Hy,

I do appreciate the efforts of all the developers. I have been using StellarMate OS for over two years and have supported its efforts whenever possible. I try new features, report issues, post logs, try to help others with problems, etc.

I guess my frustration is that after two years, I still can't get through a night without unexplained aborts unless the conditions are nearly perfect. It's very disheartening to wake up in the morning only to find that EKOS quit guiding and/or capturing right after I stopped monitoring.

I'm not a coder, but am willing to help in any way I can to solve the "cloudy night" issue. As I said in another thread, I believe that EKOS may be trying to be too smart and/or elegant. Perhaps a more straightforward approach would help... such as if guiding/capturing has not worked for a certain amount of time that the system should through control back to the scheduler and reinitiate the sequence of slew, focus, align, guide, capture, etc. It's better to spend a couple of minutes with a "restart" then losing the whole nights.

Anyway... didn't mean to unkind... not my intention. Let me know how I can help.

Ron

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David,

There are several of us that have posted similar issues. When guiding is suspended due to clouds, it seems that "unpredictable results may occur" after the clouds pass. I don't know why EKOS sends extraneous pulses when guiding is suspended... but it does it frequently in my setup.

I tried using the check alignment every X frames. I used every 10 frames, but you can use a smaller number if you like. When it works, it's awesome. Just beware... I've had two nights where EKOS checked alignment and started the alignment process, finished, but never started guiding/capturing again. I posted the log on here, but no explanation/answers.

As I posted on another related thread... I wish that the KStars/EKOS team would pause working on new features for a bit and work towards coming up with a more resilient cloud recovery process.

Good luck!

Ron

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Jasem,

Any chance that some focus could be given to address cloudy night stability?

Ron

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Chris,

I've been using StellarMate for the last couple of years.

My experience is that it works marvelously during cloudless nights. For instance, last night I took over 180 subs between two targets with almost no skipped captures.

However, I continue to struggle with intermediate clouds appearing through the night. What usually happens is that guiding eventually aborts (which is fine), then capture aborts. What happens next seems to be almost random... sometimes guiding will begin again, then capture, etc. Most times guiding begins, and capture doesn't start up again. Rarely, it kicks it back to the scheduler and restarts the job... which I really wish it would. It's forced me into being a "fair weather astronomer".

So, I feel your pain. I don't know if other products (NINA, SGP, ASIAir, etc.) have these issues... perhaps others will chime in. I've invested a lot of time and effort into SM and really like the functionality. I've expressed my opinion before that I would prefer that they focus on this issue as a priority rather than adding more features/functions. Like you, I don't mind in restarting the schedule when there is an issue of any kind. It takes just a few minutes to restart, slew, focus, align and restart guiding/capturing. IMHO, this is an area that needs less finesse and increased simple logic.

I look forward to other's comments.

Ron

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Ron Clanton replied to the topic 'Guiding just stopped' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I'm running a session right now and it did it again. It does seem that it gets stuck during alignment. It reports that it's slewing to target... then that's it. I think that it slewed to the new position, but never releases the job to continue.

Hope someone here can look into it.

Ron

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Ron Clanton replied to the topic 'Guiding just stopped' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Alfred,

Thanks!

Yeah, the Analyze tab didn't show it trying to align... so something got stuck. I'm curious why the "abort" didn't cause the scheduler to take back control and try again, per its settings??

I will try again tonight!

Thanks again,

Ron

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Ron Clanton created a new topic ' Guiding just stopped' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I've been imaging with StellarMate OS for several months without any problems. So I was surprised when my imaging session aborted last night. Best I can determine is that guiding just decided to stop... which stopped everything else. I don't know if is a problem with hardware, connection, software or what.

I've attached my log. The guiding stopped around 04:21. If anyone can decipher what happened... I'd appreciate it!

Thanks!

Ron

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Thanks Hy!

It's not a big deal... but will be nice to have it work.

Ron

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I've had the same issue for the last few updates. It use to show up just fine in previous versions. I reported it a while back, but haven't really pursued it.

Weird thing is that if I load past analyze files, it shows up... but as long bars instead of only a bar during the focus process.

BTW... I thought the Celestron focuser is an absolute focuser???

This is not a huge deal for me, I just have to look at the focus tab to see what activity has occurred. Otherwise, I'm having tremendous success with the new version.

Ron

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Hy,

Thanks! Good to know that I can track the "distance". This will work.

I guess that I expected the messages to be like focus or flip where it would appear in the bottom text. I have mine set for every 20 images, so I would see some confirmation each time it check.

Again, your way of monitoring will work for me... so thanks!

Ron

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I meant the Analyze tab, which show most of the relevant statistics.

My point is that if the alignment has not exceeded the error limit, then it doesn't show anything on the graph or any of the bottom text boxes in the analyze, capture or alignment tabs.

However, all seems to be working fine.

Thanks,

Ron

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Yes, I got the messages in the log. It would also be good to have it show in the Alignment Tab comments at the bottom

Also, it doesn't show in the statistics tab unless the error causes a realignment.

Thanks,

Ron

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Hy,

Okay... I viewed the log and it looks like it is correctly evaluating the alignment as requested. Interesting that there is no message produced in the Alignment tab when it completes. Maybe an enhancement for the future?

Next, I noticed that it should have realigned based on the calculated error. Then I realized that the unit of measure for the error in EKOS Scheduler Configuration is arc-minutes! I had entered "30" thinking that it was arc-seconds. So I'll change it to 0.5 and test again.

Thanks for your help!

Ron

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Thanks Hy,

I'll check the log tomorrow, as I ran them all verbose. I don't think the solver is failing, as it performed successfully at the beginning of the session and after the meridian flip.

Thanks,

Ron

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