EQMOD = 2.00q
SGP = 22.214.171.124
pointing model? - Yes I believe so, at least I think this is the default behavior with EQMOD is to build one as it starts to receive sync data from plate solve applications.
Settings - User Interface is Append on Sync and Alignment behavior is 3-point
How to test - You can see your pointing model being built by looking at a couple places. First look at the Point Count counter, every time EQMOD gets sync data successfully from a plate solver, this should increment. You can also visualize this by clicking the button that looks like a note pad (Point List).
My rig tripod is mounted to a rolling platform, and I store it setup in the garage and wheel it down to the end of my driveway when I want to image. Since I’m not in exactly the same spot all the time I have been clicking the button that looks like a notepad with a red X on it, this is the “Clear Align Data” button, and it will clear out your pointing model and reset the count to zero (again can visualize that the model is wiped with the notepad button).
My typical setup routine: Physically wheel out my rig and plugin the power. Polar align with my polemaster. Connect EQMOD to the mount. Clear the pointing model (click that button), then unpark the mount. Fire up SGP and connect all hardware. From there I usually add 4 to 5 bright stars prior to my actual imaging target for the night to my sequence but I do not check any Events for those targets. I right click them, and use the “Center on Target” command to have SGP slew the mount, then it starts the platesolving routine. Normally this procedure will get me within at least about 100 regions for PlateSolve2. Once it solves the first one it get’s better and better. By the time I slew to the 4th or 5th target it’s usually only a few dozen pixels off target from the slew.
Every time PlateSolve2 solves one of these my Point Counter in EQMOD goes up by one.
Now in contrast, if I use the Frame and Focus module to snap a pic, then I click on “Solve and Sync” in the Scope Centering module, then SGP will launch PlateSolve2, and it will solve, but the sync is never passed to EQMOD, and I can tell that by looking at the point counter in EQMOD.