Sequence Generator Pro can import target sets (lists of targets) from both AstroPlanner and Starry Nights.  When a target is imported into Sequence Generator Pro it will appear in the "Target List" box of the sequencer.  Inspecting its properties will show that it also imports the location specific to that target.


To do this, click in the File menu, then on the "Import Targets" menu.  Finally, select the application from which you would like to import:



After selecting a file for import, you will be presented with a dialog that will allow for imported targets to be created with centering or slewing options checked by default (otherwise SGPro will assume that will do this manually).  Obviously, these options should only be used if you are importing location data (in J2000).



SkyTools 4


SkyTools 4 exports xml files that can be used to import target and sequence events into SGPro. At the time of this writing SkyTools 4 is unique in that it is the only import that supports event building (and not just creation of new targets).


The sequencing model present in SkyTools doesn’t exactly match the model used by SGPro, but it’s pretty close. See discrepancies below.


Known Discrepancies:


  • Target Start Dates: SkyTools exports a specific date for the sequence. SGPro will ignore this and make a target that starts today and then, for subsequent days, you can choose to either time or altitude lock the target’s start time.
  • Target Start Times: The SkyTools export has a notion of start times for both slew actions and individual images. SGPro does not have this distinction and, as such will interpret any encountered start as follows:
  • Slew start times: This is mapped to the SGPro target’s start time
  • Image start times: If this start time is encountered on the first image after a slew action, it will override any start time found in the slew action. Image start times found in SkyTools images that are NOT the first image are ignored.
  • Target End Times: The SkyTools export has a notion of end times for individual images. SGPro does not have this distinction and, as such will search for the most permissive end time for all images in that slew group and use that as the SGPro target’s end time.
  • Number of frames to capture: SkyTools supports the notion of “capture infinite frames” as long as an end time is specified. SGPro event’s always have a non-infinite value here.
  • Dither every N Frames: SGPro does support this feature, but not as it relates to individual images. You can introduce this functionality into your sequence in the Control Panel’s Auto Guider tab.


AstroPlanner


AstroPlanner requires that you export in the XML format.  To do this, create your AstroPlanner list, the click on the FIle menu, "Export" and then "Generic Text, Excel, XML or JSON file..."



In the export dialog, you will need to select XML for the "Text Format" options:



The rest of the settings should be OK to leave as is.  Click "Export" and you should be done.  This is the file you will want to import into SGPro.


Starry Nights


Starry Nights requires that you create an "Observing List" and then export this as a simple text file.  To do this, first click on the "Lists" tab (on the left side).  Once this tab is open you either need to select or create a new Observing list:



Finally, after selecting the list of interest, there will be an "Export" button at the bottom of the tab pane (below all the targets in that list):



Click export and save the file to disk.  This is the file you will want to import into SGPro.



Telescopius


Unlike the other types of imports, this option does not require ingestion of a file.  Instead, you will use the website address of your Telescopius observing list.


When you arrive at the Telescopius website and log in using your Telescopius account, you will see a navigation bar at the top.  Choose the "My Observing List" option.



When you click this menu item, you will be presented with your Telescopius observing list.  If it's your first time here, it will be empty.  Follow local instructions to populate your list.  What SGPro needs in order to produce viable targets from your list is the URL.  At this point, you can just copy it from your browser's address bar:



Then in SGPro, simply paste it into the target import dialog:



Click OK and you're done!


Note:  The Telescopius list import will populate suggested start and end-times based on visibility at your location.  You will need to review these times before running the sequence.