Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Reporting from Starfest- issues' in the forum. 2 days ago

I saw your presentation on the Astro channel on YouTube. You noted that some people just want things to work. That would be me ;-) I bought StellarMate for reason. So whatever it takes to make it plug and play would be appreciated by any user.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Reporting from Starfest- issues' in the forum. 3 days ago

This is good news but is it possible to have auto baud rate detection? As it is it’s not user friendly. My memory is bad too so I couldn’t remember if I had to set the baud rate or if in the end it was automatic.

I don’t think a user should ever have to go outside of Kstars for any setup. At the very least Kstars should ask for the baud rate but surely Kstars could easily figure is out if it’s not done in gpsd.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Reporting from Starfest- issues' in the forum. 3 days ago

About the GPS. Yes, the device is working. As mentioned it has a flashing led when it has a fix so I know it has a fix. Here is the screenshot of GPSUtility for Mac - I note that the baud rate is 4800. I sure hope GPSD can figure that out. Its pretty basic:



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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Reporting from Starfest- issues' in the forum. 3 days ago

About the GPS. Yes, the device is working. As mentioned it has a flashing led when it has a fix so I know it has a fix. Here is the screenshot of GPSUtility for Mac - I note that the baud rate is 4800. I sure hope GPSD can figure that out. Its pretty basic:



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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Reporting from Starfest- issues' in the forum. 4 days ago

I use the geography dialog to enter custom city and lat/long

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Reporting from Starfest- issues' in the forum. 4 days ago

I’ll have to check the device when I get home. I had used port mapper and had everything working before going out last week but then things acted up again.

I was using EQMOD last night. I was referring to some similar behaviour I’d seen with synscan a while back. There was an issue with negative longitude. The problem last night looks similar

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Reporting from Starfest- issues' in the forum. 5 days ago

Last night in the middle of an open field in the country I had a few issues...

1) GPS does not work
2) solver wil not converge. I have an update to this post : www.indilib.org/forum/ekos/3717-solver-will-not-converge.html

It’s works in the west sky but not in the east. It actually diverges we pointed east.

Also I was almost at zeneth and tried « slew to target «  and the scope was driven nearly upside down. My lat/Lon here is approx. -80/45 dégrées. Using Kstars 2.9.7 and stellarmate 1.3

So this looks a lot like the problem that the synscan driver had with negative longitudes.


I don’t have logs from last night but will try tonight.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Where can I get a copy of Kstars 2.9.6 for Mac ?' in the forum. 7 days ago

Ok. Thanks for the quick reply Jasem!

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Where can I get a copy of Kstars 2.9.6 for Mac ?' in the forum. 7 days ago

For some reason I don’t have a backup of this release and 2.9.7 has got issues with Pentax k-5 captures.

I have stellarmate 1.3 which has Kstars 2.9.6 and on my Mac Kstars 2.9.7 and now the image download times are more than a minute for native and more than 2 minutes for fits images. It used to be about 20 secs.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'GPS not working consistently' in the forum. 1 week ago

There's a light that blinks when it has a fix, so I know that works, and in previous use it had no problem getting a fix.

gpsmon and cgps don't report anything. This is frustrating because it worked before and worked sporadically when I tested it at home a couple of days ago.

Unfortunately I can't pursue this as I'm heading to a star party and have to revert to stellarmate OS 1.3, which was mostly working.

Also, the updated version of kstars (2.9.7) seems to have screwed up Pentax operation. I could not get preview to work.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'GPS not working consistently' in the forum. 1 week ago

knro wrote: They need to be OK for KStars to consider them. I will check tonight with my GPS unit. Maybe you need to hit refresh?


Tried that but doesn’t work

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Re:Solver will not converge' in the forum. 1 week ago

here's the other log

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'GPS not working consistently' in the forum. 1 week ago

no, they are yellow. Only "connection" is green (and refresh period). The UTC Time showing appears to come from the local set time on StellarMate. Lat/Lon show 0 and GPS status shows NO FIX. But it definitely has a fix - the fix indicator light shows it has a fix.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Re:Solver will not converge' in the forum. 1 week ago

Looks like I need to send the 3rd log which was about 30 MB. I’ll straighten it out this evening.

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Greg Beaton replied to the topic 'Solver will not converge' in the forum. 1 week ago

this one too

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' Solver will not converge' in the forum. 1 week ago

Its almost rare that I get the solver to converge on a target with "slew to target". I dont know if its a backlash problem but if so, maybe the target slewing needs to take out backlash. Anyway attached are logs that should show my first target worked but the second did not. In fact it would not correct for a large error.

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Greg Beaton created a new topic ' GPS not working consistently' in the forum. 1 week ago

It seems to not work when the GPS device already has a fix before Kstars connects. Attached are logs showing that initially it doesn't connect. I disconnect and unplug the GPS them replug and if I connect before the GPS has a fix, then it works.

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