I've started using an AP1600 with APCC Pro on it. So far so good but I've inherited the configuration from someone I can't question. After two nights I had a few questions. It's quite different now from when I used my Mach1 with just the V2 driver on it. So, I find that I'm wondering about best practices when using it as follows ----
First, I want to set a park position (alt / az) with the mount pointing slightly down (minus alt). This is to control getting dust on the mirror a bit better. When I do that I get an error message that I can't set a park position below the horizon. Am I asking for the impossible or is there a work around or someway to set such a limit by using the move controls?
Second, I don't understand mount initialization. With my Mach 1, I set up each night in Park 1. I had the mount set to "Resume from Last Park". If I lost power I could just restart the mount. APCC and the latest chips seem to be doing something I don't understand to avoid the mount ever getting lost. I'd like to see a write up on how to set one up from scratch correctly using Park 4 (if I can solve question 1 above).
Third, do most people run their mounts with the emergency stop button always visible? This seems very odd to me to say the least with such a reliable mount. I know I won't see it once I get unattended operation going but I wonder why it would be set up that way.
Fourth. if I build a pointing model in APPM do I automatically get a tracking model. How well do these work to tame issues other that PE? Is PEM necessary given a tracking model?
Any tutorials beyond the very nice help provided in the package would also be appreciated.