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INDI Library v1.9.8 Released (29 Sep 2022)

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

Astrohat - An open hardware RPi Hat for astronomy equipment

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Hello all, more updates on my side!

Since the last update, I've been hardware verifying all possible operations on AstroHAT and trying to start on the software side of things.
In order to expedite the process of software development and testing, I decided to manufacture 10 AstroHATs v1.1 and make them available for people that are willing to help me out on software development.

What works right now:
- Supply all system power from single 12+ V input
- Power RPi4 with appropriate protections (as specified on HAT documentation)
- 4x 12V channels with on/off via GPIO
- 2x 12V dew heater channels with on/off via GPIO
- Serial breakout for GPS
- I2C breakout for temp/humidity sensor

What needs development:
- INDI driver
- Interface with Power Switch ICs to measure consumption and display errors
- Interface with SPI potentiometer chip to allow tuning of variable voltage (right now it is unset, thus random)
- Interface with Power Switch ICs for dew heaters to allow less duty cycles

Later on:
- Case design
- Sourcing and testing different parts and external things (temp sensor and GPS)

If you think you can help please reach out to me with your details to figure our a way to get you an astroHAT and get started!
Skills needed: Indi driver knowledge, devicetree experience, familiarity with electronics, debugging and related tools and equipment. Any of those would be helpful at this point :)

Disclaimer:
This is a free-time side project for me. I plan to keep working on it on my free time to support further development and see it through. No promises for time and commitment around it though!
All AstroHAT development (software and hardware) is and will remain open source. I plan to make some kits for people that are interested more widely once we have everything working and tested sufficiently.
The bare cost of PCB+components right now is approximately ~70 USD (remember we opted in for automotive grade electronics.. some are costly!) You can find the full BOM in the repo here gitlab.com/pierros/astrohat
If you want to help with software development and get an early beta board, you could help with that cost too. If not, just helping with software is still totally fine!
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That is a great project! I am considering building a hat with at least 4 12V outputs for my gear. I though that would be something that's available commercially, but apparently not.

That could be easily solved with a 12V USB hub. That's what I use to have a single 12V line as the only cable running up the mount.
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No need for such complexity! AstroHAT directly powers the RPi4 appropriately and with the right protections in place.
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Of course, but I'd first have to build one and I am not the biggest fan of SMD soldering. ;)

Also, I need the addtional USB ports anyway...
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Guys, is there any new update on the Astrohat?

thanks,

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Hey there,

Due to COVID and work I've not been able to move as fast as I want on this. The gist is this:
- Hardware is done imho
- Firmware needs some love (especially on monitoring and limits for the DC power switches
- I could use some help on the later

You can use this link to order the board and the components and assemble the astrohat yourself
kitspace.org/boards/gitlab.com/pierros/astrohat/

Let me know if there are others that would like to work on this with me at this stage. (I know that a few of you want assembled boards when they are ready, I will contact you when I feel OK on the firmware side)
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Pierros,

thank you so so much for your so nice RPi hat. I have received the board (v1.2) I manufactured and I am going to start getting all components. However, I would like to know if there is some advance in indi driver or it is not in development anymore. I am trying to get back to astrophotography I left apart more than ten years ago due to family commitments. Things has changed and nowadays this hobby is affordable yet expensive depending on your target.

E.
 
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Hi! Were can i Buy a finished astrohat shield? I don't have time and skills to solder all components :c
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I suppose this project is in a standby period. I don't have any complete board yet as I was thinking in personal use and only if the driver is evolving.
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A very interesting project, looks like it can replace the Pegasus UPB V2 I have.
Is there a focus controller ?
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Hey all, Pierros here (the dev that started astrohat). Here is a bit of an update so far:

The version 1.2 that is released has been working quite well so far except the following:
- The adjustable voltage channel is not operational
- The sensing of the dew heaters channel is not working

Apart from those two issues that are now identified and will be fixed in 1.3 everything else seems to be working as it should. As a matter of fact astrohat has now been tested for over two months of total night sessions.
I am also happy to report that there are more than 10 astrohats now in the wild ;)
I am working with contributors to release the indi driver and you can follow our progress and general development here:
app.element.io/?#/room/#astrohat:matrix.org

To answer some questions:
1. We don't have any plans for a focus controller embedded on astrohat yet.
2. When 1.3 is released we will be providing ready made assembled boards for people interested.
 
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Nice to hear this project is still alive.
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