CG5 is behaving quite well though last night its post meridian flip was screwed up and we had cord wrap. How do we prevent this?
Is there a way to get a regular preview of Nikon .NEF files on Astroberry? When I double click on any .nef it displays as a thumbnail. When I do the same with my wife's Canon .CR2 files, they come up "regular" size (for lack of a better term) that I can zoom to fit, etc.
Last night, I was testing things with our Canon 450d/XSi and Ekos on Astroberry using the moon and "Live View", and at 1x it worked fine. I shot a movie, brought it into Autostakert! etc. Worked fine though the moon was small, as expected.
I tried the 5x zoom mode, but the sliders didn't appear to do what I needed. It's like my view window was too small, and while I saw a glow of the moon off to the right of the window, I could never bring it into view.
The whole point is to get planetary capture going similar to BackyardEOS.
Thanks very much!
Well, that was interesting!
Small update - my wife's CG5 performed the flip flawlessly, waiting until the end of a frame to start, realigning after, and continuing imaging until the end of the session. Absolutely brilliant!
My CEM25p, on the other hand, not only failed to do any flip (even though I'd set the HC to something like 20 minutes and Ekos to 6 minutes), it got totally confused after I tried to do the flip manually (send it home, slew to target again). I wonder if this has to do with bad GPS data for some reason? If opportunity presents, will try again tonight.
ChrisRowland wrote: Quick answer, yes, use the flip option in Ekosset to 0.1 to 0.2 hours past the meridian. If you don't flip the mount will stop tracking when it hits a soft limit which is 6 degrees past the meridian for the ASGT and 20 degrees for the other Celestron GEMs.
My preference is not to flip without warning. I don't want the mount to take off by itseld when it feels like it. Flipping during a sequence is fine of course.
Last night while I was taking care of my mount, I noticed my wife's was getting awfully close to pinching a cable. I figured I'd deal with it as soon as I took care of whatever I was working on. Moments later, I heard a "pop" - the mount had over-rotated and was actually locked. I sent it home, then sent it back to M42. It flipped around *but* it could not plate solve - kept driving the mount away from the target. I'm hoping setting the Flip option takes this into consideration.
Probably nothing, but my CEM25p connects with baud set to 9600. Worth a shot. Good luck.
Our CG5-ASGT does not support automatic meridian flip itself. Can we add automatic meridian flip in the "Mount" module by checking the Flip if HA > and setting it to something like 0.1? Is it really *that* easy??
My iOptron CEM25p does automatic flip. From reading the threads, again I can set Flip if HA > 0.1 and change the default in my HC to something like 25 minutes past meridian thus ensuring Ekos does the flip. Yes?
We removed the Celestron GPS module and the Starsense camera/HC, and then the mount worked. We got Park/Unpark and Track/Stop. Finally were able to get first light on the new scope! Wife will process pics (M42 and Bode's). Of course, she's disappointed we had to revert to an older version of the mount, hardware wise, but there's some good news, too. She liked the plate solving and realized she actually won't need the Starsense, and with that she no longer has to stick with Celestron for a future upgrade.
She was able to get 120s unguided, but dropped to 90s exposures for good measure. I did the same on my ioptron rig, imaging the same targets.
Her mount did not flip., so that's something we have to address.
And we did not try to get guiding up and running, though if conditions are favorable tonight and she feels like tackling it.
Another quick update.
We upgraded the firmware in the HC and cam, and now we get a host of new buttons looking more like my iOptron e.g. Park/Unpark and Track/Stop Tracking. Unfortunately, we're no longer reading changes in RA. Maybe I'm being thick again, but on my iOptron CEM25p, when the mount is not tracking, RA advances with time, and when the mount is tracking, RA stops advancing with time. On the CG5 it's advancing no matter what's selected.
Never a dull moment.
Have we missed something?
I actually started reading the AVX threads here and learned a few things. Our Starsense HC needs a firmware update. The camera might also. We're going to do that in a bit. That should solve some issues.
No error messages, but mount still not working quite right.
When trying to polar align, mount still travels 90 degrees instead of 30. And RA never is able to increase sufficiently for it to take the second picture even if it is at 90 degrees. It's as if RA is incrementing only half what it should be.
We slewed to Sirius and tried to plate solve. Sirius wasn't in fov. It kept trying to get it in fov but kept slewing back so the stars didn't actually move. Hopefully related to above RA issue.