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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24636

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Hi everybody!

I'd like to report a problem I have about the internal solver of Ekos...
I tried to acquire frames via the internal (offline) solver in order to synchronize the coordinates resulting from the solver with those of my Synscan mount.
I noticed that even if the FOV of the internal solver points to the correct coordinates into the stellar map of kstars, the coordinates of my Synscan mount are not those of the center of the solved FOV (actually, the cross indicating the Synscan position into the map differs from the FOV of the solver).
I highlight that the automatic update of the coordinates has been set in the solver options.
Someone can help me to solve this problem?
Thank you very much.

Angelo

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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24664

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Which version of INDI do you use? Official Ubuntu, Jasem PPA or built from source? If the answer is the first, update your system with Jasem PPA or built from source. The Synscan driver was completely broken, I fixed it some months ago.

Do you use your mount directly from your laptop or remotely via Raspberry Pi? At least there was a serious bug what I fixed a week ago. If you use your mount with Raspberry Pi (or similar arm minicomputer) in a place with negative timezone (GMT offset), the Synscan driver was broken. This fix is in git (source repo) and only landed in the nightly PPA:
launchpad.net/~mutlaqja/+archive/ubuntu/indinightly

And what kinda mount do you use? E.g. low-end Alt-Az mounts are very inaccurate in positioning.

How much is the error? Do you have some example screenshot?
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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24689

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Hi Kecsap!
First of all, thank you for your answer. :)
I use Kstar v. 2.9.2 in my Macbook pro (Sierra OS).
I use my mount (an equatorial Skywatcher HEQ5 pro Synscan) directly in my laptop during the observations.
Currently I have not a screenshot to show you, but I can say you that the last time I tried to synchronize my mount with Ekos+solver the Synscan position in the map was centered in the opposite direction with respect to the real one. The latter coincide with the solution returned by the internal offline solver. For example the solver FOV points at East, while the Synscan is located at west in the map of kstars.

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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24690

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Yes, something is completely wrong in your use case.

First of all, if you don't plan to control your mount with hand (hand controller), your setup can be simplified by using a direct cable (EQDir) to the mount, ditch the Synscan handset and use EQMod INDI driver what is much more feature-rich.

Regarding your problems, the screenshot is not so important, the most important things to answer:
- What is your INDI version on your laptop?
- What is the Synscan handset firmware version?
- After you connect the handset to the laptop with INDI. Does the handset show the correct time and timezone (GMT)?
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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24721

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Hi Kecsap!
I try to answer to your questions ...

- About the INDI version, how can I check the version I have installed on my Mac?
Actually, I installed the version of KStars bundled with INDI for Mac OS (this one for clarity, indilib.org/download/download/4-mac-osx/12-kstars.html ).
The version of Kstar should be the v. 2.9.2, but I have no ideas in which way I can check the version of INDI.

- As far as concerns the firmware version of my Synscan, it is the version 4.37.
After your post I updated it to the version 4.39.05 (the last release). I have to check if this update solve my problem...Unfortunately, the weather conditions do not allow a check today, but I hope that this solve the problem.

- When I switch on the mount with the handset connected on it, even if I connect the mount to the laptop with INDI, I always set the time zone and other information required from the Synscan. I tried to compare these information with those reported in the mount information in INDI and it seems all right.

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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24722

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Ok. Can you check the KStars version exactly on your Mac? The link what you written shows 2.8.8 what is more than a year old version.

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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24723

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Yes, in my Mac it is installed the KStars release 2.9.2
Probably I linked an older version.

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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24724

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1. Are you on negative GMT offset (timezone)?
2. Are you on Northern or Southern hemisphere?

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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24725

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I am in a positive timezone (Palermo, that is UTC+2 owing to the daylight saving )
I am in the northern hemisphere (Palermo - Latitude: 38°07′55″ N )

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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24726

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Oh then it should work. Let us know if the firmware update fixed the problem.
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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24727

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I will report you if the update fixed the problem as soon as possible, once the weather conditions improve.
Thank you again!
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Synscan coordinates differ from those of the solver 6 months 2 weeks ago #24737

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I took advantage of a small time interval of good weather conditions in order to try again...
Unfortunately, even updating the firmware version does not fix the problem...
Even if the solver correctly detect the real coordinates of the field that is acquired, on the other hand the coordinates of the synscan are not synchronized to the solution, even if I choose the "Sync" option in the solver.
I attach some screenshots reporting the problem.
In the first image I report the sky map in which you can notice the Synscan cross in red, while the solution coordinates of the solver are highlighted inside the green circle I added.
The other image shows the solver panel in which you can see how the coordinates of the solver do not coincide with those of the mount (here the option slew to target has been automatically selected after the success of the solving process. The option I used actually was "Sync").
In the bottom panel actually you can see that according to Ekos, the program successfully synchronizes the coordinates of the mount to those obtained by the solver, but the coordinates shown in the panel "Telescope Coordinates" are not those obtained by the solver.
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