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Re: User Manual for Android version of ExploreStars? #ExploreStars #Android #VIDEO

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 12:21 PM, ACorkill wrote:
Maybe you can do a quick poll and see how many people would buy a hand controller if you made one. 
We already offer a mount with a traditional hand controller

https://explorescientificusa.com/products/fl-exos-2-goto-eq-mount
 
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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: User Manual for Android version of ExploreStars? #ExploreStars #Android #VIDEO

Harry
 

Hi All,
When I used ExploreStars for scope movement, I found using the “compass rose” as an easier alternative to the up/down/left/right buttons.
With just a little practice, you can keep your finger on the center of the rose, and move the scope, without removing your finger or your eye from the eyepiece. It also functions in a slower/faster rate depending on finger movements.

FYI, Harry

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Harry
Vero Beach, FL

Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Guide: ZWO 30mm Mini, ZWO ASI120MM-Mini
Software: ASIair Pro, iPad Pro, MacOS, Starry Sky Stacker, Affinity Photo, Lightroom,  SkySafari Plus
Cameras: Nikon D600, D5500
Misc: ES USB Power Bank, Rigel QuikFinder, 0.8x Focal Reducer
Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance


Re: User Manual for Android version of ExploreStars? #ExploreStars #Android #VIDEO

ACorkill
 

Hi All,

I will also purchase a hand controller if you want to make one. I'm doing visual astronomy. It is really a necessity for slewing around the moon and other objects. The iPad controls force you to take your eye off the eyepiece to slew. It does get tiring.

Maybe you can do a quick poll and see how many people would buy a hand controller if you made one. 

Thanks,
Andrew
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Main Telescope: Explore Scientific 152ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber
Mount: Explore Scientific EXOS2-GT Equatorial
Other Scopes: Meade 8"LX90 SCT, William Optics 66mm APO Refractor
Binoculars: Oberwerk 20x80 & 25x100 Giant Binoculars, Alpen 8x56


Re: User Manual for Android version of ExploreStars? #ExploreStars #Android #VIDEO

Paul Mogg
 

Thank you for your quick and honest reply Jerry, I will check out that video.

While I'm here I just wanted to say that I'm very happy with my new purchase of an EXOS 2 mount, the hardware is obviously extremely good value for the money, and a high quality product. I was blown away last night by my first views of the Andromeda Galaxy with my own eyes, a moving experience, and the mount slewed to it perfectly for me after I did a careful Polar Alignment, and "1 star alignment" on Mars using the Sync button.

The ExploreStars software is also very good and I love the graphical user interface. I just now (finally) found out through someone else's post that you can go to the Main Menu /Catalog/  DURING the Alignment process to pick any star that is above the horizon, This is an indespensible  feature for a beginner like me who has only learned a few constellations so far, ...but I only found out about it by doing a lot of searching, the App itself gives no clue that this is possible. I will now try again tonight to do a 2 and 3 star alignment using this.

The lack of an up to-date-user manual for the software is a big frustration for a beginner. I don't like having to spend my day hunting through forums and videos for information that could be presented in a few simple sentences by the developers. With the mount itself I received a printed user manual in German ( that unfortunately I don't speak ) and another user manual that gave instructions for the Windows version of Explorestars only, which works quite differently to the Android version in many respects.

I'd also like to make the suggestion that you enable the ability to attach some kind of simplified, wired, hand controller, just for slewing manually and aligning, to be used in conjunction with the software. The Tablet controls DO NOT replace the tactile nature of a hand controllers' buttons ( IMHO ), that you can continue to look through your eyepiece while using, rather than having to look away and find the right button to press on the tablet. I think you could sell a few of those, and I'd be your first customer.

I hope you take my crtitique as being from someone who would only like to see a really good product further improved.

Best regards,

Paul Mogg


Explore Stars hung up on "Please Wait" #ExploreStars #EXOS2

ttanquary@juno.com <ttanquary@...>
 

Hello Everyone.
I recently purchased the EXOS 2GT with Pmc-8 and have been experimenting with it for around a week.   I'm using  Windows 10 on a MacBook with Parallels. I'm connected to the PMC-8 via wifi on the Mac.  When I open Explore Stars, I am stuck with the message "Please Wait" on the left side.  I am able to slew the mount and utilize the database align and slew to objects ( though not accurately).   I've read through the forums and see that the "Please Wait" is typically a connection issue, but If I was not connected I would not be able to slew the mount.  Also, on the windows 10 side, I am able to successfully ping the mount using Ipconfig.  Are there any other reasons why the "Please Wait" notification never goes away?


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
 

Thanks Wes,

I was frustrated because groups.io scales the image down due to the restrictions on image sizes allowed (I set the limit). I added a link to my OneDrive to download the full sized image. Hopefully everyone can get to it.
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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!


Photo Moon_08_09_combined1_labeled1.png uploaded #photo-notice

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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
 

Pretty good for a beginner 😂🍺
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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


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
 
Edited

Early on Thursday and Friday morning I captured the 20 and 21 day old moon (full disk) with the MSRO configured as it always is as a deep-sky system. The FOV of the camera is 1.3-deg x 0.9-deg with an image scale of about 0.9 arc-sec/px.  I captured these images using SharpCap. Here is the processed and labeled image(s). You can clearly see craters down to 3 miles (5 km) and detect features smaller than that. For those new to lunar/planetary imaging, this is not the typical configuration. Here I am only shooting at a focal length of 851mm at f/5.1  Typically you need f/20 or greater to get the best resolution possible. I processed these images with Regstax 6, GIMP, and Paint.

I enjoy pushing the resolution on these full disk images of the moon to see how much I can do with our system at the MSRO. Equipment details on the image

Here is a link to the full resolution image
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvP0q1QoRurEgfwYNcAP42Gh0sFFWQ?e=PTCWJc
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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: 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

 

+1  on 'heavy'.

Just as a science project, I bought my scope a 2", 2x ED barlow a while ago.   I mostly wanted to check out how well my guiding held up at longer focal lengths (perhaps with a future scope) and maybe do some Moon work with this one.  This was on a 102/621 mm, so 1200mm -ish FL barlowed, depending on spacing variation. 

Well... I think the guiding held up ok, but the images were hit-and-miss anyway.  By the time I had arranged things to get the back focus I now needed, I had the focuser stretched out pretty much at its limit, with lots of weight from the big glass in the barlow, etc., and my DSLR out even farther on that limb....

The TL;DR is that my mount was ok, but my focuser wasn't up to it, and it's an old JMI two-speed.  The thing's a tank and normally perfectly fine, but that much weight out that far, and it sagged anyway.    



On Sun, Oct 11, 2020, at 15:22, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Mirko 

When I put a 3x Barlow on my 127x940 I couldn’t see beans for stars.  Planetary would be another matter I suppose.  Of course you are going to have some darned small fields of view which will test your goto accuracy.

That’s about all I can tell you.  I gave it up after one frustrating night.  Didn’t try to figure out how to use it properly.

One other thing is the darned things are heavy as can be.  Look at those specifications.


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


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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

Wes Mcdonald
 

Mirko 

When I put a 3x Barlow on my 127x940 I couldn’t see beans for stars.  Planetary would be another matter I suppose.  Of course you are going to have some darned small fields of view which will test your goto accuracy.

That’s about all I can tell you.  I gave it up after one frustrating night.  Didn’t try to figure out how to use it properly.

One other thing is the darned things are heavy as can be.  Look at those specifications.


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

Mirko Gude
 

Hi,

last week I had the chance to made some pictures (videos) of Mars. It was my first attempt with Mars and it was also the first time were I could test new hardware and settings together. So the Mars was not my first goal, but at the end I’am surprised, what is possible.

BTW, I noticed, that Explore Scientific offers focal extenders. Are there any limitations in use with different telescopes? I’ve only a cheap 1,25’’  2x Barlow… so I think about a 3X 50,8MM/2“ or the 5X 31,7MM/1.25“ for my Skywatcher 80/600. If anybody has experience with this, any hint is welcome.

Regards, 
Mirko





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Mounts: ES PMC-8 IEXOS 100, ES EXOS2-GT 
Scopes: Skywatcher 80/600
Cameras:  Nikon Z6, D7000
Lens: Sigma 150-600mm, Sigma Art 135mm/1,8, Nikon Z 50mm/1,8
Msc: LRTimelapse Pro Timer 2.5, Raspberry Pi4, Polemaster, GPS Dongle
Software: PixInsight, Kstars, Starry Night, Redshift


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

 

Excellent. 
--
Michael Whitaker
Wakefield, UK. 
MOUNTS. Exos-2 PMC Eight..
SCOPE: RVO Horizon 72ed. 
CAMERA: Canon 650d
SOFTWARE: Just iPad at moment.


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
 

There you go stade!

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

Stade
 

Lots to learn but first night all my equipment played nice together😂


Re: User Manual for Android version of ExploreStars? #ExploreStars #Android #VIDEO

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

There is no platform specific user manual for ExploreStars. We have created  videos that are on your YouTube channel and linked a couple of other videos on our website.
We dedicated one of our OpenGOTO Community Live progams to the Android ExploreStars application. Here is the link to the video for this episode:

https://youtu.be/KPDcQKdO1o4

--
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: 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

Timothy Myers
 

my M27


--
Tim Myers

Telescopes:           Celestron 4SE, Celestron 8SE, SkyWatcher 100ED Pro
Mounts:                 4-5 SE, 6-8SE, EXOS-2GT with PMC-Eight
Cameras:               ASI1600MC Imaging Camera, Cooled, ASI120 Guide Camera
Focuser:               ZWO EAF
Scope Mini PC:    Topton Pentium
Laptop:                 Lenovo
Software:             CDC, SharpCap Pro, NINA, PHD2


User Manual for Android version of ExploreStars? #ExploreStars #Android #VIDEO

Paul Mogg
 

Hi there, is there a user manual available that is specific to the Android version of ExploreStars? I'm a beginner to astronomy equipment so I need exact instructions as to how these things work, and so far have only been able to find instructions for the Windows version, instructions for installing the Android version, but no user manual for the Android version, which has a lot of differences to the Windows version, e.g. star alignment, new "ENTER" and "OBS" buttons, different functionality on the "SYNC" button. How do you you capture a location?. I know you can work these things out by trial and error, but frankly you shouldn't have to guess and waste your time doing that. Thank you.


Re: #FIRMWARE #FIRMWARE

Roy Shotton
 

Thanks Wes, I have the FTDI chipset and everything else works fine. I’m sure I will find a workaround I just thought I may have a fault. However it’s a computer isn’t it🤔


Re: #FIRMWARE #FIRMWARE

Roy Shotton
 

Thanks Jennifer I will give that a try.😊

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