Jeff Wilson replied to the topic 'New Raspberry pi 4 anounced' in the forum. 3 months ago

Chris,
You might give the official SD formatter a try.

www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter/

Jeff

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Jeff Wilson replied to the topic 'USB3 may force me to move off of Raspberry Pi' in the forum. 5 months ago

I actually use armbian on my Rock64. I am surprised to hear that Indi/Ekos won’t run on rasbian.

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Jeff Wilson replied to the topic 'USB3 may force me to move off of Raspberry Pi' in the forum. 5 months ago

You now have the option of usb 3 on RPi 4.
I am currently running on Rock64. It took quite a while for all the drivers to become stable, but my Rock64 seems to do a good job now with my two QHY cameras (163M and 5L-II-M).

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Jeff Wilson replied to the topic 'New Raspberry pi 4 anounced' in the forum. 5 months ago

Looks like all the US distributors are out of stock on the 4GB version for at least a month. That being said, the RPi3 only had 1GB of RAM and still ran Ekos. The 2GB version should be sufficient for Stellarmate...

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Jeff Wilson replied to the topic 'polar alignment assistant: total success' in the forum. 5 months ago

I am not seeing an Auto mode for the polar alignment, and for some reason my AVX doesn’t move for the second and third images. Thoughts?

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Jeff Wilson created a new topic ' Default logs location' in the forum. 8 months ago

In the main Ekos interface, there is a Logs button in section "2. Start & Stop Ekos". This button opens a Configure-KStars dialog. The Open Logs Directory button points to ~/.local/share/kstars/logs.

In the main Ekos interface, there is a Ekos Options button in section "2. Start & Stop Ekos". This button opens a different Configure-KStars dialog. Following the INDI navigation item at the left, the Show INDI Logs button points to ~/.indi/logs.

At least on my system, the ending "logs" part of both of those paths is missing, and the logs are placed in the parent directory. I am not sure if these are bugs or if some data left on my system is pointing to the wrong locations.

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Jeff Wilson replied to the topic 'Celestron Motorised Focuser - Is it supported in EKOS yet' in the forum. 9 months ago

Through the HC’s Menu->Utilities, you can get to an option for adding the focuser. I have been building a Arduino-GPS device that connects through the AUX port, and if you try to turn the focuser option on, you can see the serial traffic where the HC is searching for a reply from the focuser.

The HC broadcasts a “hey, are you there?” to all the AUX devices (that includes the motor boards) and only the appropriate one sends a reply.

I suspect most owners of this focuser will already be celestron mount owners. Consequently, they will probably already be connecting their PC through the HC for mount control, and the focuser will be connected via AUX. I’d “focus” on getting communication through the HC’s USB/serial port first. After that, move to a direct USB-focuser module.

I’m being a bit selfish since I plan on making and AUX-Arduino focuser that implements Celestron’s AUX protocol. If INDI’s control goes through the HC, I can ditch my current focuser’s USB and just have AUX/RJ12 cables to the mount.

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Jeff Wilson replied to the topic 'Celestron Motorised Focuser - Is it supported in EKOS yet' in the forum. 10 months ago

ChrisRowland wrote: ... but I don't see any benefit, especially as the Arduino already has a perfectly good USB interface that allows it to connect independently. The internal protocol uses the same commands but is different to the passthrough protocol used by the HC.

One benefit is not needing to occupy another USB port, especially if you are running on a RPi (or Rcok64 in my case) and already taking up a lot of ports. On nights when I am not imaging, I’d still be able to motor focus without needing to hook a computer or battery up to the focuser. I also like to tinker, which is probably the best/honest reply.

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Jeff Wilson replied to the topic 'Celestron motorized focuser' in the forum. 10 months ago

We have another thread going on this topic. indilib.org/forum/general/4470-celestron...ted-in-ekos-yet.html
There is some info on the device ID and motor commands. I have started tinkering, mostly to see if I can control my DIY Arduino focuser through the hand control.

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Jeff Wilson replied to the topic 'Celestron Motorised Focuser - Is it supported in EKOS yet' in the forum. 10 months ago

I saw the press release for this focuser, and I got pretty excited. One of my first thoughts was also, “will it work in Ekos?” @ChrisRowland’s post gives me hope. It also makes me wonder if my Arduino-based focuser could be modified such that control could be achieved through the AUX rather than a separate USB cable. (RJ-12 jack and some soldering required)

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This looks like a cool project. I had been thinking about using a Tic T834 and pancake stepper motor to keep a low profile, although it would be more expensive. Right now I use an Arduino (nano) setup with can stepper.

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