Pend timestamps (TS) to filenames. This will ensure files names are unique.

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I agree. New features are nice but i would prefer current features to be 'bullet proof' first. I would love to fully automate my present setup but until the scheduler can handle dome slaving and rescheduling of jobs due to bad weather it's not really possible as yet.

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Ray replied to the topic 'Scheduler not sleeping' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thanks for clarification. I'm afraid anything i could hack together wouldn't be pretty enough to publish.

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Ray replied to the topic 'Scheduler not sleeping' in the forum. 3 months ago

Maybe I can ask this differently. Is it by design that an aborted job, as a result of severe weather, is not rescheduled or is this a bug? I've tested this in all stable versions from 3.5.7 to current 3.6.0

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Ray replied to the topic 'Comparing PHD2 and Internal guider.' in the forum. 3 months ago

Do you think its a Ubuntu issue of maybe computer power issue? I use a tower PC running Ubuntu 20.04 but its hardly gaming performance. Unless you're into tic tac toe.

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For what its worth. I use a couple of MLX90614 sensors attached to my weather station (cheap Infra-red temperature sensors that can be used with arduino or ESP8266 in my case) I have one pointing vertically upward measuring the column of air above. Clouds are relatively hot compared to space. On a good imaging night I typical see temperatures of -20 to -30 C If clouds come over temperature increases greatly. If I see temps hotter that -15 C I inject a weather alert into the scheduler. I also have a sensor on the end of the scope tube measuring the temp of the target I'm imaging. If clouds cover the target same applies. Maybe with some thought the scheduler could be made to move onto another target...

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OK, That last observation has led me to a simpler work-around. If I shrink the kstars window (not minimise it) I can drag the kstars window aside and there lurking behind is the the rotator window, I guess it would be nice if it stayed on top but that's a better solution than stopping/restarting ekos. Hope it helps someone else.

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Very Strange. I've today loaded up a test PC with Ubuntu 22.04 ( production PC is on 20.04) and Kstars 3.6.1 beta ( production PC running stable 3.6.0) . The rotator window misbehaves in the same fashion. As I said in my original post its not a major issue. I just have to remember not to leave the rotator window open when closing the ekos window or I have to stop/restart ekos to be able to open it again.

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Ray replied to the topic 'Scheduler not sleeping' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi, I appreciate your response to this. I May be misinterpreting the tooltip but the one I'm referring to is when hovering over the 'Aborted Job Management' title. on the Scheduler tab In particular this bit.
Define what should happen when a job steps into an error or aborts

Re-schedule after all terminated

If a job gets aborted, the scheduler will only re-schedule it if
when all jobs are finished or aborted. If this is the case, the
scheduler re-schedules all aborted jobs and sleeps for the given delay

I'm assuming that any active jobs at the time of a critical weather alert would result in an aborted job and the above would apply. As it stands the scheduler ends with Shutdown complete and needs manual intervention before it will do anything else. I thought, going by the tooltip above, it would shutdown then sleep for the entered amount of time and then retry in the hope that the weather situation has improved.

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Ray created a new topic ' Comparing PHD2 and Internal guider.' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi, I've been using Kstars for a few years now. And guiding with my EQ6R Pro has always been a weak point. Using the Internal guider with default settings I'm seeing RMS rarely drop below 1 and the plot shows the mount move quite erratically. Quite often i see imaging terminated because guiding drifts too far. I've always put this down to my equipment as my 10" Newt is pushing the mount to it's documented limits. The other night I switched from Internal guider to PHD2, again with default settings, expecting to see similar results. I was surprised to see no more erratic behaviour and RMS figures in the 0.3 to 0.5 range. Is it possible to get similar results from the Internal guide? I've played around with the settings and PPEC many times but never seen this kind of improvement.

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Ray replied to the topic 'OBSERVATORY ICON missing in EKOS' in the forum. 3 months ago

Yes, I'm seeing the same. Tried fresh installs of Ubuntu 20.04 and 22.04
Compiled from latest indi and kstars source but Observatory icon is missing despite logs showing dome to be online. Also the UnPark Dome checkbox in the Scheduler tab is greyed out.

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Ray replied to the topic 'KStars crashing' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi, Not had the same experience but I did start to get crashes when opening indi drivers for no apparent reason. What fixed it for me was to delete the corresponding xxxx_config.xml file. In my Ubuntu setup they're in /home/'user'/.indi

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