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Command Summary

This section is organized by Pages selected by the Main Buttons on the left.  Following are the menu choices off the main window.

Menu Choices



File
  • Exit exits the program.  The size and position of both the main window and the session window, if open, are saved upon exit.

    System Profile
  • Save saves the current system profile along with any changes that have been made since the last save.
  • Save As allows saving the current system state as a new system profile.  You will be prompted for a new system profile name.

    The following menu items are active only when the Setup page is selected and a session is not running.
  • Load provides navigation to load another system profile.
  • New creates a new system profile with original defaults.

    Targets

    The following menu items are active only when the Session page is selected and a session is not running.
  • Import From CCDNavigator Session Plan imports target and series data from a CCDNavigator session plan if no Session Plan Path is set and no session plan is  in the path for the current date. If the target name being imported is already in the Target Database, it will be deleted from the target database. Any other active targets will become inactive after the import.
  • Import From Target List As Text File imports a list of targets as either comma delimited or tab delimited text file.  See here for format.
  • Import From Starry Night Pro Observing Plan  imports a list of target names and coordinates from Starry Night Pro
  • Export Targets to Text File exports the current target name and coordinate data to either a comma delimited or tab delimited text file.  See here for format.

    The following menu items are active only when the Setup page is selected and a session is not running.
  • Load Database loads a new database.
  • Save Database As saves the existing database to a new database.  You will be prompted for a new target database name.Saving to the program folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\CCDWare\CCDAutoPilot5\) is not recommended.
  • New Database loads a new empty database.  Only default customized templates will be available in a new target database. Any templates you have added will be lost..Saving a new target databasse to the program folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\CCDWare\CCDAutoPilot5\) is not recommended.


    Help
  • Help Topics loads this help file
  • Troubleshooting Information  opens the help file to the Troubleshooting topic with suggestions on where to begin.
  • Reset: If CCDAutoPilot fails to load, selecting CCDAP5 Reset from the Start menu resets all key data as if CCDAutoPilot were never installed (except for the trial period status of course).   Your system profile(s) and target list(s) are not affected. You can also access this function from Start/CCDWare/CCDAutoPilot5/CCDAutoPilot5 Reset.
  • Trace: While the status window and the attendant log provide event logging during an active run, there are possible occasions when things don't go as expected before starting an actual session.  The trace facility can be used whenever things don't seem to be "working right" before running a session.  The Trace facility provides diagnostic information for this condition.  When this topic is selected, CCDAutoPilot's trace facility is turned on and CCDAutoPilot closes.  When CCDAutoPilot is next started, the trace facility is engaged and  a trace file will be written to (My) Documents\CCDWare\CCDAutoPilot5\. A new file is written each time CCDAutoPilot is started.  The file has a file name of Trace<yyyymmdd>_<HHmmss>.log and will record any error messages.  When Trace is enabled, all plate solving images ("Sync_Image") are saved, whether successful or not.  Trace being on is indicated by a check next to the Help menu selection.  To turn Trace off, select this topic again.  CCDAutoPilot will close and Trace will be disabled when CCDAutoPilot is next started.  Contact support for interpretation of any messages in the trace file.
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  • About displays version and license information.

    Support Forum provides a direct link to the CCDWare support forum.  If you can't solve a problem, this is the best place to come for support.