Add-on : there is only a conflict between the two serial-USB drivers Prolific and FTDI when the Prolific serial cable and the FTDI serial cables are plugged in the same USB hub.
Interestingly when the FTDI serial cable is connected to a different USB socket to the computer, THERE IS NO PROBLEM !
This might be interesting when you have to use FTDI and Prolific serial cables.
This is effectively a recurrent problem with the KStars/Ekos modal dialogs.
A workaround in macOS is to display all the app windows/dialogs with Ctrl + Up Arrow.
This happens from time to time and is quite annoying.
I am a user of KStars / Ekos since several years now but I just discovered (!) a very useful place to explore in detail its multiple possibilities:
This link is nicely designed and brings all the necessary hints to use the software : Setup, Capture, Focus, Guide, Align, Scheduler, FITS Viewer, Observatory, Mount, Analyze, Meridian Flip.
This is much, much more useful than the Help > KStars Handbook item found in the Help menu.
Therewise it might be neat to add a menu item Help > Ekos Support will a direct link to www.stellarmate.com/support/ekos.html
Sorry about my point concerning a missing localisation of KStars 362 : I played with the "Configure language" menu to test my German and forgot to change it back.
KStars is perfectly localised
In the INDI MaxDome II driver (indi_maxdomeii) the opening / closing of the upper and lower shutters is managed.
I use a Sirius dome for which the rotation is automatically slaved to the telescope.
However the opening / closing of the shutters is manual.
This case is not handled by the INDI driver and produces an alert “Shutter is closed” in Ekos/KStars.
Would it be possible to add a button “Manual” for the shutter open mode ?
I tried to repeat three times the crashes that Peter reported with my setup.
KStars 362 closed normally each time without crashing.
I slewed the scope to several targets : the slew was correct, the dome slaved normally, and I took a sequence of photos (fake because it is very cloudy here).
But to go with Peter, I experienced from time to time KStars crashes while closing the app. This might happen during some sessions and then not happen during other sessions. Dont know why.
But not this time.
I ran kstars-3.6.2-beta4.dmg with the simulator and with my devices.
Everything seems to connect and react correctly.
No more crash.
I ruined kstars-3.6.2-beta2.dmg on macOS 11.7.1.
It worked in a simulator profile.
It crashed repeatedly in my real profiles.
Another point : kstars-3.6.2-beta2 is not localised (es störrt mir aber nicht)
I tried to install INDIWebManagerApp and followed the instructions.
I got no problem to install GSC with the Install button.
However I alway get the alert "Python install failure" during the installation of Python and indi-web (see attached)
I installed also separately Python 3.11 and Hombrew, No problem but I still got the same alert in the INDIWebManagerApp.
I'm running macOS 11.7.1
What is wrong ?
I have a Sirius dome : the dome rotation is motorised but the opening / closing of the lower + upper shutters are done manually.
Nevertheless Ekos keeps sending this type of error : "Shutter is closed" while the shutters are perfectly open.
Is there a way to stop getting these errors ?