I removed all the .xml and .default files in ~/,indi, restarted/configured all the bits, and my test system is working again. I should have also mentioned I pull from github rather than the nightly packages, so perhaps this induced a weird state.

jmh

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Using the latest nightly (Apr 7 CDT), Kstars doesn't connect to indi devices.  Not sure if the problem is in kstar/ekos or indi.  indi log file attached.

jmh
 

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I think there is a label issue - the latest release is libqhyccd.so.20.2.11 but should be libqhyccd.so.21.2.11. I installed this from the nightly on Feb 11. Seems to work find for my QHY5L-II mono on RPI and x64.

Regards,

jmh

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maxthebuilder wrote: What is the point/benefit of running two RPI's in the field? Power draw is two-fold....
I am using just one and it works well.
I don't use VNC (in the field) - I use a 10" HDMI monitor.

fmozza wrote: In my obs, I switched from an RPi4 to a refurbished Intel NUC clone and run indiserver on that with a wired connection to the house. It is a refurb from circa 2015 I think - it's been in my obs for about 2.5 years, and has survived Winnipeg winters like a champ. It's fanless doesn't seem to mind temps as low as -30C or as warm as +35C (although I typicaly don't image at high temps).

When I take the gear out to the field, I use two RPi4 - one running indi server (4Gb model) and another (8Gb) model for Kstars, both booting from SSD. No issues with USB, but I do use a power hub as well, given two cameras, mount, and a focusser. No wifi: all wired and works well - I like the 1Gb throughput.

Everything runs ubuntu 20.04.

As an aside, it's amazing how we take things for granted. Even a few years ago, operating my gear like I do now would have been wishful thinking - now plate solving to do PA instead of drift alignment, automated focusing, capture, accurate GPS, accurate slews with plate solving, and I can run everything in the comfort of my home or trailer. Big thanks to all who have contributed. Retirement isn't that far off - perhaps I'll write a user manual for all this!

jmh


The point of two RPi4's is that I am running everything from inside my travel trailer - too cold to sit outside.

jmh

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In my obs, I switched from an RPi4 to a refurbished Intel NUC clone and run indiserver on that with a wired connection to the house. It is a refurb from circa 2015 I think - it's been in my obs for about 2.5 years, and has survived Winnipeg winters like a champ. It's fanless doesn't seem to mind temps as low as -30C or as warm as +35C (although I typicaly don't image at high temps).

When I take the gear out to the field, I use two RPi4 - one running indi server (4Gb model) and another (8Gb) model for Kstars, both booting from SSD. No issues with USB, but I do use a power hub as well, given two cameras, mount, and a focusser. No wifi: all wired and works well - I like the 1Gb throughput.

Everything runs ubuntu 20.04.

As an aside, it's amazing how we take things for granted. Even a few years ago, operating my gear like I do now would have been wishful thinking - now plate solving to do PA instead of drift alignment, automated focusing, capture, accurate GPS, accurate slews with plate solving, and I can run everything in the comfort of my home or trailer. Big thanks to all who have contributed. Retirement isn't that far off - perhaps I'll write a user manual for all this!

jmh

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John Hoogerdijk replied to the topic 'Help with Stellarsolver' in the forum. 5 months ago

wvreeven wrote: You give preciously few details of what exactly is going wrong. Do you get an error message? Did you enable debug logs and can you share those here please? Can you post an example image which fails to solve?


There are no error messages - it just spun and never arrived at a solution.

It turned out that I have some systems entropy I need to clean up - found a problem where I needed libcfitsio9 on Ubuntu focal whereas on the system that worked, I was running Ubuntu 20.10.

Regardless, once I cleaned that up, I was solving images (and very quicly too - between 1.5 to 3s!)

jmh

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John Hoogerdijk replied to the topic 'Help with Stellarsolver' in the forum. 5 months ago

xsnrg wrote: If the simulator is solving fine for you, then I would suspect you do not have the proper indexes loaded for your optical configuration. If you go to the Align tab in Ekos, then bottom right, click Options, and bottom left of the new window that pops up, should say "Index Files". If you know your Field of View, you can make sure that you have the proper indexes.

Beyond this, I think we would need to know more about your equipment.


My imaging scope is 120mm aperature, 900mm focal length, focal ratio 7.4. FOV is 67.6' x 51.1', imaging camera is QHY163M.

Index files available are shown in the attachment.

I've gone through the threads looking for some basis instructions, but it's all a bit murky.

Regards,

jmh

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John Hoogerdijk created a new topic ' Help with Stellarsolver' in the forum. 5 months ago

I've read a few posts of folks trying Stellarsolver and evidently very pleased with the results. I'm attempting to try it and I have not been able to solve a single real image. Simulator works fine, but real life, not so much. I've looked for documentation but have not found anything substantial. I appreciate a few pointers if some has a few minutes.

Thanks!

jmh

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John Hoogerdijk replied to the topic 'QHY8 driver' in the forum. 6 months ago

JC,

Sadly, the camera is an older camera no longer properly supported by the new driver. I don't know how many EKOS/indilib users have older cameras (support for the QHY9S may also be deprecated shortly as well) but perhaps a gentle lobby from users to QHY may help. I think they'd prefer that we purchase new cameras ...

I was thinking an older vintage driver, perhaps a few years old, might be able to be dusted off and used instead, but I haven't had the cycles to dig through the archives for one. Perhaps some of the maintainers might know where to look, or even indicate if this is possible.

Regards,

jmh

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John Hoogerdijk replied to the topic 'QHY8 driver' in the forum. 6 months ago

I haven't used this camera for awhile and I can't recall if the gain and offset were available with the revised firmware and/or driver. When I get some time, I'll connect my QHY8 and see what the INDI panel shows. What version of qhy driver are you using?

Regards,

jmh

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John Hoogerdijk replied to the topic 'QHY8 driver' in the forum. 6 months ago

i'm not exactly sure what you have changed, and I'm not familiar with the CP6-CS, but perhaps there is an issue with the firmware loader fxload. Run "sudo apt-get install fxload" to see if you have it installed or what version you have running.

jmh

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John Hoogerdijk replied to the topic 'QHY8 driver' in the forum. 7 months ago

Try the attached firmware for the QHY8 instead of the default. It will save as a mono image and you'll need to debayer the image to make it colour. You will also need to adjust the size as well as it includes the overscan regions.

JC wrote: Hi ,

Is there any chance to have a QHY8/CP6-CS driver available with astroberry ? I have a this old camera ( CP6-CS) that is runing still very well and I will be motivated even if any update in existing driver have to be done to make this camera available in the INDI library.

Regards.

JC



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In theory, yes, you can have multiple VNC sessions. I don't know how the SM is configured, but you may need to use LightDM on the SM as I don't think this works with GDM. (maybe KDE has a display manager that works too - I've not played with that.) So, install LightDM and a VNC server (eg: x11vnc), You'll have to do some reading to get the niggly bits figured out -I haven't done this for years, and the details have popped of the stack. You'll probably have to configure x11vnc correctly. Google is your friend ...

jmh

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@kengs

I had a sense there was some authority behind response to my original post ... :-)

Not directly related to topic, but are there any other conditions that would cause an offset other than PA? PHD2 reports my PA between 0.5 arcmin to 3.2 arcmin, so I'm not sure that's the issue. So, some other force must be in play. I'm guessing its either balance or cabling. I'm wondering if is possible to get a hint from looking at the corrections.

jmh

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Regarding the Z-filter comment, a core member from PHD2 told me that Z-filter used an offset. See the discussion here .

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