Unfortunately where I live even on a supposedly clear night passing clouds are frequently encountered.
If I have to wait for a night with absolutely no cloud cover, I would not be doing any imaging at all.
As such, I need to have an automation software that will handle passing clouds well, by appropriately and efficiently suspending and restarting the sequence to minimise down time.
I use SGPro (but only 2.x version), and my experience with its error recovery is not great.
When PHD2 loses the guide star the sequence will attempt to restart - but quite often it cannot restart correctly even though the cloud has cleared.
Tonight is one such night - I have to manually restart the sequence like > 10 times in 3 hours.
The worst that can happen is when SGPro try to re-center on resume, but thin clouds screw up the validation frame. In this situation, SGPro would be completely confused where it is. If I try to restart manually at this point, SGPro would not attempt to re-center before resuming.
By this point, I am really about to pack up the gear - but it is a shame as the sky had been so bad lately I have not imaged for months and it would seem that a night like this is as good as it is going to get.
My question is - how do you optimise SGPro's error recovery feature?
How's your experience with other automation software in this regards?