Rene created a new topic ' Does Ekos support the Meade DSI IV?' in the forum. 7 days ago

Hi,

Was just wondering if INDI/Ekos supports the new Meade DSI IV?

Rene

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Rene created a new topic ' Some questions about the focus module' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hi all,

Have a question about the Ekos focus module:

I've had some clear nights and have been shooting data like a demon. I'm not happy with how my stars appear. My focus routine is to use a Bhatinov mask to get close, then fine tune with the auto focus module in Ekos. 2 things bother me. I can't seem to get a v-curve (it is either a straight line or bounces around all over the place.), and my HFR value doesn't drop below 3-4. The other night it wouldn't go below 5. In Jasem's video, he was getting an HFR value below 1. As a consequence my stars appear bloated. Round, but bloated.

I'm using a SW Black Diamond ED-80, ZWO ASI290 (uncooled) & Sesto Senso focusser.

What is other peoples experience?
Is there something I can do to improve my HFR value? note: I've followed the settings from Jasem's video when doing an auto-focus routine.
What s the maximum magnitude I should use?
Does it matter where in the sky I focus? ie, zenith versus lower in the sky

Thanks in advance.

PS - I was shooting 180 second subs, with no filters (I know not he best but am just starting out).

Rene

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Rene replied to the topic 'Where do I set the RGB color space in Ekos?' in the forum. 1 month ago

That’s great. Thanks for that.

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Rene created a new topic ' Where do I set the RGB color space in Ekos?' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi all,

I was wondering if someone could attach a screenshot of where I can set the RGB colour space in INDI/Ekos. I took some exposures the other night but the FITS header says the colour space was 8-bit instead of 16-bit. This then impacts my ability to debayer in DSS when I stack the images (a post on another forum suggested DSS won't debayer 8-bit images).

Cheers in advance.

Rene

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Rene replied to the topic 'KStars crashes repeatedly - FITS-viewer associated?' in the forum. 1 month ago

I prefer to use the stable builds. I found if I disable the FITS viewer while running an imaging session, it doesn’t crash.

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Rene replied to the topic 'EKOS/KSTARS causing my WIn10 laptop to freeze' in the forum. 1 month ago

knro wrote: using remote or online solver? if yes, which online one? ANSVR or the vanilla online astrometry.net? logs show anything odd?


Hi Jasem,

Thanks for getting back to me. I'm using ANSVR as my solver (pointing to localhost:8080).

I didn't see any logs but I'll have a look when I get home.

Rene

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Rene created a new topic ' EKOS/KSTARS causing my WIn10 laptop to freeze' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi all,

I loaded up the latest stable version of KStars onto my Win10 laptop. Using KStars by itself is no problem. The issue comes when I launch and use Ekos.

I load up Ekos & connect to all my equipment. I then start plate solving, after a couple of iterations my machine completely freezes. Screen, Mouse, Keyboard, the lot. The only way I can recover is to do a hard-boot. It happens regularly and with no warning or error messages displayed.

My machine is unremarkable:
Win10 Home
Core i7-6500 CPU
AMD Radeon graphics card

I checked the load on my machine and there was nothing that looked out of place. I suspect it is the graphics card that is causing the issue but I have only had it occur when using Ekos.

So are there any graphics card incompatibilities that would cause this?

Thanks in advance.

Rene

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Rene replied to the topic 'KStars crashes repeatedly - FITS-viewer associated?' in the forum. 1 month ago

Oh forgot to add. I’m running the latest stable builds.

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Rene replied to the topic 'KStars crashes repeatedly - FITS-viewer associated?' in the forum. 1 month ago

I’m getting same issue but mine is on a Win 7 machine. Twice last night I was imaging. Everything was running smoothly. Set my sequence of 60 x 10 sec exposures. The first time it got through about 7 before crashing. After resetting I started another sequence of the same exposure length and got through 12. No error message except Windows telling me KStars encountered a problem. Oh and I to had the FITS viewer running.

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

knro wrote: Michael,

Thanks for all the screenshots. I'm sure this would help quite a few users.

One note about the astrometry INDI driver, you don't need to interact with it directly. Ekos enables/disable the driver when there is a solve to perform.

In KStars v3.3.2 release a few days ago, I disabled the <strong>nofits2fits</strong> option by default now since most users are now interacting with a more recent astrometry.net build. If nofits2fits is checked, uncheck it or upgrade to the latest KStars (which fixes also other minor bugs).

I just tested astrometry with simulators on both Windows + Linux:

1. Using ANSVR
2. From Windows to remote StellarMate
3. From Linux to remote StellarMate
4. From Linux as offline

All worked just fine using a variety of settings (binning, dark frame, exposure, different focal lengths). I noticed from the log a repeated error:

<code>
Failed to read xylist field.
</code>

This appears to be the outstanding error. Also, I noticed autofocus was running at the same time using the solver? That's not a good idea and can lead to all kind of issues.



Hi Jasem,

I upgraded as well and still can't get the simulator to solve. Would you be able to post some screenshots showing the settings you used?

Rene

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

So here's the log file from my latest attempt to plate solve (using the simulators) which if course failed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Rene

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

Yeah I'm really losing patience with this software. You need a degree in software engineering to use it and nothing works consistently. Astrophotography is mean to be enjoyable but having to fight with this software is taking all the fun out of it.

I've followed every bit of advice on this forum. I've followed all of the instruction manuals and I still cannot get Plate Solving to work. Can someone please for the love of all that is holy, post a simple, step by step set of instructions on how to get plate solving working.

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Rene created a new topic ' Kstars 3.3.2 released on 3rd July.....what's in it?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,

I just saw that KStars 3.3.2 has just been released but I can't see what's new as the link goes to the release notes for 3.3.1. Anyone know what is in this new release?

Rene

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Rene replied to the topic 'Calculating my FOV' in the forum. 2 months ago

knro wrote: Sure: stellarmate.com/support/ekos/align.html


Thanks.

So to be clear as I’m using Ekos on Windows

1. Can I use remote solving
2. If I can do I need to set the api to the StellarMate IP
3. If I can’t I need to download ansvr. Does Ekos still tell me which files to download?

Rene

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Rene replied to the topic 'Calculating my FOV' in the forum. 2 months ago

knro wrote: If you go to Ekos astrometry options, it would suggest which astrometry files you can download based on your FOV. You can also download them directly from within Ekos.


Hi Jasem,

Thanks for the info. I can't seem to find where it suggest the files I should download or where in EKOS I can download them. Do you have any screenshots?

Rene

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