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Standalone OSD recomendations

ComikzInk

Soft and Foofy
#1
Hi all,

Spent the best part of 3 hours researching OSDs that I can add to my FT Swapable Spitfire. I'm more of quad girl myself so I'm used to cramming info down my FPV setup so naturally I'm after carrying some creature comforts over.

The spitfire itself flies great with my little Eachine AIO FPV cam sitting on the tail but would love to get some data on my FatSharks. I'll snip the connection between the camera and the transmitter then wire the OSD between them as it's just a line of breakout pins bridging the 2 boards.

Things I'm really after are the following:
  • Artificial Horizon
  • Altitude
  • Battery voltage
  • Heading
Optional but would be nice to have:
  • Consumed mah
  • Distance from takeoff
  • Estimated speed
  • Home arrow

My current setup is pretty simple on the Spitfire, no fancy flight controller which limits me down to standalone setups for OSDs if I'm not mistaken.
  • AR6210 DSMX 6 channel receiver (and satellite)
  • Eachine AIO FPV cam
  • servo's for each flap then 2 for gear (6 total)
  • 1000kv brushless motor
  • 20A Emax BLHeli esc

So far I've seen a few, to begin with EzOSD came to mind but that's really pricey :( Saw a few hobbykind units but none had an artificial horizon which was a bummer. I then saw the DALRC OSD but I cannot find a UK seller so Hobbykind seems like the only bet.

Anyone got any recommendations or shall I try and stomach the shipping and go with the DALRC OSD?

Many thanks in advance,
Lia <3
 

LitterBug

Troll Spammer
#2
You could try a micro minimOSD with a GPS attached in standalone mode. With a current sensor attached, you could get close to all those wants and nice boxes checked off. <edit> Everything but the artificial horizon </edit>

I have one of the DAL Qosd units. it's ok but not great.

Cheers!
LitterBug

https://github.com/FPVTools/BitsyOSD
 
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ElectriSean

Eternal Student
Mentor
#3
Artificial Horizon - requires accelerometers
Altitude - requires a Barometer
Battery voltage - will need a voltage divider
Heading - requires GPS or a magenetometer

Consumed mah - requires a current sensor
Distance from takeoff - requires GPS
Estimated speed - requires GPS
Home arrow - requires GPS or magentometer

The easiest way to get all of the above would be with a Flight controller and GPS unit running iNav. One of my winter builds will be a wing (Zeta FX-61) using this FC - https://www.banggood.com/Betaflight...ted-OSD-p-1086563.html?p=HR290766671852016094 and this GPS - https://www.banggood.com/Radiolink-...troller-p-1051291.html?p=HR290766671852016094

This will give everything you listed except mAh consumed. A current sensor could be added but I don't think it's mandatory if you can monitor battery voltage. I briefly looked at the standalone OSD's but was immediately turned off by the high prices.
 

Bricks

Well-known member
#4
Could you not get most of what you want by putting in a quad flight board with OSD. You would not get MAH or GPS unless add on stand alone units. I think this would be the cheapest and easiest way to go..
 

rockyboy

Skill Collector
Mentor
#6
The easiest way to get all of the above would be with a Flight controller and GPS unit running iNav. One of my winter builds will be a wing (Zeta FX-61) using this FC - https://www.banggood.com/Betaflight...ted-OSD-p-1086563.html?p=HR290766671852016094 and this GPS - https://www.banggood.com/Radiolink-...troller-p-1051291.html?p=HR290766671852016094
I've thought about doing this for a while, but documentation on how to use these with fixed wing is a little sparse. If you could post up some how-to's that would be awesome!

I also thought about hooking up the flight controller just for the voltage/barometer/accelerometer OSD data and just using the normal receiver / servo controls too. Gives a backup plan in case I get stuck with iNav.
 

LitterBug

Troll Spammer
#7
I've thought about doing this for a while, but documentation on how to use these with fixed wing is a little sparse. If you could post up some how-to's that would be awesome!

I also thought about hooking up the flight controller just for the voltage/barometer/accelerometer OSD data and just using the normal receiver / servo controls too. Gives a backup plan in case I get stuck with iNav.
I will do an FC/GPS with my RunCam Split cube. Planning to use it in my planks.... Be creating a new thread soon.

LB
 
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ComikzInk

Soft and Foofy
#10
You could try a micro minimOSD with a GPS attached in standalone mode. With a current sensor attached, you could get close to all those wants and nice boxes checked off. <edit> Everything but the artificial horizon </edit>

I have one of the DAL Qosd units. it's ok but not great.

Cheers!
LitterBug

https://github.com/FPVTools/BitsyOSD
Artificial Horizon - requires accelerometers
The easiest way to get all of the above would be with a Flight controller and GPS unit running iNav. One of my winter builds will be a wing (Zeta FX-61) using this FC - https://www.banggood.com/Betaflight...ted-OSD-p-1086563.html?p=HR290766671852016094 and this GPS - https://www.banggood.com/Radiolink-...troller-p-1051291.html?p=HR290766671852016094
Could you not get most of what you want by putting in a quad flight board with OSD. You would not get MAH or GPS unless add on stand alone units. I think this would be the cheapest and easiest way to go..
I did consider using a flight controller however I'd have to swap out my receiver as it's purely PWM so things will bulk up quite quickly. On top of that I couldn't find much documentation on setting up planes via betaflight, where there was infor it didn't feel as well versed and tested as it is with quads. Curious if I could just hook up a flight controller and no use it, only have it for the accelerometer and such.


Is tempting, seems the simplest so far and won't require modding my existing AIO.


Will be http://forum.flitetest.com/showthread.php?37990-NEW-BUILD-FliteTest-FPV-Split-Cube-OSD

I'll break out the OSD piece in a way that should be usable for others not building the CUBE.

LB
This... yes this! When I saw the Split I loved the idea but... couldn't see a way to easily tap an OSD feed into it so held off till it had thoroughly been examined and tinkered with to it's full potential.

Many thanks for all the suggestions :)
Lia <3
 

ComikzInk

Soft and Foofy
#12
Using the Flight board you should just need to power it and video out via OSD know need for anything else.
Might try it, Don't have one laying around but they're fairly inexpensive :) Wasn't sure if the FC or OSD would complain that it wasn't actually in control (looking back that seems like a silly assumption I made)
 

ElectriSean

Eternal Student
Mentor
#13
I've thought about doing this for a while, but documentation on how to use these with fixed wing is a little sparse. If you could post up some how-to's that would be awesome!

I also thought about hooking up the flight controller just for the voltage/barometer/accelerometer OSD data and just using the normal receiver / servo controls too. Gives a backup plan in case I get stuck with iNav.
Painless360 has a very well done series on iNav, the last few episodes deal with the fixed wing aspects. Everything I know about it I learned here and from the iNav docs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_4ph-YCnaA&list=PLYsWjANuAm4qdXEGFSeUhOZ10-H8YTSnH