I had a bunch of strange issues with RST-135 and SM 1.6.0.
Some of them might have been related to USB cables and/or power supply under-voltage.
For now I reverted back to 1.5.9 until after the next New Moon.
Will report after that.
Thanks!

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Hello,
After I upgraded to SM 1.6.0 my RST-135 fails to guide after the meridian flip.
It flips, plate solves and resumes the photo sequence without re-calibrating the guider and without actually starting the guider.
Tried three times with the same result.
Worked fine with SM 1.5.9
Just reporting.
Thanks!
 

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OK.
I tried it with PHD2 - worked fine without any issues.

Tried with the Internal Guider set to reuse the calibration - didn't work.
This time the first frame after the flip wouldn't acquire with a timeout.
After stopping and restarting - all was well.

So it all boils down to the first frame after the meridian flip.
For some reason it's somehow wrong with the Internal Guider.

Very annoying but strangely, not many people complaining
I am pretty sure it worked fine a year ago.

Thanks!

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maxthebuilder replied to the topic 'Stellarmate OS does not upgrade' in the forum. 6 days ago

Tonight I tried to update 1.5.9 Beta to 1.6.0 Stable.
Went into SM Control Panel to switch from Beta to Stable.
As soon as got into SM Control Panel it reported that updates were available and started installing without asking me.
As the result I ended up with a broken SM installation (no KStars, no PHD2, no internet connection, etc.) which happened to me a few times before under similar circumstances.

Used a 1.5.9 stable backup card to update to 1.6.0 - this went without a problem.

Just FYI.
Thanks!

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maxthebuilder replied to the topic 'Stellarmate OS does not upgrade' in the forum. 7 days ago

I updated mine to latest beta about a week ago with no issues.
Sometimes beta updates misbehave, that's true...
The update process is not straightforward and not streamlined either.

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maxthebuilder replied to the topic 'Guide calibration fails' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I need to give it a try. I did try a while ago and it didn't work well for some reason.

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It's still doing it to me.
Most of the time. Only on a rare occasion it doesn't.

Tonight I did two flips to test.
One - over north meridian. One - over south meridian.
Both calibrations failed immediately after the flip but were OK on the second attempt.

Let me illustrate.

Before the flip:
 


After the flip:

After the flip restarted:
 
 

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Jasem,
Like I said - I align the mount, save the points. They do get loaded on reboot but my first slew/goto is always about 3000" off.
Same if there were no alignments loaded.

Looks like it's supposed to work but it doesn't for me.
Maybe it's my mount... Backlash, play and such.

Thanks!

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I played some more but couldn't make it work.
-- I am able to save alignment points to AlignData.xml
-- They do get read after reboot
-- but after that the mount is not aligned
Maybe I am missing some option in the control panel?

Here's my AlignData.xml:

<aligndata>
    <site name="2021-09-07@22:54:01" lon="237.967" lat="37.3767">
        <point>
            <index>
6
            </index>
            <synctime>
20.926
            </synctime>
            <celestialra>
19.7613
            </celestialra>
            <celestialde>
45.2127
            </celestialde>
            <telescopera>
19.7333
            </telescopera>
            <telescopede>
44.7901
            </telescopede>
        </point>
        <point>
            <index>
0
            </index>
            <synctime>
20.8117
            </synctime>
            <celestialra>
16.4105
            </celestialra>
            <celestialde>
19.5068
            </celestialde>
            <telescopera>
16.3814
            </telescopera>
            <telescopede>
19.1062
            </telescopede>
        </point>
        <point>
            <index>
1
            </index>
            <synctime>
20.8184
            </synctime>
            <celestialra>
19.3829
            </celestialra>
            <celestialde>
17.7939
            </celestialde>
            <telescopera>
19.3548
            </telescopera>
            <telescopede>
17.3969
            </telescopede>
        </point>
        <point>
            <index>
5
            </index>
            <synctime>
20.9047
            </synctime>
            <celestialra>
23.0821
            </celestialra>
            <celestialde>
28.2021
            </celestialde>
            <telescopera>
23.0332
            </telescopera>
            <telescopede>
28.5903
            </telescopede>
        </point>
        <point>
            <index>
2
            </index>
            <synctime>
20.8331
            </synctime>
            <celestialra>
22.2759
            </celestialra>
            <celestialde>
16.5113
            </celestialde>
            <telescopera>
22.2281
            </telescopera>
            <telescopede>
16.9009
            </telescopede>
        </point>
        <point>
            <index>
3
            </index>
            <synctime>
20.8394
            </synctime>
            <celestialra>
1.15327
            </celestialra>
            <celestialde>
17.527
            </celestialde>
            <telescopera>
1.10414
            </telescopera>
            <telescopede>
17.9171
            </telescopede>
        </point>
        <point>
            <index>
4
            </index>
            <synctime>
20.8796
            </synctime>
            <celestialra>
0.178275
            </celestialra>
            <celestialde>
59.2483
            </celestialde>
            <telescopera>
0.123804
            </telescopera>
            <telescopede>
59.6581
            </telescopede>
        </point>
    </site>
</aligndata>


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maxthebuilder replied to the topic 'Guide calibration fails' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hy,
Yes. RA calibration forward is supposed to go in the opposite direction after the flip (since the camera is upside down).
But for me it often goes the same direction as before the flip.
Then RA reverse keeps going in the same direction.
I reported this before.
It doesn't happen always but often.

Thanks!

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maxthebuilder replied to the topic 'Guide calibration fails' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

My HEQ5 does this often right after a meridian flip.
-- RA forward calibration goes in a wrong (opposite) direction,
-- RA reverse calibration then continues to go in the same direction.
-- after the above bad calibration is stopped and restarted - everything goes well.

HTH

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