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Re: WEMOS Module

Drew 🔭📷🚴‍♂️
 

On Sat, May 29, 2021 at 12:28 PM, Robert Benward wrote:
Is there anyway to confirm the operation of the DS3231, of should I just go out and buy another?
Do you have a battery installed? Is it the CR2032 or LIR2032 (rechargeable)? One surprise I found was that the rechargeable version takes quite some time to get a workable charge. You have to leave it on for several hours. Not something that we do often in the initial stages of a new OnStep project.


TMC2130 V1.0 (FYSETC brand) on FYSETC S6 #fysetc #S6

Sean
 

Hi All,

I have ordered parts for my first OnStep conversion of my CGEM mount.

I went with the FYSETC S6 controller, and the FYSETC TMC2130 v1.0 drivers.

I believe I too, like many others, have ordered the wrong version of the TMC2130 (see attached picture).  The Amazon description says 'Step/Dir or SPI', and 'CFG Pins or SPI'.

Can anybody confirm these will or not work?

Also, from reading through this forum, I've seen it mentioned a few times about converting them to SPI.  Can someone describe the process please?  Is it simply removing the solder that I've circled in the attached picture?

Lastly, if these won't work, and can't be made to work, could you please tell me which specific ones work.  I've read the section on this site about the TMC2130 AND 5160's but am still confused.  The ones I have purchased have all pins facing down, whereas some have 4 pins facing up, and other's have 6 pins facing up.

Thanks,
Sean


Re: Smart Hand Controller Old and New version Questions #esp32

Roman Hujer
 

Dear Howard

It is planned at some time to add support for Auxiliary devices in SHC eg. Dew Heater, Intervalometer, etc ..?

Thanks you

Roman


Re: WEMOS Module

Dave Schwartz
 

The 'Upload' button only uploads the settings in the section immediately above it. Looking at the HTML page source, each section is in its own form so the 'Upload' (submit) button in each section only sends the fields in that section. Therefore, for example, when you make a change in the Station Mode section you must press the 'Upload' button for that section (the one below the 'Enable Station Mode' checkbox).

You can have both access point and station mode enabled at the same time. This is my standard operating mode. Works perfectly well and then I have my choice of how I want to connect each device (and also sometimes to try a bit of evil stress testing).

You are correct that if the station mode connection can not be made, it will start up access point mode regardless of whether you have the access point mode enabled. This is intended to be a fallback mode for people who normally operate their telescope in an environment where they want the controller to join their home network (so that devices that connect to the controller can still access the internet) but sometimes set up in 'away' locations. In this case, the access point wouldn't be cluttering the airwaves at home but would automatically come up when out of range of the home network where there is no internet connectivity to maintain anyway.

I just prefer to have both modes at all times since there's no penalty for doing so. The only slight difference is that when it connects to your home network, that is the channel that the access point network will come up on too - the ESP can't handle two different channels at once.

For me, I have all the networking parameters defined in the ConfigX.h file and every time I upload a new version I do a complete flash erase (either with the IDE option for the ESP8266 or with the standalone ESP32 flash erase utility). That way I never have to redefine anything using the Network tab of the web server.

If you have your home network credentials correct, what is the security type? I have no problem with WPA2. The Network tab shows the MAC addresses - do either of these show up in your router's connected devices list?

About the DS3231, there are some example sketches (available from the IDE 'File', 'Examples' menu) that were installed with the RTC-Makuna library. I haven't used them but maybe there's one or more in there that you can use to do diagnostics. Have you tried a fresh battery?

On 2021-05-29 12:28 p.m., Robert Benward via groups.io wrote:
Dave,
From previous comments from Howard and Drew, I had the NV wipe ON, and I was going to turn it off, when I was satisfied everything was working.  I though the notes were to prevent wear and tear on the NVM, not a consistent wipe and default reset.  I think maybe that was not the case?

I just tested it with NV Wipe OFF, and now I can change the channel.  That did the trick.  But I still have trouble joining my home network.

What is the order of precedence in changing from AP to station? When I hit "upload", does it upload the entire page?  I know it defaults to AP if WEMOS does not join the home network, but what if both are checked?  I tried to turn on station mode, and I assume the AP mode is still checked because there are two different upload buttons.  Now, the AP keeps going in and out, as if it keeps testing the station mode and defaults back to the AP mode.  I can't stay logged in to the AP long enough to make anymore changes.  I will keep trying different variations.  Could you enlighten me a little on the interaction of the AP and station modes when both are check "ON".

Is there anyway to confirm the operation of the DS3231, of should I just go out and buy another?
Thanks,
Bob


Re: WEMOS Module

Robert Benward
 

Dave,
From previous comments from Howard and Drew, I had the NV wipe ON, and I was going to turn it off, when I was satisfied everything was working.  I though the notes were to prevent wear and tear on the NVM, not a consistent wipe and default reset.  I think maybe that was not the case?

I just tested it with NV Wipe OFF, and now I can change the channel.  That did the trick.  But I still have trouble joining my home network.

What is the order of precedence in changing from AP to station?  When I hit "upload", does it upload the entire page?  I know it defaults to AP if WEMOS does not join the home network, but what if both are checked?  I tried to turn on station mode, and I assume the AP mode is still checked because there are two different upload buttons.  Now, the AP keeps going in and out, as if it keeps testing the station mode and defaults back to the AP mode.  I can't stay logged in to the AP long enough to make anymore changes.  I will keep trying different variations.  Could you enlighten me a little on the interaction of the AP and station modes when both are check "ON".

Is there anyway to confirm the operation of the DS3231, of should I just go out and buy another?
Thanks,
Bob


Re: Wemos connection issue #wemos

Khalid Baheyeldin
 

On Fri, May 28, 2021 at 10:07 PM, astrosathya wrote:
Every single time i need to press reset else it says OnStep not Found.
Did you try powering off then on while the USB cable is plugged into the PC?


Re: Smart Hand Controller Old and New version Questions #esp32

Dave Schwartz
 

1. These are two different hardware implementations of the SHC - one based on the ESP32 processor and the other based on a Teensy processor - but both are current. The current version of the ESP32 PCB is 1.3 and the current version of the Teensy PCB is 1.12. Both run the same software (compiled for the appropriate processor) so there is no difference in the features. The functional differences are a) the ESP32 uses a 5-way, joystick-style switch in the center of the rosette so you can do manual guiding in all four directions (or menu navigation) without having to move your finger from that one switch and b) because the Teensy has less flash memory than the ESP32, the object catalogs have to be reduced in size so there are fewer objects and less data.

2.Yes, the port on the side is called the auxiliary, or 'pass-through' port and is intended to let you plug in a traditional autoguider there and its movement signals are translated to digital commands to the controller. I test it occasionally on the ESP32 but do not use it. I don't know anyone who actually does use it. Given the more complicated connections, the signal delays that could be introduced by the extra stages and the loss of freedom of movement, it is probably better to let the guide software control OnStep directly via a USB or WiFi connection rather than to send the corrections back up to the guider, where it is sent to the SHC and then back to the controller.

3. For either, just follow the links to where their designs reside at EasyEDA, open them in the editor, click 'Fabrication', select 'PCB Fabrication File(Gerber)', select either 'yes' or 'no' about design rule checking (it makes no difference with either board) and a) select 'Order at JLCPCB' to have JLCPCB create them for you or b) select 'Generate Gerber' to get a zip of the control files which you can upload to the fabrication shop of your choice to have them made. There was a problem recently that the editor did not rebuild the copper area when it loaded a design saved by an older version (and thus produced shorted boards) but I rebuilt and resaved the ESP32 design and it is working properly when checked this morning.

George Cushing also has complete ESP32 SHC kits available from https://www.stmbluepillkits.com/


Re: hello everyone, i have a new question. If I install a powerful servo motor with encoder instead of stepper motor, will the system work? #mount

 

When my work is finished, I'm going to have a big swaddle and a telescope.
First of all, I thank you and the entire onstep family. howard and halid...


Wemos connection issue #wemos

astrosathya
 

While I have managed to get the wemos cncv3 controller up and running my HEQ5-PRO, one base issue I faced since Day1 still remains.
When i try to connect it to CdC, it wont auto connect. I need to press Reset on the board, open up the Mount selection option, then and only then when i click on properties it connects. Every single time i need to press reset else it says OnStep not Found.
Now that all other issues are sorted, how do i sort this one out please?
TIA
Sathya.


Re: WEMOS Module

Dave Schwartz
 

In the first paragraph, you are talking about the WeMos WiFi module, correct? If so, that doesn't make a whole lot of sense because the NV memory is emulated using the same flash memory that stores the program perfectly well. Are you sure you don't have the ConfigX.h file NV_WIPE setting turned on? That would cause any uploaded changes done through the web server to be rewritten with the defaults from the ConfigX.h file every time you power up the module.

In the second paragraph, it sounds like your DS3231 module isn't working properly.


On May 28, 2021 8:16:48 p.m. EDT, "Robert Benward via groups.io" <rbenward@...> wrote:
Hi Dave,
I waited a few seconds, maybe that is not long enough.  So I tried it at least 1/2doz more times.  It doesn't hold the settings.

In the web access status page, LOCAL time is not shown, but UTC is, and that reverts to 05:00hrs, which tells me local has reverted to 00:00.  Also, in the SHC, when setting date and time, local shows 00:00.

Bob

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Smart Hand Controller Old and New version Questions #esp32

 

Hello everyone.

Now I working on my G8 mount with Bluepill STM32 board V1.8 with successful Upload latest Firmware 4.2x thanks everyone that helping my build.

Questions on SHC:
1. SHC old version v1.03 board with ESP32s have any difference then latest SHC version v1.12 with Tessy 3.2 ?

2. On SHC v1.03 have two ST4 output , bottom one is plug in to bluepill board ST4 , so it can power up 
together with SHC. What if I need use ST4 for guiding together with SHC? 
Can I use the 2nd ST4 slot on the SHC board on the right side for guiding?

3. Is their anyway get the old version v1.03 board file for manufacturer? Or now all go v1.12 ?


Re: WEMOS Module

Robert Benward
 

Hi Dave,
I waited a few seconds, maybe that is not long enough.  So I tried it at least 1/2doz more times.  It doesn't hold the settings.

In the web access status page, LOCAL time is not shown, but UTC is, and that reverts to 05:00hrs, which tells me local has reverted to 00:00.  Also, in the SHC, when setting date and time, local shows 00:00.

Bob


Re: OnStep replacement board for #eq6

no_name
 

- Mount has pulse motors, like you can see in pictures
- For now I would be satisfied with goto function and guiding
- If I can use what I have to build goto or to put in use,. that would be great start
- Yes I can solder, but SMD, even I have station I am not in to it... Because of that, these PCB of mr Rowan is bound my capabilities, and I cannot find any full god solutions for fully manufactured unit via online... And his solution I think right now is the best solution for any EQ6....


Re: Home sensors

rambro@...
 

  VLF("MSG: OnStep is ready"); VL("");
  #if (HOME_SENSE != OFF)
    if (parkStatus!=Parked) goHome(true);  // by RA
  #endif

How to add this to unpark procedure ?. It is not good idea to move mount during power on. Even if mount is not parked I can provide unpark command and goto home.


Re: My DIY Friction Drive Mount #maxesp3 #cnc #diy #mount #esp32

soulvagabond@...
 

Unluckyluke84, is there a chance, you will release the build files? Hoping to complete my cnc soon ..


Re: WEMOS Module

Dave Schwartz
 

On 2021-05-28 2:43 p.m., Robert Benward via groups.io wrote:
I'm back in town and ready to play again.  I spent last night and this morning trying to program the WEMOS.

* The Onstep AP mode works fine, I can log onto it from my ipad and
phone and both show the web interface (laptop still has manual
config issues).  The Telescope controls respond.
* Using the network settings dialog in the web access, I can't seem
to change anything.  I tried simple stuff like just changing the
channel.  I can only make changes when I upload new code.  FLASH
erase & NV wipe each time.
How long are you waiting between when you upload changes on the web server network page until you cycle the power? There is a time delay between when you upload and when the data is actually written to NV memory.

* My second wemos programs fine, but I plug it in and it is dead.  I
am returning it and ordering a new one.
* I can't seem to get the station mode to work.  If it fails to
connect to my house network it jumps back to AP mode. Tried DHCP
both disable and enabled.
* Not related, but the Time does not seem to hold.  Lat & Lon is
fine.  LOCAL time seems to return to 00:00 on boot.  In the web
app, UTC is 5hrs. Hitting the 'clock' icon on the control page
updates the clock to that of the ipad.
What are you thinking is the LOCAL time? There actually is no local time displayed on any web server page.

Is the holding of time a function of the RTC?  Is there anyway to check that independently?
 The rest of the Onstep seems OK.  I can do a 'goto' and the RA & DEC in the SHC responds as it should.
Bob


Re: WEMOS Module

Robert Benward
 

I'm back in town and ready to play again.  I spent last night and this morning trying to program the WEMOS.
  • The Onstep AP mode works fine, I can log onto it from my ipad and phone and both show the web interface (laptop still has manual config issues).  The Telescope controls respond.
  • Using the network settings dialog in the web access, I can't seem to change anything.  I tried simple stuff like just changing the channel.  I can only make changes when I upload new code.  FLASH erase & NV wipe each time.
  • My second wemos programs fine, but I plug it in and it is dead.  I am returning it and ordering a new one.
  • I can't seem to get the station mode to work.  If it fails to connect to my house network it jumps back to AP mode.  Tried DHCP both disable and enabled.
  • Not related, but the Time does not seem to hold.  Lat & Lon is fine.  LOCAL time seems to return to 00:00 on boot.  In the web app, UTC is 5hrs. Hitting the 'clock' icon on the control page updates the clock to that of the ipad. 
Is the holding of time a function of the RTC?  Is there anyway to check that independently?
 The rest of the Onstep seems OK.  I can do a 'goto' and the RA & DEC in the SHC responds as it should.
Bob


Re: Wemos R32 CNCV3 controller test issues #wemos

astrosathya
 

Thank You Howard for that. Yes, the RA and DEC were interchanged. I connected the wires to the right drivers, but RA started moving in the opposite direction, which of course meant that the coils need to be interchanged. Slews are now 100% perfect, or as perfect as I can check indoors. after PA with the SkEye app.
i will try to make a half decent YouTube video for the benefit of beginners. 
Thanks to Howard, Khalid, George, Ken,  Oddvar and others who helped me out.

I have received parts for the STM32 controller, only the PCB is yet to reach me. I will start that build after a couple of months. :)

Regards,
Sathya.


Re: Wemos R32 CNCV3 controller test issues #wemos

Howard Dutton
 

On Fri, May 28, 2021 at 03:25 AM, astrosathya wrote:
However, one thing I noticed is the sound at the beginning, mid point (while crossing meridian i think) and end of the slew as if a large, heavy truck is slowing down.
That's stepper motor resonance or ringing.  Lower current can help (about 50% of the motor rating,) higher voltage can help, motors with lower inductance (higher current) can help.

I am not sure if thats ok. I also know the its pointing in the wrong direction too. Motors are reversed maybe? Anyone who has an idea, i'll be happy to take advice from.
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Re: MaxSTM v3 through-hole construction tips

Howard Dutton
 

On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 02:10 PM, <johnwashington1978@...> wrote:
Well, JLCPCB arrived in the post this morning and within 30 minutes or so I was up and running - I'm not too keen on the RTC dangling - I'll design up a small 3d printed block that screws between it and the pcb stand off hole - shall post it tomorrow.
I'll put that in the files section.

Other than that I didn't have any build issues - I sourced the majority of my parts from digikey - I had the leds and diodes already, used an lm7805 vreg and some ebay headers.
Technically the board isn't designed for the lm7805, they usually need stabilization caps nearby.  There's a 0.1uF but usually they need a 0.33uF too and the board doesn't have that one.  Then it's not going to be good for much current without overheating, especially if powering from 24VDC.  Might be ok, but best to use the spec'd switching regulator though.

If a wally like me can get it together and working, anyone can !!  Big thumbs up!
Thanks, these are nice boards in my opinion too, another step up in the evolution of the Max series.  Better documented, easier to source parts for, easier to assemble, better TMC stepper driver support (allowing the most important settings for all axes at runtime,) and more easily extended for BME280 dew heaters, etc.

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