Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:Thanks Rod. Storage / archival, I'll be adding a few data storage drives. No plans to game on it or do any fancy audio or visual work - just playing with images, testing my astro hardware on occasion.
Quote:Fancy graphics cards aren't helpful for 2D stuff. Fast processor, fast RAM, fast disk never hurt. Usually the weak point, if any, is hard drive access times, so an SSD might be in order (to store the apps and working images on) if you want to treat yourself. That, and a nice large accurate monitor that you can calibrate; IPS, I guess. There are debates about what gamut to use; minimum in my mind is a close approximation to SRGB; wider gamuts, closer to Adobe RGB gamut monitors are also on the market. To me, you only want Adobe RGB if you are going to make prints on a printer that supports the wider gamut (most don't). For displays and the web, sRGB. You can always work in a bigger color space if you choose a broad-gamut monitor (and can see the color differences) and then manually control the collapse of the color space - rather specialist work. I don't know how applicable the gamut choice is to astro work.
Quote:An SSD or a PCI-X based SSD (think Revo add in card) might really speed things up. If you had the budget a six core Intel chip would be nice!
Ron NS11GPS Pronto
16" dob Vixen NA140SS
127mm F9 Surplus Shed/Crawmach kit scope
Best of ATM
Quote:Hmmmm. If I can trust Speedfan to indicate usage of a graphics card (5770) could I assume that at least with DSS the card is "helpful"? The rest of the rig is a bit dated, I5-650, 128G SSD, 16G RAM.