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  1. #1
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    Default Modifying Planner generated plans

    Hello. I'm trying to customize plans in planner and for my purposes I find it useful to "disable timing features." However I'd like to run dusk flats and then wait for adequate darkness for imaging. Can I simply go back into the planner generated plan and insert a "#WAITUNTIL" my specified start time command and run the rest of the plan without waits?
    Thank you!
    Bob Novo

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    Hi Bob,

    Yes.

    I'm sure that answers your question, but here's an example of a plan I have run in the past:
    Code:
    #startsetnum 1 ; Persistent set numbering added by ACP
    ;
    ; --------------------------------------------
    ; This plan was generated by ACP Planner 4.2.6
    ; --------------------------------------------
    ;
    ; For:           Dick
    ; Location:      Observatory
    ; Coords:        Lat = 38 58' 06" Lon = -77 04' 05"
    ; Targets:       3
    ; NOTE:          Local times are for observatory (UTC - 5)
    ; Start Imaging: 25-Dec-2011 20:00:00  (local)
    ; Total Time:    09:10:31
    ; Autofocus each target.
    ;
    ; ---------------------------------------------
    ;
    #duskflats    ; Acquire flat fields at dusk
    ;
    ;
    ; === Target EY Gem ===
    ;
    #waituntil 1, 26-Dec-2011 01:00:00    ; UTC (20:00:00 local)
    #autofocus
    #calibrate
    #repeat 1
    #count 300
    #filter V
    #interval 48
    #binning 1
    ................... [more]
    #shutdown
    or you could embellish the "duskflats" part like this:
    Code:
    #duskflats ~AnyDay-flats.txt  ; Acquire flat fields at dusk
    ;
    ; now do dark and biases
    ;
    #count 7,7,7
    #interval 30,30,30
    #binning 1,2,3
    #dark
    
    #count 31,31,31
    #binning 1,2,3
    #bias
    ;
    ; === Target EY Gem ===
    ;
    #waituntil 1, 26-Dec-2011 01:00:00    ; UTC (20:00:00 local)
    #autofocus
    ------ etc...
    where ~AnyDay-flats.txt might look like this:
    Code:
    7,Ha,1
    7,Ha,2
    7,Ha,3
    7,V,1
    7,R,1
    7,I,1
    7,Clear,1
    7,V,2
    7,R,2
    7,I,2
    7,V,3
    7,R,3
    7,I,3
    7,Clear,2
    7,Clear,3
    Dick
    www.VirgilObservatory.us
    Pier-mounted Meade 12-inch SCT "classic"
    Optec TCF-S focuser
    SBIG CFW-8A and ST7-XMEv
    H-alpha, BVRI, RGB & Clear filters
    FOV ~15 x 10



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    Hello Dick
    I'm getting ready to take my gear on the road. I'll be there with it, so I just want enough automation so I don't need to constantly babysit my mount, get some sleep and not become too exhausted. I'm not yet familiar with ACP to the point that I can set it up, have dinner, a drink and hit the sack. Very antiquated, but I hope, a little enjoyable and a learning experience. Thank you!
    Bob

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    Hi, Bob. Thanks for your note back. Have an enjoyable trip. I hope the nights are clear for you.
    Dick
    www.VirgilObservatory.us
    Pier-mounted Meade 12-inch SCT "classic"
    Optec TCF-S focuser
    SBIG CFW-8A and ST7-XMEv
    H-alpha, BVRI, RGB & Clear filters
    FOV ~15 x 10



 

 

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