Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Moonlite focuser times 2' in the forum. 4 days ago

Fired? As in a kiln or a bonfire?

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'New Raspberry pi 4 anounced' in the forum. 6 days ago

I would say Martin Wimpress is a pretty important cog in the wheel. He is one of the co founders of Ubuntu MATE and now leads the project. More significantly for us, Wimpress is pretty much the only one working on Ubuntu MATE's Pi support and he can only work on that when Canonical doesnt have him doing all sorts of other things. It was a lack of his time as well as some technical issues that made the Pi3b+ ubuntu mate image take so long to get out. I am sure he would love some help. . .

wiki.ubuntu.com/MartinWimpress

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Moonlite focuser times 2' in the forum. 6 days ago

I am not 100 percent sure, since I haven’t tried it before, but I know how it *should* work

The first issue you will probably have is that both focusers will look the same to the OS and it won’t be able to tell the difference between them. They will probably get assigned names based on the order they get plugged in. The rules files are how a Linux system responds when the device gets plugged in and is how we keep our devices separate in INDI so we don’t tell our focuser to slew and our telescope to focus. What you want is a rules file that will recognize each focuser and assign each one the same unique port name each time. Unfortunately the focusers have the same manufacturer id so the usual method of writing a rules file identifying the device based on that number won’t work. The serial number might be different in which case you could try to use that in a custom rules file. But that might not work. If that doesn’t work, you can set aside a usb port for each one and only ever plug that focuser into that port. So your rules file could see that a device got plugged into that port and assume it is that particular focuser. I would definitely try to solve this problem first so that each time you plug in focuser 1 or focuser 2 they get the correct name.

The second problem is with the driver. The Moonlite driver would have all the settings of and be associated with one Moonlite focuser, not both. To fix that you need to use the “custom drivers” feature and call each focuser by a unique driver name and associate each one with the unique port name I discussed in the previous paragraph. This problem is easy to fix because Ekos has a great custom drivers tool.

Then it should work

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Python 3 Mac OSX' in the forum. 1 week ago

So I would definitely recommend making sure everything works with simulators before going out in the field.

I can’t do much at the moment because I am on vacation right now and don’t have very good internet, which is why it has taken me awhile to respond. But I will be able to do more after the 14th of July.

I would like to know why the automated installer failed to install astropy, because it should have worked unless you have something odd about your python installation.

I would recommend checking to see that it works now using the ccd and telescope simulators in offline mode. If it doesn’t, check to see that the index files are installed gsc is installed, and where python3 is installed. If there is a problem, Ekos should print the error messages to the log now because I changed it. You should not have to paste the commands to terminal anymore.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Python 3 Mac OSX' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

At the command line, it should be either

pip install astropy

Or

pip3 install astropy

What happens when you either type

which pip

or

which pip3
?

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Python 3 Mac OSX' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Correct, this is not an error. It is a change I had to make due to some issues I had with python. I used to bundle a stripped down version of python inside the app bundle, but that no longer seems to be a good option since it isn’t reliable if you build it on a new system. So basically now you have to install python on your system. I wrote an installer as Peter described that will do all this for you. It is all explained in the quick start pdf.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Test on KStars 3.2.3 on MAC -> missing astrometry.net binaries' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I do not understand what you mean. There is no virtual environment. Astrometry.net natively compiles on Mac computers, my computer is an actual Mac OS X computer running Mac OS Mojave, the latest version. I compile it on my system and it works perfectly on my computer. No virtual environment needed

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Test on KStars 3.2.3 on MAC -> missing astrometry.net binaries' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

So in the latest version of KStars, yes the astrometry binaries and Netpbm are still in the package. They are NOT broken. They should work just fine on most systems (with a few notable exceptions that I don’t yet understand). The main issue for astrometry on macs is python. Currently the solution is to install python 3 and astropy with homebrew or some other way (you can use the installer I wrote and put into kstars) and then the embedded astrometry should work great. If it does not , then install astrometry.net with homebrew.

The issue was that while python is installed by default on macs, it is an older version of python 2 that requires administrator permissions to install packages. Python 3 is desirable for astrometry today. The best way to install that seems to be homebrew. Awhile back I had managed to get a stripped down version of python built on an older computer embedded in the app bundle, which was working for awhile. But building python 3 on a new computer did not work on all other systems properly and there seems to really be no correct way to package it up as far as I can tell. If somebody else can get that working be my guest. I worked for several long days trying to do it and failed. It would not be a good solution to build it on an ancient computer because that is not sustainable.

Homebrew has a very good cross platform way to get python 3 up and running on all systems and they also do a good job with astrometry too.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'A new INDI WebManager App for Mac OS X and Linux' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Sounds great!!

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'A new INDI WebManager App for Mac OS X and Linux' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

But Jasem, uploaded and built it successfully two hours ago: code.launchpad.net/~mutlaqja/+recipe/indiwebmanagerapp-daily

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'A new INDI WebManager App for Mac OS X and Linux' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Ok I released a new version, version 1.0. This might be the only version for the next two weeks or so since I will be kind of busy. But this version includes the option to set INDI Web Manager App to start when the system starts, which should be a very useful function for people setting up a remote system that should automatically turn on.

Please test things thoroughly and enjoy the new app.

For OS X, you can get version 1.0 here: github.com/rlancaste/INDIWebManagerApp/releases/tag/1.0
For Linux, it is available from the nightly PPA: launchpad.net/~mutlaqja/+archive/ubuntu/indinightly
For Source Code, it is available on GitHub: github.com/rlancaste/INDIWebManagerApp

Happy Imaging!

Thanks,

Rob

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