Mohamed replied to the topic 'Re:Update Stellarmate ?' in the forum. 7 days ago

Frankastro wrote: Hello everyone,
My setup run perfectly. I saw a lot of updates in the Package Updater.
My question is : is it an obligation to update my system if all is right ? Do I have to wait a major update ?
I don't want take a risk :whistle:

Frank


What I always do is that I take a backpack from the SD card whenever I make configuration change and the setup is stable. You can check the update and if you like it, take another backup and if not restore the old backup...


Thank you
Mohamed

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Mohamed replied to the topic 'Re:Power supply question' in the forum. 1 week ago

hy wrote: I've been using this the past 2 years: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XW76584/ref..._title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It's not nearly as nice looking as @jabian's, and it needs to be plugged in, so is only good when you're near power, however, it has been reliable.
I stuck it in a plastic box, as it clearly should have its metal contacts protected, and turn it on and off with a powerstrip.

Hy


Thank you Hy


Thank you
Mohamed

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Mohamed replied to the topic 'Power supply question' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

jabian wrote: It should work with no harm.
I use a ham radio 9-15V 30A Switched Power Supply to power all my gear.
30A is overkilling (probably 10A is also more than enough) but I couldn’t find anything smaller with voltmeter and amperimeter included (and the price of these power sources is reasonable).
I modified the voltage regulator potentiometer to work in the range 11-13V. I was worried of starting it with the setting at 15V and burnt something. These power sources can be set for a fixed voltage of 13.8V but I prefer to work at 12.5V.


Thank you jabian for the tip and confirmation...

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Mohamed created a new topic ' Power supply question' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hello,

I have many power adapters all of which are 12v DC with different amps. My question is can I get a single 12VDC power supply with let's say 20-25 AMPS and feed all equipment at once or this will damage my devices?

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I see you already marked it as solved. in the future, I will make sure to close solved threads :)

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Mohamed replied to the topic 'Re:Ekos capturing problem' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hi Eric,

It was the mirror lock. When I set it to 0 it works and keeps the shutter open for the duration required. If set to 1, the shutter will close after 1 sec, but EKOS keep counting the duration ordered.

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There may be 2 things happening here...

[1] Lost / bad connection to the camera. The line before the lasi show this warning
[2020-12-14T21:46:54.180 EST DEBG ][ default] - WARNING: Phonon::createPath: Cannot connect Phonon::MediaObject ( no objectName ) to Phonon::AudioOutput ( no objectName ).

[2] I recently have issues with the canon driver with my T3i 600D. I shall do more testing as advised by some members when I get a chance

so, besides this polar alignment, did you try capturing images and test continuous video through EKOS?

FYI I have been using the kstar polar alignment (with ASO183mm pro) and it is working fine.

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Mohamed replied to the topic 'Re:Re:Re:PHD2 always crashes' in the forum. 1 month ago

TallFurryMan wrote: One thing you can do is to NOT include the guider device in the Ekos profile. Because it is already in the phd2 profile, Ekos will simply ask phd2 to connect to whatever device it is configured to use. However, it may mean you need a second indiserver to run in parallel, and phd2 was a bit hesitant to connect to two different ports (mount + cam) the last time I checked. This works better if phd2 has native support for your camera.

-Eric


Thank you Eric for your response. I thought about that, but also didn't work well for me as both the guide and main cameras are ZWO. PHD crashed faster if I grabbed a camera directly (not through indi) and then for whatever reason ekos try to open it.

I think the dev 2 worked well for me the last time and will continue to use it for some time...

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Mohamed replied to the topic 'Ekos capturing problem' in the forum. 1 month ago

I have the same problem with T3i 600D. Kstars 4.5. It doesn't matter how long I set EKOS to capture, it is only 1 sec and ekos keep counting then hang and crash. I will try to get a debug log that may help.

PS: The same camera was used successfully with an older version of EKOS/INDI, but no longer with the new one

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Mohamed replied to the topic 'Re:Re:PHD2 always crashes' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi Eric

I tried 2.6.9 dev2 yesterday with EKOS and it worked very well... Thanks for the tip (again)

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Mohamed replied to the topic 'Re:Re:EKOS parking close to NCP' in the forum. 1 month ago

TallFurryMan wrote: Note that if you plate-solve at NCP, you may introduce a sync point which, depending on the mount, has a huuuge rounding error. So, never plate-solve near NCP for any other purpose than polar alignment.

-Eric


Thanks Eric for the tip. I didn't know that... And maybe this is what happened!!! The 1st target I think was C1 which is very close to Polaris...

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Mohamed replied to the topic 'Re:Re:EKOS parking close to NCP' in the forum. 1 month ago

AstroNerd wrote: Yes, this is normal as the mount parks at Polaris, which is not the NCP hence why the position changes, as Polaris rotates around the NCP.


I may be new to this, but I’ve never seen the mount parks or even start from Polaris, it is always NCP. Maybe this is because I’m not using the HC anymore and the mount under ekos total control.


Thank you
Mohamed

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