Folder Structure

Discussion in 'General' started by Mick, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. Mick

    Mick Standard User

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    Hi All

    I'm fairly new to Maxim and my current method of structuring folders - simply a new one for each imaging session and folders within that for Darks and Flats - seems to make life complicated when it comes to processing.
    I wonder if there is something easier - what do more experienced folk use?

    Mick
     
  2. Doug

    Doug Staff Member

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    Personally, I use the auto folder feature, with the root pointed at C:\Images. It makes a new folder for each date automatically. In the morning I add the object names I targeted to the name of the folder (or when I'm testing equipment, which I do a lot, the equipment being tested). So a typical tree will look like:

    C:\Images\2010>dir /b
    2010-01-09 F5 NGC281
    2010-01-20 NGC2174
    2010-01-21 M95 NGC2174
    2010-01-22 M81 NGC2174
    2010-01-23 Calframes
    2010-02-05 M109
    2010-02-06 M78 NGC4565
    2010-02-11 NGC4565
    2010-02-12 NGC2024
    2010-03-04 M82
    2010-03-05 M81
    2010-03-09 M51 NGC4565
    2010-03-15 NGC4559 NGC4656
    2010-03-24 NGC4656 Darks
    2010-04-04 M65M66 Dark-20
    2010-04-05 M51
    2010-04-11 M51
    2010-04-12 M51
    2010-04-13 NGC4631

    etc.

    When I go to stack all my M51 images, I just drop the three folders tagged with that object into MaxIm DL's stack tool. The date order is very useful for knowing which calibration files to use.

    I actually don't separate the calibration frames out into subfolders, since MaxIm DL finds them automatically, and automatically excludes them from image stacks. I will however name the folder appropriately. You'll notice that 2010-01-23 is just calibration frames, but I did some fresh darks on 2010-03-24 and 2010-04-04.
     
  3. Mick

    Mick Standard User

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    Thanks Doug, some really useful tips there.
     

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