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Re: ASCOM driver not upgrading

hubbell_jerry@...
 

Hi Steve, 

Sorry that you are having problems. As Chris mentioned physically deleting the file is usually the quickest way to make sure the one you are installing shows up correctly. The file you need to delete is:

ASCOM.ES_PMC8.Telescope.dll

 located at:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\ASCOM\Telescope

You may have already figured that out. Once you delete that file then it should update correctly.

Jerry Hubbell
Director Electrical Engineering
Explore Scientific, LLC.


 


Re: ASCOM driver not upgrading

W. Christopher Moses
 

Here is what I did:
1. deleted my existnig PMC-8 driver
2. Verified it was not an option in POTH
2.5  Closed POTH all the way
3. Downloaded the driver from the link you gave me
4. Ran it, chose not to install source files
5. Let it open the programmers guide when it was done
6. Opened POTH

After that, it was there again as an option in POTH.

It still sounds, to me, like some anti-virus is blocking it.  Did you make sure to turn them off?  At exactly which point does the install go away?  Right after you start it?



Re: ASCOM driver not upgrading

Steve Mallia
 

Hi Chris

Here is the link I'm using


and then I goto 


I check to make sure it is deleted.  after I uninstall it from my machine it is no longer listed within ASCOM with I'm in POTH or any other client.  I also re-booted my machine.

I'm running windows 10.   I know it works because on another computer it works fine. 


Re: ASCOM driver not upgrading

W. Christopher Moses
 

First I would make sure it is really deleted.  Delete it and then see if it shows up in POTH.  If it does, there is clearly an issue.  I've seen that happen before.  Not with the PMC-8 driver, mainly ones I wrote myself.  Sometimes they just don't get deleted.


Re: ASCOM driver not upgrading

W. Christopher Moses
 

Are you using the latest driver on the website?  Send me a link to the one you are using, just to make sure I get the correct one, and I'll see what it does on my system.

Which OS are you using?
Offhand, I would suggest right clicking on it and running it as Administrator.  It might be some virus checker blocking it


ASCOM driver not upgrading

Steve Mallia
 

Has anyone run into a problem with upgrading the older ASCOM driver to the latest version?


On one of my computers it will not updated.  When I run the ES_PMC8_SETUP.EXE file it starts the process, says it will uninstall the previous version and all appears good.


When I goto POTH setup and try to setup the Properties I still get the old driver options.  I dont get hte pulse guide setup tab.


I've tried uninstall and re-installing the driver, ASCOM, and even went through the registry and took out all mention of PMC8.  I even ran the setup file as an Administrator.


Still the same problem


Any suggestions?


Steve M


Re: PMC-8 Case [1 Attachment]

Robert Hoskin <r_hoskin@...>
 

Chris,

Very interesting find!   That's a useful-looking little case - I would never have thought to look under humidors for such a thing.

FWIW, now that I know to look, an Amazon query on "Cigar Humidor Travel Case" brings up a long list, in various sizes. 

Thanks!
- Bob


From: "chris_moses@... [ESPMC-Eight]" To: ESPMC-Eight@...
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2018 12:22 AM
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] Re: PMC-8 Case [1 Attachment]

 
[Attachment(s) from chris_moses@... [ESPMC-Eight] included below]
A perfect night.  Maybe I need a case that fits both of them...hmmm...



Re: RA Stiction

W. Christopher Moses
 

What brand of lubricant would you recommend?


Re: PMC-8 Case

W. Christopher Moses
 

A perfect night.  Maybe I need a case that fits both of them...hmmm...


Re: PMC-8 Case

hubbell_jerry@...
 

Nice!  Post a picture!

Jerry Hubbell
Director Electrical Engineering
Explore Scientific, LLC.


Re: RA Stiction

W. Christopher Moses
 

I just installed the wavy washer.  It makes a BIG difference.  The RA moves much more freely when disengaged.  It isn't 100% free, but very good.

I'll do a little searching and see if people recommending any grease on the new washer.  The potential problem would be that it migrates to the plates and then the RA slips, even when tightened down.

For $10, it is probably the best mount upgrade I've ever done.  It took 5 minutes and no tools.

Between ES and Losmandy, I love this thing. 

BTW - I shot video of most of the procedure and the change.  I'll try to edit it (been a long time since I've done that) and get it up for people to see.


PMC-8 Case

W. Christopher Moses
 

From the very offbeat category...


I've been meaning to pick up something pelican-like to store the actual PMC-8 and its cables in ever since I received it.


Well, yesterday I was in the humidor section of my preferred wine shop when I noticed they had pelican-like cases for cigars.  Who knew?


Perfect size. Nice and sturdy. Has an O-ring and everything. $25!


No more trying to cram the cables and PMC-8 back into the original box!


Just a small tip...


Re: TheSkyX move/jog section not displayed

W. Christopher Moses
 

It's definitely ASCOM related, not me doing something silly in TSX.  Not necessarily an error, just something I'm not sure I understand. 
I posted an update on CN.


Re: RA Stiction

W. Christopher Moses
 

Good catch


Re: RA Stiction

Steve Siedentop
 

FYI -

I think the $7.50 part you’re referring to, CKSW, is the RA clutch knob spring washer, not the larger RA spring washer.

It’s not listed on their website and I had to call and order it.  They were very helpful, had them in stock, and the cost was $10.00 shipped via first class mail.

-Steve


On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 9:02 PM chris_moses@... [ESPMC-Eight] <ESPMC-Eight@...> wrote:
 

I have enough stiction in my RA that I have never really trusted my balance 100%.


Then I ran across this:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-wRj9-3pGs


Turns out, there is an easy fix for it.  It's about $7.50 on Losmandy's site.


Just a tip.

I'm waiting for mine. I'll let you know how it works



Re: RA Stiction

Jeremy Parker
 

Hi Chris,

I had the same issue, and so I did buy the wavy washer from Losmandy. I put it in, with a little wax lubricant to coat it, which hasn't seemed to migrate at all onto the clutch plate 'friction' surface. I can much more easily find my balance point, so I'd recommend it. I'd like to get one for my DEC too, just so I can move it around more easily with the clutch disengaged.

Regards,
Jeremy


RA Stiction

W. Christopher Moses
 

I have enough stiction in my RA that I have never really trusted my balance 100%.


Then I ran across this:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-wRj9-3pGs


Turns out, there is an easy fix for it.  It's about $7.50 on Losmandy's site.


Just a tip.

I'm waiting for mine. I'll let you know how it works



Re: D or V series saddle for EXOS2 ?

W. Christopher Moses
 

I think I have one of those. I'll sell it to you at a good price.
Can you send me a link to the SKU so I can make sure it is the same, please?  If you want to...

Thanks, 
Chris


TheSkyX move/jog section not displayed

W. Christopher Moses
 

Hi,

    If anyone else uses TSX, or is familiar with the ASCOM specs, please check out the following:


https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/617720-theskyx-movejog-controls-not-appearing/


I'm having a minor problem with TSX and the PMC-8



Re: Guide Graphs and Impressions

Jeremy Parker
 

Hi Ji,

OK, right, sorry about that. I think Jerry passed along the same message from Alex about the couplers. If you check out helical couplers on McMaster-Carr, you'll see the amount of allowable axial/parallel misalignment seldom exceeds 0.005-0.008". 
So if I can measure 0.017" of runout from the coupler itself, how well could that possibly work? They are cheap Chinese couplers that have secondary operations performed on them to fit the G11, while the Ruland couplers are precision-made for 1/4"-to-5mm, plug-and-play. They are expensive in single quantities, but also have clear and extensive specifications, so in my mind, they are well worth the money.

I spoke to Scott Losmandy at NEAF, and the only reason he does not use the Ruland helical beam couplers, is because they can 'wind up' and release torque suddenly if the worm binds at all, with the servo-style motors in the Gemini G11. So this is why he prefers the Oldham couplers that cannot 'store' any energy. The torque capability of the stepper motors is much less, and he agreed that these should work well for the ES G11. When there is binding, the steppers just lose steps and make an audible sound.

So for anybody looking to tune their mount and reduce PE, I can't recommend the Ruland couplers enough.

Jeremy

---In ESPMC-Eight@..., <ji.theriot@...> wrote :

Jeremy,
I am the one that posted the picture of the offset motor shat. ES is milling a new motor plate at my suggestion that has about 2mm of lateral movement along with countersunk screws, rather than the button head screws that are currently used which bracket the motor and lock it into place. Hopefully this will get the shaft in line with the worm and smooth things out.

Both of my couplers are bent and have significant run out but Alex told me that that’s the way they are designed. I showed him what you did with the Ruland couplers (although he insisted that they would not work).

I’ve also developed a 12” spike that shows up every 10 or 12 min. Not sure what that’s about.

Ji

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