Also, I can't possibly resonate more, with your sentiment here. It honestly feels too good to be true sometimes- I managed ~2hrs of LRGB subs between writing this tonight, before clouds hit- something I would have been lucky to get 0.5hrs, had I been going with my original workflow. The cherry on top was to walk outside with my scope cover, take care of some dew, and pull out my phone to park the mount with KStarsLite app, not having to lug my laptop around with me. It's a brilliant thing, this project. I am skeptical, however, that there's some sort of magic going on behind the internal guider- I certainly never achieved these RMS values with other software... and come to think of it, this is the first night in my just over two years of astrophotography that I've actually collected more than one night of data on a target.
rlancaste wrote: Before I switched to KStars/INDI, my images were not so good with pretty poor guiding, a directly USB connected laptop with software that crashed frequently, had to use multiple programs to get everything to work, and I had to align by centering stars in my image and using the hand paddle. Now that I use KStars/INDI, my images are much higher quality, my guiding is now almost perfect, all my equipment is accessed remotely over wifi, I align my scope in seconds with plate solving, and the software crashes less frequently.
ajt68 wrote: Very nice post, and totally agree with all the sentiments raised. I too am here developing, mainly because my focuser wasn't supported, so wrote the driver for it. That's what I like about open source, if it doesn't do what you want, then implement it!