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Re: iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight - cannot see from Polar Tunnel #polaralignment #pmc-eight #iEXOS-100

Lloyd Simons
 

Hi Stefano and welcome. You need to rotate the declination axis 90 degrees in order to see through the tunnel. It is so you don't hit your head on your telescope.
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Lloyd Simons
Mattawan, MI
Telescopes: Astrotech AT72ED II, Orion 8" Dobsonian, Tectron 15" Dobsonian, Celestron Super Polaris C8
Imaging Camera: Canon T3i
Guide Camera: QHY5L-IIM on a 60mm F4 Guidescope
Mounts: iExos-100 PMC-8, Vixen Super Polaris
Mount Control: KODLIX gn41 mini PC, Explorestars on a Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70F Android 6.0
Software: N.I.N.A. for imaging, PHD2 for guiding, Sharpcap for PA, Cartes du Ciel, PixInsight


iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight - cannot see from Polar Tunnel #polaralignment #pmc-eight #iEXOS-100

 

Dear all,
hi from Livorno, Italy, this is Stefano!
I recently got a brand new iEXOS 100 as I wish to set-up a supercool portable mount for my WO61 Zenithstar, focusing on deep-sky photography, and this mount seems to me perfect!
I still have not any time to try it under starry sky, but opening the box, I try to look into polar tunnel (after removing the small front cap) but I ain't able to see nothing.
Am I wrong somehow?
Thanks 


possibly tracking issue near zenith #EXOS2

Gernot Schreider
 

Hi all,

last night I was targeting M13 and did use SharpCap to do a series of photos un-attended. When inspecting the photos I found some strange effect, which looks to me like an issue with the tracking.
The photo was taken with my SonyAlpha 6000, 2min exposure time, FOV 1°x43' at 21:51 CEST, at this time M13 was  pretty close to zenith at AZ 263°, H 56°.
The mount was in tracking mode and it looks like it slewed during this time or some other effect happened.

I have  10 photos with more or less the same effect.

Has anybody seen such behavior or does anybody have an explanation what happened ?

Thanks for any help, suggestions.
Gernot


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location: 49,55N, 7,89E; mount: EXOS-2 PMC8; telescope: Meade 8" ACF; guidescope: Orion 50mm, cameras: Sony Alpha 6000, ASI 120MC-S, laptop: Lenovo; OS: Windows 10 64bit, software: Stellarium, Sharpcap Pro, Ascom platform, AstroTortilla, DeepSkyStacker


locked Re: ES EXOS2 and ZWO ASI Air Pro

Henry Staub
 

How do I do it?  


locked Re: ES EXOS2 and ZWO ASI Air Pro

Henry Staub
 

No I was wondering.


Re: Ascom <-> PMC Eight

Yorksman
 

Glad you discovered the problem nd thanks for letting us know what the solution was.


Re: Notes for fine tuning EXOS2 PMC8

 

Thomas,

We'd had a number of folks not subscribe to MOUNTS, and then not be able to use the link to find the file, so I moved it over to MAIN, which everyone ends up subscribed to:




On Mon, Sep 7, 2020, at 16:16, Thomas Olson wrote:
Hi Bob,
Seems to be missing now.




On 8/31/20 8:44 AM, Robert Hoskin wrote:
Terry,

You do need to be subscribed to the MOUNTS subforum to reach its files section, so if it doesn't work for you, try that.


On Mon, Aug 31, 2020, at 10:42, Mario wrote:
Hi Terry, here's the link that was shared with me when I asked the same question ...works perfectly.


Regards,

Mario
 

On Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 10:38 AM Nemesis2a <nemesis2a@...> wrote:
Hello everyone!

I have read there are notes to fine tune EXOS2 PMC8, but have no clue where to find them. There was a link in one of the disscussions recently that took me to the home page. Can someone please point me in the right direction, or add the proper link to it? 
Thanks!
Terry Laraman




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Regards,

Mario
Streetsville, Ontario

Mounts: iExos 100, Skyguider Pro
Scopes/Lenses: Main/Orion 80mm, DSLR/Tamron 18-400mm lens, guide/ZWO-340A
Computer: ASIAir
Cameras: Canon T2i DSLR, ZWO120MM (guide)
Utility Software: iPolar (for Skyguider polar alignment), iCap, Explorestars, Canon EOS Utility
Image Processing Software: Photoshop




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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


Attachments:
  • mounts_files.jpg


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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


Re: Notes for fine tuning EXOS2 PMC8

Thomas Olson
 

Hi Bob,
Seems to be missing now.
https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MOUNTS/files



On 8/31/20 8:44 AM, Robert Hoskin wrote:
Terry,

You do need to be subscribed to the MOUNTS subforum to reach its files section, so if it doesn't work for you, try that.


On Mon, Aug 31, 2020, at 10:42, Mario wrote:
Hi Terry, here's the link that was shared with me when I asked the same question ...works perfectly.


Regards,

Mario
 

On Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 10:38 AM Nemesis2a <nemesis2a@...> wrote:
Hello everyone!

I have read there are notes to fine tune EXOS2 PMC8, but have no clue where to find them. There was a link in one of the disscussions recently that took me to the home page. Can someone please point me in the right direction, or add the proper link to it? 
Thanks!
Terry Laraman




--
Regards,

Mario
Streetsville, Ontario

Mounts: iExos 100, Skyguider Pro
Scopes/Lenses: Main/Orion 80mm, DSLR/Tamron 18-400mm lens, guide/ZWO-340A
Computer: ASIAir
Cameras: Canon T2i DSLR, ZWO120MM (guide)
Utility Software: iPolar (for Skyguider polar alignment), iCap, Explorestars, Canon EOS Utility
Image Processing Software: Photoshop




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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


Re: Ascom <-> PMC Eight

Andreas Just
 

Hi, I figured the out the problem ... 6hours :-(

I installed it on several (4)machines and tested it on both tablets (Panasonic FZ-G1 (Win10) and Motion CL910 (Win7) - normaly used as GPS (and much more) on my motorbikes) and my develop machine - no success. But it runs on my server!.... ?

The three machines have GPS and "Franson GPS-Gate" installed. This program creates virtual COM Ports and maps the GPS data on these ports, so that you can use GPS in different programs. And ASCOM - not the PMC-Eight driver - has a problem with these virtual COM ports. Deactivating these virtual ports will result in reaching the properties without any problem.

Thank you for your input - I've tried everything ;-)

 


Re: Ascom <-> PMC Eight

Wes Mcdonald
 

Andreas

I used a windows tablet just fine with ascom and my exos2.  

Suggest you install ascom 6.4 instead of 6.5.  While some have had an ok experience with 6.5 I believe issues with stellarium and 6.5 have been reported.  

Be sure to use the POTH hub to connect.  Select the Es ascom driver in the poth chooser.  Then In stellarium select poth hub in the ascom chooser.

You should load the Es driver which is “anycpu” version. It works with either 32 or 64 bit versions and seems to be trouble free on windows machines.

Also make sure your usb cable has both power and data lines.  And you must have an FTDI usb-serial driver installed on the tablet.  

Let us know how you make out

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: Ascom <-> PMC Eight

Yorksman
 

I have had difficulties with using Stellarium wired to an iexos pmc8 using a laptop and could only get things to work when I used Cartes du Ciel instead of of Stellarium. However, I then discovered CdC don't do an android version so have not continued. I suspect that there might be some problems with a serial connection on a tablet and/or the android version of stellarium. I would check using a laptop or PC first and see if you can get things working and then try the tablet. You've probably got too many unknowns at the moment and you're going to have to start a process of elimination.

One thing you can do on the tablet is to not open Stellarium but check if your Ascom is working. In version 6.5 look for the device hub and see if you can select the pmc8, unpark it, slew it and repark it. You need to be able to do that before you worry about Stellarium.


Re: G11 slewing past meridian pointing to the ground...

Steve Lang
 

Hey Jerry.

Thanks for the detailed explanation.

Cheers -


On 6/09/20 2:47 pm, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering wrote:
On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 07:51 PM, Steve Lang wrote:
I've had no problems like this in the past at all that I can remember.

Any idea what might have gone wrong? Could it be a bug/condition that I
triggered (because I'm in southern hemisphere)?
Wes emailed about this, here is how I responded:
 
"The problem is not the meridian flip done at zenith. All the mount cares about is what side of the meridian it is on, it doesn’t give a hoot about where DEC is. The problem here is related to the plate solve when near the meridian.

I have talked about this at least 2 times in the forum when people run into it. What happens is that if you are near the meridian and the mount is slewed to an object which the mount thinks is currently on the east of the meridian (which it is). You take an image of the sky, and the pointing is off enough where the current position is west of the meridian. The pointing was off enough from where the mount thought it was. In this case, as soon as you do a plate solve and a SYNC, you now tell the mount, “hey, you are actually west of the meridian!” and calculates the motor counts according to that position. The problem is created at that point.

The calculation of the motor counts depends on which side of the meridian you are on of course for both RA and DEC. So now the mount is 180-deg out of phase (the motor counts) so when you go to slew to the object again, it will point the mount to the ground.  My advise on the forum is to never do an initial plate solve on an object within 10 arc-minutes of the Meridian.

You must make sure that any object you are pointed at in the sky and you have photographed is actually on the side of the Meridian that the telescope is pointed at before doing a SYNC."

--
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!

This email has been filtered by SMX. For more information visit smxemail.com

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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Orion Atlas
Scopes: ES FCD100-80, GSO RC8, Orion XT10i
Cameras: QHY 8L, QHY163m, QHY5L-II, Polemaster
Misc: QHY FW, OAG
Software: NINA, PixInsight


Re: EXOS2 PMC-Eight Polar Alignment issue.

Bob Trepiccione
 

Wolfgang, thanks for posting this!

I've read about doing a drift alignment but never attempted it until this evening.

APT made the process a breeze!!!!

Thanks again, highly recommend this for those who are  NCP visually challenged like myself, lol


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

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day and thank you Mario. 

 

I am still a newbie regarding planetary imaging; I started in May of 2018.  I was using a Sunpak tripod and a Benro ballhead.  Then I came across Sir Jerry

and another individual on YouTube demonstrating the iEXOS-100.  Once I saw the mount being controlled wirelessly via an app, I was hooked. 

I bought my mount in February of 2019.  Explore Scientific has put so much into the iEXOS-100, at a great price point, how could I not support their vision?

 

I would not have the images I have currently if it was not for James Ball, Sir Jerry, and Kent Marts.  James sparked my mind when he made it

known he was using a 150mm Maksutov atop his iEXOS-100 mount/ ST1 tripod.  Sir Jerry made the dream possible by releasing a configuration

mount capacity weight spreadsheet.   Kent Marts brought it home with the 11.25Ib counterweight to aid in RA balancing the scope.  Since then,

I have been learning a lot.

 

Planetary imaging season 2020:  I learned how to use WinJupos (just the parts I need), TOPAZ Denoise AI, and most recently GIMP (game changer).

I am giving myself 2-years to master GIMP.  GIMP had been on my hard drive for over 8-years.  Like 7 of 9 says….resistance is futile. 

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mario
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 11:15 AM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] 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

 

Wow....amazing pictures JR...well done!

You've given alot of us something to aspire to! :)

 

Mario

 

On Sun, Sep 6, 2020 at 9:26 AM jrichard333 <jrichard333@...> <jrichard333@...> wrote:

Good day all,

 

I am closing out the trilogy for planetary season 2020.  I will spend the remainder of the

season attempting to capture Venus, Neptune, Pluto, and Uranus.

 

Targets:  Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. 

Camera:  Canon 70D

Mount:  iEXOS-100/ ST3

Dates:  July through August of 2020

Scope:  Sky-Watcher 180mm Maksutov

Focal length:   5400mm

Focal Ratio:  30

Video captures:  2 to7-minutes

Software:  PIPP, AutoStakkr 3.0, Registax, FastStone,

                  TOPAZ Denoise AI, GIMP, and a lot of

                   prayer

 

Mars:  Looks like a coffee cake.  Every time I look at this image

I get hungry.

 

Saturn

 

Jupiter

 

JR

 


--
Regards,

Mario
Streetsville, Ontario

Mounts: iExos 100, Skyguider Pro
Scopes/Lenses: Main/Orion 80mm, DSLR/Tamron 18-400mm lens, guide/ZWO-340A
Computer: ASIAir
Cameras: Canon T2i DSLR, ZWO120MM (guide)
Utility Software: iPolar (for Skyguider polar alignment), iCap, Explorestars, Canon EOS Utility
Image Processing Software: Photoshop


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

Wes Mcdonald
 

Great bob.  Nice one!

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: 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

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

You are welcome.

 

JR

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steve
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 10:25 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] 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

 

Fantastic pictures, thanks for sharing!


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

 

Pelican Nebula - IC 5070

37 x 600s lights over three sessions, plus flats and bias
Nikon D5300 + Optolong CLS-CCD filter + 0.8 Reducer
Yes, you can do 600s guided images with the EXOS2 PMC8!
Dithered aggressively.

Processed with APP + StarTools + GIMP  (Working on improving my processing...)
Used APP's option to extract Ha, SII, OIII into separate lights, while stacking.
Blended colors in APP and then tweaked with StarTools and GIMP.

- Bob



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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


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

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Sun, Sep 6, 2020 at 12:46 PM, Henry Staub wrote:
What group should I send my request?  I thank you for your previous help.  I have received well meaning suggestions that seem to confuse iEXOS-100 and the iEXOS2. The issue in my mind is flashing the FTDI cable alone did not result in a connection.  I suspect that the setup on the PMC8 controller needs to changed since the FTDI cable is the only connection between the two.  I really need you kind help and thank those who have been good enough to help. Thanks
Hi Hank, 

I suggested that you already had created a message thread in this group which is fine. Here is the message thread you created
https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/message/7949

This thread is about showing pictures that you took with your mount. Look at the subject line of the messages. Please refrain from posting off subject messages on this thread.
Also, I would suggest that you create a signature line telling us what equipment you have, that is the cause of the different advice you get because people are not sure of, or assume what mount you have.
 
--
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!


Ascom <-> PMC Eight

Andreas Just
 

Hi, didn't find any topic in the group...

I've a IXOS-100 and wanted to use it with Stellarium over a Windows tablet. Installed Ascom 6.5 and the ES_PMC8 ASCOM Driver (2019_01_07_AnyCPU)

The ExploreStars App works, but I don't like Wifi Connections ;-)

 

On two machines there is no way to select the driver in the "ASCOM Telescope Chooser". The software freezes when I try to open the properties and only a hard software kill will help.

What can I do?

 


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

Henry Staub
 

I appreciate your attention.  What group should I send my request?  I thank you for your previous help.  I have received well meaning suggestions that seem to confuse iEXOS-100 and the iEXOS2. The issue in my mind is flashing the FTDI cable alone did not result in a connection.  I suspect that the setup on the PMC8 controller needs to changed since the FTDI cable is the only connection between the two.  I really need you kind help and thank those who have been good enough to help. Thanks
Hank

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