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Re: Wifi / PMC-8 connection/comms issue. #ConfigManager #EXOS2 #UniversalFirmware #pmc-eight

Al Knox
 

Hi Wes,

Thanks for taking the time to go through my stack of 'I did this, I did that' notes! Your insights are greatly appreciated.
Based on my now better understanding, I think I have reduced the problem down to one thing (from my perspective) ...
The WiFi board is not actually going into transmit mode - even though it now should do with the new duel open port setup with the latest eeprom load package.
Basically its the ESX! command isn't having any effect as you say because its no longer executed in the command stack. But the RN-131 isn't going into broadcast mode (except when jumpered at boot up, on power up). From one of my previous screen images (Windows WiFi settings page) you can see that there is DNS entry of 192.168.1.1 not just the ES 'ad-hoc' setting of 192.168.47.1. This was my old home network router's primary NAT IP address. But I'm thinking how could that still be in the settings file if the unit was jumper set back to the ES settings file - or indeed the later was part of the firmware update(?). I can't find a way of polling the IP settings on the RN-131 via a serial connection, as presumably its only accessible via the RN-131 wireless port directly using TCP/UDP protocol(?).

Here's the current splash screen - and you can see I've switch to TCP from UDP - showing that the command entry line is working with the UFCT app.
 

Here too are a couple of videos of the PMC-Eight LED panel (see attached):-
First the reboot phase, then one of the 'resting' phase. As you can see the yellow wifi LED flashes at reboot but then turns off and stays off while and after ere serial line test is done.

I'm wondering if this is a redeamable situation from here, or if I'm going to have to try the 1hz x 5 reset operation back to the WiFly default and then PuTTY in, to rebuild the ES settings file?
 
Regards

--
--
Al Knox, London UK.

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 EXOS2, Simple surveyor's tripod mounted SkyWatcher 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: 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
 

I’m pretty sure I did this with the Qhy183c and the l enhance filter. 
--
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
Qhy163m
asi294mc pro
asi533mc pro 
Canon Eos Ra 
EQMod/Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


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

charles mckowen
 

Nice image. Check out the Asi533mc pro or Qhy183c. Both would work well with your ed80. 
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
Qhy163m
asi294mc pro
asi533mc pro 
Canon Eos Ra 
EQMod/Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


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

Walter Vinci
 

A full bright moon was up in the sky but heck, I just got an L-extreme to play with so why not…?

60x180 subs calibrated only with flats. Stacked with DSS and processed with Siril. Post-processing narrowband is a totally new game for me, in fact I think I hid most of the OIII signal.

I just have to modify my DSLR or get a dedicated camera now...


W.




On Apr 29, 2021, at 8:39 AM, Alcionio <mrjax59@...> wrote:

👏👍👋

Il giorno mer 28 apr 2021 alle ore 18:43 charles mckowen <Cmckow91@...> ha scritto:

[Edited Message Follows]

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. My proud to announce I’ll 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 !! 
-- 
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
Qhy163m
asi294mc pro
asi533mc pro 
Canon Eos Ra 
EQMod/Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 



-- 
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.


--
———

Walter Vinci

ES EXOS2-GT PMC-Eight
ES ED80
Starfield 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
ZWO ASI290mm-mini & Orion 50mm Guide Scope
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
SharpCap, APT, PHD2, SiriL, Stellarium


Re: Wifi / PMC-8 connection/comms issue. #ConfigManager #EXOS2 #UniversalFirmware #pmc-eight

Wes Mcdonald
 

Al

Ok.  You are fine.  Believe it or not.  Leave the internals of the pmc8 alone, do not go jumpering stuff. 

The splash screen shows all is well.  Your system is communicating well over serial.  As the splash screen shows the comms mode is udp....but in fact the rn131 does not care. 

The grayed out esp note means you don’t have an esp module.  Which is correct.  You have the rn131

The unit with the new firmware communicates all the time on either WiFi or serial, no need to switch.

Explorestars will talk to the rn131 via udp.  Frankly I can’t remember if you need to tell the firmware it’s udp or not I don’t think so with the 131.

So let’s see what is going on since nothing seems amiss.


1.  Why did the comm manager not get a response from the esgp command?  Can’t tell for sure but you have to go to the comms tab and make sure comm port is selected

2. WiFi should connect.  Use Explorestars and see

3.  The command that switched between serial and WiFi is gone.  That’s why you get no response to it

See if any of this helps you understand the behavior and if you can get stuff to work.  It sure looks like it is fine

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


Wifi / PMC-8 connection/comms issue. #ConfigManager #EXOS2 #UniversalFirmware #pmc-eight

Al Knox
 

Hi, 
I'm trying to find a solution to a comms problem with my EXOS2 PMC-Eight unit.
I'm not able to switch over to Wifi control/comms using any of the available Config Manager apps and command routines (EXS!) using the serial port connection.

I've got the latest Eprom installed ok, using a serial cable connection comms to and from the connected Windows 10 laptop works (see screen shots below).
I am able to get the Wifi board into an 'on' state using the 'high' state 'jumper' solution and the SSID is offering the ES default IP address set for the device with the 'ad-hoc' router.
Wifi connection via both an IOS device and the Windows 10 laptop works, but there seems to be no control comms available via tcp (PuTTY). Removing the jumper (power on), the wifi board holds connection but none of the command line calls to switch between serial and wifi (EXS!) return a result (which in theory shouldn't be necessary with the latest Eprom flash(?)).
When I power off and on the PMC-8 with the jumper no longer in place the board just boots back to the serial line only state. With the jumper in place the ES default 'ad-hoc' network comes up - but no comms through the main unit to control the mount motors via Explore Stars IOS. The wifi channel change (ST4 port dongle) seems to work when one allows the boot process to cycle it - but if set manually with the new Configuration Manager it seems to throw a programme error when polling back the config set up - and in Explore Stars the DEC shows 0' 00' 0" instead of 90' 00' 0".

Hopefully anyone that is closer to the coding will be able to suggest a way to either run a diagnostic that can point to why and what needs to be done to get the unit back to a functioning control state?

Here are my screen images taken in sequential order:-

1) PuTTY attempt to communicate via tcp to the SSID (note ES default IPs showing up ok) 



Windows 10 laptop connected ok to SSID and acquired correct ES default IPs.


Windows 10 Wifi connected fine.


Running the UFCT in the above state shows a mismatch on the wifi network channel '10' when it should have been '1'


... doing a reboot to see splash screen diagnostics ... network channel reads '10' still.


After a full power off and removal of jumper using Serial term get this read out.


Attempt to use the command line switch (ESX!) to instantiate the wifi board without jumper in place.


Check setup again with UFCT (network channel seems to have changed correctly after 2 goes with the dongle - starting from '1' as read from the laptop settings page (see above) and incrementing up to '3'.


And again displaying the splash screen


The only tell-tail here seems to be the 'grey'd' out ESP WiFi line.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated!
Thanks! 

-
-
--
Al Knox, London UK.

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 EXOS2, Simple surveyor's tripod mounted SkyWatcher 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: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Wes Mcdonald
 

Jennifer

Yes the ascom profile can be stubborn in removing the old driver stuff.  Have to be sure the old driver is gone gone.  

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: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Jennifer Shelly
 

Wes:

This might be a similar issue that I had reported for beta testing (post #136).


Luiz:

I think I was able to resolve it by reinstalling the old firmware and old ASCOM driver. Then I followed the instructions step by step that were released in the new firmware/driver install package.  I think the most important step that resolved this was deleting the PMC in the ASCOM profile explorer as shown in the instructions before installing the new driver.  I hope this helps.
--
Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 iEXOS-100
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, Askar FRA 400, ES Levy Comet Hunter, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Wes Mcdonald
 

Luiz:

Open the ascom driver setup.  Under miscellaneous tab tick the loging tick box, called trace log.  Then close.  This turns on time tagged loging for future analysis.  The file will be save under Documents/ascom/logs/... logs by date.  Please remember to note the time when the things was messing up so we can find the correct area in the log..

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: 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
 

Thanks Hildo !!!
--
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

Alcionio
 

👏👍👋

Il giorno mer 28 apr 2021 alle ore 18:43 charles mckowen <Cmckow91@...> ha scritto:

[Edited Message Follows]

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. My proud to announce I’ll 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 !! 
--
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
Qhy163m
asi294mc pro
asi533mc pro 
Canon Eos Ra 
EQMod/Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


--
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: 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
 

Thanks frank ! 
--
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
Qhy163m
asi294mc pro
asi533mc pro 
Canon Eos Ra 
EQMod/Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


Bear40 issue with new firmware

Wes Mcdonald
 

Bear

your message is a bit to vague to figure out what is happening.  


can you please review the questions jerry and I asked you and comment on them so we can maybe see what is happening?

are you using WiFi for ascom.  Sounds like it.  Are you connecting the ascom hub to the pmc8 driver and all other apps to the ascom hub?

when the track on loss of comms is in use the mount will be at park upon boot but will not respond to stellarium.  You need to tick the track box on poth after which the stellarium will work.  This was discovered by someone on the forum and has been true before the upgrade.  If poth has that tick box clear the mount is  it living and apps are likely to think it is parked


there should be no reason to ever use the cm once you put the pmc8 into tcp.   It stays there.   Ascom will communicate to it.  All your apps communicate to the ascom hub only, not the mount.  


Please comment on each of these point so we can help you.  At this point we do not discount any bug report but we need more information to follow up.   For now it does not look like you have a firmware issue but something procedural.

Thanks

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: Either firmware update or new window killed my ascm function

Bear40
 

I wrote the note below this section to the ES customer support after sending them the ASCOM dx file and mount profile that reported the errors that I got.  I was able to resolve the problem on my own.  This was after installed the updated firmware you posted Sunday.  The first firmware download did not work for me at all. Of interest the if I enable the run on boot in the Universal firmware installer  the ASCOM hub or poth starts unparked and tracking and then when I went into Stellarium or Carte De Ceil did not work for me. So I left that disabled and everything is working now.   The only oddity is if a leave a program and return to the Ascom hub or poth I have to go back to the configuration manager to get the TCP function with the mount.  Not the end of the world.  Can't say why the beta testers did not see my issue other than I am sure they don't make it a practice to overload their mounts as part their testing.  

 
So think I have got all the problems solved. Having the mount out of balance was part of the problem and likely the start of the problem. I think it generate some sort of time out. This then left ASCOM device or poth looking like it was connected but non responsive. Unless I went to the PMC8 configuration manager which indicated the mount was connected to TCP but not in the first box in lower left of the screen and refound the TCP. After that the mount would connect and as long used either the poth or device hub in the TCP software everything works. If I disconnect from these I looks like I have go back to the config manager before starting another program but they all seem to work. I don't know if this was the same issue with the earlier update but it seems like it is working now. As a side note the explore star software did not demonstrate this behavior even when it was out of balance. Not clear why that would be the case. May be this will help someone else. Thanks for tolerance, new to mounts was using a Dobsonian prior to this for viewing.
--
Bear40 
Clestron C5
Zhumell 10in Dob
exos 100
Zwo 120 mc
Sony alpha 6000
Sbony 60mm guide scope


Re: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Luiz Sanches
 

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

With CdC the problem is solved! I can use the buttons again, after the upgrade (2021.04.13). But the issue continues:

"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."

You said: 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.
How can I do that?


Re: Lost control of declination with new firmware #UniversalFirmware

Luiz Sanches
 

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?


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

Frank Rich
 

Stunning!!


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

charles mckowen
 

I have not but I’ll definitely look into it. I believe this was my first target with that filter. Personally I like the l- enhance better with color cameras in darker skies than the l extreme. 
--
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
Qhy163m
asi294mc pro
asi533mc pro 
Canon Eos Ra 
EQMod/Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


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

Walter Vinci
 

Welcome and nice shot!

I just got an l-extreme and I am waiting for a clear night to try it!
Did you try SIRiL for color calibration? It works well for broadband images and I was hoping I could use it for narrowband too.

Walter

On Apr 28, 2021, at 10:47 AM, charles mckowen <Cmckow91@...> wrote:



[Edited Message Follows]

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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 !! 
--
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


 


--
———

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


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
 
Edited

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 !! 
--
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


 

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