Monthly Archives: August 2019

This is an ex filter wheel!

I was having trouble getting my Xagyl filter wheel working with Ekos last night, partly because INDI fights with the serial subsystem thanks to both the wheel and the NEQ6 mount using /dev/ttyUSBn devices. I worked around the entire problem … Continue reading

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More T2, Vicar?

Setting up cameras on my telescopes has shown up a distinct lack of all the fiddly little bits of kit that you don’t think about 🙁 In particular, extensions to fit T2 threads on cameras, and male-to-male converters to fit … Continue reading

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Swimming, 30th August 2019

I went to the pool today with good intentions, but somehow the message didn’t get to my muscles. Every length was a struggle today. I attempted the same set that I completed yesterday, but this time failed on reps seven … Continue reading

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Progress with the Dumbell

After my efforts on the Dumbell Nebula a short while back I’ve been collecting more data. I actually threw away my luminance subs and collected 250 minutes of new luminance data as 600s subs, and 50 minutes each of 300s … Continue reading

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Swimming, 29th August 2019

The pool was a little cooler today, but still way too warm for swimming hard. Regardless, I attempted the same set as last time with a target of 49s and I’m pleased to say I managed to complete it. Even … Continue reading

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Skywatcher drawtubes are different lengths. Who knew?

I have a focuser I’m unhappy with that I wish to upgrade when I can find a replacement I’m happy with, but as a stock Skywatcher R&P focuser came up for very little money I bought it to use in … Continue reading

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NEQ6 guiding failure after meridian flip

I’m using Kstars/Ekos to control my mounts and in theory it’s possible to set things up so the mount will automagically meridian flip if the hour angle increases beyond a certain value. Having seen it in action it does look … Continue reading

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On-mount USB hubs

With the proliferation of devices attached directly or indirectly to my telescope mounts it seemed sensible to consider placing a USB hub directly on the mount and running a single USB cable to the controlling PC, rather than having a … Continue reading

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Missing icons in Kstars and Ekos

After installing Kstars and friends on my Mint 19 desktop from the launchpad PPA, I discovered that none of the buttons in the application had icons. Some were blank, whilst others had text overlaying them. I only actually realised this … Continue reading

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Success with libgphoto2!

Since the last release of oacapture I’ve mostly been working on oalive, an EAA-type application that will share a large amount of code with oacapture. One of the new things I wanted to do with this was to add support … Continue reading

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