max sidorov created a new topic ' How to shoot comets?' in the forum. 4 hours 26 minutes ago

How to shoot/track comets properly with kstars/ekos?
How to process afterwards? I use DDS or APP.
Any advise?
Thanks!

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max sidorov replied to the topic 'Re:Installation KStars/Ekos Windows8 problem' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Oh my... At first I thought it was about Windows 98 : )

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Upgraded to 1.5.1
Ran a 60x240s sequence. All on RPI4 (as quoted below). Not a single problem. Really nice!

Well, there was one issue which is not RPI4 or 1.5 specific and has been there for quite a while.
Bias frames. (this was reported before).
Often, Ekos takes bias frames but they are completely empty (no signal whatsoever).
Usually this happens on the first run, when switching from Lights or Darks to Bias.
Switching back to Lights and taking a few exposures makes Bias to behave normally.
Couldn't quite figure out the exact pattern.
At least I know now that the issue exists and sort of know how to get around it.

Thanks!

maxthebuilder wrote: Last night I had a successful session with 1.5.0 (RPI4). Not a single problem.
Everything was running on RPI. VNC from Windows PC (wired) and Android tablet (wireless).
Polar Align. 3-4 stars align. Autoguiding (internal). Meridian flip (went well without any interaction).
No autofocus (I don't have an autofocuser). No scheduler, just a single 100x120s sequence.
ZWO cameras. HEQ5 mount (cable connection). Astrometry.net (offline) with sextractor.
This coming weekend I am going to travel to a dark side (from Bortle 9 to Bortle 4) and try it there.
After that I'll try to upgrade to 1.5.1.
(Jasem mentioned that it could be done from the dashboard but people complained that there were still no updates as of earlier today).



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It's on my home network.
RPI's wire-connected to my router (through a hub).
All network settings - default.
I never had issues with the wired connection.
I did have issues with WiFi (RPI4. RPI3 was fine) but now it's also good (as of 1.5.0. Again, everything is default).
In the field I use a 10" HDMI monitor and USB mouse/keyboard. No network. <-- really like this setup.

pug916 wrote: Hey with your ethernet connection to the PC, how did you have that configured? Was the Windows PC a DHCP server for the Stellarmate?



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Great - thanks! Will do as soon as I am back on Sunday.

knro wrote: Glad to hear about it. Dashboard update is broken in 1.5, run the Package Updater or just manually upgrade:

<code>
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade
</code>



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Last night I had a successful session with 1.5.0 (RPI4). Not a single problem.
Everything was running on RPI. VNC from Windows PC and Android tablet.
Polar Align. 3-4 stars align. Autoguiding (internal). Meridian flip (went well without any interaction).
No autofocus (I don't have an autofocuser). No scheduler, just a single 100x120s sequence.
ZWO cameras. HEQ5 mount (cable connection). Astrometry.net (offline) with sextractor.
This coming weekend I am going to travel to a dark side (from Bortle 9 to Bortle 4) and try it there.
After that I'll try to upgrade to 1.5.1.
(Jasem mentioned that it could be done from the dashboard but people complained that there were still no updates as of today).

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knro wrote:

maxthebuilder wrote: My AZ-GTi works fine both over WiFi and EQDir cable.
Check the IP address.
Mine used to be 10.250.250.16 now it's 10.250.250.68

xs4allan wrote: Have the new 1.5.0 installed on a rpi4 and can't connect ekos to the az-gti eqmod. The older 1.4.6. worked with the az-gti although it crashed very often it did connect to the eqmod. Now it doesnt. Did nothing different. Stellarmate can connect to the az-gti hotspot and the other way around but when I try to connect to Ekos to the EQMod it says connection refused.


Is this with SM 1.5.0 ?


Yes! 1.5.0

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My AZ-GTi works fine both over WiFi and EQDir cable.
Check the IP address.
Mine used to be 10.250.250.16 now it's 10.250.250.68

xs4allan wrote: Have the new 1.5.0 installed on a rpi4 and can't connect ekos to the az-gti eqmod. The older 1.4.6. worked with the az-gti although it crashed very often it did connect to the eqmod. Now it doesnt. Did nothing different. Stellarmate can connect to the az-gti hotspot and the other way around but when I try to connect to Ekos to the EQMod it says connection refused.



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No, that's not that.
That's for backup/restore INDI config.
Updates - look at the top-right corner (when connected with a remote client) or bottom-right corner (when in RPI (VNC or monitor)).
There should be a round clock-looking icon.

Megiddo wrote:

maxthebuilder wrote: Answering my own question.
Jasem said that the updates should be done via StellarMate Dashboard.
Currently there are no updates.


Cool, but I hate to say it, but I don't see any "Check for Updates" or any "Update" on the StellarMate Desktop window when it pops.
I've looked around and nothing on the Bottom Right Left arrow or the Top Left 3 Line menu.


Ah! I think I see it (grayed out at the moment)... Clicking the 3-Line menu, top left Under "Diagnostics"



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