For anyone interested, I just updated the article, hopefully clarifying several things, adding my most recent experiences/observations and tips - especially with networking and reliability. I hope some will find it helpful!

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Following. I have an Ambient weather station I'd love to be able to use data from!!

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Thank you, I did indeed write this well before the Rpi4 was released.

Running Kstars/Ekos on a client machine (pc or Mac) is the preferred, best performance way. INDI server is pretty light weight, an Rpi 4 can easily handle it, in fact the Rpi4 can run Kstar/Ekos "decently" at the same time too, but running Kstar/Ekos on a client PC GREATLY improves performance. Personally, for best reliability and performance, I've found the best is to run only iINDI server on the Rpi and network Rpi4 via Gigabit Ethernet to a WiFi router at the scope, then go WiFi to the router from a laptop. I've had ZERO drops doing this and 18MB image downloads (from an ASI533MC Pro) consistently in under two seconds.

I had ZERO Linux experience and I found it easy. But I am a PC geek and very computer literate. YMMV.

Ekos IS VERY full-featured and therefore rather complex - a lot to learn. There's just no getting around that.

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At the time I wrote this (16 months ago in 2018!) Jasem himself clearly stated on the Stellarmate website that Stellarmate is (I'm paraphrasing here) a work in progress and those who do not like to experiment should probably choose other software. My interpretatioan of that idea is it's experimental - or AS IS and Buyer Be Ware. I'm OK with that.

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Doesn't control software, like Ekos, supersede the mount's controller? If this is indeed the case, then I'd think you'd want to set a limit in both the control software and in the mount controller. Yes?

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That's what Technical Writers are for. Hunting and pecking through complex software like this is no way to be productive as an astrophotographer. This hobby is hard enough without battling software via trial and error.

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I too, would like to set slew limits but also do not know how to do it. This is indicative of what I see IMHO as perhaps the single biggest problem with SM: lack of adequate up-to-date documentation. The SM manual is a good start, but does not go into enough depth. The Kstars manual covers more about Ekos, but at nearly four years old, it is very out of date. Many of the problems I keep seeing reported on this forum I believe stem from lack knowing how to use the many functions in Ekos, which I feel is due to inadequate documentation. I genuinely believe lack of adequate up-to-date documentation, more than perhaps anything else, is what's holding back wider adoption of SM.

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I'm having trouble finding thorough documentation of the Simulator. I'm wondering what its capabilities are? What modules can and can't be simulated? What is it intended for and what do people mostly use it for?

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