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Hi I think You missed last point. When select: Version -> ENTER -> will see H. C. Firmware Ver.03.09 and next -> use down button 3 times This is for Hand Controller firmware http://www.skywatcher.com/swtinc/customer_support.php?class1=1&class2=110 My link - to Motor Controller firmware http://www.s...
by RobSherratt
Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:07 am
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Which version of Motor Controller is in ALLview?
Replies: 5
Views: 5175

300mm . . . what camera/lens is that? Nadir shots pointing straight down rarely make sense - but in the AllView´s case you can shoot aside the base by turning the vertical arm, so it might work. The question is: what focal-length do you use? You know that a L-bracket provides more options to adjus...
by RobSherratt
Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:23 am
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Allview Head - Extending it to support longer lenses
Replies: 2
Views: 4482

Allview Head - Extending it to support longer lenses

The Celestron AllView head currently supports camera + lens nodal point offsets of up to 150 mm. The current camera mount rails are 170 mm in length. It's not enough for my favorite camera and lens which ideally needs about 300 mm to set the nodal point offset and take Nadir shots pointing straight ...
by RobSherratt
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:56 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Allview Head - Extending it to support longer lenses
Replies: 2
Views: 4482

I'm planing to buy a merlin head and control it with Arduino. Is anyone here having experience with this an can tell me if this is still a recommendable way and which software for Arduino is the best? Hi Alex, There is no Arduino software for this. Just one question ... why look for an Arduino solu...
by RobSherratt
Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:50 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Anyone here with experience with the Merlin and Arduino?
Replies: 4
Views: 2143

Phill, I think you have accurately diagnosed one of the problems and come up with a work round, thanks. However that does not explain the other problems about irregular spacing of images. Have you tried the SynSCan controller with a FoV corresponding to your lens at 200mm? I did some 360 x 180 panor...
by RobSherratt
Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:26 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Celestron AllView Motorized Head - Software Updates & new Developments
Replies: 6
Views: 6355

Also it will help if the developers of the major panoramic software packages will assist us - by confirming that the images taken by the SkyWatcher SynScan controller with version B18 firmware are unsuitable for making panoramas, due to the positioning errors. Claude kindly introduced me to Alexandr...
by RobSherratt
Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:34 am
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: The "Big" Merlin ? =====>>>>> AllView Mount
Replies: 67
Views: 32300

Phill, I congratulate you on owning and using such a fantastic camera and lens !! Your GigaPixel panoramas will be amazing. I'd love to see a picture of your camera and lens fitted to the AllView ... do you have another camera with which you can take a couple of pictures? http://www.usa.canon.com/CU...
by RobSherratt
Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:15 am
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: The AllView controller
Replies: 5
Views: 5600

I just checked the details of the previous problem report I submitted on Celestron's web site. It was marked "closed" yet no-one had contacted me. So I filed a new report today enclosing the above test data. This is a copy of the report. Why has this request been closed without contacting me? Not go...
by RobSherratt
Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:52 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Allview Software - Defects in the latest firmware
Replies: 1
Views: 3796

Phill - the problem is the "Auto Lighting Optimiser" setting. I think there is an Auto-ISO setting as well that needs to be disabled. Also the pano's need to be shot in Manual exposure mode, with the aperture as small as possible while maintaining shutter speed no less than 1/100. Also the focus sho...
by RobSherratt
Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:16 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: The AllView controller
Replies: 5
Views: 5600

Allview Software - Defects in the latest firmware

The new version of AllView software, version 03.09.24 AllViewV0309AZPanoB18.zip is seriously faulty. With the old version of software, version 3.06.xx I did the following tests Set the mount accurately to a home position of (0 deg,0 deg) Applied power, checked the home coordinates OK. Set altitude r...
by RobSherratt
Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:25 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Allview Software - Defects in the latest firmware
Replies: 1
Views: 3796

AllViewV0309AZPanoB18.zip Firmware Upgrade (Original test published by Celestron, some clarifications added by me) The original AllView firmware had a limit on the number of images per level that caused a problem for some photographers. This has been fixed in the latest firmware update to the SynSc...
by RobSherratt
Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Celestron AllView Motorized Head - Software Updates & new Developments
Replies: 6
Views: 6355

The AllView controller

I've started this thread as a placeholder for discussion questions, hints and tips about the operation of the AllView controller. First Impressions In my opinion, it is a very capable controller for panoramic photography and for video photography, and if you get a telescope with a camera mount, it h...
by RobSherratt
Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: The AllView controller
Replies: 5
Views: 5600

Thank you for the warning about the European distribution channel. For that reason (even though I live in Greece) I ordered from Hands On Optics in the USA. Everything I expected was delivered in the box, camera mounting rails, shutter release cable etc. I don't know how to advise you about the shor...
by RobSherratt
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Merlin vs AllView: Npp, speed?
Replies: 6
Views: 6111

The shutter release jack on the AllView. I can't get it to work with my wireless triggers. I got the right cable (PC->2.5 mm mono TRS connector) and it'll fire as soon as it's shorted. AllView goes to the motions of shooting, but doesn't release the trigger. It states that it's Canon compatible, so...
by RobSherratt
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:27 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Shutter release with the AllView
Replies: 3
Views: 4601

Make sure you have the latest Papywizard version. Try modifying your preset file as follows, let me know if it works? The <timeValue>3.0</timeValue> means PapyWizard should hold the shutter down for 3 seconds allowing autobracketed exposure on your EOS 550D <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <pa...
by RobSherratt
Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:14 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: [Papywizard] How Can I add waiting time after every shoot
Replies: 6
Views: 1930

Is Papyizard necessary with the AllView mount? Reminds me of the joke: "<Knock knock>. Who's there? <Isabel> Isabel who? <Isabel necessary on a bicycle>" The AllView product is supplied with a sturdy tripod, the motorized head, adjustable rails for mounting any camera in portrait or landscape mode,...
by RobSherratt
Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:04 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Celestron AllView Motorized Head - Software Updates & new Developments
Replies: 6
Views: 6355

Powering the AllView Controller Batteries are not included, nor is a mains power supply for that matter! You will probably want a 12v portable rechargeable power supply for use with this head, instead of buying rechargable AA batteries. I ordered mine from ebay here, most 12v DC Lithium Ion battery...
by RobSherratt
Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:55 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Celestron AllView Motorized Head - Software Updates & new Developments
Replies: 6
Views: 6355

Celestron AllView Motorized Head - Software Updates & new Developments

Functionality of the AllView SynSCan controller https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-SklZYZuG5YI/UHaRh1lWTCI/AAAAAAAAhDg/xfSCYI4UORI/s481/Portrait+Mode.jpg The functions for panoramic photography provided in the dedicated controller are summarized below. The exact details are shown on pages 15-21 of ...
by RobSherratt
Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: Celestron AllView Motorized Head - Software Updates & new Developments
Replies: 6
Views: 6355

Kilian Eisenegger has very kindly sent me a German language version of his VBA/Excel Papywizard-compatible "XML generator" spreadsheet. This has the potential to generate the correct "Allview Compatible" and "PapyWizard compatible" XML files for use with AutoPano and PTGui ... that is, assuming the ...
by RobSherratt
Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: [papywizard v2] Annoncement, feedback, bug report
Replies: 443
Views: 170157

I've done some more testing on the AllView head after receiving a KeySpan USB to RS232 Adapter today and I can report: 1. The TrippLite KeySpan Adapter USA-19HS will work with the AllView head using PapyWizard 2.1.20 on a Windows 7 Pro 32bit laptop. 2. You must download the Windows 7 KeySpan adapte...
by RobSherratt
Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: [papywizard v2] Annoncement, feedback, bug report
Replies: 443
Views: 170157

I received initial responses from both Celestron and HandsOnOptics today, saying they are looking into this issue and will get back to me soon.
by RobSherratt
Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:31 am
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: The "Big" Merlin ? =====>>>>> AllView Mount
Replies: 67
Views: 32300

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Thanks Phill ! I have to say that the Instruction Manual is well written (by Celestron) and demonstrates a high level of involvement in the product and its development and support for the USA market. I do not think Celestron would have taken this product on in ...
by RobSherratt
Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: The "Big" Merlin ? =====>>>>> AllView Mount
Replies: 67
Views: 32300

Don´t know whether it can help you - here is a Panoneed/TC PapyWizard compatible xml from an 85mm lens on FX: Hi Klaus, I think this XML example will help me a lot in future, and thanks for posting it. I note you may be using quite an old version of Papywizard, the current version generates <papyw...
by RobSherratt
Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:44 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: [papywizard v2] Annoncement, feedback, bug report
Replies: 443
Views: 170157

Hi Claude, Andrew and Klaus, I want to thank you for your most helpful replies. Currently the only way to use the Allview controller is in "pass through" mode using Papywizard or T&C as a replacement controller. Phill Butte has posted evidence on the "Big Merlin" thread that the AllView controller f...
by RobSherratt
Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: [papywizard v2] Annoncement, feedback, bug report
Replies: 443
Views: 170157

This is a copy of my email to HandsOnOptics: FAO: Sherry Hand, HandsOnOptics USA 21st October 2012 Hi Sherry, Unfortunately, the AllView controller firmware contains some significant defects where the positioning of the head for panoramic photos is neither predictable, repeatable or testable. The re...
by RobSherratt
Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Allview
Topic: The "Big" Merlin ? =====>>>>> AllView Mount
Replies: 67
Views: 32300
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