Consider handling mosaic sequences as a new class of objects with special options: These are not a bunch of unrelated targets, so could be grouped and treated together.
EXPOSURES: When creating a mosaic, in most cases the same images Light, RGB etc will be taken and most likely each at the same exposure settings. Would like to be able to specify a set of standard exposures - to be used for each Light, R/G/B etc - as part of the mosaic sequence generation. I find it frustrating to have to poke through each target in the sequence and set the same values to all. Once the sequence has been established with the “seed” exposures the user would be able to tweak them if required.
(Actually when creating any sequence, not just a mosaic, would like to be able to specify default exposure settings. If this is all possible now, my apologies for asking, but haven’t figured out how to do it)
SLEWING: Once the first object of a mosaic has been found, the subsequent targets should not be that far away. Would like to be able to slew telescope to subsequent mosaic targets at a reduced speed to improve accuracy. (Actually this same concept could be used, even when plate solving. Once you are within ??? pixels or arcminutes of the desired target image centre, telescope slew can be slowed down to improve accuracy.)
- May require some training of scope and camera and slew speed, to see what the pixel movement is per millisecond, of pulse.
This (slow motion slew) could be stored as part of equipment profile. (Maybe no-one else has a problem here but I am finding that I can’t get to less than about 180 pixel centering with my setup.)
PHD Guiding Handling: Option in SGP is that PHD guiding be reinitialized when a new target is acquired. This is a good idea except in the case of a mosaic where all targets are in same part of sky. Allow re-initializing autoguider for first image, but subsequent ones do not need it to be done.
Hope this makes some sense, There may be some opportunities to handle an entire mosaic imaging sequence different than at present.