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#276 Yoddha

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 04:30 PM

Hello,

 

Yes, it works with that model. You can try yourself using the Demo version ;)



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 07:23 AM

Happy New Year! We wish you wonderful and successful 2018 lit by a lot of star light! :)



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 04:53 PM

Ivo,

  Hope your year is good too.

Cheers

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 07:10 PM

Many thanks, Phil! :)



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:18 AM

Hi Ivo,

 

Just started using your APT and it looks really good! However, I ran into a problem trying to stop the focusing plan. I was test focusing in the daytime so I had short exposures selected (0.05 sec). Whenever I hit the stop button it had no effect and the plan continued to run until all the exposures were taken. Any idea why the stop button was not working? Thanks...John



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:55 AM

Hi John,

 

Thank you for your kind words! I suppose that there is no pause between the focusing images, right? APT disables the Stop button during the image download, so with short exposure and no pause it will be hard to click in the right time. You can set small pause. However I would suggest you to use the LiveView option. It will give the same look and feel ;)



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 05:19 PM

Aha! That makes sense. I did not realize live view will work with my CCD camera. I thought it was only for a video stream type of camera. Many thanks! I will try that out for sure.

 

By the way, I have never used a program that connected as easily and smoothly to my camera, my filter wheel, and my mount as your APT. Your user interfaces are really really well done!

 

And the APT intermittent dither capability is wonderful! One other question, when you choose a dither amount number (I chose 5) is that the number of pixels it will move? And does the dither go randomly or is it in a circle or some other shape?

 

Kind regards...John Miele 



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 03:49 AM

Many thanks!

​The dither amount is not exactly in pixels. I think that PHD defines it as parts of the guiding steps determined during the calibration and definitely are related to the guide scope. The move is random, no defined shape...



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 04:31 PM

Hi Ivo,

 

Just tried the live view feature and it works great. In fact, I like your program so much, I went ahead and purchased a key. I am switching from Nebulosity 4 to your program for all my unguided imaging and possibly all my imaging after I get more used to it. Thanks!

 

John



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 04:56 PM

Hi John,

 

Thank you very much for your support for APT!



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Posted 28 February 2018 - 11:33 AM

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Here is the first update for 2018! Since the APT 3.50 many problems were fixed, so we decided to release the fixes in a version. It comes with some new features too. Let mention two of them – the possibility to change the position of the Status Panel (vertical or horizontal) and the possibility to check the CCD temperature on plan start and never image with warm camera again :)

 

The complete list of the changes is available here:
http://ideiki.com/as...hat_is_new_.htm

 

The big Moon gives time to update your APT and be ready for the dark nights :)


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 08:14 AM

Thanks Ivo,

 

Something to do this weekend ;)


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Posted 02 March 2018 - 01:27 PM

We got a report for problem with connecting to SkyWatcher mount from APT 3.51. The issue is fixed and confirmed. If you have similar problem please download APT 3.52.

 

Please excuse us for the inconvenience!



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Posted 07 March 2018 - 07:41 AM

If you are using AstroTortilla with a Nikon camera, or if you are importing coordinates from Stellarium, please get the update APT 3.53 which fixes two problems in these areas.

 

In case you are not using these features, there is no need to apply this fix.

 

Again apologies for the inconvenience!



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Posted 30 May 2018 - 07:12 AM

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Hello,

 

This month APT turned 9th years, so this can be considered as Birthday Edition :) Thank you for the great journey together!

 

The main feature in this release is named Ringy Thingy – a unique way to edit numeric data in the dark, using only mouse or touch pad. It makes possible a whole imaging session without touching the keyboard!

 

Of course, there are bunch of other additions – new Canon models support, requested features, tweaks inspired by real life usage all over the world. The list is completed by some bug fixes…

 

The usual list of the changes is available here:
http://ideiki.com/as...hat_is_new_.htm

 

The Budget Astrophotography team is recording a video series about APT, for news and links keep an eye on this topic:
http://aptforum.com/...php?f=19&t=1779


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Posted 04 June 2018 - 08:22 AM

We had to release a small fix of 3.54 numbered as 3.54.1. Two bugs managed to pass through the testing... Please download the update to be sure that GoTo++ and multiple planetary recordings work fine.

 

Many apologies for the inconvenience!



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Posted 26 October 2018 - 07:53 AM

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We are very close to the long awaited version 3.60 and the automated meridian flip, however it is time to release all features we have completed and tested since the last version.

 

APT 3.57 comes with quite long list of changes available for review here:

https://www.astrophotography.app/news

 

In order to reduce the time for delivering requested and/or wanted features we will release every week or two a beta version which later will be marked as preview version or replaced. Keep an eye on the APT forum, the Facebook group or at:
https://www.astrophotography.app/club

 

For downloads:
www.astrophotography.app

 



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Posted 20 December 2018 - 10:41 AM

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 We are very excited to announce that the long awaited version 3.60 with the automated meridian flip feature is finally here  It took a lot of efforts, research, discussions and tests to reach this important milestone for the APT project. We want to express our special thanks for all the support we got during the long way to achieve this goal!

 

APT 3.60 comes as rewarding ending of a very productive year. We hope the coming 2019 to be even more interesting!

 

The usual list of the changes is available here:
http://www.astrophotography.app/news

 

Happy Holidays!

 


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Posted 02 January 2019 - 03:03 PM

We had to release a version 3.61 to fix some problems. Apologies for the inconvenience!

 

2019/01/02  - v.3.61 Fixes
- Fixed possibility to loose frames after Automatic Meridian Flip
- Fixed possibility image plan to hang on Dithering when Dithering Delay is used and there is no running guiding
- Fixed no preview when Shoot is used with RAW only on Nikon DSLR



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Posted 04 January 2019 - 06:56 AM

Two more fixes could be needed for problem-less Automatic Meridian Flip. This is the reason to release 3.62. Apologies for the inconvenience!

 

2019/01/04 - v.3.62 Fixes
- Fixed random APT hanging after Automatic Meridian Flip when Nikon camera is used
- Fixed possibility APT to hang after Automatic Meridian Flip when PHD2 re-calibration is used



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Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:08 AM

If you are using dithering and PHD2, please upgrade to APT 3.63 in order to avoid the possibility for imaging hanging in case of temporary guide star loss! The update is needed even if you are using 3.57…

 

We are using the release to include some improvement and fixes in AMF (Automated Median Flip), DARV fix for Nikon cameras and also the “automatic settings restore after crash” feature we just finished.

 

The Moon will soon start getting smaller so update your APT and be ready for the next imaging session!

 

https://www.astropho...y.app/downloads


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Posted 30 May 2019 - 04:45 PM

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APT 3.70 is here! smile.gif It comes with access to completely new technologies for controlling astro gear – INDIGO / INDI, possibility to use RaspberryPi computers and the commercial products based on them - ZWO ASIAir, QHYCCD StarMaster, StellarMate. Integrated is the Lacerta’s FBC- Flat Box Controller.  Added is support for GPS devices and smartphones. To finish the summary will mention the Keys Thingy – another way to enter data without keyboard in the dark.

 

The usual list of the changes is available here:
http://www.astrophotography.app/news


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 09:24 AM

If you are using Nikon camera please update to APT 3.71. It fixes a bug with the long exposures!

 

In case you are using other camera this fix is not needed.

 

Apologies for the inconvenience!



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Posted 15 November 2019 - 05:53 PM

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APT 3.80 arrived! It brings the highly requested native support for ZWO cameras as well as support for Pegasus Astro and ArteSky flat panels, support for more Canon models, support for the latest CR3 and NEF raw files, GoTo++ improvements, mosaics import from HNSKY or CdC and more.

 

Update your APT and be ready for the New Moon :)

 

The usual list of the changes is available here:
http://www.astrophotography.app/news

 

 



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Posted 22 November 2019 - 03:50 AM

If you are using Blind solving in PointCraft, please update to APT 3.81 to avoid possible problems. There are also few improvements for native ZWO connection and bit more.

 

The full list of the changes here:
http://www.astrophotography.app/news




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