Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Improvements to the CCD and Filter Wheel tab (Ekos)' in the forum. 7 days ago

1) Yes - it's the Atik 383L+ (see Problem getting images from Atik 383L+ mono ). I would think that it's Ekos that controls whether to close or open a shutter, but it's not clear whether it does that or whether it's the camera driver, which is why I suggest a manual override.
2) Ok, now I notice this, but that goes to request 3
3) Another solution other than color is to have 3 buttons, Start, Abort and Pause. Or, make the Start button green until selected, then make it red to indicate abort. I guess it's a stop sign? At any rate, in the VM running on a 1920x1080 screen, these buttons are very small.

Thanks,

Charles

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Charles Wright created a new topic ' Error reading RA/DEC on iEQ45' in the forum. 7 days ago

Hi all,

I've been getting this message in my log window for my iEQ45 mount (indi driver: indi_lx200zeq25):

2017-07-10T16:46:39: Error reading RA/DEC.
2017-07-10T16:46:21: Slew is complete. Tracking...
2017-07-10T16:46:05: Slewing to RA: 13:30:35 - DEC: 47:06:39
2017-07-10T16:40:08: Error reading RA/DEC.
2017-07-10T16:39:42: Error reading RA/DEC.
2017-07-10T16:39:33: Error reading RA/DEC.
2017-07-10T16:38:24: Error reading RA/DEC.
2017-07-10T16:39:09: Error reading RA/DEC.

The mount started off in the zero position and ended up pointing to M51. But the errors continue to happen periodically. Something I should worry about?

Thanks,

Charles

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Charles Wright created a new topic ' Improvements to the CCD and Filter Wheel tab (Ekos)' in the forum. 7 days ago

Hi,

I have only a few very simple wishes right now, and they are all in the Ekos CCD and filter wheel tab:
1) It would be very nice to be able to set the shutter state manually. Either that, or it should always be closed for bias and dark frames.
2) It would be very good to have an "abort sequence" button. Right now, my work-around is to make guiding fail
3) Also, this is minor, but the buttons for starting/pausing a sequence are very small and hard to notice. Can we make them bigger or a different color?

All for now,

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Guiding does not work' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the info.

I did try the Polar Alignment once, but it didn't work how I expected. I have a rare clear night again so I'll try it out.

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Guiding does not work' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hi,

Things went relatively well when I could finally get calibration to work when guiding through the guide camera ST4 connection. Guiding through the mount directly always fails, but I prefer the ST4 connection anyway.

I am amazed at how little the stars move in the image during calibration. Is this due to my mount's guiding rate? I have it set to 0.2 right now (in the mount and the GUI). Should I increase it? I did use a calibration pulse setting of 4000. Do these two work together? I am assuming that 0.2x sidereal for 4000 mS determines the mount movement. Does the calibration use this guide rate?

I think calibration fails when drifting in DEC. I generally need DEC guiding as my polar alignment isn't perfect, at least until I can get the Ekos polar alignment to work (next project :-). I think it might fail due to the large DEC backlash in my mount. Are there any settings I can change to increase the time spent waiting for DEC to move?

I had a couple guide failures last night in the middle of a 2 hour imaging run. No idea why... The star is plenty bright, and in fact, I would try to avoid using such a fat star when using PHD in a Windows setup. Any suggestions here?

Overall, a good night, given it was first light for my new setup and new camera. Thanks again for all your suggestions.

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Guiding does not work' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I think it's working. Setting the calibration pulse to 4000 (milliseconds I assume) finally got enough motion to calibrate the algorithm. Now to try a 5 min exposure! Crossing fingers...

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Guiding does not work' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Thanks guys, for your suggestions. Sorry I've not replied sooner but things got busy.

I've tried everything suggested. No luck.

I definitely prefer guiding through the QHY5 camera, and I have the cable connected from the guide cam to the mount. When I try calibration, the mount simply does not move, as is seen because the guide cam picture doesn't move at all.

I think the calibration pulse should be much smaller than 4000. I set it to 150 for this mount and the mount movement was much reduced between images, and it managed to track the star during calibration.

The problem now is when I select "guide", it only takes a few frames and gives up, saying "lost track of the guide star. Aborting guiding..." The last image invariably shows the mount is moving way too much for a guide correction. This happens over and over. I'm trying all the guiding algorithms, still no luck.

I've reduced the max and min pulse control to 100 and 50, respectively.

Anyone out there have good luck with an iEQ45? What are good settings?

By the way, forgot to say I'm using a Raspberry Pi at the mount and Ekos on my laptop.

Thanks for any tips. It's too good a night tonight to be wasted on guiding issues.

Charles

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Charles Wright created a new topic ' Guiding does not work' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hi,

I've got a QHY5 guide camera and an iEQ45 (not Pro) mount, running under the latest Ekos VM. I configure guiding to use this camera for the guide cam, and guiding "via" the same camera. The cable is connected from the camera to the guide port on the mount. This was the setup I used under Windows with PHD and it worked fine. In Ekos, it tries drifting in RA both directions but gives up after a while, saying, "GUIDE_RA: Scope cannot reach the start point after 30 iterations, possible mount or drive problems".

I tried driving the mount directly rather than through the QHY5, but this is very unstable and the software loses the guide start after only a couple iterations. It's one of the brightest in the field, I don't know why that would be.

Any suggestions appreciated.

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Ekos VM: Can't install Virtualbox guest additions' in the forum. 1 month ago

Sorry to ask this here - I found the answer:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-utils


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Charles Wright created a new topic ' Ekos VM: Can't install Virtualbox guest additions' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hello,

I am wondering if others out there have had this issue. I am using Virtualbox 5.1.20 to run the Ekos VM. My end goal is to use the VBox shared folder feature so I can write all my images there, thus automatically making them appear on the Vbox host. This was not working, so I thought perhaps I should install Virtualbox Guest Additions. I am stymied by this due to some sort of error:

Unable to insert the virtual optical disk /usr/share/virtualbox/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso into the machine Ekos.

Could not mount the media/drive '/usr/share/virtualbox/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso' (VERR_PDM_MEDIA_LOCKED).

Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
Component: ConsoleWrap
Interface: IConsole {872da645-4a9b-1727-bee2-5585105b9eed}
Callee: IMachine {b2547866-a0a1-4391-8b86-6952d82efaa0}

I have used Virtualbox for many years and swear by it, yet I've never had this issue. Virtualbox thinks the VboxGuestAdditions.iso is inserted in the virtual drive, but it doesn't show up within Kubuntu. I am at a loss for proceeding. With other VMs, I don't get shared folders until I install guest additions, so I assume this is a roadblock to my goal.

I'm sorry this has nothing to do with INDI or Ekos, but I don't know if there's a simple reason, or if I should ask in the Virtualbox support forum.

Thanks for any help,

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Very strange issue with iOptron iEQ45 and INDI' in the forum. 1 month ago

Thanks, Jasem,

So I tried the other driver and it generally works. It's definitely less featureful than the iEQ45 Pro - no GPS support, for instance. Too bad since the non-pro version has had GPS from the very start. Now to get another clear night to try it now in full.

One problem is in the time configuration, although I don't know if this is a driver issue or Ekos issue. I try to set the UTC Time and UTC Offset in the Site Management tab in INDI control panel, but I can't figure out a way to enter the correct information. I enter the time and the offset (-4 hours from UTC), and a popup appears, insisting I set the UTC time and date. Clicking OK closes the popup and puts the INDI control panel behind everything else. When I bring it to the front again, the UTC offset is either "1" or "2". This is reflected on the hand controller. Why can't Ekos just retrieve the time and location info from the mount?

By the way, you keep saying "if you use the GUI"... I assume that means I should have INDI Web Manager running on the RPi in order to use the wizard GUI? I guess I'll figure that out eventually. Now, I use the command line to start indiserver.

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Very strange issue with iOptron iEQ45 and INDI' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks. It looks like I am using the PRO version of the driver, which I start from the command line from indi_server on the RPi.

I must say, that's a really deceptive name for the two drivers. indi_ieq_telescope seemed like the right one, and indi_lx200zeq25 is pretty far from "iEQ45" - especially because of the "lx200" part...

Does the mount identify itself? If so, there should be a failsafe in the driver to prevent it from attempting to control the wrong kind of mount.

I'll try the correct driver tonight. On a similar subject, should I also be using the "lx200gotonova" driver? That's the hand controller for the iEQ45, but perhaps this is redundant.

Thanks for all your help,

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Very strange issue with iOptron iEQ45 and INDI' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi Jasem,

Here is a log file. I found it on the Rpi. It seems kind of short, but I have all the switches turned on for logging/debug. Let me know what else I can provide.

Thanks for looking at this,

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Very strange issue with iOptron iEQ45 and INDI' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi folks,

It's not the battery. I've turned on logging etc. and will post the logs tomorrow. Now it's too late; I need to sleep. The issue occurs when I connect Ekos to the mount. I can watch the time get set to a new time far into the future. I recall seeing messages about setting the time and location in the debug log. BTW, how can I set Ekos to use the GPS time/location in the mount? Can't find where to set that.

More later,

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Very strange issue with iOptron iEQ45 and INDI' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,

I may have found the problem - 3V lithium hand controller battery is reading at 2.5V. Memo to self: always bring DMM with me when I work in remote areas. I'll try again tonight and update with results.

Charles

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Charles Wright created a new topic ' Very strange issue with iOptron iEQ45 and INDI' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,

I've had the iEQ45 for many years now and am now trying to get set up with INDI and EKOS. I'm connecting to it through a RPi and Raspbian. All the rest of my equipment connects and is controllable - Moonlite focuser, QHY5 guide camera, Atiik 383L+ and filter wheel.

Anyway, connecting to the iEQ45 seems to go well, except that after some time it looks like the site configuration info gets corrupted. I discovered this when I tried pointing the mount during a shakedown session under the stars and the telescope crashed into the mount (!!!). It took a while to realize this, but I determined that the date, time and location were incorrect in the hand controller. *Everything* was wrong. The date was in the year 2127! The "minutes behind UT" was "H04" What???

Anyway, I thought this was a mount problem at first so I reset the hand controller and reconfigured it to the correct information. After reconnecting to INDI, after about an hour I noticed the config info was again scrambled. Again, it took resetting the controller (open it up and pull the battery).

My configuration: Raspberry Pi, recent INDI driver builds (a few weeks ago), most recent Ekos VM with updates. The iEQ45 hand controller is the 8407 version.

I had a problem with the VM and have to reinstall it, but once I do, I'll post some logs here. In the meantime, any other recommendations?

Thanks,

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Problem getting images from Atik 383L+ mono' in the forum. 2 months ago

Well I tried it and I can get the shutter to open. It seems the workaround does work. However, it would be nice to be able to control the shutter, or at least to have it work sensibly for other images.

For instance, a bias image is generally taken with the shutter closed. But Ekos doesn't do that when you select "Bias" as the type. Workaround is to set the type to Dark and change the filename accordingly, then move the images out of the "Dark" folder into the Bias folder.

This would be nice to get working. Another option would be to have a shutter control button that is another parameter in the sequencer job.

Thanks,

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Problem getting images from Atik 383L+ mono' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks. I'll give that a try next time I have time to get this running.

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Problem getting images from Atik 383L+ mono' in the forum. 2 months ago

I can add that if I capture a 300 second exposure, it looks like a dark frame. In other words, the camera is actually exposing for the right time (I assume) but not opening the shutter.

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