giorgio replied to the topic 'New Raspberry pi 4 anounced' in the forum. 19 hours 2 minutes ago

Fantastic news!

I wasn't expecting a Pi 4 until next year. This new version will give performance to an already solid INDI/Ekos implementation on ARM and an even more enjoyable IoT solution for Astrophotography. I expect INDI/EKOS eventually to support planetary and solar imaging at some point.
Other interesting projects might now become a reality like for instance automated meteorite detection/mapping from an all sky camera... The sky is the limit!

Giorgio

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giorgio replied to the topic 'Takahashi Temma 2 users' in the forum. 3 days ago

I've got an hardware clock from ebay for my own Rpi running Stellarmate:

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DS3231-Raspberry-Pi-R...-Class-/273773628089

I've installed on the first 5 pins on the inner row close to the edge. Upon powering up Stellarmate I run the following command to see if the clock was detected:

sudo hwclock -r

It returned a date of something like 1st of January 2000. Then I run this command to synch the hardware clock with the software clock:

sudo hwclock -w

After that, if I now try to compare the two clocks using:

date; sudo hwclock -r

I get:

Sat Jun 22 09:36:13 BST 2019
Sat 22 Jun 2019 09:36:13 AM BST .013205 seconds

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giorgio replied to the topic 'USB3 may force me to move off of Raspberry Pi' in the forum. 6 days ago

AstroNerd wrote:

Maxchess wrote: Can I ask where you got the Rock64 Pro for $79 as the cheapest I can find is from China at $135, or Amazon here in the U.K. at £117.. ?. :0

PINE64 ships to the UK but they charge an additional $11.99



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giorgio replied to the topic 'Takahashi Temma 2 users' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hi Jasem, I use Stellarmate on my own Pi. Can I just connect a DS3231 and startup the Pi? Or do I also need any software configuration in Stellarmate?

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giorgio replied to the topic 'Offline and Remote Solving fail on KStars 3.2.2 on Mac OS 10.14.4' in the forum. 1 month ago

Same here. I uninstalled KStars and deleted the files listed in the PDF document included in the Kstars DMG installation image.

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giorgio replied to the topic 'Offline and Remote Solving fail on KStars 3.2.2 on Mac OS 10.14.4' in the forum. 1 month ago

Offline solving seems broken on Kstars 3.2.2 on Mac. Solving crashes immediately with the following message:

[2019-05-21T23:31:47.513 BST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Capturing image..."
[2019-05-21T23:31:49.196 BST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.fits] - Loading FITS file "/private/var/folders/_m/5ng10w3128150cjvjnl_y_p00000gp/T/fitseaKhKZ.fits"
[2019-05-21T23:31:49.197 BST WARN ][ org.kde.knotifications] - Audio notification requested, but sound file from notifyrc file was not found, aborting audio notification
[2019-05-21T23:31:49.215 BST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Image received."
[2019-05-21T23:31:49.244 BST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Solver iteration #1"
[2019-05-21T23:31:49.272 BST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "export PATH=/Applications/kstars.app/Contents/MacOS/netpbm/bin:/Applications/kstars.app/Contents/MacOS/python/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin"
[2019-05-21T23:31:49.299 BST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "export PYTHONPATH=/Applications/kstars.app/Contents/MacOS/python/bin/site-packages"
[2019-05-21T23:31:49.340 BST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Starting solver..."
[2019-05-21T23:31:49.394 BST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "/Applications/kstars.app/Contents/MacOS/astrometry/bin/solve-field -O --no-plots --no-verify --resort --downsample 2 -3 217.182 -4 90 -5 30 --config /Applications/kstars.app/Contents/MacOS/astrometry/bin/astrometry.cfg -W /private/var/folders/_m/5ng10w3128150cjvjnl_y_p00000gp/T/solution.wcs /private/var/folders/_m/5ng10w3128150cjvjnl_y_p00000gp/T/fitseaKhKZ.fits"
[2019-05-21T23:31:49.522 BST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Error starting solver: Process crashed"
[2019-05-21T23:31:49.558 BST INFO ][ org.kde.kstars.ekos.align] - "Solver failed. Try again."

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giorgio replied to the topic 'Offline and Remote Solving fail on KStars 3.2.2 on Mac OS 10.14.4' in the forum. 1 month ago

I was able to make offline solving work using Load & Slew only on my Mac Mini. My field MacBook pro is still unable to solve anything...
My next test is to completely remove KStars and its related files and then reinstall it. Being unable to solve images completely breaks my workflow.

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giorgio replied to the topic 'Offline and Remote Solving fail on KStars 3.2.2 on Mac OS 10.14.4' in the forum. 1 month ago

It seems the issue is with the quality of the images supplied by the CCD Simulator. If I try offline load and slew it works.

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giorgio created a new topic ' Offline and Remote Solving fail on KStars 3.2.2 on Mac OS 10.14.4' in the forum. 1 month ago

I'm using KStars 3.2.2 on Mac OS 10.14.4 as a stellarmate client and I'm unable to solve images using the Telescope and CCD simulators.
Here attacehd are Ekos verbose logs:

File Attachment:

File Name: RemoteSolveLog.txt
File Size: 1 KB

File Attachment:

File Name: OfflineSolveLog.txt
File Size: 18 KB


I've installed all the GSC and index files as indicated in the KStars Mac quick start guide. I configured the Astrometry.net Ekos Properties to use *Internal Solver* and *Internal astrometry..cfg* for offline solving.
If I try offline solving directly on Stellarmate it works.

Thank you in advance for your help,
Giorgio

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giorgio replied to the topic 'Partitioning the Scheduler code' in the forum. 2 months ago

dokeeffe wrote: For protection of ekos and kstars crashes ,there is the existing watchdog driver. This works well, I have experience once for my remote observatory when kstars crashed. It parked the scope, roof and ran a script to send me an SMS. All worked perfect.
Derek


Can the watchdog driver also manage a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) in case of blackouts? It would be nice to have a routine to detect the UPS kicking in and safely park, close and shutdown equipment.

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giorgio replied to the topic 'recommend a mount please' in the forum. 2 months ago

Another option to consider would be a Takahashi EM200. They run like clockwork and are very simple to setup and operate. Their reliability is based on their simplicity.
Complexity often adds issues...

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