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Woking

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  1. Have checked and I had previously done the same firmware update. 190221 for both handset and mount. Glad it went ok Steve, I thought the process and instructions were pretty good. Don't understand the serial cable supplied though, could have supplied something more compatible with modern laptops! My SkySafari 6 Plus is v6.3.2 46 for Android. Seems fine but only tested inside...I can connect to the mount, use GOTO to different objects to see the mount move, and then the align function. Without checking properly outside with the scope it doesn't seem to be an issue. Only niggle is the mount had forgot my SSID settings and password encryption yet again. Battery wasn't drained but it's been charging for a couple of hours and it had a full charge before storage only a couple of weeks again. Looks like it needs a charge before every session which can't be right. The wifi settings is bugging me. If anybody alreadty has this setup or wants to try setting this up, it would be great to know if it's a common problem or not.
  2. Steve I will check tonight and with SkySafari. I'm pretty sure I connected to the mount and tested after the updates but with all the comments think I will double check.
  3. There's a section in the manual on setting up SkySafari via the mount's in built wifi. Simple to follow and will work with smartphone or tablet. Only drawback if using with smartphone is you are effectively offline when connected to the azmp wifi. It does mean no whatsapp or email interruptions whilst observing so probably no bad thing!
  4. I'm using SkySafari plus 6 and works fine. Ioptron released updates for both mount and handset a few months back which is worthwhile doing. The serial port connection was a bit of a faff though as laptops don't have the male port required so i ended up using an old docking station
  5. Cheers for this. Guess I'm suspicious that there's only a 30day warranty on the battery compared to the 2 years I think for the mount itself.
  6. I've found the AZMP to be pretty spot on with just the auto 1 star calibration. Occasionally have to resynch when moving from one half the sky to the other. Have not mastered the balancing yet. The manual says to also check the spirit level as the mount rotates during the auto calibration. It's always off for me and I've tried an additional spirit level too. Can never get the spirit level centred for the full 360 and this probably explains the above resynch when say going from a south to north objects. Have you tried controlling the mount with SkySafari? I use this instead of the handset and it's been great. Also how are you finding the battery life? I'm not sure about mine, seems to drain quicker than the advertised 10-12hours. Think it's even draining when not used for a few weeks.
  7. I kept finding the thrill of the chase diminishing the later it got at night and purposely leaving those tricky objects till last! 1am frustration knowing the alarm clock is going off in not many hours. GOTO eliminates frustration and enables a proper night's sleep
  8. That's the understated benefit I found. At an even more basic level I was even more confident that the small smudge in the FOV was what I was looking for and could then spend more time on it without having to constantly adjust the az and checking the star map and SkySafari. Despite years of enjoying manual visual it's still a time consuming skill to find tricky objects when the star map,, RDF, finderscope, and EP are flipped in different perspectives under LP skies. Hats off to those expert star hoppers who have not only mastered this but enjoy the thrill of the chase too.
  9. Same here, made the move from years of manual visual just a few months ago. The main push was motorised tracking to simplify high mag observing and keeping objects aligned when away from the scope, changing EPs etc The extra GOTO functionality has been a revelation even though I was happy enough using my A3 star maps and basic SkySafari app. I'm now observing 2 to 3 times more objects in a session under my suburban light polluted skies. This was kind of expected but what I hadn't realised was the GOTO allowed me to view objects I had given up on trying to find at home. Those difficult to find objects especially which need averted vision. I'm now a convert but yes I do feel a little guilt setting up for a session when seeing and not using my homemade star maps which have served me so well over the years. Technological progress is now SkySafari Pro on my smartphone controlling my GOTO.
  10. Been having a few issues with my few months old AZMP WiFi set-up. I can configure the SSID to a name of my choosing and set a password as per the manual, and then successfully connect both my laptop and smartphone. Skysafari works great connecting to and controlling the mount via my smartphone. Problem is the next time I turn on the AZMP after a few days it’s defaulted back to the factory SSID and no longer password protected. Any other AZMP users experiencing such issues or having no problems at all with similar WiFi set-up? I’m suspecting the internal battery as the AZMP doesn’t seem to be retaining a full charge for a period of time say a couple of weeks of lack of use. A few times I've been caught out just a short time into a session with the flashing red power LED. The AZMP does seem to retain other settings changes though e.g. turning off the handset sounds. Have just updated both main board and handset to the recent firmware release and given it another full charge so will test again over next few of days. Would be good to hear of other users experiences as not found anything on the web specific to this. It’s a nuisance as I’ve been having some great observing sessions with the AZMP connected to Skysafari.
  11. Is it a newly purchased AZMP? Mine has grinding noise and squeaks when slewing in just one direction. Could only find operating manuals on ioptron website and opening it up will likely void the 2 year warranty. I've contacted the retailer, have you tried this or Ioptron support?
  12. On mine too. Focuser was straightforward to fit even for those of us with minimal aptitude for this kind of thing. It comes with simple instructions too.
  13. Sold to a SGL'er in the local area. Looking forward to reports on its modded future or rusty lens clean up. Thanks to all who expressed an interest.
  14. Apologies no Classifieds etiquette infraction intended. As mentioned I was looking to fund a TV x2 Powermate 2" with this sale. I was hoping the pst would be worth around the 300 mark. Second hand psts seem to be going for upwards of 420, but this version has the rusty lens issue hence the genuine reason to open for offers from those who are intending on a DIY pst mod or a direct fix or even just live with the rusting. I really did not want to post an unrealistic price or even sell my pst short. So a negotiable £300 guide price, but would rather not have to send it by post. Thanks
  15. I'm looking to let go of my Coronado pst, as stated it's the version affected by the rusty lens issue. Whilst the oxidation of the lens coating is clearly visible, I've not noticed any image deterioation and was still getting great views of the sun last time I used it at the end of last summer. Still the same detail of filaments, prominences, sunspots, and surface activity, to my eyes anyway! Other than the rusty lens, it's in good condition with just a minor scuff mark on the tube. It's unboxed as it's been kept in a padded case. I no longer have the original supplied 12mm Kellner. It's fitted with a dovetail (for use on my Skytee 2). Scuff mark on tube, no dent or visible damage though. Recycled EP cap to keep the dust out. Fitted dovetail Tried to take photos of the rusty lens but typically could not get a realistic shot, although it was with my Samsung S7 as seen in the lens reflection. The middle and right photos perhaps show it the best, the oxidation is worst round the edges but the entire lens is coloured and matches what other users have reported on here and Cloudy Nights. Would prefer it to go to someone looking to DIY the pst mod with donar scope, or someone who understands the rusty lens issue and can live with it or even fix it. The pst mod is beyond my capabilities and I couldn't justify the repair cost quoted by Meade, being out of warranty, whilst the scope was still useable for my purposes. It's open to offers. I am looking to fund a TV x2 Powermate 2" so would consider some kind of swap too. Would rather not send by post and it should really be viewed before purchase. Can meet halfway in the Surrey, Hants, and Berks area - I'm in Central London around once a week with work too.
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