Included with libindi v1.7+. For Ubuntu it is recommended to install the latest development version:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mutlaqja/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indi-bin
This driver operates the following mounts:
- Losmandy G11
- Explore Scientific EXOS2
- Explore Scientific iEXOS100
Be sure the correct mount type is selected when using the driver for the first time. The driver defauls to EXOS2.
This driver supports both Ethernet and Serial connections. However, a serial connection is recommended for stability.
For mounts that require a Serial to USB FTDI adapter (typically used for the EXOS2 and G11), previous versions of this driver required you to reprogram the adapter as outlined in this post. Reprogramming is no longer necessary. However, there is still some benefit to using a reprogrammed cable (faster connection time, no need to reset upon reconnect). Note that you will need to undo the reprogramming if you ever want to use the same cable for updating firmware, connecting to the mount with the ASCOM driver, or other purposes.
For older mount firmware, in order to make the mount controllable through USB/Serial, some commands need to be run in order to switch the internal state of the mount. The process is described in detail in this file Switching Between the WiFi Interface and the Serial Interfaceon the iEXOS 100™Mount Controller
This driver supports Explore Scientific G11, EXOS2 and iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight mounts over a Serial or Ethernet connection.
Current features of the PMC-Eight driver:
- Sidereal, lunar, solar and custom track rates
- ST4 Guiding
- Full joystick support
When using the driver for the first time, ensure to set the telescope's aperture and focal length in the Options tab.
It is also necessary to set the geographic location and park position in the Site Management tab.
Do not try parking the mount until this position is defined!
The telescope must start in the park position - this is with the scope pointing towards the pole and the counterweight straight down.
The main control tab is where the primary control takes place.
To track an object, enter the equatorial of date (JNow) coordinates and press Set. The mount shall then slew to an object and once it arrives at the target location, it should engage tracking at the selected tracking rate which default to Sidereal tracking. Slew mode is different from track mode in that it does not engage tracking when slew is complete. To sync, the mount must be already tracking. First change mode to Sync, then enter the desired coordinates then press Set. Users will seldom use this interface directly since many clients (e.g. KStars) can slew and sync the mount directly from the sky map without having to enter any coordinates manually.
The Abort Motion button can be used to stop the mount at any time.
Four tracking modes are supported: Sidereal, Solar, Lunar, and Custom. When using Custom mode, the rates defined in Track Rates shall be used.
Tracking can be enganged and disenganged by toggling the Tracking property.
Mount parking and unparking is controlled by the Parking property.
The Firmware property shows the detected firmware version of the mount controller.
The Options tab is used to set debugging and other configuration options, as well as being able to load and save configurations.
- Debug: Enable debug logging where verbose messaged can be logged either directly in the client or a file. If Debug is enabled, advanced properties are created to select how to direct debug output. Watch a video on how to submit logs.
- Simulation: Enable to disable simulation mode for testing purposes.
- Configuration: Load or Save the driver settings to a file. Click default to restore default settings that were shipped with the driver.
- Snoop Devices: Indicate which devices the driver should communicate with:
- GPS: If using a GPS driver (e.g. INDI GPSD) then enter its name here. EQMod shall sync its time and location settings from the GPS driver.
- Dome: If using a Dome driver, put its name here so that Dome Parking Policy can be applied.
Dome Parking Policy
If a dome is used in conjunction with the mount, a policy can be set if parking the mount or dome can interfere with the safety of either. For example, you might want to always park the mount before parking the dome, or vice versa. The default policy is to ignore the dome.
- Ignore dome: Take no action when dome parks or unparks.
- Dome locks: Prevent the mount from unparking when dome is parked.
- Dome parks: Park the mount if dome starts parking. This will disable the locking for dome parking, EVEN IF MOUNT PARKING FAILS.
- Both: Dome locks & Dome parks policies are applied.
- Scope Properties: Enter the Primary and Seconday scope information. Up to six different configurations for Primary and Secondary Guider telescopes can be saved separately, each with an optional unique label in Scope Name property.
- Scope Config: Select the active scope configuration.
- Joystick: Enable or Disable joystick support. An INDI Joystick driver must be running for this function to work. For more details, check the INDI Telescope Joystick tutorial.
Under motion control, manual motion controls along with speed and guide controls are configured.
- Motion N/S/W/E: Directional manual motion control. Press the button to start the movement and release the button to stop.
- Slew Rate: Rate of manual motion control above when 1x equals sidereal rate.
Location settings are configured in the Site Management tab.
- Location: Latitude and Longitude must be set for proper operation of the driver upon connection. The longitude range is 0 to 360 degrees increasing eastward from Greenwich.
- The PMC-Eight driver is under development and needs testing - please be aware and always be observant of the mount when doing slews and parking.
- When you park the mount it is recommended to disconnect the driver from the mount and power the mount down as well before connecting again.
If you find a bug, please report it at INDI's bug tracking system at GitHub.