While reading a MaximDL post about a soon to be released updated guiding routine, I saw a mention of an acronym I was unfamiliar with... "SGP". After some hunting around I found what the acronym stood for, Sequence Generator Pro, SGP is a image capture suite with a very low price point of $100. Could this be a viable option to MaximDL?
So far, I've installed the software (45 day free trial) and it's talking to all my hardware, atlas mount, sBig camera, Orion starshoot auto guider, and robo-focus. Getting this far was pretty painless.
Next steps will be to see how PHD2 guiding compares to MaximDL. Iit uses PHD2 for guiding but it's built into the software suite, then plate solving, and finally, running a image capture sequence.
It has some very attractive features that I've always thought Maxim should have but doesn't, to many to mention so i've added this video that is was the The Astro Imaging Channel that goes thru many of them.
Getting Started Videos
More useful links
- The first week with SGPro tutorial (focusing, target framing, sequencing and flips by Alex McConahay)
- Download SGP free 45 day trial.
- SGP Website
- Ansvr - Astrometry.net API server for SGP local blind solving The ansvr bundle allows Sequence Generator Pro users to run the Astrometry.net plate solver on their PC in place of the nova.astrometry.net Web service. This allows SGP users to access the Astrometry.net plate solver without an internet connection.
- Planewave catalogs APM and UCAC3 only the catalogs are needed, the planewave solver is built into SGP