You can use the Syn control to set the driver's notion of its position to an arbitrary value. So if you know that you finish up one session at position 450, and don't touch the focus, next time you fire up your system you can Sync to 450 and go from there.

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BTW Kevin I almost had to beg you for help -- my working Beverly Hillbillies focuser suddenly began to act bizarrely. The motor would buzz but not move, or move a little bit slowly and then back the other way, or refuse to do anything at all. I thought it was a loose pulley, then maybe a wrecked gearbox in the motor, then a software problem. I even ordered a second motor to check (I needed one anyway). Then I thought to eliminate all the intermediate cabling and connectors and wire the motor straight onto the HAT terminals. Worked like a charm. Must've been a loose connection, I have an RJ-11 breakout board with screw-clamp terminals at either end and a phone cord between them. One of the wires in the clamps must have come a bit loose.

Noting here just in case somebody else runs into a similar problem.

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The StellarMate Control Panel (on port 3000) gave me some options for switching screen resolution, I tried one and decided I didn't like it, but now I don't see that option on control panel anymore, and the standard Raspberry Pi OS screen-res switcher doesn't have options to go as high as I used to have it. This is 1.5.4. Any suggestions?

Thanks.

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Well, now I feel pretty stupid -- I have been running it with the native driver for YEARS and occasionally dealing with issues that felt like Ekos and PHD2 were fighting over the camera. I redid the profile and the currently-connected mount came up as a choice in the dialog when I connected it. Appears to be working perfectly now, though I won't know for sure until I can try it under stars. Thanks Keng!

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Well, slap my fanny and hand me to my mommy, I think you may have figured it. When I chose "INDI Camera" instead of "ZWO" for the camera, it appears to work better. I can't set up the mount right now for some reason -- my only choice for driver is my old mount -- but this is big progress.

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I'll see if I can scrape up thee log. Everything is connected through INDI; I checked that PHD was connected to the correct camera (my imaging cam is a ZWO). Everything is running on one computer, though the Ekos profile uses "remote" mode to localhost.

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So I'm working up to imaging with my BRAND! NEW! CEM70! MOUNT!. Between the clouds and the cold, it's been hard to even get stars to look at, much less capture targets.

One peculiar thing I noticed that last time I tried is that while INDI seems to see my ASI120MC-S guide camera, but PHD2 keeps losing the connection after a few frames. This happens whether I connect through the USB in the mount or directly. The weird thing is that it had been working fine previously. Also pretty weirdly, the internal Ekos guider seems to pull frames just fine.

Any ideas? I'd like to use PHD2 if I can, since that gives me pretty granular control over parameters and the Guiding Assistant to help me set them.

Thanks!

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Rick Wayne replied to the topic 'Kstars on RPi4' in the forum. 2 months ago

Same. RPi4, 4 GB, usually pretty responsive but occasionally logy UI. I usually connect via Ethernet in my yard b/c the WiFi is spotty out there; in the field, the hotspot WiFi access isn't a problem. I run it all on the Pi and VNC in; don't want an imaging session in the field to tank b/c my laptop battery got cold and died! Switched the WiFi to only do 2.4GHz, IIRC, due to the WiFi/USB 3.0 conflict. Probably better now that StellarMate has moved off Ubuntu, but I've never tested it.

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+1. This is great stuff, Kevin. Thanks too for all your help getting me up and running.

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kengs wrote: So with the far from pole option the tool asked me to slew the mount literally a million degrees ("Please rotate your mount about 1e+06 deg in RA"). Log file attached for the align module.


Q: What's white and black and goes 1,000 km/hr?
A: A Stellarvue in a blender.

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