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TOPIC: My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup

My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 3 weeks 6 days ago #22641

Dam! What dam were you on?
Anyhow, that is a pretty neat idea to put all of your electronics as a counterweight.

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My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 3 weeks 6 days ago #22643

Well I'm living in Hong Kong. Me and my friends mostly heads to the dam at the east side which is a protected area that only allows public transport (e.g. taxi) to get in. Private cars are not allowed unless there's a permit. So every time we have to carry like 10-20kg of equipment and get on a taxi and then walk for 800m slope to get to the area. So we have to think of different ways to lower the weight of the equipment. We also have to think of how to set up as quick as possible as we do not have much clear time during the night.

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My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 3 weeks 5 days ago #22644

rlancaste wrote: 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.



Have tried this antenna in the field yet? Just wondering what the performance is like. Did you use any additional drivers or software or just plug it in and select it to handle wifi?

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My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 1 week 2 days ago #23246

rlancaste, very nice. I'm just getting started with Indi. Would you mind sharing some of your workflow and how you have it configured?
How do you connect to it? Where are images/video stored?
Thanks

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My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 1 week 2 days ago #23247

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No problem. I have my raspberry Pi strapped on the scope with Velcro along with my SBIG 8300M Camera, ZWO ASI 120 guide camera, Moonlite Focuser and my 6 inch telescope with ST 80 guide scope all on top of my Losmandy Gemini Mount. I currently have the telescopes dual mounted. I either set up the imaging rig in my driveway at home or in the field at a star party.

I configured the raspberry pi using the setup script that I developed. Feel free to use it:
github.com/rlancaste/AstroPi3

I connect to that Pi either over WIFI or direct ethernet from my MacBook Pro Laptop. I am using PHD2 on the PI to do my guiding via the ZWO camera and an ST4 cable to the auto guider port on the Losmandy Mount. I am using KStars on my Mac to control the imaging session and using the PHD2 support feature in KStars to control the guiding that is running on the PI. I save all images to my Mac in a folder that corresponds to the current date.

I don't use this setup for movies, just for imaging with my CCD. If I wanted to record movies of planets, transits, or eclipses, I would probably use my Canon 60D instead and use the 60 FPS video mode on the camera to record to the SD card.

Does that answer your questions?

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Re:My Raspberry Pi 3 Setup 1 week 1 day ago #23260

rlancaste wrote:
I configured the raspberry pi using the setup script that I developed. Feel free to use it:
github.com/rlancaste/AstroPi3

I connect to that Pi either over WIFI or direct ethernet from my MacBook Pro Laptop. I am using PHD2 on the PI to do my guiding via the ZWO camera and an ST4 cable to the auto guider port on the Losmandy Mount. I am using KStars on my Mac to control the imaging session and using the PHD2 support feature in KStars to control the guiding that is running on the PI. I save all images to my Mac in a folder that corresponds to the current date.

I don't use this setup for movies, just for imaging with my CCD. If I wanted to record movies of planets, transits, or eclipses, I would probably use my Canon 60D instead and use the 60 FPS video mode on the camera to record to the SD card.

Does that answer your questions?


Great and thank you. I realized after asking that you were the one that wrote Astropi3.

So far I’ve just been playing with the Indi drivers in Raspbian Stretch. Connecting via the Mac. Since I’m just getting started I wasn’t sure how the image location should be handled. I saved my test shots to my Mac, but it seemed slow over WiFi. I’m using an Edimax adapter and was in the same room as the router.

What would be a pro of using Ubuntu over Raspbian? Seems it would be more processor heavy than just the Indi drivers.

I have a Pine64 I got when it was in Kickstarter. Have never don’t anything with it and was thinking about using it since it has more ram. It’s not a Rock version. Any thoughts?

Travis

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