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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface

10 months 2 weeks ago
HelgeMK
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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #33076
Hi everyone,

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on a new INDI driver to handle my stepper motor via USB interface. Now the code seems to work in principle - i would say it is a beta-version at this stage.

This project has been inspired by Radek Kaczorek's "astroberry-diy" drivers, which means very practically that I was taking his astroberrry-rpifocuser code as starting point.

Please find the package on github for downloading and let me know if you need any helps. Also any suggestions are very welcome.

github.com/HelgeMK/TicFocuser

Best, Helge
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10 months 2 weeks ago
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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #33094
Hi Helge,
Very good idea !! Do you think it may be possible to use rx/tx connectors on the Tic card to connect a Bluetooth extension ?
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10 months 2 weeks ago
HelgeMK
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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #33099
Hi Franck,

Many thanks. To be honest, I never thought about using the BT interface, but I agree, it would make sense, and should be equally possible (I need to look into). What I am not sure about: I have connected by EQ6 via BT already to my mini PC. I simply do not know, whether I can run two devices in parallel via BT. Would you happen to know?

Best, Helge

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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #33103
Well I guess so. I'm planning to connect the EQ6 and the Focuser using BT, but did not try yet. I'll keep you updated as soon as I'm able to test that.

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9 months 3 weeks ago
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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #33907
So, after a lot of try&error, the Bluetooth version seems to be working. Will need to do some finetuning and make it available on github. It is also working alongside the Eqmod driver, also connected to the mount via Bluetooth. Hope everything works also outside in the field, in case clouds will ever clear up!

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9 months 3 weeks ago
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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #33950
Please find here the link to github, which provides the repository for the Bluetooth version of this driver:

github.com/HelgeMK/TicFocuserBT
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9 months 3 weeks ago
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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #33980
Great job Helgemk, I'll give it a try.

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9 months 3 weeks ago
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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #34023
This looks like a cool project. I had been thinking about using a Tic T834 and pancake stepper motor to keep a low profile, although it would be more expensive. Right now I use an Arduino (nano) setup with can stepper.

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9 months 3 weeks ago
HelgeMK
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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #34024
Please let me know how it works, will do my best to assist.

Best, Helge

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2 weeks 6 days ago
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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #45143
Hi Helge, It's been a long time :-) - I eventually found an opportunity to use a pololul tic and your code to run a focuser on a new setup. The Tic software is now installed on my Tinker Board, and I'm waiting for a Pololu tic t825. I'll keep you updated with my progress.
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INDI focuser driver for Pololu Tic Stepper Motor Controller via USB interface #45146
Cool! I am also about to give it a second chance after a few month of manual focusing.

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