2018-12-13, ASTAP ß0.9.146 Fixed live distance calculation.2018-12-13, ASTAP ß0.9.145 Fixed solving JPEG images.2018-12-09, ASTAP ß0.9.144 Released MacOS version with correct color and DCRAW integrated.2018-12-08, ASTAP ß0.9.144 More menu improvements.2018-12-07, ASTAP ß0.9.143 Some menu improvements.2018-12-05, ASTAP ß0.9.142 Added the possibility to force the star database used.2018-12-04, ASTAP ß0.9.141 Added importing PFM format (32 bit float export from Photoshop). Fixed a problem in PPM/PGM reading.
2018-12-04, ASTAP ß0.9.140
Mayor overhaul in stretching routine. Colour preserving stretching
introduced. Faint stars and nebula keep now their colour. 2018-11-27, ASTAP ß0.9.139 Small changes, introduced artificial colouring function in pixel math.2018-11-25, ASTAP ß0.9.138 Adapted solving for very large fields. Introduced cropping and "forge small search steps" for this.2018-10-30, ASTAP ß0.9.137 Cosmetic changes.2018-10-29, ASTAP ß0.9.136 Fixed some problems with file selection.
2018-10-29, ASTAP ß0.9.135 Fixed some problems with RAW files.
2018-10-29, ASTAP ß0.9.134 Allowing stacking of DSLR RAW files directly.2018-10-27, ASTAP ß0.9.133 Improved help file and link.2018-10-26, ASTAP ß0.9.132 Improved dark images handling for sensors with amp-glow.2018-10-24, ASTAP ß0.9.131 Image dimensions in degrees is now also indicated after solving.2018-10-22, ASTAP ß0.9.130 Some minor menu corrections2018-10-20, ASTAP ß0.9.129 Raspberry PI 3 version2018-10-19, ASTAP ß0.9.129 macOS version2018-10-11, ASTAP ß0.9.128,
Improved equalising background for image stitching mode (mosaic). Fixed some small bugs.2018-10-10, ASTAP ß0.9.127,
Fixed PlateSolve2 command line for use with SGP or APT and DSLR cameras.
Start position was only taken from FITs header not command line. Added
log file called
"documents\astap_log.txt" for PlateSolve2 commands only.2018-10-8, ASTAP ß0.9.126,
Overhauled the image stitching routine (mosaic). Better adaption to
different tiles. Overhauled vertical/horizontal swap routine to fix one
image line2018-10-5, ASTAP ß0.9.125, Overhauled stack history in FITS header. Now full stacking history available in FITS header2018-10-4, ASTAP ß0.9.124, Stacking speed at least four times faster!2018-10-2, ASTAP ß0.9.123, Made dark spot filter permanent active. Improved the dark spot filter.2018-10-1, ASTAP ß0.9.121/122, fixed a problem combining colours with one rotated.2018-10-1, ASTAP ß0.9.120, added the possibility to add a pedestal value to the final stack result to prevent negative values.2018-9-29, ASTAP ß0.9.119,
Fixed a tiny error (1,5 pixels) for center position calculated by the solver.2018-9-28, ASTAP ß0.9.118b,
Gained 1% astrometric solving speed by stripping some code in star
database read routine. Note that the 32 bit version performance 66%
slower in a 64 bit system. So download the 64 bit version if your
system is 64 bit.2018-9-27, ASTAP ß0.9.118,
Fixed a bug in reading star database for finding astrometric solution, slower speed but increased reliability.2018-9-25, ASTAP ß0.9.117a,
PlateSolve2 mode, program waits with closing till apm file is existing on disk.2018-9-25, ASTAP ß0.9.117,
Optimized magnitude control loop. Solving about twice as fast.2018-9-25, ASTAP ß0.9.116,
Optimized star detecting algorithm using images from Astrometry.net upload.2018-9-24, ASTAP ß0.9.115,
Added the -s and -t command line option. Added some checks for file
handling. Writes and additional .ini file in PlateSolve2 command line
mode for debugging.2018-9-21, ASTAP ß0.9.114,
Perfected search pattern in the sky removing any duplication. 2018-9-20, ASTAP ß0.9.113,
Bug fix edition. Achieving blind solve of a 50 seconds exposure with an offset of 180 degrees distance in 380 seconds!2018-9-19, ASTAP ß0.9.112,
Adapted -32 bit fits reader to 0..1 scale.2018-9-19, ASTAP ß0.9.111,
Relaxed on double star detection. Some minor fixed and added some hints.2018-9-16, ASTAP ß0.9.110,
Fixed a slow down by star detection
.2018-9-16, ASTAP ß0.9.109,
Fixed some other problems
.2018-9-16, ASTAP ß0.9.107,
.2018-9-16, ASTAP ß0.9.106,
Mayor overhaul in solving engine. Introduced down sampling/binning. Numerous small improvements.2018-9-12, ASTAP ß0.9.105,
Increased accuracy of angle reported by the internal solver. Fixed bug in saving 16 bit images for values above 32k. Added caret indication for fits header. Many small improvements.
2018-9-7, ASTAP ß0.9.104,
added test image generation in pixel math. 2018-9-4, ASTAP ß0.9.103,
added a warning for the case that a restore hot-pixels is used and too
many pixels are restored. This could happen for cameras with amp-glow.2018-9-1, ASTAP ß0.9.102, some cosmetic improvements.2018-8-29, ASTAP ß0.9.101,
improved file naming.2018-8-29, ASTAP ß0.9.100,
code optimisation.2018-8-29, ASTAP ß0.9.99,
Added two new filters for LRGB color images. The 3x3mean and 2x2mean. The 3x3mean works wel.2018-8-28, ASTAP ß0.9.98,
Fixed some things in astrometric stacking.2018-8-27, ASTAP ß0.9.97,
For Windows moved astap.cfg from documents folder to to \user\username Fixed a problem plate solving twice.2018-8-24, ASTAP ß0.9.96,
Fixed FWHM calculation. Improved HFD calculation for faint stars.2018-8-22, ASTAP ß0.9.95,
Viewer improvements. Preserving now the plate solving in case the image
is cropped. Memo containing the FITS header is now updated instantly in
case image is cropped or made mono. Ctrl-Z is also restoring the
FITS header.2018-8-18, ASTAP ß0.9.94,
Added colour annotation of stars if G16 star database is present. Remove G17.2018-8-16, ASTAP ß0.9.93,
Added experimental photometry option to the viewer. After plate
solving, select calibration photometry in the viewer tools menu. This
will allow magnitude measurement of the stars. The magnitude
values is displayed in the status bar. The G17 database will
give BP magnitudes for unfiltered mono CCD's. If replaced by
the G16 and a Johnson-V filter is used it will give Johnson-V
values. Works for mono/red channel only.2018-8-14, ASTAP ß0.9.92a, Minor text and hint updates.2018-8-13, ASTAP ß0.9.92,
New blink routine. New alignment option to calibrate images only. Some minor menu improvements.2018-8-05, ASTAP ß0.9.91,
Some minor menu improvements.2018-7-31, ASTAP ß0.9.90,
Added some functions to pop-up menu of the thumbnails viewer.2018-7-30, ASTAP ß0.9.89,
Added thumbnails option for viewer.2018-7-27, ASTAP ß0.9.88a,
Fixed some text labels in the Linux version.2018-7-27, ASTAP ß0.9.88,
Minor correction in the menus. 2018-7-26, ASTAP ß0.9.87,
Added a preview button. Preserve filterindex of the openfile and savefile dialogs2018-7-22, ASTAP ß0.9.86,
Added new remove borders tool (see pop-up menu)2018-7-22, ASTAP ß0.9.85,
Fixed a fatal problem in sigma clip stacking.2018-7-19, ASTAP ß0.9.84,
Fixed a run-time problem with de-mosaic Bayer. Introduced manual alignment.2018-7-16, ASTAP ß0.9.83,
Added super-pixel option for demosaic RAW OSC images.2018-7-14, ASTAP ß0.9.82,
Added split function for RAW Bayer array images. This will split them into seperate R,G,G, B files.
2018-7-14, ASTAP ß0.9.81,
Fixed conversion routine for digital cameras using DCRAW.
2018-7-13, ASTAP ß0.9.80,
Mayor update. All darks, flats and bias will automatic processed
into masters. Activate classify by dark temperature, exposure and flat
Secondly added color matrix.
2018-7-6, ASTAP ß0.9.79,
Added log file which will be written after stacking.2018-7-6, ASTAP ß0.9.78,
Fixed a FITS write problems. Improved counting darks, flats and flat-darks2018-7-4, ASTAP ß0.9.77,
Added export to 16 bit PGM and PPM format. Several small improvements.2018-7-3, ASTAP ß0.9.76,
Added PGM and PPM format. Added DCRAW program by David Coffin for conversion of many camera files.2018-7-2, ASTAP ß0.9.75,
Modified & improved LRGB stacking method. Stars are removed
from the RGB stack using the most common filter. Then a Gaussian blur
is applied with the same factor to remove any square artifacts if any.
Fixed a severe problem with uppercase .FIT extension. Added image to
FITS conversion tool. Fixed a color stacking problem introduced a week
ago.2018-6-30, ASTAP ß0.9.74,
Improved mosaic mode. Some menu improvements.2018-6-29, ASTAP ß0.9.72,
Improved mosaic mode. Some menu improvements.2018-6-28, ASTAP ß0.9.71,
Fixed background routine. Change introduced in v0.9.68 didn't work.2018-6-26, ASTAP ß0.9.69,
Added star annotation. See tool pulldown menu.2018-6-26, ASTAP ß0.9.68,
Fixed missing colour for LRGB stacking.2018-6-23, ASTAP ß0.9.67,
Fixed problem applying oversize twice.2018-6-22, ASTAP ß0.9.66,
Improved mosaic mode. Introduced drizzle.2018-6-16, ASTAP ß0.9.65,
Fixed some menu problems for stacking, improved RA, DEC indication, added shutdown after completion option.2018-5-26, ASTAP ß0.9.64,
Fixed annotation for flipped images (newton style telescopes), and detection missing star database.2018-5-22, ASTAP ß0.9.62,
Adaption to High-DPI systems2018-5-20, ASTAP ß0.9.61,
Fixed a problem with viewer data range settings2018-5-19, ASTAP ß0.9.60,
Added annotation to command line2018-5-18, ASTAP ß0.9.59,
Introduced deep sky annotation under pull-down menu tools.
2018-5-18, ASTAP ß0.9.58,
Some improvement for stacking.
2018-5-18, ASTAP ß0.9.57,
Fixed a bug for mono imigaes introduced in version 0.9.562018-5-17, ASTAP ß0.9.56,
Fixed Maxim DL file compatibility2018-5-16, ASTAP ß0.9.55,
Fixed some problems for color image stacking.2018-5-14, ASTAP ß0.9.54,
Stack menu improvements.2018-5-13, ASTAP ß0.9.53,
Introduced dark spot filter for CMOS stacked images.2018-5-13, ASTAP ß0.9.52,
Fixed scroll bars stack menu.2018-5-12, ASTAP ß0.9.51,
Added the FITS preview option to the file open dialog. See below.
Fixed standard deviation indication. Fixed gamma setting when loading
2018-5-11, ASTAP ß0.9.50,
Fixed a problem in the command line in version 0.9.492018-5-11, ASTAP ß0.9.49,
Fixed several small items for stacking. 2018-5-8, ASTAP ß0.9.48,
Adapted for the new Gaia DR2 database. It will work with U16, G17 or G18 database. 2018-5-6, ASTAP ß0.9.47,
Introduced the local equalising command to remove dark
areas in stacked images. See pop-up menu. Fixed some small things. Program reads now
focal length and pixel size from Maxim DL files,2018-5-3, ASTAP ß0.9.46,
Changed back the previous setup v0.9.44 for filename as paramstr(1)2018-5-3, ASTAP ß0.9.45,
Fixed the Platesolve2 command line.2018-4-30, ASTAP ß0.9.44,
Several small improvements.2018-4-28, ASTAP ß0.9.43,
Plate solve improvements for images going very deep. So speed
improvements plate solving. v0.9.41 and 0.9,42 have a bug for large
amount of stars.2018-4-27, ASTAP ß0.9.40,
Many small improvement. Improved reliability. Introduced overlap based on the number of pyramids in the image.2018-4-26, ASTAP ß0.9.39,
Small improvements in plate solving . Added a check on number of stars and pyramids in image.2018-4-25, ASTAP ß0.9.38,
Small improvements in plate solving. Automatic diameter selection2018-4-24, ASTAP ß0.9.37a,
Build the new command line interface for accessing the plate solver. See command
line options2018-4-23, ASTAP ß0.9.36,
Improved speed conversion PNG, JPG, TIF to FITS.2018-4-22, ASTAP ß0.9.35,
Modified PlateSolve2 simulation.2018-4-21, ASTAP ß0.9.34,
Removed PlateSolve2 dependency. Rename the program to
PlateSolve2.exe will work using the internal solver. So full
replacement for PlateSolve2. For a 30 degrees offset if will find
a solution after 4 minutes or earlier.2018-4-20, ASTAP ß0.9.33,
Fixed some detections levels for plate solving.2018-4-19, ASTAP ß0.9.32,
Added adjustable minimum number of pyramids required. Typical value for stacking 6 and just plate solving 3.2018-4-19, ASTAP ß0.9.31,
Fixed application path to the U16 files.2018-4-19, ASTAP ß0.9.30,
Added internal plate solver.2018-4-18, ASTAP ß0.9.29,
Improved alignment.2018-4-16, ASTAP ß0.9.28,
Improved alignment. Checking for outliers. Scaling factor no longer required.2018-4-12, ASTAP ß0.9.27,
Improved log in FITS header. Fixed some bugs. 2018-4-12, ASTAP ß0.9.26a,
Added some image info to the status bar. Introduced Windows installer. 2018-4-10, ASTAP ß0.9.26,
Automatic sorting of lights, dark and flats. Pop-up menu has
option to update keywords of multiple files. Free sizing of FITS files
and noise generator in pixel math. 2018-4-9, ASTAP ß0.9.25a,
Allowing filtering on exposure & temperature for darks and filter for flats.2018-4-8, ASTAP ß0.9.24,
Allowing images of different astronomical scale. Intended for combining
RGB of a lower resolution with Luminance images, e.g. H-alpha. Several
other improvements2018-4-5, ASTAP ß0.9.23c,
Allowing file name as parameter with spaces. So you set ASTAP as
default viewer for FITS, PNG, TIFF, JPG. Improved reporting in FITS
header.2018-4-4, ASTAP ß0.9.23a, Introduced results page. Fixed image counting. Added image dimensions to the list. Fixed an icon2018-4-3, ASTAP ß0.9.22, Several improvements. Allowing combing colour images with H-alpha. 2018-4-2, ASTAP ß0.9.20, Fixed Gaussian blur in LRGB stacking. Fixed runtime error in saving flats and flat darks. Fixed sigma clip stacking for LRGB.2018-4-2, ASTAP ß0.9.18a, Fixed 16 bit saving.2018-4-1, ASTAP ß0.9.18, Fixed regional settings. Ignore space character object name aand filter name. Fixed RGB+L stacking.2018-3-31, ASTAP ß0.9.17, Several fixes LRGB stacking. Fixed color model LRGB stacking.2018-3-30, ASTAP ß0.9.13b
Big overhaul in stack menu. Now you can stack several objects in
one run. RGB and LRGB stacking is also possible. Files in
listview menu can be selective removed, added or stacked. Program uses now images with lowest HFD as reference.
2018-3-23, ASTAP ß0.9.12
Overhauled star detection and image inspector. Improved menu of image equalising.
2018-3-18, ASTAP ß0.9.11
Overhauled alignment menu and manual. Introduced on-line help.
2018-3-17, ASTAP ß0.9.10c
Overhauled the PlateSolve2.exe simulation. (rename astap.exe to
PlateSolve2.exe Very fast now and FITS images are reduced to window
size for displaying in HNSKY. Some minor corrections.
2018-3-16, ASTAP ß0.9.9a
Fixed a PNG and JPEG display problem for Nvidia graphic cards.2018-3-14, ASTAP ß0.9.9 New internal star alignment! No need for plate solver !
2018-3-4, ASTAP ß0.9.7
Fixed Platesolve2 simulation. (Rename astap.exe to platesolve2.exe)
2018-2-20, ASTAP ß0.9.5
2018-2-19, ASTAP ß0.9.4
Several small improvements, oval shape selection area for removal deepsky.
2018-2-18, ASTAP ß0.9.2, 0.9.3
Several small improvements
2018-2-16, ASTAP ß0.9.1,
Added tilt measurement to CCD inspector, Added background equalization tool under pixel math.
2018-2-14, ASTAP ß0.9.0,
Improved vieuwer low, medium, high settings. Fixed deleting files of astromentry.net.
2018-1-15, ASTAP ß0.4.4,
Added multi selection in image list.
2017-12-17, ASTAP ß0.4.3,
Improvement in CCD inspector
and image analyser.
2017-12-16, ASTAP ß0.4.2,
Added CCD inspector. Fixed image analyser problem.
2017-12-16, ASTAP ß0.4.1,
Added access to Astrometry.net running in a Win10 Linux subsystem.
2017-12-12, ASTAP ß0.4.0b,
Fixed long commands for astrometry.net
2017-12-12, ASTAP ß0.4.0a,
Added some error messages for local astrometry.net. Improved live reporting astrometry.net
2017-12-12, ASTAP ß0.4.0,
First release Linux version, Several improvements.
2017-11-30, ASTAP ß0.3.0,
2017-11-30, ASTAP ß0.2.2,
Several improvements, introduced median-equalise filter.
2017-11-29, ASTAP ß0.2.0,
2017-11-24, ASTAP ß0.1.5,
Added mosaic equalise background mode.
2017-11-23, ASTAP ß0.1.4,
Added sort possibility to image list. You can sort on HFD or any other column.
2017-11-22, ASTAP ß0.1.3
Stacked files are now marked as ......stacked.fit and ignored if
tried to stack again. Adapted tiff 32 bit export to full range.
Moved naxis3 up to position 5 in the keywords. Finding solution
is now done at the beginning of stacking (if header is not
2017-11-21, ASTAP ß0.1.1a
Fixed some minor things. Simplied pixel size for astrometry.net solver.
2017-11-20, ASTAP ß0.1.1
Many small improvements. CMD console is now monitored and if closed action is taken.
2017-11-19, ASTAP ß0.1.0
Added SIP (Simple Imaging Polynomial) support
, Write FITS files as multiple of 2880 bytes. Fixed several small things.
2017-11-17, ASTAP ß0.0.9
Fixed color conversion using astrometry.net, added the
from first FITS to stacked image. Log follows resizing of stack menu.
Improved Windows interface,. Adaption to PixInSight -32 bit files.
2017-11-16, ASTAP ß0.0.8
Fixed some problems including using PlateSolve2.
2017-11-15, ASTAP ß0.0.7a
Fixed Digital development Process for color and some small improvements.
2017-11-13, ASTAP ß0.0.7
viewer menu and performance. Improved export routine including streched
TIFF files and variable JPEG compression. Select the correct file in
2017-11-12, ASTAP ß0.0.5
New dark filter.
2017-11-11, ASTAP ß0.0.4
Added a FITS crop function using the right mouse button.
2017-11-10, ASTAP ß0.0.3
Fixed a dark subtraction problem in mode average.
2017-11-10, ASTAP ß0.0.2
New name ASTAP. Added digital development and several other improvements.
2017-11-8, ASTAP ß0.0.1
Added Astrometry.net local and several improvements.
2017-11-5, ASTAP ß0.0.0e
Fixed regional decimal seperator problem.