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A couple of issues, I cannot find answers.

John Petterson
 

I am running into some issues today.

First - I cannot set the time in the Onstep.  When I try from the Ascom driver on the PC, I get a popup that says "The Ascom driver report an error. No such interface supported".  And I cannot find anywhere in the Android app or the web browser interface that lets me set the time, if there is a way to do that  please tell me where.

Second - I keep getting the location set to someplace approximately half way around the world from Chicago (+88 degrees instead of -88 degrees.)  The time gets translated to about 11 hours after my current time (the GMT time is close, just about 10 minutes off).  Both the Onstep web browser and the Android app say west is + degrees, but we know that is wrong - see https://latitudelongitude.org/us/chicago/for an example.  When I can get it to accept that, my gotos are reasonable.  But when it makes it +88 degrees, it tells me anything I want to go to is below the horizon (except circumpolar stars, which it goes 180 degrees away from their locations).

And one bit of good news - I found a few switches today and wired up a simple hand controller, it works fine.  It confused me at first because it kept going back and forth when I pressed the North button consecutively - until I figured out it was just going past due north and then going back past it again...  And again.

John

 

Khalid Baheyeldin
 

On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 10:16 PM, John Petterson wrote:

And I cannot find anywhere in the Android app or the web browser interface that lets me set the time, if there is a way to do that  please tell me where.

Since you have the Android app, you already have the easiest way to configure the location, UTC offset, date and time.

From the app's main screen, press the three dots on the top right.
Then select Observing Sites
Then press Use Current
Then press Upload
Don't forget that last step.

Then go to Initialize/Park
Press Set Date/Time

Done! Nothing to mentally calculate.

And one bit of good news - I found a few switches today and wired up a simple hand controller, it works fine.  It confused me at first because it kept going back and forth when I pressed the North button consecutively - until I figured out it was just going past due north and then going back past it again...  And again.

This is covered here

https://onstep.groups.io/g/main/wiki/7118

John Petterson
 

The most confusing thing about the longitude is that on the web browser it shows "Long. = +088*07".  When I get the location from the Ascom driver on the PC, it comes back as -88*07.  And gotos for the stars are off by 180 degrees - Kochab is below and to the left of Polaris right now according to the mount.

John

Khalid Baheyeldin
 

On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 10:37 PM, John Petterson wrote:
The most confusing thing about the longitude is that on the web browser it shows "Long. = +088*07".  When I get the location from the Ascom driver on the PC, it comes back as -88*07.  And gotos for the stars are off by 180 degrees - Kochab is below and to the left of Polaris right now according to the mount.
I can't comment on ASCOM, since I don't use it.
But OnStep assumes positive is West for longitude and negative is East.
East can also be greater than 180 degrees.

If you set the location from the app as I described, then ignore what everything else shows, and see if it slews correctly.

John Petterson
 

So I did that, the first time it set the location but failed on the time (hard fail, I tried it a half dozen times.  It had two different errors.)
After a power cycle on the Onstep and killing the app and restarting it, I was able to get both steps to work.  And yes the slews appear to be correct now.
Thanks for the help.
John


John Petterson
 

Does this mean that I cannot allow any other software that accesses the Onstep to load location information to it?  It must be done by the phone app?  And there is no way to load it manually otherwise?
I cannot set it to +88 degrees in any other software because that will put me in a different hemisphere.  So I always must have the Android app to link it after a restart, especially if I move it to a dark site for observing?
John

Khalid Baheyeldin
 

On Sat, May 23, 2020 at 07:15 PM, John Petterson wrote:
Does this mean that I cannot allow any other software that accesses the Onstep to load location information to it?  It must be done by the phone app?  And there is no way to load it manually otherwise?
No.
Applications that have a proper OnStep driver should be able to update the location/date/time correctly.
For example, I use KStars, and OnStep has an INDI driver that works with it.
It correctly updates the location/date/time without a problem.

I cannot set it to +88 degrees in any other software because that will put me in a different hemisphere.  So I always must have the Android app to link it after a restart, especially if I move it to a dark site for observing?
It works for other people, so should work for you too.

I don't use ASCOM, so someone who does has to answer this.