Re: FW: [MaxImDL] Really simple sequencing script reqd. Please help!


Feb 7 3:54 PM

 


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#16443 Feb 7 3:54 PM

Just after I clicked send on the message below I realized my mistake...I

believe the Orchestrate software only interfaces between CCDSoft and the

Sky. My apologies for the bad info.



Rob





-----Original Message-----

From: Rob Cook [mailto:f5@...]

Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 6:48 PM

To: 'MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com'

Subject: RE: [MaxImDL] Really simple sequencing script reqd. Please help!



Hi Rob,



I note you mention "The Sky controlled telescope". If you are using TheSky 6

Professional it comes with "Orchestrate Scripting Software". As I recall it

doesn't install by default. It must be installed separately from the CD

(DVD). Orchestrate is not a very robust app but it may do what you want and

if you have TheSky 6 Pro you may already have it.



There are also some other software programs available such as "ACP" and "CCD

AutoPilot" but they cost a bit. Alternately maybe someone else on the list

can point you to a vbscript to do what you need.



I hope this helped...



Thanks,

Rob Cook

www.astro.studioc.info



-----Original Message-----

From: robgreaves2003 [mailto:warboysastro@...]

Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 3:53 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] Really simple sequencing script reqd. Please help!



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#16444 Feb 7 4:34 PM

Rob Greaves: > I'm looking for a Maxim script that will move my scope (The Sky

> connected telescope) to an object, allow to settle for 5 secs, take a

> 50 second shot of it, then move on to the next object, and so on,

> until the list is complete.



What list? The format of the list? Do you need guiding? How about filter

changes? How would the guider react to that, And how about focus changes

between filters? And is your scope good enough to land right on the objects

you want?



Rob Cook: > There are also some other software programs available such as "ACP" and "CCD

> AutoPilot" but they cost a bit. Alternately maybe someone else on the list

> can point you to a vbscript to do what you need.



I might add that CCD AutoPilot cannot do more than one target. It depends

on the user to set up the scope, camera, guider, focus, etc. then go for

it. It's a nice bit of software for what it does, but multiple targets is a

LOT more difficult :-) Especially handling centering and guiding, filter

selection for centering and possible auto-focus, etc. What the other Rob

wants is a lot tougher than he thinks, which is OK. Lots of things look

"easy" and aren't.



Rob Greaves -- ACP will do what you want. But it is not free.



-- Bob



--

Bob Denny

rdenny@...



DC-3 Dreams, SP

Makers of ACP and PinPoint

dc3.com/



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#16446 Feb 7 5:25 PM

Correction -- you can set up CCD AutoPilot for autofocus at various times.

My apologies.



-- Bob



--

Bob Denny

rdenny@...



DC-3 Dreams, SP

Makers of ACP and PinPoint

dc3.com/



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#16447 Feb 7 8:49 PM

Thanks all for the info.



I have CCD Soft and Orchestrate but it won't work with a Starlight

Xpress camera.



I want to keep the script as simple as possible.



1. Open The Sky object.

2. Connect to scope.

3. Connect to camera.

4. Slew scope.

5. Image.

6. List finished? Y - Stop. N - Go back to 4.



The list will be a list by NGC, PCG or UGC number. (You can probably

guess what I'm trying to do already).



Pointing/centering isn't an issue (Paramount ME, The Sky, big TPoint

model - most accurate mount I've ever owned!).



Shots will all be luminance only, no filters.



Guiding not required, the ME can easily manage 60secs unguided with

my C11.



Autofocusing as time goes on not required (TCFS will temperature

compensate for me).



I appreciate I could probably set up ACP to do that, but I just

wondered with Maxim having a scripting facility, it has 'got' to be

possible? Or not?



I bow to your experience and advice!



Regards,

Rob.





> Correction -- you can set up CCD AutoPilot for autofocus at various

times. > My apologies.

>

> -- Bob

>

> --

> Bob Denny

> rdenny@d...

>

> DC-3 Dreams, SP

> Makers of ACP and PinPoint

> dc3.com/



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#16448 Feb 7 9:52 PM

Have you considered getting a basic VBScripting book and trying to learn how

to write your own scripts? If you have the time to try to learn it and you

look at some examples written for MaxImDL you may be able to do this

yourself. I know it is not as quite as easy as it sounds. I have been

reading through a couple VBScripting books myself and I am not much closer

to understanding how to write them. It is one of my goals as I see

application for using VBScripts both at work and in my hobby. Anyway, just

a thought...



Rob Cook



-----Original Message-----

From: robgreaves2003 [mailto:warboysastro@...]

Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 11:50 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: FW: [MaxImDL] Really simple sequencing script reqd. Please

help!







Thanks all for the info.



I have CCD Soft and Orchestrate but it won't work with a Starlight

Xpress camera.



I want to keep the script as simple as possible.



1. Open The Sky object.

2. Connect to scope.

3. Connect to camera.

4. Slew scope.

5. Image.

6. List finished? Y - Stop. N - Go back to 4.



The list will be a list by NGC, PCG or UGC number. (You can probably

guess what I'm trying to do already).



Pointing/centering isn't an issue (Paramount ME, The Sky, big TPoint

model - most accurate mount I've ever owned!).



Shots will all be luminance only, no filters.



Guiding not required, the ME can easily manage 60secs unguided with

my C11.



Autofocusing as time goes on not required (TCFS will temperature

compensate for me).



I appreciate I could probably set up ACP to do that, but I just

wondered with Maxim having a scripting facility, it has 'got' to be

possible? Or not?



I bow to your experience and advice!



Regards,

Rob.







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#16487 Feb 9 4:44 PM

Rob,



It shouldn't be all that hard to do what you are after. You'll need

to learn some programming first though - this might be the hard

part! :)



Pick yourself up a book on VBScript and start learning.



The interfaces to TheSky and Maxim are well documented, so once you

have an idea how to code it shouldn't be that difficult.



Good luck!

-Matt Thomas

www.astromatt.com



CCD Commander: multi-target unattended imaging

www.astromatt.com/Software/CCDCommander.html



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "robgreaves2003" warboysastro@a...>

wrote: >

> Thanks all for the info.

>

> I have CCD Soft and Orchestrate but it won't work with a Starlight

> Xpress camera.

>

> I want to keep the script as simple as possible.

>

> 1. Open The Sky object.

> 2. Connect to scope.

> 3. Connect to camera.

> 4. Slew scope.

> 5. Image.

> 6. List finished? Y - Stop. N - Go back to 4.

>

> The list will be a list by NGC, PCG or UGC number. (You can

probably > guess what I'm trying to do already).

>

> Pointing/centering isn't an issue (Paramount ME, The Sky, big

TPoint > model - most accurate mount I've ever owned!).

>

> Shots will all be luminance only, no filters.

>

> Guiding not required, the ME can easily manage 60secs unguided

with > my C11.

>

> Autofocusing as time goes on not required (TCFS will temperature

> compensate for me).

>

> I appreciate I could probably set up ACP to do that, but I just

> wondered with Maxim having a scripting facility, it has 'got' to

be > possible? Or not?

>

> I bow to your experience and advice!

>

> Regards,

> Rob.

>

>

>

> > Correction -- you can set up CCD AutoPilot for autofocus at

various > times.

> > My apologies.

> >

> > -- Bob

> >

> > --

> > Bob Denny

> > rdenny@d...

> >

> > DC-3 Dreams, SP

> > Makers of ACP and PinPoint

> > dc3.com/



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