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DDWMANAGER
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6226288 - 12/01/13 01:41 AM

Just purchased APT and I have not had a chance to use it yet but based upon my initial screen of the program I AM AMAZED. I plan on trying APT out over the next few weeks. I have a C8SE with a T3i and few other toys attached. My goal is complete remote access and control on the telescope. Currently I am remote controlling using a 65 foot USB setup but I may go Ethernet or wireless. Still getting the tools for remote focus control in place.

Happy Holidays to all.


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT [Re: DDWMANAGER]
      #6226312 - 12/01/13 02:04 AM

Thank you for your support and kind words!

If I can be in help, just drop a line


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6263938 - 12/20/13 03:08 PM

Hello,

The new version available just in time for Christmas

2013/12/20 - v.2.40 New features and bug fixes

- Added: Lacerta MGen support for Dithering and Auto Cancel
- Added: New tab - Image Browser with thumbnails
- Added: Pixel Aid with various image statistics - Median, Std Dev and etc.
- Added: Implementation of the original DARV method (no LiveView needed)
- Added: Possibility to build custom objects list in the Object Browser
- Added: Object size in pixels calculation in the Calculator
- Added: Object sizes in pixels calculation in Object Browser
- Added: Shoot button now stores EXIF temperature

- Confirmed: Works with EOS 70D

- Updated: Preview Effects are moved in separate panel
- Updated: Improved Tools tab
- Updated: Telescope tab is renamed to Gear tab
- Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)

- Fixed: QSI filter names problem
- Fixed: TruTeck wheel connection problem
- Fixed: SGL focuser connection problem
- Fixed: Various fixes here and there

- Removed: The implementation of the modified DARV
- Removed: The manual DARV

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6275155 - 12/27/13 10:52 AM

BTW the MGen integration requires the latest firmware 2.04 which is available here - http://www.teleskop-austria.at/information/ccd-standalone-hu/pdf/Lacerta_MGEN...

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ky1duck
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6276085 - 12/27/13 08:40 PM

am I having a blound moment or did you remove the liveview stack option?

Robert


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: ky1duck]
      #6276592 - 12/28/13 03:13 AM

Hi Robert,

It is moved on the Img tab->Preview effect.


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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6277115 - 12/28/13 12:13 PM

found it thanks

robert


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MrMxyzptlk
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: ky1duck]
      #6281546 - 12/30/13 04:22 PM

Hi Yoddha. I have just purchased the software and I have a question:
- Basically I'm working on 3 PC's: my home PC, my laptop for astro imaging and also I have access to a little observatory with QHY8L camera. My question would be: where are the configuration files of the software or is there an easy way to save settings from one PC to another. For example my home PC is my main processing PC (it's a powerhouse), and I would love to plan ahead my night for my laptop to use with a 1100D or for the QHY8L at the observatory, and than to save my plans to a USB drive to transfer the plan settings to my laptop from my main PC. Is such thing somehow possible?


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: MrMxyzptlk]
      #6281577 - 12/30/13 04:33 PM

Hi MrMxyzptlk,

Thank you for your support!

Almost all settings are stored in the file APT.xml located in :

"c:\Users\[your_user_name]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\Astro Photography Tool - APT\APT.xml"

In the XP era it was easier because the file was placed in the folder where APT is installed. In the next version or two will make an "user interface" to import/export all the settings Till then you have to copy the file manually

Happy holidays!


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MrMxyzptlk
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6282662 - 12/31/13 02:12 AM

Thank you very much, an Import/Export would be nice, until than copy it is Lucky me I have SkyDrive so, keeping update-ed files over the 3 PC's will be easy

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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: MrMxyzptlk]
      #6286885 - 01/02/14 04:07 AM

I think I have found a bug. (or a feature? ) )
I made a plan with 30 frames. I became surprised when I saw only after 15 passes the session was over. I was using the option save images to PC + Camera. When I took a look in the save folder I have seen that there are 30 captures named like this:
image001.cr2
image001(1).cr2
image002.cr2
image002(1).cr2
etc
When I switched the options and saved only to the PC the 30 passes were done, but if I choose PC+Camera than only half of the passes are done because physically the 30 files are there because of the double save to the PC ... So why the double save to the PC when PC+Camera is selected, and APT why does it think it is finished as only half of the passes were made ...

Edited by MrMxyzptlk (01/02/14 04:07 AM)


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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: MrMxyzptlk]
      #6286899 - 01/02/14 04:19 AM

Happy New Year

Yes, I know about the problem. It is related only to Digic 4 cameras and Cam+PC. I have fixed the issue on Dec 30, but want to make few more test before release it to the site.

The issue comes from a workaround made for Digic 4 because Canon was not allowing to use Cam+PC, but it looks like they have fixed their bug, so I had to remove the workaround...


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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6287032 - 01/02/14 08:09 AM

Ok. Thanks. Happy New Year to you too

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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: MrMxyzptlk]
      #6301580 - 01/09/14 09:15 AM

Hello,

Here is the first update for 2014 If you have installed 2.40 please upgrade to 2.41 for better experience!

2014/01/09 - v.2.41 Updates and Bug fixes
- Added: No Thumbnails (Settings->Main) for better performance on slow PCs

- Updated: Changed the order of "." and ".." in Image Browser
- Updated: DARV is now not changing the ISO to highest value

- Fixed: Cam+PC on Digic4 camera was duplicating the stored images
- Fixed: Rare PixelAid crashes
- Fixed: Small bug in DARV
- Fixed: Image Browser crash when there is 32bits FITS in the current folder
- Fixed: Rare random Image Browser crashes
- Fixed: Various fixes here and there


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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6356895 - 02/05/14 02:14 AM

Hi Yoddha. The upgrade works great, no more doubled images.
The remaining question is: Can we have custom Flat plans? I mean, the auto mode is not always good, I have an electroluminescent panel and with the auto mode I get frequency noise (black bars), so to do correct flats with my panel I must increase the exposition. To do this right now I must make another light plane to compensate, but it would be better if I could change the settings for flats so I get the correct auto generated file name. Keep up the good work, APT is amazing.


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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: MrMxyzptlk]
      #6356897 - 02/05/14 02:20 AM

Good news

In order to use custom flats please go to Tools tab->Settings->Advanced tab and enable "Advanced Flat Bias plans" By this APT will not use the AV mode for flats. BTW currently am working on Flats Aid that will help to determine the right exposure time


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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6356996 - 02/05/14 05:02 AM

Thank you, didn't know that

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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: MrMxyzptlk]
      #6401238 - 02/28/14 02:30 AM

Hello,

The development of the version 2.50 is still in progress, so I decided to release the finished fixes and new additions in order to be available for the coming New Moon

2014/02/27 - v.2.43 Small update
- Added: Profiles for the parameters of Collimation Aid
- Added: Telescope Park/Unpark button (full version only)
- Added: Dithering distance up to 90 for MGen and APT Dithering
- Added: EOS 1200D in the Object calculator
- Added: Meridian Flip Clock shows "?" when mount is not tracking
- Fixed: DARV was not using the right speeds for certain mounts
- Fixed: DSD Clock bug in certain case
- Fixed: False error message when 0s exposure is used with camera with B and M dial modes
- Fixed: Small bug in Plan Editor when keyboard is used for scrolling
- Fixed: Various fixes here and there


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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6426096 - 03/24/14 08:46 AM

Hello,

The SBIG support is almost ready The camera control is working fine. The only problem is in the communication with SBIG wheels.

If you want to join to the beta tests you can find the installation here:

http://www.ideiki.com/astro/BetaVersion.aspx

Many thanks for your help!


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Yoddha
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Re: Astro Photography Tool - APT new [Re: Yoddha]
      #6470939 - 04/17/14 04:38 AM

Hello,

The new version 2.50 is live As usual here is the changes log:

2014/04/16 - v.2.50 New features and bug fixes

- Added: SBIG cameras and filter wheels support
- Added: EOS 1200D support
- Added: The newest Canon library (2.14)
- Added: New tab in Settings - Filter Wheel
- Added: Displaying filter names in Plan Editor and in Camera tab when they are described in Settings
- Added: The 'Auto Canceled' images are not counted during plan execution
- Added: Schedule plan execution (Shift+Start)
- Added: Run a plan for defined number of executions (Shift+Start)
- Added: UI changes for compatibility with UltraVNC under XP
- Added: New setting (Advanced tab) to disable FITS auto orientation for CCDs like QHY10 MkII

- Moved: Skins are available in the demo version

- Fixed: Bug in the TemperGold support
- Fixed: Bug in GoTo when declination is negative and less than one degree
- Fixed: Rare crashing when EOS connection is lost
- Fixed: Crashing when EOS connection is lost during LiveView
- Fixed: Bug in Flats plans when are used with EOS having B dial mode
- Fixed: Bug in the Planetary HD video when destination is PC or Cam+PC
- Fixed: Various fixes here and there

- Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)

Your feedback is very welcome Many thanks for your help and support!

Happy Easter Holidays!


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