In preparation for this year's apparition of Mars (along with Jupiter and Saturn), I'm considering getting a Windows-10 PC laptop for use with Firecapture, AutoStakkert!-3, Registax and perhaps PixInsight. While I love my 2012 MacBook Pro (with Intel i7 quad-core, 2.3 GHz, 16 GB memory, 500 GB SSD, USB-3.0), I'm tiring of porting the needed Windows programs to run on the Mac. So I'm looking into getting a PC, perhaps with the following specs:
- Intel i7 or i5
- 16 GB memlory
- 500 GB SSD
- 2 or more USB-3 ports
When using my present Mac laptop with Firecapture, my ASI290MC camera would capture up to 150 frames per second, depending on the brightness of the subject. I attribute that to the USB-3 interface and solid state drive for storage.
So what would you forum members recommend as best for lunar/planetary imaging? Might I be better in using my MacBook Pro with something like Parallels (or VM Fusion) and a copy of Windows-10?
Any advice would be appreciated.