More interessting info. This last time it blew up it thought the target coords were impossible:

[2023-08-24T21:05:34.069 MST INFO ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Solution coordinates: RA (20h 35m 49s) DEC ( 07° 17' 20\") Telescope Coordinates: RA (20h 35m 48s) DEC ( 07° 17' 19\") Target Coordinates: RA (23h 56m 00s) DEC ( 180° 00' 00\")"
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.070 MST INFO ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Target is within  179° 48' 58\" degrees of solution coordinates."
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.071 MST DEBG ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - Align state changed to "Successful"
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.071 MST DEBG ][   org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Align State changed from "In Progress" to "Successful"
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.073 MST DEBG ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - Align state changed to "Syncing"
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.078 MST DEBG ][   org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Align State changed from "Successful" to "Syncing"
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.079 MST INFO ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Syncing to RA (20h 35m 49s) DEC ( 07° 17' 20\")"
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.157 MST INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - SBIG CCD :  "[INFO] CCD FOV rotation updated to 179.799 degrees. "
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.158 MST INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - Losmandy Gemini :  "[INFO] Synchronization successful. "
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.158 MST DEBG ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - Align state changed to "Slewing"
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.158 MST DEBG ][   org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Align State changed from "Syncing" to "Slewing"
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.159 MST INFO ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Slewing to target coordinates: RA (23h 56m 00s) DEC ( 180° 00' 00\") is rejected. (see notification)"
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.160 MST DEBG ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - Align state changed to "Failed"
[2023-08-24T21:05:34.160 MST DEBG ][   org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Align State changed from "Slewing" to "Failed"


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Hi,
I'm running the solver and it hangs on "capturing..."(KStars, Ekos, Indi CP, FITS Viewer) for about 2 minutes, then frees up for 20 seconds, and it all goes away. Pop. No more KStars and friends. Occasionally, it hangs and never comes out. Ubuntu tells me KStars has stopped responding and asks me if I want to terminate it. I say yes, and it goes away as it should. I just upgraded to KStars 3.6.6 Build: 2023-08-18T09:00:46Z Stable release. Same equipment as always, same computer, different KStars. The RPi running Stellarmate out at the scope continues to run. I can run the guider and I don't have problems with the capture, and I can focus and not have problems, I can even capture from the sequnce and it doesn't do it. The log files end with:

2023-08-24T20:36:10.421 MST INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - Losmandy Gemini :  "[INFO] Slew is complete. Tracking... "
[2023-08-24T20:36:11.127 MST DEBG ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - Mount status changed from  "Slewing"  to  "Tracking"
[2023-08-24T20:36:11.128 MST DEBG ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - Slew finished, MFStatus  "MOUNT_FLIP_NONE"
[2023-08-24T20:36:14.097 MST DEBG ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - Align state changed to "In Progress"
[2023-08-24T20:36:14.097 MST INFO ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Capturing image..."
[2023-08-24T20:36:14.190 MST INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - SBIG CCD :  "[INFO] Taking 5.00s exposure on main camera... "
[2023-08-24T20:36:22.879 MST INFO ][     org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Image received."
[2023-08-24T20:37:23.636 MST WARN ][                       default] - QSocketNotifier: Invalid socket 8 and type 'Read', disabling...
[2023-08-24T20:37:23.636 MST WARN ][                       default] - QSocketNotifier: Invalid socket 10 and type 'Read', disabling...
[2023-08-24T20:37:23.636 MST WARN ][                       default] - QSocketNotifier: Invalid socket 30 and type 'Read', disabling...

I've attached some log files.

Thank you,

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What force is flexing the pier or tripod? If your mount is balanced, it isn't gravity, because the center of gravity doesn't move with position.

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John,

I was able to try the auto focus again, using 34 steps as the interval. Tried for a couple of hours to get something in or out of focus. It was my Pegasus FocusCube 2. The thing was hotter than fire and either intermittent or completely down all of the time. That's why I had a flat line on my "curve". And the warranty expired last month.

Thanks for working with me.

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John,

Clear instructions. I have my µm per step and I entered it into the step size field. It already knew about the scope. It tells me 34 steps. By the way, the refractor gives me a nice "V" looking curve. The Meade gives me a virtually flat line. I'll use this new value tonight, if it clears up enough to see a few stars.

Thanks for all of your help.

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John,

I have two setups, one with a WO GT81 and a ZWO EAF motor, and the other with a Meade 12" and aPegasus FocusCube. The GT81 autofocuses perfectly. The Meade not so much. I just have to figure out the Meade's optimum focus increment.

Thanks again.

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John,

A crucial piece of information I neglected to mention - I did run autofocus half an hour earlier, and it failed. I use a Pegasus FocusCube 2, and my range is around 5000 steps. It went from 4205 back to the original 3880, which was before I did the autofocus earlier.

I can start it up clean tonight and run it without autofocusing first, to see what it does, then autofocus, and test it again.

Thanks!

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Hi,

When I manually focus, with loop and the in & out buttons, after getting absolutely perfect focus, I click "Stop" and the focus goes back to where it was when I first powered up and I get this message:

2023-08-12T21:23:47 Focusing outward by 51 steps...
2023-08-12T21:23:47 Autofocus failed, moving back to initial focus position 3,880.
2023-08-12T21:23:47 Autofocus aborted.
2023-08-12T21:23:46 Detection complete.
2023-08-12T21:23:46 Detecting sources...
2023-08-12T21:23:31 Focusing inward by 15 steps...

I always focus this way, when I don't autofocus, and it has never done this before. I recently updated, and this is the first night under a million °F, so I thought I would give it a try. Have I maybe got a setting wrong?

KStars 3.6.6
Build: 2023-08-01T13:00:35Z
Stable release.

Thanks,
Dave

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Sonny,

I use WiFi 5GHz band to get to my remote, about 60 feet from the router, to another router setup in bridge mode, and have no issues at all. Switching to 5GHz also cut my image downloads from 2.5 seconds to 0.25 seconds.I run ehternet from the bridged router to the RPi running StellarMate.

Dave

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David Allmon replied to the topic 'Kstars suddenly quits' in the forum. 9 months ago

Thomas,

It may be something specific to your setup. I just updated my Mac and connected to the StellarMate with no problems.

Losmandy Gemini
SBIG CCD
ZWO CCD
ASI EAF
ASI EFW
Pegasus FlatmASTER

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I'm trying to setup a job that will "park" the mount so I can do some housekeeping, darks, etc. I thought I would park my mount and see what it says the altitude and azimuth are, and use them for wall flat setup.

The mount says it is at AZ = 180°, and ALT = 33° 38' 59" when parked. It is pointing at the N pole. I thought N was 0° AZ.

Am I missing something?

TIA,

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