me replied to the topic 'Not showing the FITS file as being from a One Shot Colour (OSC)' in the forum. yesterday

I did get in touch with him and the answer was to tick "Force CFA" when you load the image for processing. It doesn't seem that AstroPixelProcessor will recognise that these are colour images automatically in spite of that information being enabled and the FITS header having the right bayer pattern described in it........

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me replied to the topic 'remote solver | unable to solve' in the forum. yesterday

It's just timing out and not resolving. Attached is some screen shots of the astrometry configuration and a log file that. The log file is big though, what "text" should I be looking for?

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me replied to the topic 'remote solver | unable to solve' in the forum. 4 days ago

Any idea when this release will be out?

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me replied to the topic 'remote solver | unable to solve' in the forum. 4 days ago

I’m also having almost no luck plate solving. Is their anything else settings wise we should be doing to improve the chance of plate solving working?

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me thanked Bill in topic remote solver | unable to solve 4 days ago
me replied to the topic 'Not showing the FITS file as being from a One Shot Colour (OSC)' in the forum. 4 days ago

I ended up contacting ZWO support over this one. The answer wasn’t as I’d have preferred. They responded with words to the effect of “we have tested with KSTARS/EKOS and have seen this information in the FITS header and you should be able to do this”.

I then asked, well, if you’ve tested this, what settings did you then use in there to make this work and haven’t had a reply yet. I’ll update this thread if I do hear back.

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me replied to the topic 'Not showing the FITS file as being from a One Shot Colour (OSC)' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Agree, this is what I did for a day (and it was driving me nuts trying to figure it out) as I forgot to tick the "force CFA", but had the right bayer pattern selected, so I thought I was good to go. It would be cool, if EKOS could put that meta data into the FITS frames.

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me created a new topic ' Not showing the FITS file as being from a One Shot Colour (OSC)' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hi,

I'm super new here, so apologies if this is an obvious question. Quick overview of my setup. I've got a ZWO ASI1600MC Pro Cool, a one shot colour cooled camera and am driving it with KStars/EKOS on a Stellarmate with a Mac driving that. All this is now going pretty well and I'm impressed at the sophistication and ease of use of it all as a newbie.

The first processing I did I noticed that images I processed was always in monochrome (Nebulosity and AstroPixelProcessor). I checked with someone and they opened up a FITS image in pixinsight and were able to de-bayer it OK. So yes I realise I need to de-bayer a colour image, I thought though the FITS file would say in it somewhere "hey I'm a colour image" and even better "here is my bayer pattern". I can't seem to find that setting in the settings page in INDI to do this for the ZWO ASI1600 (see attached screen shot. one quick point on this image is that I'm now using 16bit RAW, not 8bit RAW as this image shows). I posed this question to the folks at AstroPixelProcesser (hoping to make this my main processing tool for now) and they mentioned that might be a setting I can use that loads some metadata into the FITS file that tells whoever image processor software you are using that this is a colour image and not a mono one. The answer so far is to "force" the processing software to be in colour VS it being able to figure out from the FITS header that its a colour image. The screen shot attached is from astropixelprocessor (APP) that shows on the right that all the subs are *grey* and have no CFA data in them. This is what I'm looking to see if there is a way in EKOS to tell it "hey write that into the FITS header" when the image is captured. I hope this makes sense.

Is there such a setting in EKOS? or do I have to simply tell the processing software to always "force" it to process it as a one shot colour image and list the bayer pattern?

Thanks in advance. Craig

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me thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic Ekos FAQ 2 months ago
me replied to the topic 'SkyWatcher mount controlled by StellarMate via Bluetooth' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thank you again kind sir!!!

The exact steps were to document this for someone down the track were:
1) Connect to the Stellarmate via VNC so you can setup, pair, attach to serial port the bluetooth adapter
2) double check the BT adapter is plugged into the mount and its lights are on
3) in the bluetooth drop down in Stellarmate, add the device. You'll have to pair it (mine shoestring device has a default of "1234" as the pair string). I checked "trust" and then also did a "map to serial port". You should see this, with data being transferred (the info line on the bottm of a device shows bytes in/out on there) in the Bluetooth -> Devices dialogue
4) In the Stellarmate web interface, make sure "EQMod" is selected as the mount
5) Start INDI


From EKOS
The profile should have EQMOD as the mount type in your profile before you click "Start INDI"

Mount tab in EKOS
I knew this worked because I got the mount button AND I heard like a "click" type of noise from the mount itself as KSTARS/EKOS had now taken it over. I did a test of an object in KSTARS, right click, EQMOD -> Slew..... and off the mount went.

Thank you again for the assistance.

PS If anyone thinks it'd help I could go and post some screen shots on this too.

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me replied to the topic 'ZWO ASI 120MM-S Not Working From StellarMate' in the forum. 2 months ago

That was indeed the issue, thanks Jasem.

I've now gone back and in EKOS only selected ZWO once, for the main imaging camera. Once I then pressed "Start INDI" in EKOS, the guider automatically appeared and I was able to take a test image with the 120MM-S.

Thanks folks.

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me created a new topic ' ZWO ASI 120MM-S Not Working From StellarMate' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,

I'm not having any luck getting my ZWO 120MM-S working from Linux (using the StellarMate). It works just from from local mode on EKOS my Mac, but not when using it to connect to EKOS running on the StellarMate. So I'm sure its not the camera.

What it does is you take a preview shot of say 1-2 seconds and it just does the count down over and over and over again and never takes an actual shot. The camera is recognised. I have a ZWO 1600MC cool attached and that is working OK, including driving the cooler.

Any idea why the 120MM-S is not working on StellarMate/Linux???

Thanks in advance, Craig

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me created a new topic ' SkyWatcher mount controlled by StellarMate via Bluetooth' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi folks,

I've just got a StellarMate and am trying to control my Skywatcher mount with it. I'm following the instructions from here www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2lOG6JdLuc which is using the exact same bluetooth module and mount with the same software. It's not working.

Before starting I went through the setup of the mount using the hand controller (date/time/timezone/latitutude/longitude etc etc) and then did a two star alignment. I then unplugged the hand controller and put the BT adapter into the HC port on the mount. I was then able to connect to it from the StellarMate and pair with the bluetooth adapter. The devices gui shows its connected and even transmitting data as well and I then mapped in through to a serial port, the default of /dev/rfcomm0. Everything I thought I would have problems with, I didn't (recognising the BT adapter, pairing, com port mapping).

The screen shots attached are:
- From VNC on the stellarmate showing the bluetooth adapter connected, paired and sending/receiving data
- from EKOS running on my Mac trying to connect to the correct device, but failing for some reason
- profile settings in EKOS showing its using SynScan for the mount type

Does the SynScan HC need to be put into PC pass through or something before disconnecting it from the mount and putting the BT adapter in????

Can anyone help with why this isn't working?

Thanks in advance, Craig

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