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Post by rbenton » Fri May 06, 2016 5:20 pm

I am gearing up to look at the sun in Ha for the first time. I have the scope, and a 6mp PGR Grasshopper3. I am a Mac user, but sadly the software support for this hobby on a Mac is pitiful. So I need to get a Windows laptop to run the camera and process the files. I won't use the new machine for anything else, so I want to spend a little as possible on it. What specs should I be looking for in a new laptop that will get the job done? (without later wishing I had spent more) Lots of RAM? Big HD? SSD? Fast processor? Thanks to everyone on this forum for their help so far. I am excited to get started.

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Re: Laptop advice

Post by Montana » Sat May 07, 2016 6:41 pm

Must have a fast write speed SSD, I have the Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB and it is very good. Writes at 520MB/s

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Re: Laptop advice

Post by rxdeath » Mon May 23, 2016 4:26 pm

definitely need an ssd if you're serious as alexandra says, the bottleneck for most people will be hard drive i/o so that's really paramount, you can make up for it a little with a truckload of ram, but it'd be cheaper just to get a nice ssd, and as far as capturing you will really want it.

as far as processing, you are combing video files, and video editing is one of the most processor intensive tasks left in today's high end electronics world where everyone has amazing computer power at their disposal for cheap. you don't NEED it but it will make a huge difference in processing time if you buy a cheapy processor and only 4 gigs of ram.

as do many others i'm sure, i try and max out those 3 specs because it's all useful, but if i had to rate one the most important it would be ssd, followed by proc, then ram (really any decent machine should have 6-8 gb anyway, not to mention usually ram is owner-serviceable/upgradable)

many times i'm already processing video in as2 while i'm capturing new stuff so i can evaluate if i like preliminary post processing results.

i use a lenovo t560, it was under 2k, 512 ssd, i7 proc, 6gb ram. occasionally i wish i had sprung for more ram, but again that is the thing easy to add on later so no big deal.

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Post by Annanub » Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:33 pm

Sorry man. No advice here. Never had a laptop. Wheres that [bad-word] Woody? Hes the man.

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Re: Laptop advice

Post by 04Stefan07 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:59 am

I use a MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 model with an i5, 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM for when I am out on the field. This is running BootCamp with Windows 10. For my main processing machine I am running Windows 10 with multiple SSD's, 16GB RAM and an i5 processor.

If you are going for just the one laptop get something beefy and I highly recommend an SSD. It's the way computing is going.

Recommended specs
- Intel i7 (4th, 5th or 6th generation)
- Minimum 8GB but if you can afford it just go for 16GB
- Solid State Drive is a must! They are getting cheaper and cheaper. Depending how much storage you need make sure you have 250GB minimum
- A decent graphics card for Photoshop will help!
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Re: Laptop advice

Post by adair » Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:22 am

What kind of work do you do on your laptop?

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Post by solarchat » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:11 pm

Im the lone wolf here being all Mac. I use 4-6 year old macbook pros and iMacs in this hobby. I have found that the SSDs offer the biggest overall improvement for solar imaging capturing and processing followed by more RAM.
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