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  1. Just a suggestion...(and bear in mind I am a strong Linux enthusiast)...there are lots of astronomy software tools that run almost exactly the same in Windows or Linux. If you are considering a switch, it may be a good plan to just get comfortable with the software first in Windows, and then migrate. I use CCDciel, Carte du Ciel (SkyChart) and PHD2. These all are available in Linux and Windows downloads and operate pretty much the same (except you'd be using INDI drivers in the Linux version and ASCOM drivers for the Windows version). PixInsight and StarTools come for both operatin
  2. Actually, Linux has supported windows partitions for years and the bootloader has supported coexisting on the same drive with Windows since at least the XP days. So, yes. Dual boot is, and has been, an option. What has changed is that Windows 10 can actually write to a Linux partition, where in the past you had to be in Linux to write to the Windows partition...one way street.
  3. Since you have Stellarium, the trick is to download all the extra catelogs and enable all the object types you want to consider. Then, set the time and date for your observing time and point the screen in the direction you have a clear view. Finally, zoom in. That's the trick. You'll see objects appear that you did not see with the default zoom setting. It also helps to have a grid visible that will give you an altitude reference.
  4. I use a pi4 on my SkyWatcher 250P and iOptron GEM28 for imaging. I do not use Bluetooth, but have had good success with the SkyWatcher WiFi especially when the Pi is on the mount. The WaveShare stepper HAT works well with most of the NEMA stepper motors (I use the NEMA17 on both my mounts with the WaveShare stepper HAT) for focus. The indi_wmh_focuser driver is very reliable and works well with both KStars/Ekos and CCDCiel. The INDI drivers should cover your equipment. You can still operate via a laptop using VNC over WiFi if you like wireless, but I prefer to attach a keyboard, mouse
  5. This is a simple focuser using the NEMA17 stepper motor with the planetary gear, readily available on eBay (Part #36PA5.18G), a WaveShare 2 motor HAT for raspberry Pi, using only the motor 1 portion of the card (waveshare.com Part #15669) and a GT2 timing belt pulley set with belt with a 20 and 60 tooth pulley (also on eBay). It runs on the Pi (as does my whole setup) under indiserver using the INDI indi_wmh_focuser driver in 64 bit Linux Mate v20.04. It is possible some other WaveShare single motor HAT cards would work, but the indi_wmh_focuser driver was designed around this card, and I h
  6. It could happen to me, I suppose. But, I use my real name here and try to stick to the facts. I have read the Code of Conduct and don't see a specific violation in this thread, but am sure if a subjective decision is made by the administrators to the contrary I will be notified. I will be pleased to abide by such a decision. Should OPT get in touch with me and try to resolve the issue, they know who I am and how to reach me. AND, I will be just as pleased to report here that the issue has been resolved. As I said, it is a good scope and deserves good support. My goal in the post is
  7. Yes, perhaps not. But, I believe in accountability. My hope is that they will become aware of the customer service issue and fix the problem. The Raptor is a very good scope. It deserves equal support.
  8. Well, I bought one. Hope to use it someday. I have a simple problem: I have a ZWO ASI178MC that I hoped to use with the Raptor. When I received the scope, I saw it required an adapter that was not generally included with the camera. No problem, I'll order one. So, I did. It came. It fit. It didn't work (wrong length). Silly me. I thought they might know which adapter would work between a camera they sold and a scope they sold. So, I called them again, explained the issue. When I got the shipping email, it was for a longer adapter for a Canon EOS camera. Very nice, I'm sure, but I
  9. This was the Skywatcher 250P using the indi_AltAzMount, indi_asi_camera and indi_wmh_focuser drivers on a Pi4 attached to the mount driving the scope via onboard WiFi. Tracking only, no guiding (that INDI driver doesn't play well with PHD2) . Alas, no rotator. The camera was my ASI178MC. Pointing and Imaging was Carte du Ciel (Skychart) and CCDCiel (also both running on the Pi4 under Ubuntu Mate Linux). I use a HDKX80-KVM to export the Pi4 keyboard, mouse and HDMI ports over an ethernet cable into the house to a screen, mouse and keyboard. Stacking with Siril, image correction with StarT
  10. I have a new scope/mount on order, so in celebration, we have had non-stop clouds. I did get one night with enough clear to get 60 @ 20 seconds of the Sombrero Galaxy (M104), however. It really needs a lot more time to do it justice, but a full night of clear has been a foreigner in these parts of late.
  11. The really odd thing is that somehow the atmosphere knows I placed an order. I haven't had a clear night in a month (about the time I placed the order). I suppose it is too much to hope for that the mount arrives (one day) and I get a series of clear nights because the clouds think I have had all this time with the equipment and have given up. I did get the new scope...just no mount. I'm going to put the scope box out on the back porch where the clouds can see it and perhaps believe their default frustration ploy is a success.
  12. I am told by the vendor that due to COVID, shipments are delayed. Some alternate methods have been employed to help manage the volume. Fortunately, my package has been visually confirmed to be in transit to its destination. It has been over 6 weeks now, but they still can't estimate an expected date of arrival.
  13. Shooting through clouds. Here is a pair of Needle Galaxy shots. The color image is from the 250P and the grayscale is another guide scope image. 75 @ 20 seconds for the color, 3 @ 60 seconds for the guide camera. There were a lot more shots but the clouds clobbered a great many of them.
  14. An attempt at M106...a bit grain-ish. I blame pollen! This is 110 images at 20 seconds (I shot more, but had a lot of tracking fails for some reason). Taken with the Skywatcher 250P.
  15. Time has passed. Siril is now indeed my friend. It is straight-forward if you allow it to be.
  16. I had such good luck with my guide camera, that I thought I'd bring it to bear on the problem of some other things "too large for my main scope." This is the Leo Triplet. 65 Lights @ 30 seconds, stacked with Siril and muddled with in GIMP. SVBony SV106 60mm guide scope with a SVBONY SV305 (not pro) camera,.
  17. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em... The moon is so bright I can read a book in my front yard at midnight! So, I took its picture. I can't get it all in the 250P, so I used the guide scope. This is 1 shot at .001 seconds using a Svbony SV305 camera and a Svbony SV106 60mm guide scope and some light touch-up (mostly cropping) with GIMP.
  18. Nice job! Andromeda Galaxy is a good be this time of year (M31). There are also a lot of other targets around M42, but they are a bit dim and harder to find. Right now the moon is near full, so that makes things tedious. in a couple of weeks it gets easier once again.
  19. I may try to look at the core dumps. In the past with other issues, I have not found raw core dumps much help. The version I am using is the compiled Sourceforge for Linux version. I haven't tried the raw python version from github...but I may this weekend.
  20. I got a surprise last evening. The moon was making dim objects a bit tedious, so I started "collecting" Messier open clusters. I really don't like open clusters as a rule, but conditions make limits. In the midst of a quick peek at M-46 I found a smudge. It wasn't dust or a cloud, so I looked further. It was a nice little planetary nebula hiding in the cluster. Imagine that! NGC-2438 inside M-46 (100 - 20 second images stacked with Siril and processed with GIMP).
  21. @BCN_Sean: Nope, got that right. I'm an old-school terminal kinda guy. cd is my friend. The only thing I drag is my feet. @JamesF: Yep, no avx support. I knew it smelled like a library issue. Odd that -none- of my hardware has it. Still, I don't generally buy hardware with an eye for graphics support.
  22. The big green Download button on https://sourceforge.net/projects/starnet/ is what I used. It downloaded a StarNet_Linux.tar.gz that I unfolded into a directory that contained the executable and some shell scripts with demo files to test operation. Thanks!
  23. I downloaded from SourceForge the StarNet++ Linux tar.gz file onto a few Linux Ubuntu laptops and desktops (all AMD64 processors) I have and crashed and burned with every attempt. I am running Ubuntu 20.04 on most of them, but I did try on a 19.x version for grins (also a fail). When I untar/zip the file and run the test shell script, I get a core dump. For that matter, I get a core dump if just try to run the executable. I am not running PixInsight and just want to run the program stand-alone. If I must, I'll load some other version of Linux on a machine to make it happen. Anyone ha
  24. @Bright Giant: Probably I just fat-fingered something and created a second post. Ended up with two and couldn't delete the second one...which was originally the first with the wrong image.
  25. Apparently, one cannot delete a bad image upload.
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