SGPro can now control motorized dome or Roll off Roof style observatories. Slave your telescope to the observatory and we will take care of the rest. In addition to the normal slaving options you can also setup your shutter or roof to open when a sequence has a delayed start time, this allows your gear to stay protected until it's time to image. For roll off roofs type observatories, the roof can be opened before the mount is unparked and closed after the mount has been parked. By parking your mount when the sequence completes you can also trigger your shutter or roof to be closed keeping your equipment protected when not imaging.
Astrophotography can introduce dozens of variables into your imaging session... if any single one of these fails or a stray cloud passes over at the wrong time, your night can end in a bad way. With sequence auto recovery, SGPro can detect many of these situations and attempt to automatically recover your sequence. Auto recover is an optional setting, but when active, it will detect failure, automatically recenter the current target and then restart the (PHD) auto-guider.
We now offer the ability for developers to write their own applications and use SGPro as the foundation for imaging. Take images, control filter wheels focuser, mounts and much more. If you are interested in using this we have added documentation to our help file and, in addition, we will be more than happy to work with you to help out. The API uses REST or SOAP (your choice) so it is compatible with any platform or operating system.
We now offer SBIG owners the ability to use PHD alongside Sequence Generator Pro. Simply install a special ASCOM driver for your SBIG guider, connect your camera in SGPro and we take care of the rest. Works with both remote guide heads and onboard guider CCDs.
Autofocus now uses all of its data points to better calculate the true focus position. Using best fit lines, SGPro will attempt to find a better intersection between your in and out of focus data points. If it fails, it will simply revert to the "old" weighted average method.
In addition to this, you can now "crop" your auto focus frames to ensure that edge stars are not considered when calculating focus metrics. This is especially helpful when you have a rig with excessive field curvature.
Each event now allows users to specify pre or post event scripts. SGPro will support wither VB Script (VBS) or command line based executable (exe) files (both perfectly capable of interacting with ASCOM). User scripts are "blocking" and will prevent the sequence from continuing until they are complete and allow for many new possibilities.
Users can now specify the level of aggressiveness to use when images are auto stretched. In addition to this, the black and white points are better selected and provide a much smoother, deeper image for inspection.
The dockable sequence module has been completely refactored and provides much more useful information about the sequence and current target. When a sequence is not running it will display information about the currently selected target.
We have added support for the Nikon RAW "NEF" format and, in addition, now allow for DSLR imagers (Canon and Nikon) to output both FITS and RAW formats for every image.
When a sequence is running, you are now able to reorder events for any target that is not currently running. This allows for far more "on-the-fly" thought to go into your imaging sequences as the night progresses.
Some mounts have very tight tolerances for flipping and are not able to support finishing the current exposure prior to performing a flip. In these cases, we have added an option that will not allow an exposure to start if it cannot be finished by the time the flip should occur (it will simply wait a few minutes, perform the flip on time and then continue the sequence).
Support for Canon Digic 5 processors and the QHY-21,22,23 have been added.
Image browsing feature added. This lets you look through the past 25 images taken. It works like an internet browser... back takes you to previous images and forward takes you to more recent images. Right clicking an arrow shows you a list of the past images... the left margin indicates which image is currently displayed.
A new Image History tool has been added. This tool will display a graph of image metrics that have been recently captured. The intent is to show trends in HFR and Star Counts over time and then, if needed, adjust and mark images as bad. This tool also has a corresponding docking module that will give you a more convenient view. To open the corresponding image for a particular point on the graph, simply click on the graph. Right click on these same points for more options (like clearing).
Added a manual focusing aid (using the Image History tool, select the "Frame and Focus" series). Adjust focus until you obtain the lowest possible HFR (printed in the upper right of the graph).
Rotate image 180 degrees added to the image toolbar
Mark bad button added (X button) to the image toolbar... you can also do this by right clicking (this will prepend "BAD_" to your file name)
The Mosaic Wizard now allows for offline access to previously downloaded images. Here is an example of a cache entry... accessible without internet connection (obviously for M33 area):
All versions for PHD have been removed. You will now simply select "PHD" regardless of what version you are running.
Added support for SBIG STF line fast download (turn this on in the camera tab in the control panel)
Fixed sub-frame issues with the SBIG STF line of cameras.
Dates have been removed from target start and end times. All end times are now in the future. Start times will be in the future if the time is less than 12 hours distant, otherwise it will be considered in the past and the sequence will start.
Image tooblar buttons are now organized by function... from left to right: image browsing, zooming, rotation, misc tools
All dialogs now respond to ENTER and ESC keys as per the Windows standard
All numeric controls will now select the value when you tab or click into them
Internationalization issues for the mosaic wizard have been resolved
Fixed a bug where image grader would crash when loading files (hopefully)
Fixed a bug where SGPro would fail if the SkySafari port was already in use
Removing ":" separator from OBJCTRA and OBJCTDEC FITS headers (replaced with spaces)