Derek replied to the topic 'New EKOS Observatory module' in the forum. 3 days ago

Nice work!
Will the scriptable dbus interface be the same as the current Ekos::Dome ?
api.kde.org/extragear-api/edu-apidocs/ks...assEkos_1_1Dome.html
Thanks,
Derek

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Derek created a new topic ' Would you recommend celestron's CGE mount with INDI?' in the forum. 1 week ago

I've found a second hand CGE mount nearby and was wondering if anyone uses this with INDI?
Currently I'm using a celestron CPC1100 (fork mount) and its working well with INDI but has problems with PE and backlash.

I have 2 questions specifically:
1) How good is it for imaging (stability, PE, backlash)
2) Meridian flips: I'm wondering how these really work? Is it simply that EKOS/INDI issues a slew command to the mount again once the 'flip if HA>' threshold is reached or is there a special command sent to the mount to flip?

Thanks,
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Partitioning the Scheduler code' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

For protection of ekos and kstars crashes ,there is the existing watchdog driver. This works well, I have experience once for my remote observatory when kstars crashed. It parked the scope, roof and ran a script to send me an SMS. All worked perfect.
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Partitioning the Scheduler code' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

A fresh start could be the best way to go alright. I'm not a cpp developer so I'm not an expert. It would be great to somehow work on the testing side from the start, enable TDD and the best design will then emerge from the TDD process. I've seen this produce better built software than big up front designs.

Could I also suggest that the 'weather' tickbox be hidden/removed from the current UI to prevent any misunderstanding? I'm really lucky it didn't rain when I discovered the function of this checkbox changed from monitoring weather to an initial check only. If not then maybe some help text next to it or something.

Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Partitioning the Scheduler code' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Before the refactor, would it be possible to add back the feature where the scheduler monitored the weather and triggered the shutdown on alert?

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Derek replied to the topic 'Full Automation and Weather handling in the Scheduler' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hans,
Thank you!! Just looking at your ekos_sentinel script and the EkosDbus. This looks really good!!
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Full Automation and Weather handling in the Scheduler' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Sorry I'm late to this conversation. I'm a bit confused. The scheduler used to monitor the weather while running and run the shutdown procedure if clouds or rain came in.
Is this feature now not in the scheduler?
Does anyone know what version it was removed in? I'll need to go back to that version. Currently I cant use my observatory without this feature.

Thanks,
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Scheduler didn't shutdown on weather alert' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Reading another thread now, it looks like this feature was removed? Or I'm confused.

It used to work for sure, I used to leave it running while I slept and if rain or clouds came in it performed the shutdown very reliably.

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Derek created a new topic ' Scheduler didn't shutdown on weather alert' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I have a feeling I must have done something wrong.....

A few nights ago on a rare clear night, I left the scheduler run while I slept, It got cloudy enought to trigger an alert but the scheduler kept on running.
Actually it even kept running past dawn which is even stranger.
I woke at 5:45am and checked it, lucky no rain but it was cloudy and daylight. Observatory still open and scope pointing up so I manually shut it down.

The weather here has been bad so I can't remember the last time I left the scheduler run all night. Could be a couple of months ago.
Any ideas what I could have done wrong?

I've attached the log. The first cloud cover alert comes at ' 2019-05-03T00:14:24.249'. The scheduler seems to ignore it totally. I'll see if I can replicate with simulators

Thanks for any suggestions
Derek

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