Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' Ekos has no minimize button' in the forum. 3 days ago

I chose Ubuntu Mate as my OS and I am on the latest patches system wide, I noticed that the Ekos windows does not have minimize/maximize buttons, only the X close window button is present.

I tried different theme (I read something about oxygen having issues) and desktop (openSuSE, Mate, etc) without any luck. See picture attached. I've downloaded the VM based on Kubuntu and the issue is not present. So I suspect that it has to do with KDE/Gnome (?) Any idea ?



Should I go for kbuntu or is there a way to change my Ubuntun Mate desktop to KDE and not lose what I've already configured on Gnome ?

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Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' bug with saving configuration in HitecAstro DC focuser' in the forum. 4 days ago

Step to reproduce:

1. I go to INDI Contro Panel
2. Select HitecAstro DC tab
3. check the 'reverse direction' box
4. click on the 'save' button next to 'configuration'

I disconnect and stop INDI. When I go back the configuration has been loaded but the 'reverse direction' box is not checked anymore. If I click on 'load' the configuration, the check box is still not checked.

Anyone could look into this ? Is this code related to INDI or the driver itself ?

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Feature request: location per profile' in the forum. 4 days ago

That is a good advice :) I'll look into this.
If you have a prefered GPS device that you know is good value for the money I'd be interested to hear from you :)

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Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' Feature request: location per profile' in the forum. 4 days ago

As a nomad astronomer I would like to be able to create profiles that also include a preset geographic location. By defining preset locations in Kstars and be able to choose from them in Ekos when creating a profile.

When at location A (city) I do planetary imaging so the devices attached are different than at location B where I do deep sky imaging. It is a bit of pain to have to modify my location each time and if I forget it makes a big difference in pointing accuracy

Thank you.

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Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' HitecAstro DC funny behavior' in the forum. 5 days ago

I have an HitecAstro DC focuser and while testing it I ran into a funny behavior:

1. In Focuser panel I click on "Focus In" and Then "Focus out" and the focuser behaves accordingly
2. I click multiple time on "Focus Out" and the focuser perform one step then wait 10 seconds, performs a second step, wait 10 seconds and so on.
3. if I wait 1 second between clicking, then the focuser reacts accordingly

I would expect that no matter how fast I click, if I am clicking 5 times this would move the focuser 5 steps in a row without any time out in between. The 10 seconds time out is quite upsetting :)

It took me a while to realize what was happening has I had clicked multiple time in, in, in, out, in, out, in, in, out, out, in ... and then had to wait a 100 seconds or so for my focuser to calm down ;)

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I got this error while testing my setup :

Error (-53: 'Could not claim the USB device')

I enabled debug and looked at different solution here and on other forums with no luck. Then I noticed this message that looked more like a warning than an error per se :

Mirror lock feature is not yet implemented for this camera model

1. I went back into the configuration and noticed that I did enter in the mirror lock setting (value =5, default = 0)
2. I reset the value to 0 and now my DSLR started working fine again

So, it seems that setting a value in INDI control panel > Main Control > Mirror Lock when the feature is not implemented for a camera model causes the camera to stop working and write 'Could not claim the USB device' error message in the logs.

I think that the message should be a warning only and any value set should therefore be ignored when the feature is not supported for a camera model.

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Belt mode on HEQ5 - how to change gear ration ?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Ok thanks for looking this up ! I knew I've read it somewhere but could not remember and then I saw this video and went into panic mode :)

Here is a video i shot showing the difference in noise. the mode also help with backlash. I think it is quite worthwile when you compare the cost of your whole setup to the cost of the mode. I would say that the cost/benefit ratio is quite good :)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE0FK0KDROw&feature=youtu.be

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Belt mode on HEQ5 - how to change gear ration ?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hello

Here is the link for the video: EQASCOM: Custom Gearing Ratios by Chris Shillito (the video is only 2m20s)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDW71vM9w7c

Maybe I misunderstood what he meant... Let me know what you think

Thanks!

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Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' Belt mode on HEQ5 - how to change gear ration ?' in the forum. 1 month ago

I modded my Sirius (HEQ5) mount with Rowan Belt mode. After watching a video on ASCOM and custom gear ratio, I suspect that you have to change the ratio in INDI as well but I could not find where to do that in INDI/Ekos ?

Anyone had to play with this ?

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Forum appearance' in the forum. 4 months ago

Why not give the members the choice of theme (dark or blue-white at the very least) so we can choose whatever makes us feel more comfortable.

I am also on SGL forum where you can choose between 3 theme (one being easier to use on smart phones and the other 2 being dark or white) hopefully this can be done on Kunena :)

I think that the donate button is a good thing, it is nice to be able to give back for the excellent product and assistance we get here!

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Orion Sirius Pro mount compatibility?' in the forum. 5 months ago

I have the "old" Sirius EQ-G mount. The new one is an hybrid AZ/EQ-G.

The Pro looks really good and it has a belt-assisted stepper motor drive with dual optical encoders. So no need to mod it with "Rowan belt" so that is a plus although it was quite easy to do and I would recommend it to anyone owning an Sirius EQ-G.

As far as going for an Atlas or Sirius it really just depend on the load that you intend to put on it. The Altas mount is quite heavy, the Sirius is easier to carry around ;) In my case my mount can cary without any problems a SW80ED with all the other needed devices (DSLR, Finder, etc)

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Orion Sirius Pro mount compatibility?' in the forum. 5 months ago

I use "EQMOD mount" and the cable connects in the laptop USB port on one side and on the Mount RJ45 connector at the mount.

The handset is in a bag somewhere ;)

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Orion Sirius Pro mount compatibility?' in the forum. 5 months ago

I own a Sirius mount and have no problem. They are the same mount has the HEQ5 but under a different name.

I use an EQDIRECT cable (no handset) and did a Rowan Belt mode.

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Sound files required' in the forum. 5 months ago

I would think that having both male and female voice and be able to choose would make sens for most people. But if this is too complicated, providing a basic sound library and be able to associate different sound to different actions would also be enough. People could then record their own voice as I did.

Of course, if there are some sound professionals and voice actors here that would like to become the voice of EKOS I am all for it ;)

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'What would you like to see in Ekos in 2017?' in the forum. 5 months ago

I'll look into Astroberry PiFace but I already own a generic board with relays, not a PIFace board unfortunatly.

I looked for a "PiFace Relay Plus" but from the PIFace webpage it says that: "Our previous distributor is currently having issues with their supply chain. We are currently working on an alternative solution and hope to have something in place by the end of the year."

I'll have to do some ressearch to find one. So far no luck with amazon or ebay and a couple of other supplier...

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