. Is my polar alignment bad, or did I screw up my mount?
Thank you for any answers.
--
Martin, Kosice, Slovakia
Mount: iEXOS 100
Telescope: ExploreScientific ED80
Camera: Nikon D7100 stock
Software: APT, ROG Zephyrus G14 (Windows 10)


Re: #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM

matkomicuch@...
 

I was thinking about using phd2, but I don't have a guide camera and my main camera is dlsr.
--
Martin, Kosice, Slovakia
Mount: iEXOS 100
Telescope: ExploreScientific ED80
Camera: Nikon D7100 stock
Software: APT, ROG Zephyrus G14 (Windows 10)


Re: #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM

Sebastian
 

Martin
you are using Drift alignment.  You got a 480 mm scope which should be much forgiving with 1 min exposure time. 

When you got the mount , everything was ok. Then you did some worm adjustments and things got worse. I would assume then not the alignment is your issue. 

There is a guiding tool called PHD2. It also has a drift alignment tool. Maybe you can try this out.  


#iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM

matkomicuch@...
 

Hi,
I have used my iEXOS-100 mount for three months now. When I got it, tracking was alright, but sometimes the RA stepper motor skipped steps. Because of this, I've adjusted the worm gear so that it won't be pushing so hard on the main gear and the backlash would still be minimal. However, no matter how good my polar alignment was, I still got big star trails on my subs(60 sec). I've tried polar aligning with NINA polar alignment and ekos legacy polar alignment(I can't see Polaris). When I try to adjust the polar alignment, the trails are still present. Is my polar alignment bad, or did I screw up my mount?
Thank you for any answers.
--
Martin, Kosice, Slovakia
Mount: iEXOS 100
Telescope: ExploreScientific ED80
Camera: Nikon D7100 stock
Software: APT, ROG Zephyrus G14 (Windows 10)


Which ASCOM software with PMC-EIGHT #ASCOM

Hildo <hildo79@...>
 

There is quite a list of ASCOM software on the ES website so I spent a few hours reading a lot of posts in here and 2 subgroups. It seems Stellarium, CDC, and N.I.N.A. are the common choices other than Explore Stars.
Is there one that seems to work best with the PMC-EIGHT? Specifically EXOS2-GT if that matters. I will attempt guiding in the future. Thanks for the help!  

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