Thank you for purchasing StellarMate Plus Controller! Please follow this guide before you starting using the unit for the first time.

Stellarmate Plus allows the user to control/access their scope and camera from one of 4 kinds of devices: phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. In each case both the user device and Stellarmate need to be connected to the same network. If you have a wired network available, both Stellarmate and your laptop/desktop would be connected to the same wired network. For phones and tablets, WiFi is used (and can be for laptop/desktop as well). For WiFi, either you have your own WiFi (in range for both your device and Stellarmate), or you both use the WiFi hot spot provided by Stellarmate (which shows as Stellarmate).

Once connected, you use an app on your device for control/access. For phones and tablets this is usually the Stellarmate App. For laptop and desktop this is the KStars application. You define an equipment profile (that describes your connected scope gear) and connect to that for control.

After connection is established, you can do things like move the scope, enable tracking, GOTO specific objects in the sky, view camera images, take pictures of capture video, etc. The range of options here is extensive based on what gear you have available at the scope end.

1. Package Contents

After unboxing your package, you should have the following items:

  1. StellarMate Plus Controller.
  2. 1.8m mini HDMI Cable.
  3. 3A 5V USB-C Power Supply
  4. 2-meter 12V DC to 5V DC USB-C cable. This can be plugged to any 12V field battery to power StellarMate.
  5. Quick Start Guide
  6. MicroSD Card 32GB U1 (already inserted to StellarMate Plus with SM OS 1.5.3)
  7. Optional Mount to USB cable (can be purchased separately on checkout).

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A 32GB (or more, depending on your order) Micro SD card is already inserted into the StellarMate Plus when it is shipped. It might have moved or detached during shipping, please make sure it is secured into its designated slot at the bottom of the unit.

Connect the USB-C power supply cable to StellarMate and then turn power on. You should initially see a solid red light with occasional flashes of green. Wait for 30 seconds, your StellarMate is now ready to be used!

 

2. Software

You can connect to StellarMate Plus Controller in several ways, including:

  • StellarMate Mobile App for Tablets. 
  • PC/Mac using KStars.
  • Any Web browser or VNC client.

2.1 StellarMate App

StellarMate App (SM App) is the Official App for StellarMate Plus Controller. It is available for both Android and iOS smart phones and tablets. It is primarily designed for tablets in landscape mode. While it can be used for phones, for the best experience, use it with a tablet/iPad. Download and install the App on your device before you continue.

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The SM App is required to configure the unit for first time use. DO NOT skip this step.

3. Registration

The StellarMate Mobile App requires  device registration through QR code in order to operate the StellarMate Controller. NO registration is required to use the StellarMate Controller if you intend to use it directly via Web or via Ekos client on Mac/PC/Linux. This step is only required if you want to use the StellarMate Mobile App. You can continue to use StellarMate as is, including accessing the Web Manager and VNC:

3.1. QR Code

If you received the StellarMate Controller, you will find the Device QR Code on the back of the unit.

QR CODE

If you purchased StellarMate OS, the Device Serial Number is automatically generated for you.

3.2. Steps

Register your controller after downloading the SM App. Make sure your tablet is connected to the internet.

  1. Launch StellarMate App on iOS or Android.
  2. Tap on the Register button.
  3. Enter registration information to sign up in StellarMate website and then click Next.
  4. Scan the QR Code found at the back of the unit.

After registration is successful, you will be logged in automatically. Check your email for your license and login information.

4. Connecting to StellarMate

Depending on how you want to connect to StellarMate, click on any of the following options

ethernet mode hdmi mode hotspot wifi mode

4.1 StellarMate App

Go to your mobile OS WiFi settings and connect to the StellarMate hotspot.stellarmate wifi

Hotspot:  stellarmate
Password: smate

After connecting to StellarMate, go back to the App:

  1. Tap on RESCAN to start the scanning process. Discovered devices would be listed on the left side pane.
  2. After StellarMate is detected, tap on it to establish connection. Wait for a few seconds and the LED would turn green indicating a stable successful connection.

The right side pane should now display the Equipment Profile page. Now you are ready to connect to your astronomical equipment.

4.2 Mini HDMI & VNC

StellarMate unit is shipped with a full featured Linux Operation System that you can directly access. The default username and password are:

username: stellarmate
password: smate

This is the same username and password you will use when access the unit over Web VNC as well. It is highly recommended to change the default password after your first login to the system.

When StellarMate is first started, it shall create a HotSpot (Access Point) named stellarmate. This is HotSpot SSID and the hostname of the unit. This information is required when you connect to the unit from browsers. The HotSpot SSID is protected.stellarmate wifi

HotSpot SSID: stellarmate
HotSpot Password
: stellar@mate

To access StellarMate through VNC, you have to first connect to the WiFi Hotspot and then open your favorite browser and you can either:

  1. Go to stellarmate.local:6080/vnc.html directly, click Connect and then use smate as the password.
  2. Go to stellarmate.local, and then click on the button on the bottom-right corner, then select Desktop, you should be redirected to the VNC portal, click Connect and then use smate as the password.

5. Connecting your devices using StellarMate App

Most astronomical equipment such as telescopes, cameras, filter wheels, and focusers connect via a USB cable. To add your devices, you need to create a new Equipment Profile. Tap on the Add (+) icon next to the profiles to start the equipment profile wizard.

equipment profile

You can select the drivers for your devices manually, or you can let StellarMate detect them automatically by tapping on the Auto Detect button on the top-right corner. You can then insert each device and wait for a confirmation after it gets detected. Sometimes you need to confirm the type of device before you can continue. This is especially important when using serial To USB adapters that are used for mounts and focusers.

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After all drivers are selected, enter the desired profile name and tap Save.

5.1. Adding Telescopes

You can specify a Primary Scope and a Guide Scope for your equipment profile. Tap on the Add button next to the primary scope to enter the details of the telescope. All units are in millimeters.

Optionally, you can also add a Guide scope if desired.

primary scope

Please use descriptive information as illustrated above to make it easy to select telescopes in the future. After the telescope is added, select it from the dropdown menu.

Your equipment profile is now ready. Tap Start to establish connection to your devices.

5.2. Ekos

When an equipment profile is started, the Ekos tab becomes active. In the Ekos screen, you can capture images, stream video, and create image sequences. Furthermore, it provides the following facilities:

  • Mount GOTO/Sync
  • Mount Directional Pad Control
  • Camera Settings
  • Guiding
  • Focusing
  • Alignment
  • Polar Alignment Assistant

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5.3. Device Status

The Device tab shows the health and information of your StellarMate. If StellarMate is connected to the internet, you can also run the software updater and install the latest firmware updates.

When accessing StellarMate directly via Hotspot (Access Point), the unit IP address is always 10.250.250.1. Therefore, if you are having issue accessing the unit via its hostname, you can simply use the IP address in your browser to access StellarMate Web Manager (http://10.250.250.1:8624).

device status

You can perform the following functions:

  • Change Name: You can change device name (and its hostname) to another name without any spaces. For example, if you rename it to myobservatory, the host name shall be changed to http://myobservatory.local.
  • Change IP
  • Connect to WiFi / Forget WiFi
    • Connect to Home WiFi: Select a WiFi network as detected by StellarMate and then supply the password if it is protected. After a successful connection, please wait up to 2 minutes before using any of the unit functions again.
    • Forget WiFi: WiFi network information is removed and StellarMate reverts to HotSpot mode (IP Address 10.250.250.10). If the Unit is connected to your LAN via Ethernet, you can still access it via its LAN IP address like before.
  • Access Web Manager
  • Access VNC Viewer
  • Restart Device
  • Shutdown Device

5.4. Cloud

The Cloud tab displays your images saved on the cloud (requires EkosLive Pro subscription, refer to Resources section) and it also displays offline images captured on StellarMate. All metadata are preserved so you can sort and search your images at any time.

cloud

5.5. Settings

Adjust the SM App options by going to the Settings tab where you can change the following options:

  • Language
  • High Bandwidth mode
    (not recommended on slow WiFi connections)
  • Transfer Images
  • Notifications
  • Sounds
  • Cloud Storage (requires EkosLive Pro subscription, refer to Resources section)

In case the SM App becomes unresponsive, you can wipe all the settings by tapping on the Reset App button on the settings page. Close the App afterwards then re-launch it. You can always log back into you account in order to use StellarMate App.

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6. Resources

YouTube Videos

EkosLive Pro

7. Warranty & Support

1 Year Limited Warranty. 1 Year support via online support portal at StellarMate website.

Contact Support

Website: https://www.stellarmate.com/support.html

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Created : 2020-07-11 09:47:36, Last Modified : 2020-07-26 10:43:20

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