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Hello, I am planning to buy a mini PC for the planetary imaging setup I am currently building. The first question is whether to go for a quieter 4c computer with passive cooling or something like a high-performance Beelink Ser but with active cooling. I wonder whether the working fan will not introduce excessive vibrations into the system.
The second issue is the mounting. I have az-eq6. What would you recommend, OTA or mount installation? Please let me know any possible ways to attach this computer.
I want the best possible performance so that I can remotely control the session and the highest possible number of fps.

Regards, Chris, I would be grateful for any suggestions.

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6 minutes ago, Mumia said:

Hello, I am planning to buy a mini PC for the planetary imaging setup I am currently building. The first question is whether to go for a quieter 4c computer with passive cooling or something like a high-performance Beelink Ser but with active cooling. I wonder whether the working fan will not introduce excessive vibrations into the system.
The second issue is the mounting. I have az-eq6. What would you recommend, OTA or mount installation? Please let me know any possible ways to attach this computer.
I want the best possible performance so that I can remotely control the session and the highest possible number of fps.

Regards, Chris, I would be grateful for any suggestions.

Or go for one of these, best of both worlds, small and compact with fan cooling when needed….👍🏻

 

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Do vibrations when the fan starts affect image stability in any way, or do they generate excessive vibrations?

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The 80 or 100mm fan included in a mini pc stands no chance of causing vibrations that will affect your images.

If that could be so, anyone with a cooled astrocam would be stuffed!

I'd say choose whatever PC is both small enough and powerful enough to be useful to you and don't worry about the cooling!

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54 minutes ago, Mumia said:

Do vibrations when the fan starts affect image stability in any way, or do they generate excessive vibrations?

No, I had it on my tube and no issues at all…👍🏻

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