HDMI Connection

You must first complete the First Time Setup guide before proceeding with this tutorial.

By default, StellarMate operates in HotSpot mode. Even if configured for WiFi connection or LAN, StellarMate always switches back to HotSpot mode when the other connection mode become unavailable. This is to enable you to always access the device regardless of network avalibility.

StellarMate gadget is shipped with a 1.8 meters HDMI cable. Connect the cable to any monitor or TV. Make sure the cable is connected to StellarMate before powering on the unit.

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Unless the HDMI connection purpose is for viewing only, you also need a keyboard + mouse to control to the StellarMate OS. You can use wired or wireless mouse and keyboards.

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Connecting your equipment

StellarMate supports connecting to your equipment via WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, or USB. USB is the primary connection method for most astronomical devices. Make sure all equipment are sufficiently powered and initailized before connecting them to StellarMate. For mounts, most mounts need to be already aligned before you connect them to StellarMate.

To learn more about connecting your equipment to StellarMate, find out more in the detailed equipment connection guide.

Connecting from Ekos

Click on KStars icon on the desktop to launch it. After initial startup, complete the wizard to setup geographical location and download any extra data (Internet connection required).

Launch Ekos either by press Ctrl+K, or by pressing on the Dome-shaped icon in the Toolbar (kstars ekos)

It is recommended to use the Ekos Profile Wizard to setup your first profile. The wizard automatically starts up the first time you fire Ekos in KStars. To start it again, please the wizard-wand icon in Ekos summary screen.

ekos profile wizard

Click Next to proceed to the next screen

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In Here you need to select if your equipment is select to StellarMate or elsewhere. Since you are directly connected to HDMI, then you select Equipment is attached to This Computer.

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Next select your equipment profile name and any additional services you want to run then proceed to create the profile.

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To connect to your equipment and start using Ekos, simply click the Start button as illustrated above.