Rob Lancaster created a new topic ' KStars Mac DMG 3.0.0 beta testing needed' in the forum. 5 days ago

Dear Fellow Mac users,

Very soon, KStars 3.0.0 will be released. In preparation for this release, it would be good if we could get feedback from Mac users on any issues or bugs that you might find. Linux users can get the current bleeding edge version with all the latest updates from git and Windows users can get the latest version using the daily builds from craft. But until we can get some major updates to craft, we can't get daily builds for Mac. I still have to build each one at home. I have written some recipes for craft and hope to get them up there in the near future so that we can get daily builds, but until that time, we will have to keep doing it the same way that I have been doing it for the last 2 years.

So in that vein, please check out the latest version and check out everything to see how its working. Please note that there is one issue in this build with the Serial Port Assistant that Jasem recently wrote because I built this dmg before he was done with it, so that just means it will pop up even when Stellarmate is not detected. He has fixed that issue, but it is not in this build. You can just click the check box to make it not come up all the time.

Some cool new things that you can check out include:
-A little addition that I have been working on for the FITSViewer called the FITSTools Panel, which is a slide out panel that includes statistics, a histogram, FITS Headers, and recent images.
-Improvements to the 3D Star Profile/3D graph view
-Some new INDI drivers including Altair, Toupcam and of course all of the other updates in the last couple of months.
-A complete rewrite of the Scheduler code by Eric (You can see those details in all their glory here: www.indilib.org/forum/ekos/4184-d16429-t...r-changes.html#32429 )
-And much more!

If you find any issues or have any comments. please note them here in this forum so that we can take care of it.

Note that I do not recommend that you replace your current KStars 2.9.8.app with this beta version and then go out into an observing field where you cannot download the old version if you have to go back to it. . .yet :-). Test it out first to make sure you are having no issues.

indilib.org/jdownloads/kstars/kstars-3.0.0beta.dmg

Thanks,

Rob

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Setting up VNC / Wifi Hotspot on Ubuntu 18.04 / 64bit' in the forum. 5 days ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Setting up Gemini 2' in the forum. 6 days ago

Try connecting to the Gemini 2 using a USB connection. Two of my friends have Gemini 2's and they connected it to their raspberry pi's using a usb cable and it works great. One of them did try the Ethernet connection first, but got confused as to the settings, so he tried USB and it worked immediately. So he just went with usb.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Setting up VNC / Wifi Hotspot on Ubuntu 18.04 / 64bit' in the forum. 7 days ago

Gotcha, well I use it on Raspberry Pi, so that's why I didn't notice I guess.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Setting up VNC / Wifi Hotspot on Ubuntu 18.04 / 64bit' in the forum. 7 days ago

I tried several of them, but I think I liked the ease of setup, use, and performance of realVNC. I was using vino first, but found realVNC to be simpler to work with and it has an encrypted connection. The one issue that I found on the 64 bit system was that realvnc did not have a 64 bit version.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Re:An alignment issue in KStars via INDI' in the forum. 1 week ago

Yes, I would second not plate solving too near the pole, it can cause issues. Also I would recommend not doing "Slew to Target," but just sync in your various plate solves building your model. This will avoid getting numerous erroneous points too close to one another. I would recommend choosing several target areas in the sky that are separated far apart (particularly in RA), plate solving in each location, and then after you do a few, you should have a good model. Don't worry so much about getting it to center the targets at first, each plate solve will tell the mount exactly where it is, no matter where it is pointing. As your model gets better with each additional point, soon enough your slews will center on the targets you select.

Thanks,

Rob

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'porting KStars install from linux to Mac' in the forum. 1 week ago

The biggest difference between the Linux and Mac versions is that in the Mac version, the other drivers and programs KStars needs are inside the app bundle. You need to go into the KStars preferences into the INDI tab and check the check boxes to the left for using the internal INDIServer and Internal INDI drivers. Likewise, for XPlanet, you need to check the box for Internal Xplanet. You are going to have a similar problem with Astrometry.net.

Thanks,

Rob



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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'bug(s) in KStars HIPS overlay' in the forum. 1 week ago

Ok then I don't know. I mainly use the Mac version so that's why I don't see the problem.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'bug(s) in KStars HIPS overlay' in the forum. 1 week ago

If you zoom in and out and pan around a little when you observe the artifacts, do they go away as the HIPS overlay downloads/loads new files?

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Multiple Imaging camera's' in the forum. 1 week ago

Can you run 2 instances of Kstars on your machine? I know I can do this on my Mac. Also If you have a raspberry pi setup on each scope, you can have KStars/INDI running on each and VNC to them each from your laptop to monitor the progress.

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'Disable image viewer each time a sequence take a photo' in the forum. 1 week ago

Oh I'm sorry, it wasn't a fits viewer that you were taking issue with. If you change the incoming file format of the images in the INDI Control Panel to fits, does that then work properly?

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Rob Lancaster replied to the topic 'HiPS gone after update' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Yes put those files you care about in a VERY safe place while you play with things and experiment. I have accidentally misplaced them before. . .

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