Thanks for the insight. It would be nice if the SDK were open, but it works, and fills in some gaps that pktriggercord doesn't. It really wasn't too complicated--Andras already did the hard work reverse-engineering pktriggercord. Learning how to use the SDK was a piece of cake compared to that.
I had a little bit of time to pick this up again, and so I spent some time revisiting the driver today. I think I've reached a point on development where there's not really anything for me to add or fix for my personal usage, and I haven't had any feedback from anyone else, so I've decided to submit a pull request. Guess we'll see how it goes.
Right now there's an issue with the gphoto Pentax driver Indi does detect the camera, but you cannot connect.
I have created a ticket, Marcus has seen it, but I guess he's on vacation github.com/gphoto/libgphoto2/issues/478
Interesting. Mine was working on the K5 last weekend but I'm not following nightly right now so something could have happened in latest. A bit off topic for this thread so I'll follow it on PF and gphoto git to see if I can confuse anyone. ...er I mean help.
@Karlees: I hope Jasem will make this a testing driver and leave the gphoto one too, until we get more tests. I've been terribly busy lately and completely forgot about testing this new one. Having it compile with indi should make it easier to get feeback though.
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I would think it would be a while before this fully replaced the gphoto driver for Pentax--it needs a lot of testing by people with different equipment than I have. I think in the long run that people will find this driver to work better than gphoto for Pentax cameras, but who knows. (And the existing indi_pentax_ccd driver is just a redirect to indi_gphoto anyway, so the gphoto driver would never really be gone). In the meantime, it does leave open a question of naming conventions. I proposed in my code naming one driver "Pentax (Gphoto)" and the other "Pentax (Native)", but I'm open to suggestions.
My clear skies are too precious for me to install nightly builds Then we have the blood pressure issue and the feeling of just wanting to put a nail through the laptop when everything goes wrong
The problem is related to latest stable builds - I’m not the only one facing the problem.
@karlrees, since the gphoto driver can also be used for Pentax cameras, you could stick to just “Pentax” with an explanation that older Pentax cameras would have to use the gphoto driver.
Just a suggestion.
i am new to Indi, Ekos and Astroberry. I managed to take some pictures while in B Mode and plate solving did work too while using my Pentax K70 and primary scope. I have to set everything in camera. Changes i make while using Ekos won't take effect.
And for worst, i can't save pictures on my SD Card... I can't set a folder. After plate solving i have to stop the Pentax Driver, disconnect the camera (USB) and connect a external shutter release.
Am i missing something? Cam is PTP.
I did a full (dist-upgrade) Update two days ago. Is there a possibility that a newer Driver exist and it isn't pushed to Astroberry until now?
Which are the optimal cam and Ekos settings? And how i set up everything to save pictures on the camera SD?
Unfortunately, the Pentax situation seems to have gotten worse with the latest driver updates. I also have a K-70 which I used to use for astrophotography, I always had to set ISO and shutter speed on the camera, Ekos has always been able to trigger an exposure and download to my laptop.
Everything seems very unstable, last week I managed to set ISO and aperture via Ekos, but not exposure time, 10min later I could not do it.
Now there are two Pentax drivers and the gphoto (which I’ve used in the past) all three drivers seems to be challenging to use.
PTP mode does not support Bulb mode. You need to switch to MSC mode. Honestly, unless you need live video, you may just want to forget about PTP mode (though I welcome testing).
In either mode, the Native driver (I cannot speak for gPhoto/legacy) is highly untested, unfortunately. The most feedback I ever received on it was from people using older camera models that ultimately just wouldn't work. The K-70, on the other hand, should work well, ideally, so I really appreciate feedback like yours. Could you let me know which OS you're using, as well as the specific hardware you're running on?
The Native driver hasn't changed in a few months. I'm not sure how far behind Astroberry is, but last time I tried it I think it was fairly up-to-date, so I doubt that an upgrade affected anything.
I need to investigate the SD card issue--I thought that worked, but it's not part of my normal process flow. I usually just save to the client. I'm on an extended road trip right now, so it may be a week or two before I have my equipment available to test.
Were you using the Native driver when you set the ISO and aperture? As far as I know, the only way to get those to set are with the Native driver in PTP mode, and that's only if you have an actual lens attached to the camera (i.e. not prime focus). But then the shutter speed should have worked as well--unless of course you were in Bulb mode.