Stephen created a new topic ' RPI3 and firefox... in case it helps' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

In case this helps others, that occasionally need to use firefox on their RPI3 and also keep the RPI3 up to date...

Typically after running:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

firefox stops working for me.

Jasem helped me out with these lines and it gets firefox working again:
$ wget ports.ubuntu.com/pool/main/f/firefox/fir...u0.12.04.1_armhf.deb
$ sudo apt-get purge firefox
$ sudo dpkg -i firefox_52.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1_armhf.deb

Adding this line will also allow you to hold firefox at this working version:

$ sudo apt-mark hold firefox

Should you later want to update firefox then:

$ sudo apt-mark untold firefox

I hope this helps others.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Filter names for Filter wheel' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Thank you, that is the problem. Clicking Save under options is not saving the filter names.

Any other thoughts?

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Stephen created a new topic ' Filter names for Filter wheel' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hi,

I ran into this some time ago, and forgot the fix. When labeling the filters for my ZWO EFW, the labels do no save if KStars is restarted.

Please remind me this fix for this one.

Thank you

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Stephen thanked Jasem Mutlaq in topic File timestamping in Ekos 1 month ago
Stephen replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi. Just checking on how things are with the Rock64. I was wondering if use have tried PHD2 connecting directly to the ASI120mm. I inferred you were using the INDI_camera connection.
I quickly checked back in the thread and did not notice that setting once PHD2 was active. This is how I have my PHD2 setup - it connect to ASI174mm using a native driver, and then to the mount via the INDI_mount driver; Ekos is just told to use PHD2, and only the imaging camera.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Paramount, "Load & Slew", "Capture & Solve" & "Slew to Target"' in the forum. 1 month ago

Yes that is fair. I was wondering if it may use calculated offsets instead of using sync to do centring...

I also mistakenly mixed up some other threads:
- forum.mainsequencesoftware.com/t/sgp-wor...paramount-tsx/1795/5
- www.cloudynights.com/topic/552837-sgp-with-myt-using-skyx/

I need to get some sleep... lol...

thank you and all the best to you

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Stephen created a new topic ' Paramount, "Load & Slew", "Capture & Solve" & "Slew to Target"' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi,

When using "Load & Slew" or "Capture & Solve" along with "Slew to Target", is a sync issued to the Paramount?

I understand the sync command would affect the TPoint model, and the "Close Loop Slew" command is what should be issued to the Paramount.

Thank you

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Stephen replied to the topic 'GPSD to wait for network - RPI3/Stellarmate, Chrony, Hotspot' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi Jasem,

Yes the GPS NMEA driver did work. When I tried it, it did not set the system date and time on the RPI3, so I switched back to the GPSD.

sudo systemctl restart gpsd.service does solve the problem. It requires me ssh'ing into the RPI3 though and if I can automate it or avoid it then the solution works.

BTW, testing with foxtrotgps on the RPI3 to confirm things is kinda cool. cgps -s works too though.

Thank you

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Stephen created a new topic ' GPSD to wait for network - RPI3/Stellarmate, Chrony, Hotspot' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi,

Does anyone know how to get GSPD to either wait for a network setup or, to auto restart when the network connects?

Using Stellarmate, iOS app GPS2IP, Chrony, GPSD, LAN or Hootoo hotspot the setup is working really good with one exception, GSPD needs to be manually restarted via SSH. I have GPSD pointed to the IP of the iPhone running the GPS2IP app; perhaps the GPS USB dongle would be better... However, if there is a way that GSPD can be restarted once the network and Chrony are up and running, then just powering on the RPI3 means the time can be synced from the GPS2IP iPhone app or an NTP server and no SSH restart of GPSD is needed.

If the RPI3 can get a route to a NTP server, via the internet or Lan, then Chrony (once chrony.conf is correct) will switch and use an NTP server for time. Otherwise, with GPS2IP running on the same subnet as the RPI3 Chrony can still sync time with the iPhone GPS. In theory, Chrony could switch to a USB GPS dongle too, yet I do not have one to test.

So with Stellarmate switching the RPI3 from wifi when not connected to ethernet when wired, and the hootoo bridged to my home lan, either network can be easily VNC'd into to run Ekos on the RPI3. It is almost a seamless nirvana of either on the home LAN, or remote hotspot, all using the same IP address to work with the RPI3. The iPhone can offer the timesync, as well as the Long/lat from the phone using GPS2IP app. All that is needed it to power on and connect the network.

If you have any thoughts on how the RPI3 can restart the GSPD service once the network is there let me know please.

Thank you

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Stephen thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Re:Working on PHD2 support 2 months ago
Stephen replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 2 months ago

Wow! this is progress. What is performance like compared to the RPI3?
I have been watching this thread, and not ordering a rock64 - my mount is a problem enough at the moment. One problem at time.
I wondering how rock64 is working out for the ASI EFW, two ASI cameras, Nightcrawler driver, and mount, phd2, and VNC to the rock64. Also using SMB for file transfers, as well as ssh. The RPI3 with the above does work with zram config, and I am hoping the extra RAM 2~4GB helps. Also, I would be using a wifi dongle since I do not want to always be running CAT45 unless debugging things.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Capture & Solve -> Slew to Target...' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi, agreed. I stopped the approach and I intended to do it out side of the slew. Something you mentioned initially I think as a new client. Work is in the way and I have no mount so I am stuck to continue for a month or so unfortunately.

Cheers!

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Capture & Solve -> Slew to Target...' in the forum. 2 months ago

Actually the code is quite nice. My stupidity was to attempt to use AUXCommands within the current celestron_gps driver. This driver's a state model will not work with the monitoring of the AuxCommands for the Alt/Az movement.

The nudging attempted was to determine the RA/DEC deltas and if under 2' to use the AuxCommands to inheritently nudge the mount in the right direction using the alt/az deltas.

The good news is that it seems quite possible to use the Aux commands to nudge the needed Alt/Az deltas, just do not do so in an in appropriate state model.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Capture & Solve -> Slew to Target...' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,

No sorry. I got hit with two snags:

1. The approach I started with actually created a competing for state in the state model. I have some direction but...
2. My mount is in for warranty work, so I cannot test changing this anymore.

Hopefully, I will have a mount again in a month or so. For now, my hands are tied unfortunately.

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Stephen replied to the topic 'Ekos - TheSKYX - RPI3, and potential PHD2' in the forum. 2 months ago

yes this is my understanding too. I was hoping to understand if anyone else has tried this combination and if the memory footprint allowed things to work.

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