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    Default In between the clouds. NEOCP A10cacH

    Last night, Astropheric said that there was a good chance of about an hour of clear skies around 4-5am. So I took a chance, enabled the scheduler, even though it was totally overcast at 11pm. I went to sleep. Woke up this morning and sure enough, things cleared up enough to get 100 27s subs of the NEOCP object A10cacH.

    At 4:00am the roof opened, but 2 minutes later it shut everything down again due to clouds, but at 4:16am the clouds cleared and everything started back up and by 5:23am the Plan had completed.

    There is no way that without ACP and ACP Scheduler, and Bob's patience with my attempt at object selection automation that I would have been able to sneak this observing run in.

    Thank you so much Bob.

    Brian
    Mountainville Observatory
    MPC: V01
    Alpine, Utah
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    Celestron C14-XLT, Carbon Fiber
    SBIG STL-1001E
    ACP Expert
    Custom built roll-off-roof (that works most of the time)
    https://github.com/scubabri/NEO_SELECTION
    http://neocp.jostjahn.de/station-V01.html

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    WOOHOO!!! Good news! THanks for letting us know Brian. Leave it running!
    -- Bob

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    My script checks the neocp page every hour starting after its initial run (that clears the database) at 7:30pm. Sometime last night it picked up NEOCP C068621 and added it to the scheduler db. The object was moving at ~80"/min. Based on the calculated rate from find_orb the script generated a plan with 2 observations of 120, 3 second subs each. ACP was able to capture this object, and, although my residuals were higher than I would like, submitted three observations of 20 stacked images each.


    Bob, this is mission accomplished!!! Daniel Parrott is working on an app called Tycho Tracker, currently, it is still a manual process to obtain observations, but he is working on automating this. At some point, we might be able to have an end to end automated acquisition and observation submission pipeline for NEOCP objects.

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    Mountainville Observatory
    MPC: V01
    Alpine, Utah
    Paramount MX+
    Celestron C14-XLT, Carbon Fiber
    SBIG STL-1001E
    ACP Expert
    Custom built roll-off-roof (that works most of the time)
    https://github.com/scubabri/NEO_SELECTION
    http://neocp.jostjahn.de/station-V01.html

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    This is GREAT NEWS! I'm so happy to see this story of complex and specific application made possible by your smarts and my API.

    How are you doing the astrometry? High residuals? Maybe I can help.
    -- Bob

 

 

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