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#1 Spacefreak1974

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 10:37 AM

I'm looking to get into EAA (no long exposure, just stacking and live view and maybe some planetary imaging and screen grabs of DSO's)

 

I know one spec desired to have is USB3.0 and more than one slot if possible

 

What are other specs:

-Do I need a bid hard drive or is 256 enough

-Do I need a lot of RAM or is 8GB plenty

 

Anything else?

 

Looking at the Lenovo Yoga 730 as it has 3-USB3.0's and 256K Hard Drive and a 11hr battery for under $800

 

I'd like to stay $800 and under as well. I think if I go HP I can get a $100 discount because this will be the computer my kids use for school stuff as well

 

Things i'd like it to have

-Good battery so I don't have to plug into alternate power during EAA use at dark sites

-Touch screen with the tablet mode (flipping over for presentation mode)

-Good internals

-Windows 10 (use it at work and love it)

 

Jon

 



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 10:50 AM

Screen resolution is very important especially if you are using a high-res camera with alot of pixels. 

Large, high res screens for a desktop are great to have an very inexpensive but still quite pricey on a laptop.

 

I think 8 GB is ok. I run SharpCap and Stellarium and Chrome at the same time with a 12 MB camera and it does ok although it does get bogged down if I try to use the sharpening enhancement in SharpCap. However, I think that is more an issue of the CPU.

Maybe some others can comment on the minimum processor requirements and whether multiple cores helps or not.



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 10:58 AM

I am sure you mean a 256 gigabyte hard drive as 256K would not be nearly big enough. Personally I would go for a larger hard drive. While 256GB will be fine no one ever regretted having more disk space. 8GB memory should be good for what you want to do. I also doubt the battery will last 11 hours, especially if you are powering a camera through the computer's USB ports, but probably long enough for at least 4 hours of EAA. Also consider your choice of camera.  If you select a camera with cooling you will probably need to power that independently of the USB port, but that is not a big issue. EAA is great and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 11:02 AM

I am sure you mean a 256 gigabyte hard drive as 256K would not be nearly big enough. Personally I would go for a larger hard drive. While 256GB will be fine no one ever regretted having more disk space. 8GB memory should be good for what you want to do. I also doubt the battery will last 11 hours, especially if you are powering a camera through the computer's USB ports, but probably long enough for at least 4 hours of EAA. Also consider your choice of camera.  If you select a camera with cooling you will probably need to power that independently of the USB port, but that is not a big issue. EAA is great and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

256gb yes



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Posted 23 August 2019 - 09:32 AM

I have an older HP i5 3000 mhz with 8 gig and a 500 Gig SSD. I use it with a ZWO224 and my M43 cameras running SharpCap and SkyTools through ascom on my SLT or Sirius AZ-EQ  at the scope or using AnyDesk and performance is just fine.




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