Andrew replied to the topic 'Tracking comet C/2018 y1 Iwamoto' in the forum. 16 hours 36 minutes ago

Yes. Simply update the Comet orbital elements and it will show up in Find Objects.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'How you guys use it in the field?' in the forum. yesterday

I started off using only a phone. It. Was. Infuriating. So much wasted time to accomplish simple tasks. But it's perfectly fine for monitoring and doing simple things. Tablet it perfectly workable, but onscreen keyboard leaves much to be desired when it covers half the screen. Bluetooth keyboard was a game changer, now I'm relying less on the tablet, and going to that display.
Laptop is a good all included solution, but it's a power hog and suffers in my climate. I rarely have access to AC power too.

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Does your EQDir cable pass through the hand controller, or go directly to the mount? If it is passed through the hand controller, you have to enable PC Direct mode within the controller, and maybe use the Synscan driver.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'How you guys use it in the field?' in the forum. yesterday

My power monitor on my battery indicates 0.3A at 12.22V, or 3.765 Watt difference when I don't power the display.

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I am interested in using the INDI client MoonPanoramaMaker. Unfortunately it requires firecapture for the acquisition side. I could only find a 64bit version for Linux. Is there any way to compile it for the Raspberry Pi in 32bit?
When I try to run the available version I receive this error.

/opt/FireCapture_v2.6/start.sh: line 30: ./jre/bin/FireCapture: cannot execute binary file: Exec format error


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There are 3 options in the align module.
Sync
Align and Slew
Nothing

Assuming your plates are being solved properly, you need Align and Slew to iteratively center the target.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'How you guys use it in the field?' in the forum. yesterday

maxthebuilder : FYI If you decide to get that display, it does not come with a power adapter. Good news is it takes 12V, and will even work with a USB to 12V adapter because it draws so little power. I also tested that keyboard's range and found it is surprisingly good. Tested at 25' distance through 2 walls was no problem. And at 35' through 3 walls was just beginning to interfere with the mouse, but keys were fine.

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So noisy! Why such short exposures?

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Andrew replied to the topic 'HEQ5 guiding problems' in the forum. 3 days ago

Try resetting EQmod driver to default configuration and ensure time and geographic location are accurate.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'How you guys use it in the field?' in the forum. 4 days ago

maxthebuilder: To answer your questions, Yes shortcuts should work in VNC, but are probably not practical with mobiles.
My most used shortcuts include: Find, EKOS, INDI, Center view on scope position, Toggle DSS overlay On/OFF, Park, Unpark, Slew to focused, Slew to Pointer, Sync on focused, and Abort. Many of these are bound to my media keys, but the critical ones that may inadvertently cause mayhem also require either CTRL+ or Alt+. I wouldn't want to accidentally park it! I'll attach my exported shortcut file, you may import it if you like them.
My keyboard to connected to the Pi, not the tablet via a USB extension to my workstation and secondary hub. Although I may be testing the range if I eliminate the tablet and the need to extend USB to the table.
I do not claim this is the best setup, there are a number of reasons all these peripherals may not be not optimal for you. But it works for me and my portable kit. So I hope this proves insightful.

Andrew.

PS. Pro-tip, label your shortcuts as reminders. All too often I forgot to use them.



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Andrew replied to the topic 'How you guys use it in the field?' in the forum. 5 days ago

maxthebuilder wrote: Hi,
I am no that familiar with Linux. How do you set keyboard shortcuts there?
As to the 1080P monitor - it looks nice but it limits your distance to the mount/rpi to the length of the HDMI cable, right?
Thanks!


Shortcuts are configured within kstars under the Settings menu.
As for range, it's not much of a concern since I still have the option to switch to remote desktop from a distance over VNC on my phone or 'No Machine' on my tablet. I usually have a table setup within 25 feet to work from.
Also, with my tablet I became accustomed to creating a USB tethered network to the raspberry pi. That way has lower latency than WiFi for the remote desktop and shared my mobile internet with the Pi if I want it online.
This HDMI display has no latency and a better picture at a higher resolution.
I assembled this setup over time starting with strictly phone based interface. Perhaps I would do something different if I were to start from scratch. I do like how little power this requires compared to a laptop. And laptops fail at the very temperatures I am often working in.
Picture also includes a small keypad I can use, but I don't use it much anymore.


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Maybe you need better cable management. The way they hang off everything in your picture could be pulling things askew as you make your rotations.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'A few issues that still rear their ugly head in 3.0' in the forum. 6 days ago

I'm not sure what the default is. But it means it will continue searching for focus until the difference from the previous HFR is within a 1% tolerance.

Example, with HFR of 2.8, it will not accept a value greater than 2.828 or less than 2.772 as being close enough.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'A few issues that still rear their ugly head in 3.0' in the forum. 6 days ago

A 1% tolerance on focus seems excessively tight IMHO. I think you would require exceptional seeing to pull that off consistently. Maybe that is why it struggled.

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Andrew replied to the topic 'How you guys use it in the field?' in the forum. 6 days ago

I run a portable all-in-pi setup I take to dark sky sites away from home and AC power, battery power only. To control it, I have been using a tablet, stylus and a wireless keyboard with trackpad like the Logitech K400 Plus. I try to make good use of keyboard shortcuts, many of which I've customized and labled on my keyboard. Away from the mount I use VNC on my phone to monitor things over WiFi with a more powerful WiFi USB adapter on the Pi for better range.
However I am going to move away from the tablet soon since I no longer rely on the tablet touch screen thanks to the keyboard. Instead I am switching to this portable 1080p display . It can accept non-standard resolutions, and is low power with a nice image, and you may find it on amazon or elsewhere.

All in all everything works well, consumes little power, and doesn't mind the cold. So I have no immediate plans to use a power hungry laptop.

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