I thought I'd drop by here too and let you know that I've been working hard to bring the Astrometry-api-lite to the community.
So what is the Astrometry-api-lite? It's a local alternative to using http://nova.astrometry.net for your plate solving purposes. The project's aim is to make an easily locally installable, alternative lightweight API to the Astrometry.net full site and suite. You can then use it from your astronomy software, like KStars/Ekos for example. It's fully open source, and the code is available in Github, https://github.com/J...ometry-api-lite. It runs on Linux as well as Windows 10 Subsystem for Linux.
It originally started from my own needs; needing to use the API, but with a spotty and slow internet connection it wasn't ideal - and sometimes the whole Nova was down and there was nothing I could do. So I ended up writing a minimal version of the API, that clones Nova API functionality but leaves all the other fluff behind. So it's effectively a plate solver API born out of need.
It has been out and about for a while, but today I finally finished the thing most people were probably craving for: the Windows installer. The installer now installs everything you need in order for the API to run, as well as a shortcut to your desktop to run the API whenever you need it. The only manual thing left to do on your own is to install the Linux Subsystem from Windows Store before you run the installer.
In addition I added a simple Dashboard to it where you can monitor the status of the latest solver jobs as well as cancel jobs if need be.
You can download the installer here: https://github.com/J...i-lite/releases
I leave you with a few screenshots to show off, because screenshots are nice