NYX Troubleshooting Guide and F.A.Q.

This guide covers the NYX-101 Strain wave mount

Frequently Asked Questions

The mount can handle up to 20Kg / 44 pounds of payload.

Please note that a long and heavy optical tube (E.g a 150m refractor or a 10inch Newtonian telescope) will result in greater forces on the mount’s mechanical parts and especially on the RA axis.

DEC axis can be easily balanced by sliding the telescope back and forth on the saddle plate.

A counterweight (close to 5Kg) will help the mount to better balance the load and provide better tracking. However, below 18Kg of equipment, even if the optical tube is long, the counterweights are useless.

By adding counterweights you can increase the payload of the mount up to 30 Kg (66 pounds). In this case, you will definitely need a heavy-duty tripod to avoid stability issues due to vibrations, any slight wind, etc.

Our carbon tripod can lift up to 50Kg but we highly recommend loading up to 15Kg if you intend to use it for imaging.

A long and heavy OTA can easily tip over when the mount is in ALTAZ or EQ mode. Extra caution should be taken care to check the stability of your setup during mount slewing.

Pegasus Astro has implemented a strain wave gearing reduction system (stain wave with belts in both axes) that offers low period errors and high torque. A guiding accuracy can be less than 0.5 arcsecs (usually between 0.4 – 0.8 arcseconds).

We have seen that the periodic cycle of the strain wave gear produces a higher PE offset during the two first minutes, a very calm tracking in the next 3 minutes, and a higher PE shift in the last 2 minutes.

In total, the period is 7.16 minutes or 430 seconds. Our gears have a measured periodic error of +-20arcsec or less.

A strain wave gear has different periodic error characteristics compared to worm gears. Strain waves can change the PE magnitude based on the load and direction of the telescope. Therefore, it is hard to apply a PE profile in each gear.

However, as the periodic error can be repeatable on the same load, we can train the guiding system to adapt and compensate for this error. [check guide for Predictive PEC]

You need to roughly balance your equipment on the Declination Axis.

The declination axis motor can easily handle your telescope weight but as there is no power-off brake on the DEC axis, It is highly advised to balance the telescope on this specific axis.

If your 3rd party tripod supports the classic EQ6 mount then you can stack it with our EQ6 adapter (PEG-ADAPT101-EQ6) and place the NYX-101 on top of it.

An M12 (1.75mm pitch) counterweight shaft is supported.

Classic EQ6 uses the same counterweight shaft/rod and weights.

The Nyx-101 supports 2 modes of wireless connection:

  1. Via a wireless router / hotspot, i.e. both the mount and your laptop/mobile device connect to the same wireless network.
  2. Via Nyx-101’s hotspot feature. In this scenario, you connect your laptop/mobile device to the Nyx-101’s Wi-Fi hotspot.

There are reports that ESP devices (NYX-101 use an ESP controller) cannot connect to some specific access points without additional tuning in Wi-Fi access point settings.

These reports currently affect a wide range of Ubiquity Access Points..

If your NYX-101 cannot connect as a client to your Wi-FI network please ensure the following

  • Your Wi-Fi is a 2.4GHz network
  • Authentication method is WPA2-Auto
  • WPA encryption is: (AES+TKIP)
  • SSID is something that has 6 characters at least.
  • WPA Algorithms: CCMP-128 (AES)
  • WiFi SSID and Password do not contain the # character.
    # is used for LX200 protocol and cannot be used inside an ssid or password.

If your access point is a Ubiquity brand please check below:

As Ubiquiti’s configuration doesn’t allow for specifically configuring AES+TKIP or CCMP-128 you can do the following in the Ubiquity web interface (tested under v7.3)
 
1. Create new Wi-Fi.
2. Name the Wi-Fi with no spaces and all lowercase. 
3. Select only 2.4 GHz and disable 5 GHz radios.
4. Uncheck the following (pretty much anything that can interfere with WiFi interfaces that are not WPA3 or 5.0GHz compatible – Ubiquiti has little “(i)” information icons that explain which ones can cause connection issues; just uncheck all the offending ones).
    – Client Device Isolation
    – BSS Transition
    – UAPSD
    – Fast Roaming
5. Select WPA2 security.
6. Network – Select the same network as your primary WiFi.  This assures the radio assigns an IP to the same network your other devices are working on and thus can communicate with the mount without issue.
7. Broadcasting APs – this is the addition create a new broadcasting profile and make sure the network for the NYX101 broadcasts from *one* and only one Access Point.  If you use a mess network NYX101 will show lots of listings of the same network.

NYX-101 works with ASIAIR out of the box. All basic functionality of the mount (like Slew and Sync) work with any LX200 (Meade, Onstep or Classic LX200) driver (via USB cable). However, we are going to provide a better and dedicated driver for the NYX-101 so you can use all of its features.

The ASCOM drivers are automatically installed with the Unity Platform. Please ensure that you have the latest ASCOM release (6.6 or higher) before installing the Unity Platform.

NYX-101 fully conforms with ASCOM and software that use ASCOM such as SGPro, NINA, APT, MaximDL, etc.

Absolutely, you can connect to the NYX-101 mount via a USB cable or via WiFi (802.11g). Our driver can automatically switch from WiFi to USB signaling.

The preferable protocol (by the driver) is the wired USB. By the time you plug the USB cable, the driver auto-selects the USB protocol and communicates with NYX-101 without data (ASCOM or software) disruption.

If you remove the USB cable, the mount automatically switches to the WiFi connection and continues to exchange information with your PC.

Your mobile phone comes with a GPS received so you can easily use our IOS / Android* application to connect to the NYX-101 mount.

By the time you connect your smartphone with the mount, your site coordinates and date, time are pushed to the NYX-101 engine.

*Mobile application will be available by the time of the mount launch.

The mount can be controlled via our mobile application, our Unity Platform (Currently only for Windows), and of course our multi-client ASCOM server.

Also, It works out of the box with INDI protocol and any software that supports LX200 (E.g Sky Safari).

However, for users who would like to have a classic hand controller, we have on our list to provide an optional hand controller with a display.

It can be plugged into the ST4 port of the NYX-101 mount and control the mount’s basic features (enable or disable tracking modes, Slewing to all known catalogs, arrow keys to center objects, etc).

We recommend a guiding rate of 1.0 sec to 2.0 sec. This setting always depends on your payload and your observing conditions.

A guiding rate close to 0.5 secs usually tends to create a “chase the seeing” effect, especially with focal lengths longer than 500mm.

We have read lots of reports and posts that strain wave (harmonic) mounts require 0.5secs of guiding rate. This is not the case with this mount.

We strongly recommend reading our Predictive PEC article

Unfortunately, the mechanical design with the strain wave reduction gears of the mount makes this impossible to be made.

The current design does not include or allow an installation of an RA tracking encoder. We try to keep the retail price as low as possible, so a high precision encoder (with less than 2 arcseconds of resolution) would add a significant cost to the NYX-101 mount.

A safety power-off brake is Installed on the RA Axis and provides an instant safe stop during a planned or unplanned power interruption.

The brake supports and stops a payload of up to 20Kg (without counterweights)

The Nyx-101 PSU supplies up to 5A, the Nyx-101 will need from 0.7A to 2A, so you can feed the rest to your other device(s) using a GX12 to 2.1/2.5mm adapter.