Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin


Dec 17, 2012

 


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#51739 Dec 17, 2012

Hi Folks,



PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.



I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.



For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:



astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/



Cheers,



Andre



(Posted with Doug's permission.)



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#51740 Dec 17, 2012

On 12/17/2012 03:08 PM, astrogeek_andre wrote: >

> Hi Folks,

>

> PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments

> for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast,

> robust, and free.

>



What are some of the advantages and disadvantages as compared to

Pinpoint LE?









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#51741 Dec 17, 2012

I also have and use PinPoint LE. I`ve found Dave`s PlateSolve2 to be faster and more robust. But if you`re not having issues with PinPoint then there`s no need to switch. Also, I haven`t released a script version of the PlateSolve2 wrapper so if you want to sync from a script then this plugin won`t be of use.



I believe there are a number of other free plate solving options out there and this just adds one to the list. I`ve used it in a variety of imaging configurations and have been happy with it thus far.



Andre

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Greg Hennessy greg.hennessy@...> wrote:

>

> On 12/17/2012 03:08 PM, astrogeek_andre wrote:

> >

> > Hi Folks,

> >

> > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments

> > for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast,

> > robust, and free.

> >

>

> What are some of the advantages and disadvantages as compared to

> Pinpoint LE?

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>



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#51742 Dec 17, 2012

Andre, I'd like to thank you, Dave Rowe and Planewave for making this

routine available. I know it's in poor form to ask for more when somebody

gives you something for free and I do apologize. But it would be really nice

if the plugin could give us a bit more information than just the RA & Dec

(although that's a lot already and is the routine's real purpose). I often

use a combination of the plate solutions provided by PinPoint and TheSkyX to

get exact information about the camera angle, focal length, pixel scale, and

angular size of the image. I see the manual version of PlateSolve2 does

provide these parameters except for the exact focal length. Could this

information be added to your plugin output?







Greg







From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

astrogeek_andre

Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 3:09 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin











Hi Folks,



PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for

performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and

free.



I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to

solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work

very well.



For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time

or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the

PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:



astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/



Cheers,



Andre



(Posted with Doug's permission.)











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#51743 Dec 17, 2012

Hi Greg,



I haven`t updated the web site with changes for the new version yet, but there`s a checkbox in version 0.0.4`s UI that allows you to control whether the PlateSolve application is forced to terminate after the solve. If you uncheck this box you can then click on the PlateSolve UI when the solve completes and you`ll have access to all the info. In addition to plate geometry information that you mention, you can access the image from within PlateSolve2 to see the matched stars and get photometry and astrometry within the image.



I can look at displaying some of the geometry info within the plugin itself, but at least you can still get at it through the plugin if you elect to leave the PlateSolve2 app open.



Cheers,



Andre

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Greg Salyer salyer@...> wrote:

>

> Andre, I'd like to thank you, Dave Rowe and Planewave for making this

> routine available. I know it's in poor form to ask for more when somebody

> gives you something for free and I do apologize. But it would be really nice

> if the plugin could give us a bit more information than just the RA & Dec

> (although that's a lot already and is the routine's real purpose). I often

> use a combination of the plate solutions provided by PinPoint and TheSkyX to

> get exact information about the camera angle, focal length, pixel scale, and

> angular size of the image. I see the manual version of PlateSolve2 does

> provide these parameters except for the exact focal length. Could this

> information be added to your plugin output?

>

>

>

> Greg

>

>

>

> From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

> astrogeek_andre

> Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 3:09 PM

> To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: [MaxImDL] PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

>

>

>

>

>

> Hi Folks,

>

> PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for

> performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and

> free.

>

> I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to

> solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work

> very well.

>

> For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time

> or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the

> PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

>

> astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

>

> Cheers,

>

> Andre

>

> (Posted with Doug's permission.)

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>







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#51744 Dec 17, 2012

Thanks Andre. I'll give it a try.







Greg







From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

astrogeek_andre

Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 5:52 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin











Hi Greg,



I haven`t updated the web site with changes for the new version yet, but

there`s a checkbox in version 0.0.4`s UI that allows you to control whether

the PlateSolve application is forced to terminate after the solve. If you

uncheck this box you can then click on the PlateSolve UI when the solve

completes and you`ll have access to all the info. In addition to plate

geometry information that you mention, you can access the image from within

PlateSolve2 to see the matched stars and get photometry and astrometry

within the image.



I can look at displaying some of the geometry info within the plugin itself,

but at least you can still get at it through the plugin if you elect to

leave the PlateSolve2 app open.



Cheers,



Andre



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> , Greg

Salyer salyer@...> wrote: >

> Andre, I'd like to thank you, Dave Rowe and Planewave for making this

> routine available. I know it's in poor form to ask for more when somebody

> gives you something for free and I do apologize. But it would be really

nice > if the plugin could give us a bit more information than just the RA & Dec

> (although that's a lot already and is the routine's real purpose). I often

> use a combination of the plate solutions provided by PinPoint and TheSkyX

to > get exact information about the camera angle, focal length, pixel scale,

and > angular size of the image. I see the manual version of PlateSolve2 does

> provide these parameters except for the exact focal length. Could this

> information be added to your plugin output?

>

>

>

> Greg

>

>

>

> From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

[mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> ] On

Behalf Of > astrogeek_andre

> Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 3:09 PM

> To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

> Subject: [MaxImDL] PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

>

>

>

>

>

> Hi Folks,

>

> PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for

> performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and

> free.

>

> I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to

> solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work

> very well.

>

> For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time

> or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the

> PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

>

> astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

>

> Cheers,

>

> Andre

>

> (Posted with Doug's permission.)

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>











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#51745 Dec 17, 2012

I see the image view also gives the RA, Dec corrdinates as I move the cursor

over the image. Cool.







Greg







From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

Greg Salyer

Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 5:59 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: RE: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin











Thanks Andre. I'll give it a try.



Greg



From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

[mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> ] On

Behalf Of

astrogeek_andre

Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 5:52 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin



Hi Greg,



I haven`t updated the web site with changes for the new version yet, but

there`s a checkbox in version 0.0.4`s UI that allows you to control whether

the PlateSolve application is forced to terminate after the solve. If you

uncheck this box you can then click on the PlateSolve UI when the solve

completes and you`ll have access to all the info. In addition to plate

geometry information that you mention, you can access the image from within

PlateSolve2 to see the matched stars and get photometry and astrometry

within the image.



I can look at displaying some of the geometry info within the plugin itself,

but at least you can still get at it through the plugin if you elect to

leave the PlateSolve2 app open.



Cheers,



Andre



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> , Greg

Salyer salyer@...> wrote: >

> Andre, I'd like to thank you, Dave Rowe and Planewave for making this

> routine available. I know it's in poor form to ask for more when somebody

> gives you something for free and I do apologize. But it would be really

nice > if the plugin could give us a bit more information than just the RA & Dec

> (although that's a lot already and is the routine's real purpose). I often

> use a combination of the plate solutions provided by PinPoint and TheSkyX

to > get exact information about the camera angle, focal length, pixel scale,

and > angular size of the image. I see the manual version of PlateSolve2 does

> provide these parameters except for the exact focal length. Could this

> information be added to your plugin output?

>

>

>

> Greg

>

>

>

> From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

[mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> ] On

Behalf Of > astrogeek_andre

> Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 3:09 PM

> To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> > Subject: [MaxImDL] PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

>

>

>

>

>

> Hi Folks,

>

> PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for

> performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and

> free.

>

> I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to

> solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work

> very well.

>

> For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time

> or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the

> PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

>

> astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

>

> Cheers,

>

> Andre

>

> (Posted with Doug's permission.)

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>



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#51752 Dec 17, 2012

Hi,

the page you linked below contains two links. One for the program "PlateSolve2" itself and a plugin.

Do I have to install both of them ?



Thanks,

Adrien





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:



Hi Folks,



PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.



I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.



For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:



astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/



Cheers,



Andre



(Posted with Doug's permission.)



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#51755 Dec 18, 2012

Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

George





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:



Hi Folks,



PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.



I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.



For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:



astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/



Cheers,



Andre



(Posted with Doug's permission.)



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#51756 Dec 18, 2012

Hi,



The plugin is just a wrapper for PlateSolve2. You need both.



Andre

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "adrien.zingg" wrote:



Hi,

the page you linked below contains two links. One for the program "PlateSolve2" itself and a plugin.

Do I have to install both of them ?



Thanks,

Adrien







--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:



Hi Folks,



PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.



I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.



For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:



astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/



Cheers,



Andre



(Posted with Doug's permission.)



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#51757 Dec 18, 2012

Yes, I think the focus analysis tool is somewhat tied to the focus software for their telescopes. I think you can make it work if you make a series of files with names like FOCUS12345.fit where 12345 is the focus position.

Cheers,



Andre

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" wrote:



Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

George







--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:



Hi Folks,



PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.



I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.



For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:



astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/



Cheers,



Andre



(Posted with Doug's permission.)



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#51759 Dec 18, 2012

I got it working in manual mode. Didn't have telescope powered up so

couldn't check sync. But BIG question is, can it be accessed via a script?

The standard PinPoint cannot be accessed via a script.



Jim Roe

Bourbon, Missouri



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:



>

> Hi Folks,

>

> PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for

> performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and

> free.

>

> I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to

> solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work

> very well.

>

> For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time

> or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the

> PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

>

> astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

>

> Cheers,

>

> Andre

>

> (Posted with Doug's permission.)

>

>

>





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#51760 Dec 18, 2012

There isn't script support right now, but it is do-able.

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, James Roe wrote:



I got it working in manual mode. Didn't have telescope powered up so

couldn't check sync. But BIG question is, can it be accessed via a script?

The standard PinPoint cannot be accessed via a script.



Jim Roe

Bourbon, Missouri





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:





Hi Folks,



PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for

performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and

free.



I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to

solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work

very well.



For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time

or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the

PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:



astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/



Cheers,



Andre



(Posted with Doug's permission.)











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#51761 Dec 18, 2012

THAT would make it really useful. I slew to lots of targets during the

night and need to check the result, sync if necessary and re-slew. All

this is currently done by VBScript but I use Elbrus for the plate solve and

sync (works pretty good but I would like to speed up the process).



I have experimented with PlateSolve2 in another application and I found

that it is speedy and useful IF you are pretty close. If you are not

close, it can take a long time and its spiral search routine doesn't go out

very far (Elbrus will cover a 5x5 deg piece of sky very quickly). Pinpoint

is also very slow if you are not close. Do you know anything about the

limits on PlateSolve2? Hopefully they have improved since I last talked

with Dave Rowe.



Jim Roe

Bourbon, Missouri



On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM, astrogeek_andre andre@...>wrote:



> **

>

>

> There isn't script support right now, but it is do-able.

>

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, James Roe wrote:

>

> I got it working in manual mode. Didn't have telescope powered up so

> couldn't check sync. But BIG question is, can it be accessed via a script?

> The standard PinPoint cannot be accessed via a script.

>

> Jim Roe

> Bourbon, Missouri

>

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

>

>

> Hi Folks,

>

> PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for

> performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and

> free.

>

> I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to

> solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work

> very well.

>

> For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time

> or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the

> PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

>

> astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

>

> Cheers,

>

> Andre

>

> (Posted with Doug's permission.)

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

>





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#51763 Dec 18, 2012

Sounds like you already have a good solution.



Sorry, I'm not familiar with the limits on PlateSolve2. I usually work in a configuration that is at most about a degree out and it seems to work well.



Andre

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, James Roe wrote:



THAT would make it really useful. I slew to lots of targets during the

night and need to check the result, sync if necessary and re-slew. All

this is currently done by VBScript but I use Elbrus for the plate solve and

sync (works pretty good but I would like to speed up the process).



I have experimented with PlateSolve2 in another application and I found

that it is speedy and useful IF you are pretty close. If you are not

close, it can take a long time and its spiral search routine doesn't go out

very far (Elbrus will cover a 5x5 deg piece of sky very quickly). Pinpoint

is also very slow if you are not close. Do you know anything about the

limits on PlateSolve2? Hopefully they have improved since I last talked

with Dave Rowe.



Jim Roe

Bourbon, Missouri





On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM, astrogeek_andre wrote:



**





There isn't script support right now, but it is do-able.





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, James Roe wrote:



I got it working in manual mode. Didn't have telescope powered up so

couldn't check sync. But BIG question is, can it be accessed via a script?

The standard PinPoint cannot be accessed via a script.



Jim Roe

Bourbon, Missouri





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:





Hi Folks,



PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for

performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and

free.



I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to

solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work

very well.



For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time

or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the

PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:



astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/



Cheers,



Andre



(Posted with Doug's permission.)











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#51764 Dec 18, 2012

one more question (for now!). Does PlateSolve2 via the plugin write the

WCS to the FITS header?



JIm Roe



On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM, astrogeek_andre andre@...>wrote:



> **

>

>

> Sounds like you already have a good solution.

>

> Sorry, I'm not familiar with the limits on PlateSolve2. I usually work in

> a configuration that is at most about a degree out and it seems to work

> well.

>

> Andre

>

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, James Roe wrote:

>

> THAT would make it really useful. I slew to lots of targets during the

> night and need to check the result, sync if necessary and re-slew. All

> this is currently done by VBScript but I use Elbrus for the plate solve and

> sync (works pretty good but I would like to speed up the process).

>

> I have experimented with PlateSolve2 in another application and I found

> that it is speedy and useful IF you are pretty close. If you are not

> close, it can take a long time and its spiral search routine doesn't go out

> very far (Elbrus will cover a 5x5 deg piece of sky very quickly). Pinpoint

> is also very slow if you are not close. Do you know anything about the

> limits on PlateSolve2? Hopefully they have improved since I last talked

> with Dave Rowe.

>

> Jim Roe

> Bourbon, Missouri

>

>

> On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM, astrogeek_andre wrote:

>

> **

>

>

>

> There isn't script support right now, but it is do-able.

>

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, James Roe wrote:

>

> I got it working in manual mode. Didn't have telescope powered up so

> couldn't check sync. But BIG question is, can it be accessed via a script?

> The standard PinPoint cannot be accessed via a script.

>

> Jim Roe

> Bourbon, Missouri

>

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

>

>

> Hi Folks,

>

> PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for

> performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and

> free.

>

> I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to

> solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work

> very well.

>

> For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time

> or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the

> PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

>

> astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

>

> Cheers,

>

> Andre

>

> (Posted with Doug's permission.)

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

>





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#51765 Dec 18, 2012

No, it does not.

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, James Roe wrote:



one more question (for now!). Does PlateSolve2 via the plugin write the

WCS to the FITS header?



JIm Roe





On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM, astrogeek_andre wrote:



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Sounds like you already have a good solution.



Sorry, I'm not familiar with the limits on PlateSolve2. I usually work in

a configuration that is at most about a degree out and it seems to work

well.



Andre





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, James Roe wrote:



THAT would make it really useful. I slew to lots of targets during the

night and need to check the result, sync if necessary and re-slew. All

this is currently done by VBScript but I use Elbrus for the plate solve and

sync (works pretty good but I would like to speed up the process).



I have experimented with PlateSolve2 in another application and I found

that it is speedy and useful IF you are pretty close. If you are not

close, it can take a long time and its spiral search routine doesn't go out

very far (Elbrus will cover a 5x5 deg piece of sky very quickly). Pinpoint

is also very slow if you are not close. Do you know anything about the

limits on PlateSolve2? Hopefully they have improved since I last talked

with Dave Rowe.



Jim Roe

Bourbon, Missouri





On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM, astrogeek_andre wrote:



**







There isn't script support right now, but it is do-able.





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, James Roe wrote:



I got it working in manual mode. Didn't have telescope powered up so

couldn't check sync. But BIG question is, can it be accessed via a script?

The standard PinPoint cannot be accessed via a script.



Jim Roe

Bourbon, Missouri





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:





Hi Folks,



PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for

performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and

free.



I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to

solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work

very well.



For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time

or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the

PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:



astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/



Cheers,



Andre



(Posted with Doug's permission.)











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#51766 Dec 18, 2012

To clarify, the PinPoint LE that comes free with MaxIM DL cannot be externally

scripted, by design. The full PinPoint, however, is quite scriptable and

embeddable from programs written in most any Windows language.



Jim Roe: > The standard PinPoint cannot be accessed via a script.



-- Bob







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#51767 Dec 18, 2012

Hello Andre -- > I also have and use PinPoint LE. I`ve found Dave`s PlateSolve2 to be faster and more robust.

I make my living developing and supporting astronomy software, including

PinPoint. It would be nice to provide some actual objective test descriptions

and results with statistically significant data sets which include a wide range

of characteristics before making a statement like that. I'm not unhappy about

Dave's program nor am I unhappy about your tying it to MaxIm. I do feel the need

to defend the honor of my software against vague claims like "more robust".

Speed, when you're measuring in the "few seconds" range is not that important

but if you wish to do a formal speed comparison that would be OK too. Just be

sure to include off-center performance and set the search areas for each to

similar coverage, and above all, compare with the star catalog recommended for

the fastest plate solutions by each of the authors (me and Dave R). For

PinPoint, please use the Visual PinPoint program as it is a "bare metal" direct

GUI that drives the scriptable PinPoint embeddable astrometric engine, and for

PinPoint use the USNO A2.0 catalog for general plate solving. For astrometry,

UCAC3 (but this is missing bright stars so is not best for general solving

especially on small aperture scopes). Thanks!!



-- Bob







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#51768 Dec 18, 2012

I'm sorry Bob -- this is exactly where I did not want the conversation to go. Perhaps I should have refrained from saying anything at all in response to the question. I agree the only way to properly measure speed and robustness is to do a quantitative analysis and include a variety of packages in the mix. (I have no interest in doing this.) My subjective reply was simply based on my casual use of both packages over a number of years -- I'm usually a stickler for this kind of thing so I shouldn't have offered the opinion.



The bottom line is that I developed the plugin for my own purposes and have made it available to others, who are free to give it a try if they wish.



Thanks,



Andre

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Bob Denny wrote:



Hello Andre --

I also have and use PinPoint LE. I`ve found Dave`s PlateSolve2 to be faster and more robust.

I make my living developing and supporting astronomy software, including

PinPoint. It would be nice to provide some actual objective test descriptions

and results with statistically significant data sets which include a wide range

of characteristics before making a statement like that. I'm not unhappy about

Dave's program nor am I unhappy about your tying it to MaxIm. I do feel the need

to defend the honor of my software against vague claims like "more robust".

Speed, when you're measuring in the "few seconds" range is not that important

but if you wish to do a formal speed comparison that would be OK too. Just be

sure to include off-center performance and set the search areas for each to

similar coverage, and above all, compare with the star catalog recommended for

the fastest plate solutions by each of the authors (me and Dave R). For

PinPoint, please use the Visual PinPoint program as it is a "bare metal" direct

GUI that drives the scriptable PinPoint embeddable astrometric engine, and for

PinPoint use the USNO A2.0 catalog for general plate solving. For astrometry,

UCAC3 (but this is missing bright stars so is not best for general solving

especially on small aperture scopes). Thanks!!



-- Bob







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#51769 Dec 18, 2012

Thank you on several levels Andre! I'm glad you understood why I felt the need

to speak up. Dave did a great job on PointXP. > The bottom line is that I developed the plugin for my own purposes and have made it available to others, who are free to give it a try if they wish.

Great job! I am 100% for people having a variety of tools and techniques. The

more we help each other get the most out of the things that are out there, the

better. Again, thanks for taking the extra time to make your plugin available

and for helping others with it!



-- Bob







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#51770 Dec 18, 2012

Bob, there is absolutely no way you should feel defensive about PinPoint.

It's a GREAT program. The way it's been nicely integrated into MaxIm makes

imaging much easier. Without it, I'm not sure I'd be using MaxIm (without

PinPoint it would still be a good program but rather expensive). For years

PinPoint was the only real game in town for plate solutions (sorry about

that TheSky6). Today, there are several really good solutions (like TheSkyX,

PlateSolve2, and astrometry.net), but PinPoint is still my favorite.

However, these other programs do have some advantages. I'm hoping that the

new competition will inspire you to make PinPoint even better.







Greg







From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

Bob Denny

Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 1:19 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin











Hello Andre -- > I also have and use PinPoint LE. I`ve found Dave`s PlateSolve2 to be

faster and more robust.

I make my living developing and supporting astronomy software, including

PinPoint. It would be nice to provide some actual objective test

descriptions

and results with statistically significant data sets which include a wide

range

of characteristics before making a statement like that. I'm not unhappy

about

Dave's program nor am I unhappy about your tying it to MaxIm. I do feel the

need

to defend the honor of my software against vague claims like "more robust".

Speed, when you're measuring in the "few seconds" range is not that

important

but if you wish to do a formal speed comparison that would be OK too. Just

be

sure to include off-center performance and set the search areas for each to

similar coverage, and above all, compare with the star catalog recommended

for

the fastest plate solutions by each of the authors (me and Dave R). For

PinPoint, please use the Visual PinPoint program as it is a "bare metal"

direct

GUI that drives the scriptable PinPoint embeddable astrometric engine, and

for

PinPoint use the USNO A2.0 catalog for general plate solving. For

astrometry,

UCAC3 (but this is missing bright stars so is not best for general solving

especially on small aperture scopes). Thanks!!



-- Bob



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#51782 Dec 19, 2012

Greg --



I had hoped I wasn't being defensive. I soooooo appreciate your post and your

view of it. You are so right. More recently, I have been concentrating my

efforts on providing automated data acquisition to a wide range of people from

the most non-technical art astronomers to the most technical science

astronomers, and who have a wide range of observatories from the simplest

backyard mount on a pier with a space blanket cover to the 1+ meter university

scopes with 4Kx4K high dollar imagers on a remote mountain in Chile. It's a

challenge.



PinPoint's original reason for coming into being in 1999 was to allow low cost

mounts to point accurately via solve-sync or solve-jog. All of the astrometric

functions and automatic star matching and high order optical distortion

correction capabilities which I later developed were at the cutting edge back in

2002 and were added for the then popular asteroid hunters. Now there are other

programs which do similar things to PinPoint. That's great! I'm happy to have

been a pioneer, and happy that I can provide a service that still has value.



You mentioned Astrometry.net ... those guys (Dustin Lang and David Hogg) have

created a fantastic system. They tackled the one thing that I judged to be "too

difficult to deploy in the field", all-sky plate solving. The machines they use

and the data structures they rely on are monsters, and they did the right thing

by making it a REST web service. I worked with them earlier this year to help

refine their REST web service API, and built a client for my astronomy

automation system that uses it as a fall back for lost scopes. My next version

with this feature is in beta now and is getting positive results. I met Dustin

at the LSST All hands meeting earlier this year and he knows that I will provide

grant money to them if they have issues keeping the web service running. And I

mean serious money. I also will be releasing my "BlindSolver" program which

provides a simple command line interface to their service for FITS, PNG, and

JPEG files into open source at no charge. All-sky is "where it's at" now, and I

want to help them with getting grants as well as money if they need it.



Thanks again Greg.



-- Bob

> Bob, there is absolutely no way you should feel defensive about PinPoint.

> It's a GREAT program. The way it's been nicely integrated into MaxIm makes

> imaging much easier. Without it, I'm not sure I'd be using MaxIm (without

> PinPoint it would still be a good program but rather expensive). For years

> PinPoint was the only real game in town for plate solutions (sorry about

> that TheSky6). Today, there are several really good solutions (like TheSkyX,

> PlateSolve2, and astrometry.net), but PinPoint is still my favorite.

> However, these other programs do have some advantages. I'm hoping that the

> new competition will inspire you to make PinPoint even better.

>

>

>

> Greg

>

>

>

> From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

> Bob Denny

> Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 1:19 PM

> To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

>

>

>

>

>

> Hello Andre --

>> I also have and use PinPoint LE. I`ve found Dave`s PlateSolve2 to be

> faster and more robust.

> I make my living developing and supporting astronomy software, including

> PinPoint. It would be nice to provide some actual objective test

> descriptions

> and results with statistically significant data sets which include a wide

> range

> of characteristics before making a statement like that. I'm not unhappy

> about

> Dave's program nor am I unhappy about your tying it to MaxIm. I do feel the

> need

> to defend the honor of my software against vague claims like "more robust".

> Speed, when you're measuring in the "few seconds" range is not that

> important

> but if you wish to do a formal speed comparison that would be OK too. Just

> be

> sure to include off-center performance and set the search areas for each to

> similar coverage, and above all, compare with the star catalog recommended

> for

> the fastest plate solutions by each of the authors (me and Dave R). For

> PinPoint, please use the Visual PinPoint program as it is a "bare metal"

> direct

> GUI that drives the scriptable PinPoint embeddable astrometric engine, and

> for

> PinPoint use the USNO A2.0 catalog for general plate solving. For

> astrometry,

> UCAC3 (but this is missing bright stars so is not best for general solving

> especially on small aperture scopes). Thanks!!

>

> -- Bob

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

>

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>

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

>

>

>







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#51783 Dec 19, 2012

I just thought I'd add that I've used PlateSolveXP (original version) and

PlateSolve2 before, and still using it when running a PointXP model with my

Sitech controlled mount, it is great software. I also use PinpointLE each

night I image to refine the pointing of my mount, I couldn't imagine trying

to image without it, Thanks Bob!



Astrometry.net is also a life saver. I mostly image remote, and my mount

does not have homing switches. The other night something went wrong and my

mount lost where it was pointing. I took an image, uploaded it, had the

coordinates solved, and had my mount re-synched and was back up and running

in less than 5 minutes. I couldn't have been happier.



Thanks to everyone who makes this stuff possible.



Josh

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 9:06 PM, Bob Denny rdenny@...> wrote:



> **

>

>

> Greg --

>

> I had hoped I wasn't being defensive. I soooooo appreciate your post and

> your

> view of it. You are so right. More recently, I have been concentrating my

> efforts on providing automated data acquisition to a wide range of people

> from

> the most non-technical art astronomers to the most technical science

> astronomers, and who have a wide range of observatories from the simplest

> backyard mount on a pier with a space blanket cover to the 1+ meter

> university

> scopes with 4Kx4K high dollar imagers on a remote mountain in Chile. It's a

> challenge.

>

> PinPoint's original reason for coming into being in 1999 was to allow low

> cost

> mounts to point accurately via solve-sync or solve-jog. All of the

> astrometric

> functions and automatic star matching and high order optical distortion

> correction capabilities which I later developed were at the cutting edge

> back in

> 2002 and were added for the then popular asteroid hunters. Now there are

> other

> programs which do similar things to PinPoint. That's great! I'm happy to

> have

> been a pioneer, and happy that I can provide a service that still has

> value.

>

> You mentioned Astrometry.net ... those guys (Dustin Lang and David Hogg)

> have

> created a fantastic system. They tackled the one thing that I judged to be

> "too

> difficult to deploy in the field", all-sky plate solving. The machines

> they use

> and the data structures they rely on are monsters, and they did the right

> thing

> by making it a REST web service. I worked with them earlier this year to

> help

> refine their REST web service API, and built a client for my astronomy

> automation system that uses it as a fall back for lost scopes. My next

> version

> with this feature is in beta now and is getting positive results. I met

> Dustin

> at the LSST All hands meeting earlier this year and he knows that I will

> provide

> grant money to them if they have issues keeping the web service running.

> And I

> mean serious money. I also will be releasing my "BlindSolver" program which

> provides a simple command line interface to their service for FITS, PNG,

> and

> JPEG files into open source at no charge. All-sky is "where it's at" now,

> and I

> want to help them with getting grants as well as money if they need it.

>

> Thanks again Greg.

>

> -- Bob

>

> > Bob, there is absolutely no way you should feel defensive about PinPoint.

> > It's a GREAT program. The way it's been nicely integrated into MaxIm

> makes

> > imaging much easier. Without it, I'm not sure I'd be using MaxIm (without

> > PinPoint it would still be a good program but rather expensive). For

> years

> > PinPoint was the only real game in town for plate solutions (sorry about

> > that TheSky6). Today, there are several really good solutions (like

> TheSkyX,

> > PlateSolve2, and astrometry.net), but PinPoint is still my favorite.

> > However, these other programs do have some advantages. I'm hoping that

> the

> > new competition will inspire you to make PinPoint even better.

> >

> >

> >

> > Greg

> >

> >

> >

> > From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On

> Behalf Of

> > Bob Denny

> > Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 1:19 PM

> > To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> > Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> > Hello Andre --

> >> I also have and use PinPoint LE. I`ve found Dave`s PlateSolve2 to be

> > faster and more robust.

> > I make my living developing and supporting astronomy software, including

> > PinPoint. It would be nice to provide some actual objective test

> > descriptions

> > and results with statistically significant data sets which include a wide

> > range

> > of characteristics before making a statement like that. I'm not unhappy

> > about

> > Dave's program nor am I unhappy about your tying it to MaxIm. I do feel

> the

> > need

> > to defend the honor of my software against vague claims like "more

> robust".

> > Speed, when you're measuring in the "few seconds" range is not that

> > important

> > but if you wish to do a formal speed comparison that would be OK too.

> Just

> > be

> > sure to include off-center performance and set the search areas for each

> to

> > similar coverage, and above all, compare with the star catalog

> recommended

> > for

> > the fastest plate solutions by each of the authors (me and Dave R). For

> > PinPoint, please use the Visual PinPoint program as it is a "bare metal"

> > direct

> > GUI that drives the scriptable PinPoint embeddable astrometric engine,

> and

> > for

> > PinPoint use the USNO A2.0 catalog for general plate solving. For

> > astrometry,

> > UCAC3 (but this is missing bright stars so is not best for general

> solving

> > especially on small aperture scopes). Thanks!!

> >

> > -- Bob

> >

> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> >

> >

> >

---------------

> >

> > Yahoo! Groups Links

> >

> >

> >

> >

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

>





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#51789 Dec 22, 2012

I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@...> wrote:

>

> Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> George

>

>

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

>

> Hi Folks,

>

> PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

>

> I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

>

> For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

>

> astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

>

> Cheers,

>

> Andre

>

> (Posted with Doug's permission.)

>



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#51790 Dec 22, 2012

Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?



Thanks,



Andre

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@...> wrote:

>

> I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> >

> > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > George

> >

> >

> >

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> >

> > Hi Folks,

> >

> > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> >

> > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> >

> > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> >

> > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> >

> > Cheers,

> >

> > Andre

> >

> > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> >

>



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#51791 Dec 22, 2012

I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

I appreciate your efforts to help me out.



kind regards



David --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@...> wrote:

>

> Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

>

> Thanks,

>

> Andre

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> >

> > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> >

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > >

> > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > George

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > >

> > > Hi Folks,

> > >

> > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > >

> > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > >

> > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > >

> > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > >

> > > Cheers,

> > >

> > > Andre

> > >

> > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > >

> >

>







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#51792 Dec 22, 2012

Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing dependency.

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@...> wrote:

>

>

> I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

> I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

>

> kind regards

>

> David

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> >

> > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

> >

> > Thanks,

> >

> > Andre

> >

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > >

> > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> > >

> > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > > >

> > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > > George

> > > >

> > > >

> > > >

> > > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > > >

> > > > Hi Folks,

> > > >

> > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > > >

> > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > > >

> > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > > >

> > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > >

> > > > Cheers,

> > > >

> > > > Andre

> > > >

> > > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > > >

> > >

> >

>



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#51793 Dec 22, 2012

Hi again,



I've tried it on a clean Vista install and did have some problems but got it working eventually. I think I need to make an installer for the plugin so that it registers it and installs any required components. In the meantime here are some manual steps that might help:



1) Make sure you have ASCOM installed. This is a requirement.



2) Register the DLL manually, making sure you're doing that as administrator. Do this by clicking on the start menu then search for "cmd". Right-click on the cmd icon and select "run as administrator". From the prompt, "cd" to the folder where the DLL is installed and execute "regsvr32 pwi_ps2_plugin.dll". A this point you should be able to install the plugin from Maxim, but you may hit another issue.



3) If it complains about not having MSSDTFMT.DLL when you run the plugin, follow the instructions here:

blogs.bu.edu/mhirsch/2012/05/windows-xp-missing-class-msstdfmt-dll/

Note that you'll need to run "cmd" as administrator again when doing the regsvr32.



Cheers,



Andre

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@...> wrote:

>

> Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing dependency.

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> >

> >

> > I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

> > I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

> >

> > kind regards

> >

> > David

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > >

> > > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

> > >

> > > Thanks,

> > >

> > > Andre

> > >

> > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > >

> > > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> > > >

> > > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > > > >

> > > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > > > George

> > > > >

> > > > >

> > > > >

> > > > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > > > >

> > > > > Hi Folks,

> > > > >

> > > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > > > >

> > > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > > > >

> > > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > > > >

> > > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > > >

> > > > > Cheers,

> > > > >

> > > > > Andre

> > > > >

> > > > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > > > >

> > > >

> > >

> >

>







----------------------------

#51794 Dec 22, 2012

Thanks Andre, i'll give that a go when I'm back home tomorrow.



Thanks again



David



D Wildbore

49 Colwall Avenue

Priory Road

Hull

HU55SR

On 22 Dec 2012, at 17:38, "astrogeek_andre" andre@...> wrote:



> Hi again,

>

> I've tried it on a clean Vista install and did have some problems but got it working eventually. I think I need to make an installer for the plugin so that it registers it and installs any required components. In the meantime here are some manual steps that might help:

>

> 1) Make sure you have ASCOM installed. This is a requirement.

>

> 2) Register the DLL manually, making sure you're doing that as administrator. Do this by clicking on the start menu then search for "cmd". Right-click on the cmd icon and select "run as administrator". From the prompt, "cd" to the folder where the DLL is installed and execute "regsvr32 pwi_ps2_plugin.dll". A this point you should be able to install the plugin from Maxim, but you may hit another issue.

>

> 3) If it complains about not having MSSDTFMT.DLL when you run the plugin, follow the instructions here:

> blogs.bu.edu/mhirsch/2012/05/windows-xp-missing-class-msstdfmt-dll/

> Note that you'll need to run "cmd" as administrator again when doing the regsvr32.

>

> Cheers,

>

> Andre

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@...> wrote:

> >

> > Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing dependency.

> >

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > >

> > >

> > > I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

> > > I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

> > >

> > > kind regards

> > >

> > > David

> > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > >

> > > > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

> > > >

> > > > Thanks,

> > > >

> > > > Andre

> > > >

> > > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > >

> > > > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > > > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > > > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> > > > >

> > > > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > > > > George

> > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Hi Folks,

> > > > > >

> > > > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > > > > >

> > > > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > > > > >

> > > > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > > > > >

> > > > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Cheers,

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Andre

> > > > > >

> > > > > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > > > > >

> > > > >

> > > >

> > >

> >

>

>





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----------------------------

#51802 Dec 23, 2012

Hi again Andre

I have followed your instructions to the letter and have installed the file manually.



Everything works fine until I press solve at which point I get a message telling me that the apm catalogue cannot be found.

When Platesolve is run as a standalone there is no problem.



Sorry to be a pain but have you any ideas



My most grateful thanks



David



From: David Wildbore

Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 5:49 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin





Thanks Andre, i'll give that a go when I'm back home tomorrow.



Thanks again



David



D Wildbore

49 Colwall Avenue

Priory Road

Hull

HU55SR

On 22 Dec 2012, at 17:38, "astrogeek_andre" mailto:andre%40astrogeeks.com> wrote:



> Hi again,

>

> I've tried it on a clean Vista install and did have some problems but got it working eventually. I think I need to make an installer for the plugin so that it registers it and installs any required components. In the meantime here are some manual steps that might help:

>

> 1) Make sure you have ASCOM installed. This is a requirement.

>

> 2) Register the DLL manually, making sure you're doing that as administrator. Do this by clicking on the start menu then search for "cmd". Right-click on the cmd icon and select "run as administrator". From the prompt, "cd" to the folder where the DLL is installed and execute "regsvr32 pwi_ps2_plugin.dll". A this point you should be able to install the plugin from Maxim, but you may hit another issue.

>

> 3) If it complains about not having MSSDTFMT.DLL when you run the plugin, follow the instructions here:

> blogs.bu.edu/mhirsch/2012/05/windows-xp-missing-class-msstdfmt-dll/

> Note that you'll need to run "cmd" as administrator again when doing the regsvr32.

>

> Cheers,

>

> Andre

>

> --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@...> wrote:

> >

> > Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing dependency.

> >

> > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > >

> > >

> > > I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

> > > I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

> > >

> > > kind regards

> > >

> > > David

> > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > >

> > > > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

> > > >

> > > > Thanks,

> > > >

> > > > Andre

> > > >

> > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > >

> > > > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > > > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > > > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> > > > >

> > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > > > > George

> > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Hi Folks,

> > > > > >

> > > > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > > > > >

> > > > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > > > > >

> > > > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > > > > >

> > > > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Cheers,

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Andre

> > > > > >

> > > > > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > > > > >

> > > > >

> > > >

> > >

> >

>

>



[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]











[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]







----------------------------

#51803 Dec 23, 2012

Hi,



At this point it shouldn't be an issue with the plugin -- it doesn't get involved with the catalog. My notes on the web page say that APM isn't required for solving but I'm not sure about that -- you may need to install it as well. I'll give it a try to confirm when I get a chance.



Andre

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "David Wildbore" dwildbore@...> wrote:

>

> Hi again Andre

> I have followed your instructions to the letter and have installed the file manually.

>

> Everything works fine until I press solve at which point I get a message telling me that the apm catalogue cannot be found.

> When Platesolve is run as a standalone there is no problem.

>

> Sorry to be a pain but have you any ideas

>

> My most grateful thanks

>

> David

>

> From: David Wildbore

> Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 5:49 PM

> To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

>

>

> Thanks Andre, i'll give that a go when I'm back home tomorrow.

>

> Thanks again

>

> David

>

> D Wildbore

> 49 Colwall Avenue

> Priory Road

> Hull

> HU55SR

>

> On 22 Dec 2012, at 17:38, "astrogeek_andre" mailto:andre%40astrogeeks.com> wrote:

>

> > Hi again,

> >

> > I've tried it on a clean Vista install and did have some problems but got it working eventually. I think I need to make an installer for the plugin so that it registers it and installs any required components. In the meantime here are some manual steps that might help:

> >

> > 1) Make sure you have ASCOM installed. This is a requirement.

> >

> > 2) Register the DLL manually, making sure you're doing that as administrator. Do this by clicking on the start menu then search for "cmd". Right-click on the cmd icon and select "run as administrator". From the prompt, "cd" to the folder where the DLL is installed and execute "regsvr32 pwi_ps2_plugin.dll". A this point you should be able to install the plugin from Maxim, but you may hit another issue.

> >

> > 3) If it complains about not having MSSDTFMT.DLL when you run the plugin, follow the instructions here:

> > blogs.bu.edu/mhirsch/2012/05/windows-xp-missing-class-msstdfmt-dll/

> > Note that you'll need to run "cmd" as administrator again when doing the regsvr32.

> >

> > Cheers,

> >

> > Andre

> >

> > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > >

> > > Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing dependency.

> > >

> > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > >

> > > >

> > > > I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

> > > > I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

> > > >

> > > > kind regards

> > > >

> > > > David

> > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > > >

> > > > > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

> > > > >

> > > > > Thanks,

> > > > >

> > > > > Andre

> > > > >

> > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > > >

> > > > > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > > > > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > > > > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> > > > > >

> > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > > > > > George

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Hi Folks,

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Cheers,

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Andre

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > >

> > > >

> > >

> >

> >

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>







----------------------------

#51804 Dec 23, 2012

I got the same result. If you install both catalogues it works fine.

George



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "David Wildbore" dwildbore@...> wrote:

>

> Hi again Andre

> I have followed your instructions to the letter and have installed the file manually.

>

> Everything works fine until I press solve at which point I get a message telling me that the apm catalogue cannot be found.

> When Platesolve is run as a standalone there is no problem.

>

> Sorry to be a pain but have you any ideas

>

> My most grateful thanks

>

> David

>

> From: David Wildbore

> Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 5:49 PM

> To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

>

>

> Thanks Andre, i'll give that a go when I'm back home tomorrow.

>

> Thanks again

>

> David

>

> D Wildbore

> 49 Colwall Avenue

> Priory Road

> Hull

> HU55SR

>

> On 22 Dec 2012, at 17:38, "astrogeek_andre" mailto:andre%40astrogeeks.com> wrote:

>

> > Hi again,

> >

> > I've tried it on a clean Vista install and did have some problems but got it working eventually. I think I need to make an installer for the plugin so that it registers it and installs any required components. In the meantime here are some manual steps that might help:

> >

> > 1) Make sure you have ASCOM installed. This is a requirement.

> >

> > 2) Register the DLL manually, making sure you're doing that as administrator. Do this by clicking on the start menu then search for "cmd". Right-click on the cmd icon and select "run as administrator". From the prompt, "cd" to the folder where the DLL is installed and execute "regsvr32 pwi_ps2_plugin.dll". A this point you should be able to install the plugin from Maxim, but you may hit another issue.

> >

> > 3) If it complains about not having MSSDTFMT.DLL when you run the plugin, follow the instructions here:

> > blogs.bu.edu/mhirsch/2012/05/windows-xp-missing-class-msstdfmt-dll/

> > Note that you'll need to run "cmd" as administrator again when doing the regsvr32.

> >

> > Cheers,

> >

> > Andre

> >

> > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > >

> > > Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing dependency.

> > >

> > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > >

> > > >

> > > > I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

> > > > I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

> > > >

> > > > kind regards

> > > >

> > > > David

> > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > > >

> > > > > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

> > > > >

> > > > > Thanks,

> > > > >

> > > > > Andre

> > > > >

> > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > > >

> > > > > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > > > > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > > > > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> > > > > >

> > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > > > > > George

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Hi Folks,

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Cheers,

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Andre

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > >

> > > >

> > >

> >

> >

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>







----------------------------

#51805 Dec 23, 2012

Thanks. I'll update the instructions.

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@...> wrote:

>

> I got the same result. If you install both catalogues it works fine.

> George

>

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "David Wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> >

> > Hi again Andre

> > I have followed your instructions to the letter and have installed the file manually.

> >

> > Everything works fine until I press solve at which point I get a message telling me that the apm catalogue cannot be found.

> > When Platesolve is run as a standalone there is no problem.

> >

> > Sorry to be a pain but have you any ideas

> >

> > My most grateful thanks

> >

> > David

> >

> > From: David Wildbore

> > Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 5:49 PM

> > To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> > Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

> >

> >

> > Thanks Andre, i'll give that a go when I'm back home tomorrow.

> >

> > Thanks again

> >

> > David

> >

> > D Wildbore

> > 49 Colwall Avenue

> > Priory Road

> > Hull

> > HU55SR

> >

> > On 22 Dec 2012, at 17:38, "astrogeek_andre" mailto:andre%40astrogeeks.com> wrote:

> >

> > > Hi again,

> > >

> > > I've tried it on a clean Vista install and did have some problems but got it working eventually. I think I need to make an installer for the plugin so that it registers it and installs any required components. In the meantime here are some manual steps that might help:

> > >

> > > 1) Make sure you have ASCOM installed. This is a requirement.

> > >

> > > 2) Register the DLL manually, making sure you're doing that as administrator. Do this by clicking on the start menu then search for "cmd". Right-click on the cmd icon and select "run as administrator". From the prompt, "cd" to the folder where the DLL is installed and execute "regsvr32 pwi_ps2_plugin.dll". A this point you should be able to install the plugin from Maxim, but you may hit another issue.

> > >

> > > 3) If it complains about not having MSSDTFMT.DLL when you run the plugin, follow the instructions here:

> > > blogs.bu.edu/mhirsch/2012/05/windows-xp-missing-class-msstdfmt-dll/

> > > Note that you'll need to run "cmd" as administrator again when doing the regsvr32.

> > >

> > > Cheers,

> > >

> > > Andre

> > >

> > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > >

> > > > Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing dependency.

> > > >

> > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > >

> > > > >

> > > > > I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

> > > > > I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

> > > > >

> > > > > kind regards

> > > > >

> > > > > David

> > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Thanks,

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Andre

> > > > > >

> > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > > > > > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > > > > > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > > > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > > > > > > George

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > Hi Folks,

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > Cheers,

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > Andre

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > >

> > > >

> > >

> > >

> >

> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> >

>







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#51806 Dec 23, 2012

I only installed 1 catalogue and it worked fine (64 bit Windows 7)







Greg







From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

astrogeek_andre

Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:03 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin











Thanks. I'll update the instructions.



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> , "George"

gfcarey@...> wrote: >

> I got the same result. If you install both catalogues it works fine.

> George

>

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> , "David

Wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote: > >

> > Hi again Andre

> > I have followed your instructions to the letter and have installed the

file manually. > >

> > Everything works fine until I press solve at which point I get a message

telling me that the apm catalogue cannot be found. > > When Platesolve is run as a standalone there is no problem.

> >

> > Sorry to be a pain but have you any ideas

> >

> > My most grateful thanks

> >

> > David

> >

> > From: David Wildbore

> > Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 5:49 PM

> > To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

> > Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

> >

> >

> > Thanks Andre, i'll give that a go when I'm back home tomorrow.

> >

> > Thanks again

> >

> > David

> >

> > D Wildbore

> > 49 Colwall Avenue

> > Priory Road

> > Hull

> > HU55SR

> >

> > On 22 Dec 2012, at 17:38, "astrogeek_andre"

mailto:andre%40astrogeeks.com> wrote: > >

> > > Hi again,

> > >

> > > I've tried it on a clean Vista install and did have some problems but

got it working eventually. I think I need to make an installer for the

plugin so that it registers it and installs any required components. In the

meantime here are some manual steps that might help: > > >

> > > 1) Make sure you have ASCOM installed. This is a requirement.

> > >

> > > 2) Register the DLL manually, making sure you're doing that as

administrator. Do this by clicking on the start menu then search for "cmd".

Right-click on the cmd icon and select "run as administrator". From the

prompt, "cd" to the folder where the DLL is installed and execute "regsvr32

pwi_ps2_plugin.dll". A this point you should be able to install the plugin

from Maxim, but you may hit another issue. > > >

> > > 3) If it complains about not having MSSDTFMT.DLL when you run the

plugin, follow the instructions here: > > >

blogs.bu.edu/mhirsch/2012/05/windows-xp-missing-class-msstdfmt-dll/ > > > Note that you'll need to run "cmd" as administrator again when doing

the regsvr32. > > >

> > > Cheers,

> > >

> > > Andre

> > >

> > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@>

wrote: > > > >

> > > > Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until

the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first

suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing

dependency. > > > >

> > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore"

dwildbore@> wrote: > > > > >

> > > > >

> > > > > I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried

reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on

each. > > > > > I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

> > > > >

> > > > > kind regards

> > > > >

> > > > > David

> > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre"

andre@> wrote: > > > > > >

> > > > > > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give

it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of

Maxim are you using? > > > > > >

> > > > > > Thanks,

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Andre

> > > > > >

> > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore"

dwildbore@> wrote: > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and

ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However,

Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing

.dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home. > > > > > > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it

just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin. > > > > > > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier

versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be

very grateful. > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@>

wrote: > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > > > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it

to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software? > > > > > > > > George

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre"

wrote: > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > Hi Folks,

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave

Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast,

robust, and free. > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used

with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It

seems to work very well. > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for

the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you

can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below: > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > Cheers,

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > Andre

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > >

> > > >

> > >

> > >

> >

> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> >

>











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#51808 Dec 24, 2012

I have both catalogues installed but still have the problem.



D Wildbore

49 Colwall Avenue

Priory Road

Hull

HU55SR

On 23 Dec 2012, at 22:03, "astrogeek_andre" andre@...> wrote:



> Thanks. I'll update the instructions.

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@...> wrote:

> >

> > I got the same result. If you install both catalogues it works fine.

> > George

> >

> >

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "David Wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > >

> > > Hi again Andre

> > > I have followed your instructions to the letter and have installed the file manually.

> > >

> > > Everything works fine until I press solve at which point I get a message telling me that the apm catalogue cannot be found.

> > > When Platesolve is run as a standalone there is no problem.

> > >

> > > Sorry to be a pain but have you any ideas

> > >

> > > My most grateful thanks

> > >

> > > David

> > >

> > > From: David Wildbore

> > > Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 5:49 PM

> > > To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> > > Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

> > >

> > >

> > > Thanks Andre, i'll give that a go when I'm back home tomorrow.

> > >

> > > Thanks again

> > >

> > > David

> > >

> > > D Wildbore

> > > 49 Colwall Avenue

> > > Priory Road

> > > Hull

> > > HU55SR

> > >

> > > On 22 Dec 2012, at 17:38, "astrogeek_andre" mailto:andre%40astrogeeks.com> wrote:

> > >

> > > > Hi again,

> > > >

> > > > I've tried it on a clean Vista install and did have some problems but got it working eventually. I think I need to make an installer for the plugin so that it registers it and installs any required components. In the meantime here are some manual steps that might help:

> > > >

> > > > 1) Make sure you have ASCOM installed. This is a requirement.

> > > >

> > > > 2) Register the DLL manually, making sure you're doing that as administrator. Do this by clicking on the start menu then search for "cmd". Right-click on the cmd icon and select "run as administrator". From the prompt, "cd" to the folder where the DLL is installed and execute "regsvr32 pwi_ps2_plugin.dll". A this point you should be able to install the plugin from Maxim, but you may hit another issue.

> > > >

> > > > 3) If it complains about not having MSSDTFMT.DLL when you run the plugin, follow the instructions here:

> > > > blogs.bu.edu/mhirsch/2012/05/windows-xp-missing-class-msstdfmt-dll/

> > > > Note that you'll need to run "cmd" as administrator again when doing the regsvr32.

> > > >

> > > > Cheers,

> > > >

> > > > Andre

> > > >

> > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > > >

> > > > > Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing dependency.

> > > > >

> > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > > > I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

> > > > > > I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

> > > > > >

> > > > > > kind regards

> > > > > >

> > > > > > David

> > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Thanks,

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Andre

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > > > > > > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > > > > > > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > > > > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > > > > > > > George

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > Hi Folks,

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > Cheers,

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > Andre

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > >

> > > >

> > > >

> > >

> > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> > >

> >

>

>





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#51809 Dec 24, 2012

I've finally cracked it Andre. I put everything into the Diffraction limited directory and it works absolutely fine. Even looks like I might get get an hour or two to try it out live this evening.



Thanks again for your efforts and have a really good Christmas and new year.



My grateful thanks



David



D Wildbore

49 Colwall Avenue

Priory Road

Hull

HU55SR

On 23 Dec 2012, at 22:03, "astrogeek_andre" andre@...> wrote:



> Thanks. I'll update the instructions.

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@...> wrote:

> >

> > I got the same result. If you install both catalogues it works fine.

> > George

> >

> >

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "David Wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > >

> > > Hi again Andre

> > > I have followed your instructions to the letter and have installed the file manually.

> > >

> > > Everything works fine until I press solve at which point I get a message telling me that the apm catalogue cannot be found.

> > > When Platesolve is run as a standalone there is no problem.

> > >

> > > Sorry to be a pain but have you any ideas

> > >

> > > My most grateful thanks

> > >

> > > David

> > >

> > > From: David Wildbore

> > > Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 5:49 PM

> > > To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> > > Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

> > >

> > >

> > > Thanks Andre, i'll give that a go when I'm back home tomorrow.

> > >

> > > Thanks again

> > >

> > > David

> > >

> > > D Wildbore

> > > 49 Colwall Avenue

> > > Priory Road

> > > Hull

> > > HU55SR

> > >

> > > On 22 Dec 2012, at 17:38, "astrogeek_andre" mailto:andre%40astrogeeks.com> wrote:

> > >

> > > > Hi again,

> > > >

> > > > I've tried it on a clean Vista install and did have some problems but got it working eventually. I think I need to make an installer for the plugin so that it registers it and installs any required components. In the meantime here are some manual steps that might help:

> > > >

> > > > 1) Make sure you have ASCOM installed. This is a requirement.

> > > >

> > > > 2) Register the DLL manually, making sure you're doing that as administrator. Do this by clicking on the start menu then search for "cmd". Right-click on the cmd icon and select "run as administrator". From the prompt, "cd" to the folder where the DLL is installed and execute "regsvr32 pwi_ps2_plugin.dll". A this point you should be able to install the plugin from Maxim, but you may hit another issue.

> > > >

> > > > 3) If it complains about not having MSSDTFMT.DLL when you run the plugin, follow the instructions here:

> > > > blogs.bu.edu/mhirsch/2012/05/windows-xp-missing-class-msstdfmt-dll/

> > > > Note that you'll need to run "cmd" as administrator again when doing the regsvr32.

> > > >

> > > > Cheers,

> > > >

> > > > Andre

> > > >

> > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > > >

> > > > > Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing dependency.

> > > > >

> > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > > > I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

> > > > > > I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

> > > > > >

> > > > > > kind regards

> > > > > >

> > > > > > David

> > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Thanks,

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > Andre

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > > > > > > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > > > > > > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > > > > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > > > > > > > George

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > Hi Folks,

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > Cheers,

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > Andre

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > (Posted with Doug's permission.)

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > >

> > > > > >

> > > > >

> > > >

> > > >

> > >

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> > >

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > >

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> > >

> >

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#51810 Dec 24, 2012

Cool -- glad you got it working.



On my Vista VM, I copied the EXE into "c:\Program Files\PlaneWave Instruments\PlaneWave Interface". I then unzipped the UCAC3PS into that folder. Then I ran PlateSolve2 manually once and used "File->Configure Catalog Directories" to select the path for the UCAC3 catalog. I did not install the APM catalog.

Then I ran Maxim and the plugin and clicked "Set Application Path" to set the path to PlateSolve2.

After that the plugin appeared to work properly.



Cheers,



Andre

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, David Wildbore dwildbore@...> wrote:

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> I've finally cracked it Andre. I put everything into the Diffraction limited directory and it works absolutely fine. Even looks like I might get get an hour or two to try it out live this evening.

>

> Thanks again for your efforts and have a really good Christmas and new year.

>

> My grateful thanks

>

> David

>

> D Wildbore

> 49 Colwall Avenue

> Priory Road

> Hull

> HU55SR

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> On 23 Dec 2012, at 22:03, "astrogeek_andre" andre@...> wrote:

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> > Thanks. I'll update the instructions.

> >

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

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> > > I got the same result. If you install both catalogues it works fine.

> > > George

> > >

> > >

> > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "David Wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

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> > > > Hi again Andre

> > > > I have followed your instructions to the letter and have installed the file manually.

> > > >

> > > > Everything works fine until I press solve at which point I get a message telling me that the apm catalogue cannot be found.

> > > > When Platesolve is run as a standalone there is no problem.

> > > >

> > > > Sorry to be a pain but have you any ideas

> > > >

> > > > My most grateful thanks

> > > >

> > > > David

> > > >

> > > > From: David Wildbore

> > > > Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 5:49 PM

> > > > To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> > > > Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Re: PWI PlateSolve2 Maxim/DL Plugin

> > > >

> > > >

> > > > Thanks Andre, i'll give that a go when I'm back home tomorrow.

> > > >

> > > > Thanks again

> > > >

> > > > David

> > > >

> > > > D Wildbore

> > > > 49 Colwall Avenue

> > > > Priory Road

> > > > Hull

> > > > HU55SR

> > > >

> > > > On 22 Dec 2012, at 17:38, "astrogeek_andre" mailto:andre%40astrogeeks.com> wrote:

> > > >

> > > > > Hi again,

> > > > >

> > > > > I've tried it on a clean Vista install and did have some problems but got it working eventually. I think I need to make an installer for the plugin so that it registers it and installs any required components. In the meantime here are some manual steps that might help:

> > > > >

> > > > > 1) Make sure you have ASCOM installed. This is a requirement.

> > > > >

> > > > > 2) Register the DLL manually, making sure you're doing that as administrator. Do this by clicking on the start menu then search for "cmd". Right-click on the cmd icon and select "run as administrator". From the prompt, "cd" to the folder where the DLL is installed and execute "regsvr32 pwi_ps2_plugin.dll". A this point you should be able to install the plugin from Maxim, but you may hit another issue.

> > > > >

> > > > > 3) If it complains about not having MSSDTFMT.DLL when you run the plugin, follow the instructions here:

> > > > > blogs.bu.edu/mhirsch/2012/05/windows-xp-missing-class-msstdfmt-dll/

> > > > > Note that you'll need to run "cmd" as administrator again when doing the regsvr32.

> > > > >

> > > > > Cheers,

> > > > >

> > > > > Andre

> > > > >

> > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

> > > > > >

> > > > > > Thanks for the info. I'll do what I can, but I'm out of town until the new year and don't have all my resources with me. I think the first suspect is a permissions issue. The second suspect would be a missing dependency.

> > > > > >

> > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > I,m using version 5.23, I upgraded last week. I've tried reinstalling everything on both machines but still get the same errors on each.

> > > > > > > I appreciate your efforts to help me out.

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > kind regards

> > > > > > >

> > > > > > > David

> > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" andre@> wrote:

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> > > > > > > > Hmmm. It is working fine for me on a win7/64 laptop. I'll give it a try on a Vista VM to see if I can reproduce the issue. What version of Maxim are you using?

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > Thanks,

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > Andre

> > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "david.wildbore" dwildbore@> wrote:

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > I've been following the conversations on platesolve2 and ps2_plugin 'with interest. Eventually I thought I'd give it a go. However, Platesolve works fine in standalone mode but the ps2_plugin gives a missing .dll error. I am running no a Samsung Satelite using Vista Home.

> > > > > > > > > I tried installing it with my windows seven machine but it just refuses access to the registry when I try to add the plugin.

> > > > > > > > > I don't know if the plugin is designed only for earlier versions of windows but if you can throw some light on the problem I'd be very grateful.

> > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "George" gfcarey@> wrote:

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > > Many thanks for this - it is very uesful!

> > > > > > > > > > There is an option for 'focus analysis' but I can't get it to do anything. Will this work without the other PlaneWave software?

> > > > > > > > > > George

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > > --- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "astrogeek_andre" wrote:

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > > Hi Folks,

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > > PlateSolve2 is an application by Dave Rowe at PlaneWave Instruments for performing plate solves of astronomical images. It is fast, robust, and free.

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > > I've put together a wrapper for it so that it can be used with Maxim/DL to solve images and sync the mount to the solved position. It seems to work very well.

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > > For anyone using Maxim and looking to try plate solving for the first time or for an alternative to whatever you're currently using, you can find the PlateSolve2 Plugin and details at the page below:

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > > astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/andre/ps2_plugin/

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > > Cheers,

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > > Andre

> > > > > > > > > >

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