John replied to the topic 'KStars MacOS 3.6.3 beta dmg, please test' in the forum. 4 days ago

Hi Peter,The checkbox is now an input field on the Mechanics tab. Set both Backlash and AF Overscan to zero. These 2 fields now allow independent settings of whatever value you require.



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John replied to the topic 'KStars MacOS 3.6.3 beta dmg, please test' in the forum. 5 days ago

Hi Rob,

I had a play around with Sims and all looks good.

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John replied to the topic 'Is there a way to reuse a sequence file?' in the forum. 6 days ago

You can move the files you've already captured or turn off the scheduler option "Remember job progress" (but that will have other consequences).

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I'm guessing it would also be possible to adjust the calibration for the effect of rotation (assuming that is the only change) and thereby reuse the existing calibration. It could either get the angle of rotation from the rotator or by plate-solving.

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John replied to the topic 'How to set RA/DEC limits' in the forum. 1 week ago

Hi Miguel,

You can setup mount limits here:



The other thing worth doing is protecting against a Kstars crash (assuming you do unattended observing). If Kstars does crash then there won't be a MF or anything to enforce HA limits. There is a process called Watchdog that runs separately from Kstars and can be setup to take action if there is no longer a heartbeat to Kstars. A basic setup might be to park the mount if there is no heartbeat...


There is more info on Watchdog here:
www.indilib.org/aux/watchdog.html

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Hi maxthebuilder,

I haven't looked into this but just thinking out loud...

If you are debayering then Ekos is *probably* taking the first channel. Just looking at your signature if you are using the ASI2600MC Pro then the bayer pattern (according to google) is RGGB. If you don't debayer then it may be using data from all channels? - not sure, have to look into it.

Could potentially allow a configuration to let focus use data from a user specified channel so if you want better focused Ha or Sii then choose Red (but the Oiii will be out of focus). If you want better focused Oiii then choose Blue (but the Ha/Sii will be out of focus).

The only way to get everything in focus at the same time is to have a "tool" to make the optical path through the telescope, filter and camera par-focal so when Ha is in focus so is Oiii.

Alternatively in post-processing, something like BlurXTerminator will deal with the colour fringing around stars (but can't completely compensate for some of the data being out of focus).

Will think some more about this...

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Hi Bernd,

I spoke too soon yesterday. I've played around for a while on the sim and CANNOT reproduce the crash. Can you enable verbose Ekos Focus logging and post the log please? There isn't enough info the original log to give a clue as to what is going on.

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John replied to the topic 'What happened to kstars?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I first tried rebuilding in Qt including re-running CMAKE. Maybe that will work on Linux I'm not sure. On Mac it didn't work for me - same symptoms of no Indi and no Ekos. I had to rebuild my environment from scratch and then rebuild within Qt to get it working.

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Hi Bernd,

There's not much to go on in the log file but I think I can reproduce this on the simulator so I'll try and debug it when I have a bit of time.

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John replied to the topic 'What happened to kstars?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

You'll need to build Indi as well. You'll need Indi 2 for the latest Kstars (3.6.3).

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Yes, just set an AF overscan and the last movement will be inward by this amount. In your example, the last movement will be inward by 100, so 40 for real backlash and 60 to move the focuser.

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