Format of target data


#1

The manual shows targets that are described only by their official names - eg M42, with no other info apparently required. This implies that SGM includes a database of targets+RA+dec. Is that correct or not? The reason for my needing to know is that I am trying to import observing lists from SkySafariPro-4 and these currently exclude RA/dec info.
There is also the implication that a comet or asteroid list would only require a title i.d. This can’t be the case so can someone clarify what targets are recognised and what are not. Or please point me to the page in the maual that I might have not noticed.

TIA

Lawrence


#2

Targets can be named whatever you like. There is no tie to the actual object.

We likely cannot support import from SkySafari 4 if it doesn’t include the RA/Dec. SGP does not have a catalog. The closest thing is the framing and mosaic wizard which uses an online catalog.

Thanks
Jared


#3

Thanks for the reply but it raises the obvious query: how does SGP tell the scope where to move if the sequence merely says M42. That was what I was asking: given the examples show the targets by only their well-known names (eg M42 - see the example shown) how does SGP know where to tell the scope to move?
Lawrence


#4

Lawrence, i think it takes the RA/DEC from the event and passes it via ASCOM to your mount. It doesn’t know that it’s M42.

Every time my mount moved it say ‘GOTO PC object’.


#5

Lawrence,

This data is all kept under the target’s settings. I highly recommend you read this tutorial by Alex (it covers all this stuff and will make life a lot easier):

http://www.mainsequencesoftware.com/content/SGP-The%20First%20Week.pdf


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