Action Setup

 

From the main CCD Commander window you can access all the functions of CCD Commander.  

 

There are at least two "tabs" on the main window.  

 

The first tab is always the Main Action Setup tab.  This is where the you can create, view, and edit the primary action list.

 

All of the necessary controls are located in both the menus and the tool bar at the top of the window.

 

Relevant Menus:

File Menu

This menu contains all of the functions necessary to manage your action lists.  

 

New will clear the Action List for a fresh session.

 

Open will open a previously saved Action List.  CCD Commander can open an action list created by any previous version of the software.

 

Save will save the current Action List.  The Save menu item may not be enabled if you have never saved the current Action List.

 

Save As will save the current Action List to a new file.  You can use Save As  for the initial save operation or to save the current Action List to a new file name.

 

Import Target List will open the Import Utility.  See here for more information.

 

Exit will close CCD Commander.

 

Edit Menu

This menu contains all of the functions necessary to edit and manipulate the action list. The Edit Menu is also available by right clicking the mouse on the Action List.

 

Copy Action will copy the selected actions to the Windows Clipboard.  You can then paste actions to a Sub-Action List or another Action List in another instance of CCD Commander.  The data will be maintained in the Windows Clipboard until you do another Copy or Cut from CCD Commander or any other application.

 

Cut Action will cut the selected actions to the Windows Clipboard.  This is the same as doing a Copy followed by a Delete.

 

Paste Action will paste the current actions from the Windows Clipboard into the Action List.  The pasted actions will appear immediately below the current selected action.  If there are no actions available in the Windows Clipboard, this menu item will be disabled.

 

Delete Action will delete the selected actions in the Action List.

 

Move Action Up will move the selected actions in the Action List up one position.

 

Move Action Down will move the selected actions in the Action List down one position.

 

Check Selected will check the selected actions in the Action List.  See Use Check Boxes below for more information.

 

Uncheck Selected will un-check the selected actions in the Action List.  See Use Check Boxes below for more information.

 

Check All will check all the actions in the Action List (and any Sub-Action Lists).  See Use Check Boxes below for more information.

 

Uncheck All will un-check all the actions in the Action List (and any Sub-Action Lists).  See Use Check Boxes below for more information.

 

Use Check Boxes enables the check boxes in the Action Lists.  The check boxes allow individual actions to be enabled (checked) or disabled (un-checked) from the action list.  This is a convenient method for editing your Action List without actually removing any actions from your list.  When this function is enabled, the prior four menu items (and tool bar icons) will be enabled.

 

Jump to Running Action will be enabled after a running action list containing sub-action lists has been modified.  Normally CCD Commander keeps the visible sub-action lists in sync with the currently running action.  However, after closing, adding, or modifying sub-action lists this will not be the case.  Select this menu option to re-sync the GUI with the currently running action.

 

Actions Menu

This menu contains all of the actions available in CCD Commander.  See the Actions book in the Table Of Contents for full details on each of the actions.

 

Run Menu

This menu contains all of the functions necessary to run the action list.

 

Start will start running your action list.  When Use Check Boxes in the Edit Menu is un-checked, Start will execute all of the actions in the list.  When Use Check Boxes is checked, Start will execute only those actions that have a check mark.  Once the action list is running, Pause and Stop will become enabled.  When execution begins, CCD Commander will automatically switch to the Status tab and the red running light will change to green and blink to show that the action is executing.

 

Pause will pause a running action list until Start is selected again.  Pause only pauses the execution of the action list in CCD Commander.  All the external programs and hardware will continue to operate.  CAUTION:  The telescope mount will continue to track while CCD Commander is paused.  CCD Commander will not be monitoring the telescope position or the Cloud Monitor.  Be sure to use the pause function sparingly.

 

Stop will stop (abort) a running action list.  This function will also stop any activity in the external programs (slews, image exposures, autoguiding), but will NOT change the mount tracking.  Be sure to park the mount when complete.

 

NOTE for GEMs:  When you start the action, one of the first things CCD Commander will do is connect to your mount though TheSky.  CCD Commander will try to determine what side of the meridian your telescope is positioned on.  If your telescope is in the region of sky accessible from both sides of the mount, CCD Commander will force your telescope to which ever side the telescope is closer to and then move back to the coordinates you started at.  This is to ensure CCD Commander knows the correct side of the meridian your telescope is on.  You can disable this function in the CCD Commander Setup window.  When disabled, CCD Commander will prompt you to state which side of the mount the telescope is on.