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Joystick from Ubuntu client running KStar to remote Stellarmate?

1 week 4 days ago
tegwilym
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Joystick from Ubuntu client running KStar to remote Stellarmate? #45311
I recently got Stellarmate OS running on my EQ6R mount and controlling (still a work in process with Jasem - the NexDome). I have it running on a Raspberry Pi 3 which is remotely controlled with WiFi to my observatory in the yard.
I've been playing with the joystick trying to figure out how to make that work. I got it recognized and and showing movements and buttons working on the local client machine in the house. I'm trying to figure out how to make it work to control the scope outside on the Pi.
Do I need to configure it on the server side first, then configure the client? Just a little confused as this point since in this case the client would be acting as a server to the outside Pi (sending info TO the outside Pi server to move the mount).
Any ideas how to configure it? I've been searching, but not finding the clues yet.
Thanks!

Tom

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1 week 2 days ago
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Joystick from Ubuntu client running KStar to remote Stellarmate? #45393
Hi Tom,
Isn't a joystick more useful outside at the mount? That's how I use it, just to centre my reddot finder on a bright star for instance (nowadays I strictly use platesolving however....)
On the local machine you have the virtual handcontroller on your screen.
Cheers, Arnold

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1 week 2 days ago
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Joystick from Ubuntu client running KStar to remote Stellarmate? #45403
True! I most likely would be used at the scope itself. Most of the time I'm running it remotely from inside the house and thought the joystick would be a pretty nice option for controlling it. I can see the complication though, the client would in a way be acting as a server, sending the position data back to the Pi 'server' and having it move. I have used the mount control in Kstars and works fine. Like you, most of the time the platsolving even reduces much need for that!

Clear skies!
Tom

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1 week 2 days ago
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Joystick from Ubuntu client running KStar to remote Stellarmate? #45408
I suggest pairing it to the Pi at the mount where it is most likely to be used.
Install jstest-gtk to configure the joystick and calibrate the analog stick. The only quirk with it is saving the configuration does not work properly and requires a command in the terminal to save it permanently.
sudo jscal-store /dev/input/js0
By the way, joysticks have a bad habit of going to sleep. Whenever this happens you must stop and restart the Joystick INDI Driver after waking up the controller.

INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 3B+
Lubuntu 16.04
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Adafruit Motor Hat shield
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.
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1 week 2 days ago
tegwilym
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Joystick from Ubuntu client running KStar to remote Stellarmate? #45425
Thanks for the comments. I think I'll just put the joystick idea aside for now maybe, or just set it up outside where the Pi server is. Otherwise I just use the hand controller anyway. Sounded like a fun option, but seems it's probably more trouble than worth a this point.

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