Introduction of the SGPro "Environment Device". Use this device (like a BlueAstro Stick Station) to provide data about your imaging environment:
A new docking module displaying environmental data and trends
Warning when the temperature is approaching the dew point (requires notification add-on)
Warning when the temperature is approaching freezing (requires notification add-on)
Use thie environment device's temperature as input to the temperature based auto focus trigger
Integrates cleanly with the new ASCOM 6.2 "Observing Conditions" interface
Help docs here: http://mainsequencesoftware.com/Content/SGPHelp/EnvironmentDevices.html
Major refactor of the SGPro settings system. Mostly transparent to the user, but you will notice that all equipment settings are part of the equipment profile now. This change is intended to ehhance the user experience by clarifying which settings belong to a sequence (or profile) and which are global (apply to all sequences). There should no longer be any ambiguity between global and profile settings. If you can set it in the sequencing window or in the control panel, it's not a global setting. The only global settings found in SGPro are through the Tools->Options menu. The rest belong to the sequence or equipment profile. For existing profiles and sequences, you will need to reset some things (Use the provided migration tool to make this transition easier (see note below for more information)):All SBIG, FLI, Canon and Nikon camera settings; Some QSI camera settings; All SBIG CFW settings; All Alnitak Flat Box Settings; All Pinpoint and Astrometry.NET Plate Solver settings (catalogs, URLS, etc).
Small change to the guider interface that uses a check box to toggle the option to wait for the guider to settle over a period of time. PLEASE READ: This has proven to be a "gotcha" change for several user switching over to 2.5. You used to have to type in 0 seconds to turn this off. If your guider supports distance reporting, providing a minimum settle value is still required for dithering operations. This should be a more intuitive way to enable or disable the option when SGPro yells at you after trying to start a sequence. If you keep a non-zero value in this field, make sure to turn it on in your profiles!!!
Easier setup for Astrometry.NET / ANSVR URL setup. You can now choose human friendly locations like "Astrometry.NET (Remote)" or "ANSVR (Local Astrometry.NET) -> Assumes port 8080" and SGPro will figure out what you mean. The field will also continue to accept actual URLs also (this is good if you are not running ANSVR on port 8080 or for any other reason really...)
SGPro's recovery mode will no longer attempt to re-calibrate your auto-guider under any circumstance. This may not always be good for folks that guide using ST-4 and should be fairly substantial motivation to guide in PHD2 via an ASCOM Telescope connection (there are options here... even if your mount only supports a single connection). Note that if PHD2 is asked to guide and has no calibration, PHD2 will start the calibration routine for you (this is not a command from SGPro... just the way PHD2 works).
Sequence level notifications: SGPro has many notification messages that take place outside the context of an "event". These notifications (located in the target list box) are similar to event level notifications, but they are representative of all sequence notifications. This notification area will collect and aggregate messages from all events and, in addition to this, show messages for actions that are outside the context of an event (like issues with auto focus, centering or meridian flips). When the icon is "gray" it means that there are either no sequence notifications or that there are no new sequence notifications (since the last time you looked). If the icon is "solid" it means you have new notifications to look at. More here: http://mainsequencesoftware.com/Content/SGPHelp/TargetListandSettings.html
Observatory slaving is now saved as part of profiles and sequences and will happen automatically on sequence start.
Fairly major refactor of the Target Settings Dialog (complete removal of the solve tools portion on the right hand side. Having the plate solve tool set coupled with the target settings seemed to cause a fair amount of confusion. More information here: http://mainsequencesoftware.com/Content/SGPHelp/TargetListandSettings.html
SGPro plate solve API is now available; Solve, Check Status, Abort (start SGPro and see http://127.0.0.1:59590/metadata for details)
If your camera supports it, the new auto focus method will now allow for fast image download. As part of the beta, we will ascertain the new AF routine's tolerance for nosier data (this is not a commitment to add it back as an option... just a commitment to try it out and see what happens).
Increased the maximum star size (still a function of minimum star size). Both sizes are logged if you want to see them.
Updated UI layout to support minimum pixel diameter (and remove old nebulosity rejection slider). Still not supported in the equipment profile manager.
Auto focus crop has been re-implemented for the new auto focus method (still just uses part of a full frame)
Cleaned up the auto focus docking module GUI (the AF settings dialog is still not fully reorganized).
Added the Alnitak flip shutter device.
Modified camera angle adjustment in meridian flip to be a bit smarter. It will now query the running target or the user (in the case of a manual flip) to ascertain if it should attempt to validate and correct camera angle during the process.
Additional trace logging for unexplained Canon / DCRAW crash
Fixed an issue where an unsafe conditions shutdown could fail to execute end of sequence actions of the sequence was waiting on some type of user input.
Fixed a bug where SGPro could crash if observatory option "Slave on Sequence start" was selected and the sequence was not connected to the proper equipment.