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.
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