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PemPro/1200 question


Oct 3, 2000

 


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#1388 Oct 3, 2000

Hi All-

My 1200 mount arrived today and I have a question about the Losmandy plate. My

question concerns the width of the C14 plate. Should the 2 plates "mate" and

the knobs tighten the assembly or should the OTA plate be able to lift out of

the channel when the knobs are loose? In my old G8 mount I could slide the OTA

front to back without fear of the OTA lifting off the sides and coming out.

Today I almost dropped the OTA!.



Someone asked about the delivery. I was put on the list in March or April of

'99 and ordered in March of '00 for a scheduled delivery in Aug. My mount has

the new chip but not the software. They are still working on it and hope to

release it soon. I was told that the code will be down loadable but required

the new chip.



Thanks-have to go clean up all the Styrofoam peanuts from the area.



Carl



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#1389 Oct 3, 2000

The dovetail comes out when the knobs are loose, without sliding it all the way to

the end. It's a little scary at first, but once you get use to it, it's kinda handy



"Carl Burton, Jr." wrote:

> Hi All-

> My 1200 mount arrived today and I have a question about the Losmandy plate. My

> question concerns the width of the C14 plate. Should the 2 plates "mate" and

> the knobs tighten the assembly or should the OTA plate be able to lift out of

> the channel when the knobs are loose? In my old G8 mount I could slide the OTA

> front to back without fear of the OTA lifting off the sides and coming out.

> Today I almost dropped the OTA!.

>

> Someone asked about the delivery. I was put on the list in March or April of

> '99 and ordered in March of '00 for a scheduled delivery in Aug. My mount has

> the new chip but not the software. They are still working on it and hope to

> release it soon. I was told that the code will be down loadable but required

> the new chip.

>

> Thanks-have to go clean up all the Styrofoam peanuts from the area.

>

> Carl



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#1390 Oct 4, 2000

I have the standard single AP/losmandy mounting plate. It holds the C14

securely. I have no trouble removing the scope or putting on. It is however

quit heavy. Get some help If your new at it. I thing the best setup would be

ring/ cradle rather than a dovetail plate which is better suited to smaller

scopes. I am not sure anyone makes these currently.



Max Mirot





maxm@...

----- Original Message -----

From: "Carl Burton, Jr." carlb@...>

To: ap-gto@egroups.com>

Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 2:51 PM

Subject: [ap-gto] 1200 Question





> Hi All-

> My 1200 mount arrived today and I have a question about the Losmandy

plate. My

> question concerns the width of the C14 plate. Should the 2 plates "mate"

and

> the knobs tighten the assembly or should the OTA plate be able to lift out

of

> the channel when the knobs are loose? In my old G8 mount I could slide

the OTA

> front to back without fear of the OTA lifting off the sides and coming

out.

> Today I almost dropped the OTA!.

>

> Someone asked about the delivery. I was put on the list in March or April

of

> '99 and ordered in March of '00 for a scheduled delivery in Aug. My mount

has

> the new chip but not the software. They are still working on it and hope

to

> release it soon. I was told that the code will be down loadable but

required

> the new chip.

>

> Thanks-have to go clean up all the Styrofoam peanuts from the area.

>

> Carl

>

>

>

>

>



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#1392 Oct 3, 2000

Greg Mueller writes:

> The dovetail comes out when the knobs are loose, without sliding it

> all the way to the end. It's a little scary at first, but once you get

> use to it, it's kinda handy



FWIW, this isn't the way the standard Losmandy saddle/doveplate system

works. They do *not* pull apart vertically, but rather *must* be slid

together (and apart!) at the ends. Additionally, there are threaded holes

in the ends of the doveplates to insert stop bolts to prevent the OTA from

sliding out of the saddle accidentally.



IIRC, the new Celestron doveplates, designed after they abandoned Losmandy,

are narrower, and would pull out of a standard Losmandy saddle. This is

not something I would recommend, though I concede that it might be handy

at times.



Terry R. Friedrichsen



terry@...





P. S.: So I suspect this means that those of us with October delivery

dates will now instead see our 1200's about Christmastime! Great Xmas

present!



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#1393 Oct 3, 2000

Carl,



I also have a C-14 and the AP1200 GTO mount also. The Losmandy

dovetail plate for the C-14 slips into the reverse dovetail of the

adapter plate on your mount. Just slide the Losmandy plate into the

adapter plate dovetail and tighten up the two locking screws (knurled

shiny knobs) on the side of the adapter plate. The fit of the

Losmandy into the adapter plate is somewhat loose, so be careful when

you slide it up the adapter plate. Whether or not there is enough

clearance for it to lift out, I can't say for sure. The fit however

does appear to be a bit loose like you describe but the two brass

locking bolts hold the dovetail together very securely. I routinely

lift my OTA onto the mount by myself and find it to be manageable but

nevertheless a delicate move. Being 6'4" and 220# helps but it still

gives me pause to think about the consequences of one bad move.



Do be careful to reinstall the safety screw on the corrector end of

the Losmandy dovetail plate after you slide the OTA on the mount

adapter plate. You don't want your C-14 sliding down the dovetail

and come crashing to the ground. That would really ruin your day (or

night)!



Regards,



Dave





--- In ap-gto@egroups.com, "Carl Burton, Jr." carlb@m...> wrote:

> Hi All-

> My 1200 mount arrived today and I have a question about the

Losmandy plate. My

> question concerns the width of the C14 plate. Should the 2

plates "mate" and

> the knobs tighten the assembly or should the OTA plate be able to

lift out of

> the channel when the knobs are loose? In my old G8 mount I could

slide the OTA

> front to back without fear of the OTA lifting off the sides and

coming out.

> Today I almost dropped the OTA!.

>

> Someone asked about the delivery. I was put on the list in March

or April of

> '99 and ordered in March of '00 for a scheduled delivery in Aug.

My mount has

> the new chip but not the software. They are still working on it

and hope to

> release it soon. I was told that the code will be down loadable

but required

> the new chip.

>

> Thanks-have to go clean up all the Styrofoam peanuts from the area.

>

> Carl







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#1397 Oct 3, 2000

Correct. This is not the way the Losmandy plate dovetail works but it is the

way the AP dovetail works. I think it's called the dovelm



"Terry R. Friedrichsen" wrote:

> Greg Mueller writes:

>

> > The dovetail comes out when the knobs are loose, without sliding it

> > all the way to the end. It's a little scary at first, but once you get

> > use to it, it's kinda handy

>

> FWIW, this isn't the way the standard Losmandy saddle/doveplate system

> works. They do *not* pull apart vertically, but rather *must* be slid

> together (and apart!) at the ends. Additionally, there are threaded holes

> in the ends of the doveplates to insert stop bolts to prevent the OTA from

> sliding out of the saddle accidentally.

>

> IIRC, the new Celestron doveplates, designed after they abandoned Losmandy,

> are narrower, and would pull out of a standard Losmandy saddle. This is

> not something I would recommend, though I concede that it might be handy

> at times.

>

> Terry R. Friedrichsen

>

> terry@...

>

> P. S.: So I suspect this means that those of us with October delivery

> dates will now instead see our 1200's about Christmastime! Great Xmas

> present!



--

==

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Amateur Astronomer, Machinist, Filmnut



Visit my homepage!

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#4640 Mar 21, 2002

I've noticed that when polar aligning the 1200, if you keep the mount

lockdowns hand tight while adjusting the altitude and azimuth and then lock

them down with a wrench when completed, the mount moves. What is the

consensus of the group regarding this? Lock it tight after every

adjustment, if so does it return to the same location? Ignore it? Other? I

spent some time drift aligning and when I locked it down it moved about 10

divisions of a Micro Guide Eyepiece.



Also, I noticed that the rear azimuth lock will not allow access for an

Allen wrench at my latitude. Does everyone lock these with an Allen? Is

there a short one or has everyone cut theirs?



Thanks and clear skies.



Jim Janusz



Astronomy Web Page at:

www.astroimager.net/



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#4641 Mar 21, 2002

I use this 'feature' to advantage when drift aligning. I use a hex wrench

to snug things up as I get very close and then tighten and/or loosen knobs

to get dead on. You can make very fine adjustments this way. My Lat.

allows wrench to fit but cutting one should work. The knobs don't need to

be heavily torqued.



Regards, Doug W.

----- Original Message -----

From: "Jim Janusz" jjanusz@...>

To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 11:56 PM

Subject: [ap-gto] Another 1200 Question





> I've noticed that when polar aligning the 1200, if you keep the mount

> lockdowns hand tight while adjusting the altitude and azimuth and then

lock

> them down with a wrench when completed, the mount moves. What is the

> consensus of the group regarding this? Lock it tight after every

> adjustment, if so does it return to the same location? Ignore it? Other?

I

> spent some time drift aligning and when I locked it down it moved about 10

> divisions of a Micro Guide Eyepiece.

>

> Also, I noticed that the rear azimuth lock will not allow access for an

> Allen wrench at my latitude. Does everyone lock these with an Allen? Is

> there a short one or has everyone cut theirs?

>

> Thanks and clear skies.

>

> Jim Janusz

>

> Astronomy Web Page at:

> www.astroimager.net/

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#4642 Mar 22, 2002

I don't lock that one- just tighten.

Ludwig



-----Original Message-----

From: Jim Janusz [mailto:jjanusz@...]

Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 10:56 PM

To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [ap-gto] Another 1200 Question





I've noticed that when polar aligning the 1200, if you keep the mount

lockdowns hand tight while adjusting the altitude and azimuth and then lock

them down with a wrench when completed, the mount moves. What is the

consensus of the group regarding this? Lock it tight after every

adjustment, if so does it return to the same location? Ignore it? Other? I

spent some time drift aligning and when I locked it down it moved about 10

divisions of a Micro Guide Eyepiece.



Also, I noticed that the rear azimuth lock will not allow access for an

Allen wrench at my latitude. Does everyone lock these with an Allen? Is

there a short one or has everyone cut theirs?



Thanks and clear skies.



Jim Janusz



Astronomy Web Page at:

www.astroimager.net/







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#4674 Mar 27, 2002

Has anyone experienced this? I park the mount in Park-3 and shut down, auto

start is not active. If I restart in an hour or two using resume from park,

the mount will slew correctly. If I do the same thing the next night after

parking, the mount does not slew correctly, it goes off to who knows where

and must be stopped.



Am I doing something wrong?



Jim



Astronomy Web Page at:

www.astroimager.net/



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#4676 Mar 28, 2002

In a message dated 3/27/2002 10:29:02 PM Pacific Standard Time,

jjanusz@... writes:



> Has anyone experienced this? I park the mount in Park-3 and shut down, auto

> start is not active



If you are parking the scope, why not use the autostart feature? You are not

moving the scope to another location, so it makes no sense to keep inputting

the same location data each time. Autostart is so simple, it becomes "Plug &

Play". I never use the manual start anymore, even when setting up in the

field, unless I go to another state, and then I use it only the first time.



Meanwhile, I will check the software to see if there is some kind of bug when

restarting in manual mode. Is it possible that you have a bogus location in

your memory? Check to see what location numbers you use when starting

manually.



Roland Christen





[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



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#4677 Mar 28, 2002

See below.

----- Original Message -----

From: chris1011@...>

To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 7:07 AM

Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 1200 Question





> In a message dated 3/27/2002 10:29:02 PM Pacific Standard Time,

> jjanusz@... writes:

>

>

> > Has anyone experienced this? I park the mount in Park-3 and shut down,

auto

> > start is not active

>

> If you are parking the scope, why not use the autostart feature? You are

not

> moving the scope to another location, so it makes no sense to keep

inputting

> the same location data each time. Autostart is so simple, it becomes "Plug

&

> Play". I never use the manual start anymore, even when setting up in the

> field, unless I go to another state, and then I use it only the first

time.



Autostart also failed when I tried it with the same symptoms.



>

> Meanwhile, I will check the software to see if there is some kind of bug

when

> restarting in manual mode.



Is it possible that you have a bogus location in

> your memory? Check to see what location numbers you use when starting

> manually.



That was the first thing I checked, all three locations are there and

correct. Could static be effecting NVM as it was very dry when I was doing

this and the scope was covered with a cosmic cover during the day?



Is there a way to determine the RA and DEC position of the mount on

start-up? I can then compare it to the position of Park-3.



Jim







>

> Roland Christen

>

>

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#4681 Mar 28, 2002

FWIW, I don't use the autostart feature (probably should), but I have

no problems from going from a "park 3" position to a targeted object

even after a week or two of not using the scope. I have a 900, so I

don't know if there is a software difference between it and the 1200.



If not, I don't see a "generic" bug in the system.



Randy Nulman

--- In ap-gto@y..., chris1011@a... wrote:

> In a message dated 3/27/2002 10:29:02 PM Pacific Standard Time,

> jjanusz@d... writes:

>

>

> > Has anyone experienced this? I park the mount in Park-3 and shut

down, auto

> > start is not active

>

> If you are parking the scope, why not use the autostart feature?

You are not

> moving the scope to another location, so it makes no sense to keep

inputting

> the same location data each time. Autostart is so simple, it

becomes "Plug &

> Play". I never use the manual start anymore, even when setting up

in the

> field, unless I go to another state, and then I use it only the

first time.

>

> Meanwhile, I will check the software to see if there is some kind

of bug when

> restarting in manual mode. Is it possible that you have a bogus

location in

> your memory? Check to see what location numbers you use when

starting

> manually.

>

> Roland Christen

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



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#4682 Mar 28, 2002

Same with my 900GTO. Park 3, power on and go!

Steve



-----Original Message-----

From: randy_nulman [mailto:rjnulman@...]

Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 4:20 PM

To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [ap-gto] Re: 1200 Question





FWIW, I don't use the autostart feature (probably should), but I have

no problems from going from a "park 3" position to a targeted object

even after a week or two of not using the scope. I have a 900, so I

don't know if there is a software difference between it and the 1200.



If not, I don't see a "generic" bug in the system.



Randy Nulman

--- In ap-gto@y..., chris1011@a... wrote:

> In a message dated 3/27/2002 10:29:02 PM Pacific Standard Time,

> jjanusz@d... writes:

>

>

> > Has anyone experienced this? I park the mount in Park-3 and shut

down, auto

> > start is not active

>

> If you are parking the scope, why not use the autostart feature?

You are not

> moving the scope to another location, so it makes no sense to keep

inputting

> the same location data each time. Autostart is so simple, it

becomes "Plug &

> Play". I never use the manual start anymore, even when setting up

in the

> field, unless I go to another state, and then I use it only the

first time.

>

> Meanwhile, I will check the software to see if there is some kind

of bug when

> restarting in manual mode. Is it possible that you have a bogus

location in

> your memory? Check to see what location numbers you use when

starting

> manually.

>

> Roland Christen

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]







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#4683 Mar 28, 2002

In a message dated 3/28/2002 8:22:02 AM Pacific Standard Time,

jjanusz@... writes:



> Is there a way to determine the RA and DEC position of the mount on

> start-up? I can then compare it to the position of Park-3.

>



There is, but you would need to use Hyperterminal and input the correct

startup sequence, which is not trivial. Does this occur every time, or just

when you have static? It almost sounds like the chip is losing its memory -

i.e. bad memory chip in the servocontroller. I have not run across anything

like this before.



Roland Christen





[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



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#4684 Mar 28, 2002

In a message dated 3/28/2002 1:21:39 PM Pacific Standard Time,

rjnulman@... writes:



> I have a 900, so I

> don't know if there is a software difference between it and the 1200.

>

>



All software is the same for all the mounts.



Roland Christen





[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



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#4686 Mar 28, 2002

Hi Roland, I was out all day, here is my reply, better late than never.



I have limited experience with the mount (3 nights of use so far) but each

time I started after a 24 hour park it failed. I will be setting it up

again tomorrow and will let you know if it fails again during the weekend.

I will also confirm that the locations are still correct.



I had been leaving the DC plug in my power supply and will remove it after

power down this time, just in case it is the lightning rod.



Jim

----- Original Message -----

From: chris1011@...>

To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 4:16 PM

Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 1200 Question





> In a message dated 3/28/2002 8:22:02 AM Pacific Standard Time,

> jjanusz@... writes:

>

>

> > Is there a way to determine the RA and DEC position of the mount on

> > start-up? I can then compare it to the position of Park-3.

> >

>

> There is, but you would need to use Hyperterminal and input the correct

> startup sequence, which is not trivial. Does this occur every time, or

just

> when you have static? It almost sounds like the chip is losing its

memory -

> i.e. bad memory chip in the servocontroller. I have not run across

anything

> like this before.

>

> Roland Christen

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

>

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>



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#4695 Mar 29, 2002

Thanks, Steve and Randy.......



Jim



snip

> If not, I don't see a "generic" bug in the system.

>

> Randy Nulman

>

snip



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#4708 Mar 31, 2002

Hi Roland,



This weekend it is running 50%, it resumed correctly on Saturday night but

failed again tonight. It was looking for Sirius on the ecliptic and then

when I told it to park again it did not go there correctly and had to be

stopped before it hit the mount with the weights way up in the air.



Static was not bad today so I don't know what else to do. Is there any way

to diagnose this problem?



Jim

----- Original Message -----

From: chris1011@...>

To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 4:16 PM

Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 1200 Question





> In a message dated 3/28/2002 8:22:02 AM Pacific Standard Time,

> jjanusz@... writes:

>

>

> > Is there a way to determine the RA and DEC position of the mount on

> > start-up? I can then compare it to the position of Park-3.

> >

>

> There is, but you would need to use Hyperterminal and input the correct

> startup sequence, which is not trivial. Does this occur every time, or

just

> when you have static? It almost sounds like the chip is losing its

memory -

> i.e. bad memory chip in the servocontroller. I have not run across

anything

> like this before.

>

> Roland Christen

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

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#4712 Apr 1, 2002

Jim,



Firstly when you say park are you

talking about parking it with the sky ?



If you have it parked, resume it,

record it's RA/DEC/alt/az position.



move it to some object, let it track for 15

minutes park it.



resume it, record it's RA/DEC/alt/az.



alt/az/dec should be the same. RA should be

15 minutes more east.



Do it a few times.



---



I've been parking it using the sky for months

without a problem.



Larry



Jim Janusz wrote: >

> Hi Roland,

>

> This weekend it is running 50%, it resumed correctly on Saturday night but

> failed again tonight. It was looking for Sirius on the ecliptic and then

> when I told it to park again it did not go there correctly and had to be

> stopped before it hit the mount with the weights way up in the air.

>

> Static was not bad today so I don't know what else to do. Is there any way

> to diagnose this problem?

>

> Jim

>

> ----- Original Message -----

> From: chris1011@...>

> To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>

> Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 4:16 PM

> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 1200 Question

>

> > In a message dated 3/28/2002 8:22:02 AM Pacific Standard Time,

> > jjanusz@... writes:

> >

> >

> > > Is there a way to determine the RA and DEC position of the mount on

> > > start-up? I can then compare it to the position of Park-3.

> > >

> >

> > There is, but you would need to use Hyperterminal and input the correct

> > startup sequence, which is not trivial. Does this occur every time, or

> just

> > when you have static? It almost sounds like the chip is losing its

> memory -

> > i.e. bad memory chip in the servocontroller. I have not run across

> anything

> > like this before.

> >

> > Roland Christen

> >

> >

> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> >

> >

> >

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#4713 Apr 1, 2002

In a message dated 3/31/2002 5:38:50 PM Pacific Standard Time,

jjanusz@... writes:



> Static was not bad today so I don't know what else to do. Is there any way

> to diagnose this problem?

>



Yes, there is always a way to diagnose a problem. We would need to see both

the servo box and keypad here. I'm sure that we can find what is causing this

error.



If you send it in, please get a return authorization number from Christine.



Roland Christen





[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



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#4718 Apr 1, 2002

Thanks Roland,



If I send it in, it will be after new moon this month.



Jim ----- Original Message -----

From: chris1011@...>

To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com>

Cc: jjanusz@...>

Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 7:35 AM

Subject: Re: [ap-gto] 1200 Question





> In a message dated 3/31/2002 5:38:50 PM Pacific Standard Time,

> jjanusz@... writes:

>

>

> > Static was not bad today so I don't know what else to do. Is there any

way

> > to diagnose this problem?

> >

>

> Yes, there is always a way to diagnose a problem. We would need to see

both

> the servo box and keypad here. I'm sure that we can find what is causing

this

> error.

>

> If you send it in, please get a return authorization number from

Christine.

>

> Roland Christen

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

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#12043 Feb 18 4:37 PM

Hey folks... here I come out of the blue with a "robotic telescope"

question.



I have the option of receiving an AP1200 mount or a Paramount ME in

order to set up an imaging telescope system that will be remotely

accessible and scriptable. The ultimate goal will to be to let the

system run unattended etc....



I've built such systems before from scratch in the form of a .8

meter telescope. All custom hardware and 27,000 lines ouf source

code so I know what is involved in developing a truely robotic

system. I have reasonable expectations for a logical progression of

development.



The question I am pursuing at this point is: Is is reasonable to

pursue a robotic/scriptable system with the AP1200 mount? The only

thing I know about AP mounts at this point is that they are white.

Has anyone succeded in acheiving RELIABLE scripted control of the

AP1200? Does anyone have any first hand experience they can

relate? Any resources pointing to those who have done this or made

reasonable inroads to acheiving this?





Thanks much!



-Cary



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#12044 Feb 18 4:57 PM

Cary,



I run my AP1200 totally unattended with ACP4. I've never even seen

a Paramount except in pictures, so I can't make a judgment between

the two. Having said that, I'm not sure there's anything specific

to the AP mount that makes running unattended/remotely either easier

or harder. It's a great mount that meets or exceeds all my

requirements.



Regarding the software, check out www.dc3.com It's all that's

necessary to run remotely for a wide variety of tasks.



Hope this helps.



Jim McMillan



--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "gravityflux" gravityflux@y...>

wrote: >

> Hey folks... here I come out of the blue with a "robotic

telescope" > question.

>

> I have the option of receiving an AP1200 mount or a Paramount ME

in > order to set up an imaging telescope system that will be remotely

> accessible and scriptable. The ultimate goal will to be to let

the > system run unattended etc....

>

> I've built such systems before from scratch in the form of a .8

> meter telescope. All custom hardware and 27,000 lines ouf source

> code so I know what is involved in developing a truely robotic

> system. I have reasonable expectations for a logical progression

of > development.

>

> The question I am pursuing at this point is: Is is reasonable to

> pursue a robotic/scriptable system with the AP1200 mount? The

only > thing I know about AP mounts at this point is that they are

white. > Has anyone succeded in acheiving RELIABLE scripted control of the

> AP1200? Does anyone have any first hand experience they can

> relate? Any resources pointing to those who have done this or

made > reasonable inroads to acheiving this?

>

>

> Thanks much!

>

> -Cary



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#12071 Feb 20 5:20 PM

Has anyone succeded in acheiving RELIABLE scripted control of the

> AP1200? Does anyone have any first hand experience they can

> relate?



Hi Cary,



Like Jim, I run my AP1200 remotely using scripts with ACP4. It runs

locally, but my only contact with the mount/scope is to uncover it

and remove the lens cap. Not a major operational hitch in almost

two years of use. Highly recommended!



Mike







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#33735 Oct 14, 2011

In recording the PEC, is it possible to point the telescope near the zenith

(where the seeing is better), as long as the scope DEC is entered manually

in the settings summary dialogue? I have run the calibration wizard

previously and nothing has changed but want to train a new curve, only thing

is the DEC is changed.if this makes sense.







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