bdavis wrote: It works very well indeed, and my first tests with it have me slobbering at the improvements in guiding error. The old CGEM motor board and plastic spur gear could manage a 2.5 arcsec guide error RMS on a really good day. My initial tests with Onstep reduced that to around .75-1.0 arcsecs, and I haven't really tuned it yet, or connected the timing signal from the GPS to the oscillator on the Onstep board. I'm currently learning Fusion 360 and designing a case for it. Already printed the motor mounts for it, but had to back up and re-print them with a more temperature resistant plastic, which led to experimentation with annealing the plastic, etc.

Not sure about the CEM70 for Onstep, but the CGEM can be readily Onstepped with a remarkable improvement in accuracy and function. You can use mainboards that also support dew heater control, focuser control, and more. The whole rig can be customized in both software and hardware in a lot of ways, depending on your skill level.


Check your PM’s...

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Hmmm, yes it’s the same for me too..... very frustrating...

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knro wrote: Yes you can do that if the regular software updates fails for whatever reason. Good luck!


He says it’s still not working with the latest version....!!

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'Updating KSTARS with Astroberry' in the forum. 3 days ago

AradoSKYindi wrote: Hello,

KSTAR 3.5.0 has been in the wild for a while. When is KSTAR 3.5.0 going to be ready for Astroberry? Can this be updated manually?


It’s only the Kstars 3.5 beta that is out, it won’t go into Astroberry, don’t think, until the full stable version is released.....

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bkm208 wrote: Thanks for the reply.

For me, the hole point of using the wifi adapter is to avoid running long cables anywhere.

The wifi adapter itself came with a 6-ft USB cable, but I would prefer to mount the USB adapter directly into the USB hub, or perhaps with only a short extension so that I can mount it somewhere on the scope. I'm trying to set things up so that I only have one power cable coming from the rig, eveything else wireless. I want this to be something I can use at home or at remote locations from a nearby vehicle without running communication cables.


I use that same brostrend wifi adapter connected to my home wifi and it works perfectly...if it can’t connect to my home wifi, then the hotspot shows up, for instances out in the field... :)

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Well I use a 4k monitor and the windows version of Kstars is massive on the screen, something Jasem changed a few versions back did this, and it now looks awful...the other option was to have text squashed up in the text boxes in the INdI driver pages..which I preferred TBH.....so I have not been able to upgrade for six months until this gets sorted, but as none of the developers use a 4k monitor, so it could be a long time.... :(

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'downgrade to KStars 3.4.3?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

airscott wrote: I'm excited about the new features in 3.5.0, but having no end of trouble with it and want to have a fresh install of 3.4.3

How can I do this?

Both the ppa and indinightly installs are different versions of 3.5.0 now.

Do I need to build from source to get a stable version?

Or is there a ppa for ubuntu 20.04.1 that will run on my Pi4?



Here you go, I use this site...
www.fosshub.com/KStars-old.html

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Any chance we can get all the other issues with high res monitors fixed too....as this is just one of many.... :(

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'Why you should use a GPS dongle.' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I really don’t see what all the hype is about in this thread, a GPS is a great add on for my kit, and it gives all the needed info to the system, it is not, as has been said a bad thing at all and works very well. It only sets the time and position once during the initial set up of ekos during a session, the default setting is to not refresh...now if you were to start refreshing al, the item then yes, that would not be good, but this just isn’t the case...so my GPS UBLOX dongle will stay put..... :)

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You need to update the bootloader, there is a new firmware update as of the 9/9/2020...I did not have this and so all sorted now...

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It was a headless set up, but sorted now, I had to do a firmware update for the latest boot loader...all good now... :)

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Kstars will be just 32 bit for a while yet...so dont hold your breath...

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Hi Jamie
Yes I saw the posts..
I sorted both my SM and AB set ups out, it was a new boot loader update I needed, which was causing the issues...
I too have switched to AB and find it much more pleasing to use...it’s deffo faster on all accounts, and like you say the built in RealVNC sever is much quicker..but Jasem can’t include that in SM as it’s not allowed to be added when he is selling the software, hence why it can be added to AB as that is free...some licensing issues...
All in all very happy now, also AB works better with less lag over VNC with my 4k monitor...also am using a Samsung EVO 120gb SSD, so all good here... :):)

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