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Imaging Quality and Target Selection Tool
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Hi Greg,

That sounds great, and I am open to learning how the workflow is intended.

That said, here is what I'm looking for the software to help me with:

(2018-11-05, 04:48 PM)theskyhound Wrote: So once you find a target that you want to image...

In the workflow that you describe, that is the very first step, before I can even create an imaging project.

What I am asking for is a way to do that efficiently.  SkyTools 4, as it exists right now, get's me really, really close to that.  If I could have a way to filter to Target Selection tool based on the amount of time that it is both dark, and the object is above my obstructed horizon, then I could do the rest of the things that you suggest.

It is tantalizingly close right now.  If I look at the blue quality line, the data is right there.  I just can't filter on it.

Perhaps a picture is worth a thousand words.  I've taken a screen shot of a target list that contains just the PN that I mentioned above.  I have the date set for next year's Oregon Star Party and have turned off all of the filters to make sure that it shows up.  I don't have a site set up yet for OSP, so it's my home site.  That's why there's a hard stop at the left of the blue line, due to my obstructed horizon.  But if you look at the blue quality line, you can see that this object spends many hours in the sky.  It clears my tree line just after 11pm and continues to improve until about 4am.  To me, that object is available from 11pm for about 5 hours.  Yet the Target Selection tool shows it only from 1:50am and only for 85 minutes.

What this means to me in terms of target selection, is that I must turn off the duration and quality filters in order to get it to show up at all.  And when I do that with a large list, I'll see lots of objects (perhaps hundreds if I use a catalog like NGC) that actually aren't available and would need to go through them one at a time to find actual candidates.

I hope that this makes sense,
-Wade


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RE: Imaging Quality and Target Selection Tool - by wadeh - 2018-11-05, 05:33 PM

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