AstroPi3 Part 1 - Raspberry Pi 3 as a autoguider computer
AstroPi3 Part 2 - Creating the Installation Image
AstroPi3 Part 3 - Installing Ubuntu Mate
AstroPi3 Part 4 - Installing AstroPI3
AstroPi3 Part 5 - PhD2 Configuration
AstroPi3 Part 6 - DSLR/Guide Camera Setup and Control
AstroPi3 Part 7 - Raspberry Control with Tablet/Cell
AstroPi3 Appendix A - Index of Possible Problems, Causes and Solutions


Note: This installation is oriented to users that use Windows.

a) Install the WinRar file decompression utility

b) Download the Win32DiskImager utility


Download  Ubuntu Mate installation file image

  1. Go to the Ubuntu Mate downloads page
  2. Click in the  Raspberry Pi version
  3. Click on the version shown. At the date of publication of this article it is 16.04.2 (Xenial). You will soon be redirected to the download page.
  4. Click on the button " ubuntu-mate-16.04.2-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi.img.xz " ( or equivalent ).

    Your browser will show you the file to be downloaded. Save the file and remember the location where you saved it. The file is approximately 1.2 GB, so it will take a few minutes to download, depending on your connection speed.
  5. The downloaded file is compressed. To decompress it, we use the WinRar utility. Right click on the file and select the menu option "Extract Here "

  6. As a result we will get the final image of the file, decompressed.

Disk image creation

7. Execute the Win32DiskImager tool

8. Click on the blue folder icon and select the Ubuntu image you just unzipped (the largest file, which is about 4.88 GB)

9. Insert the SD card that came in your package with Raspberry into your computer's card reader.

10. Select the appropriate drive letter, and click the "Write" button.
Warning: Make sure the drive letter is the correct one, because if you select another card reader, the information will be permanently erased.



11. A warning message may be displayed indicating that the information on the disc will be erased. Click "accept" to continue.

12. The image writing process will start and take a few minutes. When it reaches 100% a message will be displayed saying "Write Successful" which indicates that our Ubuntu Mate image has been created on the SD card and is ready to be installed.

Next: AstroPi3 Part 3 - Ubuntu Mate Installation