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INDI Library v1.9.9 Released (30 Nov 2022)

Bi-monthly INDI Library released with new drivers and bug fixes.

INDI focuser driver for Waveshare Stepper Motor HAT for Raspberry Pi / Rock Pi

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Kevin,
I appreciate all the work you have done here.  Can I ask that your code be migrated tot he INDI library for easier install and updates??  Thanks Bruce
1 year 6 months ago #73942

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Now with Rock Pi 4 support! The Rock Pi is basically a speedier version of the Raspberry Pi.

I've updated the readme in the git repository for instructions on how to build the driver.
1 year 5 months ago #74145

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Kevin,
     Just wanted to say thank you very much for your efforts with this.   
It worked for me.   

Thanks
Andy 
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1 year 5 months ago #74443

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Kevin,

I wanted to activate an older Raspi SD card and to add your wmh driver. First I updated the package list and then upgraded with apt-get dist-upgrade. The subsequent installation failed with-- The C compiler identification is GNU 8.3.0-- The CXX compiler identification is GNU 8.3.0-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/cc-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/cc -- works-- Detecting C compiler ABI info-- Detecting C compiler ABI info - done-- Detecting C compile features-- Detecting C compile features - done-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++ -- works-- Detecting CXX compiler ABI info-- Detecting CXX compiler ABI info - done-- Detecting CXX compile features-- Detecting CXX compile features - done-- Found INDI: /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libindidriver.so;/usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libindiAlignmentDriver.so (found version "1.9.1")-- Found PkgConfig: /usr/bin/pkg-config (found version "0.29")-- Checking for one of the modules 'libgpiod'CMake Error at /usr/share/cmake-3.16/Modules/FindPkgConfig.cmake:741 (message):  None of the required 'libgpiod' foundCall Stack (most recent call first):  CMakeLists.txt:39 (pkg_search_module)  -- Checking for one of the modules 'libgpiodcxx'CMake Error at /usr/share/cmake-3.16/Modules/FindPkgConfig.cmake:741 (message):  None of the required 'libgpiodcxx' foundCall Stack (most recent call first):  CMakeLists.txt:40 (pkg_search_module)  -- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!See also "/indi-wmh-focuser/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeOutput.log".

Is this due to the recently released bullseye version of Debian? Do you have a suggestion what I can do to get it compiled? (I could send you the complete log file). I tried to copy over the Indi_wmh_focuser from another card, but obviously this is not enough. What else would I need to copy?

Thanks
Kurt
Skywatcher HEQ-5 EQMod | ASI1600MM Pro | ASI EFW | TS61EDPH | ZWO ASI 120MM | Artesky 130mm guidescope | Raspi 4B 4GB | Waveshare Stepper Motor HAT - DIY Focuser | Stellarmate | PixInsight
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Looks like I forgot to update the build instructions. There's a new dependency. Try:
sudo apt install libgpiod-dev
and try building again.

I'll update the build instructions.
1 year 4 months ago #75074

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Thanks, Kevin, with this additional install the compilation completes successful.
Skywatcher HEQ-5 EQMod | ASI1600MM Pro | ASI EFW | TS61EDPH | ZWO ASI 120MM | Artesky 130mm guidescope | Raspi 4B 4GB | Waveshare Stepper Motor HAT - DIY Focuser | Stellarmate | PixInsight
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Kevin, I installed the driver on a fresh StellarMate OS. I can select the driver in web manager and in the profile editor, but the device does not show up in the control panel once the indiserver is started. When I start the driver with indiserver Indi_wmh_focuser I get the following errors:2021-09-21T10:53:52: startup: indiserver indi_wmh_focuser2021-09-21T10:53:52: Driver indi_wmh_focuser: terminate called after throwing an instance of 'std::system_error'2021-09-21T10:53:52: Driver indi_wmh_focuser:   what():  cannot open GPIO device gpiochip0: Permission denied2021-09-21T10:53:52: Driver indi_wmh_focuser: stderr EOF2021-09-21T10:53:52: Driver indi_wmh_focuser: restart #1Child process 1628 died This is repeated about 10 times. Is this a driver or a stellarmate issue? Please advise. ThanksKurt 
Skywatcher HEQ-5 EQMod | ASI1600MM Pro | ASI EFW | TS61EDPH | ZWO ASI 120MM | Artesky 130mm guidescope | Raspi 4B 4GB | Waveshare Stepper Motor HAT - DIY Focuser | Stellarmate | PixInsight
1 year 4 months ago #75749

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Kevin,

Jasem Mutlaq suggested to submit your waveshare hat driver for inclusion in the official INDI repo. Do you think this is possible?

Thanks
Kurt
Skywatcher HEQ-5 EQMod | ASI1600MM Pro | ASI EFW | TS61EDPH | ZWO ASI 120MM | Artesky 130mm guidescope | Raspi 4B 4GB | Waveshare Stepper Motor HAT - DIY Focuser | Stellarmate | PixInsight
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Sorry Kurt, I didn't see your problem report until just now.

The driver won't start because of a permissions issue. The driver needs access to the GPIO device, which usually requires root access. The easy fix is to run indiserver as root. On at least some systems, you can add your user to the "gpio" group, which will negate the need to run as root. That seems to work on Raspbian, but not Ubuntu or Armbian.

I will try to get the driver added to 3rdParty one of these days... :)
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Thanks Kevin.

I'll check that tomorrow, the sun has already set today here and I want to go outside and use the clear night to take some images. Do you see a way to integrate the driver into the official INDI repo as Jasem suggested? I think it's a nice addition.

Kurt
Skywatcher HEQ-5 EQMod | ASI1600MM Pro | ASI EFW | TS61EDPH | ZWO ASI 120MM | Artesky 130mm guidescope | Raspi 4B 4GB | Waveshare Stepper Motor HAT - DIY Focuser | Stellarmate | PixInsight
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If you'd project gets included in with the 3rd party drivers, a couple small things should be done first.
Given the DIY nature of this controller, having control panel access to selecting the microstep factors and a higher max step value will be necessary.
On my side I edited the code for micro 8 and increased max steps to work with my motor design.
This is easy enough to do when I compile it for myself. But will be difficult when included as a 3rd party driver.
INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 4, 4gb
Raspbian Buster with AstroPi3 script configuration
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG/ASI120mm @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Waveshare Stepper Motor Board - DIY Focuser
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.
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1 year 4 months ago #75867

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Is there an upper limit on gear ratios?

I have a stepper motor purchased for another project that never came to be. I'm thinking of using this one which has a 1.8 degree per step motor but a 100:1 gearbox resulting in a 0.018 degree per step (give or take) but lots of torque. I've only recently started using Astroberry but am keen to create some additional fine focus control as I've not been happy with some of the results I've had with a set and forget approach to focusing.

My scope (Skywatcher Classic 200p) has no fine focus knob, only a coarse knob so I wanted to have more steps to better control the movement and I plan to couple the motor directly to the coarse focus shaft with a coupler and will dust off the 3d printer to cobble together a housing for the motor...

Anyone else with experience of high gear ratios and any limitations or caveats to be aware of?

Thanks in advance,
Baz
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