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Pictures of PMC-8 Mounts - Let's See Yours

W. Christopher Moses
 

Hey Everybody,

Post pics of your mounts !!
Besides showing off your equipment, we can all learn from seeing how other people have things configured.
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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Losmandy AZ8
Scopes: Tak FSQ 106 EDX4, AT 115, WO Star 71, Mallincam RC6
Cameras:  2x ZWO ASI1600MM-P, Nikon D5100, ZWO ASI 120
Msc: IF ONAG, Moonlight Nightcrawler, ZWO EFW
Software: PixInsights, TheSkyX Pro

G-man
 

Here is mine. ES EXOS2, ES ED80, GSO diagonal, ES 18mm 82 deg eyepiece, Orion DC motor focuser and High Point Scientific right angle finderscope. I've shortened the cables and ziptied the PMC8 box to the mount.

Steve Siedentop
 

Steve Siedentop
At the 2018 Peach State Star Gaze




On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 3:18 PM W. Christopher Moses via Groups.Io <chris_moses=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hey Everybody,

Post pics of your mounts !!
Besides showing off your equipment, we can all learn from seeing how other people have things configured.
--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Losmandy AZ8
Scopes: Tak FSQ 106 EDX4, AT 115, WO Star 71, Mallincam RC6
Cameras:  2x ZWO ASI1600MM-P, Nikon D5100, ZWO ASI 120
Msc: IF ONAG, Moonlight Nightcrawler, ZWO EFW
Software: PixInsights, TheSkyX Pro


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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Skywatcher NEQ-6, Celestron AVX
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100, Celestron C6, Stellarvue SV80ED, Coronado Solarmax 40
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, Canon T3i, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, Stellarmate/INDI/K-Stars/EKOS, Astro IIDC, SkySafari

W. Christopher Moses
 

Nice looking rigs.

Steve, is that a mini-pc on yours?  If so, which model?  Mine is getting a bit old - time for an upgrade.
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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Losmandy AZ8
Scopes: Tak FSQ 106 EDX4, AT 115, WO Star 71, Mallincam RC6
Cameras:  2x ZWO ASI1600MM-P, Nikon D5100, ZWO ASI 120
Msc: IF ONAG, Moonlight Nightcrawler, ZWO EFW
Software: PixInsights, TheSkyX Pro

Steve Siedentop
 

Indeed it is.  It’s an Intel Compute Stick CS-125.  It runs SGP (plate solving and auto focus),  BackyardEOS, PHD2, EQMOD, and Cartes du Ciel with no problem.  It chokes on Stellarium though.  I connect to the mount via serial.

I connect via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol — built into Windows Pro versions) over WiFi.  I bring a second hand WiFi router to the field.  Most of them run off of 12 volts so power isn’t a problem.

I can connect to it via any device that has a Microsoft Remote Desktop client app.  I’ve used an iPad while laying on the couch watching GoT and it works well.

I also run WifiScope on it as a SkySafari bridge so I can control the mount with SkySafari.

-Steve

On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM W. Christopher Moses via Groups.Io <chris_moses=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Nice looking rigs.

Steve, is that a mini-pc on yours?  If so, which model?  Mine is getting a bit old - time for an upgrade.
--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Losmandy AZ8
Scopes: Tak FSQ 106 EDX4, AT 115, WO Star 71, Mallincam RC6
Cameras:  2x ZWO ASI1600MM-P, Nikon D5100, ZWO ASI 120
Msc: IF ONAG, Moonlight Nightcrawler, ZWO EFW
Software: PixInsights, TheSkyX Pro


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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Skywatcher NEQ-6, Celestron AVX
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100, Celestron C6, Stellarvue SV80ED, Coronado Solarmax 40
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, Canon T3i, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, Stellarmate/INDI/K-Stars/EKOS, Astro IIDC, SkySafari

G-man
 

Very cool, man! Thanks for the info. Stellarium is very resource intensive due to the graphics, so most stick PCs will probably struggle.

G.

On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 1:43 PM Steve Siedentop <sdsiedentop@...> wrote:
Indeed it is.  It’s an Intel Compute Stick CS-125.  It runs SGP (plate solving and auto focus),  BackyardEOS, PHD2, EQMOD, and Cartes du Ciel with no problem.  It chokes on Stellarium though.  I connect to the mount via serial.

I connect via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol — built into Windows Pro versions) over WiFi.  I bring a second hand WiFi router to the field.  Most of them run off of 12 volts so power isn’t a problem.

I can connect to it via any device that has a Microsoft Remote Desktop client app.  I’ve used an iPad while laying on the couch watching GoT and it works well.

I also run WifiScope on it as a SkySafari bridge so I can control the mount with SkySafari.

-Steve

On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM W. Christopher Moses via Groups.Io <chris_moses=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Nice looking rigs.

Steve, is that a mini-pc on yours?  If so, which model?  Mine is getting a bit old - time for an upgrade.
--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Losmandy AZ8
Scopes: Tak FSQ 106 EDX4, AT 115, WO Star 71, Mallincam RC6
Cameras:  2x ZWO ASI1600MM-P, Nikon D5100, ZWO ASI 120
Msc: IF ONAG, Moonlight Nightcrawler, ZWO EFW
Software: PixInsights, TheSkyX Pro


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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Skywatcher NEQ-6, Celestron AVX
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100, Celestron C6, Stellarvue SV80ED, Coronado Solarmax 40
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, Canon T3i, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, Stellarmate/INDI/K-Stars/EKOS, Astro IIDC, SkySafari

Jeremy Parker
 

Here's my setup. I like the idea of the mini-PC approach and the minimized cables hanging off the scope, so that might be my next upgrade.


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Scope: StellarVue SV102T  & Optimus Eyepieces
Mount:  Explore Scientific PMC-Eight G11, Spring-loaded OPWB on DEC, O-Vision Worm on RA
Cameras: Nikon D5300 H-alpha mod
Guiding & Alignment: StellarVue F50 GuideScope & ZWO ASI290MM Mini Guide Cam, QHY Polemaster
Computer & Software: Surface Pro Windows 10, ExploreStars, ASCOM POTH, CdC, PHD2 Guiding, Backyard Nikon
Accessories: Williams Optics clear Bahtinov Mask, 1000 Oaks Dew Heater Controller, Astrozap Dew Heaters, Celestron Lithium / Lithium-Pro Powertanks

Steve Lang
 

Hey.

I've had luck with Stellarium on low power PC's before, but it takes some specific configuration to limit it's resources. For our needs, we don't require a high frame rate, which is what normally kills it. Interestingly, I no longer seem to have the batch file I originally wrote...

There is a config in the settings for max FPS (maximum_fps = <num>) and I was also starting it as minimum priority (think I did something similar to what's listed here - https://www.itworld.com/article/2819646/operating-systems/windows-tip--launching-a-low-priority-process.html)

Had it running OK in the background whilst using phd, APT, EQASCOM and more... Didn't need more than around 1 FPS.

(sorry, can't find the original batch file I wrote to start it...)

Cheers -

On 26/01/19 8:49 AM, G-man wrote:
Very cool, man! Thanks for the info. Stellarium is very resource intensive due to the graphics, so most stick PCs will probably struggle.

G.

On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 1:43 PM Steve Siedentop <sdsiedentop@...> wrote:
Indeed it is.  It’s an Intel Compute Stick CS-125.  It runs SGP (plate solving and auto focus),  BackyardEOS, PHD2, EQMOD, and Cartes du Ciel with no problem.  It chokes on Stellarium though.  I connect to the mount via serial.

I connect via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol — built into Windows Pro versions) over WiFi.  I bring a second hand WiFi router to the field.  Most of them run off of 12 volts so power isn’t a problem.

I can connect to it via any device that has a Microsoft Remote Desktop client app.  I’ve used an iPad while laying on the couch watching GoT and it works well.

I also run WifiScope on it as a SkySafari bridge so I can control the mount with SkySafari.

-Steve

On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM W. Christopher Moses via Groups.Io <chris_moses=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Nice looking rigs.

Steve, is that a mini-pc on yours?  If so, which model?  Mine is getting a bit old - time for an upgrade.
--
Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Losmandy AZ8
Scopes: Tak FSQ 106 EDX4, AT 115, WO Star 71, Mallincam RC6
Cameras:  2x ZWO ASI1600MM-P, Nikon D5100, ZWO ASI 120
Msc: IF ONAG, Moonlight Nightcrawler, ZWO EFW
Software: PixInsights, TheSkyX Pro

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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Skywatcher NEQ-6, Celestron AVX
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100, Celestron C6, Stellarvue SV80ED, Coronado Solarmax 40
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, Canon T3i, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, Stellarmate/INDI/K-Stars/EKOS, Astro IIDC, SkySafari

W. Christopher Moses
 

Here's a pic of my set-up before loading it up with electronics and cables.

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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Losmandy AZ8
Scopes: Tak FSQ 106 EDX4, AT 115, WO Star 71, Mallincam RC6
Cameras:  2x ZWO ASI1600MM-P, Nikon D5100, ZWO ASI 120
Msc: IF ONAG, Moonlight Nightcrawler, ZWO EFW
Software: PixInsights, TheSkyX Pro

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

Here is our equipment at the Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) 

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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!

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 
Edited

On Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 03:06 AM, steve wrote:
Had it running OK in the background whilst using phd, APT, EQASCOM and more... Didn't need more than around 1 FPS.
I much prefer Cartes du Ciel, not only because it is NOT resource intensive, it can also handle the USNO UCAC4 and URAT1 catalogues which we use for plate-solving and for precision astrometric measurements of minor planet positions. We run the chart display update rate on Cartes du Ciel at the leisurely rate of 10 seconds which is more than fast enough. The PMC-Eight ASCOM driver sends out mount position values every second so the position reticle will update once a second while slewing across the sky. 
 
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!

Dan Ward
 

Very cool image.  I have to ask, what is the function of the vise-grips in the lower left?

  - Dan 

On Feb 11, 2019, at 9:50 AM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific <jrh@...> wrote:

Here is our equipment at the Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) 
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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!

Sunil Bhaskar Bhaskaran
 

A tale of two brothers :  
DSC_0809.jpg
 

I had planned on making a comparison between the Gemini 2 and PMC8 but not sure if Jerry will encourage it :D.

Sunil


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On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 8:58 PM Dan Ward via Groups.Io <warddl01=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Very cool image.  I have to ask, what is the function of the vise-grips in the lower left?

  - Dan 

On Feb 11, 2019, at 9:50 AM, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific <jrh@...> wrote:

Here is our equipment at the Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) 
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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!

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 
Edited

Hi Dan,

Haha!  Yes, the way the mount is bolted to the pier is through a 3/4-inch hole where we have a threaded rod into the Losmandy G11 pier adapter. The threaded rod is not welded to the pier. The vice-grips are locked onto a nut that the rod is threaded into and another nut tightens from the top through the hole in the pier adaptor. The vice-grips are there so that we don't lose the nut when pulling it apart. A bit of a kluge, because our pier extension was not made as we originally designed it, so we had to adapt.

--
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!

Jim Johnston
 

The baby of the bunch...

 

Renovations complete (for now, anyway... :-)
 
- I wanted to add a spreader (Done - see the MOUNTS sub for more on that)
- Adding heaters (and their 6 foot cords...) just pushed me over the edge on wiring, something had to be done!
- The top of my scope just does not have enough real estate to contain my Pocket Powerbox, a hub, and mounds of rolled up cabling.
- I do not move my mount with scope or weights attached, so the scope and its attached cameras and heaters all have to detach and reattach for a move outside.  The green tie is a Velcro strip that undoes for that, and while attached limits the dangle weight of the cable looms on the scope.
- No room up top, so the Powebox moved to a panel on the North leg alongside the PMC8.  The hub is on the other side of the panel, behind the Powerbox.
 
- Bob
 
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Mounts: ES PMC-8 EXOS2
Scopes: SV 102EDT
Cameras:  Nikon D5300, Altair GPCAM2-IMX224C
Software: ASCOM, CdC, AstroTortilla, BYN Pro, Sharpcap, PHD2

Jim McKee
 

Just getting started.   Canon 100-400 V2 is very sharp F5.6-6.3 lens.  Remoting from inside the house with Cat-5 USB extender to computer.

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Mounts:      ES EXOS2-GT w/ PMC-8
Lens:          Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Cameras:   Canon 6D2, Canon 7D2, Canon 1D4
Misc:          CAMRANGER Mini, USB-to- Cat6 Extender, Astromania Red Dot sight (Flash Shoe)
Software:   EXPLORESTARS IOS & WIN, Stellarium. Backyard EOS, StarTools, DSS
Computer:  2012 MacBook Pro, VMWARE, WIN 10

Jim McKee
 

I didn't see a picture post.  Forgive me if this is dupe.  Just getting started.   Canon 100-400 V2 is very sharp F5.6-6.3 lens.  Remoting from inside the house with Cat-5 USB extender to computer.


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Mounts:      ES EXOS2-GT w/ PMC-8
Lens:          Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Cameras:   Canon 6D2, Canon 7D2, Canon 1D4
Misc:          CAMRANGER Mini, USB-to- Cat6 Extender, Astromania Red Dot sight (Flash Shoe)
Software:   EXPLORESTARS IOS & WIN, Stellarium. Backyard EOS, StarTools, DSS
Computer:  2012 MacBook Pro, VMWARE, WIN 10

W. Christopher Moses
 

Here is my latest Frankenstein...I mean set-up.  Hopefully, it will look better after a little cable management.
The setup is:
ES PMC-8 G-11
Takahashi 106FSQ EDX4 with Moonlight Nightcrawler focuser
ONAG On-Axis guider with an ASI1600 attached
Top mounted mini-pc and RinRunner
 

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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11, Losmandy AZ8
Scopes: Tak FSQ 106 EDX4, AT 115, WO Star 71, Mallincam RC6
Cameras:  2x ZWO ASI1600MM-P, Nikon D5100, ZWO ASI 120
Msc: IF ONAG, Moonlight Nightcrawler, ZWO EFW
Software: PixInsights, TheSkyX Pro

Darryl Ellis
 

Okay, Bob, where'd you get the tray? 

That is exactly the setup I need.  I was just thinking that the other night as I kept tripping over and stepping on things in the dark, lol.

Awesome setup, BTW.  It's amazing how many wires it takes to do a little simple AP!

Darryl
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DHEllis59, Dover, DE
Orion ST120mm With Electronic AccuFocuser,
Explorer Scientific EXOS GT 2 With PMC Eight 
Celestron Luminous 31mm, Meade MWA 10mm, and 5mm EPs
"The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens" - Proverbs 3:19