Andrew replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Thank you it looks like a pretty interesting feature.
Would it be possible to implement lightspeed corrections? The delay Earth>Jupiter can be 33-53 minutes, enough time for features to be missed. The simulated view should account for that to match features we can see in the moment.
Presumably it should only require an ephemeris calculation to find the distance, divided by lightspeed to give the delay, then subtract that from the simulation time.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Ok, I got the images loaded. Now I have noticed that the face of the planets being presented is incorrect. I referred to Stellarium and the Mobile Observatory app on Android for comparison. Also simulating light speed is not enough to account for the discrepancy.
One other bug, when viewing a planet with Xplanet for the first time there is an error.

Loading of the image file:///*/*/*/*.png failed


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Andrew replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Where do the maps belong on Linux?

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I had not taken any additional steps that I can recall for installations.
I appears I had not installed xplanet, I have done so now. At this point it opens but the only thing displayed is a featureless orb.
What next? Is the a documentation page I can follow?

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Lubuntu 16.04

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Oh that is quite nice! Unfortunately when I try it I get an error

The configured Xplanet binary does not exist or is not executable.


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Andrew created a new topic ' Xplanet' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Simple question. What is Xplanet? It's purpose and function. I have not found documentation on it for KStars other than a sourceforge page by the same name.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'No complaint - just sharing a photo' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Beautiful! I am very jealous that you can see this so far overhead. It only rises to 20° for me.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Fixed order of tabs' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I second this request. It would be enough to be able to manually rearrange them too.

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I found buried in the settings: Options>EKOS>Scheduler> ͏͏▪Always Reset Guide Calibration͏͏
It was evidently a source of confusion for me. This option, while evidently important is not well presented IMHO. In this instance it is certainly not always going to be necessary for each mosaic task, given that they are in the same region of the sky. Perhaps it can be better implemented on the scheduler tab as an additional option with the guide step.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Could not open file /tmp/kstars/phd2.fits' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I saw this error last night and was one of the issues I noted here , it appeared with every second guide frame. Glad to see there is a fix coming for it.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'EQMOD gui installation' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

EQMOD GUI is an external application you have to run yourself from the system, then set it up to communicate with the INDI driver.
I have it installed, but frankly never use it.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'First trial of Scheduler/Mosaic... Am I doing something wrong?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I'm trying things with simulators. More or less the same process I went through the night before and it isn't giving me the same issue. So I'm at a bit of a loss as to why it wouldn't work with real equipment.

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Andrew created a new topic ' First trial of Scheduler/Mosaic... Am I doing something wrong?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Right off the bat, I don't generally use the scheduler. But I thought I had a fair understanding how it worked, and decided to attempt a trial with the mosaic feature last night. Primarily I saw it have issues with managing the guider.
I had no issues creating the mosaic jobs. So that part is fine, however issues arose as the scheduled tasks were progressing, and not necessarily because they belonged to a mosaic.
The job settings for my tests only included Track, Align, Guide. Start ASAP, without ALT or twilight constraints. Guiding external with PHD2 with auto-restore calibration.
Hitting play the schedule progressed through, Track, and Align. At Guide it read 'Guiding Started' and Calibration cleared. Reviewing PHD2 after a time I checked, PHD2 was connected but nothing was occuring. I went to the EKOS Guide tab, clicked on Guide, and saw it calibrate, begin guiding, then promptly begin capturing frames.

While capturing frames the progress did not show how many frames had been taken/left to take, it remained 0/2 until complete 2/2. However it would say 50% complete after first frame.
Onward to the next panel, I observer Track, and Align compleet properly once more. Followed by a repeat of the guiding behaviour. Including Cleared Calibration. Which means I had to repeat that time consuming step between jobs.

To Summarise

  • Guiding did not start without assistance.
  • Capture Progress not counting up.
  • Guide calibration reset on next job, not resuming without manual assistance

Thank you.

Attached is the log, and some curious excerpts.
While Guiding, every other frame showed "Could not open file /tmp/kstars/phd2.fits. Error could not open the named file"

[2018-07-29T04:49:47.482 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Current exposure time is 2000000.000000 us "
[2018-07-29T04:49:47.768 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] SetQHYCCDBinMode (1x1). "
[2018-07-29T04:49:47.769 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] SetQHYCCDResolution camroix 0 camroiy 0 camroiwidth 1280 camroiheight 1024 "
[2018-07-29T04:49:47.769 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Taking a 2 seconds frame... "
[2018-07-29T04:49:49.772 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Exposure done, downloading image... "
[2018-07-29T04:49:49.774 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Blocking read call. "
[2018-07-29T04:49:50.792 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - GPhoto CCD : "[DEBUG] Time left: 84998 ms "
[2018-07-29T04:49:51.961 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Blocking read call finished. "
[2018-07-29T04:49:51.962 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Download complete. "
[2018-07-29T04:49:51.963 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Uploading file. Ext: fits, Size: 1319040, sendImage? Yes, saveImage? No "
[2018-07-29T04:49:52.218 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Upload complete "
[2018-07-29T04:49:52.973 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Current exposure time is 2000000.000000 us "
[2018-07-29T04:49:53.083 EDT CRIT ][ org.kde.kstars.fits] - "Could not open file /tmp/kstars/phd2.fits. Error could not open the named file"
[2018-07-29T04:49:53.288 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] SetQHYCCDBinMode (1x1). "
[2018-07-29T04:49:53.289 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] SetQHYCCDResolution camroix 0 camroiy 0 camroiwidth 1280 camroiheight 1024 "
[2018-07-29T04:49:53.289 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Taking a 2 seconds frame... "
[2018-07-29T04:49:55.291 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Exposure done, downloading image... "
[2018-07-29T04:49:55.292 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Blocking read call. "
[2018-07-29T04:49:55.786 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - GPhoto CCD : "[DEBUG] Time left: 79998 ms "
[2018-07-29T04:49:57.478 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Blocking read call finished. "
[2018-07-29T04:49:57.479 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Download complete. "
[2018-07-29T04:49:57.479 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Uploading file. Ext: fits, Size: 1319040, sendImage? Yes, saveImage? No "
[2018-07-29T04:49:57.774 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - QHY CCD QHY5-M- : "[DEBUG] Upload complete "


While Aligning, I found one example of this:

[2018-07-29T04:33:00.506 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "Error: Invalid range for RA Steps (RAStepsCurrent). Valid range is from 0 to 1.67772e+07. Requested value is 4.29497e+09 "


GPhoto Warnings.

[2018-07-29T04:40:22.634 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - GPhoto CCD : "[DEBUG] Exposure complete "
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.610 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - GPhoto CCD : "[DEBUG] File added event completed. "
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.611 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - GPhoto CCD : "[DEBUG] Downloading image... Name: (capt0004.cr2) Folder: (/) Delete from SD card? (false) "
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.676 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - GPhoto CCD : "[DEBUG] Could not determine image size (Unspecified error) "
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.678 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadDirectory: Warning, Photometric tag is missing, assuming data is YCbCr."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.678 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: ""
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.692 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - GPhoto CCD : "[DEBUG] Capture target is INTERNAL RAM. "
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.693 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadDirectory: Warning, SamplesPerPixel tag is missing, applying correct SamplesPerPixel value of 3."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.694 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: OJPEGSubsamplingCorrect: Warning, Subsampling tag is not set, yet subsampling inside JPEG data [2,1] does not match default values [2,2]; assuming subsampling inside JPEG data is correct."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.694 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadCustomDirectory: Warning, Unknown field with tag 34864 (0x8830) encountered."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.694 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadCustomDirectory: Warning, Unknown field with tag 34866 (0x8832) encountered."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.694 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadCustomDirectory: Warning, Wrong data type 3 for \"PixelXDimension\"; tag ignored."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.694 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadCustomDirectory: Warning, Wrong data type 3 for \"PixelYDimension\"; tag ignored."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.695 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadCustomDirectory: Warning, Unknown field with tag 40965 (0xa005) encountered."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.695 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadCustomDirectory: Warning, Unknown field with tag 42032 (0xa430) encountered."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.695 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadCustomDirectory: Warning, Unknown field with tag 42033 (0xa431) encountered."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.695 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadCustomDirectory: Warning, Unknown field with tag 42034 (0xa432) encountered."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.695 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadCustomDirectory: Warning, Unknown field with tag 42036 (0xa434) encountered."
[2018-07-29T04:40:25.696 EDT DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - INDI Server: "2018-07-29T08:40:25: Driver indi_gphoto_ccd: TIFFReadCustomDirectory: Warning, Unknown field with tag 42037 (0xa435) encountered."



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Andrew replied to the topic 'KStars v2.9.7 is released!' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

What what OS? The local settings directory is not touched by KStars installations. Can you please edit your signature to include your equipment + OS as well?


I am using a Raspberry Pi, Lubuntu 16.04.
Signature updated.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'KStars v2.9.7 is released!' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

FYI. The update wiped clean my Wish List in the observation planner.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'How do I have EKOS upload images via ethernet to my Mac?' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Besides your rescinded request, I imagine it can be directed to a network drive location if you share the directory over the LAN.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Canon DSLR and video: Some questions' in the forum. 1 month ago

rlancasre: Canon DSLRs have only the one sensor for imaging and live view.
seescho: A DSLR's live view resolution is not representative of the full camera resolution. It is downsampled for display. Different models have different resolutions, but according to here the native resolution of the live view on a EOS 6D is 960x640.
Some models will have movie modes with 'digital zooms' that begin by sampling the central region of pixels of the sensor at, or close to 1:1. This is ideal for planerary recording. Further digital zoom settings however will not gain any additional detail, and it is a simple crop stretch. Here is a list of EOS 1:1 pixel support.
That should summarise your basic limitations. Bottom line is you can not capture a full frame at 1:1, but can with 'digital zoom' / 5x live view.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Issues with Orion Starshoot AutoGuider' in the forum. 1 month ago

I had an excellent session last night. Everything worked flawlessly. Although this issue with the Orion Star Shoot Autoguider remains.
I can avoid this issue for the most part by not aborting an exposure. But I have no such control when I stop a looping exposure such as in: The final steps of Polar alignment routine, Framing the camera.
Sometimes I am fortunate, and I stop it at the right moment between exposures. But usually I'm not so lucky and I must restart the INDI server.

As a workaround, could it be made so that stopping a loop of repeat exposures will wait for the current exposure to complete rather that abort? That would effectively eliminate the most common occurrence of this fault for me.

Thank you.

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