Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Atik 383L+ fails to complete exposure' in the forum. 10 months ago

Hi,

Thanks for the tip. I'll give a try. Curious to know how these settings affect the camera downloads etc - also can anyone tell me what effect the timer threshold has (in the options tab)? I use a QHY5LII as a guide camera and have been having random issues with this configuration so it may also fix that as well.

Thanks - Martin

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Martin Rumsam created a new topic ' Atik 383L+ fails to complete exposure' in the forum. 10 months ago

Strange one this. I can use astrometry to align with this camera and also autofocus individually but when I switch to capturing images the camera does not complete any exposures.
I have to power off the camera and restart Kstars completely as I can't abort or disconnect and reconnect the camera from indi control panel once it's in this state.

Could it be that the align / autofocus modules are not releasing the camera somehow?

Thanks

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Hitech Astro DC focuser problem' in the forum. 12 months ago

Yes I believe so.

Did the usual sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get-upgrade but nothing seemed to change

I did notice this while searching GitHub in relation to the hitecastro build - not sure if it's relevant.

master Do not call saveAllConfigItem(..) and handle case where all CONFIG_PROCESS switches are off

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Hitech Astro DC focuser problem' in the forum. 12 months ago

Hi Jaseem, I guess the update hasn't worked it's way through yet as I haven't seen a fixed driver yet.
I have a workaround for now (on Kubuntu 16.04) which entailed deleting the config file and editing the default config and loading that manually each time I start INDI.

Thanks - Martin

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Hitech Astro DC focuser problem' in the forum. 1 year ago

Having almost given up running this from the rpi I've rebuild my desktop to run as the Indi server with Kstars and Ekos.
All running well apart from (you guessed it) the Hitec DC focuser. The driver crashes when started.

I've attached the log file.

Thanks in advance.

Martin

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Hitech Astro DC focuser problem' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi,

I can't seem to find the updated driver for the focuser.
sudo apt-get update then install doesn't seem to have any new versions available.
(I can't use the s/w updater from MATE on rpi as it complains about lack of disk space)

Thanks

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Hitech Astro DC focuser problem' in the forum. 1 year ago

Great thanks - I'll give it test when it's ready for update

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Hitech Astro DC focuser problem' in the forum. 1 year ago

After a bit of testing it seems to be on the RPi that the problem exists.
Running it off my Kubuntu desktop it seems to respond correctly (relative position count changes in indi control panel when focusing in or out).

RPI is running Ubuntu MATE.

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Martin Rumsam created a new topic ' Hitech Astro DC focuser problem' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi,

I'm having a problem with the Hitech Astro DC focuser from Ekos / Indi.
Setup is rpi running kstars/ekos/indi or rpi remote indi server depending on how I'm set up.
It connects no problem however, it intermittently moves the focuser when pressing in / out buttons from Indi control panel or via joystick control. It might move it once or twice then fails to move it thereafter. Also there is quite a lag between pressing the button and the focuser actually moving.
I also noticed that I can't change the value in the relative position tab - it's stuck on 100 with a red or yellow indicator.
Would be handy to get this fixed as it's invaluable for auto focus.

Connecting via windows and using the supplied utility works fine.

Thanks - Martin

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Not sure why clicking connect makes Kstars exit' in the forum. 1 year ago

Quick Question, Is the update specific to LiteCrawler as I also have an issue where connecting to indi driver causes Kstars to shut down (QHY CCD driver) on a Linux Mint client to RPi Server after recently upgrading both systems.
Thanks

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Belt mode on HEQ5 - how to change gear ration ?' in the forum. 2 years ago

I've fitted the Rowan kit to my HEQ5 Pro and it keeps the same ratios as before. Not sure about the HEQ 5 though.

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Saving dark frames' in the forum. 2 years ago

Now fixed

There seemed to be a problem with the config of the QHY5 as it worked OK with the CCD simulator and also with a web cam.
Reloaded the default config and saved and now it does save dark frames.

- Martin

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Saving dark frames' in the forum. 2 years ago

Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out. Strange that it will create dark frames from the simulator though. FYI I'm using an RPi3 at the scope end. Must say it all works great. This is the final small issue that I need to fix.

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Saving dark frames' in the forum. 2 years ago

Just had a thought. It seems to work in the CCD simulator. Could it be that it needs a CCD camera with a physical shutter? On the QHY5 it takes a dark (after telling me to cover the CCD and immediately takes the light frame without pausing.

Thanks -Martin

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Saving dark frames' in the forum. 2 years ago

Here's a bit more info from the logs

2017-01-04T10:21:00.287 - DEBG - Guide: "Capturing dark frame..."
2017-01-04T10:21:01.582 - DEBG - fits MIN: 7 - fits MAX: 48 - pixel range: 41 - bin width 0.037037 bin count 1108
2017-01-04T10:21:01.635 - DEBG - FITHistogram: JMIndex 0.829772
2017-01-04T10:21:01.660 - DEBG - Guide: "Dark frame received."
2017-01-04T10:21:01.697 - DEBG - Guide: "Dark frame saved to /home/martin/.local/share/kstars/darks/darkframe_2017-01-04T10:21:01.fits"
2017-01-04T10:21:01.826 - WARN - Audio notification requested, but sound file from notifyrc file was not found, aborting audio notification
2017-01-04T10:22:15.690 - DEBG - Guide: Capturing frame...
2017-01-04T10:22:16.958 - DEBG - Guide: received guide frame.
2017-01-04T10:22:16.959 - DEBG - "Could not open file /home/martin/.local/share/kstars/darks/darkframe_2017-01-03T12:31:43.fits. Error could not open the named file"
2017-01-04T10:22:16.965 - WARN - Audio notification requested, but sound file from notifyrc file was not found, aborting audio notification
2017-01-04T10:22:18.817 - DEBG - Guide: "Capturing dark frame..."
2017-01-04T10:22:20.111 - DEBG - fits MIN: 7 - fits MAX: 45 - pixel range: 38 - bin width 0.034327 bin count 1108
2017-01-04T10:22:20.186 - DEBG - FITHistogram: JMIndex 0.228035
2017-01-04T10:22:20.209 - DEBG - Guide: "Dark frame received."
2017-01-04T10:22:20.246 - DEBG - Guide: "Dark frame saved to /home/martin/.local/share/kstars/darks/darkframe_2017-01-04T10:22:20.fits"
2017-01-04T10:22:20.368 - WARN - Audio notification requested, but sound file from notifyrc file was not found, aborting audio notification

Also seems to be a problem with sound notification :)

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Martin Rumsam created a new topic ' Saving dark frames' in the forum. 2 years ago

Hi,

I'm having a problem automatically saving dark frames from my QHY5 guider when capturing on the Ekos guider.
it reports:
2017-01-04T10:01:37 Dark frame saved to /home/martin/.local/share/kstars/darks/darkframe_2017-01-04T10:01:37.fits
but on inspection it doesn't exist and keeps on asking me to take a dark frame on every exposure when the dark frame box is ticked.
Trying to save it from the Fits viwer also fails (no error and the file is not saved).
It appears to do the dark frame subtraction.
Dark library validity set to 30 days and temp threshold 5c

Thanks - Martin

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Jasem Mutlaq thanked Martin Rumsam in topic Focused INDI. Drivers 2 years ago
Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Focused INDI. Drivers' in the forum. 2 years ago

Panic over. Got it working now thanks. Not sure how but I edited the rules file for the focuser and replaced 04D8 and FAC2 with 04d8 and fac2 as reported by lsusb command. Whether this was the problem or not it's now working :)

Thanks for your assistance - Martin

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Martin Rumsam replied to the topic 'Focused INDI. Drivers' in the forum. 2 years ago

0Almost there I think.

Driver name is now correct.
Indi reports version (1.3~201611242138~ubuntu16.04.1)
But it still won't connect to the device unfortunately. Indi control panel reports 2016-11-26T10:58:10: Failed to connect to focuser: (null).

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