Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Re:Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

In my own experience when the focuser is working, I noticed if it has received a command, moved to the position, then I issue a new command, it sometimes does not move if I do this too quickly. It requires some longer delay before you can give it a new command.

Am I able to adjust the timing settings you indicated or do I need to wait for an update to EKOS or the Moonlite plugin?

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

This is with both serial USB devices connected.

indi_cele 2407 andrewburwell    7u      CHR              20,15    0t1684     693 /dev/cu.usbserial
indi_moon 2410 andrewburwell    3u      CHR              20,11     0t840     683 /dev/cu.usbserial-A10725B4

I've loaded up all devices again (Mount, cameras, etc) and the Moonlite is working this time. I have it plugged into the Laptop directly, and I have the others plugged into a USB Hub. I'm wondering if one of the issues when I previously had everything plugged into the hub was that there might not have been enough power for everything.

I'm still getting the same timeout issues. So there still appears to be a communication issue with just receiving information from the Moonlite controller regarding temp and position. However that said, the Moonlite overview tab shows the correct absolute position.

This is how it all looks connected in profiler:

USB 3.0 Bus:

Host Controller Driver: AppleUSBXHCIWPT
PCI Device ID: 0x9cb1
PCI Revision ID: 0x0003
PCI Vendor ID: 0x8086

USB 3.0 HUB
:

Product ID: 0x0058
Vendor ID: 0x050d (Belkin Corporation)
Version: 85.71
Speed: Up to 5 Gb/sec
Manufacturer: VIA Labs, Inc.
Location ID: 0x14500000 / 9
Current Available (mA): 900
Current Required (mA): 0
Extra Operating Current (mA): 0

ASI1600MM-Cool:

Product ID: 0x1603
Vendor ID: 0x03c3
Version: 0.00
Speed: Up to 5 Gb/sec
Manufacturer: ZWO
Location ID: 0x14520000 / 11
Current Available (mA): 900
Current Required (mA): 512
Extra Operating Current (mA): 12

ASI224MC:

Product ID: 0x224a
Vendor ID: 0x03c3
Version: 0.00
Speed: Up to 5 Gb/sec
Manufacturer: ZWO
Location ID: 0x14510000 / 10
Current Available (mA): 900
Current Required (mA): 512
Extra Operating Current (mA): 12

Bluetooth USB Host Controller:

Product ID: 0x8290
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Version: 1.46
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Broadcom Corp.
Location ID: 0x14300000 / 2
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 0
Extra Operating Current (mA): 0
Built-In: Yes

USB 2.0 HUB
:

Product ID: 0x0058
Vendor ID: 0x050d (Belkin Corporation)
Version: 85.70
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Location ID: 0x14200000 / 12
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 100
Extra Operating Current (mA): 0

USB-Serial Controller:

Product ID: 0x2303
Vendor ID: 0x067b (Prolific Technology, Inc.)
Version: 3.00
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Prolific Technology Inc.
Location ID: 0x14230000 / 14
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 100
Extra Operating Current (mA): 0

USB2.0 Hub:

Product ID: 0x6572
Vendor ID: 0x04b4 (Cypress Semiconductor)
Version: 32.99
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Location ID: 0x14220000 / 13
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 100
Extra Operating Current (mA): 0

ZWO EFW:

Product ID: 0x1f01
Vendor ID: 0x03c3
Version: 0.00
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: ZW0
Location ID: 0x14222000 / 15
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 64
Extra Operating Current (mA): 0

FT232R USB UART:

Product ID: 0x6001
Vendor ID: 0x0403 (Future Technology Devices International Limited)
Version: 6.00
Serial Number: A10725B4
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: FTDI
Location ID: 0x14100000 / 4
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 90
Extra Operating Current (mA): 0


Still wondering if the driver I listed above might alleviate the communication issue, or if there is a bug in the INDI driver. Here's a log from the last time with everything working.

File Attachment:

File Name: log_07-46-17.txt.zip
File Size: 15 KB


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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

I get this:

indi_moon 2321 andrewburwell    3u      CHR              20,11    0t1166     683 /dev/cu.usbserial-A10725B4


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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

A little more digging and what I can find on their website is that the VCP driver is for this:

VCP creates a virtual com port on the MAC and allows applications that use the POSIX programming interface to communicate with the device. This is effectively the same us using a legacy com port.

And the D2XX drivers are for:

D2xx uses FTDI’s programming interface to access advanced features of the chips.

Sounds like maybe I should try the VCP drivers?

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

Also, one other thing.

I have both my serial-USB cable for my mount plugged in now, and the focuser, and they're both working. By themselves. I still get the timeout errors, but I can send commands to the focuser.

USB-Serial Controller:

  Product ID:	0x2303
  Vendor ID:	0x067b  (Prolific Technology, Inc.)
  Version:	3.00
  Speed:	Up to 12 Mb/sec
  Manufacturer:	Prolific Technology Inc.
  Location ID:	0x14200000 / 18
  Current Available (mA):	500
  Current Required (mA):	100
  Extra Operating Current (mA):	0

FT232R USB UART:

  Product ID:	0x6001
  Vendor ID:	0x0403  (Future Technology Devices International Limited)
  Version:	6.00
  Serial Number:	A10725B4
  Speed:	Up to 12 Mb/sec
  Manufacturer:	FTDI
  Location ID:	0x14100000 / 19
  Current Available (mA):	500
  Current Required (mA):	90
  Extra Operating Current (mA):	0

The FT232R is the focuser. FTDI makes the chip, and they have a webpage here where you can see the specs. It looks like their might be a driver from FTDI, I'm wondering if this would help, but I don't know which to download.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

I’m wondering since I have a Serial to USB cable and driver installed for my NexStar hand controller if getting a USB version of the hand controller would eliminate this issue? I think the only way to test it would be to erase OSX and do a clean install with no USB serial driver installed to test the focuser before I make a purchase.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

I don’t have any other devices plugged in, so how would I test it?

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

Ok. This time I set it up with a CCD Simulator, Telescope Simulator, Guider simulator, and the Moonlite. I Rebooted, unplugged all devices, and rest the Moonlite motor by unplugging it from everything and plugging it back in. When I booted up went into EKOS and started INDI, the focuser would not start. I logged this session. Stopped INDI, and I tried to clear out the USB port connection information on the Moonlite connection tab. Then I quit EKOS, reset the focuser again, and then loaded up EKOS, started INDI, and it worked this time. I copied the USB settings from Device Profile, and took another log, moved the focuser a bit, then exited EKOS. All the information is attached.

I did previously install a driver for the USB-Serial cable I use to connect to my mount and control it. I believe I installed the Prolific driver from http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProduct.aspx?p_id=229&pcid=41 , but it has been a while. The USB Serial cable I'm using with the mount is from Sabrent .

Thanks, Let me know if I need to provide anything else.

File Attachment:

File Name: Moonlitewithsimulators.zip
File Size: 197 KB


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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

Also, here's a report of what is on the USB hub.

File Attachment:

File Name: USBDevices.rtf
File Size: 7 KB


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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

Here's all the equipment connected. Moonlite will not connect now at all. I've provided a new log, plus new screens of both connection windows for the Celestron AVX mount and the Moonlite.

Thanks.

File Attachment:

File Name: Moonlitewithgear.zip
File Size: 361 KB


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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

Ok, I’ll attempt one with only the Moonlite, and one with everything connected to be sure there are no issues.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

I didn’t have any other equipment connected. I was just trying the focuser after installing it.

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Andrew Burwell replied to the topic 'Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

Here's my log and screenshots. During this session it seemed to stop responding after several move commands. I tried to disconnect and reconnect to it during the log session.

Thanks for the help.

File Attachment:

File Name: moonlitefocuser.zip
File Size: 655 KB


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Andrew Burwell created a new topic ' Moonlite Focuser Mac/EKOS' in the forum. 1 week ago

I just got a new Moonlite focus controller (V2) and stepper motor. It's connected via a serial cable from the motor to the controller, then the controller has USB2 out that goes to the computer. When I try to connect in EKOS it says it's connected via /dev/cu.usbserial-A10725B4. I have been able to get EKOS to move the focuser one time. By putting in presets for position 1, 2, 3 and I can move it to position 1 and 2 which I set at 200 and 4000 respectively. I set position 3 at 15000 and a max position of 28125, which is the max travel of the 4.5" draw tube in the focuser. When It works, it seems to move to those positions as set. It took me about 3-4 tries before.I got a reliable connection working where I could give it commands and it would respond.

I get continual Errors in the log window for updateTemperature error: Timeout error, and updatePosition error: Timeout error. If I lose connection, I have to remove the USB cable, the serial cable, and controller power to reset the motor/controller. Just unplugging USB does not reset it. The software (EKOS) also requires a restart.

I tried to turn on Debug, but it immediately shuts off, and doesn't allow me to log any errors.

How can I get it to stop reporting position and temperature errors, or report the correct information? Also, what are the Relative and Absolute position settings for? Is there anything else I might need to do to set it up the first time? I've not used a focus controller before. Is there any way to set the zero point? Or do you just start with the focuser racked all the way in?

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