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#26 Seiten

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Posted 15 June 2021 - 02:00 AM

A quick scan on Facebook marketplace indicates there are gobs of them for sale second hand.  I see people selling things that are overpriced for 5$ on Facebook.

 

 

I dont think I've ever seen a second hand Pi for sale. It could be..

 

Their value is so low it isn't worth the effort

 

or

 

They are too useful to let go.



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Posted 15 June 2021 - 02:17 AM

A quick scan on Facebook marketplace indicates there are gobs of them for sale second hand.  I see people selling things that are overpriced for 5$ on Facebook.

Ah, I just looked at Facebook marketplace for the first time ever.

There were indeed a few, at crazy prices - some even more than new!



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Posted 15 June 2021 - 08:03 AM

Ah, I just looked at Facebook marketplace for the first time ever.

There were indeed a few, at crazy prices - some even more than new!

That problem is not unique for Pis... 


Edited by bips3453, 15 June 2021 - 08:03 AM.


#29 Bobo666

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Posted 15 June 2021 - 09:40 AM

The RPi main selling point, aside from education, is its amazing versatility. I have about a dozen running around the property doing all manner of tasks, mainly as servers. At a pinch they can also be used as a general desktop, as long as you like Linux.

 

I looked at using them for astronomy command and control scenarios but in the end opted for a w10 mini pc, not because of the hardware but the software.



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Posted 15 June 2021 - 09:45 AM

I see the same on CN Classifieds.

Ah, I just looked at Facebook marketplace for the first time ever.

There were indeed a few, at crazy prices - some even more than new!



#31 airscottdenning

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Posted 16 June 2021 - 04:21 PM

This thread seems kind of silly. If you prefer the pi, that's the way to go. If you prefer the intel box, use that.


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Posted 19 June 2021 - 12:57 AM

If I need to wiggle pins, I like the PIs or Arduinos.  I also have a couple of Orange Pis for their smaller footprint.

 

If everything plugs into a USB/Ethernet port, I prefer the minis.  I generally prefer the minis with their additional compute power and packaging. 

 

In all cases, if in the observatory, the Pis and the minis run linux


Edited by gregj888, 19 June 2021 - 12:57 AM.


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Posted 19 June 2021 - 01:21 AM

I use a mini PC (an NUC) mainly to run Windows applications, specifically CPWI and SharpCap (or FireCaptyre). It is also has flexible options for adding hard drives, memory etc.

 

I don't think that low price of a Raspberry Pi is a reason not to use it but it won't run Windows applications. The Pi will run Linux applications and requires Indi drivers for cameras etc. ZWO ASIAir is a Pi based solution that saves effort of putting all together and there are other options such as Astroberry.




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