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Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Sun, Apr 18, 2021 at 09:39 AM, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Be aware that ascom has priority when using ascom and Explorestars.  Once ascom is used Explorestars is locked out until Explorestars is moved from P mode to T mode.  This happens in various ways dependent upon what tablet version you are using.   Android and iPad allow you to change the mode by pressing the P-T indicator.  Windows does not have that feature.  In windows one has to press a button, for example a left right up down to put it into T mode.  I think.  You can experiment 
 
I want to caution everybody that simultaneous communications over the Serial Port and the WiFi port maybe somewhat functional, but this is currently NOT SUPPORTED in terms of the features included with this firmware. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK and EXPECT NO SUPPORT from Explore Scientific. Currently the feature was meant to just have both communication channels available so that the customer does not have to do a switch any more as in the previous versions of the firmware.

WE CURRENTLY ONLY SUPPORT USING WIFI OR SERIAL NOT BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.

We will be providing support for this simultaneous communications mode in the future after we have released some additional products that are in development that require this functionality, BUT NOT NOW.
 
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: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Wes Mcdonald
 

Alcionio 

The new firmware and ascom driver need no settings.  It is automatic

If you have an iexos you need to make sure the WiFi is in udp mode.  This is accomplished with the dongle during boot per the write up which is part of the installation zip file

Please fill out your signature block so we can see what gear you use.  This helps us respond to your questions.

Be aware that ascom has priority when using ascom and Explorestars.  Once ascom is used Explorestars is locked out until Explorestars is moved from P mode to T mode.  This happens in various ways dependent upon what tablet version you are using.   Android and iPad allow you to change the mode by pressing the P-T indicator.  Windows does not have that feature.  In windows one has to press a button, for example a left right up down to put it into T mode.  I think.  You can experiment 

Other function on Explorestars toggle PT so if you want to use both ascom and Explorestars you have to figure out what to do to get Explorestars back in control by getting it into T mode.


Finally I am pretty sure you cannot run ascom and Explorestars both over WiFi at the same time.

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: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Alcionio
 

Hi, can you tell me what settings I need to use to set PCM-Eight to operate simultaneously in serial and wifi with Explorestars? Thank you


Il giorno sab 17 apr 2021 alle ore 22:14 Walter Vinci <wltvinci@...> ha scritto:
Hi Jerry,

Thanks for the reminder, I just missed the link to the whole package,

Walter

On Apr 17, 2021, at 1:52 PM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:

On Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 03:20 PM, Walter Vinci wrote:
Where can I find the latest ascom drivers for the pmc eight unit?
 
On the ES website I realized it still downloads the 2019 version

Walter
Hi Walter,

I probably wasn't very clear on this in my original post. The download link for the Firmware 20A01 Installation kit located here:

https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/files/PMC-Eight%2020A01%20Firmware%20Installation%20Kit%202021-04-12.zip

Includes the firmware, ASCOM driver, and the new Universal Firmware Configuration Tool (UFCT). There is also a pdf document included detailing how to install the new firmware and software, and also explains in general terms each of the new and updated features. 

Additionally, on the Explore Scientific OpenGOTO Broadcast on Thursday (YouTube, Facebook) I demonstrated how to install the new firmware, ASCOM driver, and how to use the UFCT. You can find the video here:

I have provided the link that starts the video when I show how to install the kit.
There is some introduction discussion then I get into demonstrating how to install and use everything.
https://youtu.be/EW6yP2qfu0c?t=1180

Please let me know if you have any other questions.
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!


--
———

Walter Vinci

ES EXOS2-GT PMC-Eight
ES ED80
Starfield 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
ZWO ASI290mm-mini & Orion 50mm Guide Scope
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
SharpCap, APT, PHD2, SiriL, Stellarium


--
Supporti  : IEXOS 100, MEADE LX200.
Scopes  : MEADE LX200 8" f / 10, BRESSER AR90S f / 5,5 (guida), KSON 102C f / 6.
Telecamere  : QHY 5L IIC, Nikon D70s, Sony Alpha 5000
Software: PCM-Eight, Sharpcap, PHD2, Stellarium , Grafico del cielo.


Re: #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM

Martin, Kosice
 

Hi, my balance was good on ra and dec, and I think the mount was pretty leveled too. Can you use sharpcap even if your entire north pole is obstructed, because in my backyard, forest obstructs the whole north pole. I think that I'll try going somewhere where I can see polaris if it's clear tonight and see if I still get the trails... As for the worm adjustments I followed the video that you sent.
--
Martin, Kosice, Slovakia
Mount: iEXOS 100
Telescope: ExploreScientific ED80
Camera: Nikon D7100 stock
Software: APT, ROG Zephyrus G14 (Windows 10)


Re: Which ASCOM software with PMC-EIGHT #ASCOM

Sebastian
 

You can install all of them together. Stellarium and CdC will show you where the objects are. I only used them for visual observation . NINA is used for controlling all of your equipment and taking picture with a dedicated astrocamera . You can use NiNA alone for planning or import coordinates from Stellarium (find a YouTube video)or CdC (works from the start) eg. 

For guiding you will need PHD2, which also integrates in NiNA. 

When using a DSRL or DSLM you should consider different software than NiNA. 

 


Re: #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Sir,

 

60-second subs on a iEXOS-100, unguided,  is pretty tricky.  You have to make sure of the following:

1.       the payload is balanced properly in the RA and DEC axis.   

2.       I can’t see Polaris either, so I use SharpCap Pro.  Pretty cool tool.

3.       Make  sure the mount is levelled as well.

 

The most I got out of the iEXOS-100 was 60-seconds unguided, but I am sure I can do more.  I am mostly into

planetary imaging.  I have played around DSOs, but not seriously.

 

As for worm adjustments, view the following video by Alex and see if you have those problems:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLXE_BMKVAw&list=PLH50bM7JLoL1PlxOIJPaTyhVL8fVWOMxS&index=9

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of matkomicuch@...
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 3:38 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned

 

Hi,
I have used my iEXOS-100 mount for three months now. When I got it, tracking was alright, but sometimes the RA stepper motor skipped steps. Because of this, I've adjusted the worm gear so that it won't be pushing so hard on the main gear and the backlash would still be minimal. However, no matter how good my polar alignment was, I still got big star trails on my subs(60 sec). I've tried polar aligning with NINA polar alignment and ekos legacy polar alignment(I can't see Polaris). When I try to adjust the polar alignment, the trails are still present. Is my polar alignment bad, or did I screw up my mount?
Thank you for any answers.
--
Martin, Kosice, Slovakia
Mount: iEXOS 100
Telescope: ExploreScientific ED80
Camera: Nikon D7100 stock
Software: APT, ROG Zephyrus G14 (Windows 10)


Re: #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM

Martin, Kosice
 

I was thinking about using phd2, but I don't have a guide camera and my main camera is dlsr.
--
Martin, Kosice, Slovakia
Mount: iEXOS 100
Telescope: ExploreScientific ED80
Camera: Nikon D7100 stock
Software: APT, ROG Zephyrus G14 (Windows 10)


Re: #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM

Sebastian
 

Martin
you are using Drift alignment.  You got a 480 mm scope which should be much forgiving with 1 min exposure time. 

When you got the mount , everything was ok. Then you did some worm adjustments and things got worse. I would assume then not the alignment is your issue. 

There is a guiding tool called PHD2. It also has a drift alignment tool. Maybe you can try this out.  


#iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM iEXOS 100 tracking error when polar aligned #iEXOS-100 #polaralignment #tracking #ASCOM

Martin, Kosice
 

Hi,
I have used my iEXOS-100 mount for three months now. When I got it, tracking was alright, but sometimes the RA stepper motor skipped steps. Because of this, I've adjusted the worm gear so that it won't be pushing so hard on the main gear and the backlash would still be minimal. However, no matter how good my polar alignment was, I still got big star trails on my subs(60 sec). I've tried polar aligning with NINA polar alignment and ekos legacy polar alignment(I can't see Polaris). When I try to adjust the polar alignment, the trails are still present. Is my polar alignment bad, or did I screw up my mount?
Thank you for any answers.
--
Martin, Kosice, Slovakia
Mount: iEXOS 100
Telescope: ExploreScientific ED80
Camera: Nikon D7100 stock
Software: APT, ROG Zephyrus G14 (Windows 10)


Which ASCOM software with PMC-EIGHT #ASCOM

Hildo
 

There is quite a list of ASCOM software on the ES website so I spent a few hours reading a lot of posts in here and 2 subgroups. It seems Stellarium, CDC, and N.I.N.A. are the common choices other than Explore Stars.
Is there one that seems to work best with the PMC-EIGHT? Specifically EXOS2-GT if that matters. I will attempt guiding in the future. Thanks for the help!  


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Walter Vinci
 

Hi Jerry,

Thanks for the reminder, I just missed the link to the whole package,

Walter

On Apr 17, 2021, at 1:52 PM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...> wrote:

On Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 03:20 PM, Walter Vinci wrote:
Where can I find the latest ascom drivers for the pmc eight unit?
 
On the ES website I realized it still downloads the 2019 version

Walter
Hi Walter,

I probably wasn't very clear on this in my original post. The download link for the Firmware 20A01 Installation kit located here:

https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/files/PMC-Eight%2020A01%20Firmware%20Installation%20Kit%202021-04-12.zip

Includes the firmware, ASCOM driver, and the new Universal Firmware Configuration Tool (UFCT). There is also a pdf document included detailing how to install the new firmware and software, and also explains in general terms each of the new and updated features. 

Additionally, on the Explore Scientific OpenGOTO Broadcast on Thursday (YouTube, Facebook) I demonstrated how to install the new firmware, ASCOM driver, and how to use the UFCT. You can find the video here:

I have provided the link that starts the video when I show how to install the kit.
There is some introduction discussion then I get into demonstrating how to install and use everything.
https://youtu.be/EW6yP2qfu0c?t=1180

Please let me know if you have any other questions.
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!


--
———

Walter Vinci

ES EXOS2-GT PMC-Eight
ES ED80
Starfield 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
ZWO ASI290mm-mini & Orion 50mm Guide Scope
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
SharpCap, APT, PHD2, SiriL, Stellarium


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 03:20 PM, Walter Vinci wrote:
Where can I find the latest ascom drivers for the pmc eight unit?
 
On the ES website I realized it still downloads the 2019 version

Walter
Hi Walter,

I probably wasn't very clear on this in my original post. The download link for the Firmware 20A01 Installation kit located here:

https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/files/PMC-Eight%2020A01%20Firmware%20Installation%20Kit%202021-04-12.zip

Includes the firmware, ASCOM driver, and the new Universal Firmware Configuration Tool (UFCT). There is also a pdf document included detailing how to install the new firmware and software, and also explains in general terms each of the new and updated features. 

Additionally, on the Explore Scientific OpenGOTO Broadcast on Thursday (YouTube, Facebook) I demonstrated how to install the new firmware, ASCOM driver, and how to use the UFCT. You can find the video here:

I have provided the link that starts the video when I show how to install the kit.
There is some introduction discussion then I get into demonstrating how to install and use everything.
https://youtu.be/EW6yP2qfu0c?t=1180

Please let me know if you have any other questions.
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: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Walter Vinci
 

Very basic question,

Where can I find the latest ascom drivers for the pmc eight unit?

On the ES website I realized it still downloads the 2019 version

Walter

On Apr 17, 2021, at 12:20 PM, Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> wrote:

Bangers

The new firmware is universal, it is for all PMC8-based mounts.  It incorporates all features of any present code and adds some new ones.

Give it a go, its great.
Wes.

--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired

--
———

Walter Vinci

ES EXOS2-GT PMC-Eight
ES ED80
Starfield 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
ZWO ASI290mm-mini & Orion 50mm Guide Scope
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
SharpCap, APT, PHD2, SiriL, Stellarium


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Jack B
 

Wes
Fist night out with new firmware.
Manual polar align then using SharpCap. 
Connected Poth and then Carte du Ciel.
After 1 star alignment/sync on Capella every target I chose was pretty much centre of scope.
Usually take at 2-3 stars, you guys must have done some good work with the update.
Thanks
Jack


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Wes Mcdonald
 

Bangers

The new firmware is universal, it is for all PMC8-based mounts.  It incorporates all features of any present code and adds some new ones.

Give it a go, its great.
Wes.

--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Bangers
 

Hi Wes,

I know on my last firmware update I needed to use firmware B, that’s what was recommended and it works great, how ever I would like to do the firmware update I assume this is for both exos 100 and Exos IIGT PCM8?

ia there a working firmware b version?

many thanka

Bangers


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Hildo
 

Thank you for the information I appreciate it. Its definitely been a learning curve but I am enjoying this mount now. 

Yes that one was 3min. The attached heart nebula was 3min and 4min subs (hour 54min total) with the same setup plus a 0.8x reducer. 



Sent from my Galaxy


-------- Original message --------
From: Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...>
Date: 2021-04-17 11:16 a.m. (GMT-07:00)
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #FIRMWARE #ExploreScientific

Hildo 

Your posts are fine, very informative.  Thanks.

If you do the polar alignment with sharp cap your tracing performance of Explorestars will be excellent, and in T mode.  

If you do a 2 star also, it will improve your goto accuracy.  After your first goto be sure to press sync.  When you do that the rest of your gotos should be pretty close to right on, absent cone error.

Do I understand correctly that your m101 image was 25 frames stacked if 3 minute unguided exposures?   Ordinarily I would say periodic error would make it unlikely you could do that well with 3 minute exposures.  If you did you have a good worm/wheel combo for sure!

Wes



--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Wes Mcdonald
 

Hildo 

Your posts are fine, very informative.  Thanks.

If you do the polar alignment with sharp cap your tracing performance of Explorestars will be excellent, and in T mode.  

If you do a 2 star also, it will improve your goto accuracy.  After your first goto be sure to press sync.  When you do that the rest of your gotos should be pretty close to right on, absent cone error.

Do I understand correctly that your m101 image was 25 frames stacked if 3 minute unguided exposures?   Ordinarily I would say periodic error would make it unlikely you could do that well with 3 minute exposures.  If you did you have a good worm/wheel combo for sure!

Wes



--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

Hildo
 

Wes, 

I left the info in that reply, but I will fill out my signature. It's the EXOS2-GT PMC-EIGHT and scope was a starfield 102ed 715mm. Canon T6 (1300d). 

I apologize then, my contribution was not the information you needed. Although the update went fine the result of that update has little to do with how I set up. 

Yes. I have taken all 3 of my images using explore stars in track mode. I had no idea it doesn't use that information! That's good to know. 
I assumed 2 star was necessary as after "excellent" polar alignment the first alignment star is off by a thumbs width (Caph). It requires control mostly right, then up.
Second has been Alkaid. About half that distance the same controls right and up. After that it has been very good. Although I only went moon and M101 only minor adjustment were made. 
Daylight savings time has been disabled on that windows 10 PC. 

I haven't attempted Stellarium yet due to lack of movement controls assuming it would also require "right and up". Although I did get a game pad working with it. I only add one thing to go wrong an outing and have been saving that one for a full moon.  









-------- Original message --------
From: Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...>
Date: 2021-04-17 6:54 a.m. (GMT-07:00)
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #FIRMWARE #ExploreScientific

Hildo

Nice go.  Please fill out your signature in groups io so we can see your gear etc 

What mount do you have?

Did you take the pics using Explorestars?  If so we’re you in T or P mode?

Remember that in T mode Explorestars does not use the 2 star alignment information.  So it is well that you were polar aligned via sharp cap.

Interestingly, doing a 2-3 star alignment after a sharp cap polar align should enable accurate gotos with Explorestars, after which T mode imaging should work out just fine so long as your image scale accommodates the periodic error for these mounts.   

Also remember that a 2-4 star alignment is only used by Explorestars.  It does nothing if you used ascom.  Physical polar alignment is all you can do for ascom.

Per the various upgrades, how was the pointing accuracy during your slews for goto?

Wes


--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: New PMC-Eight Firmware UPDATED STATUS #ExploreScientific #UniversalFirmware

ettore.ribaudo@...
 

Very Nice.

Ettore

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Mounts: IExos 100
Scopes: Tecnosky 70ED F 4.8
Cameras:  Nikon D5300
Country:Italy

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