Derek replied to the topic 'Linguider vs PHD2' in the forum. 3 days ago

Thanks, wow +- 0.5" is great. I sometimes have to deal with +-3.0"!!
Actually I've been using the build in guider not lin_guider. I thought it was the same thing.

Just installed PHD2 on my laptop and playing with EKOS simulators. It seems very easy to setup so I'll give it a shot in the observatory PC next clear night.

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Derek thanked Stephen in topic Linguider vs PHD2 3 days ago
Derek created a new topic ' Linguider vs PHD2' in the forum. 3 days ago

I'm using linguider with EKOS and it seems fine. I'm wondering if its worth installing PHD2. Do people get better results?
My mount is not 'fantastic' so anything I can do to improve my guiding I'm willing to try...

Thanks,
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'INDI Support for MQTT client/server comms' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I have a similar use case. I'd like to switch off security camera IR lamps when the roof opens and back on when it closes. Currently I manually call a script to do it but it would be nice to be able to subscribe to events like this. There are other ways as a workaround. Its possible to write a new client that connects to the dome driver and this would get notified of events too.

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Derek replied to the topic 'INDI Support for MQTT client/server comms' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I think this is a good idea. It would remove the need for polling too. For example, polling the weather driver every few seconds. It would be 'nicer' if the weather driver could send a message to signal an event. It would also enable other applications to subscribe to these events. Not just weather though. It applies to all the systems too.
If someone does add it, It would be nice if the message protocol was abstracted out. So that AMQP or others could also be supported :-)
Derek

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Derek created a new topic ' fli-usb crashing on bootup' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I dont have an FLI usb camera so its no big deal. Just a minor annoyance.
I get this application crashed window every time I boot up my laptop.

Anyone have the same problem?

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Derek replied to the topic 'Kstars Say Sun is up in the middle of the night' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Maybe location? If possible, could you post a screenshot?

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Derek replied to the topic 'Ekos scheduler and 'warm ccd' on shutdown' in the forum. 1 month ago

Thanks Peter,
I guess if its possible for ekos to 'un-set' the temperature as well as turning off the cooler then this may work.
For the time being I have a shell script to call indi_setprop to set the temp to 0 and wait 5min before it powers off everything. This script is called by ekos on shutdown and seems to work.
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Any tips on how to automate?' in the forum. 1 month ago

I think if you have a really automated observatory, you should put more $$ in the pc's.

Yes I agree, I run indi + kstars on a full desktop PC in the observatory. It was a cheap desktop but much more powerful than an RPI. I dont leave it powered on though.
I still have an RPI as a jump-host which is powered on all the time. I can log in here and then do a 'wakeonlan' to power on the main PC. Then I use teamviewer to access the PC from my home 50km away.

RPI is cool and all,,, but I dont see the point of trying to run indi + kstars on one. If you have space and dont need to move equipment then just get a cheap desktop PC.

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Derek replied to the topic 'Do it yourself focuser: which one?' in the forum. 2 months ago

The only photos I have right now are here
Invalid consumer key/secret in configuration
Invalid consumer key/secret in configuration
I dont know what a beagleboard is. I used an arduino, an arduino ethernet module and and arduino stepper module. These 3 sit inside a small project box. The motor is connected with a cable to this box.
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Do it yourself focuser: which one?' in the forum. 2 months ago
Derek replied to the topic 'Ekos scheduler and 'warm ccd' on shutdown' in the forum. 2 months ago

I did some more investigation and I think its something odd with the ATIK ccd driver. I think the Cooler ON/OFF switch does not work.

I set my CCD to -10, then in the scheduler I used the button to force running the shutdown procedure.
Here is the output of indiserver -vv

2017-04-04T20:57:30: Client 0: read <newSwitchVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_COOLER'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Driver indi_atik_ccd: queuing responsible for <newSwitchVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_COOLER'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Driver indi_atik_ccd: sending <newSwitchVector device="Atik 383L+ CCD" name="CCD
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Driver indi_atik_ccd: read <setSwitchVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_COOLER'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Client 0: queuing <setSwitchVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_COOLER'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Client 0: sending <setSwitchVector device="Atik 383L+ CCD" name="CCD
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Driver indi_atik_ccd: read <setNumberVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_TEMPERATURE'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Client 0: queuing <setNumberVector device='Atik 383L+ CCD' name='CCD_TEMPERATURE'>
2017-04-04T20:57:30: Client 0: sending <setNumberVector device="Atik 383L+ CCD" name="CCD
2017-04-04T20:57:31: Client 0: read EOF
2017-04-04T20:57:31: Client 0: shut down complete - bye!

Then I waited a minute or 2 and re-connected the indi driver for the CCD. Ekos still reporting the temp as -10. See screenshot


What is the scheduler doing. Is it switching off the cooler or setting a temp to a higher temp?
I think the cooler on/off button in the ATIK driver does not work.

Anyway its no big deal, I can call indi_setprop in a shell script to set the temp to +5deg or something like that

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Derek replied to the topic 'Ekos scheduler and 'warm ccd' on shutdown' in the forum. 2 months ago

Here is the kstars log from last night around the time of the shutown (started raining).
I'll try to reproduce and get driver debug logs too. Its not a big deal, I can manually set the temp to 1degree or something before I power off.

2017-04-02T00:29:08.163 - DEBG - IP Focuser :  "Focuser is moving to requested position "
2017-04-02T00:29:08.308 - DEBG - IP Focuser :  "Focuser moved to position 10386 "
2017-04-02T00:29:08.309 - DEBG - Focus:  "Capturing image..."
2017-04-02T00:29:09.427 - DEBG - Scheduler:  "Caution! Weather conditions are in the DANGER zone!"
2017-04-02T00:29:09.445 - DEBG - Scheduler:  "Caution! Weather conditions are in the DANGER zone!"
2017-04-02T00:29:09.446 - DEBG - Scheduler:  "Starting shutdown procedure due to severe weather."
2017-04-02T00:29:09.446 - DEBG - Scheduler: Stop current action...
2017-04-02T00:29:09.447 - DEBG - Scheduler: Checking shutown state...
2017-04-02T00:29:09.447 - DEBG - Scheduler: Starting shutdown process...
2017-04-02T00:29:09.447 - DEBG - Scheduler:  "Warming up CCD..."
2017-04-02T00:29:09.448 - DEBG - WARNING: bool Phonon::FactoryPrivate::createBackend() phonon backend plugin could not be loaded
2017-04-02T00:29:09.448 - DEBG - WARNING: Phonon::createPath: Cannot connect  Phonon::MediaObject ( no objectName ) to  Phonon::AudioOutput ( no objectName ).
2017-04-02T00:29:09.448 - DEBG - WARNING: bool Phonon::FactoryPrivate::createBackend() phonon backend plugin could not be loaded
2017-04-02T00:29:09.448 - DEBG - WARNING: bool Phonon::FactoryPrivate::createBackend() phonon backend plugin could not be loaded
2017-04-02T00:29:09.449 - WARN - Audio notification requested, but sound file from notifyrc file was not found, aborting audio notification
2017-04-02T00:29:10.428 - DEBG - Scheduler: Checking shutown state...
2017-04-02T00:29:10.428 - DEBG - ISD:Telescope: Parking...

2017-04-02T00:29:10.428 - DEBG - Scheduler:  "Parking mount..."
2017-04-02T00:29:10.444 - DEBG - Celestron AuxRemote Gateway :  "Parking to Az (180:00:00) Alt ( 0:00:00)... "
2017-04-02T00:29:10.456 - DEBG - Celestron AuxRemote Gateway :  "Parking to RA (11:37:16) DEC (-38:06:01)... "
2017-04-02T00:29:10.466 - DEBG - Celestron AuxRemote Gateway :  "{\"raHours\":11.621250 ,\"dec\":-38.100300 , \"type\":\"park\"} POST to /mount/target OK "
2017-04-02T00:29:10.476 - DEBG - Celestron AuxRemote Gateway :  "Park request sent to mount "


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Derek replied to the topic 'Ekos scheduler and 'warm ccd' on shutdown' in the forum. 2 months ago

Yes seems to have, here is the output of indi_getprop

dokeeffe@hp-elite:~/ops$ indi_getprop | grep 383
Atik 383L+ CCD.CONNECTION.CONNECT=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.CONNECTION.DISCONNECT=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.DRIVER_INFO.DRIVER_NAME=Atik 383L+ CCD
Atik 383L+ CCD.DRIVER_INFO.DRIVER_EXEC=indi_atik_ccd
Atik 383L+ CCD.DRIVER_INFO.DRIVER_VERSION=1.17
Atik 383L+ CCD.DRIVER_INFO.DRIVER_INTERFACE=2
Atik 383L+ CCD.CONFIG_PROCESS.CONFIG_LOAD=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CONFIG_PROCESS.CONFIG_SAVE=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CONFIG_PROCESS.CONFIG_DEFAULT=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_TELESCOPE=Celestron GPS
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_FOCUSER=IP Focuser
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_FILTER=ATIK Wheel
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_SKYQUALITY=SQM
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_EXPOSURE.CCD_EXPOSURE_VALUE=1
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_ABORT_EXPOSURE.ABORT=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME.X=0
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME.Y=0
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME.WIDTH=3326
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME.HEIGHT=2504
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_BINNING.HOR_BIN=2
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_BINNING.VER_BIN=2
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_TEMPERATURE.CCD_TEMPERATURE_VALUE=12.124542236328125
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_MAX_X=3326
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_MAX_Y=2504
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_PIXEL_SIZE=5.4000000953674316406
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_PIXEL_SIZE_X=5.4000000953674316406
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_PIXEL_SIZE_Y=5.4000000953674316406
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_INFO.CCD_BITSPERPIXEL=16
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_COMPRESSION.CCD_COMPRESS=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_COMPRESSION.CCD_RAW=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME_TYPE.FRAME_LIGHT=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME_TYPE.FRAME_BIAS=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME_TYPE.FRAME_DARK=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_FRAME_TYPE.FRAME_FLAT=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_RAPID_GUIDE.ENABLE=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_RAPID_GUIDE.DISABLE=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.TELESCOPE_TYPE.TELESCOPE_PRIMARY=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.TELESCOPE_TYPE.TELESCOPE_GUIDE=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.ASTROMETRY_SOLVER.ASTROMETRY_SOLVER_ENABLE=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.ASTROMETRY_SOLVER.ASTROMETRY_SOLVER_DISABLE=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.WCS_CONTROL.WCS_ENABLE=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.WCS_CONTROL.WCS_DISABLE=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.UPLOAD_MODE.UPLOAD_CLIENT=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.UPLOAD_MODE.UPLOAD_LOCAL=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.UPLOAD_MODE.UPLOAD_BOTH=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.UPLOAD_SETTINGS.UPLOAD_DIR=/home/dokeeffe
Atik 383L+ CCD.UPLOAD_SETTINGS.UPLOAD_PREFIX=IMAGE_XXX
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_COOLER.COOLER_OFF=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.CCD_COOLER.COOLER_ON=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.SHUTTER_CONNECTION.SHUTTER_ON=Off
Atik 383L+ CCD.SHUTTER_CONNECTION.SHUTTER_OFF=On
Atik 383L+ CCD.TIMER_THRESHOLD.TIMER_THRESHOLD=2
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_TELESCOPE=Celestron GPS
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_FOCUSER=IP Focuser
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_FILTER=ATIK Wheel
Atik 383L+ CCD.ACTIVE_DEVICES.ACTIVE_SKYQUALITY=SQM


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Derek created a new topic ' Ekos scheduler and 'warm ccd' on shutdown' in the forum. 2 months ago

Does anyone have a problem with this feature?
For me, using an ATIK ccd it does not seem to work. All other ccd temperature features in ekos work fine.
Derek

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