Charles Wright created a new topic ' Connecting to INDI server from ASCOM software' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hello,

I want to use SkyTools Pro, running on Windows, to connect to my mount through my INDI server, running on a Raspberry Pi. Is there something that will allow this?

I've done some searching, but what is available appears to be for the other way around, for instance the INDI Server for Windows provides an INDI server so you can connect to your (Windows) ASCOM-compatible devices. That's not what I want. Does such a thing exist?

Thanks,

Charles

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Charles Wright thanked Alfred in topic Dithering while guiding? 4 weeks ago
Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Dithering while guiding?' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Ha ha! The joke's on me :-)
I had the same thought. I've trained myself to not notice buttons in that area, since I only care about logging when something goes wrong. I imagine things will progress more smoothly now.
Thanks so much,
Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Dithering while guiding?' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hi,

Thanks for the screenshot. I can't provide one right now, but if the "Options" button is the button right next to the one labeled "Stop", then I definitely do not get the Options window shown to the right in your screenshot. If we're talking about a different "Options" button, then I don't see it in your screenshot, nor do I see it in the GUI when I'm in the guide module.

Obviously it's hard to talk about an "Options" button if there's nothing in the GUI labeled with that word.

Assuming that I'm correct (the button to the right of "Stop" is the guide options button), then clicking it does nothing for me - no window pops up. When I hover over it, there's a tooltip-style message that comes up that says "manual dithering" or something like that. I can provide those details and a screenshot later today when I get home.

I believe I'm using the latest kstars/Ekos, since I've got the PPA in my apt sources, and I'm up to date with updates. I'll confirm the version when I get home.

Charles

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Charles Wright created a new topic ' Incorrect focal length in FITS header?' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hi,

I was examining FITS headers for some other issue, and noticed that the focal length reported in the header (FOCALLEN tag) is for my guide scope, not my imaging scope. If you change the focal length of the guide scope under the mount module and click "save telescope info", this number shows up in the FOCALLEN field of the next captured Light. I imagine this could cause problems with downstream processing. Don't know if this is due to the camera driver (Atik) or what... Anybody else see this?

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Dithering while guiding?' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Can you please be more specific? Your guide module looks just like mine, and there's no dither config.

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Charles Wright created a new topic ' A couple of INDI control panel config annoyances' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi,
There's a couple of little configuration annoyances I've had when starting up INDI. These are things I now check before clicking "connect" to avoid frustration.

1) I have two USB serial devices - the mount, and the focuser. Since the RPi will randomly assign them to ttyUSB0 and 1, I set up udev to identify them and assign them to /dev/telescope and /dev/focuser. This works *perfectly* for the mount. But for the focuser, in the INDI control panel, I must always check the connection tab. Sometimes it comes up configured for /dev/ttyUSB1 or 0, sometimes it comes up set to /dev/focuser. No idea why. Auto-hunt sometimes works, but why do that if we know that /dev/focuser is the right device? Again, I have no trouble at all with the INDI control panel tab for the mount - it's always set to what it should be.

2) In the mount config, Motion Control tab, the guide rate setting *always* comes up as "50.5" in the configuration box, with "0.5" offered in the setting box (next to the Set button). I always set it back to 0.5. I have no idea what this setting is for, because it doesn't change anything in the Ekos Guide module. Also, it doesn't change the setting in the mount's hand controller. Still, given my past problems with guiding configuration, I set it correctly to avoid problems.

So these are what I can think of now. Pretty good I would say otherwise.

Thanks,

Charles

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Charles Wright created a new topic ' Dithering while guiding?' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hello,

The Guide Module help promises that you can click the dithering button and enter a number of pixels. But in my setup, it only says "manual dithering" in the button hover message. What should I do to get automatic dithering?

Thanks,
Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Thanks for INDI/Ekos/Kstars' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi Jasem,

I see that's in 1.7.4; I'm on 1.7.3 - time to update!
But I had the impression that INDI/Ekos did not set the value in the mount and that we needed to manually make sure the Ekos setting matched the mount ( www.indilib.org/about/ekos/guide-module.html , section 7). Is this documentation correct?

Charles

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Charles Wright created a new topic ' Questions about camera sequencer' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi,

I'm a bit confused about the intended purpose of the sequencer. Obviously, it's great to be able to set up a series of image captures with all the right parameters, and I use this. What confuses me is that when the script is saved, it saves the target name and directory where the images are to be saved.

This is rather limiting, because I'd like to be able to use the same sequencer script on many different targets, each going to a different directory. To change that, I need to load the script, then double click on every single item in the script and change the target name and possibly the destination, too. I like to use a single directory for a night, so I name it by date. Plus, I like to prefix the filenames with the target name. So that's a lot of error-prone double-clicking, changing and confirming. It's easier just to start fresh.

It would be nice to be able to select every item in the queue and do a bulk change of the target name and directory, and perhaps other things, too. It might be more suited for use with the Scheduler tab - I don't know, because at this time, the Scheduler is too much for me.

Does anyone else have this problem? Or am I approaching it all wrong?

Thanks a lot,

Charles

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Charles Wright created a new topic ' Thanks for INDI/Ekos/Kstars' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi all,

I just wanted to say thanks for the great software. It has taken me quite a while to get all my equipment working with it, but it is starting to live up to its promise. My biggest problems were with the mount and guiding. Recently, I discovered that, while in the guiding module, the RA rate was 0.5, the mount was set for RA rate of ***0.05***, and for some reason would get set back to that even after I set it correctly. Also, I had the guide scope focal length wrong, which, after using the alignment module with the guide camera, I was able to correct. At any rate, I've learned all the things I need to check, and now guiding is pretty reliable.

My favorite feature is the alignment module. I love that the camera FOV shows up in the Kstars view, courtesy of WCS information, not to mention I can point wherever I want to (or figure out where I'm pointed) with no effort.

But the best thing is that I now have a completely networked setup. Before Ekos, I was using an array of separate Windows programs and several 30 foot USB cables passing through the kitchen window to control everything. Now, with the Raspberry Pi, it's just a long Ethernet cable. Setup is greatly simplified and more reliable. Amazing work the INDI and Ekos team have done!

I do have questions about some aspects and some requests, but just wanted to say "thanks!" first.

Best regards,

Charles

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Charles Wright replied to the topic 'Time issue with Ekos/INDI and iOptron CEM-60' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi Jasem,

Thanks; setting DST off and UT offset = -240 in the mount worked.

Would be nice, however, to have this work without this "hack", especially since the kstars "Set Geographic Location" config includes fields for selecting both the UT offset and DST rules for the site. Would that be possible?

Charles

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