Hellriegel replied to the topic 'Can anyone share Pictures of a RasPi astro setup' in the forum. 9 months ago

rlancaste,
thank You for the pictures of Your highly sophisticated setup, especially the compact "OTA module" as I would like to call it. This is almost exactly what we have been discussing at our last "Astro Stammtisch" just 2 weeks ago! (Annotation: The German word "Stammtisch" usually describes a get-together of (exclusively male) participants gossiping about high level politics with mainly low level contributions having at least one beer to many. However, in our case it is more of a meeting of astro nerds in high spirits with more ideas than digestible within a live time.)

We are still debating about some kind of a compact unified power distribution for a mobile setup including 19V (Laptop), 12V, and 5V rails (maybe worth a new topic).

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Hellriegel replied to the topic 'Can anyone share Pictures of a RasPi astro setup' in the forum. 9 months ago

@ petarm and @turki_alamri,
Thanks for Your immediate replies and pictures.
I included these in an ad hoc joint presentation about the RasPi aimed at an audience that was not familiar with the differences between the RasPi and an Arduino.
I myself took Your pictures as a suggestion for a better and neat cable placement. (Don't dare to show my cable chaos at my stationary mount.) ;-)

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Hellriegel replied to the topic 'What does Ekos mean?' in the forum. 9 months ago

pauledd, thanks for giving a hint towards the greek origin (oikos = home/house).
House it could be such as including a comfortable habitat for all our astro equipment. ;-)
Maybe Jasem had exactly this in mind ;-)

@ Jasem,
the presentation will not be held before March but when ready and translated (from German to English) I shall send it to You for further usage.

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Hellriegel created a new topic ' Can anyone share Pictures of a RasPi astro setup' in the forum. 9 months ago

Still in the process of preparing same presentations on KStars, Ekos and INDI I am in need of some pictures of a mobile setup including RasPi or StellarMate, telescope with mount, focuser, etc.
Since until now I only work with a stationary setup in my roll off roof observatory including two PC, two monitors and remote access via ethernet this is not exactly representative for a RasPi based mobile setup.:whistle:

So, can anyone share some pictures of a mobile setup and allow me to present them first to small astro nerds audience - of course citing the copyright owner.
However, since Jasem asked me to share the presentation once it is translated to English these picture would become public as well.

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Hellriegel replied to the topic 'What does Ekos mean?' in the forum. 9 months ago

Well, Jasem,
I could not retrace the name Ekos in Greek mythology (there are Eris, Eros, Echo, but none of these seem to hint to what You created with Ekos. ;-)
So I think we will have to some redefine it as some abbreviation for . . .
- well, here You all come in!
Any suggestions? Of course Jasem should approve before it get "official". ;-)

As to the presentation - it will be in German first. But if it proves to do the job I shall try and translate it to English.

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Hellriegel created a new topic ' What does Ekos mean?' in the forum. 9 months ago

I am presently preparing a presentation about KStars, Ekos and INDI (missionary act towards MS windows users ;-) )

Obviously KStars translates to KDE Star-something, INDI spells Instrument Neutral Distributed Interface, but what does Ekos abbreviate?
And who coined the term?

Can anybody tell me?

CS
Michael

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Hellriegel replied to the topic 'A new class of telescope-camera system' in the forum. 1 year ago

At the same exhibition yet another design of an Alt-Az telescope mount with an optional (limited angle) field de-rotator, obviously aimed at easy and lightweight portability as well as at a short start up time (from unpacking to first capture said to be less than 10min).
The website gives no adequate impression of the complete mount but only shows its components.

My impression looking at the mount was that of an high quality industrial product - with fast and almost noiseless slewing capabilities and an interestingly designed hand controller.

Just having looked at it i can say nothing about its performance and precision of tracking.
Until now computer control only via ASCOM. I suggested they (the producers) should take a look at KStars/EKOS/INDI. ;-)

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Hellriegel replied to the topic 'Seeking mount controller for servo motors' in the forum. 1 year ago

Hi Andreas,
thanks for Your information.
I had come across their homepage a couple of months ago, and after Your hint, returned there.
It does look promising. However, they seem to be still working on their beta version.
Definite technical data I could not find and INDI support is not mentioned, either. ;-)
So, at present, it is not really an option for our publicly supported observatory. :-(
Michael

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