I appreciate the reply. As someone new to this industry let me tell you
that I believe it has its own language and I am still trying to adjust to
What does “sync” mean here? Does this mean synchronizing one thing with
something else? Does initial sync mean helping the mount know where it is?
Using the two or three star alignment? If so, this unfortunately talks me
back to months ago when people told me I won’t need that if I use plate
solving. What does the “solve and sync” button in SGP do? It solves and
then syncs what?
There seem to be a lot more caveats involved in plate solving than people
care to want to talk about. And maybe someone in the industry should. I
fall asleep trying to watch YouTube after YouTube on useless plate solving
To an engineer like me it makes complete sense that if I have a telescope
mounts in a piece of rock or bolts to a tree and I have a camera attached
to it, that if I take a picture of a bunch of dots in the sky and tell a
plate solving program what the scale of that image is then that program
could search in a database for a match and tell me if the picture were to
be of stars then the center of it would be this certain RA and DEC. and
then if this were possible, and the tree or rock were motorized and
computerized, I should be able to tell the driving program, "hey, you are
looking at RA1, DEC1 and I want you to move the motoro to RA2, DEC2. And
the program simply does a bit of math and then starts moving the mount.
But no, there is this mysterious “sync” and a few other undocumented
caveats that are so simple that don’t bother anyone else and too simple for
any experts to write about it. I know that ultimately I am going to have to
take my gear out and point to the sky and try to figure it out. But I have
to wait a couple more months for the clouds that are glued to the sky
because of new telescopes people are buying to get unglued.
And what if you have access to a blind solver? I have access to it and I
have not been able to tell the difference and when I ask experienced people
why they are not using it and they opt for something like PS2 they say PS2
is just so much better and easie. It seems from what you wrote that blind
solving has a completely different purpose.
It is high time somebody wrote about plate solving and blind plate solving,
and how they fit between the scope and the mount.