Stephen created a new topic ' Anyone using this GPS device with Ekos?' in the forum. 2 days ago

Hi,

Does anyone know if this GPS device will work with Ekos on the RPI3?

www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01N0JSC8D

Thank you for your thoughts

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Manual Coordinates' in the forum. 2 days ago

Not sure if this is easy enough, the INDI Controls for the mount on the Main Control tab lets you enter the RA/DEC you want and clicking set will slew you there.

I hope this helps.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Resuming a schedule...' in the forum. 2 days ago

This is good news. I will go back through logs and see if there is anything. For sure though, the restart did not work and there were no calibration frames in the sequence.

Question: What would cause the Stop INDI button to not stop the INDI processes?

I am wondering if something happened within INDI, as shortly after the above happened I had to do a sudo pkill indi on the RPI3. Should this occur again I will check for this, and see if it corrects.

Thank you

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Ekos and new log button.. toggling logs on and off' in the forum. 3 days ago

Ah, this is cool! I understand now and was looking in the older locations. Thank you. The new video is really good.

ciao

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Stephen created a new topic ' Resuming a schedule...' in the forum. 3 days ago

Work-a-round: complete stop indi and exit Kstars. Relaunch Kstars, reload schedule and click play.

Last night using the scheduler, something happened and it needed to be stopped. The schedule file and sequence where saved.

The schedule would not resume properly though providing the error:
- Proceeding directly to capture stage because only calibration frames are pending.

Doing a test right now, manually setting a time to simulate capturing M81, this is repeatable

1. Create the sequence, and schedule, to repeat until some time in the future - 5am next day as an example. Save the sequence and schedule.
2. set time to a valid period for the target
3. Start scheduler - all good
4. Stop schedule, and reset
5. restart scheduler and it will stop immediately
6. Stop indi
7. exit Kstars
8. Relaunch indi
9. load the sechedule
10. click play
11. all good.

Is there anything else needed to test this? Although repeatable, in case it is needed, I am working on logs this evening to attach.

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Stephen created a new topic ' Ekos and new log button.. toggling logs on and off' in the forum. 3 days ago

This is a quick question to confirm how the new log module works.

Can the logs be toggle on and off using the log button on the setup tab in Ekos after the Start INDI button is clicked?

I am assuming the answer is no, and the INDI control panel for the device needs to be used. Or, the Disconnect and STOP indi button needs to be clicked, then the logs button can be used to toggle the logging on/off.

Please confirm.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Capture & Solve -> Slew to Target...' in the forum. 3 days ago

I will clean up the Backlash code, and once done I will attempt a Pull Request as soon as I figure it out in GitHub (I am assuming I need to fork or something.)

Moving on to the Nudging precise slewing...

Question: Does anyone have any ideas to determine from the RA/DEC coordinates which N/E/S/W button to press to increase or decrease the RA/DEC position?

Any help, pointers or such would be welcomed.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Re:Help with needing to park to unpark...' in the forum. 3 days ago

Perhaps this is the issue, as until this summer I was not confident enough to use the Park/Unpark commands, and now I am.

In the celestron_gps driver ReadScopeStatus() method the Park state is saved.

I setup and take down each night. Once the scope is setup (assembled, polar aligned, star aligned, focused) Ekos/RPI3 is connected and started.

Since the park command may or may not have been used in Ekos from previous session, in the case it was Ekos starts up assuming my scope is parked - it is not. The states are out of sync.

The only work around is some combination Unpark/Park/Unpark/Trackmode-on-off/Slew/stop needs to be run - which is out of sync with the current alignment - and actual sends the scope into a different position from the default park position depending on the star/target I last used from the HC.

Is there a away to "initialize/reset" the park position status?

Without it it means I should not be using park and should be using a script at the end of my session to turn tracking off.

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Stephen created a new topic ' ASI-EFW not saving the Filter labels' in the forum. 4 days ago

Hi Jasem,

Saved has been clicked in INDI after and the .indi directory is owned by stellarmate user (not root). The two XML files are attached and the labels are saved in it.

Every restart of KStars/Ekos needs labels redone.

Log attached too.

Please let me know if there is anything to check.

Thank you,
Stephen

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Items from last night's INDI/Ekos/Kstars session' in the forum. 5 days ago

Hi Jasem,

Yes they were saved on set 1,2,3 times.

Another item I just noticed, the PHD2 guiding is not updating on the summary screen It used too. It is not clear what I need to change.

Thank you

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Items from last night's INDI/Ekos/Kstars session' in the forum. 5 days ago

An item from tonight's testing:

- the ASI EFW does not save its Filter labels.

Pleas help correct.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Capture & Solve -> Slew to Target...' in the forum. 5 days ago

Jasem,

I have some code for the indi_celestron_gps - allows the changing of the backlash settings for the mount. Tested tonight and it works well. It has helped improve the guiding, by tweaking with PHD2.

If this is of interest, please let me know the best way to send the code to you for evaluation/review/or...

I also have some test code for a more precise slew. This is still in testing.

Cheers!

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Stephen thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic KStars 2.8.5 is released. 2 weeks ago
Stephen replied to the topic 'Capture & Solve -> Slew to Target...' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I see. I will try to add and test the precise slew first when under 2' and see if it can make Slew to Target more repeatable, and report back. It can be a week and a bit before I getting a chance to do this. If I can get below 200px the cropping can be less that it is useful.

Thank you for the help.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Capture & Solve -> Slew to Target...' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jochym. I will update you on how it goes. The Backlash settings may actually be working now, and will share as soon as done.

The nudging concept I have seen a few approaches in code so far:
- using the MC_SLOW Aux Commands
- using the 'r' precise command verse the 'R' used by celestron_gps

In your opinion, is using the MC_SLOW effectively the same as the precise command?

I am considering testing the distance to target and if it is with 1-2' then switching to the precise command. If this is known to already not improve things I will focus more on a pulse/nudge routine - assuming I can get there :)

Cheers!

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