You'll want to move through the tabs in Ekos, setting up camera, focuser, guider, and plate solving.
Once you have your MX+ connected try just right-clicking the planetarium screen, then select slew. Once it's done moving the mount, take a short exposure in the imaging tab to make sure it works.
You might want to set up a local solver like astrometry.net or ASTAP because Ekos won't have access to the "native" plate solving from TheSkyX. On the other hand if you have a good TPoint model set up in TheSkyX your pointing wish be so good you might not need solving at all. That just has to be done once unless you tear down your equipment each night.
If you have specific questions, I'd be happy to help.
I use Ekos with my Paramount MyT via TheSkyX just as you describe. You've done the hardest part (connecting INDI/Ekos to the TCP server in TheSkyX).
What I do is to get everything set up in TheSkyX first (TPoint model, Periodic Error Correction, etc). Then connect from Ekos. I have been guiding in Ekos through PHD2. The alignment works extremely well because of the underlying TPoint model in TheSkyX -- that is, Ekos tells the mount to point someplace and it hits it pretty much dead on the first try.
If you haven't used Ekos before, there's a significant learning curve, but once the mount is connected it's the same as any other mount.
Thank you Rob!
"The offsets are global" is precisely the answer I was hoping for.
I realize this answer is almost a year old, but I have a closely related question:
Since filter offsets are set inside the Sequence Queue, does this mean they are "local" to a specific sequence?
In other words, do I need to set them separately for *each* sequence? Our do they apply to *every* sequence that uses the filter wheel?
Thank you for any advice on this.
Something appears to be corrupted in my indi installation. I get the following errors and apt --fix-broken install doesn't help.
Preparing to unpack .../libasi_1.0~201911071628~ubuntu18.04.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libasi (1.0~201911071628~ubuntu18.04.1) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/libasi_1.0~201911071628~ubuntu18.04.1_amd64.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libEFWFilter.so.0.3.1205', which is also in package libefwfilter 0.3.1205-1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
Quite willing to purge and start over, but I can't seem to do that either.
I have the CEM25p and it's great for wide field imaging.
My mount has no separate RS-232 port, rather it connects via the pro at the bottom of the hand controller. Software and drivers work fine without issues. I have *not* had a problem guiding after automated meridian flip, but had to tick the box to reverse DEC after flip.
My guiding is indeed plagued by backlash of maybe 2 arc seconds, but I only image from this mount at FL < 200 mm so it doesn't matter. The beauty of this setup is its extreme portability. Works great as an automated alternative to a photo tripod. For longer FL I use a Paramount, but I love the teeny little CEM25p for lightweight wide field imaging.
I second this as a feature request.
It would be much more convenient to simply point the software to a master dark (and bias, and flat) I decide is the one I want rather than trying to outwit the algorithm as it attempts to account for age, exposure, and temperature.
I take and process a lot of calibration frames as part of my imaging. I know what I want to use and when. I'd rather have the ability to just specify the calibration file of my choice.
Thank you for posting your imaging experiences from Uganda. It's quite riveting to read about the challenges of pursuing our hobby from the Equator and to follow your progress with the Nano-PC as well.
I have a CEM25 and an ASI1600 Pro as well, which I use in summer from 10,500 feet elevation at a mountain cabin without electricity or internet connections. Your tropical experiences are surprisingly analogous to mine, though I bet my fingers are colder even though I have a much easier time with polar alignment!
Always enjoy your posts.
I LOVE the movie, and the moon moving across the stars. I only got two stars because my focal length was a bit longer.