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Old 24-11-2012, 01:22 AM
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Some issues were found and required to be addressed, so there is a small update availble

2012/11/23 - v.2.01 Small update
-Added: Saving .CR2 raw files in TIFF format
-Added: Setting the maximum ISO for Astro Tortilla
-Added: Integration of Astro Tortilla in CCD mode
-Fixed: Installer to use the right VS 2005 redistributable package
-Fixed: FITS format saving - the files were hard to process
-Fixed: Starlight Express filter wheel works fine
-Fixed: Small interface fixes
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:39 AM
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Happy New Year! A lot of wishes for health, happiness, success to you and your families! And of couse many wishes for clear skies!
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:16 AM
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Hi Yoddha,

This software looks really good.

I will give it a run with my EOS 20D tonight, if the clouds will stay away.

It is great that, as the developer, you have made yourself available to the forum for feedback. I can't wait to see how this performs.

Have a great 2013.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:45 PM
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Many thanks Shane! Looking forward to see your experience!
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:51 PM
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Ivo,

Been having some small issues with the exposure stop recently - if the conditions necessitate stopping a series, I find that 90% of the time when I restart a run, the camera does NOT respond, APT tells me it's still working, and I have seen it tell me as long as 26 minutes required before the run will start! THe only solution is turning the camera off, removing the btteries, and leaving the USB out for 5 minutes. Then it "refreshes".

What is this issue?
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:58 PM
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Hi Lewis,

What EOS model do you use?
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:44 AM
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5D MkII

Also, another issue: I create folders for each object. I tell the tools to save there, as well as the preview folder. No matter what I do, APT tells me it is saving where I specify, but it saves in the last used folder, regardless. Does not matter how I change settings - always saves same place!

I am using 2.01. The previous version did not have this folder issue.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:36 AM
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Lewis,

In order to set the place where to save image you have to use Settings->Main->Images Path. This is the default place to save

If you have selected "Images Grouping" then APT will create sub-folders in the default palce.

About the other problem. Can you explain a bit more... You click Stop and APT behaves strange? Is the in-camera darks enabled? Can you check if the red camera indicator is on or blinking? Thanks!
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Ivo,

The in camera darks are off (DEFINITELY), because, if I do not stop a run, it will do my allocated number without the dark subtraction sub between each sub (I used to do that, but now time is of the essence!)

I have clicked STOP last night at the conclusion of a run of 5 x 5 subs. The C for complete appeared. I then did a series of dark subs (no different to the light except for the telescope lens cap was on). That completed with the C. I then reset APT settings to do a run of flats for me (after I attached the light box to the end of the scope). APT told me it would commence the run in 49 minutes, and started counting down. I gave up, disconnected, and ran the subs manually.

Regarding the folders, the way you suggested is how I have always organised/created folders. Since the 2.01 upgrade, it behaves as I initially suggested -I will ALWAYS have to look in other folders. I have tried many times, checked the paths constantly, and it still saves in another folder. It wil even sometimes switch folders half way during a run!
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:57 PM
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Thanks Lewis! I'm investigating...
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Lewis,

What dail mode you use for the flats and in Settings->Advanced what state of "Advanced Flat/Bias"?

Please send me the file APT_Camera_1.log at the support mail. Thanks!
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:30 AM
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The beta version 2.05 is available now The weather here is bad and will be very thankful to hear your feedback, suggestions and ideas!

In short the changes are:
- Bahtinov Aid - works with LiveView and Images in both EOS and CCD mode. It is an incorporation of the Bahtinov Grabber technology into APT
- Canon's library 2.12 integration - 6D and 1D-C are supported now
- Fixed is a bug in turning CCD cooler to OFF
- Fixed is a bug for QHY9
- Some minor CCD fixes
- Some minor tweaks here and there

For the full version:
- Framing masks are upgraded to work with LiveView
- ASCOM focusers with temperature sensor now acts as Temper sensor and can be used, to monitor the ambient temperature, to store the reading as part of the name, to get notifications for refocusing.

There are some changes in the installer program, so take a look if everything is fine there too

Looking forward to see your comments!

P.S. A screen shot http://ideiki.com/astro/otherimages/bahtinov2.png
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Support for Nikon DSLR's would be nice...
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One day there will be Nikon support too
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hey that screenshot looks cool. great feature
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:40 PM
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Thanks David!

The Bahtinov Aid was reworked, in order to get better performance and ergonomics There is a new beta - 2.06 and testers are wanted

Here how the things look like:

http://ideiki.com/astro/otherimages/bahtinov3.png
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Old 13-02-2013, 12:40 AM
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The newest version of APT Ė 2.10 is available. The main addition is the Bahtinov Aid panel. It gives possibility to analyze the diffraction spikes from Bahtinov masks and to tune the focus on sub-pixel level. All this becomes possible thank to Neils Noordhoek and his project Bahtinov Grabber. With deep sorrow I learned that Neils passed away before he can see the result of our cooperation. Thank you Neils for all that you shared with our community!

The list of the other changes is below.

2013/02/12 - v.2.10 New features and bug fixes
-Added: Bahtinov Aid - works with LiveView and Images in both EOS and CCD mode
-Added: Canon's library 2.12 integration - 6D and 1D-C are supported now
-Added: Framing masks are upgraded to work with LiveView (full version only)
-Added: ASCOM focusers with temperature sensor now acts as Temper sensor and can be used, to monitor the ambient temperature and etc.
-Fixed: A bug in turning CCD cooler to OFF
-Fixed: A bug for QHY9
-Fixed: A bug when AstroTortilla calls APT in CCD mode
-Fixed: A bug in the scroll when APT is in window mode (not maximized)
-Fixed: A bug in CCD mode, that doesn't allow to make Bias frames
-Fixed: Some minor CCD fixes
-Fixed: Some minor tweaks here and there

The next version is planned to address as much as possible of the already requested features. It is scheduled for the early March.

Donít be shy and share your images in the APTís gallery

A screenshot of the new panel - http://ideiki.com/astro/otherimages/bahtinov3.png
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:39 AM
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With great pleasure Iím announcing that APT 2.20 is available for downloading, just in time for the coming new moon

The usual log of changes is:

2013/04/04 - v.2.20 New features and bug fixes
-Added: Smooth image scrolling with Shift and drag
-Added: Debayering in CCD (on camera connection and in settings dialog)
-Added: RGGB GRGB... options for Debayaring
-Added: Centering cross in Bahtinov grabber
-Added: Collimation Aid
-Added: Starts Catalog - 78 (in Object Browser)
-Added: Alignment stars maps (in Object Browser)
-Added: Smart sorting of the grids in Object Browser depending of the column type
-Added: ASCOM mount Sync by star (full version only)
-Added: Dithering without guide scope - APT Dithering (full version only)
-Added: Status for LiveView Exposure in CCD mode
-Added: LV Automation for CCD - auto selects the max binning
-Added: LiveView frames-per-second (FPS) in EOS mode
-Added: CCD Histogram is upgraded with controls for moving Black/White on steps
-Added: Possibility to store up to 5 locations in the Settings dialog
-Added: Check box "Don't save Object Name", Settings->Advanced
-Added: LX200 compatible mounts support, Settings->Advanced
-Added: Object Calculator for CCD mode
-Added: Single_ prefix for Shoot button images
-Added: Focus plan type - stores only one temporary image on the HDD and no images on the camera

-Changed: Faster cross rotation/moving
-Changed: Some UI and work-flow improvements
-Changed: Bahtinov Aid optimizations

-Fixed: A bug with EOS 40D Bulb exposures
-Fixed: 6D EXIF temperature readings
-Fixed: Bug in Plan cloning
-Fixed: No filter change when Pause = 0s
-Fixed: Shoot button file names and storing inconsistency
-Fixed: Minor fixes here and there

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

Looking forward to see your images and to hear your suggestions and opinion!
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Thank you Ivo

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Old 06-04-2013, 09:11 AM
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Thanks Ivo - got it when you sent the email.

I continue to use APT with my CCD. Superb product, great interface.

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