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Polar alignment - add button to start from park position?

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Hi,

I have been trying the polar alignment feature together with the solve field feature. This is seriously AMAZING. Best polar alignment method I have ever tried out. So congrats to everyone that made it possible.

A couple of small request/wish though:

1) would it be possible to make the 'start' button go to park position before attempting to go over the procedure? It would make a 2nd pass of polar alignment easier

2) in a few cases, a particular pointing may fail to solve, making ekos retry to take picture and solve a few times. I wonder if it would be possible to make ekos move a few degrees more the mount to retry to solve? Maybe a few more stars appear and that fixes the plate solve issue in such cases?
Set 1 -> AZ GTi, redcat51+Canon 6D, guide: 30mm+ZWO ASI 120MM.
Set 2 -> Star Adventurer, lenses+Canon 6D
Set 3 -> NEQ6, LX90-8' OTA/MN150 + 450D peltier, guide: 50mm+QHY5.

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3 months 6 days ago #87446

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Agreed. Maybe just a button 'park after finish'.
3 months 21 hours ago #87580

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That option (park after polar-alignment) exists, see below.
I personally haven't ever used it...

Also I don't believe the tool-tip is accurate:
(the tooltip says "Beware that turning this option off might lead to inaccurate results" and I do not agree with that tooltip).

AP1100 & Orion Atlas Pro, WO/ZS105 w/Moonlight V2 focus, GSO RC10 w/RSF focus
ZWO ASI1600, Astronomik Filters, ST80, QHY 5L-IIm.
KStars/Ekos/Indi on NUC10 & RPi4 w/SSD -- Ubuntu
Projects: Greedy Scheduler, Terrain, Polar Align, Analyze, Linear Focuser, SEP MultiStar & GPG Guide, FITS autostretch.
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Cool. Didn’t see that! Thank you.
3 months 17 hours ago #87587

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Does this "Park" option park after every plate solve or just after polar alignment? With 3.5.x software I have a recollection that after polar aligning and selecting "stop" the mount would return to the parked position. (I frequently noticed this while attempting to slew to the first target after polar alignment.) Currently (3.6.1) if my polar alignment is off too far I will stop the process to start over. Now I have to re-park the mount manually.
2 months 4 weeks ago #87618

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I haven't used the park option, but it it must park it at the end of the alignment procedure.
It wouldn't make sense to park after every solve--then the polar alignment wouldn't work properly.

You shouldn't need to park the mount when re-starting polar-alignment, though.
Hy
AP1100 & Orion Atlas Pro, WO/ZS105 w/Moonlight V2 focus, GSO RC10 w/RSF focus
ZWO ASI1600, Astronomik Filters, ST80, QHY 5L-IIm.
KStars/Ekos/Indi on NUC10 & RPi4 w/SSD -- Ubuntu
Projects: Greedy Scheduler, Terrain, Polar Align, Analyze, Linear Focuser, SEP MultiStar & GPG Guide, FITS autostretch.
2 months 4 weeks ago #87631

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I always use the auto-park option. Works fine.
Goes to Park after the PA procedure is completed and Stop is pressed.
Max S.

RPI 4 B (4Gb) with SMate
Askar FRA400, TPO RC6, Nikon D5500 full spectrum (with IDAS D1 clip-in filter).
ASI2600MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MM Mini on ZWO 30F4
ZWO ASI224MC-S on Orion 50 mm f/3.2
ZWO EAF x 2
SW AZ-GTi
SW HEQ5
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2 months 4 weeks ago #87641

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But does this mean it will go to Parking position even after aligning any other objects (outside of PA)?

Celestron Astromaster 130 on HEQ5 Pro mount, ZWO ASI224mc, 30mm guidescope with ASI120mm mini. All managed using Kstars/Ekos on RPi with Astroberry build.
2 months 4 weeks ago #87682

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As I understand it, this only affects polar alignment.
AP1100 & Orion Atlas Pro, WO/ZS105 w/Moonlight V2 focus, GSO RC10 w/RSF focus
ZWO ASI1600, Astronomik Filters, ST80, QHY 5L-IIm.
KStars/Ekos/Indi on NUC10 & RPi4 w/SSD -- Ubuntu
Projects: Greedy Scheduler, Terrain, Polar Align, Analyze, Linear Focuser, SEP MultiStar & GPG Guide, FITS autostretch.
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