Greg Beaton thanked Rob Lancaster in topic guiding: via guider or mount? 2 hours 13 minutes ago
Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Oh, there is a gallery :-) Orion/DSLR' in the forum. 2 hours 17 minutes ago

Whoa! Well done!

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'tracking / polar alignment bad' in the forum. 13 hours ago

When you guys have these guiding problems, can you check if your mount is moving smoothly? Does it make any noises? I was hearing clicks every 2 second like it was hitting something solid. I figured it was my mount but maybe it was some weird behaviour like back and forth movement from the guiding. Maybe the clicks were the backlash being taken up. Anyway, its worth checking that mechanically things are ok.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'tracking / polar alignment bad' in the forum. yesterday

Haha! Or a coffee grinder! Thanks for watching the video. Good luck!

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'tracking / polar alignment bad' in the forum. 2 days ago

Looks like wind to me :-P

By the way, maybe you have the same problem I had. My mount was oscillating when I was high in the sky. Decided it was the mount and I rebuilt it with a belt drive modification. Don't tell me it was Kstars! lol! Check out my video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhS-BZ9X2P0

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Updating stellarmate' in the forum. 6 days ago

seescho wrote: Stellarmate OS(1.3.0) on Raspi PI3B+ doesn´t run as expected for me. So I wanted updating stellarmate to the latest software. But it looks like I don´t get the latest software. For example: After updating, kstars has version 2.9.8. If I compile kstars myself (on opensuse Tumbleweed), i get version 3.0.0.
What must I do to have latest (nightly?) indi, kstars, ghphoto2 on stellarmate?


Take it from me. Doing an update is a bad idea. You're very likely to update to buggy software. I gave up on that. I am running the exact confutation as you and it works solidly.

I think the only issue was they launch a team viewer license accept dialog which you can just click no to get it out of the way and reboot StellarMate. Then it should come up and work fine from there on.

When you say "not as expected" what is the problem? Better to get direct help from James than doing updates.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'What happens to guiding when main camera image is downloading?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Doesn’t StellarMate’s wifi link fall into the category of slow? I think the guide camera needs to be given priority.

What about when dithering is turned on?

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' What happens to guiding when main camera image is downloading?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

... Is the guide image given priority. I saw a problem a while ago where the main camera image download put the guider out of loop until done. How was that fixed? Also, I get the feeling that dithering remedies this since I think the guiding basically stops between images and restarts again. Is this true?

Thanks

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'How to visually frame a subject?' in the forum. 1 month ago

you can bring up the mount control - top right of the telescope control tab and manually position the scope with the arrow buttons. you can see where the scope points if you go to the kstars star map - the mount control will stay on top of the window. Then take a quick 30 sec pic at max ISO to see if you like the frame.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Saving preview results in non-standard DNG' in the forum. 1 month ago

I was using native mode (DNG) with preview and the files that I saved could not be opened by Photoshop nor RawTherapee.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Taking time off' in the forum. 1 month ago

whoa... poor things. take care.

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Eric thanked Greg Beaton in topic What's next for EKOS? 2 months ago
Jose Corazon thanked Greg Beaton in topic What's next for EKOS? 2 months ago
Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'What's next for EKOS?' in the forum. 2 months ago

knro wrote:

What you may need is getting featured on a platform like Astrobackyard, where Trevor Jones has teamed up with Ontario Telescopes to build a large community of followers, which I am sure has turned out immensely profitable for them.
Astrobackyard was actually pretty much the first platform I found that helped me get into astrophotography when I was starting from scratch last year. It was only in October 2017 that a friend at the local club here told me about Indi/Ekos. I had not found it on my own.


Thanks, I'll go ahead and contact Astrobackyard. I think the problem is that I priced StellarMate so low that advertisements might end up costing a lot more that I can afford. This is still a one-man side project and not a fully fledged company with a lot more resources to put in such campaigns, but I'll give it a go and see what happens.


I strongly recommend you get yourself a fresh laptop and go through the installation procedure that you have just re-written, then take that and a stellarmate that has just come in the mail, go out with your portable mount and scope to a remote site and try it. Even though he works from his backyard, he sets up before the night like you would at a dark site. He does not have an observatory.

Also, you should verify what guide cam he's using - I think its and Altair or possibly a QHY but he could probably get a ZWO from OntarioTelescope to try. (He has an HEQ5 Pro and iOptron CEM(60?) mount and uses windows software. He recently added a pegasus focus controller to his HEQ5 setup.)

If you have glitches, he will not say anything horrible but will say something like "meh" and put it back in the box or that its simply not ready.

The software HAS to be "plug and play". There's enough learning curve just to use EKOS that no-one has time for any other issues. And you will be asking him to spend considerable time to learn and use Stellarmate.

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Greg Beaton thanked Jose Corazon in topic What's next for EKOS? 2 months ago

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