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Old 02-12-2014, 02:39 PM
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This unit is awesome

Wow just sat down for a bit and played with the menus. So easy to get a handle on. I just set up the mount like it would be pointing to Polaris and aligned to that to finish up the initial set up. I had everything set up properly so all I had to do was input the encoder ticks and I was done. I can move my mount faster than I would normally and not see any drops either. So the hardware is sized properly to handle the load. I'm very pleased with it and how everything turned out. As usual the clouds have moved in for an extended stay. Looks like next Wed before I can drive this beast

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Old 10-12-2014, 10:40 PM
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Thumbs up Share your Argo Navis between multiple mounts - a gift for owners this Dec 2014

Dear Argo Navis owners,

If you own multiple mounts and share them between one Argo
Navis, Wildcard Innovations have a special gift for you this
December 2014 when we will be releasing Argo Navis firmware
Version 3.0.0.

One of the special features of this release is the ability
to store multiple setups within the unit. You can assign the
setups a label that acts as a mnemonic and you can see at a
glance when you power on the unit which setups you are
using.

The multiple setups includes all parameters, even your TPAS
model. So if you want to experiment with multiple TPAS
models, it has become even easier.

To perform the firmware upgrade you will require an Argo
Navis Serial Cable. Many of you will already have one. See
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com...._describe.html

If you require a USB Serial Adapter, we recommend the
Keyspan USA-19HS and we stock them as well.
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com...._describe.html

The Argo Navis Serial Cable is part number pn-ser-cbl.
The USB Serial Adapter part number is pn-usb.

Either or both can be ordered from Wildcard Innovations online :-
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/purchase.html

With the Version 3.0.0 release not far away, now would be a
good time to order.

Version 3.0.0 also has some additional exciting features
that we will talk about during this month.

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
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:59 PM
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Thanks great news Gary.
Of course the downside is I now have another reason to try and get another big scope!

Cheers

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Old 12-12-2014, 11:29 PM
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Gary,
They are great news. Will be need the Argonaut program to upgrade to the new firmware?
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Old 13-12-2014, 12:10 AM
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Gary,
They are great news. Will be need the Argonaut program to upgrade to the new firmware?
Hi Victor,

You will need the Argonaut utility to perform the upgrade.

At the same time as the firmware release we will also be releasing
Argonaut Version 2.0 which has some new features that we look
forward to announcing soon as well.

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 13-12-2014, 12:19 AM
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OK Gary, thank you
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Old 19-12-2014, 06:50 PM
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Cool Coming this Dec 2014 - teaching new & old Dobs new tricks with SmartTrack

Dear Argo Navis owners,

Argo Navis owners with ServoCAT's are in for an
extra-special treat this December 2014.

Wildcard Innovations and StellarCAT will be concurrently
releasing free licenses to firmware upgrades for both
the Argo Navis and the ServoCAT.

Included in this release is the next generation
ServoCAT-Argo Navis protocol by which the two devices
communicate and co-ordinate.

A new feature called SmartTrack enables users to track
solar system objects at their inherent tracking rates.

One impressive demonstration of this is the ability to
track man-made satellites.

There is something really cool about having your Dob clip
along at a decent rate of knots as you track the satellite
in the eyepiece. The background stars go flashing by!

It really is a feature that will teach both new and
old Dobs new tricks!

If you have a big Dob, we don't recommend you try
it from up the ladder! But we know daredevils will
be tempted!

One thing is for sure. Come sunset on the observing
field when satellites are most easily observed before
they enter the shadow of the Earth, you will have
your observing mates clamouring to give it a try on
your scope.

When the satellite reaches the horizon or lower
altitude limit you have defined, SmartTrack also stops
tracking in altitude beneath the limits.

Argo Navis firmware version 3.0.0 also includes brand-new
completely re-written satellite tracking code.

Geostationary satellites, in their very high orbits of
35,786km, are out of the Earth's shadow for even longer
periods and can be often observed late at night.
They too are really fun to observe and you don't need
to be a daredevil. Argo Navis SmartTrack
also computes their tracking rates on behalf of the
ServoCAT which of course happen to be essentially zero.

Your brain will think you are watching an object moving
across in front of the stars, but in fact the scope is not
moving at all and the stars are drifting by as the Earth
rotates.

To perform the Argo Navis firmware upgrade you will
require an Argo Navis Serial Cable.
Many of you will already have one.

If you require a USB Serial Adapter, we recommend the
Keyspan USA-19HS and we stock them as well.

The Argo Navis Serial Cable is part number pn-ser-cbl.
The USB Serial Adapter part number is pn-usb.

Either or both can be ordered from Wildcard Innovations online :-
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/purchase.html

With the Version 3.0.0 release not far away, now would be a
good time to order.

We will be announcing some additional cool features
during this month.

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
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Old 20-12-2014, 05:44 AM
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Oh man I can't wait for this update! Gary does this mean we will be able to goto and track the ISS???

Lunar tracking alone would be worth the upgrade. I've been waiting for this for a long time!

Thanks Gary
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Old 20-12-2014, 11:57 AM
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Hi Mohammed,

Thanks for the post.

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Oh man I can't wait for this update! Gary does this mean we will be able to goto and track the ISS???
Absolutely!

To enable SmartTrack, dial up the solar-system object on the Argo Navis
and ensure that the bottom line of the display shows it is in GUIDE mode
or in one of the sub-menus beneath it. GUIDE mode is the mode
that displays the word "GUIDE" and the angles to the target.

SmartTrack then provides tracking rates inherent to the target object
when you are within 5 degrees radius of a satellite or 2.5 degrees radius
of any other type of solar system object.

SmartTrack reverts back to the sidereal rate inherent to the point
in the sky you are observing whenever the target object is not
a solar-system object, or in the case it is a solar system object, whenever
the menu is no longer in GUIDE mode or one of the submenus beneath it,
or whenever the satellite is outside of the 5 degrees radius or any other type
of solar system object is outside the 2.5 degrees radius.

In other words, what SmartTrack tries to do is provide you with a
tracking rate that is appropriate for what you are observing.

If for example you have the MOON dialled up on Argo Navis and are
tracking the Moon, Argo Navis SmartTrack will guide the scope at lunar
rates. If you then grab the ServoCAT handpad and slew well away from the
Moon, beyond the 2.5 degree radius, SmartTrack assumes you are
manually cruising the area and so it reverts back to the sidereal rate.

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Lunar tracking alone would be worth the upgrade. I've been waiting for this for a long time!

Thanks Gary
So as just suggested, lunar tracking is there now too! If you have ever
had your scope setup for a public viewing night or for family and friends,
the Moon is a wonderful target. The ability to keep the area of the Moon
of interest in the eyepiece for extended periods whilst people in the
queue take turns looking at it is a real boon.

You can provide local offsets using the ServoCAT handpad to center the
part of the Moon you are interested in and SmartTrack understands that.

The Sun, planets, comets and asteroids also feature as SmartTrack solar
system objects.

We're excited too!

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
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Old 21-12-2014, 10:18 AM
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Hi Gary,

Sounds fantastic . Does Smarttrack work with Servocat Jr? It's what I have installed on my SDM.

Slight off-topic, but how much of a difference would the new 32,000 encoders versus the old 10,000? Thanks Gary .
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Old 22-12-2014, 01:49 PM
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Hi Gary,

Sounds fantastic . Does Smarttrack work with Servocat Jr? It's what I have installed on my SDM.

Slight off-topic, but how much of a difference would the new 32,000 encoders versus the old 10,000? Thanks Gary .
Hi Mohammed,

Thanks for the post.

SmartTrack also works both with the ServoCAT and ServoCAT Jnr.

With 10,000 step encoders on each axis, one can resolve 10,000 * 10,000
or 100,000,000 unique points.

With 32,000 step encoders, one can resolve 1,024,000,000 unique points.
So the ratio is over 10-fold.

However, pointing performance tends to be dominated by mechanical
mount errors rather than encoder resolution. So for example using
the Argo Navis Telescope Pointing Analysis System (TPAS) in conjunction
with 10,000 step encoders is likely to provide better whole-sky pointing
performance than say using 32,000 step encoders but without using TPAS.

So your first port of call should be TPAS, then if you see results that were
encoder resolution limited you might then consider using higher resolution
encoders.

Tracking is the first differential of pointing, that is pointing as a function
of time. In an alt/az mount the tracking rates are continuously changing.
The second differential, that is the acceleration and deceleration of the
tracking rates, is more continuous as encoder resolution increases. However,
this may not be appreciable to the naked eye at the resolutions we are
talking about here.

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 22-12-2014, 03:02 PM
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Can confirm Gary as I've just added 32k encoders to my dobs.

The goto is noticably improved although limited by mechanical mount errors.

The 32k encoders really star when the Servocat is tracking though. It's pure delight to have Jupiter nailed in the center of the fov at 340x and you really notice the increased smoothness the 32ks bring to the image you're seeing.

Last night at 2 in the morning just standing at the eyepiece looking at Jupiter and the Homunculus Nebula in the 28" was glorious.

I'm as fick as a whale omelette and have only done the standard Alt Ref and 2 star alignment so far, no TPASing or refraction or mount errors so there's plenty of room for improvement not to mention the new firmware release coming.

First impressions of 32k encoders?,

Now what do I do with all these left over 10k encoders?.
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Old 22-12-2014, 06:26 PM
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Argo Navis with 32,000 step encoders

Hi Barry,

Thanks for the post which is appreciated.

Quote:
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Can confirm Gary as I've just added 32k encoders to my dobs.

The goto is noticably improved although limited by mechanical mount errors.
Great to hear!

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Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
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Old 22-12-2014, 06:28 PM
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Thumbs up Coming this December 2014 - Argonaut Version 2.0

Dear Argo Navis owners,

With the forthcoming release of Argo Navis Firmware Version 3.0.0
this December 2014 we will be concurrently releasing Argonaut
Version 2.0 for Windows.

New features include :-

* The ability to save and restore your setup parameters to and
from your PC.

* The ability to set your Argo Navis Date & Time from your PC.

* Clock scaling. The ability to report, compute and reset the
new Argo Navis Version 3.0.0 software clock scaling feature.

Edition 11 of the Argo Navis User Manual includes updated sections
on the installation and use of Argonaut Version 2.0.

Included is a new section on how to save and restore setups.

Another section describes how to set up a Network Time Protocol
(NTP) client on your PC so that the PC's time can be kept in
sync with a global network of timer servers on the Internet.
In turn, accurate time setting on your PC is used by Argonaut
so that your Argo Navis can provide split-second timing
for satellite observing runs. The new software clock scaling
feature which is also fully described in the Manual provides
additional advanced utility to accurate time-keeping.

Free licenses to use Argonaut Version 2.0 and Argo Navis
firmware Version 3.0.0 will be made available to all Argo Navis
owners later this month.

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 23-12-2014, 07:58 PM
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Cool Coming this Dec 2014 - Horizon mask filtering in MODE IDENTIFY/MODE TOUR

Dear Argo Navis owners,

MODE IDENTIFY and MODE TOUR are two of the most powerful
Argo Navis features.

Combined with the 32-bit computing power of Argo Navis, these
features can apply filtering criteria to the entire object
database in real-time.

For example, in MODE IDENTIFY, as one moves the scope around
the sky, Argo Navis can instantaneously display the name of the
object that matches the filtering criteria closest to where the
scope is currently pointing.

Later in December 2014 Wildcard Innovations will be providing
a free license to Argo Navis users to Argo Navis firmware
Version 3.0.0.

Version 3.0.0 brings an additional HORIZON MASK filter to
MODE IDENTIFY and MODE TOUR.

Once a constellation or WITHIN diameter has been specified,
Argo Navis will now prompt you with a message such as -

HORIZON MASK OFF
where the word 'OFF' might be flashing.

If it is not flashing then you have not specified your
location in SETUP LOCATION.

If it is flashing, by spinning the DIAL you can specify
an angle in the range 0° to 30°. This represents an angular
elevation above the computed local horizon. Only objects
that match the other selected criteria that are also at
the specified angular elevation or higher will be
considered in the search.

By leaving the selection to OFF then objects
both above and below the horizon will be considered.

Details on how to download and install Argo Navis Version
3.0.0 will appear on this group later this month.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
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Old 24-12-2014, 03:45 PM
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Thumbs up Coming this December 2014 - Below Horizon indication

Dear Argo Navis owners,

Another new feature of the forthcoming Argo Navis Version
3.0.0 release is a below horizon indication on the GUIDE
display.

To set it up, ensure you have set your date/time and
location. Go to MODE SETUP, SETUP GUIDE and set GUIDE BELOW
HORZ to be H INDICATOR ON.

Then whenever you see the 'H' horizon symbol appear on the
bottom-line of the display next to the GUIDE angles, you
know that the target is below the horizon.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
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Old 25-12-2014, 12:46 PM
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Cool Coming this December 2014 - Revised MISC DOUBLE STAR catalog

Dear Argo Navis owners,

The forthcoming Argo Navis Version 3.0.0 release brings
with it a completely revised MISC DOUBLE STAR catalog.

The catalog contains a handpicked selection of thousands
of the finest doubles, enough to keep dedicated
enthusiasts enthralled at the eyepiece for years.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
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20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
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Old 25-12-2014, 01:58 PM
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Gary you tease!!!!!
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Old 30-12-2014, 01:38 PM
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Thumbs up Argo Navis Firmware Version 3.0.0 now available for download

Wildcard Innovations is pleased to announce Argo Navis Firmware Version
3.0.0.

To show our appreciation of your support, Wildcard are providing a free
license (subject to your acceptance of our End User Licence Agreement)
to Version 3.0.0 to you as a gift.

Version 3.0.0 is now available for download -
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com...._download.html

The End User Licence Agreement can be found here -
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/EULA.html

If you registered and have your Registration Code, you are good to
go. If you registered but can no longer locate your Registration Code
then you should receive an email reminder with your Registration
Code within the coming days. We would appreciate if you did not email
us for your code but instead waited for us to email you.

If you have not yet registered, you can do so here -
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/register.html

We highly recommend that you also download the following -

* Argo Navis User Manual Edition 11, December 2014.
See http://www.wildcard-innovations.com....mentation.html
This latest edition of the User Manual also includes full descriptions
of all the latest features of Argo Navis Firmware Version 3.0.0. Also
included is a description of how to install and use the latest Argonaut
Version 2.0 software utility for Windows (page 159).

* Argonaut Version 2.0 software utility for Windows.
See http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/utilities.html
Argonaut Version 2.0 was released on 30 Dec 2014 and includes new
features. Similar utilities for Mac OS X and Linux are available from
the same URL.

To perform the firmware download to your unit, you will require the
following additional components -

* Argonaut for Windows or sgzload for Linux or Argload for Mac OSX.
These can be downloaded from here -
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/utilities.html

* A serial cable for connection to your Argo Navis from your PC/Mac,
Wildcard Innovations part number pn-ser-cbl. If you do not have a serial
cable and would like to purchase one, we can supply it for AUD17.27
(approx. USD 14.66) plus an additional low cost Airmail shipping rate
that differs according to your region).

(Residents in Australia only, cable + GST = AUD19.00)

If your computer does not have an RS-232 serial port, we recommend you
use the serial cable in conjunction with the Keyspan USA-19HS USB Serial
Adapter. Wildcard Innovations also stock these as their part number
pn-usb and can supply it for AUD50.00 (approx. USD42.41) plus an
additional low cost Airmail shipping rate that differs according to your
region.

(Residents in Australia only, USB Serial Adapter + GST = AUD55.00)

To purchase either or both of the above you can pay securely online
using MasterCard, VISA or AMEX using this URL -
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au/purchase.html

Start by selecting your country in the pulldown menu. Australian
residents will also be prompted to enter a Postcode.

The cable options appear beneath the heading "Communication and Power
Cable options".

If you require a serial cable, enter a Qty of 1 in the pn-ser-cbl row.

If you require a USB Serial Adapter, enter a Qty of 1 in the pn-usb row.

Enter your name, email address, phone number, shipping address.

Then press Pay Now. This will then connect you to a secure server at the
Commonwealth Bank of Australia where you can enter your credit card
details.

We recommend to uninstall Argonaut Version 1.0 from your PC first.

To install Argonaut Version 2.0, refer to the step-by-step instructions
starting on page 161.

We recommend you use Argonaut Version 2.0 to save your existing Argo
Navis setups onto your PC. See page 181 on "Transferring setups". Argo
Navis firmware Version 3.0.0 will restore all setups to factory defaults
so we highly recommend you use Argonaut to save the setups so you can
restore them later.

To download a firmware file from your PC to Argo Navis, please refer to
page 186.

Some of the new features of Argo Navis firmware Version 3.0.0 include -

* Newest version of the ServoCAT-Argo Navis protocol. ServoCAT firmware
version 7.0.A or later also required. This includes the new SmartTrack
feature that allows for tracking of solar system objects at their
inherent tracking rates. Solar system objects include the Moon, Sun,
planets, asteroids, comets and artifical satellites. (See page 198).

* Support for multiple telescope setups via new SETUP ARCHIVE menu.
Setups can be labeled, saved and restored. When mulltiple setups exist,
label of current setup is shown during initialization. Current setup
label can also Bde determined by MODE STATUS, STATUS SETUP. See page 89.

* The Moon added in MODE CATALOG, PLANETS/SUN/MOON. See page 50.

* Current lunar phase and locate date and time of next forthcoming
phases reported in Moon description. See page 50.

* Completely new satellite orbital code. Geosynchronous satellite bug
fixed. Additional detailed description of object. See page 173

* HORIZON MASK filter added in MODE INDENTIFY and MODE TOUR. Filter can
be switched OFF or altitude angle specified between 1 and 30 degrees
above which the object must appear in order to be considered in search.
See pages 65 & 79

* Optional below horizon indicator on GUIDE mode display in MODE
CATALOG, MODE IDENTIFY and MODE TOUR. Indicator can be switched on in
the MODE SETUP, SETUP GUIDE MODE, GUIDE BELOW HORZ submenu.
See page 112.

* Revised MISC DOUBLE STAR catalog.

* Revised POPULAR DEEP SKY catalog.

* Some revisons and additions made to other catalogs such as MISC
GALAXIES and MISC PLANETARIES, etc.

* Setups can be saved and restored to/from a PC via new Argonaut Version
2.0. See page 181

* Date and time can be set via new Argonaut Version 2.0. See page 188

* Software clock scaling via Argonaut Version 2.0 to support higher
precision timekeeping. Useful for split-second satellite tracking.
See page 190.

* ... and much more!

Should you experience any difficulties, please first consult the
User Manual. It has step-by-step instructions on how to install Argonaut,
how to change a COM port assignment, how to perform firmware
downloads and so on.

For additional support not covered by the User Manual
email sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au

We thank you again for your support and we hope you enjoy Version 3.0.0.

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
wildcard@wildcard-innovations.com.au
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com.au
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Old 30-12-2014, 01:54 PM
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Great news Gary and Mai and congratulations on the new firmware release.

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* Newest version of the ServoCAT-Argo Navis protocol. ServoCAT firmware
version 7.0.A or later also required. This includes the new SmartTrack
feature that allows for tracking of solar system objects at their
inherent tracking rates. Solar system objects include the Moon, Sun,
planets, asteroids, comets and artifical satellites. (See page 198).
Am I correct in assuming from the above, that those people running Servocat units will also need to upgrade the Servocat firmware to the latest release on the Servocat box? [I haven't got to page 198 yet ]

Cheers,
John B
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