Jurgen Doreleijers is friends with Patrick

YES! I managed to get it working :woohoo:

I found out that I don't even have to do anything on my Raspberry Pi. Just connect the cables to my mount and camera's and start Astroberry Server. It is even possible to start it in CLI mode (command line interface). No UI necessary.

Here is how I did it:
Locally I connect my joystick to my computer and in a command prompt I start an INDI server for my joystick using "indiserver -v indi_joystick".
Then I start KStars on my local PC and configure a remote setup in EKOS.
Mode: Remote, Host: Raspberry Pi IP address (pressing the Scan button will automatically fill that in), Port: 7624.
Check the INDI Web Manager checkbox.
Select the Mount, CCD, Guider and for Aux 1: joystick
Remote: "*@<local_pc_ip_addres>:7624" because the indi server for the joystick is running on the local pc.
And of course select the Primary and Guide scopes.
Then start the INDI Web Manager and create a new profile (e.g. called "Remote Setup")
For local drivers select the Mount, CCD and Guider (e.g. SynScan, Canon DSLR and ZWO CCD).
For remote drivers enter "indi_joystick@<local_pc_ip_addres>"
Then press the Start button in the INDI Web Manager.
Save the Ekos Profile and connect to it.
In the SynScan tab, subtab Options click on the Joystick Enable button.
You can assign the various joystick axis and buttons in the SynScan Joystick subtab.

That's it, with these settings you should be able to control you mount with a locally connected joystick.

Jurgen, thanks for the hints.

Kind regards,

AstroRunner

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply. You are correct, my setup looks very much like that, (I see I need to update my image for the new setup with joystick ;) )

The solution posted in indilib.org/forum/wish-list/811-connecti...di-servers.html#7055 could work. I will give it a try today.
Even though it might not be the desired solution for this small inconvenience, it would be nice to see what INDI is capable of.

Thanks.

Regards AstroRunner

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Hi,

I recently discovered that there is joystick support in INDI. What a great feature! Last week I was struggling outside in the cold with my setup to get it aligned. The Mount control window isn't that comfortable to use, so when I found out that joystick control was possible, I wanted to control my mount with a joystick.

I have a Raspberry Pi with Astroberry running to which all my equipment is connected (mount and camera's).
On my local PC I have KStars with Ekos. By setting up a remote connection (using the INDI Web Manager) I was able to connect remotely to my mount and camera's. I also could connect my joystick to my Raspberry Pi and control my mount with the joystick, however, I still needed to go outside to operate the joystick.

Is possible to connect to my setup remotely, but with a joystick connected to my local PC?
If so, how to configure it in such a way that I can control my mount (remotely connected) with my joystick (locally connected)?

I hope this is possible.

Kind regards,
AstroRunner

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Patrick replied to the topic 'New Bahtinov Mask Assistant Tool' in the forum. 12 months ago

Hi,
Unfortunately the flare vector can't be added to the live view. The other star detection algorithm results are also not available in live view. To make this available requires quite some restructuring of the code to make it work. Maybe it can be submitted as a feature request. But I think the live view was not intended to support this behaviour (but I could be wrong here, as I am quite new to developing to kstars and ekos).
Regards, AstroRunner

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Patrick replied to the topic 'New Bahtinov Mask Assistant Tool' in the forum. 12 months ago

Hi all,

Since yesterday afternoon (4th of May 2020), the Bahtinov Mask Focus Assistant have been integrated in the main branch of KDE/kstars. So it is now available for everyone and will probably be available in the next release of kstars.
Good luck using this feature. Let me know if you have any questions of encounter any problems regarding the Bahtinov Mask Focus Assistant.

Kind regards,
AstroRunner

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Patrick replied to the topic 'New Bahtinov Mask Assistant Tool' in the forum. 12 months ago

Hello relicsraage,

Thanks for trying the Bathinov Mask Assistant Tool. Sorry to hear that you have problems getting a good flare. I didn't change anything to the exposure mechanism, so the fact that you have trouble getting a good flare should not be related to the Bahtinov setting. However, if it might be a result of my implementation, I sure will look into it.

You can try the following things to see if that resolves the issue:

1. Select another detection algorithm (e.g. SEP or Gradient) but leave your Bahtinov mask in place and try if you still can't get a good flare. The detection algorithm has no effect on the exposure, only on detecting a star. With another detection algorithm Ekos won't be able to detect if the focus is right, but it will show that the exposure problem is not related to the Bahtinov detection algorithm. If it does affect the exposure, then I sure will look into it. Then something must have gone wrong in my software implementation.
2. In the focus tab, in the image preview area there are several buttons. One of the buttons is the auto stretch button (a dot with 4 triangles around it). If you press that button, the image will be stretched and that will probably show the flare that you expect. If the button is unpressed, then no stretching is applied and the image looks very dim (not much stars are shown, that could probably be the cause of the absence of the flare).

I hope these answers will help. If not, let me know.

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Patrick replied to the topic 'New Bahtinov Mask Assistant Tool' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi all,

I have finally finished the implementation of the Bahtinov Mask Focus Assistant in KStars/EKOS.
It is currently (April 2020) in review and I hope it will be integrated in the official KStars software soon.
At this moment you can get the latest version of the Bahtinov Mask Focus Assistant from my forked KDE/kstars branch: github.com/prmolenaar/kstars
Just take the master branch, build it and you have the Bahtinov Mask Focus Assistant in kStars.
Good luck and have fun testing it.
Let me know if you need some adjustments, then I can pick that up.

Best regards and clear skies!

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