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TOPIC: Nighscape 8300 driver

Nighscape 8300 driver 2 months 2 weeks ago #26920

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Hi,

Ive build a nightscape 8300 driver that's still pretty 'alpha' but perfroms fan/cooler and exposure control correctly. The image saving/downloading isn't completely stable because of some USB data transfer issues.

For stability, it needs the FTDI d2xx libraries but can run with libftdi1.

Is there any intereest in this? I know the camera is discontinued and support form Celestron limited now.

It was built based on reverse-engineering the messaging from the windows driver.

I have no idea how to run the non-KAF300 version of this.

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Dirk
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Nighscape 8300 driver 2 months 6 days ago #27404

Hell Dirkn,

Yes I do, I just have acquired 8300 to be tested with INDI.

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Nighscape 8300 driver 2 months 6 days ago #27405

Yes, I am interested. I just acquired 8300

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Nighscape 8300 driver 2 months 5 days ago #27412

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OK, I can either make the driver avialble separately or try to include it in the latest build.What's the best way to do this?
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Nighscape 8300 driver 2 months 3 days ago #27452

I'll make a debian package for it soon.

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Nighscape 8300 driver 2 months 3 days ago #27454

Cool ! Past night I was in trouble using Win 10 and no Ekos ..( The package Ekos for win is not so complete, And I refuse to use Maxim DL .. or other $$$$$ proprietary soft for citizen science working!
I tried Kstar + Ekos + Xterm on Ubuntu embedded for Win 10, also the INDI drives didn't work.

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Nighscape 8300 driver 2 months 3 days ago #27455

Ubuntu on Win10 is very limited. In this case, you have two options. Either get Raspberry PI 3 and install Ubuntu+INDI or it. Or if you prefer a ready-package, then you can also get StellarMate . Or you can even dual-boot with Ubuntu as well on your PC. Many options.

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Nighscape 8300 driver 2 months 3 days ago #27457

Yes I know that, I make dual boot every time I want to work with Kstars, but that pc is also for my working stuffs and I have to use Win, and making dual boot sometimes is very annoying.... :( .
I am really think seriously get StellarMate for my next move on Ekos imaging working.
Thank you!

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Nighscape 8300 driver 2 months 3 days ago #27458

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I would be very interested to know if it works on a Pi 3, as a Pi model B can't handle the USB data rate with a WiFi dongle plugged in.

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Nighscape 8300 driver 1 month 4 weeks ago #27651

Let me know when you release the package.

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Nighscape 8300 driver 1 month 3 weeks ago #27729

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I'd build you a package, but unfortunately, i don't know the procedure to do so.
Could we add package building to the makefiles, or some instructions in the developer manual?

With some revised testing (and the correct udev files) I've found stability on early mode raspberry pi systems to be better than I previosuly thought.
I would now advise usage with libftdi1 on any linux-based system. LibD2XX may still be needed for stability on macos.

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Nighscape 8300 driver 1 month 3 weeks ago #27731

Package already available in the INDI Nightly PPA. Just run:
sudo apt-get install indi-nightscape

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