Magnus Larsson replied to the topic 'iOptron CEM120 and Ekos/INdi' in the forum. 4 days ago

Hi!

Thanks a lot, that sounds very good. However, I'm thinking of the no-encoder version, CEM120.... maybe not quite as low RMS with that?

Anyway, it sounds as if it was easier and more flexible connecting to Ekos than I first thought. I now feel more comfortable in going forward with these plans.

As a follow up: what do you have on the mounts? I'm planning on having a C11 side-by-side with a 100 mm refractor and a guidescope, setup is around 28 kgs.

Magnus

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Magnus Larsson created a new topic ' iOptron CEM120 and Ekos/INdi' in the forum. 4 days ago

Hi!

I'm considering upgrading my Losmandy G11 mount to an iOptron CEM120, but I want to make sure everything works before actually doing anything. So: how is the status of using this mount with Ekos? I've seen some problem reports here, but does it generally work well? (I'm talking the no encoder version of CEM120)

And how does the mount connect to Ekos? As I understand it, there is no USB port on the mount - or am I wrong?

Magnus

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Hi!

If I get it right, you'd need to set them up so you can identify them, using the persistent port mapping technique:

www.indilib.org/support/tutorials/157-pe...al-port-mapping.html

However... I have 2 MyfocuserPro version 1, and they are identical in all respects. I can attach them as you say in Ekos, one as Focuser, and one as Aux. But I have no way of knowing which is which nor to make this consistent. All because the Raspberry cannot see any difference between them.

So what I did, was to use 2 raspberries: One focuser attached to each (and of course, Ekos running on both). Doing that, I can give the focuser on Raspberry 2 and alias (for instance Moonlite2) and then connect to it as a remote device from Raspberry 1, and then just do everything from Raspberry 1. I can explain in more detail if you wish.

Magnus

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Hi!

I haven't had this for a while. But tonight I had a few "solution file doesn't exist". Only when using local astrometry. I could not produce a log - it seemed kstars froze when I switched on log, and it seemed as though it tried to write to /tmp/ but that was not writable? I could not really figure out, clouds came in.

However, I found out that there were index files missing for my FOV - quite small FOV. Could it be that it means that it is an index file that doesn't exist?

Magnus

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Magnus Larsson replied to the topic 'Multiple telescopes connected' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hi!

I've tried that - using the aux items. And sure, you can connect more than one camera that way. But you only have one capture module - that means, you can only operate one camera at the time.

And the scheduler can not switch between cameras (or profiles, if you use them - profiles are so to speak stored outside of the sequence in the file). If you have a work-around, I'd be most interested. Right now, I use 2 instances of Ekos to accomplish this (each controlling one camera). And for various reasons, on 2 different Raspberries.

Magnus

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Great, thanks!!

Is there also a way to change the TELESCOP keyword? Right now, that is set to my mount (Losmandy Gemini) - but I'd like it to be the designation of my telescope, identical to what it is called in VPhot (C11ATIK383)?

In the Indi control panel, the driver name is given but I cannot change it. Should I create an alias with my telsecope name...?

Magnus

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Hi!

To make upload of variable star observations to AAVSOs VPhot easier, tthe two fits keywords TELESCOP and OBSERVER needs to be set properly. Now, were in Ekos do I set this? I find that TELESCOP is typically given my mounts name, which is not really correct, and OBSERVER is empty. So where and how do I change this so I get files with the proper keywords?

Magnus

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Hi!

Thanks. I'll have a look at the briding-solution as well!

As for mesh-devices: I'm thinking that since I don't have a full observatory but take all electronics inside when not observing, it needs to be some device that I can easily disconnect and re-connect, and that works with my Ubiquity-network. This is not the kind of use mesh devices are designed for, really... so I'm curious about how well that would work. Do you leave your in place, or do as I do?

Magnus

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OK, so what kind of mesh-device do you use? Preferably it should be one that could run on 12 V....

Magnus

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Thanks!

Not trivial, that is one thing I realize.

Another option would perhaps be to have a wifi extender/access point at the telescope, to which the two Raspberrys could be connected with ethernet cables. If such a device exists that can run on 12 V.... ?

Main point here is that I want wifi from the house to the telescope, but high speed between the Raspeberries while also being able to control both via VNC from indoors.

Magnus

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Hi all!

I'm currently using 2 R-Pis at my telescope, both connected to my LAN via wifi. For various reasons, I'd like to connect them to each other with an ethernet cable. I find ways to do that when searching the internet, but only by creating a separate subnet. What I would want is for both of them to be on my LAN. So I'd like to access the second, from my laptop on the LAN, via wifi to the first and then through the ethernet cable to the second.

In essence, I am using one as a wifi access point to which the second is connected with a cable...

Any ideas on how this could be implemented?

Magnus

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Hi!
I run Kstars and Ekos on both. Depending on what I want to do, I might chain focuser and camera from one and effectively just use one instance of Kstars/Ekos. If I want to use both cameras simultaneously, I use the two Kstars/Ekos instances, each on their own R-Pi, independently. I control it all from indoors over VNC (two sessions, one for each R-Pi).

I can not run it all on one R-Pi since I have no way of identifying which focuser and camera is which - they are identical to the Raspberry.

Magnus

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Hi!

What I do right now, is to have 2 Raspberry Pis, connecting to each one camera. And run two independent instances of Ekos. I can not automate this (I think) but I can capture with both cameras simultaenously. Obviously, dithering is problematic, but otherwise seems to work.

Magnus

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