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  1. Hi and welcome to SGL. There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube, like this one. How do you connect the mount to the PC?
  2. I had the same slowness using astroberry locally in the Pi. INDI common issue? Don't think so. Anyway, I've given up that route and gone for a mini PC (89€).
  3. Hi and welcome to SGL. In my opinion, the SW 130 is a good entry telescope for visual astronomy. However the eq2 mount is going to be too flimsy for that tube. I would go for a more sturdy mount like EQ3 or even EQ35, if your budget allows. The latter would even let you step into astrophotography. The despair you will suffer in the beginnings will be inversely proportional to the quality of the mount. Investing in a good mount is one of those things you will never regret of.
  4. After giving up trying the INDI / Rpi route, I have just ordered a refurbished Mini-Computer Fujitsu ESPRIMO Q9000 (Core i3 2,53GHz 4GB 120GB SSD HDMI WIN10) in eBay. I hope it can handle my setup running APT + CdC + PHD2 + RDC I've chosen this one because of its price and dimensions: Width168mm, Height165 mm, Depth57 mm, Weight1.4 kg. Although it doesn't have wireless connectivity, I plan to use an old PLC Powerline Passthrough to connect it to the router.
  5. +1 for the dummy battery. I purchased mine (with a 220v adapter) in AE.
  6. Yesterday I had the first clear night in around 3 weeks so decided to test the EKOS autofocus routine with the 600D. I disconnected the Pi one hour later and put the laptop back with APT, not long before the Moon showed up . I have the impression that autofocus feature in astro-software is meant for dedicated cams. The live view in EKOS was completely useless, so to roughly focus the camera I had to take a "few" pictures (each one took around 30 seconds to be displayed). Once there, the autofocus process didn't worked for me: most of the times failed to take or process the image. And on top of that, the Kstars/Ekos app crashed 3 times . My idea is not to use the laptop to control the rig. That is why I though about the INDI / Astroberry way. I am not a big fan of Windows but it seems that the only way to achieve my goal is using a mini-PC, though I didn't want to spend more (the Pi solution looked attractiv€ but...) Any thoughts / alternatives?
  7. Welcome to the Lounge!
  8. Hi and welcome to the Lounge! Star Adventurer + DSLR and a good lens is a good way to enter in AP. Next step should be a good mount that allows you to “grow up” without weight restrictions. Enjoy!
  9. + for the firs one. The second one seems a bit greenish to me. Nice job BTW.
  10. barbulo

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  11. Muchas gracias Sean. I’ve read somewhere that selecting jpg format during the focusing process helps reducing that time. Important to remember switching back to raw before starting imaging. I’ll test it when there is a clear night.
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