Nacho Mas replied to the topic 'Driver for Ioptron Ieq45 with 8406 Hand Controler' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hi Robert,

The new driver is now integrate with the main github repository github.com/indilib/indi

github.com/indilib/indi/pull/387

Please give us feedback when you test it.

Nacho

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Nacho Mas replied to the topic 'Driver for Ioptron Ieq45 with 8406 Hand Controler' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hi Robert,

This weekend I spent some time developing the new driver (base on GotoNova driver as you suggest it). You can find it on my indilib git fork:

github.com/nachoplus/indi

Please, compile and test if possible.

I did the job working with the real hardware. This is the list of things than work right now:

.- Slew and slew end. Slew end without :SE# cmd, it is calculate as: abs(currentRA-targetRA)< 5 arcsec && abs(currentDEC-targetDEC)< 5 arcsec
.- Change the track mode (Sideral, Solar, Lunar ...) It only works if the mount is not stopped and at this moment you need to make a initial slew (only one time)
.- Get/set site (Lat/lon) and Time( UTC, UTCoffset)
.- Guiding ( :Ms#/;Mn# )... and pulse guiding (:Ms xxxx#...). In my mount works..
.- Change guidding speed (0.25x, 0.5x or 1.0x)
.- Abort motion
.- Sync the mount

Thinks than don't work:
.- Start/Stop tracking (you have to star from the HC and then you can change the rate by indi but can not start/stop at present time)
.- Custom tracking rates (:RR/RD xxx ). Is in the GUI but not work.

Is a on going work but any testing are wellcome. I'll continue next weekend...

Regards
Nacho

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Nacho Mas replied to the topic 'Driver for Ioptron Ieq45 with 8406 Hand Controler' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hi Silver

>>> Comands Me# and Mw# dosen't works corect. There is bug in the firmware. Ioptron will never fix it. I think about workaround. Maxim Dl uses small goto for move by arrows.

I ma not aware of that. I did not implement. I'll try this weekend when I'll have time to mount my ieq45.. Are you ask ioptron people for that?

>>>Could You check commands :SE?# and :SE# ?. My mount does not respond to them.

Same that above but is not in the HC8406 command set, so I'll expect to not work. In the old driver I checked the end of slew comparing actual RA/DEC with target RA/DEC.

Now I am studied the code to figure out what is the best way:

a) recover the old driver (the easy one for me)
b) do a new one base on lx200zeq45 (mostly works for HC8604...)
c) do a new one base on ieqpro driver. (?)

May be @krno could help us to decide...

Nacho

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Nacho Mas replied to the topic 'Driver for Ioptron Ieq45 with 8406 Hand Controler' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

As starting point I forked indi repository and make the changes needed to compile the old indi_ieq45_8406 driver again. It works. No guiding commands at this moment and more testing is needed but at least I can connect, change track speed, read RA/DEC and slew ...

github.com/nachoplus/indi

Something is wrong when using with PHD2 as auxiliary mount. May be phd2 miss some properties .. I'll do futher investigations...

Nacho

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Nacho Mas replied to the topic 'Driver for Ioptron Ieq45 with 8406 Hand Controler' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hi Silver,

I am Nacho Mas, the developer of the old ieq45 8406 and 8407 INDI drivers (in obsolete dir). I have been disconnected of the INDI proyect last years but I own a ieq45 (HC8406) and I need to command again it using INDI.

I think indibase changed so much this years that is easier to create a new driver as you are trying than compile de old one.. May we can work together ... I have not much time but at lease I can help you testing and fixing base on my previous experience...

I paste here some outstanding documents and information that I rescued from my mailing with ioptron people. This information is dated on 2013..


1. Very first version: GOTONOVA/GOTOSTAR command (GOTONOVA RS-232 COMMAND LANGUAGE)

This one works for all current iOptron SmartStar mount that uses 8402 or 8401 hand controller. The command is sent via USB port on a hand controller. The products include Cube, MiniTower and SmartStar PR EQ mount and GOTONOVA upgrade kit. No more bug fixing or upgrading.

2. RS232 for iEQ45 w/8406 HC only (iOptron iEQ45-8406 RS-232 COMMAND LANGUAGE)

This one only works for iEQ45 w/8406 hand controller. The control is via RS-232 port on a mount.

3. Current one for mount with 8407/8408 hand controller (iOptron Telescope RS-232 Command Language)

Most recent one. It has been used in iEQ45 w/8407HC, iEQ30, SmartEQ/SmartEQ Pro. The command is sent via serial port either on the mount (iEQ30/iEQ45) or hand controller (SmartEQ 8408 HC). This command set will be our current and future standard.
Attached the diferents command sets

Nacho

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