Last night I had to position my mount slightly further away from the house which meant that my wifi connection from my laptop running Kstars and INDI on the Pi was not strong.
I lost connection a few times and focussing was impossible (too long required for the download).

I had an old Airport Express (mini router/Access point) which I have now connected directly to the Pi with a cable. Seems to have solved my wireless woes.
I think the Pi wireless access point is very weak and only really seems to work if you are within a couple of metres.

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Rishi Garrod replied to the topic 'Stellarmate app - Guiding' in the forum. 1 week ago

Hi Stephan

Once you have done the initial setup all focussing and guiding is driven from the front end app (Kstars).
You can run Kstars either from a remote system or directly on the Pi.

I let INDI run on the Pi and run Kstars from a laptop. If you are using this setup make sure connection between your laptop/PC and the Pi is a strong one. You do not want to be loosing connections or have a slow connection. A slow connection is a real killer for Focus and Guiding. I guess you could run Kstars on the the Pi for Focus and Guiding but that is a little too complex for me.

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I have taken the plunge and replaced my Pi3 with the Pi 4.
All seems to work well with HEQ5, 294MC, 224MC and Pegasus PPB.

One question I have is should the Update button in the StallaMate dashboard work?
Mine runs the percentage usual goes to about 3% then I get a message saying the update was successful but the update icon remains red with a little red exclamation mark next to it.

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Try "sudo chmod -R 776 *"
Make sure you are in the /Pictures directory before executing this command.

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Rishi Garrod replied to the topic '3.3.7 on OSX. Setting up Solver' in the forum. 5 months ago

I have switched to the Simulator to try and get this working.
Now the UI is no longer greyed out (I assume because I did not have my mount attached it was greyed out) and I can start a ASTAP solve but I always get "Solver Failed. Try again".
Is there anything I need to do in ASTAP to get it setup?

2019-11-10T09:50:15 Solver failed. Try again.
2019-11-10T09:50:09 /Applications/ASTAP.app/Contents/MacOS/astap -O --no-plots --no-verify --resort --downsample 2 -L 20.339 -H 25.424 -u aw -3 23.7958 -4 30.7606 -5 30 -f /private/var/folders/kg/s3p7zt0x11z16l_jcq1s8vmr0000gn/T/fitsXptWhn.fits -o /private/var/folders/kg/s3p7zt0x11z16l_jcq1s8vmr0000gn/T/solution
2019-11-10T09:50:09 Starting solver...
2019-11-10T09:50:09 Solver iteration #1
2019-11-10T09:50:09 Image received.
2019-11-10T09:50:05 Capturing image...

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Rishi Garrod created a new topic ' 3.3.7 on OSX. Setting up Solver' in the forum. 5 months ago

I just updated to 3.3.7 on OSX.
I had the solver setup but now it seems I have to set it up again. I have installed the ASTAP software and set the correct path in the Solver option menu but the Solver page remains inactive (grayed out).
What steps should I be taking to get it setup?

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Rishi Garrod replied to the topic 'ASI294 problem with INDI driver' in the forum. 5 months ago

I have been viewing the images from within PI. They were not yet debayered.
I though PI displayed images as gray scale until they are debayered?

Is that the tram line effect I am seeing? Only the red pixels.

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Rishi Garrod replied to the topic 'ASI294 problem with INDI driver' in the forum. 5 months ago

As usual it turned out to be user error.

Out of the box the driver has the format set to 8 bit (which is I assume to improve the frame rate for lucky imaging).
Once I set it to 16 bit my darks looked normal.

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Rishi Garrod replied to the topic 'ASI294 problem with INDI driver' in the forum. 5 months ago

As usual it turned out to be user error.

Out of the box the driver has the format set to 8 bit (which is I assume to improve the frame rate for lucky imaging).
Once I set it to 16 bit my darks looked normal.

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Rishi Garrod replied to the topic 'Dark frames and the 294' in the forum. 5 months ago

Thanks. That was it! It was still set to 8 bit which I guess is the default to improve frame rate.

Very happy to have this solved. Now I can start collecting data again.

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Rishi Garrod replied to the topic 'ASI294 problem with INDI driver' in the forum. 5 months ago

I have been using the default (for Indi) offset value of 8 for all my frames.
I am also using the unity level of gain (120).
I am not using any bias frames but Flat Darks. My flats are 4 seconds to avoid short exposures.

The Indi driver does have some settings I don't completely understand.
Default the Format is set to 8 bits with RGB, 16 bit and Luma as options. If I set it to 16 bit my darks immediately look much better. I would have expected 16 bit to be the default unless I was trying to get a high FPS?

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Rishi Garrod created a new topic ' ASI294 problem with INDI driver' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hi All

I started a new thread because I am now a step further.
I cannot take good Darks using the Indi driver via Ekos. They show no randomness and do not display the amp glow. We noticed a checkerboard pattern, this doesn't look random, all the "lanes" have the same value, and the black pixels exactly half of that.
Maybe its a setting (I am using the defaults) but I cannot get it right.

So I decided to install APT and use ASCOM to connect. The Darks I get via APT are exactly as I would expect. I can clearly see the amp glow and star burst pattern.

Any idea's why the INDI driver behaves so differently from the Ascom?

I have 2 samples on dropbox which I can share to illustrate what I mean. The examples have both been stretched the same amount using the STF function in PixInsight.

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