fewayne wrote: Hey all,
I'm gathering the parts to build one of Robert Brown's Arduino-based motorized focusers . It's supposed to work with the Moonlite driver under Linux (at least the Version 1 iteration).
Anybody have any experience with this? I'm sure I will have questions. Has anyone gotten Version 2 to work with Ekos and INDI on a Mac or Linux platform?
I have 3 working DIY focusers running successfully and more are in our local club. Only version 1 is suitable for Linux at the moment. You must select a moonlite in the INDILib. All my three newton scopes make autofocus with Robert Browns focuser and CCDCiel as software.
I live in southern germany and this is my backyard observatory located in my very small garden. It is surrounded by small houses and severe lightpollution. I have a small view from east to west, the north is covered from my house and the south from a neighbour. Clear nights are rare in germany, so I decided to place a EQ8 there so I can use nights beside weekends. The scope runs mostly unattended in the night. The mount and the tripod are out the year around covered with a grill cover. Scope and camera stay inside.
With the progress of INDI and CCDCiel I switched from Windows (ASCOM) to Linux (INDI) in 2018.
- 300/1200mm newton named CA300
- ZWO ASI183 camera with ASI 31mm filter wheel
- TS off-axis guider with ZWO ASI120
- Skywatcher EQ8 with tripod
- Motorfocus DIY Arduino ASCOM Focuser Pro
- EQMOD EQDirect cable
- Adjustable LED-flatfieldbox (homemade)
- Tuxedo Infinity linux laptop
- Linux Mint 19
- INDIlib (EQMOD, ASI Driver, ASI Filterwheel Driver , Moonlite Driver)
- INDIStarter, PHD-Guiding, SkyCharts, CCDCiel
my on demand "Observatory"
CA300 on EQ8 Mount
I managed it to have only one power cable (12V) and one USB-cable to the scope. The white box screwed to the mount distributes power.
The flatfield-box consists of led stripes and a pvc difusor. It is adjustable.
On top there is a 7-Port USB3.0 Hub. The small white box below contains the electronics of the motofocus and distributes power for the scopes diagonal heater and the ASI 183.
I can confirm, that it works with your provided version.
I see, there is a solution. Thanks.
When will it be in the stable PPA
The weather is not clear at the moment in germany. I have tested it in the lab. It works, but I cannot agree to this solution.
Fancy somebody buys a ASI Cam an reads in the manual that it has a 5496×3672 pixel geometry and he uses INDI and sees a 5472x3672.
Furthermore ccd images made with ASCOM and INDI are not compatible any more. They were compatible before this BUG.
I would like to test it, when does it come on ubuntu via ppa?
let's see if it resolves the issue
not long ago, a bug came into the indi asi driver, which causes unusable frames for the further image processing. The image format (geometry) is not the same if binning is changed e.g from 1x1 to 4x4 and back to 1x1. Typical for a image session. This bug can be verified with the driver itself, no indi client needed. The log is made only with the driver.
In the attached log at
binning is set to 1x1 and the correct geometry of 4656x3520pix is set. Than at
binning is set to 4x4 for a fast download or to center an object.. The image geometry is correct set. Than
I set binning back to 1x1 which results in a false image geometry of 4640x3520px
The same happens with my ASI183. Is is possible to fix this.
Yesterday It cleared and the session was really bad, but the issue is still there.