Nick Birkett replied to the topic 'EQMod pointing woes' in the forum. 2 months ago

Ok I think it's working now. I rsync'ed the whole of the .indi directory from the good server to the bad server and it now looks like it's working. A corrupt file somewhere (not profiles.db and not 'EQMod Mount_config.xml' because I already copied them).
I guess the moral is to backup important configuration files !

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Nick Birkett replied to the topic 'EQMod pointing woes' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi Jasem. Yes I checked that. TZ London, BST+0100 on both and clocks both synchronised to network.
EKOS reports the correct coordinates in DEC,RA, ALT and AZ.
It was obvious something not correct when I slewed to Mercury and mount moved from Park (DEC 90 degrees and ALT = latitude). I know it's not exactly correct since mount can move a slightly when mounting scope, but final position had weights pointing to sky and slewed a long way past meridian. In any case same mount using same starting position worked fine with other server.
Also used tilt meter to check ALT - about 25 degrees out !
Perhaps I'l just re-install it. Thanks,

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Nick Birkett created a new topic ' EQMod pointing woes' in the forum. 2 months ago

I have 2 identical indi servers - same version of PI4, same operating system (ubuntu 20.04), same updates, same kernel, same memory etc etc. Different IP
and hostname. First one works perfectly. The other one moves the mount completely wrong - wrong altitude, points west instead of east, swings way past the meridian and in general is completely screwed.
Ive tried lots of things - clearing model, resetting Park position, copying profile.db and Parkdata from working one,
but nothing helps. The only thing that does work is slewing to Park.
Mount HEQ5 with EQmod serial to usb cable.
I don't really want to re-install if possible but maybe that's the only way !
I run system with x86 client talking to each server. Hopefully will get to operate 2 mounts at some stage.
Any ideas out there ?
Cheers,
Nick

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Seems to be back working on kstars 3.6.0

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Some debug output Ekos 3.5.7 vs 3.5.8 with 3.5.8 on indi server. Only thing I can see is repeated messages on 3.5.8:
QObject: Cannot create children for a parent that is in a different thread.

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List of what works. All ubuntu 20.04 based systems (focal).
EKOS client (Intel x64) Indi server (amd64)
5.3.7 5.3.7 Works
5.3.7 5.3.8 Works
5.3.8 5.3.7 Works
5.3.8 5.3.8 Alt-Az not updating in EKOS client.
5.3.8 run locally also not working.

Odd isn't it ?

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List of what works. All ubuntu 20.04 based systems (focal).
EKOS client (Intel x64) Indi server (amd64)
5.3.7 5.3.7 Works
5.3.7 5.3.8 Works
5.3.8 5.3.7 Works
5.3.8 5.3.8 Alt-Az not updating in EKOS client.
5.3.8 run locally also not working.

Odd isn't it ?

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List of what works. All ubuntu 20.04 based systems (focal).
EKOS client (Intel x64) Indi server (amd64)
5.3.7 5.3.7 Works
5.3.7 5.3.8 Works
5.3.8 5.3.7 Works
5.3.8 5.3.8 Alt-Az not updating in EKOS client.
5.3.8 run locally also not working.

Odd isn't it ?

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List of what works. All ubuntu 20.04 based systems (focal).
EKOS client (Intel x64) Indi server (amd64)
5.3.7 5.3.7 Works
5.3.7 5.3.8 Works
5.3.8 5.3.7 Works
5.3.8 5.3.8 Alt-Az not updating in EKOS client.
5.3.8 run locally also not working.

Odd isn't it ?

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I guess this is an EKOS problem not an EQmod problem. Didn't work with simulator on local system.
There is nothing unusual in logs.
Just tried it on another system running 5.3.7 that hasn't been updated and works as expected.
The link is just what I have always used.
Bottom line is that it seems to be tracking - no stars this week so cannot check for sure, but annoying that EKOS doesnt show me.
It is odd that "Time to flip", HA and LST are all updating correctly just not ALT and Az values.
Hmm.

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Why would being near the meridian change anything ? Az is still changing.
Yes it did a flip after 20mins. The new Alt and AZ appear but then not updated after this.
The mount appears to be tracking but in order to view Altitude, Az I have to pull up
INDI control panel and look at the Eqmod tab.
I did all available updates. This is the only way to do it. How do you NOT update indi at same time as kstars ?
Also tried using simulator on local workstation (x64 intel) ubuntu 20.04. Same issue. The simulator slews to object and Alt and Az
stay at the slewed position. HA and LST are updating but not AL/AZ.
Never seen this before in 2 years of using kstars/indi.

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Ok - I am testing this indoors (no stars this week). I think the mount IS tracking, but the Alt and Az values are not being updated in either the Mount TAB
or the Setup TAB.
When instruments start to depart from reality what do you believe ?

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SCreenshot showing difference between Alt, Az values in Mount TAB and EQMod INDI control TAB. The mount not moving from the slewed position even though tracking on.



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Just upgraded from 3.5.7 to 3.5.8 kstars.
After slewing to target, mount is not tracking. ie the AZ and ALT values not changing in the mount TAB and mount seems parked at slewed position.

However the ALT and AZ values ARE changing in the INDI control panel but the mount is not tracking at all.

Tried on HEQ5 and EQ6R-Pro both the same issue.

kstars-bleeding/focal,now 6:3.5.8+202203242252~ubuntu20.04.1 arm64

Nick

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I recently posted to say that Autofocus was not active when filter is changed. Then I posted that it was working (no changes to settings).
I am now finding that the Autofocus is not always activated. Last night is wasn't working. I reset everything , rebooted the PI, turned settings off an on, replugged
all equipment. Still nothing. After an hour of messing around it finally decided to work. I have no idea why it started to work at this point.
I have tried it using the simulator just now on local workstatiion (Ubuntu 20.4 -focus simulator, filter simulator etc) and still it isn't working. I set Red 1x1sec, Green 1x1 sec, it just goes straight through without stopping to refocus.
In filter settings I have Autofocus checked for every filter and exposure set to 1.
Anyone any idea. Is there some hidden setting I failed to check ? Latest kstars installed : kstars 3.5.8+202203242252~ubuntu20.04
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2022-03-26T14:46:08 Captured /export/home/nick/EKOS/TEST/Focuser/Light/Blue/Light_1_secs_001.fits
2022-03-26T14:46:08 Received image 1 out of 1.
2022-03-26T14:46:07 Capturing 1.000-second Blue image...
2022-03-26T14:46:06 Changing filter to Blue...
2022-03-26T14:46:06 Job requires 1.000-second Blue images, has 0/1 frames captured and will be processed.
2022-03-26T14:46:06 Captured /export/home/nick/EKOS/TEST/Focuser/Light/Green/Light_1_secs_004.fits
2022-03-26T14:46:06 Received image 1 out of 1.
2022-03-26T14:46:05 Capturing 1.000-second Green image...
2022-03-26T14:46:04 Changing filter to Green...
2022-03-26T14:46:04 Job requires 1.000-second Green images, has 0/1 frames captured and will be processed.
2022-03-26T14:46:04 Captured /export/home/nick/EKOS/TEST/Focuser/Light/Red/Light_1_secs_004.fits
2022-03-26T14:46:04 Received image 1 out of 1.
2022-03-26T14:46:03 Capturing 1.000-second Red image...
2022-03-26T14:46:03 Job requires 1.000-second Red images, has 0/1 frames captured and will be processed.

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