Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'New KStars 3.5.2 DMG to test' in the forum. 3 days ago

Does this message print as well? (Possibly before it says "unable to establish")

Please ensure the device is connected and powered on.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'New KStars 3.5.2 DMG to test' in the forum. 4 days ago

Awesome, thank you!

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'New KStars 3.5.2 DMG to test' in the forum. 4 days ago

That is good to hear! I have been busy with a number of other projects since I worked really hard last year on StellarSolver and KStars stuff and I needed to get some other things done in the last couple of months. I haven't been keeping up with all the developments between 3.5.1 and 3.5.2. I am sure there has been lots of great stuff however, I am excited to find out what improved.

One really important item however, is that when I built 3.5.1, I had a couple of broken links in my build directory and that prevented a couple of drivers from getting included and I didn't find out about it until some folks alerted me to the issue. I know it affected ZWO, but I also think it might have affected the ATIK and Starshoot drivers. So a rebuild was really needed, even if we were not going to 3.5.2 now. It would be really helpful if people with those cameras verified that they were fixed. Note that the issue would only have affected people who directly connect ZWO, ATIK or Starshoot cameras to a Mac computer. It would NOT have affected anyone who uses a Raspberry PI with the cameras connected to it, and then uses their Mac to connect remotely like I do.

Thanks for testing!

Rob

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Rob Lancaster created a new topic ' New KStars 3.5.2 DMG to test' in the forum. 4 days ago

Hey Mac users, I just built a new Mac DMG to test version 3.5.2 before we release it. If you can check to make sure it is all working ok, I would appreciate it. Please let me know about any Mac or Mac build specific issues. Here is a google Drive link to the DMG:

drive.google.com/file/d/1f0o2Cg69UX97t_j...V_P/view?usp=sharing

Thanks,

Rob

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Parameters of solver control ?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Ah yes ok, so that entirely depends on your particular mount. For example, my Losmandy expects to be in its home position pointing at Polaris when it is turned on if you do a “cold start”. It has other settings where you can park it and then start it up again remembering the position, but if you were to leave it pointing that other direction and did a “cold” start, it would think it’s pointing at the pole when it really isn’t. There are some mounts that have different park positions where you can park it at one of several orientations, and as long as you do the park procedure when you shut down, then when it starts up it knows it is pointing that way. So my recommendation would be to read the manual or online information about your particular mount, see what park positions or startup modes it has, and try to use that. If that doesn’t work, an easy solution would be to store the scope whichever way is best and to just put it in the park position while you are setting up before you turn it on

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Hi Rene,

So that really depends upon your mount. I have the Losmandy Gemini Mount and it can take a very large number of alignment points. The INDI EqMod Driver can do a similar number of points, but it does it in the INDI driver software instead. A number of mounts can only accept 2 or 3 alignment points, but if you have one like the first two I mentioned, then yes, you can do the same thing the TPoint modeling does. The Mount Modeling tool in Ekos is really just an automated way to do a whole lot of alignment points in an automated fashion. If your mount can take advantage of it, it will work great. But if your mount can't accept more than a couple of points, then it wouldn't help.

Thanks,

Rob

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Are you guiding? If so, there could actually be an issue with your mount's tracking, but it is being corrected for by the guiding, so that the telescope mount thinks it is moving away from the target when really the guiding is keeping it on the target. One possible cause of that kind of issue would be an issue with polar alignment.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Parameters of solver control ?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hi there,

So I would usually recommend using the "sync" option for doing plate solves, since that will update your mount with the position of the solve. "Nothing" is just like a test to see if it works. "Slew to target" can be a good option, particularly if you are using "load and slew" but I personally find that doing a couple of solves in different areas of the sky with the "sync" option, and then trying to slew to the target using the skymap or goto works best for me if not doing "load and slew".

"And I don't understand why I can't activate the log"
--You need to select "verbose" and then you probably want to select "file" so that it saves your log.

For the other issue mentioned in your post, not being able to do the first solve, it is not clear to me what you did. We would need more information. Did you turn on your mount when it wasn't in the home position and then try to plate solve with it pointing somewhere else? That would mean that the solver thinks it should be pointed at Polaris when it really is not. If that is not the issue, I would need more info.

Thanks,

Rob

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That could just be a corrupted database file.

The KStars data is located in ~/Library/Application Support/kstars
The KStars preferences rc file is located in ~/Library/Preferences/kstarsrc

A good way to try to fix it would be to rename one or both of these as a backup and then run KStars and when it regenerates the files, see if it fixes the problem. If it does, you can try to copy back any info from your backup file(s) and if not, you can delete the new files and restore the backup.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Stellar Solver strange result' in the forum. 1 month ago

This might possibly be an issue with the Ekos Polar Alignment routine, not with StellarSolver. but it is too soon to tell.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Stellar Solver strange result' in the forum. 1 month ago

That is an odd amount of error, can you post an example image that produces this much error?

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