Ok, looks as if I need to clarify what I’m trying achieve. I am aware that I can plate solve a current target, however that requires manual framing and if the physical position of the mount is potentially a number of degrees out (remember I have no sync points yet)… My desired workflow post polar alignment would be, open planetarium application and slew to desired target, switch to SGP, use target coordinates from planetarium application without having to transcribe or switch back, and sync/re-center the mount. This should get me on target, with a sync point close by, without having to switch between applications more than the initial switch.
So quite simply, I am after a way of copying, transferring the ASCOM position of the mount to the target box, or can we change this feature request to Sync and solve on current ASCOM position. If I wanted to be unrealistic, the ultimate solution would be to make the feature request “Integrate Planetarium into SGP”, but I really am trying to make things a little easier for the developers than that.
If I have to take a frame, as suggested, then I would need to switch back to the planetarium application and re-slew, take another and basically perform the target centring manually.
Another point to re-iterate, my only source for coordinates in the field if especially if I:
a) planned targets and
b) have to change to an un-planned target due to obstruction, change of mind or other entirely valid reason
Is a planetarium application, so no reference images to solve from.
My previous workflow was - polar align, Slew to target, use astrotortilla to solve centre and sync to current ASCOM position, begin imaging run.
I think that as nobody has come up with an efficient way of transferring ASCOM mount coordinates to SGP without typing them or switching multiple times between applications, can I safely say that SGP doesn’t already have this functionality and this is a valid feature request?