I have no idea, I never tried. But Indigo is compatible with INDI drivers (or so I'm told). But I'm traveling this week, so I won't be able to do any work on it until I'm back home.

Read More...

Okay, I just made a commit that should fix that.

Read More...

I also use a DB9 cable. The reason I chose a DB9 cable as opposed to something else, is because my Moonlite focuser comes with a DB9 connector. So I wired my DIY focuser the same, so I could swap back and forth between the Moonlite focuser and the DIY focuser, with the same HAT controller. As for how do I connect it to the HAT? I have a panel-mount DB9 connector in the side of my case, that I wire to the HAT. Here's a 3D rendering of the case I designed for my ODroid N2+ with Waveshare HAT.





As for the microstepping, the driver does not allow controlling the microstepping via software. It uses microstepping, but not for increased resolution, but only for quietness and smoothness. The reason is, to hold position on a microstep would require powering the motor continuously, causing it to get very hot, unless you adjust the potentiometer to limit the current. Also, stepper motors suck at holding position on a microstep. This HAT doesn't allow software control of current limiting either. So even though you have 32x microstepping enabled, the driver will always step a multiple of 32 steps, so that it always ends on a full step.

I've actually not heard of anyone needing the extra resolution of 32x microstepping to autofocus. Personally I use a stepper motor with .9 degrees per step (most are 1.8 degrees per step), and having that attached directly to the fine focus knob gives me all the resolution I need. I guess if you attached to the coarse focus knob you'd need extra resolution, but then the stepper motor usually won't have enough torque, and you would need one with a built-in gearbox, in which case you would have more than enough resolution anyway, with the gearbox.

Can you tell us more about your setup?

-- Kevin

Read More...

Kevin Ross replied to the topic 'Raspberry pi 4 Alternative' in the forum. 2 months ago

Yes and no. I have a Rock Pi 4B, which was an upgrade over a Raspberry Pi 4.

You *cannot* just insert an Astroberry SD card into a Rock Pi and boot it.

Instead, what you do is install a standard OS distribution,either Debian Buster (downloaded from the Radxa website) or Armbian Buster (which is downloaded from the Armbian website). Both are based on Debian, and will work.

Then you add the Astroberry repository to your APT sources.list, and install the packages. You won't get a full out of the box Astroberry experience, you will need to do some configuring, but it should work.

There are instructions on the Astroberry website. Go to documentation, then to the advanced install section. It says Buster isn't supported, but there are Buster packages available for Astroberry. I think the documentation is out of date in that regard.

I personally never used Astroberry because I'm a software developer and I just built everything from source code. I don't necessary recommend that approach to non-developers though. :)

Oh, and if you really want to speed up the Rock Pi, use eMMC and not an SD card. It's much faster!

I hope this helps!
-- Kevin

Read More...

There used to be an issue where the gpsd program would keep the serial port open (even though it isn't a GPS device plugged into it). I thought that was fixed in Astroberry, but I could be wrong. But I'd make sure gpsd isn't running (from a terminal run sudo killall gpsd).

Read More...

"Is it safe to assume that users who want to use a "dark filter" do not a scope cover, right?

I do have a cover for my scope. I just like to use the dark filter as an extra layer of protection against light leaks, especially if/when I try taking darks during the daytime.

Read More...

Kevin Ross replied to the topic 'problem equmod, guiding' in the forum. 3 months ago

It looks like you haven't slewed the telescope anywhere. i.e. the scope is pointing at the north celestial pole (Polaris). Cailbrating the guider near the celestial pole could cause strange behavior. I suggest slewing to a target away from the celestial pole and try again.

Also, it isn't clear from the logs (at least to me) if you're using ST4 or pulse guiding. On the guide tab of Ekos, there should be a selection for guider, which will either be the name of your guide camera, or it will be EQMod. If it's the guide camera as the guiding output, then that means you're using ST4, and need to attach at ST4 guide cable from the guide camera to the guide port on the mount. If instead it says EQMod (recommended) then you don't need such a cable.

Read More...

The driver is here: github.com/k-ross/indi-wmh-focuser

There's a long thread about the driver in this forum. There are photos of some people's setups in there.
indilib.org/forum/focusers-filter-wheels...erry-pi-rock-pi.html

Read More...

Yes. My camera does not have a shutter. I have an ASI1600MM Pro with an 8-position filter wheel. I have 7 filters (LRGB, Ha, SII, OIII). I had an empty 8th slot, so I figured I'd put a opaque "dark" filter in there.

Read More...

Am I going crazy? I swore it used to work! I guess I just imagined it. lol

Read More...

BTW I take my darks "in the dark", even with the dark filter in place. Just an extra level of darkness :)

Read More...

This used to work perfectly fine in previous builds.

Read More...

In the latest Ekos from git as of 2022-10-30, when setting up a sequence for capturing dark frames, the sequencer no longer records the filter selected. Then, when running the sequence, it's left on whatever filter was selected before.

In my filter wheel, in position 8, I have an opaque "dark" filter specifically for taking darks.



Read More...

Kevin Ross replied to the topic 'Webcam / Linux / Newb / Crash!' in the forum. 3 months ago

BTW, I was able to get INDI Webcam driver to work. I was an idiot, I was trying to use /dev/video0, when the camera was in fact connected at /dev/video1. Once I set the right path to the camera, it fired right up, no issues at all.

Sorry, I know that isn't terribly helpful. Just letting you know that both drivers work for me with my Logitech C920

Read More...

Kevin Ross replied to the topic 'Webcam / Linux / Newb / Crash!' in the forum. 3 months ago

BTW, I couldn't get indi_webcam_ccd to work with my camera. It either kept saying "not a video capture device" or "no such device", even though it was set to /dev/video0, which has proper permissions. So I went with the indi_v4l2_ccd driver.

Read More...