Note that this feature is separate from the standalone autoguiding features
of the Pictor XT. (see manual Section 1).
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1. Select Autoguide from the Camera Menu, then select the autoguiding mode.
PictorView XT supports two modes of autoguiding: Guiding on the brightest
object in the field of vision, and guiding on a selected object.
2. For guide on brightest: select guide on brightest. The camera will take
an exposure, determine the brightest point, and begin guiding on it.
3. For user guide: The Pictor will take an image and display it, then prompt
you to double click on the object you wish to guide on. After confirmation,
the camera will then guiding on the selected object.
4. While autoguiding, a display will appear that shows each successive correction
made by the Pictor. This will continue until you press the Stop Autoguiding
5. Note: The 416XT and 1616XT are not intended to be used as computer-controlled
|Section 15: Toolbar and Status Bar|
The toolbar contains icons for accessing many of the most popular features
of PictorView XT. The status bar provides tool tips for each menu item,
communication status information, the current x and y coordinates of the
mouse on the active image, and the temperature of the CCD chip.
(left to right):
File Open: Displays the File Open window.
File Save: Saves the current active image.
Copy: Copies the active image to the clipboard.
Print: Prints the active image.
Zoom In: Zooms in the active image by 50%.
Zoom Out: Zooms out the active image by 50%.
Subframe Tool: Turns on the subframe mode for the active image.
Exposure Setup List: List box of all 16 possible exposure setups.
Current setup is selected.
Edit Exposure Setup: Opens the Edit Setup window for the current
Take Image: Takes an image using the current setup.
AutoFocus: Starts the autofocusing mode.
Image Information: Displays the Image Information window.
Image Scaling Tool: Displays the Image Scaling and histogram
Blink Image Comparator: Opens the Blink Comparator window to
blink two images.
Autoguide on Brightest: Immediately starts autoguiding on the
brightest object in the camera's field of view.
Connect / Disconnect: Connects to the camera if offline, prompted
disconnect if online.
About PictorView XT: Displays the PictorView XT About Box, with
memory and resource information.
Status Bar: (left to right)
Tips: Shows basic tip information about menu commands and toolbar icons
as they are highlighted.
X,Y: Shows the X,Y coordinates of the mouse as it moves over the
Dn: Displays the intensity value for the current pixel (0 to 255for 8 bit images, 0 to 65536 for 16 bit images). This may not be available
for all image types.
Connection: Shows the connection status; Offline or Online, the Comm
port and Baud
Temperature: Shows the current temperature of the camera and percentage
cooling power. Sampled every two seconds.