Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Easy Backup/Restore of KStars/INDI' in the forum. yesterday

The reason for this was because people often switch back and forth between raspberry pis and copy them and make backups. It is nice to be able to back up the settings and transfer them.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Easy Backup/Restore of KStars/INDI' in the forum. yesterday

If you are using it on a raspberry pi, I made something like what you are describing in a script. If you used my AstroPi3 script to set up the raspberry pi, then in the utilities folder there is a script that does it.

github.com/rlancaste/AstroPi3

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Automating capture of fast-moving objects' in the forum. 2 days ago

My losmandy Mount is supposedly capable of this, but the Gemini controller is not set up to do it. I tried satellite tracking once and it seems it needs the “leap frog” method. This is not all that unlike what you are proposing. It would be really nice to track at the comet’s or satellite’s rate though.

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Hi Jerry,

This is more of a question about INDI Webmanager than about my script I think. I haven't honestly used the AutoStart feature in the web manager before so I couldn't answer that part. But one thing that I have done before is to set up the same sort of function in the Ubuntu MATE GUI. In the menus at the top under Preferences -> Personal -> Startup Applications, I have made it start my indiserver on boot. If you click the Add button, give it a name, and then type the command line version of what it is you want to start, then it will start when the PI boots.

One warning though. you are wanting your PI to not ever need a VNC connection correct? How do you plan to get it set up on the correct network? And more importantly, how do you plan to shut it down safely?

Thanks,

Rob

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Upgrade INDI Web Manager Now' in the forum. 1 week ago

Kengs, be sure to restart your pi, I had the same issue till I restarted

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

You can inspect all the options that KStars includes when it calls xplanet starting on line 1278 of this file:

github.com/KDE/kstars/blob/master/kstars/skymap.cpp

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

We already call that option, -light_time

xplanet.sourceforge.net/README

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I did take a look at the documentation this evening and there is another parameter that we can use when xplanet is called that will make it faster, so it wont timeout.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Right,

I did mention that there could easily be an issue with the planet feature predictions. That is probably an issue with either xplanet or an issue with the maps. Though I guess it could also be some issue with our parameters we are using for xplanet, but I would bet it is the maps. I am not an expert in xplanet, I only knew enough to get it working. I don't know if there are more accurate maps. The moon position predictions, though, I have found to be very good.

Loading the planets should not fail the first time, but it is possible. If xplanet takes more than 1 second to load the image, it might time out. I didn't want an issue with xplanet to completely freeze kstars, so I put a 1 second d timeout on it. One thing we could do is make use of another thread to accomplish the same task and provide more time to wait. If I do make some improvements to the xplanet viewer, I could add this too.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

If I am not mistaken, they should go into /usr/share/xplanet

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

So your post made me think about xplanet again. I think I might make a couple of modifications, like adding a FOV slider. This could help in moon identifications and in zooming in and out on a planet and its moons to get better identifications of them

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

The ones i use currently are in the link that I posted, under flatplanet, the alien archive.

flatplanet.sourceforge.net/maps/

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Yes, as I said, you will need to install maps.

xplanet.sourceforge.net/maps.php

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

did you install xplanet? And once you did so, did you edit the path in the KStars options?

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:Xplanet' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Eric, I'm not sure how easy that would be to do. I don't think Xplanet can do that. The moon is nice because the same side always faces us, so maybe the features could be put in if we knew their relative RA/DEC

Ihoujin, what operating system are you using?

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Thibault thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Xplanet 2 weeks ago

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