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Ekos Win10

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Ekos Win10 #36828
why I cannot check local in ekos profile ?
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Ekos Win10 #36829
In order to run Ekos on a Windows machine you need to have a Linux or Mac machine running INDI and connect to that.


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Ekos Win10 #36835

Jantje wrote: why I cannot check local in ekos profile ?
Kastars 3.1.1 - Win10 64bit


Because INdI does not run on Windows, as has been said you have to have INdI on a Linux, MAC or SBC...

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Ekos Win10 #36844
why do I have to install INDI for windows if it doesn't work ?

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Ekos Win10 #36845
KStars is a planetarium software. Ekos is a client embedded in KStars that supports talking to INDI servers. KStars can be installed on Linux, Windows and MacOS.
INDI is a different project, a framework providing instrument configuration and control under Linux. Thus to control your astronomy setup with INDI, the devices constituting your setup have to be controlled by a Linux machine before any client will be able to connect.
There are alternatives, but KStars requires an INDI setup.

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Ekos Win10 #36846
If I understand correctly, the INDI server is needed on Windows for KStars/Ekos to connect to and it acts as a bridge to connect to the Linux INDI running remotely. In other words, Ekos needs a local INDI server to cnnect to no matter what. But the astronomical hardware cannot be controlled directly from a Windows machine and Linux or macos is needed for that.

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Ekos Win10 #36847

wvreeven wrote: If I understand correctly, the INDI server is needed on Windows for KStars/Ekos to connect to and it acts as a bridge to connect to the Linux INDI running remotely. In other words, Ekos needs a local INDI server to cnnect to no matter what. But the astronomical hardware cannot be controlled directly from a Windows machine and Linux or macos is needed for that.

HTH, Wouter


No, incorrect....
There is no INdI server for windows.
You only need and can only have Kstars / Ekos on your windows machine, then that connects to an INdI server running remotely on either another Mac, Linux or raspberry PI machine at the mount...
So the comtrol is done with the windows machine, but the remote machine CANT be a windows as it has to have INdI server on it... Hope that explains

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Ekos Win10 #36848

Jantje wrote: why do I have to install INDI for windows if it doesn't work ?


Nobody said that, there is no INdI server for windows, please see my last post it explains hopefully.... :)

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Ekos Win10 #36849

AstroNerd wrote: No, incorrect....
There is no INdI server for windows.
You only need and can only have Kstars / Ekos on your windows machine, then that connects to an INdI server running remotely on either another Mac, Linux or raspberry PI machine at the mount...
So the comtrol is done with the windows machine, but the remote machine CANT be a windows as it has to have INdI server on it... Hope that explains


Thanks for the correction. It is clear that I am not a Windows user :)

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Ekos Win10 #36872
The way I explain it to people is this:
Indi is essentially a hardware "driver" server that is run on a Mac or Linux computer - many/most run it on a Raspberry Pi running Linux operating system: Stellarmate OS ($49) or Astroberry (free) are GREAT, complete ready to run off-the-shelf packages - no Linux experience necessary. The server computer with its hardware drivers - specific to your astrophotography hardware - is then controlled by client software (called Ekos) running on a Mac, Linux or Windows PC. Ekos is a sophisticated astrophotography control module within the very robust and powerful (and FREE) Kstars planetarium program.

So for example, in my case I have a Linux Raspberry Pi 3B computer that is running the Indi Server software running drivers I chose from a menu for my specific AP hardware. I then have a Windows 10 PC that is running Kstars/Ekos. Both computers are networked together via my home WiFi network. I simply point Ekos (via the network) to the Indi server and Ekos controls ALL my astrophotography hardware via my Win 10 workstation.

Indi server is a breeze to use - could not be simpler. Connecting Ekos to Indi is also a breeze - it just works. Ekos on the other hand, while user friendly, has a rather steep learning curve, in part because of it's sophistication and number of powerful features and also in part due to rather limited documentation leaving new users to learn by trial and error for the more advanced features. There is however, an excellent set of video tutorials that will easily get new users up and running using standard "must have" features with a minimum of fuss. Power users can get their fix on with an astounding array of capabilities - although most are not needed to take good photos.

While I'd call running your astrophotography rig on a tiny SBC (Single Board Computer) like the Raspberry Pi with Indi networked to a workstation or laptop running Kstars/Ekos, experimental at this stage, it has actually become a quite powerful, capable, most importantly STABLE, and an ever more mature client/server solution that many see (including myself) as the future of astrophotography.

Benefits include MUCH lower power requirements, VERY low cost of entry: a SUPER-INEXPENSIVE $35 computer the size a a deck of playing cards that weighs only a few ounces, no more tethering an expensive and heavy laptop with cables to trip over, sorter, lighter, and easier to manage cables, and a COMPLETE, extremely powerful and inexpensive or even free software package instead of buying and running simultaneously numerous (and sometimes expensive) programs that don't always play well together and as a result are not always stable.

The biggest con at this point is simply learning how to use it with your particular gear (true for any system) , but for many that is also part of the fun!

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