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25 Jul 2018
Glad to announce of release of INDI Library v1.7.4 on 2018-07-25. A few drivers were added in this release as we continue to improve & stabilize existing drivers.

TOPIC: Post your INDI Setup!

Post your INDI Setup! 1 year 1 month ago #18781

Magnus_e wrote: Looking real nice Gonzo :)
I don't think this is far off a flat packed kit people would by.

if I was going to build V3, it would have a mini roll on roof on rails (similar to what you have in your drawers, but off course much stronger and weather resistant....)
I can actually modify this box for it if I really have too.

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Kstars Mac osx
Odroid C1 running indiserver (kept up-to-date with apt-get update/upgrade)
HEQ5 pro / Atik titan / Atik 314L+

Post your INDI Setup! 9 months 5 days ago #22307

My ROR observatory is about 50 meters from my house, and I have a Celestron Edge 1100HD mounted on a Losmandy Titan GEQ. The primary imaging camera is an ASI294MC Pro, and the OAG camera is an ASI174mini. The focuser is a Moonlite instruments with a stepper motor and controller.

The mount, cameras and focuser are all controlled by Indi from a small fan less Intel x64 based system connected to our LAN.

I go outside to open up the observatory, takeoff the scope's dust cap and put on the dew shield, after which I come back to the office and manage the evening's session from a more powerful x64 desktop system.

Both computers are running Mint Linux 18.3.

Here's a shot of the imagine train and mount:

Here's the observatory:
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Post your INDI Setup! 9 months 5 days ago #22308

I am using a mobile setup so I can either take images from my backyard or take my setup with me as I go observing visually with my 20" dob. I have a SkyWatcher HEQ5-Pro on which I have mounted a William Optics ZenithStar 71 ED with a modded Canon EOS 700D. The HEQ5-Pro is connected to my Lubuntu laptop using an EQDir cable. For guiding I use a ZWO ASI120MC-S (USB3) camera mounted on a TS finder.

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Modded Canon EOS 700D with a WO ZS 71 ED on a SW HEQ5-Pro /
QHY9 CCD and filter wheel with an 8" RC on a SW EQ6-R

Post your INDI Setup! 1 month 2 weeks ago #28967

I have four different setups, all using INDI/Ekos, depending on what I'm targeting, and I'll swap imaging trains--Atik 414EX + ZWO EFW for narrowband, and ZWO ASI071MC for color. For wide-field, I use a 200mm Pentax/Takumar f/4 or a Nikon 180 f/2.8 lens. Most targets are somewhere in the middle, and so I do most of my imaging with the William Optics GT81 or ZS61, and for smaller/faraway objects (or moon/planetary) I use an Astro-Tech 6" f/9 RC. I have two EQ mounts, an Orion Atlas EQ-G and iOptron CEM25P.

My latest tinkering has been focused on mounting the Pi and battery on the scope so there are no cables to run anywhere. So far, with some daylight testing this all works flawlessly, but I don't think I'll be able to get away with piling on more batteries (especially with the more portable iOptron mount) so I can run the gear through the night with dew control and TEC on the Atik or ZWO cameras. The Orion Atlas would be fine with this, but I've been using it less over the last year.

I have also been working on a way to make it easy to setup my stuff on a semi-permanent "pier" I have in the backyard--see pics, and the tripod, so that I don't have to change anything if I'm shooting away from the house. I have my iOptron mount on a pier adapter that's bolted to a 1/2" aluminum plate that lines up with the aluminum plates on the pier and tripod. For the last year or so I've been able to set the fully loaded mount--scope and weights already balanced--on the pier, tighten things down, and I'm ready to go. (I live in New Hampshire, in a town with very few streetlights, and the light pollution isn't bad--my backyard is about Bortle 4, SQM: 20.62 mag/arcsec. I mainly travel with the gear in order to get better views of the low southern sky, but darker skies are always a plus).


My astro work space:

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Post your INDI Setup! 1 month 6 days ago #29456

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Finally an INDI setup I'm happy with. This is the RC8 on the Avalon M-Uno mount with ASI1600MM-C imaging camera, ZWO 8-pos EFW, Optec TCFSi focuser and ASI120MM-S guide camera through TS-Optics OAG.
The main computer is the Aaeon-Up Core running Ubuntu 16.04 and can be seen on the second picture with its external Wifi antenna. Its USB3 port has a 10 port powered USB3 hub which everything connects to except the mount. In addition I can plug into the hub an Ethernet adapter and Displaylink adapter for troubleshooting if the Wifi has problems. Otherwise it runs wirelessly. I run PHD2 on this one using the native ZWO driver and a remote INDI Avalon driver.
The mount is driven from a Raspberry Pi3. The INDI server on the Aaeon connects wirelessly to the Pi3. It was initially located physically under the OTA but it has issues with Wifi there - possibly due to an earth loop. Located on the side of the mount it has no problems. It can also be connected to ethernet for troubleshooting but I cant get Displaylink to work on it. And in case of real problems I can always connect the mount to the Aaeon Up via the hub. But that adds one extra cable crossing from RA to Dec axis. I could have connected wirelessly to the Avalon but so far I've found excessive latency going that route. If I had my time over I would have ordered the Avalon with the Bluetooth option rather than Wifi.
In my preferred setup the only cable is one 12V cable coming through the polarscope hole to the RA axis where it powers the mount and the Pi3. It then continues onto the dec axis to power the Aaeon-Up, USB hub, ASI1600 and Optec. The Aaeon-Up and Pi3 have UBEC voltage down converters to supply their 5V. As you can see it is still a work in progress with some tape holding the cable in place and a few unsecured cables
My next plan is to fit a slip ring into the polarscope hole so the power cable can rotate without twisting.
I also have a desktop computer in the observatory running Windows 10, Kstars and Ekos. All images are save locally to the Aaeon and I download them either through ethernet or with a USB stick. I'm currently experimenting with registering and stacking on the Aaeon-Up with Siril but its not working out just yet. So for now I'm sticking with DeepSkyStacker.

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Ubuntu 16.04 AMD64 VM, RPi3 Ubuntu Mate 16.04, Windows 10 AMD64, Ubuntu 16.04 AAEON UP Core
Avalon M-Uno, EQ6 Pro, Atik420, ASI1600MM-C, ASI120MM-S, DBK21AU04, ZWO EFW, Optec TCFSi
Vixen R150S, GSO RC8, ST80

Post your INDI Setup! 1 month 5 days ago #29476

Here is my Indi setup. Indi is running under Stellarmate on a RPi 3b+. I installed the RPi inside a customized aluminium case fitted on a Vixen mini dovetail. it sits happily and lightly on the FSQ clamshell. I do not use a USB hub. Cables not displayed but they are all appropriately sized for this configuration :cheer:

The rest of the equipment is:
FSQ-106ED with reducer
EM-200 mount
QSI 690 wsg8 ccd
Lodestar X2 guider
Sesto Senso autofocuser
Rigrunner power distribution (it delivers also 5A on two USB 2.0 ports)
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