Albert Szostkiewicz created a new topic ' Starsense' in the forum. 1 week ago

Hi,

Just got Starsense with my Nexstar Evolution 6.
It came with its own remote which is not using serial port but mini USB port instead. I thought that maybe I could use same settings as previously but just switching cable to usb but that does not seem to work. What is the suggested way of connecting my computer to Starsense remote ?

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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'kstars frustrations' in the forum. 1 month ago

Thank you for replies everyone!

@the.cakemaker: Well, cable is connected right as it does move my mount towards selected star. As for notification part, I have attached full log if that helps.

@knro:
1. Got it, and my mount was aligned enough that if i pointed to lets say Saturn, it moved mount to Saturn, but not dead-center. This is where I was wondering whenever this is expected error level from mount or not (or maybe the way i aligned was not good enough)
2. A-ha! gotya, this explains a lot. As I only have one, I guess this won't fly :) I shell look for guiding cam then. But for now, I hope I can at least check how it is supposed to be working using my camera (so guiding camera only) - so I am surprised here that it is not tracking and aligning my mount then.
3. I did, but it uses wifi and locks it when i need it. I am fine with cables if that changes anything ?
I have used hand tracking as I wanted to point at something bright to make sure i have proper focus (I had to change eyepiece to camera and i need to set focus from kstars preview) I wish that live preview would have option to adjust exposure, it might be easier for me to set focus.
So as for steps, I am aligning with eyepiece so cannot set focus of camera first. Unless I should just use my red-dot laser for aligning only ?

@pk, agree 100%, I need more knowledge. And I am trying to get as much as I can :) To be honest with you - It is my partner that is passionate about astrophotography and I am just trying to help out with all those technicalities as much as I can :)
Her instagram :) www.instagram.com/astroalyza
And yes, we are looking forward for next possible astronomy group meetup.

@RougeSquadron: Thanks for suggestions! I come from very technical background with deep photo/video knowledge. Sometimes I like to make my hands dirty and have some try and error :) Problem is, that I need to know if even software works as expected - for eg: why do I see checker pattern on my photos, is it expected?... at least knowing that it is ok, then I can move on with details. At this moment I am not sure if my setup is working ok or not :)

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Albert Szostkiewicz created a new topic ' kstars frustrations' in the forum. 1 month ago

After few conversations on this forum, I have learned few things about setting things up with kstars and I wanted to give another try.
So I have aligned my Celestron Nexstar Evolution 6. Weirdly enough, that alignment is not so precise, or probably I am doing something wrong (not sure how to make alignment more precise?)
I mean it works okish for first few mins and then is completly misaligned.

I am connecting CCD, and fireing things up. But from there, I have still no idea what I am doing and tutorials I found so far as kind of out of date so I hope that somebody could guide me here :)
After few updates, I have noticed that picture from CCD comes black and white instead of color and it has some weird grid pattern that was not there before. Not sure if this is new feature of if something is not right ? (you can see it in youtube attached ~1:00min)

Guide TAB
To be hones I am not 100% sure what should i expect from this guiding feature, what exactly it would guide ? but at this moment it did nothing for me. I hit "capture", clicked on my point of interest, guide and nothing happened. It makes circle around planet but nothing besides that.

Solve TAB
yet again, not sure what I am supposed to get out of this solve - is it supposed to help stabilizing alignment? keep track of tracked object?
Anyway, I click "capture and solve" clicked on target, and I thought "slew to target" would do something, but it did nothing :(

CCD Tab:
Live preview would be useful to see what is happening, but I have no idea where could I set up exposure for live preview.
"preview" button is not helping me much, besides that It react to set exposure value.

From that point I don't know where I could even start making photos/videos from stacking. Does even kstars have an option for stacking photos?
I have so many questions and I was unable to find much of help within videos that would guide me through.
Most frustrating part is not being able to even start. I would love to have some clear steps and understand how should i approach in order to get proper photo :) From that point I could just focus on refining it.

[video]

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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'problems with guiding' in the forum. 4 months ago

sure thing! attached.

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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'problems with guiding' in the forum. 4 months ago

Thank you guys for replies!

This is Celestron Nexstar Evolution 6" 1500mm F/10
www.celestron.com/products/nexstar-evolution-6

@knro - I misunderstood the idea. I thought that without align it will just move mount in a direction of software tracked object

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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'problems with guiding' in the forum. 4 months ago

Just created video presenting the issue.

[video]

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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'problems with guiding' in the forum. 4 months ago

I've tried with jupiter moons and other small starts and same issue. If that helps, I can create video step by step of my process to present the issue.

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Albert Szostkiewicz created a new topic ' problems with guiding' in the forum. 4 months ago

Hi,

I am still new to Kstars/Ekos. I was happy to successfully connect my mount and CCD to Ekos on Linux.
For quite a time now I am trying to make Ekos to work and I had no success so far. I found few online tutorials and docs but unfortunately most of them are outdated.
I have decided to write here, maybe somebody could guide me or point me to proper resources.

So I have Celestron Nextstar mount with ZWO CCD. I am able to move mount left and right via ekos and I am able to get a preview from CCD. But that would be it.

Guiding.
In outdated videos and docs, I saw examples of capturing image, calibrating, selecting a star/planet and clicking guide, which just works.
First of all, I don't see any calibrate button/tab under the guide panel (maybe one of outdated features? or moved somewhere?)
When I capture image, select a star/planet, hit guide - i am getting slight mount movement for a second (usually away from selected point) and nothing happens - Image gets updated, star/planet goes away from the view, mount is not tracking, drift graph is not plotting any data.
I am also getting an impression that image in that view is much more zoomed in then in "live preview" and I am not sure what I can do to reset it.

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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'indi_celestron_gps with Evolution - no response' in the forum. 9 months ago

I run system update today for Fedora using test repos and looks like my mount is working! I got proper response!

>  rpm -qa | grep kstars
kstars-bleeding-2.8.8-2.2.x86_64
>  rpm -qa | grep indi-
indi-nexstarevo-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-dsi-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-asi-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-qhy-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
libindi-bleeding-1.6.0-4.1.x86_64
indi-mi-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-aagcloudwatcher-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-atik-1.26-1.8.x86_64
indi-sbig-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-tess-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-gphoto-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
lupinix-indi-bleeding-1.0-176.4.noarch
indi-fishcamp-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-gpsd-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-maxdomeii-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-eqmod-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
kde-i18n-Hindi-3.5.10-24.fc27.noarch
indi-qsi-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-sx-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-ffmv-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-fli-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-apogee-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-spectracyber-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64


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Albert Szostkiewicz created a new topic ' Strange Colors with ZWO ASI290MC' in the forum. 9 months ago

Hi,

While waiting for dark skies, I'm testing my new ZWO camera with Kstars. I am not yet sure if this is bug or a feature ?
I have pointed camera through my telescope, during the day to some architectural structure. Lowered Exposure to accomodate amount of light.
With those settings, camera is displaying very funky colors that even change rapidly.




I have tried to figure out which setting will affect "Live video" to set exposure but I failed. No matter what I change It does not affect exposure there but if I click around the software, from time to time it will "change" to some value. But still, it doesn't look like what I would expect to see


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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'indi_celestron_gps with Evolution - no response' in the forum. 9 months ago

I've made updates and checking again, this time I'm getting additional error as I cannot get firmware info from the mount:

>  sudo rpm -qa | grep kstars
kstars-bleeding-2.8.8-2.2.x86_64
>  sudo rpm -qa | grep indi-
indi-nexstarevo-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-dsi-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-asi-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-qhy-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
libindi-bleeding-1.6.0-4.1.x86_64
indi-mi-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-aagcloudwatcher-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-atik-1.26-1.8.x86_64
indi-sbig-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-tess-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-gphoto-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
lupinix-indi-bleeding-1.0-176.4.noarch
indi-fishcamp-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-gpsd-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-maxdomeii-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-eqmod-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
kde-i18n-Hindi-3.5.10-24.fc27.noarch
indi-qsi-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-sx-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-ffmv-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-fli-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-apogee-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
indi-spectracyber-bleeding-1.6.0-5.1.x86_64
2017-11-24T06:34:43: [INFO] Movement toward West halted. 
2017-11-24T06:34:41: [INFO] Moving toward West. 
2017-11-24T06:34:40: [INFO] Movement toward West halted. 
2017-11-24T06:34:40: [INFO] Moving toward West. 
2017-11-24T06:34:36: [INFO] Movement toward East halted. 
2017-11-24T06:34:33: [INFO] Moving toward East. 
2017-11-24T06:34:23: [INFO] Device configuration saved. 
2017-11-24T06:34:23: [INFO] Saving device configuration... 
2017-11-24T06:34:23: [INFO] Device configuration applied. 
2017-11-24T06:34:23: [INFO] Loading device configuration... 
2017-11-24T06:34:22: [INFO] Mount UTC offset is -8.00. UTC time is 2017-11-24T06:34:20 
2017-11-24T06:34:22: [INFO] Mount tracking is off. 
2017-11-24T06:34:22: [INFO] Mount is unparked. 
2017-11-24T06:34:22: [WARNING] Failed to retrive firmware information. 
2017-11-24T06:34:22: [ERROR] Timeout error 
2017-11-24T06:34:17: [INFO] Controller version: 5.24 
2017-11-24T06:34:17: [INFO] Celestron NexStar is online. 



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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'indi-nexstarevo issues and questions' in the forum. 9 months ago

Thanks Jochym!

What bugs me and I am little bit lost here - As you have mentioned, adding usb/cable support is tricky, but as I understand, this is already supported via "indi_celestron_gps". Unless it is not designed to work with evolutions ?
I'm creating separate topic for that driver, as I understand that both problems might be unrelated?
( indilib.org/forum/mounts/2845-indi-celes...ion-no-response.html )

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Albert Szostkiewicz created a new topic ' indi_celestron_gps with Evolution - no response' in the forum. 9 months ago

Hi,

I'm trying to run 'indi_celestron_gps' with my Evolution 6".
I am connecting Celestron RS232 cable to hand controller and then using serial to usb, i'm connecting it to my laptop.
Driver states proper connection but mount do not responds to any commands.

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 067b:2303 Prolific Technology, Inc. PL2303 Serial Port

2017-11-24T06:10:30: Movement toward East halted. 
2017-11-24T06:10:28: Moving toward East. 
2017-11-24T06:10:17: Device configuration applied. 
2017-11-24T06:10:17: Loading device configuration... 
2017-11-24T06:10:17: Mount UTC offset is -8.00. UTC time is 2017-11-22T16:20:41 
2017-11-24T06:10:16: Mount tracking is off. 
2017-11-24T06:10:16: Mount is unparked. 
2017-11-24T06:10:16: Celestron NexStar is online.


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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'indi-nexstarevo issues and questions' in the forum. 9 months ago

1. I have exactly same problem when connecting with Cable and trying celestron-nexstar-gps driver. It does connect to the mount (at least it says it's connected) but It doesn't respond to any actions.
Maybe I am doing something wrong here?

2. I've disabled repo,removed and re-installed kstars and indi drivers. Looks like your driver does not come with default fedora repos.
Should I use any specific repo to get your driver 1.5 ?

>  rpm -qa | grep kstars
kstars-17.08.1-3.fc27.x86_64
>  rpm -qa | grep indi-
libindi-devel-1.5.0-1.fc27.x86_64
indi-eqmod-1.5.0-1.fc27.x86_64
libindi-1.5.0-1.fc27.x86_64
indi-gphoto-1.5.0-1.fc27.x86_64
libindi-static-1.5.0-1.fc27.x86_64
kde-i18n-Hindi-3.5.10-24.fc27.noarch
indi-aagcloudwatcher-1.5.0-1.fc27.x86_64
indi-apogee-1.5.0-1.fc27.x86_64
indi-sx-1.5.0-1.fc27.x86_64
lupinix-indi-bleeding-1.0-176.3.noarch



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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'indi-nexstarevo issues and questions' in the forum. 9 months ago

> These are *NOT* RS232 ports at all
Oh! I have blindly bought such cable as it was sold by Celestron itself (hence my assumption it is the right thing!).
When testing (with "Celestron NExstar" driver) I was connecting this cable to hand controller only



As for Software versions, I have listed all indi and kstars versions in this topic:
indilib.org/forum/ccds-dslrs/2840-asi-29...ing-on-fedora27.html

Looks like I am not using kstars-bleeding. Not sure If I am supposed to and not sure what is the difference :) (does "bleeding" stands for development version? :) )

Thank you for your help!

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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'indi-nexstarevo issues and questions' in the forum. 9 months ago

I haven't tested your driver from source, altho I am comfortable with python, I will have to spend some more time to get my head around what is where and what should i run. Lots of docs to go thorough! :)
Maybe I should do 2 steps back and highlight here that I am total beginner in this field.

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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'indi-nexstarevo issues and questions' in the forum. 9 months ago

>"Regarding the connection: what is the sequence of blinking of your mount wifi-light. It should be fast (not connected, waiting for client) - slow (Client assigned IP, no connection yet) - constant (Client connected)."
It seems to be contected, it's constant. And driver confirms it.

>you can also run indiserver with extra -v to get even more debugging
In configuration of Kstars/Indi I did not found any option to enter additional flags. I've tried to modify settings to run indi server as '/usr/bin/indiserver -v' but that didn't worked. What would be proper procedure to do so ?

Unfortunately I didn't got much of an info from debug option in driver:

2017-11-23T05:27:57: [INFO] NexStar Evolution is offline. 
2017-11-23T05:26:42: [INFO] Telescope aborted. 
2017-11-23T05:26:23: [INFO] NexStar Evolution is online. 
2017-11-23T05:26:15: [INFO] Connecting to 1.2.3.4@2000 ... 
2017-11-23T05:21:42: [INFO] Debug is enabled. 
2017-11-23T05:21:37: [INFO] NexStar Evolution is offline. 
2017-11-23T05:20:07: [INFO] NexStar Evolution is online. 
2017-11-23T05:20:04: [INFO] Connecting to 1.2.3.4@2000 ... 
2017-11-23T05:20:02: [INFO] NexStar Evolution is offline. 
2017-11-23T05:18:23: [INFO] Device configuration applied. 
2017-11-23T05:18:23: [INFO] Debug is disabled. 
2017-11-23T05:18:23: [INFO] Loading device configuration... 
2017-11-23T05:18:23: [INFO] NexStar Evolution is online. 
2017-11-23T05:18:18: [INFO] Connecting to 1.2.3.4@2000 ... 
2017-11-23T05:18:03: [ERROR] Error! Server address is missing or invalid. 
2017-11-23T05:17:59: [INFO] Debug is enabled. 

I did not enter anything under alignment system. I am afraid I would need to ask for some help here or docs. I am not even sure where and how would I get such info ?
From Hand control I managed to get info from MENU/Utilities/Get Axis Postion (as Azm/Alt)



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Albert Szostkiewicz replied to the topic 'indi-nexstarevo issues and questions' in the forum. 9 months ago

Hey Johym! Witam witam! :)

As for the cable:
I have bought from Amazon two cables:
- "Celestron Nexstar RS 232 PC Interface" cable
- "RS 232 to usb"
I have connected those to my USB and Celestron Hand control AUX output. (Nothing fried just yet, Hand control, controls mount as expected)
Is that correct procedure?

As for Wifi debugging, I will let you know asap :)

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