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INDI Library v1.9.9 Released (30 Nov 2022)

Bi-monthly INDI Library released with new drivers and bug fixes.

Driver OnStep (LX200 like) for INDI

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Yes, and yes.

You can install it from a terminal using:
sudo apt install minicom

Myself, I use picocom, which can be installed as above but substitute picocom for minicom.

To enter the above commands, you need to do the following:
picocom -eq -b9600 /dev/ttyACM0

Once you are there, you can enter the commands, e.g.

:GU#

Will return some status code.

You can then try :Sh and :So commands as Alain outlined.
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Actually the Python API already does set the horizon and overhead limits using the :Sh and :So commands. So no changes needed in the code.

But you need to edit examples/config.py and enter your location, time, ...et.c as well as the above limits under this section:
# Horizon and overhead limits
hor_lim = '-10'
ovh_lim = '90'
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Khalid,

pull request issued but seems CI checks all fail.
Most probably not because of my change but the process hangs ...
As usual I have the code on github.com/azwing/indi

@Martha
Concerning the Fysetc S6, I confirm Khalids statement.
I simply do not remember if the port is /dev/ttyAMA or /dev/ttyUSB but since you connect to OnStep via Indi it should be visible in the Connection pane in control panel.
2 months 2 weeks ago #87985

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@Khalid and Martha

Fix is merged into Indi Master
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@ Alain and Khalid,

Thank you for fast reaction, I didn't expect that I can indicate a never discovered problem. I'm going to wait patiently for the new INDI version while I'll improve mechanics of my mount.

I'll try to communicate with my board from the Astroberry ASAP and will let you know.

BTW, what do you think, why the problem was never indicated? Is it related to a quite rare configuration like EQ fork mount based on OnStep @ RPi (Linux, INDI) ?

Best regards,
Martha
* Altair 102EDT F/7 @ Opus Magnum ATM EQ Fork Mount / OnStep / Astroberry
* Altair 102ED F/11 & Vixen A80M + bino @ EQ5

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Martha,
============== Bug discovery
we lack people like you that discover and highlight bugs.
We are very few people actively working on the Indi driver so it makes it difficult sometimes to follow all the variants that Onstep offers.

example: I have limited resources to platforms (I use Fysetc S6, BluePill, BlackPill, Teensy 3.2 / 3.5 andd Arduino Mega)
from a devices point of view I have only one Telescope, one Focuser, not Weather or other (Nice to Have) so testing is sometimes not easy.
So having feedback from users is important.
============== Why it has never been identified
My opinion about the fact it was never discovered is that this is rarely used.
I believe I used it one time when I wrote the driver and made some tests (most probably at 3 in the morning and asleep:-)
Ususally thes values never should be touched once a system is running and in OnStep it is stored in EEprom and read/write in EEprom is limited in number of cycles.
So it is better to set it once in firmware config and leave it ...
but this is only my opinion ...
============== Communication with Astroberry
I suppose you have access to Astroberry via ssh.
so it could be an alternative to compile Indi from source
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@ Alain, Khalid and all involved guys

Thank you very much for so wide (in total) response. I appreciate your work, the OnStep hardware team's work and the KStars-Ekos team's work - all is unpaid and consumes your private time.
I don't complain, I just want to know what's going on. :)

My problem is that I have built a demanding 90kg EQ fork mount that took me half a year and it still requires some improvement that I do for another year. If something doesn't work properly I cannot know whether it's my fault in the construction or the system generates something unexpected. Believe me please, nobody can answer the questions then. It's nothing surprising, a huge majority of OnStep users use it with modified factory-made mounts. When I ask questions, some of them sit somewhere in the dark corner and very seldom participate in a discussion. Others keep silent, because it's not their problem, I perfectly know it.

So, thank you for your readiness for instant support, if needed.

I wish you long health and pleasure that I hope comes from your volunteer job.
* Altair 102EDT F/7 @ Opus Magnum ATM EQ Fork Mount / OnStep / Astroberry
* Altair 102ED F/11 & Vixen A80M + bino @ EQ5

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If you get a package built of KStars in the next week or so, then that should solve your problem, and don't bother with minicom, picocom, the OnStep Python API ...etc.

But if you do not get it soon, then try one (or more) of the above workarounds.
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@Khalid,

I already set the values as I like: +10* and 90* using the ASCOM driver properties, as it was advised by Howard Dutton.

I'm not good in building at Linux nor replaceing binaries. I'm going to update | upgrade my system, so it should replace the binaries for me.

Thank you again.

Martha
* Altair 102EDT F/7 @ Opus Magnum ATM EQ Fork Mount / OnStep / Astroberry
* Altair 102ED F/11 & Vixen A80M + bino @ EQ5

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@Martha,

don't worry, if we work on it it is because we like it :-)
I hope your 90kg EQ Fork mount project will finish earlier as my Observatory.
I started building the observatory mi 2018 and now I am only changing the whole shape.
Now it is a cylinder with flat roof (slightly sloped).
It will change to a real dome so it is much work but this is the fact,
a project is always a big step at the beginning and later on an a lot of little improvements here and there ...
Some on hardware and consequently the firmware and so on.
here a snapshot of the work in progress ...



Have lot of fun
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That is impressive! You need a lot of clamps, I know what it means, I have 9. :) Very nice project. I guess it has 3m diameter, am I right? Will it be controlled by OnStep?

I know that it's offtop, but let me please share my rig for DSOs. First pic is in an early stage last year, now it lokks like in the second pic.

I promised to Howard that I'll share results of my project when finished, but it's not finished yet. :)


* Altair 102EDT F/7 @ Opus Magnum ATM EQ Fork Mount / OnStep / Astroberry
* Altair 102ED F/11 & Vixen A80M + bino @ EQ5

www.astrobin.com/users/Vroobel/
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@Martha,

No the observatory is controlled by custom hardware github.com/azwing/Observatory
built around Arduino Mega ...
I use Indi's Dome Scripting interface.
The reason why I change the Shape from Cylinder to Dome is that I have not to adapt coordinates transformations already done by Ekos.

About your Form , really impressive
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