Andrew replied to the topic 'Capture not working - failing and snapping multiple pictures' in the forum. 9 hours 52 minutes ago

I see such issues with my Canon 600d on occasion. Typically it occurs if I have mirror lockup set in INDI driver, but not configured on the camera's custom features menu from daytime use. Also if live view is open, it doesn't necessarily gracefully make the switch to an image capture. 'Snap, snap' and it's stuck trying to send the second picture to the client when the client is not expecting one.
As long as I make sure mirror-lockup is setup properly, or not used at all, and live view is off before capture, everything seems to go well.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'KStars built into a camera? That's a thing!' in the forum. 2 days ago

I agree. It's not my cup of tea either.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'KStars built into a camera? That's a thing!' in the forum. 2 days ago

It does contain the superb Kodak KAF-8300 CCD chip. So the price is already going to be premium just from that spec alone. Other oddities is that the camera goes silent when reading the image from the chip. The wifi turns off and superfluous electronics power down to reduce sources of electronic noise that would interfere with the signal.

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Andrew created a new topic ' KStars built into a camera? That's a thing!' in the forum. 3 days ago

I just stumbled upon this unusual astrophotography camera maker. It is marketed as an all in one wireless imaging system. As far as I can tell it runs linux and has KStars pre-installed among other software and some creative hardware built in.
I just wanted to share this with the community. I'm curious what others think of it.

www.astrel-instruments.com/

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Andrew replied to the topic 'QHY broken with new release (indi-1.7.4), kstars/ekos (2.9.7)' in the forum. 3 days ago

Gonzothegreat. I've had an issue with the Orion SSAG using the QHY driver that causes the camera to lockup if the image capture is aborted. Likewise I have to restart the indi drivers to fix it.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'guiding: via guider or mount?' in the forum. 3 days ago

I prefer via mount. Primarily it is one less cable to manage. But also if using an external guider like PHD2, PHD2 becomes aware of the mount's position and pier side. Which is beneficial for calibration.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Orion Starshoot AutoGuider Pro - Connection Problem' in the forum. 3 days ago

I am preparing an SD card for you to test with on my Pi remotely. I will PM you the credentials when it's ready.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Guide image turns up in Fits viewer when using PHD2' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I was referring to the 'Receive external guide frames' box.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Guide image turns up in Fits viewer when using PHD2' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

That is strange. Might be worth trying to toggle it on then off again with a restart of KStars in between.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'New operating system for the project "Astronomy Linux"' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

This looks interesting. Would you be able to incorporate the kernel patch that is supposed to fix the USB 2.0 compatibility issues on Linux for certain ZWO cameras?
Reference: bbs.astronomy-imaging-camera.com/viewtop...0da76404d3&start=10#

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Orion Starshoot AutoGuider Pro - Connection Problem' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Jasem: Perhaps I can make my raspberry pi with the QHY SSAG available to you via teamviewer to test the new driver?

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Guide image turns up in Fits viewer when using PHD2' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

In the EKOS Guide Module, open the options and uncheck the box 'Receive external guide frames'

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Orion Starshoot AutoGuider Pro - Connection Problem' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I can connect to my ORion SSAG with the QHY CCD Driver. It fails to connect with the new Orion Starshoot driver.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'ASI 120MM no longer working together with EQMod' in the forum. 1 month ago

I have not had a good experience with the ASI 120MM on Linux, even with compatibility firmware flashed to the camera. I can confirm it works better with exposures over 1s. But all too frequently I get corrupted image frames. I have even attempted a custom kernel with a modification to the USB driver core. I can not say if that works however because I have not resolved issues with installing the custom kernel.

If anybody is interested in attempting that here are the code changes to the file config.c found within the source files for USB core driver.

    j = maxpacket_maxes[usb_endpoint_type(&endpoint->desc)];
 
    if (maxp > j) {
-      dev_warn(ddev, "config %d interface %d altsetting %d endpoint 0x%X has invalid maxpacket %d, setting to %d\n",
+      dev_warn(ddev, "config %d interface %d altsetting %d endpoint 0x%X has invalid maxpacket %d, setting to %d",
           cfgno, inum, asnum, d->bEndpointAddress, maxp, j);
+      #if 0
       maxp = j;
       endpoint->desc.wMaxPacketSize = cpu_to_le16(i | maxp);
+      #endif
    }
 
    /*

Reference: bbs.astronomy-imaging-camera.com/viewtop...61fb0c61e9&start=10#

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Missing icon/feature in Ekos 2.9.7' in the forum. 2 months ago

I too was accustomed to access the INDI panel within EKOS. Now I must pull up KStars to open it.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'oh dear remote upgrade to 18.04 LTS gone bad...' in the forum. 2 months ago

Maybe Mr. Remote hands could ship the Odroid back to you? At least then you can fix it ahead of your next trip and reinstall it in December. Or send it back to Mr. Remote hands to reinstall it for you?

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thank you it looks like a pretty interesting feature.
Would it be possible to implement lightspeed corrections? The delay Earth>Jupiter can be 33-53 minutes, enough time for features to be missed. The simulated view should account for that to match features we can see in the moment.
Presumably it should only require an ephemeris calculation to find the distance, divided by lightspeed to give the delay, then subtract that from the simulation time.

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