Derek replied to the topic 'Newbie Question File Locations' in the forum. yesterday

They wont be saved on the windows filesystem, they are saved inside the VM's filesystem. KDE linux as something that looks like windows-exporer. open that up inside the VM and you should see your files in your home dir under 'light'

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Derek created a new topic ' EKOS align module and the centre of frame' in the forum. 3 days ago

I've noticed something strange recently. When the align module completes after a few plate solve iterations, my target is not centered in the frame.
Its almost like the plate solver thinks the centre of the frame is offset quite a bit to the right.
Any idea what setting I've messed up to cause this?

I've attached a sample image from a couple of nights ago. The target star is the one circled middle right.
This has happened now for the last couple of nights and on all targets in my schedule.



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Derek thanked Khalid in topic Post your INDI Setup! 2 weeks ago
Derek replied to the topic 'Post your INDI Setup!' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Might be worth a shot though. I also have a Celestron mount (CPC1100) and the slew-to-target align also takes a good few attempts and periodic error is terrible. Nevertheless I can guide to an RMS of about 1 to 1.5 arcsec using indi + OAG guiding through the handset.
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Post your INDI Setup!' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Nice setup. You can actually do autoguiding with that mount and INDI (no need for guide port). It guides through the handset. All you need is an OAG and a guide camera, :-)
Derek

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Derek thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic Mount TrackXXX properties 2 weeks ago
Jasem Mutlaq thanked Derek in topic SQM-LU driver 3 weeks ago
Derek replied to the topic 'SQM-LU driver' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

For anyone following, I just raised a PR to add USB connectivity.
Feedback & testing welcome..
github.com/indilib/indi/pull/317

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Derek thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic SQM-LU driver 1 month ago
Derek replied to the topic 'SQM-LU driver' in the forum. 1 month ago

Thanks Jasem,
I think I'm struggling with something more basic :-)
Like how to add the Serial class as well as having the TCP class in sqm.h...

namespace Connection
{
class TCP;
}

I'll hack around with it later and see how far I can get.

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Derek thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic SQM-LU driver 1 month ago
Derek replied to the topic 'SQM-LU driver' in the forum. 1 month ago

I got my SQM-LU yesterday and just started looking at the existing driver.....

I'm thinking of changing the existing driver to extend both the TCP and Serial (is this possible?) and let the user choose the connection in the options .

Is there any example of an existing driver that has both TCP and Serial?

Thanks,
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'Should I just ditch the StarShoot (QHY5) autoguide camera?' in the forum. 1 month ago

I also moved to a lodestar x2 (from a zwo 120) and its an amazing camera. The ASI was always the weak link in the chain. Not indi's fault. Just crappy electronics that dont work well under linux (the zwo that is). The lodestar is so sensitive its amazing and works flawlessly under INDI.
Derek

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Derek replied to the topic 'A light pollution survey using INDI' in the forum. 2 months ago

Very good point!! yes, I was hoping of driving with my lights on and collecting data constantly..... However, if the lights interfere then I need to re-think this.
I would need to avoid motorways and main roads and switch off my lights when I take a sample. I think those SQM devices have a narrow field, however I will need to test with car lights on/off to see what it does to the data. Maybe it could be subtracted (like a bias signal).

Thanks for the feedback! I want to collect the best data I possibly can, so any ideas/suggestions are great.

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Derek created a new topic ' A light pollution survey using INDI' in the forum. 2 months ago

This post is to collect general ideas and feedback for a project I'm thinking about starting.

I'm thinking of doing a light pollution survey of the region I live and where my observatory is. Probably a 50k radius or so.
Basically I'm thinking of attaching an SQM to the roof of my car and driving around for a couple of hours on clear dark nights over the Autumn / Winter.
The end product would be a structured dataset containing, timestamp, GPS coord, SQM, and possibly other data.

So I'm thinking in terms of equipenent: An SQM, a small computer / RPI, a GPS provider (module or smartphone maybe).
Just throwing it out here for ideas / feedback and suggestions.
Ideally it would be easy to use so that I could give to other people who could use it to collect data of comparable quality. Just plug in and go sort of thing...

Thanks,
Derek

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