Gene Lauria replied to the topic 'PhD2 via Ekos on Windows machine while INDI running on RPI3' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thank-you Helge, this was very helpful.

My version of PHD2 was old and I did not see the options shown in your screen shot. I updated my PHD2 and now it works (and makes sense). Before, I was trying to figure out how PHD2 would work because it controls the mount and camera through the COM ports of my laptop which are now located on a remote computer (RPI3) running as the INDI server. I knew that I had to be missing something somewhere, so that's why I wrote the posting.

If anyone else reads this, I might suggest more detailed instructions on section 8 of the Guide Module page in using Ekos. www.indilib.org/about/ekos/guide-module.html Mainly, in the 3rd paragraph, I got lost after the first sentence. It would help if more explanation in what it means to "select your INDI equipment and set their options.", in PHD2. For a newbie like me who's learning how all of this works, more explanation on how to do this would really help.

Clear skies,
-Gene

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Gene Lauria created a new topic ' PhD2 via Ekos on Windows machine while INDI running on RPI3' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi guys,

Newbie dumb question here, I have the following setup:
INDI running on an RPI3 (server), KStars / Ekos running on my Windows Laptop (client).
I've got everything working great using the built-in guider in Ekos, but I would like to run PhD2 instead, which of course, is installed on the Windows client machine. I read the instructions on, www.indilib.org/about/ekos/guide-module.html#h8-using-phd2 , but I cannot get PhD2 to connect through Ekos. The error that I get is that the address is not available. In the profile setup guiding field, I have local / port 0 which must be incorrect. The other problem is that in PhD2, how do I tell the equipment setup for the guide camera / mount to look to INDI for the port information? Normally, I would assign COM1, or COM* if I was not using KStars / Ekos / INDI but I now know this would be redundant.

I just learned about PhD2 build 2.6.3dev7 which now has and INDI option for the port connections, but can't get that to work either. I selected INDI camera / INDI mount and entered port 7624 but that didn't work either. Also, in the Ekos profile, for the guider option I tried, PhD2 / local / port 7624, PhD2 / the IP address of RPI3 server running INDI / 7624 and that didn't work either. Maybe I have to use another port?

Sorry for showing my ignorance here. If there is another link / forum posting with more detailed instructions, please forward me where I might find it.
Thanks,
-Gene

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Gene Lauria replied to the topic 'USB to serial adapter for Rasberry Pi to control mount' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi Gerry,

I'm sorry to hear that you had so much grief with your pl-2303 with the raspberry pi, it works great. I had no problem hooking my NJP up and it worked first try once I could confirm that the USB to serial adapter was working.

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Gene Lauria replied to the topic 'DSLR Mirror Lock' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thanks Jasem,

See, dumb question. I must have had a non-zero number in the field then. I was doing some test dark exposures to get used to how Ekos works, and I heard the mirror lock up and my darks were showing the bleed through because the amplifier was on since the mirror was locked in the up position. I'll try it again tonight and make sure that the value is zero and see what happens.

-Gene

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Gene Lauria created a new topic ' DSLR Mirror Lock' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi Guys,

I have a newbie dumb question. How do you disable the mirror lock? I have a modified Canon DSLR and if I have the mirror lock enabled, the internal amplifier stays on and its heat bleeds onto the sensor. I want to disable the mirror lock so the amplifier will only be on only when the image is being downloaded off of the camera.

I see in the INDI Main control that the Mirror Lock has a green light and I want to turn it off, but can't find any control in any of the tabs to do so.

Thanks,
-Gene

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Gene Lauria replied to the topic 'USB to serial adapter for Rasberry Pi to control mount' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thanks,

Ultimately, I would like to use Raspian Lite because since I want to use the Raspberry Pi as a server only, there's no need to have the window interface. I just want to turn it on, have it autostart the INDI drivers and connect to it with KStars / Ekos on my laptop as the client. i.e., I don't intend to use a keyboard and monitor with the Pi, and I hope I won't need one. Just turn it on and go... I think it will take a while with me though since I'm completely new to all this stuff. I always wanted to find an application to use a single-board computer, so this looks like the perfect learning opportunity.

I tried a Prolific 2030 USB to serial adapter with the Pi and it worked. I found this posting in the Raspberry Pi forum ( www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=146215 ) and was able to see the same messages that are shown after typing lsusb and dmesg commands confirming that it recognized the adapter. Lastly, I started the INDI driver to my mount (Tak. Temma), started it on my client running Ekos, and I was off to the races! :) -Too easy.

Now I'm struggling with getting my Canon DSLR to work. There's a whole FAQ on the subject, but I'm still running into difficulties. However, that will be another forum posting.

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Gene Lauria replied to the topic 'USB to serial adapter for Rasberry Pi to control mount' in the forum. 3 months ago

Very good Jasem, (My apologies for misspelling you name in my previous mesage.)

Is it that simple with Ubuntu? Since I was planning on using the Raspberry Pi I was trying to keep the overhead low and use a more simple OS. I was actually thinking of just loading Raspian Lite because I didn't think I would need all of extra bells and whistles that comes with Ubuntu Mate.

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Gene Lauria replied to the topic 'USB to serial adapter for Rasberry Pi to control mount' in the forum. 3 months ago

Thanks Jasim,
It's that straightforward then? I thought that running it on the Pi was going to require something special. I'm mostly a Windows user so I'm not that familiar with Linux-based OS's. Are the drivers any more difficult to install on the Raspian OS?

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Gene Lauria created a new topic ' USB to serial adapter for Rasberry Pi to control mount' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hello,

I don't know if this has been asked before, but how would one interface the USB port of a Raspberry Pi to a mount which has a 9-pin RS-232 port? Specifically, I would be trying to use a Raspberry Pi with the INDI drivers to control my Takahashi mount running the INDI Temma driver. My Tak. mount only has a 9-pin RS-232 connector.

Thanks,
-Gene

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