Eliot Hall created a new topic ' Joystick and Telescope/Mount connection' in the forum. 7 days ago

Hi,

Please excuse this very newbie question.

I'm trying to control my EQMOD mount using a game pad. I have followed the guide Controlling your telescope with a joystick

Steps taken:

  1. Opened Device Manger in KStars
  2. Connected to my mount using EQMOD (start service locally and connected in INDI Control Panel)
  3. Connected to my game pad using Joystick (start service locally and connected in INDI Control Panel)
  4. Confirmed that the game pad was working by checking the Monitor tab - Joystick 1 gives values when I move it
  5. In the Options tab of the EQMod I have enabled the Joystick Option

Using the INDI control panel I can slew the mount by clicking the North/South/Eat/West buttons, but nothing happens when I try to use the game pad.

I have used two different game pads (different makes), two different computers (both with Ubuntu 16.04 + INDI 1.5 installed), even two different mounts (EQ6 & EQ6-GT)! Turned tracking on and off. Adjusted the slew rate. Enabled debug for both the telescope and joystick drivers. Tested with Telescope Simuilator instead of EQMod (The RA and DEC do not change when I use the game pad).

I have a feeling have missed something very obvious!

Thanks,

Eliot

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Eliot Hall replied to the topic 'Configuring EQMOD for EQ6 Custom Ratio Belt Mod' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks,

I'll try that over the weekend.

Eliot

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Eliot Hall created a new topic ' Configuring EQMOD for EQ6 Custom Ratio Belt Mod' in the forum. 2 months ago

Hi,

I'm trying to move over to INDI for the first time. I did an early EQ6 belt mod with a 4:1 ratio. This means I have a to set the number of steps for one full rotation to 9216000 for both the RA and Dec axis.

Having tried and failed to find where this was configured in KStars/INDI/EQMOD I downloaded the source code. It appears that INDI requests this information from the mount firmware in SkywatcherAPI class GetMicrostepsPerRevolution function. This number is overridden with a hard coded value if the mount type is GT or 114GT.

I could modify the code and build my own version of INDI, but is this using a sledgehammer to crack a nut? Am I missing something obvious?

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