Version change history

ver. 5.0.0.02

  • supporting "LocalServer" mode under ASCOM lets you simultanoulsy control the dome and receiving data from many programs
  • ASCOM ver. 6.1 compatible
  • supporting "Cartes Du Ciel" free computerized atlas of the sky
  • improved support for Roll-Off-Roof observatories
  • built-in function of reading and saving geographical coordinates of the observatory from ASCOM and computerized atlases of the sky
  • much more stable work with telescopes
  • supporting the new weather stations: "Sentinel Weather Station", "Cumulus", "Weather Display", "EMA"
  • improved work with "Bolltwood" and "AAG" cloud sensors
  • built-in data read from "Sky Quality Meter" sensor
  • improved scripting (to learn more about it, please read "Script_Guide.pdf")
  • new examples of the scripts in DOC directory (testing, ACP, CcdAp)
  • clearer "DomeRadar" diagram
  • supporting ScopeDome USB Card v.1.0 with the old firmware
  • improved configuration program (Setup.exe) helping in the first start of the observatory and installation of the driver
  • supporting FTP server
  • displaying observatory current state on WWW site
  • controling the dome by WWW site
  • improved stability of the program by eliminating many minor bugs in its code

ver. 4.0.0.05

  • new firmware for the card ver.2.0 (firmware ver. 3.50)
  • corrected problem with telescope sync on Windows 64 bit system
  • new internal script commands: SCOPECONNECT, SCOPEDISCONNECT, SCOPEPARK
  • much more stable USB communication for the cards ver.2.0
  • soft start and stop for the dome rotatation drive motor
  • improved ASCOM support
  • full ASCOM support for domes with double shutter system
  • EncGoTo command for high precise dome position control
  • shutter GoTo Altitude function
  • emergency closing the shutter without the participation of the computer
  • automatic cold restart of the card after USB communication problems
  • CommandLine console comands, eq: scopedomedriver.exe ScopeOn
  • new dedicated setup for driver configuration

ver. 3.0.0.11

  • improved ASCOM support
  • the new panel (tab) for automatic control the dome's heating and cooling
  • dome's positioning system implementing the telescope's SideOfPier ASCOM parameter
  • emergency closing the dome in the case of internet connection loss
  • emergency closing the dome in the case of too long observation session
  • the new temperature charts for weather stations
  • implemented "Virtual Weather Station" weather stations support.
  • the new registration panel for the users
  • automatic upgrade to the new version of the driver

ver. 3.0.0.08

  • HeavyWeather PRO WS 2800 weather station support
  • add control for turn on selected relays on respons from HomeSensor signal
  • corrected dome aligment on the west side of the sky
  • new scripting system for dome control
  • corrected driver for Sky Quality Meter from Unihedron
  • new firmware for 2.0 card included (ver. 2.7)

ver. 3.0.0.05

  • works with all ScopeDome card types (1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 2.0)
  • improved dome limits action
  • works with ASCOM 6.0
  • works with TheSkyX
  • improved DomeMap function (added PierSide selector for scope position)
  • new dome rotate logics
  • add control for double shutter dome
  • observatory state graphs
  • improved cooperation with AAG Cloud Watcher
  • added driver for Sky Quality Meter
  • new card firmware included in install
  • better dome simulator function

ver. 2.6.0.11

  • New DomeMap function to synchronize the dome with the telescope
  • limiting the number of the dome's revolutions
  • limiting the angle range of the dome's rotation
  • Davis Pro weather station support
  • driver configuration is saved and stored in ASCOM Profile
  • improved cooperation with diffrent Windows language versions
  • improved cooperation with Win7
  • 64bit Windows support

ver. 2.5.0.3

  • cooperation with CCDAutoPilot4
  • corrected dome simulation function

ver. 2.5.0.2

  • corrected ASCOM Dome Connect function
  • improved dome Radar displaying

ver. 2.5.0.0

  • cooperation with the AAG Cloud Watcher
  • corrected synchronization of the dome with the telescope
  • the Pier Flip and Oposite Position function (turning the dome away against 180 degrees)
  • the telescope position is visible on the radar
  • streamlined transport with drivers of the telescope
  • improved error handling of dome automation

ver. 2.0.0.6

  • test mode: the program simulates action of the card without the controller card really connected
  • graphical Radar - shows the dome and telescope position
  • dome mechanics timeout control
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