Yes, we do have all hosts in DB but we need a UI to present them in a usable way. Good timing, we are focusing to release Web UI in around 1st week of October! There will be directory of observatories where you can find and request share session.
Also, with that release we are going to introduce sign up and sign in asking hosts for email, after sign in you can add you equipment (if you have indihub-agent installed) and then you appear in the directory of observatories.
I spent most of the time this summer to make sure traffic can be processed with the minimum of computational resources. Unfortunately, had to stop the imaging processing pipeline process and development as it is getting too expensive, I will need to rethink and optimize it. So all integration with 3d parties is postponed (temporarily). The good news - share session traffic communication is very light wait and doesn't require any significant computational power.
I will post here when UI is ready to test.
p.s. meanwhile let me know if you want to be a guest to use my equipment - I will be glad to set it up and can message you connection string!
Sounds good! I will prepare some text and probably graphics.
I like the idea and would be happy to help with content and ideas about layout/design.
So my 1st pass thoughts:
1. Might worth to think about making web-site colour schema lighter. I think "dark mode" is good for visual observers, say if they read forum and do visual observation at the same time. The INDI with its remote/non visual nature seems to be different situation.
2. I can definitely prepare write up (probably in Research section) about INDIHUB.space network and how to use it/contribute your images to it.
3. Responsive design - this seems to be just a choice of UI/CSS framework with responsive design built in. Integrating forum might be tricky but I think doable. I think forum is its own thing and doesn't necessary have to look exactly like Web-site.
4. When I started looking into INDI - it was very clear that I can build a lot with it. However, it wasn't clear what exactly I can build. I think it would be nice to have some page where new INDI-users would land and see the full picture of all pieces connected, something like quick start guide. Say some graphics displaying mount, OTA with main camera, guiding scope with auto guiding camera, filter wheel, motorized auto-focuser, OTA flip caps.. - how it is all connected to computer/RPI with INDI-server and then how it is controlled via KStars/Ekos. Some high level view diagram but with reference that you can connect lots of devices available on the market. I see INDI as tool to make all astrophotography equipment to be Lego-pieces, where you can build different setups. Also, users should get understanding that things like imaging sessions planner, Go-To, plate-solving, polar alignment assistance, auto-guiding, meridian flip, auto-focus and etc - all these things are already solved and automated by INDI.
Hello everybody, hope everyone's quarantining is going well!
Just wanted to let you know that we have made a first video showcasing a share-session via INDIHUB: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf8HVAfD8nQ
Also, meanwhile we've have been working on a number of things:
1. made indihub-agent to be more light weight in terms of CPU/RAM, I actually have been running indihub-agent v1.0.6 directly on my RPI 3b+ for last four months - it has never crashed or made RPI irresponsive, so it can be considered as a well behaved agent
2. redesigned backend for traffic-relays to make it more robust and ready for bigger load
3. image processing pipeline with 1st steps including
- image preprocessing with generating previews
- plate solving and celestial objects extraction
- finding satellites trails and calculating IODs to be submitted to TruSat
- finding moving parts (we started with naive blinking algorithm implementation)
- all this data will be available as public APIs
All pieces of INDIHUB MVP as a platform are coming together and I think it will be ready soon for open sourcing.
4. Integrating INDIHUB with World Wide Telescope project - this is very cool project from AAS and Microsoft so we are very excited to use it for INDIHUB WEb-UI! (coming soon)
5. integrating indihub-agent to be run on host directly from KStars - I will re-prioritize this work and continue asap
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer sky!