I was out again last night to image the Flying Horse Nebula NGC 7830. I used the Framing & Mosaic wizard to get my FOV that I wanted. Everything fine, right up to generating the Sequence. I then selected "Check Slew to target and then center. I was then presented with my sequence. After filling in all my parameters for exposure and filters etc, I checked the Target Setting and noted that the Slew To and Center On fields were populated with the correct co-ordinates.
I then selected “Run Sequence” The auto Plate Solve window pops up and the first step is successful. Then the Plate Solve generates a reference image(?) but to me it is highly unreadable. Now this is where I must be doing somehting wrong as I have tried this now with my ATIK 383l Mono CCD and now, last night, my ATIK 3l4e Mono CCD. The reference frame is not right. Am I missing some setting? Isn’t the camera supposed to take a frame and then the Plate Solver (in this case the Astrometry.net local solver) center the image? My problem is that with either camera, I am not getting a correct image. I had to abort on such a beautiful rare clear sky last night after banging my head agaist my table. I abandoned the Plate solve auto routine finally but did get close to my target from slewing the mount as per the pouplated fields in the Target Settings and got my images. There is nothing wrong with either camera…plate solving with astrometry.net local solver works as I have used it on many of my “final” images. What do I need to do to generate a reference Plate Solve image?
Incidentally, all my 30 frames turned out perfectly without using the auto plate solving routine, but I will need this feature if I am to do more than one panel…ie. a mosiac.