Oh yes absolutely normal. Even if you did the 3 star alignment, the very first star would be possibly in a telrad or a finder scope, but almost certainly would not be in an eyepiece or a camera. By the 3rd star in the alignment, it will be in the eyepiece, but not at the start.

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So when KStars downloads index files, they are just fits files in a folder. It doesn't do any extra processing to them. You should have files like index-4200-01.fits index-4200-02.fits in your folder. KStars will simply check the folders you tell it to search and checks off the file sets it finds in the index file downloader tab. One issue might be that that particular file set is pretty large and you should make sure they downloaded properly, but that wouldn't affect whether they get checked off in the index file downloader in KStars because that is just based on the file names found in the folder.

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Is this after you just started up the mount? As in before you do any alignment? I would expect the first plate solve to be pretty far off that very first time if you are doing plate solving to align your telescope mount because that is why we do alignment in the first place, because the mount has some idea of its orientation when you turn it on, but it isn't that good until you calibrate/align it. If you mean that you did a 3 star alignment first and then you plate solved, that would be much more surprising since I would expect it to be pretty well aligned at that point. If you mean you are doing a warm start not a cold start, then that would also be more surprising since the mount should remember its position pretty well (but not perfectly).

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So yes you should be able to add new index files locations in the astrometry options in Ekos. As long as the folders are visible on the current computer you are on, that should work. I have even selected files/folders on the network before.

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So I don't personally know about this EQ-Mac driver, that could be similar or something different, I'm not sure, but he EQMod indi driver is the same driver that is used on Linux for EQ mounts.

If you are using a USB connection in PC Direct mode right now, that will still work, but I have found that to be unreliable since they didn't design it to be used that way. Sometimes the connection just drops and I found that when that happens, the telescope randomly slews sometimes. I just found the EQ direct cable to be much more reliable. I haven't seen one with a separate USB connection, just the hand controller serial connection. You can always try it to see if its performance is acceptable before spending more money on a new cable.

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I would highly recommend the Eqmod driver while using the eq direct cable you can get from a number of astronomy vendors. You take out the hand paddle and plug this in. The other end is usb

The syncscan driver can work with the computer interface in the hand paddle, but I don’t recommend that route. I found it to be unreliable. The connection drops too much and it has far less features than the eqmod driver.

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From this information, it sounds like your version of KStars that you have has bundled in it a file that was built for 10.15 instead of 10.13. At the time I built that version of KStars, my script was set to build for 10.13. Earlier this year, Craft made a decision to change from supporting min version 10.13 to min version 10.15. Sometimes craft builds libraries but other times it downloads prebuilt ones from the binary server. When they made that change (that I did not realize they had made at the time), I ended up with some issues where some of my libraries were built with min version 10.13 and others were 10.15. If a file was in that build but was built for 10.15, I wouldn't notice any problem since I am on 12.6 Monterey so both should work on my system. We discovered this problem in the middle of the summer and I had to make a bunch of changes in my build script. I am not sure if 3.5.9 was affected by that issue, I thought it was not. I was forced to make 3.6.0 and later ones have a min version of 10.15 to avoid the issue, and I thought it was only the beta versions of that which had the issue. If it really does have a file in it like that, you might want to try 3.5.8?

But did you say that it was working for you before?? Strange because I would expect it to either work or not work.

I am sorry but since the change was made and now I can't build for 10.13, I can't go back and fix the old version if it is messed up for you.

Thanks,

Rob

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Yes it would really be good to know how the settings got changed. If you had done it before with no issues, that is weird.

The INDI drivers have many dependencies and many are shared with KStars. So they are bundled with KStars for Mac at the moment. You can build and install them separately on the Mac such as with macports, homebrew, or craft and you could then select to use those drivers, but you can’t just download and install them separately on a Mac at the moment.

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Rob Lancaster created a new topic ' KStars 3.6.1 beta for MacOS' in the forum. 7 days ago

Hey Mac beta testers.

I just posted a new dmg in the beta folder. Please check to see if everything works as expected. Note that a week ago I built a beta and I found that most everything worked well, but the new Image Trains feature required some configuration for people that haven't had that feature in KStars before and if you didn't do that configuration properly, it caused some unexpected problems. I found that if you haven't had them before, you have to first edit the primary image train, and then you had to select secondary and then primary again in EACH module to get it to actually use the Image Train correctly in all modules. (If you didn't do that many things didn't work right). Unfortunately now that I did that on my local version of KStars, it is already configured for me and I can't test it again to see if it's been fixed yet. I am hoping this gets fixed before release. If you have the same issue I had a week ago, please let me know.

www.indilib.org/jdownloads/kstars/beta/kstars-3.6.1-beta.dmg

Thanks,

Rob

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I am not sure why your settings didn't get set to the defaults or why they would have gotten changed, was this your first time running KStars on this Mac?

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