Guilty as charged and i think you are right, there are quite a lot of people out there who would love this functionality and would be prepared to pay for it. I am not really a forum person but I do run a triple widefield rig using the three instances of SGP on different old laptops. I would definitely be in support of a multi function software and would view that development both as a benefit to me and others using multi systems, but also as an investment in that SGP would be leaps ahead of its competitors. Once you get to two, the “speed” of capture is mesmerising and I have little doubt that many more people would follow. I know nothing of programming so have to take everyone’s word for it that this is difficult to implement in a form that is flexible enough for all the different systems out there. I suspect that people like me who are trying to work with multi systems are finding their own ways but I would say that double or triple “speed” systems are real weather beaters and would strongly recommend them once you get your head around the cable complexity!
I used to use the software in Maxim 5 that CCDMan refers to, quite successfully actually, but the master/slave system that this used was linked to specific computers and in theory using non-licensed multiple instances of Maxim. Once M6 came out i abandoned that and have been SGP ever since after being persuaded to look.
I don’t do anything special with my captures. A very good imager always encouraged to go after as many frames as possible so I tend to go for just one object a night/multiple nights. I use an unguided mount which just makes life easier and i point the main central system at whatever target. The secondary systems either side are pointed very close, but not at exactly the same point, and i set similar runs in terms of timecand numbers of frames. This is often L or Ha in the central system and L or RGB on either side, or O and S, or H and H or whatever - flexibility is everything to me. Once the central system has plate solved i press run sequence in the other two systems (obviously no mount is connected on these) and walk away once the first frame is in on each computer. I don’t dither at the moment as I have found that when i combine eg L frames from different systems, the noise largely reduces to very acceptable levels. I accept that when there is a flip i will potentially lose the frame from either side system. Reality is that this is rare and by manually synchronsing the start times so they are all running focus prior to capture, the frames do tend to end more or less together. I haven’t really messed around with imposing delays etc and apart from maybe adding an extra frame in the secondary systems i rely on gut feel and occasionally calculations for timings.
Just my tuppence-worth. I’ll go back to my hole ;-). I don’t see this as clunky, just an acceptable and occasional loss of data which is more than made up for by doubling or tripling the “speed” of capture. Linking and coordinating everything together however would be great.