Rishi Garrod replied to the topic '3.3.7 on OSX. Setting up Solver' in the forum. 2 weeks 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. 2 weeks 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. 2 weeks 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. 3 weeks 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. 3 weeks 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. 3 weeks 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. 3 weeks 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. 3 weeks 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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Rishi Garrod replied to the topic 'Dark frames and the 294' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Thanks. I have checked all the forums.
I am not taking bias but Flat Darks.
My problem is that my Darks do not have the amp glow.

Indi sets the Offset to 8 per default but it seems most other software uses 40 or 50 so I will try that.

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Rishi Garrod created a new topic ' Dark frames and the 294' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hi All

I have recently started using a 294 OSC camera.
When I take my dark frames I can hardly see any amp glow (even when stretched) but my lights show plenty of amp glow.
This means that when I calibrate the amp glow is not removed.

Are there any settings I should make in Indi to get my darks working correctly. I have left everything on the default settings.
The darks I am trying to create are 180 second, gain 120 everything else default OOTB settings.

Attached is a stretched mast dark. If you zoom in you can just see the amp glow.

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Rishi Garrod replied to the topic 'EOS 6D unstable after latest update?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Exactly. Those are the errors i get. When you look in the camera you see the number of frames left counter flashing.

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Rishi Garrod replied to the topic 'EOS 6D unstable after latest update?' in the forum. 2 months ago

I tried first with the EOS driver this morning and although I tried to follow exactly the same pattern as last night now it works fine (same thing happed yesterday when I tried it in the daytime).
I swapped to the GPhoto driver and that seems to work OK too. I guess I will have to wait for the next clear night to really see if it makes a difference.

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Rishi Garrod created a new topic ' EOS 6D unstable after latest update?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi All

I seem to be having issues with my Canon 6D since I updated to the latest library.
I have tried unsuccessfully to use my Canon 6D over the last 2 evenings.
I get everything setup fine including Auto-Focussing which goes through the Canon.
Taking a few sample pictures usually works too but as soon as I start a sequence the camera hangs. On the camera I see the frame counter flashing and the Indi control panel produces an error message every 20 seconds.

I will try again today in the daytime to see if I can reproduce the error and provide some accurate information but I was curious if anyone has experienced the same?

Cheers

Rishi

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