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INDI Library v1.9.7 Released (29 Jul 2022)

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

indi_celestron_aux

Replied by Jasem Mutlaq on topic indi_celestron_aux


Hi Craig, any update on this? I'm checking the driver today and thought I'd ask you if you want to submit any changes so I can incorporate it in my testing. I have Celestron Evolution Alt-Az.
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Replied by Paweł on topic indi_celestron_aux

Unfortunately, the debug session did not happen yet. The weather did not cooperate.
But preparing for it, I stepped into some problem. I got crashes while connected with simulator - actually on processing the first message. My last check was with 1.9.0 (I think). Are there any substantial changes in the API in last few revisions. I had no time yet to go deeper with this. At the moment, the driver does not work with 1.9.3. I will try to fix it ASAP. The problem seems to be connected with logging functions in the message processing procedure.

BTW. I have corrected dependencies in the debian packaging for the whole 3rdparty tree. I think it needs more work still, and probably some higher level scripting to build the entire tree as debian packages.
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Replied by Jasem Mutlaq on topic indi_celestron_aux

I actually just ran a quick session with indi_celestron_aux and it worked fine. No crashes, and it slewed and tracked fine. It took the "long" way to the star, but I guess that's something internal about cable wraps?
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Replied by Paweł on topic indi_celestron_aux

Great! That may be a problem with the simulator, then.
Was your test run against 1.9.3 and recent kstars?
I will check again with the real mount and maybe debug the simulator.
The long way around is as you guessed, activated cable wrap protection.
You can switch it off in the driver.
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9 months 2 weeks ago #78402
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Replied by Jasem Mutlaq on topic indi_celestron_aux

All built against GIT. But should I turn it off? isn't this a safety feature?
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9 months 2 weeks ago #78403
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Replied by Jasem Mutlaq on topic indi_celestron_aux

I tested today and noticed a few issues with parking and tracking. Looking at the code base, looks like a refactor is in order. I'll work on it tomorrow.
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9 months 2 weeks ago #78426
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Replied by Gunter on topic indi_celestron_aux

Maybe a silly question but will the driver in general work with Celestron SkyPortal Wi-Fi-adapter?

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Replied by Paweł on topic indi_celestron_aux

It should. It is a similar device to the one inside evolution mounts. I do not know if it was tested, but I think that Fabricio's mount is connected by this adapter (SkyFi). It is just a serial<->WiFi bridge.
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9 months 2 weeks ago #78436
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Replied by Paweł on topic indi_celestron_aux

We have finally tested the driver with Maciek, by remote connection - worked surprisingly well. I was controlling his setup from kstars - all drivers on his side (astroberry).
My notes:
- Internal plugin works OK. There is still room for improvement, but it was fairly functional.
- The Nearest plugin did not work good enough. The errors were much larger and the tracking was much worse. It was essentially unusable.
- The weather stopped our session, so no tests for the SVD plugin

The kstars crashed with segfault if connected by ekos. If connected by device manager an later by ekos the device control dialog had duplicated tabs but it worked.
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Replied by Gunter on topic indi_celestron_aux

Hi Pawel,

is there s more recent driver description ss the ond on the stellarmate pages?

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9 months 2 weeks ago #78439
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Replied by Jasem Mutlaq on topic indi_celestron_aux

Why would alignment system affect tracking performance?
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Replied by Christian Kemper on topic indi_celestron_aux

Pawel,

let me start by saying thank you for developing the plugin. It brings me one more step towards my goal of simply putting up the telescope outside and do all my aligning and observation from inside the house.

I have been testing the Celestron AUX driver in the last couple of days using my real mount and the CCD simulator to be weather independent while it is cloudy outside. I can reproduce the tracking problems using the Nearest Plugin simply by doing continuous exposures using the simulator. You can clearly see the start wandering out of the frame. Once I switched to the Internal plugin those problems went away.

Christian
Celestron 130 SLT, ZWO 224, Orion Accufocus, Stellarmate / Astroberry
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