Spartacus replied to the topic 'Astro-Physics Mount Driver' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hello Hy,

As the mount is not mine :( I have only used it for testing indoors but I am sure that we could try a fully automatic session. I would need to wait for a spell of decent weather for that though and assistance from my son to set up outside as the mount and scope are a bit heavy for me due to a very dodgy back. If I can schedule a session I can let you know in advance. Otherwise I can certainly test new changes to improve the functionality of any changes to the driver but this would be the CP4 rather than the CP3. I might initially need some help in establishing a testing environment as far as the software side is concerned as it's been a while since I worked on the last one. It would not take long to get up to speed with the process though. Just pm me and we could sort something out offline :).

Mike

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Spartacus replied to the topic 'Astro-Physics Mount Driver' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hello Hy,

I missed your original post when it first went out, apologies.
I have access to a AP-GTO1100 that I used for testing in collaboration with "Wildi" when he was working on improvements to the original experimental driver. I can only test the CP4 V13 config though but I'm happy to do this if you need anyone to test changes to the driver.
Having said that, the last time I tested the current version it seemed to be behaving itself and I had no complaints/issues.

Cheers

Mike

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Spartacus replied to the topic 'CEM40 usb drops connection' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Ha Ha, you are right. First time I did it I thought I had bricked the mount as the connection dropped out half way through. However the last couple of times went without a hitch so hopefully this upgrading process is much more stable now. Fingers crossed :)

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Spartacus replied to the topic 'CEM40 usb drops connection' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hi Ron,

I seem to recall some connection issues with the CEM40 which resolved after a firmware update. Just check that you are running the latest version of the mount firmware. Mine has not shown any connection issues since the update. I use a 7 port USB3 powered hub.
Hope this helps.

Mike

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Hey Kurt,

This problem is fixed in the nightly build. I updated about 3 weeks ago to the KStars 3.5.6 beta and this sorted out the problem.
I previously reverted to polar aligning with Sharpcap as an interim solution until it got sorted in the nightlies. It is likely to be fixed in the next stable update of Astroberry. I think that if winding back your Astroberry version has given you back the functionality you may just have to wait for the stable update.
An alternative is to create an SD card running Ubuntu Mate 20.04 LTS and download the nightly version which is functional and use it as a standby solution until Astroberry updates.
If you are unsure how to do this here is a link to Chris Kovacs You Tube site that contains some very helpful video tutorials.
Good luck.
Mike

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Hi Kurt,

My understanding of this problem is that it requires an update to the nightly version of KStars/EKOS/indi to resolve. I don't think that just updating indilib is enough.
I run KStars/ekos/indi in Ubuntu 21.04 Mate and updating to nightly version fixed it for me. I note that you are running Astroberry so the options for nightly updates may be limited (I am not familiar with Astroberry).

Cheers
Mike

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Spartacus replied to the topic 'PAA disabled' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi

Try this for the nightly version

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mutlaqja/indinightly
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indi-full kstars-bleeding

The code that you have entered is for the current stable KStars/ekos/indi version

I have the latest nightly and the PAA issue appears to be sorted in that.

Cheers

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Spartacus replied to the topic 'PAA disabled' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi,

Do you mean you are having problems with the PAA (polar alignment assistant) in your new install or are you referring to not accessing the ppa to download and update your system?

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No worries,
I have had mine for about 3-4 years and it has been rock solid the whole time. I don't think that you will regret it.

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Hi Mike,

I had similar problems a number of years ago when I bought the older style USB2 ASI120MM (It was cheap in a sale). I ended up taking it back to the shop and upgrading to the new version as I could not get it to work consistently. Since then I have had no problems.
The ASI software drivers work pretty well with KStars and I have never considered changing it as it just works. It has only ever been used as a guider in an OAG system. I was also keen to keep the brand consistent for compatibility as my main camera is also a ZWO.
My advice would be to cut your losses and get a USB3 version.

Mike

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Spartacus replied to the topic 'PAA disabled' in the forum. 4 months ago

I can confirm that this is now fixed in the latest nightly build.
Thanks Hy and Jasem!

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