Tracy Perry replied to the topic 'Yes, it may get deleted' in the forum. 3 days ago

We've added a few resources to the site...
A link directory (yes, even consisting of "competing" forums as our ideal goal is a wider uptake of astronomy by society).
A classifieds section for listing items for sale to others.
A resource directory that is primarily targeted towards software and observatory plans as well as written guides.
A medial gallery for users to have their own albums (or post in generic areas) that also has links to YouTube video guides that have been found to be beneficial to new (and experienced) users.
An articles system for end users to write articles of interest to others that would not be laid out well in forum posts.
And then finally we have a ShowCase listing where you can show your hardware, modifications or customizations that others can get ideas from.

We are a totally add-free site (other than some simple Amazon links) and there is no cost to join. The only "targeted" person are those that are interested in astronomy and astrophotography in general and want to join somewhere that is targeting a "family" feel for the site.

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I'm contemplating doing similar (just to have something to play with).
You should not have any different issues than you would using one RPi for both. Simply create two different profiles and use the appropriate one. I'm currently doing that with both of my RPi's. I have one targeted towards use with the NexStar 8se, and then another for the William Optics ZentihStar 103mm. But I have profiles for both on each one... and the WO has 2 profiles, one for use with the ASI585MC and one for use with the ASI533MM.
The only question may be since both mounts are of the same "family"... does each profile keep it's own settings for said mount configs.

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Thanks!

Sorry to seem pushy, but in addition to trying to get my site off the ground I'm working on getting several IDS recognized sites into the database that are public access. I don't do "Git" or such so if there is an email that thos ecan be sent to, I would appreciate it. If you don't want to post it here, you can sent it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks again!!!!!!!

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Well...I guess the following apply:

  • Nobody knows the answer
    Nobody cares about updated State Park dark sky
    Nobody gives a poop?
    It's a trade secret and they have to shoot you after they tell you and they are out of bullets?

I didn't even get a further response from Jasem on the ticket that I asked about related over on StellarMate.
Love the software... but is it really this hard to get such a simple answer?

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Now, does anyone know the address/location to send your customized mycities data to?
KDE KStars website wasn't very helpful other than the documentation telling you to send yours to them if you wanted... but I never could find anything other than a mailing list to sign up to that might allow it (and I don't do mailing lists, getting over 125 emails a day already is more than enough to go through).

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Obtained the apparent answer... BOTH are sqlite SQL database format... one just uses the .sqlite extension and the other uses the .dat extension... so you should be able to rename one and use it on the other.

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Stellar Mate OS version of KStars stores its geographical data in mycities.sqlite.
Astroberry KStars stores it in the standard mycities.dat file that they outline on the KStars support site.

So, my question.... are they one and the same? I've got a ticket entered over at Stellar Mate also.. but figured I might get as quick (if not quicker) response from the folks here.

My main reason of asking is I have 2 RPi's.... one running each. And I've been entering geographical data for IDS sites here in Texas, and instead of having to do it twice, I was wanting to simply copy the data file between the two - but with the filename mis-match I don't know if they are both using sqlite SQL data format or not.

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Tracy Perry replied to the topic 'Update causes firmware error' in the forum. 1 month ago

Could this be specific to the interface you are using? I just 9last night) updated my 64 bit StellarMate OS install, but I did it from the command line using sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade.
I had no issues even with a reboot.

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Tracy Perry replied to the topic 'Kstars binaries on MacBook' in the forum. 1 month ago


You mean like this?

Call to writableLocation without an application-based location.
org.kde.kstars: Welcome to KStars 3.6.0 Stable
org.kde.kstars: Build: 2022-08-21T16:15:07Z
org.kde.kstars: OS: "osx"
org.kde.kstars: API: "x86_64-little_endian-lp64"
org.kde.kstars: Arch: "x86_64"
org.kde.kstars: Kernel Type: "darwin"
org.kde.kstars: Kernel Version: "19.6.0"
org.kde.kstars: Qt Version: 5.15.5
Starting DBus
org.kde.kstars: Processing  "unnamedstars.dat" , HTMesh Level 3
org.kde.kstars:   Sky Mesh Size:  512
org.kde.kstars: Loaded DSO catalog file:  "unnamedstars.dat"
org.kde.kstars: "Star HD20,794 not found."
org.kde.kstars: "Star HD98,230 not found."
org.kde.kstars: Loaded DSO catalogs.
org.kde.kstars: Loading asteroids
libc++abi.dylib: terminating with uncaught exception of type std::out_of_range: unordered_map::at: key not found
zsh: abort      /Applications/KStars.app/Contents/MacOS/kstars

2012 Mac Mini I7 2.3Ghz quad core w/16GB RAM running Catalina 10.15.7

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I can't even get past the splash screen.

When I run the KStars executable from terminal, this is what I get as it runs and after it errors out.

Call to writableLocation without an application-based location.
org.kde.kstars: Welcome to KStars 3.6.0 Stable
org.kde.kstars: Build: 2022-08-21T16:15:07Z
org.kde.kstars: OS: "osx"
org.kde.kstars: API: "x86_64-little_endian-lp64"
org.kde.kstars: Arch: "x86_64"
org.kde.kstars: Kernel Type: "darwin"
org.kde.kstars: Kernel Version: "19.6.0"
org.kde.kstars: Qt Version: 5.15.5
Starting DBus
org.kde.kstars: Processing  "unnamedstars.dat" , HTMesh Level 3
org.kde.kstars:   Sky Mesh Size:  512
org.kde.kstars: Loaded DSO catalog file:  "unnamedstars.dat"
org.kde.kstars: "Star HD20,794 not found."
org.kde.kstars: "Star HD98,230 not found."
org.kde.kstars: Loaded DSO catalogs.
org.kde.kstars: Loading asteroids
libc++abi.dylib: terminating with uncaught exception of type std::out_of_range: unordered_map::at: key not found
zsh: abort      /Applications/KStars.app/Contents/MacOS/kstars


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Tracy Perry created a new topic ' Yes, it may get deleted' in the forum. 1 month ago

But I was told to stop by here and mention the fact that I have started YA (yet another) astrowhat.comsite dedicated towards astronomy and astrophotography.

It has many of the functions of other sites, but it doe shave the addition of a classifieds (or sale/looking) feature.
It does not cost anything to join and currently we run no ads on the site (it's supported out of my pocket as a labor of love).

The site is in NO way targeted towards a competition with this site, as it's target audience encompasses those that haven't even discovered yet the beauty of automation.

The site is astrowhat.comAstro What? . and all are welcome.

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Tracy Perry created a new topic ' My shot of the moon' in the forum. 1 month ago

Total neophyte here. I've had the telescope equipment for several years (William Optics ZenithStar 103mm and a NexStar 8se) but after battling with trying to figure out how to get a Nikon D7200 to take photos (using Backyard Nikon) I got frustrated and put it all tot he side. I recently got back interested in the equipment and ended up buying an ASI533MM with filter wheel and an ASI585MC (yep, back to spending money - just thought motorcycles was an expensive hobby).

This is a test image (single image) grabbed with SharpCapture with my NexStar 8se and the ASI585MC. I only had 21mm of back focus and apparently that setup needs 100mm. Even at that,I was proud of actually being able to get a photo! This was simply with the telescope and the camera. The only processing applied to it was some slight sharpening in Gimp. I think once I get the additional spacers in it will be even betetr.

BTW, I have also gotten into Astroberry and Stellarmate OS (HIGLY recommend this one as they have excellent support) on the Raspberry Pi - still getting everything configured and comfortable with playing with it (not a Linux newbie as I started with Slackware back in mid 90's).

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Tracy Perry replied to the topic 'Kstars binaries on MacBook' in the forum. 1 month ago

KStars 3.6.0 will NOT run on my 2012 era Mac Mini (16GB RAM,2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7). It starts up and you get the splash screen and then it dies a horrible death.
I've downloaded direct from edu.kde.org and installed it (and removed it and re-installed it, rinse and repeat about 8 times).

I've given up for now trying to get it to work on my Mac and will probably simply use the Surface Book instead. Just like the bigger monitor on my Mac Mini. ;)

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