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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Dialing in focus' in the forum. 21 minutes ago

sterne-jaeger wrote: Wouter,
maybe you should also revisit your settings about "max travel". From my experience, when the scope is too far out of focus, the focuser module recognises part of the donut as star and does nonsense.
I have made good experience in improving the focus quality when setting the initial step such that - starting from a good focus position - the focuser reached a position with a HFR of 4-7.
- Wolfgang


Thanks Wolfgang. I’ll give that a try as well.

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Wolfgang Reissenberger replied to the topic 'Dialing in focus' in the forum. 51 minutes ago

Does anybody have experience here with focusing Pezval style refractors? My FSQ-85 shows the special behaviour that in out of focus positions, stars in the edges are elongated. Extra focally, the stars are tangentially elongated, intra-focally, the stars are radially elongated. Having round stars in the edges is a very good indicator for a perfect focus position.

Any ideas how to handle this?
- Wolfgang

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Wolfgang Reissenberger replied to the topic 'Dialing in focus' in the forum. 56 minutes ago

Wouter,
maybe you should also revisit your settings about "max travel". From my experience, when the scope is too far out of focus, the focuser module recognises part of the donut as star and does nonsense.
I have made good experience in improving the focus quality when setting the initial step such that - starting from a good focus position - the focuser reached a position with a HFR of 4-7.
- Wolfgang

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Patrick Chevalley replied to the topic 'Will the INDI library be separated from kstars?' in the forum. 2 hours 11 minutes ago

Hi Fivel,

Can you please continue the discussion in the other thread because it is not good to follow an issue at two different place:
www.indilib.org/forum/development/4881-i...ution-for-macos.html

But there is no need to contact ZWO for that, as I say this driver build is experimental and I not have the require hardware for testing.
Can you configure Indistarter to produce a trace: in the Setup menu specify a log file and in Server options add -vv , then run only the ZWO driver, try to connect the camera and post the log file in the other thread.

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Rick Wayne replied to the topic 'Still trying to debug XAGYL connection' in the forum. 4 hours 27 minutes ago

Just wanted to report back that I eventually got it working, on my Mac at least. Thanks again for the help.

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Terry replied to the topic 'How do I get ekos/indi to launch and start listening for remote connection?' in the forum. 4 hours 37 minutes ago

If I had the means to I'd be installing a fan on my StellarMate as hot as it gets it really should have one built in from the factory. I installed a fan on my raspberry pi and was able to cool the pi to -30 degrees ambient. If that is some of what you are talking about?

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Terry created a new topic ' Ekos on Raspberry PI Beginner's Guide by James Taylor' in the forum. 4 hours 43 minutes ago

James
I have to say the 2016 article was brilliant and an absolutely accurate guide in building your own observatory computerand when I made my attempt to duplicate your article all I had issue with was installing Astrometry but after reading the how-to I was able to install both the local and remote services. My build works just like the StellarMate I own. Literally everything works perfectly on both of my mounts. It's like having your cake and eating it too.
If a person has a laptop that isn't doing anything and you have an itch to build this is a worth while project that will give its user hours of fun and satisfaction.
Good work
Terry

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Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Driver OnStep (LX200 like) for INDI' in the forum. 4 hours 44 minutes ago

Thought I'd mention this just because I thought it was neat when someone shared the tip with me... When I'm imaging across the meridian, pretty much always due to trees, I turn off all the auto flips and set the mount to east facing west, then "back" it over to east to pick up the high target, watching for mount clearance. That way I can track all night and don't have to reset everything when it flips.

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giorgio replied to the topic 'Offline and Remote Solving fail on KStars 3.2.2 on Mac OS 10.14.4' in the forum. 4 hours 56 minutes ago

I was able to make offline solving work using Load & Slew only on my Mac Mini. My field MacBook pro is still unable to solve anything...
My next test is to completely remove KStars and its related files and then reinstall it. Being unable to solve images completely breaks my workflow.

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Alfred replied to the topic 'How do I get ekos/indi to launch and start listening for remote connection?' in the forum. 5 hours 6 minutes ago

Marc2b wrote: Herrhausen,
ssh under Windows ? yes but it is more complicated.


I suspect this is evidence of the fact that I never got into Windows. Transitioned form Amiga to Linux right away. Are you serious, there's no "onboard" secure shell in Windows? LOL! In this case use telnet or whatever Windows offers to remotely log into another computer.

Marc2b wrote: Plus, if he does as you say, he needs to keep the ssh link up all the session. indiserver being a child process of ssh, if you cut the link, it will also kill the indiserver process :)


Yes, Ctrl-C kills the server, arrow-up Return restarts it. As easy as it gets IMO. Very old school, indeed.

Marc2b wrote: Try :
/usr/bin/indiserver -v -m 100 -p 7624 indi_simulator_telescope indi_simulator_ccd >> /var/log/indiserver.log 2>&1 &
At least, your indiserver will survive a down link and you'll have a log file ... Replace with your own drivers of course.


Thanks a lot, Mark! I'll add this to the executables that I keep in my remote directory to quick-start several indiserver configurations.

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Wong Sy Ming replied to the topic 'Driver OnStep (LX200 like) for INDI' in the forum. 5 hours 19 minutes ago

james_lan wrote: Unfortunately, there's not really a good way to have that done, the best way is the automatic one, where Ekos will issue a goto while imaging. (There's no request meridian flip function, it's literally a goto)

Set it to autoflip, no stop at home. Set the preferred side to east.

I can see about adding in a manual :MN# (Which does not guarantee a flip, you also have to set the limits right.) (Literally in OnStep's code, (unless changed) all it does is assume preferred east and issue a goto)


Hi!
Thanks for the information!
Would you be able to share your configuration (Onstep limits and Ekos settings for "flip after..." so I can test it on my own setup before bringing it out under the stars? I'd like to get a feel for how it works.

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james_lan replied to the topic 'Driver OnStep (LX200 like) for INDI' in the forum. 5 hours 32 minutes ago

Unfortunately, there's not really a good way to have that done, the best way is the automatic one, where Ekos will issue a goto while imaging. (There's no request meridian flip function, it's literally a goto)

Set it to autoflip, no stop at home. Set the preferred side to east.

I can see about adding in a manual :MN# (Which does not guarantee a flip, you also have to set the limits right.) (Literally in OnStep's code, (unless changed) all it does is assume preferred east and issue a goto)

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Fred Goodman replied to the topic 'Will the INDI library be separated from kstars?' in the forum. 5 hours 40 minutes ago

Hello Patrick.
Thank you for your work with CCDCiel and the new Indistarter/server for OSX.
I installed the latest Indistarter version and loaded the equipment drivers, but the server will not connect to my ZWO camera(s). I do not have any problems with kstars connecting to all the equipment though.
There may be an issue with the ZWO driver for the Indistarter package.
I will contact ZWO support to see if they can help with this issue.
Fivel

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Fred Goodman replied to the topic 'Will the INDI library be separated from kstars?' in the forum. 5 hours 50 minutes ago

Hello PENTAXIAN23, thank you for your reply.
I do have both (older) Indiserver and Indigoserver (Mac). I have connection issues with the Cloudmakers servers (especially the Indigoserver). Other apps do not work well with it.
Also, thanks to Patrick's recent addition, I have the latest Indistarter/server for Mac.
I have some issues with all of them where I can set up the drivers, but other apps, such as CCDCiel do not connect them all. The latest Indistarter/Indiseerver will not show a connection for my ZWO cameras.
It connects to the mount and focuser with no issues.
I have no issue with kstars connecting all the equipment though.
I will let Patrick (he may see this post anyway) know of the issue with the Indi Server camera driver.
Without all the drivers connecting I cannot use CCDCiel.
I guess I need to contact ZWO support as well. Maybe they can tell me how to install the latedst ZWO camera drivers, as they are not necessary on Macs.
Fivel

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Herrhausen,
ssh under Windows ? yes but it is more complicated. You need to install ssh and set it up which can be tricky if you want to access your server with a RSA key. Plus, if he does as you say, he needs to keep the ssh link up all the session. indiserver being a child process of ssh, if you cut the link, it will also kill the indiserver process :)
Try :
/usr/bin/indiserver -v -m 100 -p 7624 indi_simulator_telescope indi_simulator_ccd >> /var/log/indiserver.log 2>&1 &
At least, you indiserver will survive a down link ... Replace with your own drivers of course.

-- Marc

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