Magnus Larsson replied to the topic 'indi_celestron_aux' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi!

Arriving late at this party.... I recently got a CGE to play with. Is this indi_celestron_aux expected to work with the CGE? I have the mount connected via the PC port, an RJ45-cable and a serial-to-USB-converter, connected to a Raspberry running Stellarmate nightly. Nightly has the driver, so I can use it. It all connects niecly, but alignment does not work, the scope points in all interesting directions, and when slewing, it jumps all over the map. So: is there something wrong with my connection, or does it simply not work with this mount?

Magnus

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Hi!

I'm back on this and I'm going to try and build an Arduino Nano version of that controller you link to, Thomas. 

Three questions: 
The Git-page says that homing on switches is to be developed. So how does it work then, it does not start by identifying the sensors? Just assuming the mount is in CWD position (like a Losmandy Gemini does)? Or how?

What driver do you use here - not the Celestron Aux but the Celestron Nextstar?

In the schematics, there is  a diod. Does the specs for that diod matter?

Magnus

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Hi!

It seems that I got this solved now. As I expected, it was a simple user mistake. While my Losmandy G11 just needs to be turned on, then I can control it from Ekos (I don't even need a handcontrol on it), it seems that the Nextstar needs to be started and aligned, before I connect to Indi. So I did that, and now it works :)

However, my HC is version 4.16. The documentation says the driver works from versions 4.20 and higher. But: so far, I have not encountered any problems. 

Magnus

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Hi!

Nope, neither CGEM nor CGEX works. And plugging in a RJ45 cable in the "PC" connection and trying the Aux produce similar (not identical) results to the Celestron Nextstar via the handcontrol.

I guess I am missing something obvious. I am very new to this mount...

Magnus

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Hi!

I'm playing with a Celestron CGE mount, and I have some issues in getting it all to work. It has a handcontrol with a small RJ11 (?) contact. To this, I connect a cable and via a RS232 -> USB connect to my Stellarmate. I connect the mount as Celestron Nextstar. Connection is fine. But the mount moves erratically, to say the least. It is not at all represented on the map - on Kstars map, it might be positiones low in NW, but the mount points to zenith. Moreover, no matter where on the map in Kstars I click and tell it to GoTo, it respondes by a small "dance" - it slews ncely a few degrees, then wiggles back again the the same position at zenith. No matter what I do, it points at the same spot. 

What I am doing wrong here?

Magnus

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Hi!

I just downloaded and flashed SM 1.5.8 and found out that in the control panel, there is no available software to download - no ASTAP. Is that deliberate, or did I miss something...?

Magnus

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Hi!

Thanks, that is very helpful!! I particularly like this arduino-gadget - looks great! I'll see how it all turns out here now. 

Magnus

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Thanks!!

Is there no way to utilize the wifi-module that also is an option here? I'm asking because the one I'm looking at comes with a wifi module but an older handcontrol. 

Magnus

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Hi!

I'm in the process of buying a second hand AVX, but I am unsure about how to connect it to Ekos or rather a Stellarmate. Do I connect via the handcontroller, or directly to the mount? Or do I use the wifi-dongle? Which works best...?

Magnus

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Magnus Larsson replied to the topic 'Internal guider questions' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi!

So (somewhat later than I intended), here are two logs. In the PHD2-file, there are 2 runs of about 10 mins. The Kstars log is shorter. It seemed that there were no corrections at all, again. Now I switched back to PHD2, and it works nicely again. What might I do wrong here....?

Magnus

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Magnus Larsson replied to the topic 'Internal guider questions' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi!

Here's a log with a crash in the 3.5.3-system (slighly off topic but since you asked for it :)). 

Guide logs coming in 20 mins. 

Magnus

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Magnus Larsson replied to the topic 'Internal guider questions' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi!

The RA spikes have been a recurrent issue with the mount (stiil not fully understood). I do not have many of them nowadays, so I was surprised to see these four yesterday. However, in Ekos, they turned into wild swings, not just a one-sided spike, if I got it right. 

I'll do a test run next time the cluods part. 

Magnus

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Magnus Larsson replied to the topic 'Internal guider questions' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi!

I don't have a log for the 3.5.3-session - logging was not turned on, unfortunately. I've updated it now and turned logging on and will see of I can produce more crashes. 

Attached is the PHD2 log, starting immediately after I turned off the internal solver. 

Magnus

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Magnus Larsson replied to the topic 'Internal guider questions' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi!

Interesting. I don't know now, when and how I had PHD2 running. But I switched the Ekos profile between PHD2 and internal. Stopping, changing, restarting it.

I don't see any references to PHD2 btw 22:50 and 22:58 - what makes you think they both ran? What do you see in the log?

Magnus

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Magnus Larsson replied to the topic 'Internal guider questions' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi!

Tonight, there is some clear sky here so I try a bit. Yes, it seems that all commands to my mount works well - Gemini 2 and G11. No problems there, that I can see. 

I tried tonight with a 3.5.3, but because of several Kstars-crashes, I switched back to 3.5.1 (anthter R-Pi)

With this, guding works OK-ish tonight - that is, it is guiding. But as you can see in the log, it goes off in some very wild RA bounces, seemingly some resonance (?). So I turned off, switched back to PHD2, and again, nothing of the sort there. 

My settings with internal: I use the GPG RA Guider, have guide rate 0.5, and started out with 133 in proportional. (does that matter when I run GPG?) To try to reduce the swings, I first increased, then decreased the proportional gain, but could not get rid of them. So shut it down. 

What might I do wrong here? What settings should I tweak? (the previous non-guiding situation still being a mystery - did not even upgrade the Kstars-Ekos). 

Magnus

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