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Ekos VM 1.6

1. Introduction

 Thank you for downloading Ekos VM 1.6 Ekos VM contains all the bleeding edge versions of the following key applications:

 + KStars/Ekos

+ INDI Library, including all 3rd party drivers.

Please note that KStars/Ekos is available natively on Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Ekos VM is only useful for Windows users who also want to test INDI, since INDI drivers are only available on Linux & MacOS.

Updating Ekos is easy! Just use the Muon Update Manager, or if you want to use the command line:

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

 And it will upgrade all your key applications to the latest bleeding edge versions whenever available.

+ The default username and password is ekos

+  MD5: 627778eed9e92d653b468fd247760011

2. VirtualBox Setup

 The Ekos VM is built using Oracle VirtualBox. In addition to installing VirtualBox on your host system, you must install Virtual Box Extension Pack.

 Import the Ekos.ova appliance into your virtualbox application. You may adjust the VM hardware settings as per the capability of your host machine.

2.1 Linux

Under a Linux host system, ensure that your user is in the vboxusers group

 $ sudo adduser $USER vboxusers

 You must restart your host machine for this to take effect.

2.2 Windows

Under a Windows host system, you must first install the drivers necessary to operate your devices from the device manufacturer. After you install the required drivers, restart your system.

2.3 Adding Devices to Ekos VM

 You can add to your devices to Ekos VM either permanently or per session.

2.3.1 Adding Devices Permanently

While your VM is off, right click Ekos VM icon and select settings. Go to the USB section and add your USB device.

  ekos add usb

If the device was property recognized by your host system, all the device parameters and name will be filled appropriately. If for some reason your host system can detect, but not recognize your USB device, you can add an empty profile and fill the necessary fields such as productID and vendorID. Those values can be obtained from the manufacturer or viewed in Linux via the lsusb command. Under Windows, you can find the device product and vendor IDs in the Device Manager in the Control Panel.

2.3.2. Adding devices per session

You can also add your devices per session when you simply plug your device into the host machine. Right click on the USB icon in the bottom toolbar and select the USB device you want connected to Ekos VM. Once the device is connected to Ekos VM, you can start using Ekos to connect to and control your device.

 ekov vm usb


3. Running Ekos

Ekos is installed by default within KStars. To run Ekos, simply click on the KStars icon on your desktop. If this is your first time running KStars, complete the startup wizard to specify your location and preferences. Start Ekos from the Tools menu in Kstars.

 ekov tool menu


Ekos Setup screen will be displayed where you can select your devices and options

ekos setup 

For more details, please refer to Ekos Users Guide.

4. Network

Ekos VM uses a NAT network, meaning that it gets assigned its own IP address (10.x.x.x) on a private network. Therefore, Ekos VM will not be accessible from outside VirtualBox by default. To join your Ekos VM to your home network, go to Ekos VM Network Settings in VirtualBox and change network type from NAT to Bridge Adapter as illustrated below. After selecting this, restart the VM and it should be assigned an IP address from your home network.

ekos vm network

To find out your Ekos VM IP address, please watch the following short video:

5. Additional Data

To best utilize Ekos, you can enhance it with the following data sets:

5.1 USNO Catalog

5.2. Astrometry.net index files

  • Find out which skymarks are required for your telescope & CCD combination.

  • Download the packages that cover your required skymarks.

  • Install the astrometry-data packages: $ sudo dpkg -i astrometry-data-*.deb

  • If you have the astrometry-data packages on your primary machine, you can make a shared folder and simply edit /etc/astrometry.cfg to point to the new shared folder (e.g. /media/sf_astrometry).

6. Resources


Size1.6 GB
Language English
LicenseGNU/LGPL external
Created2015-10-31 08:28:00
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Changed2017-12-18 09:48:26
Changed byJasem Mutlaq



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