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  1. Seriously consider joining a local astronomy club. You actually have 2 (maybe 3) very nearby which are excellect active clubs. Norwich Astronomical Society http://www.norwichastro.org.uk has club nights every Friday (which happen even if weather is not up to much) - it has its club house and observatories near Seething (just south of Norwich). Breckland Astronomical Society http://www.brecklandastro.org.uk is based in Great Ellingham a couple of miles west of Attleborough (short distance down A11 from Norwich). Has club nights on Tues at its observatory/club house as well as talks some Fri
  2. In fact, thinking further from my previous post, using multiple RPis if you use a non-root RPi for Indi image capture and cable it to the root Indi server you could then use a completely separate Wifi link (network/channel/completely isolated) back to the client for image downloading (via a background FTP/SAMBA/whatever). i.e. root RPi A is the root Indi server talking to RPi B (image capture) through a cabled network link and maybe RPi C doing Rapid guide. RPi B the image capture would store images on the local SD and have it's Wi-fi enabled (as well as the cable to RPi A) and the Wi-Fi tal
  3. I've always thought that local storage on the RPi for transfer "at a later date" need not actually mean much of a delay. I've thought the setup of e.g. FTP to transfer those locally stored image files (on the RPi) back to a client could be implemented as a background process. e.g. every 30 secs run a script/application that checks the RPi image directory and then transfers those images back to the client. The transfer could (if need be) be throttled so that only part of the Wi-fi/network bandwidth is used. Thus the image collection/storage on the RPi is not delayed and the transfer back to
  4. I have read something about "Rapid Guide" in Indi - where the Indi drivers do the processing to select/read the position of the guide star and only pass back the position to the client (rather than the guide camera entire images). This would help where Wi-fi/network bandwidth is an issue but not if USB bandwidth is a problem. But like you say, RPis are cheap so if USB bandwidth is a problem a 2nd RPi is easy - given the architecture of the Indi server allowing drivers to be distributed/daisy chained. I am impressed with the architecture Indi had adopted in this regard. Ian
  5. I'm hoping I've missed something in the announcement because if I haven't there seems some "rather poor" reporting going on. For example, I understood the planet was detected through doppler shifts from the star which gave the minimum mass of the planet of 1.3 Earth masses. But that is a MINIMUM because we have no idea about the inclination of the orbit. Yet even on space.com that gets reported as "... is about 1.3 times more massive than the Earth". To me with scientific disciplines it is rather important to get the facts right (you stand no real chance if things just get distorted giving
  6. Does your local library have superfast broadband. If they do, and if you want to download the plate solving files for local plate solving, maybe some time spent in the local library (my own local library allows you to use theirWiFi & internet free (provided you are registered as a library user)). Ian
  7. Re: 2 I stuck with Raspbian as that is what I started with. Considered switching to Ubuntu Mate then wondered why when Raspbian seems to work and I'm really only interested in the Indi Server, not what it is running on (i.e. as it was working fine on Raspbian, if it aint broke don't fix it). Unsure if I've got the question on what you are after but: Setup RPi and connect to WiFi/network (can be done from Raspbian GUI) Follow the Indi instructions on installing Indi server on RPi. I strongly recommend the Indi Web Manager (see my post above) Install Kstars/Ekos on the client
  8. I fing the Indi Web Manager http://indilib.org/support/tutorials/162-indi-web-manager.html very useful when running the RPi headless - far far easier than using SSH and the command line to start the Indi Server. Plus it in effect lists the drivers available on the RPi. Very easy and straightforward to install and load (remember to do the bit in the explanation to change config files to auto-start it). Ian
  9. I have seen others with heater strip directly behind the plastic front end of the SCT (heater strip running under dovetail. Struck me as a good place as it can be left fitted so less likely to suffer damage from being fitted, removed, wrapped-up, bent a bit more, stored, etc. Never tried it. Being a novice, is this the best place to use the heater band on an SCT as I never tried it as I thought the plastic could insulate the corrector plate from getting any heat and the heat is going to warm the tube away from the corrector plate as much (or more) than where you actually want the heat.
  10. I used to fit shield over heater (with the fitting issues) but was then told (by somebody with loads of experience) that the normal way is to fit the heater on the outside of the shield. Ian
  11. It is true ... in theory. I've never seen mine run above 300 even with perfect coverage. What I did find with my RPi3 was: my normal WiFi network is only 5GHz (2.4 is not as good). So I had to setup a few additional Access Points at 2.4 GHz (PRi3 only runs at 2.4). Initially I had those 2.4GHz Access Points set to 802.11n with 802.11b/g compatibility and I could only get 20MHz channels which limited max speed to 75. So I reconfigured the 2.4 Access Points to be 802.11n only and got wide channels and then speed went up to 150 Mbps. But those speed measurements are from my laptop NOT m
  12. Also a couple of threads on UKAI from an admin trying Indi on RPi http://ukastroimaging.co.uk/forums/index.php?board=117.0 Ian
  13. Re: battery capacity: 100A/Hr leisure battery will be quite heavy and something of a challenge for most to carry very far. You will also probably not get the full capacity out of the battery in real world use (i.e. as the battery discharges so the voltage will drop ... Re: Laptop power: Much depends on your laptop and accessories availability. For my laptop I've purchased a car cigarette lighter power supply for the laptop (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ETB0DRQ). It was pretty cheap and works well. But it is dedicated to the laptop so if I change my laptop then that adaptor w
  14. I have an app on my iPhone called Observer Pro which seems to do what you are after https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/observer-pro-astronomy-planner/id462392803?mt=8 but only for DSOs. Nice visibility graphs (best time of day, best time of year, visibility, etc.) Ian
  15. I don't know but if not I'd have thought it's just a matter of running separate clients each connecting to the imager of a different Indi server (and those clients could presumably be on the same computer in different virtual machines). Or maybe some way of running separate instances on Kstars/Ekos or a "lighter weight" image capture app (supporting Indi) for the different imagers whilst the main RPi/client controls the single mount. I'd have thought running more than one imager would add a significant level of complexity (maybe more user complexity) as it's not just more than one imager
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