I bought one of these. So far so good...
OK for what its worth, i solved the issue. It seems to be always power related. I bought a good quality powered UBS3.0 hub and this seems to have fixed all my disconnections issues. Now i connect everything; imaging CCD, guider, eqdirect to the mount and GPS dongle to the hub and power everything from there. Everything gets the power it needs.
Just remember, computers with USB2.0 (like my tinker board) will only supply 0.5Amps max current, USB3.0 0.9Amps max. So if you are running USB3.0 devices on USB2.0, then you may have issues, just like I did.
Hi Tom, Have a look at this. It may help.
I have not tried it. I have only tried the mobile phone method.
If you have it working on your home network, why not just tether both Stellarmates to your mobile phone instead of using the hotspot??
Hi All, very impressive setups, keep up the excellent work!!
So here is my simple setup. I have built a power efficient setup and the whole thing takes about 5 mins to setup. The rig runs on 12VDC@ about 4.2A including the power draw from the QHY cooler). If im in the field, i can use my Canon dslr and power draw is only 2A, so i can run the thing all night on my small 25AHr battery. At home I use an old computer PSU to power all the electronics and the dedicated cooler PSU for cooling.
I have attached a few sample photos.
kstars is brilliant!!!!
Hi all, I am using an Asus Tinker board with Ubuntu mate 16.04LTS with Kstars 3.1.0 and i am having an issue capturing very short exposures (biases at 0.3sec) with my QHY163C. I have no issues capturing light/darks, only very short exposures. Everything freezes and Kstars crashes.
This only happens on the Asus Tinker board. When I run Kstars and the QHY163C on my Ubuntu 18.04 laptop , no issues at all.
I have attached my log file.
One other minor suggestion, when Ekos starts, the user needs to manually tell Ekos that the camera is a colour camera and there is no filter wheel attached. Is there any way to set this in the indi control panel?
Thanks in advance and keep up the excellent work.
You could build something which replaces the counterweight with a 25AH non spill gel type battery. Balance the whole thing and that should keep the whole thing going for a night.
Hi Franck, i have used this procedure on my tinker board and it works great. Saves lots of time. I have also tried building on 18.04lts with lots of issue, dependencies etc.
I have a similar issue at one of my observation sites where i cannot see the South Celestial Pole (SCP) region (too many trees in the way).
Before i started using kstars, I was doing a drift align using phd2. Does the ekos polar align tool work if you cannot see the pole? Can you just slew to an area that is in view and use the polar alignment method in kstars? O do you have to be very close to the pole?