mikeE replied to the topic '(SOLVED)Focus Deadlock issue' in the forum. 5 months ago

Come to think of it, there were a very few high thins clouds from time to time last night. Thanks for the input.

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mikeE created a new topic ' Focus Deadlock issue' in the forum. 5 months ago

I'm getting focus failures tonight with a deadlock occuring and I don't know why. Attached is a snippet of the log. I'm not sure where the position of 12317 for a IN and OUT limit comes from. It's the same number throughout the night. I'm guessing the focuser is trying to move to 12313 which is outside the IN and OUT limits causing the deadlock. I'm using Gradient and Iterative (like always) with an initial step size of 20, max step size of 40 and max travel at 500. Running kstars 3.5.0 final. any ideas?

"FITS received. HFR 1.7 @ 12,317. Delta (20.2%)"
[2020-12-12T18:50:13.437 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.focus] - Focus is moving away from optimal HFR.
[2020-12-12T18:50:13.438 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.focus] - Setting focus OUT limit to 12317
[2020-12-12T18:50:13.438 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.focus] - Setting focus IN limit to 12317
[2020-12-12T18:50:13.439 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.focus] - new targetPosition 12313
[2020-12-12T18:50:13.439 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.focus] - "Deadlock reached. Please try again with different settings."
[2020-12-12T18:50:13.442 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.focus] - Stopping Focus
[2020-12-12T18:50:13.442 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.focus] - State: "Aborted"
[2020-12-12T18:50:13.443 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.focus] - AutoFocus result: false
[2020-12-12T18:50:13.443 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.focus] - "Autofocus failed, moving back to initial focus position 12,339."

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the solver wasnt working because the file ownership was set to root instead of me. Once I changed the ownership back to me, the solver started working.

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I fixed it!!!!! I'm going to try to explain what my issue was and hope I don't sound like an idiot in the process AND hopefully help someone else.

After much testing here was my problem. My mount (Eq6r-pro) for whatever reason was reporting to ekos the wrong position. Here's how I discovered it. I noticed the mount was reporting an odd position when the mount was clearly pointing somewhere else. When I first launched Ekos, instead of kstars showing the mount was pointing to the north star (as that's my parking spot for the mount), the reticle on the kstars was showing the scope to be pointing way off, I mean WAY off. Even when I synced the mount to the north star and thought the problem was fixed, when I quit kstars and re-lauched kstars, the reticle was WAY off again, but always showing in the same position. I don't know much about mounts, I'm aware they have encoders, but this kind of implies the encoders have a start point and that start point somehow got messed up. Out of pure frustration, I rummaged thru a box of telescope stuff, found the hand controller to the mount, plugged it in, did a factory reset. PROBLEM SOLVED! The meridian flip worked as planed last night. I'm guessing the flip wasn't working simply due to the fact the mount was giving ekos a wrong position.

As far as plate solving not working, this was fixed when I changed ownership of the index files to myself, instead of root. Now the new solver in kstars works VERY fast.

I thank all of you for your help on this matter.

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So I was poking around the internet and found an article how to test astrometry.net to test plate solving. I downloaded their test image and manually ran the solver and it solved just fine. I feel pretty good about it for tonight. I'll post an update later.

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I MAY have found something. In verifying I had the settings you pointed out (which all is well there) I noticed the index files were owned by root, and not by me. I just changed ownership of all the index files to me, we'll see if the issue goes away tonight. Hopefully it was just a rights issue. I'll update tonight.

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I've always had the index files installed, both astap and astrometry. I'm going to delete the entire install and try one more time before I give up.

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It's not much to go on, but iI pulled this out of the logs for last night:

[2020-12-07T22:16:35.752 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - Starting Polar Alignment Assistant process...
[2020-12-07T22:16:35.753 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Clearing mount Alignment Model..."
[2020-12-07T22:16:35.755 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Changing filter to Empty..."
[2020-12-07T22:16:37.952 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Capturing image..."
[2020-12-07T22:16:41.238 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Image received."
[2020-12-07T22:16:45.690 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Solver Failed"
[2020-12-07T22:16:47.089 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - Stopping Polar Alignment Assistant process...
[2020-12-07T22:16:47.179 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Parking the mount..."


Thanks for your help on this

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Been having issues with Kstars now for a few days. I finally removed and purged the app on my linux pc and did a fresh install of 3.5.0 final. right out of the gate, the solver isnt working. here is a snippet of the log:

org.kde.kstars.indi] - ASI EFW : "[INFO] Setting current filter to slot 6 "
[2020-12-07T22:16:35.965 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Mount is unparked. "
[2020-12-07T22:16:35.966 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Start Tracking (Sidereal). "
[2020-12-07T22:16:37.952 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Capturing image..."
[2020-12-07T22:16:41.238 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Image received."
[2020-12-07T22:16:45.690 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Solver Failed"
[2020-12-07T22:16:47.089 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - Stopping Polar Alignment Assistant process...
[2020-12-07T22:16:47.179 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Parking the mount..."
[2020-12-07T22:16:47.194 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Parking mount: RA increment = -1200, DE increment = 0 "
[2020-12-07T22:16:47.202 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Mount park in progress... "

any ideas? the location, altitude and time are correct.

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UPDATE: I'm at a total loss here. I just finished some testing during daylight hours. With ONLY the scope (no phd2 running, no pics and no guiding) the flip works as it should. I then started the phd2 process, phd2 got a connection to the guild camera and mount (although no guiding) and the flip still works just fine. I have the HA set to .04 hours. 3 flips in a row without any issue.

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Last night I set the HA>6 degree's, no luck. I'm confused why this used to work every night without fail. I've back rev'ed kstars to 3.5.0 beta which worked very well for me in the past thinking it was something in the final release of 3.5.0. I'm thinking its something in my config of kstars or indi. I think today I may just completely remove kstars on my pc and remove indi from the PI in the observatory and just start all over.
I haven't changed anything on the mount itself as far as firmware goes so it almost has to be a config issue that I'm missing.

This is last nights log:

"Meridian flip slew started..."
[2020-12-06T20:57:43.566 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.guide] - "PHD2: Guiding Stopped."
[2020-12-06T20:57:43.569 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.guide] - "Autoguiding aborted."
[2020-12-06T20:57:43.601 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Starting Goto RA=1.58406 DE=30.768 (current RA=3.82634 DE=26.71) "
[2020-12-06T20:57:43.607 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] GOTO ALign Nearest: delta RA = 2.242304, delta DEC = -4.061214 "
[2020-12-06T20:57:43.608 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Aligned Eqmod Goto RA=3.82636 DE=26.7068 (target RA=1.58406 DE=30.768) "
[2020-12-06T20:57:43.609 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Setting Eqmod Goto RA=3.82636 DE=26.7068 (target RA=1.58406 DE=30.768) "
[2020-12-06T20:57:43.610 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Slewing mount: RA increment = 69, DE increment = -81 "
[2020-12-06T20:57:43.625 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Slewing to RA: 1:35:03 - DEC: 30:46:05 "
[2020-12-06T20:57:43.893 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative Goto (1): RA diff = 0.42 arcsecs DE diff = 0.04 arcsecs "
[2020-12-06T20:57:43.900 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Telescope slew is complete. Tracking TRACK_SIDEREAL... "
[2020-12-06T20:57:44.315 CST WARN ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Skipping flat/dark cap since it is not connected.
[2020-12-06T20:57:44.540 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - Mount status changed from "Slewing" to "Tracking"
[2020-12-06T20:57:44.541 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - Slew finished, MFStatus "FLIP_RUNNING"
[2020-12-06T20:57:44.543 CST WARN ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - Meridian flip failed, pier side not changed
[2020-12-06T20:57:44.544 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - "meridian flip failed, retrying in 4 minutes"
[2020-12-06T20:57:44.545 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - Setting meridian flip status to "FLIP_COMPLETED"
[2020-12-06T20:57:44.545 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - meridianFlipStatusChanged "FLIP_COMPLETED"
[2020-12-06T20:57:44.546 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - "Meridian flip completed."
[2020-12-06T20:57:44.549 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - "Telescope completed the meridian flip."

This all happened within 1 second. There must be something in this log to point to the issue.

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mikeE replied to the topic '3.5.0 Flip Failure (10Micron)' in the forum. 5 months ago

I'm having the same issue. Different scope, same issue. Let me know if you find a fix for it, I'll do the same. I just put my rig in full debug for tonight (weather permitting) to gather additional info.

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Morning Eric,
No, The issue is still there. Yesterday I upgraded phd2 to the latest release just out of desperation. I did that because something odd happened during the day yesterday. With the roof closed I pointed the scope where it would do a flip and sure enough it flipped. Then I realised phd2 wasn't running. So I repeated the test with phd2 running(but not guiding) and it still did the flip. But last night, sure as anything with the scope synced and tracking, phd2 guiding and taking pics, the flip failed again. Here is the snippet of log:

Meridian flip: slewing to RA= "01h 35m 02s" DEC= " 30° 46' 04\"" Hour Angle "00h 01m 03s"
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.282 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - "Meridian flip started."
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.285 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - ISD:Telescope: TRACK
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.287 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - ISD:Telescope sending coords RA: "01h 35m 02s" ( 1.58407 ) DE: " 30° 46' 04\"" ( 30.768 )
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.288 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - "Meridian flip slew started..."
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.332 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Starting Goto RA=1.58407 DE=30.768 (current RA=3.87842 DE=26.9616) "
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.333 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] GOTO ALign Nearest: delta RA = -21.705849, delta DEC = -3.803392 "
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.333 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Aligned Eqmod Goto RA=-20.1218 DE=26.9646 (target RA=1.58407 DE=30.768) "
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.334 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Setting Eqmod Goto RA=-20.1218 DE=26.9646 (target RA=1.58407 DE=30.768) "
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.335 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Slewing mount: RA increment = 147, DE increment = 77 "
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.362 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Slewing to RA: 1:35:03 - DEC: 30:46:05 "
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.363 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.guide] - "PHD2: Guiding Stopped."
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.366 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.guide] - "Autoguiding aborted."
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.616 CST WARN ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Skipping flat/dark cap since it is not connected.
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.668 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative Goto (1): RA diff = 86399.66 arcsecs DE diff = 0.01 arcsecs "
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.668 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative goto (1): slew mount to RA increment = -36, DE increment = 0 "
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.783 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.guide] - "PHD2: Guiding started."
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.786 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.guide] - "Autoguiding started."
[2020-12-05T20:57:58.626 CST WARN ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Skipping flat/dark cap since it is not connected.
[2020-12-05T20:57:58.683 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative Goto (2): RA diff = 86401.01 arcsecs DE diff = 0.01 arcsecs "
[2020-12-05T20:57:58.684 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative goto (2): slew mount to RA increment = 109, DE increment = 0 "
[2020-12-05T20:57:59.207 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - processBLOB() mode 2
[2020-12-05T20:57:59.299 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.guide] - "PHD2: Guiding Stopped."
[2020-12-05T20:57:59.302 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.guide] - "Autoguiding aborted."
[2020-12-05T20:57:59.627 CST WARN ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Skipping flat/dark cap since it is not connected.
[2020-12-05T20:57:59.698 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative Goto (3): RA diff = 86401.01 arcsecs DE diff = 0.01 arcsecs "
[2020-12-05T20:57:59.698 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative goto (3): slew mount to RA increment = 108, DE increment = 0 "
[2020-12-05T20:58:00.628 CST WARN ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Skipping flat/dark cap since it is not connected.
[2020-12-05T20:58:00.714 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative Goto (4): RA diff = 86401.02 arcsecs DE diff = 0.01 arcsecs "
[2020-12-05T20:58:00.715 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative goto (4): slew mount to RA increment = 109, DE increment = 0 "
[2020-12-05T20:58:01.629 CST WARN ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Skipping flat/dark cap since it is not connected.
[2020-12-05T20:58:01.730 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative Goto (5): RA diff = 86401.01 arcsecs DE diff = 0.01 arcsecs "
[2020-12-05T20:58:01.731 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative goto (5): slew mount to RA increment = 109, DE increment = 0 "
[2020-12-05T20:58:02.631 CST WARN ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - Skipping flat/dark cap since it is not connected.
[2020-12-05T20:58:02.749 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative Goto (6): RA diff = 86401.01 arcsecs DE diff = 0.01 arcsecs "
[2020-12-05T20:58:02.750 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Iterative Goto Limit reached (6 iterations): RA diff = 86401.01 arcsecs DE diff = 0.01 arcsecs "
[2020-12-05T20:58:02.754 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[INFO] Telescope slew is complete. Tracking TRACK_SIDEREAL... "
[2020-12-05T20:58:03.284 CST WARN ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - Meridian flip failed, pier side not changed
[2020-12-05T20:58:03.285 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - "meridian flip failed, retrying in 4 minutes"
[2020-12-05T20:58:03.286 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.mount] - "Meridian flip completed."
[2020-12-05T20:58:03.289 CST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.capture] - "Telescope completed the meridian flip."

It just kills me to see the mount working and slewing just fine but not doing the flip. The timestamps on the events are only like 6 seconds from start to fail.

I jut compared last nights logs (which the flip failed) to an earlier log(which th flip was succesful on Nov. 7th) and notied these lines:

[2020-12-05T20:57:57.285 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - ISD:Telescope: TRACK
[2020-12-05T20:57:57.287 CST DEBG ][ org.kde.kstars.indi] - ISD:Telescope sending coords RA: "01h 35m 02s" ( 1.58407 ) DE: " 30° 46' 04\"" ( 30.768 )

What is this item indi is calling an ISD:Telesope? These lines are not in the succesful log file from Nov. 7th.

This is driving me crazy! Thanks again for your help on this. I dont have much more hair I can pull out.

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