I’m very frustrated with the Meridian Flip procedure in SG Pro.
On the last two imaging sessions this is what happened:
Take a bunch of data and SG identifies that the flip is coming sooner than the duration of the next exposure and invites you to “do it now” or “wait it out”. I chose “do it now”.
So it does the flip just fine, and when it takes the first plate-solve image of the “re-center” routine after a flip I see my target in the frame but after solving the image, the mount now swings around all the way back to the pre-flipped position as if it’s trying to re-center it there, even though all it had to do was nudge the scope a couple arc-minutes after the flip and it would have been perfect.
So I aborted the flip after the scope was all the way back where it started, and did the flip manually by just using RA/DEC numbers which gets you fairly close although is time-consuming. After “reminder” plate-solve I tell it to Center the object and it goes back around to the preflipped position AGAIN!!! Unbelievable…
AstroPhysics AP1100GTO (less than a year old)
Running the APCC software of course ( I have custom Meridian limits set)
Plate Solve Software is Pinpoint with the UCA4 catalog (I believe)
I have a camera rotator on this scope; could the ‘go back’ somehow be related to the reversal of the image for the first plate-solve? Do you think that if I rotate the camera 180° before the flip that SGPro would be ‘fooled’ into thinking it’s looking at the same piece of sky it was and just go ahead and touch it up? Centering works fine at the beginning of the session but after a flip, it’s Armageddon!!!
Hilton Head South Carolina