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#176 Yoddha

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 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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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:02 AM

Thank you, didn't know that :)

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 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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Posted 24 March 2014 - 07:46 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.co...etaVersion.aspx

Many thanks for your help!

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 03:38 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!

#181 Yoddha

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 09:50 AM

APT has new forum :) Take a look at www.aptforum.com!

Of course this topic will remain fully supported ;) But I'll be happy to meet you in the new place too :D

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 07:25 AM

If you want to transfer lists from AstroPlanner to APT take a look on this trick http://aptforum.com/...c.php?f=19&t=66

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 03:33 AM

New little banner :)

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:07 AM

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:13 AM

I'm sorry to say that, but the problem is in the Canon drivers :( There is no 64bits driver for 350D and because of that there is no application that can fully control 350D under 64bits version.

The only known solution is to install a virtual machine with 32 bits version of Windows and to control the camera from there :(

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:56 PM

Is there any chance of getting APT and my 350D with a Win7 64 bit PC connected and working?

I already tried WinXP virtual machine and it didn't seem to make any difference at all.

On Edit.. I see you already answered my deleted question.. After some research I thought the WinXP virtual machine would do it so didn't want to bother you..

Thanks..

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:16 PM

Hmmm, strange... Is the XP virtual machine with 32bits version of the operating system?

First make sure that you have installed the APT version for Digic II. If there is still a problem try to install the EOS Utilities. APT contains the needed libraries, but in very rare cases there is need EOS Utilities to help with the driver installation.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 02:20 AM

Hello,

The auto-focusing feature is still in progress, so decided to pack and release the ready features and fixes in order to be available for the coming New Moon :)

Have fun and don't forget to share your images in the APT's forum!

What's new:

2014/06/26 - v.2.54 New features and bug fixes
- Added: HFD focusing method in Focus Aid
- Added: Star profile in Focus Aid
- Added: Graphs for FWHM and HFD in Focus Aid
- Added: Graph in Bahtinov Aid
- Added: Graphs for Temperature, EXIF, Humidity, DewPoint, CCD Temperature/Power (Tools tab)
- Added: Search in Objects Browser
- Added: Custom Objects Browser import detects duplicates by coordinates
- Added: Delete multiple lines in Custom Objects Browser
- Added: Use the current coordinates to create new line in Custom Objects Browser
- Added: The files need to make objects import from AstroPlanner are included in the setup
- Added: Delay dithering start (Settings->Advanced)
- Added: Export APT's log file (Settings->Main)
- Added: Displaying EU, US or Japanese name depending on the connected camera

- Fixed: Not showing the correct power level for SBIG cameras
- Fixed: Bug in the image preview when QHY10 is used
- Fixed: Selecting the image quality when EOS 1Dx is used
- Fixed: Bug when EOS Kiss X6i is connected (650D and Rebel T4i were not affected)
- Fixed: Various fixes here and there

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

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Posted 21 September 2014 - 01:59 AM

Hello,

 

I’m very happy to announce that the first version of APT with built-in Auto-Focus feature is now available :) The tests show very-good results, but I’ll be tankful if you share feedback at www.aptforum.com, here or by email. This will be in help to make it better.

 

Here is the complete log:

 

2014/09/19 - v.2.60 New features and bug fixes
- Added: Auto Focusing Aid for ASCOM focusers (see the User's Guide)
- Added: Dither on # images option (Guide dialog box)
- Added: PHD connection port definition (Guide dialog box)
- Added: New images folder after midnight option (Settings->Advanced)
- Added: Bind Magnifier to Focus Aid option to allow focusing star magnification
- Added: Support QSI wheel profiles (Gear->Wheel Settings)
- Added: In CCD mode automatic use of the shortest exposure in Bias plans
- Added: In CCD histogram left double click moves the point to the border
- Added: Cooling Aid can make small warming
- Added: The different APT instances now store separate set of configurations
- Added: DARV allows to use x2 East speed
- Added: Support for MGen firmware 2.11+
- Added: Filter name is visible in the Status panel
- Added: Click on Gear->Guide will find the PHD2 window

 

- Fixed: In CCD histogram Fine/Coarse movements
- Fixed: CCD preview was making unwanted vertical flip
- Fixed: Various fixes here and there

 

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



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Posted 27 September 2014 - 12:19 PM

Hi all, i'd using APT tool for centering stars in live view. I noticed that if use zoom 5x and 10x object remain centered, if i uncheck zoom, object goes away from center. Which is the correct position? I mean, if i center object using 5x or 10x zoom, i'd be sure that object is well centered?



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Posted 27 September 2014 - 03:00 PM

Hi Luca,

 

There is a small bug with the centering of x5 and x10, which will be fixed in the next version. From my experience centering the star without zoom is enough for GoTo alignment ;)



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Posted 28 September 2014 - 05:27 AM

Ok thanks, when do you expect to release next version? i like the software.....



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Posted 28 September 2014 - 05:31 AM

Thanks! In worst case in November, but most likely there will be a small update earlier :) 



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Posted 28 September 2014 - 05:38 AM

Ok i used APT for my Celestron VX ASPA procedure, using directly my Canon in live view mode, for centering various stars. I'd be great if 5x and 10x would be fixed, so i can avoid to use visual setup for ASPA, then remount photo setup....


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Posted 29 September 2014 - 03:49 AM

Definitely it will be fixed :)



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Posted 01 October 2014 - 04:35 AM

;)  ;)



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Posted 02 November 2014 - 01:00 PM

Hi there, could you think to fix the zoom issue within the 20th of this month?  ;)



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Posted 02 November 2014 - 01:13 PM

Hi Luca,

 

The fix is ready :) It is not possible to center the usual cross precisely when x5 and x10 are used because of limitation in Canon interface... But I have put a small cross to mark the sensor center.

 

Please send me your mail address as PM and Tuesday (I'm out of the town) will send you an official version :) 



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Posted 02 November 2014 - 03:06 PM

Done.



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Posted 04 November 2014 - 04:55 PM

Thank you so much. Software updated. Can test on thrusday.




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