Framing Masks

The Framing Masks Panel is accessible from Tools tab
Framing Masks Aid helps in framing object by same way during different nights or after a meridian flip. It is an alternative to PointCraft when there is no telescope/mount connection.
To create a new mask, select "Add New Mask" from the Mask list box, give a name of the mask. After that click with the left mouse button on few stars in the image that you can easily locate to put markers (second click in the same place removes the maker).
Later you can select the same mask from the list and to see the marker positions, then move the mount and rotate focuser till the reference stars match to the markers pattern. To see the new position you can enable the LiveView or to start a Frame/Focus imaging plan.
If the mask is created when the object was from the other side of the meridian, select the "Meridian Flip" option and APT will orient the markers in way that corresponds to the current object position. Don't be afraid that image will be rotated, your stacking program will handle this without any problems.
It is possible the create a mask using image from previous imaging session in order to frame the object by the same way. To do that use the image browser - Img Tab to load the image and mark the stars you want to use as markers.
To hide a mask, just close the aid.
Here is Framing Masks Aid in action.
Framing Masks
This is how the mask is displayed with Meridian Flip is activated. It places the marks on the place where they are in the flipped image.

Select / Add mask

1.  Select / Add mask
List with the saved masks. To create a new mask select the option "Add New Mask".

Mask name

2. Mask name
Defines the mask name.

Meridian flip

3. Meridian flip
Enables mask orientation for the position of the object when it is from the opposite site of the celestial meridian.


4. Save
Saves the markers and the mask name.


5. Delete
Deletes the current mask.

Import / Export

6. Import / Export
Imports / Export one or more framing masks.

Selected star

7.  Selected star
This is a marker placed over a reference star.


8. Settings
Opens the Framing masks Settings dialog box to define the radius and thickness of the markers. It is possible to use the Ringy Thingy to change the values.


9. Blinking
When enabled the marks will blink in order to be easier to see the stars when they are near the mark border.