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.
After unboxing your package, you should have the following items:
A 32GB (or more, depending on your order) Micro SD card is already inserted into the StellarMate X 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!
You can connect to StellarMate Plus Controller in several ways, including:
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.
The SM App is required to configure the unit for first time use. DO NOT skip this step.
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:
If you received the StellarMate Controller, you will find the Device QR Code on the back of the unit.
If you purchased StellarMate OS, the Device Serial Number is automatically generated for you.
Register your controller after downloading the SM App. Make sure your tablet is connected to the internet. Launch StellarMate App on iOS or Android.
StellarMate WiFi Hotspot operates at 5Ghz by default, not 2.4Ghz. Your phone or tablet must support 5Ghz WiFi.
If this is your first time using the StellarMate App with StellarMate Plus Controll,er, tap on the Register button.
if you registered before, or your purchased StellarMate OS from the website, then tap on Sign In button. Enter the username & password, the same as when you login to stellarmate.com
Depending on how you want to connect to StellarMate, click on any of the following options
Go to your mobile OS WiFi settings and connect to the StellarMate hotspot.
Hotspot: stellarmate Password: stellar@mate
On some Android/iOS devices, you might be asked to Sign In to the device. No Such sign in is required, if you are prompted for sign in, tap on the menu icon and select Keep Network As is.
After connecting to StellarMate HotSpot, go back to the StellarMate App:
Besides the StellarMate App, you can also access StellarMate through VNC, you have to first connect to the WiFi Hotspot and then open your favorite browser and you can either:
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.
You can select the drivers for your devices manually. 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.
After all drivers are selected, enter the desired profile name and tap Save.
Optical Trains organize your equipment into separate unique optical paths. Each camera must have its own optical train. The following elements are specified in each train:
If a device provides more than one functionality, then it should be specified in all relative fields. For example, MoonLite Nightcrawler is a Rotator and Focuser at the same time, so we select NightCrawler under both Rotator and Focuser fields.
Once the optical trains are configured, specify which trains to use in each Ekos module. Typically, the Primary optical train is used in Capture, Focus, and Align modules while the Secondary train is used in Guide.
Tap the help Button to view an external video tutorial on Optical Train.
Tap the edit button and it will open the Optical train modal with the specific settings of a trian.
Tapping on Create new tocreates a new train with a "New Train" name of previous / default settings.
Telescope & Lens:
Displays Telescope / Lens View. So, you can Add / Update telescope and lens and then use those in different trains.
Tap on the Add/Edit button next to the telescope to edit the details of the telescope. All units are in millimeters.You can specify a Telescope and DSLR lens for your trains.
Similarly, you can add/edit DSLR lens and then use Scope/Lens in different Optical trains.
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. Checkout the Online Manual for complete documentation on the Ekos modules. Currently supported functionality:
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).
You can perform the following functions:
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.
Adjust the SM App options by going to the Settings tab where you can change the following options:
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.
1 Year Limited Warranty. 1 Year support via online support portal at StellarMate website.
Created : 2020-07-11 09:47:36, Last Modified : 2023-03-12 03:28:35