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Test message to the test area. Ignore it pls.
Tom
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Satellite Tracker Feature Additions / Re: Asteroids/NEO's tracking
« Last post by Scott Ferguson on October 14, 2018, 03:04:26 PM »
Just wanted to let you know that my asteroid tracking software for the LX200 classic and ASCOM scopes is out now:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m33D6JZUYr8
Hope you find it useful.
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Been a long time, but I've now released a Python version of my minor planet tracker which is compatible with the LX200 classic as well as a subset of ASCOM scopes using the "MoveAxis" method.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m33D6JZUYr8
I've got a new TLE and video-based satellite tracking Python program waiting in the wings as well. 
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User Field Experiences / Re: Bump into Hardstop on LX200GPS
« Last post by John Eccles on September 24, 2018, 09:45:11 PM »
I haven't heard of such reports before. However, you might want to do a search of the old Yahoo Group archived messages to see if there were any similar reports. I would normally do that but right now I am very busy with packing and planning for my next move back to Florida. So I am really tied up. Go to the section of this forum called: "Software Repository, Archived Messages, Pictures, and Software Utilities - You must be registered to download files or view content! " and go to the subheading "Archived Messages". You can do a search using keywords like hard stop, hardstop, and the like.
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User Field Experiences / Bump into Hardstop on LX200GPS
« Last post by Nic Mcmilan on September 24, 2018, 09:22:28 PM »
Three times now I have ran into the hardstop while tracking in the last two weeks. I don't recall it doing that before (years ago). This during tracking, not the initial goto to preposition the scope before actual tracking.

Should the scope report (on autostar handset) there is a problem and abort the tracking? Mine just continued on in to the hardstop, lucky the clutch started to slip. Is this a known issue or a new issue with the newer ST versions? Can there something be done about it?

LX200GPS-14" 4.2G (patched version),
Satellite Tracker v2.6.1
Win10 on surface pro notebook tracking ISS.
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Pictures / Re: My best ISS so far
« Last post by Jason Ware on September 17, 2018, 08:48:53 PM »
Awesome!!
Great setup you have.
Are you shooting at 2845mm FL or?
Are you taking single images or video or?
Thanks for sharing!

Hey Nic,
I am shooting prime focus in photo mode, live view. It can do about 4 FPS full resolution.
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User Field Experiences / TleRetriever 3
« Last post by Jimmy Andrews on September 16, 2018, 11:15:44 AM »
Hello OZ

I used TleRetriever many years ago.
Once setup, just 2 or 3 clicks and you get get all needed tle's
Things changed in 2013? when Space-Track changed their web services
Looks like things have changed again in 2018
You now need TleRetriever 3

https://www.celestrak.com/SpaceTrack/TLERetriever3Help.php

I quit using everyone's available downloads procedures and created my
 own personal cygwin Linux Bash scripts.
Mostly wget's to Space-Track, NASA, Heavens-Above, Mike McCants for magnitudes and your tumbler database.

Somehow I have prefixed tum and mag to satellite name.
Very complicated for me to understand and dealing with multiple directories.

I don't understand how to make it available to public but
 I hope to simplify it to one directory on my new laptop and hopefully make
 it available to SatelliteTracker members.

5 examples of various results

LEO  4.5 COSMOS 1356   
1 13153U 82039A   18255.53491054  .00001875  00000-0  49454-4 0  9998
2 13153  81.0895  59.8786 0002176 350.8351   9.2849 15.37963130989084

tum 3.5 EGS (AJISAI)   
1 16908U 86061A   18255.19558542 -.00000112  00000-0 -10404-3 0  9993
2 16908  50.0074 224.6865 0011319 164.3789 318.9899 12.44488518127729

ST 5.5 IRIDIUM 33       
1 24946U 97051C   18255.55151800  .00000064  00000-0  16063-4 0  9993
2 24946  86.3835  97.4460 0007040 194.8362 165.2628 14.33616224 98845

 5.5 IRIDIUM 18         
1 24872U 97034D   18231.51646522  .16201721 -14869-5  18152-3 0  9996
2 24872  86.3501 195.4595 0021968  78.4687 281.9091 16.48748149106461

AUREOLE 2               
1  7003U 73107A   18254.93847419 +.00001253 +00000-0 +51921-4 0  9996
2  7003 073.9255 213.7008 0386553 098.8788 265.6349 14.76832864280028

tum is from your tumbler database
st means it's from your tumbler database and not designated a tumbler (other)

Jimmy
33.6N, 88.6W
Our Big-Bang may have been the creation of a Black-Hole and
 our Universe exist inside this Black-Hole.
 Galaxies are being accelerated toward the massive Schwarzschild radius.
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Satellite Tracker Bug Reports / Re: Download TLE file failed
« Last post by Jimmy Andrews on September 16, 2018, 08:52:24 AM »
Setup visual tle download part 2 of 2
Hello OZ

I had added a PAUSE command to my visual.bat file to allow viewing the following for troubleshooting
The lines at bottom are from Space-Track's response to running my visual.bat file
The X's and Y's should be your Space-Track's login/password
Jimmy



C:\SatTkr>"wget1pt15.exe" --no-check-certificate --post-data "identity=XXXXXXXXXX&password=YYYYYYYYYY" --keep-session-cookies --save-cookies=cookies.txt http
s://www.space-track.org/ajaxauth/login -o login.txt

C:\SatTkr>"wget1pt15.exe" --no-check-certificate --keep-session-cookies --load-cookies=cookies.txt -O visual.txt "https://www.space-track.org/basicspacedata/query/cl
ass/tle_latest/ORDINAL/1/EPOCH/now-30--now/orderby/NORAD_CAT_ID/format/3le/favorites/Visible"
--2018-09-16 07:28:00--  https://www.space-track.org/basicspacedata/query/class/tle_latest/ORDINAL/1/EPOCH/now-30--now/orderby/NORAD_CAT_ID/format/3le/favorites/Visi
ble
Resolving www.space-track.org (www.space-track.org)... 207.178.144.234
Connecting to www.space-track.org (www.space-track.org)|207.178.144.234|:443... connected.
WARNING: cannot verify www.space-track.org's certificate, issued by '/C=US/ST=Arizona/L=Scottsdale/O=GoDaddy.com, Inc./OU=http://certs.godaddy.com/repository//CN=Go
Daddy Secure Certificate Authority - G2':
  Self-signed certificate encountered.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 31271 (31K) [text/plain]
Saving to: 'visual.txt'

100%[===========================================================================================================================>] 31,271      --.-K/s   in 0.08s

2018-09-16 07:28:01 (399 KB/s) - 'visual.txt' saved [31271/31271]


C:\SatTkr>pause
Press any key to continue . . .
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Satellite Tracker Bug Reports / Re: Download TLE file failed
« Last post by Jimmy Andrews on September 16, 2018, 08:50:03 AM »
Setup visual tle download part 1 of 2
Hello OZ

The bottom 6 lines are from my visual.bat file
Delete the 10 X's and replace with your Space-Track Login Name
Delete the 10 Y's and replace with your Space-Track Password
Notice that I added a PAUSE to allow viewing Space-Track's response for troubleshooting.
After you are happy all is working ok, you can remove the PAUSE command
Jimmy


"wget1pt15.exe" --no-check-certificate --post-data "identity=XXXXXXXXXX&password=YYYYYYYYYY" --keep-session-cookies --save-cookies=cookies.txt https://www.space-track.org/ajaxauth/login -o login.txt

"wget1pt15.exe" --no-check-certificate --keep-session-cookies --load-cookies=cookies.txt -O visual.txt "https://www.space-track.org/basicspacedata/query/class/tle_latest/ORDINAL/1/EPOCH/now-30--now/orderby/NORAD_CAT_ID/format/3le/favorites/Visible"

pause

del login
del login.txt
del cookies.txt
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Satellite Tracker Bug Reports / Re: Download TLE file failed
« Last post by John Eccles on September 15, 2018, 07:45:23 PM »
I just now executed my batch files to get the TLE data and my current batch files work okay. I was able to get the latest TLE data without any problems. Please review your edits and be sure that each line in the original file is a full line in the edited file. You may have had a wrap around on a long line as a result of your edit and this will mess up the download.
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