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TOPIC: Hitech Astro DC focuser problem

Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 9 months 5 days ago #20805

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I use a Usb_focus, not a Hitech but I get a similar problem on a slow computer.

For me the problem is the driver pooling the device too frequently, this make some random error with wrong position reading and sometime the focuser moving far from the requested position.
I solved the problem by increasing the value of POLLMS from 250 to 1000 in usbfocusv3.cpp, making the position to refresh only every seconds.

In hitecastrodcfocuser.cpp the value of POLLMS is 100. Maybe increasing this value can also help you.
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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 9 months 5 days ago #20814

Thanks! I changed them both to 500ms.
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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 9 months 5 days ago #20816

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Great thanks - I'll give it test when it's ready for update

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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 9 months 4 days ago #20839

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Hi,

I can't seem to find the updated driver for the focuser.
sudo apt-get update then install doesn't seem to have any new versions available.
(I can't use the s/w updater from MATE on rpi as it complains about lack of disk space)

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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 9 months 2 days ago #20880

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Having almost given up running this from the rpi I've rebuild my desktop to run as the Indi server with Kstars and Ekos.
All running well apart from (you guessed it) the Hitec DC focuser. The driver crashes when started.

I've attached the log file.

Thanks in advance.

Martin
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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 9 months 2 days ago #20881

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Hi there,
You can get rid off all older versions of downloaded packages with command : sudo apt-get autoclean to free up some space.

Br
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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 9 months 2 days ago #20882

I found and fixed the issue, please update tomorrow and check.

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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 8 months 2 weeks ago #21374

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Hi Jaseem, I guess the update hasn't worked it's way through yet as I haven't seen a fixed driver yet.
I have a workaround for now (on Kubuntu 16.04) which entailed deleting the config file and editing the default config and loading that manually each time I start INDI.

Thanks - Martin

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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 8 months 2 weeks ago #21377

No the fix made it long ago, are you sure you're using the latest stuff from the PPA?

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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 8 months 2 weeks ago #21378

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Yes I believe so.

Did the usual sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get-upgrade but nothing seemed to change

I did notice this while searching GitHub in relation to the hitecastro build - not sure if it's relevant.

master Do not call saveAllConfigItem(..) and handle case where all CONFIG_PROCESS switches are off

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#1499 errored
Ran for 35 min 21 sec
Total time 1 hr 40 min 38 sec
17 days ago

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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 8 months 2 weeks ago #21380

Yes that was what fixed it, so it's been long in the INDI repo. You can ignore the CI error, that was temporary. Maybe try to run with sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade

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Hitech Astro DC focuser problem 7 months 5 days ago #22286

Hi everyone,

I have a similar problem with my Hitecastro DC focus controller 2.
The idea is to use it with Kstars on a Mac but for some reason, although an INDI driver is installed for the Hitecastro it does’ seem to be able to connect.
Works fine manually. My motorfocusser is a JMI motofocus.
It seems to work fine with Backyard EOS and APT 3.5 (Asto Photography Tool)

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in Windows 8.1
I get the same result from the INDI server and INDI command center.

Please see attachments included.

Thanks a lot for any help.

Kind regards.

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