Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Ekos on windows and INDI on RPI ?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

ok thank you :)

I would have liked to stay full Linux but as of next week I will have to install non astro software that only run on Linux so I have to switch back to Windows... Dual boot is another option or another hdd that I could switch when needed ... Not decided yet but at least now I have the new option of running kstars on windows ;)

Thanks for the answers!

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Ekos on windows and INDI on RPI ?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

One last question :)

Did you have any issues regarding the download of FITS or previews (for example when doing PA or plate solving ?) how do you connect to the RPI ? USB/Ethernet or WIFI ? I was thinking of connecting to the RPI using WIFI and the RPI as an hotspot...

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Ekos on windows and INDI on RPI ?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Ho :) glad to hear this !

I found the solution in another post regarding plate solving. Just install ANSVR Local Astrometry.net solver and change the solver to the local adress port 8080 as describe in this document stellarmate.com/support/ekos/align.html#h2-1-1-windows

Will I need to install INDI web manager also ?

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Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' Ekos on windows and INDI on RPI ?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I am a bit confused with all the clients (INDI For Java, wINDI, jINDI, INDI Web Manager, etc.) and project out there...

Right now I am running INDI/Ksars/Ekos on the same machine running Kbuntu. I have some non-astro related constraints that would be solved if I could run windows on the laptop and INDI on a RPI at the scope.

I installed Kstars on a different windows machine and I see that I can launch the configuration screen of Ekos, but before I go further and add the RPI, can anyone confirm that this will work ?

I am aware that I could use virtualbox but would like to avoid that.

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Yannic Delisle thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic PA mouse cursor 2 months ago
Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' PA mouse cursor' in the forum. 2 months ago

After multiple successful run with INDI/Ekos I have one small issue that is bugging me

When doing the PA routine (when you are nomad you have to do that a lot) at one point you have to click on a star to move the correction vector. The mouse cursor is almost invisible. It is some kind of grey cross on a grey background, I have to click multiple time at random to get a sens where the cursor is and then work by iteration until I reach the chosen star for the correction.

Also, the cursor is not the regular mouse cursor on the desktop, so changing the desktop cursor has no effect.

Just to show my point, there is a cursor in this picture ... but where ??



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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Solver fails consistently' in the forum. 3 months ago

I am no dev and this could be completely irrelevant but it would be a shame not to report this if in the end it was relevant ...

So I was looking at Astrometry GitHb and saw that the release 0.67 (which is the current one I get from the ppa) as this note :

@dstndstn dstndstn released this on 25 Jan 2016 · 279 commits to master since this release
only minor changes since 0.66; tagging this release to pick up new python API calls for WCS parsing from fitsio headers.

I could not help notice that it mentions WCS so ... Please humour me, maybe it is nothing but I thougth I should raise a flag.

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Solver fails consistently' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thank you for your answer.

(1) "The -O option is required in Ekos since the -o option overwrites the previous solution files and if that were not included"

-> what I meant is that when I open the "edit solver options" the checkbox for the -O is not cheked, yet the option appears in the option line. This is odd and I was wondering if this is to be expected, maybe some kind of refresh needs to happen ?

(2) "Astrometry.net has lots of capabilities and options, no Ekos does not have all of them built in as checkboxes but they can still be used"

-> that is nice to know :) While I was poking around I noticed that the infobox on the "custom" field in the Solver options says : "additional optional astrometry.net options" so that settles it :)

I have to say that the more I learn about Ekos/Kstars the more impressed I am ... I think I am a bit of pain asking so many pointed questions but I need to know a lot of the details as I will train some club members on it in a couple of weeks and I'm sure I will be bombarded with the same kind of questions...

Thank you for taking the time to reply !

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Solver fails consistently' in the forum. 3 months ago

Is Ekos solver using astrometry engine (same as AstroTortilla) ? Because I see a couple of switches that AstroTortilla uses that are not used in Ekos

For exemple :

--sigma 1 : defines the noise tolerance in analysing your captured image for plate solving

-r : sort the stars in order of brightest first, therefore allowing to optimise the plate solving process as it starts with the brightest stars in your image

--objs 100 : to use a maximum of 100 stars for the plate solving (the developers generally recommend between 100 and 200 stars)

Also I noticed that -O and --no-plots are not checked in the "edit solver options" window but appear in the line [Options] under the "Solver Options" section is this by design ?

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Yannic Delisle thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic libgphoto2 PPA 3 months ago
Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Time confusion' in the forum. 3 months ago

This is a mistake of my own making!

The location was created by me and for some reason it did not retain the correct UT offset. I assumed wrongly that the UTC would be dynamically updated to the Country field the same as when I click to a country in the list. I must have used a country with a -2 time offset to create a new location.

My bad!

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Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' Time confusion' in the forum. 3 months ago

I've setup the location in Kstar and I find that the time does not match the time of my computer (real time). The time given for my location is UTC -2



In the screen shot I can see that the computer time (actual time) is 2:47am the UTC is set to 00:47 (so -2 hours) and the LT is set to 23:47



I am quite confused!

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'stupid question on DC focuser / stepper and autofocus' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hello

I did some tests and you are right, the autofocus was working with my DC focuser. The only issue I had was that the movement of the focuser were way to long, moving an inch inward and outward each time so I could never get it to focus properly.

I would guess that this has to do with the value I use in the setup of the driver. Could you tell me which value you use to see if I am way off ? This would help me clarify a bit what value I should put in "ticks" and "steps"

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'libgphoto2 PPA' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hello Jasem,

Could you explain the rational behind this ? Do we now have to use this PPA for all installation or is it something that was put out just for those who need it ?

Thanks

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'stupid question on DC focuser / stepper and autofocus' in the forum. 4 months ago

Thanks for your answer :)

I went through the documentation (should have done that first!... RTFM as they say) and you are correct about DC focuser are supported.

"While Ekos Focus Module support relative focusers, it is highly recommended to use absolute focusers."

and the documentation lists the difference between the types of focuser:

- Absolute: Absolute Position Focusers such as RoboFocus, MoonLite..etc
- Relative: Relative Position Focusers
- Simple Focusers: DC/PWM focusers with no position feedback

There is a little catch for DC focuser : "For absolute and relative focusers, the step size is in units of ticks and for simple DC focusers, the step size is in milliseconds"

Right now, I focus manually using a bathinov mask, so, if I understand correctly, I could use the autofocus module and rely on the Half-Flux-Radius (HFR) method and ditch the bathinov mask ? I plan to set the focuser to an already "close to focus" position and let the autofocus module refine the focus. Does that make sens ?

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Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' stupid question on DC focuser / stepper and autofocus' in the forum. 4 months ago

I am a bit confused regarding the autofocus module.

I own a HitecAstro DC focus which is has a "relative" motor (??) does that prevent me from using autofocus ? I do not understand the relation between the "autofocus module" method and needing to have a stepper motor... Could someone help me clarify this ? I think I am mixing a couple of concept there ;)

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