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  1. I'm having to buy a new laptop for the usual everyday Internet uses but also for astrophotography, remote telescope operation, and image processing (Paintshop Pro X9). My former laptop was an Asus gaming machine which I chose because it was a beefy machine with more memory than usually found in lesser laptops and a dedicated video card with its own memory (I never played a single game!). A computer repair technician suggested either a Dell Precision or a Lenovo Thinkpad with i7 processor with solid state NVMe drive, 16 GB RAM. It has been 8 years since I had to think about buying a computer, and I've not kept up with advances in technology so the terms I see are new and a puzzle. Are the Dell and Lenovo laptops, both of which are very expensive, really necessary for my needs? Thanks in advance for any help on this subject. BTW, I'll have deal with Windows 10 for the first time - good grief!
  2. Reposted from Cloudy Nights forum by request: Recently downloaded Backyard EOS and thought I had found the perfect companion software for my Canon T4i and 8" Edge HD. I have read the manual, as much as it is and it seems pretty straight forward. However when I tried to make an avi of Jupiter I get no indication that anything is happening. Have changed my default download folder in BYE to C:/Astroimages, but nothing is there. Settings are to save avi and jpeg to computer only, (netbook with 2 GB ram, slower than optimal but runs the program fine). Camera set on Manual. Camera connects and is recognized, am able to focus in BYE and image looks fine. I then click planetary, then record. The manual indicates I should see some numbers and the circle in the upper right hand corner spin down. After some time I see the circle start to spin down, but no numbers, countdown or indication of anything. After a couple minutes it says sampling images then can not start new image, image already in progress. That is the only message I get. I look in the C:\astroimgaes folder. No avi. I look in the BYE temp folder and there are about 40 Jupiter jpegs only. This morning I test it indoors, same procedure, same results except it only captured 1 jpeg image. Still no avi. Two perfect nights of trying to image Jupiter wasted. I have been into astronomy for about 40 years, just got into digital astrophotography last year. Trying to get stellarium, stellarium scope and Backyard EOS all going. Stellarium seems fine, stellarium scope is another story but I really thought BYE looked so simple. Its making me feel pretty inept right now considering I am into IT support. Any ideas what I am doing wrong. It has me baffled. Notebook PC specs: HPMini 311-1037r 11.6 1366x768 LED display 2 megs DD3 SDRAM 160GB Hard Drive Intel Atom N270 Processor 1.6GHZ Nvidia ION with shared graphics memory 895mb Windows 8.1 32 bit 3x USB ports 2.0 1 HDMI port HPWebcam 802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN & Bluetooth Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T4i Thansk in advance,
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