It might be kind of cool, if solving fails, it falls back to another method automatically with the last resort being the online blind solve.

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Is the hope that the user will not need to modify any settings? Right now I don't have to touch a thing, and solves have been successful for me. I'm assuming, it pulls the telescope focal length and pixel size to figure out the basic scale?

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Good to know. I'll keep that in mind next time I get it out. We've got a week of rain and clouds here right now.

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It is possible the motor is stalling at this point. But what would cause that? I believe the clutch is just two plastic rings that are pressed together. It shouldn't have an effect mechanically on the motor in any way. I'm also wondering what the life expectancy of these focus motors are. This is my oldest one at almost 3 years old. But I've certainly not used it full time as I have 4 other scopes. So in all, I doubt it's had a full years worth of use.

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I did have it tightened down pretty tight. I had a bit of a tough time making it loose again to check to see it was still working correctly. Slipping was the first thing I thought was happening. But if I try to turn the knob manually while the clutch is engaged, the focuser doesn't move at all. I even tugged and pushed a bit on the camera side of things to see if I could get it to slip, and nothing would move. So it seems it's rock solid.

I could definitely try making the clutch looser, but of course, then it "could" slip. It's strange to me that this happens always at the very last move of the focuser when it attempts to move the focuser back into focus from the last inward travel position. Despite moving it fine all throughout the rest of the curve analysis.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Re:Re:New Mac KStars/INDI DMG 3.4.2, Please test' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I don't know if this was a fluke or not, but EKOS on Mac 3.4.2 crashed hard on trying to shoot flats. And would not let me into the flats configuration to set the ADU value. After the crash, I just switched to 3.4.1, so I didn't do any further testing.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Ultimate Powerbox v2 - connectivity issues?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I've been having some strange issues with focus lately using the UPBv2 and a Moonlite focuser. See here. If you examine the logs, there are all kinds of power issues. I'm wondering two things. First, if this is the same power issues you all are seeing. And second, if this power issue plays into the focus system at all, or just affects the power ports. I'm considering going back to my Moonlite focus controller soon if this doesn't seem to get sorted out.

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I've been encountering a new issue that I can't explain with focusing. Let's say I start a focus run and I'm at position 5,000. I have a max step size of 300 (which I've now lowered to 150). It will take a focus check at 5,000, then go out to 5300, then start making it's sweep down until I get in focus say around 4500. It then makes one max focus move to the far inside to finalize the curve at say 4200. It says optimal focus is at 4,500, and it says moving back 300 to check focus at what it thinks is the recommended focus. Only, even though it shows it sending a move command, the focuser doesn't move. So the program thinks it back to 4500, but it's actually still at 4200. It checks focus and sees that it's way out of focus (still positioned at 4200. So focus fails eventually after a bunch more focus checks, or it stays out of focus and says autofocus complete even though its not in focus.

At this point, it either restarts, or I restart it. Now it's checking focus starting at what it thinks is position 4200. Finally it will settle with the same issues after another auto focus run somewhere around 3800. After you run this a few times over night, the system finally runs out of focus travel programmatically. It eventually reaches position 0. Even though there is still travel left.

I had been using full frame focusing, and switched to single star because the full frame constantly picks up noise, and struggles with my ASI2600's 55mb file sizes for bin 1x1. Bin 2x2 on my refractor makes the stars as small as a single pixel and can't be used. Here's my focus settings. Also Hy's new method never works for me. It just keeps trying to go smaller and smaller and never stops, and it seems the focuser doesn't move anymore after a while despite commands being sent to move.





Here's a bunch of logs, hopefully showing this issue. I don't remember what log settings I had, but I think focus is on since I've had issues with the Pegasus UPB Driver that moves my Moonlite focuser.

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I'm having trouble getting this image to solve with the new sextractor. ASTAP could do it in 45s, but I let the other solvers try for several minutes before stopping them. I don't know if it's the number or stars, or that there's some CA in the image. nova.astrometry.net solved it pretty quickly. It's a fairly large file from the new ASI2600. It' also not a single frame, but a final image so no header info.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Asi 2600' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I use the ASI2600 successfully with KStars/EKOS. Without any other info for your system I would recommend you have the latest version of KStars 3.4.2.

If that does not solve the issue, please provide additional details on your computer with OS, software versions and how you have everything connected.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'SQM Driver' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback, I wasn't sure I wanted to order one without support. Cheers!

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Andrew Burwell created a new topic ' SQM Driver' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I'm looking at getting one of the Unihedron SQMs and looked at the driver, which appears to only support the version with Ethernet. Does anyone know if it also supports the USB version? I want to mount it to my telescope and have it pointing in the direction I image since I have some areas with more LP than others.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Problem with Pegasus Universal Power Box 2' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I only have the V2. And I never used AutoDew as I wasn't sure if I could trust it or not, so I always just operated with the dew heater on.

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