Alessio Beltrame replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 2 days ago

Oops, I totally missed it.
That's a very cool new feature and I really like the ability to control the mount through an independent window.

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Alessio Beltrame replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 3 days ago

Rob,
it's still cloudy here, don't even remember the last time I had a clear sky. Anyway, I performed an additional dry run and I confirm that 2.7.8 works as expected. I tested the following:

EQ Mod driver: pass
Canon DSLR driver: pass
AStrometry: pass (both offline and online)
SkySafari: pass
Simulators (focuser, filter wheel, CCD): pass
Scheduler: pass (first time I tested this)
SSAG -a.k.a. QHY5 (through QHY CCD driver): (partial) fail

The workaround for the SSAG is to use CloudMakers's Indi Server as a secondary server (with indi_ssag_ccd driver), then launching Ekos builtin server as the primary one from the CLI on a different TCP port and relaying the CM server through it. Not suitable for the typical Mac user, but it works nicely. After that, the SSAG connects to Ekos and works smoothly in the guiding module. Well, of course that only proves the SSAG/QHY5 isn't handled by the indi_qhy_ccd driver as expected. The Kstars Mac build per se is great!

Next week I should be able to get my hands on a new USBfocusv3 and I'll report on that ASAP. In the meantime I'm very confident that this built is ready to be used in the field.

By the way, what'd you mean with "Jasem has been working on this great new feature with a mount toolbox that you should check out!"?

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Alessio Beltrame replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 5 days ago

Rob,
I just had a few minutes this morning, before leaving for work. I tested the EQMod driver only and it worked perfectly. I parked and unparked the mount, slewed to different targets (also involving meridian flips), changed tracking speed and aligned with the CCD simulator and offline Astrometry.net. All tests run smoothly and competed successfully. Excellent work!

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anofeles thanked Alessio Beltrame in topic Ekos on Mac OS X ? 7 days ago
Alessio Beltrame replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 7 days ago

Rob and Jasem,
one additional remark. The two latests releases have the same version number. Do you think it would be a good idea to mark them with a further versioning level (2.7.7.1 or 2.7.7b) or a build number? In such a way it would be simpler to know if you are running the right version and if you actually downloaded the latest one. Thanks.

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Anofeles,
this seems to be fixed, at least partially, in the latest build of the DMG for the MacOS. Please check my report here

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Alessio Beltrame replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 7 days ago

Rob,
I tried hard to test is ASAP. It's a very preliminary bunch of tests, so take them with a grain of salt.

Bad new first: EQ MOD still does not work if launched directly from the EKOS UI. However....

Good news: I tried launching indiserver from the CLI (browsing through kstars.app/Contest/MacOS/indi) with:

./indiserver -vv ./indi_eqmod_telescope ./indi_canon_ccd ./indi_skysafari ./indi_qhy_ccd

and it worked! I tested the EQMod driver through a Bluetooth-to-serial adapter connected to my Orion Atlas, together with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II. I also connected SkySafari and it worked very smoothly. I tried slewing to a dozen targets, took sample pictures, used SkySafari for GOTO's and everything worked.

On the wings of enthusiasm, I also tried to connect my Orion SSAG through the QHY CCD driver, but it didn't work. I previously tested the SSAG with CloudMakers indiserver and it worked. Apparently, it uses the Indi_qhy_ccd driver, but I'm not really confident about that, maybe I misinterpreted its drivers.xml file.

To me this is a great step forward. I'll test it on the field this weekend, if weather forecasts are right.

P.S. Just in case you need them, I'm attaching the logs. It seems that Indi_eqmod crashes immediately after it finds the most is parked.

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Alessio Beltrame replied to the topic 'SkySafari middleware?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Nice observation dragon lost. Unfortunately, that doesn't solve the problem. In a way, indi_skysafari is hearing, but it is not listening at all.

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Alessio Beltrame replied to the topic 'KStars detected INDI driver indi_eqmod_telescope crashed.' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Jasem,
I'd be glad to help and to schedule a remote connection with TeamViewer. Usually I'm am at home starting from 7:00pm, Italian time (we already entered Daylight Saving Time, so now it's GMT+2 - if I'm right, it's one-hour difference with Kuwait). If needed, I can connect my Orion Atlas (aka EQ-6) mount to the Mac (via Bluetooth-to-RS232 or Serial-to-RS232 PC direct mode as you wish) for a real test. On the same machine I have both the native version of Kstars (DMG 2.7.7) and the virtual machine (1.6) installed in VirtualBox.

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Alessio Beltrame replied to the topic 'KStars detected INDI driver indi_eqmod_telescope crashed.' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Same issue here, confirmed using the latest Ubuntu virtual machine and the latest DMG for Mac OS X. I found a suspicious line in the log:

Driver indi_eqmod_telescope: Impossible IPerm 1769238349
And for me too SVD Math Pluging seems to be related, as the above line always comes immediately after:
Driver indi_eqmod_telescope: EnumeratePlugins - found plugin SVD Math Plugin
Then the driver dies.
A sample log is attached.

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Alessio Beltrame replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Rob,
I completed my first run of tests on the latest DMG. The very good news is that Canon DSLR now work and there seems to be no incompatibility with any other driver I tested. The bad news is that I got a number of crashes of EQ MOD driver and the new SkySafari middleware is not working at all. However, it seems to me that these issues are not related to the DMG per se. In fact, I got the same exact issues with the latest Ubuntu Virtual Machine, so this is either a problem with my machine or a problem of the latest builds of indi_eqmac_telescope and indi_skyserver. By the way, I'm reporting that to Jasem separately in other topics. In addition, I was able to use the EQ MOD driver embedded into CloudMakers Indi Server, so it is likely there is something wrong in the latest build.

Coming back to the DMG, I also tested the connection with the Orion StarShoot AutoGuider and it works perfectly. Plate solving with Astrometry.net is also working, both in local and online modes. I'd say we are almost ready for prime time under the stars. Excellent work.

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