Casey Finn created a new topic ' Using histogram to determine optimal settings' in the forum. 1 month ago

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

Casey

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Casey Finn replied to the topic 'Atlas eq-g problems (eqmod)' in the forum. 2 months ago

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.

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Casey Finn replied to the topic 'KStars Mac DMG 3.0.0 beta testing needed' in the forum. 2 months ago

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.

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Casey Finn replied to the topic 'Pegasus FocusCube fails to connect' in the forum. 3 months ago

Astronerd:

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.

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Casey Finn replied to the topic 'Pegasus FocusCube fails to connect' in the forum. 3 months ago

I have that driver selected. FocusCube is powered on, with green light and connected via ASI294 camera usb hub. Also tried straight from focuscube to laptop with no luck. The hand controller moves the focus no problem. Their is no communication with the laptop. I do not have a windows or raspberry device to check. Below is an error log:


2018-11-07T03:47:06: [ERROR] Failed to connect to port (/dev/cu.usbserial-PA2QHA62). Error: Port failure Error: Resource busy. Check if device is connected to this port.
2018-11-07T03:47:06: [ERROR] Failed to connect to port (/dev/cu.HC-06-DevB). Error: Port failure Error: Resource busy. Check if device is connected to this port.
2018-11-07T03:46:56: [INFO] Error retreiving data from DMFC, please ensure DMFC controller is powered and the port is correct.
2018-11-07T03:46:56: [ERROR] Ack error: Timeout error.
2018-11-07T03:46:48: [WARNING] Communication with /dev/cu.usbserial-PA2QHA62 @ 19200 failed. Starting Auto Search...
2018-11-07T03:46:48: [INFO] Error retreiving data from DMFC, please ensure DMFC controller is powered and the port is correct.

Thanks

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Casey Finn replied to the topic 'Pegasus FocusCube fails to connect' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thanks to everyone whose has worked on this software.

I have not been able to get my Pegasus FocusCube working either. It will not connect. Looks like the wrong driver for a Macbook running High Sierra 10.13 and Ekos 2.9.8 with Indigo Server 3.5. As the name suggests, the Pegasus DualMotorFocusController driver looks like it is designed for the seperate controller and motor, not the FocusCube.
Any help would be great. Thanks

Casey

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Casey Finn replied to the topic 'Astrometry.net down?' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thanks to everyone who has made this software. I really apreciate it.

Is there an idiots guide to setting up the offline solver? After getting everything working a few weeks ago I realized last night the online solver was offline. I'v installed all the extra add on's in Kstars (I think) with the hope that would give the the solver the infomation it needs to complete it's task but in reality I'm just guessing. I'd like to get everything ready to image tonight.

I saw the link pointing to the files: data.astrometry.net/
But in truth I really do not know how to "set that up" in mac. What to download for my particular FOV (Takahashi FC100df 740mm + 1.6 Extender + ZWO Asi294mc)? And where that file needs to go?
Any help would be great. Thanks

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Does indi support a Pegasus FocusCube focuser? I bought one thinking the driver was included in the current build of Ekos but cannot get it to work... Show more