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#1 GuLinux

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 05:08 PM

Hi all,

I wanted to share with you the first major release of my astrophotography software: AstroPhoto Plus (previously called StarQuew).

It's the perfect choice for compact setups with relatively simple needs, and goes along very well with Raspberry Pi (and similar boards), and Intel Compute Sticks.

 

Here's the release link: https://github.com/G...ases/tag/v1.0.0

 

I also created a dedicated website with some tutorials and installation quick guides: https://astrophotoplus.gulinux.net/

 

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Edited by GuLinux, 18 February 2019 - 02:44 AM.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:20 PM

First link results in 404



#3 GuLinux

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Posted 18 February 2019 - 02:45 AM

First link results in 404

Woops.. fixed now, thanks :)



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Posted 18 February 2019 - 02:57 PM

So, using the plate solver uses Astronomy.net, and therefore requires Internet access, right?  My dark sites are generally outside the range of reliable cell coverage.

 

Can this be configured to run locally (on the Pi)?



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 03:37 AM

So, using the plate solver uses Astronomy.net, and therefore requires Internet access, right?  My dark sites are generally outside the range of reliable cell coverage.

 

Can this be configured to run locally (on the Pi)?

Hi,

Actually it's kinda the opposite: online platesolving is *not* supported, it's offline only.

If you look at the tutorials in the website you can see how to download the right indexes (this part of course will require internet connection, but it's for setup only) and how to use the plate solving module.

I've been using it successfully on a Raspberry Pi as well, but of course it's a bit slowish, and it's manageable only if you do specify your field of view (this can be automatically calculated from the current camera, as long as you set the telescope focal length in INDI).

 

I usually don't have an internet connection either at my observing sites, so the whole app is meant to be running offline :) On the raspberry pi image, it even defaults on Access Point mode, so your laptop/phone can connect to it instead


Edited by GuLinux, 19 February 2019 - 04:07 AM.


#6 Oleg Astro

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 04:54 AM

Hello,

I can't start AstroPhotoPlus-ctl in any case:
 

1.

astronom@ubuntu:~$ AstroPhotoPlus-ctl start
Permission denied: this command must be execute as root. Try with
sudo /usr/bin/AstroPhotoPlus-ctl start

2.

sudo /usr/bin/AstroPhotoPlus-ctl start
[sudo] password for astronom:
Job for AstroPhotoPlus.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status AstroPhotoPlus.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.

Report from journalctl -xe is:
 

journalctl -xe
Feb 19 09:49:33 ubuntu gnome-session[18191]: (nautilus:18316): GVFS-WARNING **: can't init metadata tree /home/astronom/.local/share/gvfs-metadata/home: open: Permission denied
Feb 19 09:51:33 ubuntu sudo[25354]: astronom : TTY=pts/2 ; PWD=/home/astronom ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/usr/bin/AstroPhotoPlus-ctl start
Feb 19 09:51:33 ubuntu sudo[25354]: pam_unix(sudo:session): session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu systemd[1]: Starting Astrophotography sequence server...
-- Subject: Unit AstroPhotoPlus.service has begun start-up
-- Defined-By: systemd
-- Support: http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/systemd-devel
--
-- Unit AstroPhotoPlus.service has begun starting up.
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu AstroPhoto-Plus[25362]: Error: running AstroPhoto Plus as root is not recommended.
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu AstroPhoto-Plus[25362]: Please start AstroPhoto Plus as normal user (see docs on https://github.com/GuLinux/AstroPhotoPlus).
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu systemd[1]: AstroPhotoPlus.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=1
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu systemd[1]: Failed to start Astrophotography sequence server.
-- Subject: Unit AstroPhotoPlus.service has failed
-- Defined-By: systemd
-- Support: http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/systemd-devel
--
-- Unit AstroPhotoPlus.service has failed.
--
-- The result is failed.
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu systemd[1]: AstroPhotoPlus.service: Unit entered failed state.
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu systemd[1]: AstroPhotoPlus.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu sudo[25354]: pam_unix(sudo:session): session closed for user root
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Posted 19 February 2019 - 05:19 AM

 

Hello,

I can't start AstroPhotoPlus-ctl in any case:
 

1.

astronom@ubuntu:~$ AstroPhotoPlus-ctl start
Permission denied: this command must be execute as root. Try with
sudo /usr/bin/AstroPhotoPlus-ctl start

2.

sudo /usr/bin/AstroPhotoPlus-ctl start
[sudo] password for astronom:
Job for AstroPhotoPlus.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status AstroPhotoPlus.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.

Report from journalctl -xe is:
 

journalctl -xe
Feb 19 09:49:33 ubuntu gnome-session[18191]: (nautilus:18316): GVFS-WARNING **: can't init metadata tree /home/astronom/.local/share/gvfs-metadata/home: open: Permission denied
Feb 19 09:51:33 ubuntu sudo[25354]: astronom : TTY=pts/2 ; PWD=/home/astronom ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/usr/bin/AstroPhotoPlus-ctl start
Feb 19 09:51:33 ubuntu sudo[25354]: pam_unix(sudo:session): session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu systemd[1]: Starting Astrophotography sequence server...
-- Subject: Unit AstroPhotoPlus.service has begun start-up
-- Defined-By: systemd
-- Support: http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/systemd-devel
--
-- Unit AstroPhotoPlus.service has begun starting up.
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu AstroPhoto-Plus[25362]: Error: running AstroPhoto Plus as root is not recommended.
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu AstroPhoto-Plus[25362]: Please start AstroPhoto Plus as normal user (see docs on https://github.com/GuLinux/AstroPhotoPlus).
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu systemd[1]: AstroPhotoPlus.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=1
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu systemd[1]: Failed to start Astrophotography sequence server.
-- Subject: Unit AstroPhotoPlus.service has failed
-- Defined-By: systemd
-- Support: http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/systemd-devel
--
-- Unit AstroPhotoPlus.service has failed.
--
-- The result is failed.
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu systemd[1]: AstroPhotoPlus.service: Unit entered failed state.
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu systemd[1]: AstroPhotoPlus.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Feb 19 09:51:34 ubuntu sudo[25354]: pam_unix(sudo:session): session closed for user root
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Hi,

Sorry, I think I missed an instruction in the "Quick Start" guide for automatic installation (it should be covered automatically in the automatic installation script though).

 

You need to run `AstroPhotoPlus-ctl autosetup` after installing the package


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Posted 19 February 2019 - 06:38 AM

Many thanks!

 

I can add your AstroPhoto Plus to INDI Clients list.

 

Do you need it?

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#9 GuLinux

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 07:53 AM

Many thanks!

 

I can add your AstroPhoto Plus to INDI Clients list.

 

Do you need it?

It's already there, I added it yesterday :)


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Posted 19 February 2019 - 09:16 AM

<snip>

 

If you look at the tutorials in the website you can see how to download the right indexes (this part of course will require internet connection, but it's for setup only) and how to use the plate solving module.

 

<snip>

 

Not necessarily.

 

With a full installation of Astrometry.net in Linux, you can build your own index files [see Section (3) of the attached document]. In this way, I have built indexes from the YBS, HIP, Tycho-2, and ASCC-2.5. All of these catalogues use V-mags. (Note that you will have to add missing magnitudes.) The 2-MASS index included with Astrometry.net does not solve any of my images because it does not use V-mags.

 

 

So, using the plate solver uses Astronomy.net, and therefore requires Internet access, right?  <snip>

 

Unfortunately, every program that includes the Astrometry.net solver reports an incorrect PA:

 

https://www.cloudyni...rees-off/page-2

 

This error should be reported to the developer of Astrometry.net.

 

In the meantime, you can switch to the plate-solving utilities of other programs that don't use Astrometry.net (ASCfit is one, I'm not sure about Munipack and Starlink).

 

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 04:13 PM

Hi,

 

Not necessarily.

 

With a full installation of Astrometry.net in Linux, you can build your own index files [see Section (3) of the attached document]. In this way, I have built indexes from the YBS, HIP, Tycho-2, and ASCC-2.5. All of these catalogues use V-mags. (Note that you will have to add missing magnitudes.) The 2-MASS index included with Astrometry.net does not solve any of my images because it does not use V-mags.

Well.. I guess, yes, I was talking more from a user perspective. I don't think the average user would really like to build their own astrometry indexes, though it's certainly an option.

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, every program that includes the Astrometry.net solver reports an incorrect PA:

 

https://www.cloudyni...rees-off/page-2

 

This error should be reported to the developer of Astrometry.net.

 

In the meantime, you can switch to the plate-solving utilities of other programs that don't use Astrometry.net (ASCfit is one, I'm not sure about Munipack and Starlink).

 

--catalogman

 

Well.. from the post you linked it would seem that the error occurs only when converting from another format (png or jpeg for instance). AstroPhoto Plus works directly with fits, which explains why I haven't seen this problem before.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 10:37 PM

Yes, Han reported in his post that the problem doesn't occur if you solve a .fits image.

 

I pointed out the problem because it has been seen in other programs that don't use .fits directly (I just found this example on another forum):

 

http://www.iceinspac...ad.php?t=173365

 

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 10:00 AM

There's a little discussion at the link below about which magnitude band is best for the plate-solving indexes:

 

https://groups.googl...try/hGa74stffzE

 

If you still don't want to build your own plate-solving index, there's also a link to a V-mag version of the Tycho2 (which should work in AstroPhoto Plus):

 

http://dl.free.fr/ge...?file=/t6FqJZaT

 

In one test report, it performed better in a plate-solve than the default 4100 index:

 

- 4100     : first solve 36 matches / verify 151 matches
- Tycho/Vt : first solve 40 matches / verify 158 matches

 

OTOH, the much larger 2MASS index made only first solve 17 matches / verify 134 matches due to its use of J-mags.

 

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