steve bradley replied to the topic 'Noob Help with indi library updates' in the forum. 2 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. 2 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. 2 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. 3 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. 3 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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steve bradley replied to the topic 'How to update INDI Library v1.7.6 on Stellar Mate?' in the forum. 4 months ago

No, the INDI web manager only gives you access to the INDI server running on your Pi. You need to use VNC or Teamviewer (or hook up a monitor/keyboard/mouse to your Pi) to get access to the Stellarmate (Linux) desktop. From there, you open the Software Updater and let it do it's thing.

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'Looking for all MAC users of Kstars / Ekos' in the forum. 5 months ago

Another +1 for running kstars/ekos on a Macbook for controlling your Pi. It's been rock solid for me. I agree with Jerry on the "latency" issue for image downloads. I've mitigated that significantly by using powerline ethernet adapters, but I image in my backyard on AC power; not really an option in the field.

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'Stellarmate update leaving an unusable setup' in the forum. 7 months ago

Yeah agreed. But I would like to understand what's new in the new release. I can't find any release notes. Do they exist?

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steve bradley replied to the topic 'Stellarmate update leaving an unusable setup' in the forum. 7 months ago

knro wrote:

rkarpa01 wrote: Yes, that's my fault, I did not take an image copy...

The built-in update is the same as doing it via terminal, difference is that you can choose which parts you want to update. Now I know better, yes...

In the email I received after purchase of stellarmate it states:

SM-101
StellarMate OS
Download Info:

  • Download Limit: 10
  • Download Ends: Unlimited

So, you are allowed to download 10 times.


Ralf, we just released v1.3.1 a few days ago, so if you cannot download this from StellarMate website just open a support ticket and you will get a link. We add a FAQ item here: www.stellarmate.com/support/faq.html?view=faq&faqid=30 to indicate that upgrades are not recommended since they can break the system. Just use the regular software updates you receive.


Jasem - if I am updating kstars/ekos with nightly builds and I am running the Software Updater in Stellarmate OS, do I still need to move to the v1.3.1 build? Or is my way of updating things giving me the latest and greatest?

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