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MPO Software: Hints and Tips

This page provides links to short discussions to help you get the most of out MPO Software.
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MPO Canopus

Using StarBGone! StarBGone! subtracts selected stars from an image as it's being measured. For those working moving targets where the target crosses field stars, this feature can mean salvaging all or most of the data that would be otherwise lost.
Making MPB Plots How to use a simple graphics program to make Canopus plot suitable for papers submitted to the Minor Planet Bulletin. Follows latest MPB guidelines.
Measuring Double Stars
Right click and select "Save Target As" to save the file to your computer.
Canopus now features a whole new set of features designed just for double star observers. You can now store a wealth of data about each double measurement and generate complete reports.

This hint is now a PDF (Acrobat Reader 5.0 or greater required) of the pages from the Canopus manual that explains the features and an almost complete step-by-step guide on how to measure and generate reports of double stars.

Adding Stars to the UserStar catalog If you need to use AAVSO approved references or other stars for your photometry work, it's very easy to add them to the UserStar catalog.

MPO Connections

Working with MPO Canopus You can make automatching in MPO Canopus a breeze by using the right base name in the Exposure Parameters form or when using TakeImage in a script.
Taking Flats with Connections A simple script can simplify getting flats automatically