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Last night I could do my first test with a Raspberry controlled HEQ5 mount. Worked much better now compare with all problem I had one year ago. I succeeded to: Plate solve, auto focus, take images. What's left to fix, auto guiding, GPS module to communicate.

Tonight it looks to be a clear night too. I will do a new test run, concentrate me on the auto guider, now in the beginning I use the internal guider, later maybe I change over to PHD2. Very exiting.

My setup of HEQ5 and a 300 mm Pentax 645 lens:

http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/projects/project-heq5/01-heq5.html


/Lars

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Hi Steve,

Yes, Ekos and KStars. I have a lot of problem with this earlier, but now with the new Astroberry version 2.0.3 everything worked after an update. I use this because it takes much less space and don't need very much power to run, important when on battery with a portable equipment.

 

This is what I did one year ago, never got it to work:

http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/projects/project-kstars-raspberrypi4/01-project-kstars-raspberrypi4.html

 

Now when it works and if it's stable I can replace my other setup which is Windows based with a similar controller. Windows get more an more complicated to use, all these updates gets me crazy and all problem with drivers. But the functions in the astro software I think is still better.

 

Do you have any experience of Ekos ?

/Lars

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Yesterday I got a massive help from my friend. It was the stup of GPS unit for the Raspberry which has caused me problem the last 5 years.

Now we got the GPSD driver to work direct with a GPS dongle:
http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/projects/project-heq5/07-heq5.html

And the GPS NMEA where the Raspberry get the clock and position from a smartphone:
http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/projects/project-heq5/08-heq5.html

Very glad to have solved these problems.

Next step is to install KSTars on an Android pad. My own was to old to install the software on.

/Lars

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