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TOPIC: Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry

Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 3 weeks ago #10551

I'm a Windows user and don't know much about Linux.

I have for a long time looking and read about those Linux astroservers. But now it's seems that they have come very far with the functions they can do with a Linux and Raspberry system to control the telescope and connected equipment.

I just have to give it a try.

I will use the Kstars with Indidrivers and the Ekos software. One thing I must have is that the astroserver must be independent of the network and clients. Just use the client to start the process and have some overview. It doens't then matter if the network or clients goes down, the server will continue its work.

I have tried to document the steps I do when building this Linux/Raspberry system and have it on my homepage:

astrofriend.eu/astronomy/projects/projec...tars-indi-linux.html


Just six days ago I know almost nothing about Linux and Raspberry, but now I'm almost there to have a working system. I had a massive help from the Swedish forum Astronet to achive this.

I update my homepage and correct it when I get more knowledge and experience.

For the moment I'm stuck with one problem, how to set the resolution when remote control over VNC. My HDMI monitor has 1920x1200 resolution and no problem, when I'm on remote over VNC I have two laptops (Windows) as clients, one with resolution 1920x1200 and get much lower resolution, and another one with 1024x768. Anyone know how to setup the system with Ubuntu Mate and Tight VNC?

/Lars
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Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 3 weeks ago #10568

I believe Robert successfully made a setup with TightVNC and even some preliminary Ekos web client. Hopefully he can share his experience.

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Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 3 weeks ago #10571

Yes, I had some great success with my Raspberry Pi. I have it controlling my entire astrophotography system and am running KStars/Ekos along with their related programs all on the Pi. I am using Vino, not TightVNC however because I didn't like how TightVNC behaved. My system currently has two configurations:

1. The Pi is strictly an indiserver and you need a client program like KStars/Ekos running on another computer to control it.
2. The Pi runs everything and you use a VNC client on another computer to control it when you like.

I primarily use the second configuration now because I like the fact that I can get a sequence going and then turn off my laptop and I also like the fact that the laptop needs no special software installed. I have even run imaging sessions using this system from my iPad since the client computer is just a VNC client. Also, much less important data has to be sent over the wireless network.

I did write up some instructions and at least one person has been vetting them and helping me improve them. Check them out if you like:

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Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 3 weeks ago #10587

Hi,
That was great help, with the Vino VNC, all starts to work, I can now see the desktop over VNC in remote mode. And I have edit the configure.txt file and got control over the resolution, maybe not in all details.

When I change the resolution (in configure.txt) when over remote VNC I also change the resolution to my monitor when I connect it to HDMI port of Raspberry. But it doesn't matter for the moment, now I can start to work with it.

Later I will try to setup it to deliver through HDMI 1920x1200 and over VNC some lower resolution when not connected to any HDMI monitor. Maybe there is also a solution to scale down 1920x1200 to a lower resolution?

The help PDF files was perfect, I will write about it on my homepage and how to use parts of it for a setup like the one I have.

As you maybe understand I'm a beginner to Linux, how do I erase Thight VNC from the system?

Thanks a lot!

/Lars

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Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 3 weeks ago #10588

Yeah, I wanted to like tightvnc, but it turns out I really don't ;)

sudo apt-get remove tightvnc

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Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 2 weeks ago #10597

Thanks for the help,

I adjusted the command a little to:

sudo apt-get remove tightvncserver

and then it work.

Now I will test if I can connect to my Canon 6D DSLR camera.

/Lars

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www.astrofriend.eu/

Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 2 weeks ago #10636

Now I got the connection to the Canon camera to work with a lot of help from forums and friends. It wasn't very difficult if you just know how to do it. And I have also changed in the setup to get the remote over VNC to work more responsive.

Now when connected over VNC I could do screendumps and I have put them on my homepage about my Kstars project. If you find it interesting to follow my progress visit:
astrofriend.eu/astronomy/projects/projec...tars-indi-linux.html

Next time I will try to connect to my EQ6 mount over indiEQMOD.

/Lars

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Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 2 weeks ago #10638

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Hi Lars,

you can describe your mount, CCD and ... on page Post your INDI Setup! .
Also you can add your place/observatory on page Who uses INDI?

P.S. You can download and try Ubuntu Astronomy 16.04
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Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 2 weeks ago #10639

Hi Oleg,
Yes I shall put my equipment on that page later when I have collected some photos of it.

The observatory places I have allready setup, but could not see I'm there, which page to see the obervatory/place list? In the INDI home page there is only the latest.

Ubuntu astronomy 16.04, isn't it the same as Ubuntu mate 16.04 ?

Thanks for the information!

/Lars

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Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 2 weeks ago #10640

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Astrofriend wrote: Hi Oleg,
Ubuntu astronomy 16.04, isn't it the same as Ubuntu mate 16.04 ?
/Lars

It has Gnome Classic Desktop.

On the other hand, you can install MATE Desktop 1.16 on Ubuntu Astronomy 16.04:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/mate-1.16 && sudo apt update
sudo apt install mate-core mate-desktop-environment
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Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 2 weeks ago #10651

Hello rlancaste.

Thank you for your instructions. Vino sugestion save me a lot of time.

About auto-mouning of Canon camera preventing gphoto2 to use it for thetering, a solution is to delete this files and reboot. The camera will be no blocked any more, so you have to mount manually if you want to access it with the file manager.

/usr/share/gvfs/mounts/gphoto2.mount
/usr/share/gvfs/remote-volume-monitors/gphoto2.monitor
/usr/lib/gvfs/gvfs-gphoto2-volume-monitor
/usr/lib/systemd/user/gvfs-gphoto2-volume-monitor.service

Greetings, Javier.

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Setup a Linux astroserver with Raspberry 6 months 2 weeks ago #10677

Hi Javier,
I'm not sure what you mean by delete.

Shall I delete all this file or is it commands I shall execute?

/usr/share/gvfs/mounts/gphoto2.mount
/usr/share/gvfs/remote-volume-monitors/gphoto2.monitor
/usr/lib/gvfs/gvfs-gphoto2-volume-monitor
/usr/lib/systemd/user/gvfs-gphoto2-volume-monitor.service


I used this setting to stop the auto mount, but it did not help:



Is this not the right place to stop the Canon EOS to auto mount?

/Lars
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