Target Data / File Naming

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The data options block allows you to specify the way in which you expect your image data to be saved to disc.

Selected: Indicates the currently selected target.  You can select a target from the target list to the left.

Running: Indicates the running target.  If the sequence is stopped, this will indicate "None"

Directory:  Specify the location where you would like your data saved.  The file pattern will be applied at this location.

File Name:  This is a pattern based approach to naming files.  The options (below) can be found by clicking the "Key" button and you can preview how your file names will look by clicking the magnifying glass icon.

Expanding the Target Data Area

Clicking the small button with the down arrow will expand the Target Data area and reveal more options:

User Profile:  The user profile to use with this sequence.  User profiles contain information about users and location and the sequence will, when saving images, ensure that this information is entered into the FITS header.  A user profile is not required.

Pattern Notes (see "File Name" above)

When creating a pattern there are three important things to remember:


%tn = Target name (as is)

%ca = Camera Name (as is)

%ct = Camera temperature (inserted as ##.#C)

%ft = Frame type (Light, Dark, etc...)

%el = Exposure length (as NNNNsec)

%es = Exposure seconds (as NNNN)

%bi = Binning (as is, i.e. 1x1)

%is = ISO (as ISOXXXX; DSLRs only)

%fl = Filter number (as filterN)

%en = Event number (eventN)

%fn = Frame number (as frameN)

%fz = Frame number (as frameNNNN, padded 0's)

%su = Suffix (as is)

%dt = Date (as MM-DD-YYYY)

%d2 = Date - 12 hrs (as MM-DD-YYYY)

%yy = Year (inserted as YYYY)

%mm = month (inserted as MM)

%dd = day (inserted as DD)

%dy = day - 12 hrs (inserted as DD)

%tm = time (inserted as HHMMSS)

%ps = pier side (as sop-east or sop-west)

Note:  Directories can be inserted as part of the  pattern (i.e. %ft\%bn\%bn_%su_%es_%fn)