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wrong mount type selection on explore stars /ipad

agostinodiciaula@...
 

I have the explore stars app installed on my Ipad. I am not able to select my mount type (EXOS 2). The selection is fixed on G11 and the app does not allow to change this selection.

How can I solve?

Many thanks for your help

 


Re: Can the Mount Saddle on the IEXOS-100 be Replaced #ExploreScientific

 

No issues there either Wes. The base of the ES azimuth adaptor is smaller than the well on the top of the CG4 tripod. I have had no apparent issues with the mount moving while in use. I may at some point (once I'm more proficient with a 3-D printer) print a close tolerance bushing to fill the gap. 

Jeff 
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Mounts:   iEXOS 100
Scopes:    Evostar 72-Ed - StarField 50mm Guide Scope
Cameras:  Nikon D7000 - Altair GP Cam2
Software:

Jeff    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Re: Can the Mount Saddle on the IEXOS-100 be Replaced #ExploreScientific

Wes Mcdonald
 

Got it

How about mounting the mount onto the cg4 tripod.  Any mods needed to the tripod?  It did I read your note incorrectly about having the mount head on a cg4 tripod?

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: Can the Mount Saddle on the IEXOS-100 be Replaced #ExploreScientific

 

Hi Ming,

No problem, sounds like an excellent option!

Jeff . 
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Mounts:   iEXOS 100
Scopes:    Evostar 72-Ed - StarField 50mm Guide Scope
Cameras:  Nikon D7000 - Altair GP Cam2
Software:

Jeff    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Re: Can the Mount Saddle on the IEXOS-100 be Replaced #ExploreScientific

 

Hi Wes,

No mods of any kind required. Remove the original head...drop the new one with two M6 socket head screws and you're done!

Jeff 
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Mounts:   iEXOS 100
Scopes:    Evostar 72-Ed - StarField 50mm Guide Scope
Cameras:  Nikon D7000 - Altair GP Cam2
Software:

Jeff    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Re: Help needed with Losmandy G11 Pmc8 System. #G11

Sunil Bhaskar Bhaskaran
 

One small correction on the 6th point in my post: The squealing noise is heard almost everytime I slew the mount.


Re: Help needed with Losmandy G11 Pmc8 System. #G11

Sunil Bhaskar Bhaskaran
 

Jennifer,

                 Thank you for your response. The Mount has been stored in a pelican 1650 case along with the Pmc8. The case has not been exposed to rain but humidity is a different story.  Most of my Apo's : Stellarvue 80 and ES 127mm FCD100 have developed fungus on the triplet lens.( Even though they themselves were kept in custom made cases). Weather has not been very cooperative over here for the last 6 months so never had the opportunity to fully test it. Yesterday when I finally did manage to boot it up, well you know the res :(. The mount was working perfectly fine before but that weird ticking sound was noticed first before the squealing noise became apparent. The only thing I have noticed is that during balancing both RA and Dec axis seems to be stiffer than usual : something I noticed 8 months ago but the mount worked fine then.The only adjustment I did was to tighten the Azimuth Locking knob as I felt it was too loose. The wavy washer is also installed so that can be discounted as the issue. These are the things I have observed overall : 
1) RA and Dec axis stiffness.
2)Azimuth "Adjustment" knobs seems to have a weird slipping issue : they seem to be very loose while adjusting(even with a 5 inch APO), especially during drift alignment proceedures.
3) Go to accuracy has always been questionable : This error might be more user related than mount but the mount almost always parks in the wrong position : the bubbles on the RA and Dec are not be centered. I use a workaround to avoid this issue.
4) The tick sound heard in the video occurs when most often when I am doing drift alignment procedure. Once I start imaging(SGP) , its gone.
5)  A lot of subs have been discarded by SGP because the the Dec corrections exceeded the specified limit in SGP( 20 px). 3 out of 5 frames are failing and SGP restarts the procedure.
6) THis is the first time I heard the squealing noise. THis was noticed only during "Parking" of the mount, no other time. WHen I park the mount from the meridian, this sound occurs. Rest of the time its perfectly fine.
7) Final point : the ticking sound seems to be coming from the RA motor where as the squealing seems to be coming from the saddle area.

Please let me know if you need any other info from my side.  
Sunil


Re: Help needed with Losmandy G11 Pmc8 System. #G11

Jennifer Shelly
 

Sunil:

Welcome back to the forum.  I have the same mount and I have not heard sounds like that before.  The squealing sound is the one I would be most concerned about. It sounds like parts are no longer lubricated and rubbing on each other.

You stated you had not used the mount in 8 months.  How did you have the mount stored? Was the mount inside or outside?  If the mount was outside was it exposed to humidity or rain?  If so you could have some rust.

Please describe what troubleshooting and/or inspections you have already done to determine the cause of the problems.  This way others may be able to chime in with some ideas and help you figure this out.
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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: Can the Mount Saddle on the IEXOS-100 be Replaced #ExploreScientific

Ming
 

Thanks a lot for the bolt size and the hole spacing, Jeff.

I think I'll go with the TS Optics clamp as that one has a pair of smaller thumbscrews, so they should clear the DEC motor housing without the need of a coupling nut.
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Scopes: APM-LZOS 115/805, Skywatcher 200P Dob & APM 107/700 (grab'n'go)
Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro w/ Rowan belt mod + ADM saddle & ES iEXOS-100 PMC8 w/ Fine AZ adjuster + ST2 tripod

Eyepieces: ES68 34mm, 24mm; Pentax XW 14mm; ES82 14mm, 8.8mm; Baader Morpheus 6.5mm, 2.25x Q-Barlow; TV Delos 4.5mm, 2.5x Powermate
Imaging: Canon EOS 600Da, Canon 135mm f/2L + 1.4x extender, TS 2" 0.79x FR/FF, IDAS NB1 triband filter, Altair Starwave 50mm + ZWO ASI120MM Mini (guiding)

Software: BYE, PHD2, ASTAP, Cartes du Ciel, DSS, PIPP, AutoStakkert2, PS CC

Binoculars: Vixen Ascot ZR 8x42WP


locked Re: ZWO EAF #astrophotography #Off-Topic

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

A thread on focusers should be started in the PMC-Eight Application subgroup, not in any of the PMC-Eight subgroups or MAIN.

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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: Can the Mount Saddle on the IEXOS-100 be Replaced #ExploreScientific

Wes Mcdonald
 

Jeff

What did you need to put that head on the CG4 tripod?  Looks like it fit on just 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


Re: Can the Mount Saddle on the IEXOS-100 be Replaced #ExploreScientific

 


The bolts are M6. The plate mounting holes are 35mm on center.


Mounts:   iEXOS 100
Scopes:    Evostar 72-Ed - StarField 50mm Guide Scope
Cameras:  Nikon D7000 - Altair GP Cam2
Software:

Jeff    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


locked Re: ZWO EAF #astrophotography #Off-Topic

Wes Mcdonald
 

Alan

I concluded it would not be easily, if at all, installed on my ES127, for what it’s worth

Wes

On Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 7:19 AM alandebrut <alan.bruce@...> wrote:
Hi,

Cant find a topic on Focusers, so asking will the ZWO EAF fit on to the ES AR102 scope?

Thanks
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Explore Scientific:
Telscope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 (awaiting delivery)

Celestron
SE8 plus mount
Starsense

Canon 80D


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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


locked ZWO EAF #astrophotography #Off-Topic

alandebrut
 

Hi,

Cant find a topic on Focusers, so asking will the ZWO EAF fit on to the ES AR102 scope?

Thanks
--
Explore Scientific:
Telscope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 (awaiting delivery)

Celestron
SE8 plus mount
Starsense

Canon 80D


Re: iEXOS-100 tripod #iEXOS-100

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day James,

 

Explore Scientific does offer more tripod options:  https://explorescientificusa.com/collections/tripods

 

I felt the same way in the beginning, but after about a year and half, I realized I was not going to break it.   

Every time I image, I travel up and down a couple of flights of stairs.

 

I eventually went with the ST3 mount, which supports my iEXOS-100 mount, around 20-pounds of

counterweight and a 7” Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope.

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of James
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2020 12:31 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] iEXOS-100 tripod #iEXOS-100

 

I was just wondering if there was a better tripod that supports the iEXOS-100 mount. The legs are a bit flimsy and I'm concerned it will nit last long. I have to move it around a lot as I have to go off site to set it up.

Thanks

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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX

Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)

Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13

Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Help needed with Losmandy G11 Pmc8 System. #G11

Sunil Bhaskar Bhaskaran
 

Hi fellas,

                Been a while since I was last active in the forum. Hope everyone is doing well. To make a long story short, I seem to have run into a weird issue with my G11 mount. I just setup the mount today(after not using it for almost 8 months) and I immediately felt that there seems to be some friction build up when I was trying to balance the mount. While trying to perform drift alignment in phd2, the mount starts making weird whining/grinding noise not heard before. The mount used to guide perfectly fine before but now I am not sure what the issue is. To make things worse, I keep hearing a ticking sound(RA motor) when the mount is guiding. I am attaching two videos that can explain what I am facing. ANy help in this regard is greatly appreciated. 
Ticking noise : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocDXVNyunOo&feature=youtu.be  ( That tick sound audio might be a bit low. Sorry abt that)
Whining/Grinding noise : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55iRuUrLitI&feature=youtu.be 

Has anyone experienced this before?

Sunil


iEXOS-100 tripod #iEXOS-100

James
 

I was just wondering if there was a better tripod that supports the iEXOS-100 mount. The legs are a bit flimsy and I'm concerned it will nit last long. I have to move it around a lot as I have to go off site to set it up.

Thanks

--
Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification)
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


locked Re: 3D Printed Parts and How to use IEXOS-100 with the free Astroberry Server software #iEXOS-100 #Off-Topic

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

For further discussion of this project, please start a new thread on the PMC-Eight Applications subgroup.

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: Can the Mount Saddle on the IEXOS-100 be Replaced #ExploreScientific

Ming
 

What is the size of the bolts, M6 or M8?
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Scopes: APM-LZOS 115/805, Skywatcher 200P Dob & APM 107/700 (grab'n'go)
Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro w/ Rowan belt mod + ADM saddle & ES iEXOS-100 PMC8 w/ Fine AZ adjuster + ST2 tripod

Eyepieces: ES68 34mm, 24mm; Pentax XW 14mm; ES82 14mm, 8.8mm; Baader Morpheus 6.5mm, 2.25x Q-Barlow; TV Delos 4.5mm, 2.5x Powermate
Imaging: Canon EOS 600Da, Canon 135mm f/2L + 1.4x extender, TS 2" 0.79x FR/FF, IDAS NB1 triband filter, Altair Starwave 50mm + ZWO ASI120MM Mini (guiding)

Software: BYE, PHD2, ASTAP, Cartes du Ciel, DSS, PIPP, AutoStakkert2, PS CC

Binoculars: Vixen Ascot ZR 8x42WP


Re: Explore Stars Android App in mobiles phones: Samsung S10 #Android

Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service
 

  1. Unzip the download and place the folder on the root of the MicroSD card.
  2. Install the MicroSD card into your Android device.
  3. Under Settings/APPS/ExploreStars grant Permissions for External Storage and Location. .