steve bradley replied to the topic 'What type of camera is best used for astronomical photography?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

There are hundreds of camera options for astrophotography. No one can really answer your question because there are so many variables involved, and you’ve provided no context.

I recommend doing some homework: read the forums (here, cloudy nights, astronomyforum, etc) or get a beginner’s guide book for AP to get a better understanding of this hobby. It will help you figure out what general type of equipment you’ll need, and your questions on “what’s the best gear" will be more specific and relevant to what you are trying to do.

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'App not finding device' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

No, the register button has always been there, even before it found my stellarmate. Try resetting the app (under About)...this should clear things out and start you from scratch.

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'App not finding device' in the forum. 1 month ago

The attached screenshot is the "registration" screen in the android app. I had to fill this out the first time to register the app to the device. If you don't see the register button, I'm not sure what's going on.



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steve bradley replied to the topic 'App not finding device' in the forum. 1 month ago

Did you ever enter your Stellarmate OS license key in the android app? Step 3.2 on the page you linked mentions it. When I first set up the app on my phone a few weeks ago, it prompted me for the license key along with my username and password. I believe the app needs to be associated with a purchased device (or in your case, the OS.) Maybe this step has changed since I first did it, but without the app being able to verify that it has a valid device, it probably won't connect. Otherwise, people could use the app to connect to any kstars/INDI implementation.

If you did enter the license key and it's still not working, I'd open a support ticket on the SM site.

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'App not finding device' in the forum. 1 month ago

The first-time registration step requires entering your license key. Did you do that step? Also, is kstars running on the pi? It should be.

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'App not finding device' in the forum. 1 month ago

Did you register the app, per the instructions on stellarmate.com? It sounds like you did. What about trying to manually add your device using it's IP address?

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steve bradley created a new topic ' Pi 4 - gigabit ethernet!' in the forum. 2 months ago

One of the dramatic improvements in the Pi 4, that I haven't seen discussed too much, is the closer-to-true gigabit ethernet capability. In my particular use case with Stellarmate, this is perhaps the biggest improvement I could have hoped for. As I understand it, the Ethernet and USB shared the same bus on the Pi 3, but the Pi 4 has dedicated busses for each for much faster throughput.

I was always less than pleased with the client-server file transfer time for focus, platesolving, etc., so I now use Powerline Ethernet Adapters over an extra power cord out to my scope. On the Pi 3, this dramatically improved the file transfer speeds to make those functions tolerable...but still not great. With the Pi 4 and it's truer gigabit speed, it should be lightning fast. I can't wait for SM OS on the Pi 4!

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'Noob Help with indi library updates' in the forum. 4 months ago

You need to run the Software Updater (icon on SM desktop) periodically to keep everything up to date (ubuntu, indi, kstars, etc.) . Mate Terminal gives you command line access.

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'Powered USB Hubs' in the forum. 4 months ago

I use an inexpensive 4-port powered USB 3.0 hub from Anker. Not very rugged, but it does the job. The only issue I've ever had relative to Stellarmate is that the Serial Port Assistant gets confused and won't consistently assign port names. Probably important to note that I use an iOptron CEM60, which itself has a built in non-powered USB 2.0 hub. In my configuration, the CEM60 connects to one port on the Anker hub, and the iOptron hub (imaging camera, guide camera, focuser) connects to another port on the Anker hub; this then plugs into the Stellarmate.

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'Stellarmate - is it better to run on MacBook or on the Pi ??' in the forum. 4 months ago

1. Run the INDI server on the Pi and control everything by running kstars/ekos on your mac. The Pi is pretty slow if you try to do everything (kstars, ekos, phd2) on it. If you want to use VNC to remote in to something running your imaging session, use something more powerful than the Pi.

2. Yes. I have a CEM60 and it gets the coordinates from the mount's GPS. Make sure you set the option "Mount Updates Kstars" in the INDI preferences.

3. The Solver options allow you to download all the index files you'll need for offline solving. It will recommend which files you need based on the FOV of your configured scope.

4. A powered USB hub connected to the Pi is what I am doing. Works great.

5. Just use the Polemaster. No need to use the PA tool.

6. The only dither options I can find are in the Guide module, so it appears dithering only works when you are guiding.

7. Have fun!

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'Ioptron mount connection support needed' in the forum. 5 months ago

I am connecting to my CEM60 without issues. Did you unpark the mount in Ekos?

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'how do I tell' in the forum. 5 months ago

On the Ekos camera tab, select "Local" for Upload method, instead of "Client". Then provide the proper directory path where you want to store the images on the Astroberry server.

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