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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB

1 year 8 months ago
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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #34787
One possibility, can you try using the beta version of kstars for Mac 3.1.0 that I posted about a week ago to see if the problem exists there too? You might have an older version of the focuslynx.

Also, before connecting to a focus boss, I found it to be helpful to uncheck the requires sync option (don’t remember what it is called) because the focus boss already knows it’s position and doesn’t need a sync from the driver before use

But I did connect over usb just fine to it
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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #34792
Hi Rob,
thank you for not leaving me stranded on this...
I'll do as soon as I get home from work and will keep you posted
Cheers
Antonio

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1 year 8 months ago
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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #34799
Well for me at least, I have just had quite a bit to do recently. In January I had to completely remake a website at the same time that I had to finish up my students grades at the same time I was trying to rewrite the KStars for Mac build script. So I haven't had a lot of extra time to look into things like this. But now I should be able to get to them.
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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #34811
Busy man...

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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #34815
If you need me to do so, on Tuesday I can hook my Mac up to a Focus Boss and see what all my setting are.
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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #34896
Hi Rob,
I though the main problem I had was KStars not recognising my USB-RS232 adapter that Optec/Starlight have been so kind to include with the package.
So I went to FTDI website and downloaded the driver.
Now instead of a generic /dev/cu.usbserial, KStars sees /dev/cu.usbserial-A504AP6U, which is the USB device showing in my Mac's System Information.
Happy as a baby I tried to connect... nothing
TTY timeout
Changed the BAUD rate to all the available ones from 9600 to 230400...nothing
VERY frustrating
I can't get my head around this, but my knowledge of this things is like Shakespeare to an ant...
Log attached
Please, help!
Thank you
Antonio

P.S: maybe a Timeviewer session with you controlling my Mac could be in order, so you can see what's happening...


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1 year 7 months ago
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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #35628
And once again the thread got dead...

Is anyone able to help me?
The focuser (or lack thereof) is the only thing keeping me from fully automating my sessions.
A little help would be nice to have

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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #35646
I'm sorry, I've just been very busy. I should be able to help you in about a week or so. I have a lot of things on my plate right now, but in about a week, my time should increase quite a bit.

Thanks,

Rob

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8 months 2 weeks ago
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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #49096
Antonio
I'm having the very same problem as you reported.
Have you found the solution for your problem, I'd be glad if you could post it here, if you solved it.
Thomas

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8 months 2 weeks ago
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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #49123
Hi tompfe,
no, not really. I've ended up only using the StellarMate (which, BTW, is an excellent device), and, not receiving much support from the coders here, gave up on the pursuit of perfection.
But if you pester them enough, I reckon they might tackle this issue again.
It's not that they are lazy, it's just that for them is unpaid charity work, so they have to do it in their spare time.
And astronomical vendors aren't making things easy for them, with their idiotic focus on Windows-only support.
Apple is not cooperating either, with their habit of throwing wrenches into low-level USB access with every iteration of their MacOS and their secretive attitude.

Unfortunately, this winter I haven't been able to use my telescopes even once, due to bad conditions (transparency, seeing, clouds, you name it), so I'm kinda out of touch with the whole issue.
Good luck, and please keep me informed of any developments
Cheers
Antonio

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8 months 2 weeks ago
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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #49351
Antonio,

Except for the "pester them" (a human does it's best when he is motivated and not when he is pestered) I agree with you.
The problem we are facing is most probably a problem of the Mac itself and therefore the possibilities for support from this forum is limited.

I'd like to ask another question here.
The FocusLynx can also be connected with an ethernet connection. I tried this but cannot make a successful connection. Can anybody quickly explain me what the "ethernet connection mode" in Indi's Focusser tab means? I start Ekos with the "local mode". Does this not mean that all devices it manages are connected locally and directly to my Mac? But Indi expects an IP and a port for a ethernet connection which seems to me like being a remote connection. I entered my Mac's IP address and Indi's port but the connection didn't succeed. I'm using a normal ethernet cable without a router and hook FocusLynx to the Mac directly.
Shouldn't it be possible to connect FocusLynx with ethernet to a local mode Ekos/Indi service?

A good day to everybody
Thomas

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8 months 2 weeks ago
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Focuslynx/Focus Boss not connecting to MacOS via USB #49353
Sorry I know I said I would help with this soon, but I have been busy trying to fix an issue for some people with non-homebrew installations of python on OS X. They can't plate solve. Also I need to make a DMG for 3.4.0. As soon as all this is done, I promise I will take a look at this.

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