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INDI Library v1.9.6 Released (21 May 2022)

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

New All Sky camera management software: indi-allsky

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I also update my darks a couple of times a year. I take them using a fridge to reach the desired temperature, I usually take them every few degrees. I image at a fixed gain (50) and exposure (I use 12 seconds as I find that is long enough to pick up faint stars and yet not produce noticeable star trails), so I only need to match the dark to the camera temperature (I store the temperature in the Dark Frame Name, so it is easy to search on and find the one closest to the image temperature). I have ImageMagick loaded on the Rpi and run command line routines like "level" and "brightness-contrast" to sort of stretch the image. All of the image storing and processing routines are run in shell scripts that are called from subroutines in the main capture.cpp (C++) program.

I have thought about changing the camera (ZWO ASI 120MC) parameters when the moon is out, but I have not found camera settings that deal with a bright moon and can still image stars. I will look into how you are dealing with this. I also like the idea of determining sky brightness and logging this with the AP images I take with my telescope, on the same night. It may help set my expectations when I process the images.

I have had a lot of fun with the AllSky camera project over the past 3 years, it is probably time I did some updating of the program and equipment. I am on my second Rpi as the USB ports on the first one stopped working after about 2 years outside (the Rpi and camera are in a water tight junction box container with the usual plastic dome.)

So thanks for providing an alternative approach.
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I have just completed development of fully functional web interface for indi-allsky.  The camera can be fully managed via the web interface with minimal interaction from the CLI.  Indi-allsky is now basically at feature parity with Allsky.

The interface is built on Flask so there is a unified Python code base for both managing the camera and viewing the images.  Since I use a database to store image and sky metadata, one of the cooler features is the charts function.  I have a view that shows recent sky conditions.  Things like brightness (jSQM) and star counts are graphed in realtime.

In this picture, it was early evening, twilight.  A cloud passed by showing a temporary increase in average brightness and a decrease in star counts.


 
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Hello,
I've tried to install the indi-Allsky but...
I would like to install on my installation of Stellarmate (to use both).
The installation is correct until "Start the program" 
systemctl --user start indiserver
systemctl --user start indi-allsky
 
I've this message :
stellarmate@stellarmate:~/indi-allsky $ systemctl --user start indiserver
Failed to start indiserver.service: Unit indiserver.service not found.
stellarmate@stellarmate:~/indi-allsky $ 
 
My installation is under Sterllarmate :
/home/stellarmate/indi-allsky

It's probably an error of path, isn't ? How can I do to solve this problem ?

Thank you
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Just WOW! This is getting better and better, I must try this in the observatory. Got a couple of wide angle cameras perfect for this purpose. Awesome work Aaron, this is shaping up to be a fantastic INDI project.
Jasem Mutlaq
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Hello Jasem,
Have you an idea about my problem of installation ? See previous message.
Thank you,
Frank
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I did, I checked the script and it needs modifications to work with StellarMate. I'll take a look at it later.
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Ok, thank you !
Have a good day,
Frank
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It looks like my setup.sh script did not complete successfully.

I have never run StellarMate, so I am not sure what interactions there may be.  I seem to remember from other posts that StellarMate may use lighttpd where I use Apache.  I do not have a hard requirement for using Apache, it is just one I am most familiar with.

Let me do some research.
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No lighthttp, just nodejs running on port 3000, but port 80 is forwarded to 3000 by default.
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I have added a new script to the repository to build indi from source.  The script is based on Ansible and takes care of all of the package dependencies and compile options for indi.

I have tested it on Raspbian 10 (armv7l), Ubuntu 20.04 (x86_64), and Debian 11 (x86_64).  In the next week or so, I hope to have it tested on Raspbian 11, both armv7l and arm64.

I would still prefer to rely on Astroberry for indi as it just easier and faster, but it is nice to have the option to fully bootstrap the camera without a 3rd party repository.
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I have fully tested my INDI build script against Raspbian 11, both 32-bit (armv6l) and 64-bit (aarch64).  The build script takes about 50 minutes to compile indi and all of the 3rd party drivers on Raspberry Pi 4 hardware.

I have also integrated support for running indi-allsky on Astroberry Server.  Astroberry uses nginx, so I use that instead of Apache when Astroberry is detected.
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Hello
I have just discovered your project, and I am very happy, because I thought about this idea for a while and I had already posted something about it to know if it was possible to make a cloud detection with camera.
But, I warn everyone right away I just had the idea, because programming is really not my cup of tea.

I was thinking of having this system next to a telescope and detecting clouds that would pass in front of the target that you are taking pictures of.

Because a light cloud veil that lets stars through is already detectable with a weatherradio IR sensor.

Now can ksatrs interpret your star readings and say that as soon as there is 30% (example) less stars it means that there are clouds?

See you soon
Christophe

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