I started using by my 9.7” iPad with VNC Viewer and I still use it for monitoring and occasional control actions (like shutting down). However these days I run two rigs simultaneously and control most of the initial and subsequent functions from my laptop (1920x1080 native display). The laptop touchpad doesn’t have a scroll function (perhaps it does with extra key strokes that I haven’t learned yet) so some controls, like graph scaling in the guiding graphs, are not changeable with it directly, but everything else is easy to adjust and manipulate. I bought it in November 2019 which seems to have been a good moment with the new lower power series 10 Intel chips and long (10 hour) battery life.

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Some more experience…… the KStars crash close doesn’t happen if I Disconnect when the mount is not in the Park position.

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Avocette replied to the topic 'I can't upgrade AB203 ¿GPSD?' in the forum. 1 month ago

 


Like @Gerado, I've just made a fresh SD card image of Astroberry 2.0.3 and run the 'sudo apt update' followed by 'sudo apt full-upgrade'. GPSD doesn't get installed and then a series of other functions don't work. I tried a second run of the two commands and this is the screenshot of the resulting text dialogue: It seems from @Gerado's post that this problem has been around for six days or so.

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I found a simple workaround to keep the old settings in KStars and close it down cleanly is to Disconnect each item of 'my astro gear' on the Indi Control Panel and then stop the Indiserver. Closing down KStars then keeps settings intact.

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I’m not sure which recent update/upgrade cycle introduced this issue. I tried a further upgrade tonight 16 August 20:00 UTC and the crash issue is still happening. KStars goes back to earlier settings when it restarts.

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I have been very pleased with the performance of the Internal Guider in its recent improved version (with many thanks to Hy!) But I havent tried GPG yet, thinking that this was for an RA-only mount. Am I to understand that GPG is effectively an option which can improve the RA guiding but that Dec guiding carries on under the normal Internal Guider algorithm? Thanks for your clarification!

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Great that you got it working now! You can easily test whether gpsd has to be killed each time you start Astroberry. I use VNC Viewer rather than a browser interface, and I haven’t needed to do anything to gpsd.

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Absolutely. The present image is quite old, and there are many improvements on the repositories. I would suggest sudo apt update, and then sudo apt full-upgrade. Be prepared to wait for a lot of changes including to the RPi Linux kernel and so on!
The only ‘special’ change I have made to my running Astroberrys is to replace the flawed FireCapture version with the latest Beta version (2.7.05 beta for the RPi) for planetary captures of Saturn and Jupiter with less glitches than the ‘stable’ version that comes with in the Astroberry package.

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My most recent experiences with KStars 3.5.4 have given me encouragement after several hiccups over the last year. I noticed in most recent updates (Astroberry) some significant further updates to the RPi kernel software packages. My first ‘hiccups’ arrived when the major kernel update from 4.19 to 5.4 arrived a year ago, but I’m hoping the software has settled now.
After recent sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade of two installations, I have EQDirect cable operation of my AZ-EQ5 and AZ-GTi mounts once again. And (fingers crossed for clear skies tonight) the serial interface clashes between the mounts and my Pegasus Pocket Power Box also seem to have settled themselves.
By the way I always use sudo apt full-upgrade these days just in case…….

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Glad to read that there is a known problem with getting PHD2.6.10 to talk to Ekos that has been reported elsewhere, and Radek recommends winding back to PHD2.6dev4 (not PHD2.6dev5 which suffers the same lack of connection with Ekos).

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