FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

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FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by RTJoe » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:24 am

Hello,
meanwhile I have developed a plugin for the new plugin interface of FireCapture. The plugin requires the DIY Seeing Monitor described in this topic: viewtopic.php?t=16746.

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This plugin provides the following functionality inside the FireCapture software:
  • SSSMon measures the current seeing
  • Recording is started if seeing reaches configured minimum quality
  • Recording is paused as long as seeing is worse than configured value
  • Recording is stopped after configured time
  • After recording is stopped and after a configured pause time, a new recording run can be started automatically
  • The maximum number of recording runs is configurable
Screenshot of an example setup:
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With this setup, the recording is started as soon as seeing is 2.0 or less (smaller value means better seeing). The recording is stopped after 45 seconds. As long as the seeing is worse than 2.5, the recording is paused. After a recording finished, there is a (minimum) delay of 5 minutes (300 seconds) until the next recording might start (if the seeing is better than 2.5 again). A maximum of 10 recoding runs is executed.

Start this setup, have some cold beverage and let the plugin hunt the moments of good seeing.

You can find the plugin for download and additional information on my website: http://www.joachim-stehle.de/sssm_eng.html. Have a look into the documentation for a detailed description how to install and use the plugin.

Feel free to download the software and report your comments.

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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by Valery » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:53 am

Hi Joachim,

Thanks a lot for your works making a SSM affordable and suited for a FC software.

BTW. PM sent.


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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by Valery » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:34 am

Hi Joachim,

One more very useful option for this SSM software.

The software should calculate best seeing value and averaged seeing value - for better and faster choice of the movies which are
suitable for further processing. I usually spend a lot of time trying to choose best movies among all recorded during given session.
This is quite annoying and boring procedure. This is the reason I public my results too late or do not publish them at all.

Do you think this is possible to include such a option?



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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by RTJoe » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:59 am

Hello Valery,

thank you for your comments. Average and best seeing calculation should be no problem.

I will evaluate the possibilities how to use the values. It’s easy to display the values and to create a special log file for the plugin. It would be more convenient if the measures could be logged into the FC log file or appended to the name of the captured file. But this would require Torsten to extend the FC plugin interface.

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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by Valery » Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:30 pm

RTJoe wrote:
or appended to the name of the captured file.
This will be the best option.


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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by marktownley » Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:35 pm

Interesting! Thanks!


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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by marktownley » Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:17 am

Will this work with the Airylab SSM?


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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by RTJoe » Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:50 am

Hi Mark,

the plugin currently supports a “DIY” protocol for communication with the DIY SSSMon only.

I guess it would be easy to extend the FireCapture plugin for the Airylab SSM, because it’s also Arduino based and I assume it also uses a serial protocol on USB. But I don’t know whether Airylab wants to disclose their protocol. Maybe I just ask at Airylab for information.

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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by RTJoe » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:26 am

Many thanks to AiryLab - they have already send me information about the protocol!

I will add support for the SSM into the FireCapture plugin soon. Would somebody who already owns an AiryLab SSM please volunteer to test the software? I have the DIY device only.

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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by robert » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:36 am

Well done. Very interesting stuff!
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Post by marktownley » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:44 pm

Hi, coming back to this thread. Is the Airylab SSM supported in Firecapture now?


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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by robert » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:56 pm

Yes
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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by marktownley » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:59 pm

I've got the plugin installed, will have a go to get things fired up in the morning.


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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by eroel » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:48 am

Joachim:
A very interesting thread.
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards,
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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by robert » Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:29 am

Interesting flare detection plug in as well. I just noticed
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Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Post by marktownley » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:01 am

I'm playing with the SSM plugin at the moment, I like it a lot!


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