My recent imaging has improved thanks to Stellar Mate and the PegasusAstro DMFC and Stepper Motor
I had been imaging with KStars / Ekos for over a year, but in Nov 2019 I chose a PegasusAstro DMFC Focuser from your list of Indi Drivers. The improvement in my pics is amazing and I am so impressed that I have just bought a second PegasusAstro Focuser for my new (second) Imaging telescope.
An upgrade to Stellar Mate has resolved all my connection issues, but the focuser has allowed remote hand free operation of my portable telescope from the comfort of a warm caravan or I can spend more time observing.
Thanks from Len


Len North replied to the topic 'New Pegasus DMFC V3' in the forum. 3 years ago

I have installed INDI 1.8.3 on my RPI
Do I need to install it on my mac also?
I must confess that the RPI system date and location was found to be on manual setting and it was years and months out. Firefox alerted me when I tried to download INDI.


Len North replied to the topic 'New Pegasus DMFC V3' in the forum. 3 years ago

Hello Copello and thanks for the reply,
I need to gather answers for your questions as all I did was change from ver 3.3.6 KStars to ver 3.3.8 and in I downloaded Bleeding Edge Ver to get the latest drivers.
KStars Ver 3.3.8 has an annoying feature where the bottom window reduces to 3 lines and any attempt to expand it causes it to close the window completly, so I have been using3.3.6. I love the extra features added to 3.3.8, but I have to remember to leave that window adjustment alone.
The focuser is sold with a controller and a ver 3 stepper motor which uses a standard ethernet cable from the controller to the motor( for motor power etc.
Now for the dumb questions... do I copy these files you have highlighted into the RPI (server) terminal window.... or do I load them into my local mac terminal window? .. clearly I'm not very bright.


Len North created a new topic ' New Pegasus DMFC V3' in the forum. 3 years ago

Hi and a Happy New Year,
I chose a Pegasus DMFC V3 as it measures temperature changes and there is an INDI driver for it. Indi setup description was easy to follow and I was looking forward to focusing on the fly to preset temperature and RGB etc calibrations. (without having to touch the telescope)
Pegasus is excellent on a focus star, but spends a lot of time and with a mixed result during deep sky imaging with light clouds and jet stream variables.
I have taken sharper pics since I purchased a Pegasus DMFC V3... but I have also taken a lot less frames in that time... sometimes none in 6 hours due to endless focusing attempts and poor results. Previously I used a 80mm engineering dial gauge to measure the focus position of my Tele Vue 101is and by following a temperature graph I was able to update my focus manually and with good success as the night cooled. I am attempting to replicate this process remotely.
The issues that I am having can be broken down into a few groups.
1) This is not an Absolute Encoder. While focusing out, sometimes it will increment up and sometimes down.
2) Item 1 is controlled by selecting REVERSE Enable or Disable in the Indi Pegasus parameters but this feature seems to have a soft memory I want REVERSE Disabled but it often comes up as Reverse Enabled.
3) My Indi / Pegasus Screen has 2 anomalies To Disable the reverse feature I often need to select Reverse Enable, then it goes OFF. The Backlash Enable will also disable the backlash and then I need to connect to a PC to reset it to Enable.
4) A PC will let me set the Steps / Degree for the temperature, but I cannot see if these parameters are active in INDI.

I can calibrate for RGB etc filter focus, but I cannot see where I can calibrate for temperature variations in INDI...

I am running a RPI-3B as a remote INDI server connected by Ethernet to my late 2011 mac-mini with KStars V3.3.4; V3.3.6 and V3.3.8, Imaging is a 101mm Tele Vue on a Losmandy G11-G and a 2013 QSI683-wsg8 with a ZWO 120mm-S OAG.

Thanks for all the great EKOS / Indi developments you do



Len North created a new topic ' My Losmandy Mount INDI and Ekos' in the forum. 3 years ago

In Defence of the INDI Server for Astronomy (Vs INDIGO)

The Raspberry Pi (RPI) has added new focus to a low cost way to control the observatory devices and allow a backend server to communicate with Client Software either locally (on the same computer) or remotely using Ethernet, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

However, my fully functional RPI (Raspberry Pi) did not work with a remote mac, (or having worked, may stop working.)

The problem appears to be caused by an “unwanted upgrade to the INDI Control Panel” on the Mac. The INDI control panel on my mac now needs a licence and as soon as I do so, the first upgrade makes it into an INDIGO Control Panel. If we ignore the update and select CONTINUE when opening the INDI Control panel, then it secretly enables “Use INDIGO DRIVERS”

The INDI Drivers from for the Losmandy Gemini 2 appear to use simple USB to communicate, and they work well together.
The Gemini drivers from INDIGO appear to require a USB to Serial adaptor, and then RS-232 must be run into an unused serial port on the controller.
Indigo always seems to be changing my MOUNTS LOCATION, DATE or other obscure settings.

How do I get an original INDI Control Panel?