me replied to the topic 'Shoestring USB-serial with StellarMate' in the forum. 2 days ago

it's not registering on the StellarMate or on my Mac. Both have successfully connected and driven the mount before. Both can't be broken. It's the adapter is my 2cents.

I might try this cable seeing as Jasem has tested and used it extensively. Jasem I'm assuming you are using this with StellarMate? Is that correct.

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me replied to the topic 'Shoestring USB-serial with StellarMate' in the forum. 4 days ago

It has completely stopped working, not lights on it, no response to pairing commands, nothing. Agree, the BT adapter has been good (until now).

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me created a new topic ' Shoestring USB-serial with StellarMate' in the forum. 4 days ago

Has anyone tested this USB-serial cable with EKOS to control a Skywatcher Mount. I’m using EKOS on a StellarMate.

www.bintel.com.au/product/shoestring-usb2-eq5-interface/

I’ve been using their Bluetooth serial adapter but it just failed after only about 3mths of use. I’m thinking the cable will be more reliable than their BT adapter.

Thanks in advance.

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

I had the scope out last night, and wouldn't you know it, it worked perfectly. Not that I'm complaining (at all) mind, but I'm no closer to coming up with a good answer on why this happened.

The only thing I can think off is that the other night, at this new site for the first time, I know for sure my polar alignment was pretty bad, like 4-6deg off, as I was setting up in a hurry and in the dark with no good view of the SCP. I tried to improve this and moved the mount etc. But it was still no where near as good as where I usually shoot from home.

Jasem I also took your earlier advice and had guiding at 2sec and 1x guide rate. It was getting 2-4arcseconds easily over about 4hrs of imaging......

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

I have no specific reason, apart from trial and error. So I found that 2.5sec exposures and 1.5 "seemed" to be OK. I've had it set at .8 before too and that wasn't too bad. BUT being new, I'm all ears on what you think and what you see others doing that should be good exposure time and guide rate numbers. What do you recommend?

I set all this in EKOS and not in the EQMOS driver page (INDI drivers). Does that matter?

PS I'm going to try and setup again tonight to see if I'm still stuck with the internal guider and will be reporting back.

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

In my case I've got:
- Skywatcher EQ6R
- Celestron EdgeHD 8" with Hyperstar (FL is about 400mm with this) using manual focus (no autofocuser)
- ZWO 1600MC Cool for imaging
- ZWO 120mm-s for guiding using a 50mm guide scope
- Stellarmate on the mount using the EQMOD drivers connecting via a bluetooth module
- Mac connecting to Stellarmate and its running KStars/EKOS - I'm using ethernet because image download is faster, but it didn't matter whether I am using wifi/ethernet to connect to the Stellarmate I've found (apart from image download times being way faster).
- Kstars/EKOS is now on v2.9.7 on both the Stellarmate and the Mac
- Using EKOS for capture, guiding, mount control, plate solving etc. Haven't gotten experienced enough to try the scheduler just yet

My previous post I put a link to four log files as I seem to not be able to upload some items. They were all showing the issue and some screen shots of my Mac's screen when it was having calibration issues as well in case that also helps. I didn't get a screen shot of the guiding settings screens sorry.

Is there anything else I need to give you Jasem??

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

I can't seem to get the forum to let me upload screen shots, but here is a link to multiple log files and screen shots in case this helps further diagnose the issue. It contains 3-4 log files and a couple of screen shots of the guiding tab in EKOS.

app.box.com/s/28yjhrs8ven0q3udxv0ayv48f2urf02i

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

Thanks for getting back to me. I also don't have any (or very little) backlash either as I've got an Skywatcher EQ6R which is a belt drive mount and I can also see the star moving as its supposed too.

I will try the activation/deactivation of SUBFRAME in my next session as per your suggestion. I've not been using it so far though.....maybe that somehow clears out the calibration data that's different to clearing it using the red icon on the bottom left (its next to save guide data icon) in the main guiding page.

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

I also tried reseting the guiding data, turning on/off stellarmate, the mount, restarting EKOS on the Mac as well and on top of that tried guiding via the camera with an ST4 cable VS saying via the EQMOD driver which was always working. In my scenario, EQMOD is working great for GOTO, plate solving, capture and slew etc etc, so its absolutely controlling the mount.

It still wouldn't restart. I did have this once before and I cleared the guiding data in EKOS and it seemed to continue on (that was on v2.9.6) until now. Where nothing seems to be able to force it to start now......

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

I'm not sure this helps, but attached is one of my recent sessions guiding logs FYI. I thought it was pretty decent, but I'm pretty new at this.

This was with multiple targets, EKOS guiding with v2.9.7 and no problems doing autoguiding calibration. Same mount, same version of Stellarmate OS, same version of EKOS on the Mac etc etc.

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

Here is a link to someone else having the same guiding error message. There was another post too with the same error message

indilib.org/forum/ekos/2482-guiding-issue.html#18490

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

Here are some screen shots in case this helps further diagnose the problem

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

Thanks for looking at the logs Jasem.

Thing is, I like the internal guider a lot and apart from setting up in a different location (darker skies), I'd changed literally nothing with my setup from the last 2-3 sessions since upgrading to v2.9.7 and its been great. I was using v2.9.6 before that it was mostly good as well apart from that dithering bug which seems to have been resolved with v2.9.7.

I saw two other posts with the same error message in the title, so there are others around who have had the same problem. Any idea's on what they ended up doing to resolve the problem???


PS I did try to run PHD2 both from my Mac and from the Stellarmate itself while using VNC to try and at least get some images, it wouldn't connect to the guide camera in both cases even though PHD could see the ZWO 120MM (and it was getting late). I was also trying to connect through INDI and not directly connect too, maybe that was it..... I was probably missing something and was tired and fed up at that point and yeah, I get a LOT of people use PHD2 and all that, but I'm not a fan of what I've seen of it so far. I actually prefer to use EKOS. It's been getting 2.5-4 arc second accuracy and its integrated into EKOS so I'm not jumping to different screens all the time. I'd really prefer not to use PHD2 unless I have no other choice.

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me replied to the topic 'Guiding won't start because calibration fails' in the forum. 1 month ago

Even though I don't intend to use it, I also tried to use the ST4 guide cable from the guide camera into the mount directly. Exact same problem.....

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