I'm new to LInux, INDI, KStars and Ekos. I have an Avalon LInear mount with StarGO system. I've read the 'Avalon mzero Stargo with lx200 protocol' thread and would like to try the Avalon INDI driver. I haven't posted in that thread as I didn't want to dilute it with beginner questions.
Can I just check should I follow the README instructions here to compile and install the driver?
I tried to run the first command from the Readme file:
But got a 'Repository not found' error. I then saw the 'ken-self-sync' branch in the online repository. I had a look online for how to get that and ran this command:
git clone --single-branch -b ken-self-sync
I think that has worked as I have an INDI folder in my home directory and it includes '/3rdparty/indi-avalon/'
So I think I can attempt the compile and install using these commands from the Readme:
mkdir -p build/indi-avalon
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug ../../3rdparty/indi-avalon
sudo make install
Before I try the compile and install can I just check, have I got the files for the correct version with the 'ken-self-sync' branch?
Also I found the Drivers.xml file in usr/share/INDI/ I think that's the one I need to update with the Driver. I just need to add the below entry. Is that correct?
Think I am correct in saying go ahead and compile BUT dont do the make install bit - at least you will know if it compiles ok. Then if you have got the correct version you only have to do the SUDO make install which links and copies the files to the "live" directory at which time you should see the driver info when your start Indi Devcies so you can comfort yourself its loading the correct version.
I might be wrong with the bit after the SUDO Make etc as I have never used the Avalon driver - Hope it works
I was able to successfully compile and install the driver. I also edited the drivers file too. Then connected the Linear to my laptop. I was able to connect to the mount from Ekos without an issue. I synced to the home position then picked a couple of starts in KStars and slewed to them both without any issues. This was indoors, but I could see the mount moved to the expected position to point at each star. I left the mount tracking for about 10 minutes. That was also fine. Finally I parked the mount and disconnected again no issues. So a successful test
I'll test the guiding next. Is pulse guiding supported or should I use an ST4 cable? Also can I use the internal guider?
P.S I really appreciate the effort that has gone into the driver. I'm so pleased to be able to use the Avalon LInear with KStars and Ekos.
You can use pulse guiding. That's all I've ever tested it with. It should work with the internal guider but I use PHD2 myself.
Any issues or feature requests just post on the forum. I usually log in daily. Current work in progress is on some of the more esoteric features and also on Stargo focusing.
It would be nice to get the driver stabilised and fully incorporated into INDI
I would think so. I've been using it for months now without issues. I'm working (slowly) on some of the less common functions but that should not stop mainstream use. Wolfgang is working on the focuser code so not sure where that is at.
I use tle avalonStarGo driver for a while, and I did not encounter any problem. I use the mount functions, not the focuser function.
I think it is a good idea to add now avalonstarGo driver to the main indi repository.
Thanks for the work.
good to hear that the driver is working with others as well. I have been using it now for several months and the telescope part should be mature enough to be published.
Since I got support from Avalon during developing the driver, I would like to ask them for an OK to push it to the main repository. The next week I will be awfully busy, but Christmas holidays are in sight