Thanks for your note Chris - I woudl love to learn more about how you do things, there’s a “Voyager way of thinking” that takes some time to get your head around and examples like yours help me rethink old problems in a different way - this forum helps a lot in helping to encourage me.
I suspect the Advanced version will make most of my hacks/workarounds redundant - I can’t wait.
It also the only platform I’ve seen that integrates so seamlessly with TheSkyX (which I have to use because of my Paramount - don’t get me started!), which I why I made the leap (that and Diego Colonello in my ear, all day every day “Voyager!”
With DragScript, Arrays, Viking and (soon) Rental, there’s really no alternative that meets the reliability and LIVE support you can get from Voyager, so it’s a no-brainer winner. I’m convinced that Voyager will eventually displace everything but the simplest use-cases for astro imaging data collection.
I’m trying very hard to change my ways to use it - there’s a certain iconoclastic mindset that requires you to think “the Voyager way” that rewards commitment if you’re prepared for it.
On the plus side, it’s super efficient at some things (SKY FLATS - YAY! SUSPEND/RESUME and weather condition management - yay!). Sometimes, it feels like it takes twice as much effort to do something that was simpler in my old automation platform (scheduling an RA ascent-time optimised & constrained run of three galaxies with an instantly calculated estimate of the start and end time of each - right now requires more gymnastics than was used to having to do in Ekos) - but the pro’s outweigh the cons.
Again, simplified scheduling seems to be addressed with the Advanced product - I am sure it will be awesome.
DragScript (a subtopic of the original thread) is somewhere in-between for me - it’s unique and brilliantly addictive in its ability to enable me to create bulletproof, predictable outcomes to a set of complex conditions - just amazing. But also frustrating, I’ve managed to “logic” myself into doing the right thing at the wrong time on more than a few occasions It reminds me of doing home automation with LUA! (ask me about the time I programmed ALL the bedroom lights in my house to go ON in the middle of the night instead of off, the family was not impressed!)
While we’re sharing, like you I’ve played with a few automation and integration setups in my short time (one year) in the hobby so far - Ekos/INDI, TheSkyX, MaximDL, PHD2, etc - not quite made it to the level of $$$ insanity that is ACP (nor would I ever!).
I agree that of all of them, Voyager is the one that’s most feature complete in terms of solving the gnarly problem of integrating the mess of astro software and hardware widgets into a coherent automated whole.