Gemini II modeling versus MaxPoint
Posted 02 July 2012 - 03:02 PM
I have been looking at the Gemini II modeling procedure and I do find it cumbersome. So I was thinking has anybody who owns a Gemini II tried Maxpoint? Does it add any value to a mount that already has built in modeling capabilities?
Is there any script out there that can be installed in MaximDL to achieve the same thing using the Gemini II built in modeling capabilities, but without user intervention the same way maxpoint does it? You know, a script to take a picture plate solve, sync (with driver set to add to model with each sync), then script picks new target in a different part of the sky and repeats the process.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:36 PM
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:26 PM
other than that though, it's great. cold start, slew the mount, take a picture, solve, sync, slew... the object is in the field. iterate one more time and the object is dead in the center of the chip.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:43 AM
it can control some cameras, so you point your scope somewhere and have it take a picture, then solve it, and then it can tell the mount where it's pointing with the SYNC command. if it can't control your camera, you can always point it at an image with the File Open dialog box.
the best part of it is that it's got a pre-compiled version of astrometry.net's tools. it's a little hard to compile on windows, so it's great to have something that will just install it.
the only downside is that you have to request the "index" files from the astrometry.net guys. and the index files are huge (the index files contain all the stars). having said that, they have apparently just finished making new index files that are freely downloadable. i have not yet given them a try though.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:11 AM
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