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TOPIC: Built in guider won't calibrate

Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 1 week ago #21594

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Most recent kstars/ekos bleeding on both ends. Mount is a NUC that has been running INDI for quite some time, both running Fedora Linux.

When I click the calibrate button, the first image is captured, and it says it is drifting RA forward, but it does nothing after. No new images are captured and it just hangs.

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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 1 week ago #21622

Hi..

Sounds like a problem I had for a while ago, so I deleted my old configuration..
rm -Rf .local/share/kstars
rm .config/kstarsrc
rm -Rf .cache/kstars
rm -Rf .indi
And created all new configuration and things started to work again.

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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 1 week ago #21637

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That sounds like a last resort, but if that works I guess I can set it all up again. Thanks for the reply

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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 3 days ago #21754

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So it was a last resort, and it still did not help. I cleared out the entire .indi folder and saved all new configs on both ends of the wire. All that did for me was allow me to spend about 30 minutes going through all the device settings re-setting it up. The built in guider calibration still captures only 1 frame and then just sits with the wheel spinning with the last logged entry of: RA drifting forward...

It doesn't matter if I do a subframe shot, or a full frame, doesn't matter the binning, camera settings, etc.
The loop button works fine, and captures a sequence of images without any problems.
I am using an OAG, and have only the one optic tube now, and have selected it for both the primary and the guide scope. I have also tried selecting only the primary scope. No difference

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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 3 days ago #21755

Did you try with PHD2? If it works with PHD2, that would rule out any issues with the connections, cables, mount, or the camera.

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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 3 days ago #21756

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I am using PHD2 right now with the same setup, haven't even gone out to the scope, just switched software

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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 3 days ago #21765

That seems strange, when I had this issue I couldn't get the simulator to take more than just one image and then nothing more happen.. did you try the simulator ?? One more thing, I have a SX LodestarX2 as a guidecam and a SXVR-H9 as my main cam.. maybe it's related to the driver somehow ?

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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 3 days ago #21783

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All things are possible, of course. I don't believe it is the camera driver, all other aspects of the cameras work how they always have. Both cameras do everything they need to in all the other modules, and even in this one, it will operate normally if I just click the loop button. It is only the guide calibration where it hangs.

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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 2 days ago #21785

FWIW:
Does the mount actually move when the RA Forward action is sent
May try calibrating on the ecliptic to avoid issues closer to the celestial pole
Increase the minimum pulses maybe
Is the FITs folder location receiving the first image ok

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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 2 days ago #21787

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The calibration had been working for the last 9 months. This was a recent development when it stopped. PHD is still able to calibrate and track without any issues at the same place in the sky. I don't think it gets far enough to move the mount, though I have not been at the mount when this is happening. I would say this change occurred on Dec 10 or right around there.

I just tried the simulator. It does the same thing there. And now that I think about it more, wasn't calibrate its own button on this screen before?
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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 2 days ago #21796

I just tried the Guiding using a Simulator setup, clicked on the Guide button, Ekos went through all the RA and DEC calibration, completed and guides continuously as expected.

The only thing different I did was manually select a star not Auto.

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Built in guider won't calibrate 1 month 1 day ago #21797

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Good to know, thank you. I wonder if this started when I went with the OAG and my guide scope is selected as the same as the imaging scope. I will play with that a little more as well.

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