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    SE Texas
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    Astronomy, Boating, Birding, Photography
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  1. Supplies are important to a lot of folks in Alaska. I noticed the beer on a trip to Denali base camp in May of 2019.
  2. Agree completely... Fairbanks this morning... https://spaceweathergallery.com/full_image.php?image_name=Ayumi-Bakken-3H5A0955a_1615035379.jpg
  3. It needs to be dark and unfortunately during the longest dark hours in Fairbanks (December), the weather is mostly cloudy. Advice to go in March is supported by many for aurora viewing. If you look at most of the good images of aurora, few are taken in Fairbanks. Most from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greenland & Iceland. We do plan on taking a trip to Fairbanks for aurora because it is the most cost effective way to spend a week trying to view. Another issue is that we are just coming out of solar minimum and the aurora activity is just starting to cycle up. Have had some great activ
  4. Well I grabbed the Sabrent 4bay on sale @ AMZN for $179 and two WD Gold 2Tb drives for $109/per. So for under 400 clams, I've build a more reliable and neater backup equipment deck. And can add more if needed. I also discovered the Sabrent has a much bigger power supply than the YottaMaster (78watts vs 36). 36watts did not feel right running 4 drives. One of my 320Gb spinners was beginning to run hot but not yet showing ill effects and I should get all this new gear set up after Christmas. Thanks for the input.
  5. Spent a good bit of time looking at various reviews of hardware. Can anyone see any reason to not use those WD Gold Enterprise 2GB drives? Sorting thru various reviews and tests, I've come to the conclusion that the YottaMaster does not get good reviews. So might stick with something like the Sabrent 4 bay that has very good reviews https://www.sabrent.com/product/DS-SC4B/usb-3-2-4-bay-3-5-sata-hard-drive-tray-less-docking-station/ Also seeing that sustained high speed transfers with the SSD style slows when big files are transferred. Plus the large sizes are still up there in price.
  6. I got an interesting reply from SK hynix yesterday pertaining using 4 of their SK hynix Gold S31 1TB 3D NAND 2.5 inch SATA III Internal SSD drives in an enclosure external to the pc connected via USB 3.0. Similar to: Yottamaster Aluminum Alloy 5 Bay USB3.0 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure for 3.5 Inch SATA HDD Support 5 x 16TB & UASP,Mac Style Designed for Personal Storage at Home&Office- [PS500U3]. They gave no reason. If I do this, I'll most likely use the Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM). They seem to get cheaper every week. "We would lik
  7. I might consider setting up a case/enclosure like the Yottamaster Aluminum Alloy 5 Bay USB3.0 model with several of the Samsung - 860 EVO 1TB Internal SATA SSD. That would give me the option to run 2-5Tb of space using drives that are 3-4x faster than even the fastest BarraCuda Pro model spinners. Cost would be under $600.
  8. I'm working on a giant photo project now and to make things faster I'm using the 2nd partition of the internal SSD since we are doing a lot of moving, editing and copying. My slowest external drive is the Toshiba 500Mb portable. Anyone have any input on those WD Easystore external packages? Mostly good reviews. I use Macrium Reflect Free as my tool for backups but it can be daunting to choose which drive to make the image to. But I've never had to restore so not sure how good it really is. Sometimes it's hard to know when copy/paste is not simpler.
  9. Thanks for the input. Some interesting thoughts. A couple of my externals are now inside their own cases with separate power supplies. All these are being fed from an Anker USB 3 hub. It's just a big cable mess on the desk. I also did not mention an old 320Gb that runs hot (50C) so I usually keep it and the 2Tb WD Wireless Pro unplugged. Found a WD Easystore that might fill the bill.
  10. Not too long ago I improved the performance of my W764Pro desktop by switching to a Samsung EVO 1Tb SSD and increasing RAM to 16Gb. It made a huge difference for little $$. I also invested in a kick butt laptop to edit H-265 video. My dilemma now is the huge kluge of HDDs I'm using for backup and external storage - several used (think old) 500Gb spinners, a 250Gb Toshiba pocket spinner and a 2Tb WD My Passport Pro Wireless which can be taken in the field to backup photos from cards. A wiring nightmare. I would like to use a single external drive but having looked at the plethora of available s
  11. 18-200 or the better optically 28-300 Nikkors. I've heard good stuff about the 18-400 Tamron but read the reviews.
  12. Sony RX 100 series. Just got one a few months back and they are awesome. I even managed to track down an issue I was having with an AR jamming with its 7 seconds of filming at 1000fps. It's sharp, focuses fast and has a 24-200 equivalent collapsible lens. The only thing missing from my model (VI) is a external microphone input.
  13. Agree with Northern Aurora. Spend a few days to give yourself time to experience a clear night to view the aurora. I understand weather can be iffy in September. We're going next December (worst month for clear skies - but lots of dark time for aurora) for two weeks. It's much cheaper than a trip to Iceland or Norway for aurora.
  14. I would fly to Anchorage, rent car from Enterprise, tool around the Kenai a few days, drop the car off (in Anchorage - save $$) and then do a bus (cheaper) or train to Seward. Way cheaper than a one way Anchorage to Seward car rental.
  15. If we were able to do another whale watch, we would definitely use Glacier Wind Charters in Icy Strait again. Great team and family run small boat tours. I think they have a new boat that can hold 13. And a 6 passenger boat.
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