Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'kstars and Virtuoso Skywatcher Mount' in the forum. 1 week ago

I have the same mount. What is your configuration?

If you have Synscan handset, I recommend to use Synscan mount driver. I fixed that driver properly and it is more robust than the Skywatcher Alt-Az mount driver.
Or do you connect the mount directly to you computer?

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Autoguiding Star Adventurer |Ekos' in the forum. 1 week ago

It is for power and it supports also serial port connection. If you connect to Linux or Windows computer it will create a serial port and you can connect INDI EQMod to this port.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Autoguiding Star Adventurer |Ekos' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

@patdut: Especially, it is not about guiding. EQMod shows completely erroneous values about the Dec coordinate hence you can't even see the telescope position in KStars. Though I did not check with plate solving which maybe resets the Dec position to some meaningful value. But I would say this mount does not work out of the box with EQMod.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Autoguiding Star Adventurer |Ekos' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

@patdut: I received my Star Adventurer mount some days ago and I quickly checked with the EQMod driver in my living room. It is not really compatible because the Star Adventurer has only one moving axis and the EQMod driver can't operate with it properly because it expects both RA and DEC motors. I don't think that it would be possible/meaningful to "fix" this issue since the DSLR is anyway pointed by a ball head to a target and INDI has no idea about it. I did not check if the mount code is even specific to Star Adventurer to implement specific changes to this mount. So it is possible doable to make EQMod compatible with Star Adventurer, but I don't think it is worth the effort.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Remotely powering up and shutting down rpi3' in the forum. 1 month ago

If you let the Raspberry to power down itself (e.g. "sudo poweroff" in command line), it should wake up (at least on Raspbian) inside 10 seconds. If you just cut the power, it may leave corruptions on the file system. It can result long boot time for filesystem check or even a complete fail to boot.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Remotely powering up and shutting down rpi3' in the forum. 1 month ago

If your system does not go on battery power, I would advise to keep the Raspberry Pi running. It consumes so little power, that it is negligible in my opinion. It is not worth the effort and the possible complications when it is powered it up again.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Autoguiding Star Adventurer |Ekos' in the forum. 1 month ago

@tkottary

How do you use your Star Adventurer with INDI? Do you use EQMod driver? I am fairly confused about the many different bundles and accessories of Star Adventurer. I am not even sure in which setup Star Adventurer is compatible with INDI? Can you explain your setup and what could use achieve with that?

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Solver, synchronization, alignment problems' in the forum. 2 months ago

Yeap, I reverted the latest changes what broke the drivers.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Solver, synchronization, alignment problems' in the forum. 2 months ago

@T-Studio: Couple of comments.

SkywatcherAPIMount is the same like Skywatcher Alt/Az driver. I renamed because SkywatcherAPIMount was an awkward name.

indilib.org/forum/mounts/2519-about-sett...f-alignment-tab.html

Usually, you don't have to do anything with this tab.
Home position: This position must be predefined. I followed the common sense by adapting the "home position" from the Skywatcher Virtuoso manual. The telescope/DSLR must be pointed to North and the vertical degree to your local latitude. You are right that this position can be made configurable in this driver.

Syncing in home position (only in Skywatcher Alt-Az driver): if you start INDI/KStars and your Virtuoso is in home position and parking state when you make a syncing that does not add the point to the alignment model, but it basically "resets the home position" with the encoders. After you unpark your telescope, this option is not available anymore.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Solver, synchronization, alignment problems' in the forum. 2 months ago

Synscan driver does not have alignment module anymore, I removed that after I implemented syncing the points to the handset properly.

skywatcherAPIMount supports only Alt/Az mounts.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Solver, synchronization, alignment problems' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thank you for the confirmation. It is clear now that the recent changes in the alignment subsystem caused problems in the operation for multiple drivers.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Solver, synchronization, alignment problems' in the forum. 2 months ago

@T-Studio: I see on your screenshots, you are a Japanese astro-fellow! I started to learn Japanese a few weeks ago! :)

Regarding the Synscan Alt/Az driver:
- I am not the original author of that driver, but I made bigger changes/fixes this year.
- The Synscan driver is far more better now than the Skywatcher Alt/Az driver. If you have a Synscan handset and you can connect to your PC, I would recommend now to use that driver.

Known issues in the Skywatcher Alt/Az driver:
- The driver is currently sufficient for naked-eye observing, but not too much for astrophotography. You can manage maximum a few seconds of exposure with bigger lenses or with telescope.
- The tracking is more-or-less okay, but it does not calculate the coordinates absolute correctly.
- If you run your mount for many hours on different targets, the alignment subsystem can go crazy and a INDI/KStars restart is needed. _Never leave your telescope unattended in tracking mode or executing tasks in Scheduler for a longer period._
- I will fix some problems these weeks, but I don't have a time estimate when they will be fixed.
- I did not use Skywatcher Alt/Az driver a month ago, I don't know if the alignment subsystem went broken.

Honestly, I don't understand your problems completely, but here are some considerations for the syncing:
- The synced points are "forgotten" after you stop INDI server and the telescope. => You must sync 3-5 points every time after you start a new observation session to get an accurate model inside the alignment subsystem.
- Try to sync the first 3-4 points between far points. All the time move your mount in a new position 5-10 degrees away and do a new platesolving with syncing.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Datyson T7M' in the forum. 3 months ago

ASI120MM-compatible.iic

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Jasem Mutlaq thanked Csaba Kertesz in topic Datyson T7M 4 months ago
Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'Datyson T7M' in the forum. 4 months ago

I don't use the ST4 port on my T7C (color) version of this camera and I don't know if it is just your piece or these camera have wrong pin configuration in general. But it is fairly easy to fix the ST4 cable for the camera with a crimping tool. Just check which lines should be switched, cut one end and put a new RJ plug on the repositioned cables.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'QHY5 - alccd5 mono distorted images' in the forum. 4 months ago

I can achieve with my T7C connected to Raspberry Pi, the frames are streamed via wired ethernet to my laptop:
1280x960: 6 fps
1024x400: 18 fps
640x480: 20-23 fps
320x240: 30 fps
With a "compatible" laptop, you can achieve higher frame rates, I think the RPi does not go higher because the ethernet is also on the USB bus.

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Csaba Kertesz replied to the topic 'QHY5 - alccd5 mono distorted images' in the forum. 4 months ago

bergerking wrote: Thanks, is this camera from Ali also mono? And is support by PHD in windows as well?
The price is very attractive indeed, not sure if the quality is always ok..?


T7C is the color version, T7M is the mono.
PhD: I don't use Windows, but for sure. It acts like a standard ASI120 camera (same drivers etc.), just the housing is different.
You can also check the "Feedback" section on Aliexpress for reviews of the actual buyers.
Quality: Well, it is marketed as Datyson and it is not a noname brand. You can know them from their lenses, eyepieces, adaptors etc. for telescope.

The final decision is on your side! ZWO is a good brand on its own. I also own an ASI185MC camera and I am very satisfied with it.

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