I got a reply to my request to add the R8 to libgphoto2 It will be in the next version. Hopefully then it can be added to INDI in a Kstars update.
"R8 will be directly in the next release 2.5.32, but in general it should already work as-is due to the
It does not currently 'work in general' , other than my M1 recognized something is plugged into the USB-C port.
Since the Canon R8 is not in the libgphoto2 library yet of supported cameras, perhaps some member here can put in a request or two to add it as instructions are on this page. And then it could be added to Kstars for a future update. thanks.
So is that in this (apparently just posted) in version Kstars 3.6.9 --- note the wrong date of April 1 ? thanks.
"Version 3.6.9 (released on 1 April 2024)"
Thankyou, So would support for the R8 be in the latest version libphoto2 and then in a Kstars update soon?
Jasem, this text is in gphoto2, for the Canon R8. Is this what needs to be installed in Kstars Canon 'driver.' ?
Using Kstars Mac (latest or old versions) and the Canon DSLR driver in the profile. Connects and works fine with M50, 6D and 7DII cameras. But will not recognize a Canon R8 is even plugged into the Mac. It just gives a message can't find Canon DSLr. NO box to input new sensor parameters comes up or is hidden behind other windows. Other photo software connects to the camera with no problem. Is a libraw or other driver update needed for the R8?
trying jpeg for the screen shot of INDI window:
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Got it connected! Its not quite the steps in your post, as it gave me a yellow 'light' and then no connection. I tried scan ports and I think that did it but when fiddling with the settings I'm not exactly sure. Attached is a screen-shot of the settings and messages when it worked. thanks for your work. HTH some others per your discussions with Rob. Clear skies, and maybe a big aurora tonite! -although I have lots of clouds.
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I tried reply to your previous questions about the device, but am not seeing it posted... Anyway, The Mac system report shows it when connected to a USB 3 port: USB 3.0 Bus:
Host Controller Driver: AppleUSBXHCIPPT
PCI Device ID: 0x1e31
PCI Revision ID: 0x0004
PCI Vendor ID: 0x8086
USB Stepper Focus v0.1s :
Product ID: 0xfbb2
Vendor ID: 0x04d8 (Microchip Technology Inc.)
Serial Number: 00000000P3
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Location ID: 0x14100000 / 31
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 240
Extra Operating Current (mA): 0
However, EKOS shows a failed to connect message.
2021-10-30T18:59:09: [ERROR] Failed to connect to port (/dev/cu.usbserial). Error: Port failure Error: No such file or directory. Check if device is connected to this port.
Thanks Rob, If i get it right you're saying I need a Mac compatible driver for Serial-USB converter for the N-step motor. The Rigel has a serial connection input off the stepper motor and USB 'module' output to the Mac. I know the port and cables all work fine, since everything else in kstars runs fine from that USB port and a hub. The Rigel USB Nstep converter driver is Windows & ASCOM only, which of course is not Mac compatible and why INDI should work instead if the program is in Kstars. I can try it tomorrow with a Mac-compatible Keyspan serial-USB converter which I've used for other astro-devices for years. I'll update with what I find. Ron
Thanks for replying Rob and looking into this. I have done the same thing and tried with the Simulator and get a "no connection" error. both in Kstars versions Mac 3.5.5 and 3.5.3 that I have. As mentioned in previous post, I also dug into the Mac-INDI directory and find a 'header' (not sure of the term?) but apparently no script to do anything. This 'driver' also is not under the Rigel heading in the directory list. I'm no linux guru, and have only fumbled around in Unix a long time ago. But appears to me the driver script in GitHub never got to the Mac INDI directory. But I have no idea if that script works or needs work. Here is all I find, copied and pasted from my Macs' terminal window:Last login: Tue Oct 26 21:47:21 on ttys001Rons-Mac-mini:~ ursamajor_1$ /Applications/KStars\ 3.5.5.app/Contents/MacOS/indi/indi_nstep_focus ; exit;
I asked previously if I copied the driver script from the GitHub hub link, if that would work? I looked at some other drivers in the directory and they seem to have long scripts. But some others have none similar to the nstep. I know others have reported the same problem with the Baader Steel track focuser. So more drivers may be missing than just the Rigel systems driver or maybe there is no Mac compatible driver yet? Hopefully you can sort this out and let us know what can be done. your work is much appreciated. Ron
I've had the same problem and have to make sure the "focus box" is unchecked in the scheduler. Then focus manually before starting any sequence of imaging. Typically my focus doesn't change in a few hours though and am not using a filter wheel (yet).
As there is no reply to my question,, I've been trying to figure it out.. I've found the github INDI driver for the Rigel n-step focus motor and the INDI driver 'header' in Kstars INDI directory and confirms it appears it has no 'code' or script.
Can I copy and past the script in this github page (link below) into a Mac terminal window opened in the INDI directory and will it save and run? Hopefully its as simple as this. Or otherwise, how do you install this driver to Kstars Mac Indi directory? Currently the weather prevents me from just trying out this or other methods and other options.