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Re: Saddle to mount alignment EXOS 2 #EXOS2 #alignment

James Ball
 

Somewhere in the forums there is a write up on how to set the mount to accurate polar home.  The arrows are not always accurate and there is no encoder to tell the mount when it is homed, it simply takes the position it is in when power on as home.  Once you find the exact accurate polar home you can use tape and a marker to make more accurate arrows on the mount, but if the level of the tripod changes so does the exact home position. 
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James Ball
Dawson Springs, Ky
Mounts: iEXOS-100
Scopes: Meade ETX90RA(deforked now) Sky Watcher 150MCT
Camera: ZWO ASI 120MC-S
Software: Explore Stars Android, ASCOM, Stellarium Scope, Stellarium, AS!3, SharpCap, RegiStax6.


Re: Saddle to mount alignment EXOS 2 #EXOS2 #alignment

Jennifer Shelly
 

Alan:

I think the answer lies with the tripod.  Is the tripod level in all axis (x, y, z)?  Are the tripod legs fully extended? Is the tripod spreader firmly pressed against all of the tripod legs? Rotating the tripod in the direction of the severe Az adjustment will help.
--
Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 iEXOS-100
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, Askar FRA 400, ES Levy Comet Hunter, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Reload old Explorestars if Updated Explorestars has issues with Android 10/9 #Android #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald
 

The new Explorestars is being examined.  There was an entirely new set of libraries.

I believe the new Explorestars should run in 8.1. I believe I had it on that before I upgraded  to 9 to see what would happen. On my machine it ran fine on 9. But I think there was a report herein that it didn’t on that person’s machine.  

Too hard to figure out.  Try it and see. Developer is working the issue.

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: Reload old Explorestars if Updated Explorestars has issues with Android 10/9 #Android #ExploreStars

Pete@torrington
 

This old version works on my Samsung tablet running Android 8.1.0 (Oreo).
It would be interesting to know which OS versions need this fix.
Since 8.1.0 is now the oldest supported version, it may be all,
in which case the new version of the app needs fixing.
That raises the question: what platform was used to develop and test the new version.

Oh, what a tangled web...


Saddle to mount alignment EXOS 2 #EXOS2 #alignment

alandebrut
 

Hi,

Just out of curiosity, I have noticed recently that my mount when in the home position seems out, both RA & DEC arrows are aligned but my scope is pointing off to the right by a couple of degrees.
Also, the weight bar is not centred along the front leg.

This means that when I PA and have Polaris centred with my Polemaster its not centred in the scope

I took the scope out of the saddle and placed a long piece of wood in the saddle and locked it in place and sure enough when in the home position the piece of wood is pointing off to the right.

Is this normal? if not what might be the solution?

I can recenter using the Alt/Az screws but this means that one screw is almost all the way in and the other is hanging on by a thread

I conclude this cannot be right.

Any help would be most welcome.
Thank you

Alan
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Warrington
UK

Explore Scientific:  Telescope AR102, F6.5   Exos 2, PMC8 
ZWO Electronic Auto-focuser   ZWO ASI Air Pro  
ZWO ASI533 main camera   ZWO ASI120mm guide
QHY PoleMaster     Altair 290C

Celestron SE8 plus mount    Starsense
Sharpcap Pro,    CDC   Stellarium   APT   Firecapture
Canon 80D


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

duker@...
 

M81-M82 with 5 1/2 hours total integration time.

Cropped.
Guided using PHD2
Polar Align, Plate Solve and Image acquisition done with Sharpcap
3x Drizzle during stacking with DeepSky Stacker
ZWO 183MC Pro Camera
Post processed in Gimp

--
Rob
Seaforth, Ontario
EXOSII-PMC8 Mount
Starwave 80ED F7
.8 Starfield Reducer/Flattener
Starfield 50mm/ZWO ASI Guide Scope
Altair 224c/ZWO 183MC


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

Derrell Oliver
 

Hey Guys,
Here is my first attempt at M106, 18x3min exposures for 54min at iso 800 with my iEXOS-100, AT80ED & Canon 450D, I’m going to get another couple hours on this and see how it turns out... Man I need a larger scope for Galaxy season !!
--
Derrell Oliver

ES iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight with ES Heavy Duty ST3 tripod & Azimuth Adjuster
ES USB Power Bank
Astro-Tech AT80ED.
Astro-Tech 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
Meade Infinity ST80 with Lunt Solar dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 90 with GSO dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 130 with ScopeStuff 1.25 crayford focuser.
ZWO ASI120mc-s, Canon XSi 450d.
ZWO ASI120mm-mini & ZWO 30mm f/4 Mini Guide Scope
EQ2 Mount with Orion EQ-2M RA Drive.
AZ3 Alt-Azimuth Mount.


Re: iEXOS-100 Polar Finder and Adapter #iEXOS-100

Derrell Oliver
 

Thanks Brian,
Thats what I have been doing, just wanted verification. There is a cross with a gap in it near the center 
of the reticle and at first I thought that was where Polaris went !!
Thanks again. Derrell Oliver

ES iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight with ES Heavy Duty ST3 tripod & Azimuth Adjuster
ES USB Power Bank
Astro-Tech AT80ED.
Astro-Tech 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
Meade Infinity ST80 with Lunt Solar dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 90 with GSO dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 130 with ScopeStuff 1.25 crayford focuser.
ZWO ASI120mc-s, Canon XSi 450d.
ZWO ASI120mm-mini & ZWO 30mm f/4 Mini Guide Scope
EQ2 Mount with Orion EQ-2M RA Drive.
AZ3 Alt-Azimuth Mount.


Re: iEXOS-100 Polar Finder and Adapter #iEXOS-100

brian skinner
 

Hi Derrell, I use the iEXOS Polar scope as you describe it. I rotate the scope in its holder and align the, normally Ursa Major, image with the real thing. I then mechanically move my mount until polaris is positioned in the gap in the reticle. The human eyeball is pretty good at judging whether two lines or stars are parallel.
Polar alignment achieved this way is not precise but to be honest I generally have no difficulty in achieving near zero star trailing with 1 minute exposures.Deep space objects don't show any obvious trailing, probably because they are so much further away I'm guessing.
--
Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Re: Reload old Explorestars if Updated Explorestars has issues with Android 10/9 #Android #ExploreStars

brian skinner
 

On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 01:36 PM, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Folks:

If you updated Explorestars with the new version from the play store you may be having issues with Android 10, and potentially Android 9.  Explore Scientific has posted a link to the old Explorestars on their web site:  

https://explorescientificusa.com/pages/software-and-downloads-for-pmc-eight-system



1.  If you click on the red link 

Previous Version of Android OS ExploreStars App Download (APK FILE)

your PC will download the zip file for the .apk .  It may be possible for you to download it directly to your Android using a browser on your tablet.  If not, download it to your PC and after unzipping move it to your Android's SD card (using a card reader etc.). 

2.  Force stop Explorestars and de-install it, along with its data in the Settings/apps area of Android.

3.  Use the Android file explorer to navigate to the .apk and click on it to run it.  Android should ask for permission to do so, so answer yes and proceed.  

4.  The application will install and be ready to run.  You will need to reset the settings in Explorestars, notably the site location.

This file is the previous version that appears to operate normally on all versions of Android so far.

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

 On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 01:36 PM, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Folks:

If you updated Explorestars with the new version from the play store you may be having issues with Android 10, and potentially Android 9.  Explore Scientific has posted a link to the old Explorestars on their web site:  

https://explorescientificusa.com/pages/software-and-downloads-for-pmc-eight-system



1.  If you click on the red link 

Previous Version of Android OS ExploreStars App Download (APK FILE)

your PC will download the zip file for the .apk .  It may be possible for you to download it directly to your Android using a browser on your tablet.  If not, download it to your PC and after unzipping move it to your Android's SD card (using a card reader etc.). 

2.  Force stop Explorestars and de-install it, along with its data in the Settings/apps area of Android.

3.  Use the Android file explorer to navigate to the .apk and click on it to run it.  Android should ask for permission to do so, so answer yes and proceed.  

4.  The application will install and be ready to run.  You will need to reset the settings in Explorestars, notably the site location.

This file is the previous version that appears to operate normally on all versions of Android so far.

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


Hi Wes, just to confirm for anybody else experiencinqg this problem. My android 10 Tab A is running the old app faultlessly, as before, I've just run my first viewing session and all went fine. Thankyou and the ES guys again for sorting this issue.

Kind regards, Brian 
--
Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Re: Multi star guiding with PHD2 #astrophotography #CloudyNights #EXOS2

Dave Cherry
 

Wes,

 

I set up for recording an unguided log

but the problem is not there right now, it seams to be behaving itself at the moment?

 

Back to guiding now..

Taking some Ha of the whirlpool

Apart from the crazy ph2 aggressive settings which ive not had to do before,

I cant complain about the guiding at 1000mm at the moment

 

Dave.

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Wes Mcdonald
Sent: 30 March 2021 22:47
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Multi star guiding with PHD2 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #CloudyNights

 

Dave and Walter

 

New multi star PhD will indeed allow faster guiding cadence, and I also have found the mount best at higher cadence.

 

1.17 does not address what you are seeing Dave.  At the moment we don’t see how firmware at 1.16 or higher can cause this.

 

Please post on the beta site some logs from the driver during this issue.  The last files were empty.  

 

Wes

 

 

 

On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 5:15 PM Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:

Hi Wes, good timing

 

I’m doing the Crab at the moment

Still having issues unguided

Still doing the shift left shift right thing.

On 1.6 at the mo,  would there be any improvement on 1.7?

 

Here I’m using 100% RA aggressive on a 0.5 sec multi-star guide!  to keep it usable...

 

Dave C

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Walter Vinci
Sent: 30 March 2021 21:58
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] Multi star guiding with PHD2 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #CloudyNights

 

Hi All,

You might be already aware of this, but latest PHD2 build enables multi star guiding. There is a long thread on cloudy nights
https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/743080-phd2-adds-multi-star-guiding/
I just wanted to mention it here since I believe it is especially relevant for weight-capable but entry level mounts like the exos2. my experience so far with my exos2 is that it needs to be guided aggressively. I typically have best rms with guiding exposures of 1s, despite picking up a lot of seeing fluctuations. Multi star guiding should allow for a more accurate guiding with very short exposures by averaging out a lot of seeing (three times  smaller rms due to seeing with nine guiding stars). Hopefully this new functionality allows to push further the limits of the exos2 for astrophotography.

I will try it this week. Let me know how it works for you,

Walter



--
———

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

 


--
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


--
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

 


--
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: 2 questions

Alberto .
 

Thank you.


Re: 2 questions

Aaron Thompson
 

The Short answer is, yes.   But that is right out at the edge of what they would recommend.  And with a mount it is a good idea to be oversized as that makes the endeavor easier. 

Your scope is over 500mm focal length and that is were i have found it more difficult to get longer exposures. I run unguided.  And can get 2 minute exposures with good success with that focal length. 

Scope balance must be slightly heavy in the direction you are tracking. 

Polar alignment needs to be spot on and a solid leveling of the base. 

This has become fairly easy for me to do with the mount and in my location using the polar tunnel has become a simple task. 

There are videos that will help you adjust the tension on the tracking gears in case you need to improve that.  

So after some testing and adjustment I can say yes!  Some others in this forum has pushed it way beyond this weight and are successful but that is them. I am relatively new.  

I have used a 500mm reflector very much like yours with a 2x barlow and a nikon dslr on Bodes ( M81 ) and tracked with success.  

 

 I hope others chime in too with their experience. 
Cheers


Re: 2 questions

Alberto .
 
Edited

Thank you.

Is it good for astrophotography with a skywatcher 130 pds of 4 kg (plus another 0.5kg of camera)?


Re: Multi star guiding with PHD2 #astrophotography #CloudyNights #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

Dave and Walter

New multi star PhD will indeed allow faster guiding cadence, and I also have found the mount best at higher cadence.

1.17 does not address what you are seeing Dave.  At the moment we don’t see how firmware at 1.16 or higher can cause this.

Please post on the beta site some logs from the driver during this issue.  The last files were empty.  

Wes



On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 5:15 PM Dave Cherry <andromedacity@...> wrote:

Hi Wes, good timing

 

I’m doing the Crab at the moment

Still having issues unguided

Still doing the shift left shift right thing.

On 1.6 at the mo,  would there be any improvement on 1.7?

 

Here I’m using 100% RA aggressive on a 0.5 sec multi-star guide!  to keep it usable...

 

Dave C

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Walter Vinci
Sent: 30 March 2021 21:58
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] Multi star guiding with PHD2 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #CloudyNights

 

Hi All,

You might be already aware of this, but latest PHD2 build enables multi star guiding. There is a long thread on cloudy nights
https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/743080-phd2-adds-multi-star-guiding/
I just wanted to mention it here since I believe it is especially relevant for weight-capable but entry level mounts like the exos2. my experience so far with my exos2 is that it needs to be guided aggressively. I typically have best rms with guiding exposures of 1s, despite picking up a lot of seeing fluctuations. Multi star guiding should allow for a more accurate guiding with very short exposures by averaging out a lot of seeing (three times  smaller rms due to seeing with nine guiding stars). Hopefully this new functionality allows to push further the limits of the exos2 for astrophotography.

I will try it this week. Let me know how it works for you,

Walter



--
———

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

 


--
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


--
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: Multi star guiding with PHD2 #astrophotography #CloudyNights #EXOS2

Dave Cherry
 

Apologies Walter

Must have had one too many scotches!

Wong guy, wrong thread

 

Still.... what you say ,, I concur 😊

 

 

Me bad

 

Dave C

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Walter Vinci
Sent: 30 March 2021 21:58
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] Multi star guiding with PHD2 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #CloudyNights

 

Hi All,

You might be already aware of this, but latest PHD2 build enables multi star guiding. There is a long thread on cloudy nights
https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/743080-phd2-adds-multi-star-guiding/
I just wanted to mention it here since I believe it is especially relevant for weight-capable but entry level mounts like the exos2. my experience so far with my exos2 is that it needs to be guided aggressively. I typically have best rms with guiding exposures of 1s, despite picking up a lot of seeing fluctuations. Multi star guiding should allow for a more accurate guiding with very short exposures by averaging out a lot of seeing (three times  smaller rms due to seeing with nine guiding stars). Hopefully this new functionality allows to push further the limits of the exos2 for astrophotography.

I will try it this week. Let me know how it works for you,

Walter



--
———

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

 


--
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: Multi star guiding with PHD2 #astrophotography #CloudyNights #EXOS2

Dave Cherry
 

Hi Wes, good timing

 

I’m doing the Crab at the moment

Still having issues unguided

Still doing the shift left shift right thing.

On 1.6 at the mo,  would there be any improvement on 1.7?

 

Here I’m using 100% RA aggressive on a 0.5 sec multi-star guide!  to keep it usable...

 

Dave C

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Walter Vinci
Sent: 30 March 2021 21:58
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] Multi star guiding with PHD2 #EXOS2 #astrophotography #CloudyNights

 

Hi All,

You might be already aware of this, but latest PHD2 build enables multi star guiding. There is a long thread on cloudy nights
https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/743080-phd2-adds-multi-star-guiding/
I just wanted to mention it here since I believe it is especially relevant for weight-capable but entry level mounts like the exos2. my experience so far with my exos2 is that it needs to be guided aggressively. I typically have best rms with guiding exposures of 1s, despite picking up a lot of seeing fluctuations. Multi star guiding should allow for a more accurate guiding with very short exposures by averaging out a lot of seeing (three times  smaller rms due to seeing with nine guiding stars). Hopefully this new functionality allows to push further the limits of the exos2 for astrophotography.

I will try it this week. Let me know how it works for you,

Walter



--
———

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

 


--
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


Multi star guiding with PHD2 #astrophotography #CloudyNights #EXOS2

Walter Vinci
 

Hi All,

You might be already aware of this, but latest PHD2 build enables multi star guiding. There is a long thread on cloudy nights
https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/743080-phd2-adds-multi-star-guiding/
I just wanted to mention it here since I believe it is especially relevant for weight-capable but entry level mounts like the exos2. my experience so far with my exos2 is that it needs to be guided aggressively. I typically have best rms with guiding exposures of 1s, despite picking up a lot of seeing fluctuations. Multi star guiding should allow for a more accurate guiding with very short exposures by averaging out a lot of seeing (three times  smaller rms due to seeing with nine guiding stars). Hopefully this new functionality allows to push further the limits of the exos2 for astrophotography.

I will try it this week. Let me know how it works for you,

Walter



--
———

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: 2 questions

Aaron Thompson
 

Hello,  This has been my experience. 

 

1) Yes you can minimize or even shut off the app once you are tracking an object.  The mount will do it on its own.   I have had my tablet run out of power and still track to take images. I have the iEXOS 100.  You can minimize or even kill the app and your mount will still slew to target and track. 

2) It should work on android 9 and 10.  BUT if there are problems the guys at explore scientific have just posted a link to the previous APK that will work for you.  My tablet is 7.1.1 and it works just fine. 

3) This depends on your tablet and what your walls are made of.  I have had no problems slewing to a target from my tablet when i am about 30 feet away in a basement when the mount is in the back yard through a closed door. ( Freezing cold winters ) If you can connect to the mount you will be able to send commands.  

hope this helps

 

 


Reload old Explorestars if Updated Explorestars has issues with Android 10/9 #Android #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald
 

Folks:

If you updated Explorestars with the new version from the play store you may be having issues with Android 10, and potentially Android 9.  Explore Scientific has posted a link to the old Explorestars on their web site:  

https://explorescientificusa.com/pages/software-and-downloads-for-pmc-eight-system



1.  If you click on the red link 

Previous Version of Android OS ExploreStars App Download (APK FILE)

your PC will download the zip file for the .apk .  It may be possible for you to download it directly to your Android using a browser on your tablet.  If not, download it to your PC and after unzipping move it to your Android's SD card (using a card reader etc.). 

2.  Force stop Explorestars and de-install it, along with its data in the Settings/apps area of Android.

3.  Use the Android file explorer to navigate to the .apk and click on it to run it.  Android should ask for permission to do so, so answer yes and proceed.  

4.  The application will install and be ready to run.  You will need to reset the settings in Explorestars, notably the site location.

This file is the previous version that appears to operate normally on all versions of Android so far.

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

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