ATM 13.1" reflector Sky Watcher BK 120 ED Orion 80 ED HEQ5 Pro and EQ6 Pro Modded Rebel XT and T3i unmodded KWIQ Guider http://www.pierresplace.ca
Quote:I recommend an Asus g75 laptop. That can give you:
32 gb ram
500 gb solid state drive
3gb 670m graphics card
17 inch screen
For $2,100 from xoticpc.
Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII Mount: AP Mach1, CGEM DX Cameras: FLI ML16803, Canon T3i (unmodded), Canon T2i (self-modded Astrodon), PGR Flea3 Mono CCD Misc: CFW 4-5, ATIK EFW2, RoboFocus, MicroTouch Wireless Autofocuser, Astronomik Type IIc LRGB,IR742, Astrodon OIII3nm, Ha5nm & LRGB http://hythamsafieh.smugmug.com http://www.astrobin.com/users/Hytham
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mini Borg 50/ST-i/PHD
CGEM - Hypertuned by Deep Space Products
Canon 500D Hypercams Baader mod
My Friend Flickr
waassaabee @ Astrobin
Orion XT8i Dob
9x50 RACI Finder TELRAD Reflex Sight
Agena SWA 38mm 70 FOV 2" EP
Orion 25+10mm Sirius Plossl 52 FOV EP
ES 82* 11mm, 18mm 2" ES 68* 24mm
6mm, 25mm Ortho. EP
Televue 3X Barlow
Filters Baader Continuum, UV/IF cut, Lumicon UHC, DGM OIII.
SkySafari T-Ring and Adaptor for Olympus E-510 Oly sz-14 SteadyPix Deluxe iOptron SkyTracker 7.7lb Electro Dot Sight RD400X
Quote:You really dont want a laptop for processing. There are several issues pertaining firstly to screen issues and of course available processing power. You can easily get a powerful system with less money than you would a laptop. And of course, the screen which is essential for processing is absolutely not match for a true 24-27inch LED.
HyperTuned CGEM and G11wG2 SV115T20, Meade SN-8, AT-66, and modified 20d. Nebulosity, SkyTools3, TSX, and Pixinsight.
Quote:Laptops typically have weaker chipsets and are forced to take slower memory (due to size and power). Laptops are generally slower, even with similar processors. They are designed with energy savings in mind, no computing power.
Quote:Quote:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Laptops typically have weaker chipsets and are forced to take slower memory (due to size and power). Laptops are generally slower, even with similar processors. They are designed with energy savings in mind, no computing power. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------A lot of merit to that statement.
Quote:Start it processing and grab a coffee and watch the clouds row by.
AT8RC with Moonlite & Stepper Motor
Skywatcher 120mm ED PRO
Skywatcher HEQ5 with EQMOD, KWIQ Guider
Nikon D5100 Baader mod by Brent Oliver
12" GSO Dob with Argo-Navis, 102mm Skywatcher Short Tube
Tak AP QSI Canon
Scopes: Meade SN6, 10" Dob, Meade LS6, 5" reflector, 8" reflector, 102GT
Mounts: LXD75 and LXD55
Camera: SBIG 8300M, Baader 7nm Ha, OIII, SII, LRGB
Quote:It is good to get an i7 but in reality any modern computer should work just fine, just slower. It is important to know which software will be used. For instance DSS can utilize additional cores so AMD would be a good option in this case because AMD cores are slower but cheaper. If your software can not utilize multiple cores, then Intel would be better because their cores are faster than AMDs.You should be fine with 4G of RAM and old fashioned spinning drives (not SSD).Of course if budget is not limited then as others said, go with i7 + 16GB of RAM and SSD storage.Alex
BackyardEOS ~ Purpose-built astrophotography software!http://www.backyardeos.com/CANON, NIKON, QSI, SBIG, ATIK, SX, ASI, QHY, SSAGAT8RC, AT6RC, AT65EDQ, EON 120mm, Lunt 60THa B1200ASTRODON LRGB Ha NII SII OIII (3nm), IDAS, CLS, SkyGlow10Micron GM2000HPS (ordered), NEQ6, HEQ5, CG5-GTOne clear night a year
Quote:For about $1500, I just built an Ivy Bridge i7-3770k machine for a friend that made my six core i7 seem pokey at times. I would not go less than i7-3770k w/ 32 GB of fast memory and SSD for Windows.
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Celestron C8 / Atlas EQ-G / EqMod / SSAG / PHD / BackyardEOS / Canon T1i / ASI120MM / QHY10
Quote:For image acquisition, it is better to have low power laptop so power can be saved while in the field. I have low power design from dell based on i3 and it takes only 2 amps from 12v battery so i can easily image 2 nights with 100ah battery. I used to have a netbook but it had too small keyboard. My current laptop is 11.2 inch and has full size keys.Alex
Scopes: Celestron 8" SCT, Explore Scientific 80mm Triplet Apo, Bushnell 7x35 Binos Mounts: Celestron Advanced VX, Celestron SE Cameras: QHY9M CCD, Canon 4Ti (650D), QHY5L-II (Color) Eye Pieces: Explore Scientific 82* 30mm EP, Meade 8-24mm Zoom, University Optics 9mm Orthos, Cheap EP kit Barlows: 2" 2x GSO, Tele Vue Powermate 5x Filters: Badaar 2" LRGB+Ha, UHC, Moon, Orion Sky Glow AP filter, AstroZap Baader Solar Filter.
Quote:As for desktops vs laptops. if they are both new, desktops are easily more powerful than laptops.