RedCat 51 is a lightweight and portable telescope-lens from William Optics. With 250 mm of focal length at f/4.9 it can be used for widefield deeps space imaging or during daytime as a tele-photo lens. I've paired it up with ToupTek ATR3-16000-KPA - a cooled camera with large color sensor. Here is my initial take on the setup.
BMAX Y11 is an interesting Chinese 11,6" convertible Gemini Lake laptop. Combining good components for the price it can be a good pick if you are looking for something mobile. This is my review of this laptop.
Takahashi Collimation Telescope can be used to collimate RC, DK, SCT and other Cassegrain telescopes using nothing but some light. Let see how it all works out.
Image optimization is a broad topic. Image can be converted to different file formats, resized and so on. All for saving bandwidth and decreasing time needed to load all elements of a webpage.
But what if we have an image that is ready to be posted on a web page by a user that isn't an expert? What tools can we use to automatically optimize uploaded images? In this article I'll go over few Python and service based solutions for image optimization.
Geforce Now (GFN) is a game streaming platform by Nvidia. Games are run on Nvidia servers and you play from your PC without the need to install the game or to have hardware needed to run it. Everything is run on the server and streamed to your laptop, Nvidia shield or other PC. Right now the service is in beta and with the announcement of Google Stadia streaming service both got a lot of attention. I got beta invite recently so lets check how Geforce Now looks right now.
Astrophotography is an interesting and complex hobby. There is a lot of tutorials on the web but usually they focus on one topic and general overview is what is missing. Such complex astrophotography overview can be handled by a good book - but does books are able to keep up with the flow of new technologies and astrophotography techniques development? I've decided to check it out and ordered few more recent books about astrophotography. Here is a short review of them.
AMD Ryzen processors with integrated Vega graphics are a proven product that even allows for some gaming without a dedicated GPU. There is the popular DeskMini A300 or bit bigger systems like HP Pavilion 590 that use them. DeskMini lacks the upgrade path while such features in a pre-build systems may also be limited unless you pay extra for a higher model.
In this article I'm going to make and test a custom small form factor PC based around Ryzen 3 2200G but with keeping upgrade options for CPU and GPU. I hope you will find some of my tips and tricks useful.
There are big tower air and water AiO coolers for Threadripper CPUs. There are also Epyc/Threadripper low profile server coolers. To top things off we also got Thermal Grizzly Carbonaut thermal pads that can come in TR4 size. Let's check those options and their cooling performance.
With the release of new graphics cards some may opt to upgrade to a new one while many others could see an opportunity to hit a bargain on a used graphics card. I've decided to check what are the local prices for used graphics cards and how they relate with price/performance to current new cards.
AMD APUs are a power efficient package of CPU and a capable integrated graphics. They can be used for some gaming not to mention more day to day PC usage. All of that in a small package -but how small actually can you get with an Athlon 200GE or Ryzen 3 2200G? How much power does such system needs and can you use PicoPSU alike DC-DC super compact power supplies for ultra thin and ultra stylish builds? Let's find out.