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INDI Library v1.9.4 Released (17 Jan 2022)

Bimonthly Stable INDI Library release introduces new drivers and fixes for existing ones. Some highlights:

coma corrector increases focal lenght?

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Hi there
I recently bought an coma corrector for my f5 (200/1000) Newton. It is said it has an reduction factor 0,95. Doesnt this mean it reduces my telesope focal lenght by .95 from 1000mm to 950mm? But when I attach the corrector to the scope and take an image ekos complains after solving the alignment about a wrong focal lenght and I should correct it to 1141.79mm :huh: .
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6 years 9 months ago #4056

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Don't trust Astrometry - for my 3950 it told me to correct to 4167 :) But may be it is right - my C14 is EdgeHD one... :unsure:
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hm ok. I will try once more with and without reducer and compare again. I thought astrometry was quite accurate. I recently took an picture with my DSLR and an tele lens manually set to 200mm. Then I let astrometry solve it. That gave me an value of the image width in arcminutes. Then I calculated
(img_width_pixels*pixelsize*206.3)/img_width_arcs
and viola I got exactly 200mm.

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I just solved one of that raw image taken by ekos again with solve-field. It reported Field size: 84.6535 x 56.6225 arcminutes. Raw dimesnions are 5208 x 3476. Canon700D pixelsize is 4.3.
(5208*4.3*206.3)/(84.6535*60)=909,6mm :blink: So my guess is this is not an astrometry issue?
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6 years 9 months ago #4058

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What's the pixel scale reported by Astrometry.net?
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pixel scale 0.973685 arcsec/pix
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6 years 9 months ago #4061

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Well, the equation used is:
solver_focal_length = (206.264 * ccd_hor_pixel) / pixscale * binx;

So using 0.973685, we should end up with 910.10 mm. I added one more statement to display the final solver RA, DEC, Orientation and Pixel Scale, so try after tomorrow's update and see if these values mismatch any value from the astromentry.net solver, which I highly doubt it, but there must be a source for this calculation error.
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Strange things here. I just tried again to solve in ekos. Old code, no update. But I used "Load&Slew" to solve the same image as from the comandline. It wont solve until I delete all the prefilled stuff in the plate solve options (-L 48.8141 -H 80.8356 -u aw -3 52.575 -4 59.9908 -5 30 -W) but then It solved and it says
" Current focal length is 1000 mm while computed focal length from the solver is 909.53 mm."
investigating further...
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Solved. I just tried all the calculations with the same values except of ekos pixelsize value set to its default to 5.4 and that gives the mystical 1142mm focal length. I think I AGAIN somehow missed to set my pixelsize prior all other tasks in ekos, that caused the wrong focal lenght. For me that rises again the question of the ability to keep the pixelsize settings from one kstars session to another. Its quite annoying to set these values again and again on restart and I think my equipment will not change for the next year. Just one more question, what is this about the elevation value? Does this affect any calculations or can this ignored completely?
And please apologize for the inconvenience :whistle:
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Last edit: 6 years 9 months ago by pauledd.
6 years 9 months ago #4067

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Pixel size for GPhoto driver is saved, just go to options and click "Save" next to Configuration property, it should load up the next time. Elevation is currently not used.
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6 years 9 months ago #4068

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I would appreciate having the elevation stored in the resulting fits file as this value is used by my photometry app to calculate the scintillation noise value.


Forget it for now. I need to think about that a bit longer.

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