The SETUP is the basic configuration for your TASK.  This is a description of the data entry necessary for this particular part of a TASK definition: see >>How to create a new PROJECT<< and >>How to add a TASK to a PROJECT<< for the first part of this process.

First, pick a SETUP type and read its description carefully, then fill the form with the parameters. Be aware that those marked with an asterisk (*) are required to proceed. All the others are optional and can be left empty.  The setup types available now are

  • "simple", any number of images taken through a single filter and with the same exposure time;
  • "2filters", "3filters" and "5filters" are the same but where multiple filters can be used; the number of sequences then is the number of complete filter set observations.

 

Next, if your Scheduling is going to include phase information (e.g. you want to observe an eclipsing binary), you have the option of saying that this information will have priority over the number of images.  If this sounds confusing, wait until you understand your scheduling pattern and return to this configuration panel later.

 

Next, you must decide if you want to focus the telescope and, if so, how.  The telescope is equipped with an accurate focus model which uses the local temperature sensors to guess the correct focus value.  This focus should be good enough for simple photometry.  If you require the best possible focus, then you must choose how this focus is found: if there are enough bright stars in your target field (see Entry of Target Information), then the system can be asked to do so easily.  If there are no good focus stars, then you must ask for the system to focus using a different field.

 

Currently, active guiding is not supported.   We hope to soon offer science-image-based auto guiding.