The INDI Avalon StarGO driver is released as a 3rd party driver and requires INDI Library >= v1.7.5. To install the driver under Ubuntu:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mutlaqja/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indi-avalon
This INDI driver interacts with the StarGO GoTo Control System from Avalon Instruments through a USB connection. It can directly drive Avalon mounts and other mounts that are controlled by StarGO.
Current features are:
- Slewing speeds ...
- Sidereal, lunar and solar trackrates
- Configurable custom parking positions
- ST4 Guiding
The StarGO device also contains support for up to two stepper motors like focusers. The implementation herefore is at a very early stage.
Currently, the INDI driver only supports connections to the StarGO Control System through a USB cable. Please connect the computer running the INDI driver via USB to the StarGO device of your mount.
Connecting the StarGO Device
In order to establish the connection to the StarGO device, switch to the Connection tab and select the appropriate USB connection:
Select the appropriate USB device where StarGO is connected to. In case the device is not visible, press Scan Ports. The Baud rate can be left untouched as long as Auto select is set to Enabled, which leads to a automatic detection of the right baud rate. Please leave the Connection mode to Serial, changing to Ethernet has no effect.
Then switch to the Main Control tab and press Connect:
The main control tab is where the primary control takes place. As soon as Connect has been pressed, the entire set of option unfolds.
As you may know from the Windows/ASCOM client, you need to press Sync home before the mount reacts to slewing etc. The other controls on this tab are more or less straight forward:
- Abort motion: stops the motion of the scope
- Track mode: set to sideral (star tracking), solar (sun tracking), lunar (moon tracking) or none (no tracking at all)
- Tracking: turn tracking on and off
- Parking: slew to the (predefined) parking position and park the scope. Remember, that you need to unpark the scope before you can slew it somewhere
- Pier side: read only information on which pier side the scope is currently placed
- Use pulse guiding: in case that you want to guide through pulse guiding instead of ST4, turn this option on
- Home position: sync the current position as the home position. At the same time, the pointing model is initialized
- Goto home: slew to the home position defined above and turn off tracking
- Set park: set the current scope position as park position
Position the mount in its home position and press Sync Home on the Main Control tab. Now the tracking mode is enabled and the mount can be slewed to arbitrary positions. StarGO manages its own pointing model. Each time a Sync is called, StarGO adds a new entry in its pointing model.
The best results can be achieved, when plate solving is used for building up an appropriate pointing model.
On the options tab, you can setup various debugging options and scope properties.
Most of them are straight forward and general INDI functions. Maybe some need explanation:
- Polling: here you define the frequency, how often the INDI client asks the INDI server for updates. 1sec is a typical value
- Scope Properties: set here the right parameters of your main scope and the guiding scope. Hint: if you have problems with plate solving, check here, if the values are correct.
With this tab you can manually slew the mount in all directions at different slewing speeds.
On the Site Management tab you can configure the location of your scope. If you are using KStars, it is recommended to set it through the Geographic Location of KStars and configure KStars such that it updates time and site for INDI.
Don't change anything here unless you know what you are doing.
This tab is dedicated to guiding options.
- Autoguiding: set the guiding speeds. For Avalon mounts, please follow the recommendations of Avalon Instruments
- ST4: enable or disable guiding through the ST4 port of your guiding camera. In case you set it to enabled, do not forget to connect your guiding camera with the ST4 port of the StarGO device
- Meridian flip: set the behaviour of the next slew command. If set to auto, the mount executes a meridian flip automatically. In case of disabled, no meridan flip takes place. And inversly, for forced a meridian flip is executed although it was not necessary from the scope position. If you do not know what you are doing, please leave it on auto!
This tab displays the current firmware version.
Here you can control a focuser connected to the AUX 1 port of the StarGO device. This is currently in a very immature state, so please use it at your own risk!
This tab does not work correctly currently. The only thing you can do is setting the absolute position. Do not be irritated that after pressing Set the absolute position is not shown. Nevertheless, the command has been sent to StarGO and the focuser should move to the given position. But again: please use it at your own risk!