max sidorov replied to the topic 'KStars Windows client problems - reporting/asking again' in the forum. 1 month ago

I only can install after I delete or rename previous installation.
I tried safe mode, administrator account.
Tried deleting/removing everything kstars-related.
After a fresh install - same story I cannot install new or uninstall previous.

Read More...

max sidorov created a new topic ' KStars Windows client problems - reporting/asking again' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hello,
I reported these several times before. Still not resolved (for me).
Let me emphasize - this is only for Windows client (not Linux, not Mac) connected to RPI server running Stellarmate.

Everything works except for:
-- Polar Alignment Assistant doesn't go through. It rotates, takes pictures but when I hit "Refresh" to perform actual alignment, it doesn't refresh saying "cannot capture while CCD exposure is in progress. retry in 10 sec".
(works fine on RPI client. only doesn't work on windows client)
-- I cannot install/uninstall KStars properly. (I kill dbus-daemon.exe and kstars.exe if present). Still, if I try to install/uninstall KStars I get "Access denied" error messages. At the same time I can actually delete the whole KStars folder (in Program Files) and then installation goes through.

I just want to understand if it's my problem or a general problem/bug.

I am running Windows 7 64bit

People who use Windows client please confirm if you can
-- successfully Polar Align with Refresh working
-- install/uninstall KStars

Thanks!

Read More...

max sidorov replied to the topic 'Yikes! Major problem tonight' in the forum. 1 month ago

Same happened to me. Everything was working with Windows client and RPI Stellarmate server.
However, two nights ago, when I went out to a remote location running everything on RPI - Ekos wouldn't save images.
Both cameras, primary and guide.
Previews, looping, guiding were OK.
Just when it need to save an image (first in the sequence) it would "failed to save image to such and such folder".
Changed "save to" folders - didn't help.
Came back home - same story.
Changed folders several times more and all of a sudden it started to work!

Read More...

max sidorov replied to the topic 'Unable to plate solve - Astrometry keeps failing.....help' in the forum. 2 months ago

Same happens to me too. ANSVR under Windows is very inconsistent.
With simulators. Sometimes it solves, sometimes it just fails. With same settings.
PRI's solver although slower is much more reliable.

With real stars it (ansvr) is better but sometimes also fails (but works on the second or third try) while RPI's solver doesn't fail on the same frame.

Read More...

max sidorov replied to the topic 'Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos' in the forum. 2 months ago

Jasem,
I double-checked - the mount cannot connect to SM 1.4.2 hot-spot.
I tried to connect to the hot-spot with my phone and instead of an immediate connection,
I was presented with connectivitycheck.gstatic.com login window.
I suspect that is the reason for the mount not being able to connect to SM.

Here's the relevant part of the log:

[2019-06-30T12:26:54.220 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.ekos] - EQMod Mount  is disconnected.
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.230 Pacific Daylight Time INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.ekos] - "EQMod Mount is disconnected."
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.230 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[DEBUG] Handshake failed. "
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.240 Pacific Daylight Time INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount :  "[INFO] Connecting to 10.250.250.16@11880 ... "
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.240 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[DEBUG] Connection successful, attempting handshake... "
[2019-06-30T12:26:54.250 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[COMM] dispatch_command: \":e1\", 4 bytes written "
[2019-06-30T12:26:59.335 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[COMM] read error, will retry again... "
[2019-06-30T12:26:59.545 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[COMM] dispatch_command: \":e1\", 4 bytes written "
[2019-06-30T12:27:04.639 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[COMM] read error, will retry again... "
[2019-06-30T12:27:04.644 Pacific Daylight Time DEBG ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount : "[COMM] dispatch_command: \":e1\", 4 bytes written "
[2019-06-30T12:27:09.580 Pacific Daylight Time INFO ][           org.kde.kstars.indi] - EQMod Mount :  "[ERROR] Error: Communication failed -> tty read failed, check connection: Read Error: Resource temporarily unavailable


Read More...

max sidorov replied to the topic 'Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos' in the forum. 2 months ago

Yes, this is odd.
Might have something to do with wifi.
I use AZ-GTi in Station Mode so that it connects to RPI hotspot automatically.
Sometimes AZ disables the Station Mode for no apparent reason.
I'll check tomorrow.

Read More...

max sidorov replied to the topic 'Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos' in the forum. 2 months ago
max sidorov replied to the topic 'Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos' in the forum. 2 months ago

Yes!
Just yesterday I upgraded to Stellarmate 1.4.2 (from 1.3.x with all latest KStars updates).
AZ-GTi connects/reconnects every 15-20sec.
Went back to 1.3 - all works.
Somebody at Cloudynights complained about this too.

Read More...

max sidorov replied to the topic 'how do I install pip?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Sorry... I lied just to close this thread.
It didn't fix it for me.
However, I found where the problem was.
I chose to install _minimum_ version of Ubuntu Mate.
I guess, it was lacking some critical components.
I installed a full version (with Libre Office and all) and everything (python-related) went without errors.
Also I noticed that on-line manual/guide got updated - now it directs to pip3 instead of just pip.

I got discouraged and returned that Minisforum Mini PC, so
I did this Ubuntu/KStars/Ekos install on a VM running on my Windows desktop. Everything went smoothly and is working.
Now, I guess, I am ready to try Odroid-N2.

Thanks!

maxthebuilder wrote: Yes, that was it!
Thank you!



Read More...

max sidorov replied to the topic 'Powered USB Hubs' in the forum. 2 months ago

So, it's 1ft after all...
The connectors take half the length of the cable..
I am going to cut it, open the hub and solder the cable to the board...

starman345 wrote:

maxthebuilder wrote: His looks shorter - 6" ?

starman345 wrote: I use this one www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004395680/ref...00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Looks like the one Robert is using? I think I might have got the idea from him a few months ago and ordered it along with the Sabrent 7 port usb hub


Found it, he linked to it in this thread:
www.indilib.org/forum/embedded-indi/2772...i-3-setup.html#20613

Its a pretty stiff cable, you need a bit of length to get the curve you need, at least I do the way I have the hub and sbc oriented.



Read More...

max sidorov replied to the topic 'Powered USB Hubs' in the forum. 2 months ago

His looks shorter - 6" ?

starman345 wrote: I use this one www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004395680/ref...00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Looks like the one Robert is using? I think I might have got the idea from him a few months ago and ordered it along with the Sabrent 7 port usb hub



Read More...

max sidorov replied to the topic 'Powered USB Hubs' in the forum. 2 months ago

Rob,
I have exactly the same setup : )
Except I had to cut/shorten that blue USB3 cable - where did you get it?
I searched lazily and didn't find any.
Thanks!

Read More...

max sidorov replied to the topic 'USB3 may force me to move off of Raspberry Pi' in the forum. 2 months ago

You know, you are right...
When I just started I was using DSLR - RPI was painfully slow with it.
Large images and no guider/finder.
Then I got ASI1600 - RPI was slow with it too.
That was actually the reason I replaced the 1600 with ASI294.
And I do aligning/plate solving with ASI120.
RPI handles this combination pretty well.

wvreeven wrote:

maxthebuilder wrote: MinisForum Mini PC (surprisingly) feels slower than RPI overall.
USB3 of course is faster (10 times faster) but it doesn't make a lot of a difference.
(might get rid of the amp glow for some though)
Plate solving is also faster but not much.

Stellarmate is rock solid, well maintained and just works without much fiddling.


That's an interesting conclusion. I'll admit that I never tried StellarMate. I have always run KStars and Ekos on a Raspberry Pi that runs Ubuntu 16.04. And the difference in performance w.r.t. the MinisForum Z83-F is ginormous! Much faster download of images both from my ASI1600MM and from my DSLR cameras, muuuuch faster plate solving especially when doing a polar alignment. I am talking about 2 minutes per image on the RPi and about 20 seconds on the Z83-F. That is including WCS coordinate computations. Plate solving only is about 30 sec versus about 5 sec.

Well, good that you have a workable solution for yourself :-)


Clear skies, Wouter



Read More...