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Yoddha
Vendor (APT)
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Reged: 09/25/08

Loc: Sofia-Bulgaria
Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5490229 - 10/26/12 01:22 PM

Just put a new beta on the site - 1.98.3. It contains many improvements and fixes in the CCD part and some in the DSLR one.

There is one interesting new option - control of Digic 2 cameras with audio cable

It will be great to hear some feedback for the new beta Many thanks in advance!

The details are here : http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Astroplace/message/2424


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Yoddha
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Loc: Sofia-Bulgaria
Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5497586 - 10/31/12 11:03 AM

Are there Starlight Xpress, Moravian, Orion StarShooter/Parsec, Celestron Nightscape, QSI, FLI owners that want to give a try of ASCOM CCD support in APT?

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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5511478 - 11/09/12 11:38 AM

There is a new beta - 1.99 (the last one I hope )

The 2.00 launch is scheduled for November 15th Don't forget that all active licenses will be extended with 6 months.

Details at : http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Astroplace/message/2437


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5520781 - 11/15/12 09:12 AM

Hello,

I'm very happy to announce that APT 2.00 is finally available! As you know the main focus of this version is the ASCOM CCD cameras, but there are interesting features in the DSLR part too Many thanks to all that supported this project by one or other way!

Note that there are to editions of the new version 2.00 and 2.00" (second). The second one is for the EOS cameras with Digic II. The first one is for all other Digic generations.

Here is the list of the main changes:

2012/11/15 - v.2.00 The biggest update so far
-Added: Support for ASCOM compatible CCD cameras
-Added: CCD mode of the plan editor
-Added: CCD mode of the Histogram
-Added: Darkness Clock
-Added: Deep Sky Darkness Calculator
-Added: Support for Meade focusers
-Added: "Don't dither" option per plan
-Added: New Script parameters
-Added: Usage of the latest Canon library 2.11
-Added: Support for 650D, 1Dx, 5D MkIII, 60Da
-Added: Configurable auto connection to telescope
-Added: Configurable auto connection to focuser
-Added: Configurable auto connection to filter wheel
-Added: Tabs in the settings dialog
-Added: Support for Biula Audio Trigger
-Moved: ASCOM filter wheel control is available in the demo version
-Fixed: EOS 1100D mirror locking
-Fixed: Problem with RAW only images and exposures under 1s
-Fixed: Incorrect remaining time calculation is specific situation
-Fixed: Loosing connection to PHD when PHD is restarted
-Fixed: Many small enhancements and fixes.
-Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)


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Yoddha
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Loc: Sofia-Bulgaria
Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5535097 - 11/23/12 09:23 AM

Some issues were found and required to be addressed, so there is a small update availble

2012/11/23 - v.2.01 Small update
-Added: Saving .CR2 raw files in TIFF format
-Added: Setting the maximum ISO for Astro Tortilla
-Added: Integration of Astro Tortilla in CCD mode
-Fixed: Installer to use the right VS 2005 redistributable package
-Fixed: FITS format saving - the files were hard to process
-Fixed: Starlight Express filter wheel works fine
-Fixed: Small interface fixes


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Yoddha
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Loc: Sofia-Bulgaria
Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5551680 - 12/03/12 08:58 AM

Thank to Henrik the Dutch tooltips help translation is updated to the latest version! Many thanks Henrik!

Also I'm happy to announce that now there is German translation of User's guide available in the downloads page. Many thanks Martin!


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5582256 - 12/21/12 10:43 AM

Happy holidays to all CN members!

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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5602702 - 01/03/13 10:39 AM

Happy New Year! A lot of wishes for health, happiness, success to you and your families! And of couse many wishes for clear skies!

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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT [Re: Yoddha]
      #5656274 - 02/01/13 12:31 PM

The beta version 2.05 is available now The weather here is bad and will be very thankful to hear your feedback, suggestions and ideas!

In short the changes are:
- Bahtinov Aid - works with LiveView and Images in both EOS and CCD mode. It is an incorporation of the Bahtinov Grabber technology into APT
- Canon's library 2.12 integration - 6D and 1D-C are supported now
- Fixed is a bug in turning CCD cooler to OFF
- Fixed is a bug for QHY9
- Some minor CCD fixes
- Some minor tweaks here and there

For the full version:
- Framing masks are upgraded to work with LiveView
- ASCOM focusers with temperature sensor now acts as Temper sensor and can be used, to monitor the ambient temperature, to store the reading as part of the name, to get notifications for refocusing.

There are some changes in the installer program, so take a look if everything is fine there too

Looking forward to see your comments!

P.S. A screen shot http://ideiki.com/astro/otherimages/bahtinov2.png


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budman1961
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Reged: 02/25/11

Loc: Springfield, MO
Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5668030 - 02/07/13 10:50 PM

Ivo,

I have to give you major props for APT! I have recently been able to use the program, it is full featured, and very easy to use.

My best to you, and I look forward to seeing what comes in the future!

Andy


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: budman1961]
      #5668387 - 02/08/13 06:42 AM

Hi Andy,

Many thanks for the kind words! I'm happy that you like APT


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5675402 - 02/12/13 08:38 AM

The newest version of APT Ė 2.10 is available. The main addition is the Bahtinov Aid panel. It gives possibility to analyze the diffraction spikes from Bahtinov masks and to tune the focus on sub-pixel level. All this becomes possible thank to Neils Noordhoek and his project Bahtinov Grabber. With deep sorrow I learned that Neils passed away before he can see the result of our cooperation. Thank you Neils for all that you shared with our community!

The list of the other changes is below.

2013/02/12 - v.2.10 New features and bug fixes
-Added: Bahtinov Aid - works with LiveView and Images in both EOS and CCD mode
-Added: Canon's library 2.12 integration - 6D and 1D-C are supported now
-Added: Framing masks are upgraded to work with LiveView (full version only)
-Added: ASCOM focusers with temperature sensor now acts as Temper sensor and can be used, to monitor the ambient temperature and etc.
-Fixed: A bug in turning CCD cooler to OFF
-Fixed: A bug for QHY9
-Fixed: A bug when AstroTortilla calls APT in CCD mode
-Fixed: A bug in the scroll when APT is in window mode (not maximized)
-Fixed: A bug in CCD mode, that doesn't allow to make Bias frames
-Fixed: Some minor CCD fixes
-Fixed: Some minor tweaks here and there

The next version is planned to address as much as possible of the already requested features. It is scheduled for the early March.

Donít be shy and share your images in the APTís gallery

A screenshot of the new panel - http://ideiki.com/astro/otherimages/bahtinov3.png


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CharlesW
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Reged: 11/02/12

Loc: Chula Vista & Indio, CA
Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5694453 - 02/22/13 11:05 AM

Ivo, I just read with interest how you incorporated the Biula Audio Trigger into your app. My laptop has 3 USB ports so I don't need the audio cable to control my shutter but I would like a less expensive alternative than the Shoestring adaptor to control mirror lockup. Can the Biula Audio trigger be redesigned to control only the lockup function through the 3 pin port on the camera?

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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: CharlesW]
      #5694512 - 02/22/13 11:42 AM

Hi Charles,

I'm not a guru in this area, but looks that you only have to map the stereo jack to the 3 pins and it should work fine


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5696038 - 02/23/13 04:13 AM

Just for the records to mention that all Digic 4 cameras don't require additional cable.

APT can control the true mirror locking only with the provided USB cable


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budman1961
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5697881 - 02/24/13 08:33 AM

Ivo,

Last night was the first night I had the opportunity to work with your software...2 words, very nice! I was using it in conjunction with Astrotortilla, and it functioned perfectly.

I look forward to working with it much more in the future!

Andy


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: budman1961]
      #5699431 - 02/25/13 08:53 AM

Hi Andy,

Many thanks! I happy that APT is in help

Maybe you will share some images in the Gallery?


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sage


Reged: 08/31/11

Loc: Houston, Texas, USA
Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5764553 - 03/29/13 12:29 PM

One question / feature request: Is there any chance that this could be made to work with FocusMax or to incorporate a similar autofocusing algorithm?

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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: end]
      #5764561 - 03/29/13 12:34 PM

Hi End,

Thank you for your interest! I'm working on implementation of auto-focusing and hope to have it in the next one or two versions


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sage


Reged: 08/31/11

Loc: Houston, Texas, USA
Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5764615 - 03/29/13 12:59 PM

Quote:

Hi End,

Thank you for your interest! I'm working on implementation of auto-focusing and hope to have it in the next one or two versions




That would be sensational! Thank you for the quick reply!


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