Soren replied to the topic 'Park, sync, align and all that in EQMOD' in the forum. 14 hours 10 minutes ago

Yes, that is basically how I do it also. But then from time to time kstars/ekos/indi suddenly after unparking think the mount is parked near polaris, but I in fact know it is not (it never is in my case!). How do you then start up, telling kstars/ekos/indi that the mount is NOT parked near polarins but somewhere else (without physically being next to the mount to move it manually)?

What sync mode and alignment mode do you use in the eqmod driver?

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Soren replied to the topic 'Park, sync, align and all that in EQMOD' in the forum. 22 hours 28 minutes ago

Yes, it seems that indi/ekos/kstars/eqmod/the mount or something is very happy about the 0 RA 90 DEC position. However, I need a custom park position which can be unparked without me being near the scope, so manually moving the scope does not work in my case.

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Soren replied to the topic 'For those with focus issues' in the forum. 4 days ago

Great! As I remember, the x values were in the order of 5000, so very far from the other focus algorithms. Sounds like you are on track.

I will test as soon as I get some stars. Next two weeks seem completely cloudy though. Fortunately, the metrologists are often wrong :-)

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Soren replied to the topic 'Comet naming, C/2017...' in the forum. 4 days ago

Thanks! Only possible because of Indi, kstars and ekos :-)

Replace with underscore could also be an option. Either would be fine for me and would work using most file systems, as far as I know.

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Soren created a new topic ' Comet naming, C/2017...' in the forum. 5 days ago

Hi!

I imaged C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) today and Ekos capture module tries to give this to the filename, resulting in the image file being placed under the directory C and named "2017 T2 (PANSTARRS)_Light_UVIR_600_secs_001.fits". Is this a bug or a feature? :-)

Best Regards,
Søren

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Soren replied to the topic 'For those with focus issues' in the forum. 5 days ago

The logs simply repeatedly displays the messages I have shown above, I dont think you will get much more out of it...

Yes, it is a timer based focuser, fcusb focuser, so that may be the issue.

Let me know if I should try something specific next time.

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Soren replied to the topic 'For those with focus issues' in the forum. 5 days ago

I have updated everything and it shows "v3" and I still get errors in the log:
[2020-01-22T19:28:27.334 CET WARN ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.focus] - Focus GSL error: invalid argument supplied by user

I also get these:
[2020-01-22T19:28:27.354 CET DEBG ][ default] - WARNING: bool Phonon::FactoryPrivate::createBackend() phonon backend plugin could not be loaded
[2020-01-22T19:28:27.354 CET DEBG ][ default] - WARNING: Phonon::createPath: Cannot connect Phonon::MediaObject ( no objectName ) to Phonon::AudioOutput ( no objectName ).
[2020-01-22T19:28:27.355 CET DEBG ][ default] - WARNING: bool Phonon::FactoryPrivate::createBackend() phonon backend plugin could not be loaded
[2020-01-22T19:28:27.355 CET DEBG ][ default] - WARNING: bool Phonon::FactoryPrivate::createBackend() phonon backend plugin could not be loaded

The V-curve looks kind of strange, with two sets of points at the same two x-values. It also writes only
2020-01-22T19:39:27 Focusing inward by 1250 ms...
2020-01-22T19:39:24 Focusing outward by 2500 ms...

in the log window. It does not change these values (initial step is 250, but I think it would be better with a larger value. But then I get errors from fcusb like Error: Invalid range for FOCUS_TIMER_VALUE. Valid range is from 0 to 5000. Requested value is 20000").

And it does not converge.

Polynomial focusing seems to work OK.

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Soren created a new topic ' Don't understand parking, please help!' in the forum. 5 days ago

Hi!

I can't seem to get parking working. I need to park my scope to a custom position. Sometime it works sometime it does not....

Here is what I tried to do, which I do not understand why it is not working:

1. Start indi, kstars, and ekos.
2. Unpark mount. kstars shows it is pointing near polaris. The mount does not, it points north and slightly down.
3. Turn on tracking. Right-click sync on some star which is currently north and slightly below the horizon. Kstars now show this correctly as the location of the mount. Not perfect, but likely OK for plate solving.
4. Go into indi control panel, find eqmod driver and under "site management" I press "current" under "park options" followed by "write data".
5. Then I press "park" in ekos.
6. Then I disconnect everything, closes kstars, closes indi and turns off power.

The next time I start up and unpark the mount, kstars shows it near polaris agan. So park/unpark is not working.

I don't get it. What am I doing wrong?

Best Regards,
Søren

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Soren replied to the topic 'For those with focus issues' in the forum. 5 days ago

Ekos focus module says "Linear (Experimental) v3".

The initial step is described, in the "mouse over help", as a step that give a noticeable change in focus, so this is what I typed in, i.e. much bigger than I would use to pin-point the focus. I will try to go for a smaller value next time.

I will keep my nightly updated and try again when weather permit and report back.

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Soren replied to the topic '1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post.' in the forum. 6 days ago

Sounds awesome! Will the new version be upgradable using apt or some other tool?

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Soren replied to the topic 'KStars nightly uninstallable on Ubuntu MATE 19.10' in the forum. 7 days ago

I also get this error on Ubuntu 16.04.

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Soren replied to the topic 'For those with focus issues' in the forum. 1 week ago

Ok, thanks for letting me know. I will stick to the stable from now on. I hope the focus error fix will appear soon in the stable release, this was the only reason to use the nightly.

I think I need to get a lot more under control with my equipment before I can contribute anything, but thanks for the opportunity!

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Soren replied to the topic 'For those with focus issues' in the forum. 1 week ago

Polynomial and iterative seemed to work fine, the failure was for the linear. There is somewhere a limit of 5000 on the maximum step, which I go above if I set initial step to what I use in polynomial and iterative (2000). If I set initial step lower the algorithm does something, but it does not reach focus.

I don't have more from the logs than the above, sorry.

This was with the nightly build, as the latest stable give me a focus error when moving inwards, which seems to have been fixed, but the nightly does not.

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