Folder Structure

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

  1. Mick

    Mick Standard User

    Oct 4, 2018
    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?

  2. Doug

    Doug Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2014
    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


    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

    Oct 4, 2018
    Thanks Doug, some really useful tips there.

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