we are trying to simplify the process of booking requests with us, and one weak point (of sorts) has been that the final costs were somewhat non-predictable. This is due to the fact that we used the current moon illumination as a factor, leading to a smooth curve from new moon (100% charge) to full moon (65% charge).
What I would like to propose now is a change to this, where we would use the moon position while imaging - and this would be directly linked to the moon constraints:
- If the moon is below horizon, we will charge 100%
- If the moon is above horizon, but further away from the target than say 45°, charge 80%
- If the moon is above horizon and closer than 45°, charge 65%
It's an idea and discutible, but it would allow us to make correct price predictions and even charge "as a package" for a request. Also, it would stop some misuse that scope owners are not too happy about.
Another point will be that we might change the handling of fixed time requests, simply charging the normal hourly fee plus 30% surcharge, or even leaving the surcharge away.