Help is always welcome! There are some bugs to fix and I still haven't updated the library's examples since I've taken over the project.
You can contact me in Discord (marcocipriani01#8348) or via email (marco.cipriani.01 [at] gmail.com). If everything goes well, I'll add you in the INDIForJava GitHub organization so you can contribute directly.
Thank you @knight_parn!
At the moment I'm using VizieR Common Stars catalogue, which is pretty limited. I'll see in the next release if I can switch to a different one or add a specific double-stars catalogue.
That's a good idea, I'll see what I can do. I've also found out there's an Astrometry.net INDI driver, but I have never used it.
Happy to know that you like my app! Let me know if you have any suggestions or if you find bugs. Unfortunately, KStars Lite is pretty much dead at this point. I had better luck writing a new app from scratch, and it runs so much faster because it uses Android native code (it's not a port of a full-fat desktop planetarium). At this stage it is under active development and has a paid Pro version to support the project, because - being new - it's rather unknown in the community.
We were talking about Ekos' plate solver, Telescope.Touch doesn't have one. It probably never will, because Astrometry doesn't run on smartphones. Perhaps someday I'll find a hacky way to do it.
Done, I just added stars up to mag 7 to the app and release v1.4.1. There should be enough now. You can also lower the number of stars in the catalog from the settings.
Also, as @Ihoujin requested, I implemented the visibility filter and added altitude and azimuth to the objects' details.
The Goto now works on both my phone and tablet
You're right, I constrained the stars catalog quite a bit to speed up the catalog loading. I'm optimizing the process to allow for more stars in the next version.
I'm just nitpicking here but I wish the built-in star catalogs would be bigger as I couldn't find quite a few well known double stars.
The new ultra-dark mode in v1.4 fixes that. Just press the eye icon on the toolbar to make the app and the Sky Map red and dim.
I didn't check the telescope position in the Sky Map due to its vivid colour and brightness which could destroy my dark adaptation.
Version 1.4 is rolling out on Google Play. I've completely reviewed the Go-To functionality, so it should work without a hitch now. New features include the Polar finder and the telescope position on the Sky Map.
Let me know how it goes with the latest improvements.
That's exactly why I'm adding this functionality ahahahah
And doing PA with Ekos through VNC on a smaller screen is a pain.
Happy to know it works!
Most likely you haven't updated the app on your phone, or the update isn't available for it yet. Unfortunately, Google Play may take up to three days to deliver updates.
I'll be releasing a new update this week, which fixes some other crashes, improves the GoTo precision and adds a Polar Finder utility. If you are interested in testing the experimental version, I'll be happy to send you the APK!
Maybe you're connecting to the wrong port. The default one is 7624, but sometimes INDI happens to use other ports, like 7625, 7626 and so on. See the screenshot below.
If that's not your case, please let me know more details about your configuration, like the Android version and where the server is (e.g. an Astroberry).
You should also try other INDI clients and see if you can connect remotely.
All the issues are now fixed. I confirm the fact that the app was pointing the telescope in the wrong place. The update will be rolling out on Google Play soon.
That would be a nice feature, I'll add it to my TO-DO. It is, however, a bit complicated to implement: I need to figure out the formulas and optimise them, because calculating rise/set times for 14000 objects on a smartphone means torturing Android.
I think the goto list filters should be expanded to filter out objects that are not visible. The list should also show other information like rise/set time, altitude.
I managed to reproduce the issue using a Chromebook. It's basically a "weird Android computer", so it behaves differently from my smartphone and phone emulators. The app crashes like you described after a GoTo and whenever I flip the screen. I'll tell you when the fix is available on Google Play.