Raspberry compatibility ????

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Raspberry compatibility ????

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hello :) ,Since some time I am interested in raspberry PI 4 , to replace my MacBook of my observatory by a raspberry with 8GB ram memory , software cloud makers can they be installed on raspbian?(linux),,,, because seeing a MacBook in an outdoor shelter hurts my heart :lol:


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Hi Benjamin,

Fellow user here; have been using Indigo sever/agent software on a raspberry in the backyard for years. Runs fine, does not strain resources, works like a charm. I'm running the v4 (beta) client apps on a Macbook that is connected to the RPi through Wifi over the homenetwork. Depending on distance, wall thickness, etc. you made need use a wifi extender in the backyard, use a better wifi dongle on the Rpi or run over Ethernet to get a stable network connection; I managed to realise a 200Mb stable wifi connection with an external Wifi dongle.

The server can run autonomously, so if i close the Macbook, the server just continues imaging without any issue. An when the client apps on the Macbook reconnect at a later stage, it just pick's up where it left. Same situation when there is a network problem; on reconnect you'll find the server just continued fine.

Regarding the 8GB of RAM; there is not really a need for it. Ran on the older Rpi 3B+ with 1GB without any issues for years. Currently running on a RPi4 with 2GB, even better, plenty of resources to spare, no problem at all.

You can setup the RPi from the IndigoSky image provided by Cloudmakers from here; http://www.indigo-astronomy.org/indigo-sky.html

And if you're Linux savy and a bit more adventures, you can build it yourself (which i preferred for beta testing) like this;

Set up the RPi with Rapsbian Buster Lite (Raspberry Pi OS (32-bit) Lite) from here; https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspberry-pi-os/
Installation instructions for Indigo are here, bottom of the page; https://github.com/indigo-astronomy/indigo

Have fun!

Regards, Johan
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JohanB wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:12 am Hi Benjamin,

Fellow user here; have been using Indigo sever/agent software on a raspberry in the backyard for years. Runs fine, does not strain resources, works like a charm. I'm running the v4 (beta) client apps on a Macbook that is connected to the RPi through Wifi over the homenetwork. Depending on distance, wall thickness, etc. you made need use a wifi extender in the backyard, use a better wifi dongle on the Rpi or run over Ethernet to get a stable network connection; I managed to realise a 200Mb stable wifi connection with an external Wifi dongle.

The server can run autonomously, so if i close the Macbook, the server just continues imaging without any issue. An when the client apps on the Macbook reconnect at a later stage, it just pick's up where it left. Same situation when there is a network problem; on reconnect you'll find the server just continued fine.

Regarding the 8GB of RAM; there is not really a need for it. Ran on the older Rpi 3B+ with 1GB without any issues for years. Currently running on a RPi4 with 2GB, even better, plenty of resources to spare, no problem at all.

You can setup the RPi from the IndigoSky image provided by Cloudmakers from here; http://www.indigo-astronomy.org/indigo-sky.html

And if you're Linux savy and a bit more adventures, you can build it yourself (which i preferred for beta testing) like this;

Set up the RPi with Rapsbian Buster Lite (Raspberry Pi OS (32-bit) Lite) from here; https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspberry-pi-os/
Installation instructions for Indigo are here, bottom of the page; https://github.com/indigo-astronomy/indigo

Have fun!

Regards, Johan
Big thinks For your information :) I will try this !!
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Hi Johan - I picked p your thread re the RPi. I also have good experience with 3b and 4b but no success with the Celestron focuser connected directly with USB and power. RPi records the presence of the Focuser but the Indigo server insisted that its not there. Any ideas?
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Did you selected the correct serial port for the focuser? Peter
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Peter Polakovic wrote: Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:38 pm Did you selected the correct serial port for the focuser? Peter
hello i have some problems with indigo sky rpi :)


1 I can't view the "image data" in astroguider with my datyson t7 (zwocamera drivers) but on astrodslr with the Nikon d5100 ,live view and image shoot is good

2the shoestring focuser is view but failed to connect on astrodslr

3with astrotelescopev4 synscan mount failed to connect with v3 it's good :)

also for stop to use my MacBook completely for the rpi I search a idea for replace the use of my dust cap and bathinov motorised with 2 servo on Arduino and command with keyboard touch on monitor serial of Arduino ide on my MacBook via VNC exemple ( O /C open/ close dust cap)

for pilot my Arduino with raspberry or even better an drivers Indi for use directy
in aux drivers of astro dslr



or else rpi indigo sky it's very powerful for a little board :))
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Hi Benjamin,

to find out what's wrong we always need a log. In case you used INDIGOSky, try this:

1. open control panel (http://indigosky.local:7624/ctrl.html), navigate to Servere > Main > Log level and select "trace"
2. repeat the test (try to capture some image with the camera, open the focuser, etc)
3. open the log (http://indigosky.local:7624/log) and save it to some file
4. reset log level back to "error"

and send me the log.

But at least in case of FCUSB and SynScan mount the most probable reason is, that you didn't select the correct port. With the version 3.x you can't do it from mac application directly, you have to use control panel and to save configuration for each driver.

Thank you, Peter
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