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Kstar-Ekos remote connection

3 months 3 weeks ago
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Kstar-Ekos remote connection #54962
Hello all

I have an Kstars/Ekos installed in a Raspi3B and also in a Mac. I a m doing my imaging from my backyard but I would like to know if it is possible to use the Raspi to connect to mount+camera+focuser +guider and use the mac from inside the house to do the acquisition and monitoring so I don't have to be outside (typically I have the mac directly connected to the equipment). I have some thoughts about it but not sure how to it setup.

Thank you

Marcelo

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3 months 3 weeks ago 3 months 3 weeks ago by dallmon.
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Kstar-Ekos remote connection #54965
I have a somewhat similar setup - a Mac Mini at the scope and a Mac inside. I put the remote's network name (BigMac.local), although you could just as well use the IP address, in the remote host as in this image.



Load Indi on the rPI, either through KStars/Ekos or directly. When you load KStars inside on the Mac, and click the Ekos button, select the correct profile, hit the start button and it will connect to the rPI outside. Then hit connect and it connects to the devices. From then on your Mac will be in control of the scope.

Dave Allmon

12" LX600
SBIG STF-8300EN
Raspberry Pi 4 Indi server
Mac Pro client
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3 months 3 weeks ago
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Kstar-Ekos remote connection #54967
You can run a remote INDI server on the Raspberry Pi via the INDI Web Manager application. Then connect to it over a network from your indoor computer as a remote profile.

INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 4, 4gb
Raspbian Buster with AstroPi3 script configuration
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG/ASI120mm @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Adafruit Motor Hat shield
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.

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3 months 2 weeks ago
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Kstar-Ekos remote connection #55026
Thank you for the guidance. I tried and it works. However I am doing everything wirelessly and it is too slow. I see you are using Pi4 and since I am using Pi3 was wondering how much difference it would make .

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3 months 2 weeks ago
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Kstar-Ekos remote connection #55027
Network speed is your primary bottleneck; you could try a more capable WiFi adapter, using 5Ghz, or run an Ethernet cable from the Pi into the house. It is worth addressing because over WiFi, auto-guiding may suffer due to delay sending guide frames. To mitigate that you can run PHD2 locally within the Pi, therefore avoiding any lag, just remote VNC in to set it up and connect to PHD2 in EKOS locally.
I started with a Pi3. And it is functional. But the Pi4 is much better in almost every way. The 4Gb model is plenty, I do not see much benefit in going up to the new 8Gb model. But it certainly wouldn't hurt if you did.

INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 4, 4gb
Raspbian Buster with AstroPi3 script configuration
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG/ASI120mm @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Adafruit Motor Hat shield
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.

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