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

NGC281
NGC 281: 253mm f/6 Newtonian, AP1200, and STL11K Data Collected Robotically

Session Plan


; NGC 281 Pac Man Nebula
; Written by William R. Mattil
;
; == NGC 281 ==
#AFINTERVAL 30
#INTERVAL 1800
#REPEAT 3
#BINNING 1
#FILTER Ha
NGC 281

Session Log


09-Jan-2007@013011.Log

ACP console log opened 09-Jan-2007 01:30:11 UTC
This is ACP version 4.2 (build 7, Production Release)
Licensed to William R. Mattil
01:30:13 Initializing AcquireSupport V4.2.7 (Bill Mattil Test)
01:30:13 Telescope is ACP->AstroPhysics, driver V1
01:30:15 Imager is SBIG Universal
01:30:15 Guider is SBIG Universal(internal)
01:30:15 Calculated unbinned plate scales (arcsec/pix): H = 1.09 V = 1.09
01:30:15 Calculated field of view (arcmin): H = 72.6 V = 48.4
01:30:15 This is AcquireImages V4.2.12
01:30:15 Starting run for plan NGC281-3x1800s.txt...
01:30:15 Pointing exposures:
01:30:15   Exposure Interval = 30
01:30:15   Min brightness = 0
01:30:15   Sigma = 3
01:30:15   Cat max mag = 14
01:30:15 Final exposure:
01:30:15   Default interval = 30
01:30:15   (plate solving is disabled)
01:30:15 Starting observing run.
01:30:15 File set-numbers start with 1
01:30:15   (scheduled initial pointing update)
01:30:15 ; NGC281 Cassiopeia
01:30:15 ; Written by William R. Mattil
01:30:15 ;
01:30:15 ; == NGC 281 ==
01:30:15 ;#AUTOFOCUS
01:30:15   Start slew to NGC 281...
01:30:17 Auto-Focus will be done every 30 minutes
01:30:17 Doing NGC 281 (# 1 of 1 in set 1)
01:30:17 NGC 281 will be repeated 3 times.
01:30:17   (wait for slew to complete)
01:30:32   (slew complete)
01:30:32   Using Ha filter for imaging
01:30:33   Updating pointing...
01:30:33   (taking 30 sec. exposure, Clear filter, binning = 3)
01:31:28   (HFD = 8.28)
01:31:28   Calibrating image...
01:31:29   (avg HFD = 4.91)
01:31:29   Plate-solve pointing image.
01:31:31   1336 image stars found
01:31:31   1241 catalog stars found
01:31:34   Solved! 118 stars matched.
01:31:35   Average residual is 0.52 arcsec.
01:31:35   Pointing error is 9.021 arcmin @ angle 316.81
01:31:35   True focal length is 175.5 cm.
01:31:35   True image center (J2000): 00h 52m 14.9s   56 43' 35.33"
01:31:35   Imager sky position angle is 93.1 deg.
01:31:36   [sync] pointing model updated
01:31:36   Internal guider, always re-slew
01:31:36   Re-slew to target.
01:31:36   Start slew to NGC 281...
01:31:37   (wait for slew to complete)
01:31:52   (slew complete)
01:31:52   Camera is aimed at the target.
01:31:52   (long exp(s), no orbital tracking, trying to autoguide)
01:32:04   (guide star SNR=3.0 X=207 Y=131)
01:32:08   (autoguiding at 2.75 sec.)
01:32:08 **DUPLICATE IMAGE NAME - ADDED _dupe-1
01:32:08   Imaging to NGC 281-S001-R001-Ha_dupe-1
01:32:08   (taking 1800 sec. exposure, Ha filter, binning = 1)
02:03:05   (HFD = 0.00)
02:03:05   (avg HFD = 5.28)
02:03:10   Do periodic auto-focus...
02:03:10   (autoguider stopped)
02:03:13   Starting FocusMax AcquireStar autofocus...
02:03:15     
02:03:15    ** Starting Acquire Star Sequence **
02:03:15    Catalog: USNO-A2.0
02:03:16    ** Taking pointing exposure **
02:03:43    
02:03:43    Plate not solved - starting spiral search
02:03:44    Doing a spiral search to solve this pointing exposure.
02:03:44    ** Begining Spiral search **
02:03:45    66 plate image stars found
02:03:46    SpiralSolve failed to solve the pointing exposure.
02:03:46    Current telescope position not plate solved!
02:03:46    Current pointing:  RA 00:54:05.5  Dec 56 36' 10.0"
02:03:47    
02:03:47    ** Getting catalog stars between mag 3 & 7 **
02:03:47    Looking for target star > 60 deg altitude
02:03:47    
02:03:49    Field search = 2.0 x 2.0 (degrees)
02:03:49    0 potential target stars found
02:03:50    Current target stars = 0
02:03:50    
02:03:50    Field search = 4.0 x 4.0 (degrees)
02:03:55    5 potential target stars found
02:04:01    Target stars = 3
02:04:01    Identified target stars:
02:04:01    Star 1 mag 6.20 RA 01:04:26.9 Dec 52 32' 41.8" (Topo)
02:04:01    Star 2 mag 6.90 RA 01:03:18.2 Dec 51 50' 27.3" (Topo)
02:04:01    Star 3 mag 6.50 RA 01:05:11.2 Dec 51 03' 08.8" (Topo)
02:04:02    Using 6.20 mag star at  RA 01:04:26.9  Dec 52 32' 41.8" (Topo)
02:04:02    Slewing 4.3257 degrees to target star
02:04:23    No star centering desired
02:04:24    
02:04:24    System: 253mmf6-STL-1
02:04:24    ** Beginning Focus run **
02:04:25    LS: -0.160176 RS: 0.160139 PID: 3.34 NFHFD: 10
02:04:25    Move direction: Out
02:04:25    Temperature = 590.0
02:04:25    Filter number = 4
02:04:25    Focus Start: 1660
02:04:42    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
02:04:42    Try star search again with cropped border
02:04:43    Target star found at  X = 1819, Y = 891
02:04:43    Focus exposures will be 2.00 sec
02:04:53    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
02:04:53    1660  ,  30.80  ,  0  ,  1821  ,  893  ,  64365
02:05:05    1725  ,  20.25  ,  0  ,  1821  ,  893  ,  64559
02:05:06    On correct side of focus
02:05:06    Move to Near Focus HFD
02:05:13    1757  ,  15.56  ,  0  ,  1821  ,  893  ,  62399
02:05:23    1792  ,  10.33  ,  0  ,  1821  ,  893  ,  62403
02:05:23    ** Starting Near Focus **
02:05:23    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
02:05:23    1792  ,  10.33  ,  1855  ,  1821  ,  893  ,  62403
02:05:29    1792  ,   9.84  ,  1853  ,  1821  ,  893  ,  59407
02:05:35    1792  ,   9.81  ,  1853  ,  1821  ,  893  ,  60008
02:05:40    1792  ,   9.51  ,  1852  ,  1821  ,  893  ,  59944
02:05:46    1792  ,   9.51  ,  1852  ,  1822  ,  893  ,  61840
02:05:46    Best Focus is: 1852
02:05:57    1852  ,   3.36  ,  1852  ,  1821  ,  892  ,  62422
02:05:58    Focusing Completed
02:05:58    Focus time = 94 sec
02:05:59    Performing return slew of 4.323 degrees
02:05:59    Slewing to: 00:54:05.5  Dec: 56 36' 10.0"
02:06:22    Acquire Star completed
02:06:23   FocusMax auto-focus successful!
02:06:23     HFD = 3.36
02:06:23     Focus position = 1852
02:06:23   Autofocus finished.
02:06:23   Updating pointing...
02:06:23   (taking 30 sec. exposure, Clear filter, binning = 3)
02:07:19   (HFD = 10.30)
02:07:19   Calibrating image...
02:07:19   (avg HFD = 5.10)
02:07:19   Plate-solve pointing image.
02:07:20   1277 image stars found
02:07:21   1241 catalog stars found
02:07:21   Solved! 140 stars matched.
02:07:21   Average residual is 0.59 arcsec.
02:07:21   Pointing error is 0.297 arcmin @ angle 244.40
02:07:22   True focal length is 175.5 cm.
02:07:22   True image center (J2000): 00h 52m 57.9s   56 36' 53.51"
02:07:22   Imager sky position angle is 93.1 deg.
02:07:23   [sync] pointing model updated
02:07:23   Internal guider, always re-slew
02:07:23   Re-slew to target.
02:07:23   Start slew to NGC 281...
02:07:24   (wait for slew to complete)
02:07:40   (slew complete)
02:07:40   Camera is aimed at the target.
02:07:51   (guide star SNR=3.0 X=208 Y=133)
02:07:55   (autoguiding at 2.59 sec.)
02:07:55   (waiting for guider to settle...)
02:08:01   Imaging to NGC 281-S001-R002-Ha
02:08:01   (taking 1800 sec. exposure, Ha filter, binning = 1)
02:38:52   (HFD = 0.00)
02:38:53   (avg HFD = 5.67)
02:38:57   Do periodic auto-focus...
02:38:57   (autoguider stopped)
02:39:00   Starting FocusMax AcquireStar autofocus...
02:39:00     
02:39:00    ** Starting Acquire Star Sequence **
02:39:00    Catalog: USNO-A2.0
02:39:03    ** Taking pointing exposure **
02:39:28    
02:39:28    Plate not solved - starting spiral search
02:39:29    Doing a spiral search to solve this pointing exposure.
02:39:29    ** Begining Spiral search **
02:39:30    76 plate image stars found
02:39:31    SpiralSolve failed to solve the pointing exposure.
02:39:31    Current telescope position not plate solved!
02:39:31    Current pointing:  RA 00:54:02.1  Dec 56 38' 29.6"
02:39:31    
02:39:31    ** Getting catalog stars between mag 3 & 7 **
02:39:31    Looking for target star > 60 deg altitude
02:39:32    
02:39:32    Field search = 2.0 x 2.0 (degrees)
02:39:33    0 potential target stars found
02:39:33    Current target stars = 0
02:39:33    
02:39:34    Field search = 4.0 x 4.0 (degrees)
02:39:35    1 potential target stars found
02:39:35    Current target stars = 1
02:39:36    
02:39:37    Field search = 6.0 x 6.0 (degrees)
02:39:39    7 potential target stars found
02:39:44    Target stars = 3
02:39:44    Identified target stars:
02:39:45    Star 1 mag 5.40 RA 01:30:31.5 Dec 47 02' 54.3" (Topo)
02:39:45    Star 2 mag 7.00 RA 01:44:40.0 Dec 48 15' 05.9" (Topo)
02:39:45    Star 3 mag 7.00 RA 01:36:28.8 Dec 47 09' 18.9" (Topo)
02:39:45    Using 5.40 mag star at  RA 01:30:31.5  Dec 47 02' 54.3" (Topo)
02:39:45    Slewing 11.1046 degrees to target star
02:40:12    No star centering desired
02:40:13    
02:40:13    System: 253mmf6-STL-1
02:40:13    ** Beginning Focus run **
02:40:13    LS: -0.160176 RS: 0.160139 PID: 3.34 NFHFD: 10
02:40:14    Move direction: Out
02:40:14    Temperature = 586.0
02:40:14    Filter number = 4
02:40:14    Focus Start: 1660
02:40:30    Star is too close to frame edge or is too weak
02:40:30    Try star search again with cropped border
02:40:31    Target star found at  X = 1901, Y = 720
02:40:32    Focus exposures will be 2.00 sec
02:40:40    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
02:40:40    1660  ,  31.34  ,  0  ,  1906  ,  729  ,  49842
02:40:48    1727  ,  21.00  ,  0  ,  1906  ,  730  ,  96221
02:40:48    On correct side of focus
02:40:49    Move to Near Focus HFD
02:40:58    1761  ,  15.29  ,  0  ,  1906  ,  729  ,  94707
02:41:06    1794  ,   9.72  ,  0  ,  1907  ,  730  ,  95431
02:41:06    ** Starting Near Focus **
02:41:07    Position , HFD , Mean Best Focus , X , Y , Flux
02:41:07    1794  ,   9.72  ,  1853  ,  1907  ,  730  ,  95431
02:41:13    1794  ,  10.14  ,  1854  ,  1906  ,  729  ,  93028
02:41:18    1794  ,  10.12  ,  1855  ,  1907  ,  728  ,  94962
02:41:24    1794  ,  10.30  ,  1855  ,  1907  ,  728  ,  93444
02:41:29    1794  ,   9.91  ,  1855  ,  1907  ,  728  ,  94096
02:41:29    Best Focus is: 1855
02:41:44    1855  ,   3.35  ,  1855  ,  1906  ,  728  ,  97162
02:41:45    Focusing Completed
02:41:45    Focus time = 93 sec
02:41:46    Performing return slew of 11.1011 degrees
02:41:46    Slewing to: 00:54:02.1  Dec: 56 38' 29.6"
02:42:14    Acquire Star completed
02:42:15   FocusMax auto-focus successful!
02:42:15     HFD = 3.35
02:42:15     Focus position = 1855
02:42:15   Autofocus finished.
02:42:15   Updating pointing...
02:42:15   (taking 30 sec. exposure, Clear filter, binning = 3)
02:43:11   (HFD = 10.54)
02:43:11   Calibrating image...
02:43:12   (avg HFD = 5.15)
02:43:12   Plate-solve pointing image.
02:43:13   1302 image stars found
02:43:13   1241 catalog stars found
02:43:14   Solved! 139 stars matched.
02:43:14   Average residual is 0.6 arcsec.
02:43:14   Pointing error is 0.257 arcmin @ angle 199.51
02:43:14   True focal length is 175.5 cm.
02:43:14   True image center (J2000): 00h 52m 59.3s   56 36' 46.69"
02:43:14   Imager sky position angle is 93.1 deg.
02:43:15   [sync] pointing model updated
02:43:15   Internal guider, always re-slew
02:43:15   Re-slew to target.
02:43:15   Start slew to NGC 281...
02:43:17   (wait for slew to complete)
02:43:32   (slew complete)
02:43:32   Camera is aimed at the target.
02:43:42   (guide star SNR=3.6 X=209 Y=134)
02:43:47   (autoguiding at 2.00 sec.)
02:43:47   (waiting for guider to settle...)
02:43:53   Imaging to NGC 281-S001-R003-Ha
02:43:53   (taking 1800 sec. exposure, Ha filter, binning = 1)
03:13:41   (HFD = 0.00)
03:13:43   (avg HFD = 5.74)
03:13:49   (autoguider stopped)
03:13:49 Turning tracking off.
03:13:49 == End of run ==
ACP console log closed 09-Jan-2007 03:13:49 UTC