Pepe created a new topic ' ASIair - an Ekos clone?' in the forum. 9 months ago

Hi!

I just learned that Asi is going to release a mount & camera controller:
astronomy-imaging-camera.com/product/zwo-asiair

To me this looks a lot like the stellarmate gadget. I hope they gave enough credit to all the people that contributed to make ekos such a valuable tool!

One thing appeals to me, however. I like the GUI which seems quite easy to work with when you are in the field, e.g. with gloves. Are there any plans to have a similar look for ekos?

Best wishes
Stephan

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Pepe replied to the topic 'Re:Testers Needed on OS X: SBIG, MGEN, Fishcamp, ATIK, and Arduino' in the forum. 11 months ago

Hi!

I can confirm that remote GUI works on my system.

Here is what I did: I started with MGEN turned off. After starting indi server the autoguider switched on and connected. The control panel showed that firm ware 2.42 is loaded (there is a newer one but I hvae not yet installed it).

Furthermore, I was able to execute the remote GUI and control the MGEN guider.

Cheers
Stephan

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Pepe replied to the topic 'Testers Needed on OS X: SBIG, MGEN, Fishcamp, ATIK, and Arduino' in the forum. 11 months ago

Hi!

I just tried connecting my MGEN auto guider to ekos OS X. The device connects!

2018-06-03T11:08:15: [ERROR] Error loading user configuration. Unable to open config file. Error loading file /Users/stephan/.indi/Lacerta MGen Autoguider_config.xml: No such file or directory. To save user configuration, click Save under the Configuration property in the Op
2018-06-03T11:08:15: [INFO] Connect::14MGenAutoguider: considering device connected
2018-06-03T11:08:14: [INFO] Connect::10MGenDevice: FTDI device 0x0403:0x6001 connected successfully
2018-06-03T11:08:14: [INFO] Connect::10MGenDevice: Connecting device 0403:6001 using FTDI 1.4 v1.4.0 snapshot unknown
2018-06-03T11:08:09: [INFO] TurnPowerOn::10MGenDevice: trying to turn device on
2018-06-03T11:08:09: [ERROR] ask::10MGCMD_NOP1: no ack (0 bytes read)
2018-06-03T11:08:09: [INFO] Connect::10MGenDevice: FTDI device 0x0403:0x6001 connected successfully
2018-06-03T11:08:09: [INFO] Connect::10MGenDevice: Connecting device 0403:6001 using FTDI 1.4 v1.4.0 snapshot unknown

The configuration error does seem to be an issue.

The MGEN menus are displayed in the remote GUI window.

However, I am not yet able to capture an image. In the CCD control panel I chose Lacerta MGEN but I get the following messages:

2018-06-03T13:18:34 Capture failed. Check INDI Control Panel for details.
2018-06-03T13:18:34 Capturing image...
2018-06-03T13:18:34 Restarting capture attempt #2
2018-06-03T13:18:34 Capture failed. Check INDI Control Panel for details.
2018-06-03T13:18:34 Capturing image...
2018-06-03T13:18:34 Restarting capture attempt #1

I am a newbie using ekos so I guess it's me misunderstanding rather than an issue with the driver.

Could you please give me some pointers on what to test next?

Cheers
Stephan

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Pepe replied to the topic 'Testers Needed on OS X: SBIG, MGEN, Fishcamp, ATIK, and Arduino' in the forum. 11 months ago

Hi!

I use the MGEN autoguider and would be glad to help testing your driver.

Cheers
Stephan

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Pepe replied to the topic 'Re:Lacerta MGEN support?' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi Lars,

there is a windows project called "astrophotography tool" (APT) which does just what you described. Guiding is det manuelly at the handbox or by means of a dedicated windows app. Once up and running the connection is closed and the APT software takes over and coordinates dithering inbetween frames.

APT shows a guinding graph so there must be some comunication with the MGEN guider. So it seems the protocol supports getting at the data while guiding is running.

Cheers
Stephan

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Pepe replied to the topic 'Polar Alignment with QHY Mini-Guidescope and QHY 5II-M' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi Richard,

I have been using the same setup for polar alignment. However, so far I only tried the sharpcap software. I didn't encounter any problems or noise issues even in summer. I also tried the ekos procedure but couldn't finish it because I didn't have a goto mount at hand (tried it on a star adventurer travel mount). But ekos solved all intermediate images.

Hope that helps.

Best regards
Stephan

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Pepe replied to the topic 'Raspberry Pi 3 Setup Script' in the forum. 1 year ago

Dear Rob!

Thank you very much for your detailed explanation! You have given valuable insight into the reasoning that is behind the different projects. I have been using Linux for quite a while but still consider myself a newbie. At the end of the day I can only humbly look at the great job you guys are doing with programming and creating Ekos and all its components. Even using all that is fascinating. Your projects really make a difference!

So my comment was not meant as criticism but rather a curious question. Unfortunately, I can’t help in programming but please count me in in case you need people for testing.

Best wishes
Stephan

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Pepe replied to the topic 'Raspberry Pi 3 Setup Script' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi everybody!

I hope you don't mind my asking. I am a bit confused about the different ways to have ekos on a raspberry Pi which are around at the moment.

So there is astroberry server, stellarmate, James tutorial and now there is the setup script. I understand that at the end of the day these are all different ways to end up with a working instalation of ekos on RPI.

I am really impressed and grateful of all your efforts for these projects but wouldn't it be nice to combine them into a single project?

Best wishes
Stephan

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Pepe thanked Eric in topic Re:Lacerta MGEN support? 1 year ago

Pepe replied to the topic 'Re:Lacerta MGEN support?' in the forum. 1 year ago

DearEric,
this is great news! Thank you for all the effort you put into this project! I hope IÄll soon find the time to try the driver. How do I "use/adapt the provided udev rules"?

Please let me know if I can help beta testing the new driver (with PHD2 protocol).

Cheers
Stephan

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Pepe replied to the topic 'Lacerta MGEN support?' in the forum. 2 years ago

Hi,

I have only now realized that the INDI 1.5 library comes with a "New Lacerta MGen driver". Is that the one refereced to in this thread? Has anyone tried it yet?

Best regards
Stephan

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