Re:Re:Looking for all MAC users of Kstars / Ekos
Am considering swapping to an Apple MacBook Pro, and want to use this to control my rpi with remotely, have been using Linux this way for a couple of years, with no real issues but have the chance of a mint condition MacBook Pro for a very low price and do need a laptop upgrade. So wanted any advice or on doing this..if the consensus seems that this is not a good idea, I may consider a dual boot with Linux, but want to avoid that if possible as that is not as straight forward as doing with windows...
I will just be using as a client PC running Kstar / Ekos, with full INdI remotely on the rpi3b+ ...
Thanks in advance
Skywatcher EQ8 pro
Meade series 5000 80mm triplet Apo & Meade 8” SCT (de-forked)
Starlight Xpress SXVR H18, SXVR M25c, Lodestar Guide Camera
Pegasus Ultimate Hub for all USB & Power
Pegasus focus motors on both scopes
ASI1600MM-Pro Cooled and filter wheel with an 8" TS Ritchey-Chrétien on a SkyWatcher EQ6-R
QHY-5L-II-M 1280x960 3.75um guiding,
Nikon Z7 8256 x 5504, 35.9 x 23.9mm 4.34 um pixel size.
StellarMate OS on RPI4 using kstars-bleeding and Kstars on Odroid-N2.
No problems either, runs very well.
TS 6" F4 Newtonian / Canon 550D / GPU CC / Datyson T7M / Arduino Moonlite DC Clone- HEQ5 Pro
Explore Scientific 80APO - 120ST / G2-8300FW5 / ES FF 2" / ASI120MM - Arduino Moonlite DC Clone - Vixen GPD2
sbradley07 wrote: Another +1 for running kstars/ekos on a Macbook for controlling your Pi. It's been rock solid for me. I agree with Jerry on the "latency" issue for image downloads. I've mitigated that significantly by using powerline ethernet adapters, but I image in my backyard on AC power; not really an option in the field.
I take this into the field for all night imaging - 3 AC outlets - my laptop runs on its own battery: www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/motomaster-el...00-0112014p.html#srp
However, there is definitely an issue with v3.0 of Kstars on the Mac and I've had a support ticket logged for it, but am yet to see a complete resolution. There was a v3.1 "beta" type of build posted, but I haven't tested it. I would stick to running v2.9.8 of Kstars on the Mac until we see some reports of v3.1 resolving them. I've lost too many nights of imaging due to this bug(s) with v3.0 of Kstars on Mac and I get vanishingly few during our summer.
After the Recent issues we had with qt in the build script we have been using for 2 years surfaced with version 3.0 and totally prevented me from building 3.1 about 2 weeks ago, I decided it was time for a change.
Last year I had started a project where I was going to try to write some new craft recipes so that we could build KStars totally in craft for Mac. This will enable faster builds, more reliable builds, and building on newer computers. It will also pave the way for nightly builds. I have been working on them on and off for months. After the qt issue, I decided it was time to finish it with a script to get it all building in craft. Over the past week or so I have written a whole new script based on our old one and my new craft recipes. I think I just finished it about an hour ago. I’m going to have a couple of people test it out to see how it goes on their systems so we can perfect it. If any of you would like to try that please let me know and I can post the link here. It is a completely automatic build script that builds the latest version of INDI and KStars for macs.
Also I will post a new version of a 3.1 dmg you guys can test out to verify. I just need to do a little testing on it myself first.
I'm wondering though, why you haven't addressed the issue of tethering a DSLR on the Mac? PkTriggerCord (and so GPhoto2) does not work on the Mac because it doesn't use the macOS method of USB control. I tried to write a driver - not a lot of programming experience here although I have written an iOS app - but stopped when I switched to using StellarMate. I know its not that critical now but I had some time and I thought I would try it again. Am I wasting my time? Is this something you could do in your sleep - lol - and just don't see the need? Let me know before I waste my time on it!