Ferrante Enriques replied to the topic 'Guiding does not work' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

good to hear that things are going better.
As far as I understand, during calibration the guiding rate is not a concern.

I do encourage you to test the Polar Alignment tool in Ekos. In just a matter of minutes you can reach a nearly perfect alignment without even touching the polar scope!


Ferrante Enriques replied to the topic 'Guiding does not work' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

hi crw4096,

have the same guide camera, different mount. For me this worked:
- Increase Guide Tab -> Options -> Pulse to 4000
- Do not check Subframe for Calibration
- Choose a bright star

Otherwise follow these advices (from: www.indilib.org/about/ekos/guide-module.html ):

Calibration can fail for a variety of reasons. To improve chances of success, try the following tips:
- Better Polar Alignment: This is critical to the success of any astrophotography session. Perform a quick polar alignment with a polar scope (if available) or by using Ekos Polar Alignment procedure in the Align module.
- Set binning to 2x2: Binning improves SNR and is often very important to the success of the calibration and guiding procedures.
- Prefer use ST4 cable between guide-camera and mount over using mount pulse commands.
- Select different filter (e.g. High contrast) and see if that makes a difference to bring down the noise.
- Smaller Square Size.
- Take dark frames to reduce noise.
- Play with DEC Proportional Gain or disable DEC control completely and see the difference.
- Leave algorithm to default value (Smart)



Ferrante Enriques thanked Khalid in topic Manual Focusing 4 weeks ago
Ferrante Enriques replied to the topic 'Manual Focusing' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

you're right, it works without disconnecting the cable!
When i first test it, it did not so I assumed full control was taken by the usb cable over the camera.
Thanks, you saved me a lot of struggle.


Ferrante Enriques replied to the topic 'Manual Focusing' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hi Kbahey,
I do the same: manual focus on the camera live view screen at 10x. But it is not an optimal solution for me.
After focusing I have to plug the USB cable and start indi again as it has to recognize the camera. When I'm focusing more then once during the night I have to sync the scope again.

Btw live view in ekos crashes on my pc too. What I have learnt is that you must not scroll the mouse wheel on the live view window nor close it with the top right X (I use Mint). More or less you don't touch anything and it works fine. If you want to close the live view window push the 'live view' button next to 'preview'in the main ekos window.
But as we said there's not the zoom option so it's not useful .


Ferrante Enriques replied to the topic 'Manual Focusing' in the forum. 1 month ago

Don't see reply to your question yet: yes, zoom (x5, x10) in the live view window would be useful for manual focusing with a DSLR.
It would be a nice feature for DSLR users.



Ferrante Enriques replied to the topic 'EOS350D with indi_gphoto_ccd' in the forum. 1 month ago

uh. you're right. Didn't ever notice that symbolic link in /usr/bin

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root     15 Jul  9 18:58 indi_canon_ccd -> indi_gphoto_ccd


Ferrante Enriques replied to the topic 'EOS350D with indi_gphoto_ccd' in the forum. 1 month ago

hi Dolguldur,

not have an answer to your question sorry. But as I'm using a Canon DSLR too, what is the benefit in using indi_gphoto_ccd instead of indi_canon_ccd?



Ferrante Enriques replied to the topic 'Dark mode Colour palette' in the forum. 3 months ago

hi Maudy, I also run INDI on RPI3 using ubuntu mate but have Ekos on my laptop (Mint / Ubuntu). In other words on the RPI3 there' s the server not the client. Do you see any benefit in running the Ekos client on RPI3?

Neveretheless, I agree that Kstars/Ekos (with or without night vision palette) doesn' t look good on Gnome base DE eg Mint / Ubuntu / Mate. Using Mint Y Dark Theme with Oxygen icon set gets things little better but buttons contrast is too low, see top bar on kstars image.
Here attached kstars in Night Vision and Moonless night on my Mint (Mint Y dark + Oxygen).


Ferrante Enriques created a new topic ' New CMOS camera QHY 168C missing firmware' in the forum. 3 months ago

I just received my new CMOS camera by QHY and trying to use it with indi/ekos.
But it seems that 168C is the only new CMOS camera missing in the list of firmware releases:

Its usb id is:

Bus 002 Device 017: ID 1618:c167

I saw on this forum ( www.indilib.org/forum/ccds-dslrs/2080-ex...ng-indi-qhy-ccd.html ) and on QHYCCD that these CMOSs are succesfully used on linux. But am I the first Linux user owning a 168C??



Ferrante Enriques replied to the topic 'E: Unable to locate package kstars-bleeding' in the forum. 3 months ago

tested right now and it works.
Thank you Jasem for this and all your great job on INDI/Ekos in these years.

Apt history log:

Start-Date: 2017-05-20  09:03:19
Commandline: apt-get install kstars-bleeding
Requested-By: ferrante (1000)
Install: libkf5notifications-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5kiowidgets5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1.1, automatic), libkf5config-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5attica5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), kinit:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1.1, automatic), qml-module-qtquick-window2:amd64 (5.5.1-2ubuntu6, automatic), libkf5i18n-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5coreaddons-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libdbusmenu-qt5:amd64 (0.9.3+16.04.20160218-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5itemviews5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkwalletbackend5-5:amd64 (5.18.0a-0ubuntu1, automatic), oxygen-icon-theme:amd64 (5:5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), qml-module-qtquick2:amd64 (5.5.1-2ubuntu6, automatic), libkf5codecs5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5globalaccel5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5dbusaddons5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5configwidgets-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), qml-module-qtquick-controls:amd64 (5.5.1-1ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5service-bin:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5codecs-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5widgetsaddons-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5configcore5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5notifyconfig-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5jobwidgets5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5wallet-bin:amd64 (5.18.0a-0ubuntu1, automatic), qml-module-qtquick-layouts:amd64 (5.5.1-1ubuntu1, automatic), kded5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libpolkit-qt5-1-1:amd64 (0.112.0-4, automatic), libkf5coreaddons5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5globalaccel-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5textwidgets-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5plotting5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), kio:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1.1, automatic), libkf5notifyconfig5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5configwidgets5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5configgui5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5service5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5completion5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5completion-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libqt5concurrent5:amd64 (5.5.1+dfsg-16ubuntu7.2, automatic), libkf5wallet-data:amd64 (5.18.0a-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5newstuff5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5dbusaddons-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5wallet5:amd64 (5.18.0a-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5newstuff-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5xmlgui5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5textwidgets5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5guiaddons5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), kstars-bleeding:amd64 (5:17.04+201705192251~ubuntu16.04.1), libkf5solid5-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5sonnetcore5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), kstars-bleeding-data:amd64 (5:17.04+201705192251~ubuntu16.04.1, automatic), libkf5kiontlm5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1.1, automatic), libkf5windowsystem5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libfam0:amd64 (2.7.0-17.1, automatic), libkf5service-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libphonon4qt5-4:amd64 (4:4.8.3-0ubuntu3, automatic), libkf5iconthemes-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5jobwidgets-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5widgetsaddons5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), breeze-icon-theme:amd64 (4:5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5sonnetui5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5auth-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu2, automatic), libkf5itemviews-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5iconthemes5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5auth5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu2, automatic), libkf5windowsystem-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5xmlgui-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5solid5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), oxygen5-icon-theme:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5gpgmepp5:amd64 (15.12.3-0ubuntu1, automatic), kstars-bleeding-dbg:amd64 (5:17.04+201705192251~ubuntu16.04.1, automatic), libkf5crash5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5kiocore5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1.1, automatic), libkf5archive5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5notifications5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5sonnet5-data:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic), libkf5i18n5:amd64 (5.18.0-0ubuntu1, automatic)
End-Date: 2017-05-20  09:03:47


Ferrante Enriques created a new topic ' E: Unable to locate package kstars-bleeding' in the forum. 3 months ago

I'm running Mint Serena on my laptop:
Linux homer 4.4.0-53-generic #74-Ubuntu SMP Fri Dec 2 15:59:10 UTC 2016 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
and added the PPA repository: ppa.launchpad.net/mutlaqja/ppa/ubuntu xenial InRelease

Today after update/upgrade, Ekos was crashing due to a segfault in libqt5quick5. as a first solution I tried to remove and install kstars-bleeding again, but:

ferrante@homer ~ $ sudo apt-get install kstars-bleeding
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package kstars-bleeding

But the repository is ok: I can install kstars, indi etc.
Any thoughts?



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