Peter Kennett created a new topic ' iOptron StarFI adapter for INDI?' in the forum. yesterday

Any chance there will ever be a way to control my CEM25 mount via INDI and the STARFI wifi adapter?

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Peter Kennett created a new topic ' iOptron CEM25 PARK vs HOME' in the forum. yesterday

When I use the PARK comment in EKOS it does nothing to the CEM25 mount. However, the INDI Slew to Home commend works well.
Is there a way to add the Slew to Home command to the EKOS menu?

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I was using FileZilla last night but could not figure out how to delete a file.
I just now read that I need to use FN DEL on my Macbook or right-click the files. Not the most user friendly way to do such a common task. :(
So while FileZilla will certainly work, I was hoping that there was a more integrated way to bring the file system to the desktop and make it as seamless as an external drive.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Is there a way in OSX to mount the Stellarmate's SD card on the Mac's desktop as a shared drive?

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

When I was in Pakistan, I had my equipment on my roof and had it all working off a MacMini - with Ethernet down to my computer room where I had it controlled on my 26" iMac. It was awesome to have so much screen space. But the Mac Mini needs too much power to run effectively in the field - as I will be doing here in Uganda. That is why I was considering the expensive EagleCore system until I discovered the Stellarmate.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Thanks everyone for your continued support and patience. I was not aware that there was a difference between “Ethernet” and “direct Ethernet”. I had thought the Mac would have created a network connection either way. Now that I changed the cmdline.text file it works very well that way.
Saving image files directly to the Stellermate’s SD card may indeed best option. It would be nice to have simpler access to the local storage vs using a separate file transfer application between the Stellarmate and the Mac. Perhaps using an external USB drive on the Stellarmate?
But here’s a question: If I am running EKOS on my Mac, are not the FITS files traveling from the camera to my Mac and then back to the Stellarmate for storage?
Perhaps I am thinking this all wrong.
My goal is this:
1. Keep all cables from the camera, guider and scope to a minimum. Ideally, no cables from the equipment to my Macbook.
2. Run EKOS with the lag of using screen sharing.
3. Keep file download speed as fast as possible, so I can reduce the dead time between exposures.
Should I be running the copy of EKOS that resides on the Stellamate?
What is the best solution?
Peter

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Rican, that did it! THANK YOU!!!
I configured the Stellarmate to accept a direct Ethernet connection by editing the cmdline.txt and connected it without any trouble.
The download speeds for a 40 MB FITS file went from 2 o 8 minutes (depending on wifi congestion) to 32 seconds.
Now I just need to find a good way to keep the ethernet cable from wrapping around the mount. I have it set up now with no other cables coming off the mount - not even the power supply. It's almost as clean as the expensive EagleCore.

On a side note - Stellarmate with Stars and EKOS is a wonderful setup, but it is certainly not 100% ready for the general market - unless it is being marketed to those with a fair amount of networking and Unix programming experience. It took me a while just to understand what you were talking about (editing the cmdline.txt for example) as I am not a unix programmer. I would have NEVER figured out that I needed to add that last line with an IP address. Additionally, the comment "For mine I just entered ip=169.254.54.5 because when my Mac is not on any network. It self assigns the IP address 169.254.54.212." was confusing to me as a beginner, as I did not understand why you went from an IP address ending in 212 to one ending in 5. I finally figured it out, but this is not something is intuitive to someone with no networking knowledge.

I hope all the programmers and astronomers who work on this great project see the value is a beginner like myself, as I face all these confusing issues, which I am sure are non-brainers for you all. But I am sure there are many more beginners out there who just need a plug and play solution and may get frustrated when this is just not that easy. Not yet. I hope you have the patience to deal with my seemingly simple problems. I hope in the long run it will help make this a better product.

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I notice that when I connect the Mac to the Stellarmate via wifi, I get a router connection of "10.250.250.1".
If I connect via the ethernet, I receive no router IP address from Stellermate - as seen in post earlier.
Is there something with that?

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

When I connect to Stellarmate on my Mac, with wifi, I simply turn on my Mac's wifi and "Stellarmate" shows up.
I use 10.250.250.1 port 7624 in EKOS to connect remotely,
While the instructions mentioned "stellarmate_f0220c" I have never seen anything written after the name "stellarmate".

I just now tried again to connect with Ethernet, and I still get the IP address of 169.254.82.242 on my end.
I tried using this in the EKOS INDO setup, as well as "10.250.250.1", "stellarmate", "localhost", "stellarmate.local" all with no result.

Forgive my lack of computer networking knowledge. Are you able to connect a Mac to the Stellatmate with just a direct ethernet cable?

PK

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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'Re:StellarMate Astrophotography Gadget' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

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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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Here's a log.

File Attachment:

File Name: log_11-00-05.txt
File Size: 9 KB


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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

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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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

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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Peter Kennett replied to the topic 'StellarMate / Ekos download time from Canon 6D' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

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. Is there some setting in Stellarmate, Ekos, or the 6D that may be the reason for the delay?

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