Delayed/future-start-time for me is a little easier because I leave my equipment powered on all the time (in obsy).
I’ve had some success in getting a sequence to begin automatically/autonomously (ie. while I’m at hockey or otherwise occupied). Best success is when I ‘connect’ all equipment manually first (in SGP and PHD2) before “run sequence” - which then goes into waiting state for clock to hit predefined time.
Have recently tried without manually connecting equipment first, and letting SGP handle it at programmed start time. But usually run into trouble because PHD2 will not automatically connect to equipment (guide cam and mount) for some reason. I’ve heard others have had similar issues (but not everybody). Have tried manually connecting PHD2 equipment and then let SGP auto connect on timed start, but usually run into problems when PHD connects to my mount (TSX) before SGP does.
Most recently, when I tried running a sequence and letting SGP handle equip connection, the sequence kicked into “Restart on Safe” mode (it was still light out) instead of “waiting for x:xx time to start”. And then got tangled in the recent bug (on resuming safe, prompts for camera cooling options - with no default). I didn’t think the Safe Conditions check would happen until the actual sequence start. This was a onetime occurrence so maybe I screwed up something in sequence config.
SGP has been pretty consistent at disconnecting equipment at sequence end/auto-abort. I don’t need it to auto power down equipment at sequence end, which saves me from that complexity.
Not sure this rambling is any help at all …