Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Polar alignment could be better' in the forum. 23 hours 59 minutes ago

Doe! lol! OK, that should be big enough!

I don't mean to complain but the mechanics of Kstars is a bit odd. When I click that button, what I see is a reconfigured window but the full screen image panel was completely obscured as it was in the background. I didn't even know it was there until I searched to figure out what was going on.

So just as a suggestion. I think it would be good to sit down with a complete noob, starting with Kstars install, and see what the user experience is like. I just got a friend to start using it but he had issues with the python and astrometry install (on Mac) and it took a bit of doing to clear it up. I believe Kstars auto installs all that but he read the readme and it directed him to custom install procedures. Anyway, it did not go according to plan!

Kstars is turning into a great solution for non-windows users and I'm recommending it on other forums.

Thank you!

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Polar alignment could be better' in the forum. yesterday

Attached is the largest I was able to make the image. Better than what I originally worked with - defaults to about 2" across - but the largest possible space for the image would really help. After all, we are working interactively with the image update. But still, the selected star is obscured by the correction vector.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Polar alignment could be better' in the forum. 3 days ago

I really like the polar alignment. Its one of the reasons I'm using Kstars. But it can be really annoying to use. The tiny little postage stamp image is hard to see, and the correction vector obscures the star I'm trying to use to correct the alignment, and the end of the correction vector is an "X" or a "+" that also obscures the star you are trying to place at that point. It would be better to use a circle so the star can be placed inside.

Also, the tool could tell the user which way he has to adjust the mount, north south east west. I haven't been out in a while - weather - but I think It just gives total error, and the graphics are so small and hard to read that I really have no idea which way to correct. Maybe a tutorial would clear this up but I haven't seen one address these issues.

Thanks

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'KStars Video Documentation?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Great idea! I've been hoping for updates. Maybe remove the old videos too. I think the videos up to now have been pretty good. Best to keep them short and sweet but address the potential trip ups - for example, the park position of the mount needs to be saved to the config. So start from scratch - clean computer, clean Kstars (no previous preferences) when doing to video so you see the trip ups when doing the video. And don't assume the person has an observatory. Do you're own clean setup of a scope system like HEQ5, for example.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Summary of a night session' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Sounds lame but the most likely problem is a bad cable or connection depending on the mount position. I had a brand new guide cam and cable and found one axis was faulty. Took a long time to realize this simple problem because it would even successfully calibrate but loose DEC slowly. I always have a spare now. Finally a star cross test proved the connection was bad.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Warn when focus is off' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Can the focus module monitor and report focus even though I don't have a focuser. I'd like to have it analyze each image from the capture module and warn if the focus is off.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Focus Module focusing on a black hole!' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I raised this point again because its shown up both in the guiding module and the focus module. Both are selecting the core of the Andromeda when auto star selection is selected.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I tried to do this but could not see any way to do it. I didn't see any menu in PHD2 about connected remotely or connecting to Indi server, only native devices.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Guiding lost while downloading CCD image' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I noticed that the guider function would regularly have to retry to capture from the guider. This coincided with the download of the main CCD image - via StellarMate Wifi. This could knock the guiding out for 20-30 seconds or more. Once, I believe it was responsible for stopping the guiding. For now, I've turned on compression for all images but haven't actually tried it - to late last night.

So this brings me to a question. I know I can keep images locally or remotely but what I really want is for them to stay on the camera - during a imaging session. This would alleviate the problem above. I surely don't want to leave the photos on the remote unit - like StellarMate, which I would like to treat as strictly a service.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Kstars crashing when in night vision mode' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

This happened to me a few times last night. I was using night vision mode and decided I couldn't read the screen properly so I tried to return to "moonless night" and each time Kstars crashed.

I'm using Kstars 2.8.3 on MacOS Sierra (10.12.6) connected to StellarMate.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. 1 month ago

Whoa! That would be nice. I'll try it tonight. Thanks!

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. 1 month ago

Sorry, I guess I'm confusing the issue a little, because there's also the running remotely issue - I'm using kstars remotely to RPi3 loaded with INDI and PHD2. If I run PHD2 locally stand alone, then I don't need kstars guiding. If kstars guides remotely via a server then what is my interface to PHD2. It seems I'm only able to click guide and hope for the best and I have to use VNC to set it up anyway. I'd rather have integrated control so VNC isn't required - like launch PHD2, connect to equipment, etc. Maybe PHD2 just doesn't provide the API necessary?

Yes the PA is nice and i now use it to cut down on setup time. I get you're point about dithering as the capture needs to be sequenced with the guiding so that integration is there but I just would like to see more integration to cut out the need for VNC on a remote system.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. 1 month ago

Is there help on adjusting the proportional and integral settings on the internal guider?

I always wondered why the algorithm doesn't adjust those itself...

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. 1 month ago

PHD2 is fully supported? I read in the manual that you can only start guiding and PHD2 should do the rest, but what about looping, re-calibrating, adjusting algorithm settings, features like drift align and guiding assistant. Can we see the image window, the graph? I'll be trying it this weekend but last time I tried there was almost no feedback from PHD2 except status in the console. I'm no pro so as an amateur, to me PHD2 is THE industry standard. Wouldn't it be better to support it as the default guider? Right now, guiding seems to be "just click this button and trust me" kind of feature.

By the way, last time I used PHD2 in Ekos, there were issues. If I remember, starting/stopping, connecting and disconnecting was problematic. I don't think Ekos starts up PHD2 or connects the equipment. And there needs to be a way of disconnecting PHD2 from the equipment - I mean without using VNC of course.

Anyway, like I said, I'll be testing this... tomorrow hopefully... and come back with comments.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. 1 month ago

Actually I wish there was better integration with PHD2. Why reinvent the wheel? Is there better guider out there ? I'm already disillusioned with the internal guider and will probably resort to PHD2 via VNC.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. 1 month ago

Haha! Just thought I would mention that I was using the internal guider with auto star select and suddenly realized it was guiding on the core of the Andromeda galaxy. I wouldn't think that was a very good idea so just thought I'd mention it. The algorithm could probably use a little tweaking! :blink:

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Polar align with guider?' in the forum. 1 month ago

Good to know, Thanks!

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