Solar Eclipse Maestro 1.8.6v1 for MacOS X released

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Solar Eclipse Maestro 1.8.6v1 for MacOS X released

Postby xjubier » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:27 pm

Solar Eclipse Maestro 1.8.6v1 is now available for download.

This release fixes all the reported bugs since the previous version and many more; while in live view photography exposure ramping up and down has been improved and an interesting new feature was added for Nikon and Canon DSLRs: support for the DSUSB and DSUSB2 (from Shoestring Astronomy) shutter control cables. Panasonic cameras (GX8, GH4, GH5) are now supported as well and so is the all-sky Ricoh Theta S and SC in both stills and video modes.

Three versions are now available: two Intel only, the first running Yosemite and newer, the second running on Snow Leopard and newer. The third is a Universal Binary running on Tiger or newer.
All versions support all the Nikon DSLRs including the latest D3500, D5600, D7500, D500, D810A and D5.
However the Universal Binary version can not operate tether control on DSLRs when using El Capitan or newer because Apple has removed some older APIs and the newer ones are not compatible.
All the latest Canon cameras (EOS 1200D/Rebel T5/Kiss X70, 1100D/Rebel T3/Kiss X50, 100D/Rebel SL1/Kiss X7, 200D/Rebel SL2/Kiss X9, 600D/Rebel T3i/Kiss X5, 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i, 700D/Rebel T5i/Kiss X7i, 750D/Rebel T6i/Kiss X8i, 800D/Rebel T7i/Kiss X9i, 760D/Rebel T6s/8000D, 77D/9000D, 70D, 80D, 7D Mark II, 6D, 6D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5Ds, 5DsR, 1D X, 1D X Mark II and 1D C) are only supported by the Intel Yosemite version. The regular Intel version support Canon cameras up to the 5D Mark IV. Legacy Canon cameras (EOS 350D/Rebel XT/Kiss N, 20D/20Da and 5D) are only supported by the Universal Binary version. Note that these limitation are due to Canon which artificially stops supporting cameras on older OSes.
All the SBIG CCD cameras and their filter wheels are supported as well and it does also work with a few Nikon Coolpix cameras.

Users of all the previous releases are strongly encouraged to upgrade to this version as it brings some major improvements and fixes bugs. That way you will be able to enjoy new or improved features as well as eclipses even more without worrying about operating your digital cameras. Support for previous versions is terminated as of this day. Browse the ReadMe file to know more.
Please report soonest any problem you may encounter.

Here is a short list of the latest improvements and bugfixes:
- Improved compatibility with El Capitan and Sierra
- Updated leap second value after 31 December 2016
- Use of more accurate Besselian elements for ASE 2017, TSE 2017, TSE 2019, ASE 2019, ASE 2020, TSE 2020, ASE 2021 and TSE 2021
- Adjusted the ∆T value for ASE 2017 (68.663s) and TSE 2017 (68.845s)
- Improved DSLRs tethering under Sierra, particularly for Canon cameras and multiple Canon configurations
- Fixed two bugs contained in the kmz files generated for Google Earth
- Fix for a bug that was locking the mirror up for three seconds on the Nikon D600, D610 and Df
- Regression fix on MAGPRE and MAGPOST where the time offset wasn’t always taken into account
- Fixed a regression causing a crash in the Baily’s beads simulation
- Fixed a bug when setting the continuous speed on Nikon D5xxx cameras
- Support for the DSUSB (Shoestring Astronomy) shutter control cables
- Fix for an issue involving exposure ramps on some Nikon and Canon cameras
- Fixes for various issues and a crash with Bluetooth GPS units
- Improvements on the service delivering the timezones information (previously there could be a one hour gap)
- Fixed two regressions on MREC/MSTOP and check settings for Nikon cameras
- Added the ability to disconnect from Bluetooth or serial GPS units
- Improved support for NMEA-0183 compliant GPS units
- Support of the Nikon D7500
- Support of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, 77D/9000D, 800D/Rebel T7i/Kiss X9i and 200D/Rebel SL2/Kiss X9, only with the Yosemite version
- Preliminary support of the Nikon D850
- Added Micro Four-Thirds and 1" cameras in the field of view and sensor sampling calculators
- Support of the Panasonic GX8, GH4 and GH5 (with a firmware update for the GH5)
- Fixed a crash on quit with some configurations
- Support of the Ricoh Theta m15, S and SC (still and video modes)
- Added the ability to use Besselian elements coming from an external source
- Fix for a hang with Nikon cameras when checking the camera settings
- New visualization of the (ant-)umbral and penumbral shadow cones
- Minor user interface tweaks
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and enhancements

Some modifications included in the previous releases:
- Fixed a crash with a Nikon D500 (caused by a change of specifications from Nikon)
- Ability to take a serie of exposures while keeping the mirror raised
- Exposure ramping is now supported to speed up and improve the reliability of the DSLR tethering
- Added a window to check the DSLRs settings just before the eclipse
- Numerous improvements to better support Garmin GPS units and especially those using Glonass satellites
- Support of Bluetooth GPS units (Garmin GLO recommended) and serial units support has been improved
- Improved the resolution of the lunar limb profiles (down to one hundredth of a degree)
- Added the ability to define a solar radius differing from the standard IAU1976 value
- New tool to study the Baily’s beads
- Fixed a crash occuring when a script is running under El Capitan and Sierra while tethering a Nikon DSLR
- Vastly improved the accuracy of the scripted actions scheduler
- Support of the Nikon D3200, D3300, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7100, D7200, D500, D600, D610, Df, D750, D810, D810A, D4s and D5, Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1/Kiss X7, 1200D/Rebel T5/Kiss X70, 1300D/Rebel T6/Kiss X80, 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i, 700D/Rebel T5i/Kiss X7i, EOS 750D/Rebel T6i/Kiss X8i, 760D/Rebel T6s/8000D, 70D, 80D, 7D Mark II, 6D, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5Ds/5DsR, 1D X, 1D X Mark II and 1D C
- New tool to study flash spectra
- New PDF map in stereographic projection with semi-duration contours

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Clear skies to all, hopefully smoke free!

PS: there shouldn't any other release prior to TSE 2017, but please report any bug soonest.
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