Frederick Ruegsegger replied to the topic 'MacOS Nightly Builds' in the forum. 3 days ago

I've spent a little time on the link Nou sent but it lands you on a general announcement page for the platform and not a specific KStars area. I've been searching around for an easily accessable download but haven't found it yet. I haven't spent a lot of time on it but maybe this weekend I'll spend some time.

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Frederick Ruegsegger replied to the topic 'MacOS Nightly Builds' in the forum. 6 days ago

Thanks for the link. I'll do some looking around to see if there's an easily downloadable nightly build as there was previously. I'm not licensed to put my own builds together!

Cheers,
Fred

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Frederick Ruegsegger created a new topic ' MacOS Nightly Builds' in the forum. 7 days ago

I realize the KStars nightly builds for MacOS has been problematic for a couple of months. Now when I try to check the site, my browsers (I've tried Safari, Chrome, and Orion) report that they cannot contact the server. Is anyone else experienceing this problem? I've even tried iOS and experienced the same thing.

Thanks,
Fred

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Just got this focuser and have a question regarding an INDI setting. The INDI driver setting for Step Size includes, next to the input field for step size, the following text: “1000*micons/step”. I have calculated that my focuser has a 1.7 micron step size. If I take the text in the INDI settings window at face value, I would get an input value of 1,700 (1000*1.7). Is that correct?

My attempts to simply input 1.7 as the step size have resulted in the INDI settings rounding that value up to a whole number, 2 in this case. So, I've concluded that INDI doesn't want the step size measured in microns.

Also, is this value actually used by anything? In the Focuser module settings there is another location to input step size that seems happy to accept fractional values.

Thanks!

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Frederick Ruegsegger replied to the topic 'Pegasus FocusCube 3' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

After a frustrating day and a half trying to get this focuser to work (hey, we all like fiddling, right?) I've decided to return the Pegasus FocusCube3 and purchase an Optec focuser for my Sky Watcher Esprit 100. The reason for the return is that the capabilities of the device are misrepresented.They claim the following: FocusCube v3 boasts full support for the latest ASCOM, ASCOM Alpaca, and INDI frameworks, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of astronomical software and platforms.

After a day and a half of trying to get it to work, I contacted Pegasus support and received the following from Evans Souglakos of Pegasus: There is a new driver for indi dedicated for the focuscube3 but it had not been integrated yet to the latest release of indilib. Hopefully it will be available by next week.

So, by their own admission it does not currently support the environment I purchased it for. I would further indicate that the focuser that was shipped to me was at firmware v 1.1. Their current firmware is 1.4.1 and there is no way to successfully upgrade their firmware on a non-Windows machine. I have even attempted to try a firmware upgrade via a Windows virtual machine using Parallels with no success. While I also have requested firmware upgrade instructions from Pegasus they have not replied on that topic.

I would also note that, for those who may be waiting for the next Indi Library release to use this product, there is probably about a two month wait since the latest release just came out February 1st. And for those who are Mac users, the nightly builds have not been available for a month now.

I have used Pegasus products for a few years and have had a good experience - this is a marked departure. I also question why the astro community needs proprietary software that is apparently required, among other things, to upgrade the firmware (Pegasus' Windows only Unity platform). I assume they will sort this out in the fullness of time but it is disappointing that it does not work as advertised.

If you made it this far - thanks for letting me vent!

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Frederick Ruegsegger replied to the topic 'Cable' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Ian, I've not used that particular mount but have you looked at this page regarding selecting the correct driver in KStars/EKOS: indilib.org/individuals/devices/telescopes/celestron.html

If non of that is of use, depending on what kind of computer you're connecting to it is sometimes necessary to download USB to serial driver. I had to do this when I was using a Mac a few years ago.

Finally, I noticed in the link I shared above that it is possible to connect that mount without using a cable. Depending on WiFi signal and how far your computer is from the mount this can sometimes lead to communications challenges of course.

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Frederick Ruegsegger replied to the topic 'Cable' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Ian,

I had a Celestron mount and I connected it via a USB cable from the hand controller to the RPi. On the RPi end of the cable it was the USB A connector and I think on the Celestron hand controller side it was a mini USB connector. I don't know what model Celestron mount you have but using the hand controller as the connection seems to be the predominant path. If you provided more information about the mount model perhaps we could be of more help.

Cheers

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Frederick Ruegsegger created a new topic ' Pegasus FocusCube 3' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Have spent a frustrating day trying to connect this new focuser to Indi/EKOS. Thinking the firmware might be a problem I've tried to update the focuser firmware from 1.1 to 1.4.1 but the Pegasus software is Windows based and I run a Mac (if anyone knows how to upgrade the firmware on this device any other way, I'm all ears). I've tried using Parallels and Windows 11, and after installing the Pegasus software and the required ASCOM software I can control the focuser from my Mac. Of course this isn't what I wanted but it was a path to getting the firmware upgraded. After many attempts I get nothing but error messages and I'm still on Pegasus firmware 1.1. Does anyone have this focuser and have you gotten it to work with Indi/EKOS? When I try to get it to work in Indi/EKOS, it just fails to establish a connection. I've played with ports (Including the one that calls out this focuser specifically) and so far, no luck.

I'm running Stellarmate OS on an RPi 4 and using it as an INDI server. I am running Kstars/EKOS on a Mac where I actually control the system.

Any insights would be very welcome.

Cheers,
Fred

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Paul - did the meridian flip work for you before and is only now failing or has it always failed? If there were no changes in your environment that might have contributed to this, perhaps you could include a log file since that's usually the first thing others here will want to have a look at.

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I've loaded frames for 3 cameras (I did not load frames for the 2 guide cameras I had earlier listed as I thought those would not be of interest/relevant. They are in the Google drive in a directory named Home_Fred_R. Let me know if these are not acceptable or if I can take additional frames.
Best,
Fred

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