Haltom City Observatory

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ACP, MaximDL, AP1200GTO, STL11K and 253mm f/6 Newtonian

NGC2264
NGC 2264: 253mm f/6 Newtonian, AP1200, and STL11K Data Collected Robotically

Session Plan


; NGC2264 Cone Nebula
; Written by William R. Mattil
;
; == NGC 2264 Offset to center Image on the Cone itself==
#AFINTERVAL 30
#INTERVAL 1800
#REPEAT 4
#BINNING 1
#FILTER Ha
CONE-Ha	06:41:08	09:27:40	; RA and Dec of Image Center

Session Log

08-Jan-2007@031604.Log

ACP console log opened 08-Jan-2007 03:16:04 UTC
This is ACP version 4.2 (build 7, Production Release)
Licensed to William R. Mattil
03:16:05 Initializing AcquireSupport V4.2.7 (Bill Mattil Test)
03:16:05 Telescope is ACP->AstroPhysics, driver V1
03:16:08 Imager is SBIG Universal
03:16:08 Guider is SBIG Universal(internal)
03:16:08 Calculated unbinned plate scales (arcsec/pix): H = 1.09 V = 1.09
03:16:08 Calculated field of view (arcmin): H = 72.6 V = 48.4
03:16:08 This is AcquireImages V4.2.12
03:16:08 Starting run for plan NGC2264-Offset-Ha.txt...
03:16:08 Pointing exposures:
03:16:08   Exposure Interval = 30
03:16:08   Min brightness = 0
03:16:08   Sigma = 3
03:16:08   Cat max mag = 14
03:16:08 Final exposure:
03:16:08   Default interval = 30
03:16:08   (plate solving is disabled)
03:16:08 Starting observing run.
03:16:08 File set-numbers start with 2
03:16:08   (scheduled initial pointing update)
03:16:08 ; NGC2264 Cone Nebula
03:16:08 ; Written by William R. Mattil
03:16:08 ;
03:16:08 ; == NGC 2264 ==
03:16:08   Start slew to CONE-Ha...
03:16:09 Auto-Focus will be done every 30 minutes
03:16:09 Doing CONE-Ha (# 1 of 1 in set 1)
03:16:09 CONE-Ha will be repeated 5 times.
03:16:09   (wait for slew to complete)
03:17:08   (slew complete)
03:17:08   Using Ha filter for imaging
03:17:08   Updating pointing...
03:17:08   (taking 30 sec. exposure, Clear filter, binning = 3)
03:18:03   (HFD = 8.93)
03:18:03   Calibrating image...
03:18:03   (avg HFD = 5.80)
03:18:03   Plate-solve pointing image.
03:18:04   629 image stars found
03:18:05   792 catalog stars found
03:18:05   Solved! 216 stars matched.
03:18:05   Average residual is 0.55 arcsec.
03:18:05   Pointing error is 18.339 arcmin @ angle 276.77
03:18:05   True focal length is 175.4 cm.
03:18:05   True image center (J2000): 06h 39m 54.1s   09 29' 49.27"
03:18:05   Imager sky position angle is 272.8 deg.
03:18:06   [sync] pointing model updated
03:18:06   Internal guider, always re-slew
03:18:06   Re-slew to target.
03:18:06   Start slew to CONE-Ha...
03:18:07   (wait for slew to complete)
03:18:22   (slew complete)
03:18:22   Camera is aimed at the target.
03:18:22   (long exp(s), no orbital tracking, trying to autoguide)
03:18:33   (guide star SNR=3.8 X=60 Y=196)
03:18:37   (autoguiding at 2.00 sec.)
03:18:37   Imaging to CONE-Ha-S002-R001-Ha
03:18:37   (taking 1800 sec. exposure, Ha filter, binning = 1)
03:49:19   (HFD = 0.00)
03:49:20   (avg HFD = 6.15)
03:49:23   Do periodic auto-focus...
03:49:24   (autoguider stopped)
03:49:26   Starting FocusMax AcquireStar autofocus...
03:49:26     
03:49:26    ** Starting Acquire Star Sequence **
03:49:26    Catalog: USNO-A2.0
03:49:27    ** Taking pointing exposure **
03:49:50    PinPoint.Plate Error -2147220457: The image field is so big that we reached the limit of stars from the USNO A/SA catalog.
modPinPoint Sub SolvePlate
03:49:51    
03:49:51    Plate not solved - starting spiral search
03:49:51    Doing a spiral search to solve this pointing exposure.
03:49:51    ** Begining Spiral search **
03:49:52    74 plate image stars found
03:49:53    SpiralSolve failed to solve the pointing exposure.
03:49:53    Current telescope position not plate solved!
03:49:53    Current pointing:  RA 06:42:39.1  Dec 09 28' 13.5"
03:49:54    
03:49:54    ** Getting catalog stars between mag 3 & 7 **
03:49:54    Looking for target star > 60 deg altitude
03:49:54    
03:49:54    Field search = 2.0 x 2.0 (degrees)
03:49:55    2 potential target stars found
03:49:55    Current target stars = 2
03:49:56    
03:49:56    Field search = 4.0 x 4.0 (degrees)
03:49:57    2 potential target stars found
03:49:57    Current target stars = 2
03:49:58    
03:49:58    Field search = 6.0 x 6.0 (degrees)
03:50:01    11 potential target stars found
03:50:13    Target stars = 3
03:50:13    Identified target stars:
03:50:13    Star 1 mag 6.60 RA 06:26:09.8 Dec 21 38' 33.5" (Topo)
03:50:13    Star 2 mag 6.10 RA 06:26:00.4 Dec 23 19' 29.4" (Topo)
03:50:13    Star 3 mag 7.00 RA 06:19:49.9 Dec 23 16' 23.8" (Topo)
03:50:13    Using 6.60 mag star at  RA 06:26:09.8  Dec 21 38' 33.5" (Topo)
03:50:13    Slewing 12.8007 degrees to target star
03:50:39    No star centering desired
03:50:40    
03:50:40    System: 253mmf6-STL-1
03:50:40    ** Beginning Focus run **
03:50:40    LS: -0.160176 RS: 0.160139 PID: 3.34 NFHFD: 10
03:50:41    Move direction: Out
03:50:41    Temperature = 579.0
03:50:41    Filter number = 4
03:50:41    Focus Start: 1660
03:50:56    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
03:50:57    Try star search again with cropped border
03:50:58    Target star found at  X = 1973, Y = 1935
03:50:58    Focus exposures will be 2.00 sec
03:51:05    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
03:51:06    1660  ,  32.58  ,  0  ,  1976  ,  1931  ,  30907
03:51:15    1730  ,  21.60  ,  0  ,  1976  ,  1935  ,  30304
03:51:16    On correct side of focus
03:51:16    Move to Near Focus HFD
03:51:24    1766  ,  16.55  ,  0  ,  1977  ,  1937  ,  29042
03:51:33    1807  ,   9.71  ,  0  ,  1977  ,  1937  ,  29770
03:51:33    ** Starting Near Focus **
03:51:33    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
03:51:33    1807  ,   9.71  ,  1866  ,  1977  ,  1937  ,  29770
03:51:40    1807  ,   9.38  ,  1865  ,  1977  ,  1939  ,  29271
03:51:47    1807  ,   9.44  ,  1865  ,  1977  ,  1940  ,  28410
03:51:54    1807  ,   9.46  ,  1865  ,  1977  ,  1941  ,  29639
03:52:01    1807  ,   9.55  ,  1865  ,  1978  ,  1942  ,  27509
03:52:01    Best Focus is: 1865
03:52:10    1865  ,   3.00  ,  1865  ,  1978  ,  1946  ,  29733
03:52:11    Focusing Completed
03:52:12    Focus time = 91 sec
03:52:12    Performing return slew of 12.8031 degrees
03:52:12    Slewing to: 06:42:39.1  Dec: 09 28' 13.5"
03:52:39    Acquire Star completed
03:52:40   FocusMax auto-focus successful!
03:52:40     HFD = 3.00
03:52:40     Focus position = 1865
03:52:40   Autofocus finished.
03:52:40   Updating pointing...
03:52:40   (taking 30 sec. exposure, Clear filter, binning = 3)
03:53:34   (HFD = 5.12)
03:53:34   Calibrating image...
03:53:35   (avg HFD = 3.53)
03:53:35   Plate-solve pointing image.
03:53:36   480 image stars found
03:53:36   792 catalog stars found
03:53:37   Solved! 163 stars matched.
03:53:37   Average residual is 0.56 arcsec.
03:53:37   Pointing error is 0.953 arcmin @ angle 277.69
03:53:37   True focal length is 175.5 cm.
03:53:37   True image center (J2000): 06h 41m 04.2s   09 27' 47.65"
03:53:37   Imager sky position angle is 272.8 deg.
03:53:37   [sync] pointing model updated
03:53:37   Internal guider, always re-slew
03:53:37   Re-slew to target.
03:53:37   Start slew to CONE-Ha...
03:53:39   (wait for slew to complete)
03:53:54   (slew complete)
03:53:54   Camera is aimed at the target.
03:54:05   (guide star SNR=4.9 X=57 Y=182)
03:54:08   (autoguiding at 2.00 sec.)
03:54:08   (waiting for guider to settle...)
03:54:13   Imaging to CONE-Ha-S002-R002-Ha
03:54:13   (taking 1800 sec. exposure, Ha filter, binning = 1)
04:24:54   (HFD = 0.00)
04:24:54   (avg HFD = 3.71)
04:24:57   Do periodic auto-focus...
04:24:58   (autoguider stopped)
04:25:00   Starting FocusMax AcquireStar autofocus...
04:25:00     
04:25:00    ** Starting Acquire Star Sequence **
04:25:01    Catalog: USNO-A2.0
04:25:02    ** Taking pointing exposure **
04:25:25    PinPoint.Plate Error -2147220457: The image field is so big that we reached the limit of stars from the USNO A/SA catalog.
modPinPoint Sub SolvePlate
04:25:25    
04:25:25    Plate not solved - starting spiral search
04:25:26    Doing a spiral search to solve this pointing exposure.
04:25:26    ** Begining Spiral search **
04:25:27    76 plate image stars found
04:25:28    SpiralSolve failed to solve the pointing exposure.
04:25:28    Current telescope position not plate solved!
04:25:28    Current pointing:  RA 06:42:41.4  Dec 09 30' 08.1"
04:25:28    
04:25:28    ** Getting catalog stars between mag 3 & 7 **
04:25:28    Looking for target star > 60 deg altitude
04:25:29    
04:25:29    Field search = 2.0 x 2.0 (degrees)
04:25:30    1 potential target stars found
04:25:30    Current target stars = 1
04:25:30    
04:25:31    Field search = 4.0 x 4.0 (degrees)
04:25:32    3 potential target stars found
04:25:35    Current target stars = 2
04:25:35    
04:25:35    Field search = 6.0 x 6.0 (degrees)
04:25:38    9 potential target stars found
04:25:48    Target stars = 3
04:25:48    Identified target stars:
04:25:48    Star 1 mag 7.00 RA 06:44:56.9 Dec 20 41' 13.9" (Topo)
04:25:48    Star 2 mag 7.00 RA 06:48:14.6 Dec 21 41' 06.5" (Topo)
04:25:48    Star 3 mag 7.00 RA 06:55:23.8 Dec 21 33' 49.3" (Topo)
04:25:48    Using 7.00 mag star at  RA 06:44:56.9  Dec 20 41' 13.9" (Topo)
04:25:49    Slewing 11.1982 degrees to target star
04:26:16    No star centering desired
04:26:17    
04:26:17    System: 253mmf6-STL-1
04:26:17    ** Beginning Focus run **
04:26:17    LS: -0.160176 RS: 0.160139 PID: 3.34 NFHFD: 10
04:26:17    Move direction: Out
04:26:17    Temperature = 579.0
04:26:17    Filter number = 4
04:26:18    Focus Start: 1660
04:26:32    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:26:33    Try star search again with cropped border
04:26:33    Starting exposures with Extended Time
04:26:33    Min flux setting = 10000
04:26:34    Total Flux = 7289  Next exposure = 2.00 sec
04:26:44    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:26:44    Try star search again with cropped border
04:26:45    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:26:45    Attempting brightest pixel method
04:26:46    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:26:46    Total Flux = 2300  Next exposure = 4.00 sec
04:27:00    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:27:00    Try star search again with cropped border
04:27:01    Total Flux = 11335
04:27:01    Target star found at  X = 1308, Y = 2403
04:27:02    Focus exposures will be 4.00 sec
04:27:13    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
04:27:14    1660  ,   0.00  ,  0  ,  1242  ,  2337  ,  498
04:27:23    Error in modHFR Sub StarIntersectsFrameEdge
04:27:23    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:27:23    Increasing frame width
04:27:33    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:27:48    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:27:48    Increasing Subframe Width, attempt 1
04:27:58    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:27:58    Increasing Subframe Width, attempt 2
04:28:08    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:28:08    Increasing Subframe Width, attempt 3
04:28:20    1660  ,   6.64  ,  0  ,  1250  ,  2387  ,  1254
04:28:20    On the wrong side of focus
04:28:33    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:28:33    Increasing frame width
04:28:43    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:28:58    1494  ,   0.80  ,  0  ,  1251  ,  2387  ,  426
04:28:59    HFD < NearFocus HFD
04:29:10    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak; increasing frame size
04:29:11    Increasing frame width
04:29:22    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:29:23    Increasing frame width
04:29:35    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:29:52    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:29:52    Increasing Subframe Width, attempt 1
04:30:05    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:30:05    Increasing Subframe Width, attempt 2
04:30:20    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:30:20    Increasing Subframe Width, attempt 3
04:30:36    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:30:58    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:31:19    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:31:19    Can not measure HFD for this image
04:31:25    Moving to previous focus position of 1865
04:31:34    Focus not achieved with star 1 of 3 - trying next target star
04:31:34    Using 7.00 mag star at  RA 06:48:14.6  Dec 21 41' 06.5" (Topo)
04:31:35    Slewing 1.2592 degrees to target star
04:31:57    No star centering desired
04:31:57    
04:31:57    System: 253mmf6-STL-1
04:31:57    ** Beginning Focus run **
04:31:57    LS: -0.160176 RS: 0.160139 PID: 3.34 NFHFD: 10
04:31:58    Move direction: Out
04:31:58    Temperature = 579.0
04:31:58    Filter number = 4
04:31:58    Focus Start: 1660
04:32:13    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
04:32:13    Try star search again with cropped border
04:32:14    Target star found at  X = 1884, Y = 2117
04:32:14    Focus exposures will be 2.00 sec
04:32:21    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
04:32:22    1660  ,  33.53  ,  0  ,  1916  ,  2120  ,  18290
04:32:31    1733  ,  22.04  ,  0  ,  1917  ,  2123  ,  32479
04:32:32    On correct side of focus
04:32:32    Move to Near Focus HFD
04:32:41    1771  ,  16.20  ,  0  ,  1917  ,  2125  ,  33844
04:32:50    1810  ,  10.03  ,  0  ,  1917  ,  2126  ,  33951
04:32:51    ** Starting Near Focus **
04:32:51    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
04:32:51    1810  ,  10.03  ,  1871  ,  1917  ,  2126  ,  33951
04:32:58    1810  ,   9.91  ,  1871  ,  1917  ,  2126  ,  34244
04:33:05    1810  ,  10.91  ,  1873  ,  1916  ,  2128  ,  33090
04:33:12    1810  ,   9.52  ,  1871  ,  1917  ,  2129  ,  33356
04:33:20    1810  ,   9.79  ,  1871  ,  1916  ,  2130  ,  34725
04:33:20    Best Focus is: 1871
04:33:30    1871  ,   3.01  ,  1871  ,  1917  ,  2133  ,  33875
04:33:31    Focusing Completed
04:33:31    Focus time = 94 sec
04:33:32    Performing return slew of 12.2569 degrees
04:33:32    Slewing to: 06:42:41.4  Dec: 09 30' 08.1"
04:33:59    Acquire Star completed
04:33:59   FocusMax auto-focus successful!
04:33:59     HFD = 3.01
04:33:59     Focus position = 1871
04:33:59   Autofocus finished.
04:33:59   Updating pointing...
04:33:59   (taking 30 sec. exposure, Clear filter, binning = 3)
04:34:54   (HFD = 8.94)
04:34:54   Calibrating image...
04:34:54   (avg HFD = 4.50)
04:34:54   Plate-solve pointing image.
04:34:55   549 image stars found
04:34:56   792 catalog stars found
04:34:56   Solved! 163 stars matched.
04:34:56   Average residual is 0.8 arcsec.
04:34:56   Pointing error is 0.788 arcmin @ angle 251.08
04:34:56   True focal length is 175.5 cm.
04:34:56   True image center (J2000): 06h 41m 05.0s   09 27' 24.67"
04:34:56   Imager sky position angle is 272.8 deg.
04:34:57   [sync] pointing model updated
04:34:57   Internal guider, always re-slew
04:34:57   Re-slew to target.
04:34:57   Start slew to CONE-Ha...
04:34:58   (wait for slew to complete)
04:35:13   (slew complete)
04:35:13   Camera is aimed at the target.
04:35:24   (guide star SNR=4.2 X=54 Y=181)
04:35:27   (autoguiding at 2.00 sec.)
04:35:27   (waiting for guider to settle...)
04:35:32   Imaging to CONE-Ha-S002-R003-Ha
04:35:32   (taking 1800 sec. exposure, Ha filter, binning = 1)
05:06:12   (HFD = 0.00)
05:06:13   (avg HFD = 4.99)
05:06:16   Do periodic auto-focus...
05:06:17   (autoguider stopped)
05:06:19   Starting FocusMax AcquireStar autofocus...
05:06:19     
05:06:19    ** Starting Acquire Star Sequence **
05:06:19    Catalog: USNO-A2.0
05:06:20    ** Taking pointing exposure **
05:06:44    PinPoint.Plate Error -2147220457: The image field is so big that we reached the limit of stars from the USNO A/SA catalog.
modPinPoint Sub SolvePlate
05:06:44    
05:06:44    Plate not solved - starting spiral search
05:06:44    Doing a spiral search to solve this pointing exposure.
05:06:44    ** Begining Spiral search **
05:06:45    85 plate image stars found
05:06:46    SpiralSolve failed to solve the pointing exposure.
05:06:46    Current telescope position not plate solved!
05:06:46    Current pointing:  RA 06:42:51.4  Dec 09 32' 37.5"
05:06:47    
05:06:47    ** Getting catalog stars between mag 3 & 7 **
05:06:47    Looking for target star > 60 deg altitude
05:06:47    
05:06:47    Field search = 2.0 x 2.0 (degrees)
05:06:48    1 potential target stars found
05:06:49    Current target stars = 1
05:06:49    
05:06:49    Field search = 4.0 x 4.0 (degrees)
05:06:52    6 potential target stars found
05:07:00    Target stars = 3
05:07:00    Identified target stars:
05:07:00    Star 1 mag 6.20 RA 07:04:16.9 Dec 12 35' 05.8" (Topo)
05:07:00    Star 2 mag 6.80 RA 07:00:49.7 Dec 15 16' 45.8" (Topo)
05:07:01    Star 3 mag 7.00 RA 07:06:00.3 Dec 14 27' 48.7" (Topo)
05:07:01    Using 6.20 mag star at  RA 07:04:16.9  Dec 12 35' 05.8" (Topo)
05:07:01    Slewing 6.0726 degrees to target star
05:07:22    No star centering desired
05:07:23    
05:07:23    System: 253mmf6-STL-1
05:07:23    ** Beginning Focus run **
05:07:23    LS: -0.160176 RS: 0.160139 PID: 3.34 NFHFD: 10
05:07:24    Move direction: Out
05:07:24    Temperature = 576.0
05:07:24    Filter number = 4
05:07:24    Focus Start: 1660
05:07:39    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
05:07:39    Try star search again with cropped border
05:07:40    Target star found at  X = 1758, Y = 2441
05:07:40    Focus exposures will be 2.00 sec
05:07:48    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
05:07:48    Increasing frame width
05:07:58    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
05:07:58    1660  ,  32.01  ,  0  ,  1759  ,  2447  ,  61629
05:08:08    1729  ,  21.28  ,  0  ,  1758  ,  2453  ,  60716
05:08:09    On correct side of focus
05:08:09    Move to Near Focus HFD
05:08:18    1764  ,  16.13  ,  0  ,  1758  ,  2454  ,  61239
05:08:27    1802  ,  10.82  ,  0  ,  1758  ,  2457  ,  61200
05:08:27    ** Starting Near Focus **
05:08:28    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
05:08:28    1802  ,  10.82  ,  1868  ,  1758  ,  2457  ,  61200
05:08:35    1802  ,  10.68  ,  1867  ,  1758  ,  2458  ,  61939
05:08:43    1802  ,  10.49  ,  1867  ,  1758  ,  2459  ,  61095
05:08:50    1802  ,  10.71  ,  1867  ,  1758  ,  2460  ,  60323
05:08:58    1802  ,  10.51  ,  1867  ,  1758  ,  2459  ,  61602
05:08:58    Best Focus is: 1867
05:09:08    1867  ,   3.55  ,  1867  ,  1757  ,  2463  ,  61959
05:09:09    Focusing Completed
05:09:09    Focus time = 106 sec
05:09:10    Performing return slew of 6.0713 degrees
05:09:10    Slewing to: 06:42:51.4  Dec: 09 32' 37.5"
05:09:31    Acquire Star completed
05:09:32   FocusMax auto-focus successful!
05:09:32     HFD = 3.55
05:09:32     Focus position = 1867
05:09:32   Autofocus finished.
05:09:32   Updating pointing...
05:09:32   (taking 30 sec. exposure, Clear filter, binning = 3)
05:10:27   (HFD = 7.17)
05:10:27   Calibrating image...
05:10:27   (avg HFD = 4.46)
05:10:27   Plate-solve pointing image.
05:10:28   526 image stars found
05:10:29   792 catalog stars found
05:10:29   Solved! 163 stars matched.
05:10:29   Average residual is 0.56 arcsec.
05:10:29   Pointing error is 0.591 arcmin @ angle 255.21
05:10:29   True focal length is 175.5 cm.
05:10:29   True image center (J2000): 06h 41m 05.7s   09 27' 30.95"
05:10:29   Imager sky position angle is 272.8 deg.
05:10:30   [sync] pointing model updated
05:10:30   Internal guider, always re-slew
05:10:30   Re-slew to target.
05:10:30   Start slew to CONE-Ha...
05:10:31   (wait for slew to complete)
05:10:46   (slew complete)
05:10:46   Camera is aimed at the target.
05:10:57   (guide star SNR=5.4 X=56 Y=181)
05:11:00   (autoguiding at 2.00 sec.)
05:11:00   (waiting for guider to settle...)
05:11:05   Imaging to CONE-Ha-S002-R004-Ha
05:11:05   (taking 1800 sec. exposure, Ha filter, binning = 1)
05:41:46   (HFD = 0.00)
05:41:48   (avg HFD = 3.2)
05:41:51   (autoguider stopped)
05:41:53 Turning tracking 0ff
05:41:58 == End of run ==
ACP console log closed 08-Jan-2007 05:50:03 UTC