i come here to ask you if you could give me some support and help to make me going further in my project.
I explain :
I have made a stand-alone sky survey system (beta version) :
- home made 2 axis motorized mount
- planetary camera (ZWO ASI178MC)
- old but quite good Canon FD 50mm F/D 1.4 lens
Here is a pictures of the system :
First, i decided to use raspberry pi 3 B+ to control the mount and the camera, using Python and common libraries like Tkinter, Numpy, Pillow, OpenCV etc.
Everything works fine. The mount control is ok (i use an absolute gyroscope/compass to know the mount position).
The camera control is also ok but as i perform real time treatments of the camera acquisition, i need powerful CPU and raspberry pi is not the good choice for that kind of work.
Here is what my camera control software looks like :
It is not really user friendly but it works great.
So i decided to get a new SBC to control the camera (i keep the raspberry to control the mount). In order to get minimum software rewrite, i decided to get an Odroid N2 to control the camera. It works great.
But my project is a long term project. I need to improve the mount (i must make a new one, the first one allows me to validate some electronic and mechanical choices), i will have to get a new camera (ASI178MC is not the best choice for my project) and maybe i will have to find a new lens. All my budget is dedicated to the new camera (and maybe new lens).
As my project is a long term project, i would have like to test jetson Nano (but i can’t spend money for it ; as i said, my money left will be used for camera and lens which are really important pieces if my system).
Odroid N2 is quite good but i think maybe jetson Nano could be better for real time treatments and jetson Nano is really interesting SBC because :
- Nvidia support and experience (Odroid is far far away from Nvidia experience and support).
So, my request is quite simple :
Is Nvidia interested in my project and could support me giving me a Jetson Nano (and its alimentation) ? If the answer is yes, i could make some tests and try to get better results with Nano, using Nvidia experience and support (but i will take me some time because i will have to make a new version of my software and it is a lot of work).
I would be very pleased if Nvidia could support my project, really.
You can see some of my results on my facebook page (but you will have to scroll down to find pictures and videos) there :
Anyway, even if the answer is no, i appreciate a lot Nvidia work (i won’t give you the list of Nvidia video cards i have put in my computers but the list is quite long ; my first graphic card was a Riva TNT and the second was a GeForce 256 and so on).
Many thanks for your reply and have a nice day.