Steve replied to the topic 'Is there a way to minimize the Ekos GUI with window controls?' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thanks Rolf. This is great to know. This behaviour has always annoyed me. This does raise the question, however, why isn't separate windows the default behaviour? What is the advantage of the current default behaviour?

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Steve replied to the topic 'Astrohat - An open hardware RPi Hat for astronomy equipment' in the forum. 4 months ago

ppapadeas wrote: Motor control is a bit of an overkill at this point imho, mainly because most of the newer focusers have the control integrated, but please let me know if you feel this is a showstopper.


For me, it's all about real estate on the top of my scope. Most focus controller boxes are quite big. I have a Microtouch controller but it was just too big to be mounted on the scope conveniently.

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Astrohat - An open hardware RPi Hat for astronomy equipment' in the forum. 4 months ago

This looks fantastic!

Here's a pic of my Indi/Kstars RPi box, which I mount on top of my scope:



On the left side of the box as pictured is an Raspberry Pi 3B+ with an Adafruit motor hat. On the right side on top is a little Anderson power pole power distribution box and below a little breadboard with a circuit for a dew heater. The my RPi has the following interfaces:

- 1x12V (or whatever-it's pass through) input (Anderson Powerpole)
- For my setup, there is only one cable from the ground to my scope: 12V power. My goal is to minimize the number of cables running up my mount to my scope so I put the RPi on top of my mount. I power my mount from a separate power supply so there's no need to run power down from my RPi to the mount. I interface my RPi to the mount via bluetooth.
- 3x12V (pass through) outputs (Anderson Powerpoles)
- One of these powers my SBIG ST-8300M camera and another powers my RPi via a 12V to 5V 3A converter. I'd like to figure out a way to power the RPi internal to the project box but haven't done that yet.
- 1x12V RCA jack driven by my little dew heater circuit.
- 1x3.5mm jack for a humidity/temp sensor
- Used to calculate the dew point for my dew heater. Can also use ambient temp for focuser temp compensation.
- 1x3.5mm jack to read the OTA temp
- Allows for closed loop temperature control of the dew heater. I've written a little python script for this.
- 4xUSB ports of the RPi for my imaging camera, guide camera, GPS, and a 64GB thumb drive for images
- 1xD-sub 9 connector for my focuser (driven by the Adafruit Motor Hat)

So I think you've got everything I've got and more except a separate temp sensor input for sensing the OTA temp and a focuser. Are there any left over GPIO pins so that an OTA temp sensor could be used? I think an Adafruit motor hat could be mounted on top of your board but it'd need to get 12V power somehow and the I2C address would need to be changed if your board is using I2C.

Great project.

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Astroberry Focuser with Adafruit Motor HAT' in the forum. 10 months ago

Radek,

A question? How does the position reset function work? I’ve had kstars/ekos crash a few times while focusing leaving the focuser near focus and near focus being the zero position rather than the zero position being racked in. I understand position reset allows one to move to negative positions while still identifying the new position as zero. How many steps is the focuser moved inward when selecting position reset?

Regards,

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Issue with image size from SBIG ST8300C when using current drivers' in the forum. 11 months ago

I see this problem from time to time as well. I don’t know what the root cause is. You can increase the size or crop the affected images. The most annoying thing is you need to be aligned with your darks.

Here’s a thread that mentions a similar issue although it seems it was fixed:

indilib.org/forum/ccds-dslrs/2849-asi160...-image-geometry.html

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Can't access INDI logs' in the forum. 1 year ago

Thanks Radek. The problem was that i had "Default" as the selected output rather than "File".

By the way, I seemed to have fixed the astroberry motor hat driver crashing issue by reinstalling the driver.

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Wireless Access Point Setup for Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Ubuntu MATE' in the forum. 1 year ago

Thanks Helge. I'll have a look.

Steve

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Steve created a new topic ' Can't access INDI logs' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi,

I'm having a problem with the astroberry motor hat focuser driver (it's crashing on startup - perhaps caused by the latest INDI library update?) and I'd like to check the logs. When I click on "Open Logs Directory" in EKOS, nothing happens. Any thoughts on what the cause of this issue might be?

Raspberry PI 3 B+, Ubuntu MATE 16.04

Regards,

Steve

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Steve created a new topic ' Wireless Access Point Setup for Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Ubuntu MATE' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi all,

I wonder if anyone could point me in the direction of instructions for setting up my Pi as an access point for use in the field? There are lots of instructions out there but I'd like to take advantage of the group's experience and use a method with which someone has had success.

I'd like to enable wireless connection sharing as well, if possible, but this is optional.

Thanks,

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'SBIG STi fails to complete a series of images' in the forum. 1 year ago

Thanks for the update, Jasem. And apologies. My post above reads as entitled. I know this is a labour of love for you guys.

And yes. SBIGs support is not good. Their Mac support and support for Raspberry Pi SkyX is poor as well. An unfortunate lost opportunity and poor service for their customers.

Appreciate all the work you do.

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'SBIG STi fails to complete a series of images' in the forum. 1 year ago

I posted regarding this issue several months ago. No responses, unfortunately.

indilib.org/forum/ccds-dslrs/3463-sbig-s...xposure-timeout.html

I had to abandon use of my ST-i with my Raspberry Pi 3B+ setup.

Hopefully you'll have better luck than me getting someone to look into this..

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'SBIG FW8-8300 8 Position Filter Wheel only 5 Filter Slots' in the forum. 1 year ago

Thanks. Worked. Should've just done this.

Steve

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