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TOPIC: IOptron Driver NOT WORKING with 8401 Hand Controller

IOptron Driver NOT WORKING with 8401 Hand Controller 4 months 2 weeks ago #17618

It's already implemented in Gotonova now, it's set to :CM by default and you can switch it to :CMR in INDI Control Panel.
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IOptron Driver NOT WORKING with 8401 Hand Controller 4 months 2 weeks ago #17632

Thanks Jasem, this seems you have the driver working just fine when tested inside. I'll put it out under the stars for the next test. Both you guys have done IOptron a real service.

Dan

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IOptron Driver NOT WORKING with 8401 Hand Controller 4 months 2 weeks ago #17637

Astrodan,

When you are testing, connect to INDI, then check if your initial slew to an object is off. If so, then check the hand controller under Setup Controller -> Setup Observation Site. You may find that the offset from UTC is wrong. For example, I am on Eastern Daylight Time now, and KStars is set to -5 with US DST. In the hand controller I see the offset changing from 300 to 240 minutes. This only happens when the hand controller is connected to KStars. Even if I disable syncing in INDI Device Updates and set it to Device. The only way I found it to not cause that offset is to power on the mount, wait for the GotoNova GPS to say 'GPS OK', then connect KStars, then go back to the handset and change 240 to 300. Let me know if you face this and find another way to fix it.

Another thing that will save you time: when doing Polar Align Assist, it says to engage tracking. The way to do it is to press the 0 button on the handset. It is buried in the manual and hard to find, so that is how.

Jasem,

I tested the mount for two consecutive nights, including the latest Mount Control and CM/CMR changes. Thanks for all the effort.

The change for :Mn/s/w/e made a difference in Capture and Solve when selecting Slew To Target. I hear the mount moving.

I can confirm that Mount Control now works and moves the mount.

The only issue is that the slowest speed is 16X. The hand controller has 2X and 8X. These are crucial for positioning objects. I realize that there is no such speeds for :RCx# commands, so not sure how it can be done, or how the hand controller does it.

I encountered two issues though:

1. When clicking CMR in INDI, KStars froze, and I had to kill and restart it.

2. On the previous night, I was able to complete a polar align using Ekos without issues. However I tried 3 times last night and in all three attempts KStars aborts around the 3rd image capture and solve. Two times before the positioning magenta line, and one after. In all cases, I could not complete a polar align. It could be due to something in the Canon/Gphoto driver. I don't know. I sent a bug report when Kstars prompted me to do so. The log is attached for the third attempt, but I doubt it will benefit anything if the issue is in the camera driver/interface.

I attached the debug log for the mount.

Unrelated to the mount is Live View works the first time it is invoked, then the next time it freezes and kills the INDI driver for Canon (I use a 650D). This may relate to 2 above. Don't know?
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IOptron Driver NOT WORKING with 8401 Hand Controller 4 months 2 days ago #18036

I found a few bugs and fixed them.

According to the hand controller manual page 41 there are differences from what is in the code, and what is in the manual.

Here they are:

1. :SC command

SCOPE 5.429171 sec : CMD <:SC 07/19/17#>
SCOPE 5.450280 sec : RES < >

Response should 32 spaces then #, then 32 spaces and another #

2. :Sg command

SCOPE 5.481597 sec : CMD <:Sg -080:48:11#>
SCOPE 5.501859 sec : RES < >

The format in the manual is:

:Sg sDDD*MM:SS#

So, a * instead of the : after the degrees

Response should be 1

3. :SG command:

SCOPE 5.460447 sec : CMD <:SG -04:00#>
SCOPE 5.481436 sec : RES < >

The format in the manual is:

:SG sHH#
So, no muinutes, just hours.

Response should be 1

A patch for all the above is attached. I tested it and it is working.
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IOptron Driver NOT WORKING with 8401 Hand Controller 4 months 1 day ago #18047

Thanks, can you please submit the above as Pull-Request on Github?

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IOptron Driver NOT WORKING with 8401 Hand Controller 4 months 1 day ago #18062

I know git fairly well, but I am new to github.

Do you have any guidance on what I need to do to reach the stage where I can create a pull request?

Do I just fork the project on github, then pull from there, and push my changes to it?

Do you have a link for a "how to contribute" thing?

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IOptron Driver NOT WORKING with 8401 Hand Controller 4 months 23 hours ago #18078

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IOptron Driver NOT WORKING with 8401 Hand Controller 4 months 22 minutes ago #18116

Thanks!

Done, and committed.

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