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Horizontal coordinates as input in EKOS

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Horizontal coordinates as input in EKOS was created by magnargj

I'm int the process of setting up a telescope and mount (skywatcher AZ-EQ5GT) to look at an artificial star that we will generate in the mesosphere using laser aiming to measure the magnetic field up there. I've successfully set up KSTARS/EKOS and it works fine with controlling the mount.
However, I've not been able to find an efficient way of giving altitude and azimuth as Goto input in EKOS, except by right-clicking on the sky map which isn't very efficient and accurate. EKOS seems to be set up only to receive celestial coordinates, which of course makes sense for looking at celestial objects, but my artificial star will be stationary with respect to the ground. We will be pointing the laser at several locations in the sky, so it will be necessary to change direction of the telescope as well.
Are there any ways of giving horizontal coordinates as input for goto in EKOS?
Hints will be highly appreciated! Maybe I just missed some functionality?

Cheers,
Magnar
3 months 2 weeks ago #36045

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Replied by knro on topic Horizontal coordinates as input in EKOS

Good suggestion. I'll add Az/Alt GOTO controls in the Mount control panel in the next version of KStars.
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Replied by rlancaste on topic Horizontal coordinates as input in EKOS

One reason you might want want to enter Alt AZ coordinates might be to center on a geosynchronous satellite. That could be interesting.
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Replied by Ihoujin on topic Horizontal coordinates as input in EKOS

I believe this can already be easily done from the top menu.
Pointing > Set Coordinates Manually (CTRL+M) > Az/Alt tab
INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 3B+
Lubuntu 16.04
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Adafruit Motor Hat shield
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.
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Replied by rlancaste on topic Horizontal coordinates as input in EKOS

That moves the map, not a telescope
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Replied by knro on topic Horizontal coordinates as input in EKOS

It's added to GIT and should be in KStars 3.1.1

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Replied by magnargj on topic Horizontal coordinates as input in EKOS

I'm overly impressed and grateful! That was quick. Thanks a lot!

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Magnar
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