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POTH Crashing

ToddB
 

Im at my wits end and unless I can get an answer, I’m hanging it up, so thank you for your time.

I got the iEXOS100 about a year ago and it’s been a nightmare out of the box, mainly due to POTH crashing/freezing when using this mount.

My first question: Is this mount supposed to work with ASCOM/POTH or not (meaning it doesn’t consistently freeze)?

If No, then we can stop there. If Yes, then I need help understanding what the solution is.

Quick background: It was constantly freezing on one computer, so I eventually erased the hard drive and reloaded everything. Then I did that two more times. Then someone suggested it was my computer, so I bought an expensive powerful computer, but nothing changed. I’ve tried ASCOM 6.4 and 6.5, I’ve bought cables in triplicate to make sure it’s not a cable,


Re: About buying EXOS 2GT #EXOS2

Timothy Myers
 

Vijay,

I didn't see a response to your question about the older Bressler EXOS2-GT and the ES branded EXOS2-GT with PMC8.

I had similar questions I posed to Jerry before buying mine this past January. The older style mount (Jerry will correct me if I get this wrong) used bushings, not bearings, and if I remember correctly used DC motors. The newer ES Branded mount has been redesigned with bearings all around and uses stepper motors. I had read some discouraging comments about the older style mounts and most everyone, including me that has the newer EXOS2-GT with PMC8 is very happy with their choice. Hope that answers your question.
--
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: 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
 

I think they look great Doug!!!
--
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: 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

Wes Mcdonald
 

Doug

Whoop!

--
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

Doug Walker
 

First light newbie.
Both images are
Bortle 5
100 x 20s lights
20 darks
20 bias
20 flats (which I think are messed up, hard to do with that zoom lens that won't lock focal length)

I think I was heavy handed processing both images.  Not great but not bad for a first time, I'm really happy with it.


--
Explore Scientific iEXOS-100
Canon T1i (no mod)
Canon 75-300 zoom lens
Lenovo m93 / Win10Pro
NINA, DSS, SiriL, Gimp


Re: A New Subgroup Soon

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 12:22 PM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering wrote:
Unlike the other subgroups that are restricted by Terms of Service Rule Number 8 (https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/message/3224to discuss matters directly related to the PMC-Eight: The PMC-Eight Application subgroup is for discussions about other third-party applications that make use of the PMC-Eight and make up your entire Astronomical Imaging System (AIS), and IS NOT restricted to discussions directly or indirectly related to the PMC-Eight system.
I wanted to offer some additional guidance on this addition to Rule Number 8:

If you suspect that the thread you are about to start has the potential to veer off into discussion unrelated to the PMC-Eight, PLEASE post it to the new PMC-Eight Application Subgroup.

Thanks again for your support of this forum and the PMC-Eight System!

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: Windows 10 will not connect to my PMC-8 1856

Wes Mcdonald
 

Ian

Glad you are up and running.  You will find the Es pmc8 based mounts provide great value and are quite capable.  Take a look at the photo share posts on the mounts forum.  Many getting great shots, with a wide range of skills and capabilities.  

The mounts provide a nicely open architecture... by employing ASCOM applications, the mount provides the precision movement needed to make things simple.   

These mounts do have design trade offs which in some ways accounts for value level pricing.  But these trades are overcome largely by a bit of extra user care in setup and largely free software on the ascom side.   For example one wants to learn how to achieve polar alignment, employ guiding and get plate solving, the latter two being in someway the most important.


I cut my teeth with a Meade LX200GPS 10”, which I remain in awe of.  But for a small fraction of that price, my astrophotography experience with my exos 2 and Es 127 apo is so much better.  But to be fair the Es setup is the one I have spent the most effort with.

As I said the forum has many users, and quite a few folks who will answer your questions.  They are an enthusiastic and helpful lot.

Regards
Wes 





On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 11:37 AM Ian Morison <ian@...> wrote:
Dear Wes,
  thank you so much for your e-mail.  Nothing seemed to tell me the password but I tried pmc-1846 - serial number on the mount  which seemed to be accepted.   I have now tried PMC-Eight and it has connected!  I can move the mount in RA and Dec and so now have to work out how to use Explore stars to 'goto' objects.
You have some great kit!

I have no real need for this mount having 4 already up to an AstroPhysics Mach 1 but I was impressed with it: firstly being belt driven and, secondly,  the use of RA and Dec clutches just like my Losmandy GM8.
Amongst other telescopes,  a TS 66mm astrograph,  CFF Telescopes 127 mm apo refractor, Vixen 200mm VC200L (great) and Orion Optics (UK) 12 inch sub aperture Maksutov (possibly). I had an 8 inch Newtonian 50 years ago and am a retired(ish) radio astronomer.

Thanks again!

Best regards,

Ian











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On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 12:08 PM Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> wrote:
Ian

Welcome to the group!  There are lots of folks here that will help you get up and going.  Also you will find lots of information in the links that are on the web site.  Additionally just about every topic has been discussed and you might be able to find information through search of the forum.

The password should be PMC-Eight

Please give us the windows version and build you are using.  Also tell us what you are doing in the PC, Explorestars or ASCOM serial.

Suggest you start with explorestars.  

Regards
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




















--
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: A New Subgroup Soon

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of how to take advantage of the new PMC-Eight Application Subgroup, so here is what I posted on the Subgroup front page:
https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/PMC-EightApplication

Welcome to the PMC-Eight Application Subgroup.

Unlike the other subgroups that are restricted by Terms of Service Rule Number 8 (https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/message/3224to discuss matters directly related to the PMC-Eight: 

The PMC-Eight Application subgroup is for discussions about other third-party applications that make use of the PMC-Eight and make up your entire Astronomical Imaging System (AIS), and IS NOT restricted to discussions directly or indirectly related to the PMC-Eight system.  

Here is the new addition to Rule Number 8:

The PMC-Eight Application Subgroup is available to members to discuss all manner of third-party equipment, software, and other materials needed for our customers to have the best experience using the PMC-Eight system with these third-party products. The discussion SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO describing the how and why of the setup, configuration, and any other requirements needed to properly get the third-party product to work effectively with the PMC-Eight system.
In the PMC-Eight Application Subgroup, the members are invited and encouraged to discuss the integration of all the various third-party tools as necessary to get the best performance and experience using these products.

The only restriction is that members are not to either bash, or promote any specific manufacturer or product over any other manufacturer or product.  All that is required to keep from having a message or thread locked or deleted is to just state the facts about any circumstance or feature of the product and how you have configured or set it up.

These discussions do not need to be connected to the PMC-Eight directly or indirectly, rather this is a subgroup for all PMC-Eight owners and users to exchange ideas and information concerning how to setup and use all the various applications we employ. 

This is where users of the PMC-Eight can post relevant information about how various third-party applications can be used to get the most from PMC-Eight products.
  
--
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: Windows 10 will not connect to my PMC-8 1856

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 11:37 AM, Ian Morison wrote:
 I have now tried PMC-Eight and it has connected!  I can move the mount in RA and Dec and so now have to work out how to use Explore stars to 'goto' objects.
You have some great kit!
Hi Ian,

Thanks for the update on your progress.  I sent you an email about your issue, but I am glad you are on your way.

Thanks again for your purchase, I look forward to hear more about your experience using the mount and seeing your review.
 
--
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: Windows 10 will not connect to my PMC-8 1856

Ian Morison
 

Dear Wes,
  thank you so much for your e-mail.  Nothing seemed to tell me the password but I tried pmc-1846 - serial number on the mount  which seemed to be accepted.   I have now tried PMC-Eight and it has connected!  I can move the mount in RA and Dec and so now have to work out how to use Explore stars to 'goto' objects.
You have some great kit!

I have no real need for this mount having 4 already up to an AstroPhysics Mach 1 but I was impressed with it: firstly being belt driven and, secondly,  the use of RA and Dec clutches just like my Losmandy GM8.
Amongst other telescopes,  a TS 66mm astrograph,  CFF Telescopes 127 mm apo refractor, Vixen 200mm VC200L (great) and Orion Optics (UK) 12 inch sub aperture Maksutov (possibly). I had an 8 inch Newtonian 50 years ago and am a retired(ish) radio astronomer.

Thanks again!

Best regards,

Ian

Virus-free. www.avast.com


On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 12:08 PM Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> wrote:
Ian

Welcome to the group!  There are lots of folks here that will help you get up and going.  Also you will find lots of information in the links that are on the web site.  Additionally just about every topic has been discussed and you might be able to find information through search of the forum.

The password should be PMC-Eight

Please give us the windows version and build you are using.  Also tell us what you are doing in the PC, Explorestars or ASCOM serial.

Suggest you start with explorestars.  

Regards
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: Possible defective unit - SOLVED! #iEXOS-100

Mario
 

Hi James,

I can confirm I'm seeing the same wobble you are seeing and in your video.

I thought I t might be related to tracking commands being sent to the mount from my ASIAir in lunar tracking mode but your are on a different platform altogether.

I also thought it might be that my balancing wasn't quite right but I've swapped out my Orion short tube for a new Meade cassegrain this weekend and the issue is still there.



On Sun., Sep. 20, 2020, 10:38 a.m. James Ball, <jedijeb@...> wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JtPhXAn0J4&feature=youtu.be

This is an example of what we are seeing with high magnification on the iEXOS-100.  The "wobble" seen in in RA and times perfectly with the pulses heard from the control board.  When looking at the drive gear with the belt removed you can also see the gear stop and start in rhythm with the sound and it matches what is seen in the video.  Watching the video i count 16 cycles in 25 seconds.  I don't have anything but a webcam on the laptop so I am not sure I can get a video of the drive gear movement but I will try.

I have tried using the object tracking feature in SharpCap but it always fails in the RA calibration step and I wonder if it is because of this movement.
--
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.


--
Regards,

Mario
Streetsville, Ontario

Mounts: iExos 100, Skyguider Pro
Scopes/Lenses: Main/Orion 80mm, DSLR/Tamron 18-400mm lens, guide/ZWO-340A
Computer: ASIAir
Cameras: Canon T2i DSLR, ZWO120MM (guide)
Utility Software: iPolar (for Skyguider polar alignment), iCap, Explorestars, Canon EOS Utility
Image Processing Software: Photoshop


Re: Possible defective unit - SOLVED! #iEXOS-100

James Ball
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JtPhXAn0J4&feature=youtu.be

This is an example of what we are seeing with high magnification on the iEXOS-100.  The "wobble" seen in in RA and times perfectly with the pulses heard from the control board.  When looking at the drive gear with the belt removed you can also see the gear stop and start in rhythm with the sound and it matches what is seen in the video.  Watching the video i count 16 cycles in 25 seconds.  I don't have anything but a webcam on the laptop so I am not sure I can get a video of the drive gear movement but I will try.

I have tried using the object tracking feature in SharpCap but it always fails in the RA calibration step and I wonder if it is because of this movement.
--
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: Windows 10 will not connect to my PMC-8 1856

Wes Mcdonald
 

Ian

Welcome to the group!  There are lots of folks here that will help you get up and going.  Also you will find lots of information in the links that are on the web site.  Additionally just about every topic has been discussed and you might be able to find information through search of the forum.

The password should be PMC-Eight

Please give us the windows version and build you are using.  Also tell us what you are doing in the PC, Explorestars or ASCOM serial.

Suggest you start with explorestars.  

Regards
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


Windows 10 will not connect to my PMC-8 1856

Ian Morison
 

Hi Explore Scientific
   I have done exactly as your 'work around' states to connect to my new mount but it says that it cannot connect to the network - though it knows that it is there and accepts the password that I had to guess of pcm-1846.   Having done so, it would not connect any other networks as one would have expected.

Can anybody please help me?   I once designed computers and taught programming at University so I hope that I am not computer illiterate.

I would be really most grateful.

I wish to review it for my Astronomy Digest (www.ianmorison.com)  (note only a single 'r'') and include it in a fourth book for Cambridge University Press  (search Morison in Amazon) and am totally stumped.

Regards,

Ian Morison


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
 

Thanks Tim.  


On Sep 19, 2020, at 6:05 PM, Timothy Myers <tim_s_myers@...> wrote:

Jeff,

I used the SkyWatcher 100ED Pro, this is my goto scope for imaging more often than not.
--
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: 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
 
Edited

Jeff,

I used the SkyWatcher 100ED Pro, this is my goto scope for imaging more often than not.I just finished setting it up to take some OSC images to fill in the RGB part of the image. Will take another 60 at 180s using the L-Pro to help with some of my light pollution,
--
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: A New Subgroup Soon

Luke
 

That's very nice solution. I honestly think it was the best option. Thank you Jerry. :)


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>
Sent: Saturday, September 19, 2020 7:06:02 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] A New Subgroup Soon
 
On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 05:57 PM, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Been discussing things with Jerry relative to topics related to using the PMC8 with applications and or hardware from other than Explore Scientific. 
I want to thank Wes for reaching out to me and helping to create a reasonable and rational solution to this ongoing problem we have been having related to the terms of service Rule Number 8. Creating a separate subgroup was suggested once before but I did not agree at the time that it was a good idea. The issue I have as explained in that previous post was that I do not want to provide a subgroup that will turn into a forum for other manufacturer's equipment to be promoted over our own current and/or future equipment and software. Rule number 8 in the terms of service will be different for the PMC-Eight Application Subgroup and will now state:

"The PMC-Eight Application Subgroup is available to members to discuss all manner of third-party equipment, software, and other materials needed for our customers to have the best experience using the PMC-Eight system with these third-party products. The discussion SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO describing the how and why of the setup, configuration, and any other requirements needed to properly get the third-party product to work effectively with the PMC-Eight system.
In the PMC-Eight Application Subgroup, the members are invited and encouraged to discuss the integration of all the various third-party tools as necessary to get the best performance and experience using these products.

The only restriction is that members are not to either bash, or overly promote any specific manufacturer or product over any other manufacturer or product.  All that is required to keep from having a message or thread locked or deleted is to just state the facts about any circumstance or feature of the product and how you have configured or set it up."

I will be amending the terms of service to include this statement in Rule number 8.

I will be adding every member of the PMC-Eight MAIN group to the new PMC-Eight Application Subgroup,
YOU WILL HAVE TO OPT-OUT OF THE SUBGROUP if you do not want to be a member. You can also set your email preferences under the Subscription menu item at the top of the left hand menu. 

Also, since this is a new Subgroup, you will have to copy your signature from the MAIN group settings to the new Subgroup settings. If you do not have a signature already set, please set one up, it helps everyone understand what equipment you have during your discussions.

Again, as always, I want to thank everyone for your support of Explore Scientific and the PMC-Eight system. We are moving forward and you can look forward to new and interesting products from us in the future.

Thank you, and Clear Skies!!
 
--
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!


--
Mounts:       ES PMC-Eight G11 - upgraded with OPWB on both RA and DEC
                     EXOS-2 GT PMC-EIGHT
Scopes:       Televue NP127IS with HSM20 and focuser boss II - Questar field model 3.5 - Takahashi FC76 classic MC Starbase Tokyo edition - Takahashi FOA60Q - Zeiss telementor - Lomo Astele 150mm
Cameras:     ZWO ASI071 PRO
                     ZWO ASI 290
Misc:            Televue 0.8 X  Focal Reducer - ZWO ASIAIR-PRO
Eyepieces:  Pentax - Masuyama - Televue - Takahashi - Vixen
Software:     Starry night PRO 8  - Nebulosity - Topaz studio - Sharp cap


Re: A New Subgroup Soon

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 05:57 PM, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
Been discussing things with Jerry relative to topics related to using the PMC8 with applications and or hardware from other than Explore Scientific. 
I want to thank Wes for reaching out to me and helping to create a reasonable and rational solution to this ongoing problem we have been having related to the terms of service Rule Number 8. Creating a separate subgroup was suggested once before but I did not agree at the time that it was a good idea. The issue I have as explained in that previous post was that I do not want to provide a subgroup that will turn into a forum for other manufacturer's equipment to be promoted over our own current and/or future equipment and software. Rule number 8 in the terms of service will be different for the PMC-Eight Application Subgroup and will now state:

"The PMC-Eight Application Subgroup is available to members to discuss all manner of third-party equipment, software, and other materials needed for our customers to have the best experience using the PMC-Eight system with these third-party products. The discussion SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO describing the how and why of the setup, configuration, and any other requirements needed to properly get the third-party product to work effectively with the PMC-Eight system.
In the PMC-Eight Application Subgroup, the members are invited and encouraged to discuss the integration of all the various third-party tools as necessary to get the best performance and experience using these products.

The only restriction is that members are not to either bash, or overly promote any specific manufacturer or product over any other manufacturer or product.  All that is required to keep from having a message or thread locked or deleted is to just state the facts about any circumstance or feature of the product and how you have configured or set it up."

I will be amending the terms of service to include this statement in Rule number 8.

I will be adding every member of the PMC-Eight MAIN group to the new PMC-Eight Application Subgroup,
YOU WILL HAVE TO OPT-OUT OF THE SUBGROUP if you do not want to be a member. You can also set your email preferences under the Subscription menu item at the top of the left hand menu. 

Also, since this is a new Subgroup, you will have to copy your signature from the MAIN group settings to the new Subgroup settings. If you do not have a signature already set, please set one up, it helps everyone understand what equipment you have during your discussions.

Again, as always, I want to thank everyone for your support of Explore Scientific and the PMC-Eight system. We are moving forward and you can look forward to new and interesting products from us in the future.

Thank you, and Clear Skies!!
 
--
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: 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
 

Hi Tim.  Which one of your scopes did you use?

Jeff


On Sep 19, 2020, at 11:03 AM, Timothy Myers <tim_s_myers@...> wrote:


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Cocoon Nebula, IC5146
60 x 240s images with the L-Enhance filter, No RGB taken
Just something quick as I continue to learn

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: A New Subgroup Soon

Chris Bourque
 

Awesome idea!

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