Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Re:Horizon Data' in the forum. 7 days ago

There's an excellent program on the iPhone called Observer Pro. It allows you to hold your phone where your tripod would sit, and use the camera to pan around and draw the polygons that shape your horizon view. I did a quick write up of it on my site . Anyway, it has a way to export that data to a file from within the iPhone app. (I've exported it and loaded it into Sky Safari Pro). I'm wondering if this could be used somehow to import into KStars/EKOS?

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Astrometry.net index files installation problem' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I've installed all indexes from within KStars. How do I enable local solving now on the Mac?

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Astrometry.net index files installation problem' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

knro wrote: All the instructions are already here: stellarmate.com/support/ekos/align.html


Will this process be the same for a Mac installation?

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Andrew Burwell created a new topic ' INDI and the Celestron CGX' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Has anyone got a CGX that is running with INDI? Considering purchasing one, but not sure what to expect. Currently have an AVX and use the ASPA routine to polar align since I can't see Polaris. It works very well for me or I would consider some alternative mounts. I'd prefer a CEM60 or possibly a SkyWatcher mount, but just don't want to drift align every night I set up.

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Eric thanked Andrew Burwell in topic What's next for EKOS? 1 month ago
Alfred thanked Andrew Burwell in topic What's next for EKOS? 1 month ago
Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'What's next for EKOS?' in the forum. 1 month ago

Herrhausen wrote:

I believe that's the programmer's point of view. As a new user of Ekos I don't know what the underlying architecture looks like. Currently the first layer of configuration is in Ekos and sorted application wise while the second layer is found elsewhere (Indi) and is sorted device wise. This is different from what a user is used to and would expect. Imagine we could set *all* settings in Ekos (Ekos simply "forwarding" the Indi-related settings to Indi). The more important/prominent settings could reside in their respective application tabs (guiding, capturing, solving, etc.) while the less important ones would only appear in the same tab once an "ALL setttings" button is pressed much like it is done in VLC, for instance. Indi would remain unchanged and could continue to serve as the foundation for a whole suite of clients while Ekos users would find all settings in the "most logic" place. "Exposure time" as well as "Gain" in the capture tab. That's where I need it (and as a new user would expect it). Nobody would have to know the former is a true "Ekos settting" while the latter is an Indi based one.


This was my sentiment exactly when first using the application. There are core features (even in other Indi imaging apps) that need to be available on certain tabs. Gain and Offset are two that should be part of the capture tab. AstroImager includes these functions within it's main interface for capturing, not solely in the Indi control panel. Herrhausen is correct, that from a programmer point of view, this makes sense, but from an end user perspective it requires a learning curve since it's not the "norm". Otherwise I love what it offers.



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Jasem Mutlaq thanked Andrew Burwell in topic What's next for EKOS? 2 months ago
Andrew Burwell created a new topic ' What's next for EKOS?' in the forum. 2 months ago

The platform has become very mature over the last year. Attention seems to be diverting towards EKOS Live. I'm wondering what are the next big features that EKOS still needs to support to continue advancing the platform?

From the forums I can tell there's still some development being put towards the scheduler, and refining it. Efforts are still going into better driver support. Are there really any big sets functionality left out at this point? What is the future direction of EKOS?

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Hardware recommendation needed for focuser' in the forum. 2 months ago

I'll second the Moonlite focusers. I have two as well, and they work flawlessly. You only need one controller, the Mini V2 with it. Or, if you buy a motorized rotator, you can use the dual controller.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Add Gain to the capture module' in the forum. 3 months ago

Will it save this as part of my imaging sequence?

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Another successful set of nights with EKOS' in the forum. 3 months ago

Yeah, this was a bi-color image using the mono ASI1600MM-C camera. 7 hours of HA, and 7 hours of OIII data over two nights.

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I have two equipment profiles. One for an RC6 with Moonlite focuser, and another for a 102mm APO with Moonlite focuser. Because the focusers are the same brand, I noticed that the driver under the equipment manager maintains the the same settings for either device as if it's the same device.

Where this causes me an issue is that the draw tube length on the APO is around 28,400 ticks on the stepper motor, and for the RC6 it's around 4,500. So, if I've been imaging with one and the max range is set to 4,500, then switch to the other is 28,400, I have to manually update the max range even though I'm loading a new profile. Is there any way to store the settings separately per profile?

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Andrew Burwell created a new topic ' Another successful set of nights with EKOS' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thank you all who contribute to this application. I had a series of successful nights with EKOS imaging on my Mac laptop!

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Andrew Burwell created a new topic ' Add Gain to the capture module' in the forum. 3 months ago

I was imaging narrowband over the last few nights, and was really wishing for a gain option in the capture module. I was imaging Ha at 200 gain, and wanted to do OIII at 300 gain, and had to do them in two sessions over two nights instead of the same night. I like to raise the gain for OIII since it's more difficult to image. Then obviously, when generating darks and bias, then I had to do them over two sessions as well, rather than setting them up to all run at once.

Thanks!

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Announcing Ekos Live' in the forum. 3 months ago

Really amazing work. I can't believe how full featured it is for a V1. Great job.

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Andrew Burwell thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic Announcing Ekos Live 3 months ago
Andrew Burwell created a new topic ' EQ6R-Pro & Indi' in the forum. 5 months ago

Does anyone have any experience with this fairly new Sky-watcher mount? Is it compatible with the INDI drivers and EQMod? I need a little more mount capacity than my AVX has, and am considering the options for the next weight class up to 45-50 lbs.

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