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Re: Can't Park with ASCOM6.5

James Ball
 

I usually use the Park button in CdC before disconnecting.
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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: Frustration with planetary imaging

James Ball
 

I do only planetary and lunar imaging with the iEXOS-100 and all the scopes listed below.  I use the ASI120-MC-s color camera.  I guide by hand since most captures are only 1-2minutes long.  Actually with the stacking software it will compensate for most drifting so if I hit the PA really close I do very little guiding at all.  I mainly guide when I am running the 2x barlow and using a small ROI to try and keep the subject near center.  I have thought about getting a guide scope but not sure it will even help that much for planetary. 

Try it without the guide scope, just get the target centered, set the ROI around 400x400 to get the highest frame rate possible and do a 2 minute capture, you should have a few thousand frames to stack.  Stack with AutoStakkert then do any post processing you want, I normally just use Gimp to do brightness, contrast and saturation, but you can also use Registax for wavelets.

I use SharpCap and activate the reticule and through the Ascom setup connect SharpCap to the mount and use the directional arrows to keep the target centered. There is a autoguiding feature in the Pro version, but I have not gotten it to calibrate yet, someone also mentioned there is the same thing in FireCapture so you may try that too.  The fact that I am at F10-F30 depending on the scope used, is probably why autoguiding is difficult,

Some Images done by this method:




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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: Frustration with planetary imaging

 

James,

You didn't describe your hub, but your scenario reminds me of CloudyNights posts I've seen, where OP's using an unpowered hub have periodic camera drops.  
The usual prescription is to switch to a powered hub, the assumption being that the camera drop is triggered by a periodic voltage drop.

HTH...

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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: Frustration with planetary imaging

Joe Izen
 

Suggest you practice on Mars without the time pressure with Jupiter/Saturn.

Including a USB 2 device on a hub meant for faster USB can slow down the faster devices. Suggest you experiment during the day. This is a PMC-8 forum. I feel your pain but you’ll get more help on Cloudy Nights.
Joe 

On Dec 14, 2020, at 6:40 PM, James via groups.io <jeverson.biz@...> wrote:

Hey guys and gals,

I typically focus on DS imaging, but with the conjunction coming up, I have been trying to get my rig configured for planetary imaging. I even picked up a ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome w/ filter wheel combo. For this config I am using...

Hardware:
Explore Scientific EXOS II GT
FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain
ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome (main imagining camera)
Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome (for guiding)

Software:
Win 10
PMC-Eight Configuration Manager Version 1.0.3 (for serial connection)
ASCOM POTH
FireCapture_v2.6
SharpCap 3.2
Planetary Imager
APT
Stellarium

I finally had a chance to get out and make sure that I can get focus with the with just the ASI120MM-S and filter wheel. I used Vega to get focus and to help align my guide scope as I don't typically use it with my MC152. The problem I keep running into is when I try to use the ASI120MM-S for imaging and the ASI120MM-Mini for guiding. I have both plugged into USB3.0 hub which is then directly connected to my laptop via USB-C. I have made sure that the apps using the ASI120MM-S are set to 40% bandwidth. The ASI120MM-Mini is a USB2.0 camera so bandwidth shouldn't be an issue. I have made sure all the latest drivers and patches have been applied. I have tried connecting to the cameras using the ZWO driver and also using the ZWO ASCOM driver and eventually something hangs and I have to reset everything and start from scratch. As you know, Jupiter and Saturn are bith very low in the sky now and so I have about 1 - 1.5 hours to image from teh time they become visible to when they "set" from my perspective. I have primarily tried using FireCapture and SharpCap as they seem to have the mosty tutorials but am getting frustrated and really need some help.

Thank you

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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification), ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Can't Park with ASCOM6.5

Doug Doonan
 

Hi all,
I have been trying to get my mount to work with ASCOM 6.5 . I have succeeded  in making the mount move using CDC and getting back to the disconnect point in Ascom. But I can't make my mount go to Park.
 Does anybody know the secret?
Doug
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Doug Doonan
HomeBru  6 inch Reflector  f 6.6
HomeBru  85 mm Refractor  f 5.6
PMC-8, EXOS 2
Long retired EE.


Frustration with planetary imaging

James
 

Hey guys and gals,

I typically focus on DS imaging, but with the conjunction coming up, I have been trying to get my rig configured for planetary imaging. I even picked up a ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome w/ filter wheel combo. For this config I am using...

Hardware:
Explore Scientific EXOS II GT
FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain
ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome (main imagining camera)
Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length)
ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome (for guiding)

Software:
Win 10
PMC-Eight Configuration Manager Version 1.0.3 (for serial connection)
ASCOM POTH
FireCapture_v2.6
SharpCap 3.2
Planetary Imager
APT
Stellarium

I finally had a chance to get out and make sure that I can get focus with the with just the ASI120MM-S and filter wheel. I used Vega to get focus and to help align my guide scope as I don't typically use it with my MC152. The problem I keep running into is when I try to use the ASI120MM-S for imaging and the ASI120MM-Mini for guiding. I have both plugged into USB3.0 hub which is then directly connected to my laptop via USB-C. I have made sure that the apps using the ASI120MM-S are set to 40% bandwidth. The ASI120MM-Mini is a USB2.0 camera so bandwidth shouldn't be an issue. I have made sure all the latest drivers and patches have been applied. I have tried connecting to the cameras using the ZWO driver and also using the ZWO ASCOM driver and eventually something hangs and I have to reset everything and start from scratch. As you know, Jupiter and Saturn are bith very low in the sky now and so I have about 1 - 1.5 hours to image from teh time they become visible to when they "set" from my perspective. I have primarily tried using FireCapture and SharpCap as they seem to have the mosty tutorials but am getting frustrated and really need some help.

Thank you

--
Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification), ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


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

Derrell Oliver
 

Thanks Harry !!
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Derrell Oliver


Astro-Tech AT80ED
Explore Scientific iEXOS-100 PMC 8 with ST4 Tripod & Azimuth Adapter
ZWO 30mm Guide Scope, ZWO 120mm Mini Guide Scope
ZWO ASI120mc-s, Canon XSi 450d.
Explore Scientific USB Power Bank.


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

Harry
 

Derrell, That is outstanding!! 👍👍
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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: 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

Derrell Oliver
 

Hey !!
This is my first attempt at the Flame and Horsehead
17 x 180 sec @ iso800, Svbony UHC filter, iEXOS-100, AT80ED, .80 FF/FR, Canon XSi
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Derrell Oliver

Astro-Tech AT80ED
Explore Scientific iEXOS-100 PMC 8 with ST4 Tripod & Azimuth Adapter
ZWO 30mm Guide Scope, ZWO 120mm Mini Guide Scope
ZWO ASI120mc-s, Canon XSi 450d.
Explore Scientific USB Power Bank.


Re: Remote Observational Setup

Doug Doonan
 

Hi Peter,
Yes,, I found another replacement. It is probably an exact same mini computer with a different name on :). It is doing its job now for a couple of months 24/7 and is updating  as it should, which shuts the system down :(  So I loose some hours of data which is a bugaboo. But detectable earthquakes at my house don't come through every minute so if I loose some time, that translates into loosing few  quakes.
I started this project back in 2016 and I have detected just over 1000 (0ne thousand) since then which averages out to be 250 quakes a year. These quake are usually above 3.5 on the Richter scale. Some fun for an old guy.
I am putting one of these computer on my mount in  order to run everything and communicating with it via  tightVNC. Then the rig is out in the cold or mosquitoes and I am indoors sleeping with no tangle of wires back and forth. :)
Now that I have the thing running I can spend more time getting my home made 85mm f6.5 refractor going. That's another story.
Clear sky's
Doug



l Message-----

From: Voyager <pmaks01@...>
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Dec 13, 2020 5:52 pm
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Remote Observational Setup

You’re welcome Doug. Glad you got it sorted out. Also, I can email you my write up with a screen print of the relevant touch points, highlighted. I tried attaching the image to my post but there seems be a size limitation on the attachments. Let me know.
Also, interesting comment about your mini PC. I’m a bit wary of the unit and it’s robustness, but at the price point it is worth experimenting with. Did you find a replacement for your seismometer monitoring setup ?
Cheers, Peter
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Mount: EXOS2-GT with Orion Extension pier, Orion SkyView EQ
Scope: ES AR152, ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
Imaging: Canon 6D, T3i, QHY5III462C
Software: PMC 8 Manager, POTH Hub, CdC, PHD2, Sharpcap, All Sky Plate Solver, ExploreStars iOS(rarely used), Win Remote Desktop
Host platform: Mini PC ‘Minis Forum’ Windows 10 Pro, Intel Celeron quad core, 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 128GB microSD, 128 GB SSD via USB
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA

--

Doug Doonan
HomeBru  6 inch Reflector  f 6.6
HomeBru  85 mm Refractor  f 5.6
PMC-8, EXOS 2
Long retired EE.


Re: Remote Observational Setup

 

You’re welcome Doug. Glad you got it sorted out. Also, I can email you my write up with a screen print of the relevant touch points, highlighted. I tried attaching the image to my post but there seems be a size limitation on the attachments. Let me know.

Also, interesting comment about your mini PC. I’m a bit wary of the unit and it’s robustness, but at the price point it is worth experimenting with. Did you find a replacement for your seismometer monitoring setup ?

Cheers, Peter
--

Mount: EXOS2-GT with Orion Extension pier, Orion SkyView EQ
Scope: ES AR152, ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
Imaging: Canon 6D, T3i, QHY5III462C
Software: PMC 8 Manager, POTH Hub, CdC, PHD2, Sharpcap, All Sky Plate Solver, ExploreStars iOS(rarely used), Win Remote Desktop

Host platform: Mini PC ‘Minis Forum’ Windows 10 Pro, Intel Celeron quad core, 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 128GB microSD, 128 GB SSD via USB
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: Remote Observational Setup

Doug Doonan
 

Peter,
Thank you very much for your feedback. I have been in contact with Rick B in the ASCOM forum and he pointed out the mistake which was frustrating me.  I followed his suggestion and I am now in control of the mount.
Your comment about a mistake you were making in CDC is exactly what I was doing and fixing that as you did solved my problem also.
I will be copying your write up for my records as it is very good.
I am using Device hub in the new version of Ascom so I am not using POTH hub. I think if you wanted to get away from POTH you might just put the device hub in.
Thank you very much for your information
Doug



-----Original Message-----
From: Voyager <pmaks01@...>
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Dec 13, 2020 3:46 pm
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Remote Observational Setup

[Edited Message Follows]
Doug,
Here are some notes and thoughts.

Window 10 Pro 64bit
CdC - 64bit - 4.2.1
ASCOM 32bit 6.4.1
Sharpcap 3.2 32bit (Intel Celeron does not support the full instruction set that the 64bit version requires).
PHD2 32bit 2.6.9
 
Note, I am using ASCOM 6.4.1.
 
My startup sequence is pretty standard:
1. PMC8 CM:
Select mount type - EXOS22
Find COM
Select/highlight port
Find current connection - Do It
Via ASCOM (Serial) Do It
 
2. Startup POTH Hub 
Assuming you have done the setup for your mount 'Choose Scope' -  
- you should have selected ES_PMC8 Telescope from the dropdown list
- click on "'Properties' button - this brings up the driver interface:
- ensure that "Enable Serial Port '' radio button is selected - this could be part of your issue... 
 
3. Once above is setup just 'Connect Scope' from POTH
 
Also, a mistake that I was making in CdC, Stellarium and SharpCap, All Sky Plate Solver,  when setting up the telescope, was to select "ES_PMC8 Telescope" directly rather than  "POTH Hub". Once I figured this out all of the software worked pretty much flawlessly with each other. If you select the telescope directly whichever app connects first to the scope, will hold onto it until you explicitly disconnect from that app. Going through POTH Hub now makes sense as it directs traffic between the apps and each of the ASCOM devices. It could be that one of the apps has grabbed the serial port via a direct connection to the mount.
 
Hope this helps.  Good luck.
Peter

Scope setup notes.png
 
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Mount: EXOS2-GT with Orion Extension pier, Orion SkyView EQ
Scope: ES AR152, ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
Imaging: Canon 6D, T3i, QHY5III462C
Software: PMC 8 Manager, POTH Hub, CdC, PHD2, Sharpcap, All Sky Plate Solver, ExploreStars iOS(rarely used), Win Remote Desktop
Host platform: Mini PC ‘Minis Forum’ Windows 10 Pro, Intel Celeron based system with 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 128GB microSD, 128 GB SSD via USB
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA

--

Doug Doonan
HomeBru  6 inch Reflector  f 6.6
HomeBru  85 mm Refractor  f 5.6
PMC-8, EXOS 2
Long retired EE.


Re: Remote Observational Setup

 
Edited

Doug,
Here are some notes and thoughts.

Window 10 Pro 64bit
CdC - 64bit - 4.2.1
ASCOM 32bit 6.4.1
Sharpcap 3.2 32bit (Intel Celeron does not support the full instruction set that the 64bit version requires).
PHD2 32bit 2.6.9
 
Note, I am using ASCOM 6.4.1.
 
My startup sequence is pretty standard:
1. PMC8 CM:
Select mount type - EXOS22
Find COM
Select/highlight port
Find current connection - Do It
Via ASCOM (Serial) Do It
 
2. Startup POTH Hub 
Assuming you have done the setup for your mount 'Choose Scope' -  
- you should have selected ES_PMC8 Telescope from the dropdown list
- click on "'Properties' button - this brings up the driver interface:
- ensure that "Enable Serial Port '' radio button is selected - this could be part of your issue... 
 
3. Once above is setup just 'Connect Scope' from POTH
 
Also, a mistake that I was making in CdC, Stellarium and SharpCap, All Sky Plate Solver,  when setting up the telescope, was to select "ES_PMC8 Telescope" directly rather than  "POTH Hub". Once I figured this out all of the software worked pretty much flawlessly with each other. If you select the telescope directly whichever app connects first to the scope, will hold onto it until you explicitly disconnect from that app. Going through POTH Hub now makes sense as it directs traffic between the apps and each of the ASCOM devices. It could be that one of the apps has grabbed the serial port via a direct connection to the mount.
 
Hope this helps.  Good luck.
Peter

 
 
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Mount: EXOS2-GT with Orion Extension pier, Orion SkyView EQ
Scope: ES AR152, ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
Imaging: Canon 6D, T3i, QHY5III462C
Software: PMC 8 Manager, POTH Hub, CdC, PHD2, Sharpcap, All Sky Plate Solver, ExploreStars iOS(rarely used), Win Remote Desktop

Host platform: Mini PC ‘Minis Forum’ Windows 10 Pro, Intel Celeron based system with 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 128GB microSD, 128 GB SSD via USB
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: Remote Observational Setup

 
Edited

Thanks, Wes, Buddy.
The pier is standard Orion stock:
07393 Orion SkyView Pro Telescope Mount Extension @ $99

I had to modify the pier very slightly - drilled/enlarged hole in the base to accept align with tripod head and trimmed the azimuth adjusting shaft on the pier to accept the Exos mount base, all of which took less than an hour. It works very well.

Doug, I’ll  put together my notes and share, just give me a day or two.

And Wes, thanks again for your support early in the process.

Peter
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Mount: EXOS2-GT with Orion Extension pier, Orion SkyView EQ
Scope: ES AR152, ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
Imaging: Canon 6D, T3i, QHY5III462C
Software: PMC 8 Manager, POTH Hub, CdC, PHD2, Sharpcap, All Sky Plate Solver, ExploreStars iOS(rarely used), Win Remote Desktop

Host platform: Mini PC ‘Minis Forum’ Windows 10 Pro, Intel Celeron based system with 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 128GB microSD, 128 GB SSD via USB
Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: Remote Observational Setup

Buddy
 
Edited

The pier caught my eye too. I’d love to add one.


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Buddy, County Line, AL


Mount: ES EXOS2-GT PMC-Eight
Scopes: ES ED80CF, ES ED102CF
Guide Scope: ZWO ASI178MM
Guide Camera and 60mm ZWO scope
Cameras:  ZWO ASI1600MM
Software: PHD2, APT, ASCOM, Stellarium
, DeepSkyStacker, PixInsight, Photoshop, NINA, SharpCap


Re: Remote Observational Setup

Doug Doonan
 

Hello,
I see you have solved the puzzle of ASCOM6.5 which I have been struggling with for the last couple of weeks.
I have been able to control my EXOS2 mount with the ASCOM6.5 just once!
Since then I get to the very end of the setup and I get an error message "The Ascom driver reports an error: Access to the Port "Com3 is denied" ". I have obviously connected to Com3 in various places during the setup procedure. I don't have anything going on in  the background which might disrupt the Com3. I have looked in the ipconfig in the computer, and every thing is OK. So I am stuck until I get a jolt from somewhere.
Would it be too much of a problem for you to send me  the steps starting at Ascom  Device Hub and getting into your astronomy program. I use CDC. I have no problem with getting through PMC8 Configuration Manager.
I presume you are going from Config Mngr to Ascom Device Mngr to CDC(or equivalent).
Your host platform is one that I was using on monitoring my three seismometers until it gave up the ghost. The wifi stopped working and it would not update. My host platform is a different kind from Amaxon, but the same size and W10 Pro.
Thanks for listening to my tale of woe.
Doug




-----Original Message-----
From: Voyager <pmaks01@...>
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Sent: Sat, Dec 12, 2020 4:40 pm
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Remote Observational Setup

[Edited Message Follows]
Approximately, 4 months after my first successful ASCOM/serial connection to the EXOS2GT, I’ve finally got my rig setup to the point where I want it, for remote imaging.
Unfortunately, now the skies are no longer clear...  Ready for Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.

I would encourage all to not give up - wonderful and rewarding learning experience.

 
--
Mount: EXOS2-GT with Orion Extension pier, Orion SkyView EQ
Scope: ES AR152, ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
Imaging: Canon 6D, T3i, QHY5III462C
Software: PMC 8 Manager, POTH Hub, CdC, PHD2, Sharpcap, All Sky Plate Solver, ExploreStars iOS(rarely used), Win Remote Desktop
Host platform: Mini PC ‘Minis Forum’ Windows 10 Pro, Intel Celeron based system with 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 128GB microSD, 128 GB SSD via USB

Location: Sierra Foothills, CA

--

Doug Doonan
HomeBru  6 inch Reflector  f 6.6
HomeBru  85 mm Refractor  f 5.6
PMC-8, EXOS 2
Long retired EE.


Re: Remote Observational Setup

Wes Mcdonald
 

Voyager

Nice setup!

Where did you get the pier?  I want one!!
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: Remote Observational Setup

 
Edited

Approximately, 4 months after my first successful ASCOM/serial connection to the EXOS2GT, I’ve finally got my rig setup to the point where I want it, for remote imaging.
Unfortunately, now the skies are no longer clear...  Ready for Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.

I would encourage all to not give up - wonderful and rewarding learning experience.

 

--
Mount: EXOS2-GT with Orion Extension pier, Orion SkyView EQ
Scope: ES AR152, ESED80-FCD100, Orion 8” Newt
Guide system: Starfield 50mm, Altair GPCAM2 130M
Imaging: Canon 6D, T3i, QHY5III462C
Software: PMC 8 Manager, POTH Hub, CdC, PHD2, Sharpcap, All Sky Plate Solver, ExploreStars iOS(rarely used), Win Remote Desktop

Host platform: Mini PC ‘Minis Forum’ Windows 10 Pro, Intel Celeron based system with 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 128GB microSD, 128 GB SSD via USB

Location: Sierra Foothills, CA


Re: iEXOS-100 worm gear jamming/crunching? #FIRMWARE #iEXOS-100 #goto

Wes Mcdonald
 

Joe

No
Video that I know of.   But the principle is the same.  Just tear into it and figure out the screws they move stuff around.   The worm end play (axial movement) adjustment with the dime will be the same.  Be careful with the dime tho. The collet  is aluminum in the exos2 and if it’s the same in the iexos I can tell you it is fragile.   But the usual cause of backlash is the mesh of the worm and wheel.  If you get the worm block removed you can easily assess the end play.   But I would avoid the collet unless it’s really wrong.

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 worm gear jamming/crunching? #FIRMWARE #iEXOS-100 #goto

Wes Mcdonald
 

No. The bind comes from the pressure the worm places on the wheel.  Take a look at Bob Hoskins document in the files section of the main sub group (I think, maybe the mounts).  It addresses adjusting the mesh (and other things) in the exos2.  Read it for the sense of what you are trying to do.   Then apply the disassembly described in the video with the bits that allow you to adjust the mesh pressure.     I am not much help as I have not worked on my iexos, only my exos2.   Others have though and hopefully they will chime in.

This is a commonly done adjustment.   Don’t worry.

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

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