Tom Gwilym created a new topic ' Latest INDI update. NexDome observatory, what firmware?' in the forum. 2 months ago

I haven't tried it out yet, but I did see that there was mention of some NexDome files on the list of updates when I ran the update on INDI on my Linux computer.
I'm hoping to set up Stellarmate OS on my Raspberry Pi and eventually get it all working. I'd give it a try, but I wonder what firmware (and were I can find it) is needed for the NexDome Arduino computers in the dome? I currently have the ASCOM comapatible firmware installed (2.21 if I remember the version correctly) and running a Windows 7 machine in my observatory.

What is there that I need to do to give INDI/KStars a try again? I know the INDI side of things isn't as far along as ASCOM, but just trying to keep up with changes.

Thanks!
Tom

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Dome SHUTTER close on park!' in the forum. 5 months ago

Yes, I did buy Stellarmate OS. I did try Astroberry first which was good, but the basic operating system interface was a lot better I thought (network settings....etc).
I haven't messed with it lately, weather has been cloudy, and I just got a n ASI294 camera and rather than adding that to the confusion, I just went back to Windows 7 and ASCOM latest drivers.
I'm running an LX200 Classic 12" and I heard that the firmware wasn't very good with that (at this time) for syncing to that mount. Yeah...one of these days I want to upgrade to a GEM mount, but $$! It is a decent platform for the Orion 80ED refractor.
I did set up Astronomy Linux (the latest 16.04 Ubuntu) on the computer for dual booting INDI for now, but eventually want to go full Raspberry / Astromate in the server mode.

Tom

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Dome SHUTTER close on park!' in the forum. 5 months ago

I'm just checking in on this forum to see what progress has been made. Ron did mention many are switching over to INIDI - I'm one of those! I have a Raspberry Pi with AstroMate running, Nexdome and LX200 Classic 12". Rotates manually, no shutter control or mount sync.
I went back to Win7 with the latest firmware and ASCOM drivers (2.1, 2.11...or whatever it's called) and it's working. The dome rotates VERY slowly though. It was working with th 0.5.2.3 firmware and rotated at a decent speed.....but still Windows.
Are there any beta versions of the firmware out yet? It's been a while since I had a clear sky (I cursed myself buying a new camera!), but spring is here and clearing skies are coming. I'd be happy to test out any new versions when I get some skies - or even a nice day that I can work outside on the dome even if cloudy.

Tom

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Ron's obsy setup - Anyone connecting Indi to MACH1?' in the forum. 6 months ago

Yep. I have TeamViewer on all my machines. I'd like to try the new firmware when I can get a chance and see if it makes a difference.

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Ron's obsy setup - Anyone connecting Indi to MACH1?' in the forum. 6 months ago

Sounds like progress is being made. I'm glad to hear it! I've had pretty much zero luck with 1.1. I can rotate the dome manually through Ekos but it won't sync with the scope. The shutter.....total no go for me still. I'm not sure if I have "crud" in the EEPROM, but I have tried clearing it with some code I found, but not sure hot long it needs to run.
I did go back (in between fooling with the Stellarmate OS) to the latest Windows drivers that just came out. 2.11 ASCOM and the firmware. That worked pretty well, but the motor still rotates very slow. I had it running last night on ASCOM, APT, Cartes Du Ciel, PHD2. Unrelated issue, but my plate solving worked, but it seemed to sync up slightly to one side of the object I was trying to center on. Almost seems like a time issue since it was off to the side every time.

I'd be very happy to help test out the new firmware from Jasem, just let me know where I can grab it from!

Tom

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Ron's obsy setup - Anyone connecting Indi to MACH1?' in the forum. 6 months ago

I've had nothing but hours of frustration. I have 1.1 firmware installed, motor run slow and week. Won't sync with the scope, shutter just does nothing. I've swapped Ardinos and shuffled Xbees. I tried Windows and installed the 2.11 firmware and ASCOM drivers. The only thing that works is the "home slew" every 90 seconds since the computer connects, but nothing else works. Frustrating, I don't know what I'm doing different.

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Ron's obsy setup - Anyone connecting Indi to MACH1?' in the forum. 6 months ago

Here is where I'm at:
New things that work ----
Rapberry was connected into the observatory, all went together well and working.
I had my laptop in the observatory running Kstars as a client, so both were totally on the wireless and response time was good.
Tested out my new ASI120mm - mini guider camera for the first time nice image from that little thing on the refractor.
Scope pointing and sync with the sky works well. Seems there is sometimes a delay between the slewing and when it moves the crosshairs on the sky map on the screen.
Platesoving remotely with Astrometry.net is almost as fast as it was with the 9Gigs of files. Very nice! Syncing with the scope worked too.

What still isn't working: ----
Can't figure out how to sync the dome with the scope still. Scope moves, dome isn't
Even when shutter shows up "green" indicator, I had to open it manually with the toggle.
Dome rotates painfully slow.

At least my "working" list is longer than the "problem" list, so progress is being made.

Seeing Ron's video of his dome syncing and rotating with his scope appears about the same speed as mine did when I was using ASCOM and Windows.

Tom

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Ron's obsy setup - Anyone connecting Indi to MACH1?' in the forum. 6 months ago

Unrelated question, but when you take images or plate solving shots I assume that the plats solves are sent directly from the Pi server (or whatever is in the observatory) to Astrometry.net? When taking actual images are they saved on the remote client and all the server does is control stuff?

I haven't tried the Pi yet in the observatory, I need to find a good place to mount it. Probably near where the computer is on the wall, then run cables down my conduit. I do have a powered USB hub that I'll put on the pier/scope somewhere.

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Ron's obsy setup - Anyone connecting Indi to MACH1?' in the forum. 6 months ago

Ok, I'll check the lock/unlock thing. I tried parking the scope and wasn't sure what it did to "park", but when I tried slewing again it said it must be unparked. I tried that and said there was something that wasn't supported with the mount or something to unpark. I didn't try rebooting the whole thing, but that probably would have worked.
I haven't gotten the scope to move with the dome yet either.
Anyone know what the difference between "home" and "park" is? I did run the dome calibration (it took a long time since it's moving slowly now) and set the home position where the magnets line up. It seems to rotate to there when I hit the home button.

Any programmers out there know where I can change a code setting to make the dome rotate in a similar speed as it did in 0.5.2.3?

Tom

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'Ron's obsy setup - Anyone connecting Indi to MACH1?' in the forum. 6 months ago

I see Ron got his dome and shutter synced up, and tracking with the scope. I've reached that point in my configuring and wondering how to get that working on mine.
I'm using the same 1.1 version of the firmware, and LX200 Classic.
I got the scope connected and slewing, it will take some time to learn the controls, syncing, parking....etc.
The dome is rotating, but is only going less than 1/2 the speed as it did with Win7 and ASCOM with the 0.5.2.3 firmware. Is there a parameter in the code someplace I can tweak to increase the speed?
The shutter is having issues. It connects and I can see the voltage and such, but then still have the red indicator. I powered it off/on again and it opened - once. Then I couldn't connect again to close it, even with a green indicator. I moved it with the toggle wondering if the magnet was causing something, but no change.

Ideas?
Tom

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Tom Gwilym replied to the topic 'NexDome and INDI - please let me know....' in the forum. 6 months ago

Here are the steps to reset and get the Arduino seen by the computer again. I'm not sure why it dropped off, but it nearly appeared to be dead (at least on the connecting side).
- Tools --> Port (grayed out, or may show a different tty*** port and doesn't name the Arduino)
If using Windows it will say (com [number] - and won't list the Arduino name next to it)
- Have a firmware ready to compile and load. (I had 1.1 ready and just re-installed it)
- Hold down the reset button on the corner of the Ardiuno
- Click the "upload" button on the Arduino IDE software.
- When it says the upload has started, release the reset button.
- Moments later it will say "upload complete", no errors, and you'll see the Arduino is listed again under Tools --> Ports.
Done!
I think I'll probably have a spare Arduino arriving tomorrow, rather than a replacement which I thought I was doing since I thought something blew up on the one that quit.

Tom

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