Throughout the Setup workspace, Voyager uses color to indicate the following:
- Black: A normal setting
- Gold or Yellow: Use caution when changing as things may not work well or as expected
- Red: Use extreme care when changing this setting - the wrong value can damage your equipment or the imaging session may fail
Rotator Setup Workspace
Click the Rotator button in the Setup workspace to display the Rotator Setup window:
Select your rotator from the drop-down list at the top of the Rotator Setup window:
- The options are None for no rotator and ASCOM Rotator for a rotator controlled via an ASCOM driver.
- Click the ASCOM button to choose the ASCOM driver for your rotator
For sync we talk about synchronize the position angle of the rotator to the Equator position angle (or the arbitray angle). Voyager can manage Rotator Sync based on the driver capabilities:
- (A) Driver without Sync (like ones with ASCOM Interface V2)
- (B) Driver with Sync (like ones with ASCOM Interface V3)
The value of offset for Sync can be managed using the Sync button in Rotator Command Widget in Voyager GUI column Command.
You will input manually the angle to sync.
If you have driver type (A) Voyager will calculate automatically for you the Offset and value will be stored in actual Voyager Profile. You might have more Voyager profiles with different offset if you sharing the same driver and rotator.
If you have driver type (B) ASCOM Driver will calculate automatically for you the Offset and value will be stored in ASCOM driver settings permanently. Value stored will be equal for all Voyager setup profiles in case of driver and rotator sharing.
The Rotator Workaround panel of the Rotator Setup workspace contains a workaround for rotators that require a delay after finishing the move and before resuming exposures:
- Wait Time After Rotator FInished Move: Check the box and enter the delay time in seconds if your rotator requires Voyager to delay the next action after the rotator move finishes. This can be helpful if your rotator returns from the "Move" command before it actually finishes the rotation, or if a delay is required after the move completes to allow vibrations to settle down. Some rotator drivers report rotation is finished before the rotator has actually stopped. This can cause elongated stars if the next exposure starts immediately
- Reverse: activate the reverse calculation of rotation, useful if during Sky PA point the calculate angle not converge to the sky PA requested. This flag can be applied if your driver support the reverse ASCOM option. Changing to this flag need to disconnect and reconnect the setup in Voyager to apply the change.