Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'kstars frustrations' in the forum. 15 hours 53 minutes ago

Regarding your boxed video stream check the video setting, it is probably set to 8bit RGB, switch it to 24bit or LUMA, it worked for me.

check also here: Video settings

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'kstars frustrations' in the forum. 17 hours 42 minutes ago

BTW, what I would find helpful especially for beginners would be a setting for automatic exposures in the alignment and guiding modules, so that Ekos tries to find an ideal mix between long enough exposures to get sudfficient light and short enough to be able to guide properly, e.g.

Sometimes especially if it is not yet completely dark I find it hard to find the right values and I takes a couple of tries to get alignment done properly or guiding stable.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'kstars frustrations' in the forum. 17 hours 51 minutes ago

I did not start long ago either and had my problems getting accustomed to terms, way of working, all the math etc.

For me it helped to start with one thing at a time. Do not try to goto, align, guide and shoot photos all at once. Start with one module and try to understand it.

My first attempts were to get used to the cam-module only by just shooting photos of the moon and understanding the different settings, I had the same issues with the blocks in the video, video being completely black, images not being stretched, greenish when debayered etc.

Then I moved on to goto and alignment to be able to shoot objects harder to get into the field of view with star hopping.

Then I included guiding and shot longer exposure rates. Now I am still learning especially photo processing and keen own testing the little StellarMate on the next clear night.

Like PK said, it is a long road, I think, but very interesting and satisfying. Never delete your first shots and look at them a few weeks/months later and you'll see your improvements. (I still have that tiny Saturn, shot with my iPhone through the lens of the Maksutov) ;-)

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'Temperature bug in Ekos' in the forum. 18 hours 3 minutes ago

I am using stable builds as I am not familiar with compiling the nightly builds. Are they suitable for Raspberry Pi and MacOS?

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos' in the forum. 18 hours 4 minutes ago

I tried both. Usually when you use the build it Hotspot, the mount starts with 192.168.4.1 and the phone gets 192.168.4.2. I did manage to get a connection to my phone, but the device driver crashed after connecting.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'Where do I set the initial (parking) coordinates of the mount?' in the forum. 18 hours 46 minutes ago

I completed my signature, hopefully that worked.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'Temperature bug in Ekos' in the forum. 19 hours 20 minutes ago

The Canon DSLR for my Canon 7D.

The ASI-driver does not yet record temperatures for non cooled cameras so far as we found out ;-)

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Amin Sharaf created a new topic ' Temperature bug in Ekos' in the forum. 22 hours 46 minutes ago

I noticed, that the first frame you take always come with Temp = 0. Then Ekos displays the sensor temperature in the control panel and this temperature is recorded with the next frame taken. So there seems to be an offset in the temperature recorded. The temperature in the FITS file is actually the temperature of the PREVIOUS frame.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos' in the forum. yesterday

I tried both as well, did not work for me either. When trying to connect to the iPhone I could not reach anything.

I wonder how WiFi dongle works for the EQ-mounts, because they are using the same protocol and app on the phones.

What might also be a solution is to connect a handset to the Alt AZ and trying to connect to the handset via cable.

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Where in Ekos do I set the right parking positions? Right now it is pointing at Polaris, but Ekos believes it points to the Zenith.

I also tried to simply synch the new coordinates in the Indi control panel but it says, sync only allowed while tracking.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos' in the forum. yesterday

This is as far as we got. Jasem said, it is hard to log or monitor on MacOS, but I got my Raspberry now, so maybe I will try to connect again on the Raspberry.

Let us know, if you proceed somehow.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'What is the disgned startup procedure?' in the forum. 2 days ago

I have one additional questions about the startup coordinates the telescope is pointing at.

When I startup the telescope for the first time in the night, it points roughly at Polaris. So do I set these coordinates as Parking position and Indi will overwrite the telescope's internal settings upon firing up like date and time?

When for some reasons (like my Canon freezes again) I need to restart INDI again in the same night, the telescope is pointing somewhere and I usually want to take the coordinates from the telescope and update INDI with it. How do I do that? Or is this done automatically?

Thanks in advance

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'Repeatable freezes in the alignment module' in the forum. 2 days ago

I tried GPhoto today, it produces the same problems. I just connected and disconnected the camera a couple of times and after about 10 times, it can't connect anymore, reports error -10. I attached the log file. I had no other devices attached, just the canon.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'What is the disgned startup procedure?' in the forum. 3 days ago

I agree. I also ordered a Raspberry Pi and will move the indiserver there. Together with the G-Photo driver that should be way more stable.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'What is the disgned startup procedure?' in the forum. 4 days ago

Ok, then I was not so way off the right solution. I will try next time.

I need to get a direct cable for the EQ6-R mount as well, so I don‘t have to set the handcontroller to PC direct mode.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'Repeatable freezes in the alignment module' in the forum. 4 days ago

It happens actually all over the place for me, about 6 times tonight.

Very often during alignment like in my first post with the screenshot, when it tries Syncing to RA.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'Repeatable freezes in the alignment module' in the forum. 4 days ago

Thanks for the advice. I will try tomorrow.

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Amin Sharaf replied to the topic 'Repeatable freezes in the alignment module' in the forum. 4 days ago

Juist wanted to try Scheduler for the first time, but unfortunately indi_eqmod_telecope crashed right at the start of the sequence. The process is at 100% of the CPU and does not react anymore.

I think I give up for tonight.

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Amin Sharaf created a new topic ' What is the disgned startup procedure?' in the forum. 4 days ago

So far I aligned my EQ6-R mount manually with the handset before switching to kstars, but I recon this is not the way to work properly.

When I setup my telescope it is obviously roughly pointing at Polaris and I would assumed doing an alignment with sync at the beginning would be fine, but Ekos says, Sync error.

So I wonder, what is the proper procedure to get going?

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