There are many different ways that Astrometric's products are used

Manual

  • 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.

Batched

  • 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.

Autonomous

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.
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