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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 Emil Kolbert on March 15, 2011 at 12:30pm
For Maxim only 2 products are including Pinpoint: Maxim IP and Pro but you can also buy Pinpoint as a full product without restrictions.

Pinpoint full is absolutely necessary when someone tries to automate the system because ACP and CCD Autopilot are requesting the full version.
Only CCD Commander can work with the Pinpoint LE version doing some kind of screen-shoot of the plate solve
Comment by Emil Kolbert on March 15, 2011 at 12:25pm
when you use Maxim then you already have the plat solving software already installed, I speak about Pinpoint LE.
For this you have to store some variables in your image file: RA, DEC, exposure started at, exposure duration, focal length of the scope.
Also you have to have at least the GSC 1.1 corrected star catalog see the now I work with the USNO UCAC 3 catalog and I am preparing the NOMAD for the first use.
To start a plate solve you have to open an image and go to Analize Menu ---> Pinpoint Astrometry. BUT in this menu you have to define the path to the star catalog as well.
If you positioning is not very off than the process will take a few seconds. On my QHY 9M and a 3.5 F/5.5 scope the process takes about 15 seconds...

Hope it helps
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.

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