wotalota replied to the topic 'Weather station connection to Ekos' in the forum. 1 month ago

www.indilib.org/individuals/devices/weather-stations.html

When it comes to detecting bad weather conditions and parking the mount and closing things down you can consider using more than one of the weather options. 'Weather Safety Proxy' will consider input from up to 4 other named weather stations.

The WeeWX driver is another option, it supports some different weather stations including the Davis Pro.

With some DYI (Arduino wiring and coding glue) you can also supplement with individual local sensors. For example the Davis uses a rain bucket while an RG11 sensor can detect the slightest drops of rain. When adding a local sensor such as a RG11 rain detector using the 'Weather Meta' is handy. Then Weather Meta can be one of the inputs Weather Proxy considers.

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wotalota replied to the topic 'Rpi GPIO Driver crashes' in the forum. 1 month ago

Just came across this one in case it can be of use in the meantime.
indilib.org/develop/indiforjava/i4jdrive...-pi-gpio-driver.html

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wotalota replied to the topic 'INDI driver for Rpi GPIO pins?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Under Auxiliary > Other there is the rpigpio driver, it uses the pigpio service.
/Tom

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wotalota replied to the topic 'Weather safety proxy' in the forum. 4 months ago

Joshua,

Some things to look at to get started. Get the telescope in a safe position.

The watchdog is the key the weather proxy will notify it when notified weather critical. Install & run the watchdog timer. Is the telescope below the roofline safe or able to be parked. At the moment I'm actually not quite sure how to interpret the mount policy mount locks in the watchdog. I use mount ignored finding that the other settings first parks the mount then the roof. I would first experiment with mount locks. To discover how it interacts.



Set the watchdog triggers and the shutdown action checkboxes


In the INDI mount set the Dome Policy, can you unpark the mount when the roof is closed, or does a parked roof block.


Now the other way around in whatever roof control you are using can it close when the mount is unparked or must it wait for the parking to complete. I have a small scope installed so it is showing mount ignored and the roof parks without waiting on the mount to complete its park. You will probably want the setting 'mount locks'.


See if that gets it going.
/Tom

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Perhaps the easiest DYI path is to select a commercial garage or sliding gate opener. One that has uses one or two buttons to activate open or close. You first install and get that working reliably to operate the roof. Then you interface INDI with the controller rather than a particular motor. All the interface has to do is close a relay that parallels the controller's normal switch.

You could then try the INDI scripting interface and see how you get along.

A bit expensive but one of the more impressive (industrial strength) DYI installs I have seen is entry #20 at:
www.cloudynights.com/topic/816370-aleko-...-reliable-openclose/
He uses an ASCOM driver and scripts that he offers to share and from which I imagine an INDI solution could be formed.

Some comments from a view of using the rolloffino driver.
It is a DIY solution, both the hardware and any Arduino software changes is up to the user. So should be comfortable making at least minor Arduino code changes and loading them onto the board. One thing to understand is the INDI driver just sends open/close requests and asks are you done yet. It does not know what is going on at the other end. Using a roof controller takes care of stopping the roof when it gets to the end of its run.

I use a Arduino Uno R2 with a relay shield attached on top. They have a new higher performance 3.3V based Uno R3, and it can work with the 5 volt shields. If using a roof controller and you choose a shield that matches the default settings in the Arduino then might not need to make changes just load the example code. One thing nice with the Arduino is that it has been running from year to year without any intervention. Power outages seem to always cause manual intervention except for the Arduino it just reboots restarts and chugs along.

I am not happy with my own install because it does not have soft start/stop.
With a heavy roof it is a bit too rough. Depending on the size of the observatory Aleko offer 3 openers with soft start/stop. The stronger ones were sold out last time I looked.

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wotalota replied to the topic 'Nikon 1 V3' in the forum. 4 months ago

I don't have a setup to test, so I'll ask for understanding, perhaps to narrow the problem statement. In the INDI interface if you use the up/down arrows on the exposure value does the value increment/decrement in values that match those built into the camera? If so then the follow up is do those values work.

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wotalota replied to the topic 'Nikon 1 V3' in the forum. 4 months ago

Is it the case that in INDI you have to match one of the camera's predefined exposure wheel selections (even though you use bulb mode)?

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wotalota replied to the topic 'Nikon 1 V3' in the forum. 4 months ago

My settings are: in INDI do not enable force bulb. On the camera enable both manual and bulb mode.
If testing in daylight try INDI exposure of 0.001 secs. Does the camera start exposure?

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wotalota replied to the topic 'Nikon 1 V3' in the forum. 4 months ago

I have a mirrored Nikon and use the INDI Nikon driver. I would not be able set the camera exposure to 3 seconds and at the same time use bulb mode as in your original example. They are different selections on the same camera control. I have both Manual AND bulb mode selected when using INDI. In the INDI control tab I run without bulb mode being forced (don't know if that makes a difference).



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I submitted a driver in April which also appeared in 3rdparty area but not provided in /usr/bin from indi-full install. I am waiting for the next release expected soon to see if it appears.
www.indilib.org/forum/development/13281-...3rdparty-driver.html

When I ran nou's build the driver would be installed.
git clone gitea.nouspiro.space/nou/astro-soft-build

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wotalota replied to the topic 'Adding a 3rdparty driver' in the forum. 9 months ago

It appears it did not build for v2.02, it is included in the source area but not available in the Ekos profile and missing in /usr/bin. Something I missed to generate inclusion?

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That would be good. I installed the Raspberry PI OS 64 bits on a RPi4. Then the build succeeded after a couple of non fatal errors.

Just now ran Ekos with simulators for mount and camera which duplicated the problem you were having listing libXISF.so. I picked up the build 4 hours ago, so perhaps I just missed the fix if there was one.

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