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It is 10:PM and last night's data is about half converted to star
lists. All the images are loaded, so it is just a question of the programs
running to completion. I could have it done by now but I upgraded to the
changes that fix the problems around +90. So far everything looks fine.
Sigh! When one is running 6 cameras, there is something that is not
"perfect". For last night it is the TOM2 I camera shutter sticking. This
puts a small bump down the middle of the image. I am not discarding this
data. I can not see any difference in the accuracy for such data. There
will always be something a little wrong, I think. I have picked a set of
parameters and I am sticking with them. When the shutter is really bad,
the image is thrown out. The ones that are kept I can see a bump in the
middle of the image, but it is of order the noise. So I think it does not
contribute a lot to the error.
I have one computer dedicated to the current data from TOM1, TOM2, and
TOM3. A fourth computer is working through the old data. This way I do
not get confused with which dark and flat set I am using. So far, I have
gone without any major analysis boo boo, I think.
About another 10 days of analysis and I will be ready to put the first data
set on the data base. I have possibly 10 million measurement pairs. There
are lots of variables in this data. It remains to be seen how many of them
are new. I think that one will be able to find thousands.