... indeed, but since they are already there, and there is nothing I can do about it, free internet would at least be compensation, and I could use it anywhere in the world.

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Elon should give all astronomers free internet to make up for it.

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Just a quick update on this. All indi and indi3rdparty drivers are now being built and packaged in the Copr repositories automatically. The builds are tied to merges to the repos, triggered with webhooks, and made available as soon as the build is done. For drivers, this is just a couple minutes, and for indilib it is about 7-10 minutes from the time of the merge to master.

Kstars is getting set up, but will take just a little more work. For this moment, I am monitoring git and triggering a build. This will be automated in the near future as well. Ekosdebugger, if it has changes, will also get a fresh build automatically.

All packages now have a date stamp on them, so you will know exactly how old it is, and therefore can easily trace it back to the git hash for any debugging. If anyone would like, I can also set up branch builds quite easily for testing new drivers, for example.

Please let me know if anyone sees any problems. It looks like there are about 40 installs using the new repos already, so that is great to see.

Thanks,
Jim

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Jim replied to the topic 'SEP multistar guiding' in the forum. 6 days ago

Thank you for the hints, it is set up correctly to come to a good focus, I just do not have a good focus on on the tracking camera yet. It has been "good enough" focus, I guess you could say. Just wondering if that hurts tracking.

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Jim replied to the topic 'SEP multistar guiding' in the forum. 6 days ago

That does look good. One thing I have been wondering, but have not had the time to test, is how much focus matters to guiding. I use a ZWO OAG, like you, but do not have the focus dialed in as good as yours is. I wonder if that is hurting me at all.

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Ah, the thing that comes to mind then is the refocus if HFR > # setting on the CCD tab. How did that number compare to the actual focus you were achieving?

Jim

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The star finding algorithm seems to get confused when the frame is too far out of focus. I run into this problem when switching filters that are not para-focal. If the new filter is far enough away from the focus point, the first step of the re-focus will not back up enough, but if it backs up too much the a refocus of an existing filter will fail. The biggest problem seems to be that the algorithm for finding stars will trigger on the edge of an out-of focus star instead of the whole large round disc.

Jim

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Jim replied to the topic 'Align not started after meridian flip' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I believe there is another thread on this that says the 2nd flip not working correctly is a known issue being worked on.

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Jim replied to the topic 'Align not started after meridian flip' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I'll be watching this thread. I have seen this as well, and just assumed the the CCD tab was less feature rich than taking the sequence from it and using it in the scheduler. Most of my evenings are not fully automated though, having to still bring my scope in from the pier when done for the night. Most of my captures therefore are just easier to use only the CCD tab. It would be nice if a meridian flip, no matter where started, would perform all the same functions.

Jim

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Jim replied to the topic 'Problem in the workflow with Ekos' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Welcome to the joys (and heartache) that is astro photography! In your case, you would want to align the camera and the mount at the same time, and then leave the ball head as is. Move only the mount controls, and never the ball head after alignment. The way you describe it, the mount and the software still think they are pointed at Polaris, even though the camera is somewhere else.

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xthestreams wrote: The idea is a good workaround for some of the inherent challenges focus tool has - from what I’ve seen in other tools we’re not alone.

In my case I’m doing long (2500mm+) FL Galaxy and cluster imaging and I usually need to switch focus off too as Autofocus picks the galactic core as its preferred focus target often enough that it’s become a problem. I hadn’t thought about offering up a sacrificial star, I had been contemplating asking for an “autofocus exclusion area” E.g.: a square or eclipse in the middle of the frame that you can specify NOT to use for autofocus

The other idea of course is Full Frame focusing, but I’ve not had much luck getting that working, could be user error.


You do know about the Annulus settings in the focuser, where you can set a size for the inner ignore area ?



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