Stephen thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic Image counter for flats not counting 1 hour 16 minutes ago
Stephen replied to the topic 'QHY PoleMaster' in the forum. 2 days ago

I use polemaster for my C11 at f/10. It works fine.

This is done using windows though. Being able to do so using RPI3 would be amazing though :)

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Linguider vs PHD2' in the forum. 2 days ago

I will get the occasional spike of 2+. It is not clear why when there is no wind.

I have had more success with PHD2 and lowpass2, vs. Hysteresis.

I am only guessing that the use of minMo per the guide assistance and the lowering of the aggressiveness. Is what is allowing for the +/-/5" The lowering of the aggressiveness may be because of backlash issues. Some posts for PHD2 advise turning backlash settings off on the mount and letting PHD2 do its thing. This has not yet worked for me, and due to winter I was not able to test enough given the cold. Hopefully I can learn more over the summer.

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Derek thanked Stephen in topic Linguider vs PHD2 3 days ago
Stephen replied to the topic 'Linguider vs PHD2' in the forum. 3 days ago

In case it helps, I previously used lin_guider on RPI3 using Ekos. It seemed to work okay.

I am now using PHD2 with the same setup and it does seem to provide better tracking (when I have not messed something else up). Better means I seem to be able to get .5" to -.5" peak to peak, vs. the 1" to -1" I seemed to get with lin_guider. This may not be a software thing though, and my be just the additional experience over time.

The biggest learning for me is to use the Guide Assistant for 2-3 minutes, for my C11 at f10. This guide assistance helps with the seeing for the particular night.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Image counter for flats not counting' in the forum. 3 days ago

I do not recall the count in the CCD module and assumed it was okay.
The flats were all taken in the end and the 0/0 remained.
I thought the process halted when monitoring the Setup Module Summary. The CCD module was working, and next set of flat I can confirm.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Image counter for flats not counting' in the forum. 3 days ago

Please know the counter worked doing darks.

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Stephen created a new topic ' Image counter for flats not counting' in the forum. 3 days ago

Please see the attached pic. The image counter for the flats being captured is not counting the images.

The esl and esq files are attached.

The calibration to the selected ADU seems to be worked great now!!

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Stephen replied to the topic 'SkySafari middleware?' in the forum. 4 days ago

maudy wrote:

knro wrote: I'm not sure about rotation via plate solve? How does that work exactly?


Skysafari can represent the FOV on the screen. Using the rotational angle in the plate solve the FOV can be rotated to match. I will check some code to see what I can offer on this. I was looking into this awhile ago. I will post if I find something this weekend.

knro wrote: I just added NSWE control support to the SkySafari driver.


The code same is from the iAstrohub ( github.com/aruangra/iAstroHub ). It involved creating a settings file to upload to Skysafari for the current rotational view. This is the file with the relevant text settings: github.com/aruangra/iAstroHub/blob/master/www/AM_convert.py

How to implement within Ekos is not clear to me. Perhaps a button that is enabled after a platesolve, that allows for the download of the settings file to use on Skysafari? Prior to the astroberry image, I was working on a control web page, and this was going to be one of the control buttons to get the file. Astroberry image is far better than what I had in mind and so it is by wayside now.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'RPI3 file dialog issues, and slow images from tonight...' in the forum. 4 days ago

The config in the RPI3 Kstars/INDI settings was for the device to update the computer. Neither time or location was checked though.

In the Mac version, there is no Kstars setting option, so I cannot tell.

I hope to image tonight and now that I know how to correct the time and location better with the Mount INDI driver (lol... it was nice to confirm changing the location back meant lots of time saved!) I can look to debug it a bit on RPI3. RPI3 is likely fine, and I suspect it is whatever the Mac version is doing, since it happened when the RPI3 Ekos os disconnected, and I switched to the Mac version. As soon as the Mac version launches on connection, the mount driver is checked to confirm proper location.

Tonight, I do hope to use RPI3 to update Mount time and locations, and also test if Skysafari also updates time and location.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Astroberry Server' in the forum. 4 days ago

Re: 2. Would the stretching of the sub/fit to check framing be similar to the DSLR converting? I am not using DSLR, and instead using ASI1600mm.

Re: I have run rpi-update. There were updates. The new image is working nicely again. I will test the older image tomorrow.

Cheers!

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Stephen thanked Radek Kaczorek in topic Astroberry Server 4 days ago
Stephen replied to the topic 'RPI3 file dialog issues, and slow images from tonight...' in the forum. 4 days ago

Update:

1. May be from a failing SDCard. A new image and new card is behaving nicely as Ekos typically does.
4. I will assume is the same as 1.
3. May also be due to above - I will know next imaging session.


Number 2 though... What in Ekos/INDI would cause 0's to go to CGEM?

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Astroberry Server' in the forum. 5 days ago

Hi,

Created a new image and updated to the latest. So far so good.

I had issues last night with File dialogs not displaying (it is in another thread), and it seems to have become permanent. So new image and new card it is to rule thing out.

Some Questions:

1. Is there any issue with changing user password, language, region (for startup and login screen) and such? I am assuming no. Access point it is clear to use the scripts provided.

2. is there a need for a swapfile to use PHD2 and Ekos on RPI3 for an imaging session?

3. Lost a night last night due to Kstars crashing (PHD2 did not) and Ekos file dialog not display which prevent scheduler use, so I am looking at CCDCeil as a back up on RPI3. Have you consider CCDCeil as part of package?

4. Is it worth to add Lin_guider?

5. Is PHD2 installed via the PPA? I have not had time to dig into this.

Thank you!

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Stephen created a new topic ' RPI3 file dialog issues, and slow images from tonight...' in the forum. 5 days ago

Got a few hours last night to test things.

1. This is the second night where the file dialog would not "work". The first night I thought it was something i did, like stretching the preview files to many times on the RPI3 so ram was too low. Free rm was plenty. This issue is it does not show a file listing, please see the attached images.

The RPI3 was rebooted - "sudo reboot now" - and it did not resolve the issue.

Other applications opened file dialogs fine, such as MATE Disk Usage Analyzer's open folder for scanning dialog.

2. Using Mac Ekos connecting to RPI3 via web indiserver sets the site long/lat to 0's. (I already reported this in the Mac Thread)

3. There was a change in guide image performance for the ASI224, as well as the download form the ASI1600 for images.

4. Lastly, KStars did crash a few time. So I switch over to the Mac Ekos which worked.

There do not seem to be any errors reported in the logs, I have attached what I could find.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 6 days ago

What are the rules/settings for Ekos on Mac and the syncing of the RPI3 time/date and location?

I can confirm updating the INDI driver from CGEM long/lat. on the Site Information tab definitely works.

I power up the RPI3 and CGEM all at the same time. Then the CGEM is setup: polar aligned, long/lat, time, date and star alignment.

Once this is done I typical start up Ekos on the RPI3 and do platesolve to align coordinates.

After disconnecting Ekos on RPI3 and connecting the Mac Ekos to the indiserver on RPI3, the long/lat for site information went to 0's. Let's say that plate solving grass does not work, lol. Using the indi driver settings and its l site information the long/lat were restored and things worked out, and Mac was skewing correctly again...

Any ideas on what went wrong?

Thank you

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Saving Observer and stream location' in the forum. 6 days ago

Ah! Found it. I was making it too difficult.

Thank you

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Stephen thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Ekos on Mac OS X ? 6 days ago
Stephen created a new topic ' CGEM PEC controlled by INDI' in the forum. 6 days ago

I could not see this in the INDI controls. Is it possible to add the PEC Playback and Record for Celestron CGEM?

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