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iEQ45-Pro and the CEM60 iOptron mounts - Firmware updates

Posted by Steve Mallia on 9/28/2014
From time to time manufactures will release updates to improve performance and correct issues that have been discovered by users that report them to technical support.  

iOptron has released new firmware for the iEQ45-Pro and CEM60 mounts.

Here is the link for the iEQ45-Pro

 http://www.ioptron.com/support.cfm?module=swfwcategory&sid=1dd04721-cb44-42f6-a453-60c72afdfc7f

 The link above will take you to the updated firmware.  It has corrected the following items

 iEQ45 Pro Firmware Upgrade History

V20140720 Firmware for main board, R.A. and DEC boards (Initial Release)

V20140721 Firmware for Hand Controller (Initial Release)

V20140822 Firmware upgrade for main board, R.A. and DEC boards

V20140825 Firmware upgrade for HC

Improvements:

·        Improved guiding performance.

·        Improved the algorithm of Two Star Polar Alignment.

·        Using the latest (UCAC4) catalog data for calculating position of Polaris and Sigma Oct.

·        Optimize the communication protocol.

·        Fixed a bug of sometimes PEC recording will fail.

·        Fixed a bug in calculating position of pole star.

·        Other minor improvements.

 Note:

 ASCOM driver 3.0 and iOptron Mount Control Center 3.0 require this firmware release or later.

 SkySafari Plus and Pro will not work with this firmware release until SkySafari updates its communication protocol with the iOptron mount.


Here is the link for the CEM60

http://www.ioptron.com/support.cfm?module=swfwcategory&sid=5e20279c-c987-404d-b8d9-edb64068259d

CEM60 Firmware Upgrade History 

V20140115 Beta Testing (main board) 

V20140214 Beta Testing (R.A., DEC motor control boards, Hand Controller) 

V20140423 Initial release (HC, main board, R.A. and DEC boards) 

V20140526 Firmware upgrade for main board, R.A. and DEC board 

V20140527 Firmware upgrade for HC 

 Improvement of EC version guiding 

 Fixed the bug that may cause mount stopping tracking randomly;

 Fixed incorrect moving speed of 1x and 2x; 

 Fixed the bug that will cause PEC playback not working properly; 

 Added multi-language interface of HC, Simplified Chinese added; 

 Other improvements. 

V20140720 Firmware upgrade for main board, R.A. and DEC board 

V20140721 Firmware upgrade for HC 

New features: 

1. Coordinates auto-saving feature added. If the power is lost by accident while mount is tracking, the 

mount will restore its coordinates when the power is back. It does not work while the mount is 

slewing. 

2. Set Zero Position function added. Now you can manually set the mount zero position using hand 

controller. Note: The zero position has t be reset after firmware updating, or if the mount losing its 

power during slewing. 

3. GPS will auto refresh every 6 minutes. 

Improvements: 

 Greatly optimize the size and speed of hand controller firmware. 

 Number input module of hand controller has been rewritten. 

 Auto-guiding in both R.A. and DEC axes has been improved. 

 The algorithm to calculate the position of pole star has been further improved. 

 The algorithm to calculate the zero position has been improved. 

 Fixed the error that the mount sometime may slew to an incorrect position of a star 

 Fixed the display error after mount parked successfully 

 Other improvements 

V20140825 Firmware upgrade for HC, main board, R.A. and DEC board 

Improvements: 

 Improved tracking performance of EC model. 

 Improved guiding performance. 

 Improved the algorithm of Two Star Polar Alignment. 

 Using the latest (UCAC4) catalog data for calculating position of Polaris and Sigma Oct. 

 Optimize the communication protocol. 

 Fixed a bug of sometimes PEC recording will fail. 

 Fixed a bug in calculating position of pole star. 

 Other minor improvements. 

Note: 

 ASCOM driver 3.0 and iOptron Mount Control Center 3.0 require this firmware release or later. 

 SkySafari Plus and Pro will not work with this firmware release until SkySafari updates its 

communication protocol with the iOptron mount. 

Thanks

 

Steve Mallia

Ontario Telescope and Accessories

www.ontariotelescope.com

1-905-487-6363

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