Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'PA routine and solver question' in the forum. 1 month ago

knro wrote: This is with telescope simulator? It's not perfect, and as you get near the poles, the number can easily jump around. Your mount starts in an idealized position which is seldom spot-on.


This is not with the telescope simulator, it is with my Losmandy Gemini 2.

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Eric Vickery created a new topic ' PA routine and solver question' in the forum. 1 month ago

If I have done a polar alignment in ekos and am same within 7" and start over why would I get this result from the solver?
Solution coordinates: RA (13h 41m 42s) DEC ( 89° 24' 02\") Telescope Coordinates: RA (12h 59m 07s) DEC ( 90° 00' 00\")
Why would I be so far off in RA and DEC. I have checked that the local time, time zone and location are the same between the mount and kstars. The alignment routine seems to work ok (going to compare it with a PHD2 drift align if my skies ever clear up again), I am just trying to understand how the numbers could be that different.

Thanks,
Eric

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Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'Driver name change not being pick up by kstars/ekos' in the forum. 2 months ago

knro wrote: Well, for consistency sake, the name need to follow what other drivers are doing so I'll update that.


Not sure what consistency, the names seem all over the place.

I created a pull request with my changes.

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Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'Driver name change not being pick up by kstars/ekos' in the forum. 2 months ago

Never mind. I had the wrong directory set in kstars. I got the new name to show up because it is trying to match a partial of the device name to the driver name but what I need is the opposite. Now that I can get the changes I make to the name to show up I will keep digging.

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Eric Vickery created a new topic ' Driver name change not being pick up by kstars/ekos' in the forum. 2 months ago

I have tracked down the issue with the ASI filter wheel not being able to load with a local server in ekos. The filter wheel comes back with the name "EFW" but the driver is named "ASI Wheel" so the ClientManager can't find the driver that goes with the "EFW". I changed the driver name in Asia_wheel.cpp and in indi_asi.xml.cmake, I have rebuilt the project and made sure that indi_asi.xml and the new driver get installed but ekos still shows the old name of "ASI Wheel" for the filter wheel.

What am I missing?

BTW I am doing this development with QT Creator on Linux.

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Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'Ekos Capture Allowing Custom Filename Formatting' in the forum. 2 months ago

mikefulb wrote: Currently Ekos allows incorporating the filter, exposure time, and time stamp into the output file during a sequence.

I would find having the option to have the camera temperature included would be useful, and perhaps there is other data people would like to include.

Adding these options to the current UI would make it more cluttered and also too tall for many laptop screens.

I've used several capture programs that allow the specification for the output filename during capture using a format language usually using '%' syntax.

Something like:

M13_%et_%fi_%ts_%ct-%zi

where

%et exposure time (secs)
%fi filter
%ts time stamp
%ct camera temperature
%zi file index with leading zeros

It could be extended obviously - this is just a simple example.

We could continue to use the "Prefix" area to store the filename template.

I'm interested in working on this feature but would like to see what people think.


I was thinking about doing something similar but haven't had the time yet. I like the way SGP handles this.

It seems with the current functionality in ekos that it is somewhat hard to reuse sequences in the scheduler without the subs from different targets going into the same folder (unless I am missing something).

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Eric Vickery created a new topic ' Live Video on an ASI camera on OS X' in the forum. 2 months ago

Will Live Video ever be supported on the ASI cameras on OS X?

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Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'ASI Camera - Gain/Offset/x-Bit' in the forum. 2 months ago

knro wrote: This won't work, what if a camera has ISO + Gain + Offset ...etc? At any rate, I implemented a solution, I removed Gain setting and replaced it with a new setting: Custom Properties. So using Custom Properties, you can set any number of properties in the sequence from the list of available numeric properties, but you have to set it first in INDI Control Panel, then "record" it in the sequence then proceed as normal. It should be in v2.8.1 due some time next week.


So if I am understanding correctly. I set the gain, offset, etc... in the Indi control panel, then choose "controls" in the Custom Properties. Now when I add an entry to my sequence it will use the gain, offset, etc... settings I set in the Indi control panel.

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Eric Vickery created a new topic ' Issue with Compiling Latest kstars on OS X' in the forum. 2 months ago

In scan render.cpp in the new HIPS section there is an issue that OpenMP is not natively supported in OS X clang yet, so I am getting a compiler error that it can't find omg.h. I fixed the error with the following:
#ifdef PARALLEL_OMP
#include <omp.h>
#endif

I figured I would post it here instead of trying to create any kind of pull request.

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Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 4 months ago

rlancaste wrote: By the way, if you would like to try, since I know you already have QT and all of the software installed on your computer to try this, you might try adding an environment variable or two and see if it works. The relevant file is KStars/INDI/ServerManager.cpp. Approximately Line 85 or so. You will notice there I added some lines for environment variables for GSC, GPhoto cameras, QHY, and the indiprefix. I do have an ASI camera but not an ASI filter wheel. So I can only test the camera.


I will give it a try. I looked yesterday and didn't see where I had any environment variables set that should make any difference. One thing I did notice is that Ekos uses the FIFO file to start the drivers and I just put them all on the command line, not sure if that could have anything to do with it.

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Eric Vickery thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Ekos on Mac OS X ? 4 months ago
Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 4 months ago

When I run indi server local it doesn't work right on my ASI camera and it doesn't work at all on my ZWO EFW but if I run the embedded indi server from the terminal then it all works fine. Is there something strange about how kstars starts the embedded indi server?

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Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'Issue with WCS processing in FITs viewer' in the forum. 4 months ago

I will get the latest code and test it again. If the clouds will ever go away :)

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Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'Issue with WCS processing in FITs viewer' in the forum. 4 months ago

Anyone have any insight?

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Eric Vickery created a new topic ' Issue with WCS processing in FITs viewer' in the forum. 4 months ago

Since the WCS processing was changed to not automatically process I am getting a seg fault (11) on OS X if I have AutoWCS turned on in the FITS viewer settings and do a polar alignment routine. It fails somewhere in the call FITSData::loadWCS(). I haven't had a change to run it in the debugger to see exactly what is happening.

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Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'Issue with Polar Alignment' in the forum. 4 months ago

One of the last updates removed the automatic WCS processing because of some issue on slower machines. I think there is some issues still with the new WCS processing as I am getting a seg fault if the AutoWCS is turned on.

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Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'Issue with Polar Alignment' in the forum. 4 months ago

I just ran into this issue. What you have to do is to capture & solve an image (not iduring the polar align routine) then you will get a message about wcs being correct now. Then you can complete a polar align without that error message

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Eric Vickery created a new topic ' Guider Settings' in the forum. 4 months ago

I was wondering if there was any documentation that describes how to use the different setting on the guider screen. I have been playing around with the different parts of kstars and the drivers I need and I think I have a pretty good handle on most of it. But I am at a loss on the guider screen. I have a ZEQ25 mount and it's guiding rate is set at 1.0x and when I finally got Ekos to calibrate (had to turn off dec calibration) it seems to be making corrections of +/- 10arc-sec each time (always the opposite direction of the last correction). Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Eric Vickery replied to the topic 'Custom Driver CMakeLists.txt Question' in the forum. 4 months ago

knro wrote: Use FindINDI.cmake from here: github.com/KDE/kstars/blob/master/cmake/modules/FindINDI.cmake

It should define INDI_CLIENT_LIBRARIES which you can link to.


That worked great, thanks.

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