Scott Denning replied to the topic 'calling iOptron mount users' in the forum. 2 months ago

I have the CEM25p and it's great for wide field imaging.

My mount has no separate RS-232 port, rather it connects via the pro at the bottom of the hand controller. Software and drivers work fine without issues. I have *not* had a problem guiding after automated meridian flip, but had to tick the box to reverse DEC after flip.

My guiding is indeed plagued by backlash of maybe 2 arc seconds, but I only image from this mount at FL < 200 mm so it doesn't matter. The beauty of this setup is its extreme portability. Works great as an automated alternative to a photo tripod. For longer FL I use a Paramount, but I love the teeny little CEM25p for lightweight wide field imaging.


Scott Denning replied to the topic 'Any way to add offline master darks for guiding, solving, etc' in the forum. 2 months ago

I second this as a feature request.

It would be much more convenient to simply point the software to a master dark (and bias, and flat) I decide is the one I want rather than trying to outwit the algorithm as it attempts to account for age, exposure, and temperature.

I take and process a lot of calibration frames as part of my imaging. I know what I want to use and when. I'd rather have the ability to just specify the calibration file of my choice.


Scott Denning replied to the topic 'Just sharing a successful night' in the forum. 4 months ago

Hi PK,

Thank you for posting your imaging experiences from Uganda. It's quite riveting to read about the challenges of pursuing our hobby from the Equator and to follow your progress with the Nano-PC as well.

I have a CEM25 and an ASI1600 Pro as well, which I use in summer from 10,500 feet elevation at a mountain cabin without electricity or internet connections. Your tropical experiences are surprisingly analogous to mine, though I bet my fingers are colder even though I have a much easier time with polar alignment!

Always enjoy your posts.


Scott Denning replied to the topic 'Use of INDI/KStars during Total Lunar Eclipse' in the forum. 5 months ago

I LOVE the movie, and the moon moving across the stars. I only got two stars because my focal length was a bit longer.


Scott Denning replied to the topic 'Post your INDI Setup!' in the forum. 5 months ago

Nice rig! Two questions:
1) Is that a Samyang/Rokinon 135 lens?
2) Did you 3D print those tube rings?


Scott Denning thanked Tarun in topic Post your INDI Setup! 5 months ago

Scott Denning created a new topic ' Paramount MyT connects to Ekos but not to PHD2?' in the forum. 6 months ago

Trying to use PHD2 to guide Paramount MyT under Ubuntu 18.04, KStars 3.0.0.

Of course I have TheSkyX running first, with IP server port 3040.

INDI and Ekos can then see and control the mount, slew, image, etc.

But I can't get PHD2 to connect to the mount at all, either through INDI or through AUX Mount (ports 7624 and 3040).

All I get is a "connection timeout" message, and then "Failed to connect to mount."

Also, I'm trying to guide using "Direct Guide" not relays on the mount.

Perhaps I'm confused as to whether PHD2 is controlling the mount via Ekos/INDI (port 7624), or via port 3040 to TheSkyX, or both?

Can anybody help with this?


Scott Denning replied to the topic 'polar alignment assistant: total disaster' in the forum. 6 months ago

FYI I used the Polar Alignment Tool three nights ago in Ekos 2.9.8 and it worked like a charm.

I regularly guide using PHD in Ekos with everything connected via INDI, but have never tried the PHD polar alignment tool.