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Plate solving

plate solving is an advanced technique where the telescope will slew to exactly where it previously was to line up with the stars in a shot perfectly, so as to continue a shot or start again a new night, etc.

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Comment by Charles Dunlop on July 9, 2011 at 12:30pm
for me I never needed to fiddle with it, CCDautopilot and SkyX handled it without me thinking, so even though it's working great I know nothing about it. lol
Comment by PETER TAYLOR on July 9, 2011 at 12:13pm
Hi All,

Just starting with this seems very complicated to me, I have Maxim 5.12 and Ascom bits will I be able to control my RCX400 10", TO GUIDE, FOCUS, and IMAGE, and still do GOTO with Meade Autostar as I have got it to GOTO very good it always puts what I wont on my SX H9C chip.

Comment by Gregg Winter on June 28, 2011 at 9:29pm
Hi Guys,
I'm just starting to look at this so I might be raising the help flag in the next few days. Thanks.

Comment by Charles Dunlop on May 16, 2011 at 6:57pm
yeah you still need either the sky or Pinpoint to use polarmax. The plate solving was a tirp, it just started up and did it on it's own, was not expecting it to be that easy.
Comment by Charles Dunlop on May 16, 2011 at 1:57pm
plates solving in SkyX pro is pretty easy, super straightforward once you have your FOV accurate.
Comment by Jeff McFarlin on March 16, 2011 at 9:53pm
Also - to contribute to the discussion, you can run your own software, distributed by I built it yesterday under Fedora 11, and it works flawlessly. You can solve anything, and you don't need to tell it anything about the input. It uses the USNO-B index, you can download the parts of it you need. Very cool software. See my blog for my install notes:

Comment by Marc Basti on March 15, 2011 at 11:15am
I thought I read some guys were using w/SkyX (?) Jeff will know-good to have a resident engineer around. Marc
Comment by Charles Dunlop on March 15, 2011 at 11:05am
yeah, I use Maxim. there is observatory control software that works with Maxim that controls this. But I wonder if Maxim has something that does this as well.
Comment by Marc Basti on March 15, 2011 at 11:04am
Just compatible w/Maxim?
Comment by Charles Dunlop on March 15, 2011 at 9:44am
Anyone use this? Jeff was telling me about it. I'm going to try and make a system capable of this.

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