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Re: Basic Understanding of PMC-8

Ben K
 

Regarding your NUC, are you running all of your ascom programs from that? If so, what are you using for a screen and inputs?


Re: Basic Understanding of PMC-8

W. Christopher Moses
 

I'm running everything on it and using RemoteDesktop to connect to it.
I did find that some programs will display dialog boxes very small - to small to read.  I discovered that if I change a setting for the program, in its properties, the dialog boxes will display normally.  Alas, I forget exactly which setting it is, but I'll find it for you if you want.

This does imply that I am either using a wired connection to the pmc-8 or have the pmc-8 set to connect to my network.  Currently, I'm using a wired connection.  Getting the pmc-8 onto my home network is on my to do list


Re: Basic Understanding of PMC-8

Ben K
 

Using remote desktop on your phone or tablet or a laptop?

I was thinking of doing something like that, a NUC wired to the PMC, and I connect to the NUC (either adhoc or create a local network or if I'm home, via that), and control it via my Chromebook or Android tablet.


Re: Basic Understanding of PMC-8

W. Christopher Moses
 

I'm using a MIcrosoft Surface Pro 4, which can be used as either a traditional laptop or a tablet.

You could easily use an android, mac, or iOS deceive to control it.  I'm not sure RemoteDesktop supports all those platforms but TIghtVNC and similar programs do.


Re: Basic Understanding of PMC-8

W. Christopher Moses
 

Realistically, I think a decent sized tablet is probably required to be able to view all the programs required for AP.  For visual, you could get away with a phone - probably.


Re: Basic Understanding of PMC-8

Ben K
 

Yeah, Microsoft has released an app for Android called RD Client Beta, which works quite well, with Remote Desktop, so I'll be using my Android tablet to connect to whatever computer I end up using with it.

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Re: Basic Understanding of PMC-8

W. Christopher Moses
 

The only problem I've had using a tablet is when it is very humid and the screen dews over.  That can interfere with the touch screen.  So, I would keep a mouse handy just in case you need it.


Re: Wired Connection

Ben K
 

Jerry, I might be wrong, but it looks like a small error in note AN002 in the 4th paragraph. You refer to the wifi interface as interface 0, when earlier you referred to it as interface 1.

Also, in note AN002, you refer to AN004, but I can't seem to find it on the PMC8 site:

Much obliged,

Ben


Exos 2GT - PMC-8 Thread

Ben K
 

I ordered from High Point Scientific, and it indicates a 12V battery back, supplied by 8 D batteries.


Is there an AC adapter available for this? If not, aside from being 12V, what amperage is needed?


Re: Exos 2GT - PMC-8 Thread

Ben K
 

Also, this is currently my understanding of how I'm going to wire everything up. 

I'll replace the DSLR with an astronomical camera in time, and may add dew heaters in time, depends on what I upgrade my OTA to, in time.



Re: Exos 2GT - PMC-8 Thread

W. Christopher Moses
 

My PMC-8, which came with the G-11, included a power supply. I would be surprised if your does not.  It is a standard 12v power supply. I don't remember the amps, but it isn't very high.  Nothing you couldn't buy at K-Mart


Re: Exos 2GT - PMC-8 Thread

W. Christopher Moses
 

Hi,
  If you already have AC power, I wouldn't bother using batteries for the pmc-8.  It just seems like another possible point of failure to me, personally.



Re: Exos 2GT - PMC-8 Thread

Ben K
 

Agreed, I would far rather just use AC, the high point site indicates it comes with a battery input. I think it's old, from the old exos 2gt, not the PMC 8 version, but my mount doesn't arrive till Wednesday. I'll take some pics then, of the unboxing, and modify the flow chart as needed.


Re: Exos 2GT - PMC-8 Thread

W. Christopher Moses
 

A PMC-8 is a PMC-8, as far as I know.  I think you are correct that it was just old copy. My PMC-8 came with the power supply in the same box.


Re: Wired Connection

hubbell_jerry@...
 

Thanks Ben for the catch, I will update the file.


Re: Exos 2GT - PMC-8 Thread

hubbell_jerry@...
 

Sorry for my delayed response, the EXOS2 version of the PMC-Eight comes with a battery pack, not the AC adapter as the G11. We are practically giving the mount away with the controller, so we have to save a few dollars somewhere! Anyway, like was said previously, you would want to use a larger battery system anyway. If you have an automotive jump battery, that would work fine. If you want to buy an AC adapter, a 12 Vdc, 3 amp supply should provide good service. A 5 amp version would be more than adequate.


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Re: Exos 2GT - PMC-8 Thread

Ben K
 

Jerry, do you have a specification for the plug end for the PMC-8?

Chris, what is your adapter, 12V 3A?


Re: Exos 2GT - PMC-8 Thread

hubbell_jerry@...
 

Hi Ben,

Here is the digikey part for the connector you need. It is a 2.1x5.5 mm plug

The connector on the PMC-Eight is this one:

This is the standard jack and plug used on Meade and Celestron telescope mounts