Re: question re a preplanned observing session...

Dean S

Hi Phil,

Have you considered an automation program like CCDCommander? It is very
easy to learn, will do multiple targets, focus with Focusmax, plate solve,

I had it doing that my first night and got all objects in the center of the
CCD. The program itself is not expensive by todays standards, and Matt
offers a free trial.


----- Original Message -----
From: "philipdombrowski" <phil.dombrowski@...>
To: <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 7:46 AM
Subject: [ap-gto] question re a preplanned observing session...

Dear Howard, Roland & any group member that knows the answer to my
If I am doing a nightly sequence of variable star observations is
there a way to have a preplanned (pre-programmed) sequence of targets
so that I can simply go from one star to the next without having to
enter the RA & DEC of each target star? On any given night I may want
to do 15 variable stars and it would be most desirable to go from one
star to the next without the re entering of coordinates. Earlier
Vstar observers would likely tell me that a "good" observer would just
know how to get from one star to the next from my knowledge of the
night sky! However, I would like to take advantage of the AP1200's
full capabilities. Many of my target stars are in fields were I am
looking for a target that my only be 12th mag or fainter. A feature
that may already be on the AP1200 that I am unaware of would be rather
I very much appreciate your response.
Phil Dombrowski
Glastonbury, CT


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