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Re: WiFi not working (edited)

Drew 🔭📷🚴‍♂️
 

Thanks, Otto I am not familiar with that board and the Wiki is somewhat obscure on it. There are three serial ports available, so this may be his problem. He may want to look at his old config.h (which was working) and see if serial C was enabled.

I retract my statement about the 57600 baud. It is probably best to keep the 9600 baud with this processor.


Re: Best available steppers, boards, controllers, etc?

Howard Dutton
 

On Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 03:17 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
The Mini and Max are of course capable and speedy, but there are downsides. One has to order the PCB with a minimum quantity of 5 (or is it 10?) and with shipping it is not cheap. Then one has to source all the discrete components themselves, and put them together, which is no small feat for most people. Even if one is capable of soldering, what goes where and orientation needs to be learned, and mistakes happen.
There are downsides to the S6 also:

1. It wasn't designed with our application in mind, so a bigger hassle to really finish it off in a proper enclosure with connectors.
2. The I2C is semi-broken.  Yea, it can be worked around, but still.
3. Harder to flash with firmware.
4. All your eggs in one basket.  If the controller takes an ESD hit or you make an mistake and short/overload something you're in for a hassle and some expense/wait.  With a Teensy or ESP32S based controller it's more likely that you'll be able to fix it quickly with swapping the MCU, or a little soldering.  Same for the through-hole MaxSTM design.


Re: WiFi not working (edited)

 

On my MKS 2.0, I have the Config file set this way below.  I believe Serial C must be enabled.  I recall another user who had the same issue, and once he enabled Serial C, the connection to Onstep was made.

Also, I am using firmware 2.4.2 for the Wemos D1 Mini.  It is stable and works well.

#define PINMAP                        MksGenL2 //    OFF, Choose from: MiniPCB, MiniPCB2, MaxPCB, MaxPCB2, STM32Blue,             <-Req'd
                                          //         Ramps14, MaxESP2, MaxESP3.  Check Constants.h for more info.
 
On my MKS, I have Serial A, B and C all set to 9600 baud.  See below

#define SERIAL_A_BAUD_DEFAULT        9600 //   9600, n. Where n=9600,19200,57600,115200 (common baud rates.)                  Infreq
#define SERIAL_B_BAUD_DEFAULT        9600 //   9600, n. See (src/HAL/) for your MCU Serial port # etc.                        Option
#define SERIAL_B_ESP_FLASHING         OFF //    OFF, ON Upload ESP8266 WiFi firmware through SERIAL_B with :ESPFLASH# cmd.    Option
#define SERIAL_C_BAUD_DEFAULT        9600  //    OFF, n, ON for ESP32 Bluetooth.                                               Option
#define SERIAL_C_BLUETOOTH_NAME  "OnStep" // "On..", Bluetooth device name for ESP32.                                         Option


Re: WiFi not working (edited)

Martin Chapman
 

Thanks, I'll try this.
Take care and stay safe.
Mart.


On Fri, Oct 15, 2021 at 2:35 PM Drew 🔭📷🚴‍♂️ <drewbolce@...> wrote:
SWS = SmartWebServer, it is an anachronism for the Wemos code. You should change SERIAL_B_BAUD_DEFAULT   from 9600 to 57600 in the OnStep config.h. This is not your problem but will help.

Yes, you should flash the Wemos with the latest software. https://github.com/hjd1964/SmartWebServer


Re: WiFi not working (edited)

Drew 🔭📷🚴‍♂️
 

SWS = SmartWebServer, it is an anachronism for the Wemos code. You should change SERIAL_B_BAUD_DEFAULT   from 9600 to 57600 in the OnStep config.h. This is not your problem but will help.

Yes, you should flash the Wemos with the latest software. https://github.com/hjd1964/SmartWebServer


Re: WiFi not working (edited)

Martin Chapman
 

Hi Drew, I'm trying to use Onstep version 2.24 I have attached the configs for Onstep and the Wifi. No idea about SWS, for the laptop I just set the Wifi to Onstep, it connects and  then I can use Skyplanetarium, or at least I could until now. When I loaded the latest version of Onstep, I did not change the Wifi, dou you think I need to reload the Wemos too?
Take care and stay safe.
Mart.


On Fri, Oct 15, 2021 at 1:13 PM Drew 🔭📷🚴‍♂️ <drewbolce@...> wrote:
The blinking led indicates that OnStep and the Wemos are not connecting. The WiFi does not start until it is connected with OnStep so the presence of a WiFi signal is baffling. Please post your config files (as an attachment). Also, are you using the SWS from OnStep or the newer "standalone" SWS? Please post the version numbers from OnStep and SWS also. They are in the OnStep.ino and SmartWebServer.ino files.


Re: Best available steppers, boards, controllers, etc?

Guy Brandenburg <gfbrandenburg@...>
 

I am indeed the same Guy who has just re-opened the DC-area free Telescope Making, Maintenance and Modification Workshop after 18 months in limbo.

While doing a little research for a talk at Stellafane this summer, I discovered that this workshop has been in continuous operation since 1937 except for 2 shutdowns: World War 2 and COVID; it used to be primarily  a mirror-making workshop ... As far as I can tell it's the only remaining at-least-weekly ATM workshop in the country. Thanks to DC taxpayers for allowing us to use the space rent-free!

Also, thanks so much for all of the advice on this list, and especially for Ken Hunter's exceedingly generous offer. I told him that while the ATM (or TM3W) workshop is part of a non-profit (National Capital Astronomers), the Hopewell Observatory is NOT non-profit (not that we make any profits!) and we should pay something.

I attach a photo of what the gearbox looks like now, with all of the complicated clutch mechanism and the synchronous motor and the solenoid removed. We will not be putting it back! The Dec drive will get the same treatment in the next few days. The stepper motors will be connected to the remaining shaft that you see surrounded by the only remaining spur gear. (Still trying to figure out how to remove that one! Can't find any grub screws; I hope it wasn't just pressed on.!)


Re: WiFi not working (edited)

Drew 🔭📷🚴‍♂️
 

The blinking led indicates that OnStep and the Wemos are not connecting. The WiFi does not start until it is connected with OnStep so the presence of a WiFi signal is baffling. Please post your config files (as an attachment). Also, are you using the SWS from OnStep or the newer "standalone" SWS? Please post the version numbers from OnStep and SWS also. They are in the OnStep.ino and SmartWebServer.ino files.


WiFi not working (edited)

Martin Chapman
 

Morning all.
I have just installed the latest version of Onstep, now my Wi-Fi is playing up, I'm using the Wemos D1 mini V3.0, the blue light keeps flashing, my phone, tablet and laptop all say they are connected to the wifi with a good signal strength, but when I open the app on the phone and tablet, and Sky planetarium on the laptop, they all say cannot connect. I am using the MKS GenL V2.0 board with the latest release of Onstep.
Any Idea what dumb thing I have overlooked this time? I suspect it is an ID10T issue.......
Any help would be appreciated.
Mart.


Re: Best available steppers, boards, controllers, etc?

Ken Hunter
 

Just a thought...

Someone could build up a spreadsheet with possible OnStep options along the top (column headings)
and the various boards along the side. Of course checkmarks on the sheet would give a quick glance
answer if the particular build would answer your  needs.

NO, I am not volunteering myself or anyone else as the "someone". I don't have the knowledge about
the different builds but the spreadsheet could be updated as needed to remain current.


Re: Best available steppers, boards, controllers, etc?

Ken Hunter
 

Well said Mark...

I am currently working on an idea that has been approved by Howard (within limits).

The idea is to provide a Wiki page where someone with a desired skillset can "Advertise"
their availability to assist others when they desire to do so. I imagine a Wiki page, similar
to a Cork Board in a restaurant waiting area where you can POST your "Business Card"
and initiate an OFF GROUP connection point. The sticky point is that OnStep is really
an "OPEN SOURCE PROJECT" where "Advertisements" are not usually welcomed.

I am pretty "old school" when it comes to building things. I keep up with the times when 
I can but I'm too old to invest in a 3D printer setup. A lot of the OnStep and telescope
projects offer 3D solutions but my search for someone to make cases for a re-designed
Smart Hand Controller got me no where. I find that a decent case, 3D made can take
most of a day to produce. The results can be not very "pretty" if something goes wrong
in the printing process so it's not something I want to invest my money or remaining time
into doing.

I'm going to open the Wiki page as soon as I can sort out the details of how the
"Business cards" can get posted and what they can contain. It's still a "work in progress"
but the ideas are forming some structure and hopefully Howard and the Developement
Group will approve once I get a workable plan sorted out.


Re: RJ45 socket suitable for panel mount

Ken Hunter
 

I "Googled" RJ45 panel mount and came up with tiis link showing many

https://www.google.com/search?q=rj45+panel+mount&oq=rj45+panel+mount&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i512l4j46i512j0i512j69i61.7940j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8


Re: Best available steppers, boards, controllers, etc?

Mark Christensen
 

Well, while some 3D/CNC boards can handle all the options, other can't, and Guy's problem was exactly the confusion caused by that situation. As you said, not all boards are equal. So I stand by what I said.
Of course they are not all equal - that is why I referred to 'earlier' boards. And that alone causes confusion to 'outsiders'.

For somebody like Guy who is working with a 'University grade' mounting the difference between a few dollars for a single PCB or $30 for a lot of five to ten boards is irrelevant. I've had to order (not for OnStep) groups of 10 custom boards for $35 to get two, one for prototyping, one for a customer/friend doesn't matter compared to my time.

Yes, some have problems with having to populate boards themselves, but that skill can be found in a lot of places.

Yes, I confess to having much too many decades of working with electronics and PCBs, dating back to vacuum tubes and discrete transistors.

Dealing with configuring the software and mounting/integrating motors is another problem for many.

So Guy has many hills to climb. But it is doable if we give him some hints and point him to the type of (local to him) people who can help.

Regards,

Mark Christensen


Re: OnStep via Voice Control #esp32

Corey Mooney
 

Supposedly SkiSafari 6 on Iphone has a voice control option along those lines. If you connect the Onstep mount to Ski Safari (LX200 mode)  it might work.

I wish voice control  was available for the android version of SkySafari.

-Corey

On Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 3:55 PM Seven Jones <sofacity@...> wrote:
Hi guys,
I don't know if this question is totally stupid but it just occurred to me.
Is there any way to control OnStep also via voice control....something like "go to M31" or "go back to home position" etc.
With the ESP32 this should be possible. Have what read about an ESP32 interface even to Alexa (I do not use Alexa)?


Re: Best available steppers, boards, controllers, etc?

Ken Hunter
 

GUY...

Contact me OFF Group. gmail kb7hunter

I will donate an OnStep MaxESP3 Controller in a case, a Smart Hand Controller Fully assembled in a case with coiled cord 
ready to drive your scope. Read up on the OnStep operation. You'll  be amazed at what is already programmed into the system.

In a few weeks (fingers crossed) the New (from the ground up) version calledOnStepX will be released. That does not say that there is anything wrong with the old OnStep. Just that it started off small and grew in all directions into a complex, fully capable integrated system. The new version is fully backward compatible and purpose coded in modules that makes Howard Dutton (Owner of the group and OnStep programmer) take a little more pleasure in life. At least that's the plan. This is already done and in field testing now.

I don't need any specific information for building the controller. They are configured with just a few pertinate details like mount type, worm drive gear # of teeth, intermediate gear reduction if any, and number of steps the stepper motor takes to give a full rotation. Most of us use Nema 17, 200 or 400 step/rev motors on RA and DEC and that is quite sufficient for up to a moderate 12 inch well balanced scope. Rule of thumb +++ If you can turn the drive worm wheel using your fingers, the Nema 17 will probably be big enough if tied into a 3 or more : 1 reduction and 144 or more tooth RA gear. If not, OnStep will still work fine, you'll just need to up the steppers to Nema 23 and choose a bit heftier stepper driver. or go for more reduction (higher torque but slower GOTO from a given motor/gear combination).

Listen to Khalid, Drew, Dave and Howard... Read the WIKI and whole whole message data base if you want. It's indexed and searchable for particular interesting subjects, what if's, causes and cures etc. There are a lot of guys that contribute but that is the main cast of characters that you will see here daily. I met you once at Stellafane but doubt you'll remember me. Hell, when I look in the mirror I dont remember me but it's sure good to briing back some of the memories of Mel Bartels and his SCOPE software. Too bad the Parallel Port disappeared... I still have my home made German mount with the home made electronics and no Parallel Port in sight. Sometimes LIFE just SUCKS!

Welcome to OnStep... Hang-on it's a fun ride!

Ken Hunter
Retired founder of ATM_FREE Yahoo Group


OnStep via Voice Control #esp32

Seven Jones
 

Hi guys,
I don't know if this question is totally stupid but it just occurred to me.
Is there any way to control OnStep also via voice control....something like "go to M31" or "go back to home position" etc.
With the ESP32 this should be possible. Have what read about an ESP32 interface even to Alexa (I do not use Alexa)?


Re: Best available steppers, boards, controllers, etc?

Ken Hunter
 

Hello Mark...

I wondered the same thing about Guy... I am the original founder of the ATM_FREE Yahoo Group.
That was so too many years ago. Nice to hear from some of the old timers occasionally.

"Be nice, learn, teach, participate" should sound familiar.

Clear skies.

Ken Hunter
Atm_Ken_Hunter @ yahoo.com
(retired email just like me!)


Re: FYSETC S6 V2 compilation errors #S6

fred1984
 

I redid all the settings on another computer. I loaded in DFU. When I return the jumper to its position and test the command on the "serial monitor": the error appears: Connected card is not available.


Re: FYSETC S6 V2 compilation errors #S6

fred1984
 

thank you andrás...thanks so much. I will try to install the entire setup on another computer first. gratitude. I'm in Brazil.


Re: FYSETC S6 V2 compilation errors #S6

András
 

If you have a new S6 (yours is probably on its knees now) sent to me (I am in Italy) I will flash it for you  with your config.
You can mail me from the directory.
Andras

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