I realize I could get a lot of flak for this post, but let's face it , no one product, or way of doing things is going to be good for everyone. As wonderful as SGP is, I don't know, I played around with SGP for two trial periods, and I feel that for how I like to do things, it was overly complex and I did not end up buying it. OMG all the sequences and equipment profiles, and the dozens of various features I felt were too much for me -- when for example I can just use Nebulosity for a simpler, point and shoot experience. That being said I have that void of the plate-solve feature that SGP has (and I know about NINA but I fear it is another gazillion feature interfaces that I do not want to have to learn). So with respect to plate solving, I would think a big benefit of SGP is managing the plate-solve is so that one can continue an integration on subsequent sessions and handle meridian flips with the continued integration -- plus I am sure for the folks that love the computer to manage everything it will do all that. Sigh --- I just like simple interfaces and that is why for capturing I will probably just remain with Nebulosity for the foreseeable future. What does SGP do (besides controlling ancillary hardware like auto focusing, or integrating from a remote location) that a handset can't do? For example, I may be naive here, but if you want to continue an integration on subsequent evenings, can't you just store your object as you have it in your integration in your handset, and make sure that your equipment configuration remains consistent and use the handset memory? Now I have not tried that per say too much, but I am wondering (and I will test this) when you store an object in your handset, doesn't matter where you are in the sky you are just recording the coordinates, should that be good enough to get one to continue with the integrations on the subsequent nights?
Otherwise what am I missing about plate-solving and SGP like applications? Because I am beginning to think I might never need those critical programs. - and what will I be losing out? Can I advance in this without them? Why would I need to store a list of sequences? I understand a lot of people are better organized than I, and I do not do things like color coordinate shirts, ties, shoes, etc rather I just kind of put my pants on the left of my closet and shirts on the right, maybe I am not the super-organized type of person that would ever click with SGP or even Nina. That being said, that handset might get me where I want to go for extended integrations. Maybe I am just missing that "aha moment," that comes with certain monumental things and more time and experience will get me there. will see I guess. But it did dawn on me tonight that I should be able to record my exact location on my handset and continue integrating on a different night, so long as I orient my sensor the same way relative to lens of my telescope. Am I missing some bigger picture here?
Edited by Ballyhoo, 23 August 2019 - 02:35 AM.