John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Yes. I switched the hand controllers between the mounts and the problem stayed with the SmartEQ. I am open to the possibility that something could be wrong with the SmartEQ, but that would not explain why I had the same problems on both mounts before upgrading the firmware. The only thing I can think of related to that is that the ZEQ25 had firmware updates for the HC, RA and DEC motors and those were all applied. The SmartEQ only had the update for the HC. Apparently the firmware on the RA and DEC motors on that model are not upgradeable. Even though I would like to get this fixed for everyone else, it's not going to be much of an issue for me going forward as I will be getting rid of the SmartEQ and I am upgrading the ZEQ25 to the CEM25 with the upgrade kit so it will not likely rear it's head again for me after that. I will try the SmartEQ again on my Mac kstars install to see if the problems persist. I have tried so many different cables now I am confusing myself. :)

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

I can confirm now that the problem only seems to be with the SmartEQ mount since I completed the upgrade. Perhaps that little mount just isn't as robust and can't keep up with the way Ekos is communicating with it. I wouldn't ever plan to use that mount for guiding purposes anyway so I don't think it's a show stopper. It would be nice to explain the timeout and byte count errors, but I am not sure we have to lose a lot of sleep over it at this time.

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

I did think about that. I used two different USB to serial cables and had similar results for both of them. Interestingly enough last night the ZEQ25 seemed to work ok. I am going to try the SmartEQ again today and see how it goes. They are running the same firmware on the hand controllers now. Perhaps the new firmware fixed the ZEQ25 but not the SmartEQ. I hate problems that just fix themselves. It makes me think it can come back without warning.

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Jasem,

Here is the log file. I noticed it failed to slew to NGC869 when I tried several times. That object is circumpolar and I am not sure why it failed to slew to it. I went to M74 and back to home position. It did corkscrew my mount pretty badly when I went to M74 and I would have almost certainly had an OTA/Mount crash if I had an OTA on it. I wasn't paying attention to where it was in the sky. I just wanted to slew to an object for the log data. I can try these same tests and logs on my ZEQ25 if you think it will help isolate this. They are exhibiting the same behavior so I suspect it's the same issue. To be clear, the mount does ultimately respond, but it seems to have difficulty communicating with it. I suspect if I were guiding it would be problematic, but it seems to work through it for slewing. Plate solving sometimes would abort as well due to the communication issue.

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

I can do that. Is there some additional logging other than mount logging you would like?

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Jasem,

I apologize. I have never had to do debug logging in kstars before. I turned on verbose logging, connected and slewed to M42 and back to home. I then disconnected. I saw quite a few errors in the status window, but it did complete the slews.

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

I am not sure if this helps or not, but it seems that the driver is unable to set longitude from the SmartEQ. I haven't confirmed this with the ZEQ25 but suspect that will be the case there too.

2018-04-13T01:10:23: [ERROR] Only received #10 bytes, expected 7.
2018-04-13T01:10:22: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-13T01:10:17: [ERROR] Only received #10 bytes, expected 7.
2018-04-13T01:10:17: [ERROR] Failed to set longitude.[/color]
2018-04-13T01:10:17: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-13T01:10:12: [INFO] Time and date updated.
2018-04-13T01:10:11: [INFO] Device configuration saved.
2018-04-13T01:10:11: [INFO] Saving device configuration...
2018-04-13T01:10:11: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-13T01:10:06: [ERROR] Only received #10 bytes, expected 7.
2018-04-13T01:10:05: [INFO] Device configuration applied.
2018-04-13T01:10:05: [ERROR] Failed to set longitude.
2018-04-13T01:10:05: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-13T01:10:00: [INFO] Loading device configuration...
2018-04-13T01:10:00: [INFO] Mount is unparked.
2018-04-13T01:10:00: [INFO] Mount UTC offset is 0.37. UTC time is 2000-07-30T23:37:59
2018-04-13T01:10:00: [INFO] iOptron SmartEQ is online.

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

In case you were wanting logs from the ekos menu.....

2018-04-12T21:37:39: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-12T21:37:34: [ERROR] Failed to set longitude.
2018-04-12T21:37:34: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-12T21:37:29: [INFO] Time and date updated.
2018-04-12T21:37:28: [INFO] Device configuration saved.
2018-04-12T21:37:28: [INFO] Saving device configuration...
2018-04-12T21:37:28: [INFO] Device configuration applied.
2018-04-12T21:37:28: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-12T21:37:23: [ERROR] Failed to set longitude.
2018-04-12T21:37:23: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-12T21:37:18: [INFO] Loading device configuration...
2018-04-12T21:37:18: [INFO] Mount is unparked.
2018-04-12T21:37:18: [INFO] Mount UTC offset is 0.20. UTC time is 1999-12-30T23:48:00
2018-04-12T21:37:18: [INFO] iOptron SmartEQ is online.

After that, just sitting there idling at home position yields these constantly:
2018-04-12T21:40:21: [ERROR] Only received #10 bytes, expected 7.
2018-04-12T21:40:20: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-12T21:40:15: [ERROR] Only received #10 bytes, expected 7.
2018-04-12T21:40:14: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-12T21:40:09: [ERROR] Only received #10 bytes, expected 7.
2018-04-12T21:40:08: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-12T21:40:03: [ERROR] Only received #10 bytes, expected 7.
2018-04-12T21:40:01: [ERROR] Timeout error

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

I am not sure what you mean by mount log in this case. I went to the link and I do have the following firmwares:

ZEQ25 GT 8408 2013 V1.4 V150302,N/A,V150302
SmartEQ/SmartEQ Pro 8408 2013 V1.4 V150302,N/A,N/A

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

They are definitely different versions of firmware yes.

Go2Nova 8408 hand controller firmware (V150302)

That is the latest version avalable for the ZEQ25GT and SmartEQ. Prior to today, both were running 140219. I can check with iOptron to see if I can upgrade to a later code. I will gladly do so if that fixes this issue.

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

On a hunch, I connected the SmartEQ mount up to my mac and fired up kstars there. It seemed to do a lot better on that connection even though I did get one timeout in the time I tried.

Version info:
Mac KStars
Version 2.9.3

My linux version is updated to the latest version
2018-04-11T16.32.28Z

I am not sure what differences have been incorporated into the iOptron SmartEQ/ZEQ25 drivers between those two versions, but it is definitely NOT stable for me now.

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

No dice. I still get the same errors after upgrading the firmware. The CEM60 driver does not work with my SmartEQ either.

2018-04-12T20:18:34: [ERROR] Only received #10 bytes, expected 7.
2018-04-12T20:18:33: [ERROR] Failed to set longitude.
2018-04-12T20:18:33: [ERROR] Timeout error

Those just keep popping up repeatedly in the logs and the mount it intermittent to respond. This was the exact same behavior I got with my ZEQ25GT last night in the field. I highly doubt that 2 mounts, controllers, head units and serial cables are all bad. No combination of those cables has mad a difference.

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John S. replied to the topic 'iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Both of my handsets are 8408's. I can try the CEM60 and see if that makes a difference. I did just update the firmware on the controller to the latest version in case that may have been the issue. Testing that first and I will try the CEM60 after that.

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John S. created a new topic ' iOptron SmartEQ and ZEQ25GT connectivity problems.' in the forum. 1 month ago

I decided to pull out my iOptron SmartEQ Pro and ZEQ25GT mounts to do some light work while controlling the mounts via INDI. I know this worked properly before, but this time, I ended up having lots of communication problems. I tried multiple cables, hand controllers and USB to Serial adapters and the logs continuously received messages like this:

2018-04-12T18:42:33: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-12T18:42:28: [ERROR] Only received #10 bytes, expected 7.
2018-04-12T18:42:27: [ERROR] Timeout error
2018-04-12T18:42:22: [ERROR] Only received #10 bytes, expected 7.

During these errors, the mount would not respond properly. Does anyone have any idea why this could be happening with these two iOptron mounts?

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John S. replied to the topic 'Re:Plate Solving offset for secondary camera?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Yeah. I don't figure there is going to be too much of a difference the way I have this mounted. I haven't tested it with an OTA on it yet. I think it will probably work fine and the object should be in the field as long as I don't have it skewed. The little CCD lens gives me about a 7x5.5 degree field of view with the SSAG hooked up to it. As long as I got it somewhat straight, I should have the object in the field of view in the LX200 or so close to it that a nudge would get it there.

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John S. created a new topic ' Plate Solving offset for secondary camera?' in the forum. 2 months ago

All,

I will start off by admitting that what I am doing is probably not common in any way. I have a tablet running Kstars/INDI/Ekos and I have a mount and OTA that I intend to use primarily use for visual. I had a spare Starshoot autoguider that I connected to a 6-60mm f1-1.6 CCTV lens that I picked up for $20. I mounted the works into a vixen dovetail clamp and want to put the thing on top of my 8" LX200 that I use for visual. My intent is to control the mount and plate solve (maybe even guide if I want to stay on an object a while) using the SSAG. Since the SSAG would be on a slightly different axis than the main OTA, my plate solving in the SSAG wouldn't necessarily mean that the object is centered on the LX200 field of view. I am wondering if there are any settings to adjust the plate solving so that it could account for this difference. Does anyone have any ideas on this one?

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John S. replied to the topic 'Increasing max CCD Simulator size?' in the forum. 2 months ago

8192x8192 is plenty. I thought is was maxed at 4096x4096.

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John S. replied to the topic 'Increasing max CCD Simulator size?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Is there any way to modify this without having to change the source code and compiling?

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