Max Dobres replied to the topic '[SOLVED] Cannot take Flats with ZWO camera' in the forum. 23 hours 33 minutes ago

Ok changed to 16 bit (Didn't know the setting was there)

Now works if I start with low starting exposure: .001 secs, builds up to target , but if I start with 1 sec exposure it bounces off to 2000 seconds after getting ADU = 65479 several times.
But this works great now I know where to start.
Thanks.

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Max Dobres replied to the topic '[SOLVED] Cannot take Flats with ZWO camera' in the forum. yesterday

Still not quite working: (Logs attached, seems to be 3 of them)
OK so updated as instructed and Kstars is showing as version 3 Build: 2018-10-13T19:26:36Z
Attached my ASI 178MC and set calibration as ADU = 5000, Tolerance = 300 as in video.
Ran with initial exposure of 1 second count of 5. Using an LCD light frame as the target
It started iterating and seemed to get stuck with a max ADU of 255 eventually suggesting a 2000 exposure. (Reading from the bottom up on this list)

2018-10-15T18:02:38 Capturing 1.000-second image...
2018-10-15T18:02:27 CCD capture aborted
2018-10-15T18:02:21 Capturing 2,000.000-second image...
2018-10-15T18:02:21 Current ADU is 255 Next exposure is 2,000.000 seconds.
2018-10-15T17:59:06 Capturing 193.192-second image...
2018-10-15T17:59:06 Current ADU is 255 Next exposure is 193.192 seconds.
2018-10-15T17:59:02 Capturing 1.953-second image...
2018-10-15T17:59:02 Current ADU is 255 Next exposure is 1.953 seconds.
2018-10-15T17:58:58 Capturing 1.562-second image...
2018-10-15T17:58:58 Current ADU is 255 Next exposure is 1.562 seconds.
2018-10-15T17:58:55 Capturing 1.250-second image...
2018-10-15T17:58:55 Current ADU is 255 Next exposure is 1.250 seconds.
2018-10-15T17:58:52 Capturing 1.000-second image...
2018-10-15T17:58:52 Job requires 1.000-second images, has 0/5 frames captured and will be processed.

Tried a few more variations of starting point, same result.

Inspection by trial and error suggested a real exposure of somewhere in the region of .001 required, certainly less than 1 second.
Tried again with initial exposure very short. Same thing, iterates and eventually hits ADU 255 ceiling.

Tried setting ADU to 150 (ie less than 255) with tolerance 10 and it completed test iterations and captured Flats (Obviously wrongly exposed)

Regards
Max

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Max Dobres replied to the topic 'Cannot take Flats with ZWO camera' in the forum. 2 days ago

Ok, video followed same steps I did. I will try with latest version.
I installed Stellarmate for RPI3+, what is the best way of updating to latest version of KSTARS?
Software updater ran a few days ago did not update it.

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Max Dobres created a new topic ' Cannot take Flats with ZWO camera' in the forum. 3 days ago

Still learning. Current challenge how to take flats.
Each time I try to get EKOS to calculate an exposure using an ADU target, nothing happens.
Logs attached, but this is what I do.
• ZWO 168MC attached, at 16bit calculate target ADU as 45% of 2**16 gives 2950
• Using manually set outside light source (White piece of board), with mount parked.
• From EKOS Kstars, go to Camera tab and select Flat
• From Configuration options set Manual Flat Source and Flat Duration, ADU=2950, Tolerance = 300
• Exposure set to 1 second (I assume it will ignore this), count=5
• All Limit settings unchecked
• Add to sequence queue
• Start sequence
• Messages:
• “2018-10-13T15:35:19 Capturing 1-second image...
• 2018-10-13T15:35:19 Job requires 1-second images, has 0/5 frames captured and will be processed.”
• And image shows in FTS viewer, job status is idle.
• At this stage I expect it will go away and calculate the exposure for the ADU, but nothing happens. I wait 5 mins. No file is captured in Pictures/Flat folder.

Hit remove Job Button from Queue and EKOS crashes.
Log suggests something missing, not sure what
Max

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Max Dobres replied to the topic 'Update failure :"Package system is broken"' in the forum. 5 days ago

Ok, that worked, thanks.

Ran both commands which completed successfully and just to check ran software updater which now says I am up to date.

Regards
Max

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Max Dobres replied to the topic 'Update failure :"Package system is broken"' in the forum. 5 days ago

I get a few errors and it all goes suspiciously fast with no mention of PHD being updated,
See attached dialogue

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Max Dobres created a new topic ' Update failure :"Package system is broken"' in the forum. 5 days ago

Hi,
Just tried to update my Stellarmate on RPI 3 using the Software update button. after successfully checking for updates and giving me a list I get the following message when I try to start the update:

The Package System is broken, Check if you are using third party repositories, if so disable them......

I have run the updater before with no problems, also tried updating only PHD from the checklist.
don't really want to re-install as I will lose all my settings

Any ideas?
Max

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Jasem Mutlaq thanked Max Dobres in topic Moonlite focuser protocol 1 month ago
Max Dobres replied to the topic 'Moonlite focuser protocol' in the forum. 1 month ago

I had the real temp from an accurate source and just varied the number by trial and error. Its a simple addition/subtraction

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anofeles thanked Max Dobres in topic Moonlite focuser protocol 1 month ago
Max Dobres replied to the topic 'Moonlite focuser protocol' in the forum. 1 month ago

Attached is my schematic of the Arduino MoonLite Focuser Schematic derived from Hansastro Focuser. See explanations earlier in the thread. My code at github.com/mdobres/MaxFocuser is a slight variation of the original Hanastro Focuser at github.com/Hansastro/Focuser . The Arduino code also contains a list of Pin Assignments.
Max

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Max Dobres replied to the topic 'Moonlite focuser protocol' in the forum. 1 month ago

I will see what I can do to draw up some sort of diagram. However most of the connections are the same as the original schematic.
the only physical changes I made were:
-Changed temp sensor to pin A0, in the original code it was pin 3,
-left off the potetiometer completely , adjustments made in software
-connected a I2C display to : A4 (SDA) and A5 (SCL) which is used in the original code but not shown in the schematic
Max.

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Max Dobres replied to the topic 'Moonlite focuser protocol' in the forum. 2 months ago

I had the same problem. I have the Arduino version working well on a Nano using the Indi Ekos system. I have also tested it using the serial monitor of the Arduino IDE. All works fine.
However it will not work with the Moonlite standalone app. In fact it will not even recognise the device. I know for the Arduino Nano has had issues with switching drivers over the years and I can only assume that the official app has a built in driver and expects a specific board. The original author of the software I used said it worked using an Arduino UNO. I have not tested it, I am happy that Indi works with my focuser and does what I need.
Max

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Max Dobres replied to the topic 'Polar Alignment with a restricted view' in the forum. 2 months ago

Still learning, bear with me.
Couldn't switch on logs. Clicked logs button, but all the click boxes under Ekos are greyed out.
Verbosity and output boxes allow selection and tried a few in case it affected Ekos section but no luck.

Will have another go at PA tonight currently using guide scope, which may not be perfectly aligned to mount axis. Does that make a difference.

Will also try using main scope 90mm /500 FL with canon 450D

When you say reverse direction, what do you mean? do it twice East then West?

Thanks for the help
Max

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