The INDI team is happy to announce the release of Ekos VM 1.5 on April. 24th, 2016.
 
Ekos VM is a virtual machine based upon Kubuntu 16.04 LTS. It Includes KStars, Ekos, and INDI Library including all 3rd party drivers. The VM includes the latest bleeding edge releases of Ekos & INDI, and can easily be updated whenever new builds of the software are available. This virtual machine is intended for new INDI users who want take a look to this software without the work of installing it in his own system or for users of other operating systems not supported by INDI. The virtual machine was created with VirtualBox but it is stored in the Open Virtualitzation Alliance (OVA) format so it can be used with different virtualization software.
 
The file size is large (~ 1.7 GB). Please use a dedicated download manager for your browser such as DownThemAll for Firefox and ensure the downloaded file MD5sum matches the MD5 on the download page.

To get MD5sum, open a terminal and type:

md5sum ekos.ova

INDI Development team is happy to announce the release of INDI Library v1.2.0 on Feb. 2nd, 2016. Following are the highlights of this release:

From 1.1.0 to 1.2.0:

  • Support for Davis Vantage Pro/Pro2/Vue Weather Station.
  • Support for XAGYL Filter Wheel.
  • Support for Optec Flip Flat.
  • Support for Pulsar2 mount.
  • Support for JMI Smart Focus.
  • Support for GPS driver based on gpsd.
  • 3rdParty: QHY Updates and Fixes. Color camera support.
  • 3rdParty: GPhoto focus and live streaming fixes.
  • 3rdParty: Starlight Xpress support for multiple identical devices and driver improvements.
  • 3rdParty: ASI updated to latest SDK. Temperature readout for all cameras. ROI & Cooler fixes.
  • FocusLynx: Support 2 focusers.
  • Celestron: Support pulse guiding. Support hibernation and wakup on supported firmware.
  • SynScan: Complete rewrite to support latest features in the firmware.
  • GPhoto: Mirror lock support before capture.
  • RoboFocus: Update to comply to INDI::Focus standards.
  • SBIG: Support for connecting to Ethernet based CCDs.
  • ZEQ25: Updates and fixes.
  • MaxDomeII: Driver updated and tested under latest INDI::Dome standards.
  • QSI: Added anti-blooming option.
  • INDI WatchDog driver: Can be configured to perform observatory shutdown.
  • EQMod: Initial support for INDI Alignment Subsystem. Do not stop motor in low speed (guiding issue).
  • Temma: Complete rewrite based on INDI::Telescope and using INDI Alignment Subsystem.
  • AutoDome park feature in Dome devices.
  • Fix Crash on ODroid.
  • Added Meta-Weather driver to aggregate weather data from multiple sources.
  • Support for remotely controller dust caps and light box devices.
  • Handle 16bit images in Rapid Guide mode.
  • BaseClient non-blocking connect support.
  • Unified Streaming/Recording support for multiple drivers (ASI/QHY/V4L2).

Source and Ubuntu packages are available for download.

INDI Development team is happy to announce the release of INDI Library v1.1.0 on Sep. 6th, 2015. Following are the highlights of this release:

  • INDI::Weather for support of weather devices.
  • INDI::GPS for support of GPS devices.
  • WunderGround weather driver.
  • Meade DSI I & II support.
  • FocusLynx focuser support.
  • PerfectStar focuser support.
  • World Coordinate System (WCS) support in generated FITS.
  • Updated Losmany driver.
  • New Celestron driver.
  • New IEQPro driver.
  • Support for custom parking in dome drivers.
  • Support Open Loop dome controllers.
  • Various QHY CCD & Filter Wheel fixes and QHY OSX support.
  • SBIG External Guide CCD fixes.
  • Custom parking support for Celestron/Astrophysics/AstroElectronics/IEQPro
  • Updated ASI ZWO drivers.
  • Updated Apogee library. Improved NET support in INDI Apogee driver.
  • Standarizing mount slew and track rates.
  • Video4Linux 2 fixes and improvements: (16bpp pixel formats(Y16 and BYR2), pwc flashled, colorSpace/linearization, stacking), Simutaneous record/stream/exp. Stream rate divisor. Rec. file patterns.
  • EQMod fixes: Keep tracking after joystick motion is stopped. Park initialization always set encoders.
  • Improved support for drivers on ARM architecture.
  • Improved logging capability.
  • Deprecated: LX200Legacy and indimain library.

Source and Ubuntu packages are available for download.

INDI Development team is happy to announce the release of INDI Library v1.0.0 on Feb 15th, 2015. Following are the highlights of this release:

  • 3rdparty: Support for QHY CCDs and CFWs (BETA).
  • 3rdparty: Support for Meade DSI (BETA).
  • 3rdparty: Support for FFMV cameras.
  • Support for STAR2000.
  • Support for Baader dome.
  • Support for Baader SteelDrive focuser.
  • Support for dome slaving (BETA).
  • Subframing and debayer support in GPhoto driver.
  • Improved CFW handling and external tracking CCD for SBIG CCDs.
  • Add debayer support for color cameras with user-configurable options.
  • Debayer is performed at the client level.
  • Fixed deinterlacing and subframing support in Starlight Xpress drivers.
  • Fixed issues with joystick support in some drivers.
  • Added joystick support to focuser and filter wheels.
  • Improvements in generation of FITS header.
  • Improvement in performance of some drivers under SBCs like Raspberry PI.
  • Added fan and readout speed controls to QSI CCD.
  • Fixed locale issue in INDI driver.
  • Fixed regression in LX200Basic driver.
  • Fixed issue with INDI Server resetting environment variable for skeleton and config files.
  • Various fixes for loading/saving of user configuration.

Source and Ubuntu packages are available for download.

ASTRO.control, a generic platform for telescope and instrument control systems has been released by redlogix GmbH. The platform supports the INDI wire protocol and the INDI device architecture. A prototype of the system has presented to the community on the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation in June 2014 in Montreal, Canada.

redlogix is basically a software and system engineering company which specializes in development of control systems in areas like industrial automation, astronomy, robotics and others.

In the astronomy segment redlogix has contributed to ESO's VLT and VLT Interferometer since more than 15 years, to the flying infrared observatory SOFIA for more than 10 years, as well as to smaller telescopes. In these projects extensive experience has been gained with the development of custom specific telescope control systems and instrument control systems.

Only recently redlogix has concentrated all this know how in the development of a generic controller for astronomical devices, named ASTRO.control. It is based on a dedicated embedded Linux with real-time enhancement and runs on embedded industrial PCs of various form factors. The controller is designed to support any kind of astronomical devices, like filter wheel, focuser, mount, etc., with a focus on cameras. In particular the high-end Andor cameras are supported out of the box for various series, like iXon oder iKon. This controller product is now available on the market, as well as development services around the product and for general astronomical software, e.g. integration of specific devices, development of control application software, integration with specific observatory infrastructure, data aquisition or reduction software and such.

INDI has been chosen as communication protocol for both, operator workstation to controller communication, as well as inter-controller communication. Further, the INDI device concept is supported on the controller side. The INDI client and INDI wire protocol have been implemented for Windows, to enable Windows based GUIs. This component has now been published as open source as a contribution of redlogix to the INDI community.

Why INDI? When designing the ASTRO.control communication protocol and device interface redlogix looked around for a suitable open standard in the astronomical sector, because they did not want to implement the N'th proprietary protocol. A lot of interesting concepts have been found, but no real wide-spread standard. The well-known ASCOM protocol is low level and for Windows clients only. What comes closest to a suitable standard and has already some distribution is INDI. So it was a strategic decision to support the INDI protocol and contribute to its further propagation. For more information please visit the ASTRO.control website and the redlogix web

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