AstroBitz thanked Wouter van Reeven in topic Telescope list 5 days ago
Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Change to Guide Module with recent update?' in the forum. 5 days ago

Thanks for the warning, Jo, and no problem. Last night I tried guiding with the ST4 port again (after updating KStars, indi etc) but unfortunately it still didn’t work. For internal guiding via EQMod I already had reset the configuration so no harm done there. I’ll try with lower Proportional Gain next time and see if that helps. Thanks!


Clear skies, Wouter

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Jasem Mutlaq thanked Wouter van Reeven in topic Telescope list 6 days ago
Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Telescope list' in the forum. 6 days ago

- no need to specify a driver so leave at none
- yes you need to do this for all telescope profiles
- yes you need to add your guiding scope

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Change to Guide Module with recent update?' in the forum. 7 days ago

That’s great Jasem! Can’t wait for tomorrow!

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Change to Guide Module with recent update?' in the forum. 7 days ago

I use the ZWO driver and on-cam guiding. I didn't even know it was possible to use the INDI driver in PHD2.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Change to Guide Module with recent update?' in the forum. 7 days ago

And tell or asl them what exactly? Remember, guidng via ST4 on the USB3 versions works in PHD2. Just not in Ekos...

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Change to Guide Module with recent update?' in the forum. 7 days ago

It’s probably worth noting that my setup doesn’t use an RPi but simply a (2010) Dell laptop with Ubuntu Mate 17.10.1 (artful).

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Raspberry Pi 3 Setup Script' in the forum. 7 days ago

True, vino needs to offer unencrypted connections for Mac OS X clients to be able to connect. I have no problem with that but can see how other users would.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Change to Guide Module with recent update?' in the forum. 7 days ago

El Corazon wrote: Thanks, wvreeven. Exactly what I am seeing in all respects, except I don't need to shut down the mount to recover, just Ekos and KStars. However, I think I have found a way to make the guiding through the mount, using the internal guider, more consistent. Can you try playing with the proportional gain in the Control Parameter settings and set proportional gain for the RA axis to 200% and DEC axis to 100%. In my case, that brought the deviations down to <2" on an Atlas Pro, 70% of the time <1" with guide pulse lengths rarely exceeding 400 ms, 200-250 ms most of the time. If you can improve further, please let me know. But with those settings, it is quite workable at the focal lengths I am using (~800mm and at the abysmal seeing I had in my light polluted and smog-filled inner city area. In my case, I used 2" frames, not ideal, so I will change to 4" frames next time. I thought I had set the guider to 4" frames, but it reverted on its own without me noticing. Thanks for pointing that out.


I set the Proportional Gain as you indicated but to no avail as you can see in the screenshot. I'm not sure if my guide scope is focused well enough though. I ordered a new one with a better focuser so maybe that'll help.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Raspberry Pi 3 Setup Script' in the forum. 7 days ago

Thanks very much for all the work you put in this Rob. I wasn’t too happy about your choice for RealVNC, mostly because it cannot be installed by adding a ppa or other repo, so I changed it for vino, which is the Gnome default VNC player. If you like I can tell you how I installed and configured it. Not sure how to automate some of the steps though...

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Change to Guide Module with recent update?' in the forum. 1 week ago

I can confirm the behaviour reported here. I have an ASI120MC-S (USB3) and use it on an HEQ5-Pro that is connected to Ekos with an EQDir cable (EQMod driver).

When using the EQMod guiding within Ekos, guiding works fine allthough the guiding errors are rather large, around 5” either way on both axes and more. Quite consistently.

When using the camera for guiding, calibration never stops. The mount just starts drifting and will never revert direction. I need to physically shut it down and restart it (not just Ekos/KStars, the mount as well) before it starts responding again.

When using PHD2 for guiding with on-camera, guiding goes very well. The errors generally remain within 2.5” though occasionally (every 5 to 10 frames) a large step (7.5” or more) is taken in RA followed with a reverse step tow or three frames later.

All guiding is done with 4.0 sec frames.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Canon 1000D problem with aborted exposures' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

To be honest, that hasn’t happened to me yet. Sorry, perhaps I was confusing two different situations.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Canon 1000D problem with aborted exposures' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Jasem once explained to me that this is expected behaviour when using the Canon driver. With the GPhoto driver the camera should keep on working after an aborted exposure.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Ubuntu Mate customized image for Raspberry PI 3?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Adding to what supernov wrote: For me my Canon EOS 700D camera at first didn't work well as well. At some point I tried using the camera without connecting the guide cam and lo and behold the Canon camera worked like a charm! When I reconnected the guide cam it started failing again. At that point I was using a ZWO ASI120MC (USB2) guide cam which I knew didn't follow the USB2 protocol well enough (1024b packets instead of the maximum of 512b) so I bought the ZWO ASI120MC-S (USB3) one and that solved all the problems. I am not aware of any such issues with the Orion StarShoot AutoGuider though.

Sorry to hear you've given up but I very much understand. I hope you find a good way for you to get your gear working.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Ubuntu Mate customized image for Raspberry PI 3?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Maybe if you start by telling us exactly what gear (mount, telescope(s), camera(s) etc) you use and what INDI drivers then we may be able to help you resolve your issues. I haven’t used my RPi3 yet in the field since I got it last week and there were too many clouds but I did use INDI with a SkyWatcher AZEQ-6 (and later HEQ5-Pro), a William Optics ZS71 ED equipped with a Canon EOS 700D for imaging and a TS 50 mm finderscope with a ZWO ASI120MC-S for guiding (not using PHD but Ekos only) and have had zero problems. I underatand your frustration because I have had issues as well but I also have ben able to solve those with the help of this forum :)

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Raspberry Pi 3 Setup Script' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Tonight I started all over again with my RPi3 and added the file with the contents as specifed. It worked for me as well. Plus the 1.5/2 minute delay I had before is gone now yay!

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Ubuntu Mate customized image for Raspberry PI 3?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

As I wrote in this thread I have a laptop and an RPi3 both installed with Ubuntu Mate. The icons show up just fine on the laptop but not on the RPi3. I compared the icon themes on my laptop and RPi and found a difference: the oxygen icon theme was not installed on the RPi. Once I installed it the icons showed up just fine in KStars.

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