About sequences, use the CCD tab to set all values of interest in the left pane, then add to the sequence queue with the + button on top. Save the sequence by using the top right buttons (save or save_as with filename). Then in the scheduler, use the button right of the sequence entry to pull your sequence file back up for use in the scheduler. Specify target, and it should schedule ok.

Been a while since I looked at the session or wish list (since they don't exactly function as they should).....

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Doug S replied to the topic 'New astro imaging catalog software. Help testing needed' in the forum. 6 hours 52 minutes ago

Hi Ferrante, on my system, Import fits tab has a left index for selecting entire rows. I don't have a similar selector index on the Images tab (but would like it). I hadn't realized that a double click on other fields would bring up the old Detail window. That's fine. On my system's Images tab, I don't get the opportunity to double click on filename. As soon as a single click is sensed, I get a Kstars and FITS viewer launch. So, I think my recommendation would change in favor of adding an index for row selection consistent with the import tab, and do nothing about the single vs double click.

We need help from someone who understands FITS viewer better. We'd prefer to avoid multiple copies of kstars. Not sure if that means a stand-alone copy of FITS viewer, or a different interface/setting. One copy of Kstars is ok (can always minimize). Several copies are undesirable. Cheers, Doug

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Doug S replied to the topic 'New astro imaging catalog software. Help testing needed' in the forum. 11 hours ago

On update to 0.2.12, I was able to have the Kstars FITS viewer launch (via a full Kstars launch). Nice add, but with an unintended kstars launch (likely caused by no separate executable for the viewer). Maybe this is something the Kstars senior developers might want to comment on. Having the Kstars viewer for AD is definitely an improvement, but having a full kstars launch (one per selected image) is not as nice. Ideally, each file select would be passed to the viewer without a new kstars launch (similar to what happens during normal image capture sequences).

I think because of the above, and due to single mouse click function overload (delete rows), I suggest the FITS viewer launch be invoked only by double click mouse operation.

Finally, I'm noticing a bit of odd behavior of delete rows (Image and FITS Import tabs). Deletes definitely work, but on import tab, only one row deletes at a time (no matter how many rows you've selected). On the Image tab, multi-selected rows can be deleted, but sometimes less than all rows selected are deleted. It seems inconsistent....not quite sure what's going on there.

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Doug S replied to the topic 'Thoughts on KStars Obs Planner to Ekos scheduler bulk Job list transfers' in the forum. 15 hours 43 minutes ago

edh: I haven't given up on improved observation planning flow from wish list, to session list, to scheduler (along with graph cleanup as described in the orig post), but the "summer of code" implementation idea never gained traction. Not giving up, but just thinking this won't come without a champion to make the interface changes. This could still happen in time. Cheers, Doug

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Doug S replied to the topic 'RPi4 now has booting from SSD (beta)' in the forum. 2 days ago

yes...you can resize to capture the full disk.

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Doug S replied to the topic 'New astro imaging catalog software. Help testing needed' in the forum. 5 days ago

No need to reduce the spacing if it detracts. I suspect changing orientation would be arbitrary too. If you figure out how to launch the Kstars FITS viewer on the selected filename (and probably want to limit this to some number 1-5 to avoid user select mis-steps), I'd say maybe the next thing to consider might be a CSV data export (for user selected lines & columns). This enables other tools (Python, Excel, etc) to take advantage of the growing info content of DB fields.

If you do decide to add CSV export, I would recommend you add both row index selector and column selector. There's no current row index (but users can mouse select/drag). Selecting a column is currently reserved for sort order (asc/decend). A minimum column rectangle above each column heading could serve to allow users to select the entire column contents. On row index, folks are so used to seeing line number, I'd just include it and use it as the entire row selector.

BTW, I couldn't figure out how to see hidden fields after hiding, then unchecking. How is that accomplished? If no auto-refresh on the GUI, then should a refresh button be added to see the fields again?

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Doug S replied to the topic 'New astro imaging catalog software. Help testing needed' in the forum. 5 days ago

Ok! Now we're talking. Congrats on a very nice project. I confirm platform independence works for CSV file paths via the conversion strings. Having PI stats with DB search/filters is very nice. I'll look forward to having a few more important fields in the future (focus position, focus HFR, seeing, etc.). I'd recommend a CSV interface for those fields too, with keywords TBD.

A couple more thoughts. Currently, when you double click on an image, a Details View pops up. I recommend reducing white space between fields (minimize vertical space). Next is the image viewer. Can you support association (via settings) for launching a different viewer? If so, this would really amp up presentation. The kstars FITS viewer would be an ideal candidate to allow. It's very nice for OSC subexposures. Images are nicely stretched and colored with bells/whistles for movement etc. The current viewer could serve as a good default....

In any case, even if you can't associate/launch another viewer, at this point, I will use AD and recommend it to others as well. Good Job! Cheers, Doug

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Doug S replied to the topic 'Stellarmate/EKOS with Celestron CGX-L Mount' in the forum. 5 days ago

Hi Alex, I confirm what Jasem says.....I have a CGX-L and connection is via the handset. Run your handset USB cable to your Hub or PI4 USB port, then try again. Cheers, Doug

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Doug S replied to the topic 'New astro imaging catalog software. Help testing needed' in the forum. 6 days ago

So, before I do my own CSV path string conversion from Windows to Linux, are you sure you don't want AD to be architecture independent for this particular detail? Grabbing the path string from the CSV and converting to local form for all might be better than me doing this for myself only... As I said before, the preferred method would be two strings (to,from) to accommodate filesystem mount point differences.

A second question for you is whether the astrodom_linux_upgrade.sh script down in resources works correctly for minor updates. I did the full pull/install last time, and if the update script works more simply for minor patches like this latest one, that would be preferred. Can you comment on that script? Thanks.

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Doug S replied to the topic 'New astro imaging catalog software. Help testing needed' in the forum. 6 days ago

Ferrante, I've updated to your latest. Thanks! The changes work as expected (I was able to save the changed field sizes, and resize the GUI). Much better. I am still getting a core dump on at least one specific use case. If you start to import a CSV file, but instead of following though, you "cancel" before loading the file, the app will core dump consistently. Here's the trace:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/home/dsummers/src/archive/AstroDom-master/resources/venv/lib/python3.8/site-packages/astrodom/importCsvTab.py", line 67, in importCsvFile
for row, val in enumerate(dataTemp):
UnboundLocalError: local variable 'dataTemp' referenced before assignment
./astrodom_linux_run.sh: line 18: 391996 Aborted (core dumped) python3 -m astrodom

I doubt this is a python3 thing.....probably want to chase that.

Cheers, Doug

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Doug S replied to the topic 'Strange result during Polar Alignment' in the forum. 6 days ago

@Max: "The question is - which alignment to prefer?"

Without trying to be a smart..., you want a true PA. If PA tools/methods conflict, the way to know definitively is to drift align. PHD2's drift align tool is painless to use and simple; I ALWAYS use it. My advice would be to run both procedures, then compare answers (run PHD2 drift align last). You can trust what PHD is telling you about PA assuming you setup correctly (2 stars are required, one near DEC 0 south meridian, another near DEC 0 east horizon). If the methods agree, great. If they don't, you'll at least know. Cheers, Doug

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