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Bill created a new topic ' MoonLite NiteCrawler & Ekos/INDI' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hello all,

Recently bought a MoonLite NiteCrawler to use on my FSQ106 and TOA130. I have used it with success in Sequence Generator Pro, and I am finally coming back around to getting my Raspberry Pi 3 up and working again (OS got corrupted on it; so I didn't have time to work on it) and of course getting rolling on INDI 1.5 and the latest Ekos client for Windows.

I wanted to check what the workflow is in Ekos to get the NiteCrawler working correctly. What I mean by this, is that I know how to get the driver running, and Ekos can see and manipulate the NiteCrawler fine, but I am curious how to get the current camera angle and rotator position in sync, and how to ensure the rotational direction is accurate. Also, how are people determining the proper rotation angle? In SGP, this is done with the Framing and Mosaic Wizard. You frame up a target, change the angle to suit how you want it with a slider, then it stores the new rotated angle. Then when the sequence starts, it will center and rotate the object to the correct angle on its own (provided you set the directional flag correctly).

Since I lost a few nights of imaging troubleshooting this in SGP, I figured I would come here to figure out the best practices for using a NiteCrawler on INDI and Ekos.

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Bill replied to the topic 'Re:StellarMate Astrophotography Gadget' in the forum. 3 months ago

There is no email from the site in my junk folder either.

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Bill replied to the topic 'StellarMate Astrophotography Gadget' in the forum. 3 months ago

No go. Tells me my account hasn't been activated but I never got an email to activate it.

I did get a receipt from PayPal.

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Bill replied to the topic 'StellarMate Astrophotography Gadget' in the forum. 3 months ago

Just ordered the os image today but didn't get a download link in email.

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Bill replied to the topic 'INDI/Linux driver for the QHY Polemaster, developers needed.' in the forum. 8 months ago

The camera looks to take images just fine in INDI, is there something specific we should be testing out?

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Bill replied to the topic 'simultaneous CCD control with RPi (indi)& BT HEQ5 Mount control' in the forum. 8 months ago

petarm wrote: hi krno

i was not connecting to the rpi before. This is what i was doing:

Hand controller to HEQ5 mount, 3 star align, find target, turn on my dslr running magic lantern, start taking continuous photos of the target,
Turn on rpi (my standalone autoguider; it has a small screen, runnung ubuntu mate with phd2 with ST4 port).
Pick my guide star off it would go.

Now my aim is to connect all my equipment to the rpi, the heq5 via BT (cause i have the BT dongle and want to free up a usb port), guider, CCD imager and focuser, etc etc via USB; all to the rpi which is my server running just indi.

Then (via wif i assumed) i remote to my laptop and control everything wireless with ekos/kstars; no cable connections between my gear and my laptop.

Am i missing the point here and this is not possible?? From what i have been reading, this should work.

regards Petarm


I am really confused reading through this. It sounds like you want to connect all of your devices to the RPi3, then connect to that via your laptop without any wires, etc going to the laptop. You should be able to do this by connecting the devices to the PI (via USB, Bluetooth, etc) then loading all of the device drivers for INDI Server. The Pi can connect to your Wireless Network as well, which is the critical part of this.

Then, connect to INDI from KStars/Ekos on your laptop over your wireless network. No need to install KStars and Ekos on the Pi. This is how I have it setup. I control my Pi from my office computer which is hard wired in via GigE and has a wireless network connection on it as well.

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Bill replied to the topic 'MoonLite Focus Driver Issue' in the forum. 8 months ago

Problem was solved. Totally my fault. I thought I had the ports set right, and it looks like the MoonLite driver was connecting to the AP port, thus why it was getting bogus data.

Thanks Jasem for the TeamViewer session. :)

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Bill replied to the topic 'MoonLite Focus Driver Issue' in the forum. 8 months ago

maxer wrote: Maybe this is already resolved but thought give my unprofessional opinion.. :)
2017-04-16T18:59:13: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.4)
2017-04-16T18:59:13: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.7)
2017-04-16T18:59:12: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:00.0)
2017-04-16T18:59:12: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:50.2)
Those figures seem to me be RA or DEC readings not temperature.. Just my 2 cents..
Br
/Markku


This issue still persists and unfortunately I have had to fall back on my previous Windows solution of SGP/ASCOM until this gets worked out. Everything functions perfectly fine on Windows with the AP mount and the MoonLite focuser, so I am not really sure what the problem is under INDI.

The suggestion you made about the values being coordinates from the mount seems legit to me.

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Bill replied to the topic 'MoonLite Focus Driver Issue' in the forum. 8 months ago

I am not using anything other than the out of the box INDI Drivers and KStars. The issue appeared because I just got the focuser, and this was the first time I used it with the AP mount.

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Bill replied to the topic 'MoonLite Focus Driver Issue' in the forum. 8 months ago

No dice. :( Still has this problem.

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Bill replied to the topic 'MoonLite Focus Driver Issue' in the forum. 8 months ago

Thanks, I will test this out tonight.

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Bill replied to the topic 'KStars on windows not saving data' in the forum. 8 months ago

Cant save data like that when you are using wINDI. One of the drawbacks.

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Bill created a new topic ' MoonLite Focus Driver Issue' in the forum. 8 months ago

Hello,

When I connect the MoonLite focuser along with my AP1100, ASI 1600, ASI120MM-S, and Filter Wheel, I hit some strange condition where the focuser driver spams on and on about temperature, and prevents the focuser from operating correctly. Oddly enough I cannot repro with when my Celestron CGEM is connected along with the rest of the gear, only the AP1100.

If I load all the drivers with the AP1100 USB unplugged, connect everything but the 1100, then plug in the USB for the AP1100 and connect it in INDI, everything works just fine.

Any ideas?

2017-04-16T18:59:20: MoonLite is offline. 
2017-04-16T18:59:19: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.8) 
2017-04-16T18:59:19: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.1) 
2017-04-16T18:59:19: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.3) 
2017-04-16T18:59:19: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.6) 
2017-04-16T18:59:18: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.8) 
2017-04-16T18:59:18: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.1) 
2017-04-16T18:59:18: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.4) 
2017-04-16T18:59:18: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.6) 
2017-04-16T18:59:17: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.9) 
2017-04-16T18:59:17: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:17: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.4) 
2017-04-16T18:59:17: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.7) 
2017-04-16T18:59:16: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.0) 
2017-04-16T18:59:16: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:16: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.5) 
2017-04-16T18:59:15: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.8) 
2017-04-16T18:59:15: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.0) 
2017-04-16T18:59:15: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.3) 
2017-04-16T18:59:15: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.6) 
2017-04-16T18:59:14: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.8) 
2017-04-16T18:59:14: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.1) 
2017-04-16T18:59:14: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.4) 
2017-04-16T18:59:14: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.6) 
2017-04-16T18:59:13: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.9) 
2017-04-16T18:59:13: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:13: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.4) 
2017-04-16T18:59:13: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.7) 
2017-04-16T18:59:12: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:00.0) 
2017-04-16T18:59:12: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:50.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:12: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:50.4) 
2017-04-16T18:59:11: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:50.7) 
2017-04-16T18:59:11: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.0) 
2017-04-16T18:59:11: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:11: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.5) 
2017-04-16T18:59:10: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.8) 
2017-04-16T18:59:10: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.0) 
2017-04-16T18:59:10: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.3) 
2017-04-16T18:59:10: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.6) 
2017-04-16T18:59:09: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.8) 
2017-04-16T18:59:09: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.1) 
2017-04-16T18:59:09: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.4) 
2017-04-16T18:59:09: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.6) 
2017-04-16T18:59:08: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.9) 
2017-04-16T18:59:08: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:08: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.4) 
2017-04-16T18:59:07: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.7) 
2017-04-16T18:59:07: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.0) 
2017-04-16T18:59:07: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:07: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.5) 
2017-04-16T18:59:06: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.8) 
2017-04-16T18:59:06: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.0) 
2017-04-16T18:59:06: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.3) 
2017-04-16T18:59:06: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.6) 
2017-04-16T18:59:05: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.8) 
2017-04-16T18:59:05: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.1) 
2017-04-16T18:59:05: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.4) 
2017-04-16T18:59:05: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.6) 
2017-04-16T18:59:04: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.9) 
2017-04-16T18:59:04: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:04: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.4) 
2017-04-16T18:59:04: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.7) 
2017-04-16T18:59:03: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.0) 
2017-04-16T18:59:03: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:03: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.5) 
2017-04-16T18:59:02: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.8) 
2017-04-16T18:59:02: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:49.9) 
2017-04-16T18:59:02: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:50.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:02: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:50.4) 
2017-04-16T18:59:01: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:50.7) 
2017-04-16T18:59:01: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.0) 
2017-04-16T18:59:01: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.2) 
2017-04-16T18:59:01: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.5) 
2017-04-16T18:59:00: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.8) 
2017-04-16T18:59:00: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.0) 
2017-04-16T18:59:00: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.3) 
2017-04-16T18:59:00: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.6) 
2017-04-16T18:58:59: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.8) 
2017-04-16T18:58:59: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.1) 
2017-04-16T18:58:59: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.4) 
2017-04-16T18:58:58: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.6) 
2017-04-16T18:58:58: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.9) 
2017-04-16T18:58:58: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.2) 
2017-04-16T18:58:58: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.4) 
2017-04-16T18:58:57: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.7) 
2017-04-16T18:58:57: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.0) 
2017-04-16T18:58:57: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.2) 
2017-04-16T18:58:57: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.5) 
2017-04-16T18:58:56: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.8) 
2017-04-16T18:58:56: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.0) 
2017-04-16T18:58:56: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.3) 
2017-04-16T18:58:56: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.6) 
2017-04-16T18:58:55: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.8) 
2017-04-16T18:58:55: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.1) 
2017-04-16T18:58:55: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.4) 
2017-04-16T18:58:54: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.6) 
2017-04-16T18:58:54: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.8) 
2017-04-16T18:58:54: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.1) 
2017-04-16T18:58:54: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.4) 
2017-04-16T18:58:53: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.6) 
2017-04-16T18:58:53: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.9) 
2017-04-16T18:58:53: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.2) 
2017-04-16T18:58:53: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.4) 
2017-04-16T18:58:52: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:59.7) 
2017-04-16T18:58:52: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:49.9) 
2017-04-16T18:58:52: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:50.2) 
2017-04-16T18:58:52: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:50.4) 
2017-04-16T18:58:51: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:50.7) 
2017-04-16T18:58:51: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.0) 
2017-04-16T18:58:51: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.2) 
2017-04-16T18:58:50: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.5) 
2017-04-16T18:58:50: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:51.8) 
2017-04-16T18:58:50: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.0) 
2017-04-16T18:58:50: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.3) 
2017-04-16T18:58:49: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.6) 
2017-04-16T18:58:49: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:52.8) 
2017-04-16T18:58:49: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.1) 
2017-04-16T18:58:49: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.4) 
2017-04-16T18:58:48: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.6) 
2017-04-16T18:58:48: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:53.9) 
2017-04-16T18:58:48: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.2) 
2017-04-16T18:58:48: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.4) 
2017-04-16T18:58:47: Debug is enabled. 
2017-04-16T18:58:47: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:54.7) 
2017-04-16T18:58:47: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.0) 
2017-04-16T18:58:47: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.2) 
2017-04-16T18:58:46: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.5) 
2017-04-16T18:58:46: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:55.8) 
2017-04-16T18:58:46: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.0) 
2017-04-16T18:58:46: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.3) 
2017-04-16T18:58:45: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.6) 
2017-04-16T18:58:45: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:56.8) 
2017-04-16T18:58:45: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.1) 
2017-04-16T18:58:45: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.4) 
2017-04-16T18:58:44: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.6) 
2017-04-16T18:58:44: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:57.9) 
2017-04-16T18:58:44: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (:58.2) 
2017-04-16T18:58:44: Unknown error: focuser temperature value (     ) 
2017-04-16T18:58:44: Unknown error: focuser position value (     ) 
2017-04-16T18:58:43: Error loading user configuration. Unable to open config file. Error loading file /home/bill/.indi/MoonLite_config.xml: No such file or directory. To save user configuration, click Save under the Configuration property in the Options tab.  
2017-04-16T18:58:43: MoonLite paramaters updated, focuser ready for use. 
2017-04-16T18:58:43: Unknown error: focuser step value (8.6) 
2017-04-16T18:58:43: MoonLite is online. 
2017-04-16T18:58:43: MoonLite is online. Getting focus parameters...


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Bill replied to the topic 'Remote Astrometry Plate solve on Windows' in the forum. 8 months ago

I tried that, and all of the options are greyed out. Cant change anything.

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Bill created a new topic ' Remote Astrometry Plate solve on Windows' in the forum. 8 months ago

Hello,

I am trying to test out something with Windows Subsystem for Linux and I need to use the remote plate solve option in Ekos, but it is greyed out. It tells me I need to configure Astrometry in the device profile, but all of that is greyed out as well.

How do I enable this?

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Bill replied to the topic 'Client File Copy' in the forum. 8 months ago

Apparently it causes problems for WiFi on the Pi.

sudo -s
sudo echo "net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
sudo echo "net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
sudo echo "net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6 = 1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf

My driver had power management already disabled, but if you don't have that turned off, you want to turn that off as well.

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Bill created a new topic ' Client File Copy' in the forum. 8 months ago

I am curious -- how is the INDI Server performing the file copy to the Ekos client when you have it set to store the files on your client? I recently installed and set up a 5G WiFi card on my Pi, which is working well, and about twice as fast as the built-in networking adapter. The problem I have is, there was no improvement in the time it takes for the file to transfer from INDI to my client. Other file copy tests (with the same FITS images from the camera) move much faster on my network, but for some reason the INDI ones don't.

I turned off the FITS viewer, since I thought it may be related, and it did improve the time a small amount, but I still have about 20 seconds from the time a frame completes to when it is downloaded to my client.

Anything I can do to improve this?

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Bill replied to the topic 'Random Thought about ASCOM & INDI' in the forum. 8 months ago

maudy wrote: The goal is to use Skysafari to so the initial slewing when exploring and finding new object; basically, when not using the scheduler. For INDI it remains connected so when imaging without scheduler the RA/DEC is gather for the FITs. Then when using the scheduler, sky safari is not used, other than to check the coordinates.

I recently switched to nexbridge from ser2cat for the multi connect option, and I am testing the -m 2 option right now. Initial results seem to be that Skysafari will disconnect at times, and not reconnect unless I disconnect INDI first. INDI seems to loose the RA/DEC when this reconnect is attempted. I need to gather logs on this though, and hope to be able to do it this weekend, and post back to my other thread on the SkySafari/INDI connections. Right now using ser2cat it is possible to connect and disconnect both.

Currently, Skysafari does not use INDI. There is a thread on this forum about this; I have some hope it may happen. I reached out to Simulation Curriculum requesting they add INDI, and was told it is not being consider.


I am not sure what your setup is in terms of your Desktop OS, where you have SkySafari installed (iPad? iPhone? Android? MacOSX?) or how you are trying to get them all connected to the CGEM at once. I suspect that there is a more elegant solution to what you are trying to do. In the context of this thread, which is about getting ASCOM client software to connect to INDI, I do not think SkySafari is an ASCOM client. The Celestron Mount uses an ASCOM driver on Windows, of course, but I am not sure what benefit SkySafari would get if that ASCOM driver were connected to INDI.

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Bill replied to the topic 'The new Ekos, some impressions, small issues and tips' in the forum. 8 months ago

Tell him he should send you a test device ;)

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