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TOPIC: Astroberry Server

Astroberry Server 2 months 1 week 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 2 months 1 week 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.

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Astroberry Server 2 months 1 week 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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Astroberry Server 1 month 4 weeks ago #17036

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Question: is there a recommended way to change astroberry.local to something else?

I am setting up a second RPI3 on the same LAN, and it would be great to use astroberry1.local and astroberry2.local or the such.

Any recommendations?

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Astroberry Server 1 month 4 weeks ago #17041

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If you use multiple Astroberry Servers in one LAN just change hostname by editing /etc/hostname and /etc/hosts. Then restart to access them under new hostname. Alternatively you can access each device by IP.

Also when using multiple devices in proximity to each other you need to change their access point names so you can tell which is which. Do it by using sudo aprename command in terminal.
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Astroberry Server 1 month 4 weeks ago #17046

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Excellent! This is perfect.

I really like the image you created. Thank you again for putting it together!

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Astroberry Server 1 month 3 days ago #17429

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Version 1.0.4 of Astroberry Server is available! No need to download full system image. Just run astroberry-update and then astroberry-upgrade.



Additions and updates:
- GPS panel ( github.com/rkaczorek/gpspanel ) added and integrated with noVNC
- zram swap added for performance improvement
- INDI Web Manager styles updated
- Nginx reverse proxy updated for GPS panel ( astroberry.local/gpsd/ )
- Welcome page updated to be accessible over secure connection ( astroberry.local )

Fixes:
- NTP server not starting at boot - NTP server set preferred over timesyncd

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 month 1 day ago #17471

It is possible to add button for update raspberry time with GPS time in "GPS Pannel" ?

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Astroberry Server 1 month 1 day ago #17474

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There's no need to do it. Astroberry Server is configured to automatically synchronize time with NTP service (network time protocol). If you have access to the Internet it will set the time based on online time servers, if not it will use GPS time.

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Astroberry Server 1 month 1 day ago #17485

Dragonlost :

It is possible to add button for update raspberry time with GPS time in "GPS Pannel" ?

You may find this script useful GPSTime
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There is a case for NTP not automatically setting system time from GPSD.
Depending on the source of the GPS time, for instance from what I've gathered, if it is an NMEA source, rather than PPS. I found that if the system clock is more than a few seconds off it will not use that source as it believes it is too far off to be accurate.
Running this script will force the system time to sync. And from there NTP should be able to do it's thing.
Don't miss in the thread post by BeJay to add -u to the set string in the script to set system time to local time rather than UTC.

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Astroberry Server 1 month 16 hours ago #17504

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Let me clarify this. NTP service is autostarted on Astroberry Server with -g option. According to NTPD manual:
-g     Normally, ntpd exits with a message to the system log if the offset exceeds the panic threshold, which is 1000 s by default.  This option allows the time to be set to any value without restriction; however,  this can happen only once.  If the threshold is exceeded after that, ntpd will exit with a message to the system log.

There is a NTPD helper called ntpdate, which can reset initial offset to a reasonable value. However I don't use it in Astroberry Server. The reason is ntpdate is considered obsolete by ubuntu team and for some unknown reason NTPD is treated as secondary choice solution for time syncing. All modern ubuntu releases use timedatectl and time-sync. This disables NTPD by default. Astroberry Server is built to use not only GPS NMEA location and time data but also PPS signal. As the result Astroberry Server uses NTPD instead timedatectl and time-sync. PPS does not provide full time data, but sets precise beginning of each second specified by NMEA. This way you can hit clock precision in nanoseconds. If you don't need this level of accuracy you can revert to timedatectl and time-sync. This will overrule autostarting NTPD but will also remove any offset constraints related to NTPD. Just run "sudo systemctl enable prefer-timesyncd.service" and reboot.
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Astroberry Server 1 month 2 hours ago #17518

Thank you for this explanation I understand better now.

Thanks for the python script GPSTime that works very well with my raspberry!

I begin to understand better how the time setting in astroberry.

I added to my raspberry on Ubunutu Mate 16.04 a NEMA USB GPS recently. I have owned this installation for some time (since more than 2 years) and I would like to add an automatic time setting to startup as on Astroberry-server.

Could you explain to me how to activate this as you did with astroberry-server?

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