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Glad to announce of release of INDI Library v1.7.4 on 2018-07-25. A few drivers were added in this release as we continue to improve & stabilize existing drivers.
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TOPIC: Problems taking CCD exposures

Problems taking CCD exposures 8 months 1 week ago #23104

Hi Jasem or others,

Before ordering a Stellarmate device, I wanted to check out the Ekos software. In trying to do so, I am having difficulty taking an exposure with some devices locally to my Windows 8.1 PC. In particular, two StarlightXpress cameras - one a CCD, the other a Lodestar X2. I can get both to connect, but when I try taking an exposure, they won't complete the exposure, but rather just sit there busy. I can connect and use OK a filter wheel, however. I don't know if it is relevant, but the Frame sizes are odd and I can't seem to change them.

The following is my configuration:
1. Oracle's Virtual Box and Virtual Box Extension Pack were loaded.

2. The latest Ekos VM was loaded.

3. From the console inside Ekos, I ran the following to get the latest:
$sudo apt-get update
$sudo apt-get-upgrade.

4. I loaded the INDI server software on my PC. From the INDI Server, From the INDI Server Control Panel, I selected drivers for the above under "Available device" and moved them to the "Selected devices" column.I then Started the INDI Server.

5. I brought up the VM and then Kstars. From Kstars I selected the Ekos icon.

6. I setup a profile selecting SX CCD.

7. I then Start INDI from the Ekos screen and then Connect.

8. As I indicated above, I seem to be able to connect OK, but then when I try taking Sequence exposure, it just spins. I have tried both Local and Client connection options.

9. Could it be that the Frame error mentioned above is prohibiting the exposure from completing?

Any help would be most appreciated.



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Problems taking CCD exposures 8 months 1 week ago #23105

Ok I've already replied to your private message. Maybe one more thing to check is that USB2 support is enabled? I remember I had to enable it before. Check if that helps. But overall, do not expect the VM to work like the real thing, it's a hit and miss! It can work reliably with serial devices, but CCD cameras are another beast.

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