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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

charles mckowen
 
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Hey everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Charles mckowen and I’ve been on the forum for a couple years but was never really involved. I’ve been shooting astrophotography for almost 3 years. Im proud to announce I will be starting with explore scientific on may14th and can’t wait. I have a long way to go in astrophotography and always learning. I’ll do my best though in helping anyone I can. If I don’t know the answer. I’ll definitely get it for you. Here is a image of Thor’s helmet ngc2359 I took in February. Here is the equipment I use to take this image. As well as workflow and image details. Exos 2 w/es ed102. Ts optics .79 reducer and flattener. Asi533mc pro, Light frames 25x300sec -10 Darks 10x300 -10. No flats or bias frames. Optolong l extreme filter. I was having a hard time with this filter on background color. Stacked in dss. Stretching and layering in photoshop. Annie’s Astro tools, noise reduction in topaz. Final touches in Lightroom. Looking forward to talking to everyone !! 
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Chuck McKowen
Bortle 3 Mangham/Monroe, La
es ed80 fcd100
es ed102 
es ed127 fcd100

Skywatcher eq6 r pro/Exos2 pmc8/ Atlas Eq-g pro
Pegasus focusers and power boxes   
Qhy163m
asi294mc pro
asi533mc pro 
Canon Eos Ra 
EQMod/Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


Re: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Wes Mcdonald
 

Luiz:

Try this:

1.  Turn on continuous track with loss of comms.  This will ensure the mount does not stop.  Please turn on logging in the driver and send a log to us with the time of day the issue occurs noted se we can examine what is going on.
2.  Take a video that sows the PMC8 lights while the issue is happening.
3.  See if Explorestars will run the mount with the LRDU buttons.

Anyone else use CdC LRDU buttons to move the mount?

Wes.

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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: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Wes Mcdonald
 

Luiz:

If your splash screen tells you the version code ES20A01 Release 2021.04.13, then the issue we fixed is fixed. Yours might be something different, perhaps with your clients?

Please elaborate again as to the issue you are seeing, and when it appears relative to usage, client programs, etc.
Wes.


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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: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Luiz Sanches
 

Wes, i reload the last firmware (/PMC-Eight 20A01 Firmware Installation Kit 2021-04-24.zip) and the bug continues.


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

Hildo
 

Beautiful!




-------- Original message --------
From: Derrell Oliver <mtbkr123@...>
Date: 2021-04-27 3:11 p.m. (GMT-07:00)
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do.

Hey Guys,
Here are two pictures of M51 taken on 04/22/21, 2hr 51min of exposure time, 180sec subs @ iso800, CLS filter, Canon XSi 450d
ES iEXOS-100 & AT80ED with AT field flattener.
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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: 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 are two pictures of M51 taken on 04/22/21, 2hr 51min of exposure time, 180sec subs @ iso800, CLS filter, Canon XSi 450d
ES iEXOS-100 & AT80ED with AT field flattener.
--
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: #pmc-eight #EXOS2 #UFCT #UniversalFirmware Any way to add a 'default to ES 'Ad-hoc' settings file' for the RN-131 wifi unit as part of the firmware update suit? #pmc-eight #EXOS2 #UFCT #UniversalFirmware

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, Apr 26, 2021 at 10:44 AM, Karl wrote:
If you're unable to connect to the PMC8 via WiFi, you have to open it up and clip IO9 pin to VDD.  My recollection is doing it once launches the web server ad hoc network and interface, which you can use to switch back to ad hoc mode, probably without having to reset it at all.  The reset involves clipping/unclipping the connection (running it hi/low) a number of times in succession (I think five times, each about a second apart, but I don't recall for sure).  If you go the reset route, the instructions I used to get back to the ES defaults are on pages 42-43 of the programmers reference: https://explorescientificusa.com/pages/software-and-downloads-for-pmc-eight-system.  
I must warn everyone who tries this, you do this at your own risk. If you cause your board to fail this is not covered under warranty.
 
--
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 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

Mirko Gude
 

Hi all,

today I’ve also done some photos from the sun. Only with a normal telesope, not in H-alpha. as Ian did.

But I can confirm what Ian said in his post, the iExos is very easy to use in this case. 

My pictures are not very well processed, but the resemblance of the sunspot structure is visible.

I remember my first try some month ago during bad wether conditions. I was not sure if the sunspots (small ones) are really there - maybe my CCD was dirty? So I compared it with https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/

Best, 

Mirko 


Am 25.04.2021 um 22:19 schrieb Ian Morison <ian@...>:

Hi all,
          something different.  The iEXOS-100 makes an excellent mount to support my Lunt Double- Stack  H-alpha telescope.
Levelled tripod and, with correct latitude, aligned approximately due North.  Simple slew to Sun and only a small adjustment to North alignment brought the Sun's image onto the camera sensor. Tracking superb and the N/S/E/W slow slewing worked perfectly to centre the Sun's image. Mount's performance could not have been better.  Telescope control and image capture in the hood.   2,000 frames aligned and stacked in AutoStakkert! and processed in Photoshop.

The Sun is just waking up from a big sleep and the surface is now showing some interesting features.  It is very hard to get a totally uniform brightness full solar disk but this has worked reasonably well.
Best regards to you all.
Ian



<Lunt-iEXOS-100.jpg><SUN-25-04-2021=col.jpg>


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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: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Wes Mcdonald
 

Luiz:
Yes.  This has it.  Also there are minor changes to the UFCT that enhance its user interface, so you might want to load it also.  It's all part of the install kit.
Wes.


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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: #pmc-eight #EXOS2 #UFCT #UniversalFirmware Any way to add a 'default to ES 'Ad-hoc' settings file' for the RN-131 wifi unit as part of the firmware update suit? #pmc-eight #EXOS2 #UFCT #UniversalFirmware

Al Knox
 

Thanks Karl!
I'll run through the routine as spected. I'd forgotten that serial is not good at 'multiplexing' from different connected apps. I'll try switching the serial interface (1) over to wifi (0) and see if I can get a read back from current settings. If not will go the alligator clips route. This time I'll remember to 'cut and paste' my settings to a plain txt file - for any future resetting.
Cheers! 
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Al Knox, London UK.

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 EXOS2, Simple surveyor's tripod mounted Startwatcher Star Adventurer (V1)
TelescopesTS-Optics 61EDPH, TS-Optics Photoline 80mm f/6 FPL53 Triplet APO, TS-Optics Classical Cassegrain 8" F12 203/2436mm
Cameras:  Nikon D7200, QHYCCD QHY10 Color (CCD), QHYCCD QHY5III462C (CMOS)
Software: Mostly Mac OSX based,  INDIGO suit, ASCOM, Sharpcap, FireCapture, Stark Labs Nebulosity4, SiriL, Affinity Photo, StarTools, Sequator etc.


Re: #pmc-eight #EXOS2 #UFCT #UniversalFirmware Any way to add a 'default to ES 'Ad-hoc' settings file' for the RN-131 wifi unit as part of the firmware update suit? #pmc-eight #EXOS2 #UFCT #UniversalFirmware

Karl
 

Al,

If you're unable to connect to the PMC8 via WiFi, you have to open it up and clip IO9 pin to VDD.  My recollection is doing it once launches the web server ad hoc network and interface, which you can use to switch back to ad hoc mode, probably without having to reset it at all.  The reset involves clipping/unclipping the connection (running it hi/low) a number of times in succession (I think five times, each about a second apart, but I don't recall for sure).  If you go the reset route, the instructions I used to get back to the ES defaults are on pages 42-43 of the programmers reference: https://explorescientificusa.com/pages/software-and-downloads-for-pmc-eight-system.  

FYI, if you try to put the PMC8/RN-131 in infrastructure mode on your home network again, the new firmware requires you to specify the exact channel to use.  This makes infrastructure very difficult to use now if you have to switch between access points, and/or have access points that auto-detect which channel to use, and/or use a hotspot that won't let you select a channel.  There's a fairly simple solution to this (for the RN-131) at least, which I've made known to them, and I hope that someday they'll consider implementing it.

As to your supplemental question, I did quite a bit of playing around with the RN-131, and it seems like there may be a way to do what you're asking, and even a way to switch between ad-hoc/infrastructure profiles programmatically.  But ... it would take a non-trivial amount of time to engineer, particularly when you consider that some units use different wifi modules, and I gather there's just not a lot of perceived demand for anything more complicated than connecting via ad-hoc.  I think it'd be awesome if they'd open-source the firmware itself and let people like myself play around with adding functionality like that.  But open-sourcing firmware has very different considerations than open-sourcing drivers.

--
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: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Luiz Sanches
 

Wes, I found many mensages probably with the same content, the last one was this: https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/message/9795

It's the file with the bug corrected?


Re: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Luiz Sanches
 

Thank you Wes. I will try!

One note: for me the generic hub works better than POTH and device hub. Do not have the direct control of declination and RA, but works fine all the night! You can say for other people that is having some problems, to try this.


Re: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Wes Mcdonald
 

Luiz:

After the initial release a bug was found and new version was sent out.  The behavior you note is indicative of that bug.  Please  reload the firmware from the files section of the Main subgroup.  It will fix the issue.

Wes.


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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


#pmc-eight #EXOS2 #UFCT #UniversalFirmware Any way to add a 'default to ES 'Ad-hoc' settings file' for the RN-131 wifi unit as part of the firmware update suit? #pmc-eight #EXOS2 #UFCT #UniversalFirmware

Al Knox
 

Hi folks,
Trying to sort out a loss of connection to and from my PMC-Eight unit.

The problem part 1:-

Last autumn I after going down the 'trap-door' of doing an IP change on the PMC-Eight in order to connect it to my local (home) wifi network and getting 'locked out'. I consulted on here and Wes Mcdonald helped me sort it out using the RH-131 'factory reset' routine, then connecting with PuTTY to manually set the correct IPs for router access etc. Since then my home router failed and was replaced in January. I have only now been in a position to start using my PMC-eight mount setup again, and of course the PMC-Eight unit can't connect to the new router due to a completely different set of fixed IP addresses on the router (and can't be changed to match to old router settings either as these are fixed by my ISP). Anyway, after a lot of trying out to get comms with the serial cable connection that seemed to work, but would not report back the PMC-Eight EPROM settings or serial number - I decided to do the new EPROM upgrade. This worked fine, and I now have more info displayed from the reboot 'splash screen' - all the manually set toggles seem to have been accepted (Northern Hemisphere setting etc.)

The problem part 2:-
So I have serial connection to the main board but can't access the RN-131 daughter board to reset the IP settings via the serial connection (this is both a statement and a question)? Is there a way to do that (I haven't managed to find any online notes if there is)? If not, is the only way to get access to the RN-131 via a 'factory reset' (Hi/Low reset procedure), then using PuTTY login to the board via its own default wifi settings?
The problem part2a:- I made notes last year on 'procedure' while walking through it with Wes, but these notes have gone missing since then. Is there a 'cheat sheet' available online that I could download and run through the procedure again?

Supplemental question:-
As we effectively save a settings file presumably to the RN-131 - is it possible to have a 'default to ES 'Ad-hoc' settings file' for the RN-131 wifi unit that can be installed/re-installed as part of the firmware update suit? So at least we can effectively have a soft 'factory' reset to a basic 'as shipped' comms setup.

Thanks for any help advice you can offer - as for now my unit is out of commission.
Regards, Al Knox.


Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Luiz Sanches
 

I make the upgrade of the firmware in the mount, and I saw that the new driver don't work good with the genetic hub (i prefer this than others).
I was taking photos of a crater in moon and I needed to move constantly manually the DEC and RA in the APT (Astro Photography tool). When I make various moviments in the E or W control, the mount stop to accept more commands and stop the tracking by some seconds. The moviments in N and S still working. After some seconds I can make the moviments correctly, but the mount can stop again.
I changed for Device Hub (POTH don't work very good for me) and this problem almost not appeared anymore, only a few times.

In cartes du Ciel, After the upgrade, the moviments by the arrows (N,S, E, W) stops to work, but slew is ok.


Re: Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-100 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 04:19 PM, Ian Morison wrote:
Tracking superb and the N/S/E/W slow slewing worked perfectly to centre the Sun's image.
Great work Ian, I am glad the mount is working as you expect. Did you upgrade your mount to the new firmware yet?
 
--
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 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

Jaimie Murdock
 

That is really awesome Ian! Love how much detail you can see!


On Sun, Apr 25, 2021, 2:19 PM Ian Morison <ian@...> wrote:
Hi all,
          something different.  The iEXOS-100 makes an excellent mount to support my Lunt Double- Stack  H-alpha telescope.
Levelled tripod and, with correct latitude, aligned approximately due North.  Simple slew to Sun and only a small adjustment to North alignment brought the Sun's image onto the camera sensor. Tracking superb and the N/S/E/W slow slewing worked perfectly to centre the Sun's image. Mount's performance could not have been better.  Telescope control and image capture in the hood.   2,000 frames aligned and stacked in AutoStakkert! and processed in Photoshop.

The Sun is just waking up from a big sleep and the surface is now showing some interesting features.  It is very hard to get a totally uniform brightness full solar disk but this has worked reasonably well.
Best regards to you all.
Ian


--
Mount: ES PMC-8 iEXOS-100
Scope: William Optics ZenithStar 61II w/ UniGuide 32mm
Cameras: Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3), QHY-5-III-462C
Software: KStars on Astroberry, DeepSkyStacker and Photoshop


Re: Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-100 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

Ian Morison
 

Hi all,
          something different.  The iEXOS-100 makes an excellent mount to support my Lunt Double- Stack  H-alpha telescope.
Levelled tripod and, with correct latitude, aligned approximately due North.  Simple slew to Sun and only a small adjustment to North alignment brought the Sun's image onto the camera sensor. Tracking superb and the N/S/E/W slow slewing worked perfectly to centre the Sun's image. Mount's performance could not have been better.  Telescope control and image capture in the hood.   2,000 frames aligned and stacked in AutoStakkert! and processed in Photoshop.

The Sun is just waking up from a big sleep and the surface is now showing some interesting features.  It is very hard to get a totally uniform brightness full solar disk but this has worked reasonably well.
Best regards to you all.
Ian


Re: Either firmware update or new window killed my ascm function

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

Bear40, have you tried out the new Universal Firmware Configuration Tool version 1.0.B 2021-04-24 available in the files section?
--
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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