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locked Re: 2 Star Alignment frustration #alignment

Mario
 

Sorry....last post meant to respond to Harry. Apologies!




On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 8:39 PM Mario via groups.io <mario1546=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Steve, I'm not that familiar with either the mount or the ASIAir as yet  (I've only had the mount since Saturday :)

The video is literally me setting up the ASIAir for the first time and using the PA on the ASIAir for the first time also. Not bad eh? :)

Wade Prunty has the same setup as we do (ASIAir and iExos 100) and he's been able to give me some really helpful direction and guidance with with this setup (see below)
I literally asked the same question late last night: 'how do you connect the mount to the ASIAir' ....see Wade's response below.

CC'ing Wade on this note as I'm not entirely sure the forum will see my reply.

My goal for this evening is to connect the mount to the ASIAir and then to practice the ASIAir PA process.
If I have time, I'm going to try and align and track...

Sorry I can't be of more help...but I'm happy to share any knowledge gained along the way.

Regards,

Mario


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I had to use the PMC-Eight configuration manager utility to enable the USB port on the side of my iEXOS-100, but that was a one time process. It's remained active ever since. From there I run a mini USB to USB A cable from the mount to the ASIAIR Pro. The ASIAIR Pro has the iEXOS-100 as one of it's mount choices within the setup screen, so once the USB port is enabled on the mount the ASIAIR Pro can connect to it and control things like slewing and guide correction. So, other than using th CMU once, months ago, the ASIAIR Pro app is the only thing I'm using to control everything.

There is a 2-3 minute process I have to do when I first boot up the mount. I just tell myself this is the calibration process and get it over with. And I don't really know how I figured out how to do these steps, I just fiddled around with it enough.
  1. Power on the mount and connect to it with the ASIAIR Pro app.
  2. Release both clutches and align the RA and DEC, so that the mount is pointing towards the NCP. (This will become the home position)
  3. In the app, under the telescope controls, tell it to GoTo Home Position. The RA will slew to a horizontal position.
  4. Release the clutch and move the mount back to the true home position (pointing at the NCP).
  5. Lock the clutch, and click Sync to Mount in the telescope control settings.
  6. Select a target and have the mount slew to it. It usually goes to the wrong place.
  7. Select GoTo Home Position again in the telescope controls. Again, it usually ends up in the wrong place.
  8. Release the clutch and move it to the home position.
  9. Click Sync to Mount one more time under telescope controls in the app.
  10. You're now ready to use the mount.

 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 5:07 PM Harry via groups.io <flykai1=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi Mario, I enjoyed your video on a “manual“ PA alignment with the ASIair pro. Like you, I cannot connect my iExos100 mount to the ASIair yet. Can I ask a couple of questions?

After you’re done with the PA, I assume you return the mount to the home position. Do you then open ExploreStars, and use the “Reset Alignment “ button? If you do, do you then do a 2/3 star alignment, or skip this step as you should already have an accurate PA.

Do you power on the mount before you do the ASIair PA, or only after you have completed the PA and returned the mount manually to its home position?

Thanks, Harry
--
Harry
Vero Beach, FL

Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight, ExploreStars iPad, Fire HD8
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Software: 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





--
Regards,

Mario
Streetsville, Ontario

Mounts: iExos 100, Skyguider Pro
Scopes/Lenses: Main/Orion 80mm, DSLR/Tamron 18-400mm lens, guide/ZWO-340A
Eyepieces:  20mm, K9MM, KE100
Cameras: Canon T2i DSLR, ZWO120MM (guide)
Imagine Software: iPolar (for Skyguider polar alignment), iCap, Explorestars, Canon EOS Utility
Processing Software: Photoshop


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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
Eyepieces:  20mm, K9MM, KE100
Cameras: Canon T2i DSLR, ZWO120MM (guide)
Imagine Software: iPolar (for Skyguider polar alignment), iCap, Explorestars, Canon EOS Utility
Processing Software: Photoshop


locked Re: 2 Star Alignment frustration #alignment

Mario
 

Hi Steve, I'm not that familiar with either the mount or the ASIAir as yet  (I've only had the mount since Saturday :)

The video is literally me setting up the ASIAir for the first time and using the PA on the ASIAir for the first time also. Not bad eh? :)

Wade Prunty has the same setup as we do (ASIAir and iExos 100) and he's been able to give me some really helpful direction and guidance with with this setup (see below)
I literally asked the same question late last night: 'how do you connect the mount to the ASIAir' ....see Wade's response below.

CC'ing Wade on this note as I'm not entirely sure the forum will see my reply.

My goal for this evening is to connect the mount to the ASIAir and then to practice the ASIAir PA process.
If I have time, I'm going to try and align and track...

Sorry I can't be of more help...but I'm happy to share any knowledge gained along the way.

Regards,

Mario


============

I had to use the PMC-Eight configuration manager utility to enable the USB port on the side of my iEXOS-100, but that was a one time process. It's remained active ever since. From there I run a mini USB to USB A cable from the mount to the ASIAIR Pro. The ASIAIR Pro has the iEXOS-100 as one of it's mount choices within the setup screen, so once the USB port is enabled on the mount the ASIAIR Pro can connect to it and control things like slewing and guide correction. So, other than using th CMU once, months ago, the ASIAIR Pro app is the only thing I'm using to control everything.

There is a 2-3 minute process I have to do when I first boot up the mount. I just tell myself this is the calibration process and get it over with. And I don't really know how I figured out how to do these steps, I just fiddled around with it enough.
  1. Power on the mount and connect to it with the ASIAIR Pro app.
  2. Release both clutches and align the RA and DEC, so that the mount is pointing towards the NCP. (This will become the home position)
  3. In the app, under the telescope controls, tell it to GoTo Home Position. The RA will slew to a horizontal position.
  4. Release the clutch and move the mount back to the true home position (pointing at the NCP).
  5. Lock the clutch, and click Sync to Mount in the telescope control settings.
  6. Select a target and have the mount slew to it. It usually goes to the wrong place.
  7. Select GoTo Home Position again in the telescope controls. Again, it usually ends up in the wrong place.
  8. Release the clutch and move it to the home position.
  9. Click Sync to Mount one more time under telescope controls in the app.
  10. You're now ready to use the mount.

 


On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 5:07 PM Harry via groups.io <flykai1=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi Mario, I enjoyed your video on a “manual“ PA alignment with the ASIair pro. Like you, I cannot connect my iExos100 mount to the ASIair yet. Can I ask a couple of questions?

After you’re done with the PA, I assume you return the mount to the home position. Do you then open ExploreStars, and use the “Reset Alignment “ button? If you do, do you then do a 2/3 star alignment, or skip this step as you should already have an accurate PA.

Do you power on the mount before you do the ASIair PA, or only after you have completed the PA and returned the mount manually to its home position?

Thanks, Harry
--
Harry
Vero Beach, FL

Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight, ExploreStars iPad, Fire HD8
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Software: 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





--
Regards,

Mario
Streetsville, Ontario

Mounts: iExos 100, Skyguider Pro
Scopes/Lenses: Main/Orion 80mm, DSLR/Tamron 18-400mm lens, guide/ZWO-340A
Eyepieces:  20mm, K9MM, KE100
Cameras: Canon T2i DSLR, ZWO120MM (guide)
Imagine Software: iPolar (for Skyguider polar alignment), iCap, Explorestars, Canon EOS Utility
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

Dave Cherry
 

Thanks Wes, I would have liked more time on it but I'm happy with this for the time I did get .

Cheers
Dave

--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


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

Steve Lang
 

Thanks Wes & Mario.

The full res uncompressed (tif or xisf) version is even more interesting - it's native res is 8272 x 6534 (twice the camera res due to drizzle integration) which as 64Mbyte uncompressed . These email attachments @114Kbytes do struggle to accurately represent the source material sometimes.

Cheers -


On 20/08/20 12:16 am, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Steve, that is beautiful 

Wes 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 6:45 AM Steve Lang <steve.lang@...> wrote:
So, here's my latest attempt to process some recent/decent data.



It is, of course, Eta Carina. Not the most challenging of targets, but I

spent a lot of time on it, practiced and learnt a lot to get it this far.



I kind of like this mix more than I thought I would, hope you do too.



* Explore Scientific PMC-8 Losmandy G11

* Exploer Scientific FCD100-80, TSFlat 2

* Astronomik 6nm filters

    - Ha 137 x 120Sec (4.57Hrs)

    - Oiii 77 x 120Sec (2.57Hrs)

    - Sii 70 x 120Sec (2,33Hrs)

* QHY163m, QHY CFW2-US, QHY OAG (QHY 5L-II-M)

* PHD2, NINA, PixInsight





Taken from my rural front yard, Bortle 4/5, multiple different nights

some of which were full moon.



Numerous subs deleted due to thin cloud, user error, shitty memory etc.

etc.



It is my first completed narrowband image (and an evolution of the

grayscale one which was just Ha that spurred me on ). Processed

generally with some aspects of Light Vortex Astronomy tutorials and some

other scripts (denoise, soft stretch), some manual Local Histogram

Extension and a specific colour combination.



I wanted this to be stark, red, and violent - this is how I will

remember 2020 and Covid19. The mix of Oiii/Sii is intentionally subtle,

but it is a very simple mix. I tried various other combinations (hubble,

SHO etc.) but always came back to this mix. As I said, this is how I

will remember 2020 😉



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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








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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
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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


locked Re: 2 Star Alignment frustration #alignment

Harry
 

Hi Mario, I enjoyed your video on a “manual“ PA alignment with the ASIair pro. Like you, I cannot connect my iExos100 mount to the ASIair yet. Can I ask a couple of questions?

After you’re done with the PA, I assume you return the mount to the home position. Do you then open ExploreStars, and use the “Reset Alignment “ button? If you do, do you then do a 2/3 star alignment, or skip this step as you should already have an accurate PA.

Do you power on the mount before you do the ASIair PA, or only after you have completed the PA and returned the mount manually to its home position?

Thanks, Harry
--
Harry
Vero Beach, FL

Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight, ExploreStars iPad, Fire HD8
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Software: 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: iexos-100 beginner comments (Mac user) #iEXOS-100 #iPadOS #FIRMWARE

AnonAstron
 

Thanks for that Mirko- I’ll look to give that a go myself. 

cheers


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Experienced hobby photographer and total newbie to anything Astro.  iexos100 with ES80ED and Canon DSLRs


Re: iexos-100 beginner comments (Mac user) #iEXOS-100 #iPadOS #FIRMWARE

AnonAstron
 

Thanks Harry, really useful advice and glad to hear that it is not all down to me 😀

A bit of a puzzle with the Ignore/Use FW switch - need to explore further. 

As far as exposure times are concerned, at this stage I’m likely to be happy with the 30”-60” sort of range since I’m in a light polluted environment most of the time. 

Cheers and thanks again for your comments. 
--
Experienced hobby photographer and total newbie to anything Astro.  iexos100 with ES80ED and Canon DSLRs


locked Re: 2 Star Alignment frustration #alignment

Jeff Palmer
 

I have the same setup and my process is:
1) point polar scope at Polaris
2) turn on Asiair box and iEXOS
3) slew to desired target using Asiair app
4) plate solve and center target
5) start guiding and imaging


On Wed, Aug 19, 2020, 10:25 AM Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:
On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 09:23 AM, Mario wrote:
There is a 2-3 minute process I have to do when I first boot up the mount. I just tell myself this is the calibration process and get it over with. And I don't really know how I figured out how to do these steps, I just fiddled around with it enough.
  1.  
Wade,

I truly don't understand why you have to do this process resetting the home position several times before it is set. Seems very strange to me. The PMC-Eight boots up with the default motor counts set to zero (000000) on both axis which is defined as HOME. If you have somehow in the ASIAIR set a PARK position to some other position then perhaps that is getting in the way. To be clear, in the ASCOM driver a PARK position can be set by the user as desired. I don't know if that functionality is included in the INDI driver as implemented by Michael Fulbright. 

In general, once you have physically positioned the mount in the HOME (index) position and locked the clutches, you should not have to physically unlock and reposition the mount any further. This is the first I have heard of anyone doing this.
 
--
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!


locked Re: 2 Star Alignment frustration #alignment

Mario
 

Thanks Jerry, it's really encouraging to see the responsiveness from ES.

Regards,

Mario

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 10:40 AM Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:
On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 10:08 AM, Mario wrote:
We're just suggesting Explorestars might benefit from a PA interface (perhaps something similar to the examples we've mentioned) to help improve the overall user experience, improve the iExos feature-set and remove barriers to just enjoying the night sky.
 
Hi Mario,

Yes, of course.  There is already a feature request for this:
https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/FeatureRequest/message/77

We will probably make a decision on implementing this feature and determine the best way to do it in the ExploreStars application.
 
--
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!


--
Regards,

Mario
Streetsville, Ontario

Mounts: iExos 100, Skyguider Pro
Scopes/Lenses: Main/Orion 80mm, DSLR/Tamron 18-400mm lens, guide/ZWO-340A
Eyepieces:  20mm, K9MM, KE100
Cameras: Canon T2i DSLR, ZWO120MM (guide)
Imagine Software: iPolar (for Skyguider polar alignment), iCap, Explorestars, Canon EOS Utility
Processing Software: Photoshop


Re: Problems Tracking with ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

 

As long as it’s a manual polar align as I don’t have any software help at moment. Cheers.  
--
Michael Whitaker
Wakefield, UK. 
MOUNTS. Exos-2 PMC Eight..
SCOPE: RVO Horizon 72ed. 
CAMERA: Not Applicable. 
SOFTWARE: Just iPad at moment.


Re: Problems Tracking with ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

 

Hi Brian. It may help, why not. 
--
Michael Whitaker
Wakefield, UK. 
MOUNTS. Exos-2 PMC Eight..
SCOPE: RVO Horizon 72ed. 
CAMERA: Not Applicable. 
SOFTWARE: Just iPad at moment.


Re: Problems Tracking with ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

brian skinner
 

Hi Michael, I can advise on PA using the iEXOS100 PS if that helps at all....
Brian
--
Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Re: Problems Tracking with ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

 

Is there anyone out there that can give me a run down of how they manually polar align using the Exos-2 PMC-Eights polar scope. I use the app PS align pro on my iPhone, do I use the inverted display option (this is what I’m using at the moment), I then turn the Dec to place the image in the polar scope to how it is on the app, tighten the clutch and use the Alt and Az to line Polaris as it positioned in the app. I then release everything back to the home position and do a 2 star alignment. Is there anything I should be doing or doing wrong. Thanks. 
--
Michael Whitaker
Wakefield, UK. 
MOUNTS. Exos-2 PMC Eight..
SCOPE: RVO Horizon 72ed. 
CAMERA: Not Applicable. 
SOFTWARE: Just iPad at moment.


locked Re: 2 Star Alignment frustration #alignment

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 10:08 AM, Mario wrote:
We're just suggesting Explorestars might benefit from a PA interface (perhaps something similar to the examples we've mentioned) to help improve the overall user experience, improve the iExos feature-set and remove barriers to just enjoying the night sky.
 
Hi Mario,

Yes, of course.  There is already a feature request for this:
https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/FeatureRequest/message/77

We will probably make a decision on implementing this feature and determine the best way to do it in the ExploreStars application.
 
--
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: Problems Tracking with ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

 

Cheers Brian. As you can see from the image of M31 from a couple of weeks ago what my setup is capable of. Something was badly wrong last night. 
--
Michael Whitaker
Wakefield, UK. 
MOUNTS. Exos-2 PMC Eight..
SCOPE: RVO Horizon 72ed. 
CAMERA: Not Applicable. 
SOFTWARE: Just iPad at moment.


Re: error connecting POTH to scope #EXOS2

Cybermonk
 

Jerry, 

   Thanks for the reminder. I had gone back to 6.4 and then saw that you showed this in a video and reinstalled 6.5 selecting POTH. 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020, 10:32 Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:
On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 09:57 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
In the new ascom 6.5. Arent you supposed to use dome hub instead of poth hub?
When installing ASCOM Platform 6.5 there is a choice to install the legacy POTH program in the setup program as it is still available to load but not in the default settings for the install. The POTH has been deprecated but still works fine with the platform 6.5.
 
--
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: Problems Tracking with ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

 

As far as I know, but I do disconnect prior to transporting everything outside. I’m just hoping there was some sort of oversight last night, something I didn’t do or something I did badly. I have trouble Polar aligning sometimes as far as being as accurate as possible, this varies from time to time. I don’t think I aligned as good as I normally do. But would this cause such poor tracking. Cheers. 
--
Michael Whitaker
Wakefield, UK. 
MOUNTS. Exos-2 PMC Eight..
SCOPE: RVO Horizon 72ed. 
CAMERA: Not Applicable. 
SOFTWARE: Just iPad at moment.


Re: Problems Tracking with ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

brian skinner
 

Hi Michael, I can assure you, when set up along the lines already outlined by the other guys, the iEXOS100 tracks very well indeed. With the ES Polar Scope I am able to polar align very accurately to the extent that I am able to take 3 minute exposures without significant trailing.
Provided your mount is level, Polar alignment is accurate and, preferably, 3 star alignment is undertaken, you should have no difficulties. Simple possible answers to your problem could be your power supply, or mount imbalance...
Kind regards, Brian
--
Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Re: error connecting POTH to scope #EXOS2

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 09:57 AM, Shailendra Sharma wrote:
In the new ascom 6.5. Arent you supposed to use dome hub instead of poth hub?
When installing ASCOM Platform 6.5 there is a choice to install the legacy POTH program in the setup program as it is still available to load but not in the default settings for the install. The POTH has been deprecated but still works fine with the platform 6.5.
 
--
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!


locked Re: 2 Star Alignment frustration #alignment

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 09:23 AM, Mario wrote:
There is a 2-3 minute process I have to do when I first boot up the mount. I just tell myself this is the calibration process and get it over with. And I don't really know how I figured out how to do these steps, I just fiddled around with it enough.
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Wade,

I truly don't understand why you have to do this process resetting the home position several times before it is set. Seems very strange to me. The PMC-Eight boots up with the default motor counts set to zero (000000) on both axis which is defined as HOME. If you have somehow in the ASIAIR set a PARK position to some other position then perhaps that is getting in the way. To be clear, in the ASCOM driver a PARK position can be set by the user as desired. I don't know if that functionality is included in the INDI driver as implemented by Michael Fulbright. 

In general, once you have physically positioned the mount in the HOME (index) position and locked the clutches, you should not have to physically unlock and reposition the mount any further. This is the first I have heard of anyone doing this.
 
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