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    Default settings for Focus Max with ACP

    Hi, when "manually" running Focus Max I usually run the V curve and it picks the lowest number, with ACP running it doesn't run a V curve just 2-3
    spots and its not even close to focus, I have run a V curve on Focus Max before running ACP and it works great, what are the best preference settings
    to run ACP. Thanks,
    Richard Payne

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    If you can get FocusMax's AcquireStar to give consistently good focus, then ACP should be able to use FocusMax consistently, too. That's my experience anyway. Test this with FocusMax's AcquireStar button, not the Focus button.

    Be sure you're tuning FocusMax to your telescope system by adjusting its Preferences in FocusMax's AcquireStar tab.

    This assumes you have activated AcquireStar within ACP Preferences.
    New Mexico Mira Project, Albuquerque NM

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    Thanks, I will try that, I was always using the Run tap on the V curvem panel

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    Really, the main things to adjust in FocusMax > Preferences > AcquireStar tab are: (1) the initial exposure time, where 3-4 seconds is usually a good starting point; (2) the magnitude range in the filter you (and ACP) use to focus, where 0.7-1.0 magnitude between min and max is usually about right; and (3) the minimum altitude for the focus star, where most users find that 50-60 degrees minimum altitude from the horizon works about right.

    When you've adjusted the magnitude max and min so that FocusMax AcquireStar consistently exposes for 1-3 seconds (depending on your camera's abilities), then you're usually good to go.
    New Mexico Mira Project, Albuquerque NM

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    Also, make sure you are not telling FocusMax to use a different "system" file from the one you use manually. The ACP one could have a bad V-Curve in it. ACP doesn't tell FMx to do anything but "focus and tell me when you're finished". Is this empty?

    -- Bob

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    Trying to follow this for initial setup. Looking at FocusMax>Preferences>Aquirestar and for the life of me I don't see initial exposure time or magnitude range. I do see the minimum altitude you mentioned. What am I missing?

    Thanks,
    Randy
    Squirrel Valley Observatory
    MPC: W34
    Columbus, NC
    Losmandy G11T
    Celestron EdgeHD14/Hyperstar
    ZWO ASI 1600MM
    SkyRoof Roll off Roof
    ACP/SGP

    http://www.svo.space
    http://neocp.jostjahn.de/station-W34.html

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    Never mind, it's right in front of me.
    Squirrel Valley Observatory
    MPC: W34
    Columbus, NC
    Losmandy G11T
    Celestron EdgeHD14/Hyperstar
    ZWO ASI 1600MM
    SkyRoof Roll off Roof
    ACP/SGP

    http://www.svo.space
    http://neocp.jostjahn.de/station-W34.html

 

 

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