The main camera.

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I have the PHD2 log, but since I had a fresh install of EKOS, I had forgot to turn on EKOS logging. Here's the PHD2 log. Ignore the first few bits, I was trying to run guiding assistant.

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File Name: PHD2_GuideLog_2019-08-13_205022.txt
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Interesting, I had a slightly different problem using PHD2 last night. The meridian flip did occur, and guiding did resume within PHD2. However, I told the system to automatically park by 6:00 am, which it did. But it didn't abort captures, so it continued to keep capturing images in the parked state. Maybe it's a related issue with PHD2 not responding with the slew or something like that.

This issue did not occur for me when using the internal guiding software. Only when switching to PHD2 did things react differently.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'How to improve RA Guiding' in the forum. 5 days ago

Awesome, I can try this. I also just learned through other forums that the CGX has an issue with RA out of the box due to the gear mesh being too loose causing too much wobble like I’m seeing. Turns out there’s a built in adjuster, and I just have to take the gear cover off and adjust the RA to mesh better. I’m pretty positive now that this is the issue, as it’s widely reported, and I only need to do a search on RA and CGX to find it.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'How to improve RA Guiding' in the forum. 5 days ago

From what I can tell over on the Celestron forums is just to only guide in DE. I’m willing to try. Is there a setting to turn off RA guiding? I’m not in front of EKOS at the moment, or I would look in the settings.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'How to improve RA Guiding' in the forum. 5 days ago

The mount is a CGX. I'm guiding with an OAG on an Edge 11. The mount hand controller is set to .85 guide rate, and I'm using that in EKOS.

I've used PHD2 before, and can try it again. I just find it's been less reliable with earlier versions of EKOS. Maybe now it's a bit more stable.

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Andrew Burwell created a new topic ' How to improve RA Guiding' in the forum. 6 days ago

My guiding always looks like this. My RA seems fairly stiff, so it can be difficult to balance. What, if anything can I change to improve RA guiding? It's always around .7-.8 RMS while DE is always .2-.3.



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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Meridian Flip issue Mac EKOS - Me too!' in the forum. 6 days ago

Here's a screen cap of what it looks like.



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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Meridian Flip issue Mac EKOS - Me too!' in the forum. 1 week ago

Yep, that’s where it appears, right below the checkbox in that open space. I’ve not had any time to hook up my equipment again to see if it’s there in the final 3.3.3.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Meridian Flip issue Mac EKOS - Me too!' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

It appears directly below (or to the side) of the check box to turn the flip on. (This is not the same as the scheduled park command). I sometimes have to check and uncheck it several times for it to appear. It was in the 3.3.3 betas, I haven’t looked again at the final 3.3.3.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Meridian Flip issue Mac EKOS - Me too!' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Glad you like the site! A few things to check. This is solved for me now. I'm running 3.3.3 Kstars/Ekos. Once installed, make sure your geography setting is correct. In KStars, it's the globe icon towards the left. Previous versions this location was not saving, which meant the clock was not in the right time zone. Then press the update time button right next to the globe icon to update the clock to the current computer time.

After those things, make sure that you set the meridian flip to >.5 past meridian, and not right at the meridian line. Some mounts will not flip if they can operate past the line. Also, make sure that the meridian flip option shows the Time to flip. This is in the newer version of the software. It will show you a count down timer to the flip (after you select the meridian flip checkbox), and it should reflect the exact time the object is passing the meridian. I sometimes don't see the count down timer when I first press it, and have to check and uncheck it until the timer shows up.

With those things set, the flip should happen. I know that EQMod has a meridian flip button in its settings. you might also want to be sure this is activated. Hope it works! You can test it inside your home. Just send your mount to any object that is near the meridian at the time you test it, and set it to take some images until it crosses the line and should execute a flip. (it doesn't matter if your scope cover is on, since you're just testing indoors.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'New Mac KStars 3.3.3 beta version, please test' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I managed to wipe KStars from my Mac. Cleaned it completely off. Reinstalled and set up my equipment. No more failures with looping images in the guide module. I also tested Richorn's issue above with flats, and I had no issue capturing them.

I did run into a problem with capturing darks for the guide camera. I select I want to use darks, and it prompts whether or not there's a built in shutter for the camera, I select No, then boom...crashes to the desktop every time. I'm unable to capture them due to this crash.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'New Mac KStars 3.3.3 beta version, please test' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Yeah, that’s basically the test. I’ll try wiping KStars off the Mac and reinstall to see if that clears it up. It does it with both cameras.

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