Hello,

Thank for this RPI4B guide with StellarMate. I appreciated the pictures. As I reviewed aliljenb’s picture, I tried this with my setup. I abandoned this design because of moments of inertia, radius of gyration, and center of gravity issues. I had a counterweight on the Vixen rail and still could not keep the motors from overworking.

I just picked up an 8G RPI4B. I like the idea of SSD use. I also like the idea of the OTA becoming the carrier. Not getting tangled up is the goal. I distribute my USB load between 2 4 port powered USB.

My first question is “How easy is this setup to achieve CG in X-Y-Z? 

My my second question is “What is the total weight of this package with all of its components?”

Thank you.

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John Robison replied to the topic 'Update Stellarmate ?' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hello,

I keep wondering what Update Software actually does. I use Terminal to update Stellarmate. Everytime I click and open the Update Software ICON, I get everything is up to date. However, SUDO SU, APT-GET UPDATE, and then APT-GET DIST-UPGRADE gives all the latest updates. Update Software has never worked and I have recently installed Stellarmate.

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John Robison replied to the topic 'Solver crashing Kstars' in the forum. 4 months ago

Hello,

If the crashing occurred before applying the Phonon common libraries and QT5 upgrade, normal use is back. To me, that says that while not INDI related, the Phonon isn’t catastrophic in crashing PH2D.

In Linux, a package can be checked for dependencies. It isn’t unrealistic to think LIBINDI 1.8.8 has missing support packages. I have had to augment multiple packages in my past use. Whatever a developer has installed at build time, can creep into a package.

Keeping verbose logging on fills up space quickly when deducing a problem. Be sure verbose and to a file are enabled before each session. INDI, KSTARS, and Drivers used. One of them changed.

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John Robison replied to the topic 'Solver crashing Kstars' in the forum. 4 months ago

Hello,

Within KSTARS, main window, a sync telescope with KSTARS is there. This requires ensuring AstroBerry and KSTARS are in unison of where they think they are. Look in the lower left hand corner. Which longitude and latitude does it have? Does your Phone GPS agree?

Next, look at the time. AstroBerry and KSTARS must agree to the time and time zone.

If neither are in unison, fixing it is simple and inexpensive. I added an RTC and a GPS to manage location, time zone, and time. The AstroBerry suggests both.

As for Phonon, review the settings of your KSTARS and ECHOS. Something must have selected but not configured.

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Hello,

Yes. These two repositories were what I add. The Raspbian was specifically for BIOS and Firmware. I noticed several needed updating before Raspbian and AstroBerry were at peace with each other.

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John Robison replied to the topic 'Solver crashing Kstars' in the forum. 4 months ago

Hello,

Thank you for sending your log. One item stands out. This looks ominous as what follows are the app reinitializing.

[2021-01-18T21:32:07.626 EST DEBG ][ default] - WARNING: Phonon::createPath: Cannot connect Phonon::MediaObject ( no objectName ) to Phonon::AudioOutput ( no objectName )

Is the Phonon variable filled in with a recognizable path? This is what I see.

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Hello,

The error with the packaging DB getting locked usually occurs within 60-70 secs after boot up. I wait 2-3 minutes for Raspbian OS to finish its health checks before checking for updates. The lock is supposed to be temporary. As for KSTARS not updating, the AstroBerry canonical list is limited to few libraries. This is to ensure that the paradigm of AstroBerry doesn’t get so messed up that Kaczorek spends a long time fixing.

I added the canonical libraries of KSTARS Bleeding, INDI, and a Raspbian. That was it. Raspbian is nothing like Ubuntu. Ubuntu mixes i386 with ARMFH. For example, under Ubuntu, a Raspberry kernel update will never install because a symbolic link it tries to create is on the FAT32 side of Raspbian. I sought support and was told this kernel is for i386 and who is Raspberry?

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John Robison replied to the topic 'Polar Alignment?' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hello,

Jasem's video on the Android/OS app called StellarMate was shown to be a one stop shop for managing StellarMate. I kicked the tires and found it lacking in setting up StellarMate. Yes, KSTAR Wizards, Site Configuration, and ECHOS setting GPS to set location all work at the OS. None of these options exist in the StellarMate app. In fact, no option exists yet to determine if location is correct. Being off 50 miles is pretty significant. Ok, maybe I was just dreaming an SmartPhone app could set the bar. On my Android KSTARS works well as is. I have access to all of these functions in Android.

I did set StellarMate up like I did AstroBerry. Then, the app StellarMate is a good app for a pre-configured StellarMate system. I like the search for a StellarMate function. I am looking forward to a clear night.

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John Robison replied to the topic 'Polar Alignment?' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hello,

I finally got around to installing StellarMate. The supplied video on the App shows its use like AstroBerry Web.

Within the App, PA is not explicitly stated. Plate solving is. But, one feature I see missing is location. PA and plate solving require explicit location, longitude and latitude. The next big item is the mount. The motors and gears must be synced with RA and DEC circles.

I keep looking for the SYNC button. My home network’s ISP messes up location because it’s Location is 50 miles north. A picture of the sky should be all that is needed.

I am waiting for a clear night free to test this out. Maybe my AstroBerry experience is clouding my StellarMate experience.

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John Robison replied to the topic 'StelalrMate App Video Tutorial' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hello,

Thank you for the tutorial. This encouraged me to consider the app. I do have a question. I saw the tool said correctly the my mount was east point west. I wanted to see if my location was close. Where is the Location for the app kept? I am looking for if I am located at my ISP and not where I am. The ISP is 50 miles north away. I do have my coordinates. Where do I put them in manually?

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John Robison replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 6 months ago

Ihoujin wrote: I'm configuring a setup from a clean install of Raspberry OS (64bit) and found KStars Master will not compile unless I built and installed stellarsolver first. Therefore this step should be added to the script.
Also, if you have a chance, Please add Firecapture and OaCapture to setup. I have had difficulty installing them myself.
Thank you kindly.



Hello,

I just read a reply the 64 bit question which said, if and only if Raspberry PI 4 8G. What is the compelling reason? Are vendor products turning ARM64? Or are Linux ARM64 packages pushing the need?

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John Robison replied to the topic 'Lost beginner' in the forum. 6 months ago

Hello,

The AstroBerry site has a written tutorial. Http://www.astroberry.io AstroBerry, EKOS, and INDI must know where it is first for a session to be fruitful. If establishing AstroBerry where it is, the next step is to tell AstroBerry and EKOS what equipment you are using for your session.

If you live where the developer lives, Warsaw, PL, then you don’t have to do anything location steps. Every where else in the world must tell AstroBerry, EKOS, and KSTARS the session’s location.

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stevenball wrote: Hi, before I realised you could transfer the GPS location from your Ipad to SM, I bought a GPS receiver. I have not managed to get this work, Not sure if its the device or SM, followed instructions, but no joy. Now I want to go back to using the SM app to sync the GPS data for SM. I'm not sure what the settings should be in Ekos and Kstars to do that, as there doesn't seem to be an option for that. its only Kstars, mount or GPS device.


Hello,

Which GPS receiver did you get? Is it a USB or dongle? I recently created a StellarMate image. I use a U-Blox 7 USB GPS. Both types take a dedicated ttyACM port.

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