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Cattleya alliance - ideal time to harvest pollinia, pollinate?

I have a Cattlianthe and a Cattleytonia that I'd like to pollinate. I will probably try the cross both ways.

The first bloom of the Cattleytonia opened last night. Buds on the Cattlianthe began opening several days ago, some buds not open yet. So, both plants currently have buds open, and other buds not open.

My question is, is there an ideal time after flower opening to collect pollinia from either of these plants, and an ideal time to pollinate either plant?

I have successfully produced viable seed once with Cattleyas, and also failed once. Neither time did I make notes regarding when the buds opened. If anyone has suggestions, I would love to hear them. Thanks!
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