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Connecting an iTelescope Account

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matthew.dunn
Connecting an iTelescope Account

Hello all:

I am new to the forums and to variable star observing and was hoping to connect my iTelescope account to VPhot. The VPhot User Manual suggests that this can be done in the "Admin" page using a "connect account" feature, but I only see links for:

  • Sequences; and
  • Telescope setup

I apologize in advance if I am just missing something obvious here.

-Matthew

P.S. - The link to the VPhot forums on this page (https://vphot.aavso.org/app/restricted/adminusers.aspx) is dead and looks like it needs to be updated.

MZK
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Connect Account

Hi Matthew;

The "connect account" feature had other unintended actions that literally let someone "highjack" another member's account. We deactivated that link.

In fact, that is not needed to get iTelescope images sent to your account. Let's talk off-line about this if iTelescope gave you an unexpected answer to your question?

Ken

matthew.dunn
Sure thing.

Sure thing.

bramey27
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itelescope upload

Hi Ken,

I have the same issue that Matthew described above.  itelescope still supports the #vphot command in their scripting language, but as you state, the connect account feature in vphot has been elimated. I did contact itelescope support and they said there was nothing they could do on their end.  What can we do to enable auto upload from itelescope to vphot?  

Thanks!

Brian

MZK
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iTelescope Upload

Brian:

Yes, the #vphot command line or checking the vphot box on iTelescope, allows images to be automatically uploaded from iTelescope to the vphot ftp site and ultimately arrive in your vphot image list. 

However, in order for vphot to know who the images belong to, it needs to find an observer name in the fits header that it understands and can relate to a vphot user. In my case, my name is used by iTelescope in the observer fits header. VPhot is able to connect my name to my vphot user account and the images get to my image list without any action on my part. This is true even though my normal observer/user name in my own personal telescope settings is my observer code (MZK).

So, please look first at the observer fits header in one of your iTelescope images. You should find your images in the iTelescope FTP site and can look at one of them to find out. Hopefully, this will be something that makes sense in terms of identifying you and linking you to your AAVSO account.

IF that is not the case, then it is not reasonable to expect that the image will get to your vphot image list. Check this out and let's see if it answers the question?

BTW, the "connect account" feature had nothing to do with this function and it was causing other problems. Thus, we decided to remove that function.

HTH, Ken

bramey27
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Observer Name, Username

HI Ken, thanks for the quick response.  I've been downloading itelescope files to my local PC, unzipping them and then uploading the files to vphot manually for several months now, so this will be great if I can get it to work. 

The fits file from itelecope has "OBSERVER ="  which has my full name and matches exactly what is listed under my aavso profile "Full Name". Also the fits file has "USERNAME = " with my itelescope username. This is different from aavso username. If vphot uses the username string then I'll need to work with itelescope to get the username changed over so they match.  I haven't tried the #vphot command  for several months. Based on the the above, would you think it should work as is? I'll give it a try next itelescope session. Otherwise, I'll get with itelescope and see if I can sync up the usernames.

Brian

MZK
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Try it before bugging iTelescope.

Brian:

Have you ever got iTelescope images directly in your VPhot image list? I assume not?

Try #vphot on your next run, and let's talk. BTW, my itelescope username header also has part of my name in it.

Ken

bramey27
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I'll give #vphot a try

Will do Ken! I have an itelescope session scheduled for new moon, next week.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Brian

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