Tried a further update/upgrade of an earlier KStars 3.5.6 SSD image and am delighted to report that the new version seems to be fully working…..Yippee!

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Just carried out the upgrade of Astroberry to the latest repository versions. Unfortunately my excitement about Stellasover 2.2 being lightening fast, was crushed when (at least with the default settings) Polar Alignment and Platesolving did not work. Any suggestions?

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I have been running two systems, side by side for a year and a half, each RPi/Astroberry running autonomously. So with a single PC laptop I control both RPis via VNC Viewer, and swap between them from time to time to monitor results, and to initiate the next capture session. So far I haven’t used the Schedule module since both systems are readily transportable from storage to outside, and I have no observatory or shelter for weather protection.
Each Astroberry runs as a 5GHz WiFi hotspot - I distinguish between them by renaming the SSIDs as AstroberryRed and AstroberryGreen. I use astronomical twilight to carry out the physical tasks of placing/orienting the mounts and polar alignment, and initial focusing, before retreating indoors (only about 8m away) from where I set targets and monitor results.
I often download image files during capture sessions to the PC via VNC File Transfer, and more recently by setting up Network Drives in Windows File Explorer, relying on the Samba server in Astroberry. This permits me to examine the image files more in detail and for instance, to live stack them using SharpCap Pro on the PC.

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Lars post=78811 userid=3671
-  but the Astroberry version of VNC could not transfer files.

/Lars

Just for the record, the VNC server in Astroberry does transfer files. Click on the black VNC button in the Taskbar, and select the file transfer option from the menu list. I used this for a long period, but these days I prefer using the Samba server option by creating a network drive in Windows File Explorer which gives me simpler and consistently faster transfer connections.

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Just updated Astroberry from KStars 3.5.5 to 3.5.6 using ‘sudo apt update’ followed by ‘sudo apt upgrade’. Open KStars, start up my usual Ekos profile with ZWO cameras and Sky-watcher EQMOD mount (EQDirect cable connection to AZGTi) and KStars crashes. Wake up KStars again, replace the EQMOD mount in the Ekos profile with the Telescope Simulator and KStars continues to run.

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Sorry for my confusion but I was assuming that update and upgrade would involve the shift from debian buster to debian bullseye. This doesn't happen (thank goodness!) I just made a copy of my backup Astroberry 2.0.4 microSD card (fully loaded with platesolving files and equipment data etc) and performed sudo apt update and sudo apt upgrade on the copy. There were 56 packages upgraded but all the revisions of main OS packages were labeled 'oldstable' and the OS stayed with debian buster rather than moving on to bullseye. The upgraded version appears to be fully working.

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Just wondering if you need to use BerryBoot? Astroberry runs beautifully from my SSD copied on the RPi from the microSD card. Recent updates to the RaspberryPiOS have caused a lot of issues, and if you did a typical sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade, you will have had a lot of these changes introduced into your software. I am sticking with the recently downloaded Astroberry 2.0.4 image, copied over to my SSD, and it seems wise to stay off-line and away from any updates until the ‘mess’ is sorted!

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The heat is well controlled by enclosing the RPi in a ‘Flirc’ metal case which has plenty of heat dispersing effect especially outdoors. I then mount it with its plastic bottom outwards to optimise the WiFi performance. There are people who fit an RTC, but this will require a higher clearance case, and a different approach to heat sinks. I used to attempt to use a GPS dongle to set the location and the clock time. I had problems with poor GPS reception and interference into the very low level satellite signals from the RPi’s own ‘digital noise’. These days I simply turn on the RPi, use VNC Viewer from my laptop, and set the date and time to match the laptop clock using the terminal command <sudo date -s ‘2021-10-21 21:10:50’>. I don’t need to change the geographical location very often but when I do go travelling I set the location from the data on my iPhone app ‘ScopeTools’. 
 

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