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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
 

Cocoon Nebula
OSC ASI-1600
58 x 240s images with an L-eNhance filter (Ha and OIII)
60 x 180s Images with an L-Pro filter
Processed as separate RGB, Ha and OIII images in APP
Darks, Flats, and DarkFlats 20 of each
Imaged over two nights this past Friday and Saturday nights.
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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: 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

Mario
 

Nice shot Tim...colour really pops out!
Was this stacked? How many exposures? Can you attach some details?

Well done!

Mario

On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 3:21 PM Timothy Myers <tim_s_myers@...> wrote:
OK, feeling a bit better about this version


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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


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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


locked Re: PixInsight

Steve Siedentop
 

They changed up the Subframe selector with the last update.  I’m having trouble too.  When I get it figured out, I’ll post something if someone else doesn’t beat me to it.

-Steve

On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 8:18 PM Mick Whitaker <mwhitaker285@...> wrote:
Hi Guys, Anybody using PixInsight, I cant get passed subframe selector it as changed since I used it last. I can’t see a way of sending my approved files to the approved folder. Thanks. 
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Michael Whitaker
Wakefield, UK. 
MOUNTS. Exos-2 PMC Eight..
SCOPE: RVO Horizon 72ed. 
CAMERA: Not Applicable. 
SOFTWARE: Just iPad at moment.










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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


Re: Counterweight shaft #iEXOS-100

Wes Mcdonald
 

How about you tap the PVC and thread the cable connector in there.

Wes.


Virus-free. www.avg.com

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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


locked PixInsight

 

Hi Guys, Anybody using PixInsight, I cant get passed subframe selector it as changed since I used it last. I can’t see a way of sending my approved files to the approved folder. Thanks. 
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Michael Whitaker
Wakefield, UK. 
MOUNTS. Exos-2 PMC Eight..
SCOPE: RVO Horizon 72ed. 
CAMERA: Not Applicable. 
SOFTWARE: Just iPad at moment.


Re: Counterweight shaft #iEXOS-100

Harry
 

Hi Meghan, I also needed a little extra weight for my iExos 100. I got a 11/4 pound barbell weight from Walmart. I think 3-4 dollars. I then cut a slice of pvc pipe to reduce the central hole size. May need a little electrical tape for just a tight friction fit. You can then use a 3/4 inch clamp-on service connector conduit fitting, unscrew the round collar and discard. Just insert the clamp, then weight against the bottom bolt, and tighten the clamp against the weight to hold in place. If you want the weight further up the shaft, use 2 clamps. Attached 2 pics.
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Harry
Vero Beach, FL

Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
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: Counterweight shaft #iEXOS-100

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

The counter weight shaft diameter is 14mm. 


Re: Counterweight shaft #iEXOS-100

Stade
 

Thank you sooo much!  I'm just looking to add a touch more weight, not the entire 2 pounds, so washers stacked and taped together with electrical tape sounds like an inexpensive first try. However, if you are looking for the regular 2 pound weights, I've seen them on Explore Scientific's website, for like $17ish each.

Thank you again for the info.

Meghan


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
 

OK, feeling a bit better about this version


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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: Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 07:53 AM, alandebrut wrote:
Sorry to be a bother but I have searched for advice on how if at all possible I can connect my PC wirelessly and use Stellarium in this way?
I believe it can but cannot find the answer.
Hi Alan,

The correct answer is that you use the ASCOM driver and select "Enable WiFi TCP/IP" as shown below. The default IP address and port should work fine. No need to change the communications channel.
The latest version of Stellarium has the ASCOM Chooser in it already.   I would suggest you use the ASCOM Platform POTH program to connect to the PMC-Eight first and then connect Stellarium to the POTH.


 
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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: Counterweight shaft #iEXOS-100

Chris Bourque
 

Yes, just confirmed. Its 14mm.
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Mounts: iExos-100 + ST1 Tripod + Az Adj
Scopes: WO Zenithstar 71 + 0.8x Flattener/Reducer, Celestron 5SE, Starfield 60mm guidescope
Cameras: Canon 60D (non-astro) main cam, ZWO ASI120MM Mini guide
Software/Computer: ASIair Pro


Re: Counterweight shaft #iEXOS-100

Chris Bourque
 

I believe the diameter of the shaft is 14mm. (I actually just went through the process of trying to find heavier CWs for my iExos100, and it is not an easy task to find one that can accomodate that shaft diameter)
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Mounts: iExos-100 + ST1 Tripod + Az Adj
Scopes: WO Zenithstar 71 + 0.8x Flattener/Reducer, Celestron 5SE, Starfield 60mm guidescope
Cameras: Canon 60D (non-astro) main cam, ZWO ASI120MM Mini guide
Software/Computer: ASIair Pro


Counterweight shaft #iEXOS-100

Stade
 

Can't find it in the manual, so can anyone tell me the diameter of the IEXOS100 counterweight shaft?  My mount is not where I am at the moment, but I'm thinking of making an additional counter weight out of washers and electrical tape, and need the diameter to buy the correct size washers...


Re: Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Doug Doonan
 

Hi Alan,
Using the configuration manager is absolutely no sweat to go back and forth between serial and wifi.  I use it all the time.
Doug Doonan



-----Original Message-----
From: alandebrut <alan.bruce@...>
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Sep 23, 2020 1:24 pm
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 05:31 AM, <Symon@...> wrote:
raspberry PI
Hi, I saw a guy on Youtube try to use Astroberry and he couldn't get it to work, also I have looked at the instruction manual and it says not for beginners,
I am not computer savvy enough and it will be just yet another obstruction and variable to Astrophotography.

i guess I will just have to use serial instead of wireless and maybe suffer the many dramas others have suffered when changing from wireless to serial and back again.

Thanks
 
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Explore Scientific:
Telscope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 (awaiting delivery)

Celestron
SE8 plus mount
Starsense

Canon 80D

--

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


Re: Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Symon@...
 

I've had no problems. Just installed it and use it. It does require a bit of computer techy stuff however. When it's set up though you just take the mount out, plug it in, the Pi is vecroed to the mount - and off you go.

Not had any problems. Kstars, Stellarium, CDC, APT etc all connect through a protocol called indi which seems more robust than Ascom. The only odd thing with Stellarium is you can't unpark the mount and have to do with another piece of software - this is also the same with Ascom though.


Re: Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

alandebrut
 

On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 05:31 AM, <Symon@...> wrote:
raspberry PI
Hi, I saw a guy on Youtube try to use Astroberry and he couldn't get it to work, also I have looked at the instruction manual and it says not for beginners,
I am not computer savvy enough and it will be just yet another obstruction and variable to Astrophotography.

i guess I will just have to use serial instead of wireless and maybe suffer the many dramas others have suffered when changing from wireless to serial and back again.

Thanks
 
--
Explore Scientific:
Telscope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 (awaiting delivery)

Celestron
SE8 plus mount
Starsense

Canon 80D


Re: Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

Symon@...
 

Hi, can recommend you look up the raspberry PI route. I have a Raspberry PI running astroberry. It is the size of large matchbox and controls the PMC8, cameras etc. Stellarium etc then connect easily over wireless. You then only then need power going out to mount. 


Re: Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

kevin power
 

I had to install stellarium scope to get it to work.


From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of alandebrut <alan.bruce@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:53:55 PM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM
 
hi,

Sorry to be a bother but I have searched for advice on how if at all possible I can connect my PC wirelessly and use Stellarium in this way?
I believe it can but cannot find the answer.

I have installed the latest Ascom platform and the Ascom PMC8 driver and run diagnostics so I am now on to the next part, any ideas please would be most welcome?

Thanks
--
Explore Scientific:
Telscope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 (awaiting delivery)

Celestron
SE8 plus mount
Starsense

Canon 80D


Wireless connection to Stellarium to the PMC8 #EXOS2 #ASCOM

alandebrut
 

hi,

Sorry to be a bother but I have searched for advice on how if at all possible I can connect my PC wirelessly and use Stellarium in this way?
I believe it can but cannot find the answer.

I have installed the latest Ascom platform and the Ascom PMC8 driver and run diagnostics so I am now on to the next part, any ideas please would be most welcome?

Thanks
--
Explore Scientific:
Telscope AR102, F6.5
Exos 2, PMC8 (awaiting delivery)

Celestron
SE8 plus mount
Starsense

Canon 80D


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

Jennifer Shelly
 

Here is the latest Moon lithophane with much better contrast.
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Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, ES Levy Comet Hunter, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements

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