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Sequences allows you to fully automate the imaging. At the sequence tab you can specify all steps required for unattended operation.
The sequence example on the right will first image the objects M13 and M92, then wait for dawn to take some sky flat.
Attached to the M13 and M92 objects is the same LRGB-4H plan specifying 24 images using a luminance filter (L), 8 images using a red filter (R) and finally 8 images using a blue filter (B). All images with an exposure of 300 seconds and the total duration of the plan is around 4 hours.
After that it wait for the dawn to take a series of sky flat.
When all is finished it can park the telescope and warm the camera or run other script to close the dome and power off the observatory.
Running this sequence should keep the equipment unattended busy for around 8 hours.
The current implementation support only sequential processing of the targets, a more sophisticated scheduler is planned for version 2.0,
To take full advantage of this automation you need to configure and test individually:
And most important you must be sure your telescope mount and all the equipment include a way to protect themselves against an unwanted operation. This include hardware slew and tracking limit on the mount.
You can read more on how to edit a sequence in the specific sequence page.