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Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Howdy,

 

OK, now you have to figure out why the new laptop is not connecting since it did previously.  Perhaps you can

compare your new laptop settings and old settings to see if you see a difference. 

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Voyager
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2020 9:02 AM
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Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

Wes, JR,

Tried all of the steps and recommendations above, but did not succeed, then switched out my new laptop for the old W10 HP went straight to CM and, SUCCESS!:




Thank you both for you guidance and all that is documented above. By the way, I did also read the technical notes for switching between WiFi and Serial, but the troubleshooting notes in this thread are going to be very useful for future reference.👍

Peter
(Voyager)
 
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt, AR152 
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 
Edited

Wes, JR,

Tried all of the steps and recommendations above, but did not succeed, then switched out my new laptop for the old W10 HP went straight to CM and, SUCCESS!.

Definitely a PC/Laptop hardware issue.




Thank you both for you guidance and all that is documented above. By the way, I did also read the technical notes for switching between WiFi and Serial, but the troubleshooting notes in this thread are going to be very useful for future reference.👍

Peter
(Voyager)
 
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt, AR152 
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Peter,

 

Sounds good.

 

JR

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Voyager
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2020 6:39 AM
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[Edited Message Follows]

Hello JR,
responses to your questions on current state:

 need to get a baseline for where you are currently:

1.       Your IPad connects via wireless to the mount?

>> Correct

2.       Your Windows PC cannot connect to the mount via wireless or serial?
>> Correct

3.       What state was your mount in previously; wireless or serial?
>> was working in serial mode prior to switching to wireless after firmware upgrade

4.       What happens when you click the Find it connection?
>> as shown in screen print above,
>> “Find” results in the “Com 4” response
>> “Find current connect ‘Do it’ “ returns second message

>> “The Mount does not appear to be connected...”

I will be trying out the rest of your recommendations in a few hours.

thank you for your support.

Peter
(Voyager)

--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

Wes Mcdonald
 

Peter:

If your pmc8 is working via wifi with your ipad it is in wifi mode.

1.  I would verify the serial cable is working by reloading the firmware.  The CM does not need to be connected via serial mode to do this, just have the serial cable connected.  If the firmware does not load then the serial line is broken somehow, either you are in DLL hell, or there is a physical problem.  I suspect a windows problem tho.  If the firmware load ends with success, you know everything is connected.  Reboot the PMC8 after loading the firmware.  It takes a reboot for the new load to run.

2.  If the load fails then you need to look at what is wrong starting with the PC and working outward.  One thing to do is to go to the advanced tab.  Select the wifi TCP for an EXOS2 or UDP for the iEXOS.  Then press the get version number.  If you are connected via wifi, you will receive a reply.  If you don't get the reply then you are not in wifi mode or your pc is not connected to the PMC8 system wifi.  

3.  If the load is successful, then go ahead and try using the CM again to change the state of the connection

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: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 
Edited

Hello JR,
responses to your questions on current state:

 need to get a baseline for where you are currently:

1.       Your IPad connects via wireless to the mount?

>> Correct

2.       Your Windows PC cannot connect to the mount via wireless or serial?
>> Correct

3.       What state was your mount in previously; wireless or serial?
>> was working in serial mode prior to switching to wireless after firmware upgrade

4.       What happens when you click the Find it connection?
>> as shown in screen print above,
>> “Find” results in the “Com 4” response
>> “Find current connect ‘Do it’ “ returns second message

>> “The Mount does not appear to be connected...”

I will be trying out the rest of your recommendations in a few hours.

thank you for your support.

Peter
(Voyager)

--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

Wes, response is “yes” to your questions 1 & 2.

Also, reinstalled CM v1.0.3.
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Voyager,

 

I need to get a baseline for where you are currently:

1.       Your IPad connects via wireless to the mount?

2.       Your Windows PC cannot connect to the mount via wireless or serial?

3.       What state was your mount in previously; wireless or serial?

4.       What happens when you click the Find it connection?

 

Statements:

1.       I think your mount is in serial mode?

2.       Close the ES Configuration manager

3.       Open/ check ASCOM and make sure

WiFi mode is enabled.

 

Click Wireless setup tab.  Your WiFi module will be different for the EXOS2-GT PMC8:

 

4.       Open ES Configuration manager and check the following:

 

If that does not work, close the ES Configuration manager

 

5.       Download PMC8 utility and check the following:

https://explorescientificusa.com/pages/software-and-downloads-for-pmc-eight-system

 

6.       Open ES configuration manager and click Find Current Connection and  it should work .

 

JR

 

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Voyager
Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2020 8:08 PM
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Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

[Edited Message Follows]

Wes,

I can't seem to get past step 7 buttons are gray - see image below. 

I've tried 3 different FTDi cables: 2 Parallax and one Amazon, all of which had been working prior to my attempt to switch to WiFi/UDP (Do It button) in CM. I a;so had POTH/Stellarium working well via serial - based on your instructions from July (above). Also tried the Parallax terminal app to try and connect via serial but - no luck.

Also, currently, I can connect via WiFI from my iPad/Explore Stars and have the mount respond/slew to objects.

Is there a hard reset on the PMC2 that one needs to apply ?


--

Thanks !
Peter


Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Sir,

 

I see you are working with Wes as well.  I will read the follow ups and chime in if I can be of assistance.

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Voyager
Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:28 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

Thank you JR.

I don’t seem to be able to get past step Step 13 when going back to serial connection.

Peter
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Mike,

 

Thank you.

 

I first posted a longer version of this on Feb.23.2019 in the Beginners Forum;

And then a shorten version on Apr.26.2020 to the Main Forum.

 

I have reached an age where if I don’t do something continuous for a

week or two, I will forget basic steps.  I still plan on updating this later on

including pictures once I update to ASCOM 6.5.  I might do the

same for ASCOM 6.4. 

 

I run Windows 10 and it has its own issues.  Currently dealing with intermittent BSODs,

I believe this is related to AVG.  There is a conflict of mindsets somewhere within the

System.

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike Forbes
Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2020 3:12 PM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

This is great JR.  I wish I had this procedure 6 weeks ago when I took FOREVER to get everything working, and several nights wondering why my camera wouldn't work in Sharpcap and APT, lol.  I think many will benefit from this!

 

Mike

 

On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 11:52 AM jrichard333 <jrichard333@...> <jrichard333@...> wrote:

Good day Voyager,

 

This might work for you.

JR

 

These are the steps I use to connect Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Wireless (TCP) and finally Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Serial.   

Don’t laugh at me, I need these steps or I will mess up J.   So far, I have not had an instance where ASCOM POTH failed to connect.   

ASCOM POTH has locked up due to me connecting and running APT and Stellarium/ Stellarium Scope at the same time.  Through

many failed attempts, I have learned only one piece of software can control the mount at a time L.

 

If you are new and unsure, give these steps a try  J.

Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Wireless (TCP) Process:

1.       Change Network WiFi to PMC-Eight-xxxx WiFi

2.       Open PMC-Eight Configuration manager

3.       Expand window so you can see everything

4.       Go to Connection Tab

5.       Select mount type:  iEXOS-100 for me

6.       Click Find Current Connection

7.       The only option that will appear will be

“Via Wireless ASCOM (TCP)

8.       Click on via wireless ASCOM (TCP)

Note:  at the bottom of the PMC-Eight Configuration Manager you will

see highlighted in green TCP and PMC-Eight-xxxx

9.       Open ASCOM Poth

10.   Click setup; ”POTH Setup” screen will pop up

11.   Click Setup and select “Enable WiFi TCP/IP”

12.   Click “Ok” and “Ok” again

13.   Connect ASCOM Poth to mount

14.   Now you should be able to connect all of your software via ASCOM POTH HUB

15.   Going back to ExploreStars

16.   If PMC-Eight Configuration Manager is already open, proceed; if not, open and proceed

17.   Select  “via ExploreStars (UDP).

18.   Now you can use the ExploreStars app

 

Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Serial process (iEXOS-100):  a bit more involved going back:

1.       Change Network WiFi to PMC-Eight-xxxx WiFi

2.       Open PMC-Eight Configuration manager

3.       Expand window so you can see everything

4.       Go to Connection Tab

5.       Select mount type:  iEXOS-100

6.       Close PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

7.       Plug in cable from mount to PC

8.       Open PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

9.       Go to Connection Tab the com port should have a number in it.

10.   Select mount type:  IEXOS-100 for me

11.   Select the following option via ASCOM (Serial)

12.   Select “Do It”

13.   Bottom line will display connection mode ‘Serial”  and PMC network

14.   Open ASCOM Poth

15.   Click setup; ”POTH Setup” screen will pop up

16.   Click Setup and select “Enable Serial Port”

17.   Select the Com Port

18.   That’s it; you are ready to play and connect other pieces of software to your mount.

19.   Going back to ExploreStars; remember, there are multiple paths you can take to get

back to ExploreStars.   What follows is my method for bringing everything back to wireless

20.   Go to ASCOM POTH

21.   Disconnect mount if connected.

22.   Click Setup; the “POTH Setup” menu will pop up

23.   Click Setup; enable WiFi TCP/ IP; click Ok

24.   You can now close ASCOM POTH

25.   Close PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

26.   Reopen PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

27.   Click “via wireless ASCOM (TCP)”

Note:  Message window will state “Switching to TCP......Success - switched to TCP”

28.   Click via ExploreStars (UDP)

29.   Note:  Message window will state Switching to UDP....Successfully switched to UDP”

30.   Now you can play with the ExploreStars app again.

 

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Voyager
Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2020 9:37 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

To be clear:

All of the "Do It" buttons are greyed out other than "Find current connection", so I am unable to switch back to serial.

Peter
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

Wes Mcdonald
 

Ok so the mount is working in WiFi mode with a tablet now.  You have two issues 

1.  Cannot get cm to recognize the pmc8
2.  Pc explorestars does not work it gets hung at please wait.

Is this correct?



On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 9:11 PM Wes Mcdonald via groups.io <wesmcd6=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Is this a new version of the cm ?

Wes 

On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 9:07 PM Voyager <pmaks01@...> wrote:
Wes,

I can't seem to get past step 7 - see image below. 

I've tried 3 different FTDi cables: 2 Parallax and one Amazon, all of which had been working prior to my attempt to switch to WiFi/UDP (Do It button) in CM. I a;so had POTH/Stellarium working well via serial - based on your instructions from July (above). Also tried the Parallax terminal app to try and connect via serial but - no luck.

Also, currently, I can connect via WiFI from my iPad/Explore Stars and have the mount respond/slew to objects.

Is there a hard reset on the PMC2 that one needs to apply ?


--

Thanks !
Peter


Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA












--
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








--
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: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

Wes Mcdonald
 

Is this a new version of the cm ?

Wes 

On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 9:07 PM Voyager <pmaks01@...> wrote:
Wes,

I can't seem to get past step 7 - see image below. 

I've tried 3 different FTDi cables: 2 Parallax and one Amazon, all of which had been working prior to my attempt to switch to WiFi/UDP (Do It button) in CM. I a;so had POTH/Stellarium working well via serial - based on your instructions from July (above). Also tried the Parallax terminal app to try and connect via serial but - no luck.

Also, currently, I can connect via WiFI from my iPad/Explore Stars and have the mount respond/slew to objects.

Is there a hard reset on the PMC2 that one needs to apply ?


--

Thanks !
Peter


Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA










--
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: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 
Edited

Wes,

I can't seem to get past step 7 buttons are gray - see image below. 

I've tried 3 different FTDi cables: 2 Parallax and one Amazon, all of which had been working prior to my attempt to switch to WiFi/UDP (Do It button) in CM. I a;so had POTH/Stellarium working well via serial - based on your instructions from July (above). Also tried the Parallax terminal app to try and connect via serial but - no luck.

Also, currently, I can connect via WiFI from my iPad/Explore Stars and have the mount respond/slew to objects.

Is there a hard reset on the PMC2 that one needs to apply ?


--

Thanks !
Peter


Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: Tuning backlash on iExos 100

James Ball
 

I have looked at the Tuning guide a few times but on the iEXOS-100 there are just two cap screws holding two separate blocks, one at each end of the worm gear, and no screw in the middle.  The worm is not mounted in a single piece block like on the EXOS-2 I believe.  I adjusted my RA mesh because it had quite a bit of wobble and had to loosen the two cap screws and carefully move them to reduce mesh but while keeping the gear square with the belt.  I think mine is a little too tight as it will bind if not perfectly balanced but I really don't want to have it apart again unless I have to.  Maybe I am not seeing it correctly, but that is what I had to do.
--
James Ball
Dawson Springs, Ky
Mounts: iEXOS-100
Scopes: Meade ETX90RA(deforked now) Sky Watcher 150MCT
Camera: ZWO ASI 120MC-S
Software: Explore Stars Android, ASCOM, Stellarium Scope, Stellarium, AS!3, SharpCap, RegiStax6.


iEXOS-100 Accessories

Wade Prunty
 

There was a question during the stream today about a clamp-style dovetail for the Explore Scientific mounts, and I thought it would be a cool idea if we had a place on the forum to talk about accessories like that for these mounts. I only have an iEXOS-100, so I thought I'd start a topic for that specific mount.



Clamp-Style Dovetail Bracket for iEXOS-100
A clamp-style dovetail bracket was actually something that interested me after I bought my iEXOS-100. The screw-in dovetail that comes with the mount cut up the side of my brand new SpaceCat vixen bar when I was trying to balance the telescope. This hurt my feelings so bad. Like really bad. So I went out and found a replacement dovetail bracket that clamps to the vixen bar and removes any chance of it chewing up any other gear I use with the mount. I've been using this ever since and it works great. I highly recommend adding this as an accessory to any iEXOS-100. If you are looking for something similar, but not this exact version, let me warn you, make sure the thumb screw is no wider than the bottom of the dovetail's bracket. If it is it might be too fat to let the DEC axis swing clearly above its motor cover.

Below is a link to one I bought from Amazon.
Astromania Middle-Sizes Dovetail with one Screw

--
Explore Scientific iEXOS-100
William Optics SpaceCat 51 APO
ZWO ASI183MM Pro, ASI533MC Pro
Canon 5D, T3i (Both Astro Mods)
William Optics UniGuide
ZWO ASI120MM-S
ZWO ASIAIR Pro


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

Wes Mcdonald
 

Voyager

1.  The CM cannot do anything unless the PC is connected to the PMC8
2.  Get your serial line plugged into the PMC8.  Boot the PMC8.  Connect PC to PMC8 wifi
3.  Open up CM.  Expand it so you can see stuff.  Go to the connection tab.
4.  Bottom line should show PMC8 Wifi in Green.
5.  Set your PMC8 type.  Press refresh.Drop down list of comm ports.  Pick a comm port that it found.
6.  Press FIND  It should say what is up.
7.  Press the Find Current connection do-it button if it isn't grey.  If it is...oops.
8.  To use the PMC8 with explorestars you must select connection type to be via UDP.  You might get the message that this doesn't matter for the exos2.  If so it doesn't matter.  Pick TCP then.  OTherwise pick UDP
9.  At this point you should be able to flip back and forth between serial and wifi using the buttons.  

Remember the PMC8 remembers what mode it was in, so once you get it working in a mode, that's all you need to do with the CM until you wish to change the mode.
Let us know how you make out.
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: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

Thank you JR.

I don’t seem to be able to get past step Step 13 when going back to serial connection.

Peter
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

Mike Forbes <mikeforbes059@...>
 

This is great JR.  I wish I had this procedure 6 weeks ago when I took FOREVER to get everything working, and several nights wondering why my camera wouldn't work in Sharpcap and APT, lol.  I think many will benefit from this!

Mike

On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 11:52 AM jrichard333 <jrichard333@...> <jrichard333@...> wrote:

Good day Voyager,

 

This might work for you.

JR

 

These are the steps I use to connect Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Wireless (TCP) and finally Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Serial.   

Don’t laugh at me, I need these steps or I will mess up J.   So far, I have not had an instance where ASCOM POTH failed to connect.   

ASCOM POTH has locked up due to me connecting and running APT and Stellarium/ Stellarium Scope at the same time.  Through

many failed attempts, I have learned only one piece of software can control the mount at a time L.

 

If you are new and unsure, give these steps a try  J.

Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Wireless (TCP) Process:

1.       Change Network WiFi to PMC-Eight-xxxx WiFi

2.       Open PMC-Eight Configuration manager

3.       Expand window so you can see everything

4.       Go to Connection Tab

5.       Select mount type:  iEXOS-100 for me

6.       Click Find Current Connection

7.       The only option that will appear will be

“Via Wireless ASCOM (TCP)

8.       Click on via wireless ASCOM (TCP)

Note:  at the bottom of the PMC-Eight Configuration Manager you will

see highlighted in green TCP and PMC-Eight-xxxx

9.       Open ASCOM Poth

10.   Click setup; ”POTH Setup” screen will pop up

11.   Click Setup and select “Enable WiFi TCP/IP”

12.   Click “Ok” and “Ok” again

13.   Connect ASCOM Poth to mount

14.   Now you should be able to connect all of your software via ASCOM POTH HUB

15.   Going back to ExploreStars

16.   If PMC-Eight Configuration Manager is already open, proceed; if not, open and proceed

17.   Select  “via ExploreStars (UDP).

18.   Now you can use the ExploreStars app

 

Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Serial process (iEXOS-100):  a bit more involved going back:

1.       Change Network WiFi to PMC-Eight-xxxx WiFi

2.       Open PMC-Eight Configuration manager

3.       Expand window so you can see everything

4.       Go to Connection Tab

5.       Select mount type:  iEXOS-100

6.       Close PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

7.       Plug in cable from mount to PC

8.       Open PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

9.       Go to Connection Tab the com port should have a number in it.

10.   Select mount type:  IEXOS-100 for me

11.   Select the following option via ASCOM (Serial)

12.   Select “Do It”

13.   Bottom line will display connection mode ‘Serial”  and PMC network

14.   Open ASCOM Poth

15.   Click setup; ”POTH Setup” screen will pop up

16.   Click Setup and select “Enable Serial Port”

17.   Select the Com Port

18.   That’s it; you are ready to play and connect other pieces of software to your mount.

19.   Going back to ExploreStars; remember, there are multiple paths you can take to get

back to ExploreStars.   What follows is my method for bringing everything back to wireless

20.   Go to ASCOM POTH

21.   Disconnect mount if connected.

22.   Click Setup; the “POTH Setup” menu will pop up

23.   Click Setup; enable WiFi TCP/ IP; click Ok

24.   You can now close ASCOM POTH

25.   Close PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

26.   Reopen PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

27.   Click “via wireless ASCOM (TCP)”

Note:  Message window will state “Switching to TCP......Success - switched to TCP”

28.   Click via ExploreStars (UDP)

29.   Note:  Message window will state Switching to UDP....Successfully switched to UDP”

30.   Now you can play with the ExploreStars app again.

 

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Voyager
Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2020 9:37 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

To be clear:

All of the "Do It" buttons are greyed out other than "Find current connection", so I am unable to switch back to serial.

Peter
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Voyager,

 

This might work for you.

JR

 

These are the steps I use to connect Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Wireless (TCP) and finally Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Serial.   

Don’t laugh at me, I need these steps or I will mess up J.   So far, I have not had an instance where ASCOM POTH failed to connect.   

ASCOM POTH has locked up due to me connecting and running APT and Stellarium/ Stellarium Scope at the same time.  Through

many failed attempts, I have learned only one piece of software can control the mount at a time L.

 

If you are new and unsure, give these steps a try  J.

Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Wireless (TCP) Process:

1.       Change Network WiFi to PMC-Eight-xxxx WiFi

2.       Open PMC-Eight Configuration manager

3.       Expand window so you can see everything

4.       Go to Connection Tab

5.       Select mount type:  iEXOS-100 for me

6.       Click Find Current Connection

7.       The only option that will appear will be

“Via Wireless ASCOM (TCP)

8.       Click on via wireless ASCOM (TCP)

Note:  at the bottom of the PMC-Eight Configuration Manager you will

see highlighted in green TCP and PMC-Eight-xxxx

9.       Open ASCOM Poth

10.   Click setup; ”POTH Setup” screen will pop up

11.   Click Setup and select “Enable WiFi TCP/IP”

12.   Click “Ok” and “Ok” again

13.   Connect ASCOM Poth to mount

14.   Now you should be able to connect all of your software via ASCOM POTH HUB

15.   Going back to ExploreStars

16.   If PMC-Eight Configuration Manager is already open, proceed; if not, open and proceed

17.   Select  “via ExploreStars (UDP).

18.   Now you can use the ExploreStars app

 

Explore Stars (UDP) to ASCOM Serial process (iEXOS-100):  a bit more involved going back:

1.       Change Network WiFi to PMC-Eight-xxxx WiFi

2.       Open PMC-Eight Configuration manager

3.       Expand window so you can see everything

4.       Go to Connection Tab

5.       Select mount type:  iEXOS-100

6.       Close PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

7.       Plug in cable from mount to PC

8.       Open PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

9.       Go to Connection Tab the com port should have a number in it.

10.   Select mount type:  IEXOS-100 for me

11.   Select the following option via ASCOM (Serial)

12.   Select “Do It”

13.   Bottom line will display connection mode ‘Serial”  and PMC network

14.   Open ASCOM Poth

15.   Click setup; ”POTH Setup” screen will pop up

16.   Click Setup and select “Enable Serial Port”

17.   Select the Com Port

18.   That’s it; you are ready to play and connect other pieces of software to your mount.

19.   Going back to ExploreStars; remember, there are multiple paths you can take to get

back to ExploreStars.   What follows is my method for bringing everything back to wireless

20.   Go to ASCOM POTH

21.   Disconnect mount if connected.

22.   Click Setup; the “POTH Setup” menu will pop up

23.   Click Setup; enable WiFi TCP/ IP; click Ok

24.   You can now close ASCOM POTH

25.   Close PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

26.   Reopen PMC-Eight Configuration Manager

27.   Click “via wireless ASCOM (TCP)”

Note:  Message window will state “Switching to TCP......Success - switched to TCP”

28.   Click via ExploreStars (UDP)

29.   Note:  Message window will state Switching to UDP....Successfully switched to UDP”

30.   Now you can play with the ExploreStars app again.

 

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Voyager
Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2020 9:37 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

To be clear:

All of the "Do It" buttons are greyed out other than "Find current connection", so I am unable to switch back to serial.

Peter
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

To be clear:

All of the "Do It" buttons are greyed out other than "Find current connection", so I am unable to switch back to serial.

Peter
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ, AR152 
Scope: ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
DSLR: Canon 6D, T3i
Software: ExploreStars W10, iOS; Sharpcap, Altair ImageCapture, PMC 8 Manager, Stellarium 
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


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Mounts: ES PMC-8 EXOS2
Scopes: SV 102EDT, ZWO 60/280 Guide
Cameras:  Nikon D5300, Altair GPCAM2 290M
Software: ASCOM, CdC, AstroTortilla, BYN Pro, Sharpcap, PHD2
Computer:  Thinkpad x230, Win7Pro/64

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