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INDI Library v1.8.1 Released (09 Sep 2019)

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New EKOS Observatory module

5 months 3 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39355
Dear KStars friends,
directly hot from code-kitchen here a new screenshot of the Observatory module. Meanwhile, I have implemented a simple form of reactions on weather warnings and alerts. The core idea is to define, which actions should be taken in case of warnings and alerts. In case that a warning or alert is active for a certain amount of time, the defined actions (closing the shutter, parking the dome) will be taken. See the links above if you want to test it.

And no, neither the telescope nor scheduler receive a message. This is the next step. Stay tuned...

As always: feedback and critics warmly welcome.

- Wolfgang


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5 months 3 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39375
hi Wolfgang,
tested the latest version, attached a screenshot.
The park delay on Warning / Alerts works just fine and it's great! thanks.
Minor issues:
- on startup the Weather status icon is not shown (see picture). But when status changes the icon is back.
- If the dome doesn't have shutter, the shutter controls on the right shouldn't be visible.
- I rather prefer a delay in seconds.

I'll write you a PM later.
Ferrante
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5 months 3 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39380
Hi Ferrante,
which weather module do you use? It seems like it behaves differently than the Simulator. Or do you get the same behaviour with the missing icon with the WeatherSimulator as well?
If secs are better, OK, I will change it.
- Wolfgang

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5 months 3 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39382
hi Wolfgang,
Using Weather Watcher. But I can't recreate the status icon issue anymore. I will let you know if I understand the condition for this to happen.
Ferrante

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New EKOS Observatory module #39408
I'm extremely fond of Astrospheric.com . I know the author allows imbedding of his weather information into webpages. I use it on my current website. But I would love for something like that imbedded into the panel similar to how I have it mocked up.


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5 months 3 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39411
Seems like a nice website to me. Is there anything similar that is not only for North America?


Wouter

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5 months 3 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39413
Aww that’s too bad. There must be a more global service. I would think they need to provide transparency, seeing data, and most weather services don’t offer the info. But, I’m guessing you can derive seeing and transparency from temperature changes, humidity and cloud coverage.

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5 months 3 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39425
There is clearoutside.com that provides global weather forecast that could be embedded in web pages or apps.

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5 months 3 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39438
Here comes the next iteration: I implemented a simple status model of the observatory:



- Wolfgang

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5 months 3 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39443
Just a thought, the way I've thought about the observtory status is with two states, safe to Observe and safe to Open.

Safe to Observe controls the imaging and this is designed to pause imaging if something happens to make imaging impractical, such as a patch of cloud. The observatory would stay open, the camera cool, the scope tracking etc., while it waited. when this becomes true the system can quickly resume the observing process.

Safe to Open controls the observatory safety, the observatory could stay open through thin cloud but close for heavy cloud. This could warm the camera, park the scope and close/park the observatory.

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5 months 3 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39450
Good point, but not that easy, because safety has two aspects. From the observatory perspective, it means that the weather is appropriate. From the imaging perspective it means additionally, that the dome is unparked, the shutter is open etc.

This is also the problem with the readiness I just introduced. Technically, the observatory is ready as soon the mechanics are in place. From the imaging perspective, weather is also an aspect.

Any ideas, what the right definition is?

- Wolfgang

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5 months 2 weeks ago
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New EKOS Observatory module #39640
hi Wolfgang,
I was wondering if the observatory status is useful also as a command to activate the whole observatory.
For RoR, it is redundant, they already have unpark to get the same result.
For domes, it could be dangerous to issue two commands (open shutter and unpark) at the same time. Actually would be more dangerous to do the opposite: close shutter and park.

I would leave the observatory status issuing no action, just showing the status. Any action should be managed by a more complete procedure that is customizable. Like: first unpark dome, wait 10sec, open shutter.
Again, this approach would make more sense in case of a shutdown than wake up.

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