In my case, I think I’m up against a combination of issues reported elsewhere, largely related to focusing of an SCT. It’s not possible to align to a target without focusing first and it’s not possible to focus without moving to a target (away from park). It’s also often not possible to successfully focus (at least not well) on the first try due to temperature drift since the last session. Thus, because the sequence can’t be set to handle this process more flexibly, manual intervention is required and thus manual startup is also required. Why hitting the focus or the manual targeting functions won’t automatically connect the required equipment is beyond me. If I hit the button/menu item, I need the software and equipment to make it happen, not fail and make me go hit another menu item to say, “yes, I want to use my equipment” first.
Note on the topic of dialogs, SGP still won’t automatically shut down a sequence. I always get the “do you want to disable the camera cooler?” dialog hanging up the completion, usually until the next morning if I tried to run fully automated.