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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request

1 year 8 months ago 1 year 8 months ago by Fellside.
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #23469
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I did contact Sitech and was told that the driver would be available around Christmas. The question has resonantly been asked again on the Sitech Yarhoo group. It seems Sitech have a working INDI driver but other (paid) work may be getting in the way of further development. I suggest you join the Yarhoo group and add your voice to others on there who would like to use the INDI driver. There was some suggestion by Sitech that " I'll take a few folks that want it to work under INDI, and help get them going" ?
I think that if an INDI driver were to become available a lot of users would go through the perceived pain of switching to Linux. There always complaints and problems with Win 10 updates etc.
After email conversations with Sitech I went ahead and purchased my Mesu 200. It is increasingly looking like I may have to use windows. Everything else I have works very well with INDI, Kstars.
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1 year 8 months ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #23472

Fellside wrote: After email conversations with Sitech I went ahead and purchased my Mesu 200. It is increasingly looking like I may have to use windows. Everything else I have works very well with INDI, Kstars.


This is why I asked. I'm looking to do a mount upgrade (soon-ish) and if the mount doesn't support INDI right now, I'm not even going to consider it. I got burnt with a focuser I thought was going to get INDI support, but never has, so now I'm going to "vote" with my wallet. You don't support INDI, you don't get my money.
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8 months 3 weeks ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #35196
Please excuse me if this is not the place to post this question. This is my first post as I joined the forum on reading this thread. Is the Sitech INDI driver available for the Mesu mount 200 yet?

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8 months 3 weeks ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #35213
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The Indi driver has not appeared yet. There has been talk about a linux version of the software (not Indy) but it seems to be a low priority. I went ahead and brought the Mesu as the Sitech guys told me the Indy driver was only months away. As LAZJEN Says above it very easy to get burned by software promises.
The best thing is to contact the yahoo.com SiTechservo group and post you request there. It may be a good idea to contact Mesu and say that its a deal breaker that you have an Indy driver available before you buy the mount. Loss of sales might do change there minds.
The mesu 200 is very very good and the Sitech driver works well. You wont regret buying one. Its all the Win 10 hassle that you don't need.
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8 months 3 weeks ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #35215
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I have posted a question to the Sitech Yahoo group.
Back it up with a few posts and they may think there is a need for a Indy Driver if the thread is active with requests from prospective users.
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8 months 3 weeks ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #35216
Thanks Fellside
I use sitech on a win 7 laptop, at least that is less painful than win 10. There are only two other reasons I have Windows, Sharpcap and PHD2. I would dearly like to replace PHD2 with EKOS.
With an INDI deiver I would only have to boot Win 7 for Sharpcap.

As it is I find that having built a Sitech 40 star sky map and use all terms good go to and tracking is the norm. EKOS woild improve my guiding life by a large margin.
Graham I just saw your post. Good idea but joining yahoo groups with no cell phone coverage is a not practical. I have tried and managed to do so (Mesu mount group) but input there after is impossible.

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8 months 3 weeks ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #35219
Hi Chris
I think you can use PHD2 instead of the EKOS internal guider. Please try to post to the Sitech group. The more requests the better.
I miss using my Raspberry pi`s with EKOS and the reliability of Linux. I am on Win 10 and have been caught out by Win updates:(
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8 months 3 weeks ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #35299
Ok
If you read the Yahoo group you will see that Dan Gray the Sitech developer has published files and a walk through of how he installed the driver. He has requested help/volunteers with making the files easier to install for the average user.
So it looks like its almost there. So if you have any experience of Indi drivers and getting them ready to install. There is a Github to go to.
github.com/JeffRossMT/sitech-indi-driver
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8 months 3 weeks ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #35304
Interesting developments.

I looked at the repo, and saw this file: github.com/JeffRossMT/sitech-indi-driver...ope_sitechReadMe.txt

Point 4 is interesting - it seems to imply you need to run an app somewhere on the network on what I assume is a windows box. Am I wrong?

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8 months 3 weeks ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #35318
Right, I already opened an issue there. I was excited first to see a "simple" command set, then realized this depends on some Windows app, so we're back to square 1.

There is documentation for the serial low level interface, but developing a driver for this without hardware would be very difficult if not impossible.

Can anyone send me the contact information for sidereal technology to see if I can reach some arrangement with them?

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8 months 3 weeks ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #35319
Hi Jasem,

Have you looked at the Yahoo group groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SiTechservo/info

There is a walk through on how to set the driver up but as you say it mentions

" Run SiTechExe on any machine on your local intra-net. Make sure it’s initialized.
Make sure you know the INDI port number in the SiTechExe configuration.
In SiTechExe, It’s on the misc tab in the /config/change config/ on the lower left part of the page.
You can change it if you want."

SiTechExe mentioned appears to be on a Win machine. I can confirm that the Indi pot number tab already exists on my Win version of SiTechExe. This need clarifying with Dan Gray.

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8 months 3 weeks ago
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Mesu Mount 200 Driver Request #35321
Thanks, I just emailed Dan about this.

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