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TOPIC: Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate

Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 3 weeks 14 hours ago #20618

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Hello all, sorry if this topic has been addressed before. If so, please let me know where to find the info.
I have a new StellarMate Gadget and it works well when I connect to it via the installed screen sharing ap.
What I would like to do is run EKOS on my laptop via a wireless connection to the StellarMate gadget so I have a more responsive system vs the screenshared lag.
Are there are any step by step directions to do this?

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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 3 weeks 14 hours ago #20619

All the video tutorials are here: www.youtube.com/channel/UC1x4aSvnUVtBNafANsD_Izg

Short version is: run Ekos Profile Wizard from Ekos Setup screen, when asked about address, put stellarmate.local
That's pretty much it.
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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 2 weeks 6 days ago #20627

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Thank you again!

I connected my Macbook Pro to the Stellarmate by wifi and was able to run KStars, EKOS, my Lodestar guider and Canon 6D without a hitch!
Perfect!

But then I tried to get SkySafari to run too, using the INDI Skysafari instructions. I was finaly able to get the SkySafari server to run on INDI, but SkySafari was not able to connect to the mount. Even though my mount is a CEM25, I was sure to select Meade LX200 as instructed. but there must be a step I missed. Skysafari said it could connect via TCP to the server, but not the mount and suggested I had the wrong mount type selected.

My config is as follows:

CEM25 with a StellarMate connected to it via USB/RS232.

via wifi or Ethernet

MacBook, running EKOS, KSTARS, and SkySafari.

Any advice would be most appreciated!

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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 2 weeks 6 days ago #20628

In INDI control panel, Sky Safari driver, is it connected? Can you post screenshots of the driver Main Control Panel & Options tab?

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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 2 weeks 6 days ago #20631

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I will try again this afternoon. I am sure it's just user error.

Note: Last night I was running all aps (INDI, EKOS, and SkySafari all on my laptop, which had no direct hardware connection to anything. I had just used the Stellarmate as a bridge to connect to the mount and other gear. Should I have launched INDI or EKOS on the Stellarmate first, via the screen sharing ap?

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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 2 weeks 6 days ago #20632

No need. If you're using Ekos on a Mac Pro, then that's all you need to deal with. It should communicate with StellarMate and launch INDI drivers itself. Just make sure SkySafari, you are connecting to StellarMate IP address and port 9624.

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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 2 weeks 6 days ago #20633

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Thanks Jasem, I will give it another shot today.

One additional question, if I may: Will EKOS guide my CEM25 via the mount's USB/RS232 port, or should I connect the Lodestar's autoguide port to the mount's guiding port?

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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 2 weeks 6 days ago #20634

Also, are you connecting to StellarMate over HotSpot or is it joined to your WiFi home network?

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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 2 weeks 6 days ago #20635

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Hotspot. I plan on using this away from my house, so no home network will be available.
Actually,. I may just use Ethernet as it is much faster than wifi.

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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 2 weeks 6 days ago #20636

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(some may wonder why not just connect the laptop to the mount and gear). The reason I want to do this somewhat remotely is so I can control everything from the safety of my Jeep and not have a bunch of cables running from the mount to the Jeep. I will be out in the Bush in Uganda, and there are a few large animals that like to eat people here. Sitting in the dark alone is not a good thing to do when lions, leopards, hyenas and hippos are nearby.

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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 2 weeks 6 days ago #20637

Good luck! Ok, so when using hotspot, in SkySafari, set the IP address to: 10.250.250.1 and port to 9624
And yes, you can guide directly from the mount OR use the ST4 cable, it's up to use.

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Newbie requests help with remote connection on StellarMate 2 weeks 6 days ago #20640

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Still no luck with SkySafari. :(
Here's the screen shots..

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