In the near future I am looking to install a Domed observatory in my new back yard so for the moment I thought it a good idea to have a play with the Observatory simulator to get my head around how that side of things work. Although most trials seemed to go fine, one test sequence appeared to show a problem so I am attaching the SGP Log along with my saved sequence file.
So my sequence is just all simulators and the Target is M45 which, had this been a real sequence, was set to fire up at 22:00:00 this evening and finish at 00:30:00. I actually forgot I had checked the time constraints on this sequence which led to the issue and a few questions ref the log.
The Issue: I ran this sequence a little after midday today so it would be around 10 hours until the sequence fires up. What happens though which is a bit scary is that SGP opens the dome and then goes into a wait state waiting for the fire up at 22:00 tonight…Realllllllly ?..The dome is going to stay open for nearly 10 hours ? ? ? ? Surely the dome should have stayed closed until 22:00 !
So, I aborted the sequence and chose abort and checked run end of sequence events
12:07:13 - Dome is opened
12:07:37 - Waiting for start time 04/11/1019 22:00:00
Surely the dome should not open until the 22:00:00 has been reached
12:09:14 - Attempting to abort exposure
How can you abort an exposure when the sequence has not even started
12:09:13 - User requests Sequence Abort
The obvious thing to do under the circumstances
12:09:14 - ASCOM Camera attempting to abort exposure
12:13:14 - Camera times out
12:17:** - Finally aborts sequence and closes the observatory shutter and stops
Between user requested Abort at 12:09:13 and 12:17 SGP showed ‘Aborting’ on the Sequence module but greyed out, SGP ‘APPEARED’ to be unresponsive although I did confirm it was not by moving the focuser and turning on and off cooling as seen in the log.
Why did the observatory’s shutter open when the sequence was not even due to begin for 10 hours
Why did it take 8 mins to actually abort the sequence trying to stop an exposure which was not even happening and leaving me thinking there was some sort of freeze going on.
Hoping for a little clarity here