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Satellite Tracker Feature Additions / Re: Asteroids/NEO's tracking
« Last post by Scott Ferguson on October 14, 2018, 03:04:26 PM »
Just wanted to let you know that my asteroid tracking software for the LX200 classic and ASCOM scopes is out now:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m33D6JZUYr8
Hope you find it useful.
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Been a long time, but I've now released a Python version of my minor planet tracker which is compatible with the LX200 classic as well as a subset of ASCOM scopes using the "MoveAxis" method.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m33D6JZUYr8
I've got a new TLE and video-based satellite tracking Python program waiting in the wings as well. 
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User Field Experiences / Re: Bump into Hardstop on LX200GPS
« Last post by John Eccles on September 24, 2018, 09:45:11 PM »
I haven't heard of such reports before. However, you might want to do a search of the old Yahoo Group archived messages to see if there were any similar reports. I would normally do that but right now I am very busy with packing and planning for my next move back to Florida. So I am really tied up. Go to the section of this forum called: "Software Repository, Archived Messages, Pictures, and Software Utilities - You must be registered to download files or view content! " and go to the subheading "Archived Messages". You can do a search using keywords like hard stop, hardstop, and the like.
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User Field Experiences / Bump into Hardstop on LX200GPS
« Last post by Nic Mcmilan on September 24, 2018, 09:22:28 PM »
Three times now I have ran into the hardstop while tracking in the last two weeks. I don't recall it doing that before (years ago). This during tracking, not the initial goto to preposition the scope before actual tracking.

Should the scope report (on autostar handset) there is a problem and abort the tracking? Mine just continued on in to the hardstop, lucky the clutch started to slip. Is this a known issue or a new issue with the newer ST versions? Can there something be done about it?

LX200GPS-14" 4.2G (patched version),
Satellite Tracker v2.6.1
Win10 on surface pro notebook tracking ISS.
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Pictures / Re: My best ISS so far
« Last post by Jason Ware on September 17, 2018, 08:48:53 PM »
Awesome!!
Great setup you have.
Are you shooting at 2845mm FL or?
Are you taking single images or video or?
Thanks for sharing!

Hey Nic,
I am shooting prime focus in photo mode, live view. It can do about 4 FPS full resolution.
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User Field Experiences / TleRetriever 3
« Last post by Jimmy Andrews on September 16, 2018, 11:15:44 AM »
Hello OZ

I used TleRetriever many years ago.
Once setup, just 2 or 3 clicks and you get get all needed tle's
Things changed in 2013? when Space-Track changed their web services
Looks like things have changed again in 2018
You now need TleRetriever 3

https://www.celestrak.com/SpaceTrack/TLERetriever3Help.php

I quit using everyone's available downloads procedures and created my
 own personal cygwin Linux Bash scripts.
Mostly wget's to Space-Track, NASA, Heavens-Above, Mike McCants for magnitudes and your tumbler database.

Somehow I have prefixed tum and mag to satellite name.
Very complicated for me to understand and dealing with multiple directories.

I don't understand how to make it available to public but
 I hope to simplify it to one directory on my new laptop and hopefully make
 it available to SatelliteTracker members.

5 examples of various results

LEO  4.5 COSMOS 1356   
1 13153U 82039A   18255.53491054  .00001875  00000-0  49454-4 0  9998
2 13153  81.0895  59.8786 0002176 350.8351   9.2849 15.37963130989084

tum 3.5 EGS (AJISAI)   
1 16908U 86061A   18255.19558542 -.00000112  00000-0 -10404-3 0  9993
2 16908  50.0074 224.6865 0011319 164.3789 318.9899 12.44488518127729

ST 5.5 IRIDIUM 33       
1 24946U 97051C   18255.55151800  .00000064  00000-0  16063-4 0  9993
2 24946  86.3835  97.4460 0007040 194.8362 165.2628 14.33616224 98845

 5.5 IRIDIUM 18         
1 24872U 97034D   18231.51646522  .16201721 -14869-5  18152-3 0  9996
2 24872  86.3501 195.4595 0021968  78.4687 281.9091 16.48748149106461

AUREOLE 2               
1  7003U 73107A   18254.93847419 +.00001253 +00000-0 +51921-4 0  9996
2  7003 073.9255 213.7008 0386553 098.8788 265.6349 14.76832864280028

tum is from your tumbler database
st means it's from your tumbler database and not designated a tumbler (other)

Jimmy
33.6N, 88.6W
Our Big-Bang may have been the creation of a Black-Hole and
 our Universe exist inside this Black-Hole.
 Galaxies are being accelerated toward the massive Schwarzschild radius.
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Satellite Tracker Bug Reports / Re: Download TLE file failed
« Last post by Jimmy Andrews on September 16, 2018, 08:52:24 AM »
Setup visual tle download part 2 of 2
Hello OZ

I had added a PAUSE command to my visual.bat file to allow viewing the following for troubleshooting
The lines at bottom are from Space-Track's response to running my visual.bat file
The X's and Y's should be your Space-Track's login/password
Jimmy



C:\SatTkr>"wget1pt15.exe" --no-check-certificate --post-data "identity=XXXXXXXXXX&password=YYYYYYYYYY" --keep-session-cookies --save-cookies=cookies.txt http
s://www.space-track.org/ajaxauth/login -o login.txt

C:\SatTkr>"wget1pt15.exe" --no-check-certificate --keep-session-cookies --load-cookies=cookies.txt -O visual.txt "https://www.space-track.org/basicspacedata/query/cl
ass/tle_latest/ORDINAL/1/EPOCH/now-30--now/orderby/NORAD_CAT_ID/format/3le/favorites/Visible"
--2018-09-16 07:28:00--  https://www.space-track.org/basicspacedata/query/class/tle_latest/ORDINAL/1/EPOCH/now-30--now/orderby/NORAD_CAT_ID/format/3le/favorites/Visi
ble
Resolving www.space-track.org (www.space-track.org)... 207.178.144.234
Connecting to www.space-track.org (www.space-track.org)|207.178.144.234|:443... connected.
WARNING: cannot verify www.space-track.org's certificate, issued by '/C=US/ST=Arizona/L=Scottsdale/O=GoDaddy.com, Inc./OU=http://certs.godaddy.com/repository//CN=Go
Daddy Secure Certificate Authority - G2':
  Self-signed certificate encountered.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 31271 (31K) [text/plain]
Saving to: 'visual.txt'

100%[===========================================================================================================================>] 31,271      --.-K/s   in 0.08s

2018-09-16 07:28:01 (399 KB/s) - 'visual.txt' saved [31271/31271]


C:\SatTkr>pause
Press any key to continue . . .
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Satellite Tracker Bug Reports / Re: Download TLE file failed
« Last post by Jimmy Andrews on September 16, 2018, 08:50:03 AM »
Setup visual tle download part 1 of 2
Hello OZ

The bottom 6 lines are from my visual.bat file
Delete the 10 X's and replace with your Space-Track Login Name
Delete the 10 Y's and replace with your Space-Track Password
Notice that I added a PAUSE to allow viewing Space-Track's response for troubleshooting.
After you are happy all is working ok, you can remove the PAUSE command
Jimmy


"wget1pt15.exe" --no-check-certificate --post-data "identity=XXXXXXXXXX&password=YYYYYYYYYY" --keep-session-cookies --save-cookies=cookies.txt https://www.space-track.org/ajaxauth/login -o login.txt

"wget1pt15.exe" --no-check-certificate --keep-session-cookies --load-cookies=cookies.txt -O visual.txt "https://www.space-track.org/basicspacedata/query/class/tle_latest/ORDINAL/1/EPOCH/now-30--now/orderby/NORAD_CAT_ID/format/3le/favorites/Visible"

pause

del login
del login.txt
del cookies.txt
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Satellite Tracker Bug Reports / Re: Download TLE file failed
« Last post by John Eccles on September 15, 2018, 07:45:23 PM »
I just now executed my batch files to get the TLE data and my current batch files work okay. I was able to get the latest TLE data without any problems. Please review your edits and be sure that each line in the original file is a full line in the edited file. You may have had a wrap around on a long line as a result of your edit and this will mess up the download.
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Satellite Tracker Bug Reports / Re: Download TLE file failed - Sep 2018
« Last post by Nic Mcmilan on September 15, 2018, 06:05:52 PM »
It's Sep 2018, how you guys getting your TLE's?
I am using ST2.6.1.

1. I can manually log into space track.org and manually d/l tle, then save each file, a little pain but the only way I get files at the moment.
2. For me the ST download does not work, it creates 0KB files.
3. TLEretriver also d/l files that are 0KB
4. Using "wgetdata.bat, after reading the readme and setting up my known working username and password in that file, it runs, closes the dos window and no files show up. I even logged into spacetrack first, same. I cant read what the dos window flashes up.

Thanks!
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