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#326 Yoddha

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Posted 10 June 2022 - 09:47 AM

Hello,

 

PAPS - Polar Align via PlateSolving is not showing accurate results, so the small update APT 4.01 is released to fix that. We have used the opportunity to include a few more fixes and minor new features.

 

Please update your APT to be ready for the next New Moon :)

 

The full list of novelties is available here:
http://www.astrophotography.app/news



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Posted 16 September 2022 - 09:36 AM

Hello,

 

The new beta APT 4.04 is available for all registered users smile.gif It comes with Data Craft and other nice features and fixes. You can find the details at:

 

https://aptforum.com...?p=37032#p37032

 

or download it directly from :

 

https://www.astropho...betaversion.php



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Posted 26 September 2022 - 07:07 PM

A new beta is out 4.05 to fix some problems and to bring some new features :) The links above are still valid.



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Posted 10 December 2022 - 05:54 AM

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Christmas and the New Year are coming, so it is time for presents! Here is an early one from us – a new version of APT :) Nope, we will not reveal any details…

 

Don’t wait, open the box now :)
https://www.astrophotography.app/news

 

Happy Holidays!


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Posted 28 December 2022 - 10:34 AM

New camera drivers updater - v2.8 is available at https://www.astropho...p/downloads.php

 

Updated are the drivers for Altair Astro and ToupTek cameras.



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Posted 28 February 2023 - 05:58 PM

Tomorrow 9PM Eastern US Time I'll be on AstroWorld TV - https://www.youtube.com/c/astroworldtv :) Join live if you want to ask questions :)

Will talk about simulators, auto-focusing, mosaics and more...


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Posted 04 April 2023 - 10:08 AM

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The new version is available smile.gif APT 4.20 comes with support for PlateSolve3 solver, many new cameras, a lot more improvements and fixes!

 

If you will be attending NEAF 2023, come to our booth! We will be glad to meet in live smile.gif

 

The full list of novelties is available here:
https://www.astrophotography.app/news



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Posted 07 April 2023 - 04:39 PM

Our booth at NEAF is #514 :)



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Posted 11 May 2023 - 02:00 AM

Happy APT Day! :) It turns 14 years!
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Thank you for your support for the project!


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Posted 11 May 2023 - 09:29 AM

Happy APT Day! smile.gif It turns 14 years!
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Thank you for your support for the project!

Keep up the good work, I've enjoyed using APT :) 


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Posted 12 May 2023 - 02:09 PM

Congrats, Ivo! Love APT.

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Posted 25 May 2023 - 08:45 AM

Hello,
The beta APT 4.22 comes with a game changer feature - database. The unique way to find your images! smile.gif

 

If you have a key I would suggest installing 4.22 in order to start gathering information from the next sessions.

 

The list of the changes is :
- Added DataCraft DB Browser (see the notes below)
- Added FITS files indexer
- Added Ctr+A to select the text for all edit boxes
- Added "Store in Same folder" option in Planetary panel - when enabled will create one folder for all recorded LiveView images till you close the panel
- Added Altair Astro SDK 20230329
- Added QHY SDK 23.05.09
- Added SVBony SDK 1.11.3

 

- Changed the code for Exposure Cancelling for ToupTek based cameras

 

- Fixed possibility to set 60% USB speed for ToupTek based cameras

- Fixed for Canon/Nikon rare case when R+L is used the JPG and RAW to have different names because of different time
- Fixed rare cases when RAW and JPG files are not grouped in one Thumbnail in Img Tab
- Fixed wrong error message when Blind solving is enabled in SessionCraft

 

Here you can find instructions how to use the DB:

https://aptforum.com...?p=40587#p40587

 

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Posted 09 June 2023 - 08:04 AM

Hello,

 

The beta 4.24 is released :)

 

APT 4.24 - Beta version

  • - Added Possibility to edit plans during plan execution. The current plan can't be altered
  • - Added "Skip Shoot" in DataCraft Settings - for transfer and DB
  • - Moved FITS indexer in DB Browser-> DB Tools
  • - Added DB Browser->Verify - will check all records in the DB if the image files exist and removes records without images
  • - Added in DB Browser Ctrl+Search will delete all the records which corresponds to the search criteria (two confirmations required)
  • - Added in DB Browser, Shift+Click on Delete removes all conditions
  • - Added possibility to import the selected object name from CdC. Works in Object Browser and Gear->Objects
  • - Added #CCDWarming to use the Warming offset
  • - Added Chamber pressure/hum in Camera Tab->Settings for QHY
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  • - Fixed are cases when APT could crash on image browsing, thumbnail creation and in other cases|

 

If you have installed 4.22 or 4.23 be sure to upgrade to 4.24!



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Posted 27 August 2023 - 10:35 AM

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The new version is available smile.gif APT comes with a unique feature – database for the images information, extension of the sequencing logic of Session Craft and Script Commands and good number of other improvements and fixes.

 

How and Why to support APT:
https://www.astropho...lternatives.php

 

The full list of novelties is available here:
https://www.astrophotography.app/news



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Posted 29 November 2023 - 08:33 PM

The preview version APT 4.32 is available! It comes with powerful sequencing and planning options :) 

 

Same plan reusing on different targets, Max Imaging Time, Imaging Time Left calculations and more!

 

You can find more details here:

 

https://aptforum.com...?p=43104#p43104



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Posted 24 December 2023 - 12:04 PM

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Ho ho ho! APT 4.40! Time for presents smile.gif

 

There are Christmas presents under the tree smile.gif APT 4.40 is here! SessionsCraft has everything one needs to sequence whole night imaging without scripts. The Object Browser got a big set of upgrades and now is a very powerful tool for targets planning combined with the Deep Sky Darkness Calculator. PlayerOne cameras are natively supported and more!

 

The full list of novelties is available here:
https://www.astrophotography.app/news

 

The User’s Guide is transforming to a true multimedia product thanks to the great video clips made by Mark Kelly on his Youtube channel "Southern Cross Amateur Astro". Don’t forget to subscribe!
https://www.youtube....@SCAmateurAstro

 

Was APT a good project during the past year? If you think so, you may give a present and make the coming 2024 easier for APT! One time donation, monthly donation, purchasing or key renewal will be of great help!
https://astrophotogr....app/reward.php

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



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Posted 09 January 2024 - 10:32 AM

We are starting something new - regular User's Guide updating with the latest videos from Mark's channel :)

 

https://www.youtube....@SCAmateurAstro

 

The updates are visible and accessible via 3 ways:

- Online at - https://astrophotogr...app/usersguide/
- Offline as CHM and PDF files from Downloads->User's Guide Tab
- Offline as setup that updates the APT installation with the latest CHM and PDF from Downloads->User's Guide Tab

 

https://www.astropho...p/downloads.php

 

The new version is marked as 4.40 (Jan 9th) :)



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Posted 12 January 2024 - 08:31 AM

New camera drivers updater - v4.1 is available at https://www.astropho...p/downloads.php

 

Apply it if you are using ASI 2600MC or Duo because ZWO has fixed the problem of not spinning fan.



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Posted 18 January 2024 - 09:31 AM

The Jan 18th update of the User's Guide is available with the latest videos from Mark's channel :)

 

https://www.youtube....@SCAmateurAstro

 

The updates are visible and accessible via 3 ways:

- Online at - https://astrophotogr...app/usersguide/
- Offline as CHM and PDF files from Downloads->User's Guide Tab
- Offline as setup that updates the APT installation with the latest CHM and PDF from Downloads->User's Guide Tab

 

 

https://www.astropho...p/downloads.php



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Posted 23 January 2024 - 07:01 PM

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We have just released APT 4.41. It is polishing the 4.40 by fixing some problems found or reported. Please apply it for better experience smile.gif

 

The list of the fixes and the novelties is available here:
https://www.astrophotography.app/news

 

Don’t forget to keep an eye on rapidly growing channel Southern Cross Amateur Astro:
https://www.youtube....@SCAmateurAstro

 

The User’s Guide is now getting updates every week or so with the latest videos. You can get the files or installer from the downloads page.

 

Thank you for your support for APT! It keeps the progress happening!



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Posted 03 February 2024 - 11:36 AM

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APT 4.42 - Critical update for Win 10 users

 

If you are using APT on Windows 10, please apply APT 4.42 in order to avoid crashes. The latest Windows 10 update changed the list control behavior and is causing the usage of Stars, Custom/ToDo tabs in Object Browser, Check Lists and few other places to close APT.

 

We are using the released to add a few more new features. 

 

The list of the fixes and the novelties is available here:
https://www.astrophotography.app/news

 

Don’t forget to keep an eye on rapidly growing YouTube channel Southern Cross Amateur Astro:
https://www.youtube....@SCAmateurAstro

 

Thank you for your support for APT! It keeps the progress happening!



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Posted 14 April 2024 - 03:44 AM

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APT v.4.50 - Stability and new features

 

Microsoft has released another Windows 10 update (KB5035941) which is affecting APT. This time we took extra care to eliminate such problems in future. For Windows 10 users APT 4.50 is a critical update.

 

We also made many stability improvements that avoid many if not all random crashes.  As usual there are new features. Some of them long awaited, others unique new ideas.

 

The list of the fixes and the novelties is available here:
https://www.astrophotography.app/news

 

This May is a very special month smile.gif Sometime in May 2009, APT was used for the first time to take real astro images, so we will celebrate 15 years of APT gathering distant photons! The time flies when is spent in a good company! Great thanks to everyone for being part of the community and the project!

 

As you know the last two years are more difficult, but what is a celebration without presents smile.gif So there will be a modest gift - on May 11th all active keys will get one extra month smile.gif



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Posted 23 April 2024 - 04:34 PM

Will APT have a "plan" to create flats for DSLRs anytime in the future?



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Posted 23 April 2024 - 04:41 PM

Hello Rudy,

APT has Flats Plan for DSLRs for ages. The DSLRs have very convenient AV mode which to be used for creating good flat frames.

 



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Posted 11 May 2024 - 02:40 AM

Happy APT Day :) Somewhere in May, APT was used for the first time under the sky. We don’t remember the exact date, because of that we decided to pick-up one :) It had taken time till APT became good enough to for public use and officially was released in January… So, this is a pre-birthday, celebrating moment when APT passed through the “Proof Of Concept” and started to generate real astro images :)

 

The project is in its 15th year! Thank you for your support during all these years!

 

As a small gift, all active keys were extended with one month.




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