Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'noob question: Indiserver AZ GTi Setup' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I have came to the same conclusion. There is no such thing as "lon 275", after 179 E comes 179 W which is -179 E, so 275E is actually 85 W or simpe -85.

I'm sorry there is no sunshine for you today :(

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Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'noob question: Indiserver AZ GTi Setup' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I have an idea: maybe your mount wants wnts Longitude to be 275:00:00 degrees, because it is not raining there...

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Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'noob question: Indiserver AZ GTi Setup' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

The only reason I can imagine for slewing up the mount upon unpark is that after that one can immediately take a plate solve to sync the mount. It can be made a configurable option though. At least to know about that. For now, it is hard coded into the code.

    // Altitude 3360 points the telescope upwards
    DeltaAlt = CurrentAltAz.alt - 3360;

I have no idea about your coordinate problem.

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Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'noob question: Indiserver AZ GTi Setup' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Most probably the AltAzMount identifies your mount as Virtuoso mount (as it does with my 10" Dob), and the driver expect Virtuoso mounts to be turned on pointing to the Polaris instead of horizontal/north. The AltAzSimple expects the mount to be horizontal/north at the time of connecting the driver.
So if you have connected the AltAzMount driver in a horizontal position (as one would do normally), that cause a big initial error in the mount model in the driver, which explains your inability to correct it with sync operations.
I see reason for both starting from pointing to the Polaris, and pointing horizontal. IMHO there should be an option for that somewhere for that, let the user choose. It does not sound too difficult to implement, maybe I will do that soon.

The AltAzMount driver has a built in procedure for unparking, only the original author of the driver knows why. There is an option on a "motion control" or "mount cotnrol" (I cant check now, as my mount is not with me now), where you can choose the unpark position (North, Shouth, etc...). The default is South, I have no idea, why. If you set that to North, the mount will not turn in azimuth after unpark. It will still raise in Alt, as far as I can tell, this is hard coded in the driver. What I do is I hit "abort motion" immediatelly after unpark, to stop this built in thing. Also there is an option, on the same panel for "silent"/"normal" slew mode. You can choose as you wish, silent mode is slow, normal mode is as fast as the mount can do.

The motor microstep per rew values are read from from the mount, it should be correct. It seems to be correct both for my little Virtuoso mount and the big Dobsonian one too. It is on the "Version" tab, i think.

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Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'noob question: Indiserver AZ GTi Setup' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Most probably the AltAzMount identifies your mount as Virtuoso mount (as it does with my 10" Dob), and the driver expect Virtuoso mounts to be turned on pointing to the Polaris instead of horizontal/north. The AltAzSimple expects the mount to be horizontal/north at the time of connecting the driver.
So if you have connected the AltAzMount driver in a horizontal position (as one would do normally), that cause a big initial error in the mount model in the driver, which explains your inability to correct it with sync operations.
I see reason for both starting from pointing to the Polaris, and pointing horizontal. IMHO there should be an option for that somewhere for that, let the user choose. It does not sound too difficult to implement, maybe I will do that soon.

The AltAzMount driver has a built in procedure for unparking, only the original author of the driver knows why. There is an option on a "motion control" or "mount cotnrol" (I cant check now, as my mount is not with me now), where you can choose the unpark position (North, Shouth, etc...). The default is South, I have no idea, why. If you set that to North, the mount will not turn in azimuth after unpark. It will still raise in Alt, as far as I can tell, this is hard coded in the driver. What I do is I hit "abort motion" immediatelly after unpark, to stop this built in thing. Also there is an option, on the same panel for "silent"/"normal" slew mode. You can choose as you wish, silent mode is slow, normal mode is as fast as the mount can do.

The motor microstep per rew values are read from from the mount, it should be correct. It seems to be correct both for my little Virtuoso mount and the big Dobsonian one too. It is on the "Version" tab, i think.

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Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'noob question: Indiserver AZ GTi Setup' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

There are grreat tutorials on youtube: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn_g58xBk...P34aR5midrDXx2TBbFPg
It is about StellarMate, but it is useful for Astroberry too.

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Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

It is not easy to analize WPA protected WiFi traffic, the sniffer must run on one end of the conversation. In this case you cannot run it on the mount, so it must be the device running the synscan app. The traffic is definitely there, I was able to monitor it, running both the wireshark and synscan on windows.

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Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I have forgotten to share the good news with you: we were managed to fix UDP connection in indi_skywatcherAltAzMount and indi_skywatcherAltAzSimple drivers. The patch has been merged into the github tree. I have no idea when will it get it's way into the precompiled packages, but it is not hard to compile the github tree, just follow the instructions in the main README.

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Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto?' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hmm. Mouser out of stock. That surprises me (from here I don't see Mouser US, the site drops me directly to Mouser EU...).
This is a quite commonly used item in microkontroller world.

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Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto?' in the forum. 1 month ago

FTDI is an American product as far as I know. You should be able to find a supplier in the USA, like Mauser Electronics.

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Zoltán Belső replied to the topic 'Indiserver WiFi option for Synscan Goto?' in the forum. 1 month ago

Prolific Chip devices are good too.

I've bought myself an USB-RS232 cable to update the firmware of the hand controller. The first one I bought was based on the Chinese CH340 chip, and it is very unreliable. In the middle of firmware upgrade just lost connection. I thought first I was managed to brick my hand controller. Fortunately the hand controller has some safety feature and recovered. I was never able to do anything useful with that cable (I bet the flow control is broken).
Later I bought an other one, based ont Prolific chip, and in works just fine!
Sometimes unfortunately one just cannot tell which chip a given product based on, just after buying and seeing the driver.

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