Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'EQMOD Mount alignment with Kstars....' in the forum. 1 week ago

Redo your parked setup as above and then “write data “. That’s it. It will return there next time you go to park

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'EQMOD Mount alignment with Kstars....' in the forum. 1 week ago

You got an immediate response asking for logs. It might help if you provided them. Ekos is a powerful tool and not the most user friendly. Take time to figure it out - it would seem that no-one has an idea what your are doing wrong.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'daytime polar alignment method' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Excellent! So simple!

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Download times for DSLR' in the forum. 1 month ago

I thought the long download time (30-40 secs) was due to the wifi connection on the RPi3 but now I think it may be from my camera (Pentax K-5II) to the RPi.

I have Kstars on a RPi3 (StellarMate) remotely connected via wifi to a MacBook Air running Kstars locally. When I click preview. The shutter is actuated and then comes the long wait. Now I've noticed that it doesn't actually say downloading until the very end and its only for a fraction of a second. So the short delay looks like download from the RPi to my laptop. So why the long delay (30-40 sec) before the download begins? Is it taking this much time get the file off the camera? (Everything is USB 2.0) Is the delay with GPhoto2 capture? Anybody characterize these delays? Thanks

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Can anyone share Pictures of a RasPi astro setup' in the forum. 1 month ago

I may have something tomorrow night if I can brave the -18c weather! :-s

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Working on PHD2 support' in the forum. 1 month ago

rlancaste wrote: I did a whole bunch of PHD2 stuff today which is currently undergoing testing and should make it into KStars soon. i got the RMS error calculated correctly and the error properly scaled because I implemented a function to get the PHD pixel scale. I also further improved the image work I did before to make it more reliable. I did a bunch of other things under the hood that will make it easier to add more stuff later.

Here is a preview of things to come shortly!



Thanks @rlancaste! This is great to have PHD2 well integrated with Ekos!

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Working on PHD2 support' in the forum. 1 month ago

rlancaste wrote: So the work that I did this last weekend should help some with the bandwidth issues. Basically I set it up so that it gets a very small image from PHD2 of just the star it is currently guiding on, so the whole image download is not necessary. More important the image download to the client is not important for the actual guiding, it is just a request and if it doesn't transfer, it doesn't actually affect guiding. PHD2 is handling all the guiding and so whether or not the image gets updated in Ekos is not relevant to the actual guiding. Another point is that if you want, you can use a camera on PHD2 that is not connected to INDI if you like and PHD2 will still send the guiding information for the graphs and the star image back to Ekos for display. I found in my experimenting that using a non-INDI camera and/or a camera not connected to Ekos actually allows for faster guiding since it doesn't have to transfer the file back to the client at all.


In Ekos, after using it for polar alignment, I disconnect the guiding camera and have PHD2 connect to it only. This should prevent any traffic from it over the remote connection.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Working on PHD2 support' in the forum. 1 month ago

I think I know what the problem is and I reported it to the developers for StellarMate. In the case of StellarMate, I use the wifi for my remote connection so like you say, the communication becomes more of and issue. The main problem is the image download from the imaging camera. I showed that while this is happening, the guider communication is completely lost and no corrections can occur for 20 seconds or more. There is just two much traffic over the wifi. The solution is to have PHD2 running on the RPi so its control loop does not communicate over the remote connection.

The alternative solution is to have the image capture to the remote RPi and not download it.

The real issue here bandwidth management. There needs to be a quality of service established that puts the image download at the bottom of the list. But anyway, theres no need to have a PHD2 control loop all the way back to the local computer. So we need better, more efficient comms of status and control only. Its great to hear you're working on that!

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Can't select Shoestring FCSUB in Ekos' in the forum. 2 months ago

OK, so I found I could start the driver using the webmanager and the cantrol window would pop up with the FCUSB set and the focus module was available. Nice.

Would be even nicer if the driver was given in the EKOS menu.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Can't select Shoestring FCSUB in Ekos' in the forum. 2 months ago

I meant StellarMate not Stellarium!

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