Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Autofocus with sesto senso' in the forum. 4 days ago

Sorry, I forgot to respond yesterday after I saw your message come through. I was thinking after you ran the calibration, you might need to go back into the INDI control panel (on the main EKOS screen) where you set and save driver preferences, to save the calibration possibly.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Autofocus with sesto senso' in the forum. 5 days ago

Did you happen to see if you could save this in the focuser driver control panel?

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Autofocus with sesto senso' in the forum. 5 days ago

If your focuser has a clutch, loosen it, and move to the position indicated by INDI, or reset to 0 position. Overall though, the actual position doesn't really matter. I find it best to unlock the clutch, and roughly focus by eye. Then lock down the clutch and autofocus. The total range of your focuser doesn't really matter too much as you'll primarily only be focusing within a very narrow range. Hopefully that makes sense.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic '2 x 2 Ha mosaic of the Eta Carinae Nebula' in the forum. 5 days ago

This looks awesome! I have yet to try mosaics. It seems to properly ratchet up the difficulty when doing a mosaic. Lots more things can go wrong. But one day, I want to image something quite large as a mosaic. If only we could get some clear skies around here.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Beginners tutorial for remote imaging with the Raspberry Pi' in the forum. 6 days ago

Great to hear! I’m using the 1600MM Pro, with both the EFW8 and OAG and the 174Mini Guide camera. I also have a ZWO ASI2600MC-Pro that I’m using a lot lately.

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Andrew Burwell created a new topic ' Beginners tutorial for remote imaging with the Raspberry Pi' in the forum. 6 days ago

I spent some time today writing up this tutorial in the hopes that it could help others. It's part one of a two part series covering running StellarMate OS on a Raspberry PI so that you can remote image from your back yard without having to brave the elements too much.

Tutorial here

Let me know if you see something factually incorrect, missing, or something that could be improved. I tried to be very through on walking thorough the steps so that anyone could follow along. But it does make for a long tutorial.

In part two I hope to cover setting up the Pi unit as an INDI server, so that you can run Kstars on a desktop computer where you might have more screen real estate and CPU power.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Python 3 Mac OSX' in the forum. 1 week ago

Piggled wrote: I generally issue my commands through the kstars planetarium software. It gets me pretty damn close, that capture on the platesolve is from the goto on the planetarium. When the platesolve worked that one night, it would center the object by slewing my scope after I sent the scope to the object. Should I be entering the coordinates into the solver for it to slew the scope without using the goto?


It's possible that you're not clicking on the object directly, that you are clicking nearby. Hence, the object not centering. It could be you're precisely centered on where you clicked.

It's best to open the mount control panel, from there, you can type in the objects identifier like NGC 1234, or M1 or whatever it is. Then hit the goto button, and it will go precisely to that object. I find this is more reliable than clicking within the planetarium window of Kstars.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Image HFR History' in the forum. 1 week ago

I wanted to add a quick comment about this. I'm pretty sure one of the reasons SGP does this (and stores the focus setting in the Fits header) is to that it can make appropriate flats at different focus settings for the prior nights imaging session.

I use an EDGE 11", and focus changes enough overnight that my flats don't often work to remove all dust motes. The main reason for this is the flats are often at the last focus point, and not at any in between focus points or the starting focus point for the entire imaging session. On refractors this will be less of a problem, but on large scopes, this is a huge deficiency in EKOS right now. It seems EKOS has really hit its stride, and has very few non-driver related bugs. 3.4.0 is awesome. So now, my primary problem when using EKOS is flats don't always correct out properly due to focus changes over night. It would be awesome if instead of just graphing it, the log could be looked at to better automate flat creation.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Python 3 Mac OSX' in the forum. 1 week ago

I often open up the mount tab, then open the mount control window, and issue a goto command to go to the specific object again. Then solve the location on the alignment tab. I keep the mount control window open to manually issue goto commands. It should be sending you to the target though.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Python 3 Mac OSX' in the forum. 1 week ago

If you haven't tried it yet. Try the sextractor settings. This is an area that was updated recently where people (including myself) had trouble with multiple versions of python installed. See my settings. This skips python, using sextractor instead, and alleviated all my issues. It's also way faster at plate solving than python was. You will need to install the latest version of KStars/EKOS to access this.



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Oliver thanked Andrew Burwell in topic Horizon Data 2 weeks ago