MPO Connections - Exposure Parameters
In some programs, you have to reset any number of parameters to go from shooting darks
or flats to a deep-sky object or star field. In Connections, you create a separate set of
exposure parameters just once for every need. Then you recall a given set by simply
selecting it from the camera control tool bar or using its name in a TakeImageEx command
in a script.
It's hard to understate the power included in an exposure parameters set.
For example, using just one parameters set, you could do the
- Take a series of exposures, pausing a given amount of time between each series.
- Within each series you can
Guide or not guide for all image and guide or not guide
between each series. In a series, all images follow right after another and so the only
delay between images is when downloading them.
Take one or more images in one or more filters, using a different exposure for each
filter, grouping the series in 112233 or 123123 order, and save all images in a common
directory or break them out by filter under that common directory. If you're using a
stepper motor focuser, e.g., RoboFocus, FLI, or Optec, and have setup the Connections
configuration, the focuser can be repositioned automatically for each filter.
- Break out of the overall exposure series at any time, i.e., before the start of an
exposure, based on a pre-defined condition such as when the target reaches a certain
elevation in the western sky or morning twilight begins, whichever comes first.
Simply put, with one command in a script or click of a mouse button on the
camera control bar, you can take hundreds of guided images, each
through a different filter and different exposure, and have it all stop when morning
twilight begins. Using only two more simple commands in a script, you could have the
camera shutdown and the telescope go to its home position.
A three line script to get hundreds of images while you sleep: you can't
ask for anything more simple or easy!