Peter Kennett created a new topic ' Odd devise crash' in the forum. yesterday

The INDI driver for my SX Lodestar X2 keeps crashing when I first launch INDI on my Zotax Pi133x. But when I go into the INDI control screen for the Lodestar and click “Connect” a couple of times, it starts up. Anyone seen this before?

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'NanoPi M4' in the forum. 1 week ago

What is it on Stellarmate that you need, other than KStars/EKOS?
I run Ubuntu Mate on my Friendly Elec NanoPC, which runs KStars, EKOS, and the whole INDO server well.
I connect to it from my Macbook via VNC too.

I'm not knocking Stellarmate, I have two of them. But I am just curious why you feel Ubuntu - either Ubuntu Mate or Lubuntu will not work for you.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'NanoPi M4' in the forum. 1 week ago

Stellarmate is Ubuntu.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'NanoPi M4' in the forum. 1 week ago

If you are looking at getting similar performance to a RPi, then get the 2 MB. If you want to improve the performance buy 4MB.
As with anything, you get what you pay for. I upgraded to the NanoPc to get better performance, and USB3, so yes, I paid more.
But having 4 MB RAM, plus 16MB eMMC flash memory, and the ability to add a large SSD drive was worth the cost to me.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'NanoPi M4' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I like the four USB3 ports, as the NanoPc T4 has only one USB3, and two USB2 ports.
But the T4 comes with 4 GB RAM, plus 16 GB eMMC built in, and a PCIe*1: M.2 M-Key PCIe X4 socket for an Solid State HD.
Regardless, either machine would work great with KStars/EKOS. I turn on the power and have KStars on my T4 up and running and accessible with VNC in just 12 seconds (with Lubuntu. I am not sure how fast Ubuntu Mate would take).

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'CEM25p UTC Time Issue with EKOS' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Can you share what the issue was, so I can fix mine too? :)

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

So this thread can close now, as I have a working NanoPc T4 with INDI/EKOS. In just 6 seconds, this little screamer cold boots into Lubuntu and initiates its hotspot. I am not able to get the ASI1600MM camera to work with USB3, but USB clocks a 32 MB FITS images in 4.5 seconds, and the VNC screen looks and feels as if I have a screen and keyboard connected to it. It has improved my field use of EKOS, so it will be my main imaging system for now, while I will bring my trusty Stellarmate as a backup in the field.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Re:ASI1600MM Pro failing to save more than one image' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Ok, I tried three different cables, and every combination of USB bandwidth settings wit and without the HighSpeedMode setting. No matter what, the USB3 port on the NanoPC T4 fails when saving files from the ASI1600MM onto the SD card after two or three files. But the USB port works great with a USB3 hard drive attached and gets appropriate write speeds, so I know the port works correctly. I wonder if the SD card write speed is the bottleneck that causes the camera to fail when saving images.
When I connect a USB2 cable to the NanoPC, the same ASI1600MM works great. On this computer, I am getting a white speed of 4.5 seconds to save a 32 MB image to he SD card from the ASI camera. Much faster then the Raspberry Pi, so I will just keep it configured this way, as I only do long deep sky imaging, so it is not a huge issue.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Re:Running a distributed INDI-based astro-imaging setup' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I too took my saddle off to see if I could cables down it, but need thought about drilling. I think I would not do that.
I replaced my saddle with ADM one with extra large knobs to match the gold trim on my WO Star71. Love those large knobs!

Peter

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Re:Running a distributed INDI-based astro-imaging setup' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Ha! That’s what I ended up doing. I found I could only get about 6 hours with everything running, and now that I added the dew control, I needed two batteries. So I decided to install a Rigeunner power strip and have one 12V line down to ground. I now have a 36 ah battery under the tripod that runs the setup, and have enough power for two full nights. During the day though, I top it off with a solar charger.

But I still keep all other cables out of the way with the Starfi and one micro computer at the scope. Since I upgraded the power, I also upgraded the control computer to the NanoPC T4 which is much faster than the Pi. That helps with VNC, saves my images faster, faster auto focusing, and speeds up plate solving too.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Running a distributed INDI-based astro-imaging setup' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hello Chris. I too have the CEM25P and run a portable system with a WO Star71 and ASI1600MM, filter wheel, moonlight focuser etc. I also operate the whole thing via WIFI from my MacBook Air. Like you, I powered all the equipment on the scope via a lithium battery and a Stallermate that both ride shotgun with the scope. To solve the hand controller cable problem, I use the ioptron StarFi wifi transmitter on the handset, and connect to that from the same Stellarmate. No cables needed between the hand controller and Stellarmate. For power, I also have a small portable battery just for the mount.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the idea to switch back to USB2. I did, and it worked!
Not sure why the USB3 didnt work, as the ASi1600Mm Pro is USB3 and the nanoPC T4 has USB3 port.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Repetitive Exposure / Looping (with ASI cams)' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I solved my problem by switching back to a USB2 cable instead of the USB3.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Re:ASI1600MM Pro failing to save more than one image' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I found a solution. I had to switch back to a USB2 cable and connect to a regular USB2 port instead of the USB3 port on the NanoPC.
I have no idea why USB3 doesn't work, since the ASI1600MM Pro is USB3.
At least the camera is usable now.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Re:ASI1600MM Pro failing to save more than one image' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I set a new profile with only the ASI1600mm. No change. :(
Log attached.

File Attachment:

File Name: log_10-20-33.txt
File Size: 32 KB


I do see an audio file error - is it possible is a problem?

Peter

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Repetitive Exposure / Looping (with ASI cams)' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

This is the same problem I have now with my ASI1600MM. I have tried reinstalling, rebooting and trying over and over with and without other accessories. I can't get the ASI camera to work. After one or two exposures, I get the same error:

ZWO CCD ASI071MC Pro : [DEBUG] ASIGetExpStatus failed. Restarting exposure..."

Peter

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Re:ASI1600MM Pro failing to save more than one image' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Well it works perfectly alongdide my Lodestar on the RaspPi. Also I get the same error when I set the profile to just load the simulator drivers for the guider and mount without the lodestar. It’s not the lodestar.

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