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Re: Comet and asteroid data files...

Darrel Moon
 

Ross et al,

I too remember the change from http to https in the past, however, the URL in the current version of SiTech.exe is ftp://ftp.lowell.edu/pub/elgb/astorb.dat having no http to add the "s".

I can, and have, downloaded the astorb.dat file from the Minor Planet Center and put it in the proper file after removing the old file. But if SiTech.exe has a feature built in for doing the downloading, reporting the download's progress and completion there of, and placing the astorb.dat file in the proper location then one must have the proper URLs and any other items that must be present to allow the downloading feature to work as it should. So...I still need the proper URL and anything else for SiTech.exe to do the download itself.

Thanks,

Darrel Moon

 


Re: #question where is SiTechExe/Config/ChangeConfig/Misc? #question

Mark Copper
 

Ha! It worked.

"strace mono SiTechExe.exe" output contained the line

bind(8, {sa_family=AF_INET, sin_port=htons(8000), sin_addr=inet_addr("0.0.0.0")}, 16) = -1 EADDRINUSE (Address already in use)

so I changed PortNum to 8001 in SiTechDll.cfg and the display screen for SiTechExe.exe came up.

Thank you. Thank you.

So much to learn. Next stop: INDI driver.

Mark


Re: #question where is SiTechExe/Config/ChangeConfig/Misc? #question

Jeff Ross
 

To troubleshoot something like this, install strace on your linux box.

Read the man page for strace, then use strace to see every step the programs takes.

In a lot of cases, strace mono -v -v SiTechExe.exe might be enough to what's really going on.

N.B.  I have much more experience with the BSDs ktrace command but the few times I've used strace it was pretty similar.

And good luck!

Jeff Ross
Townsend, MT

On 7/18/21 2:06 PM, Mark Copper wrote:
Many thanks for responses.

I don't have SiTech.cfg in /home/debian/bin/SiTech/SiTechExe.

("debian" is the built in user on the Beaglebone Debian images so I use it). If anyone else sees this, it helps to modify SiTechBinDirectory definition in SiTechInstaller.sh so that the bin directory is written under one's home directory. Otherwise SiTech gets written under /root/bin which appears to be harmless.

Luckily running SiTechExe.exe the first time causes SiTech.cfg to be written to /usr/share/SiTech/SiTechExe/ before the unhandled exception occurs. So I changed IndiPortNum to 8078 which is free according to netstat, and I re-ran SiTechExe.exe. Unfortunately the program halts with the same exception.

Next I followed steps 1 and 2 above. The file SiTechDll.cfg did not exist, so it was created anew with the same permissions as SiTech.cfg. Again SiTechExe.exe halts with the same exception.

Currently "mono -v -v SiTechExe.exe" is running with the hope of gleaning more information. But it is either taking forever or stuck in a loop.

I'd like to emphasize that this exception does not happen with all Linux boxes. My friend has reported that SiTechExe.exe ran without exception on his Intel 32 bit box under Ubuntu.

Mark


Re: #question where is SiTechExe/Config/ChangeConfig/Misc? #question

Mark Copper
 

Many thanks for responses.

I don't have SiTech.cfg in /home/debian/bin/SiTech/SiTechExe.

("debian" is the built in user on the Beaglebone Debian images so I use it). If anyone else sees this, it helps to modify SiTechBinDirectory definition in SiTechInstaller.sh so that the bin directory is written under one's home directory. Otherwise SiTech gets written under /root/bin which appears to be harmless.

Luckily running SiTechExe.exe the first time causes SiTech.cfg to be written to /usr/share/SiTech/SiTechExe/ before the unhandled exception occurs. So I changed IndiPortNum to 8078 which is free according to netstat, and I re-ran SiTechExe.exe. Unfortunately the program halts with the same exception.

Next I followed steps 1 and 2 above. The file SiTechDll.cfg did not exist, so it was created anew with the same permissions as SiTech.cfg. Again SiTechExe.exe halts with the same exception.

Currently "mono -v -v SiTechExe.exe" is running with the hope of gleaning more information. But it is either taking forever or stuck in a loop.

I'd like to emphasize that this exception does not happen with all Linux boxes. My friend has reported that SiTechExe.exe ran without exception on his Intel 32 bit box under Ubuntu.

Mark


Re: Comet and asteroid data files...

Ross Salinger
 

You might want to check if the URL's in question are HTTPS rather than just HTTP. They added encryption a couple of years ago.

Rgrds-Ross

On 7/18/2021 9:12 AM, Don W wrote:
Hi Darrel,

Both of those fail for me too, now.
The URL's are built into SiTech.  Through the years, these files have had changes to their URLs so Dan has to update SiTechexe to the latest.  I notified Dan about this.

Don W


Re: Comet and asteroid data files...

Don W
 

Hi Darrel,

Both of those fail for me too, now.
The URL's are built into SiTech.  Through the years, these files have had changes to their URLs so Dan has to update SiTechexe to the latest.  I notified Dan about this.

Don W


Re: #question where is SiTechExe/Config/ChangeConfig/Misc? #question

Dan Gray
 

Hi Mark,
It could be as simple as the port number for the TCP interface.
Since you can't change it with the user interface, you'll have to edit the config file.

Go here:
/home/your user name/bin/SiTech/SiTechExe/SiTech.cfg
Find the IndiPortNum=8079
Change it to a free port, save, and then try again.

If this doesn't work,
Step 1. replace your /home/your user name/bin/SiTech/SiTechExe/SiTechExe.exe   with this one:

Step 2.
Go here:
/usr/share/SiTech/SiTechExe
Find the file named SiTechDll.cfg
If it's not there, create it.
The contents should be:
LogData=False
PortNum=8000

Change the port to a port that's available.
Let us know if this works.
Dan


On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 1:37 AM dan adi via groups.io <cioc.adriandan=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
It is not a file, at least in windows. Just launch the sitechexe app, the in the menu Config you find the Change Config option 


Re: #question where is SiTechExe/Config/ChangeConfig/Misc? #question

dan adi
 

It is not a file, at least in windows. Just launch the sitechexe app, the in the menu Config you find the Change Config option 


Re: SiTech Virtual Camera

ZS1RA
 

Thanks Don,

Agreed it should work but I’m just over trying to figure out why PS3 cannot read the header of the fits file. Formatted the drive, installed Windows, updated Windows, turned off Windows firewall and defender installed different browser (previously Chrome), etc. Fits liberator 3 reads and displays the file perfectly.

I’m going to see if I can get Plate Solve 2 to open any of my fits files. If it can I’m guessing that I would be able to use the PS2 option in the camera config.


Comet and asteroid data files...

Darrel Moon
 

Can anyone provide the current URLs that SiTech.exe needs to download comet and asteroid orbit data files?

I am getting this error message with V.95G WIN:
Exception while Getting Comets!!! Ex=An exception occurred during the operation, making the result invalid. Check InnerException for exception details.

I get the same kind of message when trying to download the asteroid data (aster.dat) file.

And....how does one "check InnerException for exception details"?

Thanks,

Darrel Moon


#question where is SiTechExe/Config/ChangeConfig/Misc? #question

Mark Copper
 

Hello,

I am looking in the file INDI_Instructions.txt, Step 2, Install SiTech.

I download the archive http://siderealtechnology.com/SiTechInstallerLinux.zip and unzip it and run SiTechInstaller.sh as root.

With a little help this creates a directory /root/bin/SiTech which contains a file SiTechTCPProtocol.txt. The first four lines of this file read

   Starting with version 0.92e of SiTechExe, there is a TCP/IP interface to SiTechExe.

   To get started, we have a C# project you can try:
   http://siderealtechnology.com/TestSiTechTCP02.zip

   First you set up the port number in the SiTechExe/Config/ChangeConfig/Misc.

Also in the directory /root/bin/SiTech is a directory SiTechExe, but it does not contain a directory Config.

In the archive TestSiTechTCP02.zip there is also a file SiTechTCPProtocol.txt, but it is slightly different, beginning

   Added AirMass to standard response.

   Starting with version 0.92e of SiTechExe, there is a TCP/IP interface to SiTechExe.
   First you set up the port number in the SiTechExe/Config/ChangeConfig/Misc.
   It's labeled "Indi Port Number"

How does one get the file Config/ChangeConfig/Misc?

I would like to know because when I run SiTechExe.exe on my computer, I get an Unhandled Exception:
   System.Net.Sockets.SocketException (0x80004005): Address already in use
and I'm wondering if setting the port number as above would get around this exception.

Thanks for looking.



Re: Mesu mount acting up

dan adi
 

It is a servo II. Good to know about "Cycle Comm Port" option. After reinstalling the sitech software, everything went back to normal with no errors.
Thanks for the pointers


Re: Mesu mount acting up

Dan Gray
 

Is this a servo1 or servoII?  If servo||, there is a jumper on the servoII board that activates the RS232 instead of the USB.
You have to reboot the controller if you put this jumper on.
You cannot upgrade the firmware with the RS232, otherwise it acts the same.

If you loose communications, there's a button on SiTechExe/Config/ to "Cycle Comm Port"
"alt/dec encoder tracking error"means that the declination scope encoder does not agree with the motor encoder.  If you trust the scope encoder, go to SiTechExe/Features/Controller Stuff.
THere's a button labeled "Set Motor location to Scope ENcoder location"
Dan



On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 1:39 PM dan adi via groups.io <cioc.adriandan=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks Chuck, but sometimes it just very frustrating. I mean how much one has to spend to have gear that just works ?!  


Re: SiTech Virtual Camera

Don W
 

Hi ShaunO,

Since it works on your Son's PC but not yours, there must be a setting somewhere that is the problem.
Check the version of Windows, check the settings of anti-virus programs, check the settings for security in Firefox and windows firewall.  There are many places that might be stopping your PC from completing the functions.

Don W


Re: SiTech Virtual Camera

ZS1RA
 

Hi,

For the benefit of everyone here I have come to the conclusion that this is not a SiTechExe problem but a hardware issue on my side.

I installed SiTechExe on my son's computer and the PlateSolve worked flawlessly. I uninstalled and reinstalled several times on my computer but could not get it to work. In desperation I formatted the drive, reinstalled windows, installed only Firefox, SiTechExe and Plate Solve 3 nothing else but I still could not get it to work. There is obviously a strange quirk with my hardware which is a real pity as the HP Prodesk mini computer is a lovely machine for the task with 7 USB ports including a USB-C port. I think I will purchase a NUC instead.

Thanks Dan and Don for your persistance as well as Chuck for running the confirmation on your side.

ShaunO


Re: Mesu mount acting up

dan adi
 

Thanks Chuck, but sometimes it just very frustrating. I mean how much one has to spend to have gear that just works ?!  


Re: Mesu mount acting up

CandCShaw
 

Good work!

Chuck


On Jul 16, 2021, at 2:18 PM, dan adi via groups.io <cioc.adriandan@...> wrote:



[Edited Message Follows]

Update: I plugged in and out the usb port at the computer side a couple of times, installed the sitech95P version, and now the ports work ... I repeated the sync procedure, parking etc. and the mount works
God I hate usb and comm ports!!! I think 10 micron has the mount connection trough RJ45 cables, can the sitech 2 controller be updated to use RJ45 - TCP/IP conections? I find them most reliable.
Before I made this work, I spent half an hour getting the comm ports to work with the Optec FocusLynx Hub. 
I repeat : I hate usb and comm ports :)) annoying as hell


Re: Mesu mount acting up

dan adi
 
Edited

Update: I plugged in and out the usb port at the computer side a couple of times, installed the sitech95P version, and now the ports work ... I repeated the sync procedure, parking etc. and the mount works
God I hate usb and comm ports!!! I think 10 micron has the mount connection trough RJ45 cables, can the sitech 2 controller be updated to use RJ45 - TCP/IP conections? I find them most reliable.
Before I made this work, I spent half an hour getting the comm ports to work with the Optec FocusLynx Hub. 
I repeat : I hate usb and comm ports :)) annoying as hell


Re: Superstitious

paul K
 

Yes, thanks for asking - I think I posted in a separate thread, the mount is back up and rnning now. I haven't put a scope on it yet as it's moving to a new location, but all seems well.

I'll probably polar align in the next few weeks.
best wishes
Paul


Mesu mount acting up

dan adi
 
Edited

Hey guys, for the last year or so I was waiting for my refractor to be built, so there was no mount activity. (it is placed in a observatory)
Today I put the CW down, telescope looking west about over 30 degrees, cause I have a horizon file built, I powered on the mount, choose a star in the west, sync/init, then stop, then park, then power off.
Then power on, and I get the messages: bad scope column, faking servos, alt/dec encoder tracking error.... 
Also the comm data LED is off, on the sitech II controller. Is it supposed to be off? or glowing red? 
My guess is that I have a communication port error..? 
Also I changed the usb cable, same error. I am running version 0.95A
The strange thing is, when I start the Sitech Config aplication, I am able to read all the data from the controller... 
So what is going on? Any ideas?

PS: I don't know about other Mesu users, but for the last 4 years, I have spent 75% of my clear nights troubleshooting this mount, although I thought this should be a very good mount, It is starting to get on my nerves

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