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Location and mount slewing wrong way.

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Hi
I have the same problem, it is driving me crazy, using the N / S / E / W controls it moves in the correct directions with all the applications, but from CdC, Kstars, etc. the same thing happens to me,
It parks well, I point to one star, I tell him to move to one that is visually up in the sky and moves as if it were down, the same, if I point to one that is down it moves up, all the time like this.
Reinstall astroberry in RBPi4, reconfigure everything and it stays the same
I use Astroberry, EQMod, EQ5 and AstroEQ, I live in the south hemispere, in Argentina
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Sky-Watcher 200PDS, Evoguide 50ED, Sky-Watcher EQ5 (2xNEMA 17), AstroEQ. Raspberry Pi4 (Astroberry), QHY 5-II M, Fuji X-T2, Fuji X-M1, Focuser DIY (Arduino/Nema17/Moonlite)
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Glad you got it working. I checked and rechecked coordinates several times ensuring they were correct. I also ensured that latitude and longitude were not mixed up (as a sailor I am very aware of that!).

To be honest, I have got fed up with trying to make it work and have found dealing with a Linux based system not the easiest - for example trying to run off an SSD which I got working eventually, but only after finding that the drive enclosure I had bought had a chipset that didnt work with the PI and spending several days trawling forums to work out how to do it. Also tried to install a USB wireless adapter - not joy after following various forums to find out how to get it to work.

Have had no feedback after posting my logs and required information other that from you.

Therefore, I have decided to give up on Stellarmate and INDI and go back to working with a windows based ASCOM sytem where at least installing a basic peripheral does not take several days! Am going to sell the Raspberry Pi with Stellarmate and put it down to experience...
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EQ5 driven by Astrogadget EQ Star Pro
Canon EOS100D astromodified
Svbony mini guidescope and ZWASI 12 MM-S
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A shame that you have fallen out with indi / linux, from my point of view it has its problems but linux being open source, which does not happen in windows, it has an active community that is more proactive to give a hand and correct problems, including this INDI community.
I hope you find and I find what the problem is so you continue with INDI / Astroberry

Sorry for mi bad English
Best Regards
Sky-Watcher 200PDS, Evoguide 50ED, Sky-Watcher EQ5 (2xNEMA 17), AstroEQ. Raspberry Pi4 (Astroberry), QHY 5-II M, Fuji X-T2, Fuji X-M1, Focuser DIY (Arduino/Nema17/Moonlite)
1 year 7 months ago #67673

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Mount slew issue like this are almost 99% related to the following:
1. Time or time zone is incorrect. This is not the case with your logs. Time and time zone both check out. The logs show all of this happening about 6 PM your time, I presume this is correct?
2. Location: You were not supposed to manually change the longitude. The log shows this: EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Observer location updated: Latitude 51:28:59.2 (51.4831) Longitude -2:39:00.0 (-2.65) "
This is incorrect, the longitude should have been left at 357:21:01 which is the correct value since INDI counts eastwards.

Now the logs do not show detailed EQMod communication going on. The INDI and Mount checkboxes need all to be checked. Usually, you'd want to power on EQMod at home position (Looking north with counter-weight down). Then from there, slew to a nearby star about 20 degrees or MORE away (Polaris should NOT be used). Then use "Capture and Solve" until the star is in the center of the frame. Usually subsequent GOTOs are then pretty accurate.

The final reason could be due to some incompatibility with EQStarProEQ5 , but the page says they're indeed compatible with INDI already.
Jasem Mutlaq
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Knro,
Thank you for your reply. I have retried with location updated by kstars and conforming to my location i.e. longitude now correct. Still the same problem.

I statrt with scope in home position and the scope location when I slew seems completely wrong. I can even see the cursor of the scope moving in the wrong way. If I click on an object say andromeda galaxy and then tell it to go to, the cursor does not go to there but off in a completyely wrong direction. Logs attached.
Skywatcher ED72/130PDS
EQ5 driven by Astrogadget EQ Star Pro
Canon EOS100D astromodified
Svbony mini guidescope and ZWASI 12 MM-S
TP link Powered USB Hub
Rpi 4b 4gb.
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DrWho,
The description of your problem matches exactly mine.
In my case it was the longitude that was wrong. The hemisphere obviously also needs to be the correct, and lastly the hour.
I suggest you have it gathering the hour from the system to troubleshoot, but ideally you would get coordinates and time from the GPS.
The key aspect is that if the time or longitude are wrong the calculated Zenith is pointing on the wrong direction.

One more critical aspect.
My DEC always starts with a full rotation Eastwards, regardless where the target is. I don’t know why, but it does once at the begging of a session IF I didn’t park at the end of the previous session. If I park it, it never does that full rotation. If I don’t park it, it always starts with a full rotation (once I start slewing)

Give it a try. Apart from these little tricks, I super pleased with the portability of the RPi.
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What if you don't have a GPS?
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No GPS shouldn’t be a big deal.
I got a super-cheap one on amazon... I think it was less than 10€...
Eitherway, if you set the system hour manually you won’t be too far off. Just double check the hour needed by the system (local, UTC, daylight savings, or similar).
1 year 7 months ago #67719

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GPS isn't required. Thank you for the log, it looks fairly nominal. I just added a couple more lines of logs, but at any rate, I noticed PEC training was on:
[2021-02-23T18:05:17.234 UTC INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount :  "[WARNING] InquireFeatures(): Found RA PPEC training on "
[2021-02-23T18:05:17.236 UTC INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount :  "[WARNING] InquireFeatures(): Found DE PPEC training on "

Is this something you can turn off from the box?
Jasem Mutlaq
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Tried again tonight. Took scope of mount and tried to see what would happen if I didnt abort go to. I selected Andromeda. It got there eventually but only after going all around the houses on the dec axis as you described i.e. it went pretty much 360 degrees. when I park the mount it then slews all the way back. Obviously, this is an impractical situation. I cannot take the scope off to slew to target all of the time.
What I do not understand is the software knows where thev target is and where the scope is supposed to be going. It will get it there, but only by going the wrong way around. This makes it unusable at the moment. Logs attached again.
WRT PAC I cannot find a way to turn off in the mount drive unit.
Skywatcher ED72/130PDS
EQ5 driven by Astrogadget EQ Star Pro
Canon EOS100D astromodified
Svbony mini guidescope and ZWASI 12 MM-S
TP link Powered USB Hub
Rpi 4b 4gb.
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Have you purged all configuration at the mount tab?
Every time you make a correction (sync) it accumulates there. Often it's easier to start with a clean slate.
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That often solves my problems of this kind. And one has to manually set the align and sync settings in eqmod each time it starts up, as they seem to not be saved even when "save" is pressed.
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