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23-10-2011, 10:44 AM
I am having some trouble parking my scope using the AP V2 ASCOM driver. I am using the latest ASCOM platform (6.0) and latest driver (v5.00.03).
All park positions work perfectly well from the mount's own hand controller.
Using the ASCOM driver, park position #1 works perfectly, but if I select park position #3, the mount travels from #1 beyond #3 (pointing to the SCP) and keeps going. I don't know where it would end up because I intervene to stop the slew.
Having done that, I can then issue a park command from the AP hand controller and the mount will successfully park in the selected position. It's just when I attempt to Park 3 using the ASCOM driver that things don't go as expected.
Any advice or clues would be most welcome.
23-10-2011, 10:54 AM
Chris make sure the location details are correct in the V2 settings and that it is in Southern Hemi . Have you left a message with the AP-GTO user group
Ray should be able to help you pretty quickly with that.
23-10-2011, 11:36 AM
I had the same problem. Fairly sure my location details are set correctly.
I've just resigned to park it from the hand controller. Any other suggestions will be appreciated.
23-10-2011, 11:46 AM
Thanks Mark, the location details are correct; the mount correctly slews to sky objects; it's just Park 3 that I've had trouble with. Not sure about Park 2 because I haven't used it.
I'll join the user group and ask them too...
Thanks also David, and very interesting to note your same experience. The other thing I learned this morning was that the AP driver keeps issuing the slew command (for a Park position) even after the hand controller's STOP button has been pushed. The latter would immediately stop the slew but it would restart again in about 10 - 15 seconds. It was not until I issued a stop command from the ASCOM driver interface that the mount would stop and stay stopped.
23-10-2011, 12:52 PM
As Mark mentioned, Ray Gralak, the author of the driver is very active on the Yahoo AP group. If it's a bug you'll probably have a new beta of the driver within a few days.
I've never tried to park my AP900 from software. I must give it a go. Then I could leave the hand controller at home...
23-10-2011, 02:07 PM
I do vaguely remember an issue with some commands when using a third party software like the sky in which the software settings where over riding the Ascom driver settings and causing some confusion. As I set up from scratch every time I never use park except for initial set up.
23-10-2011, 02:39 PM
Thanks Mark. I get the same incorrect parking result for the Park 3 position when using either DL Maxim or CdC.
Anyhow, I took up your earlier suggestion and have posted a question to the other user group.
23-10-2011, 05:15 PM
Quite frustrating when that happens isn't it!
24-10-2011, 10:04 PM
David - problem fixed! Via the yahoo group Ray recommended that I load the latest driver (v26 beta) - which I have just done - and it now parks in position #3 perfectly!
24-10-2011, 10:43 PM
Ta Chris, will do!
25-10-2011, 09:19 AM
Cant beat AP service and support can you :thumbsup:
26-10-2011, 11:39 PM
I was most impressed Mark. These guys seem to go out of their way to make us, the customers, satisfied.
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