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 rotation limits of +90 and -90
Easy Pano mode, vertical FoV 90 degrees, horizontal FoV 90 degrees
The following was the shooting sequence, comprising 16 shots:
The above is kinda logical, predictable and usable. I can generate PapyWizard XML knowing that behaviour.
Having now upgraded to version 03.09.24, the same test with the same parameters as above yields the following shooting sequence. comprising 20 shots
First row, 7 shots at altitude angle 62 degrees ...
Then 6 shots on the horizon. Ooh err!! what is going on!! the coordinates are different and why only 6 shots especially at the horizon where according to spherical geometry, more shots not less would be needed:
And to round it off, another 7 shots this time at an altitude angle -52 degrees. Cor blimey it's the same azimuth angles as the first row at 62 degrees.
No nadir shot; no zenith shot ... why not?
What the heck is going on? Have the developers in Celestron/ Skywatcher tested these software changes? Do the management team in Celestron / Skywatcher believe that we can assemble panoramas from this random scattering of coordinates? Why are the zenith and nadir shots no longer taken? And why is at least one shot missing at the important horizon altitude angle?
At this point I would like to invite an "official response" from the team in Kolor who develop and market Autopano Pro/ Giga. Please advise, what is the impact on image alignment if this set of images are thrown at Autopano Giga? Does it make any sense to you why out of 20 shots, 7 would be taken at an altitude angle of 62 degrees, then 6 shots taken at the horizon , then 7 shots taken at an altitude angle of -52 degrees?
I think this controller firmware version is flawed, making the controller unusable. What do you guys at Kolor think? ALso, are you aware that a DVD with demo versions of Autopano Giga and Autopano Pro is distributed in the box with the AllView product? I guess that means you must have some kind of dialog at the top with Celestron. Please can you help us out here to convince Celestron they have made some serious erros in their software? Can you get an official response from Celestron to explain what they are going to do about it?
Rob Sherratt, British ex-pat living in Corfu, Greece
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