Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 5 days ago

Should we expect a significant performance improvement? I am now running my AP system on an RPi4B2GB in a flirc case which keeps the temperature nicely stable around 35°-40° outdoors. Performance is already amazing me and astro friends with typical Ekos alignment solves at around 10 seconds.

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'Is Ekos Polar Alignment possible with a Canon DSLR?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

elakrab wrote: I can confirm that it times out all the time, while the capture & solve does the job relatively quickly, both with CR2/RAW and jpeg.

Did you check the details of the telescope aperture and focal length and the FOV? I had made an error, and when I corrected this, the process worked and rather fast (10 seconds for each solve).

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'Right Click--GOTO object' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Not specifically on topic, but on the KStars presentation display/UI, I find that the Kstars window always opens up to the right and down from the centre of the screen where it was when I closed it. This applies to Windows and RPi displays similarly. Also the INDI Control Panel always opens somewhat off screen although when I closed it down or toggled it, I had centred it. This is annoying mostly when I am using VNC to access the RPi through my iPad, when I have more difficulty in dragging a window around the display screen, and some of the toolbar icons are obscured. Am I the only one who has this issue?

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'Right Click--GOTO object' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I presently run SkySafari on the same iPad as I VNC into my RPi running KStars etc., just to make the GoTo process simpler. SkySafari does also have some Tablet gesture friendly controls of its own of course. But I would certainly support the idea of streamlining the KStars/Ekos/Indi UI if possible.

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'Is Ekos Polar Alignment possible with a Canon DSLR?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Second night of opportunity to test out Polar Alignment in clear sky, this time with a fresh installation of KStars/Ekos/Indi using the very latest available (cloned 31/8/2019) AstroPi3 script for the RPi4 and Raspbian Buster. I’m a happy man - the PA routine solved each image in 10 seconds! Admittedly unfortunately the clouds then rolled in before I could tackle the 2° 02’ alignment error.
Thanks to all for your encouragement!

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Gaining more experience of KStars/Ekos/Indi running on Raspbian Buster on the RPi4 4GB!
Thanks so much for your ongoing work on the script. On Thursday I finally got my week old version working successfully carrying out Polar Alignment. During the ‘struggle’ over the intervening days, I had downloaded nearly a full set of solver index files, clogging up my SD card so I thought I’d run the latest script and do a fresh install. During the build I could see that at times all four cores were running at 100%. :) When completed I plugged in the Canon DSLR USB cable which didn’t result in any adverse mounting as a memory device etc. :) However with a USB key, the memory device was mounted and the dialogue screen opened offering the usual options. :)
Thanks again for your effort (and sorry if I’m not using Linux terminology correctly).

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'Is Ekos Polar Alignment possible with a Canon DSLR?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hi wvreeven - it's morning now and I will look into this question soon. However I have better news from last night's experiences - Polar Alignment worked for me!
I'm trying to unpick the sequence of events that took place which led up to this success.
Firstly I tried out a fresh installation of Raspian/Kstars etc that I compiled in the last few days. After initialization with my equipment specific parameters I tried a Polar Alignment. After the image capture, the solver began and 'failed' immediately. The commentary suggested 'try again'. I stopped the present PA and started it again with identical results. I then tried capturing an image and hit 'Load & Solve' but could not find any saved image to solve. I subsequently located images with the suffix .fits.fz which were not recognised in the Load & Solve file window.
So I switched over to my old SD card last used on Sunday night. In the meantime I had a spontaneous realisation that I had been using the effective focal length of the combination of my 80mm x 600mm scope with FR/FF as 540mm rather than the correct 480mm. So I changed the telescope specification in Ekos to this value, and perhaps that sorted something out? I will now run up my RPi and look in detail at the present working contents of Ekos/Indi fields. I'll also look into whether the Use Scale box happens to be ticked or not.

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'Re:Re:AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Was this during the make commands when it was building the astro software? And did you update the script to the latest version first? It does seem to be much faster since this change.[/quote]
Sorry - I now remember cronky wasn’t running during the make process! Apologies.

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