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SteveNickolls

PrimaLuceLab’s Eagle Core

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1 hour ago, stash_old said:

Dont have or know Eagle box other than it runs Wins 10. But if it supports Ascom you can do platesolving (assuming that the eagle allows software installs!) using Astrotortilla as this has an inbuilt ASCOM mount interface and even if it cannot interface with your camera(s) (it needs a supported ascom camera) you can use the manual "load image" part of Astrotortilla to use an image to solve and this will inform all ASCOM mount software the solved Ra/Dec - again assuming Eagle uses or makes available the mount driver via ASCOM. So the workflow would be take image,load image into Astrotortilla,Platesolve abd if ok sync mount - the latter should then show you where your mount is pointing (via your Planeltarium software)

the requirement would be

1. Able to install Astrotortilla onto Eagle

2. Load correct index's for your camera's FOV - have you enough disc space

3. Set the correct paramters for Astrotortilla (google SGL Astrotortilla) so get max solving speed

4. Celeron CPU will be slower for Platesolving so faster version the better.

Note depending on your FOV and how close your mount is to the object selected the platesolving times will differ. Also your CPU type ,  using SSD and memory also effect the platesolving speed.

There are other options such as ASTAP (very fast and very simple to install as it comes with its own Index's of about 700mb),ASPS (will auto sync mount) ,platesolve2 and even local Astrometry.net but you would have to pass the cords manual unless you can do command line scripts under Windows

IMO I do not see that Eagle manufactures have a valid reason for not implementing Platesolving as you will not be taking images while platesolving and the rest of the software will be dormant or using little CPU time.

This thread is for Eagle Core and not the Eagle. They are different - Eagle Core runs a proprietary OS and not Windows. There is absolutely no way to implement platesolving on Eagle Core. 

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45 minutes ago, kunene said:

This thread is for Eagle Core and not the Eagle. They are different - Eagle Core runs a proprietary OS and not Windows. There is absolutely no way to implement platesolving on Eagle Core. 

OK -  then "up the creek" comes to mind - without them devoping an platesolving interface or software!!! OR using hub software (not USB Hub)which allows use of the Synscan handcontroller and Eagle core - as I am led to believe Tthe "core" is compatible with the Synscan Hand controller - or is that via Safari only ? Then you would need a laptop etc to platesolve - kinder defeats what you want I guess. Oh Well

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Thanks stash_old and kunene. As kunene says the Eagle Core is different to the bigger Eagle pc models in the PLL stable line up in that rather than using Windows 10 Enterprise it runs on its own proprietory Eagle software, I think it's Linux based. Earlier posts in this thread detail the hardware found inside the Eagle Core.

Cheers,

Steve

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There was actually an update to ver 2.9 a week ago but it only added 2 cameras.  At this point, I don't think they are really interested in any major update. 

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7 hours ago, kunene said:

There was actually an update to ver 2.9 a week ago but it only added 2 cameras.

Thanks for highlighting the latest v2.9 kunene, I'll take a look later at which extra cameras have been added to the Eagle Core's support.

I'm sorry you feel let down there's not more in the update and that it might signal an overall lack ideas for development for the device. The history of the Eagle Core updates has been irregular in the past mixing minor additions with some useful ideas from time to time.

Cheers,
Steve

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Here's a complete list of the contents of all the Eagle Core updates. as you say kunene v2.9 adds support for two cameras and fixes an error for the Canon EOS 450D. 

Added 3.10.2020-finally had some spare time to check if there were changes to the supporting pdf manual with the v2.9 firmware. Unfortunately I can't see any difference. The paper and online manuals really do need updating now and bringing into line with current capabilities of the software and device.

Cheers,
Steve

 

Last version 2.9 25/09/2020:

1) Added support to Nikon D3200 (it doesn't shoot in B mode)

2) Added support to Canon EOS 77D

3) Fixed an error with Canon EOS 450D

 

Version 2.8 25/06/2020:

1) Added possibility to set a delay time between images

2) Added support to Canon EOS 4000D

3) Added support to Nikon Z50 and D850

 

Version 2.7 02/03/2020:

1) Added support of SESTO SENSO 2 and ESATTO focusers

 

Version 2.6 12/07/2019:

1) Added support of Celestron equatorial mounts with NexStar+ handpad

2) Added support to Canon EOS 450D and Nikon D90 cameras

 

 Version 2.5 26/03/2019:

1) Added support of computerized mounts

2) Added support to Canon EOS R and Nikon Z6/Z7 mirrorless cameras

 

 Version 2.4 01/02/2019:

1) Added Auto Dithering feature

2) Added support to Canon EOS 1100D

3) Improved sequences control

 

 Last version 2.2 06/09/2018:

1) Added support to guide cameras ASI120MM-S, ASI120MC-S, ASI178MM, ASI290MM, ASI290MC

2) Added support to Canon EOS 500D, 650D, 800D, 80D and 5D Mark IV

 

 Version 2.1 15/05/2018:

1) Added support to Canon EOS 5D Mark II

 

 Update version 2.0 17/04/2018:

1) Added support to SESTO SENSO robotic focusing motor

2) Added support to Nikon D5300 camera

 

Update version 1.0.20 01/12/2017:

1) Added support to Canon EOS 450D, 1300D, 750D, 70D and Nikon D800E cameras

 

Update version 1.0.15 24/07/2017:

1) Added support to Canon EOS 60D and 60Da

2) Added support to Canon EOS 5D Mark III

3) Added + and - button to decrease/increase Y scale of guide graph

4) ÒguidingÓ button is now disabled during Calibration

 

 Update version 1.0.10 31/05/2017:

1) Fixed an even that could pause autoguide

2) Fixed guide star selection with a tap on the screen

3) Increased system speed

 

 Update version 1.0.9 24/05/2017:

1) Fixed the exposition times for the QHY5L-II camera

2) Now the image resolution of the QHY5L-II camera is correctly set

3) Added option black/white for the guide camera

4) "matrix width" and "matrix height" values are now correctly visualized

5) Added the parameter "Guiding rate" in "Advanced settings"

6) Added support to Nikon D750 camera

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How can I make this plate face the correct direction (orientation) ?

I am trying to use it to mount as Small guidescope. I am threading it into the Eagle core 1/4 screw but it wouldn't face forward before getting tight. How do it get the right orientation? 

 

Thanks

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6 hours ago, kunene said:

I am trying to use it to mount as Small guidescope. I am threading it into the Eagle core 1/4 screw but it wouldn't face forward before getting tight. How do it get the right orientation? 

Hi kunene, I've had similar problem in the past on various combinations of mount etc and I've found a piece of plastic say from a milk carton or a washer or two will often take up the difference between the mated faces to allow a solid orientation of the guidescope. You might need to experiment with a few pieces of plastic/washers until you get the 'right' fit. 👍 Plastic doesn't scratch like washers.

Cheers,
Steve

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7 hours ago, SteveNickolls said:

Hi kunene, I've had similar problem in the past on various combinations of mount etc and I've found a piece of plastic say from a milk carton or a washer or two will often take up the difference between the mated faces to allow a solid orientation of the guidescope. You might need to experiment with a few pieces of plastic/washers until you get the 'right' fit. 👍 Plastic doesn't scratch like washers.

Cheers,
Steve

Thanks for your Insight. I hope a piece of plastic won't cause some flexure. 

Thanks. 

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Just visited the PLL site and there is a version 2.10 firmware update for the Eagle Core adding support for the Nikon Z5 camera. When I get chance I will check the download zip to see if the pdf manual has been updated.

Cheers,

Steve

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10 hours ago, SteveNickolls said:

When I get chance I will check the download zip to see if the pdf manual has been updated.

I've checked this morning and I can't see that the pdf manual has been changed in any way.

It would be good to know if PLL have ever changed the contents of the paper manual that ships with the Eagle Core but verifying this is not easy as the paper manual has no version number. It would be good to know from any new purchaser of the device if the format has changed from the 121 page Italian and English paper manual I have. The English part begins at page 62 and holds information not given in the pdf version. It's important the manual is updated to allow users of the Eagle Core to know what its functionality is for things such as mount control. I will email PLL and ask that the manual is condensed into a pdf that can be kept updated more easily than a printed manual.

Cheers,
Steve

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I really don't know  their thinking or reasons for wanting to keep the extended manual in print form.

Probably, it is because they claim that the printed manual also serves as an astrophotography  primer but  there is nothing special about the astrophotography tips I saw in the printed manual. 

Instead , there are several functions of the device that are explained only in the printed manual.  As if they want to make it a secret, only to be seen by those who have bought the device. I don't know how that makes sense. 

The world has since moved past instructional manuals only in printed form.

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Yes while it was good at the time to get a detailed printed manual with my Eagle Core it does need to show what the current device can do so I'd vote for a pdf manual available to download online. PLL wouldn't have to print (at some cost) a substantial manual.

Cheers,
Steve

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