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    Hey guys which computer or laptop do you recommend for someone to purchase when doing astrophotography I’m tired of using my work computer. Some thing that’s affordable

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    Default Re: Computer to buy

    Seems like we've had a couple of threads here recently asking the same thing, but I'll be danged if I can find them. I'm losing my forum mojo. Or the forum and lost its own mojo.

    Anyway, I think Hondo just got an Acer Nitro. I like the whole gaming laptop concept for AP as you have the graphics rendering capability, the RAM, and the processing power.

    I may be in the market before long as mine is about 3 years old and just a regular ol' minivan of a laptop as opposed to something like Scott's hotrod.
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    Hi Tylerbo,

    I don't guide yet (PHD2 installed and ready to go), but I run DigicamControl to control the camera, Stellarium for the scope, and Teamviewer to watch the process and preview the raw images as they come across on my desktop inside the house. Still has plenty of ram and cpu available in task manager. I just bought a used Dell on Amazon refurbished for $200. It has an i5 cpu with 8 gigs of ddr3 ram. I installed a 128 gig ssd (Amazon for $30) and the thing runs great. Boots cold to the Windows 10 desktop in 15 seconds and handles all of the apps including Startools and Photoshop easily.

    I would like to have a nitrofied pc, but for out in the dew, this Dell works fine.

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    Acer or Asus.
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    If you have a Costco membership they are, right now, selling Dell laptops with i5 processors for less than $400. These machines will perform perfectly as an AP machine.

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    I use a Dell i7 - but I modded it - I removed the HD and put in a SSD. The laptop hard drive would make horrendous grinding noises in the cold weather. The SSD is simply not even heard. I have the XPS - it 's now about 5 years old and still run like a champ. It does almost all the processing of photos. Not quite as quick as my desktop (homebuilt) but really fast enough so I don't complain. (The XPS is a gamer laptop - I've never used to game - I wanted the speed and RAM. As is usually the case - you get what you pay for.
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    That Dell that JT mentioned is perfect. If it doesn't come with an ssd, you could pick up one and clone the installed hdd (after loading all of your astro stuff). That way, you could have a perfectly usable spare drive in case of issues. SSD's provide a huge performance boost for a small amount of $$.
    The only thing that I would like to upgrade on my Dell is to a backlit keyboard (on my Christmas wish list).

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    Hi Tylerbo,

    I don't guide yet (PHD2 installed and ready to go), but I run DigicamControl to control the camera, Stellarium for the scope, and Teamviewer to watch the process and preview the raw images as they come across on my desktop inside the house. Still has plenty of ram and cpu available in task manager. I just bought a used Dell on Amazon refurbished for $200. It has an i5 cpu with 8 gigs of ddr3 ram. I installed a 128 gig ssd (Amazon for $30) and the thing runs great. Boots cold to the Windows 10 desktop in 15 seconds and handles all of the apps including Startools and Photoshop easily.

    I would like to have a nitrofied pc, but for out in the dew, this Dell works fine.

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    Just be prepared to spend more than your comfortable with, Im in OZ so it wasn't cheap here around $2000. I bought an Asus Gaming laptop ,Core i7-770HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB of VRAM, a 256GB M.2 SSD and a 1TB, 5,400-rpm hard drive...... I'm pretty happy with it. It is a 17 inch so the screen is nice and big but the downside being its only good for a few hours on its battery. I bought it so I could also watch Movies etc when Portable. My suggestion would be to get as much SSD memory as you can ,512 would be better but you can get a fair bit on the 256 gb . But you will soon fill it up and you will find yourself shuffling files back and forth very quickly between the ssd and the hard drive, but its easy to do so thats a big plus... Resist the urge to load all the new programs and games onto the SSD. Run your camera and photoshop etc on it so they run nice and fast . A few nights of videoing the planets will soon fill it up. It gets through the likes of Registax or Deep Skystacker or Autostakkert and video processing like pipp ,like lightning.... but I haven't got a lot of use out of it so far . The clouds seemed to roll in not long after I got it. Best of Luck.
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    DigicamControl is what I use to control the camera. I have a Nikon D3300 dslr (entry level) that isn’t supported by other popular camera control software. It’s open source (free) and does what I need it to do.

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