Jim replied to the topic 'Having trouble with eqmod pointer not matching view of the sky' in the forum. 1 week ago

The weather has not cooperated and now the motor controller in my mount seems to not be working, so I won't know for a while yet.

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Jim replied to the topic 'Having trouble with eqmod pointer not matching view of the sky' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I have not had a chance to try this yet, but thanks for the note. I will create it and report back.

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Jim replied to the topic 'Having trouble with eqmod pointer not matching view of the sky' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

When the jump happens, this is printed in the log: Can not load Align Data File ~/.indi/AlignData.xml: No such file or directory. Should this file be written automatically at some point?

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Jim replied to the topic 'Having trouble with eqmod pointer not matching view of the sky' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I have my scope set up except for cameras since it is still sun up, and am using the CCD simulator. I also upgraded to all the latest kstars/INDI builds. I cannot reproduce the issue with the simulator. The scope is slewing all around and using images from the ccd sim to do plate solving. It is landing exact and syncing as it should without the extra jump when done. I will have to wait for later and hope skies are clear tonight to keep testing.

The UTC time and offset are correct in the control panel, and in sync with the kstars machine. The machine running the scope is also in sync.

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Jim replied to the topic 'Having trouble with eqmod pointer not matching view of the sky' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I will check this and some other settings tonight and report back. I am not sure yet where to look for any Jxxx issues either.

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Jim replied to the topic 'Having trouble with eqmod pointer not matching view of the sky' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

With the seeming uniformity, I am wondwring about an epoch difference?

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Jim replied to the topic 'Having trouble with eqmod pointer not matching view of the sky' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

yes. The final frame is spot on. After that, the next go-to will be off again, and solving will usually center it perfectly in three iterations of solving just like in the video. It is repeatable every time.

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Jim replied to the topic 'Having trouble with eqmod pointer not matching view of the sky' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

My scope is put away every night, so I do a fresh setup each time. My steps have been:

1) physically set up the mount and scope
2) polar align using the polar alignment module
3) click the mount model button and have it select two stars and hit the play button in the mount model.
I had been assuming this should set up my mount model, 3 stars might be better for any cone error perhaps?
I then set the resolver to slew to target to get things to center automatically after go-to. My understanding is each successful run of the resolver adds an additional point to the model thereafter.

If you watch the video, after the resolver has successfully solved and slewed, the mount crosshairs are where they should be on the object and the object is centered in the white FoV rectangle. It looks great, then the mount crosshair jumps away from the object, but the mount stays properly pointed and I can image from this point forward without problems.

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Jim replied to the topic 'Having trouble with eqmod pointer not matching view of the sky' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

My goal is being achieved with slew to target set, that is, the item I want centered in the camera ends up centered in the camera. If I set to sync, won't the scope stop where the mount sends it and just sync that spot to the alignment model without moving the pov to center the object? I will play with it when the skies allow. Thanks.

If you mean removing those points from the list that are other then properly solved and synced, I have tried that as well. It does not seem to have any effect. My hope would be that is a point was not good, it would not be added to the model and only shows there for reference?

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Jim created a new topic ' Having trouble with eqmod pointer not matching view of the sky' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

note: this is a fresh look at an issue previously mentioned in another thread, but moved here to clean things up.

I have a Sirius EQ-G, and the scope pointer in kstars does not match the location in the sky. That is, when I slew to an object, it is usually off by an amount that seems to be constant, and I am then correcting to where I want with plate solving. I have not been able to find a way to sync the red reticle to the actual sky view, and have just been using it with plate solving and ignoring it. It would be nice to have it in sync. Said a different way, once I am done with centering/solving, the white rectangle that shows my sensor view of the sky is accurate, but the red eqmod reticle will be off.

I tried clearing the alignment data from the AlignData.xml, as well as clearing from the mount model in Ekos and the align info in the INDI control panel and starting fresh. This seems to have moved how far away the eqmod pointer is in kstars, but did not resolve the issue.

video and logs attached

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Jim replied to the topic 'Post your INDI Setup!' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

My current setup Is an Oroin EQ-G mount with a f/4.9 native 8" newtonian. I wanted to be able to be remote with it, so I configured a 13A 12v power supply to drive everything. The 12v can be provided by the AC power supply, or by 12v car battery. The DC is fed into a fuse block housed on the leg of the tripod in the grey enclosure. This enclosure also houses an Intel NUC, the brains of the operation. It, of course, runs Linux/INDI, and if I need to, it also has a fully updated kstars/ekos/astrometry and everything else needed to run stand-alone on it so all it would need is a monitor

The scope has been updated with a moonlite focuser, a 60mm guide scope with a ASI290 camera, and the main camera is an ASI1600MC. I also have a cable that allows me to no longer need the hand controller. Everything is then remotely controlled from my office in the house. Wish I would have had this over the winter!

I am using the following INDI pieces; EQMOD, GPSD, WunderGround, Moonlite, Astrometry, ZWO CCD

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Jim replied to the topic 'Items from last night's INDI/Ekos/Kstars session' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I would like to report that the issues in the opening post have been addressed in one way or another. On the 6th of June, I set up with the latest code and ran all night without any of the issues mentioned in the opening post. I am closing this thread, and will open another one for the eqmod pointer problem only.

A big thank you to all that helped me with these and answered questions. This is a first-class project.

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Jim replied to the topic '"Aborting Autoguide" issue with Internal Guider' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I was able to set up with the latest fixes, and am happy to report that internal guiding worked for me without aborting, for the first time.

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Jim replied to the topic 'Items from last night's INDI/Ekos/Kstars session' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

*bump* @knro were the logs helpful?

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Jim replied to the topic 'Kstars clock and UTC offsets' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I had a similar problem, The gpsd would report the correct offset, but kstars did some extra calcs that were not needed. There was a recent patch to master, but not sure it made it into the VM image yet. Here is a link to the changes: github.com/indilib/indi/pull/229

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Jim replied to the topic 'Items from last night's INDI/Ekos/Kstars session' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

last night, I took your advice on resetting everything. I also removed the .indi/eqmod file just to be sure. I went thought the align and sync, and can report that it is now closer than it was before, but still jumps away from the solved area where the scope is actually pointing. It did change though, and the reticle for the eqmod mount is now at least touching the white rectangle from the solver. Because it changed, it seems like we are in the right area of where the problem is, but the initial go-to is still based on the location of the eqmod reticle, and so has to solve and slew multiple times to center the view. Unfortunately, I started playing around, and did not capture a debug log, so hopefully tonight I can get that done.

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