Joaquin replied to the topic 'Post your INDI Setup!' in the forum. 6 days ago

Thanks Gilles for the info. I considered this option but didn't went that path yet because soldering USB connectors scares me a little.
I have been taking a look at the connectors at RS Components and I think I will try it.
USB 2 is only 4 wires so it should be doable even with shaky hands and poor eyesight...

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Joaquin replied to the topic 'Post your INDI Setup!' in the forum. 6 days ago

It took to me several months, but my scrollable setup is nearly finish.



I got the inspiration from @G_Gagnon pictures. This allows me to move easily the telescope from my bedroom to the terrace.



I designed and selected the materials in order to be as stable and manageable as posible.
The wheels had to respect the parquet floor (my partner would not accept anything else), it should be able to be leveled with minimal effort regardless of weight and, once fixed at the observation spot, it had to be stable for astrophotography.



The setup includes a RasPi 4 4GB running Stellarmate from a Samsung T5 SSD 250 GB. I use two HUBs for all USB connections, the Pegasus PPBA Advance and a small 3-port USB3 Hub. There is also an external USB3 dual frequency wifi device.
Everything is mounted on a wood support. From top to bottom: RasPi, PPBA and wifi device (at its left), T5 SSD and USB3 Hub.
The SSD The is housed in a pocket of the wood holder with an aluminum closure that can be easily opened to remove the disc when required.



The focuser is the Sesto Senso. In the dovetail rail I fixed a lead plate of those that are used in diving (in red). It can be moved to help balance the weight of the camera. The KMTronic relay for the camera is also fixed under the plate.

I still have to shorten some connections (It is difficult to find some USB cables shorter than 50 cm...) and add a small case/receptacle in the base for a second Raspi I have with a surveillance camera and a GPS, but the hard work is done.

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The astrometry index files for the FOV of the simulator were not loaded.
That was the problem. Thanks !
After loading them, solver worked really very very fast. I have followed your wok on this over the last few months. Thanks! and congratulations.

In any case, I still think that the simulator should work by default after KStars installation (that is, the appropriate indexes to the FOV of the CCD simulator should be loaded at install - or first time INDI/EKOS is instantiated). A successful start is much more motivating !

On the other hand, I do not remember to see any warning. Should I ?. To try the solver without ANY index file should trigger all kinds of emergency lights and sounds...

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I have a star field in the captured image so GSC is also in the Ubuntu desktop. Initially got only a few stars so I increased exposition time to 10 seconds and got a star-rich image. The solver failed, anyway.

@jerry: I moved the scope with a goto to a star in KStars, but it failed also. I will test it again tomorrow, pointing the scope to different sky positions...

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I'm not sure I haven't modified any parameters involuntarily but...
It happened both with latest Stellarmate stable on an Raspi4 and with latest KStars 3.5.0 stable on PC running Ubuntu, just after burning the image (Stellarmate) or apt upgrade (Ubuntu)

- Start KStars
- Select Simulators profile in EKOS and connect
- Set telescope tracking to ON
- Capture and solve
--> FAIL! :(

I would expect simulation parameters to be set for success to start with.
Then, one could start from there...

Am I [doing|expecting] something wrong ?
On a fresh install, what would be the shortest path for solving success on a simulation ?

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Joaquin replied to the topic 'Kstars 3.5.0 OSx' in the forum. 1 week ago

Not sure, it was something about six

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Joaquin replied to the topic 'Kstars 3.5.0 OSx' in the forum. 1 week ago

There is a limitation on the number of url links you can have in a post

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Joaquin replied to the topic 'How to submit issues' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

What if the problem is in documentation ?
Do typos, misspelled words, etc. qualify as errors worth reporting?

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At far right. The person icon on white circle.

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On that spot, on the upper entry (‘My Status’) text is in light light grey on a white background and I can barely see it.
This is in my iPAD.
Maybe the text could be darkened for better contrast.

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