Andrew replied to the topic 'Re:New Raspberry pi 4 anounced' in the forum. 3 days ago

A version of Ubuntu Server 18.04.2 is now available for the Raspberry Pi 4. It does not have a desktop, but one can be installed.
jamesachambers.com/raspberry-pi-ubuntu-s...-installation-guide/

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Andrew replied to the topic 'nudge star for guiding' in the forum. 4 days ago

You can use PHD2 as an external guider with KStars/EKOS and nudge it by issuing manual guide commands.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Polar Alignment and Refraction' in the forum. 6 days ago

It might. I don't know enough about that setting to say for sure.
It does appear to be a backend setting so, Maybe?
Toggling it does nothing to the display settings. It seems to be there be there for pointing accuracy corrections. Whether that applies to the PAA is beyond me.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Raspberry Pi 4 vs Pi 3 performance test' in the forum. 1 week ago

Nice work. I was expecting better performance though. Is it possible the Pi 4 was being thermal throttled?

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Andrew replied to the topic 'New Raspberry pi 4 anounced' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

:(
I figured it would take some time. But it looks like it will be longer. But at least the devs have expressed they are looking into developing Ubuntu Mate for Pi4.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'New Raspberry pi 4 anounced' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

It was confirmed on Twitter.
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Andrew replied to the topic 'Polar Alignment and Refraction' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

If your latitude is so low that this is a concern. You should consider alternative polar alignment techniques such as the DARV method.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'New Raspberry pi 4 anounced' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I have decided to join the Raspberry Pi 4 club after all and have a 4GB model on the way.
I chose not to get the Odroid-N2 due to a few reasons.
1. Wide community adoption will have better long term support. *This was the determining factor.
2. It looks like it will have ample processing power
3. Better price.
4. Ubuntu MATE for RPi4 is officially in development

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Small Buttons Trend' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Certainly. I've attached a few pictures. This first picture is how the focus module appears on my system. Note the small, blank buttons for manually driving the focuser. Previously these were large, clearly labeled buttons.


And here is an alternative mockup with an added fine focus feature for let's say 10% step size to eliminate the need to enter a new value below.


Also attached are other instances of missing icons.
Thank you.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'Unable to plate solve - Astrometry keeps failing.....help' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Plate solving works best if it knows what your fov is. The value will fill itself in if it can successfully page solve once. But to enter it manually try configuring your telescope/guide scope details in the mount tab and save the telescope configuration. Then in the alignment tab choose your sensor and telescope/guide scope combination. Now if you mouse over the fov field, a tool tip will tell you the calculated FOV. Type that in. And try again.
Also check if you have the recommended astrometry files installed.

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Andrew created a new topic ' Small Buttons Trend' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I recently updated KStars to V 3.3.1 and I've noticed some UI changes within Ekos. I just wanted to address a concern with the trend towards tiny buttons.
My main concern is functionality. Depending on the method of interfacing with the UI it can be difficult to tap on a small button. For example a remote desktop connection on mobile or tablet. I frequently have to zoom into the screen to use them correctly. Computers also have a vulnerability whenever dew forms on a trackpad, fine control can get dicy. Certain misclicks can be a real setback.
Also, although it's a separate underlying issue; missing icons is still a problem that has not been fully resolved, at least on my system (LUbuntu), I now have a least two more missing icons (Focus In/Out). I found the large text buttons were easy to use to focus in/out quickly.
Generally speaking, I found text buttons are clear and unambiguous which is great for them many new users adopting Indi and Ekos. A common upfront challenge is understanding the UI and control panel. Basic functions should be as bold and clear as possible without reliance on tooltips.

Speaking of misclicked setbacks, I have on more than one occasion accidentally clicked the Done button in the Polar Align Assistant when it appears in the same location as the Next button following the final solved frame. They should be separated, and a confirmation window would be nice upon completion.

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