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JSeaman

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  1. Would he be OK with a simple mono camera like this? https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/zwo-asi120mm-mini-monochrome-small-format-13-cmos-usb-20-camera.html
  2. Would he be OK with a simple mono camera like this? https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/zwo-asi120mm-mini-monochrome-small-format-13-cmos-usb-20-camera.html
  3. OK one to watch, hopefully the additional logging will help if it reoccurs but I haven't been able to make it today
  4. No I had already done that following your comment so it's something else
  5. I had my first go at running a full schedule last night, I managed to unpark, slew, focus, plate solve, guide, image and shutdown perfectly. The second time I did it, the mount didn't park properly but everything else worked. I'll need to re-set the home position and I have enabled verbose logging to file and just downloading the latest updates to see if I can reproduce it
  6. That's interesting, the data certainly persisted on my set up (I checked with the roof off before trying again!!) but thanks anyway
  7. OK so that's it, it went from being a "yay it works" thread to more of a how to but hope it helps, I'm pretty pleased with everything currently, hopefully I'll feel the same with a few years of astro work under my belt!
  8. Guiding This worried me the most, I have lost more time than I care to think tweaking PHD, changing parameters, playing with different algorithms, calibrating for minutes at a time etc. With this, I ticked autostar and pressed guide, within seconds it was guiding. Absolutely amazed by how well this all hangs together
  9. Focusing This was a really pleasant surprise after having to go in and out with a Bahtinov mask for the last couple of years, Ekos will control your guide CCD (ZWO ASI 120mm mini for me) and your focuser (Lakeside in my case) to achieve focus. You can manually move things around or set the position but just hit auto focus without setting anything up and it achieves perfect focus (verified with my trusty Bahtinov afterwards)
  10. Shutdown Script I wanted to turn the Pi off automatically at the end of my session, to do this you can run a script. You can do this a number of ways but my approach was to right click on the desktop and choose new file: Type in a name ending with .sh (Unix SHell file extension for bash scripts), I called mine Shutdown.sh Enter 3 lines: #!/bin/bash shutdown now exit 0 The first line tells the interpreter it is a bash script, the second one switches off the pi without a password prompt and the third line just returns a success code for running the script. The last thing to do is right click on the file and choose properties then give execute permissions to anyone Your shutdown procedure shown in the previous section can then just point at this script to fully switch things off and look after that SD card before you pull power
  11. Schedule There is also an over-arching scheduler which lets you control the whole astro session. This handles everything from unparking the scope through to shutting things down and you also call a Sequence as set up previously for taking the images You will notice there are 4 Steps shown on the top left which are: 1. Track – goes to the target which you select using the “Target” box 2. Focus – will automatically focus on a star for you 3. Align – Plate solves and moves to accommodate any positional errors 4. Guide – Guess what that does?! This is all so easy and works really well
  12. Picture Sequence Similar to APT and other tools, you can set up a sequence of photos to take using different settings, filters etc. Click the camera button and choose the right CCD from the list highlighted below. Then enter any settings e.g. 50 pictures of 600 seconds then press “+” to add it to the sequence Save the sequence using the button on the right
  13. Custom Home Position Like most astro mount controller software, it expects the mount to be at 0/0 for RA/Dec on power up. I use a custom park position so started up in the traditional “Home” position of 0/0 and then moved the mount as follows: Click on the mount icon On the right hand side you will see the mount control button: If you are familiar with EQMod then this is a similar interface, if you’re not it’s fairly self explanatory, press the buttons and move the mount around. You will need to unpark it first and you might want to drag the slider to the right so you can slew around quickly Once you have found your new home position, pop back to the Indi panel and choose Site Management then press the Set button shown below
  14. Indi Control Panel Once you have a profile set up, click the play button mentioned above and the control panel will appear with all your stuff: You can delve into all the menus and find dozens of settings you never knew about. The interface is such that the bold white text on a button is the selected state e.g. above, the connection is live and you can click the button marked “Disconnect” to drop it
  15. I’m still finding my way around but I have done the following so far: Set up a Profile You can add different profiles for different kit configurations easily from the Ekos window I only have one profile which is where I list all my gear. I selected the following for my ASI ZWO 120mm guide scope, ASI ZWO 1600mm camera, NEQ6 Pro Mount and Lakeside Focuser (note I chose for it to autoconnect and guide using KStars directly which is way easier than PHD to set up initially!)
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