thanks for replies, most of the time things work fine, I just get odd occasions where ASTAP can’t solve. I appreciate my small FOV as a galaxy imager is potentially a problem, so I’ll try increasing the exposure time. Presumably the effect of that will be that the image will be deeper and include some fainter stars for use by the algorithm.
Just thinking out loud, would it be a useful new feature for SGP if there could be an option for us small FOV folks to say increase Platesolve exposures by a factor which we could choose in the equipment profile e.g 1.5X or 2x and this choice would become active if a plateslve failure occurs? This would optimise platesolve time, so e.g. in my case I would say that solves work > 95% of the time so I could keep my current 12 sec exposure. If PS fails, then the option kicks in.
The reason I think this would be good is expecially for unattended solves which have the potential to terminate an imaging session. Personally, Since March 7th 2020, I have only had two sessions due to cloud cover or bright moon and these two were both in late March 2021 - a nearly 5 month gap between imaging sessions. Increasing cloud cover seems to be a trend. So from my perspective (and many others I guess) anything which helps to keep a rare imaging session alive is welcome. What do you think about the idea? If it’s viable I’ll put it in a features request post.