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TOPIC: StellarMate Astrophotography Gadget

StellarMate Astrophotography Gadget 2 weeks 3 days ago #20714

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Mine was strange too in the fact that I could simply attach an Ethernet cable to the gadget - with nothing on the other end - and the hotspot showed up. I could have simply cut off the end of a cable and used it as a dongle :)

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StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D 4 days 17 hours ago #21001

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I have my Canon 6D attached to the StellarMate Gadget. My Macbook is connected to StellarMate using the Gadget's hotspot - 4 meters away in direct view. All control of the Mount, Lodestar guider, and features of the 6D work well. However, the download time from the Gadget to my Macbook is excessive. A 40 MB FITS file takes 8 minutes. I tried restarting the Gadget and found that it does make a difference. In subsequent images, they took from 2 minutes to 4 minutes to download. Are these download times typical for a 40 MB file? Is there some setting in Stellarmate, Ekos, or the 6D that may be the reason for the delay?

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StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D 4 days 16 hours ago #21003

Yes that is indeed excessive. Let me run a similar setup today at home and get back the results, but it shouldn't be 8 minutes!

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StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D 4 days 16 hours ago #21005

How long does it take when connected over Ethernet instead of WiFi?

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StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D 4 days 16 hours ago #21006

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Not sure. I'l try. On a side note - is it possible to connect ethernet from the Gadget to a Macbook without using a router? The Stellarmate instructions mention that I can connect via a router but says nothing about a direct connection.

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StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D 4 days 15 hours ago #21007

It's possible, but I haven't tried it myself. Let me give this a go today as well (on my Mac Mini) and let you know how it goes.

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StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D 4 days 15 hours ago #21008

If you are using a Mac then you need no router. Macs have had this ability since the 90s. You can just connect an Ethernet cable between the computers. I have done this for a long time and it is my emergency method for connecting to the pi if there is a network problem

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StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D 4 days 14 hours ago #21010

Any settings required? or just plug n play?

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StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D 4 days 14 hours ago #21011

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I just tried connecting just ethernet direct from Stellarmate to the Macbook a few times, and Kstars crashed every time.
If this is not expected, I will try again and send log files.
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StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D 4 days 14 hours ago #21012

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Here's a log.

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File Name: log_11-00-05.txt
File Size: 9 KB
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Re:StellarMate Astrophotography Gadget 4 days 13 hours ago #21013

Side note about wifi: if all routers in the neighborhood are using the same frequency band index, they share the same bandwidth. It may be worth switching the router to another band index to check.

-Eric

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Re:StellarMate Astrophotography Gadget 4 days 13 hours ago #21014

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I was not going through a router with Wifi. The Mac was connected via the Stellarmat's gadget's hotspot. Any way to change the band the Stellarmate uses?

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