Andrew replied to the topic 'Ekos guiding on a black hole!' in the forum. 11 hours 28 minutes ago

I also found the internal guider selected the core of Andromeda recently. So I had to manually select a star. I would be good to see the auto star selector make brighter (pardon the pun) choices with a star that properly fits within the box and is not over exposed. At this time I do not trust the auto-star.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Simulator profiles not removable' in the forum. 14 hours 25 minutes ago

I noticed that the simulator profile became uneditable. My main issue with it is it was not restored to the profile original configuration. There are some changes I made in it that got baked in.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Astroberry Focuser with Adafruit Motor HAT' in the forum. 16 hours 57 minutes ago

Hello Kaczorek. I wish to report issues I've been having with the driver you wrote for this. Although initially it appeared everything was fine, I still struggled to set my backlash. Today I took some data points and believe I uncovered a bug in the way the backlash compensation is applied over a range of drive steps.
>Please refer to the attached images.
The photo illustrates how I was measuring the position. Each tick, 0-8 was drawn at 100 step increments.
The chart includes my data set. Each line represents a backlash value of 0 to 500 at 50 step increments. The drive-steps to take are along the X axis, 1 to 400. And the position reached from Zero with the compensation is the field of data points. Values of 0.1 only mean the needle budged indicating clearance of true backlash, which I now believe is under 50 steps.

Notice that as I increase the drive step value to travel further, the position obtained actually Decreases. Only once the drive step value is greater than the backlash setting does it trend back upwards linearly.

In addition, recall I set the scale with 100 step increments, but a difference of just 50 backlash comp steps results in a full position increment up the scale, rather than just a half position. So a backlash step is also traveling double what it should.

Please have a look once more when you have the time.
Thank you.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'How to use smartphone GPS with INDI-GPSD' in the forum. yesterday

KStars does not call upon a GPSD to set the geographic location. According to Jasem this is because it would be difficult to implement cross platform.
Something I asked about a while ago Here .

What you can do with GPSD is use it with the mount module, which I believe will improve pointing. And on an entirely separate use outside of KStars, it is possible to set the system clock with it, which is what I use it for because Raspberry Pi will not keep time when not powered.

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Andrew created a new topic ' KStars Crash with EKOS capture and PHD2.' in the forum. yesterday

I wanted to tryout the PHD2 external guider system with the CCD simulator and found a problem that crashes KStars (2.8.3).
Simply put when PHD2 is started as an external guider, KStars will crash if I use the capture button from the EKOS Guide panel.
It appears that ordinarily the Capture and Loop buttons are supposed to be unselectable and greyed out. However they become selectable when the mount is slewed.
I've only tried this with the CCD simulator, and not an actual camera.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'How to use smartphone GPS with INDI-GPSD' in the forum. 1 week ago

I've been using my phone as a GPS source for my raspberry pi. It's not particularly difficult, but to use it to synchronize the clock requires additional work and scripting.
But just as a GPSD source, first install an app on your phone such as 'Share GPS' (Android). And configure it to send NMEA data as a TCP/IP host server. In Share GPS, in the connections pane, tap what you've configured to set it to listening. Connect to WiFi and determine your phone's IP on the network.

On your system side modify the GPSD configuration file /etc/default/GPSD

# Default settings for the gpsd init script and the hotplug wrapper.

# Start the gpsd daemon automatically at boot time
START_DAEMON="true"

# Use USB hotplugging to add new USB devices automatically to the daemon
USBAUTO="false"

# Devices gpsd should collect to at boot time.
# They need to be read/writeable, either by user gpsd or the group dialout.
# Device IP and Port below
DEVICES="tcp://**.**.*.***:20175"

# Other options you want to pass to gpsd
GPSD_OPTIONS="-b -n"

To test open the terminal and enter
cgps -s
or
xgps
Install those with GPSD if necessary.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'ZWO ASI Driver Crash. Help! About to travel with it.' in the forum. 1 month ago

HUGE Relief. I fixed it.
Somehow the INDI_ASI driver lost the dependency ASI-Common
This was only revealed through 'apt-get dist-upgrade' and followed up with 'apt-get -f install' to repair the missing dependency.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Re:ZWO ASI Driver Crash. Help! About to travel with it.' in the forum. 1 month ago

I am not familiar with starting drivers from command. Can you expand on that? Thank you.

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Andrew created a new topic ' ZWO ASI Driver Crash. Help! About to travel with it.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Help. I am about to take a roadtrip for the eclipse and I can not connect to my ZWO ASI 120MM guide camera. It was fine the last time I used it, but I have performed updates since then.
Below is the only information the KStars Device Manager will give me.
Also the camera will connect with Planetary Imager and PHD2.

2017-08-16T01:24:01: startup: /usr/bin/indiserver -v -p 7625 -m 100 -f /tmp/indififo7a17047e 
2017-08-16T01:24:01: listening to port 7625 on fd 3
FIFO: start indi_asi_ccd
FIFO: Starting driver indi_asi_ccd
2017-08-16T01:24:01: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3216 rfd=4 wfd=7 efd=9
2017-08-16T01:24:01: Client 5: new arrival from 127.0.0.1:47728 - welcome!
2017-08-16T01:24:01: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:01: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:01: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:01: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:01: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:01: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
2017-08-16T01:24:02: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
Child process 3216 died
2017-08-16T01:24:02: Driver indi_asi_ccd: restart #1
2017-08-16T01:24:02: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3224 rfd=4 wfd=9 efd=12
2017-08-16T01:24:02: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:02: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:02: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:02: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:02: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:02: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
Child process 3224 died
2017-08-16T01:24:03: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
2017-08-16T01:24:03: Driver indi_asi_ccd: restart #2
2017-08-16T01:24:03: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3233 rfd=4 wfd=9 efd=12
2017-08-16T01:24:03: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:03: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:03: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:03: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:03: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:03: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
Child process 3233 died
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: restart #3
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3240 rfd=4 wfd=9 efd=12
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
Child process 3240 died
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: restart #4
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3247 rfd=4 wfd=9 efd=12
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:04: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
Child process 3247 died
2017-08-16T01:24:05: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
2017-08-16T01:24:05: Driver indi_asi_ccd: restart #5
2017-08-16T01:24:05: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3254 rfd=4 wfd=9 efd=12
2017-08-16T01:24:05: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:05: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:05: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:05: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:05: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:05: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
Child process 3254 died
2017-08-16T01:24:06: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
2017-08-16T01:24:06: Driver indi_asi_ccd: restart #6
2017-08-16T01:24:06: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3261 rfd=4 wfd=9 efd=12
2017-08-16T01:24:06: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:06: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:06: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:06: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:06: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:06: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
Child process 3261 died
2017-08-16T01:24:07: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
2017-08-16T01:24:07: Driver indi_asi_ccd: restart #7
2017-08-16T01:24:07: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3268 rfd=4 wfd=9 efd=12
2017-08-16T01:24:07: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:07: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:07: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:07: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:07: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:07: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
Child process 3268 died
2017-08-16T01:24:08: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
2017-08-16T01:24:08: Driver indi_asi_ccd: restart #8
2017-08-16T01:24:08: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3285 rfd=4 wfd=9 efd=12
2017-08-16T01:24:08: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:08: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:08: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:08: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:08: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:08: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
Child process 3285 died
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: restart #9
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3292 rfd=4 wfd=9 efd=12
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
Child process 3292 died
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: restart #10
2017-08-16T01:24:09: Driver indi_asi_ccd: pid=3299 rfd=4 wfd=9 efd=12
2017-08-16T01:24:10: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.EQUATORIAL_EOD_COORD
2017-08-16T01:24:10: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Focuser Simulator.ABS_ROTATOR_ANGLE
2017-08-16T01:24:10: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on Telescope Simulator.TELESCOPE_INFO
2017-08-16T01:24:10: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_SLOT
2017-08-16T01:24:10: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on CCD Simulator.FILTER_NAME
2017-08-16T01:24:10: Driver indi_asi_ccd: snooping on SQM.SKY_QUALITY
Child process 3299 died
2017-08-16T01:24:10: Driver indi_asi_ccd: stderr EOF
2017-08-16T01:24:10: Driver indi_asi_ccd: Terminated after #10 restarts.


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Andrew replied to the topic 'Connecting indi via Bluetooth to a compuer' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks, but this is basically a nightmare for new users who have no background in LInux, there is no easy way for this?

Pair and connect BT Adapter
To the file /etc/rc.local add this line of code.
Don't miss the trailing & in this code and sub XX's for adapter MAC address.
rfcomm bind hci0 XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX 1 &


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Andrew replied to the topic 'Astroberry Focuser with Adafruit Motor HAT' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hello Kaczorek. Recently I noticed that although I have indi_amh_focuser.xml in /usr/share/indi, the driver is not on my list now. It only appears in a profile I have already set-up earlier. Not sure how to address this.
The driver does still function in that profile mind you.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Astroberry Server' in the forum. 3 months ago

Dragonlost :

It is possible to add button for update raspberry time with GPS time in "GPS Pannel" ?

You may find this script useful GPSTime
There is a case for NTP not automatically setting system time from GPSD.
Depending on the source of the GPS time, for instance from what I've gathered, if it is an NMEA source, rather than PPS. I found that if the system clock is more than a few seconds off it will not use that source as it believes it is too far off to be accurate.
Running this script will force the system time to sync. And from there NTP should be able to do it's thing.
Don't miss in the thread post by BeJay to add -u to the set string in the script to set system time to local time rather than UTC.

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