I'm at wits end and could really use some help and input.
I am reconstituting my gear after a hiatus from the hobby. My old laptop finally died so I upgraded to a Raspberry Pi 4 with astroberry pi on it. However, I cannot seem to get the ASI120mm to work simultaneously with the ASI1600mm-pro.
Raspberry Pi 4, 7" touchscreen, keyboard and mouse connected (via hub)
Mount: Skywatcher EQ-5 w/o hand controller, I have the USB connect in the place of the hand-controller plug
Filter wheel: ASI electronic filter wheel mini
Guide Camera: ASI120mm -this is the older, USB 2.0 that typically gives some trouble and is mentioned in a lot of threads around here and other boards
Powered USB hub: I Have the keyboard, mouse, and ASI120mm on this powered hub.
The symptoms are this: I can connect to the camera and start looping without much issue. HOWEVER, the individual frames will start "tearing" where sections of the image are displaced. This creates serious problems for autoguiding as the software tries to chase the torn images or loses the star altogether. The same behavior occurs with PHD2 as with the internal guide software.
Initially, I had problems connecting to the ASI120 at all, but after setting it to RAW 8bit instead of 16, those issues cleared up. Single frames can be taken without issue within EKOS or PHD2, but looping for guiding gives an issue. I had read about power problems with these cameras, so I bought the powered hub, but the issue persists. I can also loop images without issue when the ASI1600 is not connected. I have also tried changing how the items are plugged into the raspberry pi.
with ASI1600mm on USB3 port I've tried: mount USB on the remaining 3.0 and the ASI120 on the USB2, and also with the mount USB on the available usb2. I've also tried the USB2 hub with the asi120 on the USB3 port. None of these combinations fixed the problem.
Given the amount of forum ink spilled about the ASI120mm, I'm very close to buying a different guider, but I could really use a recommendation on which would be a rock-solid solution.
This forum entry
suggests the asi120mm-s (usb3) as a solution and there were others like it I saw. I was also considering a different brand altogether, but now I feel gun-shy about it all because of the problems I'm having here.