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#1 anat

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:09 AM

Yes. It is possible now :) This project is an extension of iAstroHub https://sourceforge....ects/iastrohub/ to run on Android devices. iAstroDroid can control the autoguider, CCD (qhy8L for now), and DSLR. You will connect to all devices via a usb host cable and a usb hub.

Basically, the package is running in Linux chroot in Android. A webbrowser is used to control all devices. Installation is as simple as this:
1. Download and copy one file (to be released soon).
2. Install one app
3. Run the app
4. Open a browser to control all devices. The interface is similar to iAstroHub.

Requirements:
1. Rooted android device
2. The android device must have a USB-host.
3. (optional) Kernel should support the usb host charging, and FTDI driver.

Tested on Nexus 7 with CM10.1 and Timur's usb host kernel. The following picture shows Nexus 7 connecting to a QHY6 while autoguiding.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:33 AM

That sound awesome!!

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 10:55 AM

That's pretty cool!

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:10 PM

So cool :)

#5 anat

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:14 AM

The package is available at
https://sourceforge....ts/iastrodroid/


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:10 PM

Hello Anat and everybody,
This is a good new. But is it possible to have a server that drive the applications on a remote unit like RK808 or some mini PC, on which the cam and mount are connected, and which create an ad-hoc network?
So it would be possible to connect to the unit via wifi from any device windows, linux or android.
(VNC can be a solution, but it is really slow)

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:11 AM

Then you should look at my another project
https://sourceforge....ects/iastrohub/
http://www.cloudynig...ber=5875159&...

Everything is connected to MK808 which also works as an access point.

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 04:37 PM

Hi Anat,

I very interest to iastrodroid, but before installing (excuse my ignorance) i would like know if the smartphone or tablet android must be dedicated or their functioning normally even after the installation of iastrodroid. 

 

Thank you and congratulations for your great contribution to this community of amateur astronomers.



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Posted 02 November 2014 - 10:49 PM

You can use your tablet as usual because it runs in Chroot. But I recommend you use iAstroHub with an Android mini PC stick. There will be no wire from your tablet :)

 

http://sourceforge.n...ects/iastrohub/

http://www.cloudynig...phy-comes-true/

 

Best regards,

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 04:17 PM

Thank for your response. But do you think it would be possible to install iastrodroid on a smartphone, and use the wifi hotspots for connect a tablet in web browsing? Or you believe that iastrohub is more stable than iastrodroid?


Edited by marcosal72, 03 November 2014 - 04:19 PM.


#11 anat

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 04:57 AM

iAstroDroid is slower because chroot already consumes resources. iAstroHub is recommended :)

 

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 03:28 PM

Hi Anat,
waiting  the mk808 I tried iastrodroid. Everything seems ok, but when I open the web browser I get 403 forbidden: nginx / 1.2.6 (Ubuntu). Do you have any suggestions? There would be a procedure 'hard way' as iastrohub?
Thanks!








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