Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'The Most Stable Setup' in the forum. 5 hours 58 minutes ago

Hi D,

What hardware are you using? Raspberry Pi? Some other PC-like device? In any case, Ubuntu Mate 18.04 has been rock stable for me over the past year.


HTH, Wouter

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Why is my Polar Alignment Assistant disabled' in the forum. 14 hours 10 minutes ago

Or take a picture and let the plate solver do it’s normal work. It will fill out the FOV for you. Ekos will remember it and next time Polar Alignment can start straight away.


HTH, Wouter

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'USB3 may force me to move off of Raspberry Pi' in the forum. 14 hours 12 minutes ago

Glad to see you were able to fix it!

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Exposure calculator' in the forum. yesterday

SkyTools works very well and I have been using it for my visual observing for several years now. The drawback is that it only runs on Windows. It is possible to make it work on Linux and Mac with wine but it has its limitations then.


Wouter

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'USB3 may force me to move off of Raspberry Pi' in the forum. 2 days ago

Max,

I sent you a PM with info about the BIOS update. I agree that the wifi of the Z83-F isn't great. Occasionally it works well but most of the time it performs poorly at best. I switched to wired networking because of that. But that really is the only flaw it has. For the rest it works perfectly well. For me one compelling reason to stick with it is that it needs 12 V at 2000 mA which can easily be achieved via rechargeable batteries so I can take the device with me into the field and use Ekos there.


Clear skies, Wouter

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'USB3 may force me to move off of Raspberry Pi' in the forum. 2 days ago

wvreeven wrote: By the way, with the latest BIOS the Z83-F doesn’t boot without an HDMI device connected. A simple cable will not do the trick so I bought a few cheap HDMI to VGA converters and that works. I filed a request for reversal of this change in the BIOS via the MinisForum support email address and they replied that their developers are looking into it.


A new BIOS was released two days ago which fixes the issue where the Z83-F wouldn't boot without an HDMI device connected :silly:

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Mount doesn't complete the meridian flip' in the forum. 3 days ago

Does this angle difference increase with increasing declination? If yes, try an object close to the celestial equator and see if the flip happens then.

HTH, Wouter

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Scheduler not starting' in the forum. 3 days ago

Thanks for all the work you put into the Mac build Rob! Last night I tested the previous build on my MacBook. I connected the HEQ5 via EQMod, ASI1600MM with ASI EFW, ASI120MC-S and FCUSB focuser. I focused, polar aligned and slewed with Ekos. Plate solving worked perfectly OK after I downloaded the Astrometry.net python library using your new button. All worked flawlessly, though I admit I didn't use the scheduler. I managed to take 100 pics of the Moon at 0.004 and another 100 at 0.005 seconds exposure time. I still need to process them though. I'll download the new build and will test again tonight (weather permitting).


Clear skies, Wouter

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'PHD2: Settling failed event ignored' in the forum. 4 days ago

Yes it does:

/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lpthreads

You need to install the libpthread-stubs0-dev package.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'PHD2: Settling failed event ignored' in the forum. 4 days ago

Have a look at the CMakeError.log. It will tell you exactly what the cause was. Usually a missing header file meaning that a -dev package is missing (despite the instructions on the KStars website).


HTH, Wouter

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'NGC 4536 & 4527' in the forum. 4 days ago

Nice! What camera, mount and telescope did you use? Could you add that info to your signature?


Clear skies, Wouter

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Mac + QHY9 + CFW2-S + SW EQ6R-Pro: No funciona' in the forum. 4 days ago

Ochentaiocho wrote: Any solution on short term?
I will go to Elqui Valley for the eclipse and I would love to use Ekos.
So:

1) The EQ6 is working now.
2 ) The temperature control of QHY9 is missing
3) The QHY CFW 2-S control is missing

I have all my hopes in your hands... QHY do not respond....


I have tried to use a QHY9 camera with Ekos for about a year now and never got it to work well. I'd advise you to get (borrow?) a different camera if you want to be on the safe side.

By the way, I will go to La Silla with a team from ESA (where I work) for the eclipse. Afterward I'll go to the Rio Hurtado area for observing. All my observations will be amateur-level, even the ones in La Silla.


Clear skies, Wouter

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'What is your imaging workflow when using Ekos?' in the forum. 1 week ago

It actually was a mental note to myself because that behaviour changed a few months ago and I still forget it sometimes...

Wouter

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