Derek replied to the topic 'Ekos scheduler and 'warm ccd' on shutdown' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Thanks Peter,
I guess if its possible for ekos to 'un-set' the temperature as well as turning off the cooler then this may work.
For the time being I have a shell script to call indi_setprop to set the temp to 0 and wait 5min before it powers off everything. This script is called by ekos on shutdown and seems to work.
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Any tips on how to automate?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I think if you have a really automated observatory, you should put more $$ in the pc's.

Yes I agree, I run indi + kstars on a full desktop PC in the observatory. It was a cheap desktop but much more powerful than an RPI. I dont leave it powered on though.
I still have an RPI as a jump-host which is powered on all the time. I can log in here and then do a 'wakeonlan' to power on the main PC. Then I use teamviewer to access the PC from my home 50km away.

RPI is cool and all,,, but I dont see the point of trying to run indi + kstars on one. If you have space and dont need to move equipment then just get a cheap desktop PC.

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Derek replied to the topic 'Do it yourself focuser: which one?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

The only photos I have right now are here
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I dont know what a beagleboard is. I used an arduino, an arduino ethernet module and and arduino stepper module. These 3 sit inside a small project box. The motor is connected with a cable to this box.
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Do it yourself focuser: which one?' in the forum. 4 weeks ago
Derek replied to the topic 'Ekos scheduler and 'warm ccd' on shutdown' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I did some more investigation and I think its something odd with the ATIK ccd driver. I think the Cooler ON/OFF switch does not work.

I set my CCD to -10, then in the scheduler I used the button to force running the shutdown procedure.
Here is the output of indiserver -vv

2017-04-04T20:57:30: Client 0: read <newSwitchVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_COOLER'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Driver indi_atik_ccd: queuing responsible for <newSwitchVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_COOLER'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Driver indi_atik_ccd: sending <newSwitchVector device="Atik 383L+ CCD" name="CCD
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Driver indi_atik_ccd: read <setSwitchVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_COOLER'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Client 0: queuing <setSwitchVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_COOLER'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Client 0: sending <setSwitchVector device="Atik 383L+ CCD" name="CCD
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Driver indi_atik_ccd: read <setNumberVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_TEMPERATURE'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Client 0: queuing <setNumberVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_TEMPERATURE'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Client 0: sending <setNumberVector device="Atik 383L+ CCD" name="CCD
2017-04-04T20:57:31: Client 0: read EOF
2017-04-04T20:57:31: Client 0: shut down complete - bye!

Then I waited a minute or 2 and re-connected the indi driver for the CCD. Ekos still reporting the temp as -10. See screenshot


What is the scheduler doing. Is it switching off the cooler or setting a temp to a higher temp?
I think the cooler on/off button in the ATIK driver does not work.

Anyway its no big deal, I can call indi_setprop in a shell script to set the temp to +5deg or something like that

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Derek replied to the topic 'Ekos scheduler and 'warm ccd' on shutdown' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Here is the kstars log from last night around the time of the shutown (started raining).
I'll try to reproduce and get driver debug logs too. Its not a big deal, I can manually set the temp to 1degree or something before I power off.

2017-04-02T00:29:08.163 - DEBG - IP Focuser :  "Focuser is moving to requested position "
2017-04-02T00:29:08.308 - DEBG - IP Focuser :  "Focuser moved to position 10386 "
2017-04-02T00:29:08.309 - DEBG - Focus:  "Capturing image..."
2017-04-02T00:29:09.427 - DEBG - Scheduler:  "Caution! Weather conditions are in the DANGER zone!"
2017-04-02T00:29:09.445 - DEBG - Scheduler:  "Caution! Weather conditions are in the DANGER zone!"
2017-04-02T00:29:09.446 - DEBG - Scheduler:  "Starting shutdown procedure due to severe weather."
2017-04-02T00:29:09.446 - DEBG - Scheduler: Stop current action...
2017-04-02T00:29:09.447 - DEBG - Scheduler: Checking shutown state...
2017-04-02T00:29:09.447 - DEBG - Scheduler: Starting shutdown process...
2017-04-02T00:29:09.447 - DEBG - Scheduler:  "Warming up CCD..."
2017-04-02T00:29:09.448 - DEBG - WARNING: bool Phonon::FactoryPrivate::createBackend() phonon backend plugin could not be loaded
2017-04-02T00:29:09.448 - DEBG - WARNING: Phonon::createPath: Cannot connect  Phonon::MediaObject ( no objectName ) to  Phonon::AudioOutput ( no objectName ).
2017-04-02T00:29:09.448 - DEBG - WARNING: bool Phonon::FactoryPrivate::createBackend() phonon backend plugin could not be loaded
2017-04-02T00:29:09.448 - DEBG - WARNING: bool Phonon::FactoryPrivate::createBackend() phonon backend plugin could not be loaded
2017-04-02T00:29:09.449 - WARN - Audio notification requested, but sound file from notifyrc file was not found, aborting audio notification
2017-04-02T00:29:10.428 - DEBG - Scheduler: Checking shutown state...
2017-04-02T00:29:10.428 - DEBG - ISD:Telescope: Parking...

2017-04-02T00:29:10.428 - DEBG - Scheduler:  "Parking mount..."
2017-04-02T00:29:10.444 - DEBG - Celestron AuxRemote Gateway :  "Parking to Az (180:00:00) Alt ( 0:00:00)... "
2017-04-02T00:29:10.456 - DEBG - Celestron AuxRemote Gateway :  "Parking to RA (11:37:16) DEC (-38:06:01)... "
2017-04-02T00:29:10.466 - DEBG - Celestron AuxRemote Gateway :  "{\"raHours\":11.621250 ,\"dec\":-38.100300 , \"type\":\"park\"} POST to /mount/target OK "
2017-04-02T00:29:10.476 - DEBG - Celestron AuxRemote Gateway :  "Park request sent to mount "


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Derek replied to the topic 'Ekos scheduler and 'warm ccd' on shutdown' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Yes seems to have, here is the output of indi_getprop

dokeeffe@hp-elite:~/ops$ indi_getprop | grep 383
Atik 383L+ CCD.CONNECTION.CONNECT=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.CONNECTION.DISCONNECT=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.DRIVER_INFO.DRIVER_NAME=Atik 383L+ CCD
Atik 383L+ CCD.DRIVER_INFO.DRIVER_EXEC=indi_atik_ccd
Atik 383L+ CCD.DRIVER_INFO.DRIVER_VERSION=1.17
Atik 383L+ CCD.DRIVER_INFO.DRIVER_INTERFACE=2
Atik 383L+ CCD.CONFIG_PROCESS.CONFIG_LOAD=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CONFIG_PROCESS.CONFIG_SAVE=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CONFIG_PROCESS.CONFIG_DEFAULT=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_TELESCOPE=Celestron GPS
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_FOCUSER=IP Focuser
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_FILTER=ATIK Wheel
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_SKYQUALITY=SQM
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_EXPOSURE.CCD_EXPOSURE_VALUE=1
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_ABORT_EXPOSURE.ABORT=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME.X=0
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME.Y=0
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME.WIDTH=3326
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME.HEIGHT=2504
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_BINNING.HOR_BIN=2
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_BINNING.VER_BIN=2
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_TEMPERATURE.CCD_TEMPERATURE_VALUE=12.124542236328125
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_MAX_X=3326
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_MAX_Y=2504
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_PIXEL_SIZE=5.4000000953674316406
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_PIXEL_SIZE_X=5.4000000953674316406
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_PIXEL_SIZE_Y=5.4000000953674316406
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_BITSPERPIXEL=16
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_COMPRESSION.CCD_COMPRESS=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_COMPRESSION.CCD_RAW=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME_TYPE.FRAME_LIGHT=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME_TYPE.FRAME_BIAS=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME_TYPE.FRAME_DARK=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME_TYPE.FRAME_FLAT=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_RAPID_GUIDE.ENABLE=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_RAPID_GUIDE.DISABLE=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.TELESCOPE_TYPE.TELESCOPE_PRIMARY=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.TELESCOPE_TYPE.TELESCOPE_GUIDE=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.ASTROMETRY_SOLVER.ASTROMETRY_SOLVER_ENABLE=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.ASTROMETRY_SOLVER.ASTROMETRY_SOLVER_DISABLE=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.WCS_CONTROL.WCS_ENABLE=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.WCS_CONTROL.WCS_DISABLE=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.UPLOAD_MODE.UPLOAD_CLIENT=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.UPLOAD_MODE.UPLOAD_LOCAL=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.UPLOAD_MODE.UPLOAD_BOTH=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.UPLOAD_SETTINGS.UPLOAD_DIR=/home/dokeeffe
Atik 383L+ CCD.UPLOAD_SETTINGS.UPLOAD_PREFIX=IMAGE_XXX
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_COOLER.COOLER_OFF=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_COOLER.COOLER_ON=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.SHUTTER_CONNECTION.SHUTTER_ON=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.SHUTTER_CONNECTION.SHUTTER_OFF=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.TIMER_THRESHOLD.TIMER_THRESHOLD=2
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_TELESCOPE=Celestron GPS
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_FOCUSER=IP Focuser
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_FILTER=ATIK Wheel
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_SKYQUALITY=SQM


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Derek created a new topic ' Ekos scheduler and 'warm ccd' on shutdown' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Does anyone have a problem with this feature?
For me, using an ATIK ccd it does not seem to work. All other ccd temperature features in ekos work fine.
Derek

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Derek thanked Bill in topic Ten Steps to Getting Off ASCOM 1 month ago
Derek created a new topic ' Autofocus is not supported' in the forum. 1 month ago

Just upgraded kstars and indi in the observatory and had to re-compile some home made drivers.
All seems ok but my focuser no longer can auto focus.
Looking at my code now. Anyone any ideas?
github.com/dokeeffe/ip-focuser/blob/mast...ocuser/ipfocuser.cpp



Thanks in advance!! Sky is clear right now and trying to get up and running...
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'What type of science do you do with your instrument?' in the forum. 1 month ago

submit exoplanet data here -> var2.astro.cz/ETD/predictions.php
Its fairly advanced though. Much more difficult than most variable star photometry.

Another area in need of data from amateurs is astrometry of astroids. Although I have no idea where to get started.

Want to make a real big difference/discovery in science,,,, its not really feasible on your own. You need to join a team or a group/organisation.

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Derek replied to the topic 'What type of science do you do with your instrument?' in the forum. 1 month ago

I think its pretty exciting :-) Exoplanet data collection is exciting anyway, but challenging.

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Derek replied to the topic 'What type of science do you do with your instrument?' in the forum. 1 month ago

Photometry:
You can make a real contribution here. See aavso.org

I'm only getting started to be honest and have only submitted a handful of observations. I recently contributed some photometry to a campaign which was helping the a Chandra space telescope observation. There are other campaigns to help with HST observations etc. Or just general monitoring of stars that need data collected ( www.aavso.org/program-stars-need-observation )

Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Auto-Slew To Bright Star For Autofocus Routine.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Same here with a 7nm HA filter. I just use a longer exposure, like 6 or 7 seconds or so, the ekos focuser has no problem.

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Derek replied to the topic 'EKOS scheduler feature request.' in the forum. 1 month ago

That was fast!!! Thanks!
Derek

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Derek created a new topic ' EKOS scheduler feature request.' in the forum. 1 month ago

A small feature to add to the backlog....

What:
As an observer with many targets, I would like the Ekos scheduler job name to be added to the fits header as the OBJECT.

Why:
I'm generating Ekos schedules from AAVSO's list of objects in need of observation. It would make the analysis of the data much easier if the fits files contained the name of the target. This is the name of the job in the Ekos schedule...

Example:
Below is a short snippet from a generated schedule. I would like the name 'SV Aur' to be in the fits header of the captured images. Maybe with a key of OBJECT if this is valid. See here for details of standard fits header keys diffractionlimited.com/help/maximdl/FITS...ader_Definitions.htm

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<SchedulerList version='1.2'>
    <Job>
        <Name>SV Aur</Name>
        <Priority>10</Priority>
        <Coordinates>
            <J2000RA>6.061161111111112</J2000RA>
            <J2000DE>46.43555555555555</J2000DE>
        </Coordinates>
        <Sequence>/home/dokeeffe/Dropbox/EkosSequences/photometry.esq</Sequence>
        <StartupCondition>
            <Condition>ASAP</Condition>
        </StartupCondition>
        <Constraints>
            <Constraint value='30'>MinimumAltitude</Constraint>
            <Constraint>EnforceWeather</Constraint>
            <Constraint>EnforceTwilight</Constraint>
        </Constraints>
        <CompletionCondition>
            <Condition>Sequence</Condition>
        </CompletionCondition>
        <Profile>Default</Profile>
        <Steps>
            <Step>Track</Step>
            <Step>Focus</Step>
            <Step>Align</Step>
            <Step>Guide</Step>
        </Steps>
    </Job>
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