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    Exclamation PowerShell Script to Update MPC Databases - Run on W1ndows Task Scheduler

    Here are the PowerShell scripts for updating the databases...

    Make-MpcOrbDatabase.ps1:

    Code:
    Push-Location 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\ASCOM\MPCORB'
    Invoke-WebRequest -Uri https://minorplanetcenter.net/iau/MPCORB/MPCORB.DAT -OutFile MPCORB.DAT
    C:\Windows\SysWOW64\cmd.exe /C CScript MakeDB.wsf
    Pop-Location
    ...and Make-MpcCometDatabase.ps1...

    Code:
    Push-Location 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\ASCOM\MPCCOMET'
    Invoke-WebRequest -Uri https://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/Ephemerides/Comets/Soft00Cmt.txt -OutFile CometEls.txt
    C:\Windows\SysWOW64\cmd.exe /C CScript MakeCometDB.wsf
    Pop-Location
    ...and they have to be scheduled in Windows Task Scheduler like this... The text in the "arguments" field is the path to the powershell script, like this:

    Code:
    -file C:\Users\Tim\OneDrive\PoshScripts\Make-MpcOrbDatabase.ps1
    ScheduleMPC.png

    I schedule them to run every 2 days on alternating days, about mid-morning.

    Tim Long
    Tigra Astronomy - http://tigra-astronomy.com

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    Here's a zip file containing the two scripts, plus tasks exported from my task scheduler. I'm not sure how well these will import on a different system, and you'll certainly need to check the settings, but they are just XML files so at the very least you'll be able to open them in an editor and see what settings I've used.
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    Tim Long
    Tigra Astronomy - http://tigra-astronomy.com

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    Thank you Tim!!
    -- Bob

 

 

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