Avocette replied to the topic 'FireCapture INDI connection' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I suggest you download and install FireCapture 2.7.10 from FireCapture.de and test it out!
Astroberry installations come with FC already, and it runs well on RPi 4 4GB models. So I use KStars/Ekos/Indi initially for PA etc, then ‘disconnect’ the main camera in the appropriate Indi tab, minimise all KStars windows and then open FC. I run with 1FPS preview screen during capture to keep the CPU activity down, and look at the CPU activity and memory occupancy graphs just to be certain. I have found a bug which about half the time makes some dialogue windows seem unresponsive. Everything works, but the point of cursor focus and the object being targeted are horizontally displaced from each other [there are some example images on another thread I started].

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It all happens directly on the screen as you attempt to start an Indi Server and connect your equipment - a box pops up offering options which you select and confirm. After that first connection you can interogate the options in the INDI Control Panel in the EQMOD mount Tab and Connections Sub-tab.


In my case there are two USB Serial Devices recognised both using the Prolific chip. One is the Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 and the other a Pegasus Astro Pocket Power Box. With a fresh install

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Full disclosure - I use Astroberry and shamefully haven’t paid a penny to anyone to use the amazing KStars/Ekos/Indi packages. I am presently updated/upgraded to KStars 3.6.0 - and suffer from occasional glitches. For instance each new session KStars will crash on taking the first guide camera image for polar alignment. My workaround is to capture an image with the main camera before trying polar alignment. Similarly there are some issues with the Load and Slew feature in the Alignment tab, so my present workaround is to avoid doing this. Of course this is somewhat frustrating since it used to work so well. I also only use the 5GHz WiFi hotspot for control communications with my laptop PC via VNC, so reach is adequate for my situation at around 6m, and is relatively dropout free. But I accept the limitations of the RPi4 and keep an eye on the CPU and memory occupancy graphs, and take as much processing burden away as I can. So if I wish to see an image in debayered colour I copy it across to the laptop and look at it there in ASI Studio Fits Viewer, and if I want to do EAA I run SharpCap Pro live stacking on the laptop, using the camera folder monitor option.
I know that many of the KStars/Ekos/Indi developers are not paid for their work, and I tolerate the few issues I have, knowing that this forum is feeding back bugs which these excellent contributors may well correct in a future upgrade. The improvements introduced in my experience in the last three years (since the RPi4 came on the market) have been truly amazing. In the meantime I am comfortable with the 99% which works fantastically well, and accept having to look for workarounds for the other 1%.

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I have an SW AZ-EQ5 GT that I run with Astroberry without any need to reassign ports except the first time after a new installation. I operate through VNC and am running Astroberry 2.0.4 updated/upgraded to KStars 3.6.0.
A couple of years ago when Raspberry Pi made a major upgrade to the Linux kernel, we went through months of USB port issues, but things are much improved since then.

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Avocette replied to the topic 'kstars update 3.6.0' in the forum. 4 months ago

I suppose you have noticed that Radek has made the KStars 3.6.0, Indi 1.9.7 and PHD 2.6.11 updates available from the astroberry.io repo 2 days ago?!

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So I changed to right hand AZ/EQ firmware v3.39 but the AZ mode still retains auxiliary encoders even though apparently turned off in SynScan Pro. I was hoping to use the AZ mode for ’grab and go’ convenience, but with my Astroberry installation I guess I’ll have to change over to EQ mount wedge and EQ mode.

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I have been using an AZGTi in EQ mode successfully with EKOS for a couple of years, most recently with AZ/EQ firmware 3.39 used only in EQ mode. I just recently bought a new AZGTi with SkyMax 127 combination for AZ visual ‘grab and go’. The AZGTi came loaded with firmware v3.36 (for left hand side AZ use) and I stumbled across this issue that the auxiliary encoders remain engaged even if apparently switched off in SynScan Pro. I updated to the latest v3.39 (still left hand) which changed nothing. The impact of the auxiliary encoders seems to be due to their rather rough granularity, and inaccurate setting up, so that for instance the AZ home position of ‘level, pointing north’ is precisely some arc minutes away in both directions.
I plan to change firmware to the right hand side AZ/EQ v3.39 next, and will report here any differences in the auxiliary encoders operation.

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I have searched back and I found the text in the other thread a few pages through indilib.org/forum/ekos/4547-new-bahtinov....html?start=48#71143

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I suppose that you have looked at this thread?: www.indilib.org/forum/ekos/4547-new-baht....html?start=36#52222
Myself I followed a short PDF from Astrorunner who wrote the software which talks more about using the tool manually rather than assuming you have a motorised focuser.....

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Tried a further update/upgrade of an earlier KStars 3.5.6 SSD image and am delighted to report that the new version seems to be fully working…..Yippee!

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