John S. created a new topic ' Obervation Planner > What's up Tonight Tool options' in the forum. 7 days ago

I would like the following additions to the Observation Planner > What's Up Tonight tool options.

1 - I would like the information window with the object name, rise, transit and set times to also include the magnitude and size of the object.

2 - I would like the option to set the times specifically for the objects displayed. i.e. if I am only going to be in the field from 2300 - 0400, I would like to be only shown objects that will be up during that time period.

3 - Another nice to have would be to only show objects of a minimum size or larger. I know some of the catalog objects are not showing the size or magnitude so those objects should probably default to being shown if these kind of filters are enabled.

On that note, how do we submit updates to that so they have the correct information? I have noticed several objects without either a size or magnitude setting and would like to correct those when I find them.

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John S. created a new topic ' Levenhuk T510 NG compatibility?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Does anyone know if the Levenhuk T510 NG planetary CMOS camera is compatible with INDI/Ekos? I haven't found anything specifically saying it works but I suspect it might work via the v4l driver stack.

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John S. replied to the topic 'kstars sound notifications not working in Linux Mint Cinnamon' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I didn't have the phonon4qt5-backend-vlc package installed. I installed that. At first it did not work, but it did work after I rebooted the machine. I think we are good to go on this one now. Is there a way to make that a required package so this doesn't bite someone else?

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John S. replied to the topic 'kstars sound notifications not working in Linux Mint Cinnamon' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

That is already installed on my system but the sounds are still not working in kstars. Any other ideas on this one?

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John S. replied to the topic 'kstars sound notifications not working in Linux Mint Cinnamon' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

The update I installed today did not seem to fix the sound notifications. I see that several sounds were set, but when you click the play button in the Configure Notifications selections it does not make any sound. Again, I know sound works on my Linux Mint system because I hear sounds from everything else. Is there anything you want me to try or check?

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John S. replied to the topic 'kstars sound notifications not working in Linux Mint Cinnamon' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Awesome. Once again I report something that's already being fixed. I am batting 1000. :)

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John S. created a new topic ' kstars sound notifications not working in Linux Mint Cinnamon' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Exactly as the description says, The sound notifications are not working in Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon edition. In fact, I have never heard a sound out of kstars on my Linux Mint installs. I know sound works on the system because I have startup sounds. I have no doubt I am missing something trivial like an underlying sound package that is required by the system or maybe an environment variable. Does anyone have any ideas on this?

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John S. replied to the topic 'EQMOD - Park and Home Position setting?' in the forum. 6 months ago

Thanks for the quick reply. My Sirius Pro mount has encoders that increment the DEC and RA values when you loosen the clutches and manually move the mount. I suspect that will skew things. I agree fully with always parking the mount as long as it doesn't 'pretzel' itself like it does currently. I am not sure if I saw the Park Options you mentioned in the tabs but there were quite a few EQMOD tabs. I will power the mount up later today and see if I can find that option.

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John S. created a new topic ' EQMOD - Park and Home Position setting?' in the forum. 6 months ago

I have an annoying issue (which I am almost certain is a settings problem and not a bug) with regards to the home and park positions on my Sirius Pro mount. Basically, I want the home and park positions to be with the counterweights down and the OTA pointed straight to the north. I connect to my Sirius Pro with the EQMOD adapter and drivers in Ekos. When I first start up, it seems like the mount is showing random coordinates. It could be the last object I slewed to, but I am not 100% certain there. It's probably because I don't currently park the mount before turning it off. My guess is that the mount uses it's last known coordinates as the coordinates it starts up with. Currently, if I park the mount, it ends up 'pretzeling' itself around the OTA. Fortunately it is not crashing the OTA or anything, but it's definitely doing wonky things when I park it.

My question is two fold
1 - How do I set the Home/Park position in the EQMOD options to counterweights down and OTQ pointing north?
2 - If I lose power or have to restart the mount, is there an easy way to tell the mount what it's approximate coordinates are when turning it back on so I don't have to do a bunch of work to get it back on track?

I suspect this is an easy problem to solve and I just haven't looked into the EQMOD options in Ekos enough to figure out what to set yet. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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John S. replied to the topic 'QHY PoleMaster' in the forum. 6 months ago

I am seriously considering getting a QHY Polemaster, but I do not want to have to boot to windows to do the polar alignment process if I can avoid it. Are you able to polar align with the Polemaster under Ekos? If so, how are you doing it? Secondly, I think it's outstanding that it can also work as a guide camera. That makes it even more appealing. I do have a question regarding guiding with it though. I have several different OTA's. Some are wide field (120mm refractor) and some are pretty long focal length (8" RC). Do you think the Polemaster would be able to effectively guide both of these OTA's on the same mount? What is the aperture and focal length of the Polemaster? Have you used it for plate solving as well?

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John S. replied to the topic 'ZWO ASI 1600MM-COOL gain settings?' in the forum. 7 months ago

I just checked under the control panel for my ZWO ASI1600 and there is no offset setting in there. The first three settings are Gain, Gamma, and Brightness Should I use 139, 50 and 21 for those three settings for the typical 'unity gain' settings for the 1600?

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John S. replied to the topic 'ZWO ASI 1600MM-COOL gain settings?' in the forum. 7 months ago

Thank you for the information. It was very helpful. Is there a functional reason these values can't be changed on the fly in the imaging tab? Don't get me wrong, it's not difficult to go to the control tab when I need to make these changes and to set defaults, but I would think it would be more user friendly to be able to change this in the image capture window and for running sequences of jobs. One practical example I can think of is there might be multiple jobs you run on different objects during the course of a night and there could indeed be a situation where the gain/gamma/offset need to be changed on the fly. If you have to make the changes globally in the control tab only then you don't have an 'on the fly' method of capturing with alternate settings. Perhaps this becomes more of a wish list item at this point.

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John S. replied to the topic 'ZWO ASI 1600MM-COOL gain settings?' in the forum. 7 months ago

I found a gain setting under the device options, but it doesn't look like this is settable in the imaging tab in Ekos. I also did not find any settings value at all for offset. I am new to CCD's as I have been using my Canon DSLR prior to this so I am very open to the fact that I could be just missing something.

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John S. created a new topic ' ZWO ASI 1600MM-COOL gain settings?' in the forum. 7 months ago

I recently purchased a ZWO ASI1600MM-COOL camera and have just now started trying to set it up with IND/Ekos. While the camera seems to connect and image just fine, I can't find any setting for adjusting the gain. Am I missing something?

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