Some sort of unique 'session identifier' would be useful as well - at the moment I have to manually rename my captured files to insert a string like "_Session_211007_" so that I can use the batch processing in pixinsight to match flats to multi night sessions.

The using some post-processing to insert current date runs into problems where the imaging session starts pre-midnight and goes on till the early hours of the next day, so you end up with 2 dates for 1 session which makes automation hard.

Using the date of when Ekos/Kstars started would be OK but there might be the case where there is a crash or user restart which might cause a issue.(perhaps use the start date and only change that to date+1 is it is older than 12 hours say?)

I'm sure there is some way of automating it? I almost went down the route of writing a script but my skills for doing that arn't robust enough to trust I wouldn't lose data etc :)

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Yep - what Scott said basically.  I run with a formula from here lunaticoastro.com/aagcw/TechInfo/SkyTemperatureModel.pdf and combine that with a RG15 for rain detection - I then combine that into a web server response that matches the weather watcher requirements fo Ekos can pick up the weather from my weatherstation. 

EG: 
float correct_sky_temp(float Ta, float Ts) {
float Tsky = (K1 / 100) * (Ta - K2 / 10) + (K3/100) * pow(exp(K4/1000*Ta),(K5/100));
Tsky = Ts - Tsky;
if(debug_Td) {
              Serial.print("Ts: ");
              Serial.print(Ts);
              Serial.print(" Ta: ");
              Serial.print(Ta);             
              Serial.print(" Corrected: ");
              Serial.println(Tsky);
             }
             
  return Tsky;
}

I just monitor the max/min sky temperature (saved regularly to persist over power cycles / crashes) and then map that to 0-100% cloud cover:

float cloud_cover = (map(sky_temp*100,cloud_min*100,cloud_max*100,0.00,10000)/100);
 

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Are you sure it's circuit related?, my thinking (but without seeing the code) is it's interrupt related and you are being swamped with interrupt requests due to the high level of rainfall resulting in the watchdog being triggered on the ESP8266.

Anyway, here's how to try and see what's causing the crash if it is software related: arduino-esp8266.readthedocs.io/en/latest...-my-esp-crashes.html

If you don't get the crash with low / no rain, it's unlikely to be the circuit. Your increase in resister for the pull up will only come in to play if the distance between the sensor and controller is very long and your wire is quite thin and that would result in missed activations not increased / crashes. You can test this by disconnecting the RG11 unit and manually joining the wires together to simulate a pulse from the RG11 relay.
If you disconnect the RG11, does the ESP still crash? What does it output on the serial port?

I have a RG15 and it can be sensitive to the input voltage causing brownouts, but that would be unlikely to lock up your ESP as it's a separate unit but should't be ruled out just yet though 2A should be more than enough for both devices to co-exist.. (RG11 is 55mA max @12V input with everything on from the datasheet)

Do you have a link to the code you are running?

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This is excellent - well done!

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I think this has been asked before - I have a memory that the work around might be to create a LRGB sequence of 1 exposure per filter then repeat that using the options in the scheduler (repeat for X runs or repeat until options maybe ?)
Problems to look out for are if your filters are not par-focal you will be spending a lot of time focusing between exposures...

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Could be a number of things, but it's a bit hard to know what without source code to view. Initial thoughts are:
Anything printed to the serial port when it crashes? (you might be able to use the decoder to see where in the code the crash is happening?)
Interrupt driven, perhaps on a lot of interrupts this is colliding with something else that is supposed to happen and causing a crash? (I get this with a light meter I added on to my WX station - during the day the frequency of interrupts increases to a point where the device was crashing / falling over.)

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jiberjaber replied to the topic 'New Feature: Terrain backgrounds' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks Hy - I'll have to wait till it makes it in to StellarMate but looks like it will allow me to align the visual terrain with the horizon lines which is great! :)

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I agree - and often find the autoscale of the RA/DEC graph to be a hindrance if I am just monitoring a session whilst watching TV for example as it can make good guiding suddenly look bad if there is a spike depending on the scales current value!

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