The motor hat is only to control the stepper motor that will be used for the focuser. It is not intended to be used to control the mount.
I know the "mount" contains the the RA/DA motors. And the hand controller controls those motors. The expectation is for Astroberry (via Kstars/Ekos?) to control the mount. The description for Astroberry includes it's ability to do this.
I am using a USB cable to connect the Astroberry/Raspberry Pi to the USB port on the bottom of the hand controller.
I do not understand what the ST4 port is.

Please understand that I am only asking for the Astroberry/Pi to control the mount.
Bill

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I don't understand what you are referencing. The port at the bottom of the hand controller (NexStar+) is specifically described as a PC port. And is also described as being used with Celestron's software packages and firmware updates. Are you looking at current specifications? Please see this short description from the NexStar resource site: nexstarsite.com/PCControl/USBCable.htm

My OTA is >20 years old, and the controller base was failing. So I very recently bought the SE base/controller with the NexStar+ Hand Controller. The hand controller has the mini USB connector for the purposes I described above.

I never suggested that you thought my OTA failed. I do not believe that I am making myself clear.

Celestron software can control the scope through a connection to this USB port in the hand controller. It is what it is for. Therefore it seems that Astroberry should be able to do the same.

I don't understand the references you are making, can you share a link?

Also, are you using Astroberry to control a Celestron SE type scope?
Thanks, Bill

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The entire SE base and the NexStar+ hand controller are new, bought within the last couple of months. So it seems unlikely that they would be bad, and I have no problems doing FW updates, or even test connections. All cables are new. So I have a hard time believing it would be a hardware issue. Plus you suggest using Aux, but then say that Kstars and INDI are dependant on USB. I am confident there is no issue with the USB connection.

I suspect it has more to do with my settings since I am not familiar (other than some online docs and videos) with Kstars, Ekos, Astroberry.

Surely there must be someone in this forum who is connecting Astroberry to a Celestron SE setup.
Thanks, Bill

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The NexStar+ hand controller has a usb connection in it's base.



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The motor hat is using /dev/tty/usb0. And in Ekos the only devices that load are the Pi cam and the motor hat. I can see that in the message field in the lower section of Ekos. There is no sign of the Celestron NexStar attempting to load. I will look for what you mean with the device manager in Ekos. Not sure where that is.

When you say Device Manager is under Tool, do you mean in Ekos or elsewhere?
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OK, understood on the Pi4.

Does the fact that I am not getting errors suggest something I have not done properly?
Thanks.

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AradoSKYindi - thank you for the very prompt response. I am NOT getting errors. I will follow up with the tty codes you referenced.
Also, what do you mean that the Pi4B is a tinkerers device?
Thanks again, I come back here once I get the tty info.
Bill

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Greetings, New to telescope control and have some questions.
I have Astroberry (2.0.3) installed on a Raspberry Pi4. I have selected drivers for Adafruit Motor Hat, the Pi Camera, and Celestron NexStar.

When the Pi is attached to the motor, camera and NexStar (and everything powered on), I can see the drivers for the motor hat and the Pi camera load in INDI, but not the NexStar. I can control the camera and the motor connected to the motor hat via Ekos, but I do not see how to control the NexStar.

I have a Celestron NexStar 8SE, with the + controller and all firmware is updated.

I'm sure I am missing something basic, and would appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction.
Thanks! Bill

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Bill McDaniel replied to the topic 'Focuser for a Celestron C8' in the forum. 2 months ago

Would love to do the DIY way for my C8 (~2000). I see a lot of mentions for this, but I have not been able to find instructions to do this. I have a Pi4 with 4GB, and I have seen the Adafriuit Hat which seems a decent choice. I assume I need to install AstroBerry, but would love to see understandable assembly instructions for this.
Thanks! Bill

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