Peter Sütterlin replied to the topic 'Poor focusing results with lacerta MFoc' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

the.cakemaker wrote: When i start up the system from scratch, connect my stuff and go to the focusing tab, i am NOT ABLE to make any settings.

I FIRST have to start autofocus, and AFTER THAT, i am able to make settings like max-travel, stepsize and so on.


Uh, that sounds strange. So you cannot even use the single-frame button to only start a single exposure?

I have no real idea what is wrong there, but after some own experience¹ I would suggest you backup/move away your config and start with a 'virgin' setup to check if this persists.

¹ I had updated my kstars from an older version, keeping the config files. Then I tried to activate HiPS overlay. I could select catalogs to use, but they wouldn't show up as selectable, and next time I opened the settings they were gone again. Clean restart, and it just worked....

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Actually, I just notice that the tooltip for Guide->Options->Settle says 'After dither is successful, wait this many seconds before proceeding'. Which is more or less the same as in the main EKOS options. But if that is indeed the number sent to PHD2 it rather is 'Error has to be lower than Threshold for this many seconds before dither is assumed as settled'. Might have reduced my confusion.

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Peter Sütterlin replied to the topic 'Ioptron mount connection support needed' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Well, testing things indoors first is always the better choice :)
Just for confirmation - you are using some Stellarmate or similar? Because the port name does look very unfamiliar. Unfortunately I've never used one of those, so I don't know exactly how to handle them.
Does the INDI control panel have the 'Auto Search' enabled (in the Connection tab)? If not maybe have a try with that.

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Peter Sütterlin replied to the topic 'Ioptron mount connection support needed' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Uhm, maybe some splitoff is needed here. The original post from almost half a year ago was about the CEM120, but the current issue of wyshyvanuk is with another model, the IEQ45 GTN. So CEM120 settings do not help :(

@wyshyvanuk: What hand controller do you have? 8406 or 8407? If the former, you should use the HC8406 driver, indi_ioptronHC8406 if the listing on the driver page is correct,.
I seem to remember some note that some driver needs the mount to be star-aligned with the HC before you can use it with INDI - maybe it was this one? Have you tried that, doing a 1/3 star alignment before connecting?

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Peter Sütterlin replied to the topic 'Ioptron mount connection support needed' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Not sure which INDI version you have, if it is a newer one, you might try the old driver, indi_ieqlegacy_telescope.

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Peter Sütterlin replied to the topic 'Unable to capture exposure with ASI183MM' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Have you tried other software like ASICAP? Could at least give a hint if it's a hardware or software issue.
Maybe too little power? Try an externally powered hub?

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Peter Sütterlin replied to the topic 'Ioptron mount connection support needed' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

The CEM120 needs a different driver (talking Protocol 3.0) than the smaller ones (Protocol 2.5).
So you'd need the indi_ioptronv3_telescope driver. While command sets are quite similar and you likely can connect, especially the get position one is different, which will make operation fail.

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Well I guess the first thing is to assure that the users know that there are two settings, maybe mention each other one in the tool tips as a 'See also'?

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Thanks for this in-depth explanation!

But following the link, the time (ditherSettle) sent to PHD2 is the time that the guide star has to be within the settle range. So it is settled when PHD2 reports 'settle done'. The additional wait from EKOS then is a bit like wearing a belt and suspenders?
Nevertheless, I think with this info I can properly tune things now...

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Peter Sütterlin replied to the topic 'Unable to capture exposure with ASI183MM' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

How is it connected? There were some threads here about problems with USB3 chipsets. Can you run it on a dedicated USB2 port, or via USB2 hub?

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Peter Sütterlin replied to the topic 'Focus Module revisited' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Definitely willing and going to test whatever you come up with :)
As for the HFR calculation, ISTR that one of the last commits had improved that and its stability/reliability.
(Also nice might be a separate tool to measure backlash, though it would already get much easier with an unidirectional focus method by just reversing the direction)

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Peter Sütterlin replied to the topic 'Align module does not like wide fields.' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Do you already have some star images taken with that setup? If so, you could use 'Load and Slew' to solve that image, to see if the solver works.
The largest FOV I have is a MFT camera with 75mm lens, some 13x10 degrees. But astrometry does properly solve this (using the blind solver).
So I also think this is likely an issue/limitation of the simulator.....

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