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Question Hardware mount parking without Stargo

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10 Apr 2022 23:17 #923 by nirvana
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Hello, here a manufacturer's quetion: Is there any way to hardware parking the mount, i.e. without using Stargo sofware? I have a Losmandy G11 with WIFI StarGo. Thank you

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14 Apr 2022 08:15 #924 by Stefano82
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Hello

In order to park the mount is required a software/device that can support the following ASCOM functions: Set Park/Park/Unpark.

This can be done via StarGo software or with external softwares/devices as, for example:

- N.I.N.A. software with Pc/Laptop
- ASIair or Stellarmate apps with the corresponding devices and tablet or smartphones
- Linux/Raspberry systems

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20 Apr 2022 22:16 #928 by nirvana
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Thank you but in all cases a pc is needed to park the mount. It does not solve the problem. I need to park the mount via hardware in case of pc malfunction.

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03 May 2022 12:14 #934 by Stefano82
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Hello

The PARK feature, in order to be triggered, require an ASCOM command to be sent to the electronic controller

That’s why is required a device and a software/app that can support this ASCOM function

In case of pc malfunction the park position can be done again after a new Polar Alignment.

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05 May 2022 12:58 #935 by nirvana
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Ok, but in a remote observatory if the PC fails and you can not park the mount in a suitable position, consecuently you can not close the roof. That is the reason I need pc-software independent system. Maybe I should have started saying this. For example, in Geminis 2 controller from Losmandy you can use TAPI (from the creators of Talon6 observatoriosspag.es/tapi.htm ) to park the mount via hardware through RS232 port. In StarGo in not possible beacuse it does not have serial port.
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05 May 2022 19:59 - 06 May 2022 12:09 #936 by G_Gagnon
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Just trowing an idea here.

If your StarGo supports USB, and WiFi or BlueTooth, and if both USB and WiFi/BT can operate concurrently (Mr. Stefano could confirm maybe), you could set up a redundant system where an Arduino with WiFi or WEMOS connected to the StarGo could run a watchdog routine to check the PC and if the PC fails to respond the Arduino would take over and send a sequence of commands to the StarGo to perform an orderly parking of the telescope, and maybe even close the observatory roof.

Hoping this makes sense.
Last edit: 06 May 2022 12:09 by G_Gagnon.

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