Paul Imm created a new topic ' Mount will not park in Ekos' in the forum. 2 months ago

Tonight I tried parking my mount after a successful Polar Alignment and it just gets hung up.

I am not using my normal setup.  I believe the settings are good but there is a chance there is something wrong.

I tried clearing the mount in Ekos.

I also could not goto the target I selected.

My mount is the EQ6R Pro.

I am using the latest Stellarmate software version.

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Paul Imm replied to the topic 'ZWO EAF crashes at image capture' in the forum. 3 months ago

After toying with this for quite a lot I found a free micro SD card which I updated to the latest Stellarmate version.

In my initial try, at least it is allowing the focus capture so it appears something must have been fixed.  When I have some more time I will be able to see if everything is working correctly.

I should have updated 1st instead of relying on a setup that worked for me previously.

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Paul Imm created a new topic ' ZWO EAF crashes at image capture' in the forum. 3 months ago

I recently purchased the ZWO EAF.  Tonight I tried using this focuser on my Apertura 60 telescope using my Nikon 5500.

Unfortunately every time I try to capture a focus image the focuser crashes.  I am seeing a message of  I ndi driver Indi_Nikon_ccd crashed.  Afterwards the EAF focuser drops.

I am trying to rule out some kind of setting issue.

Previously I did have the Pegasus Focus Cube working with the Nikon and the same telescope.

I will be honest that I don't have a real good handle on the settings that the Pegasus should have.

Any ideas what might be going on with the crash?
 

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Paul Imm replied to the topic 'Image capture is failing' in the forum. 3 months ago

Yes, I am crossing my fingers that there won't be a reoccurrence.

Since this is not a normal behavior within the Stellarmate OS, I am wondering whether I might have done something to remove the write privilege.  If this happens again I'll want to look further into it.  For now it's good to get back to imaging again.

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Paul Imm replied to the topic 'Image capture is failing' in the forum. 3 months ago

Yesterday evening I reached out to Stellarmate support and Jasem provided the details for restoring drive write status.

In my case it would be sudo chown -R stellarmate:stellarmate /media/stellarmate/Picture

I tried this out and it actually restored my ability to take images on my flash drive!

Jasem did say that by default the permissions should allow write on the flash drive.  The remaining question in which I might never know is why my drive lost it's write privilege from the Stellarmate OS on the pi device.

Hopefully this will help others in a similar predicament.  I really appreciate the help in being able to identify and solve the issue.

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Paul Imm replied to the topic 'Image capture is failing' in the forum. 3 months ago

Alfred, this shows up as a permissions issue with the initial string.

 



I see the same result when I try the ls -la /media/stellarmate/Picture string.

 

If this is a permissions issue it does look like there aren't any write privileges for some reason.  Am I seeing this correctly?

How would you get back the write privileges?

 

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Paul Imm replied to the topic 'Image capture is failing' in the forum. 4 months ago

Alfred, I tried your suggested string and the copy didn't work.

Yesterday I erased the data on the disk so I didn't have a Light folder to match with the string.  I was able to add a new folder called Light.

After that I reran the string and it still failed to complete the action.

So I can manually make a folder but the pi doesn't appear able to copy over a file.

Is there a way to turn off and on the Read only?

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Paul Imm replied to the topic 'Image capture is failing' in the forum. 4 months ago

Hy,

That was a good idea to try, but I found that on my MacBook at least I can write on the disk.

I'll see what happens after formatting.

Paul

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Paul Imm replied to the topic 'Image capture is failing' in the forum. 4 months ago

Hello Hy,

Thank you for suggesting some things to check for.

I am seeing that images can be saved to the pi but can't save to the media disk.

Everything else doesn't show any issue in what I see. The folder's seem to be in order as far as not being filled. The destination shows up correct through digging for the Media folder in stellarmate, the Picture folder also shows up properly in the pi's file explored and this worked fine prior to this week.

I likely will try formatting my media disk, to see if there might have been some corruption; otherwise I'm really perplexed.

I will update here if the formatting helps.

If there is any other setting that might change itself to cause this I'd be all ears.

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Paul Imm created a new topic ' Image capture is failing' in the forum. 4 months ago

This evening I attempted to do some image capturing and the capture is failing no matter what I've tried.

Perhaps the initial issue was that I didn't have my auto ethernet connection hooked to power.

I thought that this would take care of the issue but it still failed.

Every part of my setup is the same as what I've successfully used.  I am getting no connection warnings with my setup.  The INDI Control Panel shows no issues.

Just in case it might break something free I checked to see if there were more updates available; seeing that there was 1 I installed the available update.

Besides actually getting a warning message I am still getting a fail at the download.

 



My USB flash drive is installed in the same USB port.  I can read the drive itself.  The path points to the media drive.

I'm at wits end, any ideas?

 

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Paul Imm replied to the topic 'Starters Guide to ASI294MC Pro' in the forum. 5 months ago

Mike,

I haven't considered using stacked paper for flats.  That will be another idea to try should my grey T-shirt and Light Box method fail.

I have attempted stacking my data without flats once.  What I discovered was that there was a lot of vignetting, otherwise the image was fairly clean looking.

I did give a once over on what Bulrichi wrote.  Even though I don't use PixInsight he had a lot of helpful information.  I am still kind of fuzzy on a lot of the terminology but this article helps.

This evening I took some Flats using my UHC-2 filter.  I think the captured image might help in conveying what to me poses a problem.  This of course is what shows up while in Ekos Capture mode.  I'm assuming that the frame is stretched in the FITS viewer.  It does look totally different upon import on my MacBook Pro.
Mike,

I haven't considered using stacked paper for flats.  That will be another idea to try should my grey T-shirt and Light Box method fail.

I have attempted stacking my data without flats once.  What I discovered was that there was a lot of vignetting, otherwise the image was fairly clean looking.

I did give a once over on what Bulrichi wrote.  Even though I don't use PixInsight he had a lot of helpful information.  I am still kind of fuzzy on a lot of the terminology but this article helps.

This evening I took some Flats using my UHC-2 filter.  I think the captured image might help in conveying what to me poses a problem.  This of course is what shows up while in Ekos Capture mode.  I'm assuming that the frame is stretched in the FITS viewer.  It does look totally different upon import on my MacBook Pro.

  



This shows how inflated the Red values can be.

Since there is such a variance with the ADU values I am wondering whether this would be considered a good flat frame?  If not how would my capture technique need to differ to get this to a better result?

Sorry for invading your tutorial sticky thread.  I am hoping that in getting an understanding of what constitutes a good restricted band flat image that it might be helpful to others with this camera.

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Paul Imm replied to the topic 'Starters Guide to ASI294MC Pro' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hades,

I am making sure that my image train is the same every time that I start an imaging session.  If I take UHC Flats and Dark Flats I follow this with UHC Lights and Darks.

Thank you for your description on how you take Sky Flats.  This certainly is a viable and simple option.  Personally I chose getting a light box as I was aiming for longer flat exposures which I have heard from some that this camera prefers.  At the time I tried Sky Flats I had a 10 second download delay (now this is 2 seconds with PowerLine adapter) with Ekos between 5 second Sky Flats.  By the time the images were completed the ADU variance due to the darkening sky was over 10,000.   Of course a light box carry's it's own set of challenges, such as adding on T-shirts to deaden the light over longer exposures.

The main thing is to stick with what works for you.

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