Axel replied to the topic 'Erratic behavior slewing South - Kstars changes peer side' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi everybody,

luckily I could solve the problem. I don't know exactly why it's working now but here is what I did:

  1. Installing EQMod, Stellarium_Scope and Stellarium on a windows pc. Configuring the mount. I got the same problems. But here, the reverse DEC, reverse RA switches worked so I found out, that the DEC axe slew wrong.
  2. Reconfigured my mount controller to reverse DEC (in fact an d in my case RA is reversed, DEC not).

Voilá ;-)

I took me a long way here. I estimate because initially a already tried to reverse DEC i can only assume, that either I missed something or the windows setup trigged something in the mount controller so everything is working know. Glad it's no bug.

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Axel created a new topic ' Erratic behavior slewing South - Kstars changes peer side' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,

I have configured my EQ-5 with custom motors and an AstroEQ controller using Astroberry (KStars, Ekos, INDI).

That works so far for every Star thas is from West over North to East and above the North Celestial Pole. When I cross that boarder, the RA and DEC axes move reversed and the pier side switch in The EQMod-Mount->Main Control Panel (INDI Control Panel) switches from "West(pointing East)" to "East(pointing West)". See the attached files from KStars.

I tried reconfiguring my mount controller and tried the "Reverse DEC" switch (which is not working with my controller).

I am just Slewing/Tracking here, not making images (meridian flip).
There is no alignment (tried, but won't help).
I am always starting from the default park position (Site Management -> Options -> Default -> Write)

Greetings
Axel

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Axel replied to the topic 'Astroberry Server - Headless Mode? Kstars/Ekos/INDI autostart' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi there, hi Kaczorek,

I am wandering and didn't find anything about:

* Running astroberry "headless" - only start the indiserver with the given Ekos configuration

OR

* In the gui -> Autostart KStars (no problem), but then autostart Ekos after KStars and Indi with a default profile

Cheers
Axel

P.S.: I am doing my first workshop for others about KStars and the astroberry-PI ;-) Thanks for your great work Kaczorek.

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Axel replied to the topic 'Astroberry Server' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hi Radek,

sorry: one last question again using "xz": how exectly do you compress a given (!) sdcard into an "img.xz"?
I don't want to use dd or ddrescue.

Greets Axel

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Axel replied to the topic 'Astroberry Server' in the forum. 5 months ago

Dodge wrote: Hi Radek,

Thanks - but the scaling only works through a web browser, I'm using a VNC viewer on the tablet. Anyway, I've made some more tweaks to /boot/config.txt and I've had some success. I don't know why it wasn't working before, but thanks for your help!

Thanks again!


Paul


Hi Paul,

which changes did you do to VNC and/or /boot/config.txt exactly?

I tried to edit ~/.vnc/config with e.g.
-geometry widthxheight

without success.

Cheers
Axel

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Axel replied to the topic 'Astroberry Server - Installation problems' in the forum. 5 months ago

Kaczorek wrote: Thanks for your comments Alex. I do appreciate your input. I will be releasing new version soon so I will be updating the documentation as well.

BTW. xz is very efficient compression utility for images e.g. Ubuntu Mate images for Raspberry Pi are available in this format - see here .


Again thanks for the link. Just to mention: http://ubuntu-mate.org/raspberry-pi/ also points out other ways using "ddrescue (command line interface)" or "gnome-disk-utility (graphical user interface". But made my experiences with non-Linux-users Etcher is really a brease ... and open source ;-)

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Axel replied to the topic 'Astroberry Server - Installation problems' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hi Radek,

thanks for the information about .xz-format. Either I forgot about it or did not realize any more that it exists ;-)

I did not enhance the usage of zRam. My systemuses now ~380 from 860MB Ram using Kstars and Ekos. But I have to add, that I increased the split Ram from 64 to 128 which is recommended for RealVNC and should apply to VNC as well. I encounter now a much more responsible screen. I tried also Real-VNC, but I had severe problems with multiple startups of Xnvc-core which I could not resolve (and cannot due to high work volume).


Then I disabled the automatic update check which costs a lot of memory and speed. The Pi was almost not usable at startup.

sudo nano /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/10periodic

APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "0";
APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "0";
APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "0";
APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "0";

Next is probably not necessary due to the altering of the file before:
sudo nano /etc/apt/apt.conf

APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "0";
APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "0";

This next should be done, it creates a special startup file for the astroberry user:
mkdir -p ~/.config/autostart
cp /etc/xdg/autostart/update-notifier.desktop ~/.config/autostart
nano ~/.config/autostart/update-notifier.desktop

[...]
X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=false
[...]

I also remove apparmor and conky:
sudo apt-get remove conky* apparmor

Greets Axel

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Axel replied to the topic 'Astroberry Server - Installation problems' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hi Radek, simply: the SD card was not formated correct, the partition table was corrupt and had no content. It does not matter why, tools like "cat |" oder " dd if= / of=dev/" work ... but as you see they might not ;-) I normally have no problems using these tools but, I e.g. could not identify your format: what does "img.xz" stand for? Normally you use ",img" for a not compressed image or "img.gz/bz" for a compressed image. "xz" is not known by me. Therefore I did not use dd.

The point is, I have no problem with that - but for non Linux users "dd", "cat" and using a "pipe / |" is simple not in the scope ;-)
Etcher is a well proven, working tool for flashing cards.

Thanks again for your software stack.
I removed software, that used up a lot of memory and startup: cups server, disabled automatic apt-check (eats up memory and slows system down), removed conky completetely (same) and installed zRam.

Cheers Axel

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Axel replied to the topic 'Slew rate defaults back to 1 ?' in the forum. 5 months ago

I only like to have 3 or 4 slew params up to say 150x, because my motors can't handle more (I am using AstroEq with custom steppers). I don't need and cannot use 600x, 700x, 800x. My motors would stutter at these speeds. [...]


UPDATE / Problem 1 REMAINS: It should be possible (and not problem) to edit/set a custom list of slew values. This is a simple linked list.

EQ-Mod (which I don't use) uses a file EQMOD in the path C:\Users\apos\AppData\Roaming\EQMOD with the following content:
[slewrates]
RATEBTN_4=4
RATEBTN_3=3
RATEBTN_2=2
RATEBTN_1=1
InitalPreset=1
RATE_4=238
RATE_3=64
RATE_2=8
RATE_1=1
COUNT=4

In the ~./indi/EQMod Mount_config.xml I see the following lines, but trying to alter the On / Off switches makes no difference in EKOS. SLEW_MAX would be very nice. And - as I said, at least the possibility to alter the list entries or / and delete some of them.
<newSwitchVector device="EQMod Mount" name="TELESCOPE_SLEW_RATE">
        <oneSwitch name="SLEW_GUIDE">
Off
        </oneSwitch>
        <oneSwitch name="2x"
Off
        </oneSwitch>
        <oneSwitch name="SLEW_CENTERING">
Off
        </oneSwitch>
        <oneSwitch name="4x">
Off
        </oneSwitch>
        <oneSwitch name="SLEW_FIND">
Off
        </oneSwitch>
        <oneSwitch name="6x">
On
        </oneSwitch>
        <oneSwitch name="7x">
Off
        </oneSwitch>
        <oneSwitch name="8x">
Off
        </oneSwitch>
        <oneSwitch name="9x">
Off
        </oneSwitch>
        <oneSwitch name="SLEW_MAX">
Off
        </oneSwitch>
        <oneSwitch name="SLEWCUSTOM">
Off
        </oneSwitch>
</newSwitchVector>


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Axel replied to the topic 'Astroberry Server - Installation problems' in the forum. 5 months ago

Hello Radek,

thanks for your great software-stack ;-)

But I had severe problems using

cat astroberry-XXX.img.xz | sudo dd of=/dev/sdX bs=32M

to flash the image onto a sandisk 16 GB card. SHA256 checksum was OK.
I tried on different machines (Ubuntu 17.10). I have 15 years+ experiences using linux.

The only solution was using etcher ( etcher.io ) which worked without any problem.

I highly recommend, that you alter the Readme.md at github.com/rkaczorek/astroberry-server recommending etcher. Also non experienced users on Mac, Windows or Linux will profit from this.

Cheers
Axel

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Axel replied to the topic 'Slew rate defaults back to 1 ?' in the forum. 6 months ago

Hey Gasman,

I have the same Problem here. i am at Ubuntu 17.10 and Kstars bleeding (ppa) with EKOS.

Problem 1: I only like to have 3 or 4 slew params up to sax 150, because my can't handle more. I don't need and cannot use 600x, 700x, 800x. My motors would stutter. And Custom comes. This altogether leads to unprecise slewing. This is a most severe problem for custom.
Using EQmod for example I can add, remove or set my slewing profile so it meets my needs. SHould be no problem in EKOS either ;-)

Problem 2: After press to slew the motor slews at the desired speed. Pressing another time, the slew falls back to 1x. An so forth ...Very annoying behaviour.

Probably I don't find the setting?

Any help would be appreciated.
Cheers Axel

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