Wilson Muchenje replied to the topic 'Nextar hand controller reverse engineering' in the forum. 2 months ago

I have a Celestron CGE so if anything you discover can spill over and enhance the experience between INDI/EKOS/KSTARS with my celestron mount will be greatly appreciated.

Also appreciate the efforts of everyone here because some of us (namely myself) have no experience in coding (tried to get into it but my talents are limited), but we are willing testers of any developments that devs here would like us to confirm :-D

Astro Will.

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Wilson Muchenje replied to the topic 'Starlight Express MX5' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks for the reply. I had looked up the mx5 in the search tab and combed all the results but somehow missed the thread.

That's rather unfortunate but useful info.

Best wishes,
Will.

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Wilson Muchenje thanked Andrew in topic Starlight Express MX5 2 months ago
Wilson Muchenje created a new topic ' Starlight Express MX5' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi All,

Does anyone use the Starlight Express MX5 for guiding? One has come up for sale and wondered if the old serial link converted to USB (USB 1.1 i think) works with INDI/KStars/EKOS. I'm worried about the download time/frame updates during guiding.

Best wishes,
Will.

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Wilson Muchenje replied to the topic 'KStars v2.9.7 is released!' in the forum. 3 months ago

Custom drivers was exactly what I was hoping for as I was gifted another Canon 550D to the one I own already.
Will be testing this at the next available opportunity.

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Wilson Muchenje created a new topic ' Connecting to same DSLR camera model not possible' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi,

Currently I've been dual imaging using two KStars instances. I have attempted triple imaging with three instances and it works but my QHY5 is very unstable and unpredictable (besides not being suited for 300s+ subs). A friend has lent me a 550d to try out and I already have a 550d of my own.

A setup I'm testing tonight is as follow: 450D (modified) + 550D (modified) + 550D (stock). I can connect to the other 550D because of identification issues.

If there a way to change the ID of the 2nd Canon 550D so that Device Manager sees it as a different device?

Many thanks in advance,
Will.

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Wilson Muchenje replied to the topic 'Dithering with Two Cameras (DSLR/CCD)' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thanks Jasem.

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Wilson Muchenje replied to the topic 'Dithering with Two Cameras (DSLR/CCD)' in the forum. 3 months ago

Yea they are not in sync.
I played around with a spreadsheet and basic formulas to see what would happen over a number of subs to see how a small delay due to dithering/settling might cascade over 10 subs.
I tried a field-test and I got confirmation of the stars streaking in one of the instances that's out of sync.

Do you have any suggestions as to how I can get myself into coding to contribute?
I'm very tenacious, it might cause more grey hairs and early baldness but Ekos has allowed my astrophotography to be more productive.
Will.

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Wilson Muchenje created a new topic ' Dithering with Two Cameras (DSLR/CCD)' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi,

I had posted this in the general thread but I think it's more of a feature request and hence posting here.

Can anyone make any suggestions on how the control of more than two imaging cameras can be implemented in KStars?
I've been using two instances of Kstars and being limited to DSLR cameras only

I have a dual-telescope setup which I used in the past with Windows APT software (which allows dithering of two cameras by having two instances working together in a Client/Server configuration) but have started migrating to linux as I hope to have a fully automated system in future.

Is this possible for INDI+KStars+EKOS?

Best wishes,
Will.

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Wilson Muchenje replied to the topic 'Dithering with Two Cameras' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi All,
Any ideas??

I'm really eager to get Kstar supporting two cameras/CCDs. And especially eager to go down route highlighted in 2).

Best wishes,
Will.

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Wilson Muchenje created a new topic ' Dithering with Two Cameras' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi,
Thought I put this question out there for collective suggestions.
My plan which I mentioned in a separate thread regarding using multiple DSLR and instance of EKOS+KStars was to:
"….run dithering with more delay between subs to allow the first instance of EKOS+KStars to do it's dithering thing and then by the time it's done the second "slave" instance should be firing in time to allow capture without any dithering movements (since that has been accomplished by the first instance of EKOS+KStars). Hope that makes sense."
But looking at it more closely, any time delay (set between subs or arising from the dithering) eventually leads to both instances out of sync.
It seems the only way to achieve this using EKOS is to keep the first instance running as usual and manually setting off a single sub for the second instance to make sure they are synchronized.
Can anyone make any suggestions on how I can go about:
1. Synchronizing the two instances and cameras via INDI server perhaps?
2. Leaning some coding so I can contribute to the community with this feature?
3. Convincing someone with some skills to bring this feature to EKOS+KStars.
Best wishes,
Will.

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Wilson Muchenje replied to the topic 'Polar Alignment Assistant your results?' in the forum. 4 months ago

I'll post update from my next session. Thanks for taking time to respond.

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Wilson Muchenje replied to the topic 'Polar Alignment Assistant your results?' in the forum. 4 months ago

Thanks Ihoujin.

1. Differential flexure is not an issue (i think). 6 point guide scope rings bolted onto a dovetail bar which are in turn bolted be three M6 hex screws onto a losmandy plate.
2. Evening is tight? I don't understand sorry.
3. I've been binning 2x2 so will try unbinned.

I read on the forums here somewhere that cone error should not be an issue with the PAA routine. Would it help to bring the guide scope I'm using lower to the mount?

Currently I have the 50mm guidescope on top of a GT81 refractor which is on top of an ED120 refractor. So all in all it's about 230mm above the Mount's saddle plate.
Thanks.

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Wilson Muchenje replied to the topic 'Polar Alignment Assistant your results?' in the forum. 4 months ago

Hi,

I'm attempting to get my polar alignment results more consistent between imaging sessions. Yesterday my polar alignment results varied wildly.
Between iterations, I went from 5arcminutes to 24arcminutes regardless of whether I clear the alignments solutions between iterations.

My best result so far was 58arcseconds (see attachment). I have not been able to reproduce this or get anywhere under 1arcminute since.
My mount is a Celestron CGE which has had the Azimunt adjustment bolts upgraded and a beefy Altitude knob.

The largest variations occurs when the polar alignment routine crosses over the meridian in the north. Has anyone experienced this?
Many thanks in advance.

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