lancaster (Robert Lancaster)
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Dec 13 2019

lancaster requested review of D25954: Making the Columns in the Align view resize automatically.
Dec 13 2019, 3:05 PM · KDE Edu

Dec 8 2019

lancaster accepted D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..
Dec 8 2019, 12:32 AM · KDE Edu

Dec 4 2019

lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

Doesn't it usually become a different color when disabled like a gray color? That is usually the better way.

Dec 4 2019, 6:52 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..
Dec 4 2019, 6:52 PM · KDE Edu

Dec 3 2019

lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

I just tested it. the left one works great! The auto button has an issue though. When auto is selected, its blank, and then when you move a slider, the button appears. Is it supposed to be no button at all when auto is selected?

Dec 3 2019, 11:17 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

Here are some screenshots of similar interfaces from PixInsight and Luminar.

Dec 3 2019, 6:02 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

I think its much improved!!

Dec 3 2019, 12:41 AM · KDE Edu

Dec 2 2019

lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

you answered my question about the absolute sliders adequately. I can see how the absolute slider would not be easy to use because of the fine adjustments required. It would still be nice to have some visual information about where in the range the current value happens to be, but that doesn't have to be in the form of an absolute slider.

Dec 2 2019, 5:11 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

So my suggestion for your downside: I believe you have stretch and auto enabled by default correct? So then all should be enabled, it would only be disabled if they uncheck stretch so it shows a linear image.

Dec 2 2019, 5:08 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

I'm not sure you understand my comment about how auto didn't change the sliders. What I did is I hit auto first, noted the numbers for the sliders, then I played with one of the sliders, noted the new number it displayed, then I hit auto again. The number displayed on the slider was not the one that was shown when I hit auto the first time, but it instead showed the last number I had gotten when playing with the slider. Auto clearly changed the image, but it didn't change the info on the slider.

Dec 2 2019, 5:06 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

oh one more question. What will be done with the fits filters under the view menu?

Dec 2 2019, 1:55 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

oh related to what I just said, turning on "auto" does not change the values on the sliders. is it supposed to?

Dec 2 2019, 1:49 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

That does look much better. I am uncertain as to whether highlights is needed or not, we should try it on some bright planet or moon images before getting rid of it.

Dec 2 2019, 1:44 AM · KDE Edu

Dec 1 2019

lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

Another question, why does the image get grainy when dragging the sliders? Is that to reduce the memory or processor load required? Or maybe to speed it up?

Dec 1 2019, 10:13 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25645: New UI to allow the user to modify the stretch being used..

My first observation is that I am very impressed! This is an awesome and sorely needed functionality and you did it so fast!!!

Dec 1 2019, 5:54 PM · KDE Edu

Nov 26 2019

lancaster accepted D25452: Reset guiding calibration if the mount moves and "Always Reset Guide Calibration" option is set..
Nov 26 2019, 7:29 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25452: Reset guiding calibration if the mount moves and "Always Reset Guide Calibration" option is set..

But even if you do improve the internal guider, that doesn't mean folks would not want the option available to redo the calibration every time. Ok I think it makes sense.

Nov 26 2019, 7:29 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25452: Reset guiding calibration if the mount moves and "Always Reset Guide Calibration" option is set..

One concern that I have about this is that PHD2 today can reuse the same calibration between different observing sessions and at many different positions in the sky. It is supposed to correct for the changes. I'm not totally convinced yet that it does, but every time I have used it since they made that change, it has worked very well. So often you don't want to reset the guiding calibration when using PHD2.

Nov 26 2019, 7:28 PM · KDE Edu

Nov 19 2019

lancaster accepted D25380: Abort plate solving when slewing is detected.
Nov 19 2019, 9:19 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25380: Abort plate solving when slewing is detected.

That works much better!

Nov 19 2019, 9:19 PM · KDE Edu

Nov 18 2019

lancaster added a comment to D25318: Update the auto-stretch scheme and UI.

The toggle button does not appear to be "checked" when it is turned on like the other ones I made do. Can you make it get highlighted/checked when you click it to turn it on?

Nov 18 2019, 11:25 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25380: Abort plate solving when slewing is detected.

This looks like a great idea. I haven't had a chance to set up my telescope, but I did try it in the simulator. I held down the arrow button on the Mount Toolbox while it was trying to solve an image, but it still successfully solved the image. I am not sure if the CCD Simulator didn't give the same signal that a real mount would, but I would have expected the solver to not complete until I stopped pressing the slew button based on what you described and what the code looks like.

Nov 18 2019, 11:02 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster accepted D25376: Load PHD2 star image from memory instead of temporary file.

This appears to work very well! Great work!

Nov 18 2019, 8:47 PM · KDE Edu

Nov 14 2019

lancaster updated the diff for D25295: Adding the polynomial and focus position to the focus graph as well as tooltips.

Deleting arcsec symbol where it should not be

Nov 14 2019, 5:06 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D25295: Adding the polynomial and focus position to the focus graph as well as tooltips.

fixing possible crash

Nov 14 2019, 2:20 AM · KDE Edu

Nov 13 2019

lancaster added a reviewer for D25295: Adding the polynomial and focus position to the focus graph as well as tooltips: mutlaqja.
Nov 13 2019, 9:35 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster requested review of D25295: Adding the polynomial and focus position to the focus graph as well as tooltips.
Nov 13 2019, 9:08 PM · KDE Edu

Nov 7 2019

lancaster updated the diff for D25202: Adding the polynomial and focus position to the focus graph.

beautification

Nov 7 2019, 10:25 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a reviewer for D25202: Adding the polynomial and focus position to the focus graph: mutlaqja.
Nov 7 2019, 10:04 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster requested review of D25202: Adding the polynomial and focus position to the focus graph.
Nov 7 2019, 10:02 PM · KDE Edu

Nov 4 2019

lancaster updated the diff for D25138: Keeping track of download times for more reliable time estimates..

simplification

Nov 4 2019, 7:44 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D25138: Keeping track of download times for more reliable time estimates..

commas not args

Nov 4 2019, 7:47 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the test plan for D25138: Keeping track of download times for more reliable time estimates..
Nov 4 2019, 7:21 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D25138: Keeping track of download times for more reliable time estimates..

Resorting getExposeLeft, and updating the summary screen timer

Nov 4 2019, 7:18 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25138: Keeping track of download times for more reliable time estimates..

That makes sense, because they may want just the exposure time, not the exposure time plus download

Nov 4 2019, 6:51 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added reviewers for D25138: Keeping track of download times for more reliable time estimates.: mutlaqja, wreissenberger.
Nov 4 2019, 5:19 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster requested review of D25138: Keeping track of download times for more reliable time estimates..
Nov 4 2019, 5:08 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25133: Handle guiding problems during dithering.

oh ok, gotcha. I see now they are different types of messages.

Nov 4 2019, 12:16 AM · KDE Edu

Nov 3 2019

lancaster added a comment to D25133: Handle guiding problems during dithering.

It looks like this would give the user duplicate messages on success or failure of dithering. I can't test it now due to time constraints, but it looks like it would tell the user:

Nov 3 2019, 9:07 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25114: Directly specify arcsecond error in Align UI..

I like it, this is a great idea!

Nov 3 2019, 9:30 AM · KDE Edu

Nov 2 2019

lancaster accepted D25105: Dithering while crossing the meridian recognized as guiding.
Nov 2 2019, 5:20 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25105: Dithering while crossing the meridian recognized as guiding.

Ok I think these changes make a lot of sense. Making a method for checking if guiding is active instead of just checking the state is a very good idea because then we can do what you did and check a number of guide states at the same time, but also if we need to check something else besides the state we could do that too. So I like that.

Nov 2 2019, 5:17 PM · KDE Edu

Oct 31 2019

lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

I'm glad, this is a better solution than just turning on auto star.

Oct 31 2019, 9:48 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

Please see if clearing the starCenter helps.

Oct 31 2019, 8:58 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

Clearing starCenter variable

Oct 31 2019, 8:58 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

It did work for PHD2. There must be something else for the internal guider.

Oct 31 2019, 8:44 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the test plan for D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.
Oct 31 2019, 6:50 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

Please see if this is any better. Also make sure it works!

Oct 31 2019, 6:46 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

Clearing the tracking box after the meridian flip rather than setting autostar.
Also doing it for both Internal Guider AND PHD2, instead of just PHD2.

Oct 31 2019, 6:45 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

I was not aware that the tracking star still being selected when guiding resumes after a meridian flip was affecting the internal guider as well? From the forum you posted, I'm not sure I'm clear if this is part of the problem or the whole problem they were having. Clearly though the one person at the start of the thread didn't have the clear mount calibration option set and that was causing issues with the internal guider. Is it also still trying to track the old guide star after it moves/flips?
Hmm. Maybe I will try this out when I get a chance.

Oct 31 2019, 2:14 AM · KDE Edu

Oct 30 2019

lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

I'm not sure if we should change the KStars/Ekos default for checking the autostar box. Currently the default is false, I just checked.

Oct 30 2019, 9:33 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

I took the one line back out.

Oct 30 2019, 9:31 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the test plan for D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.
Oct 30 2019, 9:31 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

Taking the one line back out

Oct 30 2019, 9:29 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

Ok yes, so then I should remove that one line, I misinterpreted what you said in the first place to mean that you thought that every time it should default to having autostar checked when PHD2 is used as the guider unless the user disables it specifically. I don't think it should cause any issues except with the meridian flip and this patch will fix that anyway.

Oct 30 2019, 9:27 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

So Ekos uses the green tracking box as the coordinates that will be used to set PHD2's lock position. If the green tracking box has not been set, then PHD2 will automatically choose a star even if autostar isn't selected.

Oct 30 2019, 5:54 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

2- I'm not sure the autoStarCheck->setChecked(true); inside of Guide::resizeEvent() is quite right. I would think we'd want to default this way if the user hasn't previously set a preference, but one he/she does express a preference, then the preference should be remembered across sessions. The way I read this is that it doesn't allow the user to keep his preference across sessions. So, I'd keep this as is, if the cross-session thing is complex, but would like the end-game to be restoring the user's preference.

Oct 30 2019, 3:41 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.

1- In the new method, Guide::guideAfterMeridianFlip(): Why would the issue be only related to PHD2? Wouldn't the internal guider also have the same issue? That is, after a meridian flip, the guide star's image position would change either when using PHD2 or with the native guider, so I would think you'd want to remove the "if(guiderType == GUIDE_PHD2)" test, and simply set autoStarCheck->setChecked(true); in either case.

Oct 30 2019, 3:26 AM · KDE Edu

Oct 29 2019

lancaster updated the test plan for D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.
Oct 29 2019, 9:25 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster requested review of D25060: Fixing ASTAP Path on OS X and Setting Autostar as default for PHD2 Guiding.
Oct 29 2019, 9:15 PM · KDE Edu

Oct 1 2019

lancaster updated the diff for D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Disconnecting currentCCD if the user switches to another camera.
Oct 1 2019, 12:54 AM · KDE Edu

Sep 30 2019

lancaster updated the diff for D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Two more checks that PHD2 is configured just to make sure.
Sep 30 2019, 11:22 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

Ok I think I resolved all those issues. It seems to be working better now. Please test again.

Sep 30 2019, 10:50 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the summary of D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Sep 30 2019, 6:49 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the summary of D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Sep 30 2019, 6:47 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the summary of D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Sep 30 2019, 6:45 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

Removing option for external guide frames, fixing missing method, saving subFrame setting for PHD2, improving logic.

Sep 30 2019, 6:43 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the summary of D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Sep 30 2019, 6:22 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
I found a way to enforce the user's star lock position when guiding is started.
Sep 30 2019, 6:21 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the summary of D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Sep 30 2019, 4:17 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the summary of D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Sep 30 2019, 4:10 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

Please test again to see if I fixed all the issues. I also reduced the message spam from the configure PHD2 camera method.

Sep 30 2019, 4:07 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

I also successfully managed to get my idea of SubFrame implemented. It seems to work perfectly now, and lets you click to subframe to the Guide Star Image when you like, and go back too.

Sep 30 2019, 4:02 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

"Personally, I do not like it when the FITS viewer pops up with the image from the guiding camera - no matter in what state Ekos and PHD2 are. I am not fully aware of all the consequences what happens if it is turned off."

Sep 30 2019, 4:01 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

Fixing Linguider issues, Making SubFrame Button work, cleaning up methods, and fixing disabling external guider when not connected.

Sep 30 2019, 3:58 AM · KDE Edu

Sep 29 2019

lancaster added a comment to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

So I figured out why the restart was required (at least for my code) when switching between full external guide frames and the guide star image from PHD2. It was a matter of two methods with very similar names but different parameters. So I had given it the wrong parameter. I think it works now. I'm pretty sure we can now make a button to click back and forth between full external guide frames and the guide star image. It would be just like going to a subframe, except it isn't really. Thoughts?

Sep 29 2019, 4:17 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

Fixed the external guide frame enable/disable issue that was requiring restart.

Sep 29 2019, 4:13 AM · KDE Edu

Sep 28 2019

lancaster added inline comments to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Sep 28 2019, 1:48 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

Changing to contains method

Sep 28 2019, 1:47 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added inline comments to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Sep 28 2019, 1:44 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

One behavior that seems to be new: if PHD2 is not connected to EKOS and PHD2 is looping, the images of the guiding camera are displayed in the FITS viewer. Is there a reason behind or is it simply a bug?

Sep 28 2019, 1:43 AM · KDE Edu

Sep 27 2019

lancaster added inline comments to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Sep 27 2019, 8:08 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

Fixing i18n

Sep 27 2019, 8:07 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

Adding comments

Sep 27 2019, 12:39 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

But whoever made the change that made Ekos not change the state to guiding, should check to make sure that my change to make that work again doesn't break whatever that person was trying to fix. . .unfortunately I don't know who changed it, when it changed, or why it was changed. . .

Sep 27 2019, 12:30 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.

One of the major fixes in this diff, the case when PHD2 starts guiding remotely and it wasn't changing the state to guiding in Ekos, used to work perfectly about a year ago after my first big round of PHD2 changes. I'm not sure exactly when it broke, but somebody must have made a change (me or somebody else) in the meantime that broke it.

Sep 27 2019, 12:28 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added reviewers for D24257: PHD2 Enhancements: mutlaqja, alexcherney, TallFurryMan.
Sep 27 2019, 4:32 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster requested review of D24257: PHD2 Enhancements.
Sep 27 2019, 4:08 AM · KDE Edu

Sep 23 2019

lancaster added a reviewer for D24174: Fixing an RA/DEC swap issue: mutlaqja.
Sep 23 2019, 8:01 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster requested review of D24174: Fixing an RA/DEC swap issue.
Sep 23 2019, 8:01 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D24152: Guiding Labels.

Improving Translations

Sep 23 2019, 4:43 AM · KDE Edu

Sep 22 2019

lancaster requested review of D24152: Guiding Labels.
Sep 22 2019, 10:28 PM · KDE Edu

Sep 8 2019

lancaster requested review of D23790: Fixing a little typo.
Sep 8 2019, 4:15 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the summary of D23762: Improving Astrometry Conf file support for Linux and OS X.
Sep 8 2019, 4:01 AM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D23762: Improving Astrometry Conf file support for Linux and OS X.

Improving interface for config file editor and index file downloader.
Providing details about folder permissions.
Adding dialog to ask if user really wants to download copies of index files

Sep 8 2019, 3:59 AM · KDE Edu

Sep 7 2019

lancaster updated the summary of D23762: Improving Astrometry Conf file support for Linux and OS X.
Sep 7 2019, 9:25 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster added a comment to D23762: Improving Astrometry Conf file support for Linux and OS X.

The three items should now be fixed

Sep 7 2019, 9:16 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the summary of D23762: Improving Astrometry Conf file support for Linux and OS X.
Sep 7 2019, 9:13 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the diff for D23762: Improving Astrometry Conf file support for Linux and OS X.

Removing unnecessary option, fixing local conf file setup, making conf editor load automatically, and consolidating conf file creation methods to one file.

Sep 7 2019, 9:11 PM · KDE Edu
lancaster updated the summary of D23762: Improving Astrometry Conf file support for Linux and OS X.
Sep 7 2019, 7:49 AM · KDE Edu