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Re: Explore Stars app #ExploreStars

Robert
 

You can remote desktop to explorestars on a PC with your phone. Microsoft has an iOS app for that in the app store (Remote Desktop Mobile). Setup with Win10 was easy.


Re: Exos II Mount cannot connect after running pmc8.exe #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

Dino

Also there are many who are using the asi air.  They post and reply on the applications subgroup.  So if you get stuck with the asi air post there.  Those guys know what to do.  The rest of us maybe not so much... and that is where posts for non pmc8 should go anyhow.

Of course you can post questions about the pmc8 on any of the other subgroups.  

Also if you want to load new firmware you don’t have to switch the pmc8 to serial.  But you do need the ftdi usb to serial and the driver.  Then you c an just use the CM directly to load firmware and go from there. 

Welcome to the forum!

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: Exos II Mount cannot connect after running pmc8.exe #EXOS2

Dino Monaco
 

Thanks for the attachment  Harry. Much appreciated 


On Jan 28, 2021, at 4:51 PM, Harry J Jr <hjpayne48@...> wrote:

Hi Dino, I used the Exos II on an IPad so my first version of Explore Stars was the IOS version; if using a PC then you can download the Windows version and the corresponding database. ExploreStars is only used with a WiFi connection to PMC8; but in my mind it was a good starting point to get to know the mount. The ASIAIR didn’t even exist when I got started. Of course to switch to serial mode you will need an FDTI usb/serial cable, and a windows PC to run the ES configuration manager (CM). CM is available at ES website. For the process to use the exos II with asiair there is a PDF guidance document in the files section at this web site (attached) however using that with the recommended software to switch to serial on the PMC8 caused me issues, so I used the CM instead, after installing the windows driver from parallax for the FDTI serial cable (following guidance from Wes). Then you will need another windows program to invert the FDTI serial cable RS232 signal, which is mentioned in the guidance document I previously referenced (attached). Also you may need to update pmc8 firmware, which is done through the CM. In any event I suggest using ExploreStars over the PMC8 wifi with your new mount initially for some visual observing just to get started. There is an asiair pro users group on Facebook that I suggest you join once you start using the asiair, which I soon hope to use on a regular basis! Good luck, just stick with it! Harry
<iExos-100 EXOS2 G11 PMC-Eight and AsiAir - Getting Started Guide - September 12, 2020.pdf>

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Dino Monaco


Wifi with windows 10

Andrew Houseman
 

I've seen some posts about changing adapter settings, running scripts, etc.  However there is an easier way to connect without screwing up all your other wifi-connections.

before connecting to the mount
Right click on the wifi icon from the tray->open network & internet settings
select Wi-Fi then Manage Known Networks
select PMC8
under IP settings, click edit
change to Manual
IPv4 On
IP address 192.167.47.11
Subnet Prefex Length 24
Gateway 192.168.47.1
Preferred DNS 192.168.47.1
Alternate DNS 192.168.1.1
IPv7 Off
Save

Change back any settings changes made at the adapter level to their normal dynamic IP settings.

Now you can connect to the mount or your router at will without messing with settings each time.

--Andrew


Re: Exos II Mount cannot connect after running pmc8.exe #EXOS2

Harry J Jr
 

Hi Dino, I used the Exos II on an IPad so my first version of Explore Stars was the IOS version; if using a PC then you can download the Windows version and the corresponding database. ExploreStars is only used with a WiFi connection to PMC8; but in my mind it was a good starting point to get to know the mount. The ASIAIR didn’t even exist when I got started. Of course to switch to serial mode you will need an FDTI usb/serial cable, and a windows PC to run the ES configuration manager (CM). CM is available at ES website. For the process to use the exos II with asiair there is a PDF guidance document in the files section at this web site (attached) however using that with the recommended software to switch to serial on the PMC8 caused me issues, so I used the CM instead, after installing the windows driver from parallax for the FDTI serial cable (following guidance from Wes). Then you will need another windows program to invert the FDTI serial cable RS232 signal, which is mentioned in the guidance document I previously referenced (attached). Also you may need to update pmc8 firmware, which is done through the CM. In any event I suggest using ExploreStars over the PMC8 wifi with your new mount initially for some visual observing just to get started. There is an asiair pro users group on Facebook that I suggest you join once you start using the asiair, which I soon hope to use on a regular basis! Good luck, just stick with it! Harry


Re: Exos II Mount cannot connect after running pmc8.exe #EXOS2

Harry
 

👍👍
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Harry
Vero Beach, FL

Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Guide: ZWO 30mm Mini, ZWO ASI120MM-Mini
Software: ASIair Pro, iPad Pro, MacOS, Starry Sky Stacker, Affinity Photo, Lightroom,  SkySafari Plus
Cameras: Nikon D600, D5500
Misc: ES USB Power Bank, Rigel QuikFinder, 0.8x Focal Reducer
Filters:  Optolong L-Pro, L-eNhance






Re: Exos II Mount cannot connect after running pmc8.exe #EXOS2

Dino Monaco
 

Great job in getting the PMC8 to work w the ASIAR Pro. I’m waiting for my EXOS2 mount and plan to do the exact set up.
Hopefully I’ll be able to follow these instructions and make it easy peesy when it’s my turn.
Question: while I’m waiting for the mount to arrive, what are all the apps &/or softwares that I need to download in my laptop.

Regards, 

Dino


On Jan 28, 2021, at 11:16 AM, hjpayne48@... wrote:

Problem solved! After reviewing a similar issue on a previous post, I followed guidance from Wes, loaded ftdi driver on windows 10 PC, connected mount and pc, booted pmc8, connected pmc8 wifi, used CM to confirm connection to serial, updated pmc8 firmware, inverted FTDI chip (all on windows laptop), connected serial/usb cable to PMC8 and asiair pro, connected to ES exos2 mount in asiair app on iPad, synch to mount and confirmed that I could slew the mount from within asiair app; whew! Now maybe I’ll get this new system under some clear skies on the eastern shore of MD. 

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Dino Monaco


Re: Exos II Mount cannot connect after running pmc8.exe #EXOS2

Harry J Jr
 

Problem solved! After reviewing a similar issue on a previous post, I followed guidance from Wes, loaded ftdi driver on windows 10 PC, connected mount and pc, booted pmc8, connected pmc8 wifi, used CM to confirm connection to serial, updated pmc8 firmware, inverted FTDI chip (all on windows laptop), connected serial/usb cable to PMC8 and asiair pro, connected to ES exos2 mount in asiair app on iPad, synch to mount and confirmed that I could slew the mount from within asiair app; whew! Now maybe I’ll get this new system under some clear skies on the eastern shore of MD. 


Re: Exos 2 vs eq6r-pro

Wes Mcdonald
 

Chuck

That’s interesting.  Assuming the same guide scope and camera I wouldn’t expect a difference for the exos2 at 102 scope vs the 61.  Maybe with a very heavy payload but at 15# not so much.  You might be the first person to report observations with this regard.  

I will point out that the exos 2 guiding works better at some Ra dec combinations than others.  For example when you are near the pole the ra error makes little error in the guide position.  So some of the perceived difference might be related to where the two instances were looking.  

Great guiding tho!

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


Exos 2 vs eq6r-pro

charles mckowen
 

So it’s been awhile since I used my exos 2. I just wanted to say this mount is incredible. I only use the exos2 with smaller focal lengths. Compared to the king of mass produced mounts. The eq6 can’t beat exos2 at tracking with smaller focal lengths. Now the tracking is awesome at higher focal lengths with the eq6r. I get around 0.50 arc sec with my ed102 and rc8. Lower though, at least 360 and below. The eq6r pro can’t beat it. With my wo and redcat I’m averaging 0.70 arc with the exos2 and can run 10minute subs. 
Chuck McKowen
Bortle 3 Mangham/Monroe, La

WO Z61, WO REDCAT 51, ES ED 102, AstroTech 6 Rc, Orion 8 Rc
Celestron onyx 80 edf
Skywatcher eq6 r pro/Exos2 pmc8/ Atlas Eq-g pro
Qhy163c/m
Canon Eos Ra 
EQMod/Poth - APT, Stellarium, Stellarium scope, and PHD2


 


Exos II Mount cannot connect after running pmc8.exe #EXOS2

Harry J Jr
 

I have been using my Exos II mount with Explore Stars on the Ipad with no issues; recently acquired a new windows laptop and started the process for switching to serial mode for use with the ASIAIR pro. I read the Windows 10 issue, which I had, so I used the BAT file uploaded by Wes McDonald to switch the PC to a Static IP. Subsequently ran windows version of Explore Stars successfully, prior to starting the switch to using the serial port on PMC8. After connecting USB to serial FDTI cable to mount and running the PMC8 utility my mount will no longer connect. Initially the PMC8 utility indicated the mount was connected via com0; but when I ran test it said there was no connection; note that no serial ports show up in the settings screen. Although the PMC8 wifi is still active and I can connect to PMC-eight wifi on my PC or the Ipad, Explore stars will no longer connect with the mount in Windows or IOS. Please advise, thanks, Harry


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Yorksman
 

Thanks. Not a problem.


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Yorksman
 

Oh thanks for that. I had looked for it on the Ascom site. I'll give that a try.


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Patrick Maher
 

Haha...   Jerry and I were responding at the same time so, sorry for the duplication of info!

Patrick

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Explore Scientific iEXOS-100 and EXOS-2GT (non-PMC)
Explore Scientific ED 102mm Refractor


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Patrick Maher
 

You can install POTH when installing ASCOM 6.5.  You won't find it anywhere else.  You just need to select the option to install it within the installer.  POTH works just fine with the current version of Stellarium.  Just run the installer again from your downloads and be careful to choose POTH as one of the installed utilities.  

I can't remember for sure at the moment because it has been a few months since the clouds rolled in where I am located (plus it is too cold out there for me to be lingering with a telescope) but I seem to remember that my iEXOS-100 worked just fine by also connecting Stellarium directly to the mount (no POTH, no Device Hub) by choosing "ASCOM Telescope" in Stellarium.  Of course, if you want to run multiple programs using the same PMC-8 driver, then you will need to use a hub...  either POTH or Device Hub.  

Patrick
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Explore Scientific iEXOS-100 and EXOS-2GT (non-PMC)
Explore Scientific ED 102mm Refractor


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 05:01 AM, Yorksman wrote:
Glad you got it working with CdC. Not as pretty as Stellarium but it does the same job. POTH was in Ascom Platform 6.4. In Ascom Platform 6.5 it was replaced by Device Hub.
POTH is available to select when installing ASCOM Platform 6.5 you have to manually select it prior to running the installation. You can always run the installation program again to install it later if you didn't do it the first time.
 
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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!


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Yorksman
 

Glad you got it working with CdC. Not as pretty as Stellarium but it does the same job. POTH was in Ascom Platform 6.4. In Ascom Platform 6.5 it was replaced by Device Hub.


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Bear40
 

I can get Cartes du Ciel to work a PHD 2 works as I am setting up to guide my mount.  I will look for the older ASCOM on their site.  I did not see a POTH option when I downloaded it. Thanks for all the suggestions   I have been using Stellarium with my dob and a push to setup so was hoping to use it but Cartes du Ciel looks like a good option. 
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Bear40 New to astronomy


Re: How to get Iexos 100 to work with Stellarium #iEXOS-100

Bear40
 

On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 03:25 PM, James wrote:

Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
I am using the newer ASCOM Hub
 
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Bear40 New to astronomy


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

Dave Cherry
 

Thanks wes
I was going to send one of Orion I did last night also
But the server is out of space?  (no pun intended  heheh)

Someone might want to check that

Cheers!
Dave

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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

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