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iMate Astronomy Control Box
iMate Astronomy Control Box


 
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Price: $219.00


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Product Code: 8480

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The iMate is a single-board computer that features a powerful 64-bit ARM processor with Wi-Fi, preloaded KStars planetarium software, Ekos control and automation tool, and INDI drivers. This hardware-software combination will support the use of most current and future devices (cameras, focusers, filter wheels, etc.) allowing the user to choose a brand and model.

With 32Gb eMMC storage along with a slot for up to 64Gb TF (micro SD) memory, iMate has the ability to control and capture an entire automated imaging session. The iMate is cross-platform; use it with Windows, IOS, Linux, Android, etc.
Features
  • Orange Pi 3 LTS with 64-bit ARM processor, 2GB LPDDR3 SDRAM and 32GB EMMC flash memory
  • 1X USB3.0 and 2X USB2.0 ports
  • 3X 12VDC outputs (2 programmable)
  • Up to 64Gb high speed MicroSD card (class 10 or higher)
  • Open Source Architecture
  • Preloaded KStarts/Ekos/INDI driver for mount, camera, focuser and other device control
  • iPolarServ for iOS and Android polar alignment
  • Windows, MacOS, iOS, Linux, Android remote connection to iMate via WIFI network
  • Mounting method: 31mm dovetail saddle for finder scope shoe mounting, 1/4"-20 threaded hole, or 2X M3 threaded holes
  • One year Limited Warranty
Average Rating: Average Rating: 3 of 5 3 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review »

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3 of 5 OK start. needs setup time++& better apps/updating January 17, 2024
Reviewer: William Shaw from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire United Kingdom  
Used with a GEM45, Altair 26C, SESTO SENSO 2 & ZWO guider.  I power mount & dew heaters separately - the IMate controls & powers everything else. Set up takes some fiddling with power, USB & settings. The ipolarserve tool might need a firmware update to the ipolar. It's sluggish on plate solving & fits display, but the imaging is fine. While I would have preferred a more powerful unit say with a Pi 4/5, this is still a useful low-cost unit for a light OSC rig. The self-generated wi-fi is strong and I can access it from indoors easily. Only 3 stars as (a) you need to set the time for each session; (b) I cannot update KStars; (c) making it a client of home wifi doesn't yet work; (d) the ipolar phone app is a disappointment. On mounts with a rigidly attached ipolar the desktop ipolarapp allows an advanced camera position calibration that is faster (no rotating!) & more accurate. There is no desktop app with the iMate & only a cut down phone version which has lost the good features.

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