Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'Force Bulb Not Working Consistently' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I think I solved my problem and may have discovered a bug in the process: I had been using a one second mirror lock to prevent vibratrion with my Canon T3i/600D DSLR. If I set the mirror lock to 0, then the camera seems to consistently shoot the correct long exposure to whatever time I have the exposure set to. I do not believe this is how the system should work however, and appears to be a bug. Mirror lock is used to prevent vibration, which is why I'd prefer to use it.

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Tom Bardenwerper created a new topic ' Force Bulb Not Working Consistently' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I'm shooting with a Canon T3i. Camera is set to "M". In the INDI Control Panel, I have Force BULB set to ON. My configuration is saved and comes up the same every time I run Ekos. However, I'm finding that the Force Bulb is not being consistently applied. When it doesn't work, the camera shoots frames at an estimated .1 second exposure. I have to exit Kstars, re-launch and try it again. Then, sometimes that relaunch fixes it (with ZERO changes done be me), other times the camera still shoots at .1 second exposure. Any suggestions/help would be appreciated in permanently fixing this glitch (bug?). Rebooting the software until it works correctly is not a solution in my book. ;)

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'How Do You Save Settings in INDI Control Panel?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

SOLVED: Just as the others had said, I found that by changing the file permissions of: ~/.local/share/kstars/userdb.sqlite on each of my Rasberry PIs (I run two distributed) I am now able to save my hardware configurations. Here is the command syntax that was successful:
Open a MATE Terminal and type:
sudo chmod 644 ~/.local/share/kstars/userdb.sqlite (it will them ask you for the Stellarmate password, key it in and press enter. That's it, you're done!

To verify the permissions are set correctly, type in the following command in MATE Terminal:
ls -l ~/.local/share/kstars/userdb.sqlite

and just as wvreeven wrote, you should get:
-rw-r--r-- 1 ... etc..

This permission setting allows you to save your configurations once you change the settings in the INDI Control Panel Tab for your camera - AND ALSO - click on the SAVE button on the OPTIONS sub-tab/CONFIGURATION - if you don't click to save your config, nothing will be saved!!

I hope this info is helpful to others who my have run into this problem.

Tom Bardenwerper

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'New Raspberry pi 4 anounced' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

giorgio_ne wrote: Fantastic news!

I wasn't expecting a Pi 4 until next year. This new version will give performance to an already solid INDI/Ekos implementation on ARM and an even more enjoyable IoT solution for Astrophotography. I expect INDI/EKOS eventually to support planetary and solar imaging at some point.
Other interesting projects might now become a reality like for instance automated meteorite detection/mapping from an all sky camera... The sky is the limit!

Giorgio


You'd be far better served using a metal detector to find meteorites than a telescope with Stellarmate. ;) Meteors are inbound and have not YET, but are about to hit Earth. Meteorites are the remnants of a meteor AFTER it hits Earth. Perhaps you meant asteroids - rocks in an orbit within our solar system?

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'New Raspberry pi 4 anounced' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Very, VERY interested in learning if and how well Stellarmate OS and Kstars/Ekos runs with the new PI 4. This is exactly the upgrade I've been waiting for - REALLY hope SM OS plays well with it. Also would be HUGE if we could now run Ekos smoothly on the PI instead of remotely - man would that be great!

...Eagerly awaiting news and reviews!

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'Live Stacking' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Stash, you beat me to it!

I just found Astrotoaster and was about to share what I found here. Other than not being built into Ekos, Astrotoaster seems like it's exactly what I am looking for and looks very promising. I'm going to try it out the next clear night I'm out (in about two to four months the way the weather's been lately, grrr) and I'll post how well (or not) it works. Since it sounds like you've already used it, perhaps you you can share your thoughts on it?

Here is the download link to Astrotoaster:
www.astrotoaster.com/download

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Tom Bardenwerper created a new topic ' Live Stacking' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Back in my Meade DSI CCD imaging days, the Meade software featured automatic live still-frame stacking (as well as saving the individual frames). It was magical how a faint DSO would slowly grow and appear on my laptop screen while sitting outside shooting and it inspired me to keep shooting more frames, adding more time. It REALLY added interest and fun to what can otherwise be a rather boring process of capturing still frames. I think it would be a fantastic addition if live stacking were added!

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'QHY5 not found by Ekos' in the forum. 1 month ago

FWIW: I am running the latest versions of INDI (Stellarmate OS), Kstars/Ekos and my QHY 5L-II-M is working perfectly with it - just had it running last weekend.

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'StellarMate PDF Manual Feedback' in the forum. 1 month ago

DOH! Link is generating: ERROR: You are not authorized to view this resource.

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'How Do You Save Settings in INDI Control Panel?' in the forum. 2 months ago

alacant wrote: Hi
Make sure you have write set on:
~/.local/share/kstars/userdb.sqlite
HTH


Linux noob here. No idea how to do that. I assume you're referring to having write permissions?

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Tom Bardenwerper created a new topic ' How Do You Save Settings in INDI Control Panel?' in the forum. 2 months ago

How do you save settings in the INDI Control Panel? Every time I launch or reboot my system I have to go back in and set specifics (mostly for my Canon T3i DSLR) such as enable preview, set mirror lock time, upload preference, set streaming encoder, etc.. The "Save Configuration" under the Options tab does not save these settings and having to change them every time (and hope I didn't forget any) is tedious and a waste of valuable imaging time.

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