kostas thanked Stephane in topic HEQ5 pro hypertune 7 months ago

kostas replied to the topic 'HEQ5 pro hypertune' in the forum. 7 months ago

is it possible to post the secs of the bearings you bought? i want them for future reference

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kostas replied to the topic 'HEQ5 pro hypertune' in the forum. 8 months ago

how did you polish the gears?

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Stephane thanked kostas in topic HEQ5 pro hypertune 8 months ago

kostas replied to the topic 'HEQ5 pro hypertune' in the forum. 8 months ago

Hi gonzo, the second link you provide is from my mount and i can assure you that it still runs at 0.9'' of guide error with my rc 8'', i haven't regreassed my mount for years and the only bearings i have not changed are the small ones for the worm gears. I am thinking of sending the mount to darkframe in order to change the worm gears for better PE and new bearings and grease but it is not at my top of the list. Best of luck with tuning your mount and don't be afraid to ask for help

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kostas replied to the topic 'About to give up this hobby or setup...' in the forum. 8 months ago

i feel you, even though i have my setup a few meters away from me once i have set it up, i stopped using INDI a few weeks ago once everything went downhill for my equipment for no apparent reason (maybe the atik driver messed things up). i switched back to windows so i can get some imaging time after two years of hiatus, so every small detail has to work almost perfectly since every year i get less and less time for imaging due to my work hours. My advice is to test different software if your gear doesn't work with the current one, what software to use i am not sure since i have been away from the hobby for two years so others may have better solution, just don't give up the hobby the frustration of not doing your favorite hobby it will eat you inside.

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kostas replied to the topic 'Rowan Astronomy HEQ5 Pro belt kit, review.' in the forum. 8 months ago

I had my heq5 pro upgraded a few years ago and its performance is much better than it used to be, as for the idler axis i had a friend make me a new one so i could revert back to its original state if i have to (no i won't). A few pointers for adjusting your mount, make sure you remove as much as possible the backlash of your axes especially at the dec. Also remove the cone error of your setup (i used conesharp) as it helps with its performance. FYI with my RC 8 i can get under 1'' of error at phd so the mount worths the upgrade

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kostas replied to the topic 'New INDI Atik driver - Feedback requested' in the forum. 8 months ago

at a recent test with my atik 383l+ i noticed that i have bin options that go over 20x20

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kostas replied to the topic 'Plate Solver fails to solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

i tested at my screen in order to apply the settings at the first picture you see the settings after a succesful solve at bin 1x1. at the second screen is a failed attempt at bin 2x2 since the ccd simulator crashed

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kostas replied to the topic 'Plate Solver fails to solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

i include photos and a log. Here is what happened. I changed the setting for an ed80 at the driver screen and went to the solver tab. The fov at the first picture is for an RC8 since the last test was for the RC8, i updated the FOV at the solver options but the apply button for this creen is hidden but the lower taskbar and i can't resize the window in order to see these buttons (maybe you allow for resizing this window in order to be able to see these buttons in small screens, since i work my pi from my tablet), when i did a plate solve the ccd simulator crhashed. so i include the log file.

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kostas replied to the topic 'Plate Solver fails to solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

i have done a blind solve with a bin 2x2 image of M31 for my rc 8/atik 383 and it solved it successfully with the correct FOV and resolution. The FOV you see at the last images is for an ED80/atik 383l+ and the FOV is set for degrees at the plate solve options, the ' is placed automatically by the program when i enter the FOV. The successful attempts were made by the simulator but the live attempts failed with the same settings.

Since then i have gone back to an intel compu stick with win 10 and sgp but i noticed something that needs testing. Before the failed attempts i used a DIY power supply and powered my atik/fw and mount with 13.5V so that when i am on the field my mount won't have the blinking light that means it has not enough power and for my camera in order to have regulated power so that its performance won't degrade while battery power drops during the night. The weeks before the failed attempts i replaced my DIY power box with a Pocket power box form pegasus astro for weight reduction and at my last run with almost full power at my equipment (cooler on at the camera at -10c) i had the blinking light at my mount and at the power box, this meant that my equipment did not have regulated 12V that the power box delivered and now i feed the power box with 13.5v. I will do another test to see if the live issues i had the with the camera and maybe the plate solver were affected by the voltage drops i noticed. But this does not explain that the plate solver failed at 4x4 bin in simulation with mains power supply for both my rc 8 and ed 80 combinations.

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kostas replied to the topic 'Plate Solver fails to solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

just wondering is there a way to install an older driver for the atik camera in order to check if i have the same behavior?

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kostas replied to the topic 'Plate Solver fails to solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

part 3

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kostas replied to the topic 'Plate Solver fails to solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

part 2

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kostas replied to the topic 'Plate Solver fails to solve' in the forum. 9 months ago

The weather opened up and i managed to to a live test with my ed80. unfortunately i had no luck with the plate solver i tried 1x1, 2x2 4x4 bin with different times but i had no success. Things though started getting wonky at the screenshot 19-19, where i changed the usb port of the camera and i had an atik 2 tab enabled which couldn't connect, (log log_19-18-54) after i shut down Ekos i couldn't connect to my atik until i disconnected my hub from the Pi. Another thing i noticed is that the resolution of the camera is set at 3354x2529 instead of 3362x2504 what could possibly cause that?

For the time being i think i am done with the RPi and Ekos/INDI until this thing is sorted and i will return back to windows.

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