Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Joystick from Ubuntu client running KStar to remote Stellarmate?' in the forum. 1 month ago

Thanks for the comments. I think I'll just put the joystick idea aside for now maybe, or just set it up outside where the Pi server is. Otherwise I just use the hand controller anyway. Sounded like a fun option, but seems it's probably more trouble than worth a this point.

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Joystick from Ubuntu client running KStar to remote Stellarmate?' in the forum. 1 month ago

True! I most likely would be used at the scope itself. Most of the time I'm running it remotely from inside the house and thought the joystick would be a pretty nice option for controlling it. I can see the complication though, the client would in a way be acting as a server, sending the position data back to the Pi 'server' and having it move. I have used the mount control in Kstars and works fine. Like you, most of the time the platsolving even reduces much need for that!

Clear skies!
Tom

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Tom Gwilym created a new topic ' Joystick from Ubuntu client running KStar to remote Stellarmate?' in the forum. 1 month ago

I recently got Stellarmate OS running on my EQ6R mount and controlling (still a work in process with Jasem - the NexDome). I have it running on a Raspberry Pi 3 which is remotely controlled with WiFi to my observatory in the yard.
I've been playing with the joystick trying to figure out how to make that work. I got it recognized and and showing movements and buttons working on the local client machine in the house. I'm trying to figure out how to make it work to control the scope outside on the Pi.
Do I need to configure it on the server side first, then configure the client? Just a little confused as this point since in this case the client would be acting as a server to the outside Pi (sending info TO the outside Pi server to move the mount).
Any ideas how to configure it? I've been searching, but not finding the clues yet.
Thanks!

Tom

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I think these settings did what I might be used to. I'll have to test some more images, but this gives me the familiar green color I was more used to seeing.

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I do know about that setting in Siril. I'll have to check that again and see if something got unchecked. Kind of seems like something like that. I originally had to do that when I first went from the DLSR to the ASI camera and then everything worked. Just strange that I changed nothing other than the image-capturing software. There may have been a Siril update installed since my last clear night! :-)
Thanks, I'll look at those settings again.
Tom

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Oh, I am seeing the blue -after- I stack. I've had some issues lately with Siril, but I think it's a new RC version, so I think I need to go backwards to a slightly older version too.

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Yep! That's the blue I'm getting. I do my stacking with Siril, then processing with Startools. I've had excellent results when using APT with the same camera, but the only thing I've changed recently is imaging with Stellarmate now, so some setting isn't right.
I'll study your configuration and see what I can come up with - next clear night. (Snowing here in Wisconsin currently).
Tom

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I've finally migrated my observatory to StellarMate on the Rasspberry Pi 3. (A big thanks to Jasem for putting in a lot of work to get the Nexdome working!).
I'm starting the learning curve of software again, and have taken my first few test images with the KStars imaging routine. My images come out with an excessive amount of blue on the blue part of RBG channels. I've been looking around, but haven't found a clear answer yet to the fix.
I figure there are plenty here that use the ASI294MC Pro camera, so I'm hoping there is someone that can share the settings they used on theirs? I just need a better RBG balance with a reasonable blue channel.

Thanks in advance!
Tom

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Tom Gwilym created a new topic ' Latest INDI update. NexDome observatory, what firmware?' in the forum. 5 months ago

I haven't tried it out yet, but I did see that there was mention of some NexDome files on the list of updates when I ran the update on INDI on my Linux computer.
I'm hoping to set up Stellarmate OS on my Raspberry Pi and eventually get it all working. I'd give it a try, but I wonder what firmware (and were I can find it) is needed for the NexDome Arduino computers in the dome? I currently have the ASCOM comapatible firmware installed (2.21 if I remember the version correctly) and running a Windows 7 machine in my observatory.

What is there that I need to do to give INDI/KStars a try again? I know the INDI side of things isn't as far along as ASCOM, but just trying to keep up with changes.

Thanks!
Tom

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Dome SHUTTER close on park!' in the forum. 8 months ago

Yes, I did buy Stellarmate OS. I did try Astroberry first which was good, but the basic operating system interface was a lot better I thought (network settings....etc).
I haven't messed with it lately, weather has been cloudy, and I just got a n ASI294 camera and rather than adding that to the confusion, I just went back to Windows 7 and ASCOM latest drivers.
I'm running an LX200 Classic 12" and I heard that the firmware wasn't very good with that (at this time) for syncing to that mount. Yeah...one of these days I want to upgrade to a GEM mount, but $$! It is a decent platform for the Orion 80ED refractor.
I did set up Astronomy Linux (the latest 16.04 Ubuntu) on the computer for dual booting INDI for now, but eventually want to go full Raspberry / Astromate in the server mode.

Tom

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Dome SHUTTER close on park!' in the forum. 8 months ago

I'm just checking in on this forum to see what progress has been made. Ron did mention many are switching over to INIDI - I'm one of those! I have a Raspberry Pi with AstroMate running, Nexdome and LX200 Classic 12". Rotates manually, no shutter control or mount sync.
I went back to Win7 with the latest firmware and ASCOM drivers (2.1, 2.11...or whatever it's called) and it's working. The dome rotates VERY slowly though. It was working with th 0.5.2.3 firmware and rotated at a decent speed.....but still Windows.
Are there any beta versions of the firmware out yet? It's been a while since I had a clear sky (I cursed myself buying a new camera!), but spring is here and clearing skies are coming. I'd be happy to test out any new versions when I get some skies - or even a nice day that I can work outside on the dome even if cloudy.

Tom

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Ron's obsy setup - Anyone connecting Indi to MACH1?' in the forum. 8 months ago

Yep. I have TeamViewer on all my machines. I'd like to try the new firmware when I can get a chance and see if it makes a difference.

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Ron's obsy setup - Anyone connecting Indi to MACH1?' in the forum. 8 months ago

Sounds like progress is being made. I'm glad to hear it! I've had pretty much zero luck with 1.1. I can rotate the dome manually through Ekos but it won't sync with the scope. The shutter.....total no go for me still. I'm not sure if I have "crud" in the EEPROM, but I have tried clearing it with some code I found, but not sure hot long it needs to run.
I did go back (in between fooling with the Stellarmate OS) to the latest Windows drivers that just came out. 2.11 ASCOM and the firmware. That worked pretty well, but the motor still rotates very slow. I had it running last night on ASCOM, APT, Cartes Du Ciel, PHD2. Unrelated issue, but my plate solving worked, but it seemed to sync up slightly to one side of the object I was trying to center on. Almost seems like a time issue since it was off to the side every time.

I'd be very happy to help test out the new firmware from Jasem, just let me know where I can grab it from!

Tom

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