Great that you took up this project. I will be trying it soon.

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CPU of Orange 5 is a beast, per cpubenchmark.net it is comparable to Intel Core i5-8265U @ 1.60GHz.
The only catch is that it has more cores, so for single threaded jobs Intel would be faster.
www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Rockchip+RK3588&id=4906
www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+C...+%40+1.60GHz&id=3323

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I went with Le Potato because it has 4 USB ports as opposed to 3 on Orange Pi.
Orange Pi will probably have similar performance as the Le Potato because they use same A53 cores, although Orange has them clocked faster.
2GB of RAM was not an issue with my IMX571 mono camera once I setup 2GB swap. Without swap it was running out of memory.

I see that Orange Pi has model 5 which is about $85 shipped from Ali and should be very fast and it has 4GB of RAM.
Maybe I will order one to try it out. Only trouble is that it does not have Wifi.

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Libre Computer Le Potato is a low cost ($35 on Amazon as of January 2023) Raspberry Pi clone, which is widely available.
It is fully open source and comes with many OS images, including latest Ubuntu LTS 22.04.

It does have some shortcomings comparing to Pi 4:
1. Lower speed, e.g. it takes 30s to plate solve an image vs 22s on RPi4
2. It only has USB2 and no USB3, but performance degradation was not noticeable even for 26MB IMX571 mono chip
3. Network is only 100MB and not 1GB, but performance degradation was not noticeable while using VNC
4. Even though Wifi is missing, it can be added using a USB dongle, which also has an advantage of having an external antenna
5. Missing Bluetooth is not a big loss for this use case
6. Even though this computer comes with only 2GB or RAM, it can still work with 26MB IMX571 mono chip by setting up swap space. No performance degradation was observed due to swapping

I updated my script for installing all astro software to support this board.
Script is available under github.com/avarakin/AstroPiMaker4 and instructions are at the end of the readme file.

Alex

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Alex Varakin replied to the topic 'Home Assistant "integration"' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I've been thinking of integrating astronomy stuff with HA too but have not done anything concrete.

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CCDCiel is the program I use for capturing my images.
PixInsight never had any issues opening its images.

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Thank you, Andrew! Looks like I need to get a new camera...

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I have an issue with my ASI120MC camera: the images come corrupt in about 20% cases.
The nature of corruption is that the image is split into several segments which are scrambled.
I had to flash firmware to the camera few years ago to make it work with Linux.

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Tested outputs, they are working.

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One more thing - I am using CCDCiel in case if it makes any difference.

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