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INDI Library v1.7.6 Released. (27 Feb 2019)

First release of 2019 comes with quite a few new drivers across the board along with significant performance improvements to INDI camera and live streaming performance. Many drivers received significant updates to improve performance & stability, while a few were re-written from scratch to be in line with INDI standards. Here are some of the highlights:

polar alignment assistant: total success

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polar alignment assistant: total success was created by Gonzothegreat

Some of you might remember my huge dilemma back in December, when the polar alignment assistant tool did not work for me.
www.indilib.org/forum/ekos/4299-polar-al...-total-disaster.html

I can confirm that the bugs have been corrected, thanks for whoever was involved in fixing them.
I never experienced once the issue from last time, it took me about 1h30 to align. I wanted to take my time, no rush as the night was crystal clear.


I'm happy with this, I don't think I can get better.


And here's a 5 min shot unguided of Alkaid, taken straight after the alignment.
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Replied by Gonzothegreat on topic polar alignment assistant: total success

Forgot to attach the full Alkaid 5min shot.

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Replied by pentaxian23 on topic polar alignment assistant: total success

Wow! 5 min unguided. Excellent. Congrats!
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Replied by wotalota on topic polar alignment assistant: total success

I wish the stars over my house were as round as the German ones.
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Replied by Ron Kramer on topic polar alignment assistant: total success

I've not tried this aspect of the software suite yet. Looks interesting. How long would it normally take? (I read over an hour?) but you were testing it I guess??
Is it like drift alignment? (Waiting for the drift?) I polar align my portable scope in 15 seconds with a pole scope. I align my permanent scope once a year in 3 minutes using a polemaster. Will this replace either one of those? I'd still have to be PRESENT at the mount for the adjustments correct?
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Replied by wvreeven on topic polar alignment assistant: total success

The polar alignment procedure in Ekos is very similar to using a PoleMaster. With PoleMaster you need to manually match an image of the celestial pole with a predefined grid of stars. Ekos uses plate solving for this. It takes three images with the mount rotated differently and based on the plate solving results of those three images Ekos will show how good or bad your alignment is.

My two setups are mobile and for each it takes about 10 minutes to do the polar alignment.


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Replied by Gonzothegreat on topic polar alignment assistant: total success

Ron Kramer wrote: I've not tried this aspect of the software suite yet. Looks interesting. How long would it normally take? (I read over an hour?) but you were testing it I guess??
Is it like drift alignment? (Waiting for the drift?) I polar align my portable scope in 15 seconds with a pole scope. I align my permanent scope once a year in 3 minutes using a polemaster. Will this replace either one of those? I'd still have to be PRESENT at the mount for the adjustments correct?


Wouter has already explained how this polar alignment works but if you want to read more about it including a video
stellarmate.com/support/ekos/align.html

It took me that long as I had just re-installed the mount in the box, and there is no way of looking through the polarscope for obvious reasons....
I would say that if you use your polarscope first to pre-align the mount, it should only take you 5 min or so using the assistant.
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Replied by Ihoujin on topic polar alignment assistant: total success

Ron: Its a very efficient procedure. 2-3 minutes per iteration for me. Am generally satisfied after 1-2 iterations.
I just use my guide scope at 280mm and routinely get >20sec accuracy within 10 minutes.

Traditional drift alignment would require a great deal more time to accomplish that.
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