The Raspberry PI (RPi) is an ARM-based credit-card-sized single board computer. It costs around $35 (PI 2) and therefore it is a very attractive choice for amateur astronomers to control their equipment either locally or remotely. It can be used over Ethernet or WiFi to control your equipment remotely.
Due to power limitations of the RPi, it is recommended to connect all devices to a powered USB hub. INDI Library v1.2.0 packages in addition to 3rd party drivers are available for the RPi (Raspbian Jessie, Wheezy packages are no longer offered). Furthermore, if you install Ubuntu Mate for Raspberry PI 2, you can get all the bleeding edge INDI and KStars directly from the Ubuntu INDI PPA, no need to download and install packages manually!
You typically would run an INDI server on the RPi and connect to it remotely from Ekos. While it is technically possible to build Ekos in RPi, it would not run smoothly; therefore it is recommended to run INDI server on the RPi and Ekos on a more powerful machine.
The following steps are applicable to RPi running the Raspbian OS:
- Install the dependencies:
sudo apt-get install cdbs libcfitsio3-dev libnova-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev libjpeg-dev libusb-dev libtiff5-dev libftdi-dev fxload libkrb5-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev dcraw libgphoto2-dev libgsl0-dev dkms libboost-regex-dev libgps21 libdc1394-22-dev
- Download INDI Library for RPi
- Extract and Install INDI Library:
tar -xzf libindi_1.2.0_rpi.tar.gz cd libindi_1.2.0_rpi sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Included in the INDI Library for RPi are INDI servers, tools, and drivers. The following are some of the drivers in the package. For a complete list, please check the devices page:
|Atik CCD Driver||indi_atik_ccd|
|GPhoto Driver (for DSLRs)||indi_gphoto_ccd|
|Starlight Xpress Driver||indi_sx_ccd, indi_sx_wheel, indi_sx_ao|
|Meade DSI Pro I/II Driver||indi_dsi_ccd|
|Atik CCD Driver||indi_atik_ccd|
|ZWO Optics ASI Driver||indi_asi_ccd|
|AAG Cloud Watcher Driver||indi_aagcloudwatcher|
To run INDI server:
indiserver -v -m 100 driver_executable
Replacedriver_executable with the actual INDI driver executable. For example, to run INDI server with EQMod, Atik CCD, and Joystick driver:
indiserver -v indi_eqmod_telescope indi_joystick indi_atik_ccd
This will start INDI server on the RPi on port 7624 by default. You can then connect to the INDI server from Ekos/KStars or any INDI compatible client.
You should power up your Raspberry Pi from the same USB hub you are connecting your CCD to. Powering Raspberry Pi with its own power supply will result in your CCD and Raspberry Pi do not have common ground (GND). This leads to non-zero voltage potential on all wires between your CCD and Raspberry Pi, including data lines. The noise identified on the images represents the current related to this non-zero voltage potential.
Installing the Guide Star Catalog to work with the indi_simulator_ccd driver
If you are planning to use the indi_simulator_ccd driver and need to retrieve simulated images of star fields you have to install de Guide Star Catalog (GSC) on your RPi. To do so, follow the next steps:
- Create a folder to download and compile the GSC:
mkdir gsc cd gsc
- Download both the Data (more than 200MB!) and the Source files of the 1.2 version:
wget -O bincats_GSC_1.2.tar.gz http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/nph-Cat/tar.gz?bincats/GSC_1.2
- Untar (uncompress) the downloaded data and source files:
tar -xvzf bincats_GSC_1.2.tar.gz
- Compile the source code:
cd src makeIgnore the error messages regarding some *.o files that cannot be removed.
- Rename the executable and copy it to the /usr/bin directory:
mv gsc.exe gsc sudo cp gsc /usr/bin/ cd ..
- Copy the regions.* files from the bin directory to the base gsc directory:
cp ~/gsc/bin/regions.* ~/gsc
- Update your .bashrc to set the GSCDAT environment variable:
cp ~/.bashrc ~/.bashrc.copy echo "export GSCDAT=~/gsc" >> ~/.bashrc
- Log out and log in again into your RPi for the environment variable to take effect.
- Launch the indiserver with the indi_simulator_ccd driver and test it with your favourite client!: