Re: Requested feature for Maxim


Oct 25, 2006

 


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#26510 Oct 25, 2006

One of the annoyances with this great product (Which I've been using

for 4 or 5 years now) is that when trying to calibrate a guidestar in

a star rich field the system gets confused and chooses the wrong star.



A nice feature would be an option to manually select the star. For

instance, you'd set calibration to manual select. Then a popup

message would ask you to select guide star. Maxim would move the

scope then ask you to select the guide star again. Obviously you'd

need a routine (which is probably already there) to center the

selection on the nearest centroid. The process would be repeated

until the calibration was complete.



I know that you can move the scope to a less populated area but

often, once I've gotten near the primary object I don't want to move

far away from it for fear of having to find it again.



I also know that sometimes increasing the exposure time during

calibration to ridiculous values like 60 seconds can help too.



Any thoughts?



Thanks,



Tom Picciani.



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#26516 Oct 25, 2006

Hi Tom,



I wrote a plugin to do exactly what you describe.



Personally, I find that the built-in auto calibration routine works

fine for me pretty much every time, but as you say occasionally it may

be confused if calibrating in a busy field.

I'd hate to have to write the detection algorithm for that!



I recalibrate once at the start of each session since I have a

portable setup and the guide scope doesn't always get put back on in

exactly the same orientation.



You can download the free plugin from:



john.winfield.name/maximdl/index.html



Enjoy!



John



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Tom Picciani" tpicciani@...> wrote:

>

> One of the annoyances with this great product (Which I've been using

> for 4 or 5 years now) is that when trying to calibrate a guidestar in

> a star rich field the system gets confused and chooses the wrong star.

>

> A nice feature would be an option to manually select the star. For

> instance, you'd set calibration to manual select. Then a popup

> message would ask you to select guide star. Maxim would move the

> scope then ask you to select the guide star again. Obviously you'd

> need a routine (which is probably already there) to center the

> selection on the nearest centroid. The process would be repeated

> until the calibration was complete.

>

> I know that you can move the scope to a less populated area but

> often, once I've gotten near the primary object I don't want to move

> far away from it for fear of having to find it again.

>

> I also know that sometimes increasing the exposure time during

> calibration to ridiculous values like 60 seconds can help too.

>

> Any thoughts?

>

> Thanks,

>

> Tom Picciani.

>



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#26581 Nov 2, 2006

Hi Tom,

>

> I wrote a plugin to do exactly what you describe.

>

> Personally, I find that the built-in auto calibration routine works

> fine for me pretty much every time, but as you say occasionally it may

> be confused if calibrating in a busy field.

> I'd hate to have to write the detection algorithm for that!

>

> I recalibrate once at the start of each session since I have a

> portable setup and the guide scope doesn't always get put back on in

> exactly the same orientation.

>

> You can download the free plugin from:

>

> john.winfield.name/maximdl/index.html

>

> Enjoy!

>

> John

Thanks for the 'offer' John. Unfortunately, the link seems to be busted (as

does the one from the button on your astronomy page)... :-(



Best Wishes

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Tom Picciani" tpicciani@...> wrote:

>>

>> One of the annoyances with this great product (Which I've been using

>> for 4 or 5 years now) is that when trying to calibrate a guidestar in

>> a star rich field the system gets confused and chooses the wrong star.

>>

>> A nice feature would be an option to manually select the star. For

>> instance, you'd set calibration to manual select. Then a popup

>> message would ask you to select guide star. Maxim would move the

>> scope then ask you to select the guide star again. Obviously you'd

>> need a routine (which is probably already there) to center the

>> selection on the nearest centroid. The process would be repeated

>> until the calibration was complete.

>>

>> I know that you can move the scope to a less populated area but

>> often, once I've gotten near the primary object I don't want to move

>> far away from it for fear of having to find it again.

>>

>> I also know that sometimes increasing the exposure time during

>> calibration to ridiculous values like 60 seconds can help too.

>>

>> Any thoughts?

>>

>> Thanks,

>>

>> Tom Picciani.



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#26584 Nov 3, 2006

Maybe there was a glitch, but it seems to be working OK for me currently.



What error are you getting when you try to access the page?



John



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "R Hamlett" ttelmah@...> wrote:

>

> > Hi Tom,

> >

> > I wrote a plugin to do exactly what you describe.

> >

> > Personally, I find that the built-in auto calibration routine works

> > fine for me pretty much every time, but as you say occasionally it may

> > be confused if calibrating in a busy field.

> > I'd hate to have to write the detection algorithm for that!

> >

> > I recalibrate once at the start of each session since I have a

> > portable setup and the guide scope doesn't always get put back on in

> > exactly the same orientation.

> >

> > You can download the free plugin from:

> >

> > john.winfield.name/maximdl/index.html

> >

> > Enjoy!

> >

> > John

> Thanks for the 'offer' John. Unfortunately, the link seems to be

busted (as

> does the one from the button on your astronomy page)... :-(

>

> Best Wishes

>

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Tom Picciani" tpicciani@> wrote:

> >>

> >> One of the annoyances with this great product (Which I've been using

> >> for 4 or 5 years now) is that when trying to calibrate a guidestar in

> >> a star rich field the system gets confused and chooses the wrong

star.

> >>

> >> A nice feature would be an option to manually select the star. For

> >> instance, you'd set calibration to manual select. Then a popup

> >> message would ask you to select guide star. Maxim would move the

> >> scope then ask you to select the guide star again. Obviously you'd

> >> need a routine (which is probably already there) to center the

> >> selection on the nearest centroid. The process would be repeated

> >> until the calibration was complete.

> >>

> >> I know that you can move the scope to a less populated area but

> >> often, once I've gotten near the primary object I don't want to move

> >> far away from it for fear of having to find it again.

> >>

> >> I also know that sometimes increasing the exposure time during

> >> calibration to ridiculous values like 60 seconds can help too.

> >>

> >> Any thoughts?

> >>

> >> Thanks,

> >>

> >> Tom Picciani.

>







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#26585 Nov 3, 2006

Maybe there was a glitch, but it seems to be working OK for me currently.

>

> What error are you getting when you try to access the page?

>

> John

I get a pause of perhaps a second, then the classic Microsoft full page

'The page cannot be displayed'. I have tried both from the link, and from

your site. From the site, the other five pages of pictures, load fine, but

not the one for plug-ins...

Still doing the same this morning. I have also tried forcing a refresh of

any intermediate proxies (Ctrl-F5). Just once after doing this, got me to a

page with the various plug-ins, but then selecting any of these, gave the

same problem!...



Best Wishes

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "R Hamlett" ttelmah@...> wrote:

>>

>> > Hi Tom,

>> >

>> > I wrote a plugin to do exactly what you describe.

>> >

>> > Personally, I find that the built-in auto calibration routine works

>> > fine for me pretty much every time, but as you say occasionally it may

>> > be confused if calibrating in a busy field.

>> > I'd hate to have to write the detection algorithm for that!

>> >

>> > I recalibrate once at the start of each session since I have a

>> > portable setup and the guide scope doesn't always get put back on in

>> > exactly the same orientation.

>> >

>> > You can download the free plugin from:

>> >

>> > john.winfield.name/maximdl/index.html

>> >

>> > Enjoy!

>> >

>> > John

>> Thanks for the 'offer' John. Unfortunately, the link seems to be

> busted (as

>> does the one from the button on your astronomy page)... :-(

>>

>> Best Wishes

> snipped>



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