Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'kstars frustrations' in the forum. 2 days ago

I have likened it to using a telephoto to photograph a small object that you can;t even see, while sitting on a merry-go-round. In the dark, and usually alone.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'kstars frustrations' in the forum. 3 days ago

Albert, your questions indicate you really need more knowledge of Astrophotography and perhaps astronomy in general. There are no plug-n-play options for astrophotography, and there are no shortcuts either.

I highly suggest you contact a local astronomy group and bring your equipment out for a night with others who have already gone through the long process to become skilled. Nothing beats real hands-on experience. You have all the right tools, so you will get better quickly. There's a lot of learn, in both the science of astronomy and the technical skill in astrophotography. But you are young and have plenty of time to learn it. Have fun, it's a fantastic journey!

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Add settle down time after auto guiding start or resume' in the forum. 4 days ago

I was wondering why I was getting a blurred image after dithering, even though I had a 10 second delay set.
I noticed this weekend that as soon as the guiding resumed, the shutter opened. I need a delay between guiding and shutter control.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Perfect imaging session with meridian flip' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I hope so! I have not processed the Cat's Paw yet, but did also manage to grab some simple RGB data on Omega Centauri. This was 20 120-second exposures in R, G, B, low in the sky directly over Kampala. 90% of Ugandans have no electricity, so even the capitol city is dark by contemporary standards. Equipment: WO Star71, ASI1600MM Pro, on a CEM25P and guided with a 60mm guidescope and Lodestar71.



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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Anyone have any suggestions for this error?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Jasem, I just used my rig last night. I was running KStars/EKOS under OSX in my MacBook and everything was perfect. But then I quite KStars and opened up VNC and connected to the same Stellarmate and this error popped up again!

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Peter Kennett created a new topic ' Perfect imaging session with meridian flip' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Tonight we had a rare clear sky here in Kampala so I set up my rig to do some narrow band imaging of the Cat’s Paw. I set the meridian flip to activate at HA 0.10 for the first time just to see if it would work. It did! Perfectly realigned, started guiding and continued my exposures. Love it!!!! Thank you EKOS team.

CEM25P, ASI1600MM Pro, Lodestar x2, EFW, Moonlight motorized focuser, Stellarmate, MacBook Air.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Best way to use Stellarmate from the field?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Ok, solved! I uncommented out the framebuffer_width and framebuffer_height properties and changed them to:
framebuffer_width=1440
framebuffer_height=900

Works great!

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Best way to use Stellarmate from the field?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I grabbed a new MacBook Air and last night had a great time using it to capture some deep sky data.
I had the MacBook connect through it's own KStars and just used the Stellarmate as an INDI server. This worked great, but I then wanted to try using VNC and run KStars/EKOS on the Stellarmate. That went well until I decided to try and change the display resolution. I wanted to try and use up the full native screen of the MacBook (1440 by 900) instead of the Pi only showing up as just about 1/2 that. But I goofed. The Ubuntu desktop monitor controls did not allow for any change, so I changed the text in the boot congfig.txt. That made it worse! Now the display via VNC shows less desktop space. The Stellarmate display is magnified, and cuts off. I made it worse! And now I can't remember what the normal config.txt was, so I cannot get the screen back to the way it was before, nor how to actually accomplish what I desired to do.

Can anyone share what settings in config will let my MacBook have a larger Pi desktop space when using VNC?

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'INDI - EKOS on a NanoPC-T4' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I hope so, I just ordered it to play with and see what can be done.
It looks like a nice bit of hardware to run my portable system on.

Peter

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Peter Kennett created a new topic ' INDI - EKOS on a NanoPC-T4' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Would it be possible to install INDI and KStars on the NanoPC-T4 micro PC?

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'CEM25p UTC Time Issue with EKOS' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I'm running KSTars and INDI on a Stellarmate, with the same CEM25P.
Since the CEM25P has the GPS, should I have my mount update KStars?
I often set up in different dark locations, some on one side of the equator and others on the other.

Peter

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Weird issue with recognizing an ASI 1600MM camera' in the forum. 1 month ago

OK, disregard. :0
I just found my error! In the Web Manager I had the wrong CCD selected. But I was not using Web Manager.
Sorry for any confusion.

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Peter Kennett created a new topic ' Weird issue with recognizing an ASI 1600MM camera' in the forum. 1 month ago

When I connect to Stellarmate via VNC and launch EKOS, all my gear is recognized and works great.
But when I launch KStars on my Macbook and then start EKOS with exact same setup - connecting to my equipment remotely through the same Stellarmate, everything loads correctly EXECPT my ASI 1600MM camera. That camera is not even recognized as being attached. It tries, and then errors out saying that it was not found.
But if I then quite KStars, and then use VNC to reconnect to the Stellarmate and launch KStars again, it sees the camera perfectly. What am I missing?

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Best way to use Stellarmate from the field?' in the forum. 1 month ago

I sent out for a new Macbook Pro - maxed out - but I still would like to have a more powerful INDI server controlling all my gear at the scope - in a remote off-the-grid location. I was looking at minicomputers but they seem to draw too much power. Anyone have any ideas for a low-power 4 GB Linux/Ubuntu computer that works well off a 12 volt battery for several days, has WIFI, and Ethernet?

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Re:Filter wheel issue' in the forum. 1 month ago

Yes, I entered the details in INDI, and saved it. I rebooted several times during the night and each time it brought the filter sets to the camera module, but after going to Alignment it would still populate the field with default settings. I need to try again tonight in a more careful test - as It may just be something I missed - or the lack of caffeine at 3AM.

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