I hope you find the solution. I've tried updating from the beta channel a couple of times... both times it ruined my setup. I've learned to take a complete backup of the SD before trying anything.

I would love to have this work, as fixes could be applied quicker... don't have to wait for stable release.

ROn

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Jasem, I agree... but often I find my focus wasn't that bad before the re-focus. Would rather revert back to the original focus setting than eliminate capturing the remainder of the night.

Ron

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Yes, you must let it auto select the star for auto-focus to work unattended. The error message you suggest seems reasonable...

I also wish that if auto focus failed that it would just return to the original focus setting and continue. It's become a relative non-issue, as I haven't had an aborted auto focus in several weeks.

Ron

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Ron Clanton replied to the topic 'Dither messes up guide exposure' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Yes, that is weird.

In the log, the exposure aborts first... then guiding.

Also, are you using the ASI1600MM for guiding? The log shows it taking the 4.5 seconds frame.... is that right?

Hopefully, Jasem will chime in here.

Ron

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Understood, but I've had it disabled for several months with no issues. We were able to verify through the log that the mount was sending erroneous data. I contacted Sky-Watcher and they said that they didn't think anyone used that data and don't test it! They indicated that they use Software Bisque, which doesn't use it. I was pretty surprise by the response. However, if you think about it... if you start from the parked position (even without alignment), then you won't be off by much. Additionally, once aligned, EKOS knows exactly where you are pointed.

Good luck!

Ron

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Ron Clanton replied to the topic 'Dither messes up guide exposure' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I'm curious as to your settings for dithering. Would you mind sharing your "Guide" settings? Particularly on the "settle" setting.

Also, are you using the internal guider? If so, have you tried using PHD2? I've had terrible luck with the internal guider, but PHD2 seems to work flawless for guiding and dithering.

Ron

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I also had that problem with my EQ6-R Pro. Jasem gave me a solution that worked. What is happening is that the mount sometimes sends spurious data on its position to EKOS. What you need to do is tell EKOS to ignore this information. It's really not necessary, as (once aligned) it know where the mount is pointed.

Here's the steps:

Go to INDI Control Panel --> EQMod --> Horizon

Then uncheck "Abort Tracking" and also set Limit GOTO to "Disable".

Finally, go to INDI Control Panel -->EQMod -->Options --> Configuration --> Save

Hopefully, that will fix your problem.

Ron

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I'm not sure if this your problem, but this used to happen to me. You don't mention your mount, but on my EQ6-R Pro, I needed to unpark my mount and make sure the "Speed" in Polar Alignment is set to "Max".

Hope this helps.

Ron

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Ron Clanton replied to the topic 'Scheduler feature?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

That's a great idea!  I could foresee creating 2 hour chunks and having each one re-align/plate solve, focus and initiate guiding with the scheduler.  Then I could remove the auto-focus command in the capture sequence.

As an alternative, I guess I could create just one sequence and set it to repeat until terminated.  Would that do the same thing?

While not perfect, it should work.

Thanks!

Ron

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Ron Clanton created a new topic ' Scheduler feature?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I continue to be impressed with the latest release of StellarMate OS... so much that I decided to give the Scheduler module a try.  It was very successful!  I had a few interruptions due to passing clouds and it handled the guiding abort and restart fine.  Very impressed!

One question and/or request for improvement.  When the clouds passed and guiding/capturing resumed, the alignment was a bit off due to mount drift.  Is there a option or switch that will force plate solving after an abort?  If not, could a switch be added to the "options" to force a plate solve?

Thanks!

Ron

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Ron Clanton replied to the topic 'status for ZWO ASI183?' in the forum. 1 month ago

I'm currently using an ASI183MC Pro with no issues. In fact, running a sequence as I type this. What kind of error are you getting?

Ron

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Ron Clanton created a new topic ' StellarMate 1.5.8 Success!' in the forum. 1 month ago

I've been using StellarMate for a few months.  It's always worked for me... but had some quirks which I kept having to deal with... auto-focus, meridian flips, polar align, etc.  However, I updated my RPi with 1.5.8 and everything worked right away!  I had a great session last night and used align, plate solve, auto focus, guiding (PHD2), and meridian flip... and everything worked perfectly.  I'm going to try the internal guiding tonight.  I would like to use it to simplify my environment.

Thanks to the Stellarmate team... nicely done!

Ron

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