I can succesfully use the CHDKPTP program to get a live view, but was hoping to use the astronomy features of your program! If you can suggest anything I might be able to try, I would be grateful!
It was bad weather for a very long time so outdoor testing was not much possible. I have many indoor and daylight tests. I tested Astrokam with Ascom telescope simulator and Cartes du ciel. Thanks for the great tips of CDC integration. Now I am testing Astrokam with my a590is, not SX110 (Astrokam with SX110 liveview is unstable). Liveview is ok, but OSD is not displayed properly in Astrokam. With OSD some icons, for example battery, are displayed with wrong color, but many original canon and CHDK OSD are not visible. With CHDKPTP canon and CHDK OSD ok. The manual focus control OSD and adjustment OSD not visible in Astrokam. I am still in the process of figuring out how Astrokam works. I understand a great dial of it but there is still a lot to figure out and test. New functions would be very useful:- Most important function: lots of times you can not tell if something is frozen or the process is just taking a particularly long time. It would be great to have a progress bar for all processes that are taking a long time. For example: when someone is initiating a preprogrammed shooting, a progress bar would be very useful to show if it is still going or it is frozen out.Compare the time stamp of the progress messages in the top bar with the real time in the bottom left to measure progress and to check for freezes.-It is not the best that one has to give a time period for a certain photo shooting. It would be great if a number of frames could be set. I had to make a choice early on how to control the sequences. I thought that using duration for each sequence makes it easy to calculate total plan duration and target start times. Looking at the code, it would be a major rewrite to change to number of shots.- The program is now showing the actual picture number when a preprogrammed photo shooting is in process, but it doesn’t show out of how many it is (like picture number 15 of 35). Bottom bar now shows sequence x of y and progress in minutes run of sequence duration.-When there is a plan in progress you can not interrupt it with the stop button. It would be great if it could be interrupted at any time and to have a response signal of it. Stop button will respond once camera has finished current shot. You only need to press it once.- At each restart the settings would go back to default. It would be great if the program would remember the last settings. Agreed, but it is a lot of work for me. Maybe if more users post their results I will be motivated.-In case of a sequence the time can not be set to anywhere less then 1 sec (for normal image, not bias). For the daylight tests or in case of a bright target (like Sun, Moon, etc.) it would be useful to be able to set fractions of a second. Sub-second exposures work OK for me. You have to enter the exposure time manually in the box. Can you post a sequence that gives you problems.When I set 1 sec exposition time on the sequence/plan tab, then the status line down below shows 16 sec. If you check the exif data, it shows that the pictures are 1 sec. The bottom status line only shows the current exposure time to use for test shots. Sequence and plan exposures are set separately.When I run a plan, I often get the following message: Start settling scope (not responding). But after some time program works again. The scope settling time is set by default to 20sec in Settings. AstroKam is locked out during this time. I try dither with PHD2 too, not easy without real telescope and real sky. I think it works, but PHD2 does crash sometimes. Astrokam sometimes when running plan, displays error messages, on top status information (local language) English translation: The operation is not allowed on non-connected sockets.Check with PHD2 support.
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