Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'INDI Library 1.4' in the forum. 8 months ago

Jasem,
Is it possible to install Kstars on the RaspberryPi 3 without Ubuntu? I have the INDI web manager running on my Rpi and I would like to try and run EKOS locally at least up until I have a good polar alignment and then switch to a remote machine. But without running ubuntu I am not quite sure how to download and install EKOS.

thanks,
Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'Just getting started and need a little help' in the forum. 8 months ago

I use an ethernet cable from the Rpi to my router and that is also hard wired to the remote pc running the software. I have not tried video, I just have to wait for the full frame image to download from my SBIG camera. It does not seem much longer than if I had the pc connected directly to the camera. But I have not run any metrics.

Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'Display at the scope' in the forum. 9 months ago

Bill,
Thanks, I have finally just watched some of the video's associated with the 'new' Polar Alignment Procedure and I can see that I could use my Ipad to Teamview into the PC (running Ekos) to see the alignment vector. I have sort of tried that with another laptop and the issue is that it is slow (response between the laptop and the remote pc). But it may not be that bad if I have reached the stage where I am just making the physical correction (either polar alignment or focus). So far I have been trying to do too much over the teamviewer connection and that is cumbersome. I need to go thru the process several times to get my work flow figured out. Thanks for your help and support, this really is making a big difference in my ability to use my equipment on any given evening.

regards,
Ron

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Ronald Scotti thanked Bill in topic Display at the scope 9 months ago
Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'Display at the scope' in the forum. 9 months ago

Bill,
Yes I use TeamViewer, I have it on my IPAD and on my Kstars machine. It is just a pain to navigate thru it by finger touch. I guess what I am asking for is a separate program for focus or image display that runs on the Rpi that I can Wifi into just to see the output from focus or polar alignment. Note; I have not thought this thru, it is just a knee jerk response to want things convenient. I currently have the Rpi connected thru ethernet to the PC running Kstars (Ekos), so I can still WiFi into the Rpi, but as I said there is nothing to access there. I have not looked into running Ekos on the Rpi, although I understand this is an option, and may be the best way to go for now.

the subframe option on the SBIG is in their focus module and you set the frame size to planet. This produces a subframe that is quickly updated and easy to use to adjust focus on a star.

thanks,
Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'Display at the scope' in the forum. 9 months ago

I tried and quick reply, but I did not see it come thru so I am posting again (sorry if it is a duplication). My setup is running Kstars on a PC, not on the Rpi. So VPN to the Rpi does not get me any access to an image from the camera. the Rpi is only running an INDI web server.

Also, the SBIG 8300M software (CCDops) has a focus option where you capture a subframe quickly and can see the image every second. Is there something like that implemented in the INDI driver for the SBIG cameras and is that an option in Ekos? I have only tried the focus (framing) option with my Lodestar and it retrieves images quickly anyway.

thanks,
Ron

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Jasem Mutlaq thanked Ronald Scotti in topic Display at the scope 9 months ago
Ronald Scotti created a new topic ' Display at the scope' in the forum. 9 months ago

I am using an Rpi INDI server at the scope instead of a pc. My remote PC is well remote (in the house), The purpose of doing this was to eliminate the PC at the scope and having to run USB cables to a fixed pc that is protected from the elements. The Rpi is the solution for that. But now when I do polar alignment or manual focus I no longer have a screen at the mount to see the results of my adjustment. I can remote control the 'remote' pc from an Ipad, but that is cumbersome (to say the least). Is there a way to just open an outside connection in Ekos that a tablet at the scope could connect to just to see live camera (framing) feed? This way during polar alignment or focusing I could see just the imaging results at the tablet and make my adjustments accordingly.

thanks,
Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'SBIG 8300M debuging' in the forum. 9 months ago

OK, false alarm, it is working. It just does not write a file under preview or the INDI control panel. I ran a sequence with the SBIG camera and sure enough it wrote the file and the dark looked good.

So just chalk this one up to getting started. I do have all of my equipment working under an Rpi web manager and running Ekos remotely. I have a CGEM mount, the SBIG 8300 M, an SX Lodestar (for guide camera) and an SX Filter wheel (7 position). All are recognized and now appear to operate correctly as I am still learning how to use Ekos. So far so good, now I just need a clear night to take some real pictures and do some real plate solves to get my mount polar aligned. I don't have a fixed observatory, the best I can do is set all the equipment up in the garage and roll it out onto the driveway where I have the best view of the skies.

thanks,
Ron

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Ronald Scotti created a new topic ' SBIG 8300M debuging' in the forum. 9 months ago

I have an SBIG 8300M USB with TEC cooled CCD. It works fine under the CCDOps program from the PC. I am now running an Rpi INDI web server; the web server shows the Indi_sbig_ccd camera driver as loaded. I run Kstars on a remote machine and connect over ethernet between the Rpi and the remote. I can connect to the Sbig camera and all the camera info looks correct. It correctly controls the camera temperature. But I cannot take a picture. It shows something in the preview screen, but no picture is saved that has any Sbig camera in the info. I also have an SX Lodestar and it is working just fine with the INDI server.

I have a powered hub that I am using for SX lodestar, but the SBIG has its own power supply so I am using one of the 4 usb ports on the Rpi itself for the Sbig camera. It comes up showing it on USB 1 in Ekos.

When I do an lsusb on the Rpi I get indication that the SBIG is connected. When I run the web manager followed by Ekos and connect the info for the main camera is correct; it says SBIG 8300M serial # etc. But the camera never initializes (makes several clicks) like it does when I run CCDSoft ware.

What do I need to do to debug this situation?

thanks,
Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'testing plate solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

What was confusing to me was to have an offline option but having to use the online option with the URL set to local host. The offline option should have had that built in, I would have thought. But I am no programming expert. So are you actually disabling the offline capability under Windows or just removing the offline solver option? Those of us who have the offline solver working will still have the ability to use it I assume.

thanks for your help and support.
Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'testing plate solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

My M33 jpg image solved fine online in 79 seconds (I forgot to set the online URL to the local host the first time). After setting my solve configuration as you suggest I restarted Kstars-Ekos and tried again with the same image. I timed out again at 180 seconds this time with the "offline" solver. I increased the time in the solver options to 300 seconds and tried again. This time it solved in 60 seconds?!? The Ansvr log said 59 seconds.

So it is working, just a little confusing as too how.

Thanks for your help.
Ron

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Ronald Scotti thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic testing plate solve 9 months ago
Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'testing plate solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

I don't think it is a time limit, it is timing out way before any limit.

thanks,
Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'testing plate solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

thanks, I am not sure if it is that or just something I have not set or loaded correctly. I tried two other attempts; first I tried that same jpg file which failed (a larger version of the one I posted here) on the Astrometry.net site and it was successful in 5 seconds processing. I have attached all the log data associated with that job as M33jpgplatesolve.txt. The other thing I tried was using one of the example image files that came with the solver ( I tried apod4.jpg), and it failed to solve in LOCAL Kstars after 26 seconds. I have attached the log of that attempt as apodexamplefail.txt

My M33 image was nearly 2 degrees by 2 degrees, I am not sure what the APOD image is but I am thinking perhaps I did not download the correct set of index fits files. So I am also attaching a list of the FITS files in the /DATA directory, that file is FITSfilenames.txt. Perhaps with this info someone might be able to figure out why my Local solve is failing.

thanks,
Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'testing plate solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

Thanks, well at least I am finding all the different places I need to look for answers!

OK, my Ekos configuration for Astrometry now looks just like yours in the blog. I opened the PC firewall to allow Kstars to access it and opened port 8080 (originally I received a connection refused response)

I have tried both a fits file and a jpeg file to upload ( I have attached a small jpeg example) along with the log output. The process failed to retrieve job ID?
I am making progress, I think.

the skies are cloudy and I was just trying to exercise parts of the program. I am running Ekos with simulation hardware (telescope and camera) and an Windi server on the same PC. My real hardware is run using a Raspberry pi and remote INDI server, I am working my way thru getting all my equipment to be recognized and run properly. So far I am having good luck with all of that. The Celestron CGEM, the scope, guide scope and guide camera (SX Lodestar) have all been attached and tested. I am getting ready to try my SBIG camera and SX Filter wheel next.

thanks for all your help.
Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'testing plate solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

OK, after reading the section on Astrometry setup I opted for the following inputs:
solver: C:\users\Ron\AppData\local\cygwin_ansvr\lib\Astrometry\bin\solve-field
wcsinfo: C:\users\Ron\AppData\local\cygwin_ansvr\lib\Astrometry\bin\wcsinfo
config: C:\users\Ron\AppData\local\cygwin_ansvr\etc\astrometry\backend.cfg

Unfortunately the process crashes, see a log file attached.

The online solver fails on my example image, but at least it runs.
I will search around on the forum to see if someone has an image that does solve to try.

thanks,
Ron

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Ronald Scotti created a new topic ' testing plate solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

I am just trying to test the local plate-solver and I need a little hand-holding. I have downloaded the ansvr local server and the appropriate files for my FOV. Everything seemed to load into these directories:
C:\users\Ron\AppData\Local\cygwin_ansvr (bin, dev, etc, home, lib, opt, sbin, tmp, usr, var)
what should my settings be for : solver, wcsinfo, config (for offline use in Ekos)
and for online use in Ekox
what is API key (I probably missed this somewhere in setup); I assume API url is nova.astrometry.net

I tried setting these to the actual directories on my machine (they had initially been set to a directory starting at Cygwin_ansvr) which is correc?

I am in the solver control window, I have solver action as nothing. I hit load and slew and upload a previous fits image, which does not have metadata (although there is plenty of header data) and check blind solve.

the solver starts but then times out. at 180 seconds.

I realize there could be a lot of things wrong (although the image I am using was take with a wide field telescope and an Sbig mono camera, and has plenty of stars.

Any help pointing me in the right direction (no pun intended) is appreciated.

thanks,
Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'A complete help for polar align.' in the forum. 9 months ago

Klaus,
I may be mistaken but I think the method I referenced actually required two plate solves at the Meridian. One to find what you are looking at and then you move the scope a known amount (by the scope either by drift or moving it) and do another solve. The second solve gives the error between where you should be (if you where polar aligned) and where you actually are. Only then can you apply a correction. Once you have done this in Alt you can then repeat the process for Az by using a star more towards the horizon in the east or the west. So there are still multiple plate solves involved, but it should be less time than the usual drift method that many people use.

If I read it correctly this is the process that is implemented in Ekos in the Alignment module under polar alignment. The newer process involves using Polaris and this is something different from what already exists in the previous Ekos.

Ron

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Ronald Scotti replied to the topic 'A complete help for polar align.' in the forum. 9 months ago

Thanks. My bad, I have not read thru all of the documentation. I am new to INDI and I have spent most of my time setting up the INDI Server on my RPI3 along with a required serial port adapter so it can connect to my mount and a 4 port powered hub to connect to my cameras. I just downloaded the latest KSTARS last night to my pc and started using it as my client. I have not been out of the house yet with the equipment but I am excited because I believe I have it all working together now. Polar alignment is my next issue and when I saw the new release I thought this was something really new in EKOS (which it is).

Anyway thanks, I will go back to reading.
Ron

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