Yannic Delisle thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic PA mouse cursor 3 weeks ago
Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' PA mouse cursor' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

After multiple successful run with INDI/Ekos I have one small issue that is bugging me

When doing the PA routine (when you are nomad you have to do that a lot) at one point you have to click on a star to move the correction vector. The mouse cursor is almost invisible. It is some kind of grey cross on a grey background, I have to click multiple time at random to get a sens where the cursor is and then work by iteration until I reach the chosen star for the correction.

Also, the cursor is not the regular mouse cursor on the desktop, so changing the desktop cursor has no effect.

Just to show my point, there is a cursor in this picture ... but where ??



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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Solver fails consistently' in the forum. 2 months ago

I am no dev and this could be completely irrelevant but it would be a shame not to report this if in the end it was relevant ...

So I was looking at Astrometry GitHb and saw that the release 0.67 (which is the current one I get from the ppa) as this note :

@dstndstn dstndstn released this on 25 Jan 2016 · 279 commits to master since this release
only minor changes since 0.66; tagging this release to pick up new python API calls for WCS parsing from fitsio headers.

I could not help notice that it mentions WCS so ... Please humour me, maybe it is nothing but I thougth I should raise a flag.

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Solver fails consistently' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thank you for your answer.

(1) "The -O option is required in Ekos since the -o option overwrites the previous solution files and if that were not included"

-> what I meant is that when I open the "edit solver options" the checkbox for the -O is not cheked, yet the option appears in the option line. This is odd and I was wondering if this is to be expected, maybe some kind of refresh needs to happen ?

(2) "Astrometry.net has lots of capabilities and options, no Ekos does not have all of them built in as checkboxes but they can still be used"

-> that is nice to know :) While I was poking around I noticed that the infobox on the "custom" field in the Solver options says : "additional optional astrometry.net options" so that settles it :)

I have to say that the more I learn about Ekos/Kstars the more impressed I am ... I think I am a bit of pain asking so many pointed questions but I need to know a lot of the details as I will train some club members on it in a couple of weeks and I'm sure I will be bombarded with the same kind of questions...

Thank you for taking the time to reply !

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Solver fails consistently' in the forum. 2 months ago

Is Ekos solver using astrometry engine (same as AstroTortilla) ? Because I see a couple of switches that AstroTortilla uses that are not used in Ekos

For exemple :

--sigma 1 : defines the noise tolerance in analysing your captured image for plate solving

-r : sort the stars in order of brightest first, therefore allowing to optimise the plate solving process as it starts with the brightest stars in your image

--objs 100 : to use a maximum of 100 stars for the plate solving (the developers generally recommend between 100 and 200 stars)

Also I noticed that -O and --no-plots are not checked in the "edit solver options" window but appear in the line [Options] under the "Solver Options" section is this by design ?

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Yannic Delisle thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic libgphoto2 PPA 2 months ago
Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'Time confusion' in the forum. 2 months ago

This is a mistake of my own making!

The location was created by me and for some reason it did not retain the correct UT offset. I assumed wrongly that the UTC would be dynamically updated to the Country field the same as when I click to a country in the list. I must have used a country with a -2 time offset to create a new location.

My bad!

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Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' Time confusion' in the forum. 2 months ago

I've setup the location in Kstar and I find that the time does not match the time of my computer (real time). The time given for my location is UTC -2



In the screen shot I can see that the computer time (actual time) is 2:47am the UTC is set to 00:47 (so -2 hours) and the LT is set to 23:47



I am quite confused!

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'stupid question on DC focuser / stepper and autofocus' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hello

I did some tests and you are right, the autofocus was working with my DC focuser. The only issue I had was that the movement of the focuser were way to long, moving an inch inward and outward each time so I could never get it to focus properly.

I would guess that this has to do with the value I use in the setup of the driver. Could you tell me which value you use to see if I am way off ? This would help me clarify a bit what value I should put in "ticks" and "steps"

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'libgphoto2 PPA' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hello Jasem,

Could you explain the rational behind this ? Do we now have to use this PPA for all installation or is it something that was put out just for those who need it ?

Thanks

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'stupid question on DC focuser / stepper and autofocus' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thanks for your answer :)

I went through the documentation (should have done that first!... RTFM as they say) and you are correct about DC focuser are supported.

"While Ekos Focus Module support relative focusers, it is highly recommended to use absolute focusers."

and the documentation lists the difference between the types of focuser:

- Absolute: Absolute Position Focusers such as RoboFocus, MoonLite..etc
- Relative: Relative Position Focusers
- Simple Focusers: DC/PWM focusers with no position feedback

There is a little catch for DC focuser : "For absolute and relative focusers, the step size is in units of ticks and for simple DC focusers, the step size is in milliseconds"

Right now, I focus manually using a bathinov mask, so, if I understand correctly, I could use the autofocus module and rely on the Half-Flux-Radius (HFR) method and ditch the bathinov mask ? I plan to set the focuser to an already "close to focus" position and let the autofocus module refine the focus. Does that make sens ?

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Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' stupid question on DC focuser / stepper and autofocus' in the forum. 3 months ago

I am a bit confused regarding the autofocus module.

I own a HitecAstro DC focus which is has a "relative" motor (??) does that prevent me from using autofocus ? I do not understand the relation between the "autofocus module" method and needing to have a stepper motor... Could someone help me clarify this ? I think I am mixing a couple of concept there ;)

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'issue with exposure over 1s on DSLR' in the forum. 3 months ago

Yes. I think the confusion arise from the fact that the error state that it should be set to BULB or AV and conflates manual with AV.

Also, in the DSLR FAQ indilib.org/forum/ccds-dslrs/783-indi-dslrs-faq.html

7. I cannot capture more than 30 seconds

You must set the camera to BULB mode in order for the GPhoto driver to work correctly under INDI.

But if I set to "BULB" in INDI control panel > go to the "capture settings" tab > "autoexposure mode" dropdown then ALL exposure are set to 30"

So in your case, you set your camera dial to "M" but what setting do you use in INDI control panel > "capture settings" tab > "autoexposure mode" ?

By default I had it at AV.

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'issue with exposure over 1s on DSLR' in the forum. 3 months ago

Here's what I did to solve the issue:

-> on my Canon 1000D > set to M (manual)
-> rotate the front dial to adjust exposure time until I reach "BULB"
-> in INDI control panel > go to the "capture settings" tab > "autoexposure mode" dropdown > select "manual"

I am now able to take picture over 1 second.

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Yannic Delisle replied to the topic 'issue with exposure over 1s on DSLR' in the forum. 3 months ago

Going through the Canon 1000D user manual I noticed that to have a "Bulb" like behavior you have to put the camera on <M> (manual) So why does it say in the error message to "set to either BULB or MANUAL modes (AV)"

I looked at what AV stand for: <Av> stands for Aperture value. So, the message should read "set to either BULB or manual (M) or (AV) depending or your camera"

I should have paid more attention to the fact that it says MANUAL but the fact that the message mention "AV" confused me. Why is <AV> even mention ? does other model use <AV> for Bulb behavior ?

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Yannic Delisle created a new topic ' issue with exposure over 1s on DSLR' in the forum. 4 months ago

I use a DSLR Canon 1000D and the DSLR INDI driver

- I made sure that my camera was set to AV, in the driver configuration it is also set to AV
- I can expose up to 1s, if I go beyond that it fails.
- In doubt I changed to "BULB" in the driver setting and it did not work

Here is the extract from the debug log that shows the issue. The complete log is attached. I made multiple attempt increasing the exposeure time and decreasing to validate that it was the fact that I go beyond 1s that causes the issue.

Although I already set to AV on both the camera and the configuration, I still get message below clearly state that I should set to BULB or AV...

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DEBUG 41.148998 sec : Starting exposure (exptime: 1 secs, mirror lock: 0)
DEBUG 41.149076 sec : Mutex locked
DEBUG 41.149107 sec : Setting radio/menu widget iso: 5 (1600)
DEBUG 41.154796 sec : Setting new configuration OK.
DEBUG 41.154863 sec : Setting radio/menu widget imageformat: 7 (RAW)
DEBUG 41.161232 sec : Setting new configuration OK.
DEBUG 41.161344 sec : Using camera predefined exposure ranges.
DEBUG 41.161378 sec : Finding optimal exposure setting for 1 seconds in shutterspeed (count=1)...
DEBUG 41.161405 sec : Best match: -2 seconds Index: 0
DEBUG 41.161436 sec : Setting radio/menu widget shutterspeed: 0 (auto)
DEBUG 41.167446 sec : Setting new configuration OK.
DEBUG 41.167591 sec : Using predefined exposure time: -2 seconds
DEBUG 41.167659 sec : Exposure started
INFO 41.167681 sec : Starting 1 sec exposure
DEBUG 42.168077 sec : Reading exposure...
DEBUG 42.448578 sec : Exposure complete
DEBUG 42.448666 sec : gp_file_new_from_fd result: 0
DEBUG 42.448698 sec : Downloading //capt0000.cr2
DEBUG 42.465276 sec : Downloading result: 0
DEBUG 42.465356 sec : Downloaded 0x0 (preview 0x0)
DEBUG 42.465392 sec : Capture target is INTERNAL RAM.
DEBUG 42.465422 sec : Deleting.
DEBUG 42.465449 sec : Retval: 0
DEBUG 42.465481 sec : Setting radio/menu widget iso: 5 (1600)
DEBUG 42.477933 sec : Setting new configuration OK.
DEBUG 42.478017 sec : Setting radio/menu widget imageformat: 7 (RAW)
DEBUG 42.484059 sec : Setting new configuration OK.
DEBUG 42.484111 sec : Setting radio/menu widget shutterspeed: 0 (auto)
DEBUG 42.490504 sec : Setting new configuration OK.
INFO 42.490585 sec : Exposure done, downloading image...
DEBUG 43.039491 sec : read_libraw: raw_width: 3948 top_margin 18 left_margin 42 first_visible_pixel 71106
DEBUG 43.039568 sec : read_libraw: rawdata.sizes.width: 3906 rawdata.sizes.height 2602 memsize 20326824 bayer_pattern RGGB
DEBUG 43.049785 sec : read_libraw: memsize (20326824) naxis (2) w (3906) h (2602) bpp (16) pattern (RGGB)
DEBUG 43.069839 sec : Uploading file. Ext: fits, Size: 20329920, sendImage? Yes, saveImage? No
DEBUG 43.122346 sec : Upload complete
DEBUG 47.685122 sec : Requested CCD Frame is ( 0, 0) (3888 x 2592)
DEBUG 47.685848 sec : Starting exposure (exptime: 1.1 secs, mirror lock: 0)
DEBUG 47.685917 sec : Mutex locked
DEBUG 47.685947 sec : Setting radio/menu widget iso: 5 (1600)
DEBUG 47.698065 sec : Setting new configuration OK.
DEBUG 47.698166 sec : Setting radio/menu widget imageformat: 7 (RAW)
DEBUG 47.704261 sec : Setting new configuration OK.
WARNING 47.704354 sec : Camera auto exposure mode is not set to either BULB or MANUAL modes (AV). Please set mode to BULB for long exposures.
DEBUG 47.704381 sec : Using internal bulb widget:bulb
DEBUG 47.704400 sec : Setting toggle widget bulb: 1
DEBUG 47.713482 sec : Failed to set new configuration value (GP result: -1)
DEBUG 47.713571 sec : Exposure started
DEBUG 47.713593 sec : Time left: 1099
D713611 sec : Starting 1.1 sec exposure
DEBUG 48.714516 sec : Reading exposure...
DEBUG 48.813697 sec : Time left: 0
DEBUG 48.813817 sec : Closing shutter
DEBUG 48.813842 sec : Using widget:bulb
DEBUG 48.813866 sec : Setting toggle widget bulb: 0
DEBUG 48.842417 sec : Setting new configuration OK.
DEBUG 48.842568 sec : Exposure complete
DEBUG 48.857934 sec : Unknown event.
DEBUG 48.867358 sec : Unknown event.
DEBUG 49.875248 sec : Event timed out #1, retrying...
DEBUG 50.884041 sec : Event timed out #2, retrying...
DEBUG 51.893057 sec : Event timed out #3, retrying...
DEBUG 52.901125 sec : Event timed out #4, retrying...
DEBUG 53.927759 sec : Event timed out #5, retrying...
DEBUG 54.944055 sec : Event timed out #6, retrying...
DEBUG 55.947453 sec : Event timed out #7, retrying...
DEBUG 56.948434 sec : Event timed out #8, retrying...
DEBUG 57.949454 sec : Event timed out #9, retrying...
DEBUG 58.950418 sec : Event timed out #10, retrying...
ERROR 58.950619 sec : Exposure failed to save image... Unspecified error
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