Bill replied to the topic 'INDI/Linux driver for the QHY Polemaster, developers needed.' in the forum. 14 hours 18 minutes ago

Any luck on this? I asked the QHY folks about a Linux driver, but I doubt a response will come anytime soon.

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Bill replied to the topic 'Ekos, INDI, SkySafari, and NexStar' in the forum. 16 hours 4 minutes ago

maudy wrote: The problem is that something is change the time on the CGEM TO 2018.

Below is my procedure. Tonight out at a dark site meant no internet to use a time server on RPI3.

1. Power up cameras, RPI3, CGEM, and dew heaters with everything connected.
2. Setup CGEM - long/lat, time and date
3. Align mount using auto two star
4. Mac connects to cameras for the alignment (have not figured out how/if I can use Ekos for the Alignmwnt yet )
5. Once all aligned, launch Eros/kstars
6. Disconnect INDI mount and connect skysafari
7. Connect mount in skysafari wilpthout changing date and time.
8. Slew to M66, disconnect, reconnect INDI mount
9. Notice time was set to July 2018...


What version of the NexStar+ Hand Control are you using? This is information is available in the options menu on the Hand Control. If you have never updated it, and have the version that shipped with the CGEM, this is likely part of the problem as that software is ancient.

Maybe I did not have too, but after checking CGEM and seeing it too was 2018, I powered off mount and tried again, only have it happen again.


So you powered on the mount, and via the hand control (with nothing else connected) the time was still set to July 2018?

I would like to have the RPI3 use the long/lat enter on CGEM as well as date and time.

Skysafari is set to not change these setting.

What is the right was to do this?


What did the INDI Control Panel show? Do you have logs from the KStars client?

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Bill replied to the topic 'Trying to connect PHD2' in the forum. 19 hours 19 minutes ago

I am not sure if PHD2 has a log, although it sounds like it is crashing. Where did you install PHD2 from? What version are you using?

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Bill replied to the topic 'Trying to connect PHD2' in the forum. yesterday

danoid wrote: From the documentation written for me:

After launching PHD2, select your INDI equipment and set their options


That's what doesn't work. I never make it through connecting a QHY guide camera and EQMOD mount in PHD2 and making a PHD2 profile. I'm not even trying to involve EKOS. Just launching INDI from command line and launching PHD2.

PHD2 can't function with just INDI and without EKOS?

And the problem in the log is the last word, Bye. I was still trying to use it.


PHD2 sets up a server process when it loads. Ekos connects to that port on the host running phd2 to send commands to it. They do not need to be on the same machine.

When you connect phd2 to your camera and mount, select indi driver, then you should get a dialog with info to connect to indi. Click connect and then choose the device from the drop down menu and connect to it in phd2.

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Bill replied to the topic 'Trying to connect PHD2' in the forum. yesterday

I have used quite a bit of the documentation. :)

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Bill replied to the topic 'Trying to connect PHD2' in the forum. yesterday

I responded to this on CN as well. Can you walk us through how you are using PHD2? Do you have Ekos and INDI on the same machine as well?

The basic jist of what you want to do here, as I understand it, is get INDI running, connect, and then open PHD2, connect your devices to PHD2 then allow Ekos to manage everything else in terms of PHD2.

Are you able to open PHD2 and connect your camera and mount to it via the INDI driver, or are you trying to select your camera directly through PHD2? It gives the option to use the INDI Driver, if you installed PHD2 from the same repo.

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Bill replied to the topic 'INDI on Windows Subsystem for Linux' in the forum. yesterday

knro wrote: INDI actually now builds on Cygwin and I was able to run it with the simulators just fine. But I didn't have time to pursue this further. If you have a Cygwin environment, you can build INDI on it. I didn't try it with any hardware, but maybe serial port stuff would work if nothing else.


Yeah once the WSL failed, I pretty much gave up on it. Far easier to just suggest folks go the RPi3 route. Way less hassle.

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Bill replied to the topic 'INDI on Windows Subsystem for Linux' in the forum. yesterday

Quick follow up - new build installed, same problem. Doesn't seem to have access to any devices. Oh well maybe later.

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Bill created a new topic ' INDI on Windows Subsystem for Linux' in the forum. yesterday

Hello all,

I have been playing around with the Windows Subsystem for Linux the last few days, and decided to see if INDI would install and run on it. For those unaware, the WSL is a Windows feature that allows you to run a Ubuntu image directly on Windows. No VM or any of that magic needed. The current live version of the WSL only allows for Ubuntu 14, however with some keen usage of the interwebs I was able to get it upgraded to 16.04.

Once upgraded I was able to download and run the INDI package fine, however it seems that the WSL doesn't allow for hardware, other than disk drives and minor networking to be available to the Ubuntu image. So, while INDI would load and run, and my local installation of KStars could connect to the INDI Server -- no devices could load at all. Not even the simulators.

The Windows box I was testing this on was not on the latest 15063 build of Windows 10, but I added it to the insider fast ring, and the build finally appeared this morning. I am going to get this build of Windows installed, which has a WSL that uses Ubuntu 16.04 out of the box, and see if there are any improvements that would allow INDI to work better.

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Bill replied to the topic 'Polar Alignment Tool Crashes Still' in the forum. 2 days ago

Good news! This works in the simulator! Hopefully I can get some clear skies to test it with my real gear but this is very promising! Thanks!

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Bill created a new topic ' Polar Alignment Tool Crashes Still' in the forum. 2 days ago

Hello all,

Testing the new KStars release, and found that the Polar Alignment tool still crashes, although this time I am able to reproduce this in the simulator (cloudy here, so cant test a real camera). To reproduce this error, set the CCD Simulator to 4096x3520 resolution and 3.8 pixel size. My scope is set to 530mm focal length, and 106mm of aperture.

Go through the Polar Alignment tool at 4x4 binning. You will notice that the wizard completes successfully. Now change to 1x1 binning, and you will get a SEGFAULT.

Thread 12 "Thread (pooled)" received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
[Switching to Thread 0x7fffa77fe700 (LWP 32754)]
0x00007ffff2946eb3 in wcsp2s () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libwcs.so.5
(gdb) bt
#0  0x00007ffff2946eb3 in wcsp2s () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libwcs.so.5
#1  0x0000000000632394 in FITSData::loadWCS (this=0x39bb8e0)
    at /build/kstars-bleeding-TwcTY5/kstars-bleeding-17.04+201703222145~ubuntu16.04.1/kstars/fitsviewer/fitsdata.cpp:2145
#2  0x000000000066577e in QtConcurrent::StoredMemberFunctionPointerCall0<bool, FITSData>::runFunctor (this=0x438d310)
    at /usr/include/x86_64-linux-gnu/qt5/QtConcurrent/qtconcurrentstoredfunctioncall.h:183
#3  0x00000000004b650d in QtConcurrent::RunFunctionTask<bool>::run (
    this=0x438d310)
    at /usr/include/x86_64-linux-gnu/qt5/QtConcurrent/qtconcurrentrunbase.h:102
#4  0x00007ffff327d2d3 in ?? () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libQt5Core.so.5
#5  0x00007ffff32807be in ?? () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libQt5Core.so.5
#6  0x00007ffff49bf6ba in start_thread ()
   from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0
#7  0x00007ffff1adc82d in clone () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6

While its a bummer that I get the segfault using this resolution size at 1x1 binning, it is encouraging to see that it works fine at 4x4 binning (smaller image). The selected resolution isn't even as large as the camera I would be doing this with live (4656x3520) because the sim doesn't allow me to set it this high. Regardless of that, I expect that I would still see this crash using my live camera, as I had this issue in the previous version of KStars.

Is using 4x4 binning going to skew anything in the PA tool, or would this be fine as a workaround?

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Bill created a new topic ' New Pointing Model in Ekos' in the forum. 3 days ago

Looks pretty great! One question though -- the blog image shows that ones mount needs to be able to improve its pointing model based on SYNC's. How does one verify that? I have an AP1100 mount, which I assume can do this (they sell a product called APCC-Pro that has point modelling as a feature) but if there is a way to confirm that would be great.

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Bill thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic KStars 2.7.6 is release 3 days ago
Bill replied to the topic 'Just getting started and need a little help' in the forum. 3 days ago

Do not use those for AP, at all. Terrible idea to introduce current noise into your optical system.

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Bill replied to the topic 'Meridian flip still working for people?' in the forum. 4 days ago

The logs will probably tell the story well. If you had a subframe that was being imaged at the time the flip was needed, that would need to finish before the flip. I tested meridian flip the other night and it worked well, although I forgot to check what Jasem was curious about.

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Bill replied to the topic 'Meridian flip still working for people?' in the forum. 4 days ago

What was the setting you used and the Hour Angle at the time you started?

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Brian Morgan thanked Bill in topic ASI CCD Driver Issue 4 days ago

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