I would like to propose a new feature that would allow SGP to work with common Planetarium Software (Cdc, Stallarium, Starry Night, etc.) to perform a “Closed Loop” slew to objects selected in the Planetarium Software. The process now is to look at the planetarium software to find an object in the part of the sky I have access to from my back yard, go to SGP’s Framing and Mosaic Wizard and type in the name of the object and add it to my observing plan, and then trigger the Slew and Center routine to slew to the object and use SGP’s Plate solving functionality to center the object.
This process works, but would be much nicer if there was tighter integration with the planetarium software so that you could select the object and have the coordinates sent directly to SGP to Slew and Center and optionally add object to the imaging plan. Similar functionality exists in TSX using their Closed Loops Slew. But to work you have to disconnect the Camera from SGP and connect it to the TSX and then once the Close Loop Slew completes, disconnect camera from TSX and reconnect in SGP. You then have to use the F&M Wizard to add the object to the observing plan. I have had issues disconnecting and reconnecting my ATIK camera with different software.
I see other software like APT are starting to integrate planetarium software into their imaging software. It would be nice if SGP could add this capability as well. To be able to keep all your equipment connected to SGP while performing a “closed loop” like slew would be really awesome. Although there is a current work around, it would be great to use planetarium software to cruise around the sky to different objects while directly leveraging SGPs awesome Slew and Center functionality.
Just my two cents.