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Rene created a new topic ' Some questions about the focus module' in the forum. 5 hours 5 minutes ago

Hi all,

Have a question about the Ekos focus module:

I've had some clear nights and have been shooting data like a demon. I'm not happy with how my stars appear. My focus routine is to use a Bhatinov mask to get close, then fine tune with the auto focus module in Ekos. 2 things bother me. I can't seem to get a v-curve (it is either a straight line or bounces around all over the place.), and my HFR value doesn't drop below 3-4. The other night it wouldn't go below 5. In Jasem's video, he was getting an HFR value below 1. As a consequence my stars appear bloated. Round, but bloated.

I'm using a SW Black Diamond ED-80, ZWO ASI290 (uncooled) & Sesto Senso focusser.

What is other peoples experience?
Is there something I can do to improve my HFR value? note: I've followed the settings from Jasem's video when doing an auto-focus routine.
What s the maximum magnitude I should use?
Does it matter where in the sky I focus? ie, zenith versus lower in the sky

Thanks in advance.

PS - I was shooting 180 second subs, with no filters (I know not he best but am just starting out).

Rene

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Khalid replied to the topic 'QHY5 not found by Ekos' in the forum. 6 hours 26 minutes ago

I am considering buying a QHY5L-II as an autoguiding camera.
For example, this mono version .

From reading the thread, it seems to work, but requires some custom udev rules.

I installed the indi-qhy package, and the rules are in /lib/udev/rules.d/85-qhyccd.rules, which is installed by libqhy. Package fxload is also installed as a dependency.

Any concerns still?

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'Install INDI and KSTARS on Raspbian Buster' in the forum. 7 hours 6 minutes ago

laheller wrote: Hello

I am trying to install <strong>INDI</strong> and <strong>KSTARS</strong> on <strong>Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+</strong> running the latest <strong>Raspbian Buster</strong> OS. Actually it is realtively easy, but there is one problem with <strong>indi-gphoto</strong> package.

Prerequisites to successfully install INDI/KSTARS are following:
1. Register reporistory keys:
<code>sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 487CEC2B3F33A288
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 40976EAF437D05B5</code>

2. Create new repository source file <code>/etc/apt/sources.list.d/indi-ekos-kstars.list</code> with following content:
<code>deb ppa.launchpad.net/mutlaqja/ppa/ubuntu/ xenial main
deb ppa.launchpad.net/mutlaqja/libgphoto2/ubuntu/ xenial main
deb ports.ubuntu.com/ xenial main restricted universe multiverse
deb ports.ubuntu.com/ xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb ports.ubuntu.com/ xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb ports.ubuntu.com/ xenial-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ xenial main restricted universe multiverse
deb ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ xenial-backports main restricted universe multiverse</code>

3. Update package cache:
<code>sudo apt-get update</code>

That's it, we are ready to install our lovely astro software. Now after the above prerequisites we can simply install by:
<code>sudo apt-get install indi-full kstars-bleeding gsc</code>

Everything works well during installation, but unfortunately the indi-gphoto package has following errors:
<code>libgphoto2 PPA is not installed. Will enable it now...
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/apt-add-repository", line 95, in <module>
sp = SoftwareProperties(options=options)
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/SoftwareProperties.py", line 114, in __init__
self.reload_sourceslist()
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/SoftwareProperties.py", line 607, in reload_sourceslist
self.distro.get_sources(self.sourceslist)
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/aptsources/distro.py", line 93, in get_sources
(self.id, self.codename))
aptsources.distro.NoDistroTemplateException: Error: could not find a distribution template for Raspbian/buster
dpkg: error processing package indi-gphoto (--configure):
installed indi-gphoto package post-installation script subprocess returned error exit status 1</code>

Nevertheless everything will be available after installation, the KSTARS can be started, new profile can be created in EKOS and some devices I tested seems to be working!

Anyway, has anybody an idea, what's the above error and how to fix it?

BR,

Ladislav


Hi,
You can’t use PPA repositories with Raspbian, you have to compile from Source, hence you issue, you can only use those with Ubuntu...or other Linux distros But not with Debian... :)

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Ladislav Heller created a new topic ' Install INDI and KSTARS on Raspbian Buster' in the forum. 7 hours 34 minutes ago

Hello

I am trying to install INDI and KSTARS on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ running the latest Raspbian Buster OS. Actually it is realtively easy, but there is one problem with indi-gphoto package.

Prerequisites to successfully install INDI/KSTARS are following:
1. Register reporistory keys:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 487CEC2B3F33A288
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 40976EAF437D05B5

2. Create new repository source file
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/indi-ekos-kstars.list
with following content:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/mutlaqja/ppa/ubuntu/ xenial main
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/mutlaqja/libgphoto2/ubuntu/ xenial main
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ xenial main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ xenial-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ xenial main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ xenial-backports main restricted universe multiverse

3. Update package cache:
sudo apt-get update

That's it, we are ready to install our lovely astro software. Now after the above prerequisites we can simply install by:
sudo apt-get install indi-full kstars-bleeding gsc

Everything works well during installation, but unfortunately the indi-gphoto package has following errors:
libgphoto2 PPA is not installed. Will enable it now...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/apt-add-repository", line 95, in <module>
    sp = SoftwareProperties(options=options)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/SoftwareProperties.py", line 114, in __init__
    self.reload_sourceslist()
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/SoftwareProperties.py", line 607, in reload_sourceslist
    self.distro.get_sources(self.sourceslist)    
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/aptsources/distro.py", line 93, in get_sources
    (self.id, self.codename))
aptsources.distro.NoDistroTemplateException: Error: could not find a distribution template for Raspbian/buster
dpkg: error processing package indi-gphoto (--configure):
 installed indi-gphoto package post-installation script subprocess returned error exit status 1

Nevertheless everything will be available after installation, the KSTARS can be started, new profile can be created in EKOS and some devices I tested seems to be working!

Anyway, has anybody an idea, what's the above error and how to fix it?

BR,

Ladislav

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Focus Module revisited' in the forum. 7 hours 41 minutes ago

Unless your belt is tight... I don't see how there wouldn't be backlash. I have mine loose enough to get off so I can do large adjustment. I just put a 'bar' on one side of the belt to take out some slack, but slide the bar out and I have slack enough to get it off the gears.

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David Tate created a new topic ' Odd - My Focuser did the Opposite' in the forum. 8 hours 28 minutes ago

First time this has happened. I have the AF1 Deep Sky Dad on my Celestron 8SE. Up until last night all was fine.

Last night the Focus Module seem to go out of it's way to 'unfocus'. It went from a fairly tight star to a large out of focus donut. Then, tell me autofocusing was successful.

It did this 2 times. I gave up, focused in manually (using the Focus Module's in/out buttons) on Jupiter's moons. Then imaged with that. Worked, but was odd.
I should have grabbed some screen shots. I laughed, 'cause it was so backwards and so sure of itself.

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joel collet replied to the topic 'Re:Bulb mode issues with my Pentax K-70 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ii' in the forum. 10 hours 26 minutes ago

Hi all, Jasem,

I attached the modified file with test on brand for the viewfinder.
I am able to capture up to 1280x960 but full hd (16/9)should be doable, though have not been able to get it (will cut top and bottom of he image)

File Attachment:

File Name: gphoto_driver.txt
File Size: 82 KB


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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Deep sky pictures taken in Chile after the solar eclipse' in the forum. 16 hours 12 minutes ago

The observatory is called the Daniel Verschatse Observatory. See

dvobservatory.cl

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Sébastien replied to the topic 'ST4 Relays NC for guiding' in the forum. 20 hours 39 minutes ago

Hello Matt,

I don't think so. It's an hardware incompatibility. You have to create you're own electronic converter. Between your mount and your camera guide.

Sébastien.

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Sébastien thanked Matthew Nelson in topic ST4 Relays NC for guiding 20 hours 48 minutes ago

Sébastien replied to the topic 'Deep sky pictures taken in Chile after the solar eclipse' in the forum. yesterday

Just curious, what is the name of the amateur observatory? By the way, nice shoots. Dark skies help a lot. I hope that one day, I will see such a sky with my own eyes.

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HiJAsem

HAve installed all the reuired things for compilation.
i have first verified that the original recompiled was working fine. Everything went ok
However things are more complex since gp_capture and gp_capture_preview do not take the same args.
gp_capture ask for a path while gp_capture_preview ask for a file.
So things are more complex here and i feel unable to dig into (my feeling is it requires a "deep" mod of the code)
However the good news is that, getting back to gp_capture_preview but forcing returning GP_OK in the gphoto_start_preview and gphoto_stop_preview i am able to capture a SER file full of images...
Still have to try the direct stremaing in kstars..but i think it should work ok.

REgards
JoËl

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durand Sébastien replied to the topic 'Kstars wrong planet position' in the forum. yesterday

nice !!!

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Serge CLAUS replied to the topic 'Driver OnStep (LX200 like) for INDI' in the forum. yesterday

I just tested and it seems to work fine :-)

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David created a new topic ' DFK23U445 : The imaging source still not working ?' in the forum. yesterday

Hi all,

Beeing unable to run a T7 clone of the asi120m :blush: , I'm tempting to use another cmera for guiding under linux.
I own a DFK23U445 from The Imaging Source.

I tried it with DMK and V4L2 driver under linux, none of them seems to work. (Are they the same ?)
The camera is working with the tcam-capture software I have download here so the cam is OK under linux but I don't know which of the drivers I have to use for INDI and if I need to add some special option

If someone can help, I will appreciate a lot !:woohoo:

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Also I think we should enforce the completion time of scheduled jobs.

What about if we separate the number of iterations from the option of a certain completion time? Quite frequently I have the situation where I would like to complete a certain amount of captures for the first target, but finishing this latest by a certain time. And then - as soon as possible - continuing with the next target.

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Ray Wells replied to the topic 'EQMod problems' in the forum. yesterday

Hi guys! Just popped in to post an idea and saw this. Been rockin that eq6r, if I could only get some decent sky :')

@Paul K: Checked the video and that does look weird. Stepper mounts are open loop and have no way to tell if the mount actually went to target, which is also why we plate solve. The software should drive right over there even with motors off(ie.unplugged) so it just about has to be some setting that's limiting slew/track.
The Indi Eqmod has some overlapping alignment toys that can be a bit confusing. You might try resetting the Sync and alignment pages so they aren't trying to include old data, I've had the mount balk completely while plate solving with old align data. I also use the in mount align algorithm on mine as the driver one is overcomplicated when I just want to get close for plate solve to work.
Also, meridian limits in software and mount can sometimes get confused and stop the mount. Also-also, you might check your horizon limits.
Hope this helps
Cheers,
Ray

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