Robert Miller replied to the topic 'Finding Satellites in KStars' in the forum. 3 days ago

Thanks. I don't use the satellite tool very often but it is useful for plotting the trajectories of some of these hideous bright objects.

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Robert Miller replied to the topic 'Finding Satellites in KStars' in the forum. 4 days ago

My kstars is not showing satellites. There are lots of .tle files in /home/bob/.local/kstars but they all say the data is available from a NOrAD site and updating the satellite positions via kstars just replaces those empty files.

Running kubuntu (ubuntu 20) with kstars-bleeding.

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You can look at the short example I sent a few messages ago.

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A new line is written to the file every 20 sec. The file will grow until the program stops.

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Jasem,

Your description is how I would propose to read the file and act accordingly.

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Jasem,

Here is a link to the data file format.

interactiveastronomy.com/skyalerthelp/WeatherDataFile.html

Also attached is a short snippet of a data file.

CS (which is definitely not the case in S//W New Mexico)
Bob

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Mark,

I was looking for the same thing. We have a weather station that outputs a Boltwood II file and it would be great to have a program that reads the log stream and calls for shutdown if bad weather is detected.

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I go out today figuring I'll troubleshoot the problem in the daylight. After spending I don't know how many hours last night in frustration, today everything works perfectly the first time, including the slit.

Figures.

CS,
Bob

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Arnold,

Thanks. I've tried everything. Nothing brings the slit back. Guiding, unguided, makes no difference.
So, looks likes I've got some trouble-shooting to do.

CS,
Bob

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Are you still using PHD2 on Stellarmate? The reason I ask is that I had been doing spectroscopy using PHD2 as a guide program with the slit. I then did some variable star work for a while. Just went back to spectroscopy and the slit in PHD2 disappears once I start "looping" on a star.

Start PHD2 in Stellarmate
Start Ekos. Everything connects just fine.
Go to PHD2. Tell it to display slit.
Tell PHD2 to start looping. Slit disappears never to be seen again unless I restart from zero.

Thanks,
Bob

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Robert Miller created a new topic ' Ethernet and WiFi Together' in the forum. 8 months ago

This note will describe how to enable both WiFi and Ethernet on your computers.

My setup consists of a control room and an observatory where a StellarMate is the hub. First, let's consider the control room that houses a typical laptop running Ubuntu, KStars and Ekos. We don't have cable internet at the location, so my internet access is via my phone acting as a hotspot. I'm connected via Ethernet to the StellarMate. I want to stay connected to the SM while I access the outside world via my hotspot. However, if I open a web browser and try to connect to a site, the browser is unable to do so. Or, if I try to ping my old stomping grounds (jpl.nasa.gov), the computer says "network unreachable." That's because the computer doesn't know which network (Ethernet of WiFi) to use to get to the outside world, and normally defaults to the Ethernet.

Solving this problem is straightforward.   Go to the network icon on the status bar, then click on the icon in the upper right corner to get the detailed network config page. Choose Wired Connection -> IP4 -> Routes (button near the bottom). Click the box that says "use only for resources on this connection." Now you can access web pages via a browser because the Ethernet is limited to its immediate surroundings.

The also works for StellarMate. I had to upgrade the software, so I stuck my phone (hotspot) in the dome and connected to SM via Ethernet (VNC viewer) in the control room. Accessing the network icon along the right part of the top row in the VNC viewer, I connected SM to my hotspot.  I wanted to connect to the outside world to update the software, but was stuck with the same problem as before: the SM defaulted to Ethernet for name resolution. Same solution as before. Go along the upper left side menus to access the detailed network config page, and follow the instructions in the above paragraph to tell the Ethernet to stay local. I then accessed the "Update Software" icon (I'm still talking to SM via Ethernet) and 600+ MB later things are happy again.

I'm writing this some hours after today's adventures. I think I had to reboot the SM after making the network config change. If you make the change and there's no difference, reboot the SM. It does work. Of course, if you're lucky enough to have cable internet, then you can file this note in the appropriate Trash icon :-)

 

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#1. It may depend on which version of KStars you are using. I've loaded kstars-bleeding on Ubuntu. I'm trying to recall if I ever encountered the CSV dialogue in the normal KStars -- just can't remember.

#2. Even if you are running the bleeding edge KStars, they don't make the CSV-load capability very evident. You can get to the CSV load in one of two ways:
Settings -> Catalogs -> Manage Deep Sky Catalogs or
Data -> Manage DSO Catalogs.

Both get you to the same spot. Although they call this Deep Sky, you can load anything you want: stars, galaxies, your favorite recipes -- doesn't matter.

From there, click on Create Catalog. A metadata box will appear. Fill in whatever you like; you can also just hit OK and the process continues.
A new catalog will now appear in the catalog list. Click on the catalog you just created.
Along the right side, buttons will come to life. Click on the very bottom one labeled More.

Now you've finally arrived at the promised land. At the bottom left there will be a button labeled Import CSV.

When you click Import CSV, a new dialog box will appear. The button labeled Select/Read allows you to choose which file to import. Note that the RA and Dec have to be in decimal degrees or the RA can be decimal hours.

Once you've selected the file to import, the Mapping buttons will illuminate. Use these buttons to tell KStars which field is Name, RA, Dec, etc.

When you're finished, you will return to the catalog list. Don't forget to Enable the catalog you just created. Click on the catalog name and hit the Enable button.

Hope this helps.

CS,
Bob

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Loading the CSV file is easy. Converting the gcvs.txt file to a CSV format is the "hard" part.

Here's a bug that I found yesterday. I submitted it to KDE and of course Jasem is the current KStars lead. If you load a CSV file using the standard method, and you have a star name like R And, when you go to the Pointing -> Find Object menu, it will not be found. The menu will find RR And, but not S Ant, or any single letter prefix. Go back to where you loaded the file in the Setup page, and the star will be there. The work around is to change all the single letter stars to something like R* And which will be found in the pointing menu.

CS,
Bob

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Magnus,

Did this request ever get satisfied? I've created a CSV that I loaded into KStars with the latest from GCVS. I probably can't share the database which is likely a violation of copyright. I can tell you how to do it.

CS,
Bob

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My fault. I've been bitten by this before. In the Dome Slaving tab, I had the Meridian Side set to Ignore which, of course is wrong. When I set it to Mount, then scope and dome aligned.

I can see another yellow sticky on my control room wall. If scope and dome don't sync, check the Meridian setting.

Cheers,
Bob

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