Vin thanked Jose Corazon in topic FCUSB not working 2 months ago

Vin replied to the topic 'Ultimate Powerbox v2 - connectivity issues?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hello, I don't mean to intrude on this topic, but just had a quick Q. I am thinking of getting a Pegasus UPB v1. Is that driver still stable (I can only see one Pegasus UPB driver on EKOS so I'm not sure if the process of upgrading that to handle UPBv2 means that UPBv1 would also be adversely affected)?

Thank you

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Vin replied to the topic 'FCUSB not working' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks El Corazon. Yes I normally get it to focus (based on my eyes) so it should be there or thereabouts for further optimisation.

Have you ever had an instance where the FCUSB ends up trying to take the focuser all the way in or all the way out?

I was wondering whether it might be possible to tweak the code so that if HFR is above a user-set threshold value after more than a user-set number of attempts, the driver just assumes the clouds have come in & stops trying to refocus and leaves it where it is. (That way images may be out of focus but that's erasable whereas if the motors burnt out that's more rpblematic). Sorry I'm not a programmer so I don't know whether that's a stupid or undoable idea.

Thanks again

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Vin thanked Jose Corazon in topic FCUSB not working 2 months ago

Vin replied to the topic 'FCUSB not working' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi El Corazon (or the OP vtanguay or anyone else reading :) ), do you ever find the FCUSB tries to end up with the focuser trying to keep going in or out (if for examples clouds are in)? If not, how do you stop that from happening. Or is the driver such that if it sees focus is getting worse, it goes one way, and then the other way and so just oscillates around a position. I'm in the UK so clouds can come in and if I'm asleep I don't really want to wake up to burned out motors!

Thank you.

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Vin replied to the topic 'FCUSB not working' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks for this interesting thread. I am going to be getting a Shoestring FCUSB to use with my old Televue Focusmate so this is helpful.

I have one Q. This focuser is what EKOS calls a Simple Focuser (DC/PWM) not the recommended Absolute Focuser. Is there anything that can go wrong by not being an absolute focuser? In particular, one Q that comes to mind is that if focus can't be found at all (eg: clouds have come in) will it keep going in (or out) until it can go no further but than still try to keep going & burn the motors out (or do some other damage)? Or is this a silly Q and EKOS (or the driver) guards against that somehow?

Thank you!

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Vin replied to the topic 'Televue Focusmate Driver (FDF 2004)' in the forum. 2 months ago

Answering myself here but thats in case anyone else comes along in the future w a similar query!

So it can be done using the FCUSB box from Shoestring Astronomy. The driver for that is in EKOS. So you connect that via USB to the Stellarmate, and the other side of the FCUSB is the connection from it to the Focusmate motor. This uses an RJ22 cable (not RJ45) and to use the FCUSB, you also need an FCCBL-01 cable which has a mono jack at one end and RJ22 at the other.

What I now need to check is how EKOS would handle this as its a "Simple Focuser" (DC/PWM) rather than the recommended Absolute Position. My main concern being that if clouds come in & it can't find focus, it doesn't keep going in or out until it can go no further & either burn the motor out or do some other damage. (Maybe that's a stupid concern, but I will look elsewhere on the forum!).

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Vin replied to the topic 'EKOS pointing & park position' in the forum. 2 months ago

knro wrote: Try to create a driver alias for the other mount in Tools --> Devices ---> Custom Drivers

This way the config of the two mounts are not mingled together.


That worked thank you. The purge method didn't clean it out so I asked it to go to Polaris (setting that as the park position as well), it went off at an angle, and then I manually shifted it back to counterweight down & pointing up. Next time I switched it back on, it was pointing where it was meant to be. But the important thing is that by setting up a new alias it did not mingle the two, and my HEQ5 profile was untouched :) Thanks again.

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Vin replied to the topic 'EKOS pointing & park position' in the forum. 2 months ago

xthestreams wrote: Are you running with two complete and separate profiles for each combo or are you changing the mount driver manually before each session?


Thanks xthestreams, I disconnect EKOS & stop INDI (& even shutdown KStars) between the switchovers & that was still happening.

knro wrote: Try to create a driver alias for the other mount in Tools --> Devices ---> Custom Drivers

This way the config of the two mounts are not mingled together.


Thanks Jasem, I will try that & report back.

Stay safe all.

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Vin created a new topic ' EKOS pointing & park position' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hello,

I'm hoping someone can shed some light on something!

I have two mounts: an HEQ5 and old Vixen GP2 to which I've modded an EQStar EQ5 go-to capability (company in Ukraine). EKOS recognises both when I fire them up (separately of course!). The HEQ5 is recognised as an HEQ5 and the Vixen is recognised as an EQ6.

When I'm using the HEQ5, the Park position is set as Celestial North, and when I start it, it says the mount is pointing in that direction and slews fine.

When I disconnect that and connect to the Vixen, EKOS recognises it as a different mount, but the sky overlay shows the mount as if it were pointing in the NW (even though it is in the Celestial North Pole position). Why would that be?

If I try the purge-disconnect-power cycle routine on the Vixen, then when I later go back to my HEQ5, the park position on that is off (even though EKOS recognises that its not the same mount). Why would that be?

The HEQ5 is my main mount (imaging), so I'm going to leave that as the park&point aligned mount - I use the Vixen just for visual go-to. But this seems v strange?

Thank you for any light anyone can shed!

Cheers,

Vin

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Vin created a new topic ' Televue Focusmate Driver (FDF 2004)' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hello, I have an old TV scope which has a FOcusmate Driver on it. The recent listings for it (for example https://cloudbreakoptics.com/products/focusmate-driver-10-1-fdf-2004here ) say that it can be controlled by computer. Does anyone know whether this could be controlled by EKOS? If so how would I connect it to the Stellarmate? The Focusmate comes with a hand controller that has RJ45 (I think) that connects into the RJ45 socket in the motor. How could the Stellarmate be connected to the RJ45 motor?

Thank you!

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