Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. yesterday

Whoa! That would be nice. I'll try it tonight. Thanks!

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. yesterday

Sorry, I guess I'm confusing the issue a little, because there's also the running remotely issue - I'm using kstars remotely to RPi3 loaded with INDI and PHD2. If I run PHD2 locally stand alone, then I don't need kstars guiding. If kstars guides remotely via a server then what is my interface to PHD2. It seems I'm only able to click guide and hope for the best and I have to use VNC to set it up anyway. I'd rather have integrated control so VNC isn't required - like launch PHD2, connect to equipment, etc. Maybe PHD2 just doesn't provide the API necessary?

Yes the PA is nice and i now use it to cut down on setup time. I get you're point about dithering as the capture needs to be sequenced with the guiding so that integration is there but I just would like to see more integration to cut out the need for VNC on a remote system.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. yesterday

Is there help on adjusting the proportional and integral settings on the internal guider?

I always wondered why the algorithm doesn't adjust those itself...

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. yesterday

PHD2 is fully supported? I read in the manual that you can only start guiding and PHD2 should do the rest, but what about looping, re-calibrating, adjusting algorithm settings, features like drift align and guiding assistant. Can we see the image window, the graph? I'll be trying it this weekend but last time I tried there was almost no feedback from PHD2 except status in the console. I'm no pro so as an amateur, to me PHD2 is THE industry standard. Wouldn't it be better to support it as the default guider? Right now, guiding seems to be "just click this button and trust me" kind of feature.

By the way, last time I used PHD2 in Ekos, there were issues. If I remember, starting/stopping, connecting and disconnecting was problematic. I don't think Ekos starts up PHD2 or connects the equipment. And there needs to be a way of disconnecting PHD2 from the equipment - I mean without using VNC of course.

Anyway, like I said, I'll be testing this... tomorrow hopefully... and come back with comments.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. 2 days ago

Actually I wish there was better integration with PHD2. Why reinvent the wheel? Is there better guider out there ? I'm already disillusioned with the internal guider and will probably resort to PHD2 via VNC.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. 3 days ago

Haha! Just thought I would mention that I was using the internal guider with auto star select and suddenly realized it was guiding on the core of the Andromeda galaxy. I wouldn't think that was a very good idea so just thought I'd mention it. The algorithm could probably use a little tweaking! :blink:

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Polar align with guider?' in the forum. 3 days ago

Good to know, Thanks!

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Polar align with guider?' in the forum. 3 days ago

I was wondering if it's ok to polar align with the guide scope? Although it can be off axis the correction is relative, no?

It's so much faster with the guider than the main scope but I think even though it said I was well aligned I think I wasn't after looking at the drift in my images

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Solver fails to find binaries on Mac' in the forum. 6 days ago

Sweat! That was good help. It reported it didn't recognize the option "no fits2fits ". I removed it and it did a successful solve. Yes! Thank you!

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Solver fails to find binaries on Mac' in the forum. 6 days ago

Well it's performing astrometry but it fails immediately. I don't think it even attempted. Before when It worked it would give the time spent. I've tried getting more logging but haven't seen anything significant.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Solver fails to find binaries on Mac' in the forum. 6 days ago

Yes, I have the 2.8.3 dmg but I can't find any setup for astrometry binaries, other than ~/Library/Application Support/Astrometry showing up in the setup wizard.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Solver fails to find binaries on Mac' in the forum. 6 days ago

I'm now getting the impression that astrometry is not installed. There's no sign of it in the /usr/local/bin directory. I've had this working before. Has it been removed from the Mac install?

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Solver fails to find binaries on Mac' in the forum. 6 days ago

I was working with Kstars on a mac and Stellarmate...

I can't do solving because it errors saying "failed to find astrometry.net binaries"

I'm assuming its talking about the index files...

I have all required index files although one that is recommended is 4107 seems to be problematic. Can't seem to create compiled from txt file. although I think I found a precompiled on astrometry.net site and downloaded it to my Astrometry folder.

There was an initial problem. The solver was setup to look for index files in /data1.... but in the start up wizard the location is .../Library/Application Support/Astrometry. I edited the cfg file in /usr/local/etc and was able to see the status of the index files. 4107 is recommended but not required. (This is in the Kstars install for mac, not stellar mate.)

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'KStars 2.8.3 "Tommy" is released!' in the forum. 1 week ago

There seems to be an error loading the download page:

edu.kde.org/kstars/

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Gphoto command structure, vs. the new Pentax pslr updates.' in the forum. 1 week ago

Stellarmate uses ubuntu and i think iastrohub uses the raspian Linux, whatever that is :-s

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Gphoto command structure, vs. the new Pentax pslr updates.' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Wait a minute!

This is strange. I bought StellarMate because I have been able to control the Pentax (K-5II) with INDI based solutions like iAStroHub - and also pk-triggercord on a RPi3 (provided its the latest gpoto2 libraries). So there is definitely Pentax support out there.

I tried StellarMate yesterday and except for a little problem where linux automounts the Pentax - I just unmount it and I was able to use Kstars both locally and remotely, and control the K5 with intervals and long exposures. Presently I have a ticket open to fix the automount issue with the Pentax but otherwise its quite acceptable.

What is going on here?

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Pentax Support as PTP' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I was able to operate the K5 on a RPi3 with gphoto2 and seemed to be ok. Unfortunately, its yet another device and OS to deal with so thats as far as I took it.

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