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Re: Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Symon@...
 

Hi, can recommend you look up the raspberry PI route. I have a Raspberry PI running astroberry. It is the size of large matchbox and controls the PMC8, cameras etc. Stellarium etc then connect easily over wireless. You then only then need power going out to mount. 


Re: Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

kevin power
 

I had to install stellarium scope to get it to work.


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Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:53:55 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM
 
hi,

Sorry to be a bother but I have searched for advice on how if at all possible I can connect my PC wirelessly and use Stellarium in this way?
I believe it can but cannot find the answer.

I have installed the latest Ascom platform and the Ascom PMC8 driver and run diagnostics so I am now on to the next part, any ideas please would be most welcome?

Thanks
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Explore Scientific:
Telscope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 (awaiting delivery)

Celestron
SE8 plus mount
Starsense

Canon 80D


Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

alandebrut
 

hi,

Sorry to be a bother but I have searched for advice on how if at all possible I can connect my PC wirelessly and use Stellarium in this way?
I believe it can but cannot find the answer.

I have installed the latest Ascom platform and the Ascom PMC8 driver and run diagnostics so I am now on to the next part, any ideas please would be most welcome?

Thanks
--
Explore Scientific:
Telscope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 (awaiting delivery)

Celestron
SE8 plus mount
Starsense

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

Jennifer Shelly
 

Here is the latest Moon lithophane with much better contrast.
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Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, 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: Does Explore Stars only work on WiFi for a PC running Windows? #ExploreStars

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Tue, Sep 22, 2020 at 09:15 AM, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
It is not presently possible to have the serial connection live while the wifi module is selected, but it seems likely it would be possible to make it so.  I would say go ahead and make the suggestion.
 
Hi Wade, Wes,

This feature is already in the plans and requires a somewhat major change to the PMC-Eight firmware. The need for this feature is driven by new product development over the next few months.
Wade, could you write a command line script for people to use on the Mac to issue the ES commands to switch between WiFi and Serial?  It seems like this should be very simple. It is on Windows using Telnet on the command line,.
 
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Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

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

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


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

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


 
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M33. LRGB Taken at csastro.org property (Bortle 2), Ha taken from my back yard (Bortle 5)

60 x 3 @ 180s RGB
30 L @ 180s
30 Ha @ 300s
QHY 163M Gain=200, offset=50.
ED102-FCD100 scope
Astonomics LRGB filter set
Optolong 6.5nm HSO filter set
Orion 60mm guidescope, ASI 1290 Guide camera.
G11-PMC8 mount.
N.I.N.A. acquisition software
PHD2 guiding software
Processed with Pixinsight




Sorry this was supposed to go in the astrophotography topic


Re: Loud Clicking noise from RA motor #EXOS2 #VIDEO

Wes Mcdonald
 

Symon

The worm is retained by a collet which screws into the end of the worm block.  This thing puts a pre-load on the worm bearings, and is often overtightened by the factory.  It makes things ratchety on rotation of the worm.  You can try backing this off a bit.  The collet is that threaded ring with the two notches.  What you would do is remove the worm block and make the collet adjustment until the worm moves smoothly with no axial play.  

If you were to try this, be aware the collet is kida fragile and is easy to deform, so if you don't have a tool that can pan those slots and engage correctly you can damage the collet.  Ordinarily ES would allow you to try to make this adjustment yourself, but you need to get them to clear this  to you directly, given the opportunity to foul up the collet.  BTW I ruined one of mine.

But I have to confess I don't believe anyone has had the click symptom you have from the overtightening.  Bob's idea that there is something wrong with the worm itself seems likely.

Wes.


Virus-free. www.avg.com

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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: Does Explore Stars only work on WiFi for a PC running Windows? #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald
 

Wade:

Sorry, my reply to you was circuitous enough to confuse.  

It is not presently possible to have the serial connection live while the wifi module is selected, but it seems likely it would be possible to make it so.  I would say go ahead and make the suggestion.

Wes.


Virus-free. www.avg.com

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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: Loud Clicking noise from RA motor #EXOS2 #VIDEO

Symon@...
 

Thanks, I was hoping it would be something straightforward as hitting the plastic post you mentioned but it is definitely inside the mechanism connected to the large gear. it feels like when the bottom bracket on a bike has given up. I've compared it to the DEC axis which is really smooth. I'm a bit stuck now - it's brand new out of the box. I'm all for maintaining and fixing but would like to start from Ok. It really sticks - thus the click. I'm can't imagine it tracks very smoothly. Hopefully support can get it sorted.


Re: Does Explore Stars only work on WiFi for a PC running Windows? #ExploreStars

Ian Morison
 

Hi All,
       with thanks to you the other day I was able to take a 'first light' image using the new mount.  Nothing particularly interesting about the image but the mount proved its worth.  I was just able to balance a Teleskop Service 66mm quad astrograph and Sony A7S full frame sensor camera - quite a heavy combination.  The mount was aligned on the NCP using a laser pointer beamed through the alignment port.  (I could even try mounting my QHY Polemaster!)  The Sony A7S employs a noise reduction algorithm that can remove stars for exposures longer than 30 seconds so I took 40, 30 second exposures, and aligned and stacked the raw frames in Sequator. The  light pollution was  removed in Photoshop (I have an article on how to do this in my digest (www.ianmorison.com)  - note only 1 'r'. )

I also append the 'Astrometry.net' plate solve result.    The TS scope (now in 71mm guise) does give excellent star images right to the corners of the frame and this plus the mount will make a very good system to take out to a dark sky site. 

Sadly, the total exposure was not long enough to see the H-alpha Nebulosity but it does show that the mount can handle unguided exposures of 30 seconds length with a 423mm focal length telescope - which was just what I had hoped. 

Thanks again Wes and Jerry.

PS: There could also be some other useful articles within the ~80 in the digest.


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

Bob Trepiccione
 

WOW!!!
How cool is that!

Further temptation for getting a 3D printer...



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From: "Jennifer Shelly via groups.io" <drunkendogg@...>
Date: 9/21/20 3:54 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do.

[Edited Message Follows]

3-D printed lithophane of an image of the Moon that I shot on 04/06/2020 with my ES 127 FCD-100 with 3" FF / 0.7x FR, QHY 600M camera, and ES PMC-8 G-11.  

Moon image.



Completed lithophane print.



Lithophane illuminated from behind.



The lithophane took 20.75 hours to print. I am pleased with the result with my first attempt.  I am currently printing another version that is a little thicker to get more contrast which will take 29.17 hours to print.

--
Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, 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: Does Explore Stars only work on WiFi for a PC running Windows? #ExploreStars

Wade Prunty
 

Wes,

Yes, I understand that TCP/UDP are different protocols that work over the IP protocol. I didn’t mean for it to seem like I was associating them with serial, I was just hopping that all of the above could be enabled at once, which it looks like isn’t possible.

If that’s the case I think it would be very beneficial for there to be a Mac “app” that can manage these. I’m not talking about managing the firmware, just the type of connection the mount has enabled. There are a lot of Mac users who will not have a Windows machine to do this with, and who don’t have a clue how to use terminal.
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Explore Scientific iEXOS-100
William Optics SpaceCat 51 APO
ZWO ASI183MM Pro, ASI533MC Pro
Canon 5D, T3i (Both Astro Mods)
William Optics UniGuide
ZWO ASI120MM-S
ZWO ASIAIR Pro


Re: Does Explore Stars only work on WiFi for a PC running Windows? #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald
 

Wade:

The PMC-8 box associated with the Exos2 has a wifi module which will do either TCP or UDP.  The Iexos wifi module only goes one way or the other.

The serial port is not TCP or UDP, it is a direct serial connection.

It would be cool to have both the serial port and the WiFi able to be used without switching the mode from serial to Wifi.  That would be a great suggestion.

But the WiFi modules are what they are, at least for now so their performance probably won't change -- Exos2 is ambidextrous, but the iExos is not.

Wes.


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


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Timothy Myers
 

Still working on the Cocoon, and still not happy with it.


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Tim Myers

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


Re: Loud Clicking noise from RA motor #EXOS2 #VIDEO

 

Symon,
 
One of the nice things about these mounts is that they don't have a lot of moving parts and are easy to work on and keep in adjustment.
 
The simplest explanation for your click would have been the large pulley scraping on the nearby plastic post that receives the housing's screw.  Easy to fix in that case, but unfortunately it sounds like that's not it.  Perhaps an unhappy worm block bearing or a ding in the worm itself?  Best you can do is just keep going and investigate...
 
- Bob
 
 
 
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Mounts: ES PMC-8 EXOS2
Scopes: SV 102EDT, ZWO 60/280 Guide
Cameras:  Nikon D5300, Altair GPCAM2 290M
Software: ASCOM, CdC, AstroTortilla, BYN Pro, Sharpcap, PHD2
Computer:  Thinkpad x230, Win7Pro/64


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Omar Rahman
 

The lithophane is really cool! I didn't even know you could do that.

Omar
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Scopes:        
ES ED102, Meade 8" ACF, Celestron C8-N
Mounts
:      ES EXOS2-PMC-8, SkyWatcher Star Adventurer
Cameras:   ASI1600MM Pro, Nikon D7500
Lens:
          Tamron 70-200mm G2
Misc:          ZWO ASI120Mini Guide Camera, ZWO 30mm mini guidescope, Stellarmate, Asiair Pro
Software:  Kstars, SkySafari, Pixinsight, DeepSkyStacker, Regim, Astrostakkert, LR/PS
Computer:  Macbook Pro, Surface Pro 4, iPhone, Fire 7


Re: Does Explore Stars only work on WiFi for a PC running Windows? #ExploreStars

Wade Prunty
 

Wes, would it be possible to have WiFi and Serial enabled at the same time on PMC-8 system and have it accepting UDP and TCP requests? If the mounts shipped this way I think a ton of the support issues would go away and users would be able to use both ExploreStars and a computer without having to go back and forth through the config manager. If it is possible I'll submit it under the feature request subgroup.
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Explore Scientific iEXOS-100
William Optics SpaceCat 51 APO
ZWO ASI183MM Pro, ASI533MC Pro
Canon 5D, T3i (Both Astro Mods)
William Optics UniGuide
ZWO ASI120MM-S
ZWO ASIAIR Pro


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Stade
 

Did andromeda M31 again, about an hour ttl of 2 minute ea, and also Pleiades M45 almost 2 hours at 2 min ea.  Still haven't mastered my guide scope for anything other than polar alignment, but working on it.  This was taken with Nikon D500, Tamron 150-600 on 250, ISO 800, 5.6, IEXOS 100, NINA (loving NINA's auto sessions!) and everything is starting to be enjoyable!


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

Jeff Snell
 

That's cool!
  
Jeff

PMC-Eight w/Explore Stars
ES ED80mm APO
Celestron 8" Edge HD
Canon Ti-5 w/ Spencer Camera Astro-mod


On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 1:54 PM Jennifer Shelly via groups.io <drunkendogg=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

3-D printed lithophane of an image of the Moon that I shot on 04/06/2020 with my ES 127 FCD-100 with 3" FF / 0.7x FR, QHY 600M camera, and ES PMC-8 G-11.  

Moon image.



Completed lithophane print.



Lithophane illuminated from behind.



The lithophane took 20.75 hours to print. I am pleased with the result with my first attempt.  I am currently printing another version that is a little thicker to get more contrast which will take 29.17 hours to print.

--
Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, 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: Does Explore Stars only work on WiFi for a PC running Windows? #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald
 

David

Explorestars only works over WiFi.  Serial is for ascom.

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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