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Re: Connection Issue #EXOS2 #pmc-eight

Wes Mcdonald
 

Al

Comm port denied means there is another app attached to the comm port.  Ascom cannot get to it.  Sounds like a windows issue

Why don’t you start from scratch and using the configuration manager give us a step by step you are trying to use and tell us where you break


Also before you do any of that, go in the windows device manager with the usb to serial plugged into the computer and see what it says about the usb connection.  It will give you a comm port number under the usb devices I think.   Look around for it if it isn’t there.  If the computer is seeing it you will find it.  And you can check the driver for the device.  Ain’t much help but it’s something

Also, see can you do a refresh of comm ports using the refresh button in the cm.   See if the port shows up.  Also connect the serial up to the pmc8, go to the advanced tab of the cm.  Assuming you have the cm set to the comm port on which the pmc8 is.  Then turn on the radio button for serial and try sending an ESGv!.    Sometimes even when the cm cannot find it connect to the mount it can do that.

If that fails, load the parallax serial terminal from parallax web site.  Open it and see if you Can connect to the pmc8.  If it sees the comm port.  Make sure you set the baud rate to 115200.   Then you can manually enter the ESGv! Command and should see a reply in the terminal window.  This is a direct connection method and obviates a lot of stuff in the Cm that sometimes causes it not to work.

Also you can try using the cm and the advanced tab to send ESGv in tcp and udp if the Windows PC has joined the pmc8 network.  Maybe you got switched over to WiFi by accident

Need more input from you to help really 


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


Connection Issue #EXOS2 #pmc-eight

Al Parise
 

Hey Gang

I am having a connection issue with exos2-pmc8
been able to fix other issues with info from this board
but no luck this time

All year I have had no connecting issues
win10 laptop - ascom-stellarium-apt-phd2, using prolific usb-serial connection

last working connection was last week 12/29, got a few hours in
then setup and tried on new years eve, 12/31, and nothing, would not connect
nothing changed in setup or hw/sw from night to night
been trying to trouble shoot this now since then with no luck

went thru the usual settings/drivers/device manger/bios
reinstalled all the sw/drivers
rummaged thru the message board here for ideas
bot new usb-serial cable with ftdi chip, no go

the ascom device hub does give me an error when trying to connect
- access to com port denied - nothing on google search really pops out as a fix

the pmc8 box led 6 power, and led 2 wifi mod power are both flashing
not sure if that means something but I'm all out of ideas

regards


Re: PMC-Eight Customer and Dealer Training #pmc-eight

Timothy Myers
 

Jerry, thanks for doing this, I have devoured everything in what I downloaded and am now working my way through your "Scientific Astrophotography"  book I received for Christmas. 

As much as I love the images I am getting I really love understanding the math behind what I am doing.
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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: iEXOS 100 - lost communication #iEXOS-100 #ConfigManager #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald
 

Great john.  Glad to hear it!

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: iEXOS 100 - lost communication #iEXOS-100 #ConfigManager #ExploreStars

 

It is now working!
Thank you all for your assistance and time, I really appreciate it.

As it turns out the issue was the USB cable. It was working, hence my loss off communication with the mount.
I bought a new cable and plugged it in, followed Wes's steps again and I am now communicating with my mount.

What an awesome here, thank you! 


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

Dino Monaco
 

Steve

It was confusing at first for me as well. But the tech help at Explore Scientific pointed me in the right direction.
True you will need a DB9-USB w the FTDI chip set. I found them on Amazon. Theyre  Cheap.
Then we need to download the programs from their website.
If you go to the group.io and do a search for Asiar & PMC8 someone wrote a beautiful procedure.
I’m still waiting for my exes 2 because it’s backordered.
But for now contact tech support at Explorescientific.
Try emailing Tyler@explorescientific. He will help you.
 Dino

On Jan 4, 2021, at 12:13 PM, Dino Monaco <dinomonaco@...> wrote:

Hey Tyler.

Pleas send me a procedure for linking the PMC8 & asiair .
This would make my life a whole lot easier.

Thanks.com

Dino


On Jan 4, 2021, at 11:13 AM, Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service <Tbowman@...> wrote:

It's super simple and i can walk you through it no biggie. send me a email at Tyler@...

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Dino Monaco


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

Dino Monaco
 

Hey Tyler.

Pleas send me a procedure for linking the PMC8 & asiair .
This would make my life a whole lot easier.

Thanks

Dino


On Jan 4, 2021, at 11:13 AM, Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service <Tbowman@...> wrote:

It's super simple and i can walk you through it no biggie. send me a email at Tyler@...

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Dino Monaco


locked Re: Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service <Tbowman@...>
 

It's super simple and i can walk you through it no biggie. send me a email at Tyler@...


locked Connecting EXOS 2 PMC 8 to ASIair Pro #EXOS2 #TECHNICAL

 

Hi,
 
I emailed Bresser with this question earlier but they didn't know the answer & directed to ask here. 
Although I should have checked before I bought it      (I can still get a refund as I only have it on pre order) I was looking at ways to control my whole Astrophotography set up with my ES EXOS II PMC 8 mount and the ASIair Pro control box seemed perfect. 
But when I looked into how they both connect to each other & after countless searches on line all I could find was that I'd need a cable with an FTDI Chipset but that the chipset would need to be reprogrammed.
 
Unfortunately I'm not particularly technically minded & havnt a clue what an FTDI chipset is never mind how to reprogramme one.
I'd be very grateful if someone has any info on this or can at least point me in the right direction.
Better still would be an idiots guide to connecting them both 😬
 
Regards
 
Steve
 
 


Re: iEXOS 100 - lost communication #iEXOS-100 #ConfigManager #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald
 

John

The list might be blank until you press the refresh button.  Try that.

If you did already try that then you have to open the device manager on windows and see if the usb to serial adapter is listed.  If it is not, and you are sure you have the driver installed, then I suggest you try another usb cable.  Be sure the cable is not a charging only cable.  Some do not have data capability.  This has burned others on the forum.

If the cable is good, and the driver is good, and the iexos is powered and you are sure windows is working, then maybe the iexos has failed.  But that is not likely.  

How about when you give it all a go, if you have  no luck you give us a step by step what you did relative to the configuration manager 

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: iEXOS 100 - lost communication #iEXOS-100 #ConfigManager #ExploreStars

 

Hi Wes,

Answers:
John
How do I regain communication with my mount, iEXOS 100. (Explore Stars Application / UDP)
Kabul :-)

Thank you for the advice,
I did what you suggested, installed the FTDI driver, plugged in everything and booted up the mount.
Opened CM, verified that I was connected to the PMC-8 network, button is green.
No options listed in the drop down port list, blank.
Tried to manually enter the COM settings with no success, also tried different USB ports on my computer.
I repeated the steps 4 times now and still no joy.

Thank you for the advice!


Re: iEXOS 100 - lost communication #iEXOS-100 #ConfigManager #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald
 

Jlospinuso:

What is your name
What is your quest 
What is the capitol of Afghanistan 

Get your serial cable, make sure it is not power only

Load the parallax ftdi driver from the parallax web pag

Plug everything in.  Boot iexos.  Connect WiFi to pmc8 network 

Open configuration manager. 

Check the cm shows green lower right on connection tabfor the WiFi 

Press the refresh button
Drop down comm port list and select the pmc8 comm port

Press find button

If you get a positive response press top right do it button

Then set the comms mode to udp

Good luck

Hopefully you will avoid the valley if eternal peril





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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: iEXOS 100 - lost communication #iEXOS-100 #ConfigManager #ExploreStars

 

Thank you Roger for the response.
I've tried setting it back to wireless with the USB cable plugged in, the response is "Wi-Fi connection not found"
My computer is connected to the PMC wireless network, in order to open the Config Manager, yet the Config Manager cannot see it.
Here is the response when I save the settings, "PMC-Eight connected to PMC-Eight-0184"
Still it says  "Wi-Fi connection not found"

I am at a loss...
Any advice would be great as I am stuck for now :-)
Thank you all so much.




Re: iEXOS 100 - lost communication #iEXOS-100 #ConfigManager #ExploreStars

Roger Laine
 

I had a similar experience in testing my setup: whilst exploring the use of the PMC-Eight Config Mgr I switched to ‘Serial’ with no serial cable connected and that was the end of my testing: I could only restore communication with the mount once I connected using the cable that was at that time still in the post! (I used to be a Software Consultant so I am a compulsive ‘tester’!)
Maybe there is a means of switching it back to UDP without a cable?  I don’t know. Good luck with it.
Regards
Roger, Atherstone, England, UK
Mount: ES iEXOS-100, Celestron NexStar SLT
OTA: Celestron 127/1500 Mak , Svbony 60mm Guide scope
Camera: Svbony Sv305, Sv205


iEXOS 100 - lost communication #iEXOS-100 #ConfigManager #ExploreStars

 

All,
I am very new to this hobby.
I recently purchased an ES iEXOS 100 mount, had everything working perfectly. Explore Stars communicated and was able slew, search, etc...
Now I have no communication with the mount, I am connected to the PMC-Eight wireless network but nothing works.
What I tried was;
- Config Manager - reset to UDP, to TCP and back to UDP, tried the serial connections still nothing. Cannot connect to wifi
-  ASCOM drivers and applications, switched the network to TCP and ASCOM could not see the mount, reset back to UDP, even though no network is found.
I am at a complete loss here, is there a way to reset the mount back to factory default? 
Thank you!


Re: Connecting PMC-Eight to ZWO ASIAIR Pro

Omar Rahman
 

It’s not exactly plug and play but it’s not far from it either.
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Scope:        
ES ED102
Mounts
:      ES EXOS2-PMC-8, SkyWatcher Star Adventurer
Cameras:   ASI1600MM Pro, Nikon D7500
Lens:
          Nikon 200-500mm, Tamron 70-200mm G2, Nikon 120mm manual lens
Misc:          ZWO ASI120Mini Guide Camera, ZWO 30mm mini guidescope, Stellarmate, Asiair
Software:  Kstars, SkySafari, ExploreStars (android), Pixinsight, DeepSkyStacker, Regim, Astrostakkert, LR/PS, RNC-color-stretch
Computer:  Macbook Pro, Surface Pro 4, iPhone, Fire 7


Re: Connecting PMC-Eight to ZWO ASIAIR Pro

Steve Siedentop
 

There’s some good documentation on setting up the PMC-Eight with the ASI Air in the files section.

-Steve

On Wed, Dec 30, 2020 at 6:48 PM Dino Monaco via groups.io <Dinomonaco=me.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi,

So I’ve ordered the EXOS2 w the PMC Eight system. Backordered at the moment.
In the meantime, I was thinking of interfacing the ASIAIR Pro device to exploit full functionality of both systems; i.e. automated wireless mount driver of the PMC 8, & the camera + plate solving capabilities of the ASIAIR devices.
Question: how do I set this up?
I’ve noticed that the ASIAIR Application has a selection for explore scientific EXos2 in its telescope control setup menu.
I’m assuming I need to attach a DB9-USB cable from the device to the PMC8.
But I’m also assuming it won’t be just a plug & play situation.

Thanks for your help in advance 🙏

Dino Monaco





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Dino Monaco






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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11 with Ruland Couplers and One Piece Worm Blocks, Skywatcher NEQ-6
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100, Orion 6” Mak, Stellarvue SV80EDT, Coronado Solarmax 40
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, CentralDS Astro 60D, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, SkySafari


Connecting PMC-Eight to ZWO ASIAIR Pro

Dino Monaco
 

Hi,

So I’ve ordered the EXOS2 w the PMC Eight system. Backordered at the moment.
In the meantime, I was thinking of interfacing the ASIAIR Pro device to exploit full functionality of both systems; i.e. automated wireless mount driver of the PMC 8, & the camera + plate solving capabilities of the ASIAIR devices.
Question: how do I set this up?
I’ve noticed that the ASIAIR Application has a selection for explore scientific EXos2 in its telescope control setup menu.
I’m assuming I need to attach a DB9-USB cable from the device to the PMC8.
But I’m also assuming it won’t be just a plug & play situation.

Thanks for your help in advance 🙏

Dino Monaco





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Dino Monaco


Re: iexos-100 beginner comments (Mac user) #iEXOS-100 #iPadOS #FIRMWARE

Paul Mogg
 

Great news, I'll try it tonight then,

Thank you Mirko!

Paul

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Location: southern Spain

Equipment:
Explore Scientific EOS-2 PMC-Eight mount
Skywatcher 200DPS Newtonian telescope
Nikon D5200 DSLR
Orion 50mm guide scope
Oriion Starshoot guide camera
ZWO EAF 
Telrad.
28mm 2" and 12mm 1.25" lenses.
2 and 5 x Barlows.
Macbook Air 
Huawei Android T5 Tablet
Software: Kstars / EKOS, ExploreStars Android & WIndows, Stellarium, AstroDSLR.


Re: iexos-100 beginner comments (Mac user) #iEXOS-100 #iPadOS #FIRMWARE

Mirko Gude
 

Hi Paul,

your second question: I have an iEXOS 100 and an Exos2-PMC8. The iEXOS needs one more step (switching from UDP to TCP). For me it works with CoolTerm for both mounts… I tried it with my Mac and from a Raspberry Pi.

Best regards, 
Mirko

Am 29.12.2020 um 19:03 schrieb Paul Mogg <pdmogg@...>:

Hi Everyone,

First just a big thank you to all he experts here for helping beginners such as myself get started. It would be so much harder without you!

 

Ok, so since I last posted on this thread I have got more into Kstars / EKOS on the Mac and think it’s bees knees, everything you could want rolled into one package it seems, and the Plate Solving is so cool!. I’m now getting started with Guiding, bought a guide camera and scope and a better DSLR that can do more than 30sec shots. So a couple of questions on guiding:

 

1. I’ve been able to get rough guiding going using PHD2 and the ST-4 cable, but the guiding graph seems all over the place, and I’ve since read that Pulse guiding over serial cable is the better way to go. 

 

So, can you do Pulse guiding via the WIFI connection to the PMC-Eight box? Or does it have to be via the special Serial cable ( USB—>DB9 )?  

 
 

2. In this thread Mirko kindly posted instructions for switching the IEXOS 100 to Serial mode via OSX Terminal instructions, and then using CoolTerm to switch back when needed, if I understand correctly.

 

So do these instructions also apply to the EXOS-2 PMC-Eight mount? 

 

I bought a USB—>DB9 FTDI cable and managed to successfully Flash it using FT_Prog (under Parallels / WIndows 10) as per the instructions on this forum, but don’t want to risk trying it out till I know for sure.

 

I have an Exos-2 PMC-Eight mount, NOT an IEXOS-100.

 
 

Thank you!

Paul

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Location: southern Spain

Equipment:
Explore Scientific EOS-2 PMC-Eight mount
Skywatcher 200DPS Newtonian telescope
Nikon D5200 DSLR
Orion 50mm guide scope
Oriion Starshoot guide camera
ZWO EAF 
Telrad.
28mm 2" and 12mm 1.25" lenses.
2 and 5 x Barlows.
Macbook Air 
Huawei Android T5 Tablet
Software: Kstars / EKOS, ExploreStars Android & WIndows, Stellarium, AstroDSLR.


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Mounts: ES PMC-8 IEXOS 100, ES EXOS2-GT 
Scopes: Skywatcher 80/600, TS Photoline 72/432mm-Apo
Cameras:  Nikon Z6, D7000, ZWO ASI385 Color, QHY 5L-II-mono
Lens: Sigma 150-600mm, Sigma Art 135mm/1,8, Nikon Z 50mm/1,8, Tamron 70-200mm
Msc: LRTimelapse Pro Timer 2.5, Raspberry Pi4, Polemaster, GPS Dongle, QHY miniGuideScope
Software: PixInsight, Kstars, Starry Night, Redshift

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