Steve replied to the topic 'Driver Configuration not Loading on Driver Startup' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi Jasem,

I'm not sure how to try the next nightly build. My INDI install comes from Radek's astroberry Raspberry Pi repository. I don't want to break anything.

By the way, I've worked around this issue by initializing the driver using PyIndi. Probably a more robust method than depending upon the save anyway.

Steve

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Steve created a new topic ' Driver Configuration not Loading on Driver Startup' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,

I'm using the Astro-Physics GTO CP2 INDI driver to interface PHD2 to my Mach1 while I use TheSkyX for mount (and its native Astro-Physics driver) and imaging camera control. TheSkyX is connected to one of the mounts serial ports and PHD2 to the other. I'm writing a Python script that sequences the imaging and allows for dithering with PHD2 (TheSkyX doesn't allow for dithering with PHD2). All of this on a Raspberry Pi 4 with Raspbian Buster.

Generally it's all working although I'm having intermittent issues with the INDI mount driver erroneously initializing the mount location latitude and longitude to 0 and 0. I'm also not sure how the driver configuration is loaded. I've set up and saved a configuration but it seems I always have to manually load my saved configuration after the driver connects to the mount. How do I automatically load my saved configuration?

Regards,

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Re:SkyX Connection Problem' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks for the reply, Eric. I don't know if TheSkyX can handle multiple clients but one step at a time :) It's something I may be able to work around.

Anyway, the solution to the problem is here:

indilib.org/forum/general/6907-paramount-connection-on-mac.html

Unfortunately my scripts require that the "TCP Responses Close Socket" option is selected so I'm at a bit of an impasse. No big deal though. There are other options.

Steve

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Steve created a new topic ' SkyX Connection Problem' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,

Due to some annoying and apparently unfixable SBIG driver issues (can't connect my ST-i and my ST-8300M to theSkyX simultaneously), I'm trying to use indiserver to connect PHD2 to TheSkyX so that I can use my ST-i for guiding with dithering and theSkyX to drive my scope; I've written a python script that controls both theSkyX and PHD2 via their servers. I was able to connect PHD2 to theSkyX and slew the scope with PHD2. Now I can't seem to connect to the Sky with the Paramount indi driver. If I try to connect when theSkyX is not connected to the telescope, I can see that theSkyX successfully connects to the telescope but PHD2 doesn't say that it's connected to theSkyX and indi says there was a handshake failure. By the way, TCP server is enabled in theSkyX and I know it's communicating as I'm using it with my Python script. I'm even using the same "sky6RASCOMTele.IsConnected" command in my script successfully. Note that my script was not running at the same time that I was attempting this.

I'm using an RPi4 4GB with Raspbian Buster. I'm using Radek Kaczorek's indiserver repository.

Here's the interesting part of the log:

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Driver indi_paramount_telescope: read message Paramount   '[INFO] Connecting to localhost@3040 ...'
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: queuing <message device='Paramount' name=''>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: queuing <message device='Paramount' name=''>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Driver indi_paramount_telescope: read message Paramount   '[DEBUG] Connection successful, attempting handshake...'
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: queuing <message device='Paramount' name=''>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: queuing <message device='Paramount' name=''>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: sending msg copy 2 nq 2:
<message device="Paramount" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09" message="[INFO] Connecting to localhost@3040 ..."/>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: sending msg copy 1 nq 2:
<message device="Paramount" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09" message="[INFO] Connecting to localhost@3040 ..."/>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Driver indi_paramount_telescope: read message Paramount   '[DEBUG] CMD: /* Java Script */var Out;sky6RASCOMTele.ConnectAndDoNotUnpark();Out = sky6RASCOMTele.IsConnected;'
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: queuing <message device='Paramount' name=''>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: queuing <message device='Paramount' name=''>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: sending msg copy 2 nq 2:
<message device="Paramount" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09" message="[DEBUG] Connection successful, attempting handshake..."/>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: sending msg copy 1 nq 2:
<message device="Paramount" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09" message="[DEBUG] Connection successful, attempting handshake..."/>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: sending msg copy 2 nq 1:
<message device="Paramount" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09" message="[DEBUG] CMD: /* Java Script */var Out;sky6RASCOMTele.ConnectAndDoNotUnpark();Out = sky6RASCOMTele.IsConnected;"/>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: sending msg copy 1 nq 1:
<message device="Paramount" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09" message="[DEBUG] CMD: /* Java Script */var Out;sky6RASCOMTele.ConnectAndDoNotUnpark();Out = sky6RASCOMTele.IsConnected;"/>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Driver indi_paramount_telescope: read message Paramount   '[ERROR] Error reading from TheSky6 TCP server.'
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: queuing <message device='Paramount' name=''>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: queuing <message device='Paramount' name=''>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Driver indi_paramount_telescope: read message Paramount   '[DEBUG] Handshake failed.'
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: queuing <message device='Paramount' name=''>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: queuing <message device='Paramount' name=''>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: sending msg copy 2 nq 2:
<message device="Paramount" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09" message="[ERROR] Error reading from TheSky6 TCP server."/>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: sending msg copy 1 nq 2:
<message device="Paramount" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09" message="[ERROR] Error reading from TheSky6 TCP server."/>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Driver indi_paramount_telescope: read setSwitchVector Paramount CONNECTION Alert
    CONNECT='Off'
 DISCONNECT='On'
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: queuing <setSwitchVector device='Paramount' name='CONNECTION'>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: queuing <setSwitchVector device='Paramount' name='CONNECTION'>
2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: sending msg copy 2 nq 2:
<message device="Paramount" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09" message="[DEBUG] Handshake failed."/>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: sending msg copy 1 nq 2:
<message device="Paramount" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09" message="[DEBUG] Handshake failed."/>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 0: sending msg copy 2 nq 1:
<setSwitchVector device="Paramount" name="CONNECTION" state="Alert" timeout="60" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09">
    <oneSwitch name="CONNECT">
Off
    </oneSwitch>
    <oneSwitch name="DISCONNECT">
On
    </oneSwitch>
</setSwitchVector>

2020-05-02T21:15:09: Client 5: sending msg copy 1 nq 1:
<setSwitchVector device="Paramount" name="CONNECTION" state="Alert" timeout="60" timestamp="2020-05-02T21:15:09">
    <oneSwitch name="CONNECT">
Off
    </oneSwitch>
    <oneSwitch name="DISCONNECT">
On
    </oneSwitch>
</setSwitchVector>

Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Steve

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Steve created a new topic ' INDI Install from Astroberry.io fails on RPi4 with Buster' in the forum. 3 months ago

Hi,

I attempted to follow the instructions here to install INDI server on a Raspberry Pi 4 with Buster but ran into problems. First when executing

wget -O - https://www.astroberry.io/repo/key | sudo apt-key add -

The following was displayed in the terminal:
[sudo] password for steve: --2020-04-18 11:48:29--  https://www.astroberry.io/repo/key
Resolving www.astroberry.io (www.astroberry.io)... 87.98.235.184
Connecting to www.astroberry.io (www.astroberry.io)|87.98.235.184|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 4365 (4.3K)
Saving to: ‘STDOUT’

-                   100%[===================>]   4.26K  --.-KB/s    in 0s      

2020-04-18 11:48:29 (155 MB/s) - written to stdout [4365/4365]

Control did not return to the command prompt. There didn't seem to be an error but the sudo thing seems odd. I wasn't prompted for a my password.

Anyway, I hit ctrl-C and ran the next command. No error messages.

Then I executed
sudo apt update

And I received the following error (among other messages):
The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available

I assume step 1 didn't work so I made sure I'd entered sudo password before running the wget command and then everything worked fine. It seems that these instructions won't work for users that have sudo password enabled. This likely should be clarified in the instructions.

Thanks,

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Is there a way to minimize the Ekos GUI with window controls?' in the forum. 6 months ago

Thanks Rolf. This is great to know. This behaviour has always annoyed me. This does raise the question, however, why isn't separate windows the default behaviour? What is the advantage of the current default behaviour?

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Steve replied to the topic 'Astrohat - An open hardware RPi Hat for astronomy equipment' in the forum. 7 months ago

ppapadeas wrote: Motor control is a bit of an overkill at this point imho, mainly because most of the newer focusers have the control integrated, but please let me know if you feel this is a showstopper.


For me, it's all about real estate on the top of my scope. Most focus controller boxes are quite big. I have a Microtouch controller but it was just too big to be mounted on the scope conveniently.

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Astrohat - An open hardware RPi Hat for astronomy equipment' in the forum. 7 months ago

This looks fantastic!

Here's a pic of my Indi/Kstars RPi box, which I mount on top of my scope:



On the left side of the box as pictured is an Raspberry Pi 3B+ with an Adafruit motor hat. On the right side on top is a little Anderson power pole power distribution box and below a little breadboard with a circuit for a dew heater. The my RPi has the following interfaces:

- 1x12V (or whatever-it's pass through) input (Anderson Powerpole)
- For my setup, there is only one cable from the ground to my scope: 12V power. My goal is to minimize the number of cables running up my mount to my scope so I put the RPi on top of my mount. I power my mount from a separate power supply so there's no need to run power down from my RPi to the mount. I interface my RPi to the mount via bluetooth.
- 3x12V (pass through) outputs (Anderson Powerpoles)
- One of these powers my SBIG ST-8300M camera and another powers my RPi via a 12V to 5V 3A converter. I'd like to figure out a way to power the RPi internal to the project box but haven't done that yet.
- 1x12V RCA jack driven by my little dew heater circuit.
- 1x3.5mm jack for a humidity/temp sensor
- Used to calculate the dew point for my dew heater. Can also use ambient temp for focuser temp compensation.
- 1x3.5mm jack to read the OTA temp
- Allows for closed loop temperature control of the dew heater. I've written a little python script for this.
- 4xUSB ports of the RPi for my imaging camera, guide camera, GPS, and a 64GB thumb drive for images
- 1xD-sub 9 connector for my focuser (driven by the Adafruit Motor Hat)

So I think you've got everything I've got and more except a separate temp sensor input for sensing the OTA temp and a focuser. Are there any left over GPIO pins so that an OTA temp sensor could be used? I think an Adafruit motor hat could be mounted on top of your board but it'd need to get 12V power somehow and the I2C address would need to be changed if your board is using I2C.

Great project.

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Astroberry Focuser with Adafruit Motor HAT' in the forum. 1 year ago

Radek,

A question? How does the position reset function work? I’ve had kstars/ekos crash a few times while focusing leaving the focuser near focus and near focus being the zero position rather than the zero position being racked in. I understand position reset allows one to move to negative positions while still identifying the new position as zero. How many steps is the focuser moved inward when selecting position reset?

Regards,

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Issue with image size from SBIG ST8300C when using current drivers' in the forum. 1 year ago

I see this problem from time to time as well. I don’t know what the root cause is. You can increase the size or crop the affected images. The most annoying thing is you need to be aligned with your darks.

Here’s a thread that mentions a similar issue although it seems it was fixed:

indilib.org/forum/ccds-dslrs/2849-asi160...-image-geometry.html

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Can't access INDI logs' in the forum. 1 year ago

Thanks Radek. The problem was that i had "Default" as the selected output rather than "File".

By the way, I seemed to have fixed the astroberry motor hat driver crashing issue by reinstalling the driver.

Steve

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Steve replied to the topic 'Wireless Access Point Setup for Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Ubuntu MATE' in the forum. 1 year ago

Thanks Helge. I'll have a look.

Steve

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Steve created a new topic ' Can't access INDI logs' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi,

I'm having a problem with the astroberry motor hat focuser driver (it's crashing on startup - perhaps caused by the latest INDI library update?) and I'd like to check the logs. When I click on "Open Logs Directory" in EKOS, nothing happens. Any thoughts on what the cause of this issue might be?

Raspberry PI 3 B+, Ubuntu MATE 16.04

Regards,

Steve

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