Before I go through my setup, I just wanna say wow, some of the stuff on here is amazing. Well done everyone!!
This is what I have:
- Losmandy G11
- Stellarvue 80mm F/6 APO
- Atik 383L+
- QHY5II with Orion 50mm guiding scope
- Pegasus focuser
- QHY Polemaster
- Pegasus Ultimate powerbox to juice everything up
I know it's a lot and I know I really need to control the rat's nest of cables. With this I'm able to completely take all my light flats and darks from indoors. I setup the scheduler before it gets too dark, and watch it for a bit to make sure nothing funny happens. I the morning I check the logs then go upstairs to cover everything up. Now if we can get a couple of clear nights....
Indi library 1.8.6
Hi all, just thought I’d share my latest creation to further simplify the number of components in my setup.
So, my current rig requires 3 devices for my imaging session.
1. A computer to run kstars/ekos (I currently use the Asus tinker board)
2. A powered USB hub (because my USB3 cameras suck too much power and the Tinker box would not run them without additional power)
3. Astroberry focuser (running in server mode with a Raspberry Pi 0W) which connects to Asus tinker board via indiserver) to focus.
My mount connects to the Asus Tinker Board via Wifi. Eventhing is controller by remote desk topping.
My latest creation is the "ultimate" single box device which uses the current Raspberry Pi 4 (4G version) computer. It eliminates the Astroberry focuser running in server mode and the powered USB hub. Everything is inside a HighPi Rapsberry Pi 4 enclosure (see
I also installed a cooling fan and heat sinks to keep everything cool. Under full load I'm only seeing temperature of 59 degree C with ambient temp of about 26 degree C.
I have all the wiring for the Astroberry focuser which runs a DRV8825 motor controller connected to the Rpi4 GPIO. I also fitted a 12VDC to 5VDC 5Amp buck converter inside, which powers both the Rpi4 (i soldered the power supply directly to the RPi4 board, do this at your own risk!! see picture) and the Astroberry focuser.
I connect my Astroberry focuser to the motor using RJ12 plug.
And that's it. Everything runs beautifully and I reckon this is the ultimate mobile rig.
Lots of trial and error, mainly error, but in hindsight, it was easy!!!
Takahashi FC100DF imaging scope
QHY5 on Orion 50mm guiding
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro via Wifi
Baader modified Canon 550D DSO
ZWO ASI 224MC Planetary
DIY Astroberry focuser
Raspberry Pi 4 with KStars/Ekos
I use C8SE with AVX. Pi4 with Astroberry, and 5GHz router for a faster communication, Celestron SkySync GPS, Shoestring with Motofocus autofocus, OAG with ASI120MM Mini (mono) as a guide camera, Celestron f/6.3 reducer, and Canon T3i as capture camera.
Also, I use Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240, 240Wh as the power source with passthrough capability, and finally, an IR IP camera for remote monitoring.
Celestron 8SE, Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro mount, Raspberry Pi 4 Kstars-Ekos-Indi server, JMI Motofocus
ZWO OAG with ASI120MM Mini (mono) guide, ZWO ASI183MM Pro, ZWO EFW (LRGBHaO3), Celestron f/6.3 reducer
the gear ... close up is of Moonlite V3 hi-res stepper controller/motor with CS focuser
HEQ5 (belt mod), Lynx USB direct
Meade LX90 8" SCT (deforked), Orion 60mm, William Optics GT71
MoonLite CS 2" SCT, MoonLite High Res Stepper Motor V3, ZWO EAF, ZWO OAG
Raspberry Pi 3B+, Pi4B+ 8Gb
My semi-permanent setup on the garage roof.
(Mobile setup is here -
I keep the tripod/mount there most of the time covered with a DIY cover made out of tarp.
I put my imaging rig on whenever I feel like imaging and keep it there for a week or two.
HEQ5. AT72EDII. Nikon D5500 piggybacked for simultaneous wide-field.
Operated with RPI4/Stellarmate and controlled from Windows desktop/client in my room.
RPI 4 B (4Gb) with SMate
Nikon D5500 H-a modified. Nikon D5500 stock
AT72EDII, TPO RC6
ZWO ASI294MC Pro, ASI071MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MC-S on ZWO 30F4
ZWO EAF x 2
SW AZ-GTi x 2