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INDI Library v1.7.9 Released (23 Jun 2019)

INDI Library v1.7.9 is mostly a maintenance release to fix a few bugs in several drivers.

New EKOS Observatory module

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New EKOS Observatory module was created by sterne-jaeger

Dear KStars friends,
inspired by the discussions about partitioning the Scheduler and observatory automation I did a first try with implementing a dedicated module for observatory handling.

Currently, a preview is available on my KStars fork on branch ekos_observatory and on Phabricator as diff D21291 .

Since I do my astrophotography from a wooden pole , I only have limited experience with domes, shutters and weather stations. Everything so far is developed based on INDI dome and weather simulators.

It would be great if some of you owning such hardware would test the current implementation. So: feedback and critics warmly welcome!

And, even better, if somebody with such hardware is willing to step in and take over the development. I personally would like to concentrate on partitioning the Scheduler and shifting the entire weather and dome handling to this new module.

Have fun!
Wolfgang
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Replied by fenriques on topic New EKOS Observatory module

hi Sterne Jaeger,

I cloned the repository and installed in my remote observatory and can confirm it works with 'real' devices too.
Weather status is read from weather station and changes status accordingly.
Dome (roof in my case) parks and unparks. Attached a screenshot when roof was unparking / opening.

Good job! thanks.
Ferrante

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Replied by sterne-jaeger on topic New EKOS Observatory module

Hi Ferrante,
good to hear! Parking and unparking works as expected?

- Wolfgang
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Replied by fenriques on topic New EKOS Observatory module

hi Wolfgang,
I've a roll of roof, and yes, Observatory works as expected with mine: unpark opens, park closes (*).
Moreover, opening is inhibited if weather is not ok.

(*) as you know there was recently a discussion whether or not this was the right approach.
ferrante
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Replied by dokeeffe on topic New EKOS Observatory module

Nice work!
Will the scriptable dbus interface be the same as the current Ekos::Dome ?
api.kde.org/extragear-api/edu-apidocs/ks...assEkos_1_1Dome.html
Thanks,
Derek
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Replied by sterne-jaeger on topic New EKOS Observatory module

Hi Derek,
it is not on the top priority list, but the current Ekos::Dome remains accessible. As stated above I would like to hand over this module to someone who owns an observatory.
- Wolfgang
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Replied by sterne-jaeger on topic New EKOS Observatory module

Dear KStars friends,
directly hot from code-kitchen here a new screenshot of the Observatory module. Meanwhile, I have implemented a simple form of reactions on weather warnings and alerts. The core idea is to define, which actions should be taken in case of warnings and alerts. In case that a warning or alert is active for a certain amount of time, the defined actions (closing the shutter, parking the dome) will be taken. See the links above if you want to test it.

And no, neither the telescope nor scheduler receive a message. This is the next step. Stay tuned...

As always: feedback and critics warmly welcome.

- Wolfgang

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Replied by fenriques on topic New EKOS Observatory module

hi Wolfgang,
tested the latest version, attached a screenshot.
The park delay on Warning / Alerts works just fine and it's great! thanks.
Minor issues:
- on startup the Weather status icon is not shown (see picture). But when status changes the icon is back.
- If the dome doesn't have shutter, the shutter controls on the right shouldn't be visible.
- I rather prefer a delay in seconds.

I'll write you a PM later.
Ferrante
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Replied by sterne-jaeger on topic New EKOS Observatory module

Hi Ferrante,
which weather module do you use? It seems like it behaves differently than the Simulator. Or do you get the same behaviour with the missing icon with the WeatherSimulator as well?
If secs are better, OK, I will change it.
- Wolfgang
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Replied by fenriques on topic New EKOS Observatory module

hi Wolfgang,
Using Weather Watcher. But I can't recreate the status icon issue anymore. I will let you know if I understand the condition for this to happen.
Ferrante

PS: sent you a personal message on a related topic.
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Replied by Lead_weight on topic New EKOS Observatory module

I'm extremely fond of Astrospheric.com . I know the author allows imbedding of his weather information into webpages. I use it on my current website. But I would love for something like that imbedded into the panel similar to how I have it mocked up.

-Andrew
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Replied by wvreeven on topic New EKOS Observatory module

Seems like a nice website to me. Is there anything similar that is not only for North America?


Wouter
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