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Data Acquisition


  • (Dusk Flats): If there are active series, flat frames will be taken at this point in the sequence.
  • Run 1a: When checked, CCDAutoPilot will run whatever application is entered right before the slew to the first active target.  To enter an application, hit the to navigate to the specific application to be run.  If the application requires any arguments to follow the application, enter them manually in the arg space. To clear an entry, simply hit Cancel after hitting . This provides support to coontrol an artificial flat light source at dusk flats. Use appropriate scripts in Run 1 to turn on the light source and Run 1a to turn it off.
  • Wait for Civil Dusk: When checked, CCDAutoPilot will wait for civil dusk before proceeding.  (Civil dusk is when the sun is 6 below the horizon.)
  • (Darks before Light Frames): If there are active series, dark and/or bias frames will be taken at this point in the sequence.
  • Abort Darks for Light Frames: When checked, any dark/bias frames in process will be terminated at the first active target start time to allow the light frames to begin on schedule.  See the Enhanced Automation topic for suggested usage.
  • Run 2: When checked, CCDAutoPilot will run whatever application is entered right before the slew to the first active target.  To enter an application, hit the to navigate to the specific application to be run.  If the application requires any arguments to follow the application, enter them manually in the arg space. To clear an entry, simply hit Cancel after hitting .
  • Focus before Target Run Start: If checked, the telescope will slew to the coordinates of the first target and execute a focus run using the parameters set on the Focusing page.
  • (Light Frames): Light frames will be taken for the active target(s) specified on the Session page.
  • Park Telescope:  When checked, the telescope will be parked at the park position specified in your telescope control server.
  • Telescope Tracking Off: When checked, telescope tracking will be turned off via your telescope control server.
  • Run 3: When checked, CCDAutoPilot will run whatever application is entered at the end of the Light Frames phase.  To enter an application, hit the to navigate to the specific application to be run.  If the application requires any arguments to follow the application, enter them manually in the arg space.. To clear an entry, simply hit Cancel after hitting .
  • Close Dome before Darks and Dawn Flats: If checked, the dome will be closed at this point in the sequence.
  • Run 4: When checked, CCDAutoPilot will run whatever application is entered right before the next Dark Frames phase.  To enter an application, hit the to navigate to the specific application to be run.  If the application requires any arguments to follow the application, enter them manually in the arg space.. To clear an entry, simply hit Cancel after hitting .
  • (Darks after Light Frames)If there are active series, dark and/or bias frames will be taken at this point in the sequence.
  • Run 5: When checked, CCDAutoPilot will run whatever application is entered after the Dark Frames phase and before the Dawn Flats phase..  To enter an application, hit the to navigate to the specific application to be run.  If the application requires any arguments to follow the application, enter them manually in the arg space.. To clear an entry, simply hit Cancel after hitting .
  • (Dawn Flats):  If there are active series, flat frames will be taken at this point in the sequence.
  • Run 6: When checked, CCDAutoPilot will run whatever application is entered immediately after the Dawn Flats phase..  To enter an application, hit the to navigate to the specific application to be run.  If the application requires any arguments to follow the application, enter them manually in the arg space. To clear an entry, simply hit Cancel after hitting .