Stacking in Groups
Helmar's comments about keeping up with the data on Nova Del 2013, got me thinking. I hate to average the frames, because its a PITA to pull into Excel, and then manipulate, only to be rejected by WebObs for some format thing. But there is a better way, that I just tried. Long time AAVSO member Jim Jones has written a VBS script that stacks images in groups of x, where you just input x in a GUI. Its available on the Maxim page, as an "extra" at no charge. It does work only with Maxim as far as I know. JJ chime in here. Its fantastic.
I just took 386 images from last night, and boiled it down to 38 stacks of 10. I chose 10 at my option. Then redid the PT on the stacks. Saved as AAVSO extended format. Then I retracted my 386 observations and replaced them with the 38 from the stacks. Wah Lah. All done. It took about 1 minute for "StackFitsFrames" to produce the stacks. So its painless. Thank you Jim.
I usually am able to reduce the data from a long night by doing it while the camera is warming to room temp, and I am shutting down the equipment. This includes submitting via webobs.
I dont know if this would work, but if AAVSOnet observers want to shorten their download times to VPHOT and the Cloud, try stacking your images in Jim Jones' "StackFitsImage" ap first, then download only the stacks to the cloud. You can choose the number of images in the stack. You would require Maxim locally to work with JJ's ap, for the stacking in groups.