Stephane created a new topic ' I heard a crack... and it's broken (focuser)' in the forum. 9 hours 37 minutes ago

Last night on closing the box I heard a crack, as in something snapping. A sound that I never heard in my box but didn't pay much attention as it was quite late, maybe 1 am or so...
Well today I tried to take a 10 sec picture and the stars were out of focus, quite strange as I had it focused last night... and I could also see star trails on a 2 sec picture... at that point my frustration goes into overdrive !!!
Let me test the polar alignment, and it was off again by a mile... of ffs here we go again, so I start re-aligning the mount. As the mount goes through the motion of slewing I heard something moving, and this is the point I realise that the all field flattener and imaging train is moving. Sadly it wasn't just loose, that snapping sound I heard last night came from the focuser (Baader Planetarium)... :angry: Something broke so now the focuser is inoperative.
And to add salt to the wound, I shouldn't have attempted to re-align the mount, due to the imaging train al wobbly, of course my alignment will be off... :whistle:

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Stephane created a new topic ' setting the backlash (HEQ5 pro)' in the forum. 19 hours 13 minutes ago

I'm going through the options of the EqMod driver and I see that you can set the backlash, now how does one set this up and what exactly would I gain from it please?



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Stephane replied to the topic 'Dome park and telescope park policies not right' in the forum. yesterday

This is my driver [url], I'll collect some logs tomorrow.
As for the dome... it's a box, just a simple box with a lid :)

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Stephane replied to the topic 'Successful polar alignment using the PAA' in the forum. yesterday

Summer is off for me, 0 astronomical darkness, and my observatory was offline due to a network issue. The router had the firmware upgraded, lost all my settings... so lost connection to the box.
I also wanted to quieter the box, which is now done. And gone OAG (so far so good, guiding to be tested... maybe tomorrow)

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Stephane replied to the topic 'Successful polar alignment using the PAA' in the forum. yesterday

In my last polar alignment session, I was able to do 0°0'12" well I am not going to try to best it.

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Stephane created a new topic ' Successful polar alignment using the build-in tool' in the forum. yesterday

Obviously after all the work I've done at the observatory the other day, a polar alignment was needed... It took me while to align the box again, once I was close enough I fired up the polar alignment tool... I think after 4 tries I was getting very close and on the final one I got it quite spot on.



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Stephane replied to the topic 'Post your INDI Setup!' in the forum. yesterday

G_Gagnon wrote: Vey nice remote observatory! Wondering what you use as outside panels. They seem light and water resistant with the added bonus of not requiring painting.

Thanks.


Thanks, I use some aluminium composite material panels for the box, the frame is wood.
All panels can be removed with strict minimum effort.

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Stephane created a new topic ' Dome park and telescope park policies not right' in the forum. yesterday

Something's not right there...

Dome policy:
[INFO] Warning: Telescope parking policy set to: Telescope locks. This disallows the dome from parking when telescope is unparked, and can lead to damage to hardware if it rains!

EqMod policy:
[INFO] Warning: Dome parking policy set to: Both. This disallows the scope from unparking when dome is parked, and tells scope to park if dome is parking. This will disable the locking for dome parking, EVEN IF MOUNT PARKING FAILS.


Well, I have issued a Park on the dome, and the mount did not move an inch.... I'm glad the abort button works....


latest indi stuff on the server and Kstars 3.2.0 (laptop, not running latest one yet)

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Stephane replied to the topic '[FIXED] Dome does not support variable speed' in the forum. 2 days ago

sterne-jaeger wrote: Strange! Do you have an idea where the call to SetSpeed() comes from? Is the parameter stored in the config file?


Haven't got a clue about this setting, it won't affect me as I do not really have a dome... it's just a box with a lid :lol:
But I needed this value in my driver to get it working with the latest indilib.

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Brian thanked Stephane in topic Post your INDI Setup! 2 days ago