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Belmthemus

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OS question what should I use ?
« on: March 06, 2013, 03:30:16 PM »
OK so I'm blaming you guys and your amazing images !!!! When I first got into astronomy I bought one of the Philips webcams from Morgans (which I'm glad about as you can't get them anywhere now).


Anyway I'm now thinking that I want to start using the webcam to image planets and the moon (possibly the sun as I have a baader filter for the astromaster.


I have a good laptop which I need to install an OS (trialled win8 on it) on and was wondering what would be the most useful ? I was thinking Linux as it's free although I can get windows XP,Vista,7 or 8 reasonably cheaply. The Laptop is a M1730 I've replaced the HD with a SSD.




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Re: OS question what should I use ?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2013, 06:36:24 PM »
I know Paul will disagree but I would say for Astro work you really need Windows - All the drivers will be available for windows (Although some have drivers for Linux) but more importantly the image processing apps are all available on Windows

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Re: OS question what should I use ?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013, 07:33:59 PM »
Windows all the way.. ..... ;-)

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Re: OS question what should I use ?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2013, 08:26:45 PM »
Thanks guys thought that'd be the case. Think may set it up as a duel boot system, never had linux on anything other than a server before. Any recommendations for windows flavour ?

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Re: OS question what should I use ?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2013, 08:44:48 PM »
Yes, I'm afraid I must admit that, at the moment, there just isnít enough support for astronomy on Linux. There are a few good planetariums and graphics apps but there's a much wider variety on the windows platform.

Having used XP and Win7 at work, I'd plump for Win7 for hardware support and reliability although you'd better check what drivers are available for your hardware first.

btw I still stand by my 'Microsoft Sucks' theory :)
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Re: OS question what should I use ?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2013, 09:18:09 PM »
I would go XP . I used that when I was imaging with no problems at all. I heard a while ago there are compatibility Probs with newer versions of windows and some astro software.

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Re: OS question what should I use ?
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2013, 11:29:30 PM »
I've used XP in the past and now use a win7 lappy and not had any issues with either for webcam imaging, if you bought the 'pre-flashed' SPC880 (as in the link you posted above) then it will work on either no prob's.  :)
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