I have found installing/configuring Astrometry.net with SGP including Cygwin not so intuitive. I saw several SGP threads showing instructions about installing/configuring but I find them pretty cryptic and disorganized. It’s obvious it’s not as simple as typical software installation package for end users. Most of use here are end users of software. We are not IT specialists nor software developers. Getting SGP to work with ansvr should not be an abstruse exercise involving typing long, relentlessly unforgiving unix strings into windows computers.
I am having issues using Cygwin and I don’t yet want to describe what went wrong right now. I have 64 bits Windows 8.1 laptop and so far SGP works perfectly with all of my astro devices. Also USB 3.0 port from my new laptop works perfectly via my USB 2.0 powered hub. Auto focusing with different filters work great.
My next step is plate solving. I thought about buying Pinpoint simply because I read that it’s the easiest plate solver software to install and also reliable to run even though it costs $150. I have also read that Astrometry.net works very reliably only if the installation and setup works. I installed 64 bit version of Cygwin and so far my initial setup with ansvr did not work. Should I install 32 bit version of Cygwin instead in my 64 bit laptop?
Would it be possible to create a software installation package that would automatically install and configure everything to get SGP to work with Astrometry.net?