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INDI Library v2.0.0 Released (01 Feb 2023)

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Issues or general comments of the new Raspbian Based Stellarmate 1.5.0

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I really struggled with USB / hotspot issues in the prior SM OS release, but this new release seems very stable. My config is: Pi4-4GB, 120GB SSD, ASI183mc Pro, ASI290mm Mini Guidescope, ASI EAF focuser, PPB, Celestron CGX-L mount. I use a powered 7 port USB 3 hub for all devices, and only the powered hub is connected to the Pi4's USB 3 port. Currently, I'm using a dedicated/separate 3 amp PS for the Pi4. All other power is from a 10amp PS split between mount and PPB (and then outward to USB hub, camera, focuser, and OTA fan).

I am still struggling a bit with "Infrastructure mode" networking dropping back to the generic hotspot, but I don't think this has anything to do with the new release. I read in one post that USB powered hubs might interfere with networking. Investigating/experimenting. Also heard that a USB based wireless antenna might help...thinking about this. Finally, the ever present "weak power" subject lingers, causing me to continue my search for a better way to maximize input power to the Pi (currently via either a more robust C cable or ganged hub output).

Overall, very happy so far with this new release stability!
RASA11, Celestron CGX-L, ASI183mc Pro, 60mm guider + ASI290mm mini, ASI EAF focuser, PPB, Rpi4-4Gb+SSD, Powered USB3 hub, hardwire Ethernet.
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2 years 11 months ago #49777
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When the dashboard is started while connected with the realVNC viewer, it is frequently disconnected. I have reported it to jasem, do you have any similar symptoms? By the way, disconnection does not occur when you are not connected to the dashboard.
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I have had a couple disconnects when running wifi but cannot recall that I did with direct ethernet. There are a lot of wifi devices here in my office, so who knows the cause might be interference. I might try Teamviewer, assuming my older license will work with it and see if it works any better than VNC.
2 years 11 months ago #49786
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Hello,

I have the same behaviour. Wi-Fi disconnect when using dashboard (some times).
i also have some lags with kstars/ekos.
thanks for reporting to Jasem.

Clear skies
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ES ED 127mm FCD100, AZEQ6 GT, FocusLynx ESX25, Nikon D800 , ASI120mm-s, Polemaster
-- RPi4 4Gb Stellarmate , Windows 10 Pro, Kstars/VNC
-- RPi4 8Gb Ubuntu mate 20.04.1 LTS - Kstars/NoMachine
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2 years 11 months ago #49787
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1.5.0 seems to be the best SM release for RPI4 so far.
WiFi hotspot is finally working reliably (I don't really need it anymore but still it's a big improvement).
Only tried things indoors. Everything seems to be OK.
Tomorrow night will try outside.

A couple of questions:
-- What about the updates? How to install the nightlies?
-- How do I prevent KStars from starting automatically (in Ubuntu it was easy...)

Thanks!
Max S.

RPI 4 B (4Gb) with SMate
Askar FRA400, TPO RC6, Nikon D5500 full spectrum (with IDAS D1 clip-in filter).
ASI2600MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MM Mini on ZWO 30F4
ZWO ASI224MC-S on Orion 50 mm f/3.2
ZWO EAF x 2
SW AZ-GTi
SW HEQ5
RST-135
iOptron CEM40G
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2 years 11 months ago #49797
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In my usual 'Do it yourself, damn the torpedoes' mentality, I tried to create my own Raspbian based system from sources only. Happy to report that I got everything installed, KStars, Indi drivers, everything showing up nicely, although I also encountered problems with the dependencies as shown in an earlier post here, which I solved, by installing them one by one.
At that point, I thought it was appropriate to open the champagne and have a good sip.
Glad that I did, because when I tried to use it with my equipment I got a KStars crash. Intriguingly, every single one of my components registers and starts fine from Ekos and/or the Device Manager, but for some reason when I want to start my Polemaster together with the ZWO guide and image cameras in Ekos, Kstars crashes. Same happens when I try to connect to a camera and to my iOptron SmartEQ mount at the same time, i.e. during Ekos startup.
Has anyone seen that kind of behavior? Clearly, the driver are there and working, but they do not like to work together.

The same system constellation is working just fine using Ubuntu MATE as the OS, so it should not be an inherent driver or KStars problem. Must have to do with the way I installed it on Buster.
Does anyone have any ideas what the mistake could have been?
Atlas Pro AZ-EQ, ASI1600MM-Pro, ASI120MM-S, ES102ED, WO-Z61, Nikon D3300, ASI-EFW, ZWO LRGB,Ha,O3,S2 filter set
2 years 11 months ago #49809
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El Corazon - see if any of your devices have 8bit / 16bit drivers and try the 8bit settings. I had to do this with the ASI120mm mini, not sure if that is the same as your 120mm-S.
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When I first used it, I had screen tearing issues with noVNC (I think that's the term), but Jasem on another occasion told me to clear my cache in my browser. I did that and it cleared right up!

I also didn't like the screen colors and odd fonts (to bright), but that was easily changed with Raspbian screen preferences.

And in order to get the new Sextrator astrometry feature you need to run the following: sudo apt update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Here is the discussion of what it is:
knro.blogspot.com/2020/02/kstars-v340-is...kdhoXFcTYE59Xt8yFbiQ

Oh yeah, make sure your ZWO camera is taking 16bit images instead of 8bit. Not sure this is a new release issue (I seem to remember my last night with the old version did this). But just check. Change it in the INDI camera setup section.
"wvreeven wrote: Start Ekos with the cameras attached and go to the last tab in the configuration editor. There at the bottom you can set the bit depth. You may want to override the *.default config files in the .indi directory in your home dir with the lastly saved ones so this won’t happen anymore."
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2 years 11 months ago #49817
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@Max: A couple of questions:
-- What about the updates? How to install the nightlies?
-- How do I prevent KStars from starting automatically (in Ubuntu it was easy...)

@megiddo: And in order to get the new Sextractor....

I want to second Max's questions.....I've not seen any updates yet (seems suspicious...there's usually some updates by now). I also want to know how to disable KStars from autostart. Finally, it's not clear that to use SExtractor on SM OS 1.5 we need to do the sudo apt commands. Can someone confirm this is for SM OS, or is this just for DIY installs?
RASA11, Celestron CGX-L, ASI183mc Pro, 60mm guider + ASI290mm mini, ASI EAF focuser, PPB, Rpi4-4Gb+SSD, Powered USB3 hub, hardwire Ethernet.
2 years 11 months ago #49819
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For the Sextractor (Sex Tractor What??? :woohoo: ) Update... I opened a terminal and entered (copy & paste, using the noVNC clipboard icon, very helpful)

sudo apt update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

On the copy/Paste in noVNC, click the clipboard icon, paste in your item.... select it all again and copy it. Seems to be the way that works for me. You can also do the opposite from the SM back into Windows.
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2 years 11 months ago #49828
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This thread is for Stellarmate 1.5.0 Users, not people have built there own raspbian based system, so your best to post in the general Kstars section.... :)
Stellarmate OS on Raspberry pi4b
Skywatcher EQ8 pro, on steel pier
Takahashi FSQ85, FS60cb & 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 all scopes
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