what's the best software package to automate a remote observatory wi


Paul M
 

Richard,
Maxim 4.x (or CCDSoft) + CCDAutoPilot3. Works flawlessly night after night after night after night all from thousands of miles away. Including darks, flats and opening/closing the roof. Multi-targets, meridian flips, camera rotation, and focus. also integrates with the Boltwood Cloud sensor. Perfect for setting up the run, and off to sleep knowing its all getting done, and will be parked and closed down in the morning.

For Comets and asteroids (long target list generated from TheSky database), I use CCDCommander to grab these images for photometry/astrometry work. Its easier to integrate a long target list with this arrangement. also the fact that it'll grab latest coords for these moving targets.

...paul.


Richard Crisp
 

thanks for the reply Paul

does it also control the aximuth for a dome?

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Richard,
Maxim 4.x (or CCDSoft) + CCDAutoPilot3. Works flawlessly night
after night after night after night all from thousands of miles away.
Including darks, flats and opening/closing the roof. Multi-targets,
meridian flips, camera rotation, and focus. also integrates with the
Boltwood Cloud sensor. Perfect for setting up the run, and off to
sleep knowing its all getting done, and will be parked and closed
down in the morning.

For Comets and asteroids (long target list generated from TheSky
database), I use CCDCommander to grab these images for
photometry/astrometry work. Its easier to integrate a long target
list with this arrangement. also the fact that it'll grab latest
coords for these moving targets.

...paul.