The last section to cover (with respect to using AutoFlats as a standalone tool), deals with export of your Flat Events into the sequence. Prior to AutoFlats, the only way to capture flat frames was to introduce a Flat type event into the event table for a target. The introduction of AutoFlats provides more options to help you capture flats, but it doesn’t remove any. Specifically, it may be desirable, instead of using AutoFlats to actually capture the data, you use it to just define the flats you need and then export them to the main sequence. Whatever fits your particular workflow best…


To export Flat Events, click on the last tab, choose how to export and then click the “Export Button”.



Export Options


  • Add flat events to new targets: For each Flat Event defined, it will be exported into a new Sequence Target. The exporter will create as few new targets as possible and will group them by camera angle where a new Flats Target will be created to hold all Flat Events that are to be captured at a specific angle. The new Flat Target will be named using the names of all corresponding Light Targets (or "Multiple Targets" if too many). For example, a new target that holds Flat Events for a target named “m33” will be named “Flats (m33)”. A new target that holds Flat Events for a target named “m33” and “m42” will be named “Flats (m33,m42)”.
  • Add flat events to existing targets: For each Flat Event defined, it will be exported into existing Sequence Targets as "Flat" type events. If a Flat Event (above) does not define a sequence target as its "parent", it will be added to a new target named "Flat Orphans". In other words, this option will create Flat Events side-by-side with corresponding Light Events.
  • Pause sequence before starting flats: Checking this option will ensure that, prior to starting any of the exported Flat Events, the sequence is paused and you are alerted. This is useful if you need to perform any “pre-flat” setup steps like powering on a light panel or positioning the telescope.