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Scopes - 10" Meade LX200, Coronado 90mm, Vixen ED103, Orion 80mm Guide Mount - AP1600GTO Std (Encoders.... someday) Cameras - Atik 320E, Atik 314L+, Atik Titan, Mallincam Xtreme X2, Skyris 274M, Orion StarShooter, Canon 7D Instruments - L200 Spectrometer (300,600,1200 gratings), SA100 Diffraction Filters - LRGB,OIII,SII,Ha; J/C UV,B,V,Ic,Rc Way too many computers....
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Quote:Posted a similar request in the Computer forum a while back with limited responses. I'll try again here.Anyway. moving in day is here, but I find myself still without a computer system for the warm room. A recent failure and replacement of the the main home computer, as well as last minute finishing costs have left the funds for the OB computer rather thin. I'll have plenty of processing computer power at the current home computer for Image rendering, so that won't be needed as much in the OB, but I'd rather not get a complete dog either. It would be nicer to do some processing out there, but this is not a firm requirement.That said, I'm looking for:Inexpensive as possible.2 monitor outs (HDMI for one, but DVI may be ok?)lots of USB outs.WIFI or provisions or a add in wifi card, and perhaps external antenna connections?Decent specs. but will take what I can get.The big question is the Operating system. I seemed to have missed the boat on getting a good deal on a decent performance Win 7 unit. I hate Win 8 on the new computer BTW but it is what it is.Are we getting any closer to all the OB type software working with Win 8? To start off I'll need to run:A Toucam driverVarious webcam capture softwareBackyard EOSOrion version of PHD guider.Celestron remote software for the CGE.StellariumAnd later perhaps some lesser expensive OB packages with remote focusing and other nifty features?Looking for input of the WIN 8 option, as well as any leads on a good machine for my needs?
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