When everything is ready for your run, you can review both the setup and the session itself from the Run Session page. On first switching to this page, and assuming a camera, real or simulated, is connected, you will immediately be presented with a preview of the planned session if your target list is less than 10. If you have more than 10 targets, you will have to generate the session review explicitly by hitting the Review Session button.
Environmental and camera information is provided, if available. Temperature comes from the source specified on the Focusing page. Humidity and Wind Speed requrie a Boltwood II or equivalent. Imager Temp. comes from the camera control program. At present, guider temperature is available only from CCDSoft.
This is a portion of a typical preview log. It shows information in summary form about the session to be run, ending with an estimate of the elapsed time. By using the additional controls, more information may be obtained before committing the run.
This is a portion of a typical setup review window. It will show information about the equipment, software, tracking, guiding and focusing that will be used for the run.
Show Details: Checking this option will show more detail in the preview, including actual file names where possible. Leaving this box unchecked provides summary information.
Review Setup: Hitting this button generates the Setup Review information. It may be called at any time by hitting the Review Setup button.
Review Session: A session review is generated whenever the user switches to the Run Session page. It may also be called at any time by hitting the Review Session button.
Run Session: This button initiates the actual session. When it is hit, the main window is minimized, the status window is opened and the run begins, with monitoring provided by the smaller and scalable status window.
A note about starting a run...
Since CCDAutoPilot has no way of knowing where your system is with respect to filter offsets and focusing, it assumes that the system is in focus with user-specified plate solve filter in place and that filter is the reference or zero-offset point for any other filter offsets used. If in doubt, use Focus Before Target Start on the Options page to insure proper focus at the star of the light frame acquisition.