Well, great. Everything has been working as expected over several nights now. I suppose I just needed to reboot something before. Either that, or I should just enable logging on things I'm having issues with to solve problems. :)

Best,
Casey

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So of course things worked properly last night with logging enabled.  I disabled "Refocus every" and just left it to focus on filter changes, which it did.  I'll try again tonight with "Refocus every" enabled and see if I can repeat the issue.

Thanks everyone for your comments.

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That is my expected behavior...A refocus at each filter change in the sequence. Do I really need to use scheduler and make separate jobs for each filter to do this? I'll do some experimenting tonight without "refocus after" enabled.

Thanks,
Casey

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Thanks Jasem. I'll be imaging tonight so I'll enable focus logging and post them here.

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Hello all,

I've been having really good luck with Ekos overall, but I haven't been able to solve a focus issue.  Let's say I've powered up my rig, connected, focused, plate solved, etc with my L filter in place.  I'm now ready to image, so I load up the following sequence:
30 x 600s Ha
30 x 600s OIII

I have "Refocus Every" set at 60 minutes in the camera tab.

I start the sequence, the filter wheel changes to Ha, and the autofocus routine runs, as expected.  The Ha portion completes, the filter changes to OIII, and the exposures begin without focusing again.  Autofocus runs again when the time since last focus reaches 60 minutes, but that could mean I've have 59 minutes of out-of-focus OIII exposures.   I must be overriding something, but where?  Screenshot of the focus tab attached.  

 



Thanks,
Casey

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I've tried it with both Sequence Completion and Repeat for 1 run checked, with the same results. 0/0 is always shown under Captures.

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Hello,

I've been trying to learn how to use the Scheduler in Ekos.  I've made sequence files and added them to each job, but the Scheduler lists 0/0 captures for each job.  I've opened the sequence files and they do have the correct number in the Count and Exposure fields.  Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

 



<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<SequenceQueue version='2.1'>
<CCD>ZWO CCD ASI533MC Pro</CCD>
<FilterWheel>--</FilterWheel>
<GuideDeviation enabled='false'>2</GuideDeviation>
<GuideStartDeviation enabled='false'>2</GuideStartDeviation>
<Autofocus enabled='false'>0</Autofocus>
<RefocusOnTemperatureDelta enabled='false'>1</RefocusOnTemperatureDelta>
<RefocusEveryN enabled='true'>60</RefocusEveryN>
<Job>
<Exposure>300</Exposure>
<Binning>
<X>1</X>
<Y>1</Y>
</Binning>
<Frame>
<X>0</X>
<Y>0</Y>
<W>3008</W>
<H>3008</H>
</Frame>
<Temperature force='false'>-20</Temperature>
<Type>Light</Type>
<Prefix>
<RawPrefix>Horsehead</RawPrefix>
<FilterEnabled>0</FilterEnabled>
<ExpEnabled>0</ExpEnabled>
<TimeStampEnabled>0</TimeStampEnabled>
</Prefix>
<Count>24</Count>
<Delay>15</Delay>
<FITSDirectory>/home/casey</FITSDirectory>
<UploadMode>1</UploadMode>
<RemoteDirectory>/media/astro</RemoteDirectory>
<FormatIndex>0</FormatIndex>
<Properties>
<NumberVector name='CCD_CONTROLS'>
<OneNumber name='Gain'>100</OneNumber>
<OneNumber name='Offset'>20</OneNumber>
</NumberVector>
</Properties>
<Calibration>
<FlatSource>
<Type>Manual</Type>
</FlatSource>
<FlatDuration>
<Type>Manual</Type>
</FlatDuration>
<PreMountPark>False</PreMountPark>
<PreDomePark>False</PreDomePark>
</Calibration>
</Job>
</SequenceQueue>

Thanks,
Casey

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Hello,

I've been trying to learn how to use the Scheduler in Ekos.  I've made sequence files and added them to each job, but the Scheduler lists 0/0 captures for each job.  I've opened the sequence files and they do have the correct number in the Count and Exposure fields.  Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<SequenceQueue version='2.1'>
<CCD>ZWO CCD ASI533MC Pro</CCD>
<FilterWheel>--</FilterWheel>
<GuideDeviation enabled='false'>2</GuideDeviation>
<GuideStartDeviation enabled='false'>2</GuideStartDeviation>
<Autofocus enabled='false'>0</Autofocus>
<RefocusOnTemperatureDelta enabled='false'>1</RefocusOnTemperatureDelta>
<RefocusEveryN enabled='true'>60</RefocusEveryN>
<Job>
<Exposure>300</Exposure>
<Binning>
<X>1</X>
<Y>1</Y>
</Binning>
<Frame>
<X>0</X>
<Y>0</Y>
<W>3008</W>
<H>3008</H>
</Frame>
<Temperature force='false'>-20</Temperature>
<Type>Light</Type>
<Prefix>
<RawPrefix>Horsehead</RawPrefix>
<FilterEnabled>0</FilterEnabled>
<ExpEnabled>0</ExpEnabled>
<TimeStampEnabled>0</TimeStampEnabled>
</Prefix>
<Count>24</Count>
<Delay>15</Delay>
<FITSDirectory>/home/casey</FITSDirectory>
<UploadMode>1</UploadMode>
<RemoteDirectory>/media/astro</RemoteDirectory>
<FormatIndex>0</FormatIndex>
<Properties>
<NumberVector name='CCD_CONTROLS'>
<OneNumber name='Gain'>100</OneNumber>
<OneNumber name='Offset'>20</OneNumber>
</NumberVector>
</Properties>
<Calibration>
<FlatSource>
<Type>Manual</Type>
</FlatSource>
<FlatDuration>
<Type>Manual</Type>
</FlatDuration>
<PreMountPark>False</PreMountPark>
<PreDomePark>False</PreDomePark>
</Calibration>
</Job>
</SequenceQueue>

Thanks,
Casey

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Casey Offord replied to the topic 'Driver for motorized dob' in the forum. 1 year ago

Thanks Wouter, that's the approach I'm leaning towards at the moment.

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Casey Offord created a new topic ' Driver for motorized dob' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hello everyone,

I'm working on a homebuilt motorized dob to supplement my refractor and EQ mount. I currently use the INDI drivers for all of my equipment and run everything with KStars/Ekos. I'd like to do the same with the dob. Since I'm controlling the dob motors with an Arduino, I can set things up any way I'd like.

On the RasPi side, I know I can write my own driver and make everything from scratch, but I'd rather use an existing driver and write my Arduino code to suit it. Can you recommend which driver would be suitable for a simple alt-az dob mount?

Thanks,
Casey

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I never could get the UBlox 7 dongle working, so I did the same thing and used the GPS in my iPhone with the GPS2IP app. Works great.

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Hello everyone! I have an INDI server running on a RasPi 4 that I built up myself (ie, not an astroberry image). It's been working well with the following devices:
Nikon D5600
ASI120MM Mini
EQMod mount
GPSD (UBlox 7 dongle)

I just received a new ASI533MC Pro, so I changed the CCD config in Ekos to the new camera, fired everything up, and the camera is working great. Unfortunately, the GPS no longer works. The device is shown in lsusb, I see it connect in dmesg with no errors, but I get no real messages in gpsmon. If I unplug the camera, the GPS gets a fix in less than 30 seconds, as before. If I have a GPS fix with the camera unplugged, and then plug the camera in, I lose the GPS fix.

Things I have tried:
Updated all drivers
Verified no virtualgps service running
Extension cable for the gps dongle in case noise was preventing reception
GPS dongle on USB2 port with ASI533 on USB3 port
GPS dongle and ASI533 on USB3 ports
GPS dongle on USB2 port with ASI533 on powered USB3 hub
GPS dongle and ASI533 on powered USB3 hub
Burned a fresh astroberry sd card, configured, and recreated the problem exactly as above.

So...I'm a bit stumped. It's almost like an old IRQ error but that shouldn't happen with USB. Any ideas?

GPS attached, with fix, no cam

pi@astropi:~ $ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0bda:0411 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1546:01a7 U-Blox AG [u-blox 7]
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0403:6001 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd FT232 Serial (UART) IC
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:5411 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 2109:3431 VIA Labs, Inc. Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

After cams attached:

pi@astropi:~ $ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 03c3:533f
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0bda:0411 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1546:01a7 U-Blox AG [u-blox 7]
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0403:6001 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd FT232 Serial (UART) IC
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 03c3:120c
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 04b4:6572 Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:5411 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 2109:3431 VIA Labs, Inc. Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

dmesg section when cams are plugged in and GPS is working:
[ 170.159501] usb 1-1.2: new high-speed USB device number 5 using xhci_hcd
[ 170.291063] usb 1-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=04b4, idProduct=6572, bcdDevice=32.99
[ 170.291083] usb 1-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=1, SerialNumber=0
[ 170.291099] usb 1-1.2: Product: USB2.0 Hub
[ 170.293107] hub 1-1.2:1.0: USB hub found
[ 170.293481] hub 1-1.2:1.0: 4 ports detected
[ 170.629455] usb 1-1.2.3: new high-speed USB device number 6 using xhci_hcd
[ 170.760413] usb 1-1.2.3: New USB device found, idVendor=03c3, idProduct=120c, bcdDevice= 0.00
[ 170.760432] usb 1-1.2.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[ 170.760448] usb 1-1.2.3: Product: ASI120MM Mini
[ 170.760464] usb 1-1.2.3: Manufacturer: ZWO
[ 170.969618] usb 2-2: new SuperSpeed Gen 1 USB device number 2 using xhci_hcd
[ 171.000764] usb 2-2: New USB device found, idVendor=03c3, idProduct=533f, bcdDevice= 0.00
[ 171.000779] usb 2-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[ 171.000791] usb 2-2: Product: ASI533MC Pro
[ 171.000803] usb 2-2: Manufacturer: ZWO


Thanks,
Casey

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