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About JonC

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  1. What model tripod? Many manfrottos have 9Kg capacity.
  2. JonC

    Debayering a DSLR's Bayer matrix.

    What are the current "starter" cmos mono cameras? Just wondered what price point I would be looking at. Cheers
  3. JonC

    For those using Win 10....

    I use have used a wide variety of OS over the years, the only one I never had an update issue with was OSX on a hackintosh. Rather amusingly when I was running it Apple released a patch that caused lots of issues for users, but because of the delay for sorting stuff for hackintosh the update was pulled before it made its way across. Windows wise I run win10 pro and keep everything up to date, I never use manufacturer factory installs, and assemble my own desktop rigs. My laptops tend to be business or gaming grade. I see most problems on the cheap new ones, so if its a tight budget I for a refurb. I use a wide range of OS at work but stick to windows at home, dumped the hackintosh a few years back.
  4. JonC

    Transformer proliferation

    Any thoughts on these distribution boxes? https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobbyking-powerstrip-fuse-protected-power-distribution-board.html My main issue is that its easy to get 4mm banana plugs the wrong way around.
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    I've been Microsofted....

    I upgraded to win10 pro to get control over updates, works so far and cost about £20 through softwaregeeks. All works well so far and have done upgrades on 5 rigs. Think MS haven't bothered taking them on due to fear of creating a test case.
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    PC build for processing

    My last Nvidia/Intel desktop rig was a P3 550, never had an issue with using non intel stuff. Laptop is an I7, I cant see any issue with either Intel or AMD, updates and patches are just as frequent, drivers are as good (or bad) on both. Meltdown appears to have hit Intel more than Spectre hit AMD.
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    PC build for processing

    Spotted this mobo/cpu/ram + SSD bundle being discussed on computer forum. Hopefully link works. https://www.overclockers.co.uk/amd-promo-bundle-amd-ryzen-5-2600-gigabyte-x370-gaming-3-team-group-ram-free-240gb-ssd-bu-01f-am.html#configurable You could use that as a base and add the other bit, random selection Palit GeForce GTX 1050Ti StormX 4096MB PCI-Express GDDR5 Graphics Card Stock Code GX-03T-PL £149.99* AMD Promo Bundle - AMD Ryzen 5 2600, Gigabyte X370-Gaming 3, Team Group RAM *FREE 240GB SSD* Stock Code BU-01F-AM £428.96* Seasonic Focus Plus 550W 80 Plus Gold Modular Power Supply Stock Code CA-05P-SS £79.99* Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-05 Midi Tower Gaming Case - Black (CC-9011138-WW) Stock Code CA-23Z-CS £52.99* £723.63 I would probably add a high capacity starage hard drive, would be another £60ish for a Toshiba.
  8. JonC

    PC build for processing

    Standard questions are 1. Budget 2. Do you have a monitor 3. Any other specific software other than Pixinsigt, photoshop? 4. OS wise win10 pro from softwaregeeks is £20, have used several copies from them without problems, cant understand how come MS haven't shut them down if they are illegal. I would still add use a monitor, you more likely to be able to calibrate it than a TV. Last off the shelf PC I purchased was about 20 years ago, been building my own since.
  9. Add Opticron to your list! If your after bang for buck then 2nd hand is worth a look. Some wildfowl and wetland trust reserves have an optics dealer on site, they quiet often do 2nd hand stuff and you can at least give them a try. Did find this shop that has some reasonable bits 2nd hand. There is a Opticron ED for £200 https://www.aceoptics.co.uk/ The same as astro gear ED glass is desirable, but don't discount stuff that lacks it (try before you buy if possible). My preference is for an angled, and a zoom eyepiece.
  10. JonC

    Laptop question

    That sounds like a good deal, I have had a refurb from laptops direct in the past, and was very happy with the quality. On the Win10 front I have upgraded a couple of rigs to pro recently, after a bit of research I got the keys from Softwaregeeks, they have been trading for a while, and seem to have good online reviews, they also seem to sort problems out with keys, and they sell win10pro keys for £16 using a code during checkout (SUMMERTIME20). Not sure how they are doing it without MS shutting them down. Done a bit of reading, might be MS being nervous about the law on reselling software.
  11. JonC

    Laptop question

    The big heavy ones with the jet exhausts are also the ones that don't suffer thermal throttling Ideally I wanted something smaller than 17", but all the smaller gaming rigs at the time couldn't be used properly because they couldn't shift the heat. Think things have moved on since then.
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    Laptop question

    If I was in the market for a new laptop I would look for one with 2 hard drive bays, 256GB SSD minimum, and ideally a large storage drive. I rarely use an optical drive, but its there when I need it, other useful thing about them is that you can often shove a 2nd HD in there instead. My current laptop is an old gaming laptop, benefits from 2 HD bays plus the optical drive fitted with a Bluray writer. But is barely portable.
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    Where do you buy second-hand scopes?

    ENS, Telescope House, ebay, F1 Telescopes (near London). There's an 11" Celestron SCT on ebay at the moment, in London. But its on an EQ mount, not sure if its under mounted. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Celestron-CGEM-1100-Telescope-11-SCT-on-CGEM-Equatorial-Mount-Item-11099/113185175969?hash=item1a5a5cb9a1:g:ODEAAOSw-8BbXchb
  14. JonC

    Hi from Kent

    I am in Kent as well, near Tonbridge. Interested in the Hurst Green meetup. Orpington Astronomy Club camp out near Bewl in the winter, some of the astrophotography they post up is very impressive.
  15. Shipping wise the China to EU/UK bit is probably in a large shipment in a sea freight container, so would be pretty safe. Damage is most likely once the shipment is unpacked and sent to retailers and customers. I build and test gas analysers and we mainly ship them to the far east, packaging is 1m drop tested with a 25kg analyser in it, analyser is then inspected and tested. The packing is a cardboard box containing custom cut foam, think its at least 10cm on all sides.

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