Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'How to update telescope coordinates?' in the forum. 2 days ago

There's only one point that you can enter manually. That's the park position, which is assumed to be pointing at the NCP. (Some scopes allow you to set other positions like having the OTA horizontal in a stowing position but mine doesn't have this so I'm not sure how you tell Ekos that.) When you're scope is in this position, you can go to the "site management" tab of the mount in the INDI control panel, and click "current" and "write data". This sets the parked position to the present position and saves it. You're scope position should show AZ=0 and DEC=90.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Pentax K-5 capture failed' in the forum. 2 days ago

I just thought I would add some confusion...

I think the fits viewer is got some buffering problems. I was playing with the preview again because I wasn't understanding what was happening with the histogram display. So I was going from one ISO to another and frankly I couldn't corroborate what I was seeing with the settings. Also, I got the impression, looking at the histogram, that the fits viewer was adding two, even three captures together. Finally I closed the viewer and did a couple more previews and things appeared to be. This isn't a feature is it?

See in images two and three histogram peaks. This is because I left the fits viewer open and I went through 3 exposure settings.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'How to update telescope coordinates?' in the forum. 2 days ago

Yes, looks like your telescope (mount model) is way off. I would delete all your previous solver solutions and then do another one with SYNC selected (at the top left). This will start a fresh model with at least one good point.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Pentax K-3II Bulb mode shutter not working properly' in the forum. 3 days ago

Interesting...

Do the GPhoto2 and pktriggercord guys talk to each other? Is triggercord using GPhoto2lib?

pk-tether, pk-triggercord, pk-remote and GPhoto2. Are these things all the same at their core? What’s going on?

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Pentax K-3II Bulb mode shutter not working properly' in the forum. 4 days ago

I don't mean to start piling on with Pentax but I promote Kstars/StellarMate in the Pentax community and of course the first thing someone asked me was if it worked with K-3 and of course I had to say no :blush: While my K-5II was out being modified I tried a K-3II I just bought (to replace the K-5II for regular photography) and although it would trigger, it wouldn't keep the shutter open. I tried both bulb modes on the K-3 without success - I raised an issue with GPhoto2 developers but I haven't seen any movement on it. I'll give this another try but did anyone else have this problem or can they try it if they have a K-3?

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Pentax K-5 capture failed' in the forum. 5 days ago

Yeah! Pentax has finally made the list!

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Pentax K-5 capture failed' in the forum. 5 days ago

tmheroes wrote:

knro wrote: Debug logs are required when reporting issues. These things are quite complex as you can imagine, I cannot make an assessment (usually) alone from the description of the problem. I don't know why sometimes it returns the _last_ image. If anything in the logs looks funny when this happen, then this would be a place to start investigating. I'll see if there is a way to clear _everything_ whenever a capture is taken as well.


First of all, thanks Jasem. After upgraded to new version of kstars, I am now using the Pentax DSLR option but not the Gphoto CCD option. So, my question is do I need to switch back to gphoto CCD just to test out your small modification?

Regards,
Tom


Pentax DLSR option??? what's that?

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Re:RE: Re:Plate solving issue in EKOS' in the forum. 5 days ago

Speaking of recommended files. I was checking mine and it doesn’t show recommended anymore - version 2.9.3 on Mac. I also don’t get warnings the thé solving is limited by lacking files so I assume it’s ok. But what happened to the recommended flags?

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Re:Plate solving issue in EKOS' in the forum. 5 days ago

Offline plate solving for me just takes a few of seconds - MacBook Air

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'How to make USB GPS receiver work for me' in the forum. 5 days ago

I'm having some issues with this. It seems that I have to actually go outside in order to get a GPS fix so I can't test this properly. But I'm connecting to the GPS, and it says its trying to get a fix. So in the meantime it seems to be using the StellarMate time/loc (the year is 2016). So I tried to change my preferences in the local Kstars application (running on a Mac) and it wouldn't work. I tried to put back the manual location but it was ignored even though I changed the setting for local Kstars to update all devices etc. I restarted Kstars and that didnt work either. I had to disconnect from stellarmate and connect to the internet, then I started kstars and entered manual location and then it worked.

This whole time/location thing seems to be very convoluted. Maybe I'm not understanding or getting confused but what I read from Kaczorek and what I see in fact and on the video tutorial are not the same.

I have to say though that I was pleasantly surprised that I plugged in the GPS dongle (from skywatcher) and KStars/StellarMate recognized it and connected without any effort on my part. This is how things should be! :-) But in trying to use it, things didn't go so well. My mount connection hung up too even thought I followed the StellarMate tutorial video #4 to rename the ports - /dev/gps and /dev/mount. Anyway, I'm going to go out next time very early and try this again with a real GPS signal.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Kstars 2.9.4 crashing when previewing with native format' in the forum. 6 days ago

Here is it:

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Kstars 2.9.4 crashing when previewing with native format' in the forum. 6 days ago

Yes, there was an auto crash report sent to apple - about half a dozen actually. Not sure if you are auto-notified or if you need to retrieve it. If I knew where to look I could send it to you directly.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Kstars 2.9.4 crashing when previewing with native format' in the forum. 6 days ago

I'm using latest OSX and trying to preview native image from Pentax K-5II, connected to (updated today) StellarMate via GPhoto2. It did NOT crash if I used fits format.

I have now reverted to Kstars 2.9.3 and things are back to normal. No crash on preview of native image.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Pentax K-5 capture failed' in the forum. 6 days ago

You're the second person today to point out this problem.

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