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David Tate replied to the topic 'I Can't Trust the Park' in the forum. 1 month ago

wvreeven wrote: Have you tried resetting the park position in Ekos?


I have it reset after a Meridian Flip... but the "Park" button was un-clicked this morning (it never flipped). It never Parked even after the timer ran out. Clicking the "ParK" button did nothing. I had to disconnect, reconnect and hit Park.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'I Can't Trust the Park' in the forum. 1 month ago

I think I see what happened. After looking at the security footage... I see it never did the Meridian Flip.

I have the Guiding Deviation set at 5. I do that because if the guiding is terrible, I don't want it taking any pictures (I assume that's what it's there for).

However, I notice that once guiding does break the limit, it takes a picture, but halts when it sees the guiding past 5. It then immediately takes another, it really needs to wait until the guiding improves.

It might have been doing this through the flip period. I did notice no images where taken after midnight.
or (what really might have been the problem)
I remember glancing at the Meridian Flip timer thinking, hey that says 4+ hours, that seems a lot... oh well, it's less than the parking time, so I didn't question it.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'I Can't Trust the Park' in the forum. 1 month ago

wvreeven wrote: So the obvious question is: what was changed on your setup (both hardware and software) since last time when everything was working fine?


I can say anything hardware has changed (except for new Narrowband filters). I did an upgrade two weeks ago and it worked fine back on the 14th (yes it's been cloudy since... argh).
I did notice the last "Park" was a bit off, about 10-20 degrees from the real park position. So I should have been questioning it.

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David Tate created a new topic ' I Can't Trust the Park' in the forum. 1 month ago

Ok, yes it normally works. But from now on, I'm setting an alarm 10 minutes after the auto park and check my backyard security cameras.

Yes, I have the Watchdog running. But I think I need a wholly separate utility that is running outside of KStars, that runs like a cron (maybe should be) and runs a park command no matter what is happening in KStars. Not sure if I can run a ascom command while it's currently being used by other processes. Worth a try though.

No I didn't get any logs since I had no idea this would fail. It hasn't in a long time.

Hopefully no damage was done to the motors (I could hear them clicking)... since the ERQ-6 Pro is supposed to have motors that prevent burning up.
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David Tate replied to the topic 'Lost the Menu button after update' in the forum. 2 months ago

Same and I did spend some time playing around to fix it and thought... aah, it still works, everything else seems to work, I felt rather lucky. hehe

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Re:How to frame correctly (with "nothing" in the center)?' in the forum. 2 months ago

TallFurryMan wrote: You can also set a flag in KStars at the coordinates where you want to expose, and slew there consistently. Scheduler will however be a more precise method, as it will keep both coordinates and sequence file. You can build a library of targets like this.
-Eric


I'll have to look for it again. I seem to remember not seeing something like that and giving up.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'How to frame correctly (with "nothing" in the center)?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Same here when I was trying the Leo Triplet or Bode's with the Cigar galaxies. There was a nebula (maybe the Rosette) in order to center it in the camera frame I had to use some open space, which of course is "Nothing".

I tried using the coordinates and I think that's the trick, but using them is clumsy.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'After Latest Update - KStars Launch Issue' in the forum. 3 months ago

Lately mine has been saying "Offline" or something to that affect superimposed over the window when I checked. Now I'm glad it was.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'After Latest Update - KStars Launch Issue' in the forum. 3 months ago

So all you did was to check for an update?

I think I noticed that checking is all that is needed to get the latest. It kinda just does it. I'll remember to make sure I have a backup first (I do).

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Best way to get images from RPi?' in the forum. 3 months ago

I used the old USB route for a long time, but now I just have a desktop link running to it: \\192.168.0.XXX\Pictures (XXX being your IP of course)
I also opened up the /etc/samba/smb.conf file and added the other directories I might want... Documents, Video and the like.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'After Latest Update - KStars Launch Issue' in the forum. 3 months ago

wvreeven wrote: That part look OK indeed. How is the user authentication configured?


Oh dang, I should have copied the whole file. I've since brought the rig in because of possible rain. I might hook it up in the house later to experiment with.

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