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jiberjaber replied to the topic 'Ekos Alerts/Texts' in the forum. 6 minutes ago

More detailed reply now I am on a PC rather than my phone! :)
Here's the github of the plugin I mentioned which might have some adaptability for Ekos

github.com/fabianonline/OctoPrint-Telegr...lob/stable/README.md

It does require you to have a telegram account and to set up a 'bot' on there which then acts as the interface from Telegram to Octoprint. You can control the users who are permitted to access the bot's commands. Maybe it's possible to do a similar and replace Octopring with Ekos? Perhaps send a regular update based upon activities of the scheduler i.e. Autofocus performed, Here's the last sub I took, alignment performed, etc - maybe key off the messages produced by the scheduler sent to the log?

The bot is bidirectional so it accepts commands, for example I can load and start a print on my 3d printer using it - so there may be potential to use the bot to be interactive over just a report that something happened?

This is beyond my skill set but seems like a potential starting point.

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Daniel DeSclafani replied to the topic 'Ekos Alerts/Texts' in the forum. 20 minutes ago

Weather alerts would be valuable if you had a weather station. However I find it adequate enough to use an app called Rain Alarm. You can set a radius and time frame for the alerts. An example would be the following settings: 8PM to 7AM at a radius of 15 miles. The app will alert you only from 8PM to 7AM if there is rain detected within the 15 mile radius you had set. These are both obviously adjustable.

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Tom Gibson replied to the topic 'Ekos Alerts/Texts' in the forum. 45 minutes ago

Being able to make a phone call would be valuable, thinking about failures or weather alerts while sleeping. I briefly looked into VOIP and Google voice earlier this week, but didn't see anything obvious that could make use of the closed system VOIP I use. But it seems like there should be something there. For now I'm just going to do something that results in a simple ` play /usr/share/sounds/KDE-Im-Phone-Ring.ogg` to wake me up.

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Michiel Desmedt replied to the topic 'Ekos does not recognise ZWO USBST4 adapter' in the forum. 1 hour 12 minutes ago

Running the command shows it is running:

● rsyslog.service - System Logging Service
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/rsyslog.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2020-07-10 15:45:26 CEST; 2min 34s ago
     Docs: man:rsyslogd(8)
           https://www.rsyslog.com/doc/
 Main PID: 366 (rsyslogd)
    Tasks: 4 (limit: 4373)
   Memory: 2.5M
   CGroup: /system.slice/rsyslog.service
           └─366 /usr/sbin/rsyslogd -n -iNONE

Feb 14 11:12:01 astroberry systemd[1]: Starting System Logging Service...
Jul 10 15:45:26 astroberry rsyslogd[366]: imuxsock: Acquired UNIX socket '/run/systemd/journal/syslog' (fd 3) from systemd.  
Jul 10 15:45:26 astroberry rsyslogd[366]:  [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="8.1901.0" x-pid="366" x-info="https://www.r
Jul 10 15:45:26 astroberry systemd[1]: Started System Logging Service.
Jul 10 15:45:28 astroberry rsyslogd[366]:  [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="8.1901.0" x-pid="366" x-info="https://www.r


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Dirk Tetzlaff replied to the topic 'Enhanced Joystick Control for Focuser' in the forum. 2 hours 15 minutes ago

Many thanks for the prompt reply. Will try to wrap my head around this. Started off by setting up a VM and installed the development environment according to the instructions. I am sure I will get back to you with some stupid questions...
Will keep you posted !
Regards
Dirk

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Jose Corazon replied to the topic '1st light: NGC 7000' in the forum. 2 hours 32 minutes ago

maxthebuilder wrote: Well, it's an easy target if one has the right tools.
Looks like the OP has an un-modded DSLR. It's not an easy target for an un-modded DSLR.
Just look at the picture he took - it doesn't show much.
I am actually shooting a mosaic of North America/Pelican right now. With a dual-band L-Enhace filter. With this filter and an ASI294 it's for sure easy.

El Corazon wrote: You may want to focus on The Wall or the Neck of the Pelican with such a long focal length.

I disagree with Max, NGC7000 is actually an easy target, the Trifid is more difficult, if you want to see the reflection nebula, that is.

NGC7000 is very bright, but you may need an Halpha filter to get rid of the light pollution.

This is a stack of 50 x 120s Ha exposures.



Hi Max,

This is one of the very first pictures I took of NGC7000 with an unmodified DSLR from Bortle 8/9 skies. (Below)
Mohamed chose the most featureless part of the nebula with a long focal length, that's one reason why it doesn't show much.
That is why Jerry and I suggested to focus on a more feature-rich region, like the Wall or the Neck of the Pelican. There is more contrast in that region and that would help him to fine-tune.

Actually, with such a long focal length, I would suggest going for the Ring Nebula. Very bright, very colorful, perfect unmodded DSLR target at that magnification.

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Daniel DeSclafani replied to the topic 'Issue Hunt: A New way to fund INDI Driver Development' in the forum. 3 hours 5 minutes ago

I would have no problem funding for drivers and/or features that I could find useful or just over overall accelerate the stability and reliability of the program.

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Daniel DeSclafani replied to the topic 'Ekos Alerts/Texts' in the forum. 3 hours 52 minutes ago

Thanks, I will look into it later when I am home from work and be sure to post back here of I have any questions.

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Daniel DeSclafani thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic Ekos Alerts/Texts 4 hours 1 minute ago

Mohamed replied to the topic 'Re:M 62' in the forum. 4 hours 22 minutes ago

maxthebuilder wrote: Do you have a field-flattener?


I only have Celestron focal reducer f/6.3


Thank you
Mohamed

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John Robison replied to the topic 'Ekos does not recognise ZWO USBST4 adapter' in the forum. 4 hours 33 minutes ago

Hello,

I think I found part of the problem with this scenario. The commands I have given are dependent on a working syslog service. A non working syslog service doesn’t log every OS service call. I know udevadmin is the service that loads rules. It will complain about bad syntax when syslog is working.

The management of syslog is us. I was not happy with the number of necessary pieces needed with syslogklod and klodlog. They seemed to not log as much as Ubuntu Mate.

One of the gnome tools identified the problem. My syslog was dated 6/23. That isn’t today.

Run this command under sudo to confirm syslog.service is working.

service syslog status

A working syslog will provide a running status. I have assigned successfully ttyACM0 and ttyACM1 as dedicated ports for my GPSD and AstroEQ. A working syslog allowed me to debug my foibles.

I also noticed, under Raspbian, two locations of rules.d. When I confirm a working syslog, I will see which folder udevadm loads rules. My syslog isn’t working at the present.

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jiberjaber replied to the topic 'Re:Ekos Alerts/Texts' in the forum. 5 hours 5 minutes ago

I use Octoprint with my 3d printer which has a plugin for telegram, that works great to send status messages and images, might be a good option for Ekos? ( Telegram)

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steve replied to the topic 'M 62' in the forum. 5 hours 34 minutes ago

Hi

Nice shot
Unfortunately, you lost data by clipping the histogram off left. My guess would be that you lost a lot of stars around the cluster in so doing.
Best to leave all the histogram visible. Control the background by taking more frames and stacking them rather than making it black.

HTH and clear skies,
Steve



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Jasem Mutlaq replied to the topic 'Enhanced Joystick Control for Focuser' in the forum. 7 hours 22 minutes ago

Hello Dirk and welcome to INDI forums!

I can help you to get familiar a bit with the code base.. I think given your background, you can probably work on getting that wishlist done yourself! So in indifocuser.cpp, you can see where we map the controller to different buttons. We process these press events in processButton function in the same file. Here you can see all the logic behind this.

There is no support for axis controls, it's just buttons now but if you feel it could be appropriate, you can add this as well following the example of INDI::Telescope class where you can see how it handles the axis. Good luck Dirk and let us know how it goes! Start off by forking INDI Repository on Github and then start hacking away at these two classes in your own tree to achieve your wishlist.

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Jasem Mutlaq replied to the topic 'Ekos Alerts/Texts' in the forum. 7 hours 23 minutes ago

This is already available, Settings --> Configure Notifications --> Meridian Flip Started. You can select any of the actions to be taken. There is "Run Command" which can be used to send such notifications. I know this is not ideal and require a lot more to get it to send to phones, but it's a starting point. We have such alerts in the SM App now, but it's on in-app notifications.

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max sidorov replied to the topic 'M 62' in the forum. 7 hours 37 minutes ago

It's very good for one sub. If you had many more it would be much better.
Do you have a field-flattener?

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max sidorov replied to the topic '1st light: NGC 7000' in the forum. 7 hours 44 minutes ago

Well, it's an easy target if one has the right tools.
Looks like the OP has an un-modded DSLR. It's not an easy target for an un-modded DSLR.
Just look at the picture he took - it doesn't show much.
I am actually shooting a mosaic of North America/Pelican right now. With a dual-band L-Enhace filter. With this filter and and ASI294 it's for sure easy.

El Corazon wrote: You may want to focus on The Wall or the Neck of the Pelican with such a long focal length.

I disagree with Max, NGC7000 is actually an easy target, the Trifid is more difficult, if you want to see the reflection nebula, that is.

NGC7000 is very bright, but you may need an Halpha filter to get rid of the light pollution.

This is a stack of 50 x 120s Ha exposures.



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Dirk Tetzlaff created a new topic ' Enhanced Joystick Control for Focuser' in the forum. 7 hours 50 minutes ago

Hi,
I am brand new to this forum. Just upgraded my equipment and diving deeper into astronomy. First of all thank you so much for all the work you are doing here. It does look quite professional and enthusiastic, indeed.
I am using my epipment both for visual and astrophotography.

First item on my wish list is improvement for manual focus control via joystick. I would suggest some of the following:
- adjustable focuser speeds, equivalent to slew speeds. 3 different speeds would suffice here.
- more joystick options: eg. button option to select presets, focus control with joystick axis, button option to change focuser speeds
- more presets
- ideally: proportional focus control with analog joystick axis, i.e. the farther you go on one axis, the faster the focuser moves

I am currently using the Celestron SCT focuser with a Joystick. The whole equipment is being controlled via astroberry on a pi 4. My workaround currently is as follows: I select a big step size (e.g. 5.000; my focuser has around 30.000 steps) and than abort the movement when I am close to focus. I than select a smaller step size (e.g. 10 or 50) to get fine focus. However, to change the step value, I have to grab my iPad or some other device to access the indi panel. Would be much nicer, if I could just use the joystick. Same for the presets.
I am not into coding anymore. Used to do that stuff long ago (Commodore 64, hehe). But from my basic understanding at least some items from my wishlist should be quite easy to implement: having more presets and making these selectable for the joystick should work right away. Different focuser speeds are being supported by the original celestron driver (I just tried the Starsense for Skywatcher und had the celestron HC; returned it because of limited value; astroberry is way better !), so the basics should be there, too.

I would really appreciate if you could implement some of these points.

Many thanks for the great work being done already,
kind regards

Dirk Tetzlaff

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