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TOPIC: Astroberry Server

Astroberry Server 2 weeks 2 days ago #16664

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I wish to let you know I got to test out the Astroberry image last night, and things worked - Yay!!

The whole session was done with Ekos and PHD2 on RPI3 only: scheduler, indi web server, platesolve, phd2 guiding, manual nudging mount to get bet guide star placement, LRGB 120s subs. Got over 100 subs before clouds came in.

It was one of the smoothest sessions.

Did not get to test the Mac using astroberry has a controller via indi web server. Will do next time.

The only issue seemed to be the RPI3 got over loaded, and when this would happen KStars would crash and need to be relaunched without warning. Does anyone think there is away to improve the performance?

One thought I have is to:
- disable the graphical environment
- use Xvfb to create a display
- launch only KStars and PHD2 to a display each
- use x11vnc for each display

Just curious on thoughts, for the goal to maximize the memory of Ekos and PHD2 :)

Thank you for the great image to get things going!!

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Astroberry Server 1 week 3 days ago #16768

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Version 1.0.3 of Astroberry Server is available! No need to download full system image. Just run astroberry-update and then astroberry-upgrade on the last stable download (1.0.1).

Additions and updates:
- Planetary Imager updated to version 0.6.97
- Skychart / Cartes du Ciel added (no additional catalogs installed)
- INDI Web Manager added and integrated with noVNC
- Nginx reverse proxy added for noVNC ( astroberry.local/desktop/ ) and INDI Web Manager ( astroberry.local/webmanager/ )
- Welcome page added ( astroberry.local )

Fixes:
- wlanconf-gui updated to display available networks

NOTE: You should not upgrade if you customized your system. In such case you need to wait for the next full release.
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Astroberry Server 1 week 1 day ago #16802

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Hi,

Created a new image and updated to the latest. So far so good.

I had issues last night with File dialogs not displaying (it is in another thread), and it seems to have become permanent. So new image and new card it is to rule thing out.

Some Questions:

1. Is there any issue with changing user password, language, region (for startup and login screen) and such? I am assuming no. Access point it is clear to use the scripts provided.

2. is there a need for a swapfile to use PHD2 and Ekos on RPI3 for an imaging session?

3. Lost a night last night due to Kstars crashing (PHD2 did not) and Ekos file dialog not display which prevent scheduler use, so I am looking at CCDCeil as a back up on RPI3. Have you consider CCDCeil as part of package?

4. Is it worth to add Lin_guider?

5. Already answered: Is PHD2 installed via the PPA? I have not had time to dig into this. (I just did update and saw the PPA was there.)

Thank you!

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Astroberry Server 1 week 1 day ago #16803

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1. For desktop mode you can use standard Ubuntu Mate functions to change language, region etc... (System Settings / Language Support). There's no language setting for web interface.
2. No need for swap file for PHD2 or Ekos. Swap file is not recommended on RPi3 at all due to it tears down you microSD very quickly. However with only 1GB of RAM imaging with DSLR might result in not enough memory in RPi3 (convering raw files to fits takes lots of RAM). The solution would be a swap file. But you have been warned ;-)
3. There must be some kind of issue outside boundaries of astroberry server. Have you recently done rpi-update? If no, try it first and let me know if the problem persists. I might add CCDCeil in the next upgrade
4. I will add Linguider in the next upgrade
5. PHD2 is from PPA and will be updated with standard system updates.

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Astroberry Server 1 week 1 day ago #16816

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Re: 2. Would the stretching of the sub/fit to check framing be similar to the DSLR converting? I am not using DSLR, and instead using ASI1600mm.

Re: 3. I have run rpi-update. There were updates. The new image is working nicely again. I will test the older image tomorrow.

Cheers!

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Astroberry Server 1 week 1 day ago #16817

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I think stretching should be just fine. It's all about resource intensive raw to fits format while plate solving or focusing which require fits format.
I'm glad it works for you. Clear skies!

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