Ran all night last night with Beta 13. All major processes worked perfectly, again remarkable since I had 25 mph winds.
New feature to set Event as current event worked perfectly. Nice.
New feature to prominently display IMAGE MARKED AS BAD is not displaying the message with the correct image. Shows up on images that are not marked bad. Focusing on image makes message go away. I think a little smaller font would work just as well. The current font is really big and somewhat distracting.
Amazingly good results with autofocus on my RC8". I left autofocus on all night focusing after every center, since my early manual focus runs were working well. It performed 7 automated autofocus runs with no failures (moving way out of valid focus position). The only change I know of from prior night (when it was tending to shift my focus way out of range) is that I installed a focal reducer that reduced my FL from 1624 mm to 1260 mm. Very acceptable looking V curves considering the high winds.
Question: In the discussions on autofocus that mention a ‘central obstruction’, why does a central obstruction have any effect on the focus routine? Is it because it is assumed that the mirror moves for focusing? What is the focus routine doing differently if ‘central obstruction’ is checked in the autofocus setup? Since my RC does not use a movable mirror for focusing, does this apply to RC’s? In the Beta 13 notes you mention ‘Disabled smart focus movements for scopes with central obstructions’. What does this mean? Is this perhaps the reason my focus runs were much better with 13 than with 12?
New Feature categories are a big improvement to the forum. Structures the New Features entries very effectively. Well done. … So what if you dumped all my requests into the Archive category. Just kidding.