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TOPIC: Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate?

Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 5 months 2 days ago #27312

i use this and it works perfectly
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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 5 months 2 days ago #27313

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I purchased a cheap USB GPS dongle on ebay - If you google Ublox and gpsd, you'll find the approrpate version of the chip that works best. Mine doesn't have the high precision PPS time bits, but it works well. Just search for gps ublox 7020 :dongle.

I have this attached to my Raspberry PI 3B+. Use the auxiliary GPSD indi device and you're good to go.
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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 5 months 2 days ago #27319

What about a cell phone running the NMEA app and the pi running the GPS NMEA driver?

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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 5 months 1 day ago #27327

rlancaste wrote: What about a cell phone running the NMEA app and the pi running the GPS NMEA driver?


Interesting, but I'm moving around with my phone too much and probably loosing connection - used to happen when I had a celestron connected to it, although that may not matter so much with the GPS.

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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 5 months 1 day ago #27343

You only need to get the gps fix once for your observing location right?

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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 5 months 1 day ago #27346

The GPS NMEA works great. ShareGPS app on your phone and knowing the IP of the phone on the stellarmate network is really all you need for the driver to work. (and a gps lock with your phone of course)

This is the only way I can get a time sync on the pi without internet.

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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 5 months 1 day ago #27355

So now I have a working GPS device. I have tested it in windows and its working fine. The data stream is not garbled binary but nice ASCII

I tried it on StellarMate and it worked too! (After I manually started gpsd). So I rebooted StellarMate and it didnt work . So I returned the SD card with StellarMate 1.3 and tried again and it still didnt work. So I thought maybe it needs Kstars to set it up so I ran Kstars/Ekos and it connected but no data like before.

So I checked the /etc/default/gpsd file and it did not list a device so I entered /dev/gps and rebooted and it still doesn't work. No data. Seemingly dead.

EDIT: Sorry wrong thread

got this and its working now: www.amazon.com/GlobalSat-BU-353-S4-USB-R...-Black/dp/B008200LHW

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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 1 month 1 week ago #31101

@petarm
I've lying around the exact GPS-dongle, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be straight plug-n-play with my RasPi running the StellarmateOS-package (Ubuntu 16.04).

Did you install any driver or had to change anything else?
In Kstars/INDI I'm using the GPSD-driver and even if the drive is connected and the dongle is blinking green (or does this mean that is hasn't achieved a GPS-fix???) I don't get time and positioning.

Unfortunately the documentation is extensive or very sparse...

Cheers Chris

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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 1 month 1 week ago #31113

I just created a video & knowledge based article on this topic for you: stellarmate.com/support.html?view=kb&kbartid=6
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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 1 month 1 week ago #31120

Thanks Jasem,
I‘m sure that others will benefit as well...

Your support is greatly appreciated.

CU & CS Chris

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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 1 month 1 week ago #31135

a very useful video, but at my RPi the system time/date does not update with the gps dongle i have even though at Ekos/Indi i have a gps lock. Am i missing something?

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Can anybody recommend USB GPS dongle for RPi/StellarMate? 1 month 1 week ago #31137

In the settings make sure time/location updated are set to take it from GPS as shown in the video.

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