David Tate replied to the topic 'Problems with latest versions 3.3.7 and 3.3.8' in the forum. yesterday

My EQMOD crashes immediately on load. Back to 1.4.4 for the night. At least I wasted no time waiting for dark to align. ;)

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Problems with latest versions 3.3.7 and 3.3.8' in the forum. 1 week ago

On this thread I started last week: https://www.indilib.org/forum/general/6057-nothing-but-crashes-on-alignment-1-4-5.html

Jasem says "This is related to KStars v3.3.8 more or less. Will push an update soon."

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Newbie Questions' in the forum. 1 week ago

wkuballa wrote: ... Trying to learn how to use EKOS when it's pitch black and when I can't move my fingers because it's so cold is very difficult.


I hear ya on that! But that's the main reason I looked for something like this. To be able to drive the rig from inside (even the couch while watching a movie). I saw a YouTube video of Jasem discussing these Raspberries: Q&A on Single-Board-Computers in Astrophotography

Attach to your wireless home network (I assume you have one). I have a pier (not that you need a pier to do this, but makes it nice), so I hardwired my pier with ethernet, so as it speeds things up a bit.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Limits to protect the mount from bending over backwards' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

As a former developer myself, I hate and I mean I HATE documenting. I spent all my time coding and the last thing I wanted to do was document. And I was paid to do it.

So I understand. Maybe what is needed would be more YouTube videos from those who use the software.
I know this forum has helped considerably.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Limits to protect the mount from bending over backwards' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

So far, the new choice to set a default parking time does the trick for me (thanks Jasem!). But I see you did that.

Did it part at 5:30am?

But I see there are mount limit settings, which I've not set. I've no idea how to set them. It'd be nice to move your mount to a point and mark that is the limit.

Having a Schmidt-Cassegrain make life a bit safer, back when I was using my 8' Dob, it was a close call many times.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Nothing But Crashes on Alignment - 1.4.5' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Well, I tried 1.4.5 again last night. Crashed on the Alignment module every time.

It is odd that the FOV is defaulting to what EKOS thinks my camera should be and not finding what it really is. The old trick of using 0' x 0' doesn't work. My Canon 600D is 64.4' x 42.9' w/Focal Reducer with Filter Wheel, but it insists on using half that value.

I burned a copy of my 1.4.4 and had it ready to go. Nice to be able to pop out the 1.4.5 and slide in the older version.

I attached the logs, but I see no where there is an obvious error.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Problems with latest versions 3.3.7 and 3.3.8' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

p1cass0 wrote: Another update. I have found that if I delete the file 'kstarsrc' and run Kstars if goes through the initial setup of kstars again and I can use the align tab again once only, 2nd and further attempts crash kstars. In these first attempts I have verified that Astrometry.net solving works, both online and remote using CCD and Telescope Simulators.


Are you using KStars and aligning on your RPi4?

Mine is doing the same, running on the first go... failing and requesting that it be run again. But when run, it crashes KStars.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Size SD-Card Stellarmate ...' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

pug916 wrote: One other option I'm considering is either a compact USB stick or a compact external SSD drive. These things are dirt cheap now. On the pi4 this'd be a nice option to consider I think as it saves disk i/o on your flash card, likely improve speed (perhaps) and makes moving it onto another machine easier as microSD cards are easy to loose if you drop one on the grass (been there) removing it from your StellarMate. I'd have Linux would have no issues recognising using these types of things right???


I did the stick thing for a while... but found the use of just creating a link on my PC's desktop of: \\stellarmate.local\Pictures
Much more convenient than the SD stick's. And now that I'm using ethernet cable, I can download a gig in about 25 seconds vs 25 minute on wifi.

Yeah, the pi recognizes the memory sticks, but not as system memory, just storage.

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David Tate replied to the topic 'Size SD-Card Stellarmate ...' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Jantje wrote:

Megiddo wrote:

Jantje wrote: what size should an SD card be for the image of stellarmate OS 1.4.4 ?
32 GB or 64 GB ( Raspberry pi 4 )


For the price, I went with the 64gb. I never come close to filling the SD. My 32 I did a couple of times.

Backups do take up 64gb's, but they zip down to about 16gb's.

But whatever you do, make sure you get the fastest SD you can find. Mine are 100MB/s, C10, U1, Full HD, A1, Micro SD Card.


Ok, I would take this sd-card - SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB microSDXC
Thank you for quick reply


I just ordered another one. I'm going to write the older 1.4.4 SM on it (or my current one), so that I have a sable immediate way to get back to imaging. Tonight was a bust, and I had a clear night. A very rare thing lately.

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David Tate created a new topic ' Nothing But Crashes on Alignment' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Trying ASTAP and regular, but nothing but crashes.

Not sure what to do here. The logs are not being created (I turned on verbose and Alignment)

One thing I noticed, is the FOV is not including my focal reducer (and filter wheel, which there was a difference). It assumes my Celestron 8SE and my Canon 600D.

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David Tate replied to the topic '1.4.5 Wifi Issues' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

pyb wrote: Just for your information, I just installed 1.4.5 instead of 1.4.4 on my rpi3b+ server. I didn't meet with any WIFI problem. The hotspot is available ~ 1 mn after start up and the connection to the client laptop is perfectly stable.
Pierre-Yves


Yes, I suppose the Hotspot was fine... I did see it connected, but I've never used it. Only the Wifi. I control my rig from a distance than I can imagine a hotspot would work.

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David Tate replied to the topic '1.4.5 Wifi Issues' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

1.4.4 the only issues I had was that sometimes the wireless didn't connect. Sounds the same but... I never had the issue when my Pi was right next to my wireless router. I'll do this so I can hook up the monitor and see what the problems are. When it was that close it never had an issue. 1.4.5 wouldn't connect to wifi at all. Until you showed how to use the Web Manager to connect. Now it seems to connect nicely. It even connects to a Wifi Extender I bought, which it never did connect.

I think if you use the Web Manager, it now seems to connect no matter how I do it. Yeah, I just tested it (disconnected/connected) and it works through the normal means. The key was the Web Manager.

But I think I'm going hardwired, I have 100 ft of ethernet cable arriving today. The speed difference is dramatic. I will have to tape over that blasted blinking ethernet port light ;)

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