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    Hi all,

    I'm posting a log from ACP Analyzer for review. It was taken from last night's imaging session where the seeing was good for my location and winds relatively calm. I'm posting this for 3 reasons:

    1) If you haven't use ACP Analyzer yet to see how well your setup is performing, you're missing a great analytical tool.

    2) ACP performed flawlessly (as well as all my hardware).

    3) This was a pretty good night in terms of results. There were no failures (autofocus, guiding, plate-solving, target-centering, etc.), slewing was very accurate, and the image FWHM and focus HFD were essentially identical - meaning guiding was very good.

    I think it would be interesting to see some other logs for comparison. For instance, according to the log, my overall imaging efficiency was 87% I think that's pretty good, but I have nothing to compare it to.

    Kudos to Bob (for ACP) and Russ (for ACP Analyzer)!

    FWIW.

    Jim

    Code:
    Report Summary
    Total number of ACP logs parsed: 1
    Total number of unique targets: 2
    Total number of images taken: 55
    Overall runtime breakdown:
      Runtime: 0d 10h 49m
      Imaging time: 0d 9h 10m
      Wait time: 0d 0h 13m
      Observatory overhead: 0d 1h 25m
      Imaging as % of runtime (ex waits): 87%
    Average FWHM: 2.72 arcsecs
    Average HFD: 2.82
      Total guider failures: 0
    --------------------------------------------------------
    Log: 20120228@000142.log
    Start date: 2/28/2012 12:01:42 AM
    Log runtime breakdown:
      Runtime: 0d 10h 49m
      Imaging time: 0d 9h 10m
      Wait time: 0d 0h 13m
      Observatory overhead: 0d 1h 25m
      Imaging as % of runtime (ex waits): 87%
    Targets: 2
      Target name: hubble's variable nebula image
      Average FWHM: 3.02 arcsecs
      Average HFD: 3.05
      Average Pointing Error: 
        Object slews: 0.73 arcmins
        Center slews: 0.1 arcmins
      Successful auto-focus runs: 5
      Successful plate solves: 36
      Completed exposures: 25
      Guider failures: 0
      Total imaging time on target: 9h 10m 0s 
        8 x 600 secs red @ bin 1
        9 x 600 secs green @ bin 1
        8 x 600 secs blue @ bin 1
      Target name: sunflower galaxy m63
      Average FWHM: 2.42 arcsecs
      Average HFD: 2.58
      Average Pointing Error: 
        Object slews: 0.8 arcmins
        Center slews: 0.05 arcmins
      Successful auto-focus runs: 5
      Successful plate solves: 42
      Completed exposures: 30
      Guider failures: 0
      Total imaging time on target: 9h 10m 0s 
        15 x 600 secs red @ bin 1
        8 x 600 secs green @ bin 1
        7 x 600 secs blue @ bin 1
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    This is really impressive. Jim, post a picture of your setup. That will make he point even better!!
    -- Bob

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    Thanks, Bob. I can't say enough about the value of using ACP Analyzer...

    This picture of my "observatory" is from a few years ago. The "dome" is folded up and laying on the platform. The only thing of substance that's changed is I no longer use an external guider, so it's been removed. It's been almost 10 years since I installed my setup and it's been outside ever since.

    Jim
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    Last edited by Jim McMillan; Mar 1, 2012 at 13:19.

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    Jim, many thanks for the kind words about Log Analyzer, and I'm so glad you find it useful. However, (and I know you know this) for the benefit of others reading this, YOU deserve a ton of credit for all the time and effort you put into making Analyzer what it now is. And, of course, as you say, Bob deserves an Oscar and a BAFTA (and possibly a Nobel) for his work on ACP and ASCOM :-) Oh, and I'm writing this on the new Metro version of IE 10 (and it won't let me add carriage returns!), so I wonder how difficult it would be to create a Metro version of ACP :-) Best wishes Russ
    Russell Archer
    LX200 ACF 12in, SXVR-H9, SX AO-LF, SX Lodestar, SX FW

 

 

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