Re: SGP Pier Flip and APCC
Michael Fulbright <mike.fulbright@...>
I find the current 'experimental' AP driver in INDI does everything I need to take a night after night of usable data. So I've considered it "good enough' for awhile now. I got it to the point it has what I needed - which was primarily pulse guiding and meridian delay. I pretty much keep an eye on my scope while imaging so I haven't had a need for anything fancier.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
And honestly without an updated protocol document I really don't feel invested to keep spending time on the driver as there isn't much more it can do otherwise.
I think any enthusiastic hobbyist who enjoys astronomy and computing would be successful using INDI and Linux. I've had alot of fun being able to modify the behavior of various components of my imaging software stack to act as I want it to and add features I need, etc. To me the computing side of imaging is as much part of the hobby as the astronomy side so this project really hits all the right spots.
For someone wanting a push button remote system that streams frames to their home it is probably not the best solution. I know people and universities use it this way but it takes a level of technical competence to get it going some people might just rather not need to develop.
It would be nice to have complete documentation for how to use the mount so I could get the most out of it. The 'G' protocol that is the current level of documentation is inadequate. It would also be a nice move to have documentation so an open source tool to generate and program PEC curves could be developed. I would really like to get away from needing Windows for any part of my imaging solution and unfortunately this is not possible with AP mounts (yet). At the moment I find that a con for using AP mounts and if there was another high end solution offering this I'd be tempted. And no running SkyX on a Raspberry Pi is not a solution imho.
Certainly better INDI support is not necessary for most users and their use cases, but I don't see this as a zero sum game since volunteers out there would provide the majority of the heavy lifting for these open source efforts. Really just needs documentation so people can understand how the hardware they own works.
On 10/6/2018 5:17 AM, Bill Long bill@... [ap-gto] wrote: