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MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax...
      #5169793 - 04/13/12 08:06 AM

This app, which I developed in C #, can control the various soft.
The aim being mainly to a MAP autiomatique all X images and change filters
I added the management of Pinpoint for automatic pointing and turning

Manage the T° of the CCD in progress mode.

Especially, it is compatible with the AO LX because it manages the guide, and between two frame, home AO, center star ...

Download : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

It's a freeware





Edited by totolesbaloches (04/13/12 04:45 PM)


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5169914 - 04/13/12 09:27 AM

Laurent,

I've been following your threads on the MaximDL Yahoo! Group. Thanks for the screen shots and pictures; I think I'll give it a run. Any possibility of being able to do scheduling of multiple targets with it? Does it actually handle a meridian flip automatically or do you still have to slew the scope manually and then it'll handle flipping the guide inputs?

Thank you so much for writing a program like this. It looks useful.

Chris

Edited by Raginar (04/13/12 09:29 AM)


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: Raginar]
      #5169965 - 04/13/12 09:57 AM

yes , it's manage Flip, remake pinpoint, calibrate ....

multiple target can be a good idee ! I will do this.


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5170749 - 04/13/12 04:47 PM

Here the next version (not online, to be finish)

and, Raginar, you will have multi target !!

Edited by totolesbaloches (04/15/12 02:45 PM)


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5170841 - 04/13/12 05:34 PM

Looks like a nice software!
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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: blueman]
      #5171138 - 04/13/12 08:50 PM

Interesting. I haven't been able to get the hang of the guiding in Maxim and have been using it for capture only, and having PHD do the guiding, you have that option.....I also have yet to configure Maxim to work with The Sky X, you have that listed on there as well....I think I'll give this a try!! Thank you for your efforts!

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5171171 - 04/13/12 09:13 PM

PGW Steve,

Nice, I didn't notice that . I'm gonna test this out this weekend. Can you add in notification? Like send an email when finished with a run? It'd be nice to get a text when my runs finish ))

Thanks Laurent,

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: Raginar]
      #5171367 - 04/14/12 12:21 AM

Hey Laurent,

Just wanted you to know that I'm having trouble connecting to Focusmax through it. Any ideas on what I'd be messing up? The error I receive is "connection failed".

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: Raginar]
      #5171539 - 04/14/12 06:58 AM

Do you have last version : http://www.felopaul.com/poub/FocusMax3440.zip

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5171697 - 04/14/12 10:04 AM

I'll check.

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5171932 - 04/14/12 12:10 PM

Quote:

Interesting. I haven't been able to get the hang of the guiding in Maxim and have been using it for capture only, and having PHD do the guiding, you have that option.....I also have yet to configure Maxim to work with The Sky X, you have that listed on there as well....I think I'll give this a try!! Thank you for your efforts!




Steve if you are having issues with guiding in Maxim PM me. I'll help you through it. I struggled at first as well. Once I got it, I found it worked much better than PHD. I can also help you connect theSkyX


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: vpcirc]
      #5172170 - 04/14/12 02:54 PM

Update 1.00.08 Download and help :

i added :

- new color
- multi traget
- optimize code



Edited by totolesbaloches (04/15/12 02:46 PM)


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5172269 - 04/14/12 04:00 PM

Sounds like great software. I went to the website and clicked on "MaxPilote" but no download link appeared. How can I download this fantastic tool?

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #5172299 - 04/14/12 04:19 PM

test this

http://www.felopaul.com/poub/MaxPilote.zip


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5172351 - 04/14/12 04:53 PM

This is quite a freeware software package! If I were not already using CCDAutoPilot, I would want to try this. Thanks for providing this to everyone.
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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: blueman]
      #5172466 - 04/14/12 06:14 PM

I'll try out the multi-target once the weather is good. It does seem like an effective replacement for CCDAP.

Laurent, I'm using 3.6.4 for FocusMax. Is it doing some kind of a software check to make sure it's compatible?

Chris

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: Raginar]
      #5172702 - 04/14/12 08:52 PM

Ok Sorry download new update, i find a bug if you don't have T° with your focuser, now it's ok

Try it and say me.


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: vpcirc]
      #5172835 - 04/14/12 10:27 PM

Thanks for the offer!

Laurent, thanks again for your software, I am going to try it out for sure. This looks to be the CCD answer to BackyardEOS, but it is FREE!


Quote:

Quote:

Interesting. I haven't been able to get the hang of the guiding in Maxim and have been using it for capture only, and having PHD do the guiding, you have that option.....I also have yet to configure Maxim to work with The Sky X, you have that listed on there as well....I think I'll give this a try!! Thank you for your efforts!




Steve if you are having issues with guiding in Maxim PM me. I'll help you through it. I struggled at first as well. Once I got it, I found it worked much better than PHD. I can also help you connect theSkyX




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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5173065 - 04/15/12 02:00 AM

is it possible to set a different timer for each Target? It seems that when I set the Start Time and Finish Time on the first target, it changes to the same start and ending time on each of the other two targets as well.

Have you developed any manual of other help information?

Thank you SO MUCH for this excellent freeware program


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #5173850 - 04/15/12 02:44 PM

Lovechina, it's done

Version 1.00.82

download : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

I add :
- start time for each target
- fix bug



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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5173923 - 04/15/12 03:31 PM

You're the greatest! Thanks

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #5174025 - 04/15/12 04:50 PM

Laurent, you've made quite a product it looks like. Might want to put up a donation page; I think you'd be surprised what you'd get. The closest 'product' that does what you're doing is CCDAP; it costs nearly 300 bucks to do multiple targets!

Thanks again, I love it.

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: Raginar]
      #5174111 - 04/15/12 05:57 PM

If someone who speak SPANISH, can tranmit me a picture of my soft translate in good astronomik spanish i will do a version

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: Raginar]
      #5174188 - 04/15/12 06:44 PM

i done a link to paypal, but i don't do this soft for this.
I receive more than 20 mail to ask this, i am suprise.

On begin , i do this soft for my setup, because i have problem with .... especily with the AO. I just want a focus each X file and when i change filter. After the soft go up up up because of your good ask !


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5174920 - 04/16/12 09:14 AM

Thanks Laurent! This project is excellent. Now, I just need some clear skies .

Chris


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: Raginar]
      #5174972 - 04/16/12 09:58 AM

This sounds like a wonderful program! I downloaded it, but when I try to open the MaxPilote.exe, all I get is "Maxpilote has stopped working". I'm running it as administrator on my Win7 Pro 32bit. How do you install the program after you unzip the files? Thanks for any suggestions!

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: CarolG]
      #5175006 - 04/16/12 10:25 AM

after you unzip, then you need to Extract All to another folder. The application file will be located in that new folder and no other installation procedures are necessary.

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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #5175023 - 04/16/12 10:36 AM

In my web page i explane that you need install all this :

-Frameworks .NET 4 or instal : http://www.felopaul.com/poub/Framework_40_Full_x86_x64.zip
-PHDguiding v1.13.5 (last update) only if you not use MaximDL to autoguid : PHDguiding
-FOCUSMAX v3.4.40 : http://www.felopaul.com/poub/FocusMax3440.zip
-PINPOINT 5.1 : http://pinpoint.dc3.com/ Or can use Pinpint LE with MAxim DL
with GSC11 catalog : http://www.felopaul.com/poub/GSC11.zip
-And ASCOM 6.0 : http://download.ascom-standards.org/ASCOMPlatform6SP1.exe

Edited by totolesbaloches (04/16/12 10:44 AM)


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5175064 - 04/16/12 10:59 AM

I want include Weather test

I have a Cloudwatcher Lunatico, i need a TXT file from a Cloundsensor : longtermlog.txt

if someone can mail me a sample txt ! thanks !


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5175160 - 04/16/12 12:17 PM

Quote:

If someone who speak SPANISH, can tranmit me a picture of my soft translate in good astronomik spanish i will do a version




Hola, Laurent,

Let's translate it to Spanish!!!

Contact with me in private mode and let's begin.


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Re: MaxPilote : Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax/P new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #5175293 - 04/16/12 01:38 PM

I too have attempted to run it under windows 7 and it just does not run. Not sure why, it just does not open.
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after you unzip, then you need to Extract All to another folder. The application file will be located in that new folder and no other installation procedures are necessary.




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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5175578 - 04/16/12 04:25 PM

Laurent,

You have the makings for a very nice and useful program. However, how do you get the English screen to open. When I check the English button, nothing happens. If I then close the program an re-open it, the French button is still checked and the screen is still in French.

Thanks,

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #5175627 - 04/16/12 04:53 PM

you put the file MaxPilote.ini in the same directory ?

take the new one because , it have some new parameter


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5175791 - 04/16/12 06:35 PM

Hi,
Yes, just unzipped it and the ini and EXE are in the same folder.
It just does not start, no error message and it does not show in the Task Manager.

Do you have to have the cameras and other software loaded for the program to load?
Blueman
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you put the file MaxPilote.ini in the same directory ?

take the new one because , it have some new parameter




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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: blueman]
      #5175866 - 04/16/12 07:21 PM

you install ascom 6.0 and framework 4.0 ?

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5176545 - 04/17/12 08:33 AM

If you still have problem,

Install Teamviewer
make me a mail with you log and pasw and i install it on your computer. I can see if you have problem !

Laurent
ps: you can have my mail in my web page , in contact

Edited by totolesbaloches (04/17/12 08:34 AM)


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5176775 - 04/17/12 11:20 AM

Thanks, Laurent. I had everything installed but ASCOM6 (apparently v 5.5 won't work). Works perfectly now. Thanks!!!

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #5176904 - 04/17/12 12:28 PM

Quote:

.... how do you get the English screen to open.




Laurent,

I opened MaxPilote.ini and changed English=False to "True". Now your program opens with English as the default language. DUH! I should have of thought of that!

Jim


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5177039 - 04/17/12 01:51 PM

Found that it will run on my Laptop that I image with, but not on my desktop. Both are Win7 64 bit. But it does run on the laptop, so that means it must be an issue with the desktop, thanks.
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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: blueman]
      #5184286 - 04/22/12 07:50 AM

New Version 1.00.10 update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

i add :

- Test Map with CCDinspector , can ask a test exposure to validate the Map (same time as Pinpoint exposure)
- automatic connection
- Focuser with FHM (maxi)
- Cloudwatcher with automatique dome close
- ad thesky + Ascom to park and unpark with EQmode or oher
- optimise meridian flip and lot of test
- Spain language



Edited by totolesbaloches (04/23/12 07:03 PM)


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5186101 - 04/23/12 10:18 AM

Laurent

Many thanks for all the work you've put into developing MaxPilote.

Thios may be a simple issue or something I'm doing incorrectly .. but how can it be launched easily? Is it possible to place a MaxPilote icon on the desktop?

Similarly, what's the best way to end the programme and close Maxim, FocusMax etc at the same time?

Thanks

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: SteveProcter]
      #5186809 - 04/23/12 05:54 PM

hello

yes i hav to make an Install version

For close, do what you want , no probleme for the soft.


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5186861 - 04/23/12 06:30 PM

Does it work with Starrynight 5?

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: SteveProcter]
      #5186917 - 04/23/12 06:58 PM

Steve, I have it on my desktop. I simply went to the Maxpilote folder in "programs" and right clicked the "maxpilote.exe" and then clicked "send to desktop". This was done on a Windows computer.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: lawrie]
      #5186929 - 04/23/12 07:03 PM

now install version :
http://www.felopaul.com/poub/MaxPilote.msi

Sorry Lawrie, i don't know this soft

but I will include CCDsoft


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5187533 - 04/24/12 06:35 AM

i do an update

ther is a probleme with local parameter '.' or ',' for the time, in France it's ','

I correct this bug, now it's ok, the soft detect your choise on start


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: CarolG]
      #5187540 - 04/24/12 06:43 AM

Thanks Carol

Now why didn't I think of that?


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: SteveProcter]
      #5187860 - 04/24/12 10:53 AM

Luarent, is it possible to have it select the program files directly for Focusmax? I'm pretty sure things haven't changed much between 3.6 and 3.4.4 that you're using... but I'd like to use the new one.

If I had that fixed, I'd use it all the time. It works good minus focusing for me.

Chris


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #5187881 - 04/24/12 11:03 AM

Do you use the 3.6.0.77 ?

I have it , i can use in my soft.


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5187907 - 04/24/12 11:35 AM

Ok

Now if you update youn need focusmax 3.6.0.77

http://www.felopaul.com/poub/FocusMax3_6_0_77.zip


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5188707 - 04/24/12 07:19 PM

Chris

i have lot of probleme with the 3.6.0.77 and some other user

with version you use ?

CCDAuto... use the 3.4.40 not this new


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5198443 - 04/30/12 03:06 PM

Version 1.00.13 update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

i add :

- CCDSoft or Maxim DL
- Test Map with CCDinspector , with curvature now, can ask a test exposure to validate the Map (same time as Pinpoint exposure)
- save CCDi data in file CSV
- lot of test in live, so some bug correction




you need start CCDI with AutoOpen, put in first place Name and after FWHM Aspect and curvate


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      #5200387 - 05/01/12 03:43 PM

on V 1.00.14

i Add reMAP if T° change more than X °


i will add manage Phidjet T° captor for man who not have T° in focuser

http://www.robotshop.com/eu/phidgets-capteur-temp-usb-2.html
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      #5205994 - 05/04/12 05:21 PM

and another solution low cost http://www.usb-foc.us/

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      #5206994 - 05/05/12 10:45 AM

I can't seem to find 3.4; can you post a link to it?

I'd appreciate it


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #5207031 - 05/05/12 11:18 AM

the last version of MaxPilote (1.00.14)

works with the 3.6.0.77


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      #5223530 - 05/15/12 01:16 PM

Version 1.00.15 download : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

I add :
- bug
- add "Park Dome/Scope before Dark/Bias"

and USER MANUAL IN ENGLISH and SPANISH




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      #5244618 - 05/28/12 08:23 PM

Version 1.00.17 download : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

I add :
- delay after Pinpoint
- if X bad Refocus, move scope , after good focus, goto + pinpoint
- translate PDF in better spanish

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      #5246996 - 05/30/12 09:48 AM

Version 1.00.18 Update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

i add :
- fix bug focusmax
- enable with focusmax 3.6 or 3.4
- fix bug FOV
- new button to have only console windows





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      #5248027 - 05/30/12 09:34 PM

I tested the software all night

I fixed a bug that Pinpoint returns J2000 coordinates and not Now, therefore shift synchronization.

the update is available

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      #5253563 - 06/03/12 03:36 PM

Version 1.00.19 update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm


i add :
- fix bug Pinpoint
- add new taget for Bias/Flat/Dark (with vbs script on start/stop session)


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      #5255070 - 06/04/12 05:54 PM

Version 1.00.20 update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm




i add :
- fix bug autostart
- fix bug focus with MaximDl
- add new Focus target, before a focus, goto this special target, after focus, come back and make a Pinpoint

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      #5258573 - 06/06/12 03:44 PM

Version 1.00.21 update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

I add :
- park with goto to a selected target (for mount without park mode)
- Focus avable with camera 1 or 2 (with offset if use camera 2)

WARNING: You must start Focusmax with the camera desired check, otherwise Focusmax will return an error when the focus.

Update manual






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      #5268675 - 06/12/12 08:11 PM

I find some probleme if you forget to vrite all parameter
so i put for each parameters i put limite, maxi, mini, scale ...

I developp new soft MaxCCD it's include in this update but you can not use on this time.

Version 2.00.01 Update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm



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      #5271745 - 06/14/12 06:46 PM

New Update
Version 2.00.04 Update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

- fix bug T° Up and down
- fix bug Remap
- add for cloudwatcher mode suspend (park all, wait cloud exit, restart all=




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      #5278549 - 06/19/12 10:27 AM

New Update
Version 2.00.07 Update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

I add:
- Add new button for automatic Update
- optimise for AO7 use
- fix bug script VBS and offset sart session



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      #5282864 - 06/21/12 08:31 PM

Version 2.00.08

Update for SBIG camera with chip inside :

Change Filter before start Guiding/Calibrate


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      #5288415 - 06/25/12 01:22 PM

Laurent, your product is amazing. Thanks again!

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      #5288862 - 06/25/12 06:08 PM

Does it work with pinpoint le in Maxim?

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      #5288918 - 06/25/12 06:35 PM

No, pinpoint LE can not be ordered by extrenal soft

you need pay version


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      #5288928 - 06/25/12 06:42 PM

Looks like an excellent software. I have some specific questions:

1. Is it possible to integrate with Cartes du Ciel not just the Sky for mount control

2. Can I schedule to park the mount at certain time unattended, and turn off cooler on the camera

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      #5289306 - 06/25/12 10:53 PM

Laurent, thanks for your efforts and making this software available to the astro community

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      #5289514 - 06/26/12 03:14 AM

Thank you !

Alex, i maked a mail to "Cartes du Ciel", and ask who manage this soft. if possible i will do use it.

Yes Maxpilote park the mount et turn off cemera on end of session. see the pdf manual.


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      #5290677 - 06/26/12 08:48 PM

New update V2.00.10 Update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

- Pinpoint before focus if you use a focus target
- new check for park scope on start (before open dome)
- optimise for AO7
- fix bug pinpoint exposure


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      #5290720 - 06/26/12 09:26 PM

Excellent, thank you Laurent. I found the parking option too.

I am guiding with SBIG AO-8 and I am still a bit confused about the sequence of operation with MaxPilote:

I usually setup everything in Maxim Dl (guider-mount calibration and mirror of AO-8 calibration), when do I connect to MaxPilote before or after I start guiding the star?

Also when I finish the session and select "close all soft" option does it turn off the cooler of my cam? if not can this option be selected?

thank you, Alex


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      #5291110 - 06/27/12 04:57 AM

For AO, the miror calibration can not be manage my external software, so you just have to do this one time, after if you don't change optic , you don't have do it.

MaxPilote automatique ask mout calibration and start autoguide session. Between each exposure, put the start in center with ST4 port and home the AO miror.

For you ccd, yes you have option, to start the cooler on begin, and stop on end :



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      #5294124 - 06/28/12 11:06 PM

Dont know if I missed something but I cant connect to SkyX pro ? Keeps telling me skymap connect fail.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Marke]
      #5294353 - 06/29/12 04:36 AM

i thing, it's because TheskyX can not connect the scope.
If it's to test, usa simunlator telescope in theskyX

Good remarque, i put message in my soft

thank you


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5294359 - 06/29/12 04:58 AM

Well I have been running the scope with the skyx and maxim together no problem ?

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      #5294363 - 06/29/12 05:01 AM

Ok tested again will work if I run skyX first and connect to scope but if its not already running Maxpilote wont connect.

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      #5294382 - 06/29/12 06:03 AM

I will put a new update in few time

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      #5294436 - 06/29/12 07:58 AM

Version 2.00.11
download web page : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm or "UPDATE"

i add :
- add Filter offset allowing you to specify the focus with a different filter of the shoot.
- Fix bug T° management
- Fix bug and test with CCDsoft

will arrive
- manage Carte du Ciel
- automatique focus target
- automatique guiding exposure with ADU mini



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      #5294450 - 06/29/12 08:09 AM

Thanks Laurent seems to be auto starting ok now - well done

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      #5294519 - 06/29/12 09:09 AM

I'm just starting to use your amazing software. There is so much functionality included in this package and it seems so easy to use. I especially like your software update/upgrade process... so easy, so automatic. I wish more software would work like yours. Thank you so much.

Is it possible to have an optional starting time for each target? That way, when the first target session finishes, the system could sit idle until a certain time specified in the target# tab (i.e., the new target rises above the horizon) and then starts the next sequence.

Anyway, outstanding job!


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: johne]
      #5294589 - 06/29/12 10:04 AM

Yes you're right !

i change this for you now, and explaine you in few time


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      #5294725 - 06/29/12 11:41 AM

Ok i put a new button "Compute this Target",

you need click to "Start Session" and wait start time for the first target.

If you clic on "Start Now", the soft re-calculate all target time. So don't use this !!!

i put a credit&danote button


I update the 2.00.11 , To re download the same version you delete the file "update.txt" in the MaPilote directory


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      #5298376 - 07/01/12 06:53 PM

Version 2.00.12

fix bug start time for target 2 and 3


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      #5299616 - 07/02/12 06:55 PM

NGC6888 done with MaxPilote with my tec140 34H






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      #5300261 - 07/03/12 08:10 AM

Nice image. Great fine detail and round stars. Well done!

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: johne]
      #5300276 - 07/03/12 08:20 AM

There is something unclear to me. Do I need to find a guide star/calibrate/guide or the tool does it for me?
Otherwise much of the unattended imaging would be compromised.


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      #5301755 - 07/04/12 04:47 AM

Yes the soft done for you

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      #5302152 - 07/04/12 12:23 PM

Also using PHD Guiding as guide software?

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Nicola]
      #5302224 - 07/04/12 01:13 PM

Yes,if you don't want use Maxim dl or CCDsoft for guiding, but you need calibrate manualy before start session because i can not ask calibrate to Phd (no IP order evable).

I can ask start guiding , stop and Dithering X pixels

Be carefoul again with a flip mount ! you need calibrate again PDH


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      #5306614 - 07/07/12 11:38 AM

Hey Laurent,

So, there isn't a command to the PHD server that allows you to tell it to 'force calibration'?

I bet if we talked to Stark about it he'd add a command for that. For some reason I can guide just fine with PHD with my finder-guider; in Maxim the guider goes crazy. I wish I could figure it out.

I did have an interesting bug the other day using MaxPilote: it was dithering despite having it set to not dither. I couldn't figure it out.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #5306943 - 07/07/12 03:26 PM

Maxpilote is oposite to Nebulosity , so i don't know if he want this !

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      #5309150 - 07/08/12 11:52 PM

Hey Laurent,

Any idea on the dithering? I had it set to dither 0 pixels and it was still commanding a dither every picture. This is with PHD.

I bet if you talked to Stark, he wouldn't have any issues helping you out with commands . Nebulosity is more an camera control/processing program compared with your multi-target management program.

Thank you so much,
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      #5310874 - 07/10/12 04:23 AM

Version 2.00.13 update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm ou "UPDATE"

- add Camera IP Mpeg (Camera style Foscam).
- fix bug dithering PHD
- fix bug filtre Map
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      #5311133 - 07/10/12 10:00 AM

Thanks Laurent,
One more question. If I use PHD, and slew to targets on the same side of the meridian, will it automatically stop/start/select a guidestar in PHD? The issue with a pier flip is strictly due to not being able to command a calibration correct?

Thanks for fixing the dithering


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #5311164 - 07/10/12 10:20 AM

Yes , it's like this

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      #5311406 - 07/10/12 02:04 PM

Thanks Laurent, sorry for badgering you and thanks for fixing the dithering!

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #5312314 - 07/11/12 12:34 AM

Laurent,

One more for you. When asking MaxPilote to do Darks, I'm unable to increase the exposure duration past 50. Any reason for that?

Thanks!


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #5312444 - 07/11/12 05:48 AM

thank you show me this, i fix this bug you can update

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      #5313062 - 07/11/12 05:33 PM

Thanks Laurent. Your program is fantastic and I hope you don't mind the bug reports as I find them.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #5315452 - 07/13/12 04:35 AM

Version 2.00.16 update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm ou "UPDATE"

- ad Carte du ciel in skymap but be carefoul, it's not have Goto order, so you need use "+ASCOM" in Maxpilote.

So Carte du Ciel for Info and syncro, Ascom for goto.

Carte du Ciel : http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/start

Laurent

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      #5323301 - 07/18/12 09:39 AM

Version 2.00.18
download web page : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm or "UPDATE"

i add :
- add manage ADU for guide star with and optimise time
- camera ip always on top
- fix bug cloudwatcher
- fix bug flat file
- fix bug start session Dark



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      #5353589 - 08/05/12 06:21 PM

Version 2.00.23

download web page : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm or "UPDATE"

BIG UPDATE !!!!!!


i add :

- Complete overhaul of the management structure of CCDSoft
- Looking for a star map, the nearest and the same side of the meridian.
    the map based, it does change the search if (mag or fip) (very big development for me)
- Monitor the guidance error to start the exposure.
- Minimum ADU for the guide star with automatic adjustment of time guiding.
- Saving and loading Target parametres (library)
- Sound system for errors, ALARM (WAV file attached with the update can be changed)
- Trim with the picture of the last day: the image of the selected day with "<< Fich FIT", MAxpilote store Orientation, click Goto, a goto Maxpilote order and made a pinpoint and gives the actual orientation of the CCD
- Test roundess poses with CCDI (+ alarm)
- Big improvement algorithm for detection and evaluation of the guide star
- Optimum ADU: choosing a star to guide optimum to avoid saturated with a star
- Fixed bug renverssement (if renverssement after MAP) test with the addition of the orientation of the CCD
- Complete reorganization of work by themes pages for clarity.
- Recast backup structure.
- Test Star guiding, if < MinADU stop exposure wait 60sec and restart test ..... (for cloud passing)
- now you can Crop picture for pinpoint, better speed for big captor like 16803.

The PDF manual is updated.



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      #5354380 - 08/06/12 08:16 AM

new tag for all startup


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      #5358682 - 08/08/12 07:38 PM

New Update

only new optimise for CCDsoft


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      #5365175 - 08/12/12 06:19 PM

Version 2.00.25

download web page : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm or "UPDATE"


i add :

- Optimization for CCDSoft
- Ability to delete the options that do not serve you "Show All / Clear" (Idea Frederic Lambert)
- Choice of the size of the edge has to exclude the guide star (Nicolas Outters Idea)
- Optimization and safety (judgment of the installation) for the passage of the meridian
- Home the mount on start

Being completed and test
- Automatic calibration vector guide according to the position


The PDF manual is updated.




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      #5367244 - 08/13/12 08:19 PM

Version 2.00.27

download web page : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm or "UPDATE"


i add :

- Choice of the filename
- Time up to end of session (going to the bias / darkflat session)
- Hot pixel filter
- Leaves the soft end of the session


Being completed and test
- Automatic calibration vector based on the guide position




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      #5379902 - 08/21/12 07:21 PM

Hello

for help : http://fr.groups.yahoo.com/group/MaxPilote/


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      #5383173 - 08/23/12 05:04 PM

New update ,

for Carte du Ciel or Ascom use


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      #5390985 - 08/28/12 08:13 AM

Version 2.01.01

download web page : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm or "UPDATE"


i add :

- Automatic calibration vector based on the guide posiition
use just have to do a scholl session one time, after all is automatic

The PDF manual is updated.





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      #5394839 - 08/30/12 12:13 PM

Hey Laurent,

Here is an email from Craig Stark who writes PHD. I asked the question about meridian flips and PHD and this is what he wrote back:
<quote>
Have the developer get in touch with me. You do not need to recalibrate with a meridian flip. You only need to flip the calibration data and that's recently been added as a server command option. You can also call the auto-find-star routine and you can specify guide star coordinates. A lot is going on here, some of it still behind the scenes.

Craig


On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 5:36 AM, Chris <mads0100@gmail.com> wrote:
Your Name: Chris

Your Email: mads0100@gmail.com

Subject: MaxPilote and PHD?

Message Hello,

I'm sorry to bother you, but I had a question. I've been using a program called MaxPilote that allows integration between MaximDL and your software, PHD. I find PHD works more intuitively than the native MaximDL guiding routine, and I really appreciate being able to automate my image acquisition. The only issue with his software is lack of meridian flip if you're using PHD; he says there is no way to calibrate PHD via server commands. Is this true? If so, is it possible to have this feature added? If one could auto-designate a guide star via server commands and then press the "Push Here Dummy" button via server commands, I think that would be valid enough for his software.

Anyways, I'm certain you're super busy, but if it's at all possible to make something like that happen. I, and many others I'm sure, would appreciate it.

Thanks for a great product!

Chris Madson
</quote>

Anyways, would you send him an email and see if it's possible to get PHD working with your software and a meridian flip? It's the last thing in your program that would make it awesome!

Thanks again for all the work on this, it's a fantastic program.

Chris


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      #5394856 - 08/30/12 12:28 PM

Ok perfect, I contact Craig Stark

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      #5395591 - 08/30/12 08:41 PM

Glad I could help.

Thanks for such a wonderful product Laurent.

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      #5406127 - 09/06/12 07:59 AM

Version 2.01.05

download web page : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm or "UPDATE"


i add :

- Added command stop tracking when park (ascom)
- Optimization "Auto Calibration" (fully OPERATIONAL for MaximDL, bug again for CCDSoft)
- Added MaxViewer


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      #5406216 - 09/06/12 09:28 AM

i receive mail from Craig Stark , PHD will have all ordre to ask calibration, select star, flip ...

All this order is include in this version 2.01.05, but not tested.
i wait the new install file


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      #5408304 - 09/07/12 01:03 PM

Awesome Thanks Laurent! I can't wait to give it a run. I'm glad I could help facilitate that change for you.

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      #5423584 - 09/16/12 11:24 AM

Laurent, thank you for efforts in creating this great software! This is certainly going to advance the state of the amateur astrophotography community.

I tried the software out last night and I had a few comments:

When trying to use Cartes du Ciel I was only able to get zeros for RA and Dec for my NGC object. Is there some setting I have to do in Cartes du Ciel to get it to integrate to MaxPilote correctly?

Also, I was wondering if it might be possible to offer plate solving using astrometry.net someday? I'm not sure if their APIs are freely available, and it is certainly something that wouldn't work for remote sites. That said, for those of us imaging from a site with internet connectivity it would be beneficial in that astrometry.net is free to use.

Thanks again for your efforts. This is a great project and a great piece of software!

Clear skies,
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      #5423587 - 09/16/12 11:26 AM

A quick look shows that Astrometry.net does indeed have an open API:
http://nova.astrometry.net/api_help


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      #5423858 - 09/16/12 02:26 PM

yes with carte du ciel, you need to select "carte du ciel" in maxpilote, but you need use with ASCOM (twin on same time)

I visited the page astrometry.net, but no good info. I will come back

You have a forum for maxpilote : http://fr.groups.yahoo.com/group/MaxPilote/


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      #5424333 - 09/16/12 08:23 PM

Version 2.01.12

- Optimisation meridien flip
- mode color or mono (for red color)


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      #5424654 - 09/17/12 12:07 AM

Hello Laurent,

Could you provide a little more detail as to how to configure ASCOM for Cartes du Ciel?

In Maxpilote, I have selected "Cartes du Ciel" and I also select ASCOM and for my Celestron CGE I select "Celestron driver" and configure it to the serial port.

Is that correct?

Is there any configuration I need to do in Cartes du Ciel itself?

Thank you very much for your help!

Clear skies,
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      #5424788 - 09/17/12 02:27 AM

it's good.

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      #5426770 - 09/18/12 06:30 AM

If you're tied into MaximDL, you have platesolving available?

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      #5426781 - 09/18/12 06:43 AM

No, Pinpoint LE include in MaximDl can not be manage by external software ?

For this you need buy Pinpoint.


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      #5426829 - 09/18/12 07:29 AM

That's right. Thanks Laurent!

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      #5430836 - 09/20/12 12:20 PM

PHD Guiding 1.13.6

All new order can be give by Maxpilote

http://www.stark-labs.com/depot/beta/Setup_PHDGuiding_1_13_6.exe


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      #5431555 - 09/20/12 07:43 PM

Mise a Jour 2.01.14

Manage de Phd guiding
Calibration, Start, stop, select star, flip meriden.

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      #5437882 - 09/24/12 11:13 AM

I have followed your program for a while and am very impressed at your progress. Well done!

Are you planning on adding rotator support at some stage?

thanks

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      #5437961 - 09/24/12 11:59 AM

Yes good idee ! you use CCDsoft or MAximDL ?

If you can explain how you use it ! after flip what are you do .....


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      #5438167 - 09/24/12 02:02 PM

I have no idea yet, sorry - I've only just ordered one (a Van Slyke that is controlled by Seletek).

The only info I can give is it's an ASCOM controlled device. The angle will be determined via the FOV through "The Sky".

Maybe others can comment with more certainty.

The reason for asking is that it seems to be the main thing missing at the moment for a truly robotic observatory.

regards

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      #5453230 - 10/03/12 09:00 AM

I've read that CCD Commander (similar to this thread's MaxPointe software but around $100) can use the Pinpoint LE program to automatically do a so-so job of plate solving.

However, one CCD Commander user claims that after he first used MaxPoint to improve the pointing accuracy of his scope, he then had excellent results with CCD Commander using just the Pinpoint LE program (included with MaximDL Pro for free) to do his plate solving.


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      #5453305 - 10/03/12 10:07 AM

MaxPoint is DLimited software, my soft is MaxPilote.

I try to manage Pinpoint LE direct, but i have message "Pinpoint LE Limited", so perhaps CCDcommander use another way.


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      #5455449 - 10/04/12 05:36 PM

Update for AAG Cloudwatcher

Now manage V 7.10 and show wind sensor.

thank to lunatico, the quality of this new version is very better


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      #5463898 - 10/10/12 01:54 PM

Hello, I am trying to use the software and after installation the drop down list for the imager does not populate my copy of Maxin DL 5.22. Nor is there anything under Skymap?

Must be missing something....


EDIT: Worked after restarting....

Edited by jerryyyyy (10/10/12 01:56 PM)


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      #5463933 - 10/10/12 02:10 PM

Well, have a couple questions:

1. Do you have to use PhD with this system? PhD does not seem to work well with my guider (new SBIG STT-8300M with internal OAG). Can it work with the guider inside Maxim DL.

2. CdC did not come up when I started the program. I am using the ASCOM EQ5 Simulator.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: jerryyyyy]
      #5463999 - 10/10/12 03:02 PM

You need start Cdc manualy , it's not a com like MaximDl , Focusmax....

I use Maxim dl for guiding, i don't know , i use a AO.

First , You need install the MSI, not use the ZIP


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5464095 - 10/10/12 04:21 PM

Merci, Laurent. Je parle francais aussi.

So, the sequence is to start CdC first.

Second, you connect to the scope via CdC.

Third MaxPointe. MaxPoint will then start Maxim DL and connect to CdC and through CdC to the scope when you "Start Session".

So far so good, in the simulator.

Seems like the next step is the Guider, but I cannot use PhD since it does not seem to want to play well with my camera (SBIG STT8300M-new). I have been guiding through Maxin DL OK.

I also do not seem to get the target coordinates loaded from CdC.

Je suis sur que votre logiciel est d'une qualite extradinaire, mais il me faudra un peu d'effort pour l'apprendre.

Amicalement


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      #5464155 - 10/10/12 05:12 PM

If you have big probleme you can not solve

I can connect to your computer with Teamviwer and check all your setup


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      #5464332 - 10/10/12 07:43 PM

Quote:

If you have big probleme you can not solve

I can connect to your computer with Teamviwer and check all your setup




Rather not open my system up, but do you have to use PhD? If so, I am stuck because the drivers for my scope are not going to work with PhD. They do work with Maxim DL.


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      #5465308 - 10/11/12 12:33 PM

i don't use pHD, you have a PHD forum to ask direct to owner

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      #5465384 - 10/11/12 01:25 PM

Quote:

i don't use pHD, you have a PHD forum to ask direct to owner




OK, am asking around. Cheers.


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: jerryyyyy]
      #5466213 - 10/12/12 12:34 AM

Jerry, can't you guide in MaximDL?

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #5466643 - 10/12/12 10:35 AM

Yes, I can guide in Maxim (can do 99% there) but not happy with the SkyView, so trying to integrate CdC, as well as run some scripts. I like the way the MaxPilote control panel looks.

I am new to this with a new camera and luckily looks like I will have clear skys tonight to test all this in reality.


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      #5466723 - 10/12/12 11:33 AM

Jerry,
I guess what I'm saying is that MaxPilote can use MaximDL for guiding.


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      #5466788 - 10/12/12 12:12 PM

I am at the office and playing around with the simulator. Not very easy to test it. It does not seem to take the target off CdC. Will have to try it on the real scope tonight. Looks like we will have clear skys.

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      #5468879 - 10/13/12 08:29 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

Well, I could not seem to make it work either at the scope or the simulator. I assume this must be a simple problem...

1. but I start CdC and then MaxPilot.
2. It starts up Maxim DL
3. Green connect lights next to the Imager and SkyMap.
4. BUT, I cannot get it to slew to targe (M81 say).
5. Here is a screenshot with the log included


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      #5470335 - 10/14/12 06:43 PM

New update 2.01.22

Fix bug Carte du Ciel


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      #5470350 - 10/14/12 06:58 PM

Quote:

New update 2.01.22

Fix bug Carte du Ciel




Now that's quick support!


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      #5470787 - 10/14/12 11:42 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

Merci. Je serai le premier a telecharger le logiciel.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I downloaded it and go the guiding to work but it still does not move the coordinates over from CdC using the << button.

Edited by jerryyyyy (10/15/12 12:27 AM)


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: jerryyyyy]
      #5470957 - 10/15/12 02:49 AM

"<< skymap" is to take Cdc cursor position

to take "NGC235" info you need to click ">>" and not "<< skymap"

Edited by totolesbaloches (10/15/12 11:02 AM)


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5471144 - 10/15/12 09:34 AM

Hallo
"For this you need buy Pinpoint"
Do You mean Pinpoint Astrometric Engine from DC-3 Dreams?
I try 60day trial version and - nothing funkcion

Thanks kolec


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: kolec]
      #5471153 - 10/15/12 09:38 AM

Verif your parameters :
- Directory GSC1.1 catalog
- focal lengh, pixel size


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      #5471289 - 10/15/12 11:01 AM

One anohter thing

MaximDl need to be connect to Telecope too, to have RA DEC .

you need test : take one picture with Maxuim DL, in maxim dl use Pinpoint and test if it's works

Edited by totolesbaloches (10/15/12 11:03 AM)


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5471399 - 10/15/12 11:58 AM

Quote:

"<< skymap" is to take Cdc cursor position

to take "NGC235" info you need to click ">>" and not "<< skymap"




OK, I have it now in the simulator .

1. I have to do a Find in CdC and that put the cursor over the object/target.

2. Then use the "<<" button to import the setings into MaxPilote.

3. Then hit the GoTo button next to the "<<" button.


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      #5471405 - 10/15/12 12:03 PM

Quote:

One anohter thing

MaximDl need to be connect to Telecope too, to have RA DEC .

you need test : take one picture with Maxuim DL, in maxim dl use Pinpoint and test if it's works




Just to confirm, you are referring to PinPoint of Maxim DL. I have the Pro version of Maxim DL, which is supposed to include a version of PinPoint. I have never used PinPoint.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: jerryyyyy]
      #5472385 - 10/15/12 10:11 PM

if Pinpoint LE (maxim dl) find target RA DEC, Pinpoint PRO will find with maxpilote

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      #5473152 - 10/16/12 11:39 AM

Merci, si j'ai bien compris, le Pinpoint Pro march mieux avec MaxPilot. Vous pouvez obtenir directement le RA et DEC. J'ai essaye d'utilized la version DL et il ma demander d'obtenir un "permit"....

Thanks, if I understand well, Pinpoint Pro works better with MaxPilot. I tried to use the DL version and I was asked for a license...

BTW, I have been going over the documentation in detail. If you want me to correct/"perfectionner" your English, send me a private mail and I could help. My wife if complete bilingual and it is good practice.


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      #5473215 - 10/16/12 12:18 PM

Ok thank you

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      #5473573 - 10/16/12 04:45 PM

Laurent,

On your website it says Maxim DL 5.18 is required. Will MaxPilote work with 5.15?

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      #5473646 - 10/16/12 05:20 PM

Yes, they is no new fonction managable since

I change me web page, i put 5.XX


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      #5483653 - 10/22/12 01:22 PM

I have been studying MaxPilote as I now have Maxim DL working well, but would like to capture a series of different objects over the night, which it appears I can do with MaxPilote.

However, I cannot see how one would automatically start guiding, even if a slew were corrected with PinPoint? Can this work automatically, say on a second target, assuming you had guiding set up correctly on the first target of the night?

Sorry, this is tedious, but have to proceed step-by-step.

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      #5483784 - 10/22/12 02:39 PM

you have give good "min ADU", and Maxpilote up the guide time to have this min adu with your new target

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      #5493229 - 10/28/12 03:18 PM

Version 2.01.24

download web page : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm or "UPDATE"


i add :

- Added new USB sensor DewPoint available soon : http://www.usb-foc.us
- Temperature external
- Temperature probe placed on a remote mirror or otic
- Humidity
- Dew point (I'll quickly put piloting a VB script to start the resistance heating)

- The PDF manual is updated.




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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5531571 - 11/21/12 06:30 AM

Laurent,

Can MP be configured to access weather data from a Boltwood 2 compliant text file? Thanks!!


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      #5531960 - 11/21/12 10:56 AM

Laurent,

I now have TheSky Pro, so may come back and retry your software....


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      #5595107 - 12/29/12 08:35 PM

Laurent,

I'm just getting started with automation and this software looks incredible! I do have one question. Would it be possible to call something other than Pinpoint for a plate solve? For example, the free PlateSolve2 program from PlaneWave Instruments ( http://www.planewave.com/index.php?page=4 ) gives me results that seem just as fast and accurate as PinpointLE. Maybe I'm asking too much from free software, but it would be nice!


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      #5595834 - 12/30/12 10:25 AM

New update 2.01.26

Fix bug detect zone for data with oser soft...


Note: i will see for PlateSolve2

Edited by totolesbaloches (12/30/12 01:21 PM)


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      #5614333 - 01/09/13 07:21 PM

New update 2.01.28

Use now Focusmax 3.7


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      #5632196 - 01/19/13 08:38 PM

New uptdate Update 2.01.30

-come back to focusmax 3.6.0.77
-add Dropbox use
-add shoot without guiding for Mount HS, but manage Dithering in direct drive


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      #5642958 - 01/25/13 04:42 PM

Laurent,

What is the reason for going back to FocusMax 3.6 as opposed to 3.7?

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      #5681770 - 02/15/13 03:22 PM

Jeremy

focusmax seems to have problemes with some setup, loos parameters, not connect to maxim dl

Do you idee for this probleme ?

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      #5721726 - 03/09/13 07:40 AM

New update V2.01.36

- use focusmax 3.7.0.52
- fix bugs - add goto watchdog
- add delay for close dome
- use now AAG CloudW 7.20.100
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      #5721932 - 03/09/13 10:08 AM

Hi, how are you all doing? I am still using CCDComander but also having problems integrating FocusMax. May give your software another try now that I have all the proper software pieces....

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      #5721980 - 03/09/13 10:35 AM

Jerry,

It works really well. I've always had issues with FocusMax for some reason though.

Laurent, is there anyway to set up a park at a specific time? I burned up a motor on my mi-250 because the safety limit failed, and if I wasn't relying on the safety... it wouldn't have been an issue. Any ideas?


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #5750873 - 03/22/13 10:50 PM

I had the same problem with my Paramount if i forgeted or sleep , so i added a limit time, you have it in "StatUp"

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      #5750880 - 03/22/13 10:52 PM

New update 2.01.38

i add :
New showing
New Management for flip with Degre past meridian


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      #5806813 - 04/18/13 02:15 PM

Laurent,

Very impressed. Every time I check out Maxpilote it gets nearer an excellent solution for me.

Please accept some suggestions. I may be wrong with (1) as I'm just starting to use a rotator and it is a bit confusing for me.

1) Rotator
a) The SkyX (and other programs) work on position angle (PA) and not necessarily rotator angle. When you click on "skymap" to bring an angle and object it reads the position angle whereas the angle from ASCOM is the actual angle of the rotator. There (perhaps) needs to be the facility to offset this difference

b) For a German equatorial then the actual angle versus the position angle change by 180 degrees (I think) so is there a way to automatically change this on a meridian flip?

2) Weather
I am not sure where the weather settings are. How do I set up so that if it's "unsafe" things stop. Also is there a way to simply "pause" if cloudy but to then "stop" if overcast? It's useful (in the UK!) for the session to "pause" for some conditions but close on others and even re-start when it becomes clear again.

3) Roof closure
Does the program park the mount BEFORE closing the roof? I have a roll off roof that would hit the telescope if shut too soon (well on my setup it wouldn't close because of safety switches)

4) The SkyX
Eventually it would be great to support The SkyX camera plugin

Many thanks for a great program and the amount of work it must take.

Best wishes

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: the_blue_jester]
      #5808114 - 04/19/13 03:49 AM

Dear

1) ok i will see

3) you have in start up "Park telescope end session" in start up page. So maxpilote park telescope after close dome or rolloff

2) with "pause" , if cloudy, maxpilote park telescope close dome, wait 5 minute after cloudwatcher give good condition, open dome and continus preview target.

4) Yes now the soft seems to be operational.


Last update : 2.01.43
Automatique adjust flat exposure time with optimum ADU


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      #5808362 - 04/19/13 09:28 AM

Laurent,

Thanks but is your answer to 2) correct? You seem to say Maxpilote parks after closing the roof. For me (and others with a roll off roof) this would be the wrong order.

Best wishes,

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: the_blue_jester]
      #5809285 - 04/19/13 06:52 PM

no sorry,

maxpilote do :
First park the telescope
and after park the dome
and after close the dome

Edited by totolesbaloches (04/19/13 06:53 PM)


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      #5809309 - 04/19/13 06:58 PM

for TheskyX

the problem is that Focusmax not manage on this time TheskyX
And sorry i don't want use @focus for my map.

I ask to Steve Brady (focusmax) if he will do this

Edited by totolesbaloches (04/19/13 07:07 PM)


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      #5835850 - 05/02/13 09:19 AM

Hello

I start management of TheskyX Camera Add because Steve Brady (focusmax)will propose this as soon.


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #5836960 - 05/02/13 06:45 PM

Version 2.01.46

Download : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm or "UPDATE"

- manage TheskyX Camera Addon
- now 9 tragets evable for mosaic shoot

le Manuel PDF is update.




Edited by totolesbaloches (05/03/13 10:12 PM)


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      #5874512 - 05/20/13 07:33 PM

V2.02.03

- Add calibre filter with G2V star


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      #5879165 - 05/22/13 10:03 PM

Version 2.02.04

Finish MaxLive : manage live with a ALLSKY (CCD)


- camera QSI/Starlight/Moravian/Basler/ASCOM
- Hot pixel Filter
- automatic ajust exposition (night / day)
- display info/boussole/timelaps/Mir
- manage archiv
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      #5880040 - 05/23/13 11:32 AM

Version 2.02.05

- use now Focusmax 3.7.0.71

- add boutons "UPDATE"
1 - download file ZIP
2 - unZIP the file
3 - Install this version



Edited by totolesbaloches (05/23/13 11:33 AM)


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      #5884049 - 05/25/13 02:04 PM

Update 2.02.06

Now can use theskyX for Astrometry !!


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      #5929720 - 06/19/13 05:18 PM

Lot of update :

V2.03.15
- add meridian mecanic exclude zone
V2.03.14
- add reset button for camera Windows and Data Windiw
- change size guiding parameter
V2.03.12 & 13
- add secutity for setup low quality
- add lot of algo for TheskyX camera and CCDsoft
V2.03.11
- add adu optimum value for each flat line
- use now focusmax 3.7.0.74
V2.03.10
- add target MAP
V2.03.07 to 9
- fix bug Windows / focusmax
V2.03.06
- fix bug T°CCD
V2.03.05
- fix bug
V2.03.04
- add mosaic management with Thesky&X
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      #5963638 - 07/10/13 08:08 AM

Update : http://www.felopaul.com/software.htm

V2.03.23
- add statistique and Graph in excel to help for Temperature compensation

V2.03.22
- add saving file for complet MAP info
- change console viwer and Map file vierwer
- add export to excel for map file & console
- backup old version of Maxpilote before update

V2.03.21
- fix bug guiding
V2.03.19 & 20
- fix bug HFD
- add security for end of frame
- fix bug theskyX camera use
V2.03.18
- use focusmax 3.7.0.76
V2.03.17
- add button "get Telescope RA DEC

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6101356 - 09/25/13 09:52 PM

Laurent,

Does max pilote now support calibration and meridian flip in PHD? Also, do you know if anyone is using an AstroMC or AstroWeather? You've made significant strides in the last year!

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #6102467 - 09/26/13 02:29 PM

yes it support phd (flip , cal...) for astromc i do nothing one this time.

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      #6102538 - 09/26/13 03:18 PM

Laurent,

Thank you. Your manual states otherwise for your correction (at least in English). I'll give it a go and see what I can get it to work with. Using PHD is pretty awesome .


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #6103056 - 09/26/13 09:07 PM

Thank you very much!
One question: do you have the plan to support metaguide for autoguiding?


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: northwolfwu]
      #6104848 - 09/27/13 07:49 PM

i use this soft before, for colimation, but now i can not install on windwos 8

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      #6143973 - 10/17/13 11:29 PM

Hi,
I just came across this software and its amazing, given that its free. Great work Laurent.

i have a basic question, for multi target, how do I set it to go to target 1 at say 7:30pm, take x images, then 9:30pm go to another target, image and so on? is this possible?

also how do I get the ADU for a guide star selection?

Thanks
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      #6143977 - 10/17/13 11:33 PM

Also have you looked at Elbrus for plate solving?
seq generator pro uses it successfully.
Elbrus is free.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: alistairsam]
      #6144551 - 10/18/13 10:07 AM

I've been watching this thread and MaxPilote with some interest, as I'm finding CCDAP (which I just recently upgraded ) a bit bloated and slow. MaxPilote looks pretty lean and seemed responsive when I was fiddling with it.

I do have one question though; when using pinpoint to precisely determine location, is it trying to force a sync? I use TPoint so this would be sub-optimal as it would destroy the model. If like CCDAP it simply determines how far off you are and adjusts without syncing, I think I'm going to give it a shot the next clear night that I have.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6144657 - 10/18/13 11:16 AM

Quote:

i use this soft before, for colimation, but now i can not install on windwos 8




Laurent, Win8 install of Metaguide worked for me when I changed the installable compatibility to Win7 and ran it.


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: korborh]
      #6152988 - 10/23/13 05:24 AM

Sorry , for the delay awser

You have a forum, for more speed : http://fr.groups.yahoo.com/group/MaxPilote/

Alistair ,on this time you have only one start time, i will change this, i don't use "Elbrus" , i wait to see the what news we can find in Focusmax 4, after i will orientate my soft.

Chris, yes maxpilote force sycn when you do a Pinpoint.


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      #6153117 - 10/23/13 08:24 AM

New update

Now start time for each target



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      #6153150 - 10/23/13 08:37 AM

korborh , Metaguide is better for you than the new version of PHD ?

Explain me why please, because it's lot of works to do this.


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      #6153400 - 10/23/13 10:44 AM

It's just a choice Layrent, PHD works for most of us.

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      #6153438 - 10/23/13 10:59 AM

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Explain me why please, because it's lot of works to do this.




I'm the author of MetaGuide. Some people just use it for collimation but many also use it for guiding. It has been designed primarily to get best results from mid-range equipment through the benefits of low latency video and detailed feedback on the guiding. In that sense it has always targeted optimal guiding results rather than just ease of use.

It is heavily instrumented with functionality that allows easy control by other applications such as yours via simple windows remote messages that require no handshaking. The command list includes basic features such as locking on a star and guiding with it - but also tasks such as meridian flips that retain calibration, and dithering.

There is extensive documentation, and the details for remote commands are in section 36 here in html form.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: freestar8n]
      #6154532 - 10/23/13 10:27 PM

Thanks for the answer Laurent.

Is there a possibility of the sync being optional? I can't plate solve otherwise. Ideally MaxPilote would allow both choices. In the case of not syncing, it would be great if it detected the pointing error through pinpoint and performed a corrective move.

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Chris


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Chris.Baron]
      #6156193 - 10/24/13 07:15 PM

Yes it is possible

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6156201 - 10/24/13 07:21 PM

Very cool. I don't know how many people run T-Point or Maxpoint models, but this would definitely be an issue for any that do.

I'm happy to beta test for you when you have a chance to add it.

Cheers,
Chris


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Chris.Baron]
      #6199007 - 11/16/13 10:01 PM

now can use Pinpoint LE for astrometry
you just need record mouse position of two buttons, Maxpilote emulate key and mouse click !!!!!



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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6199559 - 11/17/13 09:27 AM

Wow, Laurent that's cool!

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #6229815 - 12/02/13 05:59 PM

HI Laurent, just to let you know that I installed your sw to try it and with a max vertical resolution of 768 pixels it is impossible to see all the widgets.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Nicola]
      #6230720 - 12/03/13 02:48 AM

I developp V3, i will finish this week.

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6231002 - 12/03/13 09:22 AM

Too bad..I wanted to try it this weekend

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Nicola]
      #6231138 - 12/03/13 10:53 AM

normaly posted tonight, i test on my setup

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6235800 - 12/05/13 05:09 PM

Update 3.00.01

separate MaxPilote MaxCCD MAxViewer (different thread)
Maxpilote : total new remade Maxpilote now 4 différents tabs
Maxpilote : now 20 targets with 10 series
Maxpilote : New data saving mode (more fast)
Maxpilote : Mode Select : expert , select, beginner
MaxViewer : automatic size adjust
MaxViewer : directory selector
MaxViewer : New algo of viwerseparate MaxPilote MaxCCD MAxViewer (different thread)





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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6236013 - 12/05/13 07:02 PM

Laurent, quick question; did you enable the ability to not sync when using astrometry in this release? I know the syncing is an awesome feature if you aren't using T-Point or MaxPoint, but it will completely ruin your model in either if you sync throughout the night.

Cheers,
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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Chris.Baron]
      #6236080 - 12/05/13 07:40 PM

if you not click "Enable" in atrometry, MAxpilote don't do it.

or do you want that Maxpilote do the astrometrie, but not sync. but for what ?


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6237589 - 12/06/13 03:13 PM

I'm comparing it to CCDCommander/CCDAutopilot in that they platesolve where you're pointing whenever they slew anywhere. Depending on how close the correct position you are, the program calculates the offset, and issues a corrective slew, then platesolves again. This repeats until you are within your tolerance level.

Each of those applications do this without syncing your position.

Maybe I'm mistaken in what the astrometry functionality in MaxPilote does perhaps?

Cheers,
Chris


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Chris.Baron]
      #6237932 - 12/06/13 06:51 PM

ok , i andertsand (now) !!! i will do it, as soon

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6238209 - 12/06/13 10:07 PM

Awesome. Thanks Laurent!!

Cheers,
Chris


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Chris.Baron]
      #6241681 - 12/08/13 09:55 PM

it's done chris

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6243506 - 12/09/13 08:02 PM

Laurent , vous êtes un prince parmi les hommes.

Je voyage cette semaine, mais nous espérons être en mesure de tester cela la semaine prochaine.

Merci beaucoup!!

Chris


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Chris.Baron]
      #6244121 - 12/10/13 05:31 AM

thank you to you !!!!

with you, i anderstand why the Protrack not works perfect. Last night, i do my best quality night, with Astrometry without sync.
The guiding was perfect !

Thank you again.


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6282065 - 12/30/13 08:37 PM

I just found this software and have to say I am impressed.

I have a question on sky flats. When taking flats does the software move the scope slightly after every exposure to make sure any stars in the field will be removed by a median combine.

Also while am at it I would like to make a feature suggestion, the ability to use Astrometry.net for plate solving. They have an open API and I have found it to be much more reliable that Pinpoint. You can point the scope anywhere in the sky take an image submit it to Astrometry.net and it will give you precise RA & DEC everytime with no other inputs. I use it as a finderscope, works great. If the author is interested I can help to implement the Astometry.net API interface in C#.

If the software works out for me I will definitely donate and encourage others to do so as well.


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: CercisAstro]
      #6282815 - 12/31/13 06:23 AM

of course, i am interres to use Astrometry.net but the project is in C, so if the projet can be avaible in C# dll or COM or ... it will be perfect.

Perosnnaly , i have no time to do this.

You can find my mail on my web page (contact)

i don't need donate, i put a "donate button", because lot of ask le this.
My best donate is when i see a beautifil picture done with Maxpilote.


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6451011 - 04/06/14 02:53 PM

Laurent,

Is it possible to add support for the Boltwood II weather station? The format is in appendix A of the manual here: http://www.ea4su.org/utilidades/claritymanual.pdf

It's very similar to the AAG station, it just has more information. it would open your software up to Boltwood's, Foster Systems, and a few others that follow the same format.

Thank you,
Chris


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Raginar]
      #6452204 - 04/07/14 07:57 AM

yes i thing i can manage this software, i try in few days.


you have my group for this request :

https://fr.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MaxPilote/conversations/messages


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6452208 - 04/07/14 08:00 AM

do you have a link to download this sorfware ?

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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: totolesbaloches]
      #6578280 - 06/12/14 09:20 AM

Hello, I'd like to know which temperature sesnors are supported so far. Thank you!
Nicola


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Re: MaxPilote: Software to manage Maxim DL/FocusMax... new [Re: Nicola]
      #6578558 - 06/12/14 11:55 AM

Moreover, I still can't see the entire window. I am using 1366x768 pixel screen.

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