Gary McKenzie replied to the topic 'Re:DIY Flat Panel' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks for the links RDBeck, I've already got an UNO controller with mosfet built, so I'm hoping I can just re flash the UNO.

cheers
Gary

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Gary McKenzie replied to the topic 'Replacement for Pi4?' in the forum. 2 months ago

I may have just got a dud Pi4 - googling shows a few of them around. Thinking about trying another based on El Corazon's experiences. will need to install a good wifi range extender to get solid connections down to wherem my tiny obs will be built. El Corazon, which extender are you using? I'm looking at a TP-LINK AC2600

cheers
Gary

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Gary McKenzie replied to the topic 'DIY Flat Panel' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi
would appreciate details/arduino code for your project if you are happy with it. Would you be prepared to share it? Alnitak code means no new driver......

I couldn't find any documentation on exactly how the flat panel stuff works either...

Gary

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Gary McKenzie replied to the topic 'KStars on Raspberry Pi4 and Ubuntu MATE 20.04' in the forum. 2 months ago

How did you get the Pi to boot from the ssd at all? The ability to boot from an external drive was, I thought left out of the Pi 4? It was in earlier Pi's, buhas been widely reported that you can't do it with a Pi 4? My Pi 4 lost it's microsd card reader (seemingly a not uncommon occurrence . If I could boot from an ssd I could salvage it.....

cheers
Gary

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Gary McKenzie replied to the topic 'DIY Flat Panel' in the forum. 2 months ago

That's fine as a basic approach and other programs do this. Will Ekos turn on the flat panel, then adjust the panels brightness, and do test exposures until it finds an exposure/brightness combination that will meet the adu range set? Also it is important to be able to set a minimum/maximum time for exposure, as, particularly short exposures,can cause issues with some imagers. How can Ekos turn on/off or adjust brightness of a flat panel if there is no driver?

What I would like to do is:
have a sequence which included taking flats, with a minimum and maximum exposure time and target adu
when flats are to be taken:
slew to position
turn on flat panel
find through test exposures a combination of flat panel brightness and image exposure that achieves the adu preset
turn off flat panel

This is what I was able to dousing sgp and voyager. Would love it if Ekos had that functionality. I didn't think it could do this? Hence the request. Hopefully I'm wrong...
Thanks for replying
cheers
Gary

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Gary McKenzie created a new topic ' DIY Flat Panel' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi
I built a flat panel using:
github.com/jwellman80/ArduinoLightbox

see thread:
www.cloudynights.com/topic/536533-diy-alnitak-flat-panel/

When I had an observatory (now dismantled, but soon to be replaced) I used it successfullly with bothe SGP and Voyager). As I'm now going wholly Linux and Indi, I was wondering if support for it could be included.

It was great simply setting a target ADU and watch it change brightness/exposure until the target level was reached. Made a really cheap PC controlled flat panel.

Thanks
Gary

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Gary McKenzie created a new topic ' Replacement for Pi4?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,
My Raspberry Pi 4 just died (micro SD card reader failed). After struggling for ages with wifi that didn't work properly, (can anybody explain why wifi sometimes worked when installed on a 32gb card, but failed on a 64gb card? :-) I'm not sure I want to buy another one and possibly experience the same issues.

Can I get some advice on what NUC (not necessarily Intel - I'm aware that NUC is a trade name) would be a reasonable alternative? I'd like something with the ability to run Kstars/Ekos locally as it will be a while before I can extend a network cable to my scope - either that or set up a mesh wifi system. Looking for a cpu with enough grunt to run Linux Mint at a decent speed.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions
cheers
Gary

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Gary McKenzie replied to the topic 'Installing on Manjaro - yaourt problem.' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks Gerard,
I shifted to Linux Mint and haven't had any issues at all. I really liked Manjaro, but as a newbee to Linux I found it required too much knowledge that a Linux beginner doesn't have. Very happy now.
Thanks,
Gary

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Gary McKenzie created a new topic ' Installing on Manjaro - yaourt problem.' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,
thinking about switching from windows to Manjaro. I tried the installation method shown on the download page here, but I get the message that "yaourt" is an unknown command. It seems that yaourt is no longer part of Manjaro. As a very new person to Linux, can anyone advise how to install Kstars and Indi on Manjaro?

TIA
Gary

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Gary McKenzie replied to the topic 'Remove myself from "who uses Indi"' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thank you so much!!
Cheers
Gary

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Gary McKenzie replied to the topic 'Remove myself from "who uses Indi"' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi I,m on the map in Geelong Australia. The only person there.
Is there a way I can send you a personal message?


Cheers Gary

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Gary McKenzie created a new topic ' Remove myself from "who uses Indi"' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,
how to remove my details from the "who uses Indi" map Somehow it has populated my full name, street address and telephone number. This obviously is a major security issue for me. Need to get the details off ASAP.

HELP PLEASE

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