Hello together, hello developer of SGPro,
the main reason for considering SGPro as my imaging tool is the promised plate solving capability, as it is a really pain and a time consuming process for met to get a faint nebula manually on the correct position.
I am currently testing version 18.104.22.16868 as trial version togehter with a trial version of PinPoint, running on a Win 7 32Bit system. The mount is an ASCOM controlled HEQ5.
I spent a valuable clear night for testing SGPro and hope to get some input, so I will do some progress in my testing the next night. (Note: on my location, good night are not so often and also have to “match” with my free time).
I am writing this post not from home as I am working outside and I currently can not provide screenshots or example files. But I hope my explanations are sufficient to give me some hints to solve the problem described below.
I have the same issues as Lex. The “Sync and Solve” works perfectly, but if I click on the just taken image and select “Center here” the mount drives somewhere else. The strange thing is, that sometimes it worked perfectly. On the next 3 or 4 test targets, it moves again to the incorrect positions (10, 20, 30, … degrees off). Then on another target again, it randomly works as expected.
As it sometimes works, I think I can exclude wrong settings (location of mount, data time etc.) as possible reasons. Or?
After that frustrating night, I checked some images I took with SGPro and tried a “dry” plate solve. There I found out, that for some images “Plate Solving” was possible, but not for others. The reason for the plate solve fails, were the incorrect RA and Dec hints. The message box showed something like:
Dec hint: 380422568… (instead something like 38° 04’ …)
I checked the Fits header: In some images, for all numbers the point were used as decimal operator. In other images the fits header shows some values with point and other with comma as decimal operator. (All checked images captured with SGPro)
Note: I was running my testing session completely with German localization settings.
I would not have been astonisheshed, if the fits header had displayed only comma seperated values. Or if only point separated values are displayed (and SGPro could not plate solve running German settings). But that the numeric notation in the fits header is changed from image to image and some images has mixed notation is very strange. (Note: For sure, I did NOT change the localization settings of my Win 7 system during the imaging session).
Might this strange behavior of the fits header, respectively of the corresponding SGPro functionality, also the reason for the randomly wrong moving of the “Center here” command?
I would be very thankfull, if somebody could give some hints!
For sure I will give a try running the system with English (US) localization settings. But I would be glad for a confirmation or if not for an advice, if other settings might be the reason, so that I might spare me some frustrations.