Bill replied to the topic 'Brand new ASI120MC works on Windows 7 but not Ubuntu 16.04' in the forum. 3 hours 2 minutes ago

oopfan wrote: So having said that, now I completely understand that "serious" astronomers only use monochrome cameras with a filter wheel.


Wise conclusion. :)

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Bill replied to the topic 'INDI/Linux driver for the QHY Polemaster, developers needed.' in the forum. 16 hours 17 minutes ago

The low level protocol, and at some point access to their dev board (not sure what that entails).

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Jasem Mutlaq thanked Bill in topic Kstar and ZWO mini filter wheel in local mode 16 hours 42 minutes ago
Bill replied to the topic 'Getting the tracked object name...' in the forum. 17 hours 13 minutes ago

maudy wrote: Before is get to deep into things, is it realistic to get the name of the object being tracked via: indi_getprop

If it is possible, can someone post the command to get me started.

If not possible, does it mean creating and indi client using cpp to do so?

Thank you


I do not think that is stored in a prop. The only prop that I can see would have that (thinking this through) would be the filename that Ekos sets for the camera driver, if you choose for it to do so when you define the sequence.

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Bill replied to the topic 'INDI/Linux driver for the QHY Polemaster, developers needed.' in the forum. 21 hours 49 minutes ago

They gave me access. Is there a good place I can look at a camera driver to get an idea of where to start? My C skills are pretty dull knives (I do service management work these days...) but looking over some code should get me back up and going.

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Bill replied to the topic 'Kstar and ZWO mini filter wheel in local mode' in the forum. 22 hours 15 minutes ago

Hmmm this doesnt make much sense, considering the INDI Server seems to be the same machine. Can you give more info about what changes between these connection attempts?

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Bill replied to the topic 'Brand new ASI120MC works on Windows 7 but not Ubuntu 16.04' in the forum. 23 hours 44 minutes ago

oopfan wrote: Hi rockstar, thanks for all your help. Sorry, that was a typo.

I need more time digesting Ekos/INDI to be confident in what I am doing. I still am having issues with color. For now I find SharpCap easier to use, and I do not have much time before sunset. I want to record the Moon, Mercury, and Mars with the 2.8mm-12mm f/1.4 lens that I purchased with the camera. We just had two days of heavy rain and the sky is very clear except for a few puffy clouds.

One thing I did find are "hot pixels" on the sensor. I will have to learn how to calibrate and subtract those out.


Sharpcap is a good tool, especially for Planetary imaging. I use a Surface Tablet with Windows 10 on it, and I have Sharpcap installed along with Firecap and SGP.

As for the color in your images, I would say that you should post up the same FITS images that have the issue so someone can look at them. Hard to troubleshoot a problem without a sample of the data in question.

As for hot pixels and data processing, I use PixInsight, but that is a discussion for another time and place. :)

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Bill replied to the topic 'INDI/Linux driver for the QHY Polemaster, developers needed.' in the forum. yesterday

I requested access. I will see what I can do.

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Bill replied to the topic 'Brand new ASI120MC works on Windows 7 but not Ubuntu 16.04' in the forum. yesterday

oopfan wrote: Take it for what it is worth (since I have very little experience so far)...

I ran similar tests on Win7 using SharpCap. What I found was similar with INDI in that:
1. RAW8, RAW16, and LUMA each playback monochrome using VLC media player.
2. "RGB 24" plays back color but unlike INDI it gets the correct colors!

One thing I noticed however was that when I acquired video in "RGB 24" using SharpCap it would drop frames at full resolution. My theory is that SharpCap is doing de-Bayering as the frames are acquired and written to the file. On the other hand, there is no such dropping of frames in RAW8, RAW16, and LUMA because SharpCap is not de-Bayering the video; we are relying on post-processing software like PIPP and RegiStax to do de-Bayering.

So my conclusion is that there might be a bug in the INDI driver when using "RGB 24"; it is not using GRGB.


The debayer pattern in the INDI Control Panel, on the Image Info tab, was set to GRBG in your screenshot. Did you want GRGB? If so, try changing that.

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Bill replied to the topic 'getting colour with ZWO ASI224MC' in the forum. yesterday

Well that's pretty damn cool.

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Bill replied to the topic 'Ekos, INDI, SkySafari, and NexStar' in the forum. yesterday

I sent a request to the contact that comes on CN to see if they have any plans.

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Bill replied to the topic 'Ekos, INDI, SkySafari, and NexStar' in the forum. yesterday

About those crashes, are they repeatable? If so use GDB to capture them.

In your workflow it all makes sense to me. I don't think disconnecting INDI and reconnecting it would require you to sync the mount. As for SkySafari and INDI being connected to the mount at the same time, that should certainly be the case -- are you connecting to the mount in SkySafari via a SkyFi adapter or something?

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