Maestro PC-based ATCS interface (client) software:
Note: The latest version of Maestro runs under all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows XP forward (does not run on Windows 2000, ME, 98 or 95).
Simply run the installation "exe" file linked below to install or upgrade Maestro. The ATCS firmware will be automatically upgraded by Maestro upon its first connection to the controller.
Maestro communicates with the ATCS controller via the Astrometric Telescope Control Language (ATCL). ATCL is typically communicated over serial link (e.g. RS232 or USB) to controller's Client interface port (labeled "Com"). ATCL provides a very rich syntax for telescope control. Astrometric Instruments, Inc. encourages independent software developers to provide an ATCL interface to their software. Complete details can be found at our Astrometric Telescope Control Language page.
Additional PC-based software for use with Maestro:
Maestro supports the ASCOM (Astronomy Component Object Model) and WARP (Windows Astronomical Resource Protocol) standards for interfacing to other software on the same or different PCs. More information on Maestro's ASCOM support is available here. More information on Maestro's WARP support is available here.
Maestro supports Software Bisque's X2 interface for TheSkyX. When Maestro is installed, the X2 support files that are specific to Maestro are installed if the installer detects that TheSkyX is installed.
Maestro also supports Software Bisque's TeleAPI.dll interface. When Maestro is installed, a version of the TeleAPI.dll Bisque "interface" file that is specific to Maestro is installed in the \Program Files (x86)\Common Files\System folder on your harddisk. If TheSky is re-installed at a later date it will over-write this file with a version that is not compatible with Maestro. You can either re-install Maestro or directly copy the TeleAPI.dll file from here to the \Program Files (x86)\Common Files\System folder on your harddisk.
ATCS Controller Firmware Upgrades:
NOTE: There is no need to separately download and upgrade the ATCS controller's firmware since the latest Maestro installation installs the latest firmware. If for some reason there is a problem please contact Astrometric support.
Even though Maestro doesn't directly support it, it is possible to move backwards to an older version of firmware. Please refer to the FAQ item entitled "How to backwards-upgrade SkyWalker's firmware to an older version" for instructions.
If for some reason you do not have, or do not wish to have, Maestro installed on your PC you can use Astrometric's dedicated Microsoft Windows- based firmware upgrade utility SW_Firmup as described in our FAQ item entitled "Using SW_Firmup, as a Maestro alternative, to upgrade SkyWalker's firmware" for instructions.
The latest version of SkyGuide-Win is provided for users of non-upgraded legacy (i.e. pre-2004) SkyWalker systems. SkyGuide-Win will only run under Microsoft Windows 95, 98 or ME.
NOTE: Legacy (i.e. pre-2004) SkyWalker systems can be upgraded to full and complete current functionality with the S-Box accessory. The S-Box allows for SkyWalker control from all versions of Microsoft Windows (using our Maestro software). The S-Box also allows for stand-alone operation (i.e. without an attached PC).
NOTE: The following contain program files and release notes only: installation instructions are provided with the control system shipment and/or with e-mail upgrade notifications.
SkyGuide also supports Software Bisque's TeleAPI.dll interface. When SkyGuide is installed, a version of the TeleAPI.dll Bisque "interface" file that is specific to SkyGuide is installed in the \Program Files\Common Files\System folder on your harddisk. If TheSky is reinstalled at a later date it will over-write this file with a version that is not compatible with SkyGuide. You can either reinstall SkyGuide or directly copy the TeleAPI.dll file from here to the \Program Files\Common Files\System folder on your harddisk.
Alignment Star Database:
A sky database file for TheSky that shows SkyWalker's alignment stars is available (thanks to David Landis). Follow these instructions to install so that you can see the alignment stars labeled in TheSky:
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