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Re: EXOS2 / mount level inconsistent with tripod level?

Gord Farmer
 

Get a small mirror hold it out of 45° angle makes it easy to centre the bubble


On Jun 30, 2020, at 4:17 PM, Gord Farmer <gordfarmer@...> wrote:


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On Jun 29, 2020, at 1:23 PM, Jeff Snell <Jeffery.snell1@...> wrote:


Mine was nowhere close either but that is likely pretty common for small bubble levels like that.  They just won't overcome the friction inside the glass without a lot of "tapping."  I bought a small 8" builder's level from Lowe's.  It sits nicely with the mount attached on a little bit of a ledge along the left side of the mount as you face north.  Fits well across the back of the mount too underneath the polar scope.

Jeff

PMC-Eight w/Explore Stars
ES ED80mm APO
Celestron 8" Edge HD
Canon Ti-5 w/ Spencer Camera Astro-mod
Lenovo Serial Connection w/APT, CdC, PHD2, Orion Starshoot Auto Guider, Polemaster


On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 10:41 AM Jeny@ via groups.io <miachyn_yevhenii=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
How I did - attach mount head to a tripod, put level on saddle and level it (saddle should be parallel to the ground)
Make a dot with a marker on mount's bubble where 'true' level is.
--
EXOS2-GT PMC8
Orion150 Mak, Polemaster, ZWO ASI178MM


Re: EXOS2 / mount level inconsistent with tripod level?

Gord Farmer
 




On Jun 29, 2020, at 1:23 PM, Jeff Snell <Jeffery.snell1@...> wrote:


Mine was nowhere close either but that is likely pretty common for small bubble levels like that.  They just won't overcome the friction inside the glass without a lot of "tapping."  I bought a small 8" builder's level from Lowe's.  It sits nicely with the mount attached on a little bit of a ledge along the left side of the mount as you face north.  Fits well across the back of the mount too underneath the polar scope.

Jeff

PMC-Eight w/Explore Stars
ES ED80mm APO
Celestron 8" Edge HD
Canon Ti-5 w/ Spencer Camera Astro-mod
Lenovo Serial Connection w/APT, CdC, PHD2, Orion Starshoot Auto Guider, Polemaster


On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 10:41 AM Jeny@ via groups.io <miachyn_yevhenii=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
How I did - attach mount head to a tripod, put level on saddle and level it (saddle should be parallel to the ground)
Make a dot with a marker on mount's bubble where 'true' level is.
--
EXOS2-GT PMC8
Orion150 Mak, Polemaster, ZWO ASI178MM


Re: EXOS2 / mount level inconsistent with tripod level?

Gord Farmer
 




On Jun 29, 2020, at 1:23 PM, Jeff Snell <Jeffery.snell1@...> wrote:


Mine was nowhere close either but that is likely pretty common for small bubble levels like that.  They just won't overcome the friction inside the glass without a lot of "tapping."  I bought a small 8" builder's level from Lowe's.  It sits nicely with the mount attached on a little bit of a ledge along the left side of the mount as you face north.  Fits well across the back of the mount too underneath the polar scope.

Jeff

PMC-Eight w/Explore Stars
ES ED80mm APO
Celestron 8" Edge HD
Canon Ti-5 w/ Spencer Camera Astro-mod
Lenovo Serial Connection w/APT, CdC, PHD2, Orion Starshoot Auto Guider, Polemaster


On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 10:41 AM Jeny@ via groups.io <miachyn_yevhenii=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
How I did - attach mount head to a tripod, put level on saddle and level it (saddle should be parallel to the ground)
Make a dot with a marker on mount's bubble where 'true' level is.
--
EXOS2-GT PMC8
Orion150 Mak, Polemaster, ZWO ASI178MM


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 C <dmcampbell@...>
 
Edited

I started a new You Tube Channel called Star Struck, It is too new to come up by just that search but if you type Star Struck Moon Pics,  it should come up on top of the list.

All of this was done with the EXOS 2 mount and the ES 140!

Jerry moved the post and requested it be related to  the mount.

Or use this:

Moon shots

I won't bother posting anymore!
--
Dave C. (Retired Energy Engineer) CMVP
Springfield, Mo. USA

Telescope: ED140 FPL53 140mm f/6.5 Air-Spaced Triplet ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber with 3" HEX Focuser
Mount: Explore Scientific EXOS2-GT Equatorial Mount with PMC-Eight GoTo System
Tracking: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider Pro & 60mm Guide Scope Package
Software: PHD2, AstroCap, POTH, ASCOM, Stellarium


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

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 01:59 PM, Alex Arjomand wrote:
I am so grateful to all of you on this forum, and to Jerry & Explore Scientific in particular. I feel as though I've learned so much; and have accomplished more astronomy in the last three months than I managed in the last ten years. Sincere and profound thanks to you all.

Along the way, I have been documenting the steps I followed to get my system fully operational, in case it may be useful to any other beginners out there.
Thanks Alex, for your work and relating your experience getting the PMC-Eight to work for you. I very much appreciate it.
 
--
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: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

 

Thank you Alex for documenting and sharing this information. I’m a beginner with my EXOS2 and just started finding my way around. I know that I will find the information extremely valuable.

Peter 
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT, Orion SkyView EQ
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: EXOS2 / mount level inconsistent with tripod level?

brian skinner
 

I generally use the same location for my viewing, which is my patio, a good hard surface, which is almost level. Before I place my mount on a table (such that the mount is more stable due to not having to extend the tripod legs at all) on the patio, I first check that the table is level. To take the time to ensure the table is level is advisable and I do this using an 18inch long spirit level and don't rely wholly on the mounts bubble level. 

Having said that the bubble level appears to be sufficiently sensitive to show any significant non level in the tripod, but you do need to peer at the bubble level from vertically above it for accuracy, which can be a bit tricky depending on the mounts height.

If you have to position the mount and tripod on soft ground you obviously run the risk of the mount moving out of level as it beds down.

I can't believe the mount and tripod can be different in level, if the tripod is level surely  mount level is assured.

Thankyou, Brian


Re: Question regarding the ASCOM Alpaca and Stellarium

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 03:48 PM, Mike Hammer wrote:

 Is it possible to run the Android version of Stellarium on a tablet using WiFi and with ASCOM Alpaca installed on the same tablet? i.e., can Stellarium be run without the use of a Windows based computer?

In Lieu of that possibility, is it possible to get the PMC-8 to emulate one of the scopes that the Android version of Stellarium (or SkySafari for that matter) natively supports?

Lastly, I was wondering why it is not possible to use both the WiFi and Serial Port with the PMC-8?

 

Mike Hammer,

 

PS, did your last name have an influence on your pursuit of a career in astronomy (and yes, I know it is spelled differently).

 

Hi Mike,

It might be possible to run Alpaca on the Android tablet, you will just have to give it a try. You would have to run the PMC-Eight from a windows machine as that would be serving the PMC-Eight through the Alpaca connector to the network. The hardware configuration might look like this:

PMC-Eight <--serial---> WindowsPC <----> NETWORK <----> Android

The PMC-Eight uses the ES Command language as documented in the PMC-Eight Programmer's Reference. We do not have any current plans to update the firmware command interpreter to use any other command language. We did this because we did not want to have any issues at all with copyright infringement or other IP issues using Meade's or Celestron's command language in our product.

Currently the PMC-Eight only works with either serial OR wireless not both. The hardware design though does not preclude the use of both at the same time, This is a future enhancement that will be implemented at some point and is part of our long term plan for our product development. Stay Tuned!!

Thank you for mentioning my family name. The Hubbell/Hubble family is a small family. We all descended from a fellow who came to America in the 1600's.  If you search on Google, you can find the Hubbell Family Historical Society (Hubbell.org)
It probably had a small influence on me as I was growing up and learning about astronomy as I was very well aware of Edwin Hubble. It is a very cool thing to have the most famous space telescope named after my family name. As you can suspect, I use my name as a "hook" into the astronomy business, and it helps people remember my name if not my face, LOL!

Thanks
 
--
Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

www.explorescientificusa.com
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


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

Bill Kocken <wmkocken@...>
 

You should put this document into the Files section on this site. I'm not a user of this equipment but it looks like a valuable asset of documentation.
--
Bill Kocken.
Ioptron zeq25gt and Es102 carbon fiber scope. (Also 3 dobs, 4.5", 8" and 16" )


Re: #iexos-100 / Mac OS #iEXOS-100

Mirko Gude
 

Hi Dominick,

thanks for the explanation. So I will try KStars again.

Best, 
Mirko

Am 30.06.2020 um 04:07 schrieb Dominick Tuccio <dtuccio@...>:

Mirko,

as Jerry noted, Indi is really the only option to directly control the mount from a Mac. I currently have a Linux computer acting as the go-between with the PMC-8 and my MacBook Pro, but I have connected my Mac directly to the PMC-8 (through wifi and serial).

Kstars works well for me. Kstars uses Indi through Ekos which also provides an indi driver for sky safari. The nice thing about Ekos is that it provides a graphical interface for setting up the built-in indi server and drivers. Also, Ekos lets you control cameras and other hardware as well, so astrophotography becomes fairly simple without needing a bunch of different programs. The built-in plate-solving works well most of the time also.

Alternatively, you can run a stand-alone indi server on the Mac. If the Sky Safari driver is enabled in the indi server, then you can control the mount directly through that program without using Kstars. There may be a way to control the mount using Stellarium and the Indi server, but I haven't explored that setup.

Hope this helps.

--
Dominick Tuccio
Long, Island, New York
Telescope: 8 inch Meade LX200 ACF
Imaging Cameras: Pentax K3, ZWO ASI183MM Pro w/ ASI EFW and Baader LRGB filters
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM-S
Mount: EXOS2-GT w/PMC-8
Mount Controller: LattePanda Alpha 864s with Linux Mint 
Software: KSTARS/EKOS, INDI


Re: #iexos-100 / Mac OS #iEXOS-100

Dominick Tuccio
 

Mirko,

as Jerry noted, Indi is really the only option to directly control the mount from a Mac. I currently have a Linux computer acting as the go-between with the PMC-8 and my MacBook Pro, but I have connected my Mac directly to the PMC-8 (through wifi and serial).

Kstars works well for me. Kstars uses Indi through Ekos which also provides an indi driver for sky safari. The nice thing about Ekos is that it provides a graphical interface for setting up the built-in indi server and drivers. Also, Ekos lets you control cameras and other hardware as well, so astrophotography becomes fairly simple without needing a bunch of different programs. The built-in plate-solving works well most of the time also.

Alternatively, you can run a stand-alone indi server on the Mac. If the Sky Safari driver is enabled in the indi server, then you can control the mount directly through that program without using Kstars. There may be a way to control the mount using Stellarium and the Indi server, but I haven't explored that setup.

Hope this helps.

--
Dominick Tuccio
Long, Island, New York
Telescope: 8 inch Meade LX200 ACF
Imaging Cameras: Pentax K3, ZWO ASI183MM Pro w/ ASI EFW and Baader LRGB filters
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM-S
Mount: EXOS2-GT w/PMC-8
Mount Controller: LattePanda Alpha 864s with Linux Mint 
Software: KSTARS/EKOS, INDI


Re: EXOS2 / mount level inconsistent with tripod level?

Wes Mcdonald
 

Medin003

As Jerry mentioned the level will impact your goto performance should the mount be tilted west-east.  Now I like to think of miss-level as being resolvable into two orthogonal components, one east-west and one north-south.  Thus it is best to realize that if you are not level it is very likely there is an error east-west.

The simplest thought experiment you can do is rotate the DEC to 0 with the RA at 0.  You will notice the telescope is pointing east and should be level relative to the local gravity vector.  Note that if your mount is tilted, the telescope will not be level -- corresponding to an error in DEC pointing.  This error will be manifest everywhere the scope points in one form or another.

Another reason to have the mount level involves another setup error that affects your goto performance -- polar home.  Polar home is the position where the mount is pointing at DEC =90, RA = 0 and the RA axis is aligned with the north (south) celestial pole.  In the Exos2 mount this is approximately where the alignment marks are on the mount.  But note what happens should your DEC polar home position be off by a few degrees and you should repeat the 90 degree movement of DEC as above, even with a level mount.  The telescope tube will not be level.  For this reason I advise people to make sure they find polar home and mark the mount appropriately.  This allows you to set up correctly each time.

The problem is DEC polar home looks alot like a mislevel in regard to how the mount goto performs.  Thus it is important to get your mount level, find polar home, mark polar home, and always level the mount prior to each use (once you have moved it for storage etc).  I have written a note on this describing how to find polar home, which can be found in the Files section of the Mounts subgroup. 

Hope this helps.

Wes.




--
Wes, Southport NC
PMC-8, ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Question regarding the ASCOM Alpaca and Stellarium

Mike Hammer
 

Hello Jerry,

 

 Is it possible to run the Android version of Stellarium on a tablet using WiFi and with ASCOM Alpaca installed on the same tablet? i.e., can Stellarium be run without the use of a Windows based computer?


In Lieu of that possibility, is it possible to get the PMC-8 to emulate one of the scopes that the Android version of Stellarium (or SkySafari for that matter) natively supports?


Lastly, I was wondering why it is not possible to use both the WiFi and Serial Port with the PMC-8?


Mike Hammer,

Owner of a new EXOS2-GT with PMC-8.


PS, did your last name have an influence on your pursuit of a career in astronomy (and yes, I know it is spelled differently).

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Re: #iexos-100 / Mac OS #iEXOS-100

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 01:40 PM, Mirko Gude wrote:
I’ve tried also the latest version from Stellarium (for Mac) - it supports ASCOM, but I could not figure out how to get this working. Ok, inside the stellarium program I could not select the IEXOS 100 mount, but I would expect, that other mounts would work, because they are using ASCOM.
Hi Mirko,

I think you are a bit misinformed as the standard ASCOM platform is Windows only, there is the new ASCOM Alpaca REST based network interface/server that can run multiplatform though, you may be thinking of that.
The only other alternative is INDI on MacOS. There are a few users on here that are using INDI on MacOS, but I think it might only be 2 or 3 users. Hopefully they will chime in. 
 
--
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: One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD

Luke
 

Great work Alex, thank you for the work you did explaining in so much details. Greatly appreciated. Luc


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Alex Arjomand <alex@...>
Sent: Monday, June 29, 2020 10:59:21 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] One beginner's guide to getting EXOS2/PMC8 fully operational with ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap, ASPS, and ASCOMPAD
 
Hi everyone,

Over the last 1-2 years, I have slowly been learning to use my EXOS-2 PMC8 system. At the outset I was completely new to this, and entirely new to equatorial mounts (having come from an ALT-AZ visual background). Social isolation finally gave me the time I needed to dedicate to this project, and I have finally gotten to a completely working system. I have learned so much along the way, and learned so many things from you via this forum - how to set up the mount, how to polar align, connect to various software via ASCOM, how to drive the scope via Stellarium, how to plate solve, and so much more. I am now in a place where I can easily and reliably observe (primarily via EAA for the time being; astrophotography is at least a year or two down the road for me). 

I am so grateful to all of you on this forum, and to Jerry & Explore Scientific in particular. I feel as though I've learned so much; and have accomplished more astronomy in the last three months than I managed in the last ten years. Sincere and profound thanks to you all.

Along the way, I have been documenting the steps I followed to get my system fully operational, in case it may be useful to any other beginners out there. The document linked below attempts to show everything that a new user might need to do to set up their EXOS2 PMC8 and get it working via wired ASCOM with Stellarium / ASCOMPAD / SharpCap Pro / ASPS. I know this is just one possible stack out of many - it's just the one I stumbled on in following your collective advice. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15PeG6k3xgs6c48g9PVfGHCPmCjp48NShAGOZDt76QlM/edit?usp=sharing

--
Mounts: ES EXOS2 PMC-8
Scopes: Celestron C8, 10" Antares Dobsonian
Software: ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap Pro, ASPS, Ascompad
Computer: Lenovo X1 Carbon, Windows 10/64
Cameras: ZWO ASI385MC
Location: Toronto, Canada (Bortle 8)

--
Mounts: ES PMC-Eight G11 - upgraded with OPWB on both RA and DEC
Scopes: Televue NP127IS with HSM20 and focuser boss II - Questar field model 3.5 - Takahashi FC76 classic MC - Zeiss telementor - Lomo Astele 150mm
Cameras:  ZWO ASI071 PRO
Misc: Televue 0.8 X  Focal Reducer
Eyepieces: Pentax - Masuyama - Televue - Takahashi - Vixen
Software: Starry night PRO 8  - Nebulosity - Topaz studio - Sharp cap


Re: EXOS2 / mount level inconsistent with tripod level?

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 01:38 PM, medin003 University of Minnesota wrote:
I know levelness is necessary for altaz mounts, but I don't see that is the case for eq mounts.
The reason to level the mount generally is to provide a consistent result every time you set up your mount night after night after taking it down after a session. I would also suggest as discussed previously to mark where your tripod feet are located (as precisely as you can manage). This provides a good starting point to touch up your polar alignment from the previous session instead of starting from scratch, this assumes that you set you mount up at the same location every session of course. 

The north south level does not matter as much as the east west level because the north south axis is taken care of with the altitude adjustment.
If the east west is not level, the tilt will impact the pointing even if you have a "perfect" polar alignment as the mounts coordinate system is tilted in relation to the celestial coordinate system in that case.

Wes can talk more about this, but this is generally why you would want to level the mount.
 
--
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!


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

Alex Arjomand
 
Edited

Hi everyone,

Over the last 1-2 years, I have slowly been learning to use my EXOS-2 PMC8 system. At the outset I was completely new to this, and entirely new to equatorial mounts (having come from an ALT-AZ visual background). Social isolation finally gave me the time I needed to dedicate to this project, and I have finally gotten to a completely working system. I have learned so much along the way, and learned so many things from you via this forum - how to set up the mount, how to polar align, connect to various software via ASCOM, how to drive the scope via Stellarium, how to plate solve, and so much more. I am now in a place where I can easily and reliably observe (primarily via EAA for the time being; astrophotography is at least a year or two down the road for me). 

I am so grateful to all of you on this forum, and to Jerry & Explore Scientific in particular. I feel as though I've learned so much; and have accomplished more astronomy in the last three months than I managed in the last ten years. Sincere and profound thanks to you all.

Along the way, I have been documenting the steps I followed to get my system fully operational, in case it may be useful to any other beginners out there. The document linked below attempts to show everything that a new user might need to do to set up their EXOS2 PMC8 and get it working via wired ASCOM with Stellarium / ASCOMPAD / SharpCap Pro / ASPS. I know this is just one possible stack out of many - it's just the one I stumbled on in following your collective advice. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15PeG6k3xgs6c48g9PVfGHCPmCjp48NShAGOZDt76QlM/edit?usp=sharing

--
Mounts: ES EXOS2 PMC-8
Scopes: Celestron C8, 10" Antares Dobsonian
Software: ASCOM, Stellarium, SharpCap Pro, ASPS, Ascompad
Computer: Lenovo X1 Carbon, Windows 10/64
Cameras: ZWO ASI385MC
Location: Toronto, Canada (Bortle 8)


#iexos-100 / Mac OS #iEXOS-100

Mirko Gude
 

Hi,

what are the options to control the IEXOS 100 Mount from a Mac (Laptop or iPad) with an Astronomie program (like Starry Night)?

I’ve tried some attempts with Starry Night, but I could not get it working. Maybe I did not exactly understand, what software I need. Now I think, the ASCOM driver is necessary in this case, but it is not available.

I’ve tried also the latest version from Stellarium (for Mac) - it supports ASCOM, but I could not figure out how to get this working. Ok, inside the stellarium program I could not select the IEXOS 100 mount, but I would expect, that other mounts would work, because they are using ASCOM.

The only one solution that was working (not very stable) was KStars with Indi Driver.

So If here are some Mac users, maybe they can give a brief notice (Software, Connection TypeWIFI/Serial), what you are using.

Thanks and best regards,
Mirko


Re: EXOS2 / mount level inconsistent with tripod level?

medin003 University of Minnesota
 

I don't understand the necessity of leveling the mount head (except to make it somewhat easier to polar align).  There are four axes of rotation; azimuth, altitude, ra, and dec.  The first two are only used to align the ra axis to the celestial pole; once that is accomplished, they are locked.  I suspect that the tripod feet could be glued to a vertical wall and if there was enough freedom of movement to align the ra axis the mount would track just fine.  I know levelness is necessary for altaz mounts, but I don't see that is the case for eq mounts.

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On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 12:23 PM Jeff Snell <Jeffery.snell1@...> wrote:
Mine was nowhere close either but that is likely pretty common for small bubble levels like that.  They just won't overcome the friction inside the glass without a lot of "tapping."  I bought a small 8" builder's level from Lowe's.  It sits nicely with the mount attached on a little bit of a ledge along the left side of the mount as you face north.  Fits well across the back of the mount too underneath the polar scope.

Jeff

PMC-Eight w/Explore Stars
ES ED80mm APO
Celestron 8" Edge HD
Canon Ti-5 w/ Spencer Camera Astro-mod
Lenovo Serial Connection w/APT, CdC, PHD2, Orion Starshoot Auto Guider, Polemaster


On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 10:41 AM Jeny@ via groups.io <miachyn_yevhenii=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
How I did - attach mount head to a tripod, put level on saddle and level it (saddle should be parallel to the ground)
Make a dot with a marker on mount's bubble where 'true' level is.
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EXOS2-GT PMC8
Orion150 Mak, Polemaster, ZWO ASI178MM


Re: EXOS2 / mount level inconsistent with tripod level?

Suarez Tizoc
 

hi,
could you post a photo of where you are setting the level on the mount?
an image is worth a thousand words :)
thanks and stay safe

On Jun 29, 2020, at 11:23 AM, Jeff Snell <Jeffery.snell1@...> wrote:

Mine was nowhere close either but that is likely pretty common for small bubble levels like that.  They just won't overcome the friction inside the glass without a lot of "tapping."  I bought a small 8" builder's level from Lowe's.  It sits nicely with the mount attached on a little bit of a ledge along the left side of the mount as you face north.  Fits well across the back of the mount too underneath the polar scope.

Jeff

PMC-Eight w/Explore Stars
ES ED80mm APO
Celestron 8" Edge HD
Canon Ti-5 w/ Spencer Camera Astro-mod
Lenovo Serial Connection w/APT, CdC, PHD2, Orion Starshoot Auto Guider, Polemaster


On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 10:41 AM Jeny@ via groups.io<miachyn_yevhenii=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
How I did - attach mount head to a tripod, put level on saddle and level it (saddle should be parallel to the ground)
Make a dot with a marker on mount's bubble where 'true' level is.
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