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INDI Library v1.8.5 Released (19 Apr 2020)

April 2020 release of INDI Library v1.8.5 introduces new drivers while providing fixes and improvements to existing devices and core framework.

Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto?

2 months 2 weeks ago
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #54393
FTDI is an American product as far as I know. You should be able to find a supplier in the USA, like Mauser Electronics.

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2 months 2 weeks ago 2 months 2 weeks ago by JonCarleton.
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #54394
Gubi: Your link sent me to a site which indicated a US option, but in communicating with the vendor, I found them to be in Taiwan. Not a big issue for me. I get a lot from that area...it takes a bit longer, but I've had good results overall.

By the way, mouser.com does have a USB->FTDI TTL 3.3V adapter cable in stock.

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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #54395
Scottish :-) been around 20+yrs

RPI3 Ubuntu 16.04 / AMD desktop Kstars under Ubuntu 16.04 Mounts :azeq6 ,SWAZGoTo

RPI3 Fedora testing out on AMD desktop Fedpra 28 - running kstars 2.9.4 , Indilib 1.7.4 ?????

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2 months 2 weeks ago
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #54396
Hmm. Mouser out of stock. That surprises me (from here I don't see Mouser US, the site drops me directly to Mouser EU...).
This is a quite commonly used item in microkontroller world.

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2 months 2 weeks ago 2 months 2 weeks ago by JonCarleton.
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #54410
No...you misunderstood. Mouser.com HAS them in stock. It is just that I already ordered.

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1 month 3 weeks ago
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #55736
I have forgotten to share the good news with you: we were managed to fix UDP connection in indi_skywatcherAltAzMount and indi_skywatcherAltAzSimple drivers. The patch has been merged into the github tree. I have no idea when will it get it's way into the precompiled packages, but it is not hard to compile the github tree, just follow the instructions in the main README.
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1 month 3 weeks ago
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #55751
Excellent News!

I spent a good deal of time fighting with WireShark and NOT seeing any UDP traffic between the SynScan App and my mount. I know it works, but I can't see the traffic. Very odd indeed. On top of that, I have always been suspicious of my SynScan App, and the other night, just as I got Bode's galaxy dialed in and shot the first 2 of 50 images, it went bonkers and sent the scope 10 degrees down and a few degrees right. No apparent reason, as the tablet wasn't even touched.

All that said, I'm anxious to say goodbye to the tablet and that app. I'll test the indi mount drivers as soon as I get a little time...perhaps this weekend. I am not great in C, but I can manage a simple compile. I'm old enough to have had to compile operating systems on each new computer with which I became involved (and load the initial program start address into the program counter, mash run and cross your fingers).

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1 month 2 weeks ago
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #55768
It is not easy to analize WPA protected WiFi traffic, the sniffer must run on one end of the conversation. In this case you cannot run it on the mount, so it must be the device running the synscan app. The traffic is definitely there, I was able to monitor it, running both the wireshark and synscan on windows.

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1 month 2 weeks ago
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #55785
Yep, that's my issue. I don't run Windows...haven't since 1990. I did manage to see a bit of it running a sniffer on the tablet running the SynScan App, but it was a pretty limited sniffer. Enought to see there was traffic, but not enough to catalog. I am excited to try the new indi drivers for Alt/Az. Thank you once again!

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1 month 2 weeks ago 1 month 2 weeks ago by CityAstroDude.
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #55881
Hello,

Note: I solved my issue - I found the UI through KStars and was able to get things going.
Plus, I figured out how to get the server setup in the UI - took a bit of fiddling but I got it going.

Thanks,
Brett

=== older post ===
Hello,

I am doing a little digging on how to setup my AZ GTI over WIFI with astroberry (if possible).

When I look here:
AZ GTi
It seems that I should be able to set this up.

What I am unclear on with the astroberry system is:
1) What UI do I use to setup the connection?
2) When looking at the astroberry UI through the web interface that says: "Remote Driver" and shows a sample string of "driver1@removehost1" - do I need to fill something in there?

A few notes on my overall goals:
1) To have the RPi4 do guiding, and image acquisition
2) Use a PC in the house to
a) run Stellarium to find and target items
b) to do stacking of images as they come in
(i'm open to having the RPi4 do this... but figured maybe a PC would handle the load better...)

Notes on my configuration:
1) RPI 4
2) Latest astroberry setup as of yesterday
3) AS GTi running on my network - I can connect to it via my iPhone and my Windows setups with the app

Other thoughts:
1) Some good news I thought was:
a) I've got my camera working with the capture software --- so that is super cool!
b) I am able to connect up to the RPi4 and everything seems to be running well on the software side
2) I have done work with SharpCap Pro on and have had the system running in the past on that setup, but would like to have the system guide and do it's thing without the need to have my PC connected all the time... and... I happen to have an RPi4 - so what the heck - thought i'd try it out. :)

Any thoughts, suggestions, pointers to tutorials/walkthrough I missed are all greatly appreciated!

Thank you for your time and help,
Brett

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1 month 2 weeks ago
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #55885
There are grreat tutorials on youtube: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn_g58xBk...P34aR5midrDXx2TBbFPg
It is about StellarMate, but it is useful for Astroberry too.
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1 month 2 weeks ago 1 month 2 weeks ago by JonCarleton.
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Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto? #55940
I was able to test the updated indi_skywatcherAltAzMount and indi_skywatcherAltAzSimple on my SkyWatcher 250P Dobsonian GOTO yesterday. Both communicated flawlessly for connectivity over the WiFi UDP connection. For my mount, both had some issues with control and operation that I will describe. However, the AltAzSimple seemed to be nearly serviceable if I am correct about the problem.

AltAzMount:
I preferred the features in this, but it didn't point the scope properly. Upon unpark, it would immediately slew 180 degrees clockwise and 25 degrees up. Afterward, slew to any position was low (Alt), sometimes to the point of hitting the mount if not aborted. I could not find the reason for this initial slew nor could I correct the inaccuracy. There was also a mismatch between the SkyWatcher position indicator on the kstars display and actual position. I tried various methods of syncing, but never had reliable results. There was also a bug in the status reporting on the main Ekos panel in kstars. It didn't update properly and frequently showed the scope as parked when it was not and when the Indi panel showed unparked.

AltAzSimple:
This worked "out of the box" more or less as expected. No real surprises. The only issue I had was that the actual scope Alt position seemed to increase slightly with each Goto. For example, moving from Polaris to Capella, Sirius and finally back to Polaris, the scope was actually pointing 5 degrees higher than the target, though the kstars Skywatcher position indicator showed it centered on the star and reported the correct position. I use a very accurate level indicator and a compass with my scope for initial setup and testing and am confident in these results and their repeatability. The increase in Alt was not from a single move, but cumulative, adding a small increase with each move. Azmuth seemed to be reliable through all the positioning.

Is it possible that the motor values for the Alt motor are slightly incorrect for my mount, or is that queried from the mount on startup? For that matter, if you have a solution for the AltAzMount issues I mentioned, I do prefer that version.

Either way, THANK YOU! I am up and running without the evil, despicable, nasty, awful Synscan hand unit. I can live with a few degrees of adjustment and resync if I must.

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