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Old 30-12-2014, 03:10 PM
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ServoCAT Firmware upgrade V 7.0.A released today

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Great news Gary and Mai and congratulations on the new firmware release.

Am I correct in assuming that those people running Servocat units will also need to upgrade the Servocat firmware on the Servocat box?

Cheers,
John B
Hi John,

Thank you for your kind words and we really appreciate your support.

If you have a ServoCAT we highly recommend that you obtain the
latest ServoCAT firmware Version 7.0.A which was released concurrently
by StellarCAT today.

To receive the ServoCAT firmware email rxdesign@ssvecnet.com and make a brief request.

The latest edition of the ServoCAT/Argo Navis protocol brings about some great new features. New and old Dobs alike will then be empowered
to perform new tricks with features like satellite tracking using the new Wildcard Innovations/StellarCAT SmartTrack feature.

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Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
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Old 30-12-2014, 05:33 PM
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Thanks Gary!
I was just thinking the other day that December was approaching the end so checked to make sure all my cable were OK to do the update when it arrived.

Cheers

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Old 30-12-2014, 10:43 PM
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Thanks Gary!
I was just thinking the other day that December was approaching the end so checked to make sure all my cable were OK to do the update when it arrived.

Cheers

Malcolm
Thanks Malcolm!

We appreciate your support.

All the best for 2015!

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
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20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
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Old 31-12-2014, 10:59 AM
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Did the update last night, very painless and easy. Reloading my settings for the big dob and the user catalogues that I had made up.

Thanks again for a great product Gary!!

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Old 31-12-2014, 01:35 PM
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Did the update last night, very painless and easy. Reloading my settings for the big dob and the user catalogues that I had made up.

Thanks again for a great product Gary!!

Malcolm
Thanks Malcolm,

Great to hear it all went smoothly and thanks again for your kind words.

What has been nice is that we have been receiving messages of thanks
from all over the world. We think of them as an extended family of
Argo Navis owners.

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Gary Kopff
Managing Director
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20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:03 PM
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Just completed the update to v3.0 and all went smoothly without a hitch . Now time to update the Servocat... hoping it's just as easy as the AN.

Thanks Gary!
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:31 PM
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Argo Navis Firwmare Version 3.0.0 upgrade report

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Just completed the update to v3.0 and all went smoothly without a hitch . Now time to update the Servocat... hoping it's just as easy as the AN.

Thanks Gary!
Hi Mohammed!

Excellent!

Gary Myers is always there to assist with any ServoCAT upgrade questions
you may but if you follow the instructions he provides, it should go smoothly.

Have a great weekend.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
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20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
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Old 03-01-2015, 01:56 AM
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Not happy Jan - until the postie arrives

After the big move overseas and choosing what telescope gear to bring with me and what to put into storage, I was confident I had all I needed here to do the big update to my two AN units this weekend. But, searched high and low today and - shock - no AN serial cable! Not with the Keyspan adapter; not with the spare AN power cables and parts.

Got an order away for a new cable - thanks for making it so easy Wildcard/Gary. I shall be patient. One has to be - postal in Israel is usually SLOW.

I wonder where that cable is? Strangely enough, I have a set of photos of it on my computer when someone had asked what it looks like and I obliged On reflection, I think I know. I suspect it worked for connecting my Synscan handsets to a computer and I bet it is stored away in Australia with my handsets and the EQ5.
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:26 AM
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Hi Mohammed!

Excellent!

Gary Myers is always there to assist with any ServoCAT upgrade questions
you may but if you follow the instructions he provides, it should go smoothly.

Have a great weekend.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
Fax +61-2-9457-9593
sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au
Hi Gary,

I'm experiencing crashes at random times with the AN. The handset displays error message "Encountered bug". I'll re-upload the firmware file see if it fixes it.
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:37 AM
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Hi Gary,

I'm experiencing crashes at random times with the AN. The handset displays error message "Encountered bug". I'll re-upload the firmware file see if it fixes it.
Hi Mohammed,

Double check that your navis_app300.sgz file size is 1,310,761 bytes.
One user who downloaded the firmware had a truncated file.

Drop me an email at sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au and let me
know how you get on.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
Fax +61-2-9457-9593
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:37 PM
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Hi Mohammed,

Double check that your navis_app300.sgz file size is 1,310,761 bytes.
One user who downloaded the firmware had a truncated file.

Drop me an email at sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au and let me
know how you get on.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
Fax +61-2-9457-9593
sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au
Hi Gary sent you an email, thanks.
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Hi Gary,

I have downloaded the Argo update and the Servocat update and all well and working and I am in the process of fine tuning.

When I scroll through popular deep sky on the dial left or right I get an occasional bee-boop from the Argo. How to I turn it off as it's a little bit annoying?.

I'm sure I'm missing something bleedingly obvious but I can't see what it is.


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Old 05-01-2015, 12:47 PM
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Hi Gary,

I have downloaded the Argo update and the Servocat update and all well and working and I am in the process of fine tuning.

When I scroll through popular deep sky on the dial left or right I get an occasional bee-boop from the Argo. How to I turn it off as it's a little bit annoying?.

I'm sure I'm missing something bleedingly obvious but I can't see what it is.


cheers

Barry

Hi Barry,

Great to hear you are fine tuning.

The ServoCAT requests Argo Navis to make a sound or not.

Gary Myers at StellarCAT is going to contact you directly with a solution
so that the sounds will not occur at the time you describe.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
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Hi Gary,all downloaded and working
Thanks for all your help
Cheers
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:55 PM
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Hi Gary,all downloaded and working
Thanks for all your help
Cheers
Thanks Ron!

Great to chat with you again and all the best for 2015!

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NSW. 2080. Australia
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:36 PM
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Argo Navis Manuel Utilisateur Édition 11 en langue française

Argo Navis Manuel d'utilisation Édition 11 en langue française est maintenant disponible.
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com....mentation.html

Merci Michel à Nice !

Rodstar, je sais que vous apprécierez. Meilleur lire avec un verre de beaujolais.
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Old 08-01-2015, 02:15 AM
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Arrow ASCOM ServoCAT driver v5.2.0 available

Some users interface planetarium programs that support ASCOM drivers to their
ServoCAT/Argo Navis systems.

The preferred cabling topology is to interface the planetarium program platform to the ServoCAT and
then the ServoCAT to the Argo Navis in the usual way (i.e. ServoCAT DSC port to Argo
Navis SERIAL1 or SERIAL 2)

Pete Eschman is not only one of our favourite Argo Navis/ServoCAT Beta testers but also the author of the
ASCOM driver for ServoCAT.

The latest (Dec 2014) Version 5.2.0 ASCOM ServoCAT driver is available from Pete's
web site here -
http://www.unm.edu/~eschman/

Price to you - free!

Pete also makes available for free his "ServoCAT Utility software" (SCU.exe) which can
report ServoCAT firmware versions and report on settings.
The program and documentation can be found by following the links on the same page.

Pete devoted a lot of time and energy into writing the driver and testing
it over the entire development and test phase of the latest version of the ServoCAT/Argo Navis protocol.
That took extraordinary patience. Thanks Pete!

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
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NSW. 2080. Australia
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Old 08-01-2015, 01:31 PM
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Fantastic news Gary I'm eager to try this out.

Is there any harm in connecting the Argo Navis to the laptop rather than the Servocat? Only reason I ask is that my servocat-usb cable is quite short, unlike the Serial-USB cable I have for Argo which is quite long.
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Old 23-01-2015, 06:06 PM
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Fantastic news Gary I'm eager to try this out.

Is there any harm in connecting the Argo Navis to the laptop rather than the Servocat? Only reason I ask is that my servocat-usb cable is quite short, unlike the Serial-USB cable I have for Argo which is quite long.
Hi Mohammed,

I had answered your question by direct email some time ago but I have
decided to follow-up here as well simply so if anyone has the same question
and stumbles on the thread, they see the advice.

The servocat protocol between the PC and the ServoCAT is slightly different than that between the
Argo Navis and the ServoCAT.

For that reason when using ASCOM you will need to go -
PC <-> ServoCAT <-> Argo Navis.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
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Old 25-01-2015, 03:45 AM
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Castor and Pollux - firmware upgraded!

Serial cable arrived - thanks Gary.

My two AN units (aka "Castor" and "Pollux") upgraded without a problem including saving and restoring my setups.

80-85 minutes to upgrade the firmware at approx 740 bps via a Keyspan adapter.

Re "Double check that your navis_app300.sgz file size is 1,310,761 bytes.
One user who downloaded the firmware had a truncated file."

File size was 1,310,720 bytes or 1,310,628 depending which measurement I take (attached). I downloaded it twice and it was the same each time. Any problems there Gary?

Both AN units initialised fine. Yet to try them out on a telescope.
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