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INDI Library v2.0.0 Released (01 Feb 2023)

Bi-monthly release with major changes to INDI properties and client API in addition to new drivers and improvements.

Nexstar 11 alignment

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Hello,

First post.

I am getting all my equipment running, and having success. I have the RPI4 talking to both cameras, and the filter wheel. I have NOT brought in
the Nexstar 11 yet. It is RS-232, and I have a USB adapter for it. I do not think the hardware interface should be a problem with Ekos.

Anyway, I am blown away with the idea that one does not need to do an actual polar alignment in Ekos.!

My question is: would this also work with an Az/El mount like the Nexstar??? Could I also plate solve with the Az/El mount?

I have a 10" astrograph as well, but no mount as of yet. I know field rotation and focal length are major issues with the Nexstar, but I would like to
try some 1-2 minute exposures here where the skies are pretty dark.

Take care,

Glen
Moultrie, GA
7 months 3 weeks ago #83564

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Welcome Glen!

Plate solving does not depend on the mount type, I would expect that it works. In a nutshell, you need the following:
- download the astrometry files (in the configuration of the Align module)
- configure your focal length (in your profile)
- select the appropriate camera in the align dialog
- set the search radius in "Scale and Position" of the align configuration. If you set it to zero, blind plate solving is executed.
TSA-120 + FSQ-85 + ONTC 10"F4 Newton + epsilon-160 | Avalon Linear + M-zero | ASI 1600mm pro + 6200mm pro | KStars/INDI on Raspberry Pi 4/Intel NUC
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Replied by Glen Bankston on topic Nexstar 11 alignment

That is encouraging!
I wonder if Ekos would still do the thing of moving the mount 3 times 30 degrees for an Az/El???
Glen
7 months 3 weeks ago #83569

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