RE: [ccd-newastro] Automap II - Why wont it Work for Me??
First, may I say to anyone reading this other than Ron, that I know others
are obviously using Ron's Automapper II to great advantage.
I'm once again a bit shame-faced. Despite my "double-checking" everything,
I find my server setting for both The Sky and CCDSoft did NOT agree with
your documentation. That is without doubt where I've made my mistake.
As to CCDCalc, I'm also a bit embarrassed. I looked at the on-screen
graphics a number of times for some way to communicate my settings with
Automapper, and my eyes totally missed the "save" button next to Image Scale.
I have no doubt that the server settings issue is the source of my
problems. At the moment at almost 5 PM, the sky looks pretty doubtful for
tonight--but it has often looked like this only to be clear by nightfall.
When I can check things out, if I'm still having trouble despite
everything, I'll get back privately, Ron. Your offer to help privately is
At 09:42 31/08/2003 -0600, you wrote:
>First, are you using Windows XP? If so, did you install every one of these[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>programs while logged on with Administrator privileges? The permission
>error - what program is generating that error, or is it Windows (the caption
>bar of the window should have this information)?
>You do not have the latest version of Automapper II. It is 1.7.9. There are
>a number of bug fixes and 1.7.9 is the most stable version currently
>available, and is working well.
>With respect to the permission error, can you verify that the server
>settings for telescope and camera are correct per the Automapper II docs? It
>may be, from your description, that CCDSoft is not set up to allow a remote
>program to take images.
>Have you done any manual mapping? It helps to be familiar with what must
>happen during mapping before trying to automate the process.
>The latest versions of Automapper want you to input the image scale for 1x1
>(unbinned). This is different from prior versions, but will save time - you
>can change bin modes and Automapper II will calculate the image scale for
>the selected bin mode.
>When Automapper II encounters a point that is outside the limits you have
>set in Automapper, it should show SKIP next to the alt/az in the status
>window, and it should not slew.
>With respect to CCDCalc, note that you must click the Save button next to
>the image scale (this is in CCDCalc) to save the desired image scale to the
>registry, where Automapper II can read it.
>If the issue is that you need some help getting all this stuff working
>together, rather than software issues in my programs (which I will get fixed
>for you if they exist), I can also help you privately by consulting with
>you. There are several ways I can connect remotely to your system and help
>you get things working. I've done this service for a number of folks, and it
>has been more effective than I would have expected to do this remotely.
>author of The New CCD Astronomy
>From: Bob [mailto:rgenung@...]
>Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2003 8:43 AM
>Subject: [ccd-newastro] Automap II - Why wont it Work for Me??
>Despite the fact that I've had Automap almost since Ron's first release (I
>think) I have literally been embarrassed to have to ask questions about
>Automap for the umpteenth time, but Ron/All, here goes. BTW--current
>versions of all programs cited. Server settings in each program enabled
>and working. Using the USNO data base with The Sky. Automapper II is V
>1.75 (or at least exec file is version 184.108.40.206).
>I have a Paramount ME. Leveled, etc., etc. However, I simply have not
>been able to get it sufficiently aligned for decent imaging with a ST10 XME
>through my f9 RC 12.5. I have read and-re-read the PDF document on
>Automapper II. I CANNOT get it to work for me : (
>I can do an image link via CCDSoftV5 and The Sky. It will solve with 25 to
>35 hits. I know the image scale. WCS in CCDSoft reports my North angle as
>86.57132. I know my image scale @ 3x3 binning is 1.44 ± 0.2. I'm taking
>10 second exposures in CCDSoft.
>I have entered my limits in Automapper, and they are there when I double
>check the set limits diagram.
>Creating a list from either The Sky, or Automapper, and trying to run the
>list results in the same problems. First, even though I have just mapped
>current in The Sky and solved with the 25 to 35 hits noted above,
>Automapper will not map current for me. Then, when I hit the GO button in
>Automapper, the scope will slew--but into the no-go limits (where I have no
>sky view due to trees) that I have added to both Automapper II and to The
>Sky local horizon via View/Reference Lines/Edit local.
>Next, as soon as Automapper starts slewing/imaging, and tells me the
>mapping failed, I get a message "You do not have permission: error 70." It
>will continue in this fashion until I stop the process. The scope slews,
>but no mapping.
>Yet another puzzler is the provision in Automapper to link the image scale
>data from CCDCalc. I have V 1.4.1. Automapper continually reports that
>CCDCalc is not installed--which it is.
>Right now I feel like I've got $35,000 of equipment I can't use. I can get
>close enough alignment aligning manually to be able do a minute's exposure
>or thereabouts, but this isn't the kind of accuracy I expect from the ME.
>Accordingly, may I plead once again for public or private help with getting
>Automapper to work. I got it to work with my former GT-1100 and a
>different OTA--both now many months gone.