Alex Varakin replied to the topic 'Parking after polar alignment' in the forum. 2 days ago

Thank you El!

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Alex Varakin created a new topic ' Parking after polar alignment' in the forum. 2 days ago

It looks like there is a new feature implemented in the Polar Alignment procedure, where after alignment is complete, the mount is automatically parked.
I think this feature makes the alignment more tedious - you have to wait till mount slews to parking position, then unpark etc.
This becomes even more problematic if parked position is not pointing to north pole.
Is there any way to disable this feature?

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Alex Varakin created a new topic ' Script on capture page is stuck' in the forum. 2 days ago

I am trying to automate taking flats with my flat panel, which is driven from Onstep PWM outputs, and have the following script which I am trying to call as part of flat taking:

#!/usr/bin/bash
indi_setprop -v "LX200 OnStep.Outputs.Output 7=1"

I have the path to this script entered in the Script field of the Capture screen.
Capture completes successfully, but then I see "Executing Post Capture script ..." and after that all is stuck.

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Here are instructions on how to setup AP SW on Ubuntu 20.04:
github.com/avarakin/AstroPiMaker4

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Alex Varakin replied to the topic 'Main GUI update for Kstars/Ekos' in the forum. 1 week ago

I agree that too many windows is not a good thing. I think a good starting point would be to have fits viewer as part of capture tab, same way as with focusing and plate solving.

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Alex Varakin replied to the topic 'Dark Flats' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I take flat darks in Ekos as just regular darks and feed them into Weighted batch processing script and it figures out that these darks apply to flats because they have same exposure. Never felt a need for special feature in Ekos

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Alex Varakin replied to the topic 'Ubuntu 20.10' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I dont think anyone needs to do anything about porting to 20.10. I believe launchpad just adds a build for latest version automatically. 20.04 build was available next day after release.

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This happened to me too several times. For some reason focuser is prone to breaking in Onstep.

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Alex Varakin replied to the topic 'PHD recalibrates after slewing' in the forum. 1 month ago

Yes, it was set. Thank you so much!

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Alex Varakin created a new topic ' PHD recalibrates after slewing' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi All,

I have a weird issue with PHD2 - it starts recalibration after every mount slew. Here is the hardware and software I am running: RPi4, ASI174 guider, SBIG CCD, OnStep GM8, latest KStars and PHD2, Ubuntu 20.04.
I have another system which is almost identical to this one and I don't have this issue there. Must be some setting, but I can not find it.
Thank you, Alex

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I am running Kstars, phd2, astrometry on top of Ubuntu 20.04 and KDE on 2GB RPi. Everything is running locally. I initiate session using PC over VNC and then monitor from tablet or phone.
All files are synced using syncthing, so I can preview the images on my PC using PI as soon as they are taken.

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mpfjr wrote: I have not tested anything yet.

I did choose the defaults and when I logged in I noticed that as opposed to other installs I've done in the past, there was nothing on the desk top. I am curious about setting up an auto-start of the ekos server so I can connect to it with the client on my Windows PC. Maybe you have it already auto start transparently? I haven't looked. I have it installed on my RP4 but haven't connected anything to it yet. Maybe tomorrow.


Most likely you logged into Gnome. Gnome out of the box has an unusual interface. In any case, for some reason, Gnome is burning a lot of CPU so not recommended.

In the login screen, you need to pick KDE Plasma. KDE is a more conventional desktop system and works very well with Ekos/Kstars.

You have to start Ekos manually from the menu.

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avarakin wrote: Starman, you can just download image from official download page of Ubuntu. Look for Ubuntu server 20.04 for Rpi4 32 bit.


I updated the instructions with a link for the download page.

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Starman, you can just download image from official download page of Ubuntu. Look for Ubuntu server 20.04 for Rpi4 32 bit.

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