There are many different ways that Astrometric's products are used
User directly manually interacts with the telescope (non-automated)
Telescope is used in real-time (observer up all night)
User can observe or take images: both interactively
Typical software used: Planetarium software such as TheSkyX from Software Bisque, Starry Night from Simulation Cirriculum or Cartes Du Ciel (shareware) using ASCOM or Bisque X2 interface to Astrometric's instrument control products.
List of objects to image is assembled. This is the “Target List”
A single user submits the Target List to the Observatory Control Software
After dark, Observatory Control Software:
Orchestrates telescope, dome, camera, focuser, filterwheel, rotator to take images
Images taken in sequence until list is exhausted, weather goes bad or the night ends
Typical software used: observatory automation software such as ACP from DC3 Dreams or CCDAutoPilot from CCDWare using ASCOM interface to Astrometric's instrument control products.
Same as Batched except…
Observatory is automatically controlled and images “dispatched” in sequence to best meet criteria pre-specified by user(s)
Supports multiple users
Typical software used: ACP Expert Edition from DC3 Dreams.