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Celestron AUX 2nd try

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OK so I upgraded to SM 1.5.3. I’ve been trying to use the new AUX driver. Now I have an AVX and I’m not sure it’s supported?

I’ve been able to connect to the scope using the same USB connector to the handset. It doesn’t require me to do any alignment. And I can connect and slew. So this is good.

But from this point I run into issues. I would expect to plate solve and sync and then the avx would get it’s coordinates. I would then be able to see the crosshairs in Kstars. I’ve been using the AUX connector with the simulators. I set the scope to home position.

There is RA and Dec info under the EQ coordinates. When I try and set these the mount slews but only RA, not Dec. in the description of the beta there is mention of connecting via the handset, but then there is a point that says the handset can confuse Ekos. Could this be what is happening?

Let me know if I can provide logs to help.

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Croz wrote: OK so I upgraded to SM 1.5.3. I’ve been trying to use the new AUX driver. Now I have an AVX and I’m not sure it’s supported?

I’ve been able to connect to the scope using the same USB connector to the handset. It doesn’t require me to do any alignment. And I can connect and slew. So this is good.

But from this point I run into issues. I would expect to plate solve and sync and then the avx would get it’s coordinates. I would then be able to see the crosshairs in Kstars. I’ve been using the AUX connector with the simulators. I set the scope to home position.

There is RA and Dec info under the EQ coordinates. When I try and set these the mount slews but only RA, not Dec. in the description of the beta there is mention of connecting via the handset, but then there is a point that says the handset can confuse Ekos. Could this be what is happening?

Let me know if I can provide logs to help.


Pretty sure you need to two star align your mount via the handset first, then use Kstars to sync with plate solving. What you are writing about is more of an EQMOD Synta mount behavior.

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Jim

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2 weeks 5 days ago
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Check out hype description for Celestron AUX under the INDI drivers. The beta is described as the EQMOD for Celestron. No handset needed. The driver is now available in SM 1.5.3, so it looks to be out of beta.

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If you want to help debug this your best bet is to contact the author directly, their email is in the sources.

From what I can see this is designed for an alt az mounted scope, not a polar mounted scope such as an AVX.

The driver looks like early beta to me, really only of use for testing and debugging.

All mounts need to have some sort of alignment so the relationship between axis positions and celestial positions can be determined. This need not be more than specifying the initial pointing direction, mount type, position and time. With an AVX using the HC set the mount to the index marks - counterweight down, dec 90 - and do a quick align.

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2 weeks 4 days ago 2 weeks 4 days ago by jws_indi.
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Croz wrote: Check out hype description for Celestron AUX under the INDI drivers. The beta is described as the EQMOD for Celestron. No handset needed. The driver is now available in SM 1.5.3, so it looks to be out of beta.


Went to site and this was the only thing I saw. Am I missing another site?

indi_celestron_aux is not included with indi-full by default. It is a new separate driver and at the moment must be installed from source. You can install current version of the driver from the Nightly INDI PPA. for Ubuntu 16.04 or newer. It will probably migrate int main PPA at next release. This driver is a full replacement for the NexStar Evolution driver which will be discontinued in the near future.

Warning: This is a new, beta-quality driver and should be treated as such. There are no known functional issues with it and only one long-runtime-stability issue. Nevertheless, the driver should not be left operational unattended.

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2 weeks 4 days ago
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Celestron AUX 2nd try #57405
StellarMate OS v1.5.3 is out! Major Highlights:

+ Raspberry PI4 8GB variant Support.
+ Mount Bluetooth Pairing.
+ Mallincam cameras support.
+ High Continuous Gain (HCG) support for multiple cameras.
+ New Celestron Auxiliary driver (no handset!)
+ Canon CR3 format support.
+ Preliminary support for RPI High Quality Camera.
+ New Native Pentax DSLR drivers.
+ Always-on Hotspot mode.
+ Updated INDI Library v1.8.6 and KStars 3.4.3.

I am now using 1.5.3 and can verify that the driver is included in the standard build. The questions I have are does it support the AVX. Although the beta description was that this driver was tested with two of the Celestron mounts. That does not mean those are the only two mounts that it supports. CPC EQ mount was the other model. So not just for alt az mounts.

I have messaged the two people listed on the beta, earlier today.

If we can get this working this could be a major benefit to all Celestron users. I can’t be the only one interested in this driver. This is like EQMOD for the Celestron mounts. If the driver is included in the standard SM build, my expectation is that we should be getting support on how to use it.

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2 weeks 4 days ago 2 weeks 4 days ago by jws_indi.
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Croz wrote: StellarMate OS v1.5.3 is out! Major Highlights:

+ Raspberry PI4 8GB variant Support.
+ Mount Bluetooth Pairing.
+ Mallincam cameras support.
+ High Continuous Gain (HCG) support for multiple cameras.
+ New Celestron Auxiliary driver (no handset!)
+ Canon CR3 format support.
+ Preliminary support for RPI High Quality Camera.
+ New Native Pentax DSLR drivers.
+ Always-on Hotspot mode.
+ Updated INDI Library v1.8.6 and KStars 3.4.3.

I am now using 1.5.3 and can verify that the driver is included in the standard build. The questions I have are does it support the AVX. Although the beta description was that this driver was tested with two of the Celestron mounts. That does not mean those are the only two mounts that it supports. CPC EQ mount was the other model. So not just for alt az mounts.

I have messaged the two people listed on the beta, earlier today.

If we can get this working this could be a major benefit to all Celestron users. I can’t be the only one interested in this driver. This is like EQMOD for the Celestron mounts. If the driver is included in the standard SM build, my expectation is that we should be getting support on how to use it.


I have a Celestron CGX mount, trust me I'm interested but I do not have a NexStar Evolution or CPC mount, these are the Alt-Az mounts that Celestron sells. I was looking at the AUX, RJ45 and RS-232 connections and the requirements. These have strict voltage requirements, I would be very careful with this setup.

Note: I had to send my AVX back to Celestron years ago due to the strict voltage requirements. The older versions if you inadvertently connected the HC controller to the DEC motor board or AUX it would short circuit the DEC board. They have since redone the plug configuration for the DEC motor board but the voltage requirements are still in place and if you fail to follow them, it will burn a board out.

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Jim

Celestron CGX, QSI683 Astrodon Gen 2 E series LRGB, Ha, OIII, ES102CF, ZWO-ASI178MC, 60mm guide scope, Pegasus Focus Cube 2, Feather Touch Focuser.

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2 weeks 4 days ago
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Celestron AUX is designed to work without the Hand Controller. The HC can be used only as transparent connection port.

This driver uses the alignment procedures offered by Ekos that are based on the alignment subsystem of the indilib.
See the Align tab of Ekos. There is several documentation around.
This is the first step to see correct coordinates in your scope.
Remember that an alignment with ta least two stars can automatically establish if your mount is equatorial or altazimuth oriented.

I developed the serial connection for the driver on my CPC 1100 that has only serials, no USB.
If the AVX mount slew with manual commands from Ekos, this is really good. meaning that the AVX mount can be added to the supported list.

A question: which cable and port are you using? USB or RJ connector? If RJ, how many contacts has the connector?

Fabrizio

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2 weeks 4 days ago 2 weeks 4 days ago by jws_indi.
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Fabrizio wrote: Celestron AUX is designed to work without the Hand Controller. The HC can be used only as transparent connection port.

This driver uses the alignment procedures offered by Ekos that are based on the alignment subsystem of the indilib.
See the Align tab of Ekos. There is several documentation around.
This is the first step to see correct coordinates in your scope.
Remember that an alignment with ta least two stars can automatically establish if your mount is equatorial or altazimuth oriented.

I developed the serial connection for the driver on my CPC 1100 that has only serials, no USB.
If the AVX mount slew with manual commands from Ekos, this is really good. meaning that the AVX mount can be added to the supported list.

A question: which cable and port are you using? USB or RJ connector? If RJ, how many contacts has the connector?

Fabrizio


Outstanding job Fabrizio, thank you Sir.

Croz is using the Celestron AVX German Equatorial Mount, driver information says it is tested with the Evolution and CPC models only at this time?????



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Fabrizio,

Thanks for your reply. I am connecting to the SM pi4 via the USB to the AVX handset. This is the same way I would connect when using the old driver. When I use the telescope control in EKOS and manually slew it works on the AVX. I had a different mount before that use serial, The AVX uses the older mini USB that connects at the bottom of the handset.

I start off by pointing the AVX roughly towards Polaris. With the AVX in home position, and at the index marks and weights down... but over the last few days I’ve been testing in the day with the simulators.

When I plates solve and sync, it does not overwrite the coordinates already listed under Telescope coordinates JNOW in EKOS. Even though that the solve worked correctly. The AVX mount is the only real accessory plugged into SM. All other components are simulators. Is there anything that is needed to be manually added under the INDI configuration? In the alignment tab everything is empty.

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2 weeks 4 days ago 2 weeks 4 days ago by jws_indi.
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Celestron AUX 2nd try #57412

Croz wrote:
CPC EQ mount was the other model. So not just for alt az mounts.


CPC is an Alt-Az mount.

www.celestron.com/collections/cpc-computerized-telescopes

The Evolution is the single yoke GoTo and the CPC are the dual yoke GoTo telescopes


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Jim

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Celestron AUX 2nd try #57437
A mount and a ccd, even simulated, it is the minimum required for alignment with Ekos.

Take into account that the driver was more extensively tested in altazimuth mode with real images by the driver core developer Pawel T. Jochym, because his scope is altazimuth.
In these days, I'm doing more alignment tests on the driver in equatorial mode. Since my scope is off site now, for some maintenance, I'm working with ccd simulator. When I have some results, I'll post them.

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