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Hi *any mods - not sure if correct section to post? - feel free to move if not I’m looking to power a mini pc/Intel NUC whilst out in my camper van. It will need 19v , upto 5A I have a big leisure battery setup (220ah) so powering it isn’t an issue. Trying to find some sort of 12v to 19v 5A converter is...I’ve seen cheap ones for a fiver and those buck converters but I’m not trusting that to power an expensive PC Is there anything like a Pegasus pocket power box that has a 19v DC (smoothed and reliable) output anyone knows of? Even a ‘branded and reputable company’ made 12v to 19v laptop charger maybe? I know many will reply saying why not just use a laptop???? This is a mini pc designed for acquisition AND editing. I could just buy a laptop yes, but £ for £ they are over priced and underpowered, last around 2 hours until needing a charge and I don’t need a screen as I have a 27inch monitor/tv already installed in the van (luckily enough this takes a 12v DC input so no messing around) My current home pc isn’t suitable for editing anyway so my plan is to build a system that is capable of doing the job of a cheap acquisition stick pc/mini pc and also powerful enough to edit. Intel NUCs are brilliant for this job...I can use in the van to get the data and easily take inside once home to process. i could build a do it all NUC for around £500 ...a mini pc for acquisition and then a full desktop pc as well for editing would be at least a 1/3 more. If anyone has any experience powering something like this directly using a converter .. Or even uses a 12v DC car laptop charger that outputs 19v and is reliable please let me know. How do you guys power laptops if using out in the field/star party’s etc without a mains hookup? Thanks Ant
Upgraded my astro pc to a SSD drive ,fairly simple process ,cloned drive with easeus to do software ,so copied everything on old hdd to new ssd , straight forward to do once new drive cloned simply took out old drive replaced with new ,i will install old drive into a caddy and take out dvd drive later on once im happy everything working ok ,but what a difference no waiting it`s instant im sure capturing data will be smoother with the qhy5-11 ssd cost £45 from mymemory,an integral 240GB, my old hdd is 1TB so plenty of storage now ,and caddy for dvd drive was a tenner from amazon ,definetley an upgrade worth doing .
Hi guys, for ages now ive been using my daughters notepad, its not very good and not fair on her me keep on pinching it lol, so with my birthday coming up in a few weeks, i was thinking about saving up and treating myself to a half decent desktop, ive been into AP for a while but am no pro by all means lol, from experiance i know that stacking DSO images is ONE HELL of a drainer on memory! and i had to give up with DSO as the pc was just not up to it.... ill also be needing the pc for photoshop, lightroom, stacking etc, all the norm programs for picture and video editing but im not too clued up on the pc front these days! i was looking into building my own pc but from what i can see its no cheaper at all, this pre built one i have been looking at seems ok (what do you think?) http://www.novatech.co.uk/pc/range/novatechblacknta12.html i added all the pieces from the above link to see if it did come out cheaper if i were to build it but it only came out £30 cheaper and i didnt add no mouse or keyboard lol so im thinking just to save me the headache and get a warranty to get a pre built one? will the above pc be ok for what i need it to do? also is it worth investing in an SSD hard drive? just to run O/S and programs off? they seem amazing with no moving parts! boy have pc's changed since i was into them (about 15 years ago lol) any help and advice will be greatly appreciated guys all the best martin
Hi all! I just recently bought a laptop for using Maxim with my imaging (for now just shooting the pics, not guiding yet), and I immediately was confronted with the problem of humidity. On the first night out the pc was covered in moisture after an hour or two. I had to wipe the screen to be able to make out the Maxim windows... Does anybody have any tips on how to minimalise this, and avoid problems of shorting the motherboard, etc? Apart from keeping my fingers crossed, the only thing that comes to mind is a lapdome... Any thoughts appreciated!! Gerhard.