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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    Normally yes but not using the electricty cables - e.g. Power Line is not and does vary greatly in speed - also prone to power pikes causing interference. I used a number of TP Power Link products over the years - yes they work but give more problems than its worth. If you wont hire wired lan run a cable I use these https://www.aliexpress.com/item/DC-DC-Converter-Buck-Module-Converter-12V-to-5V-24V-to-5V-10A-LED-Power-Supply/32302609888.html?src=google&albslr=221515816&src=google&albch=shopping&acnt=494-037-6276&isdl=y&slnk=&plac=&mtctp=&albbt=Google_7_shopping&aff_platform=google&aff_short_key=UneMJZVf&&albagn=888888&albcp=1706973087&albag=65008162765&trgt=296904914040&crea=en32302609888&netw=u&device=c&gclid=CjwKCAiAqaTjBRAdEiwAOdx9xmHpWsYu4Qir3BXXrqLX8kMdqZICjKw06ea11x3Lh1jkiKcE7ztltRoCA2MQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Never had a problem with power on RPI's or Up Core and I dont go thru and dont see any advantage, IMO, to using GPIO. Used the smaller brother,see below, of the above (12v - 5v 3amp) for RPI's (1,2,3 and zero) ,camera lens dew heater plus other 5v devices for 3yrs not a problem. But each to their own. And yes I know Ubec were used by RC Model enthusiasts. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-DC-Converter-Module-12V-To-5V-3A-15W-With-Dual-USB-Cable-For-Car-GPS-MP3-UK/143056360196?hash=item214ed2d304:g:8EMAAOSwM6FcGF6D:rk:12:pf:0 Neither of which the PI has and that's what these guy's are using - at present
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    Thats why ZWO only allow certain USB3 camera's (theirs) and still use the handset (hear that may change). All of them are based on Linux Indi and I don think the base software is much different even if the "shop front" software is. But might be wrong. The memory (lack of) ,no USB3 ,No being 64bit (if it had the memory) ,power support limitations are caused by design (/price limitations- fine for what it was intended for - learning. I am no knocking it (PI) I think its great - just "horses for etc". To add to your list Eagle just never found anyone locally who has used them - like all things you dont find the problems/limitations until you have one.
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    Ken is right you should not be running,using CCD camera's, without a powered HUB (a good one) and the power supply MUST be +3amps (and not just peak). I use DSLR but that comes with its own power supply . He is also right that using the Ethernet wired port is fighting for resources with the USB ports (its built that way) - the Wifi does not share the same BUS as the USB/Ethernet. You will not see the "lightning" icon if you connect VNC (silly really) only shown when connected via HDMI but it does show up in the logs - if this is coming up then you have an under powered RPI. As Ken quite really says you are asking a lot to run CCD at full rate on a £32 PC - IMHO. TPLink power line is a very iffy approach - its effected by too many things (power spikes) and never gets anywhere near the rate quoted - run a Ethernet wire or use Wireless. Maybe stop and re-evaluate your set up and ask "will this work for me" - as I have said before Indi is immature. @Ken - you must be having better luck than me Up Core USB3 is very temperamental in my experience - it has caused a few crashes even on Windows 10 especially when not using a HUB (so might be the same powered Hub problem)
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    AZ-GTi saddle

    That link didn't show any saddle ,for me, just a list of items - a very long list of items for sale on Ali
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    AZ-GTi wifi is ok but no device found !?

    And check any cables - always worth double checking ! If you havent a handset then you could try unsetting the "Find Devices" and entering the IP address of the Mount. Can you borrow anyone's handset ? Else its the dreaded • Reset Wi-Fi configuration to factory default by turning on the power without the SynScan hand control connected and no App operations via the Wi-Fi connection for 4 hours. - madness Sky Watcher what wally thought that up! What is the LED doing ???
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    AZ-GTi wifi is ok but no device found !?

    If your pc/phone connect it means the Wifi appears to be working. 1. Check that the settings haven't be corrupted (have you downloaded a new version of the APP? - on windows it will overwrite the settings file) - so check "find Devices" under "Settings" is set to on. 2. If "Find Devices" is on and you have a hand controller plus this in and check the Mounts board is working (so does the handset connect and can you slew using the directional keys) - if the handset wont connect or wont move the mount it could be the main board.
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    I will be shot for this but IMHO Using Kstars/Ekos under Windows ,at this time, is a waste of time. Better to run Linux as a sub system under Windows and install Kstars/Ekos or just VNC to RPI running it all. Or better run GRUB2 and dual boot(Linux and Windows) so you get the full CPU speed without the emulation problems - and can keep Windows. I did say IMHO
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    Have you got a mount and camera defined in your test profile and are they connected - even using telescope/camera simulator should allow Align to work - just remember to fill in the telescope details to match you own telescope when you took the image you are using for testing.
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    Will have to be wary of using "PC" - doesn't describe what you are using O/S wise. Do you mean you are using Kstars on Windows O/S or Linux on a PC. Kstars on a Linux PC (even when parts are running on a remote PI) does allow local plate solving (On the Linux PC) so long as its installed and works very very well. Windows Indi platesolving I have not done and I think it is not quite as straight forward maybe Radek can throw some light on the "How". IMO Windows INDI is NOT supported really in the same way ,as Linux, at all and Windi (the only Windows server - equal to indiserver on Linux - just gives you access to Ascom devices) It appears ANSVR is the only option https://www.indilib.org/forum/wish-list/2462-offline-plate-solving-on-windows-kstars.html
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    Release 3.0.0 of kstars/ekos allows the index files to be downloaded by just ticking the check box in Astrometry module / Index files option - this now downloads the files correctly - something that didn' work before 100% of the time due to permissions/timing I believe . A very simple mechanism
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    You dont need clear skies to test it - just use the "load and solve" option with an existing image. IMHO always test ,were possible, before doing "it" for real.
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    Another hint - turn on verbose logging for Astrometry (this is a flaw IMO ) - this will show you the number of stars extracted - if this is above 700 use the "DOWN SAMPLING" value to reduce the number of stars (default sampling value is 2 ) this will decrease the solve time and stop plate solving timing out. Note unfortunately you will have to keep am eye on the number of extracted stars and change the down sampling value accordingly - not very helpful if you use the scheduler.
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    Once you know you FOV you can select the correct files + 1 either side. So do an Online solve - this provides the FOV etc then go into OPTIONS and choose your index files. Just make sure you have enough space and fast downlink as some are quite large Plus too many will slow you down so if you use different kit with differing FOV you may need to learn to hide some index files. also this might help http://www.12dstring.me.uk/fovcalc.php
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ problem !

    https://askubuntu.com/questions/950409/ubuntu-mate-16-04-firefox-crashes-on-load then load older version of Firefox - google for how to
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    Computer Suggestions

    Wrong way of looking at it - hardware last. What do I mean - well if you already use specialist DTP,GIS,CAD software you really need to find out there capabilities/ requirements. Even today a lot of this software if optimised and, I regret to say ,Apple MAC are (and have been for yrs) used for your specialist applications - credit where its due :-(. You didn't say what software you use but if you intend to keep using the same software go back to the makers and get a idea from them what is the ideal set up - dual 4K monitors,high speed graphics ,specialist mouse/roller balls etc. At least today you wont have to carry or move 26inch CRT graphics screens - god they were heavy LOL. Perhaps looking here may help - https://www.creativebloq.com/features/best-computers-for-graphic-design IMHO depending on how sophisticated your use of DTP etc then I would stick to solving that first - as Richard said that brings in the "bread and butter" and maybe the old kit could be released to use for Astro work. On risk assessment alone , IMO, I would not use your "business" kit for astro work especially if you take the kit away from home - not being able to do Astro work is one thing loosing your livelihood is something else. P.S. SSD is mandatory budget for it. Good luck in you quest

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