Synced scopes software ?
Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:06 AM
I'm thinking AP RGB with three scopes ?
Or one might use a SkyProdigy or Lightswitch for automted alignment and sync a bigger scope to the objects ?
Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:56 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:10 PM
One of the systems is the master and the other 2 are slaves. Once the master issues the pointing info to the file. All 3 would then begin a slew to the target and then execute a scripted plate solve for accurate pointing.
After the pointing accuracy has been achieved a flag in the file is updated by each system. When all 3 systems are pointed and the confirmation flag is written to the file the script would then begin the camera control and the pictures are taken.
If the script / file were setup with target names then multiple targets could be selected. TheSky can be set to read target names and validate thrm against the installed database. If that approach was taken that would allow the script to move to the next target and begin the sequence over again until the list of targets is done.
While it's not an out of the box, ready to go solution I think it could be done with a little thought and either TheSky/CCDSoft or MaxIm DL
Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:10 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:27 PM
'Get and show the current telescope ra, dec
Msg = "Ra,Dec =" + CStr(objTele.dRa) + "," + CStr(objTele.dDec)
Below is the routine that sends the ra & dec to the scope. Each scope would execute this routine and a plate solve script, then write the complete flag to the file. Agian the scripts would wait until all the scopes had written their "pointing complete" flag before executing the imaging. Pretty straight forward.
'Goto a particular ra and dec
It can also be done from the camera control software once the scope is connected such as CCDSoft scripting. I already do scope control from within CCDSoft.
MaxIm DL commands are a bit different but the same applies, even more so since camera & scope control are fully integrated in MaxIm.
In my case I am still using CCDSoft because all of the CCDSoft functions are not available in the TSX camera plug-in yet.
If the target was a star (or bright object) you could even have all the scopes center on that star. This would be useful for performing a "sync" if you didn't have a pointing model running. I use this script within CCDSoft. It turns the cross-hairs on, then takes a 1 second exposure and then centers the scope on the brightest object in the frame. It does this 3 times. I use this routine to quickly align my guide and imaging scopes (no plate solves). I just set the repeat value (i) to some really large value then turn the alignment screws on my guide scope. The imaging scope will continuously recenter itself as long as the routine is running.
rem Center Imager.vbs
set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set Cam = CreateObject("CCDSoft.Camera")
for i=1 to 3
Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:28 AM
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