Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'NGC Objects Thumbnails for object planner?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Hmm, yeah at the moment I am still working on the whats interesting window. I don't think the qml files and related items install properly on all systems. It should be docked in the side of the main window by default, but can be taken out of the docked location. It has been a part of kstars for a long time but had no images and very few objects or descriptions My focus so far has been primarily on enhancing the images, descriptions, lists, layout, and functions of the window. I havent even looked at how it gets installed yet.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'NGC Objects Thumbnails for object planner?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Yes I think that's the problem then, it changed a couple of times since then. You can try downloading that file and copying and pasting it in there.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'NGC Objects Thumbnails for object planner?' in the forum. 1 week ago

In your data directory you should have a folder called tools, in it should be what's interesting and in that folder should be wiview.qml. Please check that this file is the most recent version. I suspect it might not have been copied properly on your system.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'NGC Objects Thumbnails for object planner?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Ok. Here is what the same object currently looks like in the whats interesting view on my computer now. My thumbnail probably came from google images, I don't remember now. But I am planning to make some improvements in the image downloader as a part of this upgrade. Good sources for images are important. A bulk download might be a good approach but if you have a good method/source for getting images, I could include that for people that want to download one or two but not all.



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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'NGC Objects Thumbnails for object planner?' in the forum. 1 week ago

This sounds very good. I have been working on improving the "what's interesting" view in kstars and could really use some images for Ngc objects. Larger than 200 and smaller than 1000 pixels per side would be good for that view. Somewhere in the middle (500ish?) would be very good. A download of all would be good but being able to programmatically download them would be good too.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos Polar Align vs Polemaster' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

This one worked for me. You could get something similar. . .

smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KV9TQXM/r...04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos Polar Align vs Polemaster' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Do you think binning the image would help with download time?

Also, for the download time, i found that sometimes i was getting really long download times. I finally tracked it down to a poor signal on my raspberry pi 3's wifi. I got an external dongle and the speed and reliability of the connection improved dramatically.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Several things have happened in the past week.

I corrected a problem with the Gphoto driver build on OS X. By accident, it wasn't included when otool redirected the paths to files in frameworks.
ZWO ASI driver now builds natively in KStars for OS X.
We corrected the problem where several remote drivers that are available for remote use were not listed (like the post by T-Studio).
We directed the user to relaunch kstars if they change their driver directory correcting an observation Sean Houghton made a few weeks ago.

And I just updated the documentation on the OS X KStars page so the instructions are up to date:

github.com/jamiesmith/kstars-on-osx

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Image Autoguiding' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Awesome, sounds great!

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Image Autoguiding' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

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. 4 weeks ago

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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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Help with solving' in the forum. 1 month 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 month 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 month 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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