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Help a newbie trying to figure out his Iexos 100 and platesolving(ASPS)

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#1 Volta55

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 09:55 PM

Hi all! 

I am new to using my new EQ mount, and trying to Platesolve ( because I am currently too cheap to buy a polar scope haha ) and the polar hole is terrible to work with. 

 

Here are some cliff notes of my failed night

(Gear: Nikon D5200, Iexos 100 mount, ExploreStars app, All Sky Plate Solver, Backyard Nikon, Dell laptop)

 

-Set up the gear ( level tripod, wireless udp connection with Ascom mount and other apps on the laptop, powered up mount )

- Set a rough polar alignment through the polar tunnel ( It is really hard for me to get it in the "corner" of the tunnel for a more accurate polar alignment; its so small and dim in these skies )

-Pointed to Polaris to plate solve. I did a 20 sec exposure. and I followed this video to a tee https://www.youtube....h?v=53_mLYNkarE

- I kept getting this error (picture of error) https://i.imgur.com/1S2AVGR.jpg when trying to solve then sync. 

- I also tried numerous times manually inputting the coordinates that the ASPS solve gave me, then slewing to that coord, and it would be off by a good amount.

 

I know I am screwing up something... But I feel like I am very close to actually using this mount for imaging! 

 

Fire away 

 

-Jordan



#2 D_talley

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 10:57 PM

I would make sure you have all of the ASCOM drivers and software installed. That is what the error is referencing.



#3 Volta55

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 11:51 AM

I know this sounds like an ignorant question, but do you know what I am missing? I've been wirelessly using the mount successfully, and connecting to the mount successfully. I really thought I had everything installed and set up properly.

#4 Meghan

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 03:01 PM

I know this sounds like an ignorant question, but do you know what I am missing? I've been wirelessly using the mount successfully, and connecting to the mount successfully. I really thought I had everything installed and set up properly.

Have you tried the pmc8 group at
https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN



#5 Volta55

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 05:33 PM

Hi Meghan. Yes I did post in that forum as well
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