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    APT Plate solving problem with PS2

    Plus dont forget Platesolve 2 needs to have its setting set to point to Cat's and ASPS needs Cywin etc - as far as I remember they still will not share the same location and work - might be wrong not done new Installation of APT for a while.
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    APT Plate solving problem with PS2

    Plus for Julian statement but add what does your Pointcraft settings say about where the files are and do they exist there. Most likely permissions problem if Windows - hence Julian's Run as
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    RS232 to WIFI

    V3 handsets used RS232 to connect to a PC (via USB/RS232 adapter or a real com port) to update Firmware and / or use direct connection in "PC direct mode Mode". There is now a "Synscan relay V4" firmware for just that but I dont know if you loose any other functions(I dont think so but others my know !) on the handset so as a test use the old "PC Direct Mode" function. http://skywatcher.com/download/software/
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    RS232 to WIFI

    Do not use this device to connect directly to your mount - I have read the manual and IMHO it uses RS232 voltage levels(18V others please check - it was a quick look!) not TTL 3.3 or 5v - these are upto 18V which will blow the board on your mount. You could use your Handset and connect this device to the "PC" port as this (on V3 versions) is RS232 - else bye bye mount board.
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    RS232 to WIFI

    Dont use ESP for Wifi its very limited is range/power unless you have a mobile Access Point or very strong signal. Its not RS232 by the way its TTL Serial - very similar but the voltages involved are totally different - you will damage you mount if you use the wrong type / voltage. I think you mount voltage requirements it can use 3.3 or 5v TTL - BUT DO Check first. I am assuming you are not using your handset in anyway! The simplest way to connect is to use a USB to TTL adapter that will allow you to connect to a PC etc - if you really want WiFi then you can add a RPI zero W (w for wifi) and plug the USB to TTL adapter into the RPI Zero and use SER2NET to convert WiFi signals(UDP or TCP) to the USB/TTL adapter (a simple configuration file) - Port numbers need to be correct ). So cost would be about £20 (Adapter and RPI). If you want this set up to be stand alone then you will need to make the RPI into an Access Point (google for instructions) else you will need to make sure the RPI connections to your LAN's Wifi. The biggest issue using Wifi is the signal type (2.4 or 5ghz) and strength - its ok over " clear line of sight" short distances (3-8m or better with 5GHZ) other wise you will run the risk of dropped connections (although playing with retries and time outs can help) If you really a DIY'ER then look at this site they sell TTL to WiFi devices (there are other Chinese Manu) PLUS they provide Windows Virtual Com port driver software https://www.usriot.com/products/wifi-modules/ I have not used Sky Safari in stand alone mode (nothing else being used) over Wifi - I normally use Synscan App Pro (connected to RPI Zero or RPI3 WiFi and Ser2net) in which case Sky Safari connects to TCP PORT 11882 (check might be 11884) on the device running Synscan App (on Android you can run both on the same device). Then Synscan app talks to any WiFi or Wired device via UDP port 11880 and the Sky Safari talks to Synscan App. If you want to expand later maybe you should look at IndiLib project as this provides even more options - most of which work well. https://indilib.org
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    Canon EOS 6D PC recognition

    Well the 80d does work - did you disable "Face Detection" (seems the main problem setting) plus other settings - According to other users the 80d has been working since 2017 with APT . http://aptforum.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=806&p=10667&hilit=80d#p10667 If you have problems with any software APT & BYEOS first check the appropriate forum for a solution if that doesn't work then drop them an email both APT and BYEOS are pretty good at coming up with solutions. Assuming its the software not some other problem !
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    Canon EOS 6D PC recognition

    Yes they do - what evidence have you that "modern canon camera's" dont work on BYEOS and APT - if they are in the "support matrix" they normally work ok. The 6d mark 1 has been working on APT since 2014 http://aptforum.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=36 . They even work on Indi LOL The problems are normally when Canon and others release a "New Mark version" or a new model which the old Canon provided SDK (software Development Kit) doesn't support. As soon as Canon releases the updated SDK both Byeos and APT normally do an update to support them. I grant you problems do occur but that's software development its not perfect - its done by humans If its a Mark ii 6D read this https://www.otelescope.com/forums/topic/2397-support-for-new-canon-6d-mark-ii/ So come on Alan give software developers a break they are working hard and mostly provide good working software !!!!! Its not even Linux software this time its Windows
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    Backyard EOS shutdown

    Making a connection to the camera and it being recognised by BYEOS or any other software means that the "connection" is working 100%. Until you start sending masses of data thats when you find out the "quality" of your cable. As per other suggestions :- 1. Buy a high quality USB cable say 1m long as a stand by item to test USB connections. In the UK Lindy provide high quality Cromo USB cables. Try I use a 90 degree plug this takes the strain off the USB port on the camera. 2. Connect your camera , during the day will do, with your new cable run some tests . Repeat with your old cable. If they sill both work did you notice any download speed differences - I had a 25% decrease in down load times using higher quality cables which are less prone to interference at long distances when the signal is USB weakens 3. Try (2) again on another computer - if the problem disappears its your computer and/or USB port on the first computer. If it occurs again and on both USB cables then it maybe your camera's port - they do wear - I use a 1m 90 degree "curly" cable ( more expensive !) but leave it plugged into the camera. 4. Try taping the USB cable at the camera end in a small (not too small) loop or curve so there is less risk of the cable being "pulled". Some problems are a real pain to narrow done - good luck !
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    Connecting eq6 to Apt app

    Think you are getting confused. You connect Ascom to your Mount via a driver using one of the supported methods - e.g. Serial COM port. After that you can connect APT via the same Ascom telescope driver - so for example Heq5. the latter would then be used by all software that wants to control your mount - e.g. CDC,Stellarium. You can of course connect the other software to the Ascom Telescope driver before connecting APT - it doesn't matter - the key point is it must be the same driver - p.s. After the first connection to the Ascom Telescope Driver by Apt or CDC etc you will not need to input the properties (the bit you say which port) again as they have been set by the first application that connected to the Ascom Telescope driver. You will of course have o do this (or at least check the details) every session - in case something has changed - for example Com port number ! So once you have a USB Com Port Adapter (or Wifi etc) that is specific for you mount AND your mount has a Telescope Driver that supports your mount you will be able to connect APT to your mount via Ascom. P.S. I use APT 90% of the time connected to my mount via Ascom (SW AZEQ6) and this enables me to use PlateSolving. A very good product and even better once AOT provide GoTo Plans which I beleive is coming soon Plus direct support of ZWO camera's (instead of AScom ZWO driver) is also on the horizon. Hope that helps !
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    SharpCap Pro

    You could of course spend 250GBP on another product that does the same thing and is not any more precise
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    SkyWatcher AZ-GTI Mount WiFi not working

    No it means SW are using ESP wifi chip which does a connect to AP (or acts as a an Access Point) - routers provide Wireless AP. The SW should be the client mode so it is connecting to a router not the router(s) connecting to the SW - unless AZ Wifi can act as an Access Point (SW Wifi Adapter can so maybe AZ GTI can too) . As Synscan_cd09 SSID is appearing it would suggest it is acting as an AP so Wifi channel interference could be the problem. Can you change the WiFi channel with the Synscan App Pro via WiFi settings? Plus it seems you only have 15mins to connect successfully else it turns the Wifi off - plus a Factory reset takes 4 hrs (Mad) so the manual says. You could also do a test by using the Windows version of SynScan App Pro - if you have a Windows PC as this may have a better signal. Plus either way ESP WiFi chips do a 2 stage load hence the name change. Dont own an SWAZ GTI so might be wrong for that device. Hope you get sorted !
  12. Update I have now got the Canon 100d to work with Indi/Ekos 100% wireless or wired, remote or local. As the weather hasn't very good around my way thought i would do some more digging and found a simple solution to my problem. By turning off Noise Reduction setting on the Canon 100d settings Indi/Ekos now take images of any length(most I have tested 60secs but see no reason to fail) Fit or Naive (CR2) format works Plus the download time is now very fast ,in native mode (22mb), even on the RPI3 with the Canon connected to the RPI3 and Kstars running on another PC - about 3-6 secs after he shutter closes. Note for his speed I use a TP-link Access point (2.4 or 5mhz or wired) which can work off 12v DC (just 1amp). So now will be doing some real field testing but fingers crossed LOL
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    For those using Win 10....

    Paranoid or not the US/UK and others have been sifting code produced by chips/driver etc from China etc for a good few years - it would be very lax to do otherwise ! I bet China does the same to US stuff ! If the US bugged phones of PM's of EU ( and others) then who knows - Harris Computers use to specialise in Decrypting digital phone systems. Have to see how it pans out truth or lie - Funny since I commented on this here my land line keeps clicking when I use it LOL
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    For those using Win 10....

    Wont help if your PC has a certain Chinese Chip on board https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/10/04/supermicro_bloomberg/ - I am sure other countries do the same LOL P.S. This is not fake news !!!!
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    For those using Win 10....

    You can do most of that via most modern routers provided by ISP's - Content filtering,black listing,port blocking etc. For Windows users there is Wingate proxy (been around for 20yrs) - free up to 10 PC's

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