After doing some searching around this is a known reported bug. Ok, at least I've not completely bonkers.
Ok, I think I see the issue... while saving the coordinates into the Flag Window, they are not saved correctly.
After hitting Save Changes (or Add, the both do the same)... the values are not being saved correctly.
Same error for both JNow and J2000 values
Ok, back to this and now I want to get really precise and not fudge it slightly like I've been doing with flags.
I finally figured out we had a Mosaic feature... yeah, I know, where have I been?
But I noticed when using the mosaic panel, it gives you the coordinates of the panels built... nice! Now how to get these coordinates to actually work. I plan on doing the left side one night and the other. I'm also trying to work the Scheduler, but I still don't have this thing down.
Entering these coordinates still doesn't give you the real location... I understand the thought is it's a JNow vs 2000 issue.
using the CTRL-M still is not very exact, I've tried both and the location jumps a good deal.
Is there anyway to enter these values shown in the image as a reliable Flag location?
Right now I am using a Bathinow mask. It's simple, gets you spot on. Use the offsets per filter and you're good. But it means you have to physically get to your scope. I'm seeing after a M/F my focus is getting pretty poor. And at 2am, I hate having to get out of bed to re-focus So I really have to get the AF working.
And right not I'm only focusing Lum/Ha/Oiii. I'm actually not using Lum... turning out to be a waste of time for me. Ha & Oiii have given me great results.
Tonight, I'm giving it another try.
Again, no logs, but I was watching the MFlip and I saw it was imaging while it was setting up the guiding... when Autoguiding was completed, the image popped up as I clicked over to the CCD tab. No big deal, just an image to throw away in Blink.
I use the following for my VNC connection: 192.168.0.XXX:6080/vnc.html
Of course you have to use the IP of your connection... check your router to see what it is.
I've also noticed that if you are using a VPN, you might ahve troubles. I don't on my PC's or iPhone, but an android tablet doesn't like it.
Taking the advice, I cranked up the gain... went to 2x2 (which was normal) and night before last was great. Nice and tight stars.
Last night, even when the autofocuser (AF) completed after many attempts, I had fairly out-of-focus stars. So back to the Bahtinov mask and making sure my offsets are updated and AF is unchecked.
BTW, any ideas what to do when the AF routine gives up? The whole process just seems to stop. Maybe go back to the original set focus position and keep imaging?
Last night I had to shut down , disconnect, stop and reconnect everything to get it imaging again. I tried restarting the camera driver (via the button on the CCD Tab). The imaging process seems to think the AF is doing something, but switching to the AF tab, it's doing nothing.
I think my problem might be that it's using a small window and regular gain (and experimented with 1x1 binning). I'm going to go high gain, full window and 2x2 binning.
I've normally been using a Bahtinov mask, enter the offsets and I'm done. But I've noticed lately after a flip, I really need to focus again. But I really don't want to get out of bed to do it
I didn't think of the "Full Field", figured it did a full field when it lost a star.
I'll look at the gain too.
What are people doing when imaging a target without large stars? Imaging the Wizard last night and Autofocus just can't find a star big enough for Ha or Oiii. So last night I slew to a nearby large star (Caph), focused and slew back. But of course this isn't very "Auto-ish"
Failed again last night. The Mount tab said... "Failed meridian flip, trying again in 4 minutes" I disconnected without writing it down. (facepalm) Something to that affect. It then worked, but none of the other processes kicked off, no plate solving, no guiding. So I took over and restarted the tasks.
Again sorry, no logs. I did this from bed (waking up to check on the process). Tonight I'll turn on logging and see what I get.
I do have the latest stable version.