Michael Hamilton replied to the topic 'How to improve RA Guiding' in the forum. 6 days ago

Hi Andrew,

My guiding used to look just like yours, probably worse. What mount are you using and are you using the internal guider?
The internal guider is fairly simple and no where near as configurable as PhD2. It works well for well behaved mounts but less useful for unruly ones. :) My stars were affected by this type of guiding so I had to find an alternative. For me the change to PhD2 dramatically changed the distribution of my guiding plot so that it was more even and stars improved. If you are using an NEQ6Pro with EQMod I would recommend the Rowan belt mod as it improved my guiding out of sight. PhD2 does take a bit of setting up if the default settings do not work well but it worked well for me.

Mike

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Michael Hamilton replied to the topic 'Unable to plate solve - Astrometry keeps failing.....help' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi Rene,
As everyone's system is different what works for one may not work for another. Just looking at your log file there is a lot of data from the "capturing image to "extracting sources" that does not happen when I solve. This may be related to the simulator. As I never use the simulators I cannot help you there. If you load a saved image into astrometry and slew to target make sure that the image was taken with your current rig. If not you will need to do a blind solve which means uncheck the "use scale" and "use RA position" boxes in the alignment options in EKOS.
If you go to the logs section in EKOS and check verbose and alignment as per the screenshots you should be able to watch the process in realtime (in the text area in underneath the alignment panel in EKOS) which I find is more helpful. This is using the offline solver on the RPi not ANSVER in Windows which does not display much of any use to troubleshooting. Get the offline in RPi working first.
I have attached a load of screenshots of my settings which may or may not be relevant to your set up.
The first attachment just draws attention to the "use scale " and RAposition " that you may need to uncheck if the image that you are loading is from a different rig therefore a different scale to the one set in your current profile.
The little icons circled re-calculate the FOV based on your profile and reset the co-ordinates to your current mount position. I always click these at the start of a session after I have unparked and started tracking. (Dont forget to unpark and set tracking to sidereal or astrometry will not work). Enable astrometry in INDI as per the screenshot and ensure that astrometry is selected in Auxillary in your equipment profile as per screenshot.
If this does not work even using load and slew post similar screenshots of your settings and another log using a loaded image rather than the simulator and we may be able to gradually work out what is wrong.
Jasem may be able to shed more light on the simulator issues but that's out of my league.

Mike



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Michael Hamilton replied to the topic 'Yikes! Major problem tonight' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi PK

Are you using the internal guider or PhD2?
If it is the internal one I would post a log file as it is easier to track down the issues. I recently upgraded to 3.3.2 and all seems to be working OK but I am using PhD2 for guiding.
The weather is awful at the moment so cannot check it out but I will post if the internal is not working when we get clear skies.

Mike

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Michael Hamilton replied to the topic 'Unable to plate solve - Astrometry keeps failing.....help' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi Doug,

I am not an expert on this but from your log the number of sources that you are solving on is very small (1-25). I usually reckon between 300-1000 is about right so I downsample to approximately arrive at that figure although it's very rule of thumb (over 1500 sources takes much longer to solve). I find the simulators do not work very well with astrometry (for me) so I don't bother with them. So I tend to set the telescope up inside the house but like in the field and use a saved image to Load and Slew to check astrometry is working. If its a standard 10 sec exposure I only downsample by 4 but if a saved long exposure 60-300 sec) I downsample by 8 as the star field is much richer. In the field I use 10 secs exposures and 4X downsample and it works well. Both offline on my Odroid or ANSVR on Windows.
I did have a problem with ANSVR a while back, it constantly failed after it had worked for some time. I deleted the ANSVR then reinstalled it (keeping the FITS files of course) and it started working consistently again and has worked ever since.
Try checking with Load and Slew (but be ready with the manual stop slew just in case it tries to go somehere below the horizon). Choose an image file that would normally be visible at the time you are testing.

Good luck

Mike

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Michael Hamilton replied to the topic 'Unable to plate solve - Astrometry keeps failing.....help' in the forum. 2 months ago

Just a thought. Check in your profile editor that you have astrometry selected in the Aux section of your profile.
Mike

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Michael Hamilton replied to the topic 'Unable to plate solve - Astrometry keeps failing.....help' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,

Your original post said you were using Stellarmate. I assumed that you were using the KStars windows to remote into the Stellarmate. But it is still the Stellarmate that is running remotely your rig?
If so you can still use offline solving on the Stellarmate or Pi from your windows KStars.
There could be all sorts of things going on.
If you post some screenshots of your settings in Indi and EKOS and your alignment settings for your mount and a log file after you start solving we should be able to work it out. I had all sorts of issues at first now it works really well. Let us know what version of KStars you are using too.
Don't give up. Plenty of help here.

Mike

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Michael Hamilton replied to the topic 'align: load and slew stopped working' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,
I have just done that latest update and checked load and slew and it is working fine for me. I am using and NEQ6Pro with EQMOD. Try down sampling your image in the EKOS alignment options by about 6-8 and see if that helps. Also uncheck use scale and use position as sometimes this creates problems especially for the first solve of the night (well for me it has in the past).

Mike

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