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 SynScan controller, allowing 128 images per level and up to 9999 total images in a panorama. The update process starts with preparing for the update and then running it on the AllViewâ€™s SynScan hand control. First go to the link below to download the zipped firmware fix file named AllViewV0309AZPanoB18.zip
. Save it to your desktop or other easily locatable folder.http://downloads.celestron.com/Archives/Sky-Watcher/AllViewV0309AZPanoB18.zip
Next create a new folder called AllView on your desktop. Now right click on the zipped file. Choose â€œExtract allâ€¦â€ and then in the new window that opens, browse for the location of the AllView folder you created on your desktop. Click OK, then click the Extract button. Next visit the Sky-Watcher website to download the SynScan Firmware Loader:http://www.skywatcher.com/swtsupport/AZ%20Firmwares/SynScanFirmwareLoader_Ver3.0.zip
Save it to the desktop. Now right click on the zipped file. Choose â€œExtract allâ€¦â€ and then in the new window that opens browse for the location of the AllView folder you created on your desktop. Click OK then click the Extract button. Preparation for the update is now done. Running the update starts by plugging the RJ-11 end of the PC link cable that came with the mount into the jack in the middle socket on the hand control. Push the connector into the hand control until it clicks into place. Plug the opposite end of the cable, the DB9 connector, to the RS-232 port on your PC.
If you donâ€™t have an RS-232 port on your PC then you will need to get a USB to Serial (RS-232) adapter, readily available on eBay, Amazon and in many computer shops. Install the device driver software for the adapter on your PC and then plug the device into a spare USB port, Windows will automatically configure it for use so long as you remembered to install the device driver first!
Apply power to your AllView mount and disconnect the cord to the SynScan controller. On the SynScan controller, Press and hold down the key â€œ0â€ and â€œ8â€ simultaneously, and then plug the cord connecting it to the AllView mount, thus applying power to the controller. The hand control will beep, indicating a successful start up. The SynScan will display: â€œSynScan Update Ver.1.xâ€
on the LCD screen.
Inside the AllView folder on your PC, run the SynScanFirmwareLoader.exe
software by clicking on the file. Once the program is launched, you should see a window as shown in the image below.
NOTE: The â€œHC. Versionâ€ button provides the version number of the hardware, firmware and database of your hand control. It is for your reference only and is not a necessary step for performing the update. The versions displayed may be:
Hardware 3.06 Firmware 3.06 Database 3:28
Click â€œBrowseâ€ to select the AllViewV0309AZPanoB18.ssf
file in the AllView folder. Then click â€œUpdateâ€ to start downloading the new firmware into your SynScan hand control. You will see the percent status of the update below the â€œUpdateâ€ and â€œHC. Versionâ€ buttons. You will see a message â€œErasing FLASH ROMâ€, this is the first part of the firmware upgrade process. When the firmware upgrade is complete, the status will show â€œUpdate Completeâ€ within a green highlight. To verify the firmware upgrade, press the â€œHC. Versionâ€ button in the SynScan Firmware Loader application, it should display:
Hardware 3.06 Firmware 3.09 Database 3:28
Close the firmware upgrade application and disconnect the â€œAllViewâ€ cord to the SynScan controller. Then plug the cord in again, thus re-applying power to the controller. The hand control will beep, indicating a successful start up. The SynScan will display:
1) Generally it takes approximately 30 seconds to update the firmware. It may take longer if you are using a USB to serial (RS232) converter.
2) If the error message â€œCannot connect to a SynScan hand controlâ€
is shown, check the cable connections and the PC link cable. Make sure the cables and connections are good. Close all applications that may be using the RS-232 port and try again.
3) If you receive the error message â€œFirmware update failedâ€¦,â€
reset the hand control by removing the connecting cord to the AllView mount and reconnecting it. Repeat the update procedure.