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RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.


Mar 9, 2004

 


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#19420 Mar 9, 2004

I just recently got an Advanced Astromaster Digital Setting Circles and I am

having all kinds of problems trying to figure it out. Right know I am trying

to figure out how to get my Pocket Sky working with it. I don't really know

what the starting position should be for the scope. I got the Pocket Sky

hooked up and talking to the AAM so everything is fine as far as the cables.

First thing I do is put the scope on Dec 0. First problem is that there are

2 Dec 0 positions. I don't know which one I am supposed to put it on. Then I

hit enter on the AAM. Then I turn on the Pocket Sky and start the link. It

tells me to put the scope on Dec 0. Again I don't know which one since there

are two Dec 0's. Then I do a two star alignment on Sirius and Capella.

Everything is fine and I can do a push to to half of the sky. The problem

comes when I have to do a push to to the other side of the sky. The Pocket

Sky tells me to go one way, but If I go that way, the mount hits one of the

stops and then I can't go any further. If I go the other way, the Pocket Sky

thinks I am going farther and farther away from my target. Even if I go all

the way around and put my target in the center of the eyepiece, the Pocket

Sky thinks I went the wrong way. I am pretty sure my problem is in my

starting position with the scope, but I am not sure what my starting

position is supposed to be. I am also having a hard time trying to figure

out what my starting position is supposed to be when just using the AAM by

itself. The instructions are clear as mud. Someone help me please.

Ralph



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#19421 Mar 9, 2004

Ralph,



Try setting The Sky Pocket Edition to 90deg DEC instead in the telescope

setup section instead of leaving it on the installation default of 0deg.

This will eliminate the two 0deg DEC position problem. This and much

more is explained in the DSC trouble shooting guide from the Software

Bisque web site. I've attached a copy but if it doesn't come through

because of a Yahoo Group attachment filter, I'll send it directly to

your e-mail address.



Gary T.





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

From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 7:44 PM

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.





I just recently got an Advanced Astromaster Digital Setting Circles and

I am

having all kinds of problems trying to figure it out. Right know I am

trying

to figure out how to get my Pocket Sky working with it. I don't really

know

what the starting position should be for the scope. I got the Pocket Sky

hooked up and talking to the AAM so everything is fine as far as the

cables.

First thing I do is put the scope on Dec 0. First problem is that there

are

2 Dec 0 positions. I don't know which one I am supposed to put it on.

Then I

hit enter on the AAM. Then I turn on the Pocket Sky and start the link.

It

tells me to put the scope on Dec 0. Again I don't know which one since

there

are two Dec 0's. Then I do a two star alignment on Sirius and Capella.

Everything is fine and I can do a push to to half of the sky. The

problem

comes when I have to do a push to to the other side of the sky. The

Pocket

Sky tells me to go one way, but If I go that way, the mount hits one of

the

stops and then I can't go any further. If I go the other way, the Pocket

Sky

thinks I am going farther and farther away from my target. Even if I go

all

the way around and put my target in the center of the eyepiece, the

Pocket

Sky thinks I went the wrong way. I am pretty sure my problem is in my

starting position with the scope, but I am not sure what my starting

position is supposed to be. I am also having a hard time trying to

figure

out what my starting position is supposed to be when just using the AAM

by

itself. The instructions are clear as mud. Someone help me please.

Ralph













Yahoo! Groups Links













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#19422 Mar 9, 2004

Thanks for your help, but I have two of everything, two 90's, two 80's and

so on. I read the whole thing and I didn't see where they mention the

starting position. So do I start with the weight shaft down and the scope

pointing at Polaris (90) or the scope pointing backwards (the other 90)

Should the weight be pointing down or to the left with the scope on the

right or to the right with the scope on the left. Or does it matter?

Ralph ----- Original Message -----

From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 6:56 PM

Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.





> Ralph,

>

> Try setting The Sky Pocket Edition to 90deg DEC instead in the telescope

> setup section instead of leaving it on the installation default of 0deg.

> This will eliminate the two 0deg DEC position problem. This and much

> more is explained in the DSC trouble shooting guide from the Software

> Bisque web site. I've attached a copy but if it doesn't come through

> because of a Yahoo Group attachment filter, I'll send it directly to

> your e-mail address.

>

> Gary T.

>

>

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

> From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 7:44 PM

> To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

>

>

> I just recently got an Advanced Astromaster Digital Setting Circles and

> I am

> having all kinds of problems trying to figure it out. Right know I am

> trying

> to figure out how to get my Pocket Sky working with it. I don't really

> know

> what the starting position should be for the scope. I got the Pocket Sky

> hooked up and talking to the AAM so everything is fine as far as the

> cables.

> First thing I do is put the scope on Dec 0. First problem is that there

> are

> 2 Dec 0 positions. I don't know which one I am supposed to put it on.

> Then I

> hit enter on the AAM. Then I turn on the Pocket Sky and start the link.

> It

> tells me to put the scope on Dec 0. Again I don't know which one since

> there

> are two Dec 0's. Then I do a two star alignment on Sirius and Capella.

> Everything is fine and I can do a push to to half of the sky. The

> problem

> comes when I have to do a push to to the other side of the sky. The

> Pocket

> Sky tells me to go one way, but If I go that way, the mount hits one of

> the

> stops and then I can't go any further. If I go the other way, the Pocket

> Sky

> thinks I am going farther and farther away from my target. Even if I go

> all

> the way around and put my target in the center of the eyepiece, the

> Pocket

> Sky thinks I went the wrong way. I am pretty sure my problem is in my

> starting position with the scope, but I am not sure what my starting

> position is supposed to be. I am also having a hard time trying to

> figure

> out what my starting position is supposed to be when just using the AAM

> by

> itself. The instructions are clear as mud. Someone help me please.

> Ralph

>

>

>

>

>

>

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

>

>

>

>

>

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

>

>

>

>

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

>

>

>

>

>







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#19423 Mar 9, 2004

I think I understand your confusion a little better know. The two 90's,

two 80's etc that you're referring to are not the same as one another.

One is +90deg (near Polaris) the other is -90deg (south celestial pole).

The '+' sign is implied if it's not present so I was referring to +90deg

when I wrote 90deg.



The eastward verses westward part of your comments might be another

source of confusion. Not to get into this too much, but you really have

an infinite number of 80's, 81's, 82's if you rotate the GEM in RA but

only one 90deg (oops +90deg) since it's a point at the pole. Bottom

line is that I point my counterweight shaft down and the OTA looking at

the north celestial pole near Polaris. Then follow the instructions in

the troubleshooting guide to offset the proper number of degrees between

Polaris and the alignment star. This should get you close enough to

check if the system is working.



Gary T.





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

From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:57 PM

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.





Thanks for your help, but I have two of everything, two 90's, two 80's

and

so on. I read the whole thing and I didn't see where they mention the

starting position. So do I start with the weight shaft down and the

scope

pointing at Polaris (90) or the scope pointing backwards (the other 90)

Should the weight be pointing down or to the left with the scope on the

right or to the right with the scope on the left. Or does it matter?

Ralph ----- Original Message -----

From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 6:56 PM

Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.





> Ralph,

>

> Try setting The Sky Pocket Edition to 90deg DEC instead in the

telescope

> setup section instead of leaving it on the installation default of

0deg.

> This will eliminate the two 0deg DEC position problem. This and much

> more is explained in the DSC trouble shooting guide from the Software

> Bisque web site. I've attached a copy but if it doesn't come through

> because of a Yahoo Group attachment filter, I'll send it directly to

> your e-mail address.

>

> Gary T.

>

>

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

> From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 7:44 PM

> To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

>

>

> I just recently got an Advanced Astromaster Digital Setting Circles

and

> I am

> having all kinds of problems trying to figure it out. Right know I am

> trying

> to figure out how to get my Pocket Sky working with it. I don't really

> know

> what the starting position should be for the scope. I got the Pocket

Sky

> hooked up and talking to the AAM so everything is fine as far as the

> cables.

> First thing I do is put the scope on Dec 0. First problem is that

there

> are

> 2 Dec 0 positions. I don't know which one I am supposed to put it on.

> Then I

> hit enter on the AAM. Then I turn on the Pocket Sky and start the

link.

> It

> tells me to put the scope on Dec 0. Again I don't know which one since

> there

> are two Dec 0's. Then I do a two star alignment on Sirius and Capella.

> Everything is fine and I can do a push to to half of the sky. The

> problem

> comes when I have to do a push to to the other side of the sky. The

> Pocket

> Sky tells me to go one way, but If I go that way, the mount hits one

of

> the

> stops and then I can't go any further. If I go the other way, the

Pocket

> Sky

> thinks I am going farther and farther away from my target. Even if I

go

> all

> the way around and put my target in the center of the eyepiece, the

> Pocket

> Sky thinks I went the wrong way. I am pretty sure my problem is in my

> starting position with the scope, but I am not sure what my starting

> position is supposed to be. I am also having a hard time trying to

> figure

> out what my starting position is supposed to be when just using the

AAM

> by

> itself. The instructions are clear as mud. Someone help me please.

> Ralph

>

>

>

>

>

>

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

>

>

>

>

>

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

>

>

>

>

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

>

>

>

>

>













Yahoo! Groups Links



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#19429 Mar 10, 2004

Thanks Gary for helping me out. Here is what I did last night. I put the

scope at 90+ aiming at Polaris with the weight shaft pointing straight down.

I turn on Advanced Astromaster, then I turn on the Pocket Sky. I do my two

star alignment on the Pocket Sky with the first star on the East of the

Meridian (Arcturus) and the second star on the West of the Meridian

(Capella). I get a real small alignment error, around .38% so I know the

alignment is close enough. I can do a push to to any object on the West side

of the meridian and the Pocket Sky tells me the right way to move the scope.

The Problem occurs when I try to do a push to to any object on the East side

of the meridian. The Pocket Sky tells me to move the scope in the wrong

direction. If I move it the way it tells me to move it, the mount hits the

stops and I can't turn it any more. If I spin it around the opposite way and

put the object in the eyepiece, the Pocket Sky says that I am turning the

scope the wrong way. The funny thing is that if I switch over to show the

map of the sky on the Pocket Sky, the cross hairs are dead center on my

target. So basically the way I get it to work on the East side of the

meridian is to use the map display and push the scope until the cross hairs

are on the center of the object that I want to look at. If I want to look

at something on the West side of the meridian I can use the Pocket Sky with

no problem. I am starting to think there is some kind of bug with the Pocket

Sky and the Advanced Astromaster. If I turn everything off and start over

again and reverse the order of my alignment stars, I still have the same

identical problem.



There is no option for Advance Astromaster in the Pocket Sky. I have to pick

NGC-MAX which I thought was the same identical product, but apparently it

isn't. Under the NGC-MAX settings in the Pocket Sky there are four boxes to

put your encoder tics/revolution. I have all four boxes with 4320 and my

point of declination on 90. I think these numbers are right because the

cross hairs on the display are pointing at the correct object in the sky

whether it is east or west of the meridian and when I push the scope they

move the right way. I don't know if I have something set wrong somewhere or

if there is a bug with the Pocket Sky or whether it is just not compatible

with the Advanced Astromaster. Are you using the Advanced Astromaster with

the Celestron encoders or are you using the NGC-Max? I know Celestron sold a

ton of these so I can't be the first person to try to use it with the Pocket

Sky. On the Advanced Astromaster I have the AZ=-4320 and the AL=+4320. Can

you check your settings and let me know what you have them set at?

Thanks

Ralph ----- Original Message -----

From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:46 PM

Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.





> I think I understand your confusion a little better know. The two 90's,

> two 80's etc that you're referring to are not the same as one another.

> One is +90deg (near Polaris) the other is -90deg (south celestial pole).

> The '+' sign is implied if it's not present so I was referring to +90deg

> when I wrote 90deg.

>

> The eastward verses westward part of your comments might be another

> source of confusion. Not to get into this too much, but you really have

> an infinite number of 80's, 81's, 82's if you rotate the GEM in RA but

> only one 90deg (oops +90deg) since it's a point at the pole. Bottom

> line is that I point my counterweight shaft down and the OTA looking at

> the north celestial pole near Polaris. Then follow the instructions in

> the troubleshooting guide to offset the proper number of degrees between

> Polaris and the alignment star. This should get you close enough to

> check if the system is working.

>

> Gary T.

>

>

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

> From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:57 PM

> To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

>

>

> Thanks for your help, but I have two of everything, two 90's, two 80's

> and

> so on. I read the whole thing and I didn't see where they mention the

> starting position. So do I start with the weight shaft down and the

> scope

> pointing at Polaris (90) or the scope pointing backwards (the other 90)

> Should the weight be pointing down or to the left with the scope on the

> right or to the right with the scope on the left. Or does it matter?

> Ralph

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

> From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

> To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

> Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 6:56 PM

> Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

>

>

> > Ralph,

> >

> > Try setting The Sky Pocket Edition to 90deg DEC instead in the

> telescope

> > setup section instead of leaving it on the installation default of

> 0deg.

> > This will eliminate the two 0deg DEC position problem. This and much

> > more is explained in the DSC trouble shooting guide from the Software

> > Bisque web site. I've attached a copy but if it doesn't come through

> > because of a Yahoo Group attachment filter, I'll send it directly to

> > your e-mail address.

> >

> > Gary T.

> >

> >

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

> > From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> > Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 7:44 PM

> > To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> > Subject: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

> >

> >

> > I just recently got an Advanced Astromaster Digital Setting Circles

> and

> > I am

> > having all kinds of problems trying to figure it out. Right know I am

> > trying

> > to figure out how to get my Pocket Sky working with it. I don't really

> > know

> > what the starting position should be for the scope. I got the Pocket

> Sky

> > hooked up and talking to the AAM so everything is fine as far as the

> > cables.

> > First thing I do is put the scope on Dec 0. First problem is that

> there

> > are

> > 2 Dec 0 positions. I don't know which one I am supposed to put it on.

> > Then I

> > hit enter on the AAM. Then I turn on the Pocket Sky and start the

> link.

> > It

> > tells me to put the scope on Dec 0. Again I don't know which one since

> > there

> > are two Dec 0's. Then I do a two star alignment on Sirius and Capella.

> > Everything is fine and I can do a push to to half of the sky. The

> > problem

> > comes when I have to do a push to to the other side of the sky. The

> > Pocket

> > Sky tells me to go one way, but If I go that way, the mount hits one

> of

> > the

> > stops and then I can't go any further. If I go the other way, the

> Pocket

> > Sky

> > thinks I am going farther and farther away from my target. Even if I

> go

> > all

> > the way around and put my target in the center of the eyepiece, the

> > Pocket

> > Sky thinks I went the wrong way. I am pretty sure my problem is in my

> > starting position with the scope, but I am not sure what my starting

> > position is supposed to be. I am also having a hard time trying to

> > figure

> > out what my starting position is supposed to be when just using the

> AAM

> > by

> > itself. The instructions are clear as mud. Someone help me please.

> > Ralph

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> > Yahoo! Groups Links

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

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

> >

> >

> >

> >

> > Yahoo! Groups Links

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

>

>

>

>

>

>

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

>

>

>

>

>







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#19435 Mar 10, 2004

You might be right about a bug in the Pocket Sky software. Now that you

mention it, I've had (and continue to have) the same thing happen with

Pocket Sky and even The Sky. I don't use the GoTo type feature which

brings up the distance bars. I just move the cross-hairs until they're

over the object of interest and sure enough, it's usually in the

eyepiece. By the way, I'm using a home brew DSC interface box from Dave

Ek which emulates a bunch of protocols including BBox, NGC Max and

others. I haven't noticed a difference in the distance bar behavior no

matter which emulation mode I pick.



The Losmandy DSC's I have us the 1024 encoders which means that the

setting I use is 8192 for both axis (1024 cycles per encoder revolution

X 4 tics per cycle X 2 for the Losmandy gearing). The CCW boxes are

un-checked for both axis. You're correct using the same number for the

encoder resolution in both boxes for a given axis. By the way, where

are you getting the 4320 number from? That would mean your encoders are

540 cycles per revolution. It must be correct since your cross-hairs

are working properly. (BTW - This is a valid option for a US Digital

encoder. In fact, I think it's what TeleVue supplies with their SkyTour

setup.). I assumed you were using the Losmandy DSC kit with another DSC

control box but I guess not. Which DSC kit are you using?



Please let me know (and the group too) if you ever get to the bottom of

the GoTo distance bar problem. I'm curious to know if there's some

setup procedure that we're both missing. You might also want to drop an

e-mail to Dan Bisque at Software Bisque to see if he can shed some light

on this problem. He's usually very responsive and should know since he

writes the software. My work schedule doesn't permit me to dig into

this any deeper right now or else I would try some experiments or try

contacting Dan myself.



Gary T.





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

From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 9:46 AM

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.





Thanks Gary for helping me out. Here is what I did last night. I put the

scope at 90+ aiming at Polaris with the weight shaft pointing straight

down.

I turn on Advanced Astromaster, then I turn on the Pocket Sky. I do my

two

star alignment on the Pocket Sky with the first star on the East of the

Meridian (Arcturus) and the second star on the West of the Meridian

(Capella). I get a real small alignment error, around .38% so I know the

alignment is close enough. I can do a push to to any object on the West

side

of the meridian and the Pocket Sky tells me the right way to move the

scope.

The Problem occurs when I try to do a push to to any object on the East

side

of the meridian. The Pocket Sky tells me to move the scope in the wrong

direction. If I move it the way it tells me to move it, the mount hits

the

stops and I can't turn it any more. If I spin it around the opposite way

and

put the object in the eyepiece, the Pocket Sky says that I am turning

the

scope the wrong way. The funny thing is that if I switch over to show

the

map of the sky on the Pocket Sky, the cross hairs are dead center on my

target. So basically the way I get it to work on the East side of the

meridian is to use the map display and push the scope until the cross

hairs

are on the center of the object that I want to look at. If I want to

look

at something on the West side of the meridian I can use the Pocket Sky

with

no problem. I am starting to think there is some kind of bug with the

Pocket

Sky and the Advanced Astromaster. If I turn everything off and start

over

again and reverse the order of my alignment stars, I still have the same

identical problem.



There is no option for Advance Astromaster in the Pocket Sky. I have to

pick

NGC-MAX which I thought was the same identical product, but apparently

it

isn't. Under the NGC-MAX settings in the Pocket Sky there are four boxes

to

put your encoder tics/revolution. I have all four boxes with 4320 and my

point of declination on 90. I think these numbers are right because the

cross hairs on the display are pointing at the correct object in the sky

whether it is east or west of the meridian and when I push the scope

they

move the right way. I don't know if I have something set wrong somewhere

or

if there is a bug with the Pocket Sky or whether it is just not

compatible

with the Advanced Astromaster. Are you using the Advanced Astromaster

with

the Celestron encoders or are you using the NGC-Max? I know Celestron

sold a

ton of these so I can't be the first person to try to use it with the

Pocket

Sky. On the Advanced Astromaster I have the AZ=-4320 and the AL=+4320.

Can

you check your settings and let me know what you have them set at?

Thanks

Ralph ----- Original Message -----

From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:46 PM

Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.





> I think I understand your confusion a little better know. The two

90's,

> two 80's etc that you're referring to are not the same as one another.

> One is +90deg (near Polaris) the other is -90deg (south celestial

pole).

> The '+' sign is implied if it's not present so I was referring to

+90deg

> when I wrote 90deg.

>

> The eastward verses westward part of your comments might be another

> source of confusion. Not to get into this too much, but you really

have

> an infinite number of 80's, 81's, 82's if you rotate the GEM in RA but

> only one 90deg (oops +90deg) since it's a point at the pole. Bottom

> line is that I point my counterweight shaft down and the OTA looking

at

> the north celestial pole near Polaris. Then follow the instructions

in

> the troubleshooting guide to offset the proper number of degrees

between

> Polaris and the alignment star. This should get you close enough to

> check if the system is working.

>

> Gary T.

>

>

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

> From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:57 PM

> To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

>

>

> Thanks for your help, but I have two of everything, two 90's, two 80's

> and

> so on. I read the whole thing and I didn't see where they mention the

> starting position. So do I start with the weight shaft down and the

> scope

> pointing at Polaris (90) or the scope pointing backwards (the other

90)

> Should the weight be pointing down or to the left with the scope on

the

> right or to the right with the scope on the left. Or does it matter?

> Ralph

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

> From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

> To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

> Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 6:56 PM

> Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

>

>

> > Ralph,

> >

> > Try setting The Sky Pocket Edition to 90deg DEC instead in the

> telescope

> > setup section instead of leaving it on the installation default of

> 0deg.

> > This will eliminate the two 0deg DEC position problem. This and

much

> > more is explained in the DSC trouble shooting guide from the

Software

> > Bisque web site. I've attached a copy but if it doesn't come

through

> > because of a Yahoo Group attachment filter, I'll send it directly to

> > your e-mail address.

> >

> > Gary T.

> >

> >

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

> > From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> > Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 7:44 PM

> > To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> > Subject: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

> >

> >

> > I just recently got an Advanced Astromaster Digital Setting Circles

> and

> > I am

> > having all kinds of problems trying to figure it out. Right know I

am

> > trying

> > to figure out how to get my Pocket Sky working with it. I don't

really

> > know

> > what the starting position should be for the scope. I got the Pocket

> Sky

> > hooked up and talking to the AAM so everything is fine as far as the

> > cables.

> > First thing I do is put the scope on Dec 0. First problem is that

> there

> > are

> > 2 Dec 0 positions. I don't know which one I am supposed to put it

on.

> > Then I

> > hit enter on the AAM. Then I turn on the Pocket Sky and start the

> link.

> > It

> > tells me to put the scope on Dec 0. Again I don't know which one

since

> > there

> > are two Dec 0's. Then I do a two star alignment on Sirius and

Capella.

> > Everything is fine and I can do a push to to half of the sky. The

> > problem

> > comes when I have to do a push to to the other side of the sky. The

> > Pocket

> > Sky tells me to go one way, but If I go that way, the mount hits one

> of

> > the

> > stops and then I can't go any further. If I go the other way, the

> Pocket

> > Sky

> > thinks I am going farther and farther away from my target. Even if

I

> go

> > all

> > the way around and put my target in the center of the eyepiece, the

> > Pocket

> > Sky thinks I went the wrong way. I am pretty sure my problem is in

my

> > starting position with the scope, but I am not sure what my starting

> > position is supposed to be. I am also having a hard time trying to

> > figure

> > out what my starting position is supposed to be when just using the

> AAM

> > by

> > itself. The instructions are clear as mud. Someone help me please.

> > Ralph

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#19444 Mar 11, 2004

Sorry to here you have the same problem with the Pocket Sky, but I am glad

to here that it's not something that I am doing wrong. Mine works great, as

long as I just follow the cross hairs on the map like you are doing. I wish

the distance bars where working though, that would make it a lot easier to

use. I find that using the Pocket Sky is a lot more accurate than using the

Advanced Astromaster by itself. What exactly is the Dave Ek interface box?

Does he have a web page?



I am using a DSC kit from Celestron that came with the encoders, gears,

Advanced Astromaster, and all the necessary cables and hardware to get it

all setup and working on the G11. The encoders are 2160 tics per revolution

and the gears are 2 to 1, so I get 4320. The instructions that came with the

kit said to put the Advanced Astromaster on 4320 so I just assumed that

those where the same numbers that needed to go in the Pocket PC setup boxes.

I guess I can double that to 8640 the next time out to see if it gets better

or worse.



I called Software Bisque and asked to talk to technical support yesterday

and they told me that they don't have a technical support phone service.

They said that I would have to e-mail in my questions. So this morning I

called back and asked to speak to Dan and they put my right through to him.

I explained the problem and he wasn't aware of the problem, but he knew

exactly what I was talking about as soon as I explained what was happening.

He said that they will have to come up with an update to the Pocket Sky to

let you move the mount in the opposite direction in order for the direction

bars to work properly on the East side of the mount. He wasn't aware of the

mount having a stop that prevented you from turning it all the way around. I

asked him for a time frame on when we could expect an update and he said

that right now they are working on a new version of the Sky version 6 and it

is 5 months behind schedule and they wont be working on the Pocket Sky until

they get the other program finished. So I guess we will have to wait until

the new version of that other program gets released before we can expect a

fix. As soon as it hits the stores, I will be calling him back to remind him

to fix our little problem. So I guess is back to using the cross hairs on

the screen. At least we figured out that there is a bug in their program. I

am just surprised that nobody had mentioned it before. I guess there are not

that many people using the Pocket Sky with DSC's. Thanks a lot for all your

help.

Ralph ----- Original Message -----

From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 5:22 PM

Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.





> You might be right about a bug in the Pocket Sky software. Now that you

> mention it, I've had (and continue to have) the same thing happen with

> Pocket Sky and even The Sky. I don't use the GoTo type feature which

> brings up the distance bars. I just move the cross-hairs until they're

> over the object of interest and sure enough, it's usually in the

> eyepiece. By the way, I'm using a home brew DSC interface box from Dave

> Ek which emulates a bunch of protocols including BBox, NGC Max and

> others. I haven't noticed a difference in the distance bar behavior no

> matter which emulation mode I pick.

>

> The Losmandy DSC's I have us the 1024 encoders which means that the

> setting I use is 8192 for both axis (1024 cycles per encoder revolution

> X 4 tics per cycle X 2 for the Losmandy gearing). The CCW boxes are

> un-checked for both axis. You're correct using the same number for the

> encoder resolution in both boxes for a given axis. By the way, where

> are you getting the 4320 number from? That would mean your encoders are

> 540 cycles per revolution. It must be correct since your cross-hairs

> are working properly. (BTW - This is a valid option for a US Digital

> encoder. In fact, I think it's what TeleVue supplies with their SkyTour

> setup.). I assumed you were using the Losmandy DSC kit with another DSC

> control box but I guess not. Which DSC kit are you using?

>

> Please let me know (and the group too) if you ever get to the bottom of

> the GoTo distance bar problem. I'm curious to know if there's some

> setup procedure that we're both missing. You might also want to drop an

> e-mail to Dan Bisque at Software Bisque to see if he can shed some light

> on this problem. He's usually very responsive and should know since he

> writes the software. My work schedule doesn't permit me to dig into

> this any deeper right now or else I would try some experiments or try

> contacting Dan myself.

>

> Gary T.

>

>

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

> From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 9:46 AM

> To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

>

>

> Thanks Gary for helping me out. Here is what I did last night. I put the

> scope at 90+ aiming at Polaris with the weight shaft pointing straight

> down.

> I turn on Advanced Astromaster, then I turn on the Pocket Sky. I do my

> two

> star alignment on the Pocket Sky with the first star on the East of the

> Meridian (Arcturus) and the second star on the West of the Meridian

> (Capella). I get a real small alignment error, around .38% so I know the

> alignment is close enough. I can do a push to to any object on the West

> side

> of the meridian and the Pocket Sky tells me the right way to move the

> scope.

> The Problem occurs when I try to do a push to to any object on the East

> side

> of the meridian. The Pocket Sky tells me to move the scope in the wrong

> direction. If I move it the way it tells me to move it, the mount hits

> the

> stops and I can't turn it any more. If I spin it around the opposite way

> and

> put the object in the eyepiece, the Pocket Sky says that I am turning

> the

> scope the wrong way. The funny thing is that if I switch over to show

> the

> map of the sky on the Pocket Sky, the cross hairs are dead center on my

> target. So basically the way I get it to work on the East side of the

> meridian is to use the map display and push the scope until the cross

> hairs

> are on the center of the object that I want to look at. If I want to

> look

> at something on the West side of the meridian I can use the Pocket Sky

> with

> no problem. I am starting to think there is some kind of bug with the

> Pocket

> Sky and the Advanced Astromaster. If I turn everything off and start

> over

> again and reverse the order of my alignment stars, I still have the same

> identical problem.

>

> There is no option for Advance Astromaster in the Pocket Sky. I have to

> pick

> NGC-MAX which I thought was the same identical product, but apparently

> it

> isn't. Under the NGC-MAX settings in the Pocket Sky there are four boxes

> to

> put your encoder tics/revolution. I have all four boxes with 4320 and my

> point of declination on 90. I think these numbers are right because the

> cross hairs on the display are pointing at the correct object in the sky

> whether it is east or west of the meridian and when I push the scope

> they

> move the right way. I don't know if I have something set wrong somewhere

> or

> if there is a bug with the Pocket Sky or whether it is just not

> compatible

> with the Advanced Astromaster. Are you using the Advanced Astromaster

> with

> the Celestron encoders or are you using the NGC-Max? I know Celestron

> sold a

> ton of these so I can't be the first person to try to use it with the

> Pocket

> Sky. On the Advanced Astromaster I have the AZ=-4320 and the AL=+4320.

> Can

> you check your settings and let me know what you have them set at?

> Thanks

> Ralph

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

> From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

> To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

> Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:46 PM

> Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

>

>

> > I think I understand your confusion a little better know. The two

> 90's,

> > two 80's etc that you're referring to are not the same as one another.

> > One is +90deg (near Polaris) the other is -90deg (south celestial

> pole).

> > The '+' sign is implied if it's not present so I was referring to

> +90deg

> > when I wrote 90deg.

> >

> > The eastward verses westward part of your comments might be another

> > source of confusion. Not to get into this too much, but you really

> have

> > an infinite number of 80's, 81's, 82's if you rotate the GEM in RA but

> > only one 90deg (oops +90deg) since it's a point at the pole. Bottom

> > line is that I point my counterweight shaft down and the OTA looking

> at

> > the north celestial pole near Polaris. Then follow the instructions

> in

> > the troubleshooting guide to offset the proper number of degrees

> between

> > Polaris and the alignment star. This should get you close enough to

> > check if the system is working.

> >

> > Gary T.

> >

> >

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

> > From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> > Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:57 PM

> > To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> > Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

> >

> >

> > Thanks for your help, but I have two of everything, two 90's, two 80's

> > and

> > so on. I read the whole thing and I didn't see where they mention the

> > starting position. So do I start with the weight shaft down and the

> > scope

> > pointing at Polaris (90) or the scope pointing backwards (the other

> 90)

> > Should the weight be pointing down or to the left with the scope on

> the

> > right or to the right with the scope on the left. Or does it matter?

> > Ralph

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

> > From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

> > To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

> > Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 6:56 PM

> > Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

> >

> >

> > > Ralph,

> > >

> > > Try setting The Sky Pocket Edition to 90deg DEC instead in the

> > telescope

> > > setup section instead of leaving it on the installation default of

> > 0deg.

> > > This will eliminate the two 0deg DEC position problem. This and

> much

> > > more is explained in the DSC trouble shooting guide from the

> Software

> > > Bisque web site. I've attached a copy but if it doesn't come

> through

> > > because of a Yahoo Group attachment filter, I'll send it directly to

> > > your e-mail address.

> > >

> > > Gary T.

> > >

> > >

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

> > > From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> > > Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 7:44 PM

> > > To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> > > Subject: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

> > >

> > >

> > > I just recently got an Advanced Astromaster Digital Setting Circles

> > and

> > > I am

> > > having all kinds of problems trying to figure it out. Right know I

> am

> > > trying

> > > to figure out how to get my Pocket Sky working with it. I don't

> really

> > > know

> > > what the starting position should be for the scope. I got the Pocket

> > Sky

> > > hooked up and talking to the AAM so everything is fine as far as the

> > > cables.

> > > First thing I do is put the scope on Dec 0. First problem is that

> > there

> > > are

> > > 2 Dec 0 positions. I don't know which one I am supposed to put it

> on.

> > > Then I

> > > hit enter on the AAM. Then I turn on the Pocket Sky and start the

> > link.

> > > It

> > > tells me to put the scope on Dec 0. Again I don't know which one

> since

> > > there

> > > are two Dec 0's. Then I do a two star alignment on Sirius and

> Capella.

> > > Everything is fine and I can do a push to to half of the sky. The

> > > problem

> > > comes when I have to do a push to to the other side of the sky. The

> > > Pocket

> > > Sky tells me to go one way, but If I go that way, the mount hits one

> > of

> > > the

> > > stops and then I can't go any further. If I go the other way, the

> > Pocket

> > > Sky

> > > thinks I am going farther and farther away from my target. Even if

> I

> > go

> > > all

> > > the way around and put my target in the center of the eyepiece, the

> > > Pocket

> > > Sky thinks I went the wrong way. I am pretty sure my problem is in

> my

> > > starting position with the scope, but I am not sure what my starting

> > > position is supposed to be. I am also having a hard time trying to

> > > figure

> > > out what my starting position is supposed to be when just using the

> > AAM

> > > by

> > > itself. The instructions are clear as mud. Someone help me please.

> > > Ralph

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > > Yahoo! Groups Links

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#19445 Mar 11, 2004

Ralph,



I'm glad to hear that you made some progress with Dan even though we

will have to wait for him to get around to fixing the problem. He's the

main guy doing the work so hopefully it'll get done correctly and in a

timely manner. Thanks for contacting him and for offering to follow up

after Ver 6 is released.



Dave Ek is an individual who put together a freeware DSC interface

design. His box is similar to the BBox in that it doesn't have an

internal display or an object database. It's meant for use with a

computer planetarium program such as The Sky. It reads the encoder tics

and translates them into a count value for the PC. Your setup does the

same thing but has the added advantage of being a stand-alone unit if

you don't want to use a regular PC or PocketPC. You can find out more

from Dave's web site.



home.earthlink.net/~digicircles/



The encoder resolution value of 4320 you're using is fine. Don't double

it in you DSC box or the Pocket Sky software. That will make the

software think the mount is moving half as far as it really is. I was

just curious when I asked about your encoder resolution since I'm not

familiar with the Advanced Astromaster system. Your settings are fine.



I'll keep these e-mails on file and try to touch base with you sometime

after The Sky V6 is released. Let me know if you find out anything in

the meantime and I'll do the same.



Take care,

Gary T.







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

From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2004 10:45 AM

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.





Sorry to here you have the same problem with the Pocket Sky, but I am

glad

to here that it's not something that I am doing wrong. Mine works great,

as

long as I just follow the cross hairs on the map like you are doing. I

wish

the distance bars where working though, that would make it a lot easier

to

use. I find that using the Pocket Sky is a lot more accurate than using

the

Advanced Astromaster by itself. What exactly is the Dave Ek interface

box?

Does he have a web page?



I am using a DSC kit from Celestron that came with the encoders, gears,

Advanced Astromaster, and all the necessary cables and hardware to get

it

all setup and working on the G11. The encoders are 2160 tics per

revolution

and the gears are 2 to 1, so I get 4320. The instructions that came with

the

kit said to put the Advanced Astromaster on 4320 so I just assumed that

those where the same numbers that needed to go in the Pocket PC setup

boxes.

I guess I can double that to 8640 the next time out to see if it gets

better

or worse.



I called Software Bisque and asked to talk to technical support

yesterday

and they told me that they don't have a technical support phone service.

They said that I would have to e-mail in my questions. So this morning I

called back and asked to speak to Dan and they put my right through to

him.

I explained the problem and he wasn't aware of the problem, but he knew

exactly what I was talking about as soon as I explained what was

happening.

He said that they will have to come up with an update to the Pocket Sky

to

let you move the mount in the opposite direction in order for the

direction

bars to work properly on the East side of the mount. He wasn't aware of

the

mount having a stop that prevented you from turning it all the way

around. I

asked him for a time frame on when we could expect an update and he said

that right now they are working on a new version of the Sky version 6

and it

is 5 months behind schedule and they wont be working on the Pocket Sky

until

they get the other program finished. So I guess we will have to wait

until

the new version of that other program gets released before we can expect

a

fix. As soon as it hits the stores, I will be calling him back to remind

him

to fix our little problem. So I guess is back to using the cross hairs

on

the screen. At least we figured out that there is a bug in their

program. I

am just surprised that nobody had mentioned it before. I guess there are

not

that many people using the Pocket Sky with DSC's. Thanks a lot for all

your

help.

Ralph ----- Original Message -----

From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 5:22 PM

Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.





> You might be right about a bug in the Pocket Sky software. Now that

you

> mention it, I've had (and continue to have) the same thing happen with

> Pocket Sky and even The Sky. I don't use the GoTo type feature which

> brings up the distance bars. I just move the cross-hairs until

they're

> over the object of interest and sure enough, it's usually in the

> eyepiece. By the way, I'm using a home brew DSC interface box from

Dave

> Ek which emulates a bunch of protocols including BBox, NGC Max and

> others. I haven't noticed a difference in the distance bar behavior

no

> matter which emulation mode I pick.

>

> The Losmandy DSC's I have us the 1024 encoders which means that the

> setting I use is 8192 for both axis (1024 cycles per encoder

revolution

> X 4 tics per cycle X 2 for the Losmandy gearing). The CCW boxes are

> un-checked for both axis. You're correct using the same number for

the

> encoder resolution in both boxes for a given axis. By the way, where

> are you getting the 4320 number from? That would mean your encoders

are

> 540 cycles per revolution. It must be correct since your cross-hairs

> are working properly. (BTW - This is a valid option for a US Digital

> encoder. In fact, I think it's what TeleVue supplies with their

SkyTour

> setup.). I assumed you were using the Losmandy DSC kit with another

DSC

> control box but I guess not. Which DSC kit are you using?

>

> Please let me know (and the group too) if you ever get to the bottom

of

> the GoTo distance bar problem. I'm curious to know if there's some

> setup procedure that we're both missing. You might also want to drop

an

> e-mail to Dan Bisque at Software Bisque to see if he can shed some

light

> on this problem. He's usually very responsive and should know since

he

> writes the software. My work schedule doesn't permit me to dig into

> this any deeper right now or else I would try some experiments or try

> contacting Dan myself.

>

> Gary T.

>

>

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

> From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 9:46 AM

> To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

>

>

> Thanks Gary for helping me out. Here is what I did last night. I put

the

> scope at 90+ aiming at Polaris with the weight shaft pointing straight

> down.

> I turn on Advanced Astromaster, then I turn on the Pocket Sky. I do my

> two

> star alignment on the Pocket Sky with the first star on the East of

the

> Meridian (Arcturus) and the second star on the West of the Meridian

> (Capella). I get a real small alignment error, around .38% so I know

the

> alignment is close enough. I can do a push to to any object on the

West

> side

> of the meridian and the Pocket Sky tells me the right way to move the

> scope.

> The Problem occurs when I try to do a push to to any object on the

East

> side

> of the meridian. The Pocket Sky tells me to move the scope in the

wrong

> direction. If I move it the way it tells me to move it, the mount hits

> the

> stops and I can't turn it any more. If I spin it around the opposite

way

> and

> put the object in the eyepiece, the Pocket Sky says that I am turning

> the

> scope the wrong way. The funny thing is that if I switch over to show

> the

> map of the sky on the Pocket Sky, the cross hairs are dead center on

my

> target. So basically the way I get it to work on the East side of the

> meridian is to use the map display and push the scope until the cross

> hairs

> are on the center of the object that I want to look at. If I want to

> look

> at something on the West side of the meridian I can use the Pocket Sky

> with

> no problem. I am starting to think there is some kind of bug with the

> Pocket

> Sky and the Advanced Astromaster. If I turn everything off and start

> over

> again and reverse the order of my alignment stars, I still have the

same

> identical problem.

>

> There is no option for Advance Astromaster in the Pocket Sky. I have

to

> pick

> NGC-MAX which I thought was the same identical product, but apparently

> it

> isn't. Under the NGC-MAX settings in the Pocket Sky there are four

boxes

> to

> put your encoder tics/revolution. I have all four boxes with 4320 and

my

> point of declination on 90. I think these numbers are right because

the

> cross hairs on the display are pointing at the correct object in the

sky

> whether it is east or west of the meridian and when I push the scope

> they

> move the right way. I don't know if I have something set wrong

somewhere

> or

> if there is a bug with the Pocket Sky or whether it is just not

> compatible

> with the Advanced Astromaster. Are you using the Advanced Astromaster

> with

> the Celestron encoders or are you using the NGC-Max? I know Celestron

> sold a

> ton of these so I can't be the first person to try to use it with the

> Pocket

> Sky. On the Advanced Astromaster I have the AZ=-4320 and the AL=+4320.

> Can

> you check your settings and let me know what you have them set at?

> Thanks

> Ralph

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

> From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

> To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

> Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:46 PM

> Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

>

>

> > I think I understand your confusion a little better know. The two

> 90's,

> > two 80's etc that you're referring to are not the same as one

another.

> > One is +90deg (near Polaris) the other is -90deg (south celestial

> pole).

> > The '+' sign is implied if it's not present so I was referring to

> +90deg

> > when I wrote 90deg.

> >

> > The eastward verses westward part of your comments might be another

> > source of confusion. Not to get into this too much, but you really

> have

> > an infinite number of 80's, 81's, 82's if you rotate the GEM in RA

but

> > only one 90deg (oops +90deg) since it's a point at the pole. Bottom

> > line is that I point my counterweight shaft down and the OTA looking

> at

> > the north celestial pole near Polaris. Then follow the instructions

> in

> > the troubleshooting guide to offset the proper number of degrees

> between

> > Polaris and the alignment star. This should get you close enough to

> > check if the system is working.

> >

> > Gary T.

> >

> >

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

> > From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> > Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:57 PM

> > To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> > Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

> >

> >

> > Thanks for your help, but I have two of everything, two 90's, two

80's

> > and

> > so on. I read the whole thing and I didn't see where they mention

the

> > starting position. So do I start with the weight shaft down and the

> > scope

> > pointing at Polaris (90) or the scope pointing backwards (the other

> 90)

> > Should the weight be pointing down or to the left with the scope on

> the

> > right or to the right with the scope on the left. Or does it matter?

> > Ralph

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

> > From: "Gary Trapuzzano" gary.trap@...>

> > To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

> > Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 6:56 PM

> > Subject: RE: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

> >

> >

> > > Ralph,

> > >

> > > Try setting The Sky Pocket Edition to 90deg DEC instead in the

> > telescope

> > > setup section instead of leaving it on the installation default of

> > 0deg.

> > > This will eliminate the two 0deg DEC position problem. This and

> much

> > > more is explained in the DSC trouble shooting guide from the

> Software

> > > Bisque web site. I've attached a copy but if it doesn't come

> through

> > > because of a Yahoo Group attachment filter, I'll send it directly

to

> > > your e-mail address.

> > >

> > > Gary T.

> > >

> > >

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

> > > From: Ralph Encarnacion [mailto:trans-am@...]

> > > Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 7:44 PM

> > > To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

> > > Subject: [Losmandy_users] Pocket Sky problem.

> > >

> > >

> > > I just recently got an Advanced Astromaster Digital Setting

Circles

> > and

> > > I am

> > > having all kinds of problems trying to figure it out. Right know I

> am

> > > trying

> > > to figure out how to get my Pocket Sky working with it. I don't

> really

> > > know

> > > what the starting position should be for the scope. I got the

Pocket

> > Sky

> > > hooked up and talking to the AAM so everything is fine as far as

the

> > > cables.

> > > First thing I do is put the scope on Dec 0. First problem is that

> > there

> > > are

> > > 2 Dec 0 positions. I don't know which one I am supposed to put it

> on.

> > > Then I

> > > hit enter on the AAM. Then I turn on the Pocket Sky and start the

> > link.

> > > It

> > > tells me to put the scope on Dec 0. Again I don't know which one

> since

> > > there

> > > are two Dec 0's. Then I do a two star alignment on Sirius and

> Capella.

> > > Everything is fine and I can do a push to to half of the sky. The

> > > problem

> > > comes when I have to do a push to to the other side of the sky.

The

> > > Pocket

> > > Sky tells me to go one way, but If I go that way, the mount hits

one

> > of

> > > the

> > > stops and then I can't go any further. If I go the other way, the

> > Pocket

> > > Sky

> > > thinks I am going farther and farther away from my target. Even if

> I

> > go

> > > all

> > > the way around and put my target in the center of the eyepiece,

the

> > > Pocket

> > > Sky thinks I went the wrong way. I am pretty sure my problem is in

> my

> > > starting position with the scope, but I am not sure what my

starting

> > > position is supposed to be. I am also having a hard time trying to

> > > figure

> > > out what my starting position is supposed to be when just using

the

> > AAM

> > > by

> > > itself. The instructions are clear as mud. Someone help me please.

> > > Ralph

> > >

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