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Version History

5.12.5    December 14, 2021
  • Change: Manual and text file target entry now supports 2 decimal places for RA sec. of arc, 1 decimal plate for Dec. arc-sec. and optional + sign input. See here
  • Bug fix: Sky flat dithering now works properly.

    5.12.4    August 26, 2021
  • Change: Added user settable delay between unguided dithers, See here,

    5.12.3    June 1, 2021
  • Change: Added support for PinPoint v7 and ATLAS-REFCAT2 stellar catalog.
  • Change: Restructured dome control under TheSkyX for cleaner operation.
  • Change: Added diagnostics in case guider A/D not properly set.
  • Bug fix: Session not aborting when starting with a pause for clouds time being exceeded.

    5.12.2    May 11, 2021
  • Bug fix: Target dec. error fixed

    5.12.1    May 6, 2021
  • Change: Maximum focus timeout increased to 30 min.
  • Bug fix: Correct errors during initialization with TheSkyX Camera Add On.
  • Bug fix: Attempt to correct u:FA2 error.
  • Note: An exhaustive review of all automation code used with TheSkyX was performed. This should improve reliability with TheSkyX and TheSky64,build 12978 and forward.

    5.12.0    April 21, 2021
  • Bug fix: Identification of guide star with Maxim fixed.
  • Bug fix: G2V Calibration wizard with Maxim fixed.

    5.11.9    April 10, 2021
  • New Feature: Added support for TheSkyX 64-bit version. Be sure to check the New Feature link. See here for details.
  • Change: When downloading an update via CCDAutoPilot, the installation software for the old version will be saved in a separate folder. See Getting Updates for details.

    5.11.8    March 20, 2021
  • Change: Add user settable sun elevation for dawn abort of light and dark frames. See here. Check these settings when first starting this version.
  • Change: Add file names for insert WCS to log

    5.11.7    January 21, 2021
  • Change: Help file has additional information on Guide Cacluator and some bad links corrected.
  • Change: Trim leading and trailing spaces from Description field on the Session page
  • Bug fix: Separate selection for SSL and TLS security options in Notifications.

    5.11.6    September 23, 2020
  • Bug fix: Remove test code that prevented Notifications from working

    5.11.5    September 15, 2020
  • Change: Accommodate new security requirements. Note: In-application updates will no longer be possible with prior versions. You must obtain this version from by downloading and running the installer. The installer is in a compressed (zip) folder. Do not run it from the zip folder but instead copy it to the desktop and then run it. Subsequent CCDAutoPilot versions will restore in-application update functionality.

    5.11.4    July 18, 2020
  • Change: Add Dither Frequency option for guided and unguided series.
  • Change: Increase tooltip visibility timeout to 2 sec. for easier reading

    5.11.3    May 24, 2020
  • Change: Add warning if light frames planned and dome linked but open dome not checked.
  • Change: Improve some error messages with corrective action recommendations.
  • Bug fix: Improve accuracy for session times in certain conditions.
  • Bug fix: Log not showing settings section settings at top of log in some conditions.
  • Bug fix: Data assessment not using specified settings in some conditions.
  • Bug fix: AO guiding not waiting for guide errors to fall below specified target. (Thanks, Rod.)

    5.11.2    December 4, 2019
  • Change: Revise warnings if FlipFlat/FlatMan control file not present to allow setting dusk/dawn flats on session page.
  • Change: When AO in use, update exposure progress bar on Session window less frequently to minimize impact on guiding accuracy.
  • Bug fix: Eliminate bogus "SGI2: Index out of bounds" error

    5.11.1    November 5, 2019
  • Change: Changed help file regarding Clarity II software. CCDAutoPilot requries the "old" single line data file facility.
  • Change: Allow optional guiding on saturated stars. See here
  • Change: Notify on failed focus run. See here
  • Change: GNS users will be notified if session ends due to a weather event.

    5.11.0    October 3, 2019
  • Change: Added programmable option to close Session window at end of session.
  • Bug fix: Coolers were being warmed up after a weather abort with non-sky flats. Fixed.

    5.10.9    September 4, 2019
  • Bug fix: Allow cooler warm-up on weather abort if no sky flats planned.
  • Bug fix: Home dome, if chosen, before closing shutter to support domes that require homing to provide shutter power.
  • Bug fix: Correct Unguided Operation Dither pull down to replace "Normal" with "Random", which it actually is.
  • Bug fix: Prevent exception when using CCDSoft and TheSky6.

    5.10.8    July 19, 2019
  • Change: Close program when control file character 28 is set to Y
  • Change: Write WxEvent.txt (0 byte file) to Documents\CCDWare\CCDAutopilot5\ upon a session weather abort. Delete upon session start.
  • Change: Allow 360 degree as dome position. CCDAutoPilot will consider it as 0.
  • Bug fix: Prevent error if apostrophe (') is used for target name. Prevent illegal characters for template name.
  • Bug fix: Correct weather settings in log
  • Bug fix: Insure partial image is not saved in the event of a session or weather abort.

    5.10.7    April 7, 2019
  • Change: Add TheSkyX Camera Add On as acceptable condition for using TheSkyX for plate solving
  • Change: Prevent end of session actions from running when using Focus Now ir other Now buttons.
  • Change: Make updating tracking rates at run time optional for non-sidereal objects.
  • Change: Update Enhanced Automation to clarify when CCDNavigator session plan will be imported.
  • Change: Attempt to close shutter even if shutter status reports an error.
  • Bug fix: Fix support for @Focus3 manual sub-frame
  • Bug fix: Add @Focus3 for Focus Offset Measurement
  • Bug fix: Prevent multiple notifications when weather abort is triggered.
  • Bug fix: Do not try to align dome after weather abort.
  • Bug fix: Correct Focus Offset Measurement CFZ warning text
  • Bug fix: Prevent FO:Tc1 error when no temperature source specified when using Temperature Dependent Refocus.

    5.10.6    September 30, 2018
  • Change: Improved dome shutter position reporting if hardware supports it
  • Change: Added number of samples option for @Focus 3.
  • Change: Added timeout options for Run x applications specified on the Options page, all tabs.
  • Change: Added Find Home option on the Options page, Startup tab.
  • Change: Possible fix for some "Guide Star Fade (nm)" errors with Maxim.
  • Bug fix: Added handling of unknown equinox for some ASCOM telescopes, notably EQMOD, to prevent slew to 0,0 coordinates.
  • Bug fix: Report TheSkyX CAO version when not using ASCOM/TheSky for telescope control.

    5.10.5    August 24, 2018
  • Change: New reduction options added to plate solving and focusing.
  • Change: Added some diagnostic code.
  • Change: Filter wheels with up to 25 slots now supported.
  • Bug fix: Trace now works.
  • Bug fix: Correct internal initialization for Flat Light Source.
  • Bug fix: Cooler warmup now more reliable.

    5.10.4    June 12, 2018
  • New Feature: Added support forTheSkyX  Custom Settings (in CCDAutoPilot - Readout Modes).
  • Change: Add Privacy Policy to Help
  • Change: During weather abort, don't warm up cooler if Sky is not the flat light source.
  • Change: Added Initialization note about Maxim binning requirement whith AO.
  • Bug fix:  if checked, warm up guider cooler during weather abort
  • Bug fix: Prevent Run8 from running if checked when aborting a session manually.
  • Bug fix: focus star magnitude range not being enabled with @Focus2.
  • bug fix: Improve session time estimates when no dithering is used.

    5.10.3    March 20, 2018
  • Change: Add button to clear failed focus star database when using SkyStar
  • Change: Separate options for imager and guider warm up.
  • Change: Add Unlink Software option to Shutdown
  • Change: If 0 is specified for initial exposure of @Focus3 on the Focusing page, a default of 1 sec. will be sent to @Focus3's initial exposure.
  • Bug fix: Filter offsets not being applied to session when using @Focus3
  • Bug fix: Wasn't returning to target in all cases when using @Focus3
  • Bug fix: Add 5.10.2 as enabled feature to log
  • Bug fix: File/Exit now behaves same as 'X' out - was resulting in loss of some settings.

    5.10.2    January 6, 2018
  • New Feature: Added support for @Focus3
  • Change: Run PHD2 apps before and after realign to target.
  • Change: Add logging for TheSkyX rotator offset.
  • Change: Add buffer time for DDWCP open and close shutter to allow time to respond.
  • Change: Plate Solve notification is now Plate Solve/Rotator Error notification.
  • Bug fix: Guider delay in TheSkyX CAO was not being maintained through all CCDAutoPilot operations.

    5.10.1    February 6, 2017
  • New Feature: Added focuser Backlash Compensation when changing filter offsets.
  • Change: Temporarily remove guider exposure delay (TheSkyX CAO only) during guide error recovery. See here.
  • Change: Attempts to unpark a mount that was parked before the session started with TheSkyX
  • Change: SystemProfile New and Load menu items are now active from Setup page only.
  • Change: File/Exit from menu now behaves the same as hiitting the Red X to close CCDAutoPilot
  • Bug fix: Key initialization parameter was not being saved to system profile for some guide configurations, e.g. SX-AO with Maxim.
  • Bug fix: ASCOM differential tracking rates not being set initially. OK for later updates.
  • Bug fix: Guider Auto Exposure Target ADU maximum now proper for 8- and 12-bit guiders. Added warning if target is too high.

    5.10.0    October 24, 2016
  • Change: Do not overwrtite target database with default name and in default location when updating from CCDAutoPilot versions prior to 5.08.8.
  • Bug fix: Properly support native TAKometer driver when using Rotator settings for flats and the rotation is negative. (Native TAKometer runs from -180 to +179.9.)

    5.09.9    October 9, 2016
  • New Feature: Ignore failed focus stars on subsequent tries
  • Change: Registry no longer used for settings storage. IMPORTANT: See this note
  • Bug fix: Correct light session end time calculation if multiple targets with a gap between one target end time and the next one's start time.
  • Bug fix: Turn off tracking while waiting for target to clear mount's max. altitude settings.
  • Bug fix: Do not run Post-slew App after meridian flip (causes PHD2 guiding to turn on prematurely).

    5.09.8    June 12, 2016
  • New Feature: Support for PHD2. Requires PHD2 broker application
  • Change: ASA Slew Training name changed.
  • Change: Saturated pixel rejection now works properly with 8-bit guiders
  • Change: Expand automation error message when connecting to TheSkyX in some cases.

    5.09.7    November 13, 2015
  • Bug fix: Eliminate spurious message in focus temperature summary at end of log.
  • Bug fix: Correct sun rising abort code.See here.

    5.09.6    November 9, 2015
  • Change: Speed up sun rising check routine.
  • Change: Add full temperature recording for PlaneWave AutoFocus
  • Bug fix: Add PlaneWave AutoFocus focus time to estimates
  • Bug fix: Properly include and test rotator direction for TheSkyX rotator control.

    5.09.5    November 5, 2015 
  • New Feature: PlaneWave AutoFocus supported. See requirements and settings.
  • New Feature: Rotator control via TheSkyX supported. See requirements and settings.
  • Change: Added specific settings requirements for TheSkyX
  • Change: Add notification at end of light frames acquisition option.
  • Change: Abort session if weather event occurs while waiting for target start time.
  • Change: Increase maxim range of temperature coefficient to 9999.
  • Change: Prevent loading a system profile at other than the Settings page and not linked to softwware.
  • Change: Add notification of dome command failure for TheSkyX dome control
  • Change: Added diagnostic info in case of Plate Solve Current Location of Initialization failure.
  • Bug fix: Properly initialize starting dither coordinates when precision slew is not used.
  • Bug fix: Prevent unguided dithering from offsetting target when dithering.

    5.09.4    August 28, 2015
  • Change: Report rotator position after move to park.
  • Change: Reduce wait time between sky flat attempts to 30 sec.
  • Bug fix: Bug introduced in 5.09.3 whereby mount would slew away from flat spot with dithered dusk or dawn sky flats.

    5.09.3    August 16, 2015
  • Bug fix: Correct unguided dithering so that target is not moved off its precision slew location
  • Bug fix: Resolved Unable to Find Focus Stars message in SkyStar.

    5.09.2    July 28, 2015
  • New Feature: Run a program or script at the end of a Light or Calibration frame exposure.
  • Bug fix: Weather conditions not being properly updated on the Run page, Conditions window. 

    5.09.1    July 20, 2015
  • Change: Allow camera control program to set a non-zero exposure delay. CCDAutoPilot will not change any delay you set there.
  • Change: SkyStar routine to find focus stars has been enhanced. SkyStar dbq files are enhanced. Also, see here.
  • Bug fix: CloudSensor I was not properly aborting a session due to a weather event.
  • Bug fix: Sky conditions set by the weather source will not impact a subsequent session after the Weather source is set to none.
  • Bug fix: Multiple email notifications on upon weather event eliminated.

    5.09.0    May 30, 2015
  • Change: Accommodate filterless cameras better.
  • Change: Increased focus star search radius for SkyStar
  • Change: Raise sky flat hard limit to accommodate high linearity cameras.
  • Change: Sub-framing steps changed to better accommodate TheSkyX CAO.
  • Change: Some additional warnings for improper settings added.
  • Bug fix: Resolved inability to properly set target start times with some cultures (e.g. IT-it).
  • Bug fix: Prevent multiple emails during weather abort.

    5.08.9    February 22, 2015
  • Change: Eliminate redundant cooler setting upon weather abort
  • Change: If rain sensor is wet but sky is clear, session will abort
  • Change: Trap corrupted target database on startup.
  • Bug fix: Do not set dark frame when using @Focus2
  • Bug fix: Correct error in SkyStar, find focus stars, to prevent crossing the meridian improperly.

    5.08.8    February 7, 2015
  • Change: Improved linking to FocusMax when hardware is not connected to FocusMax.
  • Bug fix: Fix AutoRun bug introduced in 5.08.7. (Couldn't cancel AutoRun by uncheckiing.)

    5.08.7    February 3, 2015
  • New Feature:Move to updated coordinates option for non-sidereal objects.
  • New Feature: Adjustable response delay time for slow domes.
  • Change: SkyStar focus star selection accuracy improved. Allow focusing if at least one suitable star is found.
  • Change: Improved flip abort and Max E Altitude abort handling.
  • Bug fix: Resolved Jan 1 session start initiated on Dec. 31. (year wrap problem)
  • Bug fix: Log header not being included in log when autorun is selected.

    5.08.6    December 21, 2014
  • Change: Enhanced Introduction to Automation to help new users.
  • Bug fix: Eliminate occasional "excessive rotator correction" error. 

    5.08.5    November 15, 2014
  • New Feature: Minimum East Altitude skip
  • New Feature: Weather FITS Keywords
  • Change: Enable TheSkyX autoguider to be connected when launching TheSkyX from CCDAutoPilot.
  • Change: Enhanced help pop-up during an Application Error.
  • Bug fix: Wait for Civil Dusk now works. Improved Abort Frames at Dawn.
  • Bug fix: Prevent spurious park, tracking off, etc. on weather abort
  • Bug fix: Eliminate spurious "Wait for Clearing" message in log.

    5.08.4    October 25, 2014
  • Bug fix: Missed RCOS TCC fix for rotator at meridian flip. Fixed.

    5.08.3    October 24, 2014
  • Change: guider FL now changes with imager FL when self-guided or off-axis guided
  • Change: Trap a blank entry for Focusing at X,Y when X or Y are blank.
  • Bug fix: RCOS TCC rotator position not fully ASCOM-compliant. Changed to accommodate TCC.

    5.08.2    September 11, 2014
  • Change: Improved accuracy on LST and HA calculation.
  • Change: Attempt to prevent various CCDSoft errors.
  • Change: Park dome (if checked) during a weather abort.
  • Change: Improved PinPoint v6 All Sky solving.
  • Bug fix: Re-enable AO centering with CCDSoft
  • Bug fix: Remove spurious "Wait for clearing" message in log.

    5.08.1    August 18, 2014
  • Change: Add warning about unnecessary Realign To Target Frequency setting when guiding.
  • Bug fix: Creating a new target caused a database error when first image is saved. 

    5.08.0    August 14, 2014
  • Change: Prevent .fit being entered as target name when using the From FIT button.
  • Change: Show plate solve time in log and status bar.
  • Change: Add log entry indicating email notification at start of session (when selected).
  • Change: Add Pause for Clouds and Abort (when selected) for SkyStar focusing.
  • Change: Remove automatic maximum FocusMax exposure setting.  Also, see here.
  • Change: Reduce minimum separation between focus stars and target from 3 to 2 degrees.
  • Change: Add time stamp to weather file read.
  • Bug fix: Allow session abort when waiting for clouds to clear at start of session.
  • Bug fix: Prevent occasional JET database error.
  • Bug fix: Prevent error when importing CCDNavigator session plan with inactive targets hid.

  • 5.07.9    July 27, 2014
  • Change: Prevent false GNS alert while waiting for clouds to clear
  • Change: TheSkyX dome open/close wait changed from 2.5 sec. to 5 sec. for some slow domes
  • Change: Add warning about too high a hot pixel filter setting
  • Change: Restore file template variable (%g) for session starting date.
  • Change: Add site information to log.
  • Change: Park rotator on weather abort only if it is checked on the Settings page, Shutdown tab
  • Bug fix: High humidity (and high wind) condition was not properly aborting the session.
  • Bug fix: TAKometer rotator position being incorrectly calculated under some conditions.

    5.07.8     June 19, 2014
  • New Feature: Customizable date/time for file names/folders.
  • New Feature: Automatic bump calibration with Maxim PulseGuide and SX-AO
  • New Feature: Run 1a added to control artificial flat light source for dusk flats.
  • Change: Add AtPark detection for ASCOM telescope drivers to wait for mount to park before CCDAutoPilot moves on.
  • Change: Improved guide calibration with Maxim PulseGuide.
  • Change: Increased focus star search radius for SkyStar.
  • Change: AO Centering in TheSkyX CAO uses new TheSkyX command as of TSX build 7973 or later.
  • Bug fix: From FIT button wasn't getting image binning correctly. Fixed.
  • Bug fix: Correct PinPoint All Sky on local solve failure option to allow local solve first.
  • Bug fix: Correct TAK rotator move near 180.
  • Bug fix: Prevent launch of TheSkyX when @Focus2 is used with CCDSoft.
  • Bug fix: Eliminate unnecessary force filter change when self-guided with Maxim.

    5.07.7    May 19, 2014
  • Bug fix: Correct session error if Precision Slew on the Setup page, Mount box is not checked..

    5.07.6    May 5, 2014
  • Change: Clarify Weather Abort messages when waiting to begin session
  • Change: Reset Weather Abort if triggered while waiting to begin and weather subsequently clears
  • Change: Disable Focus Centering and Tolerance control unless using SkyStar
  • Change: Greatly improved responsiveness when importing a text target list or deleting all targets.
  • Change: Remove spurious Waiting to Start message.
  • Change: Add hardware descriptions to the log for TheSkyX build 7903 or later.
  • Change: Allow ReverseY on Flip to be active for Maxim Telescope or ASCOM Direct guiding method
  • Bug fix: Correct warning message about targets starting after astronomical dawn if Abort Light and Dark Frames at Dawn is not checked.
  • Bug fix: Correct truncated target name when using %t\%t%n file template.

    5.07.5    March 15, 2014
  • Bug fix: Target coordinates not being entered in Target List when using From FITS
  • Bug fix: Plate solve coordinate pop-up showing too much.

    5.07.4    March 11, 2014
  • Change: Added log notification when waiting to start sky flats
  • Change: Report plate solve details when using From FIT or Plate Solve Current Location button upon successful plate solve.
  • Change: Unlink dome before parking dome if mount is not parked.
  • Bug fix: Exit when sun rising when target loop greater than one.
  • Bug fix: Do not slew and attempt dusk flats when waiting for clearing time expires at start of session.
  • Bug fix: Prevent infinite loop when using All Sky Retry and solution fails. Also see here for more info on All Sky solving.

    5.07.3    February 17, 2014
  • Change: Enable Reverse Y on Flip for Maxim only. Does not apply to CCDSoft or TheSkyX CAO.
  • Change: Run 4 will still occur if checked after a weather-driven run abort. See here
  • Bug fix: Corrected Slew Error message being sent on all corrected slews. Fixed.
  • Bug fix: Plate solve using current filter now works properly.

    5.07.2    January 23, 2014
  • Change: Guiding will be stopped during a pause for clouds.
  • Change: Improve altitude filtering for SkyStar focus stars.
  • Bug fix: New installation was crashing in some instances - fixed.

    5.07.1    January 18, 2014
  • New Feature: Add All Sky Retry plate solving with PinPoint v6.
  • Change: Use different methods in TheSky6 for more reliable solar altitude reporting.
  • Bug fix: Prevent spurious error reporting on when Inserting WCS during a running session.

    5.07.0    January 3, 2014
  • Bug fix: Correct year end date change causing delay on multi-target or loop target session.
  • Bug fix: Unable to properly save PinPoint UCAC4 catalog selection in system profile.

    5.06.9    December 30, 2013
  • Change: Add delay before checking for dome slewing complete for slowly responding domes
  • Change: Delete .SRC files when inserting WCS via TheSkyX
  • Bug fix: Save image failure was not aborting session properly.
  • Bug fix: Multiple sync images were being opened but not closed.
  • Bug fix: Crash on initialization fixed.

    5.06.8    December 18, 2013
  • New Feature: Add option to plate solve with current filter
  • New Feature: Add support for PinPoint v6 including UCAC4 and All Sky solving via Astrometry.Net.
  • New Feature: Add option to save successfully solved Sync_Images
  • New Feature: Add option to Notify at Session Start with System Review.
  • Change: Added support for Insert WCS via TheSkyX
  • Change: Some improvements in plate solve robustness.
  • Change: Added notes for AO bumping with Maxim here.
  • Bug fix: Known Image Scale option was not working properly.
  • Bug fix: Maxim guiding with ASCOM Direct/Telescope now works properly. See also here,
    5.06.7    December 11, 2013
  • Bug fix: Correct license date display error.

    5.06.6    December 10, 2013
  • Change: One Year License Renewal coming for new features.
  • Change: You must check the AO box if using an any AO guider
  • Change: Allow a target to start after astronomical dawn if Abort Light and Dark frames is unchecked.
  • Change: Prevent '('and ')' from being used in a file name if inputted in the Get function.
  • Change: Initial exposure for G2V measurement increased to 2 sec.
  • Change: Stop guider for safety sync after first exposure after meridian flip  to prevent SX AO lockup.
  • Bug fix: Properly handle filter offsets with temperature-compensated focusing.
  • Bug fix: Correct G2V measure sub-frame positioning error.
  • Bug fix: Prevent exception if camera has only one binning mode, e.g. DSLR.
  • Bug fix: Use Known Image Scale was being ignored.

    5.06.5    November 10, 2013
  • Change: Add error checking to manual target PA entry field.
  • Change: Reference target database in program directory is now in zip format. Do not save a new target database to the program folder.
  • Change: G2V wizard starting binning is the same as that specified for plate solving.
  • Change: Add warning if multiple target session extends into next day and auto date correct is checked.
  • Change: Focus Timeout value is now shown in the log.
  • Bug fix: Incorporate Precision Slew With Sync (if checked) during AGSR.
  • Bug fix: Maxim focuser now respects the Focus Timeout.
  • Bug fix: Session now aborts at start if pause for cloud time is exceeded.
  • Bug fix: Prevent Run 8 from running twice during a Run Abort.
  • Bug fix: Don't wait for civil dusk if preceded by a Run Abort.

    5.06.4    October 25, 2013
  • Bug fix: Data Assessment thresholds were being changed from user settings. Fixed.
  • Bug fix: Email was not being sent when a weather abort condition was triggered. Fixed.

    5.06.3    October 23, 2013
  • New Feature: Added Good Night System support. See Notifications and RunOnError Scripts
  • Change: Increase reliability of sun altitude reporting by less frequent queries.
  • Change: Add option to abort session if dome fails to open.
  • Change: Use different call to TheSkyX for improved AzAlt reliability
  • Change: Editing a session while imaging is paused allows start time adjustment manually or by context menu.
  • Change: Guider alarm will not sound if session is paused for clouds
  • Change: Accommodate versions 1 and 2 of SQM reader.
  • Bug fix: Allow rotator angle correction when With Sync is checked.
  • Bug fix: Restrict forced filter change to non-Maxim camera programs.
  • Bug fix: Eliminate log stopping but session continues to run with some systems.

    5.06.2    September 15, 2013
  • Change: If CCDN3 import during a running session fails, the session will be aborted and Run Abort conditions will be triggered.
  • Change: If Control File time stamp is enabled and update fails, the session will be aborted and Run Abort conditions will be triggered.
  • Change: If a weather abort occurs during the Startup phase, the session will be aborted and Run Abort conditions will be triggered.
  • Change: If Take Image fails, the image will not be saved.
  • Bug fix: Correct binning import from CCDNavigator with some cameras, such as QSI, which support n x m binning where n does not equal m.
  • Bug fix: Correct tool tip message for log folder navigation button.
  • Bug fix: Attempt to fix log from stopping while session is running properly.

    5.06.1    August 4, 2013
  • New Feature: Session start how has an option to start at a given sun altitude. See Startup
  • New Feature: Added the ability to select known/unknown image scale when plate solving using TheSkyX. See Plate Solving
  • Change: Moon rise/set data now available on session page when using ASCOM (only) for telescope control. Requires ASCOM 6 SP2.
  • Change: Using different methods in TheSkyX for more reliable solar altitude reporting.
  • Change: Force filter change when using self-guided cameras. Some camera programs only change the filter when the imager exposes.
  • Change: Trap missing dome property when using some roll-off roof ASCOM drivers.
  • Change: Pause for clouds clearing will now check for clearing once per minute.
  • Change: When using Maxim, sync exposures over 10 sec. will apply kernel filters to reduce noise.
  • Bug fix: Minor bugs in control file thread fixed. Reporting functionality improved to include loss of update from control file (character 8).
  • Bug fix: Take Image/Save Image failure now properly aborts session.

    5.06.0    June 20, 2013
  • New Feature: User can now specify the folder for the log file. See here.
  • Change: Add workaround for plate solving when FITS file has missing XBINNING keyword, e.g. DSS images.
  • Change: Add FW8G-STXL settings in Camera Notes.
  • Change: Added a Computer Notes section to the Hardware topic. Please review.
  • Change: Increased allowable focus filter offset range to 99999.
  • Bug fix: Exception when SkyStar is used with Maxim's focusing routine.
  • Bug fix: Exception when using FW8-STG/AO combination at PA's between 135 and 225.

    5.05.9    May 5, 2013
  • Change: If binning keywords are not in  the FITS file used by From FITS, binning is assumed unbinned
  • Bug fix: Loop target now works properly.
  • Bug fix: Improved accuracy for light frame time estimates
  • Bug fix: Correct guiding when using Maxim AutoGuider Control by Telescope or ASCOM Direct.

    5.05.8    April 23, 2013
  • New Feature: Session focus activity is summarized in the log after the light frames summary.
  • New Feature: Added up/down buttons for moving targets in the target list.
  • Change: Delete target whose name matches the CCDNavigator Session Import target name.
  • Change: Support predictive bumping with Maxim and SBIG FW8-STG/AO/External Guider. See also Camera Notes when using FW8-STG with non-AO guiding.
  • Change: Enhanced non-sidereal tracking handling to include ASCOM mounts.
  • Change: Prevent excessive rotator movement that occurs in some cases.
  • Change: Prevent user session abort from causing a complete observatory in some cases.
  • Change: Physical memory used/total reported in log.
  • Bug fix: If selected, cooler warm up will be executed during a weather abort.
  • Bug fix: Target loop count was not being saved when Update button was hit.

    5.05.7    April 6, 2013
  • New Feature: Added shutter timeout with optional notification
  • Change: @Focus2 autodark follows Plate Solve autodark selection.
  • Change: Allow cloud sensor to report unknown sky condition for session start only.
  • Change: Additional log entry added for CCDNavigator 3 database maintenance.
  • Change: Prevent trying to use FocusMax v3.x with TheSkyX Camera Add On - it won't work.
  • Change: Minimum flat field exposure now .01 sec.
  • Bug fix: Correct dust donut calculator.
  • Bug fix: Correct custom flat start time in session summary.

    5.05.6    March 25, 2013
  • New Feature: TheSkyX Camera Add On is now supported as a camera control program (Professional Edition feature). TheSkyX Build 6822 or greater required.
  • New Feature: Selected focusing stars can now be customized using TheSky. See here for details.
  • New Feature: User can now specify the desired warm up temperature for the camera cooler(s).
  • Change: If you need ASCOM, ASCOM Platform Version 6 SP1 or later is required. Installation on earlier ASCOM platforms is not recommended.
  • Change: Dec. Release and mount setting time disabled during dithered sky flat acquisition.
  • Change: Increased pauses for TheSkyX dome control to accommodate slowly responding domes.
  • Bug fix: All filters were being skipped when running Focus Offset Wizard. Fixed.
  • Bug fix: Abort darks before light frame checkbox being ignored. Fixed.
  • Bug fix: Dusk flats were running on, despite being too dark. Fixed.

    5.05.5    February 17, 2013
  • Bug fix: Imported target order incorrect.

    5.05.4    February 15, 2013
  • Change: Focus Offset Wizard will not use any filter named "dark" or "shutter". 
  • Change: Weather Abort will now occur during AGSR.
  • Bug fix: Changing number of exposures on the fly is properly supported
  • Bug fix: Run First path and arguments are now saved properly.
  • Bug fix: Correct ASCOM J2000 to current equinox conversion.
  • Bug fix: Correct error when using CCDSoft/TheSky6 for plate solving.
  • Bug fix: Focus at Series Start was bypassed if Focus at Target Start was selected.
  • Bug fix: Focus offsets not properly managed during off-target focusing return to target via precision slew.

    5.05.3    February 3, 2013
  • Add Feature: Option to park the mount while waiting for clearing.
  • Change: more detailed error reporting when setting up email notifications
  • Bug fix: Eliminate Tracking On after weather abort

    5.05.2    January 25, 2013
  • Bug fix: Fixed error when using Darks Before or Darks Now from the Darks Before page
  • Bug fix: Auto Date Correct now works with multiple targets that are after midnight.

    5.05.1    January 22, 2013
  • Bug fix: Add target manually, broken in 5.05.0, now works

    5.05.0    January 21, 2013
  • Add Feature: Tracking rates are accepted from TheSky and used for non-sidereal rate objects (comets, satellites, etc.)
  • Change: Target start times will now be the time the first exposure starts, not when slewing and focusing start.
  • Change: Improved responsiveness when editing a session.
  • Change: CCDNavigator Session Import menu will open file dialog if no path to plan or no plan available for the current date.
  • Change: Allow TheSkyX to start properly with slow computers when launched by Link to Software.
  • Change: Active and inactive targets now shown when Delete All Targets is selected.
  • Change: Prevent unrealistic download times being added if a long exposure is aborted.
  • Change: Clarified log for equinox used for ASCOM telescope slews.
  • Bug fix: Check for update toggle now works properly
  • Bug fix: Run First now properly implemented
  • Bug fix: Email to and User addresses can now be different.
  • Bug fix: Eliminate bogus guider cooler raise temperature report.
  • Bug fix: Show exposure count in status bar for calibration frames.

    NOTE: In the near future, CCDAutoPilot will require ASCOM platform version 6.

    5.04.9    December 4, 2012
  • Bug fix: SkyStar crossing the meridian for a focus star when it shouldn't.
  • Bug fix: Late target being rescheduled until the next day.

    5.04.8    December 2, 2012
  • Add Enhanced Automation Features
  • Add Feature: CCDNavigator3 integration. Requires CCDNavigator 3.0.14 or later.
  • Change: Increased SkyStar chosen focus star meridian margin to prevent meridian flip to focus star.
  • Bug fix: Park properly for Weather Abort actions

    5.04.7    November 12, 2012
  • Add Feature: Added hardware section to Troubleshooting help topic.
  • Add Feature: Initial support for CCDNavigator3.
  • Change: Increase rotator timeout to 8 min. for slow rotators
  • Change: Enhanced weather reporting during a weather abort
  • Change: Cloudy delay/session abort operates at start of session and Focus before Target Start
  • Bug fix: Proper abort after wait for cloud clearing timeout or worsening weather.
  • Bug fix: Rotate to first target before precision slew.
  • Bug fix: Summary reports now completes with either weather or user abort.
  • Bug fix: Eliminate exception caused by some cameras with many binning options.

    5.04.6    October 18, 2012
  • Add Feature: Option to run Weather Abort upon slew failure with TheSky6 or TheSkyX. See here.
  • Add Feature: Enhanced CCDNavigator support.
  • Change: Improve weather abort logging.
  • Bug fix: Re-enable Pause button after aborting a session.
  • Bug fix: Pending focus at meridian will be executed after meridian flip.
  • Bug fix: Speed/gain settings (Maxim) now preserved in system profile.
  • Bug fix: Very cloudy condition not always resulting in session abort.

    5.04.5    September 19, 2012
  • Bug fix: Completely disable software version checking

    5.04.4    September 18, 2012
  • Add Feature: Path to Sky Quality Monitor can now be chosen by user.
  • Add Feature: SQM mag. per square arc-sec. value now added to FITS header as MPSAS
  • Change: Increased probability of successful launch of unopened server programs when Linking to Software.
  • Change: trap error if RunApp is checked with an empty entry.
  • Change: Eliminate pseudo-dark since Maxim passes a calibrated guider array if set in Maxim
  • Change: Improve plate solve with TheSkyX
  • Change: Eliminate server software version checking
  • Change: Plate solve in Initialization routine now follows AutoDark selection in Settings/Plate Solve
  • Change: Added information for using AO devices with Maxim. See here.
  • Bug fix: Weather abort doesn't prevent acquisition of calibration frames and stops guider if running
  • Bug fix: Imager temperature raised by 30 when specified.
  • Bug fix: Allow focusing near meridian when sufficient time is available before transit.
  • Bug fix: Correct guiding when target is near meridian and must wait for flip for first exposure to start.

    5.04.3    August 7, 2012
  • Bug fix: Enable flat bias control.

    5.04.2    August 3, 2012
  • Add Feature: Changed target context menus. Added Invert Active Selections and Duplicate Target functions. More...
  • Add Feature: Can enter average flat bias to improve exposure convergence under certain conditions. More...
  • Change: A weather abort will only abort flats is the sky is used as a light source.
  • Change: Minimize spurious weather abort emails
  • Change: Added warning if a RunApp is checked but the application is not found.
  • Change: Do not close FlipFlat when aborting a session.
  • Change: Don't connect to telescope until after observatory is open.

    5.04.1    June 23, 2012
  • Add Feature: Minimize probability of double stars being chosen for SkyStar focusing
  • Add Feature: Added Run 0 to Options page, Startup up tab.
  • Add Feature: Enhanced session review on the Run page to include exposure summaries and the ability to paste to notepad.
  • Change: Prevent editing of current target during a running session.
  • Change: Can now handle up to 20 filters in a filter wheel.
  • Bug fix: Preserve panel sizing on Session Page, Light Frames tab.
  • Documentation: Clarified %d as Position Angle, not Rotator position on Setting page, File Settings tab.

    5.04.0    May 18, 2012
  • Add Feature: Run 0 added on startup options tab.
  • Add Feature: Support for PinPoint USNO B and USNO B (net) added
  • Add Feature: Support for ISO speed (QSI gain) programming with Maxim. See Camera Options
  • Change: disabled menus and features that require software to be linked from the Setup page
  • Change: Decrease min. sun angle for dawn flats to -20.
  • Change: Weather will abort flats phase if flats are sky flats only
  • Change: Wait for Maxim to turn on cooler(s) before querying cooler temperature(s)
  • Change: Allow testing rain sensor during clear sky by applying water drops to sensor
  • Change: Improved weather abort during various portions of session.
  • Bug fix: Corrects AO Maxim AO bumping
  • Some minor bug fixes on clipboard calls and initialization.

    5.03.9    April 4, 2012
  • Change: Improved hot pixel filter
  • Change: Download estimates are now based on light frames only.
  • Change: Link to Software required for target editing.
  • Bug fix:: Move on if cooler is colder than set point temperature at session Startup
  • Bug fix: Resolve date/time error with It(Italy) region setting
  • Bug fix: Prevent error with short exposures and Insert WCS and/or Data Assessment

    5.03.8    March 22, 2012
  • Change: Target star focusing behavior change. See here
  • Change: Wait for clouds to clear active only during light frame acquisition. See here
  • Change: If cloudy during meridian flip, wait for clouds to clear (if checked) before doing precision slew.
  • Change: Improved flat acquisition efficiency.
  • Change: Exp. time increment decreased to 0.1 sec. for planetary imaging.
  • Bug fix: "no row at position 1 error" resolved
  • Bug fix: Unable to set target start time earlier than the end time of an inactive target.
  • Bug fix: Negative ADU report during flat acquisition
  • Bug fix: Correct guiding when using Maxim/Telescope

    5.03.7    March 14, 2012
  • Add Feature: Hide inactive targets. See here
  • Add Feature: Specify a target star for focusing. See here
  • Change: Cooler no longer turned on when CCDAutoPilot links to Maxim.
  • Change: Dither/Guiding time factored into time estimates.
  • Change: Focuser not needed for G2V measurements.
  • Bug fix: Target ADU for sky flats not being met in some cases.
  • Bug fix: Rotator adjustment after precision slew not being made in some cases.
  • Bug fix: Italian/Swiss culture target add error corrected.
  • Bug fix: Corrected occasional error in G2V measurement wizard

    5.03.6    February 21, 2012
  • Add Feature: Post Flip Delay added. See here
  • Change: Focus Offset Wizard enhanced. See here
  • Change: Linearity Wizard enhanced and user-specified tolerance added. See here
  • Bug fix: Use Autodark state for plate solving was being ignored.
  • Bug fix: Eliminate "Command in Progress" error from TheSkyX
  • Bug fix: Wrong series info being displayed for updated target after update.
  • Bug fix: Inactive targets were being hidden during a sort.

    5.03.5    January 6, 2012
  • Bug fix: Prevent error when adding a new target via the Get button

    5.03.4    January 4, 2012
  • Add Feature: Target list can now be sorted in addition to drag/drop. See here
  • Add Feature: The light exposure mid-point is now shown to aid in meridian crossing planning. See here
  • Change: Default failed folder is now a sub-folder under the target name's folder
  • Change: Duplicate FOVI check is more robust.
  • Change: All comboboxes are read only to prevent problems with user-entered data
  • Change: TAKometer target rotation angle now displays properly in status line
  • Change: Prevent program error if a clipboard manager is used
  • Change: Park while waiting/tracking off while waiting are operational at the very start of a session.
  • Bug fix: Session window splitter bar position is now properly remembered.
  • Bug fix: Eliminate occasional delay in getting Session Events when changing to Run page.
  • Bug fix: Keep rotator target position in acceptable range.

    5.03.3    November 27, 2011
  • Add Feature: New wizard to measure camera linearity
  • Change: Improved light series editing responsiveness
  • Change: Stay on the target being edited when updating
  • Bug fix: Correct target add errors that sometimes occur

    5.03.2    November 13, 2011
  • Add Feature: Sky Quality Meter info is now entered into the ccdautopilot log. See Software.
  • Change: The Target name, when available, is appended to the default light frame folder name. See File Settings.
  • Change: The maximum flat frame exposure time is increased to 999 sec.
  • Change: Run app folders can be cleared by hitting cancel after navigating to the existing file.
  • Bug fix: Unable to navigate to mount slew program.

    5.03.1    November 11, 2011
  • Bug fix: Prevent error if last character after '%' is deleted in file name template
  • Bug fix: Prevent series becoming unchecked when editing
  • Bug fix: Modify dome park logic to prevent error.
  • Add Feature: Dome homing to move shutter is now optional. See Control Settings
  • Add Feature: Can set Maxim readout modes for bias and dark frames independently. See Camera Options
  • Add Feature: Run an application after slewing to a target and crossing the meridian. See Control Settings

    5.03.0    October 25, 2011
  • Bug fix: SkyStar chosen focus star will not exceed Max. E and/or Max. W mount altitude limits
  • Bug fix: SplitterDistance program error fixed.
  • Change: Focus before Target Run Start will slew to vicinity of target before focusing.
  • Change: Precision slew will occur even if Focus before Target Run Start and focus at series start are both checked.
  • Change: Default PinPoint expansion set to 0.3

    5.02.9    October 12, 2011
  • Bug fix: Telescope(PulseGuide) in Maxim
  • Bug fix: Spurious Dec. Format error message
  • Add: CCDAutoPilot5 credit graphic.
  • Change: The filter name learning from the camera control program is terminated by either the default filter name, e.g. filter6, or a blank name.

    5.02.8    September 27, 2011
  • Bug fix: Log not being written.
  • Bug fix: Stop guider if running to allow guide star detection

    5.02.7    September 25, 2011
  • Add Feature: Detect Too Light condition from Cloud Sensor II. See description.
  • Change: Add workaround for CCDSoft AO detection bug. See description.
  • Bug fix: Corrected pause for cloudy condition abort processing.
  • Bug fix: Initial focus before target run was inserting an offset relative to the first filter in error after focusing.

    5.02.6    September 21, 2011
  • Bug fix: Compliation error prevented auto guide star exposure from working with Maxim.

    5.20.5    September 20, 2011
  • Add Feature: Bias level for flats now done automatically for cameras with and without shutters.
  • Change: Initialization warning moved from a separate dialog box to the Warnings section of the Run page.
  • Bug fix: Guide star not being detected at series start when self-guided
  • Bug fix: Correct flat acquisition when using custom light source
  • Bug fix: Valid target sometimes incorrectly skipped due to altitude.
  • Bug fix: Manual data assessment sometimes incorrectly flagged frames as failed.

    5.20.4    September 17, 2011
  • Bug fix: Excessive CPU usage

    5.02.3    September 16, 2011
  • Change: Test CCDNavigator input format. Warn if incorrect
  • Change: Enable Darks Now without a telescope connection being required
  • Add Feature: Guide star detection now happens only when necessary with off-axis guided and guide scope operation.
  • Change: Add ReverseY option for meridian flip with guide scopes.
  • Change: Improved focuser temperature detection code. 
  • Change: Added temperature readout for Maxim focusing if supported in Maxim. 
  • Change: Do not repeat Focuser temperature warning if temperature not available.
  • Change: Prevent a blank entry for Guider or Imager plate scale.
  • Change: Prevent RA/Dec format error when using ASCOM (only) for telescope control.
  • Change: Add warning of dome activity planned but no dome linked.
  • Change: Skip targets that haven't risen at target start time.
  • Bug fix: Weather abort fixed, improved.  Details
  • Bug fix: AO recentering on every exposure fixed
  • Bug fix: Realign to target is now scheduled properly
  • Bug fix: Last target in list is now exported correctly
  • Bug Fix: Last target time gap not being closed when selecting Reset Time Gap between Active Targets.
  • Bug fix: Next Focus Time is now properly initialized.
  • Bug fix: Correct starting exposure for Custom Flat Light Source.
  • Bug fix: Dome is unlinked when weather abort is triggered.
  • Bug fix: Control file throwing error incorrectly.
  • Bug fix: Allow comets to be added, e.g. C/2009P1
  • Bug fix: Prevent auto star select for G2V when not using TheSky
  • Bug fix: Prevent error if PC clock changes massively during a session.

    5.02.2    June 23, 2011
  • Add Feature: Hot Pixel Filter
  • Add Feature: Dome control support for TheSkyX (X2). Requires TheSkyX Professional Build 4568 or later.
  • Change: Support ASCOM Dome Park
  • Change: DDWCP improved.  Now waits for dome to stop slewing before proceeding.
  • Change: Set CCDSoft guider series to 1 on connect
  • Change: Prevent AO centering if no AO connected
  • Bug fix: Permit sync option on return precision slew when Focus Program Picks Star focusing method is used.
  • Bug fix: Eliminate "SplitterDistance" program error.

    5.02.1    June 11, 2011
  • Bug fix: Close time gap for active targets fixed
  • Bug fix: Eliminate spurious "wait for astronomical dawn" for dusk flats
  • Bug fix: Correct dark session time when bias frames selected

    5.02.0    June 8, 2011
  • Change: Always show next focus time in session window
  • Change: Performance improvement in large target databases
  • Change: Prevent invalid coordinate data from being entered
  • Bug fix: Correct session time estimates.
  • Bug fix: Correct ephemerides dates
  • Bug fix: Prevent error when no astronomical twilight
  • Bug fix: Prevent update error on Session page

    5.01.9    June 2, 2011
  • Add Feature: Added ability to move rotator to a specific location at the end of a session.
  • Change: Add target coordinate format checking/warning. Improved help topic.
  • Change: Add warning if too few stars in a plate solve
  • Change: Add automadome support for TheSkyX
  • Bug fix: Correct AO initialization error (Maxim)
  • Bug fix: Remove spurious dusk warning message

    5.01.8    May 19, 2011
  • Bug fix: Update sun ephemerides as needed for session planning and warnings
  • Bug fix: Reflect @Focus2 requirement in startup message for filter offset wizard
  • Bug fix: 3x3 binning not showing up as a plate solve alternative in some cases.
  • Bug fix: ASCOM telescope coordinates not being properly reported for Initialization
  • Change: CCDSoft Series count is reset to 1 upon Link to Software.

    5.01.7    May 11, 2011
  • Bug fix: Double-clicking on an empty target list
  • Bug fix: End of session UPDATE error
  • Bug fix: Ensure proper meridian flip/abort label in session window

    5.01.6    May 8, 2011
  • Change: Add target loop count index to file name template and show on session window if greater than 1
  • Change: Add workaround for Maxim versions < 5.08, which caused Program Error when initializing
  • Bug fix: Error when loading a profile with readout mode other than 0 selected.

    5.01.5    May 6, 2011
  • Bug fix: Properly handle negative TAKometer values

    5.01.4    May 5, 2011
  • Bug fix: Correct TAKometer fault
  • Change: Enhanced some warnings messages
  • Change: Unhandled exception reporting and display

    5.01.3    May 4, 2011
  • Bug fix: Prevent error at end of session with single target

    5.01.2    May 4, 2011
  • Change: Minimum TCC application is 1.5.23
  • Change: Accommodate both CCDAP4 and CCDAP5 control files
  • Change: Add guide method to session review
  • Change: Add focuser slip warning in Focus Offset Wizard Measurement topic.
  • change: Increase decimal places for focus exposure and calibration magnitude
  • Bug fix: Rotator direction test no works properly at all angles
  • Bug fix: Prevent error with one-shot color cameras
  • Bug fix: Correct data assessment when using plate solving
  • Bug fix: Filter offset measurement now works with @Focus2

    5.01.1    April 24, 2011
  • Change: Support higher dpi display settings
  • Change: Stability improvements
  • Bug fix: Add serial number to file name when Description field is used.

    5.01.0    April 14, 2011
  • Bug fix: Prevent error when leaving Focusing page
  • Change: Improve Precision Slew accuracy with TheSkyX

    5.00.9    April 13, 2011
  • Bug fix: Prevent error at end of series for some regions
  • Bug fix: Prevent error when running a session with no targets selected

    5.00.8    April 11, 2011
  • Change: Increased resolution of min. and max. guide exposure and max guide error.
  • Bug fix: Temperature compensation not working properly
  • Bug fix: Prevent negative goals achieved.

    5.00.7    April 8, 2011
  • Bug fix: eliminate "moon error"
  • Bug fix: do not assess data when only Insert WCS is enabled.
  • Change: Add warning when exposure time is too short for either data assessment or WCS insertion.
  • Change: Eliminated native Optec driver code.  You may have to reselect your rotator on the Setup page.

    5.00.6    April 7, 2011
  • Bug fix: correct date error at startup for some regions
  • Bug fix: prevent dither wander with over 24 exposures per target

    5.00.5    April 6, 2011
  • Bug fix: Target start time being changed in error under some circumstances.
  • Change: Use ASCOM driver for Optec rotators, available here.

    5.00.4    April 5, 2011
  • Bug fix: TheSky6/X loading with non-us regions
  • Bug fix: Maxim camera drivers with 0 readout modes
  • Bug fix: Exception with over 48 exposures on the same target
  • Bug fix: Data assessment achievement count
  • Bug fix: Staircase rename caused a problem.
  • Bug fix: Some minor log details

    5.00.3    April 3, 2011
  • Bug fix: Version check to work with comma as decimal separator
  • Bug fix: CCDNavigator import
  • Enhancement: "Stairstep" changed to "Staircase" for consistency with CCDNavigator.  This will be reflected in the default templates only if a new default database is selected.  See New Database

    5.00.2    April 2, 2011
  • Bug fix: unable to update

    5.00.1    April 1, 2011
  • Bug fix: CCDAP terminates if Initialize selected without a filter wheel.

    5.00.0    April 1, 2011
  • Initial Release