Greg Beaton created a new topic ' ALARM!!!' in the forum. 1 hour 47 minutes ago

Something that seems sorely lacking in Kstars/Ekos is alarms when something goes wrong. I know PHD2 is giving alarms when it loses the guide star or stops guiding but this is not relayed and output on my remote laptop using Ekos. Its essential to have warnings when a capture sequence is underway. My session last Friday died twice, once from guiding lost - connected to PHD2 via guide module - and the second time when the camera battery died. Doing subzero AP , the camera battery is a weak link and needs to be monitored. There was no warning that captures had failed and stopped - other than the entry in the log, which is not helpful in an ongoing capture session. An audible alarm is needed. Please tell me there is a setting for this!

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Getting y-translation from image to image' in the forum. yesterday

OK, so I got an explanation for the translation - being rotation thats far from the NCP. but that means my PA is off and Ekos reported almost exact PA. Maybe I kicked the tripod?! oh well, I have to try again. I'll check it with PHD, get logs.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Getting y-translation from image to image' in the forum. yesterday

So Kstars saved the day (night) for me Friday. I couldn't get the polar scope cap off in the cold. I did PA with Ekos only - and it was almost perfect, less than 1 minute of arc according to Ekos. Looking at the image stacking log I see there was no rotation from image to image. However, I notice there is a y-translation. So did I get perfect PA or not? Why is there a y-translation? My camera y-axis is aligned with RA motion.

Thanks

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Frustrated and Need Recommendation for Guider Imager' in the forum. 1 week ago

I use a ZWO ASI120mm without any problems but as I recall I had to update the camera firmware.

Here's some guidance from INDI folks: indilib.org/devices/ccds/zwo-optics-asi-cameras.html

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Re:EQMOD Mount alignment with Kstars....' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

When you setup at a site, you have to manually put your scope back in the park position. This means mount level and roughly aligned to Polaris, and the RA and DEC axis back to where you parked them before dismantling - i.e. preferably Polaris/weights down but if you park with the OTA horizontal (DEC at 0 deg) instead of polaris, then you have to startup at the new site with the OTA horizontal.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'EQMOD Mount alignment with Kstars....' in the forum. 1 month ago

Redo your parked setup as above and then “write data “. That’s it. It will return there next time you go to park

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'EQMOD Mount alignment with Kstars....' in the forum. 1 month ago

You got an immediate response asking for logs. It might help if you provided them. Ekos is a powerful tool and not the most user friendly. Take time to figure it out - it would seem that no-one has an idea what your are doing wrong.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'daytime polar alignment method' in the forum. 2 months ago

Excellent! So simple!

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Download times for DSLR' in the forum. 2 months ago

I thought the long download time (30-40 secs) was due to the wifi connection on the RPi3 but now I think it may be from my camera (Pentax K-5II) to the RPi.

I have Kstars on a RPi3 (StellarMate) remotely connected via wifi to a MacBook Air running Kstars locally. When I click preview. The shutter is actuated and then comes the long wait. Now I've noticed that it doesn't actually say downloading until the very end and its only for a fraction of a second. So the short delay looks like download from the RPi to my laptop. So why the long delay (30-40 sec) before the download begins? Is it taking this much time get the file off the camera? (Everything is USB 2.0) Is the delay with GPhoto2 capture? Anybody characterize these delays? Thanks

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Can anyone share Pictures of a RasPi astro setup' in the forum. 2 months ago

I may have something tomorrow night if I can brave the -18c weather! :-s

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Working on PHD2 support' in the forum. 2 months ago

rlancaste wrote: I did a whole bunch of PHD2 stuff today which is currently undergoing testing and should make it into KStars soon. i got the RMS error calculated correctly and the error properly scaled because I implemented a function to get the PHD pixel scale. I also further improved the image work I did before to make it more reliable. I did a bunch of other things under the hood that will make it easier to add more stuff later.

Here is a preview of things to come shortly!



Thanks @rlancaste! This is great to have PHD2 well integrated with Ekos!

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