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INDI Library v1.9.6 Released (21 May 2022)

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

Wishlist: Comet/Asteroid shift lock position to PHD2 and internal guider.

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I've believe I just worked out how to calculate the change in apparent position of a moving celestial body, such as a comet or asteroid. PHD2 uses this for tracking comets in units of arcsec/hour to slowly shift the lock position.
Dec motion is easy, it's just the difference in Dec position between two time samples.
Ra motion is a bit trickier but I believe it goes by this formula.
(15*dRa)*COS(DECpos*Pi/180)
15 x Difference in Ra x Cosine(Current Dec Position x 3.14159 / 180)

My hope is the ability to calculate this within the guide module and pass it onto PHD2 and internal guider for comet tracking. Similar to the way Cartes Du Ciel can. But we can have a find object popup in the guide module to choose the target we wish to follow.
I've also noticed with calculated rates provided by the Minor Planet Ephemeris Service, that the rates can change significantly in a short period of time on fast moving comets. So I also propose periodically updating the lock position shift rate automatically.
Thank you developers for diligently making KStars more and more capable.
INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 4, 4gb
Raspbian Buster with AstroPi3 script configuration
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG/ASI120mm @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Waveshare Stepper Motor Board - DIY Focuser
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.
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