Home-built Newt: 10" f/4.5 Royce conical primary, Skywatcher NEQ6 (Astrotroniks tuned) iEQ45, Duo-T, 8" f/4 Skywatcher Quattro CF 120 ED f/7.5 Skywatcher Black Diamond 80ED Stellarvue
Quote:I have an iOptron iEQ45 and and Skywatcher NEQ 6 mounts, but my computers are Apple products. Seems that, to update the firmware on these mounts, I need a Windows computer. 1) Is there a cheap Windows computer I can get just for this updating task (i.e., connect to internet, download firmware, load onto handset)?Any chance of one with a 9-pin output plug?2) Should I just be buying a Windows OS to play on my iMac through the Bootcamp program?Thanks,
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Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8, WO 66mm APO, 80mm f/7 refractor, Sears 60mm refractor, 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
Astrophoto: Intes Micro ALTER-M606 (6" f/6 MCT), Astrotech AT6RC (6" f/9 RC), 2x Tair-3 lenses (300mm f/4.5)
Visual: Celestron 8 SCT ('77 Orange Tube, 8" f/10), Selsi #247 Refractor (aka Towa #339, 80mm f/15), Tasco 11TE-5 Newtonian (4.5" f/7.9), Galileoscope (50mm f/10)
Mounts: Celestron CI-700, iOptron ZEQ25GT, Celestron CG5-ASGT, plus a couple old EQ2s
My Astrophotography Site: http://ap.x-wing.ca/
Quote:Nothing in the last couple years will have a serial port (the 9pin port)
Quote:I'm a Mac user also and have a Windows machine for things I just can't do on my Mac. You can get a laptop for less than $300 at walmart or on line. Using Boot Camp would be a reasonable solution,if you have enough hard disk space on your Mac but I'd go for a cheep Windows laptop. At buy.com or rakuten.com you can get refurbished laptops for under $200. Mike
Quote:Ok true, I was thinking laptops only (move the computer to the mount,
Quote:Quote:I'm a Mac user also and have a Windows machine for things I just can't do on my Mac. You can get a laptop for less than $300 at walmart or on line. Using Boot Camp would be a reasonable solution,if you have enough hard disk space on your Mac but I'd go for a cheep Windows laptop. At buy.com or rakuten.com you can get refurbished laptops for under $200. Mike Yes this is an option, but my main complaint is that one would be dragging around another laptop. Most Mac's have sufficient disk space to work with EXCEPT for the mass quantities of photos and videos folks can take (family, astro stuff, etc.). Though large capacity hard drives are quite cheap now a days for back up and extra storage (I have over 5 TB at home now).For me, both for work and pleasure, it is vastly easy to work with just one laptop. From my Mac, astronomy wise, I can control all my needs - video astronomy, astrophotography, firmware updates, telescope control and networking the results. Certainly the performance of a Mac is more than sufficient to handle windows under VMWare Fusion. And yes, I do use the iPad and iPhone for SkySafari Pro.Note - If you do work off one machine you should have at least 256GB of storage and 8GB RAM, though I run a minimum of 16GB of RAM. The extra RAM will help with performance and the demands of applications like Photoshop, Matlab, Mathematica, etc, however even a simple MacBook Air can handle all except the most taxing applications on a 12 hour battery life (this might drop to 5 hours with all the video and such, but I have not tested this out yet).
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