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My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 3 weeks 23 hours ago #20612

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I was inspired by the Rock64 post to post my current setup for doing astrophotography using KStars/INDI. I realized that I don't think I ever posted all the info about what I am using. Most of the posts we have had going back and forth have been about software. But anyway this is what I use.

I use a Raspberry Pi 3 with a powered USB Hub, and a USB WIFI dongle for more WIFI strength.



The most important part of my setup is that my USB Hub accepts 12V power and outputs 5V power. So I am powering the USB hub as not only an extra 7 USB ports, but also as a power supply for the PI. It has 2 "power supply" USB ports for this purpose and I use 1 of them for the PI. Not shown in the photos is the backside of the USB hub with many many ports.

I will see if I can get some more photos of it attached to the scope and in action. Also I was about to post some links to the equipment I used, but it said I had too many links in my post. so I will try to post separately
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My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 3 weeks 23 hours ago #20613

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My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 3 weeks 21 hours ago #20614

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Very cool. I have some time now, sort of, where my mount is in for warranty work.

What wifi dongle do you use and what range do you get? I still currently run a 100" cat5 to my PI mostly to rule out network issues.

I do not put my PI on the OTA. As I still have a USB2serial connection to the mount, it is less wires to put the PI on the tripod. Once the cat5 is not used though... perhaps putting the PI on the OTA can be an option.

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My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 3 weeks 21 hours ago #20615

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So far, this part has worked well to power the PI when the USB port is not available:

12V to 5V micro USB:
www.amazon.ca/Universal-Converter-Regula...HitCar/dp/B00U2DGHP2

Putting Anderson PowerPoles on the ends makes it convenient.

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My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 3 weeks 18 hours ago #20616

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Oh, somehow the dongle got left out of the links.

www.amazon.com/Adapter-Wireless-External...lation/dp/B00KV9TQXM

I don't know if this is the best wifi dongle, but it is the one I have been using.

For attaching the PI to the OTA, I use velcro.

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My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 1 week 2 days ago #20875

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Here are some photos of it all hooked up. Unfortunately, I don't have any recent photos of my system in the field. Usually when it is all set up, it likes to take pictures, but doesn't get many photos taken of it. Could be that its photo shy, or that its dark outside. . .

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