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  1. Hey Aaron,

    I do already have a Pegasus focusing system.  I started doing my own with a Raspberry Pi, but gave up as I didn't have the patience and/or skill to craft a way to mount it to my SCT.

    The Pegasus system is definitely not cheap, but I am happy with it, other than the eternity it takes to change gross focusing position (e.g removing focal reducer, etc).

    As it's a stepper, the position is reported to (and adjustable through) BYE via ASCOM.   I don't recall, at the moment, if you can type in an absolute position to go to, but I'm sure it's part of the instructions that BYE would have access to.

    I wouldn't necessarily disagree with an average of the readings, but as FWHM currently tracks only the low, I would find that acceptable.

    I'm really just looking at a way to automate what I'm doing, mentally.

    I have TheSkyX Pro which has autofocus, but I'm having issues with it and my 7D MkII (random disconnections), so I haven't really been able to get autofocus to work.  Once it disconnects, it bails on the process.

    I'll add that I have zero issues with BYE disconnecting.  Not sure what's going on with TheSkyX.



  2. I initially had times around 30 seconds.  I ran the original 3.1.17 before installing the release candidate, and it was around 21 seconds.  I'm not sure why it was quicker, today, other than I've probably rebooted since then.  I tend to have a lot of things running, and way too many tabs open in Chrome.

    As I said, the RC was 7 seconds, but after exiting and running again, it's now taking about 4 seconds.

    My laptop is quite a bit slower than my desktop PC, but I have not doubt this will also be a huge improvement, there.

    I appreciate the detailed explanation of the changes.  I'm a programmer, so it's always good to hear of optimization methods.  :) 

  3. I would find it handy to have an indicator of the focuser position when using FWHM.

    I.e. when a new low is established for the FWHM, it is kept for reference.  It would be nice to also keep the position of the focuser when that new low FWHM is found.

    I realize there are other factors to consider (at least with SCTs), such as approaching the focus from the same side, but I still think it could be handy.  As I'm always mentally noting the position when trying to find focus, it would be convenient to have it on-screen.

    A step further would be the ability to return to that position.


    Thoughts, anyone?

  4. Did these changes make it into 3.1.17?

    I'm still getting at least a 30 second boot time to the main window on a desktop with Windows 7 Pro with and i7-4770 and 16GB, running from SSD.  It is (not surprisingly) slower on my imaging laptop.

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