I have a new 10micron gm1000hps and when I park it in default position it shows in kstars as being slightly offset from the pole. I am wondering if this is a jnow vs j2000 issue. So far have have made no changes to the settings in either ekos or the mount.

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Running update from the Software Update app stops prior to reaching 100% and asks for reboot.  Upon reboot it hasn't updated and running the app starts process again.  If I use the Package Updater then the driver updates are OK and get installed but the main indi packages do not - it can't find the needed files to download:



Currently on on Stellarmate OS v1.6.2 and kStars 3.5.7

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Thomas Mason replied to the topic 'Refocus after meridian flip' in the forum. 4 months ago

I second this request, it seems to realign but not refocus even if focus is checked on the sequencer.

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Thomas Mason created a new topic ' Slew to target never completes' in the forum. 4 months ago

Recently I have had a problem when changing targets in a sequence, the mount (RST-135) moves to the new target but it doesn’t progress to the next step (focus),  The ekos tab shows it as slewing even though it it there.  The log reflects the slew command with no entries until twilight at which point it tries to shutdown - warm camera and park,  it doesn’t actually park at the correct position (polar), it continues to track the target although kstars/ekos shows it as parked.  it has to be unpacked and then Parked again to get it to the correct parking spot.

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It seems like the new Pi zero 2 W might be well suited to running indi-all sky, it might be a little memory starved (512 MB) for full up StellarMate but it is the same cpu as Pi3 so should be OK for this?

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I asked Primaluce and got the following response:

“ ​ESATTO indilib driver is not official, we do not provide drivers for other platforms than Windows.”

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I found it worthwhile to tweak the gain and offset on the guide camera to optimize guiding SNR. For the ASI290mm mini with an IR pass filter a gain of 300 seemed to work well. Once the gain and offset are tweaked then doing darks helped further improve although if the offset was set too low dark subtraction gave poor results. With optimized gain, offset, and dark subtraction I get fairly robust tracking of stars.

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I have run almost exactly as you describe (mac client rPi server connected over wired ethernet). Guiding was fine - the guide camera has fairly small files so not too much of a lag on GB ethernet.

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It runs on the mini but through the rPi.  Using the rPi as server to Mac kstars client the internal guider works fine.  I have a wired Ethernet connection so the lag for guide camera image files is not really a problem.  My wording was a little ambiguous kstars and ekos run on the Mac and control everything (including auto guide).   The rPi serves up the devices (mount, cameras, etc) to the Mac.

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Thomas Mason replied to the topic 'Re:Ekos Optical Trains' in the forum. 6 months ago

Seems like one way to keep things reasonably in sync is to define a base exposure time and then require exposures to be an integer multiple of it.  E.g. you might chose a base of 120 seconds and one train could be taking 1x (120 s) subs while the second is doing 3x (360 s) subs.  Given some slop for file transfer things would more or less be in sync so dithering for example could take place when you have a break in both - by definition it would be dithering on only the longer subs timebase.  This would allow some flexibility to account for differences in filter/aperture/saturation.  Same would apply for refocusing with attendant pause in guiding for OAG, you wait for all trains to be complete and then focus everyone.  Due to the fact things would be a little offset due to breaks between shorter subs you would loose a little efficiency compared to each train running its own sequence totally independently.  It would be more flexible than requiring all trains to image at same exposure time and has less chance of error than relying on operator to construct sequences where the subs are integer multiples of one another.

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I found running kstars on a mac client with internal guiding running on an rPi4 quite useable - over a wired ethernet connection. Probably could be dicey on wifi.

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I just encountered a problem with UTC offset and DST. After the time change the UTC listed in the Rainbow Astro panel was off by one hour and the local time was off by an hour. My HA was jumping back and forth by one hour quickly, about 1 second intervals. Start time at twilight and meridian flip were wrong. I turned off the mount and Fe synced GPS and it was fine, I did this a couple of times and in one instance the UTC offset was wrong again, seems to be intermittent, nothing obvious in log.

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