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TOPIC: Lakeside focuser

Lakeside focuser 10 months 1 week ago #13727

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I mentioned in a thread about the Quantum Filter Wheel developed by Kaczorek (which works really well - thank you!) that I am using a Lakeside focuser...

I still have not had a response from the supplier, which is quite strange as they have been really helpful in the past...

I have run a few debug sessions via ASCOM, which has a Lakeside driver & have managed to pull out most of the command set...

All responses seem to be 7 bytes (6 characters + a hash) - the hash seems to be space padded to the 7th byte.
The only exceptions seems to be ??# -> OK# and the CI/CO move in/out responses (Started & DONE#)

Is this enough information for a focus driver?

Phil

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Lakeside focuser 10 months 1 week ago #13735

There is no command to move to a specific step? e.g. 3445?

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Lakeside focuser 10 months 1 week ago #13739

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If I recall from the session I was running (I was using Focusmax with the Lakeside driver set to debug mode), when I issued a goto step number, it worked out where it was & the number of steps in/out needed, then send a #CInn or #COnn command for the nn of steps to move by.....

I will double check tonight or tomorrow, if I get a few minutes...

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Lakeside focuser 10 months 1 week ago #13741

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Just checked with their LakesideUtil program, with Ascom driver set to debug

Position was at 5519 & I issued a move to 6000... it issued a CO481# for 481 steps...
09:22:27.724 MOVE 1                    MOVE TO: 6000
09:22:27.726 MoveFocuser 1             Started
09:22:27.726 SendCommand 1             Command: ?P#
09:22:27.753 SendCommand 1               Response: P 5519#, Elapsed time: 27.0
09:22:27.753 MoveFocuser 1             Got Mutex
09:22:27.753 SendString 1              CO481#
09:22:27.754 SendString                  Completed, Elapsed time: 0.3
09:22:27.754 MoveFocuser 1             Initiating asynchronous move
09:22:27.757 MoveFocuser 1               Completed, Elapsed time: 31.1
09:22:27.757 IsMoving Get 1            True
09:22:27.758 WaitForFocuser 4          Waiting for focuser...True
09:22:27.758 GetString                 Started
09:22:28.258 IsMoving Get 1            True
09:22:28.258 Position Get 1            5519
09:22:28.760 IsMoving Get 1            True
09:22:28.760 Position Get 1            5519
09:22:29.113 GetString 4                 P 5718#, Elapsed time: 1354.3
09:22:29.113 GetString                 Started
09:22:29.260 IsMoving Get 1            True
09:22:29.260 Position Get 1            5718
09:22:29.762 IsMoving Get 1            True
09:22:29.762 Position Get 1            5718
09:22:30.263 IsMoving Get 1            True
09:22:30.263 Position Get 1            5718
09:22:30.457 GetString 4                 P 5918#, Elapsed time: 1343.9
09:22:30.457 GetString                 Started
09:22:30.763 IsMoving Get 1            True
09:22:30.763 Position Get 1            5918
09:22:31.017 GetString 4                 DONE#, Elapsed time: 559.7
09:22:31.017 WaitForFocuser 4          Move completed: True
09:22:31.017 WaitForFocuser 4          Wait completed
09:22:31.017 WaitForFocuser 4          Start of Finally block
09:22:31.017 WaitForFocuser 4          Released Mutex
09:22:31.017 WaitForFocuser 4            Completed, Elapsed time: 3258.7
09:22:31.264 IsMoving Get 1            False
09:22:31.264 SendCommand 1             Command: ?P#
09:22:31.289 SendCommand 1               Response: P 6000#, Elapsed time: 24.3

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Lakeside focuser 10 months 1 week ago #13746

Ok you can easily customize one of the existing drivers (e.g. moonlite) to develop a driver for Lakeside focuser.

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Lakeside focuser 10 months 1 week ago #13847

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I would go for recording a session with wireshark so to grab all usb traffic. This way you can get proper signalling and carriage return/line feeds. That's how I started with developing Quantum Filter Wheel driver. Otherwise it might be a pain in the ass to go further with developing a driver for this focuser without access to the hardware.

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Lakeside focuser 10 months 1 week ago #13848

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OK... will do.. thanks.

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Lakeside focuser 2 weeks 6 days ago #20639

Hi Phil

Did you get anywhere with the Lakeside? I also have one and am keen to migrate over to running my setup with Linux.

Leigh

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Lakeside focuser 2 weeks 4 days ago #20704

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Hi Leigh...

Sorry... I just saw this.... having had your email fwd from Peter @ Lakeside....

The Lakeside driver should now be merged by Jasem.... I have only had a quick go but my Lakeside is working with the integrated driver.....

HUGE thanks to Peter @ Lakeside for helping me with the control codes.... and to Jasem for tidying up the code for merge....

Phil
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Lakeside focuser 1 week 5 days ago #20818

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Jasem has merged my Lakeside focuser code into the main branch.... thanks Jasem....

Quick question.... when will the driver be available compiled for other platforms?

Thanks,

Phil

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Lakeside focuser 1 week 5 days ago #20828

What other platforms?

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Lakeside focuser 1 week 4 days ago #20834

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perhaps I should have said "flavours".... various Linux, Pi, in the VM platform, etc.

And does anyone provide a binary/package for Mac? I am just curious

Phil

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