USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

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USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Merlin66 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:40 am

Does such an animal exist?
I'm having problems finding a computer for SHG imaging.
It needs to have USB3 and a SSD drive......
Any suggestions??
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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by marktownley » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:38 am

Ahhhh, the holy grail!
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http://brierleyhillsolar.blogspot.co.uk/
Solar images, a collection of all the most up to date live solar data on the web, imaging & processing tutorials - please take a look!

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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by _Zakalwe » Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:11 pm

Do you mean laptop?

If you mean a desktop then just about any motherboard made in the last few years will have USB3. installing a SSD is a piece of cake and takes about a 15 minutes.

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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Merlin66 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:11 pm

Hmmm.
A lap top would be preferred - to allow it's use at the SHG for image collection.
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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by rxdeath » Sun Jul 10, 2016 5:39 pm

the lenovo 450s is such a machine, i use it everyday it's blue out. 512gb (samsung) ssd and every port on it is usb3

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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Merlin66 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:49 pm

Thanks for that...
The Lenovo 450s is not available inAustralia....the E560 seems to be the nearest equivalent at A$1100.
Expensive, but may be the solution.
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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by rxdeath » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:31 pm

ah yea it was probably 1800usd all said and done, in the realm of laptops i guess that is on the expensive side, but it runs like usain bolt, and is pretty resiliant to stupid moves (ie: tracking mount slowly pulls it off the table outside and it hits the cement from ~1m and i can't even find a mark)

i don't know if it helps in anyway and i'm just a stranger, but i'll send you anything you want from the usa :) i heard that someone got a laptop through aussie (notoriously aggresive) customs without reciever fees by saying it was sent for repair or something of the like.

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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by _Zakalwe » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:05 am

Merlin66 wrote:Hmmm.
A lap top would be preferred - to allow it's use at the SHG for image collection.
Pretty much any off-the-shelf laptop should have a SSD and USB3 in it nowadays. What sort of budget?

If you already have a laptop then replacing the HDD with a SSD isn't a major job. You can get USB-to-HDD cables that allows you to mirror the existing drive onto the new SSD. Then just swap the drives over.


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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Merlin66 » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:29 am

My current laptop doesn't have USB3.
The Dell looks interesting - they all seem to be around the same price level here in Oz.
Thanks for the help.
Now I need to make a decision.....
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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Albuqshutterbug » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:41 pm

I recently picked up a Toshiba Satellite S55T on year end for 399.00.
It has an Intel i7 full quad 8 gigs of ram and a 1 TB hard drive. I just ordered a 1 TB SSD for $220.

It's already pretty quick but this should help my capture speed. Might be an option? :beanie:
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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Merlin66 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:55 pm

Hmmm
Not available in Australia.
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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Albuqshutterbug » Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:12 pm

Is Amazon an option for you? I don't know if the postage would be an issue if you had prime or if prime is available to Australia.
BTW.. not as good of deal online as I got at Office Depot from the floor but if you look at the used available there are currently some nice offerings.
The total model number for the one that I got is as follows.. s55t-B5273NR, that will get the Quad i7 8GB RAM and a standard 5400 1TB drive
Just trying to help and don't know what works as far as ordering for Australia.
Here's wishing you luck.
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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Merlin66 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:38 am

OK, finally went for a CX62
http://www.tecs.com.au/shop/msi-cx62-6q ... ebook.html
I've added another 8Gb memory and a 500Gb SSD drive....
Should arrive next week.
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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Albuqshutterbug » Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:55 pm

You will love the speed the SSD gives you.
The extra 8GB of RAM will be nice as well.
Look forward to hearing about and seeing the results you get.
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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Gert » Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:55 pm

Hi,

What is SHG imaging? Sounds interesting.
Why do you need SSD?

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Re: USB3 plus fast SSD drive computer?

Post by Merlin66 » Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:38 pm

Gert,
It's obtaining a solar image by using a Spectroheliograph - a spectral image is scanned across the disk at a nominated wavelength and bandwidth.
See the book "Imaging Sunlight" for all the details.
The key is to scan the disk as quickly as possible this needs a fast mono camera and a fast hard drive to store the image.
Hope this helps.
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