Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Image Autoguiding' in the forum. yesterday

Awesome, sounds great!

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Image Autoguiding' in the forum. yesterday

2s per frame on a good computer running a test is a long time, considering all the other stuff that the computer must be doing for imaging and considering you want to guide with a rate faster than once per second. Also remember that many willl be using a powerful computer, but one of the things that makes KStars/Ekos so powerful is that you can now run the entire thing off just a raspberry pi 3 with no external computer running.

That being said, you are very correct about what you said about opimization and about using a compiled rather than an interpreted language, etc. I bet those times will improve. I particularly like what you said about using the graphics card and the fft library for the calculations to speed it up. If we can get the algorithm to solve at 30 frames per second on a raspberry pi, I think there is no problem at all.

Also, as long as we keep the option to guide with a star, I dont think we need to worry too much about it not working fast enough for all computers right away.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Image Autoguiding' in the forum. yesterday

I was just looking over his paper and code. I definitely like it. I think it could make guiding more accurate and easier to do. One concern I have though is the number of calculations that have to take place for each guiding image shift. I saw that he used floats, not doubles, which helps. But wow, there are a lot of steps to get the shift involving 3D arrays and of course FFT calculations. Could this cause problems for some less powerful systems?

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Takito Nagai thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Ekos on Mac OS X ? 1 week ago
Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Help with solving' in the forum. 1 week ago

Does it immediately say the solver failed, or did it run through the index files first? Do you have it set to verbose so that you can see? If it immediately says it failed, then you probably either have the wrong setting for fits2fits or maybe the path to the drivers is not set correctly. If it runs through the index files, i would see if you have the right index files for solving the image. Look at which one the online solver used to solve it, do you have that file?

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Actually, we are discussing right now about possibly getting more xml files in there by default

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Ok, for right now, the easiest way would be for you to copy and paste this into your favorite text editor and save it as indi_shoestring.xml

<!--?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?-->
<driversList>
<devGroup group="Focusers">
<device label="Shoestring Astronomy FCUSB">
<driver name="FCUSB Focuser">indi_fcusb_focuser</driver>
<version>1.1</version>
</device>
</devGroup>
</driversList>

Then once you do that, copy and paste the file into KStars.app/Contents/MacOS/indi
If you don't know how to get into the app, just right click on it and select "show package contents"

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Jasem Mutlaq thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Ekos on Mac OS X ? 1 week ago
Jasem Mutlaq thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Ekos on Mac OS X ? 1 week ago
Jasem Mutlaq thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Ekos on Mac OS X ? 1 week ago
Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Yes, it's because the cloud makers driver is built into their indi server app. I believe that is a driver we cannot bundle into kstars because it is their own proprietary driver, but as I said before, we can include an xml file in kstars and you could connect to the indiserver on the pi or to the cloudmakers indiserver if you want to run the fcusb on your mac. You can copy the xml file in there yourself, or I should be able to get it in there by next week sometime.

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Takito Nagai thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Ekos on Mac OS X ? 1 week ago
Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Actually, one thing that I would like to do is get more xml files into the OS X app. I know the SBIG xml file needs to get in there. I use my SBIG with KStars all the time, hosted using a remote indiserver from my Raspberry Pi. Right now I have to copy and paste the XML file in there. It should be copied in automatically. So yes, if there are any other XML files that need to get in there, please let me know. I will work on getting more XML files into the App.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 1 week ago

I am confused by your post. You mention sudo apt-get install, which is an Ubuntu installation method, then you mention cloud makers OS X INDI server. Are you using OS X or are you using Ubuntu? Are you hosting an INDI server on one OS and then trying to access it with a client on another? I am just not sure which you mean. My best guess from what you said is that you are running an indi server on a Mac and are trying to connect to it from an Ubuntu system?

Regardless, if your goal is to connect KStars/Ekos to a remote INDI server that is currently hosting an FCUSB device, you just need to have the XML file for for the FCUSB driver (Called indi_shoestring.xml) on the client machine. You don't actually have to have the driver fully installed on the client machine. The XML file needs to be placed in the INDI Drivers Directory. Where that directory is depends on what operating system you are using to run KStars.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 1 week ago

I think we should get the dotted lines patch I just sent in there and we should get the driver loading issue that Sean pointed out fixed before we officially post this dmg. Please let me know if there are any other issues.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 1 week ago

rlancaste wrote: I should note, one issue I know about is that sometimes the dotted lines on the alignment graph do not look nice or even vanish entirely. This is very strange and may be an issue with QCustomPlot rather than with KStars. The lines on the plot always look perfectly fine, its just the points in the dotted lines. They are generated the same way too, that is what I don't understand. If anybody knows why it does this please let me know.


Never mind about this, I think I just found the solution. It is due to a known bug in QCustomPlot. According to this forum it can be solved with setScatterSkip(0); I tried it and I think the odd behavior may have stopped. I will send this patch to Jasem.

www.qcustomplot.com/index.php/support/forum/1239

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Exciting new tool in Ekos for Mount Modelling' in the forum. 1 week ago

Oh, I forgot to post the more scientific and interesting ones I did. Keeping a constant DEC and changing the RA and then keeping a constant RA and changing the DEC. The patterns are much more clear. Note that the wizard cannot generate these points. I had to enter them manually. The reason is because for the constant RA version, you would not really want that because I think most mounts want a change in RA for building their pointing models. For the constant DEC version, you could do part of the circle but not the whole thing due to the fact that most of these points are below the horizon. The simulator is the only thing I know that can image below the horizon.



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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Here is an example of the new tools in action.



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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 1 week ago

I should note, one issue I know about is that sometimes the dotted lines on the alignment graph do not look nice or even vanish entirely. This is very strange and may be an issue with QCustomPlot rather than with KStars. The lines on the plot always look perfectly fine, its just the points in the dotted lines. They are generated the same way too, that is what I don't understand. If anybody knows why it does this please let me know.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Hey guys, I just built a new DMG. This includes quite a few improvements & changes to both INDI and KStars.

Sean you were absolutely right about the drivers list not being updated after you either click the Internal driver button or when you change the path to the INDI drivers in the options. The issue has not been fixed yet, but I think I know which classes to make the changes in. I tried last night, but it didn't work perfectly yet, we will need to work on it a little more.

Possibly the biggest improvements in this DMG are related to a project I have been working on for the past 2 weeks, which you probably already know about if you have been following the INDI forum. I created two big additions in the Align module. First, I created a graph that plots the error in all the solutions and a table that keeps track of all of the solutions with their respective errors. This can be exported to a CSV file which you can then open in programs like Excel or Numbers. Second. I created an automatic mount modeling tool, so that you can put in a bunch of SkyPoints that you would like to use for your mount to build its pointing model, and then automatically run through the list, solving all of the points which will then be plotted in the graph while at the same time making your mount pointing more accurate. I put in several ways to build your alignment points list, including combo boxes you can use to select named stars, a Find tool you can use to insert any object in the kstars database or from the internet, and a wizard you can use to automatically generate the points in a pattern.

Another pretty big improvement in INDI is the ability of INDI to scan for the appropriate serial ports for your equipment. One big complaint some users had was that the ports were kind of obscure and hard to discover. For example, my Moonlite focuser's port on my Mac is /dev/cu.usbserial-A501T0P6. Finding that out was NOT easy if you did not know how to find it. Now KStars/INDI can automatically find the port.

There are lots of other improvements too. Jasem has labeled this KStars 2.7.6 as a result.

KStars For Mac 2.7.6

Please Test,

Thanks,

Rob

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