Ultimately, before starting AutoFlats the telescope must be made to point at a light source. Here, you can (optionally) specify a predefined position that AutoFlats will automatically move to before starting. If you’d prefer to position the telescope yourself before starting, leave the “Manually position telescope” option selected. In order to automatically position the telescope when the run starts, you may choose:



  • Automatic (Sky Flats only): Selecting this option will position the telescope such that it is exactly 1 hour from zenith and 180 degrees opposite the Sun.
  • At a specific position: Typically used for Panel Flats, enter the position that corresponds to the mounting position of your light panel or to a position that allows for the Flat Box shutter to be closed safely.
  • At the Park position: Typically used for Panel Flats, it assumes that the Park position leaves the telescope pointing at a viable light source or that an automatic flat box can be used safely from this position.
  • At the Home position: Typically used for Panel Flats, it assumes that the Home position leaves the telescope pointing at a viable light source or that an automatic flat box can be used safely from this position.


Note: Automatic Flat Boix shutters will be closed only after the telescope is in the desired position.