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0001 <sect1 id="tool-ekos">
0002 <title>Ekos</title>
0003 <indexterm><primary>Tools</primary>
0004 <secondary>Ekos</secondary>
0005 </indexterm>
0006 
0007 <para>
0008     <emphasis role="bold">Ekos</emphasis> is an advanced cross-platform (&Windows;, &MacOS;, &Linux;) observatory control and automation tool with a particular focus on Astrophotography. It is based on a modular extensible framework to perform common astrophotography tasks. This includes highly accurate GOTOs using astrometry solver, ability to measure <emphasis>and</emphasis> correct polar alignment errors, auto-focus &amp; auto-guide capabilities, and capture of single or stack of images with filter wheel support. Ekos is shipped with &kstars;.
0009 </para>
0010 <mediaobject>
0011   <videoobject>
0012     <videodata contentdepth="315" contentwidth="560" fileref="https://www.youtube.com/embed/un2KVJY3Yis"/>
0013   </videoobject>
0014   <caption><para><phrase>Ekos introductory video</phrase></para></caption>
0015 </mediaobject>
0016 <para>Features:</para>
0017 <itemizedlist>
0018     <listitem>
0019         <para>
0020             Control your telescope, Camera (&amp; DSLRs), filter wheel, focuser, guider, adaptive optics unit, and any INDI-compatible auxiliary device from Ekos.
0021         </para>
0022     </listitem>
0023     <listitem>
0024         <para>
0025             <emphasis>Built-in</emphasis> native <link linkend="ekos-guide">autoguiding</link> with support for automatic dithering between exposures and support for Adaptive Optics devices in addition to traditional guiders.
0026         </para>
0027     </listitem>
0028     <listitem>
0029         <para>
0030             <ulink url="https://knro.blogspot.com/2013/10/demo-of-ekos-alignment-module.html">Extremely accurate GOTOs</ulink> using astrometry.net solver (both Online and Offline solvers supported).
0031         </para>
0032     </listitem>
0033     <listitem>
0034         <para>
0035             Load &amp; Slew: Load a FITS image, slew to solved coordinates, and center the mount on the exact image coordinates in order to get the same desired frame.
0036         </para>
0037     </listitem>
0038     <listitem>
0039         <para>
0040             Measure &amp; Correct Polar Alignment errors using astromety.net solver.
0041         </para>
0042     </listitem>
0043     <listitem>
0044         <para>
0045             Easy to use <ulink url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx6Zz9lNd5Q">Polar Alignment Assistant</ulink> tool. A very quick and reliable tool to polar align your German Equatorial Mount!
0046         </para>
0047     </listitem>
0048     <listitem>
0049         <para>
0050             Capture and record <ulink url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJFZWwlAQRM">video streams in SER format</ulink>.
0051         </para>
0052     </listitem>
0053     <listitem>
0054         <para>
0055             Completely <ulink url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85L3J_iiXZ4">automated scheduler</ulink> to control all your observatory equipment, select the best targets for imaging given current conditions and constraints, monitor weather conditions, and capture your data while you are away!
0056         </para>
0057     </listitem>
0058     <listitem>
0059         <para>
0060             <emphasis>Smart</emphasis> Dark Library: All your dark frames with different binning/temperature/frame settings are saved for future use. Ekos re-uses dark frames intelligently without taking unnecessary captures. You can configure how long you want to reuse all the dark frames.
0061         </para>
0062     </listitem>
0063     <listitem>
0064         <para>
0065             Define multiple driver profiles for local and remote setups. Switch among them easily.
0066         </para>
0067     </listitem>
0068     <listitem>
0069         <para>
0070             Auto and manual focus modes using Half-Flux-Radius (HFR) method.
0071         </para>
0072     </listitem>
0073     <listitem>
0074         <para>
0075             <ulink url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stsrcsPxUZA">Automated <emphasis>unattended</emphasis> meridian flip</ulink>. Ekos performs post meridian flip alignment, calibration, focusing, and guiding to resume the capture session.
0076         </para>
0077     </listitem>
0078     <listitem>
0079         <para>
0080             Automatic focus between exposures when a user-configurable HFR limit is exceeded.
0081         </para>
0082     </listitem>
0083     <listitem>
0084         <para>
0085             Powerful sequence queue for batch capture of images with optional prefixes, timestamps, filter wheel selection, and much more!
0086         </para>
0087     </listitem>
0088     <listitem>
0089         <para>
0090             Export and import sequence queue sets as Ekos Sequence Queue (<literal role="extension">.esq</literal>) files.
0091         </para>
0092     </listitem>
0093     <listitem>
0094         <para>
0095             <ulink url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg2HDFg_dCE">Center the telescope anywhere in a captured FITS image</ulink> or any FITS with World Coordinate System (WCS) header.
0096         </para>
0097     </listitem>
0098     <listitem>
0099         <para>
0100             Automatic flat field capture, just set the desired ADU and let Ekos does the rest!
0101         </para>
0102     </listitem>
0103     <listitem>
0104         <para>
0105             Automatic abort and resumption of exposure tasks if guiding errors exceed a user-configurable value.
0106         </para>
0107     </listitem>
0108     <listitem>
0109         <para>
0110             Support for dome slaving.
0111         </para>
0112     </listitem>
0113     <listitem>
0114         <para>
0115             Complete integration with &kstars; Observation Planner and SkyMap.
0116         </para>
0117     </listitem>
0118     <listitem>
0119         <para>
0120             Fully scriptable via <ulink url="https://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/dbus/">&DBus;</ulink>.
0121         </para>
0122     </listitem>
0123     <listitem>
0124         <para>
0125             Integrate with all INDI native devices.
0126         </para>
0127     </listitem>
0128 </itemizedlist>
0129 
0130 &tool-ekos-setup;
0131 &tool-ekos-user-interface;
0132 &tool-ekos-profile-wizard;
0133 &tool-ekos-profile-editor;
0134 &tool-ekos-logs;
0135 &tool-ekos-capture;
0136 &tool-ekos-focus;
0137 &tool-ekos-guide;
0138 &tool-ekos-align;
0139 &tool-ekos-scheduler;
0140 &tool-ekos-analyze;
0141 &tool-ekos-tutorials;
0142 
0143 </sect1>