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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos

1 year 1 week ago
maxthebuilder
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #40656
Yes, this is odd.
Might have something to do with wifi.
I use AZ-GTi in Station Mode so that it connects to RPI hotspot automatically.
Sometimes AZ disables the Station Mode for no apparent reason.
I'll check tomorrow.

Max S.
RPI 3 B+ with ABerry and RPI 4 B (4Gb) with SMate.
Nikon D5500 H-a modified. 180 mm f/2.8 antique Nikon. Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8. Rokinon 135mm f/2.
AT72EDII.
ZWO ASI294MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MC-S on ZWO 30F4 MiniScope.
SW AZ-GTi.
SW HEQ5.
iOptron SkyTracker Pro.

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1 year 1 week ago
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #40666
Jasem,
I double-checked - the mount cannot connect to SM 1.4.2 hot-spot.
I tried to connect to the hot-spot with my phone and instead of an immediate connection,
I was presented with connectivitycheck.gstatic.com login window.
I suspect that is the reason for the mount not being able to connect to SM.

Here's the relevant part of the log:
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.220 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.ekos] - EQMod Mount  is disconnected.
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.230 Pacific Daylight Time INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.ekos] - "EQMod Mount is disconnected."
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.230 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[DEBUG] Handshake failed. "
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.240 Pacific Daylight Time INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount :  "[INFO] Connecting to 10.250.250.16@11880 ... "
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.240 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[DEBUG] Connection successful, attempting handshake... "
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.250 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[COMM] dispatch_command: \":e1\", 4 bytes written "
[2019-06-30T12:26:59.335 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[COMM] read error, will retry again... "
[2019-06-30T12:26:59.545 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[COMM] dispatch_command: \":e1\", 4 bytes written "
[2019-06-30T12:27:04.639 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[COMM] read error, will retry again... "
[2019-06-30T12:27:04.644 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[COMM] dispatch_command: \":e1\", 4 bytes written "
[2019-06-30T12:27:09.580 Pacific Daylight Time INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount :  "[ERROR] Error: Communication failed -> tty read failed, check connection: Read Error: Resource temporarily unavailable

Max S.
RPI 3 B+ with ABerry and RPI 4 B (4Gb) with SMate.
Nikon D5500 H-a modified. 180 mm f/2.8 antique Nikon. Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8. Rokinon 135mm f/2.
AT72EDII.
ZWO ASI294MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MC-S on ZWO 30F4 MiniScope.
SW AZ-GTi.
SW HEQ5.
iOptron SkyTracker Pro.

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1 year 1 week ago
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #40679
Thanks, I didn't have time at all to test it yesterday.. hopefully I'll have sometime today. It's already on my TODO list.

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11 months 1 week ago
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #41415
I was experiencing the disconnections so I have just decided to make the eqdir cables: one fully wired (which has been briefly tested inside home, although no tracking or guiding tests yet), another with a bluetooth ttl interface (not tested).

You can find a lot of documents, including how to make the cables, here:

blog.goo.ne.jp/cheshirecat107/e/25df02b2...c36633e1451c12843ed9

Set 1 -> AZ GTi, redcat51+Canon 6D, guide: 30mm+ZWO ASI 120MM.
Set 2 -> Star Adventurer, lenses+Canon 6D
Set 3 -> NEQ6, LX90-8' OTA/MN150 + 450D peltier, guide: 50mm+QHY5.

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10 months 5 days ago
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #42932
elakrab,
Upgraded my setup with RPI4 running SM 1.4.3.
Same issue with SM wifi hotspot (all is well with SM 1.3 but not with 1.4).
Ordered parts for EQDir cable.
Hopefully it works.

Is anyone able to successfully use AZ-GTi in Station Mode (mount auto-connects to SM hotspot) with SM 1.4.x?

Thanks!

Max S.
RPI 3 B+ with ABerry and RPI 4 B (4Gb) with SMate.
Nikon D5500 H-a modified. 180 mm f/2.8 antique Nikon. Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8. Rokinon 135mm f/2.
AT72EDII.
ZWO ASI294MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MC-S on ZWO 30F4 MiniScope.
SW AZ-GTi.
SW HEQ5.
iOptron SkyTracker Pro.

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10 months 5 days ago
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #42936

maxthebuilder wrote: elakrab,
Upgraded my setup with RPI4 running SM 1.4.3.
Same issue with SM wifi hotspot (all is well with SM 1.3 but not with 1.4).
Ordered parts for EQDir cable.
Hopefully it works.

Is anyone able to successfully use AZ-GTi in Station Mode (mount auto-connects to SM hotspot) with SM 1.4.x?

Thanks!


I think I ha e seen an issue reported elsewhere on this forum to do with the hotspot on the rpi4 with the new beta version, nothing to do with your mount, just maybe an issue with the hotspot signal, now I altered my hotspot from within the network settings to use 5ghz, instead of being set to auto or 2.4ghz, have you tried that..?

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Starlight Xpress SXVR H18, SXVR M25c, Lodestar x2 Guide Camera
Pegasus Ultimate Hub V2 for all USB & Power
Pegasus focus motors on both scopes

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10 months 5 days ago
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #42937
I did. I don't think the mount supports 5gHz. Tried all wifi options - no go.

Max S.
RPI 3 B+ with ABerry and RPI 4 B (4Gb) with SMate.
Nikon D5500 H-a modified. 180 mm f/2.8 antique Nikon. Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8. Rokinon 135mm f/2.
AT72EDII.
ZWO ASI294MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MC-S on ZWO 30F4 MiniScope.
SW AZ-GTi.
SW HEQ5.
iOptron SkyTracker Pro.

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10 months 5 days ago
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #42938
Ok, well in that case, have you tried setting it to 2.4 as opposed to auto as it may be flicking between them and causing dropouts... just a thought... :)

Stellarmate OS on Raspberry pi4b
Skywatcher EQ8 pro, on steel pier
Takahashi FSQ85 & Meade 8” SCT (de-forked)
Starlight Xpress SXVR H18, SXVR M25c, Lodestar x2 Guide Camera
Pegasus Ultimate Hub V2 for all USB & Power
Pegasus focus motors on both scopes

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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #42956
I'm using the following setup

Internet <....> (wlan0) | Raspberry PI | (virtual ap0 over wlan0) <......> Az Gti. It works just fine.

Yes, the same wlan0 on the raspberry both connects to the internet and creates a hotspot for the Az Gti and other devices.

Set 1 -> AZ GTi, redcat51+Canon 6D, guide: 30mm+ZWO ASI 120MM.
Set 2 -> Star Adventurer, lenses+Canon 6D
Set 3 -> NEQ6, LX90-8' OTA/MN150 + 450D peltier, guide: 50mm+QHY5.

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10 months 7 hours ago
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #43139
My problem was the power supply.
I was using a charging port of a USB hub (2.1A).
It was enough for RPI3 but, apparently, not enough for RPI4.
Switched to an official 3A+ power supply and that fixed my problem.
Currently, exploring options to make the system work in the field (without a power outlet).
-- USB y-splitter cable. Hopefully it will give me 2 x 2.1A total current from the hub to RPI.
-- 12V-to-5.1V 5A DC-DC converter.

Thanks!

Max S.
RPI 3 B+ with ABerry and RPI 4 B (4Gb) with SMate.
Nikon D5500 H-a modified. 180 mm f/2.8 antique Nikon. Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8. Rokinon 135mm f/2.
AT72EDII.
ZWO ASI294MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MC-S on ZWO 30F4 MiniScope.
SW AZ-GTi.
SW HEQ5.
iOptron SkyTracker Pro.

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6 months 7 hours ago
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #47872
None of 1.4.x releases worked for me in terms of WiFi hotspot connection to the mount .
I gave up on the WiFi and DIY'ed an EQDir cable which works well.
Currently using 1.4.3 (RPI4) with latest updates. All is well.

Max

Max S.
RPI 3 B+ with ABerry and RPI 4 B (4Gb) with SMate.
Nikon D5500 H-a modified. 180 mm f/2.8 antique Nikon. Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8. Rokinon 135mm f/2.
AT72EDII.
ZWO ASI294MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MC-S on ZWO 30F4 MiniScope.
SW AZ-GTi.
SW HEQ5.
iOptron SkyTracker Pro.

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6 months 7 hours ago
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Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos #47873
No, actually, it didn't work.
It's odd... After a fresh flash and setup, wifi hotspot would work.
Could work for hours or even days but then would become extremely flaky and then unusable..
I tried to troubleshoot but was not successful.
I use an EQDir cable now. One extra cable but it works.

maxthebuilder wrote: My problem was the power supply.
I was using a charging port of a USB hub (2.1A).
It was enough for RPI3 but, apparently, not enough for RPI4.
Switched to an official 3A+ power supply and that fixed my problem.
Currently, exploring options to make the system work in the field (without a power outlet).
-- USB y-splitter cable. Hopefully it will give me 2 x 2.1A total current from the hub to RPI.
-- 12V-to-5.1V 5A DC-DC converter.

Thanks!


Max S.
RPI 3 B+ with ABerry and RPI 4 B (4Gb) with SMate.
Nikon D5500 H-a modified. 180 mm f/2.8 antique Nikon. Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8. Rokinon 135mm f/2.
AT72EDII.
ZWO ASI294MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MC-S on ZWO 30F4 MiniScope.
SW AZ-GTi.
SW HEQ5.
iOptron SkyTracker Pro.

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