Hi - I have a Intel NUC mini PC running WIN10 pro which is going to control my telescope (piggyback mounted on scope). I will use virtual desktop to access the NUC from a Dell laptop which will be a ‘dumb’ terminal.
Q- I will need to setup the NUC at the start of each observing session so rather than lug a monitor keyboard and mouse down to the scope could I use a Waveform7" LCD IPS 1024x600 mini - monitor to connect and setup in WIN10. ? If so what cables are required and do I need drivers etc.
Lastly second Q. Planning to run undeground ethernet cable to scope from Dell laptop rather than use Wifi as better and faster transfers…any advice on underground ethernet as some people talk about lightning chasing underground ethernet??? People however do this all the to sheds and outbuildings etc.
Thanks mate! Now I know where you are in Adamstown I will call in.
Any views opinions from you guys
about the buried Cat6 ethernet cable and lightning…? Maybe convene the ‘brains trust’ over a coffee if you have a moment… thanks anyhow …its difficult to get definitive guidance because I don’t want to burn out the scope laptop etc and people always want to sell you something …
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Just my 2c on the lightning problem, a good way to get around this would be to run fiber instead. You’ll just need a media converter:
I’ve never used one, but it seems like just the thing you’re after.
From there you’d need an SFP transciever (something with LEDs and light sensors to go from an SFP port to fibre) on either end of a fibre cable. For something under half a kilometer, these should do ok (but again I’ve never had to use fibre so its out of my comfort zone)
Thanks James …yes fibre is an option but there are some bends and turns and I have no clue how fibre optic cable bends…
A simpler solution is maybe…
Run power in the trench (already dug) then ethernet under a conveyor belt away from the power cable by at least a few metres then
simply disconnect ethernet when weather is iffy. Afterall no astronony during stormy weather anyhow…
Will buy that Waveform from you guys but need to know cabling to connect to Intel NUC (Waveform gets its power from NUC also …correct?) Would like buy cables with monitor at the same time…
Here is the spec for my intel NUC 7i5BNH…looks like it has the HDMI port. Please have a quick look to see whether all is well to run the Waveshare 7" LCD IPS 1024x600 monitor via WIN10
Many thx …just retired so getting my degraded brain cells around this stuff lol
The only catch I can think of is that 1024x600 is a bit of an odd resolution, so not all devices would support it out of the box. Intel integrated graphics (like the one in your NUC) should be able to support almost any resolution as a custom resolution, so you should be OK.
OK James - how can I test before I buy? Can I drop the NUC around and you guys fire up to test compatibility then pay and pickup both Waveshare and my NUC ( outside in fresh air with masks ???). I live down near Warners Bay???
I’ve actually tested a few of these screens before with a 10th gen Intel NUC running Win 10 and can confirm they work fine. I see absolutely no reason it wouldn’t work.
The only compatibility issue I’ve ever heard of was someone trying to use one with a Mac. In that case Apple had decided to use a different colour encoding (YUV instead of the normal RGB literally everything else uses) so it worked but the colours were wrong. After fiddling with some graphics settings to get their HDMI output to match the rest of the world they got it working fine.