Riccardo replied to the topic '[Mobindi] A mobile phone UI for indi setups' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hi,
I also like a lot the idea but it would be nice to use the INDI logo instead of the ASCOM one... I don't know how enforceable are the ascom guidelines (see below) but surely it isn't fair to use it.
www.ascom-standards.org/Standards/Requirements.htm

still great work!
Riccardo

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Riccardo replied to the topic 'Estimating exposure time using surface brightness' in the forum. 2 months ago

Great!
I wish you clear skies, and don't forget to post your setup here when you'll be happy with it: indilib.org/forum/general/1014-post-your-indi-setup.html :)

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Riccardo replied to the topic 'Estimating exposure time using surface brightness' in the forum. 2 months ago

Your reasoning is reasonable, and in theory you could just use one single reference object. But in practice DSOs are different from each other and have different brightness profiles, so I'd build a library of sample objects as you suggest.
(what I usually do instead is try with my "mmmh this should be fine" settings and see what I need to correct for that specific field I'm capturing at the moment)

And also, as usually we try to make pretty pictures, you have to consider field stars to avoid pixels blooming: stars are brighter and smaller than diffuse objects (so, for example, I ramp up exposure time until stars get worse). See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surface_brightness#General_description

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Riccardo replied to the topic 'Any tips on how to automate?' in the forum. 5 months ago

Or some kind of electro-mechanical interlocks... Last year with some friends I made plans for an automated observatory and we thought about some kind of slipping cover that could be closed by its own weight in case of missing power.

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Riccardo replied to the topic 'Any tips on how to automate?' in the forum. 5 months ago

Any news on this?

Just in case... a lot of time ago the main author of RTS2 (an open source autonomous observatory control system) wrote about porting the device layer to indi: http://indilib.org/forum/general/365-indi-autonomous-operations.html

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Riccardo thanked GerardvS in topic Another talk about INDI 9 months ago
Riccardo replied to the topic 'Another talk about INDI' in the forum. 9 months ago

wrong post?

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Riccardo replied to the topic 'Remote public observatory opening with INDI' in the forum. 9 months ago

In case someone is still reading this... The people organizing the conference have not published our slides but we did another talk about INDI, and this time slides are available.

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Riccardo created a new topic ' Another talk about INDI' in the forum. 9 months ago

Hi,
a couple of months ago at the Italian Linux Day we did another talk about INDI.
WRT the last time the talk was scheduled in the afternoon so we planned to show a little ETX telescope and take some photo of the Sun with a Coronado PST. In the end the sky was cloudy so we did just half of the demo and shot some pic of the people attending with indi_gphoto_ccd.

BUT this time we have the slides!
(they are not very serious but keep in mind that the event was a lot less formal than the last time and we knew almost anyone attending)

Thanks,
Riccardo and Massimiliano

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Riccardo replied to the topic 'Error Starting ServerManager' in the forum. 10 months ago

It just means that the server will listen on every ip address your raspberry have (eg. if you have more than one network interface).
It's nothing to worry about except if you're running it on a device connected to the public internet :)

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Riccardo replied to the topic 'Remote public observatory opening with INDI' in the forum. 1 year ago

Teseo is friends with Riccardo

Riccardo created a new topic ' Remote public observatory opening with INDI' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi,
I'm writing about an observatory in a town near Bologna (Italy) and the stargazers' association that has built it (Gruppo Astrofili PERSicetani).
We are using INDI since 2008(ish) and during the past year we rewrote the driver to make full use of the generic classes exposed by the library.

Some night ago with some friends we did a "special" observatory opening event, driving the telescope from 400km of distance and showing the live images to the general public.

Setup:
- at the observatory: two people setting up the system and looking for holes between the clouds to point the telescope to (obviously we had rain and hail in the afternoon)
- at the talk venue: two people, one speaking to the public and another at the computer
- software used: a mix of KStars/Ekos at the venue, Cartes du Ciel/Skychart and XEphem at the observatory, Google Hangouts to communicate between us
- hardware used: the observatory telescope (40cm, self built), a Canon EOS 5D, a C.H.I.P. to drive the camera

The night was a clear pretense to show off the drivers and protocol capabilities, but still 60 people "observed" for two hours looking at the live images.
I planned to wrote a "what went wrong" post but everything went unexpectedly well. Really, we had HAIL six hours before the talk!
We just had some minor issue with the camera going to sleep too often/early and messing with indi_gphoto_ccd (it didn't happen during the tests, but we have not really looked too much into it). And someone decided it was a good idea disassembling/reassembling the focuser two days before the talk: one of the screw fastening it to the telescope fell down while I was attaching the camera. Sigh!

Mixed links:
- the observatory: www.gapers.it/ (italian only, sorry, I hope google translate works well) :(
- the event: moca.olografix.org/speakers/sky-falling-osservazione-stellare/
- the host conference: moca.olografix.org/it/moca/ it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Olografix_CAmp
- the C.H.I.P.: getchip.com/
(some slides should appear over the event/conference pages soonish)

Thanks, really!
Riccardo and Massimiliano

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