Alex Varakin created a new topic ' Ekos unable to connect to phd2' in the forum. 4 months ago

I am running the latest bleeding version of KStars and Ekos.
Ekos is unable to connect to phd2 because looks like INDI profile does not save the port of phd2.
I enter port number 4400 and save the profile, but then I open profile for editing again, I see port as 0.
Obviously Ekos is unable to connect to phd2 with port 0 and thus connect fails.

Alex

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Alex Varakin replied to the topic 'New INDI client CCDciel for astrophoto sessions' in the forum. 1 year ago

I have done a couple of successful sessions with ccdciel running on RasPI 3 and so far I am very happy with how it works.
I like that it has very simple interface with just one window and image preview is in the same window.
The best part is that so far it is very stable and has not crashed a single time, whereas Ekos/Kstars were crashing every session.
I also like that it integrates nicely with SkyChart and at the same time it is not one huge monolithic program.

I ran into issues with plate solving, where for some reason ccdciel was incorrectly guessing resolution scale due to binning, which was causing plate solving to fail.
For now, I resolved this problem by getting the source and compiling it after changing it to do blind solving without all the optimizations.
Also internal star detection algorithm was not very good at detecting stars for different images I used for plate solving, which I solved by providing parameter --use-sextractor.
After these two changes were done, plate solving works very reliably and fairly fast - about 30 seconds in total.

Patrick,
If you are reading this, congratulations on creating a great image capturing software, which does not try to do everything but does one task very well!
Also, I think that allowing user to select blind solving and addition of --use-sextractor to parameters would greatly help with improving reliability of plate solving.
I started working on enhancements, described above, if you are interested in incorporating them into project, I can provide a patch.

Alex

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Alex Varakin created a new topic ' Problem with guiding calibration' in the forum. 1 year ago

I am having intermittent issues with guiding calibration using internal guiding, where mount does not receive calibration signals.
It happens once in a while, approximately 1/3 of sessions. It is "fixed" by restarting kstars.
I do not see any messages in the log window of mount during calibration when I have this issue. If calibration works, then I see messages.

Here is my equipment:

Atlas via EQMOD
ST8300M CCD
DIY Arduino focuser
SX filter wheel
DSI guider
10 port powered USB hub
Ubuntu 16.04
Kstars version - 1 week old build from source

Alex

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Alex Varakin replied to the topic 'Now the offline plate solver is not working for me' in the forum. 1 year ago

What happens with new builds of astrometry if --no-fits2fits is passed - does it crash?
As a workaround, would it be possible to allow user to configure command line params for "Load and Slew"?

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Alex Varakin replied to the topic 'Now the offline plate solver is not working for me' in the forum. 1 year ago

I had exactly the same issue.
I fixed it by adding --no-fits2fits to command line.
In my case I had the issue with "Load and Slew" which does not have settings for configuring the command line, so I had to change the source code and recompile the program.
I am glad that I spent a cloudy night fetching the source code and compiling the program, so fixing this issue took few minutes this clear night B)

Alex

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