Yes but then doesn't it just become a webcam ? Back to same problem.
You will be talking to the adapter not the camera directly. You will be getting video output.
You wont get the same as using it natively via libcamera. Maybe I am wrong ?
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Euripides was that a question for me ?
The piHQ camera is an IMX477 - no flashing required - maybe remove IR filter. Long exposures fine.
The IMX462 is from Arducam and needs flashing for best result. It is not too good if used out of the box.
It is 2MP but very good images if stacked.
Nick

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Not sure if UVC cameras are suitable for allsky ? Just a webcam with limited exposure time ? Maybe someone else had some luck,
I also tried an arducam IMX462. Again this is a proper libcamera device using pi csi cable.
You also need to flash the camera firmware to get long exposures .
forum.arducam.com/t/imx462-libcmaera-sti...n-doesnt-work/3193/4
Download the file imx462_lanes2_firmware_long_exp.tar.gz from the Google drive in the link and untar (tar zxvf imx462_lanes2_firmware_long_exp.tar.gz)
The README says it runs on jetson nano but I ran it on pi3 raspberry pi 32bit os fine (doesn't work on 64bit os).
Flash at own risk !
This extends the exposure from 2secs to 15 seconds and increases the gain limits.
It is a very sensitive IR capable camera so 15secs is way over the top.
3x5second images stacked using imagemagick convert -average command which improves the quality.
Images taken from inside house, full moon, reflections from window glass,



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yes. You will see from the description it only mentions video (mjpeg, YUV) and frames/s.
Under INDI it works using the v4l2 webcam driver.
If you have a dedicated allsky camera, then pi4 is more than sufficient to drive the piHQ camera.
Pic attached taken in September 2023. piHQ camera - IR filter removed. Lens 1.55mm f2.0 CS.
The purple glow at the bottom is from the IR illuminator of a security camera,
The light pollution levels are moderate to high around here (Bortle 6 or worse)
Nick



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As far as I know the SV205 is just a webcam. I don't think it is proper camera like the piHQ or the ASI224. The exposure time is extremely limited.
Also the SV205 has non standard threads and connections if you ever did want to use i for something else (eg planetry).
I chucked mine in the bin years ago.
Nick

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I use the raspberry pi HQ camera with Pi4.
The IR filter is removeable if you want - take out the tiny allen bolts and prise the holder off - push the ir filter out and re-attach the holder.
12.3M pixels.

60 dollars.
As cheap as you can get - sharp detailed images if you also buy a decent wide angle lens.
Nick

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Nick Birkett replied to the topic 'Altair 678M indi driver ?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Sorry. Seems to work to be working now !
Tried it on 2 different systems and it didn't show up.
Maybe latest updates missing.

Nick

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Nick Birkett created a new topic ' Altair 678M indi driver ?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Any hope of an indi driver for Altair 678M camera ? I have the latest version of kstars 3.6.9.
Tried the Altair and Toupcam drivers - no luck. Shows up as USB device and registers:
[32523.437146] usb 2-7.3: Product: ALTAIR678M
[32523.437151] usb 2-7.3: Manufacturer: TP
[32972.429536] usb 2-7.3: new SuperSpeed USB device number 10 using xhci_hcd
[32972.456319] usb 2-7.3: New USB device found, idVendor=16d0, idProduct=129b, bcdDevice= 1.00

idVendor looks different to previous ALtair/Toupcam.

Only seems to work under Windows with Ascom !!
Bummer.

Cheers,
Nick

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Yes I don't understand why it finally corrected the xml file after I tried different versions. It seems to work now.
As I already said, I am sure I had a similar problem in the past. Ekos reads an xml file but the driver gets conflicting information,
so is technically crashed or broken and is unable to recover.
My issue was that my camera was on a system that I had frozen at kstars 3.5.8, and I simply copied the xml file across to the new system
to preserve gain/offset etc. A shortcut which proved a not to be.

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No. In this case I set the correct bit size and saved many times. The problem is that save worked but did not turn a corrupt file in to one that the
new version of ekos could understand. Maybe because the format of the original was just too out of date. I've had a similar problem years ago
but I had forgotten. It is only later when 3.6.9 started magically working and I looked at the difference between the new file and old one i realised
that new one was very different.

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I think the moral of this story is that you need to re-generate a device profile when upgrading kstars.
I had the profile from an older release (3.5.x I think) as I hadn't used this camera for a while as it had been on another system not using kstars.

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Ok tried 3.6.8 and 3.6.9 09 fec 2024 build and both work.
Now I try the 3.6.9 01 Feb release it now works.
Looking at the .xml profile 'ZWO CCD ASI294MC Pro_config.xml' I see it is now much bigger and has been re-ordered.
I suspect the old one was somehow incompatible with the new version.
When I ran 3.6.8 or 3.6.9-09 Feb it saved a new version on exit.
Just guessing.
Nick

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Ok I just tested the same setup with kstars 3.6.8 and the ASI294MCPro camera works fine.
It starts on 16 bit and stays there.

I would say there is some sort of bug in the binary version of kstars 3.6.9 that I have.
It was installed from the ppa
deb ppa.launchpad.net/mutlaqja/ppa/ubuntu jammy main
so not a nightly build, but the stable release.
Client x64 Linux mint 21.2 (ubuntu 22.04 base)
Server arm64 Armbian (ubuntu 22.04 base).
kstars runs on the client so not an issue with the server.
Nick

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Hi. It says on kstars.kde.org
KStars
Version 3.6.9 (released on 1 April 2024)

It is 09 Feb 2024 today. I just built a new system from Ubuntu jammy repo mutlaqja-ppa-jammy.list and my kstars says:
KStars
Version 3.6.9 Stable
Build: 2024-02-01T04:56:17Z

Isn't it supposed to be 3.6.8 in the stable repsository (Ubuntu jammy 22.04) ?
The version I have doesn't seem to work correctly with ZWO camera (see my other post: "ASI294MC flips to 8 bit mode during exposure ")
Confused,
Nick

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Hi, Maybe the problem is that a pre-release/nightly version of 3.6.9 has been put into the release binary repository ?
I see 3.6.9 isn't due for release until 01 April ?
This is not such a great idea if so.
Nick

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