Denis replied to the topic 'Help For INDI Website' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Sounds good! I will prepare some text and probably graphics.

Denis

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Ilia thanked Denis in topic Help For INDI Website 2 weeks ago

Denis replied to the topic 'Help For INDI Website' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hi everyone!

I like the idea and would be happy to help with content and ideas about layout/design.

So my 1st pass thoughts:

1. Might worth to think about making web-site colour schema lighter. I think "dark mode" is good for visual observers, say if they read forum and do visual observation at the same time. The INDI with its remote/non visual nature seems to be different situation.

2. I can definitely prepare write up (probably in Research section) about INDIHUB.space network and how to use it/contribute your images to it.

3. Responsive design - this seems to be just a choice of UI/CSS framework with responsive design built in. Integrating forum might be tricky but I think doable. I think forum is its own thing and doesn't necessary have to look exactly like Web-site.

4. When I started looking into INDI - it was very clear that I can build a lot with it. However, it wasn't clear what exactly I can build. I think it would be nice to have some page where new INDI-users would land and see the full picture of all pieces connected, something like quick start guide. Say some graphics displaying mount, OTA with main camera, guiding scope with auto guiding camera, filter wheel, motorized auto-focuser, OTA flip caps.. - how it is all connected to computer/RPI with INDI-server and then how it is controlled via KStars/Ekos. Some high level view diagram but with reference that you can connect lots of devices available on the market. I see INDI as tool to make all astrophotography equipment to be Lego-pieces, where you can build different setups. Also, users should get understanding that things like imaging sessions planner, Go-To, plate-solving, polar alignment assistance, auto-guiding, meridian flip, auto-focus and etc - all these things are already solved and automated by INDI.

Denis

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Hello everybody, hope everyone's quarantining is going well!

Just wanted to let you know that we have made a first video showcasing a share-session via INDIHUB: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf8HVAfD8nQ

Also, meanwhile we've have been working on a number of things:

1. made indihub-agent to be more light weight in terms of CPU/RAM, I actually have been running indihub-agent v1.0.6 directly on my RPI 3b+ for last four months - it has never crashed or made RPI irresponsive, so it can be considered as a well behaved agent :)

2. redesigned backend for traffic-relays to make it more robust and ready for bigger load

3. image processing pipeline with 1st steps including
- image preprocessing with generating previews
- plate solving and celestial objects extraction
- finding satellites trails and calculating IODs to be submitted to TruSat
- finding moving parts (we started with naive blinking algorithm implementation)
- all this data will be available as public APIs
All pieces of INDIHUB MVP as a platform are coming together and I think it will be ready soon for open sourcing.

4. Integrating INDIHUB with World Wide Telescope project - this is very cool project from AAS and Microsoft so we are very excited to use it for INDIHUB WEb-UI! (coming soon)

5. integrating indihub-agent to be run on host directly from KStars - I will re-prioritize this work and continue asap

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer sky!

Clear Skies,

Denis

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Denis replied to the topic 'question about driver for: Meade ETX 90 Observer Audiostar' in the forum. 3 months ago

Just to follow up and for future reference in case anyone bumps into this issue.

I was able to solve it just by using native Meade #505 Cable connection set. Please NOTE - for HC->computer connection you will need to use 6ft 4pin-6pin cable included (3ft one is for HC->HC cloning).
Also, please find photo of this thing in attachment.

Cheers!

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Denis replied to the topic 'question about iOptron Sky Guider Pro' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thank you for reply - makes sense to me!
Yeah, proper polar alignment is sure thing :) Also, I organized my process in a way when I don't need to touch mount after polar alignment is done.

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Denis replied to the topic 'question about driver for: Meade ETX 90 Observer Audiostar' in the forum. 4 months ago

when I connect my mount USB-serial cable the dmesg output gets appended with:

[  616.155293] usb 1-1.2: new full-speed USB device number 6 using dwc_otg
[  616.288255] usb 1-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=067b, idProduct=2303, bcdDevice= 3.00
[  616.288268] usb 1-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[  616.288278] usb 1-1.2: Product: USB-Serial Controller
[  616.288288] usb 1-1.2: Manufacturer: Prolific Technology Inc.
[  616.291691] pl2303 1-1.2:1.0: pl2303 converter detected
[  616.297204] usb 1-1.2: pl2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB0

Also might worth to mention that log messages per device are empty unless I try "LX 200 Basic" driver , it says: "2020-03-25T15:35:48: [ERROR] Error communication with telescope. "

For all other "ETX*" or "LX*" labeled drivers the log on device tab in INDI Control Panel is empty but main Ekos Setup log window just says "LX200 Autostar is disconnected." (i.e. here I tried LX200 Autostar).

I tend to think that it doesn't like RS232-4pin cable from iOptron.

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Denis replied to the topic 'question about driver for: Meade ETX 90 Observer Audiostar' in the forum. 4 months ago

Forgot to mention - I used USB-Serial cable from my iOptron mount. I don't think it should be a problem as it is standard cable and there is the same 4pin socket on Meade hand controller.

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Denis created a new topic ' question about driver for: Meade ETX 90 Observer Audiostar' in the forum. 4 months ago

Hi everyone,

So I've got a Meade ETX 90 Maksutov-Cassegrain for planetary imaging, asteroids hunting, camping trips, fun with kids and etc. This one comes with Audiostar hand controller (the speaking one).

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to connect this mount to INDI - tried drivers labeled as "ETX90", "LX200 Autostar" and other "LX*", no luck.
I feel like they've updated a firmware for "Audiostar" line. Please see photo of boot screen in attachment.

Can you advice if it is supported or not?

I will be happy to participate in driver development if it is not supported!

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Giles thanked Denis in topic Box for cable management 4 months ago

Denis replied to the topic 'Box for cable management' in the forum. 4 months ago

Thank you! Yes, I like that place too - the box is not obstructing any motions or access during polar alignment, and it is just one thing to carry.

Your box looks pretty cool. Active cooling - this is something I will have to think about when summer comes!

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Denis replied to the topic 'Box for cable management' in the forum. 4 months ago

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to give a small update about the "shoe box" project. I bought another more reliable plastic container and got everything nicely secured in my "shoe box", but eventually I gave up with this idea :)
Mostly because of two reasons:
1. I found that my mount with that box is loaded good above 50% of capacity which is no go
2. The box cracked when temperature was below 0 C

So I decided to go with a different setup - pls see attached. All power supplies are in the box attached with bungee to my mount on counter weight side. The RPI and cables are on OTA.
I think it worked out well - it is pretty tidy and easy to deploy and start alignment/imaging, low budget and works.

Also, I am experimenting with short USB-cables and powered USB-hubs at the moment. You can see them on my avatar picture.

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