Installed ascom drivers, explorestars dont work anymore #ExploreStars #ASCOM


Fermin
 

Hellow,
I just followed the instructions in this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_gYiJnEU38

I succeed to use the mpunt with Cartes du Ciel and Stellarium !

But suddenly ExploreStars don't work anymore:

I start the application, then the "please wait" message appears and then the application closes suddenly.

Any help ? Thanks


Fermin
 

Forgot to mention: I own the IEXOS-100


Wes Mcdonald
 

Tapatio

So first I must ask why are you using CdC via ASCOM and Explorestars.  

As you watch the video Jerry make the point that ascom communicates via TCP and Explorestars communicates via UDP.  You set the communication mode using the Configuration Manager.  Note the iExos will not communicate with Explorestars if the PMC8 has been put into TCP mode for ASCOM.

So that is your problem.  You have to have the wireless mode specific to the purpose.  It's just the way the iExos wifi module works.

Wes



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Fermin
 

Thanks for your quick reply, I will check that today !.


Fermin
 

But there is another problem: the PMC8ConfigurationManager.exe doesn't run anymore either .... this is so much technical burden in order to use this mount.


Wes Mcdonald
 

It runs fine.  Look locally.  Don't assume the ES code is broke.  Load it on your pc, make sure your drivers are loaded for your serial port.

Now if you are saying the CM does not detect the mount, we can help you.  But please tell us what is wrong, not just "it does not run"

Wes.

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PMC-8, ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Fermin
 

Double click on PMC8ConfigurationManager.exe, nothing happens. No screen as before, nada.
I restarted de computer, clean boot. Still the same problem.


Wes Mcdonald
 

Haha oh boy.  Something is broke.

Suggest you remove it and reinstall.  We can all thank bill gates.

Wes

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PMC-8, ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Keith <trashbin369@...>
 

I do not know exactly which Windows 10 update BROKE Explorestars, but I have two builds running, build 18363.1171 (explorestars works great) and 18363.1411 (does not work).


Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 
Edited

Hi Keith,

My system has OS Version 20H2 Build 19042.804 and ExploreStars works fine. Windows 10 Professional.
It appears that you are using older builds. It appears that you are using version 1909 with build 18063.
Windows 10 version history (version 1909) - Wikipedia

Here are a list of versions from Wikipedia
Windows 10 version history - Wikipedia

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brian skinner
 

-- Hi guys, to add to this debate, I have very recently reloaded/updated the  ExploreStars app (as recommended by previous message from Jerry) onto my Android 10 Tab A and am unable now to successfully run the database. Either the App doesn't open the database at all or I get an ExploreStars flash message telling me the app has stopped working.... I'm thinking there is a problem with this latest version of the App and hope there is an answer to this somewhere.... Thankyou, Brian


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iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Wes Mcdonald
 

Brian:

I loaded the app on a new android (old TAb A ) and put my old database micro sd into it and the thing runs great.

You still have to load the database onto the micro sd card...or alias your main memory somehow which I saw once on the forum...
Wes.


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brian skinner
 


-- Hi Wes, as we say over here the plot thickens. First the app/database problem. I understand the need to load the database onto the SD card. I am afraid after several reload attempts from Playstore, the latest app is still not opening the database- I'm getting the (standard?) sqlite flash message indicating the problem. Database path is storage/sdcard/explorestars/image.... two things have sprung to mind, first the latest app settings page indicates  database path as storage/3752-3562/explorestars/.... ie not sdcard. I don't whether that is relevant? Also I haven't used an sdcard USB connector, I don't have one and have had no problems in the past, I drag the unzipped database from my windows 10 pc over to my tablet via the standard tablet USB Cable. Could this be an issue this time round? The database appears complete at around 80megs and the image directories all open correctly...
Secondly, I'm now experiencing mechanical issues with my mount! First off, if I submit an RA/DEC coordinate from the App coordinate page the mount slews correctly, however when I input a second set of coordinates the mount doesn't (re)slew and in fact doesn't park either, it just hangs......
Any advise is, as always, very welcome. Kind regards, Brian




Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service
 

Hey Brian, let's make sure we are doing this correctly ill provide a document. 

Follow the steps exactly:

1) From this page -- https://explorescientificusa.com/pages/android-os-download -- download the Android database onto a Windows machine.

2) Go to where it downloaded, probably the download folder, where you'll find ExploreStars in a zipped file.

3) Click on it ONCE.

4) At the top should see, in pink, Compressed Folder Tools. Click on that -- NOT on Extract.

5) A bit below that, on the right, you'll now see Extract All. Double click it.

6) I suggest you click the browse button so can make the machine download it onto your desktop. Once the location is chosen, click selection.

7) Then click Extract.

The extraction process will start.

 

Now that it is downloaded:

1) Find the ExploreStars folder on your desktop.

2) Double click it to open it. Inside should be 2 files – the Images folder and the file ExploreStars.sqlite.

 

If you have not already done so, insert your micro-SD card into the computer slot.

1) Open the micro-SD card. Delete ALL ExloreStars folders that may reside there.

2) Close the micro-SD card.

3) Click and hold on the ExploreStars folder AND DRAG it onto the micro-SD card.

4) Open the micro-SD card to verify the folder is on the FIRST LEVEL of the card.

5) If it is not, Get on the FIRST LEVEL.

6) Eject the card.

 

On the tablet:

1) If it is running, close the ExploreStars app.

2) Insert the micro-SD card.

3) Turn off the tablet.

4) Turn on the tablet.

5) Launch ExploreStars.

 

That process should get you up and running.

 

Now, some devices require you to give permission to let the app access the database. That is different on different operating systems. If that's the case, I need to know exactly what operating system you are running. You can probably Google it and find it yourself.

 

The most common mistaken I've seen in this process happens in Step No. 4 in the first paragraph: 4) At the top should see, in pink, Compressed Folder Tools. Click on that -- NOT on Extract. The mistake is clicking on Extract under the pink box. Click on the pink box to access the correct Extract All button.

 

I hope my directions make sense. I typed them as I went through the process on my computer.

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brian skinner
 

Hi Tyler(and Wes) many thanks for this, very useful indeed. Firstly my Android Tablet is a Samsung Tab A, model no. SM-T510, running Android 10, about 2 years old.
From your step by step guide I am sure I have followed most of the steps both now and previously when I have had no trouble in getting earlier versions of the App to open the database. Having said that, one thing that may be more critical now than in the past is the use of an SD Card reader, previously I have transferred the unzipped ExploreStars folder (containing the Image sub folder and sqlite file) from my PC to my Tablet SDcard using the standard USB cable. As I do not have an SDcard reader, do you think this is an essential necessity?
Hope you can give advise on the permissions and Sdcard questions please?
Again many thanks and kind regards, Brian
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Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Jeff Hogan
 

I’m not Tyler; but, that will work as well.  If you can see the SD card when you connect your tablet that IS an SD card reader.

 

 

 

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Hi Tyler(and Wes) many thanks for this, very useful indeed. Firstly my Android Tablet is a Samsung Tab A, model no. SM-T510, running Android 10, about 2 years old.
From your step by step guide I am sure I have followed most of the steps both now and previously when I have had no trouble in getting earlier versions of the App to open the database. Having said that, one thing that may be more critical now than in the past is the use of an SD Card reader, previously I have transferred the unzipped ExploreStars folder (containing the Image sub folder and sqlite file) from my PC to my Tablet SDcard using the standard USB cable. As I do not have an SDcard reader, do you think this is an essential necessity?
Hope you can give advise on the permissions and Sdcard questions please?
Again many thanks and kind regards, Brian
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Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


brian skinner
 

Thanks Jeff, that is my understanding as well but there maybe another reason why an SDcard reader is preferable. Tyler will hopefully clarify.
Brian
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iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


brian skinner
 


-- Hi Tyler, I have run through your database download list, with the exception of using an SDcard reader. As this failed I will get a card reader and try again. I have confirmed the App has storage access permission and the ExploreStars data is correctly installed.
Thankyou
Brian Skinner
iEXOS100
Canon 1300d dslr
Various lenses
ES Polar scope
Sequator image stacker
PIXR image editor


Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service
 

Ok Brian, let me know how it goes with the card reader.
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