Just to say thank you so much for doing this, the new "Triangle" really speeds up getting an accurate ( as reported ) alignment. I haven't yet checked it against the PHD2 drift align or guiding assistant but plan to. I'm fairly new to this hobby so anything that makes it easier is greatly appreciated.
I found one thing that has now changed that I haven't seen reported in what I've read so far on this thread. When you've finished your polar alignment and hit Done or Stop, it used to slew my mount back to the parked position automatically ( I'm aligning on NCP area ), but now it doesn't and you have to do that yourself. Don't know if this is a bug of a feature, but thought I'd mention it.
Thanks again, great work!
Just to say I really like what's been done with the Polar Alignment in this version ( 3.5.2 ) . The new green and yellow lines showing the ALT/AZ axes really help speed up getting a good alignment. Thanks!
I checked again and yes that message does pop up, both as a notification and also in the EKOS window. Thank you.
Thank you for the details of how to do that, unfortunately I just don't have the space free to install Xcode, I tried once before. Please let us know if you do come up with a method for non-programmers to be able to use the Joystick, as it would be make visual observing so much easier. Regards.
Thank you. that would be much appreciated.
Out of interest, can a build be made just by learning to use Github? Or do you have to load Xcode and a bunch of other Mac programming environment stuff on your mac to do this? In another lifetime I programmed under MSDOS in C and Assembly language, but have no mac programming experience.
No I didn't see that message, will double check again later. I did check that PHD2 recognized and connected to the SSAG directly prior, so I know the USB connection from my computer was working fine.
Hi Rick, I downloaded and installed the latest 3.5.2 Beta version of Kstars in the hope the joystick support might be included, and I see that there is a Joystick option and a Snoop device option under my telescope Options tab in Ekos, however when I edit a profile I don't see anything named "Gamepad" in the the Aux section. Unfortunately I don't know how to "build and install the indi_gamepad driver" as you suggest in an earlier post. I imagine that would require knowledge of Mac programming environment specifics, which I'm not up on. If you can point me to instructions on how to do this I'd be willing to give it a go. Otherwise if you could let us know if joystick support will be in a future build of Kstars I'd appreciate it. Thank you.
Hi Rob, I have an Orion SSAG and tested it with 3.5.2 , unfortunately I still get the message 2021-02-21T22:01:04 Unable to establish:
+ QHY CCD
I tested to make sure that PHD2 still recognizes it first, which i t does.
FYI, As I couldn't get my Xbox controller working under Kstars I tried setting up INDIGO Server with my mount ( pmc8 ) and joystick, but couldn't get it to work there either. Their joystick driver HID Joystick did seem to see my controlller and read its serial number, and their mount driver does have a "snoop device" field. So I tried entering in that field the name of the driver and also tried the name of my device that the driver presented, but unfortunately no luck. No idea if it's something I'm doing wrong or something in their system, but thought I'd let you know. The INDIGO Server seems to work fine under Kstars / EKOS and one advantage to me is that it DOES recognize my SSAG guide camera, whereas the Kstars internal driver currently does not unfortunately.
If anyone manages to get joystick / gamepad functionality working under Kstars / EKOS on the Mac I'd appreciate if they'd post beginner level instructions on what to enter in what fields to get it working, Thank you, and thanks again for all your efforts in programming this stuff for us!
Hi there Jasem,
I just wanted to ask whether or not Joystick support has been implemented yet on the Mac? I just found this thread. I'm on OSX 10.15.7 Catalina on a Macbook Pro.
I checked that the Xbox One controller I just got does work on the Mac. There is a system extension called "Xbox 360 Controllers" you can use it with to do so. Perhaps you know of some way to use it with that extension?
Unfortunately under Kstars I always get the same message "Driver indi_joystick was not found on the system. Please make sure the package that provides the "indi_joystick" binary is installed." ...when following the instructions on how to install a joystick from the INDI website.
Anyway, any update would be gratefully appreciated.
p.s. I'd also just like to say how wonderful I think Kstars / EKOS is! I'm very new to Astronomy / Astrophotography, and very much appreciate this amazing suite of tools. It makes our lives so much easier as beginners on the Mac.
Should I also remove that "libusb_openphd.dylib" file that I copied into the Kstars Frameworks folder?
Ah ok, thanks. I feel like I know Jasem already as I've been watching all of his tutorial videos. Let me know if there's anything more I can help with.