Getting a laptop for AP
Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:44 PM
I'm wanting to expand from visual to AP. Based on my reading, I'm leaning towards getting a Windows laptop as my AP platform (I am generally a Mac person, but it seems like the majority of AP apps are Windows).
My question: most new machines these days seem to be offered with Windows 8, but some of the items I am thinking I want to use (eg Orion MM Autoguider) seem to only have drivers available through Windows 7. As a general question: is the world of AP software pretty much caught up with Windows 8, or should I get a Windows 7 machine and plan to update the OS later?
Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:41 AM
The laptop choice depends on if you're doing DSO imaging or planetary imaging. You need enough computer power (2 GHz) for high frame rate capturing for planetary imaging. And it's nice to have lots of memory for post processing if you're going to do that on your laptop. And yes, at least for planetary imaging the PC is generally preferred over a Mac because of available software.
I run Vista so can't help with Windows 7 or 8.
And welcome to CN.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 11:26 AM
Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:10 PM
Otherwise, you don't need a real 'beast' to do image acquisition. I'd find something used on Craigslist, reformat/reinstall, and move on. Win7 works pretty well with everything at this point. And, it runs SGP .
Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:26 PM
Posted 28 January 2014 - 09:12 PM
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Do you plan on doing both acquisition and processing on the laptop? If it's only acquisition you can get by with a low-end/used laptop for sure.
Most of the issues with Windows 8 is USB port 3 versus 2 related. Make sure you have a USB 2 port on your computer and Windows 8 versus 7 should not make a difference. At least that is my first hand experience. I've been running W8 for over a year now and all my astro stuff works.
Hope this helps,
Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:55 AM