Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Ekos solver only solving the first image?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Oh and something I forgot to mention as well. In the Capture tab under Ekos, I have weird numbers in the Frame section. W is 5616, which it should be, but H is -1524852282, where it should say 3744. I double checked in the INDI settings and I have the right values so I'm not sure what the problem is.

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Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Ekos solver only solving the first image?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Usually I capture images in native format (.cr2). In that case, my files are 5616 x 3744 pixels, which correspond to the maximul resolution of my camera.

However, I also captures a couple of .fits files, and just realised that some of my fits files have slightly different resolution (4365 x 2910). I'm unsure why. I'm testing now INDI with just gPhoto driver, captured two images, one fit and one raw, and both of them have the same resolution, 5616 x 3744.

On the INDI gPhoto control panel - Image Settings tab, I have the correct Width and Height, while Top and Left are both 0. On the Image Info files, same Width and Height, Pixel X, Y and size is 8.20um, bits per pixel is 8 (I tried to set it to 14, which is the correct number, but it doesn't want to change). Note that on the Image Info tab, I sometimes find a different value for Width and Height: 5634 x 3753, which is above my camera's max resolution.

Also, when I open one of my .cr2 files in PixInsight, it tells me this:

Thumb size: 5616 x 3744
Full size: 5792 x 3804
Image size: 5634 x 3753
Output size: 5634 x 3753
Note that apart from Thumb size, all those values are above my camera's max resolution.

I'm trying again at the observatory tonight, so I'm gonna keep a close look at my files resolutions.

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Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Ekos solver only solving the first image?' in the forum. 1 week ago

That's odd, I always 'apt update & apt upgrade' before observing nights. On the Help menu of Kstars, it says I'm using version 2.8.7, Build: 2017-11-09T12:28:19Z, which I thought was the last one!

My camera pixel shift is 8.20 um. I did install 4200 index files through the astrometry Debian packages available on Synaptic.

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Adrien Barrajon created a new topic ' Ekos solver only solving the first image?' in the forum. 1 week ago

Hi all,

I'm having problems with the Astrometry.net solver in Ekos, while trying both online and offline methods. It usually works perfectly fine on the first image I try in a session, and in less than 5s, but then nothing. On any following image, the solver (both online and offline) will work endlessly without finding a solution. I even tried solving twice in a row the same field ("capture & solve" with the sync option, and "capture & solve" immediately again without moving the telescope) and it didn't work. However, if I disconnect my devices, stop INDI, close Kstars, and restart everything, my first image will solve again in less than 5 seconds.

I attached the log I have for that night but couldn't find anything relevant in it. The options passed by Ekos to the solver are "-O --no-plots --no-verify --resort --no-fits2fits --downsample 2 -L 19.3223 -H 26.6952 -u aw -3 119.209 -4 -90 -5 30". I'm using gPhoto driver (for a Canon EOS 5d Mk II) and Celestron NexStar driver (for a CGE Pro mount). The telescope has a long focal length (3950mm) so my FOV is pretty small.

When the first image is solved, the solver tells me to update the FL to around 5600mm, which I did even if it sounds weird (far from the announced FL, not sure why), but it didn't help. I also checked that the solver options update when the telescope is moved, which they do fine.

So I'm a bit out of options now. Does anyone have an idea of what I could try to troubleshoot this?

Thanks

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Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Support for Apogee Alta U47?' in the forum. 3 months ago

So I tried again today after upgrading INDI and Apogee driver and I'm getting the same issue. Here is the log update:

INFO	0.063757 sec	: Session log file /home/tan/.indi/logs/2017-09-01/indi_apogee_ccd/indi_apogee_ccd_12:54:37.log
INFO	1.246531 sec	: Attempting to find Apogee CCD...
ERROR	1.519568 sec	: Error opening camera: libapogee:/build/libapogee3-upZIm_/libapogee3-3.0.3234+r3367~201708311716~ubuntu16.04.1/libapogee/linux/GenOneLinuxUSB.cpp(476):UsbRequestIn failed with error -9.  RequestCode = c2 : Index = 0 : Value = 2:1
INFO	23.154595 sec	: Attempting to find Apogee CCD...
ERROR	23.166990 sec	: Error getting USB address: libapogee:/build/libapogee3-upZIm_/libapogee3-3.0.3234+r3367~201708311716~ubuntu16.04.1/libapogee/linux/GenOneLinuxUSB.cpp(72):failed to claim usb interface:0
INFO	24.750435 sec	: Attempting to find Apogee CCD...
ERROR	24.759876 sec	: Error getting USB address: libapogee:/build/libapogee3-upZIm_/libapogee3-3.0.3234+r3367~201708311716~ubuntu16.04.1/libapogee/linux/GenOneLinuxUSB.cpp(72):failed to claim usb interface:0
INFO	25.738597 sec	: Attempting to find Apogee CCD...
ERROR	25.749745 sec	: Error getting USB address: libapogee:/build/libapogee3-upZIm_/libapogee3-3.0.3234+r3367~201708311716~ubuntu16.04.1/libapogee/linux/GenOneLinuxUSB.cpp(72):failed to claim usb interface:0


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Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Support for Apogee Alta U47?' in the forum. 3 months ago

I'm using downloads/old-versions/apogee-driver-3.7.0-linux-x86.tgz.

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Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Support for Apogee Alta U47?' in the forum. 3 months ago

I edited the file and it didn't seem to solve the problem. I'm getting the same errors, which are:

2017-08-31T07:58:45: Error getting USB address: libapogee:/build/libapogee3-lQrGz5/libapogee3-3.0.3234+r3357~201708291059~ubuntu16.04.1/libapogee/GenOneLinuxUSB.cpp(72):failed to claim usb interface:0 
2017-08-31T07:58:45: Attempting to find Apogee CCD... 
2017-08-31T07:58:40: Error opening camera: libapogee:/build/libapogee3-lQrGz5/libapogee3-3.0.3234+r3357~201708291059~ubuntu16.04.1/libapogee/GenOneLinuxUSB.cpp(476):UsbRequestIn failed with error -9.  RequestCode = c2 : Index = 0 : Value = 2:1 
2017-08-31T07:58:40: Attempting to find Apogee CCD... 


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Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Support for Apogee Alta U47?' in the forum. 3 months ago

Correct. That's all there is in that file.

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Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Support for Apogee Alta U47?' in the forum. 3 months ago

The corresponding line says:

Bus 002 Device 013: ID 125c:0010 Apogee Inc, Alta series CCD

Is that what you're after?

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Adrien Barrajon created a new topic ' Support for Apogee Alta U47?' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hello,

I'm trying to run an Apogee Alta U47 camera with the Apogee INDI driver, but I can't connect to my camera. My error log shows this:

INFO	57.612979 sec	: Session log file /home/tan/.indi/logs/2017-08-19/indi_apogee_ccd/indi_apogee_ccd_17:21:49.log
INFO	60.934553 sec	: Attempting to find Apogee CCD...
ERROR	60.946968 sec	: Error getting USB address: libapogee:/build/libapogee3-4xzzLd/libapogee3-3.0.3234+r3288~201708051111~ubuntu16.04.1/libapogee/GenOneLinuxUSB.cpp(72):failed to claim usb interface:0

Is my CCD supported by this driver?

Thanks.

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Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Failing to control Celestron NexStar+ HC' in the forum. 5 months ago

Did work like a charm. Many thanks!

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Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Failing to control Celestron NexStar+ HC' in the forum. 5 months ago

This has to be the best ever support service. Thanks. I'm not at the observatory anymore so I'll check that out tomorrow.

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Adrien Barrajon created a new topic ' Failing to control Celestron NexStar+ HC' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hi all,

I've failed at controlling a Celestron CGE Pro mount through the NexStar HC. INDI logs attached. I'm using a laptop running Xubuntu 16.04 (Kstar/Ekos), and https://imgur.com/a/AE8hpthis set of cables .

I made multiple attempts, with different drivers - I have debug logs for eqmod and celestron_nexstar. The way I proceed is: turn on the telescope, align it, connect the cables, start INDI.

EQmod wasn't really able to connect to the mount. NexStar was more promising: it connects, but that's all. Impossible to move the telescope, or modify anything in the settings. I tried to update the time and location on the INDI settings panel, but it fails (it updates time, but loses it about 30s later, and refuses to update location).

I also noticed that everytime I connect NexStar driver, the HC freezes and becomes completely unresponsive. Not sure why. Even after I disconnect INDI, HC refuses to do anything (screen is frozen on whatever it was showing last). Only way is to hard-turn off and on the mount, and redo alignment.

I'm starting to have a decent history of failing to control mounts... Tried with a SynScan-controlled EQ-8, Celestron CGE, and a Losmandy. I remember, a few months ago, having some sucess with the CGE Pro Mount, I think using the nexstar driver. But nothing tonight... Please help! Am I cursed? Or just stupid?

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Adrien Barrajon replied to the topic 'Struggling with SynScan on a Skywatcher Pro EQ-8' in the forum. 5 months ago

Thank you for the fast answer.

I tried again yesterday night, with what I believe are the latest drivers, and I had the same problems. I activated "debug mode" in the driver option before trying to connect, result found below.

First try was with PC Direct Mode, second try without PC Direct Mode. My indi-eqmod package is # 0.3+r3151~201706291025~ubuntu16.04.1.

First try:

INFO	22.607966 sec	: Session log file /home/tan/.indi/logs/2017-06-29/indi_eqmod_telescope/indi_eqmod_telescope_12:45:28.log
ERROR	45.248773 sec	: Error:  -> tty read failed, check connection: Timeout error
WARNING	45.248866 sec	: Communication with /dev/ttyUSB0 @ 9600 failed. Starting Auto Search...
ERROR	60.256949 sec	: Error:  -> tty read failed, check connection: Timeout error

Second try:
INFO	13.213760 sec	: Session log file /home/tan/.indi/logs/2017-06-29/indi_eqmod_telescope/indi_eqmod_telescope_12:46:38.log
ERROR	32.246964 sec	: Error:  -> tty read failed, check connection: Timeout error
WARNING	32.247023 sec	: Communication with /dev/ttyUSB0 @ 9600 failed. Starting Auto Search...
ERROR	47.258899 sec	: Error:  -> tty read failed, check connection: Timeout error

Seems like there isn't much information in those log files... I'll keep on trying regularly with a Skywatcher EQ-8 Pro mount and a Celestron CGE Pro mount. I haven't used the Celestron in a while but from what I remember it worked fine with INDI, using indi-synscan.

Thanks

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Adrien Barrajon created a new topic ' Struggling with SynScan on a Skywatcher Pro EQ-8' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hi all,

I'm struggling while trying to control a Skywatcher Pro EQ-8 mount. My setup is laptop (Xubuntu 16.04 with Kstars/EKOS) > USB cable > USB to serial DB9 adapter > serial DB9 cable that ends with a plug that looks like a small RJ45, that I plug in the bottom of the SynScan handcontroller.

I made three tests, for which you'll find the logs below. First test: the telescope was running, aligned and observing, had been using with the handcontroller before. I plugged my cables and started INDI. Second test: Same thing except that I went to 'PC Direct Mode' on the remote (Utility Functions > PC Direct Mode). Third test: telescope turned off, I plugged my cables, then turned on the telescope and started INDI.

All of those tests gave the same result: impossible to connect to the device. I tried with different "baud rates", in case, same problem. You'll find the Kstars logs below. I hope these are the right logs but they don't seem too verbose to me. When I try to retrieve the INDI logs with Kstars, I get an error: my ~/.indi/logs folder is empty. Not sure if that's normal...

I could do with some help!

Thanks,

Adrien

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Adrien Barrajon created a new topic ' Do I have the right cables to control an EQ-8?' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hi everyone,

I would like to control a Skywatcher EQ Pro (I believe it's an EQ-8) with EKOS. I tried connecting through the SynScan controller (Laptop > USB cable > USB to serial DB9 adapter > SynScan controller), but little success (SynScan INDI driver could not connect, some other drivers like lx200 could connect but gave no control). This failure may be the topic of another post.

So I would like now to try directly to the mount, I guess through the handcontroller port, which looks like RJ45. So I bought a DB9 to RJ45 cable, and a USB to serial adapter. I understand I also need an EQDirect box, that I will get soon. But I am just seeking confirmation here: do I have the right cables? I read http://eq-mod.sourceforge.net/eqdirect2.htmhere that wrong cables could damage your mount, so I want to make extra sure. Also, once I have all I need, what driver should I go for?

Side question: if one wanted to connect EKOS to a SynScan controller, what INDI driver would one chose? I guess the synscan driver is an obvious answer but since I couldn't get to run it... Just asking...

Many thanks,

Adrien

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