Ed Wilson thanked AstroNerd in topic Raspberry Pi 4 3 weeks ago

Ed Wilson created a new topic ' Raspberry Pi 4' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Radek,
Any thoughts on porting the Astroberry onto the new RPi 4 with perhaps 4 GBytes RAM?
No real need to rush of course.....
Ed

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'RTC Module - issues' in the forum. 4 months ago

I’ve now found this guide on the Ubuntu MATE community forum which I shall study. ubuntu-mate.community/t/supporting-ds323...th-network-time/5711

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'RTC Module - issues' in the forum. 4 months ago

I tried using the Pi Hut method (changing to DS3231) and it worked with the Raspian OS but not with Ubuntu MATE as used in Astroberry.

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Ed Wilson created a new topic ' RTC Module - issues' in the forum. 4 months ago

Like other users of Astroberry I have become familiar with the system date and time at boot being 11 February 2016, and around 17:28. I successfully adding a GPS dongle to provide real time and geographical location information. However I felt it could be useful to add an RTC module, and fitted a DS3231 unit. After following the thread 'More RTC madness!!!!!' I still could not get the RTC unit to work properly. I subsequently swapped over the Astroberry OS microSD to the Raspian one, carried out the same file edits to install the RTC module and 'hey presto' it works, maintains the real time clock as expected, and updates the system date and time on boot.
What I find most perplexing is that on swapping back to Astroberry OS, not only is the RPi system time the usual 11 February 2016 at 17:28, but my RTC Module has been written to with this date and time! Hence, instead of the RTC Module updating the system time on boot, exactly the opposite happens! Any bright ideas about what's going wrong please?

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'Astroberry and IPad' in the forum. 5 months ago

The hint’s in the name - Astroberry is a fully prepared image for installation on a Raspberry Pi. If you want to run some or all of the same functionality on your Dome PC you could do so by installing INDI and other software on it, but not the incredibly functional Astroberry package as such (unless your Dome PC is another Raspberry Pi). In my application I find the Astroberry VAP (virtual access point) means that I can be at a dark site away from any WiFi network installation and still control operations from my Windows 10 PC, my Linux laptop and/or my iPad running SkySafari 5 Pro, all via the Astroberry WiFi VAP.

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'SkySafari losing sync with Kstars' in the forum. 5 months ago

I am running Astroberry independently of any Internet connection, so I must still have the earlier version of the INDI library. Last evening I ran my usual setup but used SkySafari on the iPad only to monitor the mount position, and issued all instructions to slew with the Kstars installed on my laptop. When finally I parked the mount, it had returned correctly to its original position.

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Ed Wilson created a new topic ' SkySafari losing sync with Kstars' in the forum. 5 months ago

This may be much more of a general issue than Astroberry related, but I will start here. Running Astroberry server driving an EQMOD (SkyWatcher) mount. I set up the mount for level and North facing and over the afternoon used the Sun to correct the tracking (Solar rate) in anticipation of a session viewing Mercury. I slewed a couple of times during the daylight to wards Mercury and back to the Sun, using Kstars on my Ubuntu MATE 18.04 laptop as the primary control. I also monitored the mount movements on my iPad running SkySafari 5 plus, connected to the telescope. Once or twice during the day I used the SkySafari to control the scope slewing. I noticed that there could be a discrepancy between the position shown on the SkySafari map and on Kstars on my laptop. After sunset I observed Mercury for some time, then set my mount to Park. The mount final position was not exactly at the original Park position. Does anyone have any suggestion, please, why the two controllers may have lost sync with each other and why the Park position had changed?

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'Stellarmate vs own compiling' in the forum. 5 months ago

The Stellarmate OS is offered for download (for $49 I think). So if you don’t mind spending the time and have the necessary expertise you could save this cost. An alternative INDI OS that might be interesting to you is Astroberry.

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'Running Astroberry headless' in the forum. 6 months ago

(Not the topic author)
My personal use scenario is gradually refining to:
1) Switch on headless RPi 3B+ which has 3 USB connections in use - to EQMod serial cable to SW mount, - to the Canon DSLR and, - via a 50mm USB extender, the U-blox 7 GPS dongle.
2) A minute or two later power up laptop running Ubuntu MATE 18.04 and then start up KStars. Click on EKOS icon and start INDI server with my Astro gear profile (including in my case also the SkySafari driver.
3) The green GPS LED starts flashing, within about 30 seconds, indicating that GPS fix has been achieved. I have set the GPS INDI driver to update KStars from the GPS every 60 secs, and hence the RPi system clock and geographical location will have been updated.
4) I now, in principle, operate alignment and capture sequences.....
5) afterwards, when powering down the system, I click to close down INDI server connections and EKOS and then KStars, and finally
6) log onto the astroberry.local web interface through a browser in order to remotely shutdown the RPi in a ‘controlled’ way.
I think that the terminology I have used here is appropriate but please correct me if wrong.
Is there a more automatic way of shutting down KStars on the laptop which will also shut down the headless RPi astroberry server?

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Ed Wilson replied to the topic 'New to this - would like to control camera & mount on wifi' in the forum. 6 months ago

I don’t have a WiFi enabled camera (I use the Canon EOS 450D and 600D), and rather than use a mount brand specific WiFi dongle, I’ve opted for setting up a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ as the WiFi hotspot using the Astroberry software package with the INDI drivers and interfacing with USB/Serial cable to my Sky-Watcher mount and USB cable to the camera. All is controlled from the warmth of my home on my ten year old Thinkpad laptop running KStars/Ekos under Ubuntu MATE 18.04. I’ve added a GPS dongle to the RPi to provide accurate location and local time. The total hardware investment for the RPi etc. was around £100. I use electrical mains to power everything although I could operate from battery if necessary.

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