Thanks for that edit. They looks soooo much better. Any chance you could list the edits you made? Also, that was linear data so I'm guessing that doing some of that in the pre-stretched state would really be an improvement?
While looking for an astrophotography all in one solution that worked on a Mac I found INDI/Kstars/Ekos/Stellarmate. Great community BTW. For around six months now I've been reading and learning what the software can and cannot do. To my surprise I've found that the software, if used properly, will do exactly what it is designed to do. Almost all the errors I've frustrated over have been due to unrealistic expectations on my part and user error. Go figure. Anyway, I thought I'd share a couple pictures I got last weekend with a new scope. My processing skills with Pixinsight are very weak still but that's a whole different project.
Each are 100 60sec subs using a one shot color camera (ASI183mc-pro) attached to the front of a 8" RASA astrograph, autoguided on an Orion Atlas eq6 using a Stellarmate for everything (autofocus, platesolving, guiding, capture, dither...) from inside my house. The moon was very strong (80-90% full). Pretty cool.
Have you/anyone been able to completely control the focuser yet? I just got one and am trying to get it working. I got to step 7 last night and it seems to have quit responding to commands/calibration. I read in this thread to use the windows software to determine the min and max then stellarmate will read that info and update itself. Is that a working option? Also, are you able to power the focuser through the usb cable of the stellarmate/pi device? Thanks
Try ekos live?
Thanks for your help. I did what you suggested but found the problems. It turns out the pixels are so small in the ASI183MC they just need more light to work right....so after trying this and trying that I turned up the exposure time, a lot, and voila. Plate solve worked just fine and then I could get good images. Also I learned how to use the focus module better.
Related, it seems the stellermate works with two bars of wifi signal but is more stable with three bars (I moved my router back closer to my mount).
So 40mb files are not a problem over wifi. Nice
Has anyone gotten their ASi183MC Pro working with ekos/ktars over wifi? I have a stellermate on my scope outside (which I love) and control it with my mac from inside. I can get the ASI183MC to focus with some tweaking but plate-solve only works infrequently and taking photos makes ekos crash regularly.
Once the weather got better I changed the position of my home router, updated kstars and changed cameras at once so I'm not sure where the problem lies. It seems the size of the files is the culprit but it could certainly be user error. Native file size is 40mb fits. I recently changed image settings to compress while at 16bit.
Any help or recommendations would be very helpful. I really love the idea of imaging with this camera at 540mm.
Any suggestions to using the histogram tool to better assist in determining the optimal settings in each cameras? Or some rule of thumb? My ASI294 is usually set to unity gain (Gain 117 , 16BIT and all other Indi setting default) and I take as long as photo as my mount will track and the sky does not wash out the picture. Usually around 3-4 min. I like the pictures I'm getting, just wondering how to best use the histogram tool as I've looked and not found much to read. Maybe take a shot with all standard settings then open the preview once done and look for some specific value or range........ then adjust the exposure time or gain or ......Thanks
I use one of these: BT2EQ6 Bluetooth. Macbook via wifi to stellarmate over bluetooth to eq6. Works great -one less wire.
There is a mapping feature (serial port assistant) in the "Start Stop Ekos" section for solving connection issues. Try that.
Happy to report the Pegasus FocusCube now works just fine with version 3.0. (In version 2.9 it would not connect.) No temperature reading still but it does connect and autofocus much better than I could manually. In fact I ran through my entire setup sequence and am now taking pictures. On a nice note "capture and solve" then "slew to target" took 30 seconds per target. Three targets in 1.5 min. Wow
I finally got stellarmate to control my atlas mount over bluetooth as well as two zwo cameras and the pegasus focuser via usb all from my Macbook while sitting by a warm fire inside (how it was designed I think) -and everything works good and fast.
Thanks to everyone working to help those not so technical/code orientated.
I've tried the three different ports that indi finds to try connecting to the focus cube but none work. It is also set to search automatically. If their is another method please point me to it?
I did not realize you can update drivers on a mac osx. From the pegasus site under this product their are usb drivers for windows but not for mac. I've downloaded indigo server 3.5 from cloudmakers but that did not fix anything. In fact, even inside astroimager (a program by cloudmakers) that device would not connect.
Where would I find these drivers for the pegasus focuscube?
Thanks for your help btw. You can image how many people are looking to figure this exact senerio out.