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TOPIC: Lacerta MGEN support?

Lacerta MGEN support? 2 years 6 months ago #7648

Is there any way to control the MGEN using EKOS?
Without any communication between EKOS and the MGEN I'm afraid things won't work, so looking for a way to control MGEN with EKOS.

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Lacerta MGEN support? 2 years 6 months ago #7654

You have to ask the manufacturer if this camera is supported under Linux. If not, ask them if they can provide protocol for control or any API/SDK that would help.

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Lacerta MGEN support? 2 years 6 months ago #7656

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knro wrote: You have to ask the manufacturer if this camera is supported under Linux. If not, ask them if they can provide protocol for control or any API/SDK that would help.

I found some information on page www.starhop.de/?p=20

1. Download des Treibers für den im Lacerta MGEN verwendeten Controller auf der Website des Controller-Chip-Herstellers (in der Tabelle, Treiber für Windows 32- und 64-Bit-Betriebssysteme, Linux und Mac OSX verfügbar). Nach dem Download die Treiberdateien mit der originalen Ordnerstruktur entpacken und den Ort dieses Ordners merken.

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Lacerta MGEN support? 2 years 6 months ago #7659

I emailed the manufacturer indeed. Will post here when I get a reply ;)

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Lacerta MGEN support? 2 years 6 months ago #7660

oleg wrote:

knro wrote: You have to ask the manufacturer if this camera is supported under Linux. If not, ask them if they can provide protocol for control or any API/SDK that would help.

I found some information on page www.starhop.de/?p=20

1. Download des Treibers für den im Lacerta MGEN verwendeten Controller auf der Website des Controller-Chip-Herstellers (in der Tabelle, Treiber für Windows 32- und 64-Bit-Betriebssysteme, Linux und Mac OSX verfügbar). Nach dem Download die Treiberdateien mit der originalen Ordnerstruktur entpacken und den Ort dieses Ordners merken.


Seems to be the firmware, not sure if this helps controlling it from an external device?

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Lacerta MGEN support? 2 years 6 months ago #7663

Received reply:

"you can control MGEN (hardware version II) remotely via it's own windows application provided in the firmware zip file, including wakeup.
You may also use APT to synchronize dithering
www.ideiki.com/astro/Default.aspx

But there is currently no support for Linux, request is actually very little."

Don't think that's of any use unfortunately?

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Lacerta MGEN support? 2 years 6 months ago #7777

Nope, it's not supported by the manufacturer so nothing to be done unless you can reverse engineer the protocol itself.

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Lacerta MGEN support? 1 year 10 months ago #12742

Hello!
Has there been any new information on this subject?
I have a MGen II too, and I'm willing to inspect and try to implement its RS232 control protocol into an Indi driver somewhere in 2017.
We would probably get only as much as a copy of the display of the controller, but the remote feature may be interesting.
-Eric

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Lacerta MGEN support? 1 year 10 months ago #12743

No news unfortunately ;)
would be great if we could just start and stop the MGEN

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Lacerta MGEN support? 1 year 10 months ago #12748

The USB connection seems to provide a view on the controller screen, and a way to depress controls.
With the eventual capability to exchange configuration files with the MGen, it might be possible to automate some procedures.
And this would probably also give access to the APN shutter control, along with the nice random offset feature.
But there are still many ifs (and I need to push other changes related to v4l2, it's been a long time since I could test with clear skies here).
-Eric

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Lacerta MGEN support? 1 year 10 months ago #12750

TallFurryMan wrote: The USB connection seems to provide a view on the controller screen, and a way to depress controls.
With the eventual capability to exchange configuration files with the MGen, it might be possible to automate some procedures.
And this would probably also give access to the APN shutter control, along with the nice random offset feature.
But there are still many ifs (and I need to push other changes related to v4l2, it's been a long time since I could test with clear skies here).
-Eric


Well, that does sound promising...
If I can be of any help in testing or otherwise, please let me know

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Lacerta MGEN support? 1 year 9 months ago #13173

Hi There,

MGEN with INDI - control would be great. The MGEN is IMHO the best device for standalone guiding. Lacerta did help those astrel guys to let their cam trigger MGEN's dithering. I just asked Lacerta "... if they can provide protocol for control or any API/SDK that would help.." like Jasem suggested.
It's Christmastime so they might be very busy now...

Andreas

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