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Old 14-04-2018, 08:24 AM
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Thanks i'll check next time i'm out

hey thanks guys thats what it was when i changed the steps i left the values the same the az value stayed the same but the alt needed reversing seems all good now , inside at least .

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Old 08-07-2018, 12:20 PM
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I don’t often do visual and my Argo Navis has been in storage pretty much since I bought it. Will be pulling the dob out soon and wanted to test the AN/encoders etc still working. Is there a way to test in daylight without having to actually align?

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Old 09-07-2018, 12:07 AM
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Argo Navis Daytime Encoder Test

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I don’t often do visual and my Argo Navis has been in storage pretty much since I bought it. Will be pulling the dob out soon and wanted to test the AN/encoders etc still working. Is there a way to test in daylight without having to actually align?
Hi Troy,

You might like to perform what we refer to as the Daytime Encoder Test.

Here is the test as copied directly from the User Manual pp 123-124 :-

Quote:
Originally Posted by Argo Navis User's Manual Daytime Encoder Test
During the day, using a high-powered
eyepiece or cross-hair reticle, center a
distant fixed terrestrial object.
Power on Argo Navis and after it
has initialized, spin the DIAL until the
display reads –

MODE ENCODER

then press ENTER. Now spin the DIAL
until the display reads –

AZ/ALT ENC STEPS
+0000 *0000

When in this mode, the value of Azimuth
steps range from 0 to the number of steps
set in SETUP AZ STEPS minus 1. Altitude
steps range from 0 to the number of steps
set in SETUP ALT STEPS minus 1.
If your mount is of the style that allows
you to lock the Alt (or Dec) axis, lock it.
Take note of the left-hand displayed
value, which is the Az (or RA) encoder
count.

Rotate the mount through 360° in Az
(RA) and re-center the object. Take note
of the displayed Az encoder count value.
Ideally, it should be within an encoder
step or two of the value from which you
started. Keep in mind that the displayed
count “wraps”, so that, for example, a
value that is equivalent to the number of
steps set in SETUP AZ STEPS minus 1 is
only 1 step away from a count of zero.
Now exercise the scope back-and-forth
in Az (RA) to attempt to induce any
potential encoder shaft slippage error, or
the like. Again, re-center the object and
check that the displayed value has
returned to within a step or two of what it
originally was.

Now take note of the right-hand
displayed value, which is the Alt (or Dec)
encoder count.

If your mount is of the style that allows
you to lock the Az (or RA) axis, lock it.
Now exercise the scope up-and-down
in Alt (Dec) to attempt to induce any
potential encoder shaft slippage error, or
the like. Again, re-center the object and
check that the displayed value has
returned to within a step or two of what it
originally was.

To diagnose for hysteresis effects,
carefully observe the display in MODE
ENCODER whilst moving the scope to-and
fro. When you begin to move the scope,
look for any noticeable delay or “lag” from
the time the scope starts to move to the
time MODE ENCODER registers motion.
Start by rotating the mount in one
direction, then stopping and reversing the
direction of travel. If you notice the above
mentioned lag effect from when the scope
begins to move, this is a telltale sign of
hysteresis. It is best rectified by inspecting
your encoder mounting hardware for any
‘play’ and then applying a mechanical fix.
Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
Fax +61-2-9457-9593
sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au
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Old 25-03-2019, 12:55 PM
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Wildcard Innovations web temporarily offline for network upgrade

The Wildcard Innovations web site at http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au is temporarily offline whilst we undergo a network upgrade.

Once up, we will place a notice on this thread.

As the web site will have a new static IP address associated with it, it may take a day or two for DNS servers around the globe to be updated.

In the meantime, you can still contact us by email.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au
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Old 25-03-2019, 02:38 PM
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Thumbs up Wildcard Innovations web site is back online

The Wildcard Innovations web site is back online with a faster network connection.

As the static IP address of the web site has changed, you may need
to refresh your browser.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
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Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
Fax +61-2-9457-9593
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Old 27-03-2019, 09:14 AM
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A heads up to thank Gary for his very prompt and helpful reply to my email request for help.
I was having a problem getting SkySafari on my IPad to communicate with my Argo Navis via a SkyFi3 wireless adaptor. The devil is in all the settings detail. All good now and it is working a treat.
My Argo Navis is guiding a TRex mount and it does a superb job. The SkySafari wireless connection will add another dimension.

Thank you Gary.
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Old 27-03-2019, 06:39 PM
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A heads up to thank Gary for his very prompt and helpful reply to my email request for help.
I was having a problem getting SkySafari on my IPad to communicate with my Argo Navis via a SkyFi3 wireless adaptor. The devil is in all the settings detail. All good now and it is working a treat.
My Argo Navis is guiding a TRex mount and it does a superb job. The SkySafari wireless connection will add another dimension.

Thank you Gary.
Thank you Steve for your kind words.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
Fax +61-2-9457-9593
sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au
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Old 17-10-2019, 09:24 PM
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Arrow Argo Navis Users' Group now at http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/forum

The Argo Navis Users' Forum has moved to http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/forum

It had been hosted on Yahoo Groups but Yahoo announced that in the
coming days they will not allow any user contributed data, including
messages, to be uploaded to their groups web site.

So we made the decision to move to a new forum hosted at our own web site.

If you had been a member of the Yahoo Group, you will be required to
re-register on the new forum.

If you experience any difficulty please email us at sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au

Messages, photos and files that appeared on the original Yahoo Group
have been archived by Wildcard Innovations and it is our hope in time
that treasure trove of material will appear as an archive on the new forum.

We will also continue to monitor this thread here and answer any questions you have.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au
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Old 21-12-2019, 12:34 PM
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Argo Navis Firmware Version 3..0.3 now available for download

Wildcard Innovations is pleased to announce Argo Navis Firmware Version 3.0.3.

To show our appreciation of your support, Wildcard are providing a free license (subject to your acceptance of our End User Licence Agreement) to Version 3.0.3 to you as a gift.

Version 3.0.3 is now available for download -
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com...._download.html

The End User Licence Agreement can be found here -
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/EULA.html

To download the firmware, you will need to have registered and have a copy of your Registration Code.
If you registered in the past, you will receive a reminder of your registration code by email in due course.

If you have not registered before, you will find the registration link on this page :-
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com...._download.html

We highly recommend that you also download the following -

* Argo Navis User Manual Edition 11.
See http://www.wildcard-innovations.com....mentation.html
This edition of the User Manual includes a description of how to install and use the latest Argonaut Version 2.0 software utility for Windows (page 160).

* Argonaut Version 2.0 software utility for Windows.
See https://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/utilities.html
A similar utility for Linux are available from the same URL.

To perform the firmware download to your unit, you will require the following additional components -

* Argonaut for Windows or sgzload for Linux.
These can be downloaded from here -
https://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/utilities.html

* A serial cable for connection to your Argo Navis from your PC, Wildcard Innovations part number pn-ser-cbl.

If your computer does not have an RS-232 serial port, we recommend you use the serial cable in conjunction with the Keyspan USA-19HS USB Serial Adapter.
Wildcard Innovations also stock these as their part number pn-usb.

To purchase either or both of the above you can pay securely online using MasterCard, Visa or AMEX using this URL -
https://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/purchase.html

To install Argonaut Version 2.0, refer to the step-by-step instructions starting on page 161.

To determine which version of firmware your unit currently has loaded, dial up MODE STATUS, STATUS VERSION.

We recommend you use Argonaut Version 2.0 to save your existing Argo Navis setups onto your PC. See page 182 on "Transferring setups".

If you are migrating from firmware version 3.0.0 or later, Argo Navis firmware Version 3.0.3 will preserve your setups.

However, if you are migrating from an earlier version than 3.0.0, then version 3.0.3 will restore your setups to factory defaults so we highly recommend you use Argonaut to save the setups so you can restore them later.

Please note that loading Argo Navis firmware version 3.0.3 will clear any existing asteroid, comet, satellite or user catalogs you already have loaded.
You should ensure you have the original data for any catalogs you may have loaded stored on your PC so that you can reload it after performing the upgrade.

To download a firmware file from your PC to Argo Navis, please refer to page 187.

Version 3.0.3 contains the following improvements :-

* Improved solution for some comet and asteroid orbits.
* More reliable first-time power-up when real-time clock coin cell battery becomes depleted or is replaced.


Should you experience any difficulties, simply email sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au for assistance.

We thank you again for your support and we hope you enjoy Version 3.0.3.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
wildcard@wildcard-innovations.com.au
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au
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