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INDI Library v1.8.6 Released (21 Aug 2020)

August 2020 release of INDI Library v1.8.6 introduces new drivers while providing fixes and improvements to existing devices and core framework.

New Pentax Driver Testing

6 months 2 weeks ago
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New Pentax Driver Testing #50483
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

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6 months 2 weeks ago 6 months 2 weeks ago by Blueshawk. Reason: more to say
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New Pentax Driver Testing #50486
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. :P ...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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6 months 2 weeks ago
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New Pentax Driver Testing #50489
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.

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6 months 2 weeks ago 6 months 2 weeks ago by DrawsACircle.
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New Pentax Driver Testing #50490

Blueshawk wrote: 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. :P ...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.


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 :silly:
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.

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6 months 2 weeks ago 6 months 2 weeks ago by Blueshawk.
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New Pentax Driver Testing #50491
And all this time I thought "I" was the drama queen...or maybe I was just the progenitor of bug driven angst. Ask our ever understanding @knro(Jasem) how often I've lost it trying to fix stuff. :pinch:

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6 months 2 weeks ago
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New Pentax Driver Testing #50500
:lol: :lol:
You are not the only one, that’s also why I stick to the official releases and have an sd card with the previous version ready if anything goes wrong.

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1 month 2 weeks ago
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New Pentax Driver Testing #57842
Hello,

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?

Thanks and greetings from Germany,

Ralph

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1 month 2 weeks ago 1 month 2 weeks ago by DrawsACircle.
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New Pentax Driver Testing #57855
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.

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1 month 2 weeks ago
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New Pentax Driver Testing #57858
Thank you. I hoped to hear something like update drivers and there you go ;)

As long i can do a plate solve using my imaging scope and my K70 i am fine. Hope that the issues will be fixed some time!

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1 month 2 weeks ago
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New Pentax Driver Testing #57860
Ralph,

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.

Karl

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1 month 2 weeks ago
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New Pentax Driver Testing #57861
DrawsACircle,

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.

Karl

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1 month 2 weeks ago
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New Pentax Driver Testing #57883
I did a little testing after dayshift.

There are only two drivers i can use (Pentax gphoto and the allround Driver [forget the Name] ;) the Pentax native Driver is visible in another menu, but i can't start or stop it)

Still not able to take exposures in mft mode, only ptp and bulb is possible. But my cam was finally detected in mft mode after unmounting the sd card.

One package isn't updated while doing some sudo Update and Upgrade.

I think i build up my Rasperry Pi 3b from scratch... maybe i did something strange ;)

As long as plate solving is working with the k70 and my primary scope i'm fine. I do a 10 second exposure at a very low iso. After plate solving and goto i connect an external shutter release and unmount the camera.

@Karl do your Road Trip! I write an update after doing a fresh Install.

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