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Skylook123
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Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release
      #5409471 - 09/08/12 12:57 AM

A new beta release has popped up on the Skywatcher site. There are no release notes, just the commentary "Notes: This is not SynScan EQ official firmware release, but for beta-site test only.

A new feature of Polar Re-alignment is added and improved accuracy under Alignment sub-menu of the hand control in the firmware. User may use this feature to do the polar alignment without aligning Polaris in the polarscope for an EQ mount.

This new firmware also works with AZ goto and DOB SynScan goto mount."


Skywatcher EQ Firmware Updates


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RandallK
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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: Skylook123]
      #5411760 - 09/09/12 02:38 PM

There was an earlier thread on this posted a few weeks ago for the Sirus mount which is the same as the SkyWatcher. It's essentially a drift alignment procdure with "hand controller assist". It really does cut down on the drift. PHD guiding doesn't have to work as hard.

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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: RandallK]
      #5411782 - 09/09/12 02:54 PM

Quote:

There was an earlier thread on this posted a few weeks ago for the Sirus mount which is the same as the SkyWatcher. It's essentially a drift alignment procdure with "hand controller assist". It really does cut down on the drift. PHD guiding doesn't have to work as hard.




It's not really a drift alignment, what it is is the AllStar polar alignment system from the company's Celestron mounts ported to their SynScan mounts...


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RandallK
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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: rmollise]
      #5411870 - 09/09/12 03:58 PM

Thanks for the correction Rod.
I have now downloaded 03.30 beta 29 and tested it with no issues.
I still do a Polar alignment via the original instructions in my Skywatcher manual and it has given me very good accuracy in imaging. Of course the polar scope reticle has to be aligned correctly as well for this to work properly. (When my mount was shipped from the distributor, the reticle was NOT set correctly.) Now with the hand controller update, I further adjust on a selected star (after the "regular" Polar alignment), to tweak both T-Bolts to center. I think this helps PHD guiding in that it doesn't have to do as much correction. What do you think?

Edited by RandallK (09/10/12 04:21 PM)


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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: RandallK]
      #5411871 - 09/09/12 03:59 PM

BTW, I just downloaded and installed it yesterday. Planned on giving it a try last night. The clouds thought otherwise.

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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: rmollise]
      #5412683 - 09/10/12 01:47 AM

They just removed my last reason why I didn't get an Atlas...

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astroRoy
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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: Raginar]
      #5413855 - 09/10/12 06:13 PM

They finally got their site back up so I downloaded it. I'll try it out tonight. The last one wasn't as good as I had hoped. maybe this one IS more accurate as they report it to be.

Roy


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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: astroRoy]
      #5413869 - 09/10/12 06:22 PM

Hmm...the reports on it I had were "pretty accurate." The people getting good results did a 3-star, the polar routine, another 3-star and the polar routine again.

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astroRoy
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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: rmollise]
      #5423527 - 09/16/12 10:50 AM

Finally got my Atlas working well enough to use (details on different thread) and tested the new beta 3.30/29. I did the "Re-align" twice - once after each 3-star align as mentioned above, and I am quite pleased with the results. Definately better than the previous version. Faster by far than drift-aligning, PHD aligning, or any of the others methods I have tried. Accuracy seems very good, but I have not tried to verifiy it with tests other than seeing improved guiding results, and lack of drift in my PEC curves. The upgrade is easy, and free, and the results seem to bear out that it is worth the effort. Thanks Synta, and thanks to all posters involved.

Roy


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Tom_H
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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: astroRoy]
      #5426133 - 09/17/12 08:09 PM

Hi Guys

Quick question about the upgrade. Did you use the Orion loader or the Synscan loader. I noticed there is a slight difference in the file size, and was wondering whats being used.

Regards

Tom

Crow Mtn Observatory (ROR) - Russellville, Ar.
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ad701xx
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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: Tom_H]
      #5426481 - 09/17/12 11:26 PM

I did the update a couple of days ago using the Synscan v3.00 loader. No issues there.

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astroRoy
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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: ad701xx]
      #5426630 - 09/18/12 01:14 AM

+1 Synscan.

roy


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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: astroRoy]
      #5427902 - 09/18/12 05:37 PM

Just released version 3.30 beta

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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: MikeCMP]
      #5458033 - 10/06/12 02:29 PM

I've been a little reluctant to install the betas, since there is no documentation. Is the use of the new features pretty self-evident?

Evan


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MikeCMP
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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: evhap]
      #5458111 - 10/06/12 03:43 PM

New features have documentation in the bandbox telling you what to do, so it's pretty straightforward.

Mike


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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: MikeCMP]
      #5458275 - 10/06/12 06:13 PM

I installed it on my EQ6, and the mount was already pretty close. I did a 3 star alignment, and then the polar alignment routine. The HC wanted me to move by two degrees in alt, and over four in az. Knowing this to be out of whack, I cancelled out of the routine. I did another 3 star alignment, did the PA routine on the same star, and this time, I was asked to move the mount less than a degree in both axis.

I did this for the next half hour, only to have to start over with the pa scope.

I am no longer using this feature...


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rmollise
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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: RogerRZ]
      #5459026 - 10/07/12 09:55 AM

The beta is a beta. It still has a buggie or two lurking, but mostly seems to work OK:

http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-herschel-project-phase-ii-nights-1.html


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evhap
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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: RogerRZ]
      #5459939 - 10/07/12 11:58 PM

Mike, please excuse my ignorance, but could you explain what you mean by "documentation in the bandbox?" I find a gaggle of new functions and not a scrap of documentation anywhere.

Evan


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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: evhap]
      #5477943 - 10/18/12 11:04 PM

I have tested both 3.28 beta 21 and 3.30 beta 29. Version 3.28 works ok and i really like the new polar realign feature. I have problem with 3.30 though. I do not see the option to change autoguiding speed in the new firmware. I really need that feature so i got back to 3.28. What are your observations? Do you see the same option missing from your hand controller after the upgrade?

Edit: One more thing - with the new beta 3.30 i could not make PHD to calibrate and start guiding. The star just does not move enough. I am definitely back to 3.28 till we get new beta with these bugs fixed.

Edited by neptun2 (10/18/12 11:11 PM)


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Re: Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release new [Re: neptun2]
      #5490950 - 10/26/12 10:13 PM

There's a newer beta out: SynScanV0332AZEQB05. This is supposed to be the last beta before the production version.

Evan


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