David Rankin created a new topic ' ASI1600MM Pro support' in the forum. 2 days ago

I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on this cam, but with the internal buffer ect, is it supported in INDI?

Cheers!

David

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Jim thanked David Rankin in topic Local Meridian 2 weeks ago
David Rankin created a new topic ' Local Meridian' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Not sure if this is the right place to ask. Is there a way to display the local meridian in Kstars? It would be nice to show it so I can see where the scope is in relation to the current meridian. Thanks!

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David Rankin replied to the topic 'QHY163 in INDI' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I'm also curious if this camera will be supported as I plan to purchase one. Thanks!

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David Rankin replied to the topic 'Focus issue' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Well, until I discovered Kstars / Ekos / INDI, I was using SGP for doing my observations / sequences.

Really, short of potential timing issues, Ekos is perfect for astrometry.

1. You need very accurate gotos
2. You need accurate plate solves / or plate solve info in the fits header.
3. You need very accurate system time.

The work flow involves acquisition / reduction / measurments.

In this case I'm going to be using Ekos / INDI for the acquisition and to help with the reduction as the astrometry.net solves are pretty accurate. For reduction and actual measurements you need a program like Astrometrica. It plates solves your images and gives sub arcsecond locations for each pixel along with some photometry. Fromt here you can do detailed measurements of any moving objects like asteroids and comets. But, the time in the fits header is critical. If this time is off by a few seconds or more, your measurements of faster moving asteroids (3 - 20 arcsec / min) will be horribly off. I made my own solution for this in C# with an SNTP client that syns my system time, but if you are saying the time is coming from INDI now I'll have to find another solution to get the time accurate while obtaining asteroid observations.

Cheers!

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David Rankin replied to the topic 'Focus issue' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Are you positive that is the case? Does INDI automatically convert the date obs to UTC time for you? My images were being written UTC last night, I figured the time was coming from the computer. If not, I'll have to find an SNTP client for the RP3 as timing is critical in astrometry.

Also, is there an easy way to update Ekos (so I can use that focuser settling time) without upgrading all of Kstars. Will that wipe my settings?



Thanks!

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David Rankin replied to the topic 'Focus issue' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Does it get the time from the laptop or the RP3? I need to make sure if it is getting the time from the RP3 that I have something running on there that is syncing its time up to be very accurate.

Thanks

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David Rankin thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic Focus issue 4 weeks ago
David Rankin replied to the topic 'Focus issue' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Woah, thanks for the fast response on that.

Another question for you. When doing astrometry timing is critical. I use software to keep my client side time as accurate as I can (syncing up with SNTP servers). When the fits frame is requested from the client in Ekos, how is the time recorded? Is it recorded from the INDI server or the client? When is that done - when the frame is requested or when it actually starts the exposure?

Thanks!

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David Rankin created a new topic ' Focus issue' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I have got most of this figured out, its quite awesome to be sitting in bed as images are streaming in onto my laptop...

I have found one issue I think. I use a robofocus. When the auto focus is running, there is almost no delay at all from when the focuser finishes an adjustment and when the image is snapped. It would be nice to have a half second or a second of settling time after the adjustment was made before it grabs the frame. Is this an option somewhere I am missing, or could it be a feature?

Thanks!

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David Rankin replied to the topic 'Cant select local solver' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I'm a bit confused. In SGP the solve works great, but in Ekos it wont solve with the same settings.

Does the web config (http://127.0.0.1:8080/api/config) for ansrv overwrite the settings from Ekos? Seems like it would work the exact same.

Thanks

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David Rankin replied to the topic 'Cant select local solver' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

That's great news as I already have it solving my images well with my current setup on the win10 computer. Thanks again for the help!

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David Rankin replied to the topic 'Cant select local solver' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Okay, so can I run it from my client side then in windows 10 and solve the images that are uploaded?

Thanks

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David Rankin replied to the topic 'Cant select local solver' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

My client side is windows 10, I have astrometry.net installed on it. The server side is running the unbuntu mate latest version.

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David Rankin replied to the topic 'Cant select local solver' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Yes, I followed the instructions here: www.indilib.org/about/ekos/alignment-module.html

Have rebooted everything. The offline is not an option I can choose.

Thanks

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David Rankin created a new topic ' Mount in wrong hemisphere, cant select local solver' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Few things I could use some help with.

The mount is showing a - in front of the dec, its in the wrong hemisphere even though it shows up in the right one under the "mount control"

I followed the instructions to get the local astrometry.net solver going, but selecting "local" is not an option for me? I have moved all of the index files i need to the /usr/share/astrometry folder.

Thanks!

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David Rankin created a new topic ' Survey type work, seeking right approach' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

New user to KStars, Ekos, INDI here. What an awesome idea and thank you all who contribute for making this an option and free!!!!

I am fairly good with python, and seeking some advice on the best way to approach what I'd like to do.

I spend all of my telescope time either searching for, or following up on new minor planets. I'm looking for a way to better automate my searching.

This is the requirement:
1. Slew to target area 1. Take 5 X 1 minute images.
2. Slew to target area 2. Take 5 X 1 minute images
3. Slew back to target area 1, repeat.
4. Slew back to target area 2, repeat.
ect. until have I have done this for each target area 3 times.

I'm not sure that Ekos supports this kind of scripting? I see PyIndi is an option, but I don't see documentation on doing plate solves or auto focusing in PyIndi?

Would I be able to program this kind of behavior in Ekos, or should I look into writing it all in PyIndi?

Thanks!!

I have the indi server working great on a Raspberry PI3 with Ubuntu Mate.
Equipment:
HDX110 (EQMOD)
12" F4 astrograph
ATIK 414EXM

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